1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats are just toying with opponents now. Since playing a close game with Central Missouri in Week 2, Northwest Missouri State’s defense has tightened the clamps and is turning back virtually anyone that has been in its way.
2. Pittsburg State: The Gorillas solidified its status as the league’s second-best team with a beatdown of Missouri Western. And it’s pretty smooth sailing the rest of the season for Tim Beck and Co.
3. Missouri Western: Getting manhandled by Pittsburg State is not a good way to show you belong in the national playoff picture.
4. Emporia State: Time to see what the Hornets can do against actual quality opponents. With Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State and Washburn ahead, it’ll show just how good quarterback Brent Wilson really is.
5. Washburn: Much like Emporia, the road through the rest of the regular season is treacherous.
6. Missouri Southern: The Lions are battling with Central Missouri and Fort Hays State as the best team in the second tier of clubs in the league.
7. Central Missouri: The Mules did whatever they wanted against Northeastern State over the weekend.
8. Fort Hays State: The Tigers’ offense is clicking now.
9. Nebraska Kearney: Three wins in their last four games has the Lopers feeling good.
10. Lindenwood: The Lions were gift-wrapped an easy schedule this season. Their record says otherwise.
11. Lincoln: Only one this year, but hey, at least Morris Henderson is fun to watch.
12. Southwest Baptist: A total of five rushing yards against Kearney. How does that even happen?
13. Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos didn’t lose last week. They were idle.
14. Northeastern State: Things are spiraling out of control for the worst offensive team in the league.
They said it (point / counterpoint)
“We just lined up in our original block, and I got a good jump on it. I didn’t realize the ball was right next to me. I just picked it up and tried to take it back as fast as I could...all I saw was green so I just took off with it.” -- Pittsburg State safety Jason Peete of his blocked field goal and subsequent 56-yard return for a touchdown to give the Gorillas a 20-7 lead over Missouri Western.
“They were offsides. It swung the game. I’ve watched the video, so I know that for sure.” -- Missouri Western head coach Jerry Partridge of Pittsburg State’s field goal block.