After a life-threatening condition in 2013, Khamal Brown is back anchoring Princeton's defense. (Voice of Cody Chrusciel)
We kick off the football weekend with the top 10 reasons to watch Saturday’s games on ASN, including Princeton at Harvard. The Crimson go for their 20th consecutive win against the last team to beat them.
Some firsts: Charlotte and Southern Miss, both original members of Conference USA in 1995, meet in football for the first time. Florida Atlantic and UTEP also play for the first time, while Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State face off for the first time since 2000.
And there's more. Take a look.
Led by S Kevin Byard, the Scorcese of interceptions, Middle Tennessee State has picked off quarterbacks 11 times this season — tops in Conference USA. The Blue Raiders face Louisiana Tech, which ranks third in C-USA total offense and third in passing offense. Saturday at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET
Princeton is going for consecutive wins at Harvard for the first time since 1993 (21-10) and 1995 (14-3). The Tigers are the last team to beat the Crimson — 51-48 in triple overtime on Oct. 26, 2013. If not for that lone loss the past three seasons, Harvard might be going for 27 in a row. Saturday at Harvard, noon ET
Charlotte RB Kalif Phillips posted his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game with a school-record 204 yards at Old Dominion last week. He is Conference USA’s leading rusher (117.2 yards per game). Expect a foot race against Southern Miss, one of 15 FBS teams averaging more than 500 yards of total offense, led by QB Nick Mullens. Saturday at Charlotte, noon ET
Villanova, the CAA's preseason favorite, is one of the four league teams ranked in the FCS polls with James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary. The Wildcats also had two of the CAA's four weekly award winners — QB Zach Bednarczyk (Rookie of the Week) and S Cameron McCurry (Defensive Player of the Week). Saturday at Towson, 7 p.m. ET
Ohio is 5-2 this season, giving Bobcats head coach Frank Solich a 77-56 career record in his 11th MAC season. Solich, who was 58-19 in six years at Nebraska, is tied with former Bowling Green head coach Doyt Perry for fourth on the MAC career wins list. He trails former Marshall head coach Bob Pruett (79) for third place. Saturday at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m.
Buffalo QB Joe Licata is the MAC's No. 6 passer (229.2 yards per game). He led the conference last season with 29 touchdowns passes and shares a milestone with Bowling Green's Matt Johnson, the FBS passing leader (2,891 yards). Both have thrown 59 passes in a game this season, tied for most in the MAC. Saturday vs. Ohio, 3:30 p.m. ET
UTEP has won seven of its last nine home games, but the Miners' starting quarterback will face a Florida Atlantic defense that ranks second in Conference USA with 15 sacks. UTEP is one of 20 FBS teams to field 26 first-time players this season, including freshman Kavika Johnson. He would be UTEP's third different starting quarterback this season. Saturday at UTEP, 7 p.m. ET
Harvard has allowed 40 points in five games — an average of 8.0. That's the fewest the Crimson have given up in the first five games of a season since 1966, when they surrendered 28 points. Harvard also has not allowed a touchdown since the fourth quarter against Brown on Sept. 26 — 188:41 of game action. Saturday vs. Princeton, noon ET
Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel, who is No. 9 in FBS passing yards, squares off with Middle Tennessee State freshman QB Brent Stockstill (11th in FBS). Both are in the top four of Conference USA passers, combining for 4,179 yards, 29 touchdowns and 64% completion rate. Saturday at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET
The Southland Conference's No. 10 scoring offense and No. 10 scoring defense face off when Incarnate Word (averaging 18.8 points on offense) plays host to Abilene Christian (averaging 37.0 points on defense). Their opposites both rank fifth in the SLC — ACU scoring 26.7 ppg and UIW allowing 31.0 ppg. Saturday at Incarnate Word, 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 and the winner of another record FCS vote.