Here is a quick look at Saturday’s game involving Top Ten FCS Teams and teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference:
TOP TEN MATCHUPS
Western Illinois (1-8) at No. 1 North Dakota State (9-0)
With a win, the Bison will extend its winning streak to 31. NDSU set an FCS record with a 33-game win streak from 2012-2014. Princeton has the next longest current win streak in FCS with 17.
NDSU ranks second in the FCS in total defense scoring defense, allowing 271.4 yards per game and 11.7 points per game. The Bison ranked fourth in the FCS in rushing averaging 288 yards per game. Quarterback Trey Lance ranks second in the FCS with a 186.1 pass efficiency rating.
The Bison have won six straight game over Western Illinois, including last year’s 34-7 win. The Bison lead the series 8-2.
Bison head coach Matt Entz is the sixth Missouri Valley Conference coach to win at least nine games in his first year in the league. The others were NDSU’s Chris Klieman, Youngstown State’s Jim Tressel, Northern Iowa’s Mark Farley, Southern Illinois’ Dale Lennon and Western Kentucky’s David Elson.
No. 23 New Hampshire (5-3) at No. 2 James Madison (8-1)
Last year, New Hampshire forced six turnovers, including two interceptions for touchdowns, to claim a 35-24 home win over James Madison.
James Madison is seeking its fourth straight Colonial Athletic Association championship. With three games left, the Duke have a 5-0 CAA record followed by New Hampshire and Richmond with 4-1 records.
No. 22 North Dakota (5-3) at No. 3 Weber State (7-2)
UND is hoping to claim its fourth win over a ranked opponent this season. The Fighting Hawks previously beat ranked opponents Sam Houston State, UC Davis and Montana State.
Weber State holds a 3-1 lead in this series. UND’s lone win against Weber came in 2016, a 27-19 win in the Fighting Hawks’ run to the Big Sky Conference title.
Weber State has won six straight games and is a perfect 7-0 against FCS teams. Its losses have come against San Diego State and Nevada.
No. 11 Illinois State (6-3) at No. 4 South Dakota State (7-2)
SDSU has secured its eighth consecutive winning season. After 5-6 records in 2010 and 2011, the Jacks have compiled a 74-30 record.
True freshman Keaton Heide became the third different quarterback to start a game for SDSU. Junior Kanin Nelson started two games in September while redshirt freshman J’Bore Biggs started six games before suffering an injury against NDSU.
This will mark the first game this season in which Illinois State has left the state of Illinois. The Redbirds have had five home games and four road games with in-state opponents.
Indiana State (3-6) at No. 5 Northern Iowa (6-3)
UNI ranks seventh in the FCS in turnover margin, creating 20 turnovers including 13 during the last three games.
In last week’s win over Illinois State, UNI limited the Redbirds to 210 total yards - the second straight game in which it held the opponent to 210 yards or less.
Indiana State senior kicker Jerry Nunez has three school records as the all-time scoring leader (221), all-time field goal leader (42) and all-time PAT leader (100).
Idaho (4-6) at No. 6 Montana (7-2)
Despite missing the last two games to injury, Montana senior quarterback Dalton Sneed is averaging nearly 320 yards of total offense. He is expected to return to action this week.
In last week’s 38-23 win at Portland State, Montana outscored the Vikings 24-6 in the second half. For the season, Montana has outscored opponents 206-73 in the second half.
SE Louisiana (5-3) at No. 7 Central Arkansas (7-2)
Central Arkansas sophomore quarterback Breylin Smith had a career-high 434 yards passing, completing 30 of 37 passes, in last week’s 45-17 win over Lamar.
Central Arkansas freshman receiver Tyler Hudson caught six passes for 120 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the win at Lamar.
Northern Arizona (4-5) at No. 8 Sacramento State (6-3)
In last week’s 36-17 home loss to No. 3 Weber State, Sacramento was limited to 84 yards rushing and lost the time of possession battle, 36:19 to 23:41.
Sacramento’s George Obinna became the school’s career sack leader with two sacks against Weber State. He now has 31 career sacks.
VMI (4-5) at No. 9 Furman (6-3)
Redshirt freshman quarterback Hamp Sisson came off the bench to lead Furman to a 35-20 win over Chattanooga last week. He completed 9-of-14 passes for 99 yards and ran for 52 yards.
The win was Furman’s fifth in the last six games and sixth consecutive Southern Conference road win.
No. 10 Princeton (7-0) at Dartmouth (7-0)
Princeton extended its winning streak to 17 with a 21-7 win over Cornell last week. Quarterback Kevin Davidson completed 20 of 29 passes for 186 yards in that win.
Dartmouth scored four touchdowns in the final nine minutes of the first half in last week’s 59-24 win over Columbia. Dartmouth extended its winning streak to eight, dating back to last season.
MISSOURI VALLEY MATCHUPS
Missouri State (1-7) at Southern Illinois (5-4)
A win would give Southern Illinois its first four-game winning streak since winning 11 straight in 2009. That is the last season the Salukis made the playoffs.
Saluki running back Javon Williams Jr. has scored 15 touchdowns, the most by a freshman in Division I.
Missouri State quarterback Peyton Huslig needs 222 passing yards to reach 6,000 for his career.
Youngstown State (5-4) at South Dakota (3-6)
Forced into duty against NDSU last week, Youngstown freshman quarterback Mark Waid can only play in one more game if he wants to save a year of eligibility.
USD racked up a program-record 107 offensive plays, totaled 37 first downs and had 578 total yards but were unable to claim a win last week, falling 38-34 at Western Illinois.
USD handed Youngstown a 31-28 home win over Youngstown in 2017.