|Top Division II Matchups|
Who: No. 12 Bloomsburg Huskies at No. 13 Kutztown Golden Bears
Who: No. 3 Northwest Missouri State Bearcats at No. T25 Missouri Western Griffons
Who: No. 9 Washburn Ichabods at No. 2 Pittsburg State Gorrillas
Who: No. 20 West Texas A&M Buffaloes at No. 5 Midwestern State Mustangs
Who: No. 18 West Alabama Tigers at No. 1 Delta State Statesmen
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51 Tim Green
Key Notes: A season after finishing third on his own team in tackles for loss, Tim Green has exploded onto the national scene in 2011. The junior leads the country in TFLs with 23. Green also leads the country in sacks with 15 for a loss of 119 yards after he added two last Saturday in a loss to Virginia-Lynchburg in the 12th Annual Western Virginia Education Classic. Green also finished with eight tackles, while being named the classic’s Defensive MVP.
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); Dan Fisher, Bloomsburg (So., K); Devin Haywood, Incarnate Word (So., DB).
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• Thanks to West Alabama’s victory against then-No. 5 North Alabama a week ago, Saturday’s matchup between the Tigers and No. 1 Delta State has become a de facto Gulf South Conference championship game. The Statesmen and Tigers are meeting for the 55th time in series history, but none have been bigger than Saturday’s clash. The game marks the first time since 1971 that West Alabama has had a shot at the GSC title, while the Statesmen are in search of their fourth title in five years. The Tigers will have to stop Delta State QB Micah Davis, who has averaged 300.3 yards of total offense to rank 10th in the country. For West Alabama, running back Matt Willis is 10th in the nation in rushing yards per game with 126.2.
• Another game involving teams looking to stay or move atop a conference involves two top-10 teams when No. 2 Pittsburg State hosts No. 9 Washburn on Saturday. With a win, the Ichabods would tie the Gorillas atop the MIAA standings. The game will have the No. 2 offensive team in Washburn, which is averaging 508.2 yards per game, against the MIAA’s No. 1 total defense in the Gorillas, who allow only 271.4 yards per game — 65.2 yards per game less than the MIAA’s No. 2-ranked Washburn defensive unit. The Gorillas also have the conference’s No. 3-ranked offense averaging 466 yards per game — 42.2 yards per game less than the Ichabod offense. Washburn is in search of its third consecutive win against PSU and the second in a row in Pittsburg, Kan.
• There must be something in the water in Minnesota when it comes to the red zone. St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Moorhead are the only two teams in the country yet to allow a red zone touchdown. Even wackier, SCSU opponents have only been in the red zone three times in nine games — settling for only one field goal. MSU-Moorhead opponents have reached inside the 20-yard line only two times, also settling for one field goal.
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