We kick off the weekend with the Top 10 reasons to watch Saturday’s eight games on ASN. Really, it boils down to one big reason: You can follow the leaders. Take a look.
UTSA plays the toughest slate of any ASN-affiliated team, and the schedule doesn't get easier. The Roadrunners' opponents were 84-68 last season, tying Texas at No. 44 in strength of schedule among 128 FBS teams. UTSA (1-4) opened with Arizona, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Colorado State before beating UTEP 25-6 last week. Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech, noon ET
Louisiana Tech, led by RB Kenneth Dixon and QB Jeff Driskell (above), leads Conference USA in scoring by 2 points over Southern Miss (203-201). The Bulldogs are averaging 40.6 points per game and UTSA, Saturday's opponent, allows 36. The Bulldogs are also 16th in FBS total offense (503.6 yards per game, third-best in the school's FBS history). Saturday at UTSA, noon ET
It has been nearly three full seasons since Harvard last lost a football game (51-48 in triple overtime to Princeton on Oct. 26, 2013). As the Crimson go for their 18th consecutive win on Saturday, Cornell will try for its first victory against Harvard since 2005, trying to snap the Crimson's nine-game win streak in the series. Saturday at Cornell, noon ET
In his last four games, Tennessee State receiver Patrick Smith has scored five touchdowns. He leads the team in receptions with 19 for 412 yards and he's third in the Ohio Valley Conference with 103 yards per game. UT Martin, Saturday's opponent, is second in OVC pass defense and coming off eight sacks vs. Tennessee Tech. Saturday at UT Martin, 3;30 p.m. ET
FIU sophomore Alex McGough, No. 5 in Conference USA with with 1,129 yards, tests C-USA's eighth-ranked passing defense. McGough, also tied for fouth in the conference with 10 touchdown passes, is already in the school's career top five in four categories — including fifth in passing yards (2,809) and fourth in TD passes (24). Saturday vs. UTEP, noon ET
Western Michigan's Corey Davis is No. 6 in school history with 169 career receptions and Zach Terrell is No. 6 in school history with 44 touchdown passes. His 10 TDs this season rank second in the MAC and 15th in FBS. They face the MAC's No. 2 pass defense, led by the Central Michigan duo of Kavon Frazier and Tim Hamilton. Saturday at Western Michigan, noon ET
Western Carolina's Detrez Newsome and Mercer's Tee Mitchell, averaging a combined 7.4 yards per carry, are the Southern Conference's top two rushers and square off Saturday. Newsome, the SoCon's Offensive Player of the Week, tops the league with 119.8 yards per game followed by Mitchell's 103 yards per game. Saturday at Western Carolina, 3:30 p.m. ET
Gardner-Webb LB O.J. Mau, on the watch list for STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year, has eight solo tackles among 18 total this year. He leads the Big South's second-ranked defense against Liberty, which opens its quest for a fourth conference title behind QB Josh Woodrum, the league leader in total offense (252 yards per game). Saturday at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m. ET
UTEP LB Alvin Jones leads Conference USA with nine tackles for loss this season, which is also 14th in FBS. His TFLs have resulted in a loss of 41 yards. Jones also leads Conference USA and ranks eighth in FBS with 5.5 sacks after a career-best three against UTSA last week. FIU, Saturday's opponents, has allowed six sacks sacks. Saturday at FIU, noon ET
Central Arkansas scored 10 TDs in last year's 70-0 win against Houston Baptist. This year the Huskies counter with sophomore LB Garrett Dolan, the Southland Conference leader with 39 total tackles, and sophomore RBs Terrance Peters and B.J. Kelly, who average a combined 150.1 yards per game. Saturday at Houston Baptist, 3:30 p.m. ET
One more reason to join us: You don’t want to miss #SocialSaturday starting at noon ET on Twitter @LiveOnASN. Get an inside look at our coverage of your favorite teams, from the tailgates and the press box to the sidelines. We’ll also reveal ASN’s Players of the Week.
Above: Jeff Driskel talks about his fresh start at Louisiana Tech. (ASN video)