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Well this is a boring week. As COVID sweeps across the nation, games are being postponed left and right. 4 Top 25 matchups are getting pushed off. This, combined with several spring teams making up the Top 25, make for only 4 matchups this week. Given that, and the space I have to fill, let’s look at each game individually.

2 Grand View vs. Culver-Stockton

Earlier in the season, this is the game I was looking forward to. But it’s now November, and the Heart North is a mess. This is Grand View’s last game unless they reschedule one or both of their other postponements. Being as such, this game will clinch Grand View a share of the Heart North Division title with Clarke. That’s right, 2-3 Clarke, who canceled the rest of their games, was 1-0 in conference play.

7 Northwestern vs. Briar Cliff

Win out and you’re in. This is the second-to-last (penultimate for all you word nerds like me) game for Northwestern, and it’s against 1-6 Briar Cliff. A win here solidifies their #2 spot in the GPAC and all but guarantees them a playoff spot. This should be an easy, but important, win.

18 Dordt vs. Hastings

Dordt has to root for chaos – and Briar Cliff. They host the 2-5 Hastings Broncos and need to earn some major style points if they want to make the playoffs. Right now, despite the strong season, the Defenders are on the outside looking in.

19 Benedictine vs. Missouri Valley

Benedictine’s season doesn’t rest on this week, but a loss to 1-5 Missouri Valley would eliminate the Ravens from playoff contention. Win out, and you’re in, as a late-season matchup with Baker will likely determine the fate of the Heart South Division.

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: ppd
  2. Grand View: vs. Culver-Stockton
  3. Lindsey Wilson: Spring
  4. Keiser: Finished
  5. Marian: Spring
  6. Concordia (MI): Spring
  7. Northwestern vs. Briar Cliff
  8. St. Francis (IN): Spring
  9. Cumberlands: Spring
  10. Bethel (KS): ppd
  11. Reinhardt: Spring
  12. Baker: ppd
  13. Siena Heights: Spring
  14. Dickinson State: Finished
  15. Southeastern: Bye
  16. St. Xavier: Spring
  17. Carroll: Spring
  18. Dordt vs. Hastings
  19. Benedictine vs. Missouri Valley
  20. Indiana Wesleyan: Spring
  21. Southwestern: ppd
  22. OUAZ: Spring
  23. College of Idaho: Spring
  24. Faulkner: Spring
  25. Montana Western: Spring

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