The basics

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium

TV: SEC Network

Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana

Series: First meeting

The opponent: Sam Houston State

Record: 1-1 (0-0 Southland)

Results so far: 51-20 win vs. Alabama State, 56-35 loss to Eastern Washington

Offensive leaders: QB Jared Johnson (62 of 99 passing, 62.6 percent, 703 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs; 17 carries, 95 yards, TD), RB Keshawn Hill (32 carries, 190 yards, 2 TDs)

Defensive leaders: LB Tristan Eche (13.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack), LB Myke Chatman (12 tackles), CB Trenier Orr (8.5 tackles, INT)

Rumblings: The Bearkats are trying to find their way back to a fourth straight berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs but face a difficult trek having returned only seven starters. Coach Willie Fritz left for Georgia Southern and was replaced by K.C. Keeler.

The offense — What you don’t want to hear

The Bearkats lost starting QB Brian Bell and RB Tim Flanders but have found a new dynamic duo in Johnson and Hill. Johnson is a nice dual threat with nearly 400 total yards per game and six TDs, while Hill averages 5.9 yards per carry.

The offense — What you do want to hear

Sam Houston has been heavily penalized in its first two games, whistled 26 times for 239 yards in infractions.

The defense — What you don’t want to hear

The Bearkats have recorded 12 tackles for loss in their first two games, including six sacks.

The defense — What you do want to hear

Sam Houston wouldn’t have beaten Santa Anna’s army with this bunch. The Bearkats are allowing 38 points and 513 yards per game. Even against outclassed Alabama State, SHSU allowed 402 total yards.