ULM at Iowa

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Kinnick Stadium (70,585), Iowa City, Iowa.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: ULM lost to TCU, 38-17; Iowa beat Pittsburgh, 31-27.

LAST MEETING: First meeting.

RECORDS: ULM is 1-2; Iowa is 2-1.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.

LATEST LINE: Iowa by 17.

RADIO: KJLO-FM, 104.1 in Monroe

NOTES: The Warhawks wrap up nonconference play with a trip to Big 10 country and a first meeting with Iowa. It is ULM’s first game against a Big 10 foe since 2000 when the Warhawks wrapped up a three-game series with Minnesota …. Now in his 13th season as Iowa’s coach, Kirk Ferentz ranks sixth in longevity among FBS head coaches. … Hawkeyes QB James Vandenberg was named Big Ten Conference offensive Player of the Week after completing 31 of 48 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns while directing Iowa’s second half rally past Pitt last week.

Tulane at Duke

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941), Durham, N.C.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Tulane beat UAB, 49-10; Duke beat Boston College, 20-19.

LAST MEETING: Tulane won 24-17 in 1973.

SERIES: Tulane leads, 2-0.

RECORDS: Tulane is 2-1; Duke is 1-2.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.

LATEST LINE: Duke by 10.


RADIO: WIST-AM, 690 in New Orleans.

NOTES: It’s been 38 years since these two private schools met. In fact the last time Tulane and Duke squared off, Richard Nixon, a graduate of Duke’s School of Law, was the President of the United States and Tulane ranked 18th nationally. … Tulane LB Trent Mackey, a Duke transfer, enters the Duke ranked eighth in the country with 11.67 tackles per game. … Tulane ranks first among C-USA schools and 17th nationally in turnover margin. The Wave did not commit a turnover in the season opener against Southeastern and had none last week at UAB. … Duke’s homecoming pep rally was canceled Friday because of inclement weather. … Duke QB Sean Renfree set the school’s single-game record for pass completions by hitting on 41-of-53 passes for a career-high 368 yards and two TDs last week.

NW State

at Nicholls State

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: John L. Guidry Stadium (12,800), Thibodaux.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Northwestern State lost to SMU, 40-7; Nicholls State lost to Louisiana-Lafayette, 38-21.

LAST MEETING: Nicholls State won 37-7 in 2010.

SERIES: Northwestern State leads, 24-14.

RECORDS: Both teams are 1-2, 0-0 in the Southland Conference.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.


RADIO: KZBL-FM, 100.7 in Natchitoches; KLRZ-FM, 100.3 in Larose.

INTERNET: www. nsudemons.com; www. klrz.com.

TV: WBTR (Cable Ch. 19 in Baton Rouge).

NOTES: It’s the Southland Conference for both teams. … Both teams are coming off back-to-back losses to FBS opponents. The Demons lost to LSU and SMU, while the Colonels lost to Western Michigan and ULL. … Demons QB Brad Henderson has completed 42 of 61 passes for 361 yards and one TD. … LB Jordan Piper leads Nicholls with 24 tackles. … The Colonels are allowing 275 yards per game to rank third in the SLC. The Colonels lead the league in pass efficiency defense (103.2) and third-down conversion defense (20.5 percent).


WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Alfonso Field (20,000), Miami.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: ULL beat Nicholls State, 38-17; FIU beat Central Florida, 17-10 .

LAST MEETING: FIU won 38-17 in 2010.

SERIES: ULL leads, 6-2.

RECORDS: ULL is 2-1, 0-0 in the SBC; FIU is 3-0, 1-0.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.


RADIO: KPEL-AM, 1490 in Lafayette.

INTERNET: www.ragincajuns.com.


NOTES: The Cajuns are 2-1 for just the second time since 1991. … The Cajuns have scored on an interception return for a touchdown in each game this season and have four total. All four Cajuns starters in the secondary have scored a touchdown this season. … The Cajuns won the first six meetings in the series, but FIU has won the last two contests. … The game pits the SBC’s top scoring team (ULL – 30.7 ppg) against the conference’s best defense (14.3 ppg). … FIU’s defense leads the SBC in pass defense efficiency, rush defense, sacks and red zone defense. … Cajuns PK Brett Baer is 5-for-5 this season on field goal attempts and 12-for-12 in his career.

Alabama A&M

at Grambling

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Robinson Stadium (29,600), Grambling.


LAST WEEK: Alabama A&M beat Tuskegee, 21-6; Grambling beat Alabama State, 31-17.

LAST MEETING: Grambling won 25-22 in 2010.

RECORDS: Alabama A&M is 1-2, 0-1 in the SWAC; Grambling is 1-2, 1-1.

RANKINGS: Grambling is ranked No. 7 in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College poll.

SERIES: Grambling leads 14-3.


TV: none.

RADIO: WPCH-FM, 99.3 in Ruston.

INTERNET: www.gsutigers.com.

NOTES: Alabama A&M is ranked No. 11 nationally in scoring defense (16 ppg). … Alabama A&M punter Chance Wilson ranks ninth nationally with a 44.0 yard average. … Grambling’s Cliff Exama averages three sacks per game and ranks third nationally with 13 tackles per game.

Miss. College

at La. College

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Wildcat Stadium (7,500), Pineville.


LAST WEEK: MC beat Hardin-Simmons, 45-28; LC beat Millsaps, 56-0.

LAST MEETING: LC won, 45-42.

RECORDS: MC is 2-1, 1-0 in the American Southwest Conference; LC is 3-0, 0-0.

SERIES: MC leads, 24-9.


TV: none.

RADIO: KBUC-FM, 105.5 in Pineville.

INTERNET: www.1055kbuck.com.

NOTES: LC is off to its best start since 2008. … Last week’s shutout win over since a 26-0 win over Sun Ross State in 2009. … MC forced five turnovers in last week’s win over Hardin-Simmons.

Louisiana Tech at Miss. State

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Davis Wade Field (55,082), Starkville, Miss.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Louisiana Tech lost to Houston, 35-34; Miss. State lost to LSU, 19-6.

LAST MEETING: Louisiana Tech won 22-14 in 2008.

RECORDS: Both teams 1-2.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.

SERIES: Mississippi State leads, 7-3.

LATEST LINE: Mississippi State by 20.


RADIO: KXKZ-FM, 107.5 in Ruston.

INTERNET: Iwww. latechsports.com; ESPN3.com.

NOTES: For the second consecutive season, Mississippi State opened the season with three consecutive games against teams with Tigers mascots. The next two contests against — Louisiana Tech and Georgia — will pit pairs of Bulldogs together. … MSU has won seven consecutive nonconference games … Tech is looking for its third straight win in the series. … In last week’s game, Tech led 34-7 with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter, before the Cougars scored four straight TDs and won, 35-34.

SLU at McNeese

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Cowboy Stadium (17,410), Lake Charles.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: McNeese State beat Sioux Falls, 31-17; Southern Miss beat Southeastern La., 52-6.

LAST MEETING: McNeese won 13-10 in 2010.

SERIES: McNeese leads, 21-15.

RECORDS: McNeese is 1-1; SLU is 1-2.

RANKINGS: McNeese is ranked 19th in the Sports Network Top 25 Poll.


TV: None.

RADIO: KSLU-FM 90.9 in Hammond; KNGT-FM 99.5 in Lake Charles.

NOTES: The last two meetings in the series have been decided by a total of 4 points, with McNeese State winning both games — 36-35 in 2009 and 13-10 last season. …Former Central standout Wes Briscoe is averaging a team-high 26.2 yards per reception for the Cowboys. … SLU is 5-14 all-time in Lake Charles, with its last win coming in a 51-17 victory in 2004. …This is the earliest between the schools since the 2004 game. … SLU receiver Simmie Yarborough needs 156 yards receiving to pass former Lions WR Felton Huggins as the school’s all-time yardage leader.