La. Tech (6-3, 5-0 C-USA) at UAB (5-4, 3-2)
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Legion Field (72,000), Birmingham, Ala.
SERIES: La. Tech leads 4-0
STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech’s defense ranks second in the Conference-USA, allowing only 344.8 yards per game
NOTES: After entering last Saturday’s contest with three consecutive victories, the Bulldogs dominate league opponent Western Kentucky, 59-10. The last time the Bulldogs came to Legion Field was a 1999 game against Alabama. The Bulldogs are 4-0 against UAB.
NW State (4-5, 2-3) at Abilene Christian (5-5, 3-3)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Shotwell Stadium (15,000), Abilene, Texas
SERIES: Abilene Christian leads 4-3
STAT THAT MATTERS: Northwestern State allows only 202.8 yards passing per game, third-best in the Southland.
NOTES: The Demons rank No. 8 in total offense in the Southland Conference and No. 6 in total defense. Northwestern has the third-best passer in the conference in senior Zach Adkins. Meanwhile, the Demons will be facing the most potent passing game in the SLC. The Wildcats’ Parker McKenzie has completed 137 of 209 passes for 1,969 yards, 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Northwestern’s pass defens is ranked No. 3 in the SLC.
UL-Monroe (3-5, 2-2 SBC) at Appalac. State (3-5, 2-2)
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Kidd Brewer Stadium (24,050), Boone, N.C.
SERIES: First meeting
STAT THAT MATTERS: Appalachian State averages 469 yards per contest.
NOTES: It continues to be a defensive show week-after-week for UL-Monroe. In a contest where the Warhawks nearly defeated Southeastern Conference foe Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, ULM surrendered 21 points. The Warhawks surrender 349.5 yards. Conference opponents average 5.8 yards per play against the Warhawks’ defense. Meanwhile, Appalachian State brings the Sun Belt’s No. 2 total offense.
Houston Baptist (2-7, 1-5 SLC) at Southeastern (6-3, 4-1)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Strawberry Stadium (7,408), Hammond
TV: Southeastern Channel
SERIES: First meeting
STAT THAT MATTERS: Southeastern Louisiana’s defense has allowed only 4.2 yards per play, the lowest number in the Southland.
NOTES: This matchup pits the Southland’s top defense (SLU) against the conference’s No. 9 total offense. Houston Baptist has struggled, averaging a 321.2 total yards per game. Meanwhile, the Lions defense allows 309.4 total yards per game. The Lions are undefeated at home through four contests. The Lions have won four of their last five games.
S. F. Austin (6-3, 3-2 SLC) at McNeese (6-2, 4-1)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Cowboy Stadium (17,610),
SERIES: McNeese State leads 18-13-2.
STAT THAT MATTERS: The Cowboys run defense allows only 3.5 yards per carry.
NOTES: This game pits strength vs. strenth. Stephen F. Austin has the No. 1 total offense in the Southland, accumulating 516.1 yards per game. McNeese State has the second-best defense in the league, allowing 317.8 yards per contest. McNeese and SFA also have the top two rushing attacks in the SLC, with McNeese averaging 255 yards and the Lumberjacks 240.8. That being said, the Cowboys’ run defense ranks first in the Southland with opponents averaging 109.5 yards.