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11.02.12 | M Football

No. 13 BU Clashes with No. 18 BC Sat.

Jake Green and the Wildcats defeated BC, 10-7, at home last season Jake Green and the Wildcats defeated BC, 10-7, at home last season

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In one of the biggest games of the 2012 season, the No. 13 ranked Baker University football team will take on No. 18 Benedictine College this Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at O'Malley Field inside Larry Wilcox Stadium.

The winner of Saturday's game will have a fairly clear shot at a spot in the NAIA FCS Playoffs. Baker is 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, while BC is 6-3 and 4-3 in the HAAC.

The Ravens lost to No. 15 Evangel, 54-44, back on Sept. 29 to give them their first HAAC loss of the season, they later dropped both of its games at Missouri Valley and at home against MNU.

Baker defeated Evangel handily, 48-17, back on Sept. 8. So a win over BC on Saturday would almost shore up a third-place finish in the HAAC for the Wildcats. Baker still has one more game next Saturday, Nov. 10 at home against Graceland at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.

An 8-2 overall mark and 7-2 conference record would all but give the Wildcats its first NAIA Playoff appearance since 2008.

The Wildcats have won six straight over the Ravens with its last loss coming in the season opener of the 2005 season in a 31-27 home loss.

Coach Grossner is 6-2 against Benedictine head coach Larry Wilcox in his career and Baker posts a 15-12-1 all-time mark against the Ravens.

The Wildcats are averaging 163 yards per game on the ground and 181.9 through the air and rank No. 17 in passing efficiency.

Andre Jolly has been a beast on the defensive line for Baker with 12 sacks on the year ranking him No. 2 in the country in total sacks and No. 1 in the nation in sacks per game.

Another player to watch for on defense is junior Joshua Fairley. The Overland Park, Kan., native had three picks last week on the road at Culver-Stockton and earned this week's HAAC Defensive Player of the Week honor.

If you can't make it out to Atchison, Kan., on Saturday you can still follow the game live online at www.bakerwildcats.com. Click multimedia and you can watch the game with live video and live stats.

-BAKER-

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