The Setup: Denison enters this week's rivalry game with the College of Wooster at 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Wooster is 5-3 and 4-3 in conference play. Denison is currently tied for first place in the NCAC with Wittenberg and Wabash also sitting at 6-1 in league play.
Time Change: The kickoff for Saturday's game was moved from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate for the potential NCAC Field Hockey Championship at Piper Stadium.
How to Watch: Denison and Wooster will kickoff at 5 p.m. from Deeds Field-Piper Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. If you can't make it to Piper Stadium, the Denison Sports Network will offer a free live video stream of the game beginning at 4:45 p.m. Joey Semel (play-by-play) and Patrick Mullinger (color) will be calling the action.
"Old Red Lantern" History: This is the 24th Battle for the Old Red Lantern between Denison and Wooster. The two teams are tied 11-11-1 since the rivalry game was established in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first meeting between Wooster and Denison. The lantern was selected to symbolize the trains that Denison and Wooster used to travel by to face each other in the early 1900s. In the history of the Old Red Lantern, this series has been all about long runs. Denison won five of the first six meetings with a tie in 1992 mixed in. Wooster went on a 10-game winning streak between 1995 and 2010 but since 2011, the Big Red has come away victorious in six of the seven contests.
Strike a Pose: Weather permitting, fans from both school's attending Saturday's game will have the opportunity to pose for pictures with the "Old Red Lantern". A photo station will be set up next to the concession stand and will be open through halftime. Stop by and hold a little bit of college football history in your hands.
National Rankings: Denison is currently ranked in the "others receiving votes" column of the AFCA Division III Top-25 poll. Wooster is unranked.
Piper Ball: Last Saturday's box score versus Hiram would have made Denison's legendary head coach Keith Piper smile. Denison ran the ball 45 times for 377 yards while attempting only eight passes for 126 yards. Piper's teams were famous for running roughshod over the opposition out of the archaic single-wing formation.
Minton2K18: Alex Minton surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards in last week's win over Hiram. He also became the first player in Denison history to post consecutive 200-yard rushing games. Minton has won the last two NCAC Offensive Player of the Week awards and is currently ranked 16th in the nation in rushing with 1,033 yards in eight games. He is just the fifth Denison player to have two, 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He joins Chris Spriggs (1984, 1985, 1986), Ed Exler (1970, 1972), Clay Sampson (1979, 1980), and Sam Fioroni (2011, 2012).
Atop the Leaderboard: The Denison offense ranks first in the NCAC in rushing offense (252 ypg), total offense (471 ypg), time of possession (33:53), red zone offense (93%), and first downs (197).
Last time: Denison scored the final 23 points en route to a 36-23 win over Wooster at John P. Papp Stadium. Alex Minton led Denison with 94 yards rushing.
Looks Good in Red: Former Wooster standout quarterback Austin Holter is in his ninth year as an assistant coach at Denison and is in his sixth season as the offensive coordinator. At Wooster, Holter totaled 7,459 yards of total offense between 2006-09. He leads all quarterbacks with 24 rushing touchdowns and ranks fifth with 43 passing touchdowns for the Fighting Scots. Current Wooster senior running back, Antonio Bailey, needs two rushing TDs to pass Holter in the Scots' record book.
No Predictions, Please: With two weeks left in the regular season talks of conference championships, tiebreakers and playoff bids are a little too premature for us. What we will do is lay out the remaining games for the three teams tied at the top of the conference standings, so you can follow along prognosticate on your own. Wittenberg has two road games with Ohio Wesleyan (3-5) and Wooster (5-3) left on the schedule. Wabash closes with Allegheny (5-3) and DePauw (3-5), while Denison wraps up against Wooster (5-3) and Kenyon (0-8).