The Setup: Denison travels to Delaware, Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 21 for a 2 p.m. kickoff against Ohio Wesleyan University. The Battling Bishops are tied with Wooster for fourth place in the North Coast Athletic Conference at 3-2. Denison sits alone in sixth place at 2-3. Both teams check into the game at 3-3 overall. Last week, Denison suffered a 26-17 loss to DePauw at Piper Stadium. The Battling Bishops went on the road to defeat previously unbeaten Wabash, 16-13.
All-Time Series: This is the 109th meeting between Denison and Ohio Wesleyan. The Big Red has played OWU more than any other institution in the history of the program. The last five games between Denison and OWU have been decided by a touchdown or less. Last year, Canaan Gebele passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns and David Weimar caught eight passes for 109 yards and two TDs. The Big Red prevailed 21-14 at Piper Stadium in Granville. Denison has won four-straight against Ohio Wesleyan, but the Bishops hold a 65-36-7 advantage in the series.
How to Watch: You can watch in-person at Selby Stadium on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students, and children. If you can't make it to Delaware, you can watch Ohio Wesleyan's live video stream.
The Coaches: Denison head coach Jack Hatem is in his eighth season leading the Big Red. He has totaled a career record of 44-32 (.579) and was named NCAC Coach of the Year in 2016 after leading DU to an 8-2 record. Hatem is 5-2 in his career against the Battling Bishops. OWU is under the direction of Tom Watts who is in his sixth season leading the Battling Bishops. He has compiled a record of 34-22 (.607) and was named the 2012 NCAC Coach of the Year after leading OWU to a 9-1 season and a share of the conference championship.
Looking forward: Denison will close out the 2017 campaign against Ohio Wesleyan, Hiram, Wooster and Kenyon. Over the last four years, Denison has posted a combined record of 14-2 against those teams. Ohio Wesleyan ends the year with Denison, Oberlin, Wittenberg and Hiram.
Moving up the ladder: Canaan Gebele needs only 125 passing yards to move past Larry Cappetto '05 (4,949 yards) and into fifth place in career passing yards at Denison. By the end of the day on Saturday, he could leapfrog three Denison greats. He needs 177 yards to move past Brandon Sklenar '14 (5,001 yards) and 440 yards to jump Keith Schmid for third-place, all-time. Another impressive record is also within reach. Chris Spriggs '86 holds the career record for total offense (7,047 yards). Gebele currently has 6,356 yards of total offense in 23 games played.
Block Party: Ohio Wesleyan sophomore defensive end Kyle Hogan was named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week after blocking two field goals against Wabash. His first block came in the second quarter on a 41-yard try by Wabash. After the block, Wabash kicker Schuyler Nehrig picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown. This play was voted the D3football.com Play of the Week. Hogan's second block came on the final play of the game, a 32-yard field goal attempt that would have forced overtime.