Last season the Butler Grizzlies capped a 12-0 season with an impressive 56-27 win over top-ranked Snow College in the national title game in Salt Lake City, finishing as co-national champions with 12-0 Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was Butler's fifth national championship (1981, 1998, 1999, 2003, and 2007).
Blinn, 3-time national champions and members of the SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference), finished 7-3 last year and 18th in the NJCAA poll. The Buccaneers top returnees from 2007 include red-shirt sophomore quarterback Terrance Cain, who passed for 2,185 yards and 22 touchdowns, along with sophomore wide receiver Justin Jordan (30 receptions, 381 yards, 5 touchdowns). The Grizzlies return sophomore quarterback Press Taylor (749 yards, 5 touchdowns) and sophomore wide receiver Tyrece Gaines (23 receptions, 424 yards, 5 touchdowns).
The two programs have met just once before, in 1987 at the Texas Shrine Bowl, with Blinn defeating Butler, 35-14. Over the years Blinn is 5-0 in games against Kansas Jayhawk Conference opponents, with wins over Butler in 1987, Coffeyville in 1996, 2006, 2007, and Fort Scott in 1999. Butler is 8-4 against teams from Texas, having posted a 5-1 record against Lone Star State teams under Troy Morrell.