Championship charges among 10 reasons to watch ASN Saturday

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There’s a lot on the line Saturday for teams with hopes of winning a conference championship. Those are just some of Top 10 reasons why you don’t want to miss Saturday games on ASN. Check it out:

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Charleston Southern ran its home winning streak to 10 games last week. A victory Saturday against Gardner-Webb would make it 11 and set up a virtual Big South title  game next week at Liberty. The Bulldogs feature Tyrell Maxwell, the Big South’s leader in total offense (22.18 yards per game) but have lost three in a row. » Saturday, noon ET

9Charleston Southern RB Mike Holloway has nine touchdowns this season and leads the Big South with 9.3 points per game. He needs one more to become the 14th player in league history with 30 in a career. And here’s a rush: Gardner-Webb’s Tyrell Maxwell needs 37 yards to set the Big South’s all-time rushing record by a quarterback (1,785)» Saturday, noon ET

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Penn WR Justin Watson leads the Ivy League with eight catches per game. He also leads the Ancient Eight with 115.3 receiving yards per game and seven TD catches. He’s coming off a career-high 210 yards last week heading into Saturday’s game at Princeton. Penn and Harvard are tied for the Ivy lead at 4-0 with Princeton one game back. » Saturday, noon ET

7Princeton’s John Lovett scored a school-record seven touchdowns last week and earned FCS STATS National Offensive Player of the Week honors. The junior “slash-plus” QB continues his run at Keith Elias’ school record of 19 rushing TDs Saturday against Penn. Lovett, who has 23 TDs on the season, needs six in the last three games.  » Saturday, noon ET

6While undefeated Sam Houston State is No. 1 in the STATS FCS Top 25, Central Arkansas is also 6-0 in the Southland Conference heading into Saturday’s game at Stephen F. Austin, which is sixth nationally with 3.8 sacks per game. The 17th-ranked Bears, meanwhile, are sixth in scoring defense (16.2 ppg) and seventh in total defense (276.9 ypg).  » Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

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While Central Arkansas is No. 1 in the Southland Conference rushing offense (246.7 ypg), the Bears will have to contend with SFA QB Zach ConqueHe ranks in the school’s all-time top 10 in five categories — fourth in total offense (7,333 yards) and completions (537), sixth in passing yards (5,936) and seventh in TD passes (41). » Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

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Marshall finds itself in the unfamiliar position of being four games below .500 (2-6) heading into Saturday’s contest at Old Dominion. The Thundering Herd has lost six of seven games since a 62-0 rout of Morgan State. Chase Litton, fifth in Conference USA passing (1,978 yards, 17 TDs), is determined to get the Herd headed in a winning direction. Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

3T.J. Ricks is the No. 3 all-time leading tackler in Old Dominion history and one reason why the Monarchs are one win from bowl eligibility for the first time. The Monarchs also head into Saturday’s game against Marshall with RB Ray Lawry back in form. Hampered by injuries this season, he broke out for 131 yards and two TDs last week.  » Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

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In its second season in FBS, Charlotte is 2-2 in Conference USA heading into Saturday’s game at Southern Miss. RB Kalif Phillips has led the way with five games in a row of 100 total yards since returning from an injury. Meanwhile, USM RB Ito Smith has five 100-yard rushing games this season and is 13th in FBS with 915 yards» Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

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Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at Southern Miss. We’ll take a moment here to salute QB Nick Mullens, who became the school’s all-time passing leader last week. USM’s Brett Favre is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016  and now Mullens is in a class by himself as USM’s first 11,000-yard passer (11,057). » Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

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Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.