For the second straight season, the regular-season meeting between Benedictine College and Baker University has been selected as the NAIA Football Game of the Week.
This year, the No. 14-ranked Ravens (4-0) welcome the No. 2-ranked Wildcats (4-0) to O'Malley Field at Larry Wilcox Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff as part of the annual Benedictine College Family Weekend.
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Game five of the 2017 season brings the Benedictine-Baker rivalry back to Larry Wilcox Stadium.
For the second year in a row, the Ravens-Wildcats match up has been selected as the NAIA Football Game of the Week. A year ago, the Wildcats earned a convincing win over the Ravens in Baldwin City, 60-7, as the Wildcats scored their highest point total in the series with the Ravens.
Both teams enter undefeated and are coming off convincing wins. Benedictine beat MNU in Olathe last week, 55-20, while Baker capped off their Homecoming with a 66-14 win over Graceland University.
Baker leads the overall series against Benedictine with a 14-11-1 mark. The teams have split the previous four meetings with Benedictine winning twice at home while Baker has wins in Baldwin City and then at Arrowhead Stadium as part of the Gridiron Challenge during the 2014 season.
Since taking over the Ravens for the 1979 season, head coach Larry Wilcox is 11-16 against the Wildcats while Baker head coach Mike Grossner is 9-4 against Benedictine since taking over the Wildcat program.
Today's match up marks the sixth time since 2010 that both teams enter their regualar-season match up ranked inside the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The two seasons where one team was not ranked were in 2015 (Benedictine) and 2010 (Baker).
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- BU's JD Woods leads the NAIA in scoring with 60 points. He has 9 rushing TDs & 1 receiving TD. He has scored multiple TDs in 3 of 4 games
- The Ravens are Top 10 in the NAIA in rush offense and defense. They average 303 yds/gm(4th) and give up only 67.3 yds/gm(8th).
- Both teams come into today's game outscoring their opposition by more than 30 points per game. BC- +36.2 BU- + 31.7.
- Marquis Stewart's 236 rushing yards vs MNU are the most by a Raven RB since Cameron Fore rushed for 236 yards against Avila on 10/12/2013
- 7 of the last 10 games between these two teams have been decided by 10 points or less, with 5 of them being decided by a touchdown or less.
- The Ravens are second in the NAIA in 3rd down conv. %. BC has converted 63% of their 3rd downs, second only to #1 ranked St. Francis(Ind.)
- This is the 4th straight time Baker has come into their game against BC ranked inside the top-5. They are 1-2 in the previous 3 games.
- Baker leads the all-time series 19-14-1. The Wildcats have won 9 of the last 11 meetings between the two, including a 60-7 win last year.
- BC wideout Aaron Jackson is tied for the NAIA lead with 7 receiving touchdowns. He has had multiple TDs in 3 of the 4 games this season.
- JD Woods(BU) & Ejay Johnson(BC) are #2 and #3 in the NAIA in total rushing. They are also the only two Heart RBs averaging 100+ yds/gm.
- Baker's Clarence Clark broke the all-time NAIA career scoring record. He has amassed 577 points in his career breaking the old record of 526
- BC kicker Jacob Young broke the single game record for extra points against Avila. Young was 10/10 on PATs breaking the previous record of 8
Benedictine returns to the road for the Week 6 Heart Game of the Week as they travel to Fayette, Mo., to take on Central Methodist University at 11 a.m. Baker hosts Peru State for their Family Weekend at 1 p.m.