No. 20 Midwestern State at No. 17 Angelo State
When: 6 p.m. Saturday at 1st Community Credit Union Field at LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo, Texas
Broadcast: www.LoneStarConferenceNetwork.com/asu/ (PPV)
The Matchup: These teams share two key similarities heading into this week. Neither team has yet to play a game at home this season, and both teams overcame deficits of more than 20 points for an incredible win last week.
Midwestern State stunned the NCAA Division II world with a 31-30 win over No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington last week. The Mustangs were trailing 23-0 midway through the second quarter before rallying to score the game-tying touchdown with 25 seconds remaining in regulation.
Freshman Ritse Vaes provided the eventual margin of victory with his point-after attempt, and the MSU defense knocked down a hail mary pass in the end zone to seal the near improbable triumph.
Angelo State was down 24-0 late in the second quarter before a touchdown with 51 seconds left in the first half jump-started the offense. ASU scored three more touchdowns in the second half to defeat Chadron State 28-24.
No matter how this game begins, both teams have shown they can’t be counted out until the final buzzer.
Players to Watch:
Dillon Sterling-Cole, QB, Sr, Orange, Texas (Westfield HS)
Dylon Davis, DB, Soph, Abilene, Texas (Cooper HS)
Austan Davis, OL, Sr, Sulpher Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs HS)
Zach Bronkhorst, QB, Jr, Galveston, Texas (High Island HS)
G’Karri McCoy, DT, Sr, Dallas, Texas (Hillcrest HS)
CJ Odom, RB, Jr, Hemet, Calif. (West Jordan HS)
Key to Victory: Two stats that are typically accurate in predicting football games are turnovers and red zone conversions. The team to execute from the 20-yard line to the goal line will win this week’s clash.
MSU has converted all nine red zone attempts on offense this season with an impressive eight touchdowns. However, the Mustangs have not faced a defense as good at denying teams in the red zone as they will against the Rams.
THIS SEASON, the ASU defense has only allowed its opposition three touchdowns and no field goals in seven red zone attempts.
The Rams offense has not been as efficient as MSU scoring on 6-of-10 red zone attempts with five touchdowns and three blocked field goal attempts. On the flip side, the Mustangs have allowed opponents to score on all six red zone attempts this year with five touchdowns.
I think the Rams block better on field goal attempts at home this week, providing the very slim margin of victory.
Prediction: I think the Rams block better on field goal attempts at home this week, providing a very slim margin of victory.
Angelo State by 3
Best of the Rest:
Saturday, Sept. 18
Southern Utah vs. Tarleton at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, 6 p.m., ESPN+
No. 1 West Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M-Commerce, 6 p.m., LSC Digital Network (PPV)
Other Small College Games:
Saturday, Sept. 18
Lamar at Northern Colorado, 3 p.m., ESPN+
Houston Baptist at Prairie View A&M, 6 p.m., PVPanthers.com
Incarnate Word at Texas State, 6 p.m., ESPN3
Mississippi Valley State at Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m., ESPN+
UT Permian Basin at Abilene Christian, 6 p.m., ESPN+
NCAA Division II
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Eastern New Mexico, 1 p.m., LSC Digital Network (PPV)
Western New Mexico at West Texas A&M, 7 p.m., LSC Digital Network (PPV)
NCAA Division III
Sul Ross State at Austin College, 1 p.m.,
Belhaven at No. 6 Hardin-Simmons, 1 p.m.,
Trinity at Texas Lutheran, 1 p.m.,
McMurry at East Texas Baptist, 6 p.m.,
Hendrix vs. Howard Payne at Children’s Health Stadium in Prosper, 6 p.m.
No. 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor at Southwestern, 7 p.m.,
Oklahoma Panhandle State at Texas College, 11 a.m.
Millsaps at SAGU, Noon, SAGU Sports Network YouTube
Langston at Wayland Baptist, 2 p.m., WBUAthletics.com
Texas Wesleyan at No. 18 Ottawa (Ariz.), 9 p.m., GSAC Sports Network
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at No. 3 Kilgore, 1 p.m., KC Sports Network
No. 12 New Mexico Military Institute at Navarro, 7 p.m., Navarro Sports YouTube
No. 7 Trinity Valley at Southern-Shreveport, 7 p.m.
Blinn at Cisco, 7 p.m., Cisco Wranglers Facebook
Rezolution Prep at Tyler, 7 p.m., ApacheAthletics.com
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