|Top FCS Matchups|
Who: No. 1 Georgia Southern Eagles at No. 5 Appalachian State Mountaineers
Who: No. 2 Northern Iowa Panthers at No. 3 North Dakota State Bison
Who: No. 19 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at No. 13 Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Who: No. 20 Delaware Blue Hens at No. 14 Towson Tigers
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18 Chika Madu
Key Notes: Madu was responsible for two of the Colonels’ three touchdowns against Stephen F. Austin last week, scoring on 91 and 94-yard kickoff returns. The senior finished the game with 304 yards on nine returns to set the Southland Conference and Nicholls single-game kick return records in yards and touchdowns. Also on Saturday, Madu’s 304-yard performance was enough to break his 2010 program single-season record of 807 kick return yards, putting his 2011 total at 1,031. It also vaulted him into first place all-time for career kick return yards at Nicholls with 1,838.
Other Players to Watch this Week: Brad Sorenson, Southern Utah (Jr., QB); Kevin Decker, New Hampshire (Sr., QB); Shakir Bell, Indiana State (So., RB); Bryce Robertson, Bucknell (Sr., DB); Doug Johnson, Rhode Island (Jr., LB); Ryan Spadola, Lehigh (Jr., WR).
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• It would easily be the game of the week, perhaps game of the year, but when No. 1 Georgia Southern heads to No. 5 Appalachian State this Saturday, it’s not the only top-five contest of the weekend. That’s why some are calling it ‘Super Saturday,’ as the slate looks more like a national semifinal weekend than the last weekend in October. The Mountaineers look to turn the tables following last year’s contest with the Eagles, when GSU knocked off top-ranked ASU in overtime. Georgia Southern brings the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense and No. 1 scoring offense to Boone, N.C. The Mountaineers have struggled against the run this season including allowing 397 yards against Wofford’s option attack.
• In the other top-five matchup of the day, all eyes will be on Fargo, N.D. as No. 2 UNI pays a visit to No. 3 North Dakota State. The teams enter Saturday’s contest with the top two scoring defenses in the country, with NDSU allowing 11.6 points per game while UNI allows just 13.3 ppg. The Panthers lead the all-time series 25-18, including a 16-9 victory a year ago at home. The teams also feature a couple of the more efficient quarterbacks in the nation, with NDSU’s Brock Jensen and UNI’s Tirrell Rennie ranking in the top 13.
• A tilt between ranked teams also awaits in the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday as No. 19 Tennessee Tech travels to No. 13 Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks will need to slow down the 13th-ranked offense in the country, with the Golden Eagles averaging 433.2 yards per game. TTU running back Dontey Gay is 12th in the nation, ripping off 110.5 yards per game on the ground. JSU RB Washaun Ealey is right behind, averaging 102.0 yards per game.
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