Top Division II Matchups

Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. ET: Central Washington Wildcats at Humbolt State Lumberjacks
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Sept. 10 at noon ET: Tiffin Dragons at No. 17 Wayne State (Mich.) Warriors


Sept. 10 at noon ET: No. 19 Kutztown Bears at No. 18 Mercyhurst Lakers


Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. ET: No. 4 Grand Valley State Lakers at Hillsdale Chargers


Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. ET: No. No. 23 Wingate Bulldogs at No. 7 Albany State Golden Rams

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8 Dominique Gaisie
Central Washington
5-9 | 162 | Senior | CB

Key Notes: Gaisie returned after earning second-team all-league honors as a defensive back and kick returner in 2010. In the season opener last week against then-No. 7 Texas A&M-Kingsville, Gaisie led the Wildcat defense with nine tackles including a six solo stops. He also had an interception that he returned for 52 yards -- the first of two CWU interceptions on consecutive defensive series to end the first half.  

Other Players to Watch this Week: Robbie Frey, Kutztown (Sr., RB); Patrick Gondkoff, Humboldt State (Jr., WR); Brad Howard, Grand Valley State (Sr., LB); Justin Helwege, Central Washington (Sr., WR); Mike Proulx, Humboldt State (Sr., QB); Octavius Staton, Albany State (Sr., WR).

Keep Your Eyes on This

• Central Washington fell out of the top 25 but is still receiving enough votes to be the first team out of the AFCA poll this week. The Huskies open the DII Game of the Week series on Thursday as they travel to California to take on Humboldt State. The game will be seen at 8 p.m. ET on

• In the only battle between top-20 teams this week, Kutztown will take its strong rushing attack to No. 18 Mercyhurst. The 19th-ranked Golden Bears had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the season opener last week as Robbie Frey posted a team-best 149 yards on 16 carries with two TDs while Josh Mastromatto rushed 11 times for 129 yards. Mercyhurst will counter with QB Travis Rearick who had 273 yards passing in a season-opening overtime victory against Notre Dame College.

• Delta State tumbled to No. 11 in the Sept. 6 AFCA Poll after falling to Northwestern State 24-23. The Statesmen, who started the preseason at No. 2, hope things go a bit calmer this week on the road against Fort Valley. Don't forget that they came back from down 21-7 to earn an overtime win in their opener.

• Grand Valley State is on the road this weekend, but it would obviously prefer to be at home as the No. 4 Lakers won their 34th consecutive home game at Lubers Stadium last weekend. After a two-game road swing that starts this week at Hillsdale, GVSU plays five of its final eight games at home. 

• Coming off an impressive 20-12 road victory at No. 8 Augustana (S.D.), top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth will put a 30-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win streak on the line this weekend against Upper Iowa. The win helped the Bulldogs continue their stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking, as UMD received 28 of the 29 possible first-place votes in the AFCA Poll.