Louisiana Tech (7-3, 5-1 C-USA) at Texas-El Paso (4-6, 2-4)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Sun Bowl (51,500), El Paso, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Net
SERIES: Louisiana Tech leads 8-2-1
STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech’s offense is averaging 50.0 points per game after topping the 40-point mark five times this season.
NOTES: A win by Louisiana Tech would keep the Bulldogs atop the C-USA West race and in control of its own destiny to earn a berth in the league’s title game. Tech senior running back Kenneth Dixon enters the game with 81 TDs (70 rushing, 11 receiving) and is just three away from breaking Montee Ball’s NCAA record of 81. Dixon has 20 TDs this season, which is more than five FBS teams (North Texas, 19; Kent State, Vanderbilt and UCF, 17 each; and Missouri, 15). Tech’s offense has put up 400 total yards or more in all 10 games this season. The Bulldogs have won their last two C-USA road games — both in the Lone Star State against Rice and Texas-San Antonio.
Stephen F. Austin (4-6, 4-4 SLC) at Northwestern State (3-7, 3-5)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Turpin Stadium, (15,971), Natchitoches
SERIES: Northwestern State leads 43-25-3
STAT THAT MATTERS: Northwestern State allowed 17 sacks in the first four games, but the Demons have given up just seven in the past six outings.
NOTES: In the “Battle for Chief Caddo,” billed as the world’s largest sports trophy, Northwestern State will try to close the season on a high note and win for the fourth time in six games after an 0-5 start. Demons senior kicker Chris Moore has hit 12 of 14 field-goal attempts this season and ranks fifth in the FCS stats at 85.7 percent. Northwestern State senior wide receiver Ed Eagan has 2,153 receiving yards and needs 71 more to set the school record. He already owns seven school marks and shares two others for receiving, kick returns and all-purpose yardage. The Northwestern State-Stephen F. Austin series started in 1924 with the Demons taking a 7-3 win.
McNeese State (9-0, 8-0 SLC) at Lamar (5-5, 4-4)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Provost Umphrey Stadium (16,000), Beaumont, Texas
SERIES: McNeese State leads 23-10-1
STAT THAT MATTERS: McNeese State senior quarterback Daniel Sams, a Kansas State transfer, has compiled a 15-1 record as the starter.
NOTES: No. 3 McNeese State will try to complete an undefeated regular season for the fifth time in school history and second under coach Matt Viator, who is in his 10th season. A win against Lamar would likely clinch a first-round FCS playoff berth for the Cowboys. The McNeese State defense, which ranks second in the nation in run defense in allowing just 80.3 yards per game, will face a stiff challenge in Lamar’s Kade Harrington, who leads the FCS with 2,022 rushing yards and an average of 202.2 yards an outing. Only one individual has rushed for 100 yards against McNeese this season -- Sam Houston State’s Cory Avery netted 107 yards on 22 carries.