Louisiana Tech (4-3, 3-0 Conference USA) at Southern Miss (3-4, 1-2)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: M.M. Roberts Stadium (36,000), Hattiesburg, Mississippi
TV: American Sports Network.
SERIES: Southern Miss leads 31-14
STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech has surrendered 400.8 yards per game on the road, which is 115 yards more than it allows at home.
NOTES: So far, so good for Louisiana Tech in Conference USA play. Heading into Saturday’s contest against Southern Miss, the Bulldogs are coming off consecutive victories against UTEP and UTSA, outscoring their two conference opponents 82-23. ... The Bulldogs have played efficiently on defense, ranking No. 3 in the conference in both passing and rushing defense. ... Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens is completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 1,909 yards, with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Southeastern Louisiana (6-2, 4-0 Southland) at Stephen F. Austin (5-2, 2-1)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Homer Bryce Stadium (14,575), Nacogdoches, Texas
TV: Southland TV
SERIES: Stephen F. Austin leads 9-7-1
STAT THAT MATTERS: SFA quarterback Zach Conque is the son of Lumberjacks coach Clint Conque, a Baton Rouge native.
NOTES: Lions senior quarterback Bryan Bennett had another efficient day as a dual-threat option against Central Arkansas, completing 11 of 19 passes for 170 yards while rushing 14 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns. ... Stephen F. Austin brings the SLC’s No. 1 offense (averaging 510.9 yards) against SLU’s No. 2 ranked defense (317.6 yards). ... SFA coach Clint Conque is 4-2 all-time against Southeastern Louisiana.
Texas State (3-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) at Louisiana-Monroe (3-3, 2-1)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Malone Stadium (30,427), Monroe
SERIES: ULM leads 4-1
STAT THAT MATTERS: ULM’s defense has performed better against nonconference opponents (including LSU and Kentucky), allowing 455 yards per game to Sun Belt foes and 272.7 yards to nonconference teams.
NOTES: ULM’s mantra remains the same — defense, defense and more defense. Two weeks ago, the Warhawks allowed a mere 352 yards to Kentucky, surrendering only 5.25 yards per play. ... On Saturday, ULM will face the Sun Belt’s No. 3 total offense in Texas State. The Bobcasts average 459.8 yards per game, including a potent rushing attack that has rumbled for 232.2 yards per contest.
McNeese State (4-2, 2-1 Southland) at Incarnate Word (1-6, 1-3)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium (6,000), San Antonio
SERIES: First meeting
STAT THAT MATTERS: McNeese State quarterback Daniel Sams has averaged 7.9 yards per carry on 73 attempts.
NOTES: It appears to be the Daniel Sams show in Lake Charles. Last week against Abilene Christian the junior quarterback c completed 10 of 16 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Sams also rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries.
Northwestern State (4-3, 2-1 Southland) at Central Arkansas (4-4, 3-1)
WHEN: 6:05 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Estes Stadium (9,000), Conway, Arkansas
SERIES: Central Arkansas leads 4-3
STAT THAT MATTERS: Northwestern State senior QB Zach Adkins has completed 66.2 percent of his passes and he is averaging 219.6 passing yards per game.
NOTES: Northwestern State enters Week 9 after an impressive 31-27 win over Sam Houston State and will be looking to down a Central Arkansas squad which has won three of its past four contests. The two squads are fairly evenly matched in the conference — the Bears and Demons rank No. 6 and No. 8, respectively, in total offense while sitting at No. 7 and No. 8 in total defense.
Nicholls State (0-8, 0-4 Southland) at Houston Baptist (1-6, 0-4)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Husky Stadium (5,000), Houston
SERIES: first meeting
STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls State has been outscored 423-98 through eight games in 2014.
NOTES: The Colonels were routed again last Saturday 63-21 against Lamar, and remain winless through eight games. Name a statistic and odds are Nicholls State is near the bottom of the SLC rankings. Nicholls ranks No. 10 in total offense (254.2 yards per contest) and last in total defense (561.6 yards). ... Fortunately for the Colonels, their next two opponents, Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word, are a combined 2-12 this season.