Previewing Morgan State's football game against Howard


When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.


Site: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Audio: 88.9 FM, Sirius/XM Channel 136

Video/TV: ESPN3/ESPNU (10 p.m.)

Series: Morgan State leads, 40-26-1

What's at stake: The Bears finally broke into the win column and are hoping to parlay last week's 28-3 victory over Bowie State into further success as they head into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference portion of their schedule. Their league opener pits them against the Bison, who have won the previous two meetings. But the Bears have been successful playing in the New York Urban League Classic. They're 3-1 at the event and defeated Howard in the Meadowlands in 2010 and 2011. Morgan State is also seeking its seventh win in its past eight MEAC openers.

Key matchup: Redshirt sophomore running back Herb Walker Jr. has gained 451 yards and four touchdowns in two starts and has helped the Bears rank sixth in the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing at an average of 276 yards per game. Morgan State will continue to run the ball, but that pits the offense against the Bison's stingy run defense. That unit has allowed just 117.3 rushing yards per game, ranking 29th in the FCS. In Howard's 28-14 win last October, the Bears rushed for 206 yards, but just one touchdown.

Players to watch: The Bison are led offensively by senior quarterback Greg McGhee (42-of-85 for 385 yards and two touchdowns). But he has also been sacked nine times. That could bode well for Morgan State redshirt senior outside linebacker Christopher Robinson, who had four sacks in the win against Bowie State. The Bears will rely on Robinson, senior outside linebacker Donyae Olton (two sacks) and junior linebacker Joel Scott (one sack) to make McGhee feel uncomfortable whenever he drops back in the pocket.