CITADEL (2-0, 1-0 SOCON) AT APPALACHIAN STATE (1-1)
When: 3:30 p.m.
Citadel: Kicker Thomas Warren was 3-for-3 in field goals, including a game-winning 37-yarder with 35 seconds remaining, to help the Bulldogs score a 23-21 upset of top-10 Georgia Southern in the SoCon opener for both teams last week in Charleston.
Appalachian State: QB Jamal Jackson was named the SoCon offensive player of the week for his efforts in a 35-27 win against Montana. Jackson was 24-for-34 passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 65 yards and one score.
Outlook: App State has won eight in a row and 17 of the past 18 games against the Bulldogs. Moreover, The Citadel has not prevailed in Boone in 22 years. Still, no one gave the Bulldogs much of a chance against Georgia Southern last week. A win puts The Citadel in the SoCon driver’s seat.
WESTERN CAROLINA (1-1) AT WOFFORD (2-0)
When: 7 p.m.
Western Carolina: Senior receiver Jacoby Mitchell had a career-high nine catches last week and is at 15 receptions for 127 yards in two games.
Wofford: Christian Reed was 7-for-7 in PAT kicks and 2-for-2 in field goals in last week’s 82-0 rout of Lincoln (Pa.). Three quarterbacks and 16 players ran the ball as the Terriers amassed 602 offensive yards.
Outlook: The Terriers have won six in a row and nine of the past 10 against the Catamounts, who have dropped 14 consecutive SoCon outings.
S.C. STATE (1-1, 1-0 MEAC) AT ARIZONA (2-0)
When: 7:30 p.m.
S.C. State: Sophomore linebacker Justin Hughes has 11 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. He ranks ninth in the nation in average sacks per game.
Arizona: Sophomore wide receiver Austin Hill is off to a great start with 12 catches for 263 yards and one touchdown.
Outlook: S.C. State is 0-8 against FBS foes since first testing Division I waters in 2005. The beat doesn’t figure to change in the desert.
CHARLESTON SOU. (0-2) AT ILLINOIS (1-1)
Charleston Southern: WR Nathan Perera caught 10 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown in last week’s 31-10 home loss to Jacksonville.
Illinois: RB Josh Ferguson ran for 101 yards in a 45-14 loss to Arizona State.
Outlook: It’s the Buccaneers’ one play-for-pay date of the season. CSU will take the money and run in exchange for a loss.
PRESBYTERIAN (1-1) AT VANDERBILT (0-2)
When: 12:30 p.m.
Presbyterian: RB Lance Byrd ranks 27th on the FCS national charts with a 94.5-yard-per-game rushing average. The senior put up 80 yards on 18 carries against Georgia Tech.
Vanderbilt: WR Jordan Matthews has 14 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. His receiving yards per-game average (111.0) is 11th in the FBS.
Outlook: The Blue Hose took a beating last week at Georgia Tech, and figure to have an equally tough challenge against angry Vandy.
EASTERN KENTUCKY (1-1) AT COASTAL CAROLINA (2-0)
When: 6 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky: RB Matt Denham ran for 166 yards and one touchdown in a 24-17 win against Morehead State last week. The big game pushed the EKU senior’s career rushing total to 2,062 yards.
Coastal Carolina: QB Aramis Hillary was named the Big South Conference offensive player of the week after hitting 20 of 27 passes for a career-high 292 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-45 overtime win against Furman.
Outlook: While other FCS teams in the state load up on sure-loss, money games on non-conference dates, Coastal prefers winnable options such as Eastern Kentucky, which hasn’t won a road non-conference outing against an FCS foe since 2002.
CATAWBA (2-0) AT NEWBERRY (2-0)
When: 6:30 p.m.
Catawba: B.J. Sherrill was 19-for-24 passing for 317 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-17 win against Livingstone. The red-shirt freshman sports a 223.0 passing efficiency rating — fourth highest in Division II.
Newberry: QB W.T. Murden was 17-for-27 passing for 212 yards and threw a game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter in last week’s 17-14 success against Shorter.
Outlook: The SAC opener features the only 2-0 teams in the conference. The teams have met 75 times, making it the second-longest active rivalry for Newberry. Catawba has a 38-34-3 series lead, but the Wolves have a 17-14-2 edge at Setzler Field.
NORTH GREENVILLE (0-2) AT TUSCULUM (0-2)
When: 6 p.m.
North Greenville: RB Darius Paulk, a freshman from Richland Northeast High, ran for 120 yards on 20 carries in his second college game — a 42-14 loss at Tennessee Tech.
Tusculum: In two games, junior Bo Cordell is 79-for-124 passing for 939 yards and seven touchdowns. He leads Division II in total offense (469.5 ypg), passing yards (446.5 ypg) and completions (39.5 cpg).
Outlook: Tusculum and Cordell have a score to settle. The Pioneers dropped a 27-7 game at North Greenville last season and Cordell suffered a season-ending injury.
VIRGINIA STATE (0-2) AT BENEDICT (0-2)
When: 4 p.m.
Virginia State: Freshman Ja’von Smallwood caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-13 loss to West Liberty.
Benedict: LB DaMonta Searcy accounted for both touchdowns via fumble returns in a 28-14 loss to Bowie State.
Outlook: The Tigers, who rank 153rd out of 156 teams in Division II in total offense, look to put on a better show in the 11th Capital City Classic.
Compiled by John Devlin