Northeastern State at Texas A&M Commerce - Northeastern State is liking their wounds after a 58-7 drilling by Abilene. The Riverhawks were trailing 51-0 at halftime, before ACU showed mercy in the second half. The Lions won a draining triple OT game at Southeastern, with Terry Mayo coming off the bench to lead TAMC to victory. Look for the Lion defense to pretty much shut NSU down and win this one 24-14.
Eastern New Mexico at West Texas A&M - The Wagon Wheel game usually tightly contested with the Buffs overcoming a 14-0 halftime deficit last year to win 21-14, and surviving a 52-51 OT homecoming game in 2005 in which ENMU failed on a 2 pt conversion (a pass?). The WT defense had its best game last week, slowing down Daniel Polk and limiting the Mustang offense to 351 yards and 20 points despite 4 Int's. This years game shouldn't be so close, as the WT linebackers will slow down Benton and company, and cruise to a 38-21 victory.
Abilene Christian at Angelo State - Angelo has played well at times (barely losing to DIAA Sam Houston, beating UCO and ENMU) and poorly at times (losing to ECU and MSU by a combined 37-92 margin). Abilene meanwhile has played very well since dropping their opener to UCO, winning by an average of 46-14 the past 5 weeks. For Angelo to win, Daniel Thomas will need to have a big game, Neiswander will have to be efficient at QB, and Abilene will have to make some mistakes that the Rams capitalize on. Too many things have to go Angelo's way, so its ACU 35-17.
Southeastern Oklahoma at Southwest Oklahoma - In the preseason, this looked like a game to possibly decide the LSC North with an outside shot at playoff implications. Now its SEO playing for pride, but SWO still working to win the LSC North, even if the playoffs are out of the question. SEO has shown the ability to move the ball, but hasn't been able to convert those yards into points, while SWO offense hasn't moved the ball or scored much. That could change this week as they get to go against a defense giving up almost 420 yards per game. The Savage Storm's season continues its tailspin possibly in heartbreaking fashion again, SWO 28-21.
East Central at Texas A&M-Kingsville - Both teams are coming off close losses , but the Tigers might be suffering more of a hangover - consider they led 21-10 midway through the 3rd quarter, and after UCO took a 24-21 lead, drove down the field, and missed a 27 yd FG that would have tied the game. The Javelinas played well against unbeaten Tarleton, but the Texans used great field position in the first half (TD drives of 30,31,34 yds) to keep TAMK at bay. ECU will put the ball up about 50 times, TAMK will have their best rushing game of the year, and will win the game 31-21.
Game of the Year #2
Midwestern State at Tarleton.......tune in tomorrow