Mount Union (14-0) vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-0)

What: Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Woodforest Bank Stadium, Shenandoah, Texas

TV/Radio: ESPNU; 1310-AM WDPN; 91.1 FM WRMU

The rankings: Mount Union is ranked first in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 poll and by D3Football.com. Mary Hardin-Baylor is ranked second in both polls.

Coaches: Vince Kehres is 84-4 in his sixth season at Mount Union. Pete Fredenberg is 221-39 in his 21st season as the only coach in Crusaders history.

The series: This will be the second consecutive year the teams have played for the national title and the fifth all-time meeting in either the Division III semifinals or the Stagg Bowl. The series is tied 2-2. Mary Hardin-Baylor won semifinal games in 2004 and 2016. Mount Union won a semifinal game in 2012 and last year’s Stagg Bowl 12-0.

Playoff histories: Mount Union has a 103-16 record in NCAA playoff games and has advanced to the Stagg Bowl 21 times since 1993 and has won a record 13 national titles. The only times the Purple Raiders have missed the Stagg Bowl since 1999 have come because of semifinal losses to Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2004 and 2016. MHB is in the tournament for a 17th time with a record of 40-15. The Crusaders won the 2016 national title and are making their fourth Stagg Bowl appearance.

About Mary Hardin-Baylor: Located in Belton, Texas, with an enrollment of 3,888, the Crusaders are members of the American Southwest Conference. It began playing football in 1998 or 105 years after Mount Union fielded its first team. It has won 16 ASC titles. It is averaging 55.5 points per game — scoring 87 percent of the time when in the red zone — and giving up 7.9 points. Junior quarterback Jase Hammack has completed 138 of 217 passes for 1,918 yards and 16 touchdowns against four interceptions. Defensively, the Crusaders have 33 sacks and 31 interceptions.

About Mount Union: With an enrollment of 2,050, Mount has won a national-best 29 consecutive games, 29 Ohio Athletic Conference championships and 13 national titles. The Raiders are scoring 51.1 points and allowing 11.5 points per game. The defense, which has scored a nation-best 15 touchdowns, has held opponents to an average of 81.1 yards on the ground. Junior quarterback D’Angelo Fulford has completed 173 of 268 pass attempts for 2,643 yards and 37 touchdowns against five interceptions. Mount Union leads Division III with 67 sacks, led by junior defensive end Andrew Roesch with 11. It also has intercepted 22 passes, led by Louis Berry’s five, four of which he has returned for touchdowns.

What to watch: Last year’s game went Mount Union’s way, 12-0. Look for a similar, low-scoring game this time as well.

— Tim Rogers