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October 16, 2013

Inside the MIAA

A weekly look inside the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

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Players of the week

(Weekly honors are from the league)

- Offense - John Brown (Pittsburg State) - Brown earned weekly honors from the league yet again for his 199-yard performance against Central Missouri. The senior from Homestead, Fla., had two touchdowns on 12 catches.

- Defense - Nate Dreiling (Pittsburg State) - Dreiling didn’t waste any time making an impact against Central Missouri last week. The senior linebacker from Hutchinson, Kan., hauled in an interception on the game’s first offensive play, which led to the Gorillas’ first touchdown of the game. Dreiling also finished with eight tackles in the game.

- Special Teams - Cameron Owens (Fort Hays State) - The senior punter from Topeka, Kan., averaged 51.2 yards per punt against Lindenwood. He punted three times inside Lindenwood’s 20-yard line, and he also had a 65-yard punt in the game.

Power rankings

1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats have been rolling as of late, outscoring opponents 214-43 in their last four games. Now comes a test this week at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City when the Bearcats take on Pittsburg State in the annual Fall Classic.

2. Missouri Western: Much like Northwest Missouri State, the Griffons have enjoyed a soft schedule as of late. Now the heat gets turned up starting this week with a road test at Missouri Southern — who the Griffons lost to at home last year.

3. Pittsburg State: The Gorillas’ offense has been churning at maximum efficiency this season, but can Pittsburg State’s defense rise up and stop Northwest Missouri State this weekend?

4. Washburn: The Ichabods aren’t flashy or dazzling, but they keep on winning — and convincingly. Washburn is outscoring opponents 48.3 to 13.3 this season.

5. Emporia State: Much like a poor man’s Pittsburg State, the Hornets can score at will. But it’ll be up to the defense to stop opponents when the time comes.

6. Missouri Southern: No surprise, the Lions lead the league in rushing offense with 377.2 yards per game. Now, can the Lions join the upper echelon of teams in the league and beat Missouri Western this weekend?

7. Central Missouri: Narrow losses to all the top three teams in the league will have the Mules wondering what could have been at the end of the year.

8. Fort Hays State: Four embarrassing losses to begin the season have segued into two satisfying victories for the Tigers.

9. Lindenwood: Perhaps we should have seen the writing on the wall with the Lions barely beating Southwest Baptist and Lincoln early in the season.

10. Nebraska Kearney: The Lopers have five winnable games to end the season.

11. Lincoln: The win over Grambling State seems like such a long time ago.

12. Southwest Baptist: This club actually beat Missouri Southern a couple of weeks ago. How? Still not quite sure about that.

13. Central Oklahoma: The state of Oklahoma is 0-12 in MIAA play. At least the Bronchos have showed some life in a couple of performances.

14. Northeastern State: Eastern New Mexico ventures to Tahlequah this week, begging the question: Will anyone attend this game since it’s Fall Break?

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