Morgan State may have enjoyed its bye week, but the program did not get much good news in the race for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title.

All four teams at the top of the standings – No. 19 North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina Central and South Carolina State – won over the weekend and stayed ahead of the Bears (3-4 overall and 3-2 in the league). That means that if Morgan State wants to stay in contention and repeat as MEAC champion for the second straight year, the team must record a victory at Bethune-Cookman (7-2, 5-1) this Saturday.

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Bears coach Lee Hull is fully aware of the implications of Saturday's contest.

"Obviously, it's a must-win for us to have a chance to stay in the hunt and have a chance to win the league or have a share of the title," he said Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call organized by the MEAC. "This is a [huge] game, but we're not taking it that way, we're not putting the pressure on guys. We just want to go out and play our best and see what happens."

The uniqueness of Saturday's game is that the two programs have not met on the field since Nov. 3, 2012 when the Wildcats earned a 24-13 win. Hull acknowledged the difficulty of scouting an opponent he and his coaches have not schemed against until now.

"It's a little bit more difficult because obviously teams play each team differently," he said. "There are some teams that do some things similar to us. So obviously, they're watching film on us and on teams that do things similar to us and are trying to get a bead on what possibly could happen. But it's a tough situation because we don't have any factual data on them by us actually playing them in the last few years."

Bethune-Cookman has been the conference's must successful team in the last three years, capturing the championship in 2012 and sharing it in 2013 and 2014. Hull said Saturday's contest will be a good barometer for how much progress the Bears have made.

"It's going to be a tough game," he said. "They're a very, very good football team. They're well-coached, and they've been at the top of the MEAC for the last few years. Obviously, this is a great game to gauge where we are."

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