#16 Kansas Wesleyan (2-0) at #25 Sterling (1-1)
About Kansas Wesleyan University: It was a one-sided affair in Salina as Kansas Wesleyan beat Friends University 83-0 on Saturday. KCAC Offensive Player of the Week Johnny Feauto had a great day, going 10 of 15 for 324 yards and five touchdowns passing. Four Coyotes had over sixty yards receiving, led in yardage by Johnny Carmack (two receptions, 105 yards, one touchdown). Junior linebacker Warren Singletary led the KWU defense with six tackles.
About Sterling College: Sterling College rebounded from a loss in week one and defeated Southwestern College 43-20. Quarterback Eric Butler led the Warrior offense with 222 yards passing, going 14-23 with three touchdowns and one interception. Another big playmaker for the offense was receiver Raphael Williams (four catches, 131 yards, two touchdowns). Junior linebacker Nicholas McGrew led the Sterling defense, recording nine total tackles including one tackle for loss.
History: Since 2005, Sterling has an advantage in the series, going 10-3 against the Coyotes. In last season's matchup, Sterling won a hard-fought game, 26-23.
Ottawa (2–0) at Bethany (1-2)
About Ottawa University: In a back and forth contest, Ottawa ended up pulling out a win against Saint Mary, 29-27. A field goal by Nicholas Rodriguez early in the fourth quarter ended up being the difference. Connor Kaegi led the Braves passing attack, going 26 of 46 for 286 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was senior wide receiver Darrion Dillard, catching the ball ten times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore defensive lineman Isaiah Veal had a disruptive day for Ottawa's defense, recording nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and forcing two fumbles.
About Bethany College: Bethany earned their first win of the season on Saturday, beating the Bethel Threshers 31-28. A field goal in the final minute by the Swedes proved to be the difference. Quarterback Isaiah Salazar led a dynamic passing attack for the Swedes, going 35-43 for 394 yards and throwing three touchdowns. Three Bethany receivers (Dalton Goodwin, Michael Milbourne, Jafar Thomas) had over 90 yards receiving. Defensive back Rhett Mizer led the Bethany defense with 11 total tackles.
History: Ottawa has dominated the series since 2005, going 10-3 against Bethany. However, the Swedes won last year's showdown against Ottawa, winning 30-21.
RV Tabor (0-1) at Friends (0-3)
(KCAC Radio Network Game of the Week)
About Tabor College: The Bluejays had a bye week on September 8. Their last contest was a 13-10 loss in week one against the Saint Mary Spires. In that game, sophomore quarterback Michael McPeek led the Tabor passing attack, going 10-22 for 126 yards, but surrendered two interceptions. Freshman quarterback Trey McGee (7-16, 98 yards, two interceptions) also saw action. Wide receiver CJ Tate was a major factor, gaining 107 yards on four receptions. Freshman linebacker Tanner Hettenbach accounted for eight total tackles, including two tackles for loss.
About Friends University: Against Kansas Wesleyan, the Falcons struggled to get anything going and fell to the Coyotes 83-0. Quarterbacks Dan Dawdy (8-21, 72 yards, two interceptions) and Colt Smith (9-18, 45 yards, one interceptions) combined for 117 yards. Running back Noah Diaz got involved in both the running and receiving games, rushing nine times for 21 yards and catching the ball four times for 20 yards. The Friends defense was led in tackles by senior defensive back Desean McKinnon, with seven.
History: Tabor and Friends have had a fairly even series since 2005, with Friends holding a 7-6 advantage. Tabor has won the last three, however, including a 45-14 victory last season (10/28/2017).
Southwestern (2-1) at McPherson (1-1)
(KCAC ESPN3 Game of the Week)
About Southwestern College: The Moundbuilders suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Sterling Warriors, losing 43-20. Running back Keyshawn Wyatt led the way for Southwestern's offense, rushing the ball 23 times for 157 yards. Quarterback Christian Gordon went 13-23 for 144 yards and a touchdown, but tossed three interceptions. Sophomore linebacker Clayton Downum led the Southwestern defense with 10 total tackles.
About McPherson College: McPherson's offense had a productive day, but was no match for the Avila Eagles in a 54-31 loss on Saturday. Quarterback Ed Crouch went 23-48 passing for 278 yards and three touchdowns, but threw three interceptions to an opportunistic Avila defense. Crouch also had 11 rushes for 43 yards and one rushing touchdown. Crouch's favorite receiving target was senior wide receiver Jackson Goodmiller, who had six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldog defense was led by defensive back Erick Brown, who had ten total tackles, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble.
History: McPherson College has the edge in this series since 2005, going 8-5 against Southwestern. The Moundbuilders won last season's contest, though, beating the Bulldogs 45-17 (9/23/2017).
Saint Mary (1-1) bye