10 good reasons to watch Saturday’s games on ASN

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There really are more than 10 good reasons, especially if you like passing. But to save time, we’ve listed our top 10 reasons to watch Saturday’s games on the American Sports Network.

10James Tabary has passed for 10 touchdowns this season, second in the Southland Conference. McNeese’s sophomore quarterback, the SLC’s No. 2 passer (287.6 yards per game), has thrown for 200 yards in all five games this season. He faces a passing defense allowing 425.4 passing yards per game.   »  Saturday vs. Stephen F. Austin, 3:30 p.m. ET

9North Texas is ninth in Conference USA total defense, allowing 448.4 yards per game. But the Mean Green have improved over last season (down nearly 18 points per game allowed) led by junior safety Kishawn McClain. The C-USA Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago, he leads North Texas with 38 tackles and 3 interceptions.  »  Saturday vs. Marshall, 7 p.m. ET

8Ball State is eighth in MAC passing but fourth in rushing with 207 yards per game. Sophomore running back James Gilbert leads the way with 89.8 yards per game, third in the MAC. He rushed for 119 yards and 3 TDs in a 31-24 loss to Northern Illinois and now faces the MAC’s fourth-ranked rushing defense.  »  Saturday vs. Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m. ET

7Ito Smith is seventh in FBS with 617 yards rushing despite falling short of 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. The Southern Miss junior running back ran 19 times for 77 yards and 1 touchdown in USM’s 44-28 victory against Rice. He also had four catches for 64 yards as Nick Mullens passed for a school-record 591 yards.  »  Saturday at UTSA, noon ET

6With the tandem of senior quarterback Cooper Rush and junior receiver Corey Willis, Central Michigan is sixth in MAC total offense (436.2 yards per game). Rush has passed for 1,530 yards and 14 TDs, leading the Chippewas to 33.6 points per game. Now he braces for a defense that ranks seventh in FBS with 18 sacks.  »  Saturday at Ball State, 3:30 p.m. ET

5Meet Lorenzo Long, the fifth-leading rusher in FCS with 542 yards. Wofford’s senior fullback had 117 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing last week, the 11th 100-yard game of his career and third this season. He leads Wofford’s fourth-ranked rushing attack, which is averaging 310 yards per game. Long is ninth in school history (2,597 yards).  »  Saturday at Western Carolina, 7 p.m. ET 

4CAA Football co-leader Villanova is off to a 4-1 start, but the Wildcats are flying under the radar as STATS FCS Senior Editor Craig Haley noted this week, Sophomore quarterback Zach Bednarczyk is third in CAAF total offense (204.4 yards per game) and the defense features senior Tanoh Kpassagnon (11 tackles for loss, 5 sacks).  »  Saturday vs. Rhode Island, noon ET

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Conference USA is the only league with three 500-yard passers this season after Southern Miss senior Nick Mullens threw for a school-record 591 yards against Rice. That included TDs of 75, 81 and 93 yards to junior receiver Allenzae Staggers, who had a school-record 292 yards on 6 catches. He wants to break his record this week.  »  Saturday at UTSA, noon ET

2In two home games this season, UTSA junior quarterback Dalton Sturm is averaging 318.5 yards of total offense. In two road games he’s averaging 94 yards per game. So it’s good for the Roadrunners that they’re home this week. It also helps UTSA boasts Conference USA’s leading tackler in freshman linebacker Josiah Tauaefa (46).    Saturday vs. Southern Miss, noon ET

1Marshall makes its first visit to North Texas with sophomore Chase Litton back behind center. He returned last week and passed for 240 yards and 2 TDs in a loss to Pitt, the 11th multi-TD game of his career.  He has thrown a TD pass in all 14 of his collegiate games and is fourth in FBS this season with 321 passing yards per game.  »  Saturday at North Texas, 7 p.m. ET


 

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Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.