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No. 6 Whitewater at

Eau Claire, 1 p.m.

The Warhawks’ defense has been simply unbeatable to this point, and Whitewater (5-0, 2-0) has the inside track at the conference title at the halfway mark.

Don’t expect Eau Claire to be able to do much in this matchup — the Blugolds (2-3, 0-2) managed just three points against Stevens Point last week. While the Pointers are playing pretty good defense, Whitewater’s is far more talented.

One thing to look for is if the Warhawks get their run game going again. Alex Peete has been their reliable back so far, averaging nearly 90 yards and a score per game. Backups could be in for a good portion of this game.

Stout at River Falls, 1 p.m.

Stout (3-2, 1-1) almost knocked off La Crosse last week after making a fourth-quarter comeback, and probably feels it should have won that game. Freshman quarterback Sean Borgerding can sling it with the best of them, and one would think he takes some shots against a Falcons’ defense that allows 233.6 yards per game.

Freshman Levy Hamer continues to be the best matchup for the Blue Devils, as he’s averaging a league-high 108.4 yards per game.

River Falls quarterback Ben Beckman did his best to keep his team in the game against Platteville last week, but couldn’t make up enough ground in a big loss. However, he did throw for 405 yards, tying a school record. His issue has been turnovers, with nine interceptions. Stout will likely force the issue with pressure.

Platteville at

No. 13 Oshkosh, 2 p.m.

This is a great strength vs. strength matchup in Platteville’s offense and Oshkosh’s defense.

Platteville (4-1, 2-0) can move the ball against anybody with the weapons it has, like receiver Mark Johnson and running back Sean Studer. However, freshman quarterback Colin Schuetz has eight interceptions already, and those will come back to bite the Pioneers if they happen against Oshkosh.

The Titans (3-2, 1-1) are struggling offensively, and have all season. Even with four offensive lineman from its national semifinalist season a year ago, the talent lost to graduation elsewhere has been too much. Oshkosh only has four rushing touchdowns this season.

Platteville’s best bet for an upset is to hit enough big plays to make it a shootout, and hope their defense can make a stop or two along the way.

—Colten Bartholomew

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Colten Bartholomew is a reporter and columnist for River Valley Media Group. Colten is the college sports coordinator for the La Crosse Tribune.

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