Nicholls State (0-4) at Central Ark. (1-3)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Estes Stadium (9,000), Conway, Ark.
TV: Southland Conference Network
SERIES: Central Arkansas leads 6-2.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls State has been outscored 143-12 in the first two quarters this season.
NOTES: Following a 77-3 loss to North Texas last weekend, Nicholls State has now been outscored 221-36 through four games. The most points Nicholls State has scored in a game this season was 16 against Air Force, and the Colonels still lost by 28 points. Nicholls junior quarterback Kalen Henderson has only completed 51 of 106 pass attempts.
SLU (2-2) at Incarnate Word (0-4)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium (6,000), San Antonio
SERIES: SLU leads 1-0.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Bryan Bennett continues to lead the Lions in rushing and passing. The senior has rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns while throwing for 948 yards and six scores.
NOTES: Southeastern suffered only three losses during the entire 2013 campaign. They’ve already had two through four games in 2014. After outscoring their foes 85-17 over the first two weeks, the Lions have suffered consecutive losses to Tulane and Southeast Missouri State. Bennett is still trying to find consistency this season — he’s thrown three interceptions in the past two games. Matching up against an 0-4 Incarnate Word squad could be the spark SLU needs.
Arkansas Tech (2-1) at McNeese State (1-1)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cowboy Stadium (17,610), Lake Charles
STAT THAT MATTERS: McNeese State has outrushed its opponents 557-289 thus far.
NOTES: After losing a heartbreaker in the season opener against Nebraska, the Cowboys got a 48-16 victory against Prairie View. It was a game dominated by a potent McNeese rushing attack — the Cowboys ran for 379 yards on 54 attempts, averaging seven yards per carry. McNeese also added five touchdowns via the ground game. Specifically, junior running back Derek Milton had a game to remember. The Pineville native rushed 12 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns.
Troy (0-4) at Louisiana-Monroe (2-1)
WHEN: 6:04 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Malone Stadium (30,427), Monroe
TV: Sun Belt Network/ESPN3
SERIES: Troy leads 8-6-1.
STAT THAT MATTERS: ULM’s defense has forced a turnover in 29 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation.
NOTES: Two weeks ago, the UL-Monroe was shut out at LSU. ULM’s defense has been its strength in 2014, ranking first in the Sun Belt after allowing only 302.7 yards per game. Thus far, the Warhawks are allowing a mere 4.5 yards per opposing offensive play. Those numbers should only get better against the conference’s worst total offense. Troy is averaging only 325.3 total yards per game this season.
Prairie View (0-3) at Grambling (1-3)
WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cotton Bowl (92,100), Dallas
STAT THAT MATTERS: Grambling’s Stephen Johnson threw touchdowns to three different receivers Saturday against Jackson State.
NOTES: Grambling (1-0 SWAC) was outgained in every sense against Jackson State last weekend … except in the final score. The Tigers pulled out their first win of the season 40-35 as head coach Broderick Fobbs picked up his inaugural victory with the program. Johnson had a breakout performance, completing 20 of 34 pass attempts for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll be looking to continue his momentum against a struggling Prairie View A&M squad (0-2 SWAC).