College football notes: History shows EKU-Jacksonville State is one of OVC's best matchups

Jacksonville State Coach Jack Crowe expects history to repeat itself when his Gamecocks visit Eastern Kentucky in both teams' Ohio Valley Conference opener Saturday.

"This game has produced some great plays on both sides and has decided who is going to the playoffs and who wins the conference championship, probably more than any other game between two teams in the OVC," Crowe said. "Everything about this game says, 'Bring your best shot.'"

EKU has won three of the past four meetings. The Colonels rallied from a 24-point deficit in the final 7:30 to win 52-48 last year.

Around the state

Louisville: The Cards open a three-game road swing with a trip to Florida International.

"What is going to be critical at this time is we maintain our focus, we maintain our emotion and we are going to have to play with confidence and compete," Coach Charlie Strong said. "Every second has to count. Last season, you look at FIU, and they came in here and beat us."

Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers do not want to fall into the trap of looking past Southern Mississippi after their upset of Kentucky last week.

"If we come out and lay an egg and don't produce against Southern Miss, that win doesn't mean anything," tight end Jack Doyle said.

Donley seeks record

Former Georgetown College coach Kevin Donley will attempt to become the NAIA's career victories leader when his St. Francis (Ind.) team hosts Concordia (Mich.) on Saturday. Donley is tied with Hank Biesiot of Dickinson State at 256. Both can break Frosty Westering's career record with wins Saturday.