Top FCS Matchups

Who: Penn Quakers at No. 14 Harvard Crimson
When: noon ET Saturday 


Who: Georgetown Hoyas at No. 6 Lehigh Mountain Hawks
When: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday 


Who: No. 3 Georgia Southern Eagles at No. 9 Wofford Terriers
When: 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday 


Who: No. 18 Jackson State Tigers at Alabama A&M Bulldogs
When: 2 p.m. ET Saturday 


Who: No. 10 New Hampshire Wildcats at No. 12 Towson Tigers
When: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday 


Who: No. 22 North Dakota Sioux at UC-Davis Aggies
When: 5 p.m. ET Saturday 

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85 Ryan Spadola
6-3 | 200 | Jr. | WR

Key Notes: Lehigh will be gunning for an automatic bid to the postseason this weekend when it takes on Georgetown for the Patriot League title. Spadola should play a large role in that outcome as the junior ranks third nationally with 135.0 receiving yards per game while posting 10 receiving touchdowns to rank fourth in the country. Spadola. has helped QB Chris Lum rank second in passing yards per game (340.8) and pushed the offense to the No. 1 slot in total offense, averaging 480.2 yards per game, which will pose a threat to the Hoyas who are giving up 332.0 yards per contest. 

Other Players to Watch this Week: Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin (So., QB); Nathan Dick, Central Arkansas (Sr., QB); Corey Hart, Alabama A&M (Sr., DL); Aaron Mellette, Elon (Jr., WR); Laron Scott, Georgia Southern (Sr., DB); Daxton Swanson, Sam Houston State (Jr., DB).

Keep Your Eyes on This

• The Patriot League’s automatic berth in the FCS Playoffs is on the line at Goodman Stadium as No. 6 Lehigh hosts Georgetown Saturday. The Mountain Hawks needed a second half rally and a superb defensive effort to top Holy Cross 14-7 last week and can win their league-best tenth Patriot League Championship with a win on Saturday. Georgetown is enjoying its best season in recent memory with an 8-2 overall mark and a 3-1 Patriot League record. The Hoyas have won five consecutive games including three wins in a row against league opponents and boast the league’s No. 2 rush offense and No. 2 rush defense. The Hoyas also have the Patriot League leader in tackles, linebacker Robert McCabe and its leader in sacks in defensive end Andrew Schaetzke. Schaetzke was named recently named to the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the FCS.

• Thanks to some outside help and a win on Saturday, Georgia Southern travels to Wofford for a shot at an outright Southern Conference Title. The showdown between the pair of one-loss conference teams in Spartanburg, S.C., kicks off at 1 p.m. ET. Both teams feature strong option rushing attacks and rank as the number one and two running teams in the FCS. Both defenses are pretty adept at stopping the run as well, with neither allowing more than 120 rushing yards per game. The Terriers lead the country with 374.2 yards per game on the ground, while the Eagles are second with 323.8 yards per game. A win against the Terriers would give the Eagles their first SoCon Title in seven years and their ninth overall title since joining the conference in 1993. Wofford would need a win over Georgia Southern Saturday and a victory next week at Chattanooga to wrap up their title hopes. Both scenarios would see the winner of Saturday's game as the outright Southern Conference Champion, something that has not happened for GSU since 2002.

• Towson, picked to finish last in the CAA before the season, has easily been the overwhelming surprise of the league. After managing only three wins in his first two years at the helm, third-year head coach Rob Ambrose has the Tigers tied with the New Hampshire and Maine with matching 5-1 records atop the league standings. Prior to winning five of its six CAA games in 2011, Towson had dropped 26 of its previous 28 league encounters. The Tigers have notched four victories against ranked opponents, and their only losses have come at the hands of Maryland and defending national runner-up Delaware. Towson gets a shot at a team it has struggled against since joining the conference, when the Tigers host New Hampshire on Saturday. Towson has never defeated New Hampshire, and since the two became CAA rivals in 2004, the Wildcats have outscored the Tigers by an average of 52-17 in five meetings.