Top 10 reasons to watch Saturday’s games on ASN

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Want to see some of the nation’s best players and teams in college football? Then you’ll want to watch Saturday’s games on American Sports Network.

Here are the Top 10 reasons why:

 

1Coming off its first victory this season, UMass faces its second SEC opponent — Mississippi State. The Minutemen made quarterback Andrew Ford’s first start a success with a 21-13 victory against FIU. Ford, a sophomore, completed 28 of 42 passes for 278 and 3 touchdowns. » Saturday vs. Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. ET 

 

2Maine will have its hands full with James Madison’s rushing attack in Saturday’s CAA Football opener. The Dukes are No. 2 in FCS rushing offense with 339.7 yards per game. The Black Bears, meanwhile, allowed 193.5 rushing yards in two losses, but both against FBS opponents. » Saturday vs. James Madison, noon ET 

 

3Akron shouldn’t be deceived by Appalachian State’s 1-2 record.Two losses were against ranked teams, and Appalachian State is still third in Sun Belt total defense (393 yards per game). Meanwhile, quarterback Taylor Lamb moved into third place in school history with his 50th career touchdown pass,  a 24-yarder to tight end Barrett Burns. » Saturday at Akron, 3:30 p.m. ET

 

4Middle Tennessee’s passing defense, No. 4 in FBS, is even better than its sixth-ranked passing offense. That should help against Louisiana Tech’s 12th-ranked passing attack. The Blue Raiders have held opponents to 98.7 yards per game with 3 interceptions and allowed only 1 touchdown pass. » Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. ET

 

5A great receiving matchup features Louisiana Tech’s Trent Taylor, tied for first in FBS with 5 TDs, and Middle Tennessee’s Richie James (3 TDs). James is also averaging 9.3 catches per game, fourth in FBS, and 13th in receiving yards (338). Taylor is fourth in receiving yards (422) and seventh in receptions per game (8.7). » Saturday at Middle Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m. ET

 

6James Madison, one of six CAA Football teams in the STATS FCS Top 25, takes on Maine, which has lost six consecutive games. The Dukes are No. 11, behind No. 7 Richmond and No. 8 William & Mary, and followed by No. 19 Villanova, No. 20 Stony Brook and No. 22 UAlbany. » Saturday vs. James Madison, noon ET

 

Catch7 Akron’s Jerome Lane who is No. 7 in FBS with 354 yards receiving. He helped the Zips blow up Marshall for 65 points last week. He and JoJo Natson (268 yards) give Akron a dynamic duo. They have combined for 34 receptions and 6 TDs from junior Thomas Woodson (53 of 83 for 894 yards and 10 TDs).  » Saturday vs. Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m. ET

 

8Meet Middle Tennessee’s Brent Stockstill, one of the nation’s best sophomore quarterbacks not named Lamar Jackson. He is No. 8 in FBS passing with 1,006 yards and one of 10 passers in NCAA Division I with 1,000 yards already this season. The Blue Raiders are sixth is in FBS with 370.7 passing yards per game. » Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. ET

 

9Temple has won nine of its past 10 homecoming games, including three in a row under head coach Mark Rhule. Keep an eye on Jahad Thomas, the Owls’ All-American Athletic Conference running back, returned last week and scored two touchdowns in a 34-27 loss to against Penn State. » Saturday vs. Charlotte, noon ET

 

10Also catch Austin Duke, the Jerry Rice of Charlotte. The 49ers’ all-time leading receiver recorded the 10th 100-yard game of his career two weeks ago in a 47-14 victory against Elon. Among active FBS players, Duke is third in career receiving yards (2,875) and fifth in caereer receptions (212). » Saturday at Temple, noon ET


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Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.