GAME OF THE WEEK
Sioux Falls (6-0, 2-0 NSIC South) at Winona State (5-1, 2-0), 2:30 p.m. Saturday: The top offensive team in Division II and the top defense in the NSIC will meet for first place in the NSIC South Division. Sioux Falls, ranked No. 6 in the d2football.com Top 25, leads Division II in total offense (585 yards per game) and rushing (371.8 yards). The Cougars had 670 yards last week in a 48-28 victory over SW Minnesota State. Winona State, coming off a 27-13 victory at Upper Iowa, leads the NSIC in scoring defense (14.2 points per game) and total defense (277.2 yards per game).
WEEK 7 STORY LINES
•Former Lakeville North QB Trey Heid has become Augustana's all-time leader in passing yards (9,728), passing touchdowns (85) and total offense (11,094). Last week, Heid passed for 310 yards and four TDs in the Vikings' 44-31 victory over Wayne State. Heid, the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year in 2011, also has rushed for 1,366 yards and 17 TDs in his career.
•MIAC and WIAC teams continue to dominate the d3football.com poll. St. Thomas and three WIAC teams are among the top seven teams this week. The unbeaten Tommies (6-0), who are idle this week, are ranked No. 4. Wisconsin-Whitewater is ranked No. 2, followed by Wisconsin-Oshkosh (No. 5) and Wisconsin-Platteville (No. 7). St. John's moved up one spot to No. 10.
•Eight days ago, this week's contest between Northwestern (Roseville) and St. Scholastica was shaping up as a showdown between two unbeaten UMAC teams. Even though Northwestern suffered its first loss of the season (38-14 to MacMurray) last Saturday, this week's matchup in Duluth will still have first-place implications. Northwestern (5-1, 4-1 UMAC) is the last team to defeat St. Scholastica (5-1, 5-0) in conference play. St. Scholastica has won 35 consecutive UMAC games since a 14-13 loss to Northwestern on Oct. 6, 2012.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Damon Gibson, WR, MSU Moorhead: The junior from Beardsley, Minn., leads the NSIC with 44 receptions (for 752 yards) and is tied for league lead with 10 TDs.
Hunter Thompson, WR, St. Scholastica: The junior from Buffalo has caught 24 passes for 528 yards (22 yards per catch) and eight TDs. He led Division III last season with an average of 25.6 yards per catch.
BY THE NUMBERS
12 Times St. John's senior LB Carter Hanson has had at least 10 tackles in a game. Hanson had 10 tackles in the Johnnies' 49-0 victory over Augsburg-.
4,200 Career all-purpose yards for St. Thomas WR Nick Waldvogel after he produced 208 yards in the Tommies' 23-20 victory over Concordia (Moorhead).
17,535 Fans in attendance (a Division III record) in Whitewater, Wis., for Wisconsin-Whitewater's 17-14 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh.