NAIA Football: Week 1 Outlook

Week 0 is the appetizer that you cannot order more of until that main course of Week 1 hits.

We learned a lot from the NAIA last week with multiple ranked teams in action. No. 9 Reinhardt still looks to be the dominant team in the Appalachian Conference, while No. 24 Faulkner should be competitive in the Mid-South.

The new eras at Georgetown, Cumberlands, and Lindsey Wilson all took off as well as expected. How about Jamestown scoring a big victory in their rivalry game against Valley City State?

A lot of excitement is on the horizon for NAIA football, so let’s take a look at what games are happening this week. Note that the rankings are from the preseason. The next poll will not be released until Sept. 12.

Appalachian Athletics and Mid-South Conference

Bethel at No. 9 Reinhardt

No. 24 Faulkner at Point

Thomas More at Kentucky Christian

Bluefield at No. 15 Georgetown

St. Andrews at Campbellsville

No. 4 Lindsey Wilson at Union

Frontier Conference

No. 17 Montana Western at Eastern Oregon

No. 19 Rocky Mountain at College of Idaho

Montana Tech at Carroll

MSU-Northern at Southern Oregon


Dakota Wesleyan at Jamestown

Hastings at Midland

No. 21 Dordt at Briar Cliff

No. 3 Northwestern College at No. 1 Morningside

Concordia at Doane

Heart of America

Benedictine at No. 2 Grand View

Missouri Valley at Clarke

No. 18 Central Methodist at Peru State

MidAmerica Nazarene at No. 22 Culver-Stockton

No. 13 Baker at William Penn

Evangel at Graceland


Avila at Tabor

Sterling at St. Mary

No. 8 Southwestern at Ottawa (Kan.)

McPherson at No. 23 Bethel (Kan.)

Friends at No. 12 KWU


Lawrence Tech at Ave Maria

Olivet Nazarene at Sienna Heights

Madonna at No. 5 Marian

No. 6 Concordia at Stetson

No. 14 Indiana Wesleyan at Valparaiso

Judson at Taylor

No. 11 St. Xavier at Indianapolis

Iowa Wesleyan at Mizzou Baptist

St. Ambrose at Waldorf

North Star

Concordia Moorhead at Valley City State

Black Hills State at No. 16 Dickinson State

Presentation at Luther

Dakota State at Wisconsin-La Crosse

St. Ambrose at Waldorf

Iowa Wesleyan at Mizzou Baptist

Mayville State at Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Sooner Athletic Conference

Hardin-Simmons at Wayland Baptist

Louisiana Christian at SAGU

OPSU at Langston

No. 11 OUAZ at Lyon

Texas Wesleyan at No. 20 Arizona Christian

Sun Conference

No. 7 Keiser at Valdosta State

Florida Memorial at Southern

Webber International at Cumberland

Southeastern at Savannah State

Warner at West Florida

Lawrence Tech at Ave Maria

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