Texas Southern (3-4, 2-3 SWAC) vs. Grambling (6-2, 6-0)

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Independence Stadium (50,459), Shreveport

TV: None

SERIES: Grambling leads 45-19-3

STAT THAT MATTERS: After an 0-2 start in which Grambling yielded 129 points, the Tigers have won their past six games.

NOTES: With a strong 6-0 start in league play, Grambling can inch closer to the SWAC Western Division title with a win over Texas Southern in the Red River State Fair Classic. In its six-game winning streak, Grambling’s average margin of victory has been by 21.8 points with the only close call coming in a 35-34 overtime decision against SWAC East leader Alcorn State on Oct. 17, the only loss in league play for the Braves. Grambling has been lighting up opposing defenses all season and ranks second in the league in scoring (43.9 points per game) and total yards (471.6 yards per game). The Tigers have scored on 28 of 33 trips into the red zone for an 84.8 percent success rate.

North Texas (1-7, 1-4 C-USA) at Louisiana Tech (6-3, 4-1)

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Joe Aillet Stadium (28,019), Ruston

TV: Fox College Sports

SERIES: Louisiana Tech leads 7-6

STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech has won its past eight games at home, its longest streak since taking 18 in a row from 1989-93.

NOTES: Louisiana Tech continues to stand among the national leaders in total offense and ranks 23rd out of 127 FBS teams with 478.2 yards per game after topping the 400-yard mark in all nine games this season. Bulldogs quarterback Jeff Driskel ranks 15th in the FBS with 304.0 passing yards per game. In his last 21 games, versatile running back Kenneth Dixon has eight touchdown runs of 30-plus yards and five TD receptions of 30 yards or more. Wide receiver Trent Taylor ranks third in the FBS in both receptions (72) and receiving yards (1,003). With an opportunity to win a fifth conference game in a row, Tech would control its own destiny in the Conference USA West race.

UL-Monroe (1-7, 0-4 Sun Belt) at Troy (2-6, 1-3)

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Stadium (30,000), Troy, Alabama


SERIES: Troy leads 8-7-1

STAT THAT MATTERS: UL-Monroe had just 106 total yards in the second half of a 30-24 loss to UL-Lafayette last Saturday.

NOTES: ULM wide receiver Ajalen Holley has had a couple of good outings against Troy, catching nine passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns in wins for the Warhawks. ULM wide receiver Marcus Green, who had five catches in his first four games played this season, has 20 receptions for 226 yards in his last three outings. In eight games, the Warhawks defense has not allowed a touchdown on an opening drive. They have given up just three field goals — including one in last week’s loss to UL-Lafayette. Linebacker Hunter Kissinger’s 18 tackles against Appalachian State is the most this season in the Sun Belt. ULM has won the past four games played against Troy.

Incarnate Word (4-4, 3-3 SLC) at Southeastern (4-4, 3-3)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Strawberry Stadium (7,408), Hammond


SERIES: Southeastern leads 2-0

STAT THAT MATTERS: In its first seven games, Southeastern turned the ball over 19 times with 15 fumbles lost and four interceptions.

NOTES: Despite having just one giveaway last week, Southeastern dropped a 21-16 decision to Central Arkansas and is 1-2 this season in games decided by seven points or fewer. The Lions were only 2 of 13 on third down, which helped account for controlling the ball for only 23:23. SLU freshman running back Justin Maracalin had 118 yards on the ground, but the Lions defense gave up a season-high 299 rushing yards. Southeastern is 3-0 this season when it had 400-plus yards of total offense. In the first two games of the series, Southeastern outscored Incarnate Word 98-10 — which included a 63-7 victory last season in San Antonio.

Sam Houston State (6-2, 5-1 SLC) at McNeese State (8-0, 7-0)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Cowboy Stadium (17,160), Lake Charles


SERIES: McNeese State leads 25-10-1

STAT THAT MATTERS: Sam Houston State leads the FCS in scoring (46.4), while McNeese State is the national leader in scoring defense (10.9).

NOTES: The marquee game in the Southland Conference pits Sam Houston State, the reigning champion and the preseason favorite this summer, with McNeese State in a top-10 matchup. Sam Houston is ranked seventh in the STATS FCS poll, while McNeese State is ninth after a close call last week against Abilene Christian. This is the second time in the last three seasons that both teams were in the top 10 when they met. In 2013, No. 9 McNeese topped No. 2 Sam Houston 31-23. With a win, McNeese State would become the first team to win eight games in a season in Southland play, win the league title outright and earn an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Nicholls State (1-7, 1-5 SLC) at Lamar (4-4, 3-3)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Provost Umphrey Stadium (16,000), Beaumont, Texas

TV: None

SERIES: Lamar leads 6-1

STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls State has been outscored 105-34 in the second half of its eight games this season.

NOTES: Even though Nicholls State fell to Northwestern State last week, the Colonels had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time in more than a year. Michael Henry had 154 yards on 23 carries and quarterback Tuskani Figaro added 114 yards on 17 attempts. Nicholls State’s defense has had some rough times in allowing 33.9 points per game, but the Colonels lead the Southland in passing defense (190.2 yards per game) and rank 12th in the FCS in red zone defense, allowing a score just over 67 percent of the time. Lamar’s Kade Harrington has rushed for 1,550 yards, gaining at least 150 yards in each of the Cardinals’ six league games, and has 17 TDs.

Abilene Christian (2-6, 2-5 SLC) at Northwestern State (2-6, 2-4)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches

TV: None

SERIES: Tied 4-4

STAT THAT MATTERS: Northwestern State has found its running game in its two wins, netting 630 yards in defeating Lamar and Nicholls State.

NOTES: Northwestern State running back De’Mard Llorens is coming off a career day in which he gained 166 rushing yards and had four touchdowns, tying the school’s single-game record, in a 37-21 win over Nicholls State. Llorens, the Southland Conference’s offensive player of the week, and fellow running back Daniel Taylor each have 300 career touches on runs and receptions and have combined for 35 touchdowns — one score every 17.1 times they’re called on. That duo has combined for 14 of Northwestern State’s 26 TDs this season. Chris Moore, who is 10-of-12 on field-goal attempts this season, has 221 career points and needs three more to become the school’s all-time scoring leader.