MORGAN STATE (1-2) @ DELAWARE STATE (0-3)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Site: Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del.
Audio: 88.9 FM
Series: Morgan State leads 33-26
What's at stake: For the second time in as many years in coach Lee Hull's tenure, the Bears opened play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a win, holding on for a 21-13 victory over Howard in the Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago. The result put Morgan State, which shared the 2014 league championship with four other teams, in a tie for first place in the MEAC with Bethune-Cookman, Norfolk State and South Carolina State. The Bears will look to improve to 2-0 in the conference for the first time since 2012 against a Hornets program they have defeated four times in the past five meetings, including twice at Alumni Stadium. Seeking its first win of the season, Delaware State has been outscored 108-56 and suffered a 31-30 loss to Division II Chowan on Sept. 19.
Key matchup: Redshirt junior running back Lamont Brown III rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries in the Bears' victory against Howard, earning Chicago Football Classic Most Valuable Player honors. Although Brown continues to rank behind sophomore Orlando Johnson on the depth chart, Hull said the offense will continue to alternate the tailbacks every two series. Brown and Johnson could see a lot of Hornets sophomore linebacker Malik Harris, who ranks second in the MEAC in tackles with 38. Harris also has four tackles for loss, one sack and one interception.
Player to watch: Morgan State has sacked opposing quarterbacks just four times, with senior outside linebacker Joel Scott (Joppatowne), sophomore defensive end Dalonte Jenifer (St. Frances) and redshirt junior defensive end Andrew Mitchell each recording a sack, and sophomore defensive tackle Jai Franklin and freshman defensive end Malachi Washington each getting 0.5 of a sack. But the defense could raise that number against a Delaware State team that has allowed quarterbacks Esayah Obado and Gil Rivera to be sacked 11 times, the worst mark in the MEAC this season.