The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football season kicks off Thursday with six games, including two involving the favorites to win the conference title.
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Northwest Missouri State plays host to Saginaw Valley State in a non-league game, and defending champion Missouri Western jumps into league play with a trip to Central Missouri.
In other openers Thursday: Central Oklahoma travels to Missouri Southern, Washburn is at Nebraska-Kearney, Emporia State goes to Fort Hays State, and Lincoln travels to Lindenwood.
On Saturday, Northeastern State visits Pittsburg State and Southern Baptist goes to Truman.