Brown at Georgetown
Opening Day: This will be the first football game played at Georgetown's new facility, which has a seating capacity of 4,500. It is also the first time these schools have ever met on the football field and the first time any Ivy League football team has played at Georgetown.
Rebounding Drill: After opening the season with an overtime victory at Bucknell, Georgetown was brought back to Earth last week with a 48-6 loss at Holy Cross. Quarterback Nick Cangelosi is second in the Patriot League in total offense with 218 total yards per game (164 passing, 54 rushing).
Bear Market: This is the season opener for Brown, which returns 18 starters from a team that finished 6-4 last season. Brown's best player, Nick Hartigan, is the older brother of Georgetown sophomore Andrew Hartigan. The elder Hartigan rushed for 1,263 yards last season and set a school record with 17 touchdowns. He needs about 500 yards to become the school's leading career rusher. Steve Morgan, who handles all punting and kicking duties or the Bears, was the Ivy League rookie of the year last season.
Howard at Florida A&M
Shifting Tide: Howard has won the past two meetings with Florida A&M, ending an eight-game series skid in 2002 and winning again, 16-14, in 2003. That last meeting, which included a number of contested calls by the officials, ended in a locker room scuffle between the teams.
Staying Grounded: Rattlers running back Rashard Pompey is fourth in the MEAC with 150 yards on 28 carries. The Rattlers, who have gotten most of their offense through the air in recent years, have four interceptions and no touchdown passes so far this season, as sophomore Chris Owens and senior Josh Driscoll have failed to provide answers at quarterback.
Getting Defensive: The Bison have the top-ranked defense in Division I-AA, allowing just 127.5 yards per game. Middle linebacker Tim Lockett leads the way with 18 tackles this season.
-- From Staff Reports