Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State - You know its a tough season so far if your athletics web site features past football players instead of the current ones. But that's how things are at Mississippi Valley State (0-6, 0-4 SWAC). Last week's throttling by Montana erased memories of a close game with Jackson State two weeks ago. The Delta Devils are the worst SWAC team when it comes to total offense. Alabama State (1-5, 1-4 SWAC) has been competitive in nearly every game (save for the 64-6 Southern debacle). Khalid Thomas has been a solid rusher, ranking second in the SWAC right now.
Texas Southern at Alcorn State - Last week, Alcorn State (2-3, 2-2 SWAC) looked like Alcorn State in defeating Alabama A&M. At times, the Alcorn State offense has had trouble scoring like they did last season, though they move the ball well. Texas Southern (3-2, 3-1 SWAC) has won three in a row, though they haven't beaten the best of the SWAC yet. The Texas Southern offense has been consistent, which may be a problem for Alcorn State. In their three losses, they've given up 45, 43, and 52 points.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama A&M
Southern at Jackson State
Shaw at Livingstone - Livingstone (1-5, 0-3 CIAA) has lost their last four games, but they fought hard in a loss to St. Augustine's last week. Their stagnant offense put up 37 points. A quartet of freshmen quarterbacks have combined to throw for 1100 yards so far. But their defense gives up 32 points a game. Shaw (0-6, 0-3 CIAA) has played some really good teams, and has lost their last two games by a combined eight points. Freshman Timothy Abbott has shared the quarterback job with Daron Downing, who is at this point, Shaw's leading rusher.
Johnson C. Smith at Fayetteville State
Virginia Union at Chowan
Elizabeth City State at Lincoln (Pa)
St. Augustine's at Winston-Salem State
Virginia State at Bowie State - This is probably the biggest game in the CIAA today. Virginia State 5-1, 2-1 CIAA) and Bowie State (4-2, 3-0 CIAA) are not only the two best teams in the CIAA so far this season, they are two of the better teams in HBCU Division II football. Bowie State's offense, led by quarterback Amir Hall (2,031 yards passing, 15 touchdowns), averages 40 points a game to lead the CIAA. Virginia State grinds it out on the ground behind Kavon Bellamy and Trenton Cannon. This one will come down to defense. Both are stingy with Virginia State's being just a little stingier. Great game on tap here.
North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman - This is a must game for Bethune-Cookman (0-4, 0-2 MEAC) if they are to climb back into the MEAC race. And they will have to knock off one of the best teams in the country in North Carolina A&T (4-1, 2-0 MEAC). The Wildcats will have to pick up the offense to do so as they only average 17 points a game while A&T averages 37. Interesting fact: Bethune-Cookman has won four straight home games in this series.
South Carolina State at Howard
Savannah State at North Carolina Central
Florida A&M at Delaware State
Morgan State at Hampton
Miles at Kentucky State
Fort Valley State at Florida Tech
Lane at Central State
Benedict at Clark Atlanta - It's homecoming day in Atlanta as Clark Atlanta (4-2, 2-2 SIAC) looks to take over the SIAC East lead if they defeat current leader Benedict (3-3, 2-1 SIAC). CAU quarterback Jonathan McCrary is a on a roll as he has thrown for more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Benedict isn't a big offensive team. It's defense where they shine, as they are fourth in the SIAC as they only allow 288 yards a game. This could be one of the better matchups of the day.
Albany State at Morehouse - Morehouse (2-4, 1-3 SIAC) is a team that's fired up to play Albany State after going toe-to-toe with Tuskegee last week. They slowed down Tuskegee and hope to use their stellar run defense, led by SIAC Defensive Player of the Week David Smith, to slow down Albany State (2-3, 1-1 SIAC) and quarterback Caleb Edmonds and running back Jarvis Small. Both teams still have a chance at shot at the SIAC title game if they begin a run today in a topsy-turvy SIAC East race.
Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State - It's homecoming day at Tennessee State (4-1, 1-1 OVC) and if the Tigers want a chance at an OVC title, they will have to defeat Eastern Kentucky (2-3, 1-1 OVC). This is an old foe that TSU has had problems with over the years. But the TSU offense is clicking as Ronald Butler has stepped in at quarterback and been solid. EKU, which leads this series 23-5 and won easily last year, is a more defensive minded squad this season, though quarterback Bennie Coney has been solid win nearly a 1,000 yards passing this season.
Cheyney at Shippensburg
Shepherd at West Virginia State
Lincoln (Mo) at Missouri S&T
Bacone at Langston
Texas College at Arizona Christian
Faith at Edward Waters