YOU BETTER NOT BE SKIPPING THESE PREVIEWS!!! For tomorrow — it’s not the super-duper blowout round of games we had last weekend, but there’s still some nice matchups on tap. I get to dissect one apiece from each league for tomorrow’s print version, so here’s the expanded, Big Momma’s House upgrade for everybody in cyberspace:
No. 22 Washburn (3-0 overall, 1-0 MIAA) at Missouri Western (3-0, 1-0), 6 p.m. – If the Ichabods can survive this battle of MIAA unbeatens, they set themselves up for a legitimate shot at 6-0 with back-to-back home games to follow. Washburn sophomore QB Dane Simoneau (669 yards, 8 TDs) is quickly becoming one of the league's best.
No. 11 Pittsburg State (2-1, 0-1) at No. 12 Central Missouri (3-0, 1-0), 1:30 p.m. — The brutal beast that is the Gorillas’ schedule continues with a road game to Central Missouri. That’s four straight games against teams in the Top 20 to start the season. Gotta think it’ll pay dividends for PSU in the offseason. If they make it that far. The Mules are out for blood.
Emporia State (1-2, 0-1) at Missouri Southern (0-2, 0-1), 6 p.m. – I’m thinking ESU picks up a much-needed win in Joplin. I think the Hornets have talent, sure, but they play in one of the toughest divisions in the country, too. Don’t think that matters in Emporia, though.
Fort Hays State (2-1, 0-1) at Truman State (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. – This is a super-important game for FHSU. Why? Because next week they get Emporia State for homecoming in Hays and they CANNOT be 0-2 in MIAA play when that happens. The big question: Will TSU be stupid enough to kick to CJ Lovett?
No. 21 McPherson (2-0, 1-0 KCAC) at No. 15 Ottawa (2-0, 1-0), 6 p.m. — Fresh off the heels of last Saturday's upset of Friends, the Bulldogs travel to another ranked opponent. Ottawa senior QB Ethan Haller threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns in last week's win over Bethel.
Sterling (1-0, 1-0) at Peru State (1-2), 1 p.m. – This is a game the Warriors can win, and I like that it seems like they always play an outside of conference game every year that’s not Haskell. Big ups for that. Kansas Wesleyan (1-0, 1-0) at Saint Mary (0-2, 0-1), 3 p.m. — Straight up, KWU doesn’t have a test on its schedule until an Oct. 17 home date against McPherson, although I’m hoping Bethel puts up a fight. Is it good or bad to start out with patsies? Also in that vein … what came first, the chicken or the egg? Eternal questions that can never be solved.
Bethel (0-1, 0-1) at Southern Nazarene (1-1), 6 p.m. – Tough way to open the season for the Threshers last week when they traveled to Ottawa. Back on the road it doesn’t get any easier.
Bethany (1-0, 1-0) at Tabor (0-1, 0-1), 7 p.m. – Confident Swedes get to open Weins Stadium in Hillsboro. Should be a great atmosphere with the new digs.
Southwestern (0-1, 0-1) at No. 18 Friends (0-1, 0-1), 7 p.m. – I reallyreallyreally wouldn’t like to be on Southwestern’s team right now. The Falcons were embarrassed last week at McPherson and are looking to jump-start a winning streak. The Moundbuilders will do the trick.
No. 6 Hutchinson (2-0, 1-0 Jayhawk) at Dodge City (0-3, 0-2), 7 p.m. — This is the last tuneup the Blue Dragons get before back-to-back games against Fort Scott and Butler. Hutchinson freshman RB Chris Anderson was the NJCAA offensive player of the week after running for 120 yards and six TDs against Highland last Saturday.
Coffeyville (1-2, 0-1) at Highland (0-3, 0-2), 1 p.m. – My Red Ravens should get a win right here. Last week’s victory over Air Force Prep was a step in the right direction. I still think CCC goes 4-5 with a possible swing game against Garden City. We’ll see.
Air Force Prep (2-1) at No. 5 Butler (2-1, 2-0), 2 p.m. – Good opponent for Butler at home, although the Grizzlies roll here. Opening loss still stings but Butler gets Coffeyville next (a game they’ll win) then head to Gowans Stadium in Hutch for the Big Game Of The Year on Oct. 3.
No. 8 Fort Scott (2-0, 1-0) at Garden City (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. – Why can’t the Broncbusters beat Fort Scott anymore? I don’t know, but they need this one pretty bad.
THAT’S ALL I GOT. BACK TO WORK.