MORGAN STATE (5-4, 4-1) @ NORTH CAROLINA A&T (7-2, 4-1)
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Site: Aggies Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.
Audio: 88.9 FM
Series: Morgan State leads, 42-34-3
What's at stake: The coaches for both teams spoke of this game's importance in varying degrees, but there's no denying that the outcome will put the winner in at least a tie with No. 20 Bethune-Cookman (8-2, 5-1) for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The host Aggies have won three consecutive games and are coming off a bye week. The Bears have defeated their past three league opponents and have won seven of the past eight meetings in this series. Morgan State hasn't lost at Aggies Stadium since Oct. 7, 2000 when North Carolina A&T cruised to a 33-6 rout.
Key matchup: Two of the conference's top running backs will meet. Bears redshirt sophomore Herb Walker Jr. leads the MEAC in rushing yards (1,049) and is tied for the lead in rushing touchdowns (12). The Aggies are led by senior Tarik Cohen, who ranks second in the conference in rushing yards (966) and is tied for second in touchdowns (nine). Morgan and North Carolina A&T rank 1-2 in the league in rushing, but the Aggies' defense is third against the run, allowing 137 yards per game, while the Bears are 10th in that category (219.8).
Player to watch: Keep an eye on the quarterback situation for Morgan State. Redshirt senior Robert Council has sat out the past two games due to an undisclosed injury. His absence has opened the door for redshirt junior Moses Skillon to complete 58.7 percent of his passes for 456 yards and two scores and carry the ball 26 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns. If both are healthy, it will be interesting to see which starts.