UW Oshkosh is joined by fellow WIAC member UW Whitewater in the field of 32
UW-Oshkosh (8-2) earned an automatic bid into the national event after earning a share of the WIAC title with a 27-20 victory over UW-Whitewater on Nov. 16. UW-Whitewater (9-1) captured one of five at-large bids.
The Titans will travel to Pella, Iowa, and face Central College (Iowa) (9-1) in the first round. UW-Oshkosh is making the fifth NCAA appearance in program history – all within the last eight seasons. The Titans were national runner-up in 2016.
The 25th ranked Central College was the cp-champion of the American Rivers Conference. Kickoff for the fifth meeting between the teams is scheduled for noon at Central College’s Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.
The winner will advance to play Nov. 30 against the winner of 4th ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) (10-0) and Martin Luther College (Minn.) (9-1).
UW-Oshkosh has won each of its three previous matchups with Central College, including a 24-20 victory in Pella during the most recent meeting in the 2013 season opener.
UW-Oshkosh enters the Division III Championship averaging 25.5 points and 347.8 yards per game. The Titans, allowing 18.1 points and 287.3 yards per contest, rank eighth in the nation with 3.80 sacks per game.
Central College is averaging 42.3 points and 501.2 yards per game and allowing 27.9 points and 407.7 yards per contest. The Dutch lead the country with a .935 red zone efficiency and rank eighth nationally in yards per game. Central College quarterback Blaine Hawkins’ 38 touchdown passes this season are fifth most in the country.
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