In this matchup the key will be running backs Jestin Kelly and Martez Carter against the struggling rushing defense of Mississippi State. MSVS rushing defense is ranked ninth, allowing 200 yards on the ground, and if they cannot stop this tandem it will be a long day for the Delta Devils.
Southern, conversely, was victorious over Jackson State in Week Seven with a 28-24 win. Lenard Tillery continues to chase after the all-time SWAC rushing record he tallied up 127 yards on 29 attempts with two touchdowns. The key to this matchup will be Tillery against the Golden Lions rushing defense that is allowing 200 yards a game. Can they stop him from getting the record? The other matchup to look at is UAPB quarterback Brandon Duncan against that vicious Southern passing defense only allowing 184 yards per game. Duncandoes not make many mistakes only throwing one interception this season, but will he be able to make enough plays to pull off the upset?
The key to this matchup will be Averion Hurts against the defense of JSU. Can Hurts get started early with the connection with wide-out Austin Watts against the SWAC’s seventh-ranked passed defense? JSU is now on their third-string quarterback Jarin Morikawa who was solid against SU, completing 13-of-23 passes for a 136 yards and a touchdown. How will Morikawa look against Texas Southern defense? It is TxSO’s homecoming game and so they’ll be looking to give the crowd something to cheer about other than the band.
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