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Who: UAB at Western Kentucky

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky

What to look for: Can UAB stop Western Kentucky's passing game? Can Western Kentucky stop UAB's running game?

Why to watch: The loser will have a hard time getting back into the race for the C-USA Championship Game. On a side note, it will be interesting to see how many people walk across the street into the stadium after the DJ Diesel, who is also known as Shaquille O’Neal, concert before the game.


Who: Huntingdon at Methodist

When: Saturday, noon

Where: Monarch Stadium, Fayetteville, North Carolina

What to look for: Huntingdon has more balance on offense, but Methodist running backs Keyshaun Pete and Tyquan Eaddy have rushed for a combined 15 touchdowns.

Why to watch: How about this home-field disadvantage? Methodist is 0-3 at home. Huntingdon is 3-0 on the road.


Who: Southeastern Louisiana at Jacksonville State

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium, Jacksonville

What to look for: Can Southeastern Louisiana force Jacksonville State’s offense out of their comfort zone by making the Gamecocks throw the ball more?

Why to watch: Strange stat, but when it comes to a team’s own fumbles, Southeastern Louisiana might be the best fumble recovery team in the country. The Lions have 11 fumbles this season and recovered 10 of them. Jacksonville State lost all eight of its fumble and the Gamecocks have nine fumble recoveries on defense and special teams.


Who: Tuskegee vs. Lane College

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Lane Field, Jackson, Tennessee

What to look for: Lane College receiver Jacquez Jones had five catches for 150 yards with three touchdowns in a win over Miles last week.

Why to watch: Tuskegee has turned into one of the top Division II teams in the country. The Golden Tigers have won five games in a row.


Who: Faulkner at the University of Incarnate Word

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Benson Stadium, San Antonio, Texas

What to look for: Incarnate Word quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. averages 358 yards passing per game for the No. 8 FCS team in the country.

Why to watch: How will Faulkner perform in a considerable jump in competition?


Who: Kentucky State vs. Miles College

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Sloan-Alumni Stadium, Fairfield

What to look for: Kentucky State likes to move the ball on the ground. Miles College needs to take that away.

Why to watch: Can Miles College use the momentum from a 20-point fourth quarter to find a way to win at home?


 Who: UNA at Eastern Kentucky

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Roy Kidd Stadium, Richmond, Kentucky

What to look for: Kentucky State quarterback Parker McKinney averages just below 300 yards passing per game. UNA quarterback Noah Walters threw for more than 300 yards in each of the past two games.

Why to watch: UNA running back ShunDerrick Powell is fifth in the country in rushing yards per game at 122.8.


Who: Samford at East Tennessee State

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Where: William B. Greene Jr. Stadium, Johnson City, Tennessee

What to look for: East Tennessee State has nine passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Samford’s defense has just four interceptions on the season.

Why to watch: Samford needs to keep pace in the Southern Conference standings.


Who: North Greenville at West Alabama

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Livingston

What to look for: West Alabama needs to be careful in the passing game. North Greenville has 10 interceptions this season. Freshman Kendrick Clark has four interceptions, including two that he returned for touchdowns in a 38-35 loss to West Georgia last week.

Why to watch: North Greenville allows more than 240 yards passing per game. Can West Alabama take advantage of poor run defense?


Who: Mississippi State at Alabama

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

What to look for: How will Alabama respond from the loss to Tennessee? Can the Crimson Tide play a clean game?

Why to watch: Mississippi State, obviously, likes to throw the football. Alabama, obviously, hasn’t always been effective at stopping the pass.  


Who: Birmingham-Southern at Sewanee

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: Harris Stadium, Sewanee, Tennessee

What to look for: Birmingham Southern has 21 touchdowns in six games with 14 coming on the ground. Sewanee has 20 touchdowns in six games with 14 coming on the ground.  

Why to watch: Birmingham-Southern is just eight points from being undefeated. The Panthers have a pair of three-point losses.

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