Nicholls State (0-4, 0-2 SLC) at S. F. Austin (0-5, 0-3)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Homer Brice Stadium (12,955), Nacogdoches, Texas

TV: None

SERIES: Stephen F. Austin leads 24-7

STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls and SFA rank eighth or lower in the 11-team Southland in scoring offense and defense.

NOTES: SFA, which has won the past seven matchups in the series, started Nicholls’ current 22-game losing streak with a 55-41 victory over the Colonels on Oct. 19, 2013. Nicholls true freshman wide receiver Damion Jeanpiere caught five passes for 112 yards with a 52-yard TD in last week’s loss to McNeese State. Hezekiah White, a sophomore linebacker for Nicholls, ranks fourth in the SLC with 9.2 tackles per game. SFA coach Clint Conque, a Baton Rouge native, is a former Nicholls linebacker who’s in the school’s hall of fame.

Ala. A&M (1-3, 1-1 SWAC)

at Grambling (3-2, 3-0)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Eddie Robinson Stadium (19,600), Grambling

TV: None

STAT THAT MATTERS: Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams has thrown 12 touchdown passes in the Tigers’ last two games.

NOTES: Grambling, which has won three consecutive games after an 0-2 start, has scored at least 50 points three times this season — including the past two weeks. Grambling posted a 59-27 win over Jackson State last Saturday after scoring 70 points one week earlier against Prairie View. Grambling’s defense allowed 490 passing yards to Jackson State’s LaMontiez Ivy, but the Tigers managed to sack him five times and also had two interceptions. Williams, who leads a Grambling team that ranks second in the SWAC in total offense at 469.8 yards per game, averages 296.2 passing yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions in five games.

ULM (1-3) at Tulsa (2-2)

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: H.A. Chapman Stadium (30,000), Tulsa, Okla.

TV: None

SERIES: Tulsa leads 2-1

STAT THAT MATTERS: Tulsa has a potent offense that averages 37.2 points and 569.2 yards per game.

NOTES: Tulsa’s defense hasn’t been all that ferocious in allowing 38.8 points and 591.0 yards per contest. ULM, which is averaging 303.8 yards per game, had its longest play from scrimmage this season on Garrett Smith’s 69-yard pass to Ajalen Holley in a 51-31 loss against Georgia Southern last week. Smith is averaging 220.5 passing yards per game in completing 64.4 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns. ULM coach Todd Berry, a Tulsa graduate, played quarterback for the Golden Hurricane from 1979-81 before suffering a career-ending knee injury.

Southeastern (3-1, 2-0 SLC) at McNeese St. (4-0, 3-0)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

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


SERIES: McNeese leads 22-18

STAT THAT MATTERS: SLU leads the Southland in rushing (252.2 ypg), while McNeese has the stingiest run defense (76.2 ypg).

NOTES: The SLC lead is on the line in this showdown of ranked teams as SLU is 19th and McNeese State is 22nd in the STATS FCS poll. Both feature productive offenses; SLU is averaging 387.2 yards per game after piling up a season-high 539 yards in a win over Lamar last week, while McNeese averages 448.0 yards and 36.2 points per game. SLU coach Ron Roberts has the best record in SLC play since taking over as the Lions’ coach in 2012, going 21-3 against conference foes. McNeese will be looking for its first 5-0 start since 2007, when the Cowboys were undefeated in the regular season. La. Tech (3-2, 1-1 C-USA)

at UTSA (1-4, 1-0)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Alamodome (65,000), San Antonio

TV: None

SERIES: Louisiana Tech leads 2-1

STAT THAT MATTERS: Tech’s offense has amassed at least 400 yards in each of its first five games for the first time in program history.

NOTES: After a 43-14 blowout of UL-Lafayette last week, Louisiana Tech returns to Conference USA play against UTSA. Quarterback Jeff Driskel, a Florida transfer, leads a Tech offense that has averaged 503.6 yards per game (16th in FBS), the third-best five-game start in school history. Driskel has at least one rushing and one passing touchdown in four of his first five games with the Bulldogs. He’s already thrown for 1,461 yards and ranks 18th in the FBS with 292.2 yards per game. Senior running back Kenneth Dixon needs 7 rushing yards against UTSA to reach 4,000 yards for his career.

Texas State (1-3, 0-0 SBC)

at UL-Lafayette (1-3, 0-0)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Cajun Field (41,426), Lafayette


SERIES: Louisiana-Lafayette leads 2-0

STAT THAT MATTERS: The Cajuns have dominated the short series, winning both games by a combined 82-34.

NOTES: Both teams bring two-game losing streaks into the Sun Belt opener. ... Texas State has seven turnovers in its first four games after having just 12 in all of 2014. ... The Bobcats (1-3) are coming off a 59-14 loss at Houston on Sept. 26, followed by defensive coordinator John Thompson’s resignation the next day. Texas State was off last week. ... The Bobcats average 35.8 points per game, while the Cajuns average 26.3. The problem is on defense, where Texas State allows 49.5 ppg and UL-Lafayette 33.8. ... Cajuns left guard Mykhael Quave is out for the season with a torn rotator cuff.

Sheldon Mickles