NORFOLK STATE (2-2, 0-1 MEAC) AT S.C. STATE (1-3, 0-1)
When: 2 p.m.
South Carolina State: Punter Nick Belcher has been busy and productive in four games. He is averaging 41.3 yards per kick on 33 attempts.
Norfolk State: LB Jamal Giddens is credited with 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and three forced fumble on a defensive unit that ranked 12th nationally in total defense.
Outlook: The Bulldogs, who have lost three in a row, must win to salvage any chance of winning the conference title or earning an at-large FCS playoff spot.
WESTERN CAROLINA (1-3, 0-2 SOCON) AT FURMAN (1-3, 0-1)
When: 1:30 p.m.
Furman: Jerodis Williams moved to No. 26 nationally in rushing thanks to a 136-yard performance in a 31-21 win against Presbyterian.
Western Carolina: LB Rock Williams zeroed in for 16 tackles in a 25-21 conference loss to Samford.
Outlook: Furman owns Western Carolina. The Paladins have won six in a row and 13 of the past 14 meetings with the Catamounts and enjoy a 27-10-2 series lead.
CHATTANOOGA (1-3, 0-1 SOCON) AT THE CITADEL (3-1, 2-0)
When: 6 p.m.
The Citadel: Darien Robinson ran for 102 yards and one touchdown in last week’s loss at North Carolina State. The junior back has three 100-plus yard games on the books this season.
Chattanooga: Sophomore defensive lineman David Tull is tied for third nationally with four sacks.
Outlook: Chattanooga has a 26-17-2 edge over The Citadel and has won three of the past four meetings in Charleston, but this is a markedly different Bulldogs team.
COASTAL CAROLINA (2-2) AT APPALACHIAN STATE (2-2)
When: 3:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina: QB Aramis Hillary was named the Big South offensive player of the week for the second time this season. The former Strom Thurmond High star was 30-for-47 passing for 356 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-28 loss at Toledo.
Appalachian State: LB Brandon Grier was named the SoCon defensive player of the week after ringing up seven tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry, not to mention returning an interception for a touchdown in a bounce-back conference win against Western Carolina.
Outlook: The Mountaineers are 2-0 against the Chanticleers and have never lost to a Big South Conference team.
WOFFORD (3-0, 1-0 SOCON) AT ELON (2-2, 0-1)
When: 1:30 p.m.
Wofford: RB Eric Breitenstein is second nationally in individual scoring (14.0 points per game) and tied for eighth in rushing (138.0 yards per game).
Elon: QB Thomas Wilson is 66-for-106 passing for 840 yards and eight touchdowns, and enjoys a FCS top-15 passing efficiency ranking (146.19).
Outlook: Wofford’s second-ranked FCS offense squares off against a good Elon defense, but the Terriers have won six in a row on Phoenix home turf.
PRESBYTERIAN (1-3) AT DAVIDSON (0-3)
When: 6 p.m.
Presbyterian: Tamyn Garrick was named the Big South Conference freshman of the week after hitting 20 of 32 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown in a 31-21 loss to Furman.
Davidson: Junior Jonathan Carkhuff has passed for 6,093 yards and 34 touchdowns in 25 games as the Wildcats’ starting quarterback.
Outlook: Davidson has a 14-13-2 edge, but this will be the second meeting in the past 24 years. The Wildcats broke the series deadlock with a 42-6 win in 2010.
BENEDICT (0-4, 0-1 SIAC) AT MILES (3-1, 1-0)
When: 6 p.m.
Benedict: WR Harlon Samuels had five catches for 73 yards in last week’s conference loss at Fort Valley State.
Miles: RB Floyd Graves had 126 yards rushing and one touchdown last week as the Golden Bears gained a measure of revenge with a 41-6 win at Albany State in a rematch of last season’s SIAC championship game
Outlook: Benedict has a 14-8 lead in the series, but Miles has had a 6-4 advantage since BC joined the SIAC in 2000. The Golden Bears are heavily favored to handle the Tigers and go on to win the conference championship.
NEWBERRY (4-0, 2-0 SAC) AT MARS HILL (2-2, 1-0)
When: 1 p.m.
Newberry: Quarterback W.T. Murden was 17-for-26 passing for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 76 yards in last week’s 47-22 conference win against Carson-Newman.
Mars Hill: RB Shaikel Davis, the latest in a long line of outstanding Mars Hill tailbacks, dashed for a career-high 190 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in a 42-7 romp over North Greenville. Davis ranks No. 14 nationally with a 120.8 per-game rushing average.
Outlook: In a game with conference title implications, the key will be how well Newberry’s porous run defense handles the Mars Hill running attack. The Wolves are 125th nationally in rushing defense (192.8 yards per game) while the Lions are 24th in rushing yards per game (220.3).
NORTH GREENVILLE (0-4) AT LENOIR-RHYNE (1-2)
When: 7 p.m.
North Greenville: Senior defensive lineman Stefan Bynoe has been one of the few bright spots on defense for the Crusaders with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Lenoir-Rhyne: Jarrod Spears ran for 182 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries last week in a 47-23 SAC loss to Carson-Newman.
Outlook: North Greenville is going from bad to worse. The winless Crusaders are ranked 122nd nationally in total offense, 116th in total defense. Last week, the Crusaders were burned for 475 yards in a blowout loss to Mars Hill.