Southeastern (4-5, 3-4 SLC) at Abilene Christian (2-7, 2-6)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Shotwell Stadium, (15,075), Abilene, Texas
SERIES: Tied 1-1
STAT THAT MATTERS: Southeastern managed just 204 total yards in last week’s 16-2 setback against Incarnate Word.
NOTES: Southeastern and Abilene Christian both started Southland Conference play with a pair of victories, but have combined to go 1-10 since. Southeastern will have to win its final two games to clinch a third consecutive winning seasons. The Lions’ offensive problems continued last Saturday in a loss to Incarnate Word with starting quarterback D’Shaie Landor sidelined by an injury. Landor may return this week, but junior Justin Alo could make his first collegiate start if Landor can’t go. Either way, SLU will rely on a solid running game led by Kody Sutton and Julius Maracalin. The only two football meetings between SLU and Abilene Christian came in 1971 and ’72.
Arkansas State (6-3, 5-0 Sun Belt) at UL-Monroe (1-8, 0-5)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Malone Stadium (30,427), Monroe
SERIES: Arkansas State leads 22-14
STAT THAT MATTERS: UL-Monroe will be playing a home game for the first time in 28 days with the last on Oct. 17 vs. Appalachian State.
NOTES: UL-Monroe has dropped seven consecutive games going into its matchup with Arkansas State. After having a four-game streak of double-digit tackles snapped in a setback against UL-Lafayette two weeks ago, UL-Monroe linebacker Hunter Kissinger was back at it with 11 total tackles in a loss to Troy last week. Even with five tackles against UL-Lafayette, Kissinger has piled up 76 tackles in that six-game stretch. Warhawks wide receiver Ajalen Holley leads the Sun Belt in receptions per game (6.3), is second in receiving yards per game (78.9) and is third in receiving yards (631). Wideout Rashon Ceaser played last week for the first time since Sept. 26 and had two catches.
Northwestern State (3-6, 3-4 SLC) at Sam Houston State (6-3, 5-2)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Elliot T. Bowers Stadium (12,975), Huntsville, Texas
SERIES: Northwestern State leads 20-17
STAT THAT MATTERS: Northwestern State has averaged 275.7 rushing yards in wins over Lamar, Nicholls State and Abilene Christian.
NOTES: Northwestern State snapped a three-game losing streak against Sam Houston State last season with a 31-27 win, which prevented the Bearkats from winning the Southland Conference title outright. After an 0-5 start, the Demons have won three of their last four games but face a stiff challenge against a Sam Houston team that’s coming off a loss at McNeese State. Northwestern State All-American Ed Eagan had 293 all-purpose yards last week (212 receiving yards, 80 kick return yards, 1 yard rushing). It was the most yards by a wide receiver in the FCS ranks this season. The Demons are 6-3 in games played in November under coach Jay Thomas.
Grambling (7-2, 7-0 SWAC) at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8, 0-7)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Golden Lion Stadium (16,000), Pine Bluff, Ark.
SERIES: Grambling leads 29-12-2
STAT THAT MATTERS: Arkansas-Pine Bluff has lost its seven SWAC games by an average of 24.1 points per contest.
NOTES: Grambling, which has won seven consecutive games, can clinch a spot in the SWAC championship game for the first time since 2011 with a victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, whose only win was by two points over Morehouse College. Grambling can also clinch the SWAC West title with a Prairie View loss to Alabama State. The Tigers have outscored their seven league foes 325-168 and their average of victory has been 22.4 points. They rank second in the SWAC in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense and rank third in passing offense. Grambling’s offense, which is led by QB Johnathan Williams, averages 463.9 total yards per game.
Central Arkansas (6-3, 6-1 SLC) at Nicholls State (2-7, 2-5)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: John L. Guidry Stadium (10,500), Thibodaux
SERIES: Central Arkansas leads 7-2
STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls State rushed for a season-high 415 yards on the road in a 30-28 victory over Lamar.
NOTES: Even though it’s coming off a big road win, Nicholls State will have its hands full against a Central Arkansas team that has moved into second place in the league and can strengthen its résumé for an FCS postseason bid. Central Arkansas ranks third in the conference in total offense and total defense, which is not good news for a Nicholls State team that ranks 10th in offense and eighth on defense. But the Colonels have some momentum, especially on the ground, after Tobias Lofton rushed for a career-high 154 yards with an 82-yard TD and Michael Henry had two scoring runs en route to the sixth 100-yard game of his career. Henry needs 162 rushing yards to reach 2,000 for his career.