Peru State at Missouri Valley
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Missouri Valley College, Marshall, MO
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com
TV: ESPN 3
Storyline: Peru State (2-1) rallied in the fourth quarter but missed a 47-yard field goal in the final seconds in a 21-19 loss to Evangel last week. Missouri Valley won its first game of the season last week as it erased a 13-7 deficit in the second quarter in rolling past Graceland 45-13.
Player to watch: Peru State needs to contain Missouri Valley QB Jake Bridges, who accounted for four touchdowns last week as he threw for 243 yards and ran for 66. He’s thrown for 733 yards in three games.
Notable: Peru State leads the Heart of America Conference in rushing, averaging 267.7 yards per game. Missouri Valley is seventh at 157.7 yards per game.
Northwest Missouri State at UNK, 2 p.m.
Storyline: NCAA Division II top-ranked Northwest Missouri (2-0) was pushed by Washburn last week, but the Bearcats won 20-14 to run their winning streak to 32 games. UNK (1-1) lost last week at Emporia State — the Bearcats opened the season with a 34-0 win over Emporia.
Player to watch: Omaha North grad Zach Martin has been efficient in his first season as Northwest’s starting quarterback. He’s completed 72.7 percent of his attempts, seventh nationally, and has thrown for 552 yards.
Notable: Since UNK joined the MIAA, Northwest is 5-0 against the Lopers and outscored them 204-41.
Chadron State at Western State, 2 p.m.
Storyline: Dalton Holst threw for 459 yards last week, but Chadron (1-1) stalled in the red zone in a 24-10 loss to Colorado Mesa. Mesa also beat Western State (0-2) 49-23 in its opener. Western gave up 51 points last week as its pass defense has allowed 818 yards and 10 TDs in two games.
Player to watch: Chadron State receiver Jackson Dickerson could be in line for another big afternoon after he had 16 catches, the most in program history, for 137 yards against Mesa.
Notable: Western State defensive coordinator Todd Auer, who joined the Mountaineers two years ago, was on Chadron’s coaching staff 23 years, including 17 as defensive coordinator.
Dakota Wesleyan at Doane, 1 p.m.
Storyline: Dakota Wesleyan (2-1) is ranked No. 22 in the NAIA poll. Wesleyan will give No. 7 Doane (2-0) a test on defense. Wesleyan is averaging 49.3 points and 611 yards per game. Doane is coming off a 28-13 win over Friends, a game in which the Tigers had only 262 yards of offense but scored two defensive touchdowns.
Player to watch: Wesleyan quarterback Dillon Turner is completing 72.7 percent of his passes and has thrown for 996 yards with 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Doane’s defense ranks third in the NAIA in pass efficiency.
Notable: Turnovers were key in last year’s meeting. Wesleyan committed four turnovers as Doane scored 35 first-quarter points on its way to a 61-34 win.
Briar Cliff at Midland, 1 p.m.
Storyline: Defense has led Midland to a 2-0 start as the Warriors are allowing 19 points per game. Midland rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter against North Park last week for a 24-14 win. Briar Cliff (0-3) is allowing 49 points and 566 yards per game.
Player to watch: Adrian Kellogg provided a boost for Midland’s running game last week. The former Millard North standout, who had two carries in Midland’s opener, rushed for 48 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Notable: Noah Ylagan, who rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns last week, moved into second place on Briar Cliff’s career rushing list.
Dordt at Morningside, 1 p.m.
Storyline: Fourth-ranked Morningside (3-0) is coming off a 35-30 win over NCAA Division II’s Truman State, holding on after leading 28-10 at halftime. Dordt is off to a 2-0 start, outscoring its opponents 103-24. Dordt’s offense rolled up 576 yards in a win over Waldorf last week.
Player to watch: While Morningside’s offense keeps putting up prolific numbers, Klayton Nordeen collected a game-high 13 tackles in the Truman State win.
Notable: Dordt had its winningest season in school history by going 5-6 last year. But Morningside also beat Dordt 87-14 last season.
Coe at Nebraska Wesleyan, 1 p.m.
Storyline: Wesleyan (0-2) opens IIAC play against last year’s league champion. Both of the Prairie Wolves’ nonconference opponents are ranked in the NCAA III Top 25, and Coe (2-0) is receiving votes. Coe is averaging more than 220 rushing yards per game. Wesleyan’s defense is allowing more than 250 yards rushing a game.
Player to watch: Wesleyan quarterback Jonathan Curti was the IIAC offensive player of the week after setting a school record with 461 yards passing. He also set a record with 65 pass attempts.
Notable: Wesleyan hasn’t started a season 0-3 since 2010.