GAME OF THE WEEK
St. Thomas (8-0, 6-0 MIAC) at Gustavus Adolphus (4-4, 2-4), 1:10 p.m. Saturday: St. Thomas, ranked No. 4 in Division III, can clinch at least a share of the MIAC title with a victory. The Tommies, who have won 21 consecutive regular-season games, lead the conference in scoring (46.3 points per game) and are second in points allowed (13.4) and yards allowed (235.4). The Gusties, who opened the season 3-0, ended a four-game losing streak last Saturday with a 23-3 victory over St. Olaf.
WEEK 10 STORY LINES
• The first Division III regional rankings were announced Wednesday. Wis.-Whitewater is ranked No. 1, St. Thomas is ranked No. 2 and Wis.-Oshkosh is No. 3 in the poll. Two other MIAC teams — St. John’s and Concordia-Moorhead are also in the poll. St. John’s is No. 6 and Concordia-Moorhead is tied for No. 9 (with Northwestern-Roseville). Coe, which is No. 4, is the only team in the regional rankings that has already clinched a spot in the Division III playoffs. Coe (9-0) clinched the Iowa Conference championship last week with a 48-7 victory over Buena Vista last week.
• Tony Jennison, who is in his ninth season as the Macalester coach, has become the winningest football coach in school history. The Scots’ 7-2 record this season has improved Jennison’s career record to 46-42. He passed Dwight Stuessy, who won 45 games in 13 seasons (1937-38, 1946-56). This is just the fourth time in the 123-year history of the program that the Scots have won at least seven games. The others were in 1960, 1986 and 2014.
• UMAC co-leaders Northwestern and Eureka will square off for the conference title Saturday in Eureka, Ill. Both teams are 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the UMAC. Northwestern has three consecutive victories since a 38-14 loss to MacMurray. Eureka has won six straight since a 47-6 loss to St. Scholastica. St. Scholastica, which is in a tie for third place (with MacMurray) in the UMAC, has won or shared five consecutive league titles.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Evan Clark, WR, St. John’s: The senior from Phoenix, Ariz., leads the MIAC with 12 TD receptions. Clark has caught 32 passes for 746 yards (23.3 yards per catch).
Paul Preston, RB, Winona State: The senior from Park Ridge, Ill., is second in the NSIC in rushing with 919 yards after rushing for a career-high 198 yards in a 21-20 loss to Augustana last week.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 St. Cloud State receivers who have had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Jameson Parsons became the second last week, joining Ben Nelson (2001 and 2002).
14 Rushing TDs for SW Minnesota State’s Max Simmons, who ranks first among freshmen in all NCAA divisions.
2,261 Passing yards (a school single-season record) by Hamline’s Justice Spriggs.