We kick off Football 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.
Villanova has struggled on offense without QB John Robertson, whose college career ended last month with a knee injury. The Wildcats are eighth in the CAA with 17.2 points and 329.8 yards per game. But Villanova is No. 1 in CAA total defense (313 yards per game) and faces an Albany team that is 10th in both total offense and total defense. Saturday at Albany, 3:30 p.m. ET
Two MAC players of the week meet in the Western Michigan-Ohio game. WMU's Darius Phillips (above), the West Division special teamer, leads with the MAC with 30.5 yards per kick return. LB Quentin Poling, the East Division defensive honoree, anchored an Ohio defense that held a second consecutive opponent without a TD. Saturday at Ohio, noon ET
Lenior-Rhyne has won three in a row — not including last week's 92-0 exhibition win against the University of Faith — heading into a South Atlantic Conference showdown against Wingate. The Bears, ranked 16th in NCAA Division II, are the SAC's lone unbeaten team and lead in scoring (41.4 points) and total offense (447.0 yards). Saturday at Lenoir-Rhyne, noon ET
Brown QB Marcus Fuller passed for 400 yards last week for the fourth time in his career and the third time this season. He leads the Ivy League with 1,259 yards passing and 314.8 pass yards per game while WRs Brian Strachan (35) and Alexander Jette (34) are 1-2 in receptions. They face Princeton's third-ranked pass defense (121.4 efficiency). Saturday at Brown, noon ET
Despite Albany's struggles, the Great Danes boast sophomore QB D.J. Crook, who is No. 5 in CAA passing yards per game (164) and total offense (167.2 yards per game). He's also thrown five interceptions, but he's passed for seven TDs and rushed for two. He should keep Villanova, which allows 144 rushing yards per game, busy on Saturday. Saturday at Albany, 3:30 p.m. ET
Tennessee State WR Patrick Smith has six touchdown catches this season, second in the Ohio Valley Conference and seventh in FCS. He's also third in the OVC with 96.4 receiving yards per game. He and the Tigers face a resurgent Eastern Illinois team led by QB Jalen Whitlow (six TD passes, 228.2 total yards this season). Saturday at Tennessee State, 7 p.m. ET
Ray Lawry of Old Dominion is tops in Conference USA with seven rushing touchdowns and 635 yards rushing. He's averaging 127 yards per game, also first in the conference and 12th in FBS. But Charlotte counters with RB Kalif Phillips (fourth in C-USA with 499 yards) and the league leader in total defense (338.3 yards per game). Saturday at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m. ET
Princeton (4-0) is one of eight remaining undefeated FCS teams this season, including Harvard and Dartmouth at 4-0; Dayton, Jacksonville and McNeese State at 5-0; and Coastal Carolina and James Madison at 6-0. Overall, 24 Division I team remain unbeaten and the Ivy League has three teams at 4-0 for the first time since 1968. Saturday at Brown, noon ET
UTSA's ninth-ranked pass defense in Conference USA will be tested by Southern Miss QB Nick Mullens, one of five quarterbacks in FBS with 2,000 yards passing this season. Meanwhile, UTSA's David Morgan ranks second among FBS tight ends with 29 catches and a school record-tying four TDs this season. Saturday at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. ET
Abilene Christian ranks No. 10 in Southland Conference rushing defense (279 yards per game). That includes the conference-record 347 yards by Lamar's Kade Harrington last week. But there's no respite. Sam Houston State is first with 17 rushing TDs and second in rushing yards per game (248.8 ) in the SLC. Saturday at Abilene Christian, 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.