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Saturday’s small college football games

  • Published Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at 8:50 p.m.

MIAA

Central Missouri (4-1, 4-1) at No. 1 Pittsburg State (4-0, 4-0), 2 p.m. – The first big test for the Gorillas comes against Central Missouri, which was three points behind Emporia State for the No. 25 spot in this week’s AFCA Division II rankings.

Pittsburg State has won its first four games by an average of 30.3 points, but the Mules already own a win over No. 8 Northwest Missouri.

No. 25 Emporia State (5-0, 5-0) at Southwest Baptist (1-4, 1-4), 2 p.m. – The Hornets are ranked for the first time since 2003 and are trying for their first 6-0 start since 1988. Emporia State, which joined the MIAA in 1991, started last season 1-4.

Other games

No. 8 Northwest Missouri (4-1, 3-1) at Central Oklahoma (1-4, 1-4), 1 p.m.

No. 5 Missouri Western (5-0, 4-0) at Northeastern State (0-5, 0-5), 2 p.m.

South Dakota Mines (1-4) at Missouri Southern (3-2), 2 p.m.

No. 20 Washburn (4-1, 4-1) at Lincoln (0-5, 0-5), 2 p.m.

Truman (3-2, 3-2) at Nebraska-Kearney (0-5, 0-5), 2:30 p.m.

Lindenwood (4-1, 3-1) at Fort Hays State (1-4, 1-4), 7 p.m.

KCAC

Southwestern (3-2, 2-1) at Ottawa (2-2, 2-1), 7 p.m. – Southwestern’s two league wins have come against the KCAC’s winless teams in Bethel and Sterling, and its non-conference win was against also-winless Haskell. The Braves have won three of the last four KCAC titles.

Other games

Bethany (2-3, 1-2) at Saint Mary (1-4, 1-3), 1:30 p.m.

Bethel (0-4, 0-3) at Friends (3-2, 2-1), 1:30 p.m.

No. 23 Kansas Wesleyan (4-1, 4-0) at Tabor (3-2, 2-1), 2 p.m.

Southwestern (3-2, 2-1) at Ottawa (2-2, 2-1), 7 p.m.

Heart of America

Central Methodist (2-3, 2-3) at No. 12 Benedictine (4-1, 2-1), 1 p.m. – Benedictine is coming off its first loss, a 54-44 shootout against Evangel. Ravens quarterback Bill Noonan leads the HOA with 15 touchdown passes against three interceptions.

Other games

No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (3-1, 3-1) at Culver-Stockton (0-5, 0-5), 1 p.m.

Avila (1-4, 0-3) at No. 19 Baker (4-2, 3-2), 2 p.m.

Jayhawk Conference

No. 19 Garden City (4-1, 2-1) at No. 2 Butler (6-0, 4-0), 7 p.m. – Both teams got a boost in the NJCAA Top 20 this week when the Grizzlies moved back up to No. 2 and the Broncbusters jumped into the rankings at No. 19.

Garden City quarterback Nick Marshall, a Georgia transfer, leads the Jayhawk with 1,916 yards of total offense. Marshall has rushed for 10 touchdowns and thrown for 11.

Other games

Fort Scott (2-4, 2-3) at Independence (3-3, 1-3), 7 p.m.

Highland (1-4, 1-3) at Coffeyville (3-2, 2-1), 7 p.m.

Air Force Prep (0-5) at No. 12 Hutchinson (4-1), 7 p.m.

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