DAYTONA BEACH — Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins doesn't care about Norfolk State's 2-7 record.
The Wildcats, who are riding an 18-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win streak, return home to face the Spartans (2-7, 2-3) Saturday at Municipal Stadium. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.
"They could be very dangerous team," B-CU coach Brian Jenkins said of Norfolk State. "They are going to do what they must to come away with a victory. They have everything to gain and nothing to lose."
The Wildcats are closing in on the MEAC title. They have three games remaining all against conference adversaries with a combined record of 8-29.
Bethune-Cookman (8-1, 5-0) is ranked No. 10 in the FCS coaches and No. 12 in the media poll. The team's sole loss this season is to Florida State, which is ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings.
Norfolk State is coached Pete Adrian, who was the Wildcats' defensive coordinator from 1997-2000 and 2002-2004.
The Spartans' offense features the MEAC's leading rusher in Rolandan Finch (838 yds, 2TDs).
"Finch may be the best runner in the MEAC," Jenkins said. "Their tight end is another playmaker. They attack you and can do some things on offense."
Bethune-Cookman has the nation's second ranked defense (249.3ypg).
LB Jarkevis Fields (65 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INTs), S Nick Addison (40 tackles, 4 INTs) and DE LeBrandon Richardson (31 tackles, 3 sacks) anchor the Wildcats' defense.
B-CU is ranked third nationally in both rushing defense (87.1ypg) and scoring defense (14.9ppg).
"These guys are truly playing as a unit," Jenkins said. "Everyone is doing their job and we are playing at a high level as a unit."
On offense, the Wildcats leaned heavily on the ground attack early in the season and rank 12th nationally in rushing (242.2 ypg). However, B-CU has added more pass plays recently.
Running back Isidore Jackson (502 yds, 4TDs) is the school's all-time leading rusher and has been among the Wildcats' go-to players this season.
"We are doing what we must to win games," Jenkins said. "Many thought we couldn't throw early in the year. We are starting to show that we can. Balance shows that we are getting better."
• FAMU (3-6, 2-3 MEAC) aims to build on its road win over Norfolk State.
The Rattlers play at South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1 MEAC) Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
• Stetson (1-7, 0-5 Pioneer) chases a win in its final home game of the season.
The Hatters face off with struggling Davidson (0-9, 0-6 Pioneer) Saturday. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun