Saturday 4 PM, Division II Championship Game: #1 Northwest Mo. State vs. #3 North Alabama
Simply keeping up with Division I football can border on overwhelming, but every year a surfeit of talent comes out of the lower divisions and makes an impact in the pros. This matchup between two longstanding, and very geographically specific DII powers figures to feature high impact intensity rendered in a charmingly unpretentious setting. Northwest Missouri is the favorite to win their sixth championship — they're 14-0 and have won 29 straight overall. North Alabama will look to restore a former dynasty that has gone two decades without a championship. But the real fun is scouting for the next Malcolm Butler or Danny Woodhead, just waiting to emerge from obscurity. Say you knew them when.