KCAC-GPAC Football Challenge pairings announced

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WICHITA, Kan. – The Fall 2017 match-ups for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Football Challenge have been determined, the KCAC announced Monday.

“The KCAC member institutions look forward to building on the results from the previous two-year agreement with our NAIA colleagues in the GPAC,” stated Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner.  “These games establish the tone for the season and prepare teams for the challenges they will face in conference play.  We are excited to be partnered with the Great Plains Athletic Conference and Texas Wesleyan University for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.”

In 2017, KCAC institutions will host these games based on the final 2016 regular season standings. All games will be played Saturday, September 2, unless noted.

No. 1 – Morningside College at Tabor College
No. 2 – Doane University at Sterling College
No. 3 – Dakota Wesleyan University at University of Saint Mary
No. 4 – Concordia University at Kansas Wesleyan university
No. 5 – Northwestern College at Friends University
No. 6 – Midland University at Ottawa University
No. 7 – Dordt College at Bethel College
No. 8 – Hastings College at Southwestern College
No. 9 – Briar Cliff University at Bethany College
No. 10 – Texas Wesleyan University at McPherson College

“We are excited to enter another two year rotation with the KCAC and the Football Challenge,” GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra said. “Since the very beginning of this relationship it’s been about two conferences working together to schedule games and fill our schedules with high-quality competition from leagues that mirror each other in mission and fit. This is not only good for our conferences but NAIA football as a whole, we need each other to keep our sport strong year in and year out.”

With only nine football schools in the GPAC, the two conferences introduce Texas Wesleyan University to complete the 10th pairing for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. With this being the first year of football at Texas Wesleyan, the Rams will be the No. 10 team and take on McPherson College in the first year. The standings, as well as national rankings following the 2017 season, will help determine Texas Wesleyan’s pairing in the 2018 KCAC-GPAC Challenge.

“We are very excited to get on the field and have the opportunity to play McPherson College,” Texas Wesleyan head coach Joe Prud’homme said. “This will be the beginning of a new era at Texas Wesleyan with the rebirth of the football program and we appreciate the KCAC extending the invitation to play.”

The GPAC went 8-1 in the first year of the GPAC-KCAC Challenge in 2015, and 8-2 in 2016.

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