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North Central Week 6 Preview vs. Wheaton

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Oct. 14:
 North Central College Cardinals (5-0, 3-0 CCIW) at Wheaton College Thunder (4-2, 2-2 CCIW)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., McCully Stadium
Video: livestream.com/WheatonThunder
Radio: 89.1-FM WONC
Live Stats: sidearmstats.com/wheaton/football
Game Updates via Twitter: @NCC_Athletics
Series History: Wheaton leads, 51-42-3

Setting the Scene: The Cardinals put their undefeated record and the Little Brass Bell on the line this week, making the short trip to McCully Stadium for an always-difficult matchup with the Thunder.

Series History: This is the 97th football meeting between the two institutions. Wheaton owns a 51-42-3 advantage in the all-time series, which is North Central's most extensive football rivalry.

The teams played twice last season. North Central won possession of the Little Brass Bell, the traveling trophy between the two teams, with a 35-25 victory on Oct. 15. The Cardinals owned a 24-3 advantage before Wheaton rallied to get within a single touchdown. Liam Crotty's 25-yard field goal with 2:01 to play wound up sealing the victory.

A rare postseason rematch occurred on Nov. 26 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship. The Thunder scored 17 unanswered points after halftime and prevailed, 31-14.

The teams have played for the Little Brass Bell annually since 1946, with Wheaton owning a 47-20 edge in those contests.

National Rankings: North Central is ranked No. 4 nationally this week by D3football.com and the American Football Coaches Association. 

Scouting the Thunder: Wheaton suffered a second straight loss on Saturday, dropping a 35-31 decision at Millikin despite owning a 21-7 advantage at halftime.

The Big Blue scored three touchdowns in the final 12:54, though Wheaton did score on a two-yard touchdown pass from Curtis McWilliams to Phillip Nichols with 1:58 remaining to take a 31-28 lead.

Millikin drove 83 yards on 10 plays and scored the winning touchdown on a two-yard run by quarterback Nicco Stepina with 31 seconds on the clock.

The Thunder enter this week's game as the CCIW leaders in scoring offense (38.8 points per game), rushing offense 211.7 yards per game) and quarterback sacks (27).

Tailback Sola Olateju leads Wheaton's ground game with 616 yards and four touchdowns while Spencer Peterson, primarily taking direct snaps out of the wildcat formation, has run for 305 yards and four TDs of his own. McWilliams is completing 62.4 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and six interceptions.

Defensive ends Chase Greenlee and Austin Hoover pace the Thunder's pass rush with eight and six quarterback sacks, respectively.

This Week for the Cardinals: North Central posted its first shutout victory in four years on Saturday, dominating throughout a 33-0 victory over North Park.

The Cardinals allowed only 92 yards of total offense, breaking the previous single-game school record of 97 yards allowed against Benedictine in 2006.

Austin Breunig scored two touchdowns and gained 170 all-purpose yards, gaining 105 yards on 20 rushing attempts and catching four passes for 65 yards. Broc Rutter completed 16 of 23 passes for 231 yards, hitting Andrew Kamienski six times for 110 yards and another touchdown.

North Central recorded seven quarterback sacks in the game, three of which were recorded by freshman defensive end Talha AyhanTommy Sora and Matt Sutherland shared the team lead in tackles with Ayhan, as each recorded six.
 
CCIW Player of the Week: Sutherland was named the CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week, also blocking a punt which resulted in a safety. North Central has received one of the CCIW's Player of the Week Awards following each game this season.

Millikin's Nicco Stepina and Illinois Wesleyan's Jordan Hassan were selected as the CCIW Players of the Week on offense and defense, respectively.
 
Stepina was 26-of-48 for 271 yards and two touchdown passes in Millikin's win over Wheaton. He also finished with 15 carries for 69 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
 
Hassan totaled 13 tackles (12 solo), 3.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks in a 28-10 win at Augustana.

This Week in the CCIW: Elmhurst travels to Carthage this week, while Carroll visits Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin plays at Augustana. North Park is idle this week.

CCIW Statistical Rankings: North Central is currently leading the CCIW in first downs (115), average time of possession (32:57), red-zone offense (93.1%), net punting average (37.5 yards per punt), third-down conversion percentage (51.4%), fewest quarterback sacks allowed (8) and punt return average (17.7 yards per return).

Breunig is leading the CCIW in all-purpose yards (157.2 per game), while Muoghalu ranks first in total touchdowns (9) and Crotty leads in points scored by kicking per game (9.2). 

North Central Career Rankings:  Rutter ranks fourth in North Central history in career touchdown passes (47), passing yards (4,575) and pass completions (326). 

Breunig ranks fourth all-time in all-purpose yards (3,430) and rushing yards (2,512) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (25), and Crotty sits fifth in extra-point kicks made (78) and field goals made (17).

Pat Cravens ranks fourth in school history in punt return yards (621), 13th in interceptions (8) and 15th in pass breakups (15). Justin Stuursma and Sora rank seventh (222) and 11th (192) in total tackles, respectively. 

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'Red Zone' Returns in 2017: Once again, fans of North Central College football can get an insider's look at the Cardinals' football program, as 'The Red Zone' highlight show returns for its 10th season on Naperville Community Television, Channel 17.

The show airs each Thursday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Friday at 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at midnight. It will feature interviews with coaches and players, highlights of the previous week's game, and a look ahead to the upcoming opponent.

Each show is viewable online at nctv17.com and is archived at youtube.com/northcentralsports as well as at northcentralcardinals.com.

Oct. 13: All times Eastern
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Bridgewater State 24, at Mass-Dartmouth 22
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at UW-Whitewater 21, UW-La Crosse 14
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Salve Regina 45, at Nichols 10
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Mount Ida 14, at Dean 7
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at Thomas More 59, Waynesburg 7
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at Maine Maritime 34, Coast Guard 16
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at Finlandia 27, Trinity Bible 21
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Hamilton 28, at Bowdoin 7
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Olivet 47, Albion 26
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at Wesleyan 41, Bates 23
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Union 27, at Rochester 0
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Amherst 40, at Colby 7
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at Western New England 41, Endicott 14
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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at Plymouth State 16, Framingham State 13
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at RPI 27, Ithaca 14
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Hobart 49, at Hartwick 27
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at Ferrum 34, LaGrange 20
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, Geneva 27
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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DePauw 26, at Denison 17
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at Trine 42, Kalamazoo 7
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at Washington and Lee 47, Guilford 26
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at Husson 49, Castleton 0
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Gallaudet 35, at Alfred State 19
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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Brevard 41, at Methodist 17
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at Lebanon Valley 31, Stevenson 24
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Buffalo State 24, at St. Lawrence 21
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Randolph-Macon 52, Emory and Henry 29
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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at Hampden-Sydney 58, Apprentice 28
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at N.C. Wesleyan 45, Greensboro 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Grove City 27
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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at Westminster (Mo.) 56, Crown 15
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 29, Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Knox 56, Grinnell 14
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at Widener 31, Lycoming 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 23, at Tufts 16
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at Mount St. Joseph 66, Earlham 7
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Ohio Northern 27, at John Carroll 20
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Baldwin Wallace 23, at Muskingum 20
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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Rose-Hulman 44, at Manchester 13
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at Hanover 31, Bluffton 28
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Defiance 45, at Anderson 0
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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Hiram 62, at Kenyon 56
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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Williams 27, at Middlebury 26
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at Westfield State 33, Fitchburg State 21
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Marietta 43, at Wilmington 33
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Curry 40, at Becker 0
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TCNJ 20, at Rowan 14
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at SUNY-Maritime 51, Anna Maria 15
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Salisbury 28, at Montclair State 10
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at Huntingdon 28, Maryville (Tenn.) 16
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at Austin 33, Millsaps 19
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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at Washington U. 55, Buena Vista 20
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Alma 27, at Aurora 19
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at Rockford 29, Concordia-Chicago 14
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Wisconsin Lutheran 22, at Concordia (Wis.) 19
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at Lakeland 57, Benedictine 21
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at St. Norbert 10, Chicago 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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St. Olaf 22, at Augsburg 20
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Bethel 24, at Gustavus Adolphus 3
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Eureka 30, Greenville 19
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Centre 27, at Trinity (Texas) 21
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Dubuque 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Central 30, at Coe 19
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Lake Forest 56, at Cornell 28
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at Carthage 31, Elmhurst 8
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Millikin 28, at Augustana 27
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Ripon 52, at Beloit 28
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MacMurray 49, at Minnesota-Morris 13
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Macalester 21, at Lawrence 18
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at Monmouth 59, Illinois College 14
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at UW-Stevens Point 26, UW-Eau Claire 3
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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at Wooster 38, Oberlin 28
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Texas Lutheran 41, at East Texas Baptist 34
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at UW-Stout 21, UW-River Falls 16
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Sewanee 34, at Birmingham-Southern 13
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at Hope 22, Adrian 3
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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La Verne at Occidental
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Whitworth 17, at Pacific Lutheran 14
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at Cal Lutheran 42, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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at Pacific 35, Puget Sound 27
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Pomona-Pitzer 45, at Whittier 23
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at Western Connecticut 28, Massachusetts Maritime 21
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at St. Scholastica 56, Martin Luther 21
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at St. John Fisher 39, Utica 36
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at Heidelberg 48, Otterbein 45
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at Shenandoah 38, Bridgewater 20
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Southwestern 60, at Belhaven 31
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Louisiana College 52, McMurry 34
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at Simpson 38, Luther 17
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at Chapman 45, Redlands 26
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Oct. 16: All times Eastern
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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Oct. 14: All times Eastern
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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Oct. 16: All times Eastern
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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