Nebraska Wesleyan (1-1) at Simpson (1-1), 1 p.m., Buxton Stadium, Indianola, Iowa — The American Rivers Conference opener for both teams could turn into an offensive fireworks show, much like last year’s game, which the Prairie Wolves won 45-38. NWU quarterback Jonathan Curti sparked the win at Illinois College last Saturday by throwing for 298 yards and three TDs. His Simpson counterpart, Tanner Krueger, has thrown for 545 yards and five TDs in two games. Both teams have 1,000-yard rushers back from a year ago — Shaka Taylor (146 yards this season) for NWU and the Storm’s Cam Bunting (258 yards.)
Doane (1-0) at Dordt (1-0), 1 p.m., Sioux Center, Iowa — It will be interesting how the Tigers play with a three-week break since its 57-3 season-opening win at Friends University on Aug. 25. Dordt had last week off after opening with a 61-40 win over Waldorf, a game in which the Defenders went on the offense for 586 total yards and quarterback Brock Lamle threw for 302 yards and five TDs.
Concordia (1-0) at Jamestown (1-2, 0-1 GPAC), 1 p.m., Taylor Stadium, Jamestown, N.D. — Jamestown has been blown out the last two weeks by a pair of rated teams, No. 13 Dickinson State 51-0 on Sept. 1 and No. 7 Northwestern 49-7 last Saturday in Jamestown’s first Great Plains Athletic Conference game ever. Concordia will be looking to expand the offense beyond running back Ryan Durdon, who had 250 yards on 42 carries in last Saturday’s win over Buena Vista.
Other Saturday state college games
Evangel University (3-0) at Peru State (0-2), 1 p.m., Oak Bowl.
No. 24 Midland (2-0) at No. 5 Northwestern (2-0), 1 p.m., Orange City, Iowa.
Hastings (2-0) at Briar Cliff (2-0), 1 p.m.
Nebraska-Kearney (2-0) at Emporia State (1-1), 2 p.m.
Augustana (1-1) at Wayne State (1-1), 6 p.m.
Fort Lewis (0-2) at Chadron State (1-1), noon (MDT).