I'm not a Division II football expert. Apparently, I'm not the only one who isn't.
When this season started, the coaches in Great American Conference voted Oklahoma Baptist University to finish last in the league.
The Bison started the season with a road trip to East Central in Ada - the team tied with them for last place in the preseason poll. The two teams battled into overtime and OBU got an important win. At the time, everyone thought that was a battle to see who could avoid the bottom of the conference and OBU won the battle.
Then they won again in Week Two and life on Bison Hill was good.
Then came the six-week Arkansas swing. Things didn't go as well then. The Bison won again when they returned to the Sooner State side of the schedule with a win over SWOSU in Weatherford.
They brought a 3-6 record into Homecoming this weekend and the Bison pulled off another win to improve to 4-6.
On Saturday, the Bison have a chance for a fifth win. They will host Southern Nazarene at 1 p.m. The Crimson Storm bring a 3-6 record to Shawnee but they have won two in a row. Both teams have high-scoring offenses. It will be a fun day at Crain Memorial Stadium.
The GAC is kind of strange. All games for teams in the GAC are conference games. There is no non-conference schedule.
If the GAC was going to do anything to help the league, I think adding teams and separating into SEC style divisions would be a great idea. Add a couple Oklahoma schools and a couple from Arkansas to make an Arkansas/Oklahoma split and play a few out of conference or inter-division games. That would be a benefit to all of the programs.
The GAC teams could take on Division I teams and take home nice pay days. Iowa State has a game coming up against Incarnate Word. There is no reason GAC teams couldn't take a shot at a DI team and either pull off an upset or deposit a nice check and a great experience.
That won't happen this year, but what will happen is the Bison hosting SNU for a chance at a 5-6 season after three straight 2-9 years.
Get out Saturday and support them as they continue to develop into a great NCAA Division II program.
Good news for Bison basketball
Like their football counterparts, the Bison basketball team was also shown very little respect in preseason voting.
The Bison received only 17 points in the voting. The next lowest team had 41 points. SNU was the unanimous preseason favorite with 121 votes.
After a good start to scrimmage season, I won't be surprised to see the Bison prove they were as underrated on the hardwood as they were on the gridiron.
Lady Bison headed to NCAA Tournament
The OBU women's soccer team won again this weekend to earn a trip to the NCAA D-II national tournament.
The Lady Bison were undefeated in league play and carry a 15-4-1 overall record.
The leading scorer for the Lady Bison is a Bethel High School graduate.
Ruth King didn't get to play soccer for her high school team - Bethel doesn't have one. Just because Bethel doesn't have soccer doesn't mean King didn't get to kick in high school. She was the placekicker for the Wildcats football team and hit a big field goal to help her team beat McLoud in 2015.
King has 13 goals and seven assists in 20 games this season.
The Lady Bison have a chance to do something special at the national tournament that begins Nov. 9.
Watch out for the Belles
Seminole State looks like it will host a couple of solid basketball programs this season. The Belles hit 18 three-pointers Saturday in a win.
Seminole State beat Champion Christian 108-56. I don't care who the opponent is, 18 threes is a lot. That's even good for a shootaround.
The Belles had almost as many points from behind the arc as their opponents had total.
They are 2-0 on the year and they already set a record for threes in a game. That's not a bad start.