Top Division III Matchups

Who: No. 12 Salisbury Sea Gulls at No. 22 Alfred Saxons
When: noon ET Saturday 


Who: No. 13 Wabash Little Giants at Oberlin Yeomen
When: 1 p.m. ET Saturday


Who: No. 2 Mount Union Purple Raiders at Heidelberg Student Princes
When: 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday


Who: No. 14 Illinois Wesleyan Titans at Elmhurst Bluejays   
When: 2 p.m. ET Saturday

@ Who: Huntingdon Hawks at No. 18 Trinity (Texas) Trojans  
When: 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Who: Dickinson Red Devils at No. 15 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
When: 7 p.m. ET Saturday

Watch Them Now

32 Taylor Maciow
Johns Hopkins
6-0 | 200 | Jr. | LB

Key Notes: Johns Hopkins ranks third nationally in total defense, allowing just 177.0 yards per game, and Maciow has been a big reason why. The junior LB paces the Blue Jays with 29 tackles through five games, including 13 solo stops. He has had at last six tackles in three games, including a season-high eight against Muhlenberg. Maciow's 2.5 sacks leads 13 players on the squad with at least a half sack. He also has three passes defended and has helped the Blue Jays rank first in the country in passing defense by giving up just 93.6 yards per game while totaling 10 interceptions. 

Other Players to Watch this Week: Nick Bricker, TCNJ (So., LB); Cartel Brooks, Heidelberg (So., RB); Wyatt Hanus, Dubuque (Jr., QB); Javicz Jones, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Sr., DB); Travis Lane, Hampden-Sydney (Sr., QB); Jason Shupp, Wartburg (Jr., LB); Kyle Trella, Trinity (Texas) (Jr., P).

Keep Your Eyes on This

• Redlands, which toppled preseason top-10 North Central (Ill.) in the season opener, returned to the rankings this week, checking in at No. 23 following a blowout of Pomona-Pitzer a week ago. Franklin jumped into the AFCA poll this week as the only other newcomer, taking the No. 25 spot after a dominating win vs. Rose-Hulman.  

• It's a big weekend for ranked teams on the road as 16 squads in the AFCA poll will be away from home Saturday. In fact, the first eight games on the top-25 slate feature ranked teams on the road until No. 25 Franklin kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET against Manchester. Salisbury, ranked 12th this week with a spotless 5-0 record, may have the toughest test as the Sea Gulls head to No. 22 Alfred, although the Saxons struggled to defeat Hartwick 32-29 in overtime a week ago.   

• Dubuque went screaming into the national polls for the first time in program history two weeks ago, but the ride didn't last long. The Spartans won their first game while ranked before facing league foe Wartburg, which also sported a top-25 moniker. The Knights took the better end of DU's Homecoming game a week ago and jumped two spots to No. 19. 

• There's a youth movement afoot in Division III. Among the nation's leaders in total offense, five of the top 10 are freshmen or sophomores with newcomer Micheal Bates of Illinois College leading the way. The QB has produced 356.7 yards per game this fall, one of only seven players above the 330-yard mark. Of those seven, three are sophomores along with freshman Bates.

• Mary Hardin-Baylor will be one of the few ranked squads at home and it will face a red-hot Southern Oregon squad, which is quickly gaining steam in the NAIA ranks. USO has defeated a pair of NAIA ranked squads in the past two weeks and has a three-game win streak going after starting the season 0-3. Still, Mary Hardin-Baylor's offense is nothing to sell short as the Crusaders' offense is churning out 435.8 yards per game, including ranking 11th in Division III with 276.6 yards per game on the ground. 

• No. 2 Mount Union has been hardly tested this fall other than a 14-6 victory against Ohio Northern two weeks ago. The Purple Raider defense has allowed more than seven points only once in the first five games and has given up only three total touchdowns in the past four games. This weekend, the Purple Raiders head to Heidelberg for Homecoming. They'll face a Student Princes' squad that has won three consecutive games, including a 31-24 victory against Franklin & Marshall last week to take the Battle for the Conestoga Trophy.