The Northwest Conference championship almost certainly will be decided when Whitworth plays at Linfield at 1 p.m. Saturday. Both teams are 4-0, with two conference games remaining. Linfield's NWC slate concludes Nov. 11 at winless Lewis and Clark, with Whitworth playing host to Puget Sound on the same day. Every other team in the conference has at least two losses.

Linfield (5-2 overall) is assured of a 51st consecutive winning season. The Wildcats committed six turnovers last Saturday but beat visiting Menlo 31-3.

Whitworth (8-0) has lost 13 in a row to Linfield, but the Pirates have outscored opponents 239 to 77 this season. This is only the fifth time in 100 years of football that Whitworth has won eight games in a season. The Pirates beat visiting Willamette 28-14 last Saturday.

• Lewis and Clark (0-7, 0-4) travels to Willamette (1-6, 1-3) on Saturday. The Pioneers lost last week 44-7 to visiting Pacific Lutheran.

• Western Oregon (5-3) plays host to Dixie State (1-7) of St. George, Utah, at 1 p.m. Saturday, then is at Humboldt State on Nov. 11.

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