|Top FCS Matchups|
Who: Yale Bulldogs at No. 14 Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Who: No. 24 North Dakota Sioux at No. 19 Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Who: No. 3 Appalachian State Mountaineers at No. T6 Wofford Terriers
Who: No. T25 Sacramento State Hornets at No. 4 Montana State Bobcats
Who: No. T10 Richmond Spiders at No. 8 James Madison Dukes
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14 Jonathan Carkhuff
Key Notes: A season after being named Pioneer Football League Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, Carkhuff is at it again for Davidson. The sophomore threw for 427 yards — four away from the school record — and five touchdowns in last Saturday’s win against Johnson C. Smith. Carkhuff connected with Lanny Funsten on a school-record 99-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. A Marietta, Ga. native, Carkhuff has completed 96 passes for 1,148 yards this season and leads the FCS in both categories. The Wildcats travel to San Diego this Saturday for their PFL opener, looking to improve to 3-1 this season.
Other Players to Watch this Week: Casey Brockman (Jr., QB); Zach Lewis, Morehead State (Jr., QB); Kyle Harbridge, St. Francis (Pa.) (Jr., RB); Aaron Mellette, Elon (Jr., WR); Adrian Hamilton, Prairie View (Sr., DL); Kejuan Riley, Alabama State (Jr., DB).
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• It’s easy to get caught up in looking for the week’s best matchups in the Colonial Athletic Association or Southern Conference, but if you’re looking outside the box on Saturday, make sure to check out Yale and No. 14 Lehigh. Both teams enter undefeated with quarterbacks leading the charge. Lehigh QB Chris Lum looks to continue his torrid start to the season, as he leads the nation in total offense (370.5 ypg), touchdown passes (16) and is second in passing yards per game (357.8). The Bulldogs rank 11th nationally in scoring offense thanks to the start of quarterback Patrick Witt, a Nebraska transfer. Witt is the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, after throwing for 246 yards and accounting for three total touchdowns against Cornell. Yale leads the all-time series 15-5.
• No. 3 Appalachian State used two defensive touchdowns to thwart upset-minded Chattanooga last Saturday. This week, the Mountaineers hit the road to take on No. T6 Wofford in another SoCon clash. The Terriers will be looking for some revenge after sharing the 2010 SoCon championship with the Mountaineers after each had 7-1 league records. However, No. 3 ASU blasted the fourth-ranked Terriers 43-13 at home on Nov. 13 to clinch its share of the title. The key to Saturday’s game will be Wofford’s rushing attack against Appalachian State’s rushing defense. The Terriers are ranked second nationally with 355.7 yards per game on the ground, while ASU’s rushing defense has limited back-to-back opponents to less than 50 yards rushing. The Mountaineers have won three in a row in the series, and 14 of 17 dating back to 1973.
• There’s not a better way to open Great West Conference play than to have a ranked showdown between North Dakota and Southern Utah. It will be the first top-25 matchup for UND since its transition to the FCS began in 2008. The Thunderbirds are the defending GWC champions and were picked to win the league title again in 2011. SUU will begin its title defense, riding the momentum from a 41-16 victory against FBS foe UNLV on Sept. 24. Southern Utah leads the all-time series 3-1, including a 31-21 win last season.
• Losting Streak Watch: Eastern Washington is the first defending national champion to start the season 0-4 since Southern Illinois in 1984. The Eagles look to break the streak against Weber State on Saturday. … While the defending champs are reeling, the longest losing streak in the FCS belongs to Valparaiso. The Crusaders have dropped 23 games in a row since a 20-17 win against Concordia (Wis.) on Sept. 12, 2009. Valpo hosts 1-3 Morehead State this weekend.
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