Here are some facts and figures about games involving Indiana college football teams. Times are eastern.
Butler (4-6) at Davidson (5-5) (1 p.m.): The Bulldogs downed Davidson, 20-17, during the 2016 campaign. Stephen Dennis racked up four receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns in Butler’s 28-23 win over Stetson. Wes Dugger scampered 15 times for 231 yards and a score in the North Carolina-based Wildcats’ 56-53 loss to No. 22 (FCS) San Diego.
Lawrence Tech (5-2) at Indiana Wesleyan (6-3) (1 p.m.): The Wildcats posted a 38-24 win over Lawrence Tech on October 13. Nick Spohn tallied six catches for 142 yards in the Michigan-based Blue Devils’ 65-7 loss to Northern Michigan. Ishmael Avila racked up 12 tackles for Indiana Wesleyan in its 55-7 loss to No. 13 (NAIA) Concordia (Michigan).
Valparaiso (2-8) at Stetson (7-2) (1 p.m.): The Crusaders claimed a 28-24 win over Stetson a year ago. Elias Earley raced 15 times for 75 yards and two scores for Valparaiso in a 48-30 win over Jacksonville. Steven Burdette came up with nine receptions for 105 yards for the Florida-based Hatters against Butler.
Indiana State (6-4) at Western Illinois (5-5) (2 p.m.): The Leathernecks blanked Indiana State, 45-0, last season. Titus McCoy ran 26 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns for the No. 24 (FCS) Sycamores in a 28-23 win over Illinois State. Sean McGuire went 26-of-45 for 251 yards in Western Illinois’ 17-12 loss to South Dakota.
Syracuse (8-2) at Notre Dame (10-0) (2:30 p.m.): This contest will take place at New York’s Yankee Stadium as part of the Shamrock Series. The No. 3 Fighting Irish were a 50-33 winner over No. 12 Syracuse in the 2016 season. Moe Neal rushed eight times for 159 yards and two scores for the Orange in a 54-23 win over Louisville. Dexter Williams recorded 20 carries for 202 yards and two touchdowns in Notre Dame’s 42-13 win against Florida State.
Wisconsin (6-4) at Purdue (5-5) (3:30 p.m.): The Badgers escaped with a 17-9 win over Purdue last year. Jonathan Taylor rambled 20 times for 185 yards with a touchdown in Wisconsin’s 22-10 loss to No. 14 Penn State. Derrick Barnes registered 10 tackles for the Boilermakers in their 41-10 loss at Minnesota.
Indiana (5-5) at Michigan (9-1) (4 p.m.): The No 4 Wolverines racked up a 27-20 victory at Indiana a season ago. Stevie Scott accounted for 103 yards rushing and a score on 19 carries in the Hoosiers’ 34-32 win over Maryland. Karan Higdon carried the ball 15 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns in Michigan’s 42-7 win at Rutgers.
NAIA PLAYOFFS (Second-round matchups will be determined after completion of first-round)
Grand View (8-2) at Saint Francis (8-2 (Noon): The No. 10 Vikings marched past No. 8 and two-time defending national champion Saint Francis, 21-9, during the 2014 season. Jerry Lowe galloped 20 times for 139 yards in Grand View’s 23-20 win over William-Penn. Blake Schumaker ended up with eight tackles in the Cougars’ 40-20 win over Taylor.
Saint Xavier (8-3) at Marian (10-0) (1:05 p.m.): The No. 2 Knights cruised to a 52-7 win over No. 17 Saint Xavier on August 25. Elliott Pipkin caught nine passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Illinois-based Cougars 24-17 win over Olivet Nazarene. Money Woods accounted for 10 rushes for 70 yards and a score in Marian’s 58-14 win over Lindenwood-Belleville.
NCAA DIVISION 2 PLAYOFFS
Fort Hays State (9-2) at Indianapolis (9-1) (1 p.m.): This is the first meeting between the No. 19 Kansas-based Tigers and No. 12 Indianapolis on the gridiron. Jacob Mezera was 19-of-31 for 211 yards and three touchdowns in Fort Hays State’s 58-0 blanking of Northeastern State. Rondell Weathers racked up nine tackles for the Greyhounds in their 34-24 win over No. 20 Hillsdale. The winner advances to meet No. 4 Quachita Baptist (Arkansas) (11-0) on November 24.
NCAA DIVISION 3 PLAYOFFS
St. Norbert (9-1) at Trine (10-0) (Noon): The Green Knights from Wisconsin and No. 10 Trine are getting together for the first time on the football field. Joe Peterson rallied two tackles and three interceptions for St. Norbert in a 10-7 win over Monmouth. Lamar Carswell set a school-record with 359 yards on 25 carries with four touchdowns in the Thunder’s 48-18 win over Kalamazoo. Next up for the winner is a second round matchup with No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater (10-0) or Eureka (Illinois) (9-1).
Hanover (7-3) at North Central (9-1) (1 p.m.): The Panthers roared to a 24-7 win over No. 9 North Central during the 1997 season. A.J. Brett went 26-of-41 for 274 yards and two touchdowns in Hanover’s 23-20 win over Franklin to claim the Victory Bell for the first time since 2004 and its first playoff berth since 2003. Brock Rutter was 18-of-22 for 251 yards and four scores in the Illinois-based Cardinals’ 55-12 win over Millikin. The survivor moved on to meet No. 15 Bethel (Minnesota (9-1) or Wartburg (Iowa) (8-2) in the next round.
Ball State (4-7) at Miami (Ohio) (5-6) (7 p.m.): The RedHawks came away with a 28-7 win at Ball State last year. Drew Pitt went 21-of-26 for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 42-41 overtime victory against Western Michigan. Alonzo Smith rushed 18 times for 80 yards in Miami’s 13-7 win at Northern Illinois.
DONE FOR THE SEASON
Anderson (2-8): Reggie Lipscomb ran 24 times for 170 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 35-6 loss to Manchester.
DePauw (4-6): Hunter Sego recorded 11 tackles for the Tigers in a 24-17 loss to Wabash in the battle for the Monon Bell.
Earlham (0-10): Zachary Baker has two catches for 24 yards and a score in the Quakers’ 70-6 loss to Rose-Hulman. Not only did head coach Nick Johnson step down to take another job at the school, the administration announced the 2019 season would be cancelled after Earlham ended the campaign with a NCAA D-III record 53-game losing streak. They intend to come for the 2020 campaign, but will evaluate the situation over the course of the next year.
Franklin (8-2): Jacob Earl’s 35 carries for 169 yards and two scores against Hanover were not enough as the Grizzlies saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end.
Manchester (4-6): Justin Thomas helped the Spartans close on a positive note with 12 tackles against Anderson.
Rose-Hulman (5-5): Noah Thomas accounted for 13 receptions for 191 yards and four scores Earlham as the Fightin’ Engineers ended with four wins in their last five contests.
Taylor (3-7): Daniel Boy hauled in five passes for 47 yards and a score, but the Trojans still dropped a 21-12 contest to Missouri Baptist for their third loss in a row.
Wabash (9-1): Despite Jake Reid going 13-of-28 for 232 yards and two touchdowns against DePauw, the Little Giants missed making the NCAA D-III playoffs for the third year in a row.