Wayne Cavadi | NCAA.com | November 3, 2017 No. 23 West Alabama and a battle for the GAC highlight this week's DII football showcase West Alabama's Harry Satterwhite hopes to keep the Tigers climbing the rankings. Share It's that time of year. Every game matters, especially when they feature big-time conference matchups. RELATED: Fort Hays State, Northwest Missouri State meet in potential playoff preview This weekend's DII football showcase features a Great American Conference showdown with a share of first place at stake. Elsewhere, West Alabama looks to keep rolling and maintain its hold on the No. 2 ranking in the Super Two Region. Southeastern Oklahoma State (6-3) at Arkansas Tech (7-2), 3 p.m. ET WATCH THIS GAME The GAC is the definition of tighlty-contested race. Seven teams are separated from first place by a mere two games. Arkansas Tech is tied at the top, while Southeastern Oklahoma State is right smack in the middle. Both teams have been in and out of the Top 25 thoughout the season. This game has tremendous GAC and DII football playoff implications. FB | #BeatECU #FightOn #theGAC pic.twitter.com/yJQzUxEzmQ — Arkansas Tech Sports (@ATU_Athletics) October 27, 2017 The Wonder Boys have been able to stay atop the GAC with balance in every facet of the game. Their GAC-best offense (42.4 points per game) and defense (18.5 points per game) are ranked No. 10 and No. 26 in DII football. When you add in Braden Stringer, who has two punt returns for touchdowns on special teams, Arkansas Tech is a finely tuned machine. Southeastern Oklahoma State is trending in the wrong direction. The Savage Storm jumped out to a 6-0 start before dropping their last three and slipping into a second place tie in the GAC. This is the exact sort of signature road victory to get the Storm brewing for a postseason run. 2017 outlook: Southeastern Oklahoma State Arkansas Tech 2016 record: 7-4 2016 record: 6-5 Head coach: Bo Atterberry (4th season) Head coach: Raymond Monica (5th season) Preseason ranking: NR | Current ranking: NR Preseason ranking: RV | Current ranking: RV Key players: Rashod Polk, RB: 590 yards, 6 TD Jaylen Sims, WR: 505 yards, 3 TD Justin Young, LB: 58 tackles, 1 sack, 2 Int. Key players: Ty Reasnor, QB: 1,972 pass, 344 rush, 24 total TD Bryan Allen, RB: 657 yards, 7 TD KJ Reid, LB: 78 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 Int. 2017 by the numbers: Southeastern Oklahoma State Arkansas Tech OFFENSE OFFENSE Points: 29.33/ game Points: 42.4/ game Rush yards: 160.4/ game Rush yards: 222.1/ game Pass yards: 225.3/ game Pass yards: 221.9/ game Total offense: 385.8 yards/ game Total offense: 444.0 yards/ game DEFENSE DEFENSE Points allowed: 26.2/ game Points allowed: 18.5/ game Total defense: 408.9 yards/ game Total defense: 353.4 yards/ game West Alabama (7-2) at Valdosta State (4-3), 3 p.m. ET WATCH THIS GAME Valdosta State is coming of a tremendous 2016 season. SEC legend Kerwin Bell led the Blazers to an 8-3 record and the NCAA postseason in his debut. While their record may look disappointing this year, the Blazers are on a hot streak, winning their last three in a row. They are also winning in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents 131-30 on this run. West Alabama has to keep close tabs on dual-threat freshman quarterback Rogan Wells who has 12 touchdowns over the Blazers win streak. RELATED: West Alabama highlights 5 teams who could surprise this postseason While the Blazers may not have met expectations this season, West Alabama has exceeded them. The Tigers have the Gulf South Conference's best offese, finding themselves No. 12 in DII football. Harry Satterwhite has transformed from backup to starter with ease, blossoming into a Top 20 quarterback in DII. He and Donta Armstrong are the top quarterback-receiver duo in GSC and are a dangerous when they are in sync. Should West Alabama hold off the surging Blazers, the GSC is the Tigers for the taking. 2017 outlook: West Alabama Valdosta State 2016 record: 7-4 2016 record: 8-3 Head coach: Brett Gilliland (4th season) Head coach: Kerwin Bell (2nd season) Preseason ranking: NR | Current ranking: 23 Preseason ranking: 11 | Current ranking: NR Key players: Harry Satterwhite, QB: 2,320 yards, 18 TD LaKenderic Thomas, RB: 626 yards, 10 TD Tevin Madison, DB: 50 tackles, 2 TFL, 5 Int. Key players: Rogan Wells, QB: 1,015 pass, 462 rush, 15 total TD Dallas Baldner, WR: 296 yards, 2 TD Brandon Roe, DB: 36 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 Int. 2017 by the numbers: West Alabama Valdosta State OFFENSE OFFENSE Points: 40.67/ game Points: 30.0/ game Rush yards: 164.8/ game Rush yards: 175.7/ game Pass yards: 278.4/ game Pass yards: 210.4/ game Total offense: 443.2 yards/ game Total offense: 386.1 yards/ game DEFENSE DEFENSE Points allowed: 22.4/ game Points allowed: 21.43/ game Total defense: 356.9 yards/ game Total defense: 342.0 yards/ game Battle of the Mascot Week 10: Last weekend, the Central Oklahoma Bronchos took care of business in upset fashion, defeating the Central Missouri Mules 48-30. WEEK 1: Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys 28, Southern Arkansas Muleriders 21 WEEK 2: South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers 35, Dixie State Trailblazers 14 WEEK 3: Califoria (Pa) Vulcans 29, Millersville Marauders 13 WEEK 4: Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm 41, Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils 21 WEEK 5: Washburn Ichabods 35, Pittsburg State Gorillas 20 WEEK 6: Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils 46, Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys 45 WEEK 7: Delta State Statesmen (Fighting Okra) 28, West Florida Argonauts 25 WEEK 8: Edinboro Fighting Scots 49, Slippery Rock The Rock 39 WEEK 9: Central Oklahoma 48, Central Missouri 30 So who's on deck? Central State Marauders at Lane Dragons The Marauders lead this Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series 7-1 all-time. Both teams didn't have the season's they desired, but have a chance to close out the season in winning fashion.