Nick Mullens is just one reason to watch Saturday’s games on ASN

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Nick Mullens can become the all-time passing leader at Southern Miss, the school that produced Brett Favre and Austin Davis. That’s just one good reason to watch Saturday’s games on ASN. Check it out:

10The education continues for Florida Atlantic sophomore Jason Driskel, Conference USA’s No. 10 passer (1,303 yards, four TDs). The Owls are 1-6 after a 27-21 loss to Marshall on Oct. 16. Four losses have come by a total of 17 points, or as one reporter said this week “four possessions from 5-2.” Surging Western Kentucky is next. » Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

9Albany’s Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks is No. 9 in FCS rushing (110.1 yards per game) after gaining 141 yards and a TD on 21 carries in a 24-13 loss to Villanova. He has topped 100 yards four times this season. He’s also fourth in FCS with 11 rushing TDs. Elon, Albany’s opponent, has allowed 11 rushing TDs this season and 205.9 rushing yards per game. » Saturday, noon ET

8McNeese’s James Tabary is No. 8 in FCS passing (2,169 yards) after throwing for a career-high 384 yards with three touchdowns in a 48-27 win against Northwestern State. Abilene Christian could be easy picking for Tabary and the Cowboys. McNeese’s opponent is last in Southland Conference total defense and allows nearly 300 passing ypg. » Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

7Elon’s John Silas is the No. 7 career tackling leader in school history (331) and he’s 11th in CAA Football this season with 54 tackles. Silas and the Phoenix expect to have their hands full against a surging Albany offense averaging 25.9 points per game, third in CAAF. Elon’s offense can also expect tough going against a defense allowing 20 ppg. » Saturday, noon ET

6Western Kentucky’s Mike White is No. 6 in FCS passing (2,476 yards). The South Florida transfer is having a career year after sitting out last fall. He’s also sixth nationally in completion (69.5%) and passer rating (171.4) with 20 TDs and only five INTs. He has led the Hilltoppers to a share of first in Conference USA’s East Division. » Saturday at Florida Atlantic, 3:30 p.m. ET

5Chase Litton is No. 5 in Conference USA passing (1,812 yards), a bright spot in Marshall’s 2-5 season. He faces a challenge against Southern Miss and Conference USA’s No. 1 defense (336.3 total yards per game). Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles average 490.7 total yards of offense (third in C-USA) while Marshall allows 468 (11th). » Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

4Abilene Christian sophomore Dallas Sealey ranks in the top four of virtually every Southland Conference passing category. The conference’s Offensive Player of the Week is second in TD passes (16) and passing yards per game (287.9), third in completions (165) and fourth in passer efficiency (143.3). He and McNeese’s James Tabary could light it up. » Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

3A victory against Miami (Ohio) will give Eastern Michigan an opportunity to play in a bowl game for only the third time. The Eagles have not played in a bowl since 1987, when they won the California Bowl with a 30-27 win over San Jose State. It would also snap the second-longest bowl drought in the FBS (New Mexico State, 1960). » Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

2Southern Miss is going for its second win this month, which has included consecutive losses to LSU and UTSA. The Golden Eagles play Marshall, their first game in two weeks, with Nick Mullens looking to set USM career records. He needs 136 yards and five TDs to pass Austin Davis and become No. 1 at the school that also produced Brett Favre. » Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

1 Having survived three games against SEC opponents, UMass hopes to repeat history against Wagner, a member of the FCS Northeast Conference. They meet for the first since 1931, when UMass won 77-0 — the No. 1 point differential in school history. As if to prove that wasn’t a fluke, the Minutemen matched that result against Northeastern in 1999. » Saturday, noon ET


On the cover: Nick Mullens courtesy Southern Miss Athletics
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Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.