GAME OF THE WEEK
Gustavus Adolphus (4-4, 3-3 MIAC) at St. Thomas (7-1, 6-0), 1:10 p.m., Saturday: The host Tommies need just one victory in their final two games to secure at least a share of the MIAC championship and an NCAA Division III playoff berth. The Tommies have won the past nine games in the series, including 40-6 in St. Peter last year. The Gusties are coming off a 41-13 victory over St. Olaf. The Tommies, ranked No. 4, are coming off a 58-13 victory over Bethel.
WEEK 10 Story lines
• Division II regional rankings: MSU Mankato moved up to second in the Super Region Four rankings. The Mavericks moved up after defeating Winona State last Saturday. The loss dropped the Warriors from the top spot to No. 4 in the rankings. Two other teams are ranked in the region’s top 10 — Sioux Falls (No. 5) and Minn.-Duluth (No. 9). Central Washington is ranked No. 1 in the region. The top seven teams from four regions advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
• Division III regional rankings: Unbeaten Wis.-Oshkosh was ranked No. 1 in the first West Region rankings, which were announced Wednesday. Linfield and Wartburg are tied for No. 2. MIAC leader St. Thomas is ranked No. 4. Two other MIAC teams and two other WIAC teams are ranked in the region’s top 10: St. John’s (No. 5), Wis.-La Crosse (No. 6), Concordia-Moorhead (No. 8) and Wis.-Platteville (No. 9). Monmouth (No. 7) and George Fox (No. 10) round out the top 10.
• NSIC Division titles: Minn.-Duluth and MSU Mankato can clinch NSIC division titles this week. Minn.-Duluth can earn at least a share of its 10th consecutive NSIC North Division with a victory over winless Minn.-Crookston. The Bulldogs are 61-3 all-time (33-0 at home) in NSIC North Division play. The Bulldogs have won their past three games by shutout, just the second time in school history they’ve recorded three consecutive shutouts in the same season. MSU Mankato can clinch at least a share of the NSIC overall and South Division title with a victory over Wayne State on Saturday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Gregory Lewis, RB, St. Cloud State: The junior from Milwaukee, in his first season with the Huskies, is sixth in the NSIC in rushing (691 yards). Lewis, who played for Central Lakes C.C. last season, has rushed for at least 100 yards in his past four games.
Troy Peterson, WR, St. Olaf: The senior from Edina has 60 receptions this season to become the school’s career leader with 189 receptions. He surpassed the previous record of 185 with seven receptions last week.
BY THE NUMBERS
22 Touchdown receptions for Minn.-Crookston’s Adam Connette. A senior from Corona, Calif., Connette needs one more to tie the school record.
24 Field goals for Concordia (St. Paul) kicker Jonas Schenderlein, the third most in school history. Schenderlein kicked three field goals last week to up his season total to 13 (second best in school history).
76 Rushing yards allowed by St. Thomas in six MIAC games. The Tommies have not allowed a rushing touchdown in their past 23 quarters.