Bemidji State (8-3) vs. Washburn (7-4), noon Saturday
Bemidji State and Washburn meet in the Mineral Water Bowl — the only sanctioned bowl game for NCAA Division II teams — in Excelsior Springs, Mo. The Beavers, making only their second postseason appearance, were the NSIC North Division runner-up. The Beavers have been led by junior Jordan Hein, who has passed for 2,746 yards and 27 TDs despite missing two games. Hein is the school’s career passing leader. … Washburn (Topeka, Kan.) finished in a tie for fourth in the MIAA. The Ichabods’ losses have been to four teams — three of which made the Division II playoffs — with a combined 37-7 record. This is the first meeting between the two teams. The Beavers’ first postseason appearance was in 2006, when they lost to Pittsburg State in the Mineral Water Bowl.
Wis.-Oshkosh (11-1) at St. Thomas (12-0), noon Saturday
Wisconsin-Oshkosh, ranked No. 5 in Division III, is making its second consecutive appearance (and third in the past five years) in the Division III quarterfinals. Last Saturday the Titans, whose only regular-season loss was by three points (17-14) to Wisconsin-Whitewater, pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 31-14 victory over St. John’s. The Titans are averaging 41 points per game, while allowing 12.3 points. … The host Tommies, ranked No. 3 in Division III, have been dominant in their first two playoff victories (43-0 and 55-6). The winner will advance to play the winner of the John Carroll/Wisconsin-Whitewater game on Dec. 10. The Titans and Tommies met in the 2012 semifinals, with the Tommies winning 28-14.