Football - Sun, Nov. 13, 2005
Olathe, Kan. - The No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University (Ill.) football team will face No. 4 University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) in first round action of the 2005 NAIA Football National Championship Series at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at SXU Stadium in Chicago. The NAIA National Office (Kan.) released the eight first-round pairings early Sunday afternoon.

Following are the pairings (in chronological order), sites and times for the first-round games, to be played Saturday, November 19, on campus sites.

Pikeville College (Ky.) (7-2) at University of St. Francis (Ind.) (10-0), noon (Eastern)Geneva College (Pa.) (8-3) at Georgetown College (Ky.) (8-2), 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) (9-1) at Saint Xavier University (Ill.) (9-2), noon (Central)Evangel University (Mo.) (8-2) at McKendree College (Ill.) (8-2), 1 p.m. (Central)St. Ambrose University (Iowa) (8-2) at Morningside College (Iowa) (10-0), 1 p.m. (Central),Dickinson State University (N.D.) (7-3) at Carroll College (Mont.) (10-0), 12:05 (Mountain)Graceland University (Iowa) (9-2) at Tabor College (Kan.) (10-0), 1:30 p.m. (Central) (Cessna Stadium in Wichita, Kan.)Montana Tech of the University of Montana (8-3) at Azusa PacificUniversity (Calif.) (6-3), 6 p.m. (Pacific)

The second round is scheduled for November 26, with the semifinals taking place on December 3. The 2005 NAIA Football National Championship Game will be held at Jim Carroll Stadium in Hardin County, Tenn., on Saturday, December 17 and will be televised live, nationwide on College Sports Television (CSTV). The championship game kickoff is slated for 12:05 p.m. (Central).

Hardin County has hosted the last nine NAIA Football National Championships. Four qualifying teams have won national championships at Hardin County. Sioux Falls (S.D.) captured the Division II title in 1996 and Azusa Pacific was victorious in 1998. Repeat winners include Georgetown with victories in 2000 and 2001 while Carroll College (Mont.) reigns as the three-time defending champion.

Saint Xavier (9-2 overall/6-1 MSFA) is participating in the NAIA Championship Series for only the second time in the program's 13-year history. The Cougars qualified for the playoffs following the 2002 season and lost on the road, 34-30, to University of Saint Francis (Ind.) in its first-round match-up. SXU is 18-3 over the past four seasons when playing at SXU Stadium.