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Who: Arkansas at Auburn            

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

What to look for: Can Auburn slow down Arkansas’ run game long enough to stay in the game?

Why to watch: One of these days, Auburn will turn a corner. Will it happen Saturday?


Who: Greensboro at Huntingdon

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Samford Stadium, Montgomery

What to look for: Huntingdon quarterback Landon Cotney is putting together a nice season. The 6-foot, 200-pound Cotney is 119 of 205 for 1,967 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Why to watch: The Hawks have won six consecutive games after a 41-34 loss to fifth ranked Linfield College to begin the season.


Who: Hendrix College at Birmingham Southern

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: General Krulak Stadium, Birmingham

What to look for: Hendrix College averages just 87 yards rushing per game. Birmingham averages about that each quarter.

Why to watch: The Birmingham Southern defense allowed just three points in the past two games.


Who: Tuskegee at Kentucky State

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Alumni Stadium, Frankfort, Kentucky

What to look for: Offense has been a big part of Kentucky State’s resurgence. The Thorobreds had 34 points total in a four-game losing streak to start the year. They’ve averaged 33 points per game in four consecutive victories since then.

Why to watch: Tuskegee finds way to win football games. The Golden Tigers have four one-score victories during a six-game winning streak.


Who: Samford at The Citadel

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina

What to look for: Samford had its best offensive game of the season last week at East Tennessee State.

Why to watch: Samford continues to play an entertaining brand of football on both sides of the ball. This is also the Southern Conference, where the unexpected often happens.


Who: Cumberland at Faulkner

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Billy Hillyer Stadium, Montgomery

What to look for: Faulkner has not scored more than a touchdown in a game since a 49-17 win over Campbellsville on Oct. 1.

Why to watch: It’s been a difficult season for the Eagles, but they have been solid at creating turnovers with 12 interceptions and two fumble recoveries.


Who: Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Legion Field, Birmingham

What to look for: Once Donovan Eaglin got the running game going, the Bulldogs started winning games. Is that a coincidence? Alabama State will make things easier on itself if it can limit running game success.

Why to watch: It’s the Magic City Classic. That’s reason enough to watch. In other words, you watch for the football, the bands and the spectacle.


Who: Jacksonville State at Austin Peay

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Where: Fortera Stadium, Clarksville, Tennessee

What to look for: Jacksonville State will try to establish the run before the pass. Austin Peay allows just 78 yards per game on the ground. Can the Gamecocks win if they have to pass to have offensive success?

Why to watch:  Austin Peay is successful on its home field. The Governors are 4-0 with every win by double digits.


Who: South Alabama at Arkansas State

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Where: Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, Arkansas

What to look for:  Arkansas State has been solid in the passing game but the Red Wolves don’t protect the quarterback well. Arkansas State quarterbacks have been sacked 26 times this season. South Alabama needs to take advantage.

Why to watch: Butch Jones is just 4-16 thus far at Arkansas State. Can he get things going or will the Red Wolves be looking for a new coach?


Who: UNA at Central Arkansas

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where: Estes Stadium, Conway, Arkansas

What to look for: Central Arkansas is just 1-2 at home this season. The Lions have played several close games but have just one win.

Why to watch: Both teams feature outstanding running backs. UNA speedster ShunDerrick Powell has 950 yards on 126 carries with 13 touchdowns. Central Arkansas bruiser Darius Hale has 673 yards on 116 carries with eight touchdowns.


Who: West Alabama at West Florida

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where: Pen Air Field, Pensacola, Florida

What to look for: West Florida is averaging 45 points and 475 yards per game. If West Alabama can’t limit that output, then it could be a long day for the Tigers.

Why to watch: West Florida has established itself as one of the top Division II programs in the country.


Who: UAB at FAU

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

What to look for: Jacob Zeno spent the week preparing to be UAB’s starter at quarterback. He didn’t have the luxury last week when Dylan Hopkins left in the first quarter with a concussion.

Why to watch: Both teams’ season is at a crossroads. Both are in dire need of a win. UAB has not won on the road. It will also be interesting to see if FAU can find a way to slow down DeWayne McBride from eating up yardage on the ground.

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