Battle of Ranked Conference Teams Headlines @ASUN_Football Week Four Schedule

Battle of Ranked Conference Teams Headlines @ASUN_Football Week Four Schedule

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ATLANTA - All six ASUN Conference Football teams are in action on Saturday highlighted by the first head-to-head meeting of league squad's in the inaugural season as No. 23/RV Austin Peay hosts No. 16/20 Eastern Kentucky while Kennesaw State and North Alabama also make home appearances. Jacksonville State and Central Arkansas are both playing in their third consecutive road games.

The Govs and Colonels not only open the ASUN Conference schedule this weekend but also feature a matchup between nationally-ranked squads with top 15-ranked offenses for APSU's Homecoming. The Owls make their home debut against Wofford in search of their first win after a bye week. The Bears look to build on their first win as they pay a visit to Southeast Missouri while the Lions look to return to the win column when they host Tarleton State. Following their first loss of the season, the Gamecocks look to rebound when they travel to Louisiana to take on Nicholls.

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ASUN BEAMS

Game of the Week
#23/RV Austin Peay vs. #16/20 Eastern Kentucky | Sept. 24 | 3 PM CT | ESPN+
The first head-to-head ASUN Football contest of the inaugural season kicks off Saturday pitting a pair of nationally-ranked opponents against each other. No. 23/RV Austin Peay makes its conference debut hosting longtime rival No. 16/20 Eastern Kentucky for Homecoming in Clarksville. The Colonels (44.3 ppg) and Govs (39.8 ppg) both feature high-powered offenses that rank sixth and 13th nationally in scoring, respectively. APSU's defense has also held its last three opponents out of the endzone.

What to Watch For

  • The victor in the Austin Peay vs. Eastern Kentucky game will take the early lead in the ASUN standings and both teams enter the tilt with win streaks
  • Central Arkansas, after earning its first win of the year, looks to start a streak when it visits Southeast Missouri for the squad's third consecutive road game
  • Following a week off with a bye, Kennesaw State seeks its first victory when it welcomes Wofford to Fifth Third Bank Stadium for the Owls' home opener

TEAM NOTES

Austin Peay (3-1, 0-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @GovsFB
Upcoming Games: vs. #16/20 Eastern Kentucky* (9/24; 3 PM CT - ESPN+) | at Central Arkansas* (10/1; 4 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Game: W, 28-3 at Alabama A&M
- Austin Peay held a third straight opponent without a touchdown en route to a 28-3 win at Alabama A&M; APSU defense has now outscored its three FCS foes, 7-3, this year
- APSU and EKU are playing for the first time as ASUN members but the two squads are old rivals with Saturday's game marking the 54th all-time meeting
- Govs quarterback Mike DiLiello earned the Offensive Player of the Week award after setting a new ASUN single-game record with 383 passing yards against MVSU; DiLiello also matched the conference mark with five passing touchdowns

Central Arkansas (1-2, 0-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @UCA_Football
Upcoming Games: at Southeast Missouri (9/24; 2 PM CT - ESPN+) | vs. #23/RV Austin Peay* (10/1; 4 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Game: W, 31-16 at Idaho State
- Central Arkansas used a balanced team effort at Idaho State to claim its first win of the year; touchdowns were scored by both the offense and defense 
- UCA and SEMO meet for the 16th time in program history, but the first since 1986 and as Division I members, in a series that is currently knotted at 7-7-1
- The Bears' solid victory resulted in a trio of ASUN Player of the Week honors for Darius Hale (Offensive), Corley Hooper (Defensive) and Sean Smith (Freshman) 

Eastern Kentucky (2-1, 0-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @EKUFootball
Upcoming Games: at Austin Peay* (9/24; 3 PM CT - ESPN+) | vs. Southern Utah (10/1; 6 PM ET - ESPN+)
Last Game: W, 40-17 vs. Charleston Southern
- Eastern Kentucky had a successful home debut with a dominating 40-17 victory highlighted by 342 yards passing and four touchdowns from Parker McKinney and an ASUN season-best 175 yards receiving for Jayden Higgins (two touchdown receptions)
- The Colonels hold a 46-7 lead in the all-time series with the Govs but the two squads had split their last four meetings (2-2)
- Freshman punter Jeremy Edwards collected the ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week honor after averaging 47.7 yards per punt including a career-best 61-yard boot

Jacksonville State (3-1, 0-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @JSUGamecockFB
Upcoming Games: at Nicholls (9/24; 3 PM CT) | vs. Kennesaw State* (10/1; 1 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Game: L, 54-17 at Tulsa
- After opening the year with three straight wins, Jacksonville State dropped its first contest on the road against FBS foe Tulsa
- Saturday's game at Nicholls marks JSU's fifth game in a row and third consecutive contest away from home; the Gamecocks hold a 9-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Colonels
- Gamecocks quarterback Zion Webb currently shares the national FCS lead with seven rushing touchdowns this season

Kennesaw State (0-2, 0-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @kennesawstfb
Upcoming Game: vs. Wofford (9/24; 6 PM ET - ESPN+) | at Jacksonville State* (10/1; 1 PM CT - ESPN+)
Last Game: L, 63-10 at Cincinnati
- After a bye, Kennesaw State makes its home debut at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Saturday in search of the first win of the year
- The Owls are undefeated against the Terriers all-time having won all three of the previous meetings including a 31-10 victory last season at Wofford
- KSU is 6-1 all-time in home openers including a five-game win streak; the Owls have outscored opponents 293-82 in home debuts

North Alabama (1-2, 0-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @UNAFootball
Upcoming Games: vs. Tarleton State (9/24; 6 PM CT - ESPN+) | at Kennesaw State* (10/8; 6 PM ET - ESPN+)
Last Game: L, 41-14 at #9/10 Chattanooga
- North Alabama battled against a nationally-ranked opponent for three quarters before giving up a couple of late scores
- UNA and Tarleton State are meeting for just the third time on the gridiron and the first match-up since trading wins in the 2012 and 2013 campaigns
- The Lions are playing in the second of only four scheduled home games this year


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