11-03-2012 12:30 AM

Beyond the flurry of homecoming activity this weekend, the University of Central Arkansas’ football game is pretty big. It’s one of the benchmarks in history, not necessarily because of the opponent but of the significance if the Bears win.

A victory over Northwestern State on Saturday night will clinch the outright Southland Conference title for the Bears and an automatic berth in the 20-team NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in which UCA appeared for the first time last season.

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