Top FCS Matchups
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Who: No. 13 James Madison Dukes at No. 11 New Hampshire Wildcats
When: Saturday noon ET

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Who: Brown Bears at Yale Bulldogs
When: Saturday noon ET

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Who: No. 17 Towson Tigers at No. 10 Maine Black Bears
When: Saturday 12:30 p.m. ET

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Who: No. 3 Appalachian State Mountaineers at Furman Paladins
When: Saturday 1:30 p.m. ET

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Who: No. 1 North Dakota State Bison at No. 16 Indiana State Sycamores
When: Saturday 2 p.m. ET

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Who: Jacksonville Dolphins at Drake Bulldogs
When: Saturday 2 p.m. ET

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1 Patrick Walker
Northern Colorado
5-8 | 181 | Senior | WR

Key Notes: Walker caught 10 passes for 315 yards, breaking both the Northern Colorado and Big Sky single game records for yards in a game and he scored two touchdowns last week in a 27-25 loss to North Dakota. Of Walker's 10 receptions, four were for 36 yards or longer, including two for 80 or more yards. His 88-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter is tied for the second-longest reception in school history and his 80-yard touchdown catch also ties for sixth on the list. Walker and the Bears head to Northern Arizona this Saturday.

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).

Keep Your Eyes on This

• North Dakota State is the new No. 1 team in the nation following a 27-19 win against then-No. 2 Northern Iowa last week. But the slate doesn't get easier this Saturday when the Bison travel to No. 16 Indiana State and face the nation's leading rusher, Shakir Bell, who has averaged 156.0 yards per game. NDSU has won the three matchups in the series and comes in with a red-hot quarterback. Brock Jensen has started all eight games and is 131-of-174 passing with 10 touchdowns and just one interception as well as 1,483 yards. The Bison also feature the nation's second-ranked scoring defense, allowing only 12.5 points per game.

• Jacksonville will take its 16-game Pioneer Football League win streak to a place where it has had trouble in the past. The Dolphins travel to Des Moines, Iowa to face Drake in a pivotal PFL game. Both teams are involved in a three-way championship battle with San Diego. JU hasn’t fared well traveling to Drake. In fact, the Dolphins, who trail in this series 8-2, have never won at Drake Stadium and the Bulldogs currently have and eight-game home win streak -- third in the nation behind the Dolphins' 13 games and South Alabama’s 11. Jacksonville has one of the more potent air attacks in the country, ranking 11th with 292.1 yards per game thanks to QB Josh McGregor. Drake's run defense has been stout, allowing only 76.9 yards per contest.

• Coming off its win against then-No. 1 Georgia Southern a week ago, No. 3 Appalachian State travels to Furman Saturday to take on the only team in the Southern Conference that it owns a losing record against. But the Mountaineers have won the last six meetings in the rivalry, and if the Paladins have any chance to stop that streak they will need to stop the run. Furman has allowed 201.9 yards per game on the ground this season, while the Mountaineers -- have averaged 186.6 yards rushing. The Paladins will also have to stop wide receiver Brian Quick, who is 16th in the country with 91.8 receiving yards per game.