COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF | Trent Taylor is just one reason to catch Saturday’s games on ASN


Receiver Trent Taylor had another big game for Louisiana Tech last Saturday, but it was overshadowed by teammate Carlos Henderson (232 yards and three touchdowns receiving).

“Nobody’s jumping up and down and ranting and raving about him this week,” Bulldogs head coach Skip Holtz said after a 55-52 victory against Western Kentucky. “But he had only 11 catches for about 100 yards. That has just become the usual for Trent Taylor.”

Actually, Taylor had 13 catches for 108 yards. And we’re jumping up and down here at ASN, ranting and raving about Taylor because he plays Saturday on the American Sports Network.

Taylor is just one reason why you’ll want to catch Saturday’s games on ASN.

10Bowling Green senior running back Fred Coppet and sophomore receiver Scott Miller are both among the MAC’s top 10. Coppet, BGSU’s ninth all-time leading rusher, averages 75.2 rushing yards while Miller averages 78.5 yards receiving. They have been two of the bright spots in the Falcons’ 1-5 season.   »  Saturday at Toledo, 3:30 p.m. ET

9Florida Atlantic is No. 9 in Conference USA scoring defense, allowing 37.2 points per game. That’s good news for Marshall sophomore quarterback Chase Litton, who is eighth in FBS scoring responsibility (21.5 ppg). And the Herd is averaging 35.2 ppg. The bad news: They’re last in C-USA scoring defense (41 ppg). Expect a lot of points.  »  Saturday at Marshall, 7 p.m. ET

8One of eight first-time opponents for UMass is Louisiana Tech. The Minutemen, playing their first season as an FBS independent, also scheduled BYU, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Troy and Tulane. “Brutal,” said LA Tech’s Skip Holtz. “They are 1-5, but yet their halftime scores average only a 3-point difference.”   »  Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET

7New Hampshire’s Dalton Crossan is No. 7 in FCS with 164.7 all-purpose yards per game. He is also among the national leaders in rushing yards at No. 7 (619) and rushing yards per game at No. 20 (103.2). He had 152 yards on a career-high 28 carries at Elon. Meanwhile, the Wildcats have won 17 consecutive regular-season home games.  »  Saturday vs. James Madison, noon ET

6Toledo has won six consecutive games against Bowling Green in the MAC’s greatest football rivalry, the Battle of I-75 (below). Junior quarterback Logan Woodside, the MAC’s leading passer with 338.2 yards per game and 20 TDs, leads the Rockets into Saturday’s 81st meeting. He faces the MAC’s last-ranked passing defense. »  Saturday vs. Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. ET


5In five starts, Louisiana Tech QB Ryan Higgins has been outstanding. He’s completed 66% of his passes for 373.8 yards per game and 17 TDs — both tops in Conference USA. He also has thrown 181 passes without an interception, the longest active streak in FBS. Higgins was added to the Manning Award watch list this week.  »  Saturday at UMass, noon ET

4Four teams remain undefeated in CAA Football and two — James Madison and New Hampshire — meet Saturday in a classic matchup. New Hampshire boasts one of the nation’s top defenses, allowing 20 points per game (13th in FCS). Meanwhile, James Madison is fifth in FCS scoring with 44.8 ppg.  »  Saturday, noon ET


Another receiver to watch is Florida Atlantic redshirt junior Kalib Woods, who has three 100-yard games this season. He had 105 yards on 11 catches against Charlotte, giving him 496 yards this season. That’s fifth in Conference USA and nearly surpasses his combined freshman and sophomore total of 553.  »  Saturday at Marshall, 7 p.m. ET

2James Madison’s Khalid Abdullah has quickly surged as one of the most effective backs in school history. He is No. 2 in FCS this season with 797 yards after a career-high 194 with 3 TDs against William & Mary. Abdullah is James Madison’s sixth all-time lead rusher (2,666 yards). With 3 more TDS he will set JMU’s all-time record.  »  Saturday at New Hampshire, noon ET

1Trent Taylor (below) is the No. 1 receiver in Conference USA (66 catches, 861 yards, 8 TDs) and has made a catch in 33 consecutive games. He also seems to save his best for ASN. In the Bulldogs’ six appearances on ASN, Taylor has 56 receptions for 609 yards and 5 TDs. He also benefits from Carlos Henderson’s return.  »  Saturday at UMass, 3:30 p.m. ET


Photos courtesy Toledo Athletics (middle) and Tom Morris/ (below)


Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.