Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my top 5 division 2 matchups of week 10
1.California University of Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock University
Huge PSAC matchup here. Slippery Rock is led offensively by redshirt senior wide receiver Henry Litwin who has 813 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. The Vulcans have sophomore linebacker Noah Dillow defensively who has 60 tackles, 10 TFLs, and 3 PBUs. Offensively California PA has sophomore wide receiver Jaquae Jackson who has 659 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 2021.For the Rock defensively they have senior defensive back Dalton Holt who has 54 tackles and 4 PBUs.
2.Bentley University at University of New Haven
Huge matchup for both of these teams. The New Haven offense has grad wide receiver Dev Holmes who has 651 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively Bentley has grad linebacker Cole McCubrey who has 80 tackles, 4 forced fumbles and 3 PBUs. Grad running back Andrew Brazicki has 521 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for Bentley. New Haven’s defense has senior defensive back Devonte Myles who has 32 tackles and 5 PBUs.
3.Bemidji State University at Northern State University
Interesting matchup here. Northern State’s offense has junior wide receiver Dewaylon Ingram who has 839 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in 2021. For the Beavers defense they have junior defensive back Willie Spears III who has 17 tackles and 6 PBUs. Offensively Bemidji State has senior wide receiver Malik Williams who has 824 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively for Northern State they have junior linebacker Nate Robinson who has 63 tackles, and 15 TFLs.
4.Wingate University at Newberry College
Wingate got knocked out of the rankings last week after losing to Lenoir-Rhyne doesn’t get any easier because now they have a very tough road matchup against Newberry. Redshirt sophomore running back Mario Anderson leads the way for Newberry’s offense with 902 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively for Wingate they have redshirt sophomore Tre Morrison who has 24 tackles and 9 PBUs. Wingate’s offense has redshirt junior running back Nijere Peoples who has 541 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. The Wolves defense has grad defensive back Anthony Blue who has 41 tackles, 12 PBUs and 3 interceptions.
5.Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Ouachita Baptist University
This should be an interesting matchup. Ouachita Baptist has one of the best division 2 running back combos if not the best in junior running back TJ Cole who has 1,320 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 2021 and freshman Kendel Givens who lead the rushing touchdowns category in division 2 with 20 and 627 rushing yards. Defensively for Southeastern Oklahoma they have junior linebacker Maalik Hall who has 50 tackles, 11 TFLs and 5 sacks. Braxton Kincade junior wide receiver for Southeastern Oklahoma has 470 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively Ouachita Baptist has senior linebacker Terrell Gibson who has 47 tackles, and 8.5 TFLs.