MORGAN STATE (4-3) @ VILLANOVA (6-1)
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Site: Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pa.
Audio: 88.9 FM
Series: First meeting
What's at stake: Saturday's 21-20 comeback win over North Carolina Central put Morgan State in a three-way tie for second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and just a half-game behind No. 14 Bethune-Cookman. The Bears, however, take a break from MEAC play Saturday with a visit to Colonial Athletic Association power Villanova. The Wildcats, No. 5 in The Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision's latest rankings, have won six straight since opening the season with a 27-26 loss in double overtime to Syracuse. Villanova is 2-0 against MEAC opponents, while the Bears are 7-21 against CAA teams all time.
Key matchup: Morgan State edged North Carolina Central despite getting a season-low 67 rushing yards from sophomore running back Herb Walker Jr. The Eagles crowded the box with eight players to force Walker outside the tackles. Wildcats coach Andy Talley declined to say whether his defense would copy that strategy against Walker, whose 982 rushing yards are fifth most in the country. Then again, Villanova might not have to: Its rushing defense is No. 6 nationally (98.0 yards allowed per game).