Howard at South Carolina State
Moreno starts again: Howard senior Marcos Moreno will start at quarterback today, after he was benched before last week's 35-17 win over Norfolk State. Moreno threw four interceptions in the Bison's 14-13 loss at North Carolina A&T on Oct. 23, and senior Antoine Hartfield started against the Spartans. But Hartfield was ineffective and was sacked five times by Norfolk State. Moreno has thrown eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season.
Big test for Bartell: Howard cornerback Ronald Bartell Jr. has caught the attention of several NFL scouts, who like the senior's size and instincts. He'll get a big test today from South Carolina State wide receiver Tavarus Morgan, one of the top players in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Morgan, a transfer from the University of Georgia, has 34 catches for 444 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Off and running: The game will feature four of the top rushers in the MEAC. Howard senior Jay Colbert ranks second in the MEAC with 100.8 yards per game; teammate Antoine Rutherford is eighth with 70.1 yards per game. South Carolina State's DeShawn Baker is fifth in the conference with 85.2 yards per game, and teammate Coty Martin is seventh with 74 yards per game. Martin didn't play in last week's 28-14 win over Delaware State because of an undisclosed injury.
Georgetown vs. Lehigh
Bracing for pass attack: Georgetown has the Patriot League's second-rated pass defense, but the Hoyas will get a stiff test today from Lehigh's Mark Borda, who ranks fifth in Division I-AA in pass efficiency with a quarterback rating of 159.2. Borda, in his first season as the Mountain Hawks' starter, has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,896 yards, 19 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Hoyas' offensive woes: Georgetown has scored only eight offensive touchdowns in seven games, only one in four Patriot League contests. The Hoyas have converted just 17 percent of their third downs in conference games, and rank last in the league in total offense (234.5 yards per game) and passing offense (96.2 yards per game).
Uphill battle: Since Georgetown joined the Patriot League as a football-only member in 2001, the Mountain Hawks have won three consecutive games against the Hoyas, outscoring them 155-38. Lehigh, ranked No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I-AA coaches' top 25 poll, has won six games in a row and beat two-time defending Patriot League champion Colgate, 21-14, last week. Lehigh Coach Pete Lembo is a 1992 graduate of Georgetown.
-- Mark Schlabach