CHATTANOOGA (6-2, 4-1 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE) AT APPALACHIAN STATE (2-6, 2-3)
Kidd Brewer Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
A disappointing season for Appalachian State took an unexpected turn last Saturday when the Mountaineers routed FCS then-No. 24 Georgia Southern 38-14. Appalachian State is hoping to build on that success when it faces co-Southern Conference leader Chattanooga, which has its best start over eight games in 16 years. It looks good for Appalachian State to continue the upward trend because Chattanooga hasn’t won at Kidd Brewer in the last 14 tries.
J.C. SMITH (4-4, 2-4) AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S (3-5, 2-3)
John H. Baker Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
St. Augustine’s allows the third-fewest points in the CIAA (22.4 ppg) and J.C. Smith has the second-best scoring average in the league (33.6 ppg), but both are looking to end losing skids. St. Augstine’s has dropped two straight while the Golden Bulls are on a three-game slide. A key could be whether St. Augustine’s Shonquez Nelson (CIAA leader with 10.5 sacks) disrupts J.C. Smith quarterback Keahn Wallace, who leads the CIAA with 247.1 yards per game despite having two straight games with less than 100 yards passing.
MERCER (7-1, 3-1 PIONEER FOOTBALL LEAGUE AT DAVIDSON (0-8, 0-5)
Richardson Stadium, 1 p.m.
Mercer is vying for the PFL title in its first year of fielding a football team in 70 years, and the Bears are doing it in dominant fashion. They have the PFL’s second-best scoring offense (39.4 ppg.) and the nation’s second-best rushing offense (279 yards per game), while also featuring the nation’s second-best rushing defense (93.8 yards per game).
WARNER (0-9) AT GARDNER-WEBB (4-4)
Spangler Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
Things haven’t been easy for Warner, an NAIA school located between Orlando and Tampa and is in its first year of football. The Royals are struggling to put the ball in the end zone, scoring just seven TDs and averaging only 6.5 points per game while giving up 43.4 points each game. That’s good news for Gardner-Webb, which has lost three straight after starting the season 4-1 (including victories against two FCS Top 25 teams).
CARSON-NEWMAN (7-1, 3-1 SAC) AT LENOIR-RHYNE (7-1, 5-0)
Moretz Stadium, 2 p.m.
This game is essentially for the SAC Championship. SAC preseason favorite Carson-Newman, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, faces last year’s SAC champion, No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne, in a game that will pit two of the nation’s most prolific rushing attacks. Carson-Newman averages 376.1 yards per game (No. 2 in Division II) and Lenoir-Rhyne averages 366.5 yards per game (No. 3 in Division II).
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