A nationally televised season opener between three-time defending MIAA Champion Northwest Missouri State and Lone Star Conference foe Abilene Christian, several other big non-conference tilts and the usual in-conference rivalries highlight the 2009 MIAA football schedule, released Tuesday by the conference office.
Some of the other non-conference highlights include Nebraska-Omaha visiting in-state rival Nebraska-Kearney Sept. 5 at noon, and Pittsburg State hosting Chadron (Neb.) State Sept. 5 at noon.
Potential key games will be Nebraska-Omaha at Northwest Missouri State, Washburn at Nebraska-Omaha Oct. 10; Central Missouri at Nebraska-Omaha and Nebraska-Omaha at Missouri Western State Nov. 7.
The NCAA Division II Playoffs begin Nov. 14 with the first round. The MIAA has postseason bowl ties to the new Kanza Bowl, which will be played Dec. 5 in Topeka, Kan., as well as the Mineral Water Bowl, to be played Dec. 5 in Excelsior Springs, Mo.