at Louisiana College

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday.

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


LAST WEEK: McMurry beat Hardin-Simmons, 24-14; Louisiana College beat Texas Lutheran, 37-16.

LAST MEETING: LC won 35-32 in 2010.

RECORDS: McMurry is 6-2, 5-1 in the American Southwest Conference; LC is 7-1, 5-1.

RANKINGS: LC is ranked No. 20 in poll.

SERIES: LC leads, 9-4.

LATEST LINE: none. TV: none.

RADIO: KBUC-FM, 105.5 in Pineville.


NOTES: Each team is tied for second place in the ASC, with the only conference losses coming on the road to Mary Hardin-Baylor. ... Matchup features top two total offenses in league (LC at 495.1 ypg, McMurry at 453.2) and top two passing offenses (McMurry at 362.5, LC at 282.8). ... LC leads league with 27 sacks, eight more than anyone else. ... QBs Jake Mullin of McMurry and Jamie Bunting of LC have combined for 30 TD passes. ... McMurry’s defense had returned three interceptions for TDs.

Nicholls State

at McNeese State

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Nicholls State was idle; McNeese State lost to Stephen F. Austin, 37-17.

LAST MEETING: McNeese State won 24-14 in 2010.

RECORDS: Nicholls is 1-7, 0-4 in the Southland Conference; McNeese is 3-4, 2-2.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.

SERIES: McNeese leads, 24-11.

LATEST LINE: none. TV: none.

RADIO: KLRZ-FM, 100.3 in Larose; KNGT-FM, 99.5 in Lake Charles.


NOTES: Nicholls has lost seven straight games. ... Colonels KR/DB Chika Madu returned two kickoffs for touchdowns two weeks ago against Stephen F. Austin. Madu needs 22 kickoff return yards to surpass Darryl Pounds’ school record of 1,555. ... The Colonels are averaging 17.6 points and allowing 36.1. ... Nicholls P Cory Kemps leads the SLC with a 43.8-yard average. ... McNeese has dropped four straight games, its longest losing streak since 1996. ... McNeese QB Cody Stroud was sacked nine times last week against SFA. ... McNeese was held to 30 yards rushing on 37 tries last week. ... The Cowboys are averaging 23.3 ppg and allowing 27.6. ... The Cowboys rank second in the SLC in total defense and third in scoring defense.


at Jackson State

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Stadium (62,000), Jackson, Miss.


LAST WEEK: Grambling beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 27-20; Jackson State beat Prairie View, 44-14.

LAST MEETING: Grambling won 28-21 in 2010.

RECORDS: Grambling is 4-4, 3-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference; Jackson State is 7-1, 5-1.

RANKINGS: Jackson State is No. 1 in The Sheridan Broadcasting black college poll and No. 15 in The Sports Network FCS poll.

SERIES: Grambling leads, 41-20-1.

LATEST LINE: none. TV: none.

RADIO: WPCH-FM, 99.3 in Ruston.


NOTES: Grambling WR Mario Louis has a team-leading 683 yards and 11 TDs. His 35 catches (19 yards per reception) are 23 more than any other GSU receiver. ... The Tigers have 10 lost fumbles and 14 interceptions this season. ... Grambling ranks 104th in the FCS in offense 289.75 ypg (104th). ... Grambling LB Cliff Exama has 89 tackles - first in the SWAC and 12th in the FCS. He averages 11 tackles a game and has 11-1/2 tackles for loss.

Tulane at SMU

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Gerald J. Ford Stadium (32,000), Dallas.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Tulane lost to East Carolina, 34-13; SMU lost to Tulsa, 38-7.

LAST MEETING: SMU won 31-17 in 2010.

RECORDS: Tulane is 2-7, 1-4 in Conference USA; SMU is 5-3, 3-2.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.

SERIES: Tulane leads, 12-7.

LATEST LINE: SMU by 26-1/2. TV: none.

RADIO: WIST-AM, 690 in New Orleans.


NOTES: Tulane is riding a six-game losing skid. ... The Green Wave has dropped its last two games by identical 34-13 scores. ... The Green Wave is giving up 35.0 points per game. ... The Mustangs have lost two straight road games (at Southern Miss and at Tulsa) after winning five straight. ... SMU is 3-0 at home this season. ... Mustangs QB J.J. McDermott has thrown for 2,193 yards and 10 TDs, but has tossed 11 interceptions. ... SMU RB Zach Line leads CUSA with 946 yards and 14 TDs. He has six 100-yard rushing games. ... It’s homecoming for SMU. The Mustangs are 9-1 in their last 10 CUSA homecoming games.


at Louisiana-Lafayette

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Cajun Field (31,000), Lafayette.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Louisiana-Lafayette beat Middle Tennessee, 45-20; Louisiana-Monroe lost to Western Kentucky, 31-28 in OT.

LAST MEETING: ULL won 23-22 in 2010.

RECORDS: ULM is 2-6, 1-3 in the Sun Belt Conference; ULL is 7-2, 5-1.

RANKINGS: Neither teams is ranked.

SERIES: Tied, 23-23.


RADIO: KJLO-FM, 104.1 in Monroe; KPEL-AM, 1490 in Lafayette.


NOTES: The Warhawks have dropped three straight to their in-state rival after winning five of six from the Cajuns. ... In last year’s game, ULL blocked a game-tying extra-point attempt in the final minutes of the season finale to end any hopes of a ULM bowl bid. ... ULM’s injury list includes RB Centarius Donald, TEs Keavon Milton and Ty Kittle, WR Tyler Cain and PK Radi Jabour. All are out for the season. ... ULM leads the Sun Belt in total defense, giving up 324.1 yards per game, 103.8 on the ground. ULL is averaging 381.1 in total offense and 150.1 rushing.

Central Arkansas

at Northwestern State

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Central Arkansas beat Southeastern Louisiana, 55-29; Northwestern State beat Texas State, 23-10.

LAST MEETING: NW State won 24-19 in 2010.

RECORDS: NW State is 5-3, 3-1 in the Southland Conference; UCA is 6-3, 5-1.

RANKINGS: Central Arkansas is ranked No. 25 in The Sports Network poll.

SERIES: Tied, 2-2.


RADIO: KZBL-FM, 100.7 in Natchitoches.


NOTES: Both teams have won three in a row. ... NW State offensive coordinator Todd Conley came to the Demons after four years (2005-08) as offensive coordinator at Central Arkansas. ... Demons conference opponents have scored a league-low 50 percent (7 of 14) of the time in the red zone (inside the 20-yard line). Offensively, the Demons lead the SLC in red zone execution at 94.1 percent (16 of 17). ... Another big key for NW State has been special teams, where they lead the SLC in the league in kickoff return average (30.8), punt return average (12.3), net punting (38.9) and field goals (8-8). ... UCA safety Jestin Love has been suspended for one half of Saturday’s game. Love was ejected from last week’s game for contact with an official during the first half of UCA’s win over SLU. ... Senior Bears QB Nathan Dick, an Arkansas transfer, has completed 156 of 235 passes (66.4 percent) for 2,017 yards and 22 touchdowns with five interceptions. He is third in the SLC in passing (252.1 per game) and third in total offense (260.2). ... UCA has a plus-13 turnover margin, second in the SLC to league-leader Sam Houston State (+21).

Sam Houston

at SE Louisiana

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Strawberry Stadium (7,408), Hammond.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Sam Houston beat Lamar, 66-0; Southeastern Louisiana lost to Central Arkansas, 55-29.

LAST MEETING: SHSU won 57-7 in 2010.

RECORDS: SHSU is 8-0, 5-0 in the Southland Conference; SLU is 2-6, 0-4.

RANKINGS: SHSU is ranked No. 4 in The Sports Network FCS poll.

LATEST LINE: none. TV: none.

RADIO: KSLU-FM, 90.9 in Hammond.


NOTES: Sam Houston is one of two unbeaten FCS teams. The other is North Dakota State. ... Counting last season’s two season-ending wins, SHSU has won 10 straight games. ... SHSU RB Tim Flanders has 29 career TDs. ... SLU committed a school-record nine turnovers last week. ... SHSU averages 39.6 points per game and SLU averages 31.4. ... Sam Houston’s defense allows just 55.8 yards rushing per game, while SLU’s gives up 238.0. ... SLU has given up 47 or more points in five games this season.

Louisiana Tech

at Fresno State

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Bulldog Stadium (41,031), Fresno, Calif.

SURFACE: Artificial.

LAST WEEK: Louisiana Tech beat San Jose State, 38-28; Fresno State was idle.

LAST MEETING: Fresno State won 40-34 in 2010.

RECORDS: Louisiana Tech is 4-4, 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference; Fresno State is 3-5, 2-1.

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked.

SERIES: Fresno leads, 9-3.

LATEST LINE: Fresno by 3-1/2.


RADIO: KXKZ-FM, 107.5 in Ruston.


NOTES: Louisiana Tech has a three-game winning streak and has won four straight WAC road games. ... Tech held San Jose State to just 12 rushing yards on 17 carries last week , and had four interceptions against the Spartans, the most by a WAC team in a game this year. ... Tech is the most penalized team in the WAC with 72.8 yards per game ... Tech P Ryan Allen leads the nation in punts inside the 20-yard line with 29 . ... Fresno RB Robbie Rouse leads the WAC in rushing with 123.0 yards per game. He needs 16 yards to reach 1,000 on the season. Against Tech last year, Rouse rushed for 286 yards on 43 carries.