The Setup: Denison and DePauw will square off this Saturday, October 14 at Deeds Field. Denison enters the week with a 3-2 record, coming off a 28-7 road loss to Wabash. The Tigers come to Granville with a perfect record of 5-0, topping Oberlin 26-10 this past Saturday in Greencastle, Indiana. DePauw is ranked in the "others receiving votes" category in the AFCA Division III Top-25 poll and the D3football.com Top-25 poll.
All-Time Series: Saturday marks the eleventh meeting between Denison and DePauw. In the previous 10 games, the teams have split the series, with Depauw winning the most recent contest,30-16 in Greencastle last season. Since joining the NCAC, DePauw holds a 3-2 advantage in the series.
How to Watch: You can watch Saturday's game one of two ways. You can come to Piper Stadium (100 Livingston Dr. Granville, OH 43023) and watch in-person. Gates to the stadium will open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students (18 and under). Tickets are only available at the gate on the day of the game. If you can't make it to Piper Stadium you can watch the Denison Sports Network's live HD video stream, online. At 12:45 p.m. Alex Kaufman '17 (play-by-play) will bring you all of the action.
The Coaches: Denison head coach Jack Hatem is in his eighth season leading the Big Red. He has totaled a career record of 44-31 (.587). Hatem ranks third in Denison football history in career wins, trailing only Walter Livingston (76 wins) and Keith Piper (200 wins). The Tigers are led by Bill Lynch, currently in his sixth season. Lynch has led the Tigers to a 40-15 record in his tenure.
Something's Got to Give: Despite losing each of the last two games to Wittenberg and Wabash, the Big Red still ranks 11th in the nation in total offense at 500.8 yards per game. However, Depauw surrenders only 340.0 yards on defense and has allowed only two rushing touchdowns on the season. On the other side of the ball, the Tigers score 40.8 points per game, the 12th best mark in the nation.
QB Matchup: For the Big Red, Canaan Gebele has completed 104 of 157 passes (66.2%) for 1,235 yards, 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. On the visitors' side, DePauw has turned to senior Jake Lasky. On Sept. 30, against Ohio Wesleyan junior starter Matt Labus went down with an injury. In his brief time on the field this season, Lasky has completed 11 of 12 attempts for 104 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Pressure Packed: DePauw leads the NCAC in sacks per game and ranks 10th in Division III in the category. Denison's Canaan Gebele has only been sacked two times in 157 dropbacks.
Forcing the Issue: DePauw ranks second in the conference in turnover margin at +0.6 per game. They have forced 11 turnovers on the season, just one behind conference-leading Wittenberg's 12. Denison has forced six turnovers in five games, ranking them eighth in the league. Peyton Vining leads the team with two interceptions