Saturday's Football Previews
TIME/SITE: 2:30 p.m. CT; Houston, Texas; Rice Stadium (47,000/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: FCS; Adam Alexander (PbP), Dave Lapham (Analyst), Lesley McCaslin (Sidelines)
SERIES LOOK: The is the first meeting between the two schools.
COACHES: UTSA’s Larry Coker is in his second season with the Roadrunners and is 9-6. Overall, he is 69-21 in eight years as a head coach. Rice’s David Bailiff is in his sixth season with the Owls and is 24-43. Overall, he is 45-58 in nine years as a head coach.
GAME NOTES: UTSA – has a six-game winning streak dating back to last year and has won three straight on the road ... leads the nation in turnover margin at +2.6 per game ... has gained 16 turnovers while committing just three ... has scored 20-of-22 times in the red zone with 16 touchdowns and four field goals ... Erik Brown leads the WAC in interceptions with three ... Kenny Harrison leads the WAC in kick returns with a 30.1-yard average. Rice – played at Memphis last week and lost 14-10 ... Taylor McHargue was 16-of-30 for 117 yards ... faced Louisiana Tech earlier this year and lost 56-37 ... has lost four games in a row ... is last in the nation in punt returns with a minus 1.33-yard average.
*Utah State (4-2/0-0) at San Jose State (4-1/0-0)
TIME/SITE: 1:00 p.m. PT; San Jose, Calif.; Spartan Stadium (31,218/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: ERT; Trey Bender (PbP), Jay Taylor (Analyst); Altitude; KOFY; ESPN GamePlan
SERIES LOOK: San Jose State leads the series 20-13-1. Utah State has won the last three games including last year in Logan, 34-33. San Jose State’s last win came in 2008, 30-7, at home.
COACHES: Utah State’s Gary Andersen is in his fourth season with the Aggies and is 19-24. San Jose State’s Mike MacIntyre is in his third season with the Spartans and is 10-20.
GAME NOTES: Utah State – has won five straight WAC games, including three in a row on the road ... its start is the best for the Aggies since going 5-2 in 1982 ... has won nine of its last 12 games with the three losses coming by a combined six points ... has outscored its opponents 54-0 in the first quarter of games this year. San Jose State – has a four-game winning streak and has won three straight at home ... has not won five games in a row since 1990 ... has held its opponents to a WAC-best 33 points in the second half of games this year ... has allowed just 87 points in its five games, the fewest at this point in the season since 1990 (80) ... DE Travis Johnson is second in the nation in both sacks (1.5/game) and TFL (2.5/game).
*Idaho (1-5/1-0) at Texas State (2-3/0-0)
TIME/SITE: 6:00 p.m. CT; San Marcos, Texas; Bobcat Stadium (30,000/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: KTRV; Bob Akamian (PbP), Larry Polowski (Analyst); Altitude
SERIES LOOK: Idaho leads the series 3-1. Texas State won the last meeting in 1996, 27-21, in San Marcos. Idaho won the previous game in 1993, 66-38, at home.
COACHES: Idaho’s Robb Akey is in his sixth year with the Vandals and is 20-48. Texas State’s Dennis Franchione is in his fourth season with the Bobcats and is 21-18. Overall, he is 195-110-2 in 27 years as a head coach.
GAME NOTES: Idaho – has lost five straight road games ... plays three of its next four on the road ... leads the WAC in opponent fourth-down conversions allowing just 3-of-9 attempts ... Trey Farquhar leads the WAC in both field goals (10) and attempts (11) ... DE Benson Mayowa is tied for the WAC lead in fumbles forced with three. Texas State – has allowed just nine points in fourth quarters of games this year but has scored just three points during those five stanzas ... leads the WAC and is seventh in the nation in net punting ... QB Shaun Rutherford is second in the WAC in passing efficiency with a 159.9 rating ... Andy Erickson leads the WAC in punt returns with a 16.0-yard average.
Texas A&M (4-1) at Louisiana Tech (5-0)
TIME/SITE: 8:00 p.m. CT: Shreveport, La.; Independence Stadium (50,459/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: ESPNU; Joe Davis (PbP), Kelly Stouffer (Analyst)
SERIES LOOK: Texas A&M leads the series 10-0. The teams last met in 2010 in College Station where the Aggies won 48-16.
COACHES: Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is in his first year with the Aggies. Overall, he is 39-18 in five years as a head coach after spending the last four at Houston. Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes is in his third season with the Bulldogs and is 18-12.
GAME NOTES: The game was scheduled for August 30 but was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. Texas A&M – played at Mississippi last week and won 30-27 ... Ben Malena rushed for 142 yards and a TD ... has won four straight after an opening-season loss against Florida ... leads the nation in net punting. Louisiana Tech – has won 12 straight regular season games, the longest such streak in the nation ... has had 12 scoring drives of one minute or less this year ... Matt Nelson is one of five kickers in the nation to not miss this year (7 FGs, 35 PATs) ... Nelson leads the WAC in scoring (11.2 points/game) while RB Kenneth Dixon is second with eight touchdowns.