Peru State (4-1) at Baker (5-0)
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Baldwin City, KS
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm & B103 app
Storyline: Peru State moved into the NAIA poll at No. 23. Now the Bobcats get to play second-ranked Baker, which is third in the NAIA in scoring (51.2 game). Peru State wants to keep the ball away from Baker with its run game. The Bobcats average 291.4 yards rushing a game.
Player to watch: Baker quarterback Logan Brettell threw for 362 yards and five touchdowns in last week’s 44-37 win over then-No. 14 Benedictine. Brettell has thrown for 8,072 career yards, 206 shy of Baker’s all-time record.
Notable: Baker is 6-2 all time against the Bobcats and has won six straight since they joined the Heart of America Conference in 2011.
Concordia (2-2) at Hastings (3-1)
Storyline: Concordia’s defense allowed 234 yards in last week’s 29-18 upset of then-No. 7 Doane. David City Aquinas grad Lane Napier led Concordia with nine tackles. Hastings was handed its first loss 38-35 when Dakota Wesleyan’s Seth Paulson kicked a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left.
Player to watch: Tahj Willingham rushed for a season-high 159 yards last week for Hastings. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in all four games.
Notable: The teams played a tight game last season with Concordia winning 31-28.
Doane (3-1) at Briar Cliff (0-5)
Storyline: Doane dropped seven spots to 14th in the NAIA poll after its first loss last week at Concordia. The Tigers led 13-0 before falling 29-18. Briar Cliff is allowing 53.2 points per game. Kwame Johnson rushed for 134 yards for the Chargers last week against Northwestern.
Player to watch: Doane’s Cole Wiseman was named the NAIA national defensive player of the week after he tied a school record with three interceptions against Concordia, returning one for a score. The Sutton native has five interceptions this season.
Notable: Briar Cliff is in the midst of playing four ranked teams in five weeks. It lost 63-26 to No. 19 Northwestern last week.
Midland (4-0) at Dakota Wesleyan (3-2) 1 p.m.
Storyline: Midland has won three games by 10 points or fewer, and last week it beat Dordt 33-28 when Exavier Edwards scored on a kickoff return with less than two minutes left. The Warriors need to slow Dillon Turner, who rushed for 158 yards and passed for 170 in last week’s comeback win over Hastings.
Player to watch: Edwards was named the NAIA national special teams player of the week after he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last week.
Notable: Both teams moved into the national poll this week — Midland is No. 24, Wesleyan is 25th.
Morningside (4-0) at Northwestern (4-0)
Storyline: No shortage of offense between two unbeaten GPAC rivals. No. 4 Morningside is averaging 616.8 yards per game, which is second in the NAIA, and 50.8 points per game. No. 15 Northwestern averages 523.5 yards and 44.0 points.
Player to watch: For Northwestern to pull the upset, it will need a strong game from quarterback Tyson Kooima, who is averaging 351.5 total yards.
Notable: Northwestern already surpassed its win total from last year, when it went 3-7. That was the Red Raiders’ first losing season since 1991.
UNK (1-3) at Missouri Southern (0-4)
Storyline: UNK’s stingy defense could be on display again as it’s third in the MIAA in rushing yards allowed (64.8 per game) and total offense allowed (330.3). Missouri Southern’s offense is averaging 11 points and 240 yards with 10 turnovers in its first four games.
Player to watch: UNK’s Steve Worthing has thrown for 552 yards and is second on the team in rushing.
Notable: The programs have met 15 times. Ten of those games have been decided by 10 points or fewer, including Missouri Southern’s 24-14 win last year.
Wayne State (2-2) at Augustana (2-2)
Storyline: Wayne tries to rebound from a double-overtime loss to Minnesota Duluth. Augustana’s offense averages 19.8 points per game, but the defense features the top two tacklers in the Northern Sun — linebackers Kirby Hora and Matt Wagner.
Player to watch: Layne Sullivan is coming off a game in which he caught 14 passes for 151 yards. The 14 receptions were the fifth most in a game in Wayne State history.
Notable: Wayne’s Nate Rogers has six TD catches this season and 21 for his career. He’s tied for fourth on the school’s all-time TD reception list.
Chadron State (3-1) at Humboldt State (3-0)
Storyline: Chadron’s offense put up 73 points last week and squares off with another high-scoring offense. Humboldt, which edged Western Oregon 49-48 in overtime last week, is third in Division II in points per game (50.3) and yards per game (538).
Player to watch: Chadron’s defense must contain quarterback Robert Webber, a four-year starter who has completed 71.8 percent of his passes for 772 yards and 11 touchdowns this year.
Notable: Twelve players on Chadron’s roster are from California, including starters Adam Fuselier (offensive lineman), Zack Kozlik (punter) and Trey Mosley, Brian Wood and Ryan Wood (defensive backs).
Loras (2-2) at Nebraska Wesleyan (0-4)
Storyline: Wesleyan watched a 17-point lead disappear last week in a 52-27 loss at Central. Now the Prairie Wolves face a team that scored a school-record 73 points last week in a win at Buena Vista. Loras leads the IIAC in scoring at 41 points per game.
Player to watch: Jackson Hinze has shown his versatility, handling kicking and punting duties as well as being a slot receiver. He made both his field-goal attempts last week, including a career-long 45-yarder.
Notable: In two IIAC games, Wesleyan has outscored its opponents 21-0 in the first quarter, but been outscored 52-18 in the second half.