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The fall portion of the NAIA Football season is winding down. Today, we have a light slate of games, as postponements, bye weeks, and a cancellation show us that we’re still firmly in 2020.

Morningside barely escaped Dordt last week, and gets Concordia (NE) this week. Seeing that Dordt dispatched Concordia pretty easily earlier in the week, I expect the same here for Morningside. The #1 team should be a lock for the playoffs at this point, along with Keiser, Northwestern, Grand View, and Dickinson State.

One team that can lock up a playoff spot this week is Bethel. The Threshers have sifted through their schedule so far, taking opponents to the cleaners at the hands of the flexbone. This week is their toughest matchup of the fall, as they host the Southwestern Moundbuilders. Both teams boast a good running game, and it will be up to the defenses to force mistakes on either side. Thresher running back Chantz Scurry leads the balanced rushing attack with 443 yards, but 2 other backs – Camryn Harrison and Kayden Christiansen – have also racked up more than 300 yards each. Bethel signal-caller Zach Esau has been a model option quarterback, completing almost 60% of his passes while averaging 66 yards per game on the ground. For the Moundbuilders, Keyshawn Wyatt leads the charge with 489 yards on 6.5 yards per attempt. Which defense will step up?

Just a few final notes – all times Eastern. Rankings are from the media poll. We’ll let you know who’s playing in Spring below, as that consists of quite a lot of the Top 25. Let’s get to the gettin’.

Top 25

  1. Morningside @ RV Concordia (NE)
  2. Grand View: ppd
  3. Lindsey Wilson: Spring
  4. Keiser vs. Ave MariaK
  5. Marian: Spring
  6. Concordia (MI): Spring
  7. Northwestern @ Hastings
  8. St. Francis (IN): Spring
  9. Cumberlands: Spring
  10. Bethel (KS) vs. 19 Southwestern
  11. Reinhardt: Spring
  12. Baker: ppd
  13. Siena Heights: Spring
  14. Dickinson State vs. Presentation
  15. Southeastern: Canceled
  16. St. Xavier: Spring
  17. Carroll: Spring
  18. Dordt: Bye
  19. Southwestern @ 10 Bethel (KS)
  20. Benedictine: ppd
  21. Indiana Wesleyan: Spring
  22. OUAZ: Spring
  23. College of Idaho: Spring
  24. Faulkner: Spring
  25. Kansas Wesleyan: Bye

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