- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jacksonville State still has three Ohio Valley Conference games left, but the importance of the final two depends largely on what happens this weekend.

JSU (7-1, 5-0 OVC) visits Eastern Kentucky (8-1, 5-1) at noon CST Saturday in what will likely amount to the OVC championship game. The only other team still in contention for the title is Eastern Illinois, which is 4-1 in conference play but 4-5 overall.

“The biggest key to winning an OVC championship is going to Eastern Kentucky this weekend and winning,” JSU coach John Grass said. “It will be two great football teams out there. It’s a game that will come down to four or five plays.”

With a victory, the Gamecocks would need to win only one of their final two games to secure at least a tie for the championship. They could then capture it outright with a victory next week at home against Eastern Illinois.

A loss, however, would mean that JSU’s only chance for the championship would be for Eastern Kentucky to lose next week at home to Murray State, which is 1-4 in OVC play.



The Gamecocks defeated EKU last season 68-10, but the Colonials have several new players in big roles. The most notable additions are quarterback Bennie Coney, a transfer from Cincinnati, and running back Dy’Shawn Mobley, who started two games at Kentucky last season.

Coney is splitting playing time at quarterback with senior Jared McClain while Mobley leads the conference in rushing with 1,082 yards and 14 scores.

The Colonels scored 56 points against Tennessee State last week, their highest point total in an OVC game in 12 years.

Miles vs. Tuskegee, 4 p.m.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference West Division title will be determined when Tuskegee (7-2, 6-0 SIAC) takes on Miles (6-3, 5-1).

The winner will play East Division champ Albany State in the SIAC championship game next Saturday in Atlanta.

Tuskegee has won six consecutive games since opening the season 1-2, while Miles comes in on a five-game winning streak after a 1-3 start.

This game has determined the West Division champion each of the past three seasons, with Miles winning last season and in 2011.

Alabama A&M; vs. Alcorn State, 1 p.m.

Alabama A&M; still has an outside shot at winning the East Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. But to do so, the Bulldogs (4-5, 3-3 SWAC) must defeat division-leading Alcorn State (7-2, 5-1).

A&M; has won two in a row since starting the season 2-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play. A victory Saturday would leave the Bulldogs only one game behind Alcorn State with two remaining.

Alcorn is coming off a 77-48 victory over Prairie View A&M.; The Braves have topped the 50-point mark five times this season.

Alabama State vs. Jackson State, 1 p.m.

Alabama State (4-5, 3-4 SWAC) will play in its home stadium for the first time since Sept. 27, which is also the last time the Hornets won a game.

Over the past five weeks ASU has played three road games, met Alabama A&M; in Birmingham for the Magic City Classic, and had a bye week.

“It seems like we have been on the road forever,” ASU coach Reggie Barlow said.

Samford vs. Western Carolina, 2:30 p.m.

The Samford Bulldogs play their final home game with a chance to knock off one of the teams ahead of them in the Southern Conference standings.

The Bulldogs (5-3, 3-2) still have a remote chance to claim a share of the Southern Conference crown if they win their final two conference games.

Western Carolina (6-3, 4-1) had won six of seven before losing to Chattanooga 51-0 last week.

North Alabama vs. Shorter, 3 p.m.

North Alabama (7-1, 4-1 Gulf South Conference) will attempt to bounce back from last week’s five-point loss to conference-leading Delta State.

The Lions can still win the GSC title, but only if Delta State is upset next week by last-place Mississippi College.

Shorter (3-5, 1-4) has lost four straight.

West Alabama at Mississippi College, 3 p.m.

West Alabama (4-5, 1-4) needs a victory over Mississippi College (1-7, 0-5) to avoid falling into last place in the GSC.

The Tigers have won only once in their past five games.

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