Saturday's state, area games

Eastern KY. at Tennessee ST.

Time: 6 p.m.

Records: EKU 1-2; TSU 3-0

What to watch: The Ohio Valley Conference opener matches last year's champion (Eastern) against the league's only unbeaten team. ... The Colonels have an eight-game winning streak at stake against the Tigers and have averaged 39 points a game in the last six encounters. Eastern also has won 12 straight OVC games. ... The Tigers are led by QB Antonio Heffner, who leads the OVC in total offense. ... TSU has trailed 11-0 and 10-0 in the last two games but rallied to win. ... RB Javarris Williams is third nationally among active players in career rushing yards in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Murray St. at Western Ky.

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: MSU 1-2; WKU 1-2

What to watch: The teams haven't played each other since 2000 when the Toppers won 59-20 in the then Division I-AA playoffs. Western leads the series 35-24-7. ... Western has averaged 56 points in its last 12 home openers. This opener will be the first game in the renovated Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. ... Chris Franklin, who played at Paul Dunbar High School, will make his second start at QB for Murray. ... The Racers will be without head coach Matt Griffin, who was suspended by the OVC for comments he made about the officiating after a loss to Illinois State last week. ... An upset victory would allow Murray to reclaim the Red Belt, a traveling trophy that was started by the schools' athletic trainers.

Marshall at Southern Miss

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Records: MU 2-1 (1-0 C-USA East); So. Miss. (2-1, 0-0)

What to watch: Southern Mississippi runs a fast-paced offense, hoping to get 80-85 plays. "They are right around 50/50 run to pass," Marshall Coach Mark Snyder said. He also is impressed with the Golden Eagles defense, which will test the Herd's offensive line. "That is the key to the game," he said. "Our offensive line has to step up to the challenge." ... Marshall defeated Memphis 17-16 last week to open its conference schedule. Darius Marshall ran for 140 yards, and Darius Passmore had 128 receiving yards. Memphis churned out 462 total yards but was held to a TD and three field goals.


Noon Union (2-0) at Faulkner (0-2)

1 p.m. Campbellsville (0-2) at Lambuth (1-2)

1 p.m. e_SEmD Clark-Atlanta (2-1, 1-1 SIAC) at Kentucky State (1-2, 0-2)

1:30 p.m. e_SEmD Thomas More (0-1) at Waynesburg (1-1)

1:30 p.m. e_SEmD Shorter (1-1) at Pikeville (0-2)

1:30 p.m. e_SEmD DePauw (1-0) at Centre (1-1)

2:30 p.m. — Cumberlands (1-1) at Bethel (0-2)

7 p.m. e_SEmD Kentucky Wesleyan (1-1) at North Greenville (0-3)

Rick Bailey