The season is winding down — just as a few state college football teams find a pulse: Southeastern State, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State and Northwestern State. ... Langston pulls a stunner and loses by 18 points to McMurry, a Texas club that struggled to beat skidders such as Panhandle State and Southern Nazarene. ... Southern Nazarene quarterbacks Dylan Terry and Taylor Chasteen combined for 49 yards passing in a tight loss at Southwestern State. ... Ever since a 70-3 loss to the powerful Purple Bears of Central Arkansas, Bacone has won six consecutive games. Keep in mind that none of the six has a winning record. ... Go watch Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. ... Congrats to Northeastern A&M. Back in the junior college playoffs, just like the old days.
*1. Southeastern State (4-4): Late-season surge will be tested vs. No. 16-ranked Harding (Ark.).
*2. Bacone (7-3): Warriors have allowed 13 points over last five games.
*3. Langston (4-4): Hmm. Wonder if Lions could take Bacone second time around?
*4. East Central (4-5): A very impressive win against No. 20 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.).
*5. Southwestern State (2-6): Luck, defense are differences in victory over Southern Naz.
*6. Central Oklahoma (2-6): Psst ... Running back Joshua Birmingham can play.
*7. Northeastern State (2-7): Showing some life. Two straight wins.
*8. Northwestern State (2-7): Southern Nazarene will be tough, despite its record.
*9. Southern Nazarene (1-8): Defense appears way ahead of offense.
*10. Panhandle State (3-5): Last good chance to win, Saturday vs. Wayland Baptist (Texas)
*Arkansas-Monticello (1-8) at Southwestern State (2-6), 2 p.m., Weatherford
*East Central (4-5) at Arkansas Tech (5-4), 2 p.m., Russellville
*Harding, Ark. (7-1, No. 16 NCAA II) at Southeastern State (4-4), 2 p.m., Durant
*Lincoln, Mo. (1-8) at Northeastern State (2-7), 2 p.m., Tahlequah
*Southern Nazarene (1-8) at Northwestern State (2-7), 2 p.m., Alva
*Southwest Baptist, Mo. (1-8) at Central Oklahoma (2-6), 2 p.m., Edmond
*Southwestern Assemblies of God, Texas (3-5) at Langston (4-4), 2 p.m.
*Tyler, Texas (5-4) at Northeastern A&M (8-1, No. 7 NJCAA), 2 p.m., Miami, OK
*Wayland Baptist, Texas (2-6) at Panhandle State (3-5), 2 p.m., Goodwell
*Bye week: Bacone