Eastern New Mexico at Panhandle State
Why? ENMU runs, runs, and gets Ramos some more playing time in this garbage game. ENMU 42-7.
Southeastern Oklahoma at East Central
The season cannot end soon enough for SEO. Ranked in the AFCA top 25 and predicted to win the LSC North, the Savage Storm suffered through a very disappointing season. Ineligible players and injuries contributed to the 3-6 record, but they still had to expect to beat NSU last week. ECU has been a disappointment as well, winning only 2 games and close only twice more, suffering a major 4th quarter collapse last week. With SEO's QB issues, I'll go with ECU in a close one 24-21.
Northeastern State at Central Oklahoma
NSU took advantage of 5 SEO turnovers to upset the Savage Storm 24-14, while UCO was blanked at WT 31-0. The Bronchos had won 3 of 4 prior to that game, and with a win would clinch at least a tie for the LSC North. Ben Birmingham is just 53 yards short of 1,000 for the season, and he should have it with room to spare. The Riverhawks have scored more than 13 pts just 3 times this season, and that plays into the Bronchos strength. UCO 17-7.
Texas A&M Commerce at Southwestern Oklahoma
The Lions are enjoying a 4 game winning streak, and are on the verge of a winning season. The winning streak coincides with the running game coming around (176 per game over that period) led by Nabil El-Amin (493 yds and 4 TDs). Steve Day has taken over as QB for the Bulldogs, and has 623 yds and 6 TDs over the last 3 games. SWO has won 2 of their last 3, and are in a position to share the LSC North crown. Wouldn't everyone like to see a 5-way tie for the title? I don't think the Lions do, they win 24-21.
Angelo State at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Without Daniel Thomas, the Rams offense has really slowed down. The running game could see some daylight this week, as the Javelinas defense has given up 300+ yds the last 3 games. The Javelina offense is beginning to click, going over 400 yds the past 2 games, including a season high 480 at Abilene last Saturday. Homefield is the difference for this one, TAMK 31-24.
We'll look at the big games as the week goes on....