The important action happens in East Lansing on Saturday, but for those who can't get enough football, and for those with some interest in smaller schools, the NCAA division 2 season is moving right along and there's some fun stuff going on.
The big news this week was the massive clash between national #2 ranked Grand Valley State and #3 Ferris State in exurban Grand Rapids. Ferris State won a thriller, 35-31, on a 31-yard throwback TD pass with 3:11 remaining in the game. The win puts Ferris State in pole position for a top seed in Super Region 3, which means a first-round playoff bye.
In Super Region 1, our old friend Slippery Rock is cruising at 6-1 and have a good chance to get another playoff bid, buoyed by a huge win over Indiana University (PA).
And, local (and important only) to me, UMD survived a broken ankle to starting QB John Larson and is currently undefeated, with Winona being the last realistic obstacle to a perfect regular season. That means a home playoff game or two, which is a blast this far north.
Might not home field in the biggest game, though, since UMD is in the same region as national #1 ranked Minnesota State (Mankato).