J.C. SMITH (4-1, 2-1 CIAA) AT WINSTON-SALEM STATE (4-1, 2-0)
Bowman Gray Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
The CIAA’s top two scoring teams (Winston-Salem State, 45.8 ppg; Johnson C. Smith 38.6 ppg) face each other on Winston-Salem State’s homecoming. The host Rams, No. 16 in NCAA Division II and the two-time CIAA champions, use two quarterbacks (Rudy Johnson and former Independence High’s Anthony Carrothers) who have combined to average 347.2 yards per game, while J.C. Smith’s Keahn Wallace is averaging 344.8 yards per game. Winston-Salem State has outscored J.C. Smith 98-10 in the past two meetings.
SAMFORD (4-2, 2-0 SOUTHERN) at APPALACHIAN STATE (1-4, 1-1)
Kidd Brewer Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
The homecoming matchup will pit the top two passing teams in the Southern Conference (FCS No. 23 Samford is averaging 313 passing yards per game, and Appalachian State averages 287). The host Mountaineers, whose three losses are by three points each, will try and get back on track against Samford, which has beaten every Southern Conference school except Appalachian State since joining the league in 2008. Last year, Appalachian State scored with 22 seconds left to win, 28-25.
GARDNER-WEBB (4-2, 0-0 BIG SOUTH) AT COASTAL CAROLINA (5-0, 0-0)
Brooks Stadium, 6 p.m.
FCS No. 6 Coastal Carolina is averaging 43.2 points (fifth best in FCS) and 507.6 yards per game (seventh best in FCS), but faces a Gardner-Webb team that has two victories against ranked opponents (Richmond and Wofford). Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (138.2 yards rushing per game, 10 TDs) and quarterback Alex Ross (268 yards of total offense per game) lead the Big South in their respective categories.
DRAKE (2-3, 1-1 PIONEER) AT DAVIDSON (0-5, 0-2)
Richardson Stadium, 1 p.m.
Davidson, which played four of its first five games on the road, faces two-time reigning Pioneer Football League champion Drake for the first time since 2010. Both teams are struggling to score; Drake is 10th in the 12-team PFL, averaging 21 points per game, and Davidson is last, averaging 13.6. Davidson quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff will be honored before the game for breaking school single-game and career passing yard records.
LENOIR-RHYNE (4-1) AT NORTH GREENVILLE (4-1)
Younts Stadium, 2 p.m.
North Greenville’s lone loss was 28-14 last week to FCS Charleston Southern (6-0) and the Crusaders have averaged 35.8 points per game in their four wins, while Lenoir-Rhyne is on a four-game winning streak (33.3 points during that span) after dropping its first game of the season 18-10 to Concord (W.Va.). Nelson Hughes (296.6 yards passing per game, 13 TDs) leads North Greenville, and Miles Freeman (118.8 yards rushing per game, 5 TDs) leads Lenoir-Rhyne.
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