No. 4 Saint Francis draws No. 11 Missouri Valley in first round of NAIA Playoffs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No. 11 Missouri Valley College is the first test for No. 4 University of Saint Francis in the first round of the 2016 NAIA Football Championship Series this Saturday at noon at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium.

USF was the No. 1 at-large selection, MVC the No. 5 (out of 6) at-large selection. USF has won five consecutive games since a 35-21 loss at home to No. 1 Marian University on Oct. 1. The 14-point loss is as close as anybody has come to the Knights this season.

The Vikings only lost twice in 11 games — 29-28 at home to No. 10 Grand View University and at No. 2 Baker 31-28 on Nov. 5.

MVC, located in Marshall, Mo., is a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference — South Division — where the Vikings finished second behind Baker (11-0, 5-0 HAAC-South champion).

This will be the second meeting between USF and MVC. USF won at then No. 7 MVC 28-14 in the first round of the 2011 NAIA FCS. This is USF’s 16th NAIA FCS berth in the 19-year history of the program.

After the pairing for the first round were announced, NAIA released the final regular-season poll with the Cougars finishing fourth for the sixth consecutive poll and the seventh time this season.

Missouri Valley College VIKINGS 2016 Schedule
8/27/2016  William Penn (Iowa) A  8-7  W
9/3/2016  Graceland (Iowa) A  28-3  W
9/10/2016  Benedictine (Kan.) H  16-10  W
9/17/2016  Peru State (Neb.) A  21-17  W
9/24/2016  Grand View (Iowa) H  28-29  L
10/1/2016  Culver-Stockton (Mo.) H  49-30  W
10/15/2016  Central Methodist (Mo.) *  A  40-13  W
10/22/2016  Avila (Mo.) *  A  38-27  W
10/29/2016  Evangel (Mo.) *  H  51-3  W
11/5/2016  Baker (Kan.) *  A  28-31  L
11/12/2016  MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) *  H  31-17  W

 

2016 NAIA Football Championship Series – First Round Schedule 
Saturday, Nov. 19 | Campus Sites / # — NAIA Top 25 ranking
Game 1 – #15 Robert Morris (Ill.) (7-3) @ #1 Marian (Ind.) (10-0), TBA
Game 2 – #13 Sterling (Kan.) (8-2) @ #2 Baker (Kan.) (11-0), TBA
Game 3 – #20 Southeastern (Fla.) (6-2) @ #3 Reinhardt (Ga.) (11-0), TBA
Game 4 – #11 Missouri Valley (9-2) @ #4 University of Saint Francis (Ind.) (9-1), NOON
Game 5 – #12 Tabor (Kan.) (8-2) @ #5 Morningside (Iowa) (9-1), TBA
Game 6 – #14 Dickinson State (N.D.) (9-2) @ #6 Montana Tech (9-1), TBA
Game 7 – #9 Eastern Oregon (8-2) @ #7 Doane (Neb.) (9-1), TBA
Game 8 – #10 Grand View (Iowa) (9-2) at #8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (10-1), TBA