A lot of rivalry games, and at large playoff spots on the line this weekend across the country.
First, here's a look at the top ten. Whitewater and Bethel switched spots after Whitewater's 10 point win over UW-Stevens Point, and undefeated John Carroll squeezed their way into the upper echelon of the rankings this week.
1. Mount Union
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor
4. North Central (IL)
9. John Carroll
OHIO: #1 Mount Union (9-0) vs #9 John Carroll (9-0) - One of two top ten matchups this weekend, Mount Union will once again be challenged this week for the OAC crown. John Carroll is coming off a game where they absolutely dominated Heidelberg (ranked #10 last week) 48-7. In an interesting bit of history, Tom Arth (in his first season as the head coach at John Carroll) played his last game as a player against Mount Union in the national semifinals, a 57-19 loss back in 2002. If this one comes down to turnovers, Mount Union is 134-0 when winning the turnover battle, a figure that dates back to 1996.
The Mount has also released this very well done hype video using a famous poem from Steve Sabol of NFL Films in the background. It fits perfectly for the Purple Raiders.
WISCONSIN: #8 UW-Oshkosh (8-1) vs #10 UW-Platteville (8-1) - Chances are an at large playoff spot is on the line on this one, with Whitewater getting the automatic bid as the conference champ, rebounding after a down year in 2012. Both Oshkosh and Platteville's only loss came at the hands of Whitewater, and this game will showcase two very different offensive styles, as Oshkosh favors the run (65% of their total plays are runs), while Platteville prefers the pass (62% of plays). This one should be really interesting.
TENNESSEE: #19 Millsaps (9-0) at Rhodes (7-2) - The top two teams in the Southern Athletic Conference square off in the last regular season game of the year tomorrow night. Rhodes has yet to lose a game on their home turf this season, but Millsaps has gotten off to the best start since 2008. Last week Millsaps needed overtime to beat a 6-3 Centre squad, so this one could easily swing either way.