FURMAN (2-3, 1-1 SOCON) AT WOFFORD (4-0, 2-0)
When: 1:30 p.m.
Furman: RB Jerodis Williams moved up No. 10 on the FCS national rushing list with a 239-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 45-24 win against Western Carolina. In the process, the four-year Paladins veteran became the eighth Furman runner to surpass the 2,500-yard career rushing mark. Hes at 2,572 yards and counting.
Wofford: RB Eric Breitenstein beat out Williams for SoCon offensive player of the week honors by erupting for 321 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in last weeks 49-24 laugher at Elon, in the process establishing a conference single-game record. It was a career high for the senior fullback, who has 23 games of 100 or more yards in his career. It was the second 300-yard rushing game in school history the first since Shawn Graves posted 323 in 1990. Breitenstein, who leads the nation with a 233.3-yard rushing average per game, needs 699 yards to supersede Graves as the schools all-time leading rusher.
Outlook: The only way Furman can keep the good times going is to find a way to slow Woffords FCS-leading running game. No team has come close to finding a way so far.
PRESBYTERIAN (2-3, 0-0 BIG SOUTH) AT VMI (1-3, 0-0)
When: 1:30 p.m.
Presbyterian: RB Demarcus Rouse scored two second-half touchdowns as the Blue Hose snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-13 road win at Davidson.
VMI: Logan Staib has been one of the few standouts in what is shaping up as another bleak season. The sophomore linebacker has 34 tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery on the books.
Outlook: At long last, the Blue Hose are eligible to compete for a conference championship and/or NCAA playoff berth. Losing to the struggling Keydets in the Big South opener would not be the ideal way to begin a new chapter in program history.
S.C. STATE (2-3, 1-1 MEAC) AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (2-2, 1-0)
When: 2:30 p.m.
S.C. State: DB Kimario McFadden, a junior college transfer, had two interceptions and two tackles for loss in a 14-0 win against Norfolk State that kept the Bulldogs MEAC title hopes alive. He returned his first pick 34 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
North Carolina Central: Former Keenan star Arthur Goforth ran for a career-high 93 yards in last weeks conference win against Savannah State.
Outlook: S.C. State toppd N.C. Central 49-38 in the Eagles return to the MEAC. The game marks the Eagles first home game against the Bulldogs in 33 years. S.C. States last loss to NCC was in 1975.
STILLMAN (3-2, 2-0 SIAC) AT BENEDICT (0-5, 0-2)
When: 2 p.m.
Stillman: WR Damien Ford had six receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers 27-8 conference win last week against Kentucky State.
Benedict: WR Mujahid Assad had three catches for 106 yards and one touchdown against SIAC title favorite Miles.
Outlook: Until Benedict stops turning the ball over and starts playing better defense early in games to keep things from getting out of hand so quickly, misery is bound to continue.
THE CITADEL (3-2, 2-1 SOCON) AT SAMFORD (4-1, 2-1)
When: 3 p.m.
Citadel: Darien Robinson has four 100-yard rushing games this season and leads the nations fifth-best ground attack with a per-game average of 95 yards.
Samford: Senior Andy Summerlin had a career high 291 passing yards in last weeks loss to Georgia Southern.
Outlook: A funny thing happened to The Citadels SoCon title express an unexpected derailment at home against Chattanooga. The Bulldogs quest for glory comes down to the next two games that lead up to a date with Wofford on Oct. 27. Samford is no easy mark.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (1-3, 0-0 BIG SOUTH) AT STONY BROOK (4-1, 0-0)
When: 6 p.m.
Charleston Southern: Mike David got the call three times, but his 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the decisive score as the Buccaneers beat Division II Shorter 23-20 to end a 15-game losing streak.
Stony Brook: Miguel Maysonet, who ranks No. 4 in FCS rushing, darted for 220 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-3 win against Army at West Point in the Seahawks final tune-up for its final Big South season.
Outlook: Stony Brook boasts the No. 4 rushing offense and the No. 9 scoring offense in the nation. CSU is 98th in scoring and total defense. Do the math.
NEWBERRY (4-1) AT NORTH GREENVILLE (0-5)
When: 7 p.m.
Newberry: WR Corey Washington grabbed 10 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown in last weeks 35-28 SAC loss to Mars Hill.
North Greenville: Jonathan Sharpe had nine tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in last weeks blowout loss to Lenoir-Rhyne.
Outlook: Newberry could have a field day against a porous Crusader defense that is allowing 38.6 points per game and is ranked 139th in Division II scoring defense.