No. 16 Washburn (6-2 overall, 4-2 MIAA) at No. 4 Northwest Missouri (7-1, 6-0), 1:30 p.m. _ The Bearcats have won 37 consecutive MIAA games, with 34 coming in the regular season and three in the playoffs. Washburn is fifth in the NCAA Division II regional rankings, with the top six teams getting playoff bids, so a loss here doesn't necessarily kill their postseason hopes.
Fort Hays State (5-3, 3-3) at Pittsburg State (4-4, 2-4), 2 p.m. _ A loss to the upstart Tigers would serve as the coup de grace to Pittsburg State's disastrous season. Fort Hays State defensive back C.J. Lovett has been named the MIAA special teams player of the week twice this season, and was the defensive player of the week after two interceptions against Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday.
Emporia State (1-7, 0-6) at Truman State (1-7, 0-6), 2 p.m.
No. 14 Friends (5-1 overall, 4-1 KCAC) at Bethany (4-3, 3-2), 1:30 p.m. —Avoiding slipups will be the name of the game for Friends for the next three weeks leading up to what could be the KCAC title game on Nov. 14 against Ottawa in Wichita. The Falcons haven't done anything really bad since a season-opening loss to McPherson, but they haven't done anything really great, either. Look for Friends coach Monty Lewis to try to get his ground game working again.
Bethel (1-5, 1-4) at Tabor (0-6, 0-5), 1:30 p.m.
Kansas Wesleyan (4-2, 3-2) at Sterling (3-3, 2-3), 1:30 p.m.
Southwestern (1-5, 1-4) at No. 17 McPherson (5-1, 4-1), 1:30 p.m.
No. 8 Ottawa (6-0, 5-0) at Saint Mary (2-4, 2-3), 1:30 p.m.
Hutchinson (4-3, 2-3) at Independence (2-5, 2-3), 7 p.m — As unbelievable as it might have sounded at the beginning of the season, this game has big-time playoff implications... as in the loser can kiss its postseason hopes goodbye. The teams are tied for fifth in the standings right now, one game behind Garden City for the final Region VI berth with two regular season games to go.
No. 4 Butler (6-1, 5-0) at Highland (0-7, 0-5), 1 p.m.
No. 20 Coffeyville (4-3, 3-2) at Dodge City (0-7, 0-5), 1:30 p.m.