Why you don’t want to miss Saturday’s ASN parade of games

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Want to see some of the nation’s best players in college football? Then you’ll want to watch Saturday’s games on the American Sports Network.

We count down the 10 reasons why:

10Louisiana Tech senior QB Ryan Higgins has thrown 10 touchdowns in only three games. He’s also the No. 3 passer in FBS with 408 yards per game after a career-high 504 yards with 3 touchdowns against Middle Tennessee. He’s the third quarterback in school history to pass for 500 yards in a game.  »  Saturday vs. UTEP, 7 p.m. ET

9Tulane sophomore QB Glen Cuiellette is ninth in American Athletic Conference passing but he’s coming off a career game. He threw for 165 yards and 4 TDs  in a 41-39 victory against UL Lafayette. Sophomore WR Terren Encalade caught 7 passes — 3 for TDs for a career-high 103 yards.  »  Saturday at UMass, 3:30 p.m. ET

8Georgia State senior WR Robert Davis ranks eighth among active FBS players in career receiving yards. The next catch for the Sun Belt’s top active receiver will tie the Georgia State career record of 175. The Panthers are coming off a bye week following a 23-17 loss at No. 8 Wisconsin on Sept. 17.  »  Saturday at Appalachian State, noon ET

7Ball State sophomore QB Riley Neal is seventh in MAC total offense, averaging 254 yards per game. He’s passed for 5 TDs and run for 3 while leading the Cardinals to a 3-1 record. He will be a challenge for a Northern Illinois defense that’s 10th in the MAC, allowing 39.5 points and 499 yards per game.  »  Saturday vs. Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET

6After the sixth-best rushing total in school history, Appalachian State sophomore RB Jalin Moore has 405 yards this season, 21st in FBS. He gained 257 yards against Akron, App State’s first 250-yard game since Marcus Cox on Nov. 1, 2014, against Georgia State — the Mountaineers’ next opponent.  »  Saturday vs Georgia State, noon ET

5UMass sophomore RB Marquis Young is going for the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career. He gained 125 yards on 18 carries in a 47-35 loss to Mississippi State and needed only 13 games to reach the 1,000-yard career mark. Tulane is giving up 139.2 rushing yards per game, sixth in the American Athletic Conference.  »  Saturday vs. Tulane, 3:30 p.m. ET

4Winless after four games for the first time since 1999, Northern Illinois begins its drive for a seventh consecutive MAC West title. Senior Anthony Maddie will start at QB after coming off the bench and nearly rallying NIU to a victory against Western Illinois. He can turn to RB Joel Bouagnon and WR Kenny Golladay.  »  Saturday at Ball State, 3:30 p.m. ET

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Louisiana Tech senior Trent Taylor is the No. 3 receiver in FBS with 632 yards, also tops in Conference USA, and seems to save his best for ASN. Last Saturday against Middle Tennessee on ASN he made 17 catches for 210 yards and 2 TD, giving him 46 catches for 588 yards and 4 TDs in LA Tech’s five appearances on ASN.  »  Saturday vs. UTEP, 7 p.m. ET

2UTEP junior Aaron Jones is the No. 2 rusher in FBS with 566 yards, also tops in Conference USA. He needs 46 rushing yards to tie Tulane’s Orleans Darkwa (2,953 yards) for 15th on C-USA’s career list. Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (Memphis) is the conference’s all-time leader (6,026 yards).  »  Saturday at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. ET

1Abilene Christian’s offense, led by sophomore QB Dallas Sealey will be a handful for Central Arkansas junior LB George Odum and the Southland Conference’s No. 1 defense. Odum, the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week, leads a unit allowing 20.2 points and 318 yards per game. But ACU is averaging 31.8 points and 472.8 yards per game.  »  Saturday at Abilene Christian, 3:30 p.m. ET


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Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.