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Who: Wofford at Samford

When: Saturday, noon

Where: Seibert Stadium, Homewood

What to look for:  Samford continues to give up yardage and limit points against some really good offensive teams. Wofford is not a good offensive team. Can the Bulldogs completely shut down the Terriers?

Why to watch:  The Bulldogs continue to win and climb up the national rankings. Can Chris Hatcher get his team back in the FCS playoffs?


Who: Birmingham Southern at Trinity

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: San Antonio, Texas

What to look for: Birmingham Southern has a balanced offense but running the football gets things moving. Trinity, the 5th ranked team in national polls, allows just 31.3 yards per game on the ground. Can the Panthers win if they are forced to be one-dimensional on offense?

Why to watch: The top two teams from the preseason Southern Athletic Association poll get together in San Antonio. Both offenses are averaging more than 400 yards per game.


Who: Grambling State at Alabama A&M

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Lewis Crews Stadium, Huntsville

What to look for: It probably won’t affect the outcome of the game, but will Grambling have its trademark 'G' back on its helmets? Head coach Hue Jackson ordered the decals taken off the helmets until his team performed to the Grambling standard. It’s been two games without the decal. Will they return this week?

Why to watch: The Bulldogs have a good group of running backs. Sophomore Donovan Eaglin, a Michigan State transfer, had more than 200 yards in total offense and three scores in last week’s win over Bethune-Cookman.


Who: Miles College at Benedict

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina

What to look for: Can Miles slow down a balanced Benedict offense that averages 400 yards and 36 points per game? Unbeaten Benedict has 12 rushing touchdowns and 11 passing touchdowns in five games.

Why to watch: Tough competition is helping Miles College become a better team, even though the 1-3 record doesn’t show it.


Who: Thomas More at Faulkner

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Billy D. Hilyer Stadium, Montgomery

What to look for: Faulkner wide receiver Jaiveyon Tucker earned MSC Player of the Week honors after catching seven passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Campbellsville. Can he get similar production this week? 

Why to watch: Faulkner is on a roll with back-to-back wins. Thomas More is coming off a loss to nationally No. 3 ranked Lindsey Wilson. Faulkner plays Lindsey Wilson next week.   


Who: Jackson State at Alabama State

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Alabama State Stadium, Montgomery

What to look for: Can the Hornets turn the emotion of a big crowd into an upset victory? Jackson State should be well represented in the stands as well.

Why to watch: Coach Prime will be in the stadium. More interesting than that, though, is the chance to see his son play in person. Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders is sensational. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore is 121 of 162 for 1,394 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception.


Who: Auburn at Georgia

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia

What to look for: If healthy, Tank Bigsby is going to be really, really, really after one of these games. Right?

Why to watch: Georgia looked vulnerable these past two weeks. Auburn is known for miracle victories. (Editor’s note: Check the schedule). Never mind, the game isn’t at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  


Who: UNA at Kennesaw State

When: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Where: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, Georgia

What to look for: Running plays, running plays and more running plays. UNA throws the ball more than the Owls but the Lions have a standout running back in ShunDerrick Powell. Kennesaw State throws to keep a defense honest but its bread and butter is the option attack.

Why to watch: Kennesaw State is struggling this season, but the Owls have a quality FCS program. UNA is working toward being a solid FCS program.


Who: West Alabama at Valdosta State

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: Bazmore-Hyder Stadium, Valdosta, Georgia

What to look for: West Alabama is good at running the football. Valdosta State is not so good at stopping the run. Can the Tigers keep that trend going?

Why to watch: Valdosta State has won 7 of the past 10 games in this rivalry.


Who: Southern Miss at Troy

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy

What to look for: Troy has two quarterbacks – Gunnar Watson and Jarret Doege - with the proven ability to win football games. Which one gets the snaps on Saturday?

Why to watch: Each team probably should be 4-1 heading into this Sun Belt Conference matchup. One team will walk out of Saturday’s game with a 4-2 record after a big conference win.


Who: Morehouse vs. Tuskegee

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Legion Field, Birmingham

What to look for: The Golden Tigers have become very good at moving the ball on the ground. It will be a long day for Morehouse if Tuskegee can keep that going.

Why to watch: Sounds cliché, but it’s been proven that the record books can be thrown out in the Morehouse-Tuskegee Rivalry.


Who: Texas A&M at Alabama

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

What to look for: Alabama’s quarterback situation is a big topic. But, watching Jahmyr Gibbs with the football in his hand is worth the price of admission.

Why to watch: Jimbo Fisher talked the talk. Now, it’s Jimbo Fisher’s opportunity to walk the walk. That’s reason enough to tune into this one.

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