Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - University of South Dakota coach Joe Glenn
said it best during Tuesday's Missouri Valley Football Conference weekly
"We really find out who we are in our league when we start fighting each
other," he said.
Well, wait no longer. Let the brawl begin.
Week 5 of the FCS season is a hotbed for conference matchups, some bigger
than any in recent memory.
Between the five Top-25 matchups Saturday, there may be none more intriguing
than top-ranked North Dakota State traveling to Brookings, S.D., for a clash
with the sixth-ranked South Dakota State Jackrabbits - a Missouri Valley
It may seem odd, though, that such an eye-catching contest would be played so
early on in the conference schedule. North Dakota State, the two-time
defending national champion, narrowly took down the Jackrabbits in Fargo last
November, 20-17, before winning by a more decided score in the playoffs, 28-3.
Maybe it's a good thing to get such a huge game out of the way early, and in
SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier's eyes, this is a pretty good time for the No. 1
team in the country to come to Brookings.
"Why (this game with NDSU) has been at the end of the year, well, that wasn't
by choice, I guess," Stiegelmeier said. "Maybe some people prefer that based
on where we're both at at the end of the year. For us, this is a great
to be honest with you, because we get our tails whipped at Nebraska (last
Saturday) and we can't go out on that with the No. 1 team in America coming to
town. It's just the way it's supposed to be. Let's get ready and become the
best football team in the league come Saturday."
South Dakota State's main weapon is certainly no secret, and Stiegelmeier
doesn't care that everyone in the league knows what running back Zach Zenner
can do. No team has been able to stop him yet.
In fact, the last team to actually grind Zenner to a halt was North Dakota
State in the second round of the 2012 playoffs. And the Bison did it twice
In the first matchup in November, Zenner was limited to 43 yards on 14
carries. Then when the teams met in the playoffs on Dec. 1, Zenner was slowed
to 46 yards on 15 carries. Whatever the secret is, the Bison have recently
shown they possess it.
Zenner, a junior, has yet to be slowed this season, even by a BCS team. At
Nebraska, he carried the ball 21 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns. But
can the Jackrabbits risk not having their star player produce at the level
he's been accustomed to? Eleven of the Jackrabbits' 19 touchdowns scored on
offense this season are credited to Zenner.
North Dakota State returns one of the most productive defenses in the nation
though, so does coach Craig Bohl think his team can stop Zenner a third
"It's a tall order," Bohl said. "I think South Dakota State's offensive line
is doing a great job opening up holes, and Zenner is doing a great job finding
those holes, and he's got excellent speed. So he makes you pay the price if
you're not in the right position.
"We've got to make sure we're assignment-sound, and I think the other thing is
make sure we do a great job with the pursuit angles, and trying to limit some
of those plays, and to shorter gains."
Stiegelmeier said a football program builds a reputation. In the last few
years, North Dakota State has undoubtedly reconstructed its reputation as the
dominant force in the FCS. And lately Stiegelmeier has fielded questions about
being in the shadow of the Bison, especially in the conference.
Now South Dakota State has a golden opportunity on Saturday to take a step out
of the Bison's shadow and into the spotlight.
"It has nothing to do with facilities, it ain't nothing to do with the
coaches, understand?" Stiegelmeier said. "You've got to beat them on the
field, and you've got to do that a number of years to be looked at as the same
type of program.
"We all want what Nebraska has. We all want what North Dakota State has, what
Montana has, what Appalachian State had. I'm not envious; that's the goal.
There's a target next to getting to Frisco" for the FCS championship game in
The following is a game-by-game breakdown for The Sports Network FCS Top 25
and other select games (all times ET):
Thursday, Sept. 26
No. 18 Cal Poly (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky) at Portland State (3-1, 0-0)
Kickoff: 10:15 p.m. (ROOT-NW)
What to know: Here we go, into the dark and unpredictable tunnel that is in-
conference matchups. And what a week we have to kick off a large chunk of
Cal Poly plays in its first Thursday night game since it won its season opener
in 2002 over Toledo, 44-16. And in games coming off a bye week, the Mustangs
are 4-0 under coach Tim Walsh.
But this isn't a deadbeat Portland State team. The Vikings average 42.8 points
per game and 612 yards offensively per contest. That's no joke.
In last weekend's victory over UC Davis, the Vikings were once again led by
quarterback Kieran McDonagh and running back D.J. Adams, who scampered for 208
yards and two touchdowns. But over the last nine seasons, Cal Poly boasts a
23-11 record against Big Sky teams. Should Portland State win, the chances of
moving into the nation's Top 25 after being picked to finish 10th in the Big
Sky preseason coaches' poll looks pretty strong, especially with a win over a
Prediction: Portland State 37, Cal Poly 30
Saturday, Sept. 28
Butler (2-2, 0-0 Pioneer) at Jacksonville (2-2, 1-0)
What to know: Last season's Pioneer Football League tri-champion Butler will
get its first crack at a conference opponent Saturday as the Bulldogs travel
to face Jacksonville. The Dolphins have already defeated PFL's Morehead
State and are 1-0 in league games.
And this is by no means an easy intro to conference play this season for
The Dolphins are 12th in the nation in total offense, averaging 492.3 yards
per game, and even more impressive is the team's scoring offense, which is
tied for fourth in the nation with 46.5 points per game.
Even if sophomore quarterback Kade Bell isn't healthy, backup Steven Hughes
has proven himself capable of running the offense with his 269-yard, two-
touchdown performance against Warner Southern. The Dolphins are a legitimate
contender for this year's PFL automatic bid, while Butler's two wins have come
against Division III opponents this season.
Prediction: Jacksonville 40, Butler 24
No. 16 Fordham (4-0) at Saint Francis (Pa.) (1-2)
What to know: Fordham is on an absolute roll, moving up another five spots in
the national poll after last weekend's hefty 52-7 beatdown of Columbia. But
this week versus Saint Francis (Pa.), it's possible the Rams may have a focus
One week from this Saturday, the Rams will host Lehigh in a matchup of likely
the two best Patriot League teams, although Fordham is not eligible for the
league championship. But a victory over the ranked Mountain Hawks would
seriously help the Rams' chances of receiving an at-large bid to the FCS
But that's not the agenda for this week. The Red Flash have returned one of
the top running backs in the nation this season in Kyle Harbridge, who rushed
for 230 yards and four touchdowns in the team's win over Lincoln (Pa.) a week
ago. Shut down Harbridge, though, and you can effectively cancel out the Red
Flash's production (subtract Harbridge's 230 rushing yards and the Red
Flash would have accumulated just 107 against its Division II opponent). The
Fordham offense, led by Michael Nebrich and Carlton Koonce, will then be
waiting to pounce.
Prediction: Fordham 43, Saint Francis (Pa.) 20
No. 10 New Hampshire (1-1) at No. 21 Lehigh (3-0)
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.
What to know: Here we have the weekend's first of five matchups featuring two
Top 25 teams, and it's a doozy.
New Hampshire, coming off a bye week, leads the all-time series against the
Mountain Hawks, 11-2. The last time these two teams met, however, didn't
necessarily reflect that lopsided series tally.
The Wildcats won an overtime thriller, 48-41. Since that game in 2011, Lehigh
has lost a total of two games, and just one in the regular season. But the
Mountain Hawks have struggled to pull off a decisive victory this season
against a formidable opponent. And New Hampshire easily disposed of Lehigh's
fellow Patriot Leaguer Colgate just two weeks ago, 53-23.
New Hampshire's running attack will have to be present, which shouldn't be an
issue. The Mountain Hawks have allowed a 100-plus yard runner in each of their
first three games.
Prediction: New Hampshire 35, Lehigh 27
No. 12 Coastal Carolina (4-0) at Elon (1-3)
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m.
What to know: One would think with Liberty dropping a game to Richmond last
weekend Coastal has established itself as the class of the Big South
Conference. But check the rearview again because here comes Gardner-Webb and
None of these teams has played a conference game yet, though a hot start does
bear importance when vying for a playoff spot. And Gardner-Webb is nipping at
Coastal's heals as the Runnin' Bulldogs cracked the Top 25 this week.
Charleston Southern is 4-0, but hasn't registered impressive wins like GWU.
But again, the Chanticleers have another on-the-lighter-side matchup this
weekend with Elon, a Southern Conference team that was pounded by Georgia Tech
early in the year, and suffered double-digit losses to both North Carolina A&T
and Appalachian State.
Elon's 599 yards of offense surrendered to Appalachian State looks pretty good
to Coastal's offense, which is ranked 11th in the nation in rushing offense,
18th in total offense and 15th in scoring offense.
Prediction: Coastal Carolina 34, Elon 20
Eastern Kentucky (2-2, 0-0 OVC) at No. 8 Eastern Illinois (3-1, 0-0)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. (espn3.com)
What to know: This conference matchup just smells like an instant classic.
There's certainly a lot of history between the two Ohio Valley Conference
teams - Eastern Kentucky holds the series lead, 12-8. Both programs also rank
in the top 10 all-time in playoff appearances (Eastern Kentucky with 20 and
Eastern Illinois with 14).
But the past doesn't mean a lot for the outcome of this game. Eastern Illinois
has been playing phenomenal offensively behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo,
and narrowly missed out on the team's second win over an FBS opponent last
weekend against Northern Illinois.
Eastern Kentucky is up there in the OVC, but hasn't supplied anything as
impressive this season as EIU. The Colonels are coming off a 56-34 victory
over former OVC member Morehead State, where freshman running back J.J. Jude
gained 195 yards on the ground with four touchdowns.
With a record in sight, though, Garoppolo should take this game over for the
Panthers, and he will become the program's and conference's all-time leader in
career touchdown passes (he's tied with former EIU great Tony Romo at 85).
Prediction: Eastern Illinois 45, Eastern Kentucky 31
No. 1 North Dakota State (3-0, 0-0 MVFC) at No. 6 South Dakota State (3-1,
Kickoff: 3 p.m. (NBC North Dakota, Midco SN)
What to know: Not only is this one of the most highly anticipated conference
games of the year, it's quickly becoming one of the nation's top rivalries.
Any time two teams meet with such a grand standing in the national polls,
more than a few heads will turn to observe the battle. And it will be a
The biggest question for North Dakota State will be this: Can the defense
replicate its success from last season against one of the top FCS running
backs in Zach Zenner? In 2012, the Bison held Zenner to 43 yards and 46 yards
rushing in respective games (the latter being in a playoff matchup).
This season, Zenner's lowest rushing total is 117 yards in Week 1 against
Butler. He's amassed 200 yards in a game twice in 2013. A large part of the
game's outcome will hinge on his success for the Jackrabbits.
On the other hand, North Dakota State has a pretty spectacular offense of its
own, and the third-best scoring defense in the nation (currently holding
opponents to 10.3 points per game).
With much anticipation, this game could easily live up to its hype.
Prediction: North Dakota State 31, South Dakota State 28
No. 2 Eastern Washington (2-1) at No. 4 Sam Houston State (3-1)
Kickoff: 3 p.m. (CSN-HOU, NW)
What to know: He's played in three games this season, two of them against FBS
opponents, yet Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams still ranks second in the FCS
with 12 passing touchdowns.
Sam Houston State can expect to see plenty of Adams airing it out Saturday,
just like EWU can expect running back Timothy Flanders to be a significant
part of the Bearkats offense.
Over the past three years, there has been so much meat to the story of these
two teams. Although this is the first time the Bearkats and Eagles will meet
in the regular season, we can simply look back to the playoffs from last year
as a prime example of why this is such a highly regarded game. Eastern
Washington almost overcame a 35-0 halftime deficit to win, but fell just short
to the Bearkats, 45-42, in the national semifinals.
Can the Eagles snap the Bearkats' 17-game home winning streak, currently the
longest in the FCS? We'll find out in what is the non-conference game of the
Prediction: Eastern Washington 42, Sam Houston State 35
No. 11 Montana State (2-2, 0-0 Big Sky) at North Dakota (1-2, 0-0)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
What to know: It was a tough outing last Saturday for the Bobcats, who lost to
Stephen F. Austin in the team's first FCS test without DeNarius McGhee under
center. And it was a rough outing for Jake Bleskin, the sophomore backup.
Bleskin connected on 21-of-41 passing for 308 yards and two touchdowns, but he
also tossed four interceptions. That doesn't necessarily explain away the 52
points allowed by the defense, although giving the ball up four times is bound
to yield some points off turnovers.
Now the Bobcats get to face Big Sky opponent North Dakota, which is coming off
a bye week, but dropped two straight contests to nationally ranked competition
in South Dakota State and Montana prior to the week off. If turnovers are now
a common theme with the Bobcats, expect a few more tough games until McGhee's
separated shoulder is fully healed. Although UND holds a slight series lead
over the Bobcats in Grand Forks, 7-6-1, Montana State should be able to
rebound and escape with a win.
Prediction: Montana State 30, North Dakota 21
Charleston Southern (4-0) at Appalachian State (1-2)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
What to know: Charleston Southern has played well through four weeks of the
regular season, and is the second of two unbeaten teams in the Big South
Conference. But take a glance at the Buccaneers' schedule and it seems fairly
The last three wins for CSU have come against opponents like Shorter (Division
II), Campbell and Norfolk State. The Buccaneers did pull out an impressive,
32-29 win over The Citadel in Week 1. Not to say this team is a fluke, but
when taking a look down the schedule, things don't seem as rosey for CSU.
App State is sort of on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Mountaineers
began the season severely underwhelming their opponents and started off 0-2.
But after a win over Elon on Saturday, the ship appears to be righting itself.
Both Mountaineers quarterbacks, Jamal Londry-Jackson and Kameron Bryant, were
effective, but true freshman Marcus Cox was the story, gaining 308 all-purpose
yards and scoring three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing).
It didn't hurt App State to get Sean Price back from a suspension, either, as
he contributed a touchdown receiving.
A one-game winning "streak" is certainly not considered getting on a roll, but
it could be the start.
Prediction: Appalachian State 32, Charlestown Southern 21
Maine (3-1, 0-0 CAA) at No. 22 Richmond (2-2, 0-0)
Kickoff: 4 p.m. (CSN-NE and MA, TCN-PHI, CSS)
What to know: Maine's perfect season hopes came to an end against Northwestern
Saturday, which certainly isn't the end of the world because next to no one
had Maine tabbed as a perfect team in 2013.
But the Black Bears will get a second test in a row this weekend when they
open their CAA Football schedule with Richmond. The Spiders bounced back from
their dismal effort against Gardner-Webb two weeks ago by beating Liberty,
30-21. Richmond's top playmakers were in form against the Flames, as receiver
Ben Edwards caught nine passes for over 100 yards, while Jacobi Green handled
the bulk of the running attack, racking up 181 yards.
Two turnovers really stung Liberty last weekend, as three turnovers did the
same to Maine. Black Bears quarterback Marcus Wasilewski had two passes picked
off and returned for scores against Northwestern. If Richmond can continue to
force turnovers, or if Maine simply provides them, the Spiders will be able
to come away with a victory.
Prediction: Richmond 24, Maine 17
Penn (1-0) at No. 19 Villanova (1-2)
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
What to know: Villanova got at least turned in the right direction last
Saturday with a 35-6 win over Stony Brook, the Wildcats' first win of the
It looks like the bye week Villanova had served its purpose. Now the Wildcats
will welcome fellow Philadelphia program Penn this weekend. Penn opened its
season against a struggling Lafayette team and won, 27-21. The Ivy League's
preseason favorite to repeat as champion will have to get a strong performance
from fifth-year senior quarterback Billy Ragone in order to upset Villanova.
'Nova's win over Stony Brook dropped the Seawolves completely out of the Top
25 rankings, and now the Wildcats look to climb back up the rankings after
their fall from the fifth spot to open the season. Health is still a concern
for some of Andy Talley's players, but as long as John Robertson is under
center, the Wildcats will have a chance against almost any team.
Prediction: Villanova 31, Penn 17
No. 9 McNeese State (4-0) at No. 5 Northern Iowa (3-0)
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
What to know: As far as non-conference matchups go, this one is still
overshadowed by Eastern Washington-Sam Houston State. But there's no contest
for the second-best non-conference game of the week, it's this one.
This is the first time the Cowboys are 4-0 to start the season since 2007,
when the team finished the regular season 11-0. And the team is ranked second
in the country in points per game, averaging 49.5 (last weekend's total of 43
against Weber State was the fewest points scored by the Cowboys this season).
This is the 11th time McNeese State and Northern Iowa have met up in the
regular season (UNI holds a 6-4 series lead), and the game is at the UNI Dome
in Cedar Falls. Like McNeese State, the Panthers haven't started a season 4-0
since 2007, and with a win they can reach that mark. The Cowboys will look to
starting quarterback Cody Stroud to lead them offensively, while the Panthers
hope they can put running back David Johnson to work. Let's see if McNeese
State can handle an actual defensive threat.
Prediction: Northern Iowa 32, McNeese State 25
No. 3 Towson (4-0, 0-0 CAA) at Stony Brook (1-2, 1-1)
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
What to know: Towson let North Carolina Central hang around until the second
half started, then the running game took over (per usual).
Terrance West added another 149 yards and two touchdowns to his already
gushing resume, while freshman Darius Victor buried the ball in the end zone
twice. Quarterback Peter Athens is doing just enough under center to sustain a
relatively healthy balance in the offensive play calling, but we have yet to
see what happens if Towson's run game is unproductive.
Enter Stony Brook, which dropped from the Top 25 rankings after the team's
second straight loss, most recently to Villanova. The new CAA team will be
without running back Marcus Coker for the rest of the season due to injury,
which is devastating for the Seawolves. This game could have featured one of
the great running back matchups of the season had he stayed healthy.
With that said, the Stony Brook run game wasn't productive at all against a
wounded Villanova defense, and against Towson likely won't look much better.
Unless something changes soon, the weight of the team will fall squarely on
quarterback Lyle Negron's shoulders, which could make Stony Brook's first
season in the CAA an obsolete one.
Prediction: Towson 34, Stony Brook 17
Point (2-1) at No. 25 Gardner-Webb (3-1)
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
What to know: Gardner-Webb got so good at beating teams in the Top 25 in the
first few weeks, it seems only appropriate for the Runnin' Bulldogs to join
In consecutive weeks, kicker Jordan Day provided the only points for Gardner-
Webb in wins over Richmond and Wofford. Now facing Point University, an NAIA
program, the Runnin' Bulldogs will look to keep the winning streak alive. But
does the offense have something to contribute?
Gardner-Webb's defense certainly looked strong, holding the Wofford offense to
149 total yards, including five passing. Wofford was also a mere 3-14 on
third-down attempts. Keep in mind this game, in which GWU won, 3-0, was played
in a driving rainstorm.
Point University shouldn't provide much of a challenge, but when the Runnin'
Bulldogs get back on track with Charlotte and then launch into Big South
competition, we'll need to see another way of accumulating points, rather than
just three at a time.
Prediction: Gardner-Webb 24, Point 10
Chattanooga (2-1, 0-0 SoCon) at No. 15 Georgia Southern (2-1, 0-1)
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
What to know: Both Chattanooga and Georgia Southern are coming off bye weeks,
but it's Chattanooga with more to play for in this Southern Conference matchup
than the Eagles.
Chattanooga was considered one of the favorites for the SoCon crown this
season because Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are ineligible as they
transition to the FBS. But an early season loss for the Mocs set them back a
Prior to the bye week though, it was Georgia Southern that dropped a game -
its fist SoCon matchup - to Wofford. In that loss, the Eagles still managed
342 rushing yards.
This should be a tantalizing matchup for Chattanooga, which boasts a very
strong defense led by defensive end Davis Tull and linebacker Wes Dothard.
Keep an eye on those two players in an attempt to limit the Eagles' stable of
Prediction: Georgia Southern 28, Chattanooga 21
No. 14 James Madison (3-1, 0-0 CAA) at Delaware (3-1, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
What to know: James Madison and Delaware are both 3-1 to this point in the
season, yet James Madison is ranked, despite facing below-average teams. But
this first CAA test of the season for either squad should integrate them into
the tougher portion of their schedules nicely.
The game is at Delaware Stadium, a very friendly home environment for the Blue
Hens, who have won all three of their games there this season, posting a 47.3
points-per-game average in those contests. Delaware plays seven home games
this season and just five road games, some very good news for the Hens.
But JMU provides a powerful offense as well, led by senior running back
Dae'Quan Scott, the nation's No. 2 running back in terms of yards gained.
Expect an offensive shootout. We'll learn a lot from this game about which
team is better equipped to handle a difficult CAA schedule.
Prediction: Delaware 34, James Madison 28
No. 23 UT Martin (2-1, 0-0 OVC) at Southeast Missouri State (0-3, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
What to know: UT Martin is another Top 25 team coming off a bye week, but
unlike Georgia Southern, the Skyhawks were rolling before the break. A win
over Chattanooga to start the season and a one-point victory over Central
Arkansas lifted UT Martin into the Top 25 in the first place.
The Skyhawks travel to Southeast Missouri State on Saturday to face an
underperforming Redhawks team that recently lost to Southern Illinois at Busch
Stadium in St. Louis. SEMO did not establish anything of a run game,
just 53 yards, making its offense pretty one-dimensional.
It's a good thing for the Skyhawks the Redhawks offense is struggling because
UT Martin is allowing an average of 35.7 points per game to opponents. Don't
discredit Dylan Favre as a big-game quarterback. The junior most recently
threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns to help his team beat Central
Prediction: UT Martin 24, Southeast Missouri State 13
Jackson State (2-2, 2-0 SWAC) at Southern (2-2, 2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
What to know: It's been a jumbled year in the SWAC, and in all likelihood
that will continue.
This game features the current East Division co-leader in Jackson State versus
the West Division leader Southern. Neither one has impressed immensely this
year, and it seems that week in and week out, SWAC teams just beat each other
Southern's most recent victory came against Mississippi Valley State, a team
that had one of the best SWAC defenses a year ago, but hasn't found its stride
in 2013. The Jaguars managed to scrape out the victory despite a net value of
zero rushing yards. That's right, zero rushing yards.
But what the run game lacks, quarterback Dray Joseph picks up through the air.
The senior has provided the greatest spark for the Jaguars on offense.
Jackson State, on the other hand, has impressed with a solid run game. In the
team's win over Texas Southern, the Tigers strung together 214 yards and four
touchdowns on the ground. Jackson State could put an end to Southern's
conference win streak.
Prediction: Jackson State 27, Southern 21
Youngstown State (3-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
What to know: The Penguins have been teetering on the edge of the Top 25,
well, all season, and have only dropped a contest to Michigan State. Now the
team looks to start off Missouri Valley play on a high note with a difficult
schedule on the horizon.
The Penguins hold a slim 12-11-1 series lead between the two MVFC schools, but
lost last year's matchup in Ohio. This time the game is in Carbondale, Ill.,
where Youngstown State won in 2011.
Senior quarterback Kurt Hess is close to the program's record for career
passing yardage, and needs 264 yards to break it. That seems in reach for
Hess, who threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns against the Northeast
Conference's Duquesne a week ago.
Looking ahead, the Penguins can potentially crack the Top 25 with conference
wins early, but once Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and South Dakota State
are up, things look a little bleak for Youngstown's playoff chances.
Prediction: Youngstown State 27, Southern Illinois 18
Brown (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) at Harvard (1-0, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
What to know: Both of these Ivy teams exploded onto the scene in their first
game of the season, with Brown easily tossing Georgetown aside, 45-7, and
Harvard dismissing San Diego, 42-20.
Harvard was picked second in the Ivy League's preseason poll behind defending
champion Penn, but realistically either Harvard or Brown can make a great case
for the top spot.
Harvard lost key pieces from the team's 2012 offense, but quarterback Conner
Hempel, a junior, stepped in and threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns
against San Diego.
Former track star John Spooney was the focal point of Brown's offense, rushing
for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a third score on a 24-yard
Harvard leads the all-time series, 80-30-2, and has won 11 of the last 13
games against the Bears. Although the stats are a bit lopsided in Harvard's
favor, expect this game to be a battle to the finish.
Prediction: Harvard 31, Brown 27
No. 7 Montana (3-0, 0-0 Big Sky) at No. 24 Northern Arizona (2-1, 0-0)
Kickoff: 9 p.m.
What to know: Last year in Missoula, Mont., Zach Bauman broke a 75-yard run
for a touchdown 10 seconds into Northern Arizona's game with Montana. That was
just the beginning for Bauman and the Lumberjacks.
Bauman rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the contest, providing the
spark Northern Arizona needed to upset the (what would turn out to be)
disappointing Grizzlies. Now, with the game in Flagstaff, the Griz aren't
about to let the Lumberjacks do it again.
Bauman finally broke his first 100-yard game this past weekend against South
Dakota - it's been a slightly disappointing year for the senior Walter Payton
Award candidate. Who knows, maybe he was awakened last weekend.
Montana's defense is pretty stingy, and currently ranks 17th in the country in
run defense and eighth in turnover margin with a plus-five. It makes for a
You can be sure the revenge factor will at least be in the background of the
Montana players' minds.
Prediction: Montana 37, Northern Arizona 21
No. 13 Central Arkansas (2-2)
No. 17 Wofford (2-2)
No. 20 Bethune-Cookman (3-1)
Last Week's Record: 20-4 (.833)
Season Record: 69-28 (.711)
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