|Top Division II Matchups|
Who: No. 19 Kutztown Golden Bears at C.W. Post Pioneers
Who: No. 4 Pittsburg State Gorillas at Central Missouri Mules
Who: No. 3 Washburn Ichabods at No. 6 Northwest Missouri State Bearcats
Who: No. 10 Valdosta State Blazers at No. 1 Delta State Statesmen
Who: No. 9 Abilene Christian Wildcats at No. 12 Midwestern State Mustangs
|Watch Them Now|
16 Trey McVay
Key Notes: McVay had an NCAA all-divisions record 425 receiving yards a week ago in a 49-41 victory against Harding. A 14-yard pass from Johnny Deaton with just under eight minutes left in the game put McVay past the mark of 418 set in 2002 in Division III by Lewis Howes of Principia. The senior accounted for all six offensive touchdowns for the RiverHawks, which was one of three school records he broke on the day. He also caught 16 passes to put his name atop that list.
Other Players to Watch this Week: Travis Daniels, UNC-Pembroke (Sr., RB); Joe Glendening, Hillsdale (Jr., RB); Clay Garcia, Colorado Mines (Sr., QB); Cody Haffly, Wingate (Sr., QB); Isaiah Voegeli, Merrimack (Jr., WR); Isaiah Voegeli, Merrimack (Jr., WR); Dan Fisher, Bloomsburg (So., K); Devin Haywood, Incarnate Word (So., DB).
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• A week after knocking off then-No. 6 Wayne State (Mich.) 20-17, Ashland gets a chance to prove itself in front of a national television audience as it travels to Saginaw Valley State in the Division II Game of the Week. The Eagles jumped into the rankings following Saturday’s win, and are now No. 23 in the nation. Riding a four-game win streak, Ashland sports one of the best rushing attacks in the country, averaging 201.0 yards per game. But it will have to slow down SVSU QB Jonathon Jennings who is ranked third in the country in passing efficiency (173.6) and sixth in total offense (318.0 ypg).
• No. 3 Washburn has won its last 11 games dating back to last season and gets a huge test this Saturday when it travels to No. 6 Northwest Missouri State. The streak is tied for the longest in Division II with Colorado State-Pueblo. The last team to beat the Ichabods? The Bearcats in Topeka in a 41-40 win on Oct. 23, 2010, when the Ichabods went for two late in the game and the conversion pass was deflected. Washburn is looking for its first 8-0 start since the 1907 season when it won the Kansas Conference Championship, while the No. 3 ranking is the highest the Ichabods have seen. Northwest Missouri leads the all-time series 25-6, with the last seven games between them having been decided by a total of 29 points. The Bearcats sport the top scoring offense in the nation, averaging 56.9 points per game.
• One of the hottest teams in the country resides on Long Island, and that’s where a PSAC clash resides between C.W. Post and No. 19 Kutztown on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers sit a game ahead of the Golden Bears after winning their last four games following a three-game losing streak to begin the season. Led by one of the more opportunistic defenses in the nation, C.W. Post is first in the country in turnover margin at 2.0 per game and ranked in the top five in sacks and tackles for loss (10.1 per game). Kutztown will look to win its third game in a row, as the Golden Bears sport the fifth-ranked offense in the country — averaging 501.7 yards per contest.
• There’s no time for a letdown for newly-minted No. 1 Delta State. A week after knocking off then-No. 1 North Alabama on the road in overtime, the Statesmen return home to face No. 10 Valdosta State on Saturday. It’s the first time since 2001 that DSU sports the top ranking in the country. Delta State held the spot for six consecutive weeks before falling to then-No. 4 Valdosta State 70-12 at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. The Statesmen are No. 1 in total offense (489.8) and total defense (297.1) in the Gulf South Conference and are led by Harlon Hill Trophy candidate QB Micah Davis. The Blazers have bounced back with two wins following their only loss of the season — on the road at Arkansas-Monticello.
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