Virginia is looking for their second-straight win, NC State hopes to prove they have turned the corner, JMU gets the national spotlight and Villanova tries to keep their season from collapsing. Catch all the exciting college football action this Saturday on CSN and CSN Plus.
NC State (4-2) at Wake Forest (3-4), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN
It's time for the Wolfpack to put up or shut up. After winning their first four games against a schedule that would make Baylor blush, NC State has lost their last two against Louisville and Virginia Tech. Now they have to show that they are improving and are not still among the ACC's weakest teams.
Wake Forest has lost three of their last four with their only win coming in a narrow 3-0 victory against Boston College. Wake's top two quarterbacks are also both dealing with injuries. John Wolford aggravated an ankle injury last week against North Carolina while Kendall Hinton is dealing with a back injury. Even if both quarterbacks are available on Saturday, neither will be at 100 percent.
NC State is coming off a bye week. There's really no excuse for them to lose this game.
The Wolfpack cannot simply pretend to be making progress by playing weak competition, they have to actually win conference games.
Virginia (2-4) at North Carolina (5-1), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN
Virginia heads to Chapel Hill this week to take on the red hot Tar Heels. North Carolina has won five-straight and have established themselves as one of the front-runners in the Coastal Division thanks to their tremendous offense.
Richmond (5-1) at James Madison (7-0), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN Plus
This FCS matchup will have the national spotlight as ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from JMU's campus on Saturday. While ESPN may have the pregame show, CSN Plus will have the actual game.
JMU is a perfect 7-0 this season including a road win against FBS opponent SMU. They are led by transfer quarterback Vad Lee who already has 24 total touchdowns.
After losing their opening game to Maryland, Richmond has won their last five. The Spiders are the only team in the CAA besides JMU without a conference loss. Only midway through the season, the winner of this game will take a stranglehold over the conference.
Villanova (3-3) at Towson (3-3), Sat. 7:00 p.m. on CSN
After losing their starting quarterback for the season, Villanova looked like their season was spiraling out of control, but after last week's dominating 37-0 win over Albany, it looks as if they may have righted the ship.
The Wildcats won behind a strong defensive performance and a run-heavy offense. Quarterback Zach Bednarczyk was only called upon to throw 12 times in this game as Villanova kept things simple with 53 rushes for 269 yards.
This will be the formula Villanova will need to stick to if they hope to build on this win.
Towson is also coming in with some momentum after earning a late-game win over Stony Brook last week. Allowing only 14 points is a big win for a Towson defense that ranks near the bottom in the conference in scoring defense. This is a game the Tigers can win if they again manage to keep Villanova out of the end zone.
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