|Top FCS Matchups|
Who: Old Dominion Monarchs at No. 6 Delaware Blue Hens
Who: No. 14 Chattanooga Mocs at No. 3 Appalachian State Mountaineers
Who: No. 11 New Hampshire Wildcats at No. 7 Richmond Spiders
Who: No. 10 James Madison Dukes at No. 5 William & Mary Tribe
Who: No. 4 Montana State at No. 22 Eastern Washington
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13 Rodrick Rumble
Key Notes: Idaho State wide receiver Rodrick Rumble already has 56 more yards (520) and three more touchdowns (5) in three games than he did in 11 games a year ago. The junior is second in the country in receptions per game at 11.33 and he leads the nation in receiving yards at 173.33. His total also ranks 14th for all-purpose yards. Those numbers have helped the Bengals become the fifth-ranked offense in the country with 504.67 yards per game. ISU heads south to Northern Arizona for a clash on Fox College Sports this Saturday.
Other Players to Watch this Week: Cory McCaffrey, Portland State (Sr., RB); Chris Lum, Lehigh (Sr., QB); Alvin Scioneaux, Wofford (So., LB); Matt Evans, New Hampshire (Jr., LB); Steve Wirkus, Dayton (Sr., DB); Nicholas Andrews, Alabama State (Sr., WR).
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• Wins for FCS teams against FBS teams in 2011 haven’t been as prevalent as in years past, but this week could yield a couple. Four ranked teams in The Sports Network Top 25 will travel to face FBS teams. No. 17 Massachusetts takes on winless Boston College, No. 20 Sam Houston State travels to also-winless New Mexico, No. 23 Southern Utah hits Las Vegas to face UNLV and No. 8 North Dakota State meets Minnesota. If you’re wondering which FCS team the Gophers lost to a few years back, yes, it was NDSU. The Bison won 27-21 at the Metrodome in 2007 with 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
• The Colonial Athletic Association is at the epicenter for FCS action this Saturday. With six CAA teams ranked, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Two top-15 matchups are on the docket, including No. 11 New Hampshire at No. 7 Richmond while No. 10 James Madison travels to No. 5 William & Mary. Those games each feature two ranked teams, while another CAA game will see Old Dominion play its first league contest three years after starting its program. The task will not be easy as the Monarchs travel to No. 6 Delaware.
• No. 13 Chattanooga hits the road this weekend for a visit to No. 3 Appalachian State. It’s the Southern Conference opener for both programs with each squad carrying a national ranking and a 2-1 overall record. Kidd Brewer Stadium has not been a friendly to the Mocs. Chattanooga has lost 13 consecutive games in Boone, N.C., with the Mocs’ last win coming nearly 28 years ago. UTC is 3-14 all-time at The Rock.
• Is Week 4 finally the week the defending champion gets win No.1? Eastern Washington sure hopes so. The No. 22 Eagles are 0-3 and are set to face another tall task this weekend when No. 4 Montana State comes to town Saturday. But revenge is on their minds. EWU lost one game in 2010 before winning 11 in a row and the national title. That came at the hands of the Bobcats who finished as co-champions of the Big Sky with the Eagles. Saturday will be the home opener — 0-3 is not the way the home fans thought they’d welcome EWU — but a sellout crowd of nearly 9,000 fans is expected.
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