The Trine University football team, fresh off an unblemished Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association season, will host St. Norbert Saturday, Nov. 17, in a first round game of the 2018 NCAA Division III Football Championship.
Game time is slated for noon ET at Fred Zollner Stadium.
Trine (10-0) gained the MIAA's automatic berth for the second consecutive season after their second-straight unbeaten record against conference challengers. Last season, the Thunder advanced to the NCAA Second Round after an opening-round win over Monmouth (Ill.) at home. All time, Trine is 3-4 in the national tournament; the Thunder will be making their fifth appearance overall.
St. Norbert (9-1) captured the Midwest Conference automatic berth after defeating Monmouth 10-7 Nov. 10 for the Knights' eighth-consecutive win of the season. This is the first-ever meeting between St. Norbert and Trine.
The winner of Trine/St. Norbert will face the winner of UW-Whitewater vs. Eureka Saturday, Nov. 24, at a time and location to be determined. The 2018 NCAA Division III Football Championship will culminate with the Stagg Bowl Friday, Dec. 14, in Shenandoah, Texas.