No. 16 Northwestern to take on No. 1 Sioux Falls in NAIA Championship Series

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No. 16 Northwestern to take on No. 1 Sioux Falls in NAIA Championship Series

NAIA Championship SeriesThe 16th ranked Northwestern Oklahoma State football team will make its 12th appearance in the NAIA Championship series on Saturday, Nov. 20, when the Rangers take on the NAIA’s No. 1 team, the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) at Bob Young Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. Kickoff is set for noon.

The Rangers return to the NAIA Championship Series for the third time under head coach Keith Barefield’s direction. 

Northwestern snuck by Southern Oregon, 31-26, at Ranger Field on Saturday, Nov. 13 to lift the Rangers to 8-2 on the year, with both losses coming against NCAA competition. Northwestern was an undefeated 5-0 in the Central States Football League, as they were crowned conference CSFL Champions for the eighth time. 

Northwestern and Sioux Falls last met in the opening round of the 2007 NAIA Championship Series, as Sioux Falls took the 35-7 win in South Dakota. The Rangers did defeat the Cougars in 2003, taking a 16-13 road win before advancing to the NAIA Championship. 

Sioux Falls played its final regular season game this Saturday, defeating Concordia 44-7. The win left the Cougars at an undefeated 10-0 mark. No. 16 Northwestern to take on No. 1 Sioux Falls in NAIA Championship Series

For the 26th straight ranking, Sioux Falls (S.D.) was tabbed No. 1 in the final regular season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25. The Cougars have owned the top-ranking since the 2008 Postseason Top 25 (Jan. 12, 2009). With a 10-0 record, Sioux Falls garnered 16 first-place votes and 417 total points.

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