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First place in the Empire 8 is on the line as Cortland travels to Utica for a battle of unbeaten teams. Cortland, ranked 11th nationally by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and 13th by D3football.com, enters the game 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the league. Utica is on the cusp of being nationally ranked as the first “others receiving votes” team in the D3football.com Top 25 and the third team in the AFCA’s “others receiving votes” section. The Pioneers are off to the best start in the program’s 22-year varsity history with a 6-0 overall mark and 2-0 league record.