Top Division III Matchups

Who: St. John Fisher Cardinals at No. 15 Salisbury Sea Gulls
When: noon ET Saturday 


Who: No. 21 Wittenberg Tigers at No. 10 Wabash Little Giants
When: 1 p.m. ET Saturday


Who: No. 20 Montclair State Red Hawks at Rowan Profs
When: 1 p.m. ET Saturday


Who: No. 12 Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder at No. 7 North Central (Ill.) Cardinals  
When: 2 p.m. ET Saturday


Who: No. 24 St. Olaf Oles at St. John’s (Minn.) Johnnies
When: 2 p.m. ET Saturday


Who: Centre Colonels at No. 13 Trinity (Texas) Tigers
When: 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Watch Them Now

Ben Robinson
Trinity (Texas)
5-11 | 193 | Sr. | LB

Key Notes: Robinson has been part of an impressive defensive unit that has helped Trinity (Texas) to an undefeated record through eight games. The senior is second on the squad with 61 tackles and leads the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups. He also has two interceptions for 77 yards and has a forced fumble while helping the Tigers rank 11th nationally in total defense. TU is giving up just 241.9 yards per game and has allowed only nine touchdowns this season to rank seventh nationally. On Saturday, the Tigers will be tested by Centre, which also comes in with a perfect mark at 7-0 while averaging 35.1 points per game to rank in the top 40 nationally.

Other Players to Watch this Week: Stephen Asp, St. Olaf (So., WR); Zach Autenreib, Thomas More (Jr., DB); Tyler Barrett, Trinity (Texas) (Sr., DB); Zach Hurtt, Wittenberg (Sr., LB); Ryan Jenkins, Illinois Wesleyan (Sr., DL); Javicz Jones, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Sr., DB); Jake Mullin, McMurry (Sr., QB); Tyler Steele, Linfield (Jr., DL); Hewitt Tomlin Johns, Hopkins (Sr., QB); Fritz Waldvogel, St. Thomas (Minn.) (Sr., WR).

Keep Your Eyes on This

• The top seven teams held steady in the AFCA poll this week, but there was some action behind them. Last week's No. 8 Delaware Valley and No. 9 Wesley swapped positions and Wabash moved up one spot into the top 10 as Salisbury, which lost its first game of the season Saturday to Wesley, tumbled to No. 15.

• Salisbury may have dropped in the polls but it has a perfect opportunity to redeem itself on Saturday. The Sea Gulls will be playing host to St. John Fisher at noon ET and the winner will gain the Empire 8 Conference's automatic bid to the Division III playoffs. Each team comes into the contest with a perfect 5-0 league mark, and while Salisbury is still stinging from its 23-14 loss a week ago, St. John Fisher improved to 7-1 with a record-setting 63-36 win against Utica. The Cardinals set a school record with seven rushing touchdowns.

• St. John Fisher QB Ryan Kramer enters the weekend looking to continue his surge from last Saturday when he tied the school record with five touchdowns while rushing for 244 yards on 27 carries. His rushing total tied for the 10th highest single-game mark this season. It was a big weekend for rushers on Oct. 29 as four of the top 10 marks this season were reached, including Kramer, Luke Sweeney of Pomona-Pitzer (246 yards on 38 carries), Josh Carter of Springfield (246 yards on 29 carries) and Levell Coppage of Wisconsin-Whitewater (245 yards on 29 carries).   

• Wisconsin-Whitewater extended its home winning streak to 25 games last week and in the process, Coppage etched his name into the record books as he became the first Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons. Coppage has 6,776 career rushing yards -- a total that ranks third all-time in Division III -- entering this weekend's matchup with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, which has lost three of its last four games after an early season three-game winning streak.    

• Dubuque re-entered the top 25 two weeks after ending its first entry into the poll in program history. The Spartans shut out Luther 45-0 last week, their first shutout since 2007. Want an even more impressive stat? Try this: It was the Spartans' first shutout against an Iowa Conference foe since a 39-0 victory against William Penn in 1995. It was also the largest margin of victory by Dubuque since 1979 when the Spartans defeated Upper Iowa 51-0.

• While UWW has a solid grip on the WIAC, the nearby CCIW is more than up for grabs. This week, it's on Wheaton (Ill.) to take a turn trying to wrestle control of the action away from league-leading North Central (Ill.) on Saturday. NCC leads Wheaton and Illinois Wesleyan by one game and has risen back into the national top 10, sitting at No. 7 in the AFCA poll this week behind a defense that ranks 14th nationally by allowing just 250.8 yards per game. The Thunder are not far behind, allowing only 272.5 yards per game but will have a hard time stopping the Cardinals' attack, which boasts the fourth-best scoring offense (46.1 ppg) in the country.