All but one of Oklahoma's four-year small colleges lost last week, which does not hold up the state's reputation as good football country. Granted, Northeastern State hosted defending NCAA Division II champion Pittsburgh (Kan.) State, a club favored to win it all again this season. East Central faced Northwest Missouri State, a team that might challenge Pitt State for the national crown. And Southern Nazarene, which finished 9-3 and won the Central States Football League last fall, had an ugly debut to NCAA II football. The Crimson Storm gave up 63 points to Henderson State, a team selected by coaches to win the Great American Conference.
1. Northeastern State (0-1): For a while, hung with defending NCAA Division II champ Pittsburg (Kan) State.
2. East Central (0-1): Tigers will vent frustrations Saturday vs. Southern Nazarene.
3. Central Oklahoma (0-1): Missouri Southern won — but better team might have lost.
4. Southwestern State (0-1): Trying to win at Stephen F. Austin was not an easy assignment.
5. Southeastern State (1-0): Impressive rout vs. Texas A&M-Commerce.
6. Langston (0-1): Late turnover a killer at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
7. Southern Nazarene (0-1): Rugged welcome to Division II football.
8. Bacone (1-1): Pulling out a win at Arkansas Tech would've been impressive.
9. Northwestern State (0-1): Might get another whipping this week; No. 6-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo visits Alva.
10. Panhandle State (0-1): Russell Gaskamp's debut as Aggies coach was ugly.
Last week's power poll: 1. Northeastern State; 2. East Central; 3. Central Oklahoma; 4. Southwestern State; 5. Southern Nazarene; 6. Langston; 7. Northwestern State; 8. Southeastern State; 9. Bacone; 10. Panhandle State
Bacone (1-1) vs. Langston (0-1, No. 22 NAIA) at Tulsa Washington High School, 3 p.m.
Central Oklahoma (0-1) at Pittsburg (Kan.) State (1-0, No. 1 NCAA D-II), 6 p.m.
Northeastern State (0-1) at Missouri Southern (1-0), 6 p.m.
Southern Nazarene (0-1) at East Central (0-1), 6 p.m.
Colorado State-Pueblo (1-0, No. 6 NCAA D-II) at Northwestern State (0-1), 7 p.m.
Ellsworth, Iowa (0-1) at Northeastern A&M (1-0), 7 p.m.
Lindenwood-Belleville, Ill. (1-0) at Panhandle State (0-1), 7 p.m.
Bye week: Southeastern State (1-0), Southwestern State (0-1)