Northwest Mississippi Community College has accepted an invitation to play in The 2017 Graphic Edge Bowl, marking the school's 12th all-time bowl appearance and fourth in the last six years. The Rangers will face the NJCAA’s third-ranked Iowa Western Reivers on Sunday, Dec. 3.
The annual event, which is entering its 40th anniversary, began in 1978 when Coffeyville (Kan.) defeated Iowa Central, 35-13, and is played in the UNI-Dome domed stadium at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Northwest and Iowa Western, located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, next to Omaha, Neb., will be played at 3 p.m. in what is being called the Feature Game of the day. The Opening Game will have Ellsworth, Iowa against Northland Community and Technical College (Minn.) at 11 a.m.
Iowa Western is 10-1 and on a seven-game winning streak. The Rangers are ranked fifth in the nation, coming off a 67-66 double-overtime loss to East Mississippi in last Saturday’s MACJC state championship game and will bring an 8-2 record into the bowl game.
East Mississippi is playing Arizona Western in what will be the NJCAA National Championship Game in the Mississippi Bowl that same day.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.