Morgan State

FLORIDA A&M (1-8) @ MORGAN STATE (3-5)

When: Today, 1 p.m.

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Site: Hughes Stadium, Baltimore

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Florida A&M leads 19-6

What's at stake: Saddled with their first three-game losing streak during coach Lee Hull's two-year tenure, the Bears find themselves no longer in the hunt for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship that they shared with four other teams last fall. Instead, Morgan State (3-3 in the MEAC) will try to end the season with wins in its last two contests to reach the .500 mark. The good news for the Bears is they welcome a Rattlers squad that is just 1-5 in the conference and has already been shut out by league foes South Carolina State (36-0) and Hampton (33-0). Florida A&M, which has been outscored 174-102 in the league, has dropped all five of its games on the road and has lost four of the past six meetings with Morgan State including the last two.

Key matchup: The Bears' struggles in the rushing game have coincided with their losing skid, as they have gained just 180 yards on the ground during this stretch. But today's date with the Rattlers could be the panacea Morgan State needs. Florida A&M ranks last in the MEAC against the run, surrendering 240.7 yards per game and 21 touchdowns. That generosity could bode well for redshirt sophomore running back Orlando Johnson, who has totaled just 150 rushing yards and one touchdown over the Bears' past three contests.

Player to watch: The Rattlers have similar troubles on offense, but they do boast two wide receivers who rank in the top 10 in the MEAC in receptions and yards. Sophomore Brandon Norwood ranks second in the league in catches (39) and ninth in yards (344), while redshirt junior Montavius Williams ranks third in yards (542) and fourth in receptions (35). The key will be whether junior quarterbacks Carson Royal or Kenny Coleman can get the ball to them.

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