A full slate of state college football games is scheduled this week, beginning with three Thursday night games and wrapping up with nine games on Saturday.
Southern Nazarene is the only four-year school with a home game, and the Crimson Storm has a dandy. SNU tries to snap an 11-game skid and faces Henderson State (Ark.), the No. 8-ranked team in NCAA Division II. The Reddies have an All-American quarterback in Kevin Rodgers.
For the first time in four years, Central Oklahoma will start a season without record-setting running back Joshua Birmingham. The Bronchos take on Fort Hays State in Kansas on Thursday night. Count on UCO throwing the ball with the dual receiving threat of Marquez Clark and Christian Hood. Sophomore Jake Gandara is the likely replacement for Birmingham.
Oklahoma Baptist is coming off a rout of Southwestern Kansas, and the Bison return to the Jayhawk state Saturday to play St. Mary. OBU tries to go 2-0 for the first time since 1940, which was the last season of football at the Shawnee school until its 2013 rebirth.
Keep an eye on Southwestern Oklahoma State. The Bulldogs open Saturday night at Harding (Ark.). It will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs fare now that quarterback Dustin Stenta and tight end/fullback Ryan Corbin are gone. Southwestern was 6-5 last season, the program’s first winning campaign since 2007.
ADAMS STATE (Colo.) 27, Panhandle State 24
ARKANSAS TECH 24, Northwestern 7
FORT HAYS STATE (Kan.) 28, Central Oklahoma 13
BACONE 21, McPherson (Kan.) 7
East Central 35, ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO 31
Henderson State (Ark.) 49, SOUTHERN NAZARENE 21
Langston 28, LINCOLN (Mo.) 16
NORTHEASTERN A&M 33, Southeast Prep 0
Oklahoma Baptist 28, ST. MARY (Kan.) 14
PITTSBURG STATE (Kan.) 42, Northeastern 17
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 30, Southeastern 21
Southwestern 17, HARDING (Ark.) 14
*Home teams in ALL CAPS
*Season predictions record: 0-0-0 (.000)