Kale Steed's LSC Rankings
Mustangs, Lions meet for top spot in LSC - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
A bunch of WT articles, a whole bunch, too many to list individually - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Javelina Game Day - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
A couple of Tarleton articles here - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Rams freshman QB hopes to put on a show for Homecoming - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard Times
Willis returns to finish business against Lions - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Game Day Media
Two teams coming off disappointing losses last week - the Javelinas by one point to Angelo State and the Buffs in the Wagon Wheel game. To make matters worse, both teams had second half leads. On paper, this looks a good matchup, with two of the top defenses in the LSC and prolific quarterbacks on the offensive side. It could come down to which teams runs the ball better, and the Javelinas have the edge there.
Matchup featuring two solid but under the radar QBs. Javia Hall (1,118 yds, 12 TDs) for WNMU and Zed Woerner (1,078 yds, 12 TDs) for Tarleton. Xavier Ayers (LSC best 35-556, 7 TDs) is the leading target for Hall, but Woerner has dual threats in Bubba Tandy (22-381, 5 TD) and Del Michael High (19-356, 4 TD). With both defenses at the bottom of the league, this sets up for good ol' shootout.
While this is obviously a big game, it's not a do or die contest. Whoever does not win still has a great shot at an NCAA playoff slot, as long as they win the remaining games on the schedule. The winner will have the inside track to the LSC title, and possible undefeated regular season, which should lead to a first round bye and home field for the NCAA playoffs.
How the teams stack up
Rushing - MSU 210, TAMC 150 - Edge Mustangs
Passing - MSU 226, TAMC 315 - Edge Lions
Rush D - MSU 165 , TAMC 148 - Push
Pass D - MSU 232, TAMC 230 - Push
Scoring - MSU 37, TAMC 40.5
Scoring D - MSU 23.8, TAMC 21.8
As you can see, the teams are pretty even statistically. Here's how they fared against common opponents
TAMK - MSU won 32-30, coming from behind to win late. MSU outgained TAMK 437-419. TAMC won 38-36, but were outgained 564-350.
OPSU - MSU won 42-24. but trailed 24-21 in third quarter, MSU outgained OPSU 446-467. TAMC won 35-13, taking a 35-0 lead into the half. They outgained the Aggies 561-262.
This has the makings of a classic, with a break here or there giving the winner the edge.
Texas A&M-Commerce cracks the century mark in penalty yards.