The Wayne State Warriors (12-3) look for their first Division II football championship when they play the perennial D-II powerhouse Pitt State Gorillas (12-1) in the championship game on ESPN2 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
No. 7 Pitt State is a perennial Division-II powerhouse, making their fifth trip to the championship game where they have struggled in the past. The Gorillas are only 1-3 in the championship game with the one win coming 20 years ago over Jacksonville State. Pitt State made it to the championship game by taking care of Delta State in the semifinals, 49-23.
Wayne State offers a surprising story, making the championship game as an unranked team after reeling off four straight road wins to earn the trip to the title game. The Warriors took care of Winston-Salem State University, 21-14 in their semi-final win.
Gorillas quarterback Zac Dickey has combined for over 3,000 total yards on the season with 26 total touchdowns, and he'll be the focus for the Warriors defense and AFCA All-American safety Jeremy Jones. One way the Warriors can slow down Dickey is to keep him off the field, leaning on running backs Josh Renel and Toney Davis, both of which have run for over 1,300 yards on the season.