Howard at Bethune-Cookman
Bison looking to end losing streak: The Wildcats have beaten Howard four consecutive times, including a 21-7 victory at Greene Stadium last season. Bethune-Cookman is coming off a 24-17 loss to 14th-ranked Hampton, which cost the Wildcats a chance at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title. Hampton can clinch the title, and the Division I-AA playoff berth that comes with it, by beating North Carolina A&T today. "Bethune is no doubt one of the better teams in the conference," Howard Coach Ray Petty said. "They've been at the top of the league the last four or five years."
Protect the football: Bethune-Cookman leads the nation with 31 takeaways; Howard has committed 27 turnovers this season, third-most in the MEAC. In Howard's four losses this season, the Bison have committed 17 turnovers. The Bison had only one turnover -- senior quarterback Marcos Moreno's 15th interception of the season -- in last week's 23-16 loss at South Carolina State.
Stopping the "Wyatt-bone": A big reason Bethune-Cookman has won more games in the past six seasons than any other MEAC team is Coach Alvin Wyatt's "Wyatt-bone" option offense. The Wildcats had to replace record-setting quarterback Allen Suber, but freshman Jimmie Russell, from Jonesboro, Ga., and sophomore Jarod Rucker, have performed well this season. Running back Eric Weems has 899 all-purpose yards and has scored nine touchdowns this season.
Georgetown at Davidson
Missing Sims: Senior tailback John Sims, who left the team earlier this season, set a school record with 268 rushing yards in the Hoyas' 30-10 win over Davidson last season. Georgetown has won its last three games against the Wildcats. Hoyas junior Kim Sarin, who ran for 107 yards in last week's 49-18 loss to Lehigh, should have a big day against Davidson's defense, which is allowing 221.1 rushing yards per game.
Ihezie making impact: Hoyas freshman wide receiver Jasper Ihezie, from Calvert Hall High in Baltimore, continues to play well for Georgetown. He scored a rushing touchdown against Monmouth and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against Lehigh. It tied for the second-longest kickoff return in school history; Peter Clays returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown against Catholic on Oct. 27, 1984.
Crawford playing well: Senior quarterback Andrew Crawford, from Superior, Colo., has played well since regaining the starting job from sophomore Keith Allan four games ago. Crawford has completed 63 of 119 passes for 740 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and is ranked 67th in Division I-AA in pass efficiency. His favorite target has been tight end Glenn Castergine, who has 15 catches and has caught both of Crawford's touchdowns.
-- Mark Schlabach