It's a 2-for-1 Friday on the MTB College Sports Bucket List. So make sure you scroll down a bit for the first event of the day, the Magic City Classic, which checked in at No. 79 on our list!
Back to the countdown though and a game that's setting records for attendance....
No. 78: Northwest Missouri State vs. Pittsburg State (DII Football):
With no DII football teams in the state of Wisconsin it's an area of the college sports landscape that gets under-appreciated, that is unless you've attended the only DII institution in the state - Wisconsin-Parkside.
Just because our state doesn't pay a lot of attention to DII football doesn't mean there aren't great games and great rivalries out there. If you want that all you have to do is look to the MIAA and GLIAC for some of the best football games out there. The MIAA is home to the best rivalry in DII football, Northwest Missouri State Bearcats vs. Pittsburg State Gorillas who play annually in the "Fall Classic at Arrowhead"
These two have met a lot, dating all the way back to 1932 and the overall series stands at 23-22 in favor of the Gorrilas. However, what makes this game so high on this list is not just the closeness of the series, it's also how comeptitive these teams are on a national scale and the massive crowd that now follows this game in it's current format of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead.
Since the move of this game to Arrowhead stadium these two teams have attracted over 20,000 fans for all but one game. Add in the fact that the Bearcats own the 7-4 advantage since that move and you have a rivalry worth seeing.
Not only that, but these teams are annually some of the best DII has to offer. In 18 of the past 20 seasons both teams have been ranked in the top 25 of the DII polls and since 1992 these teams have combined for 10 appearances in the national championship game.
Over 20,000 fans, Arrowhead Stadium, and highly touted teams at the DII level make this game a must see for any pure college football fan and thus ranking it pretty high on our list.