- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Tuskegee and Miles will meet to determine the champion of the SIAC West Division.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Saturday in Tuskegee, with the winner advancing to next week’s SIAC title game in Montgomery against either Fort Valley State or Albany State.

Both teams enter this contest on four-game winning streaks. The difference is Tuskegee (8-1, 4-0 SIAC) also began the season by winning four straight, while Miles (5-4, 4-0) has regrouped after starting 1-4.

This type of game is nothing new for Tuskegee, which has won the SIAC championship 11 times over the past 17 years. The Golden Bears, however, are not far removed from six consecutive losing seasons (2005-2010), a stretch that was capped by a 51-0 loss to Tuskegee in 2010.

Since then, Miles has gone 32-20 with two appearances in the SIAC championship game and one conference title (in 2011).

“We’re headed in the right direction,” Miles coach Reginald Ruffin said. “We don’t have the tradition and history that Tuskegee has, but we’re getting the kids and the coaching staff to compete against them. This team is no longer defeated before we play Tuskegee just because of their history.”


Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois 1 p.m.

This game will not determine the champion of the Ohio Valley Conference, but it will come close.

Jacksonville State (7-1, 5-0) and Eastern Illinois (5-3, 5-0) are the only two OVC teams still undefeated in conference play. JSU has won six straight, while the Panthers have won five in a row.

EIU is led on offense by former Prattville High quarterback Jalen Whitlow, who has thrown for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 418 yards and a score.

“He is dual-threat player who can beat you with his arm or legs,” JSU coach John Grass said. “We have to control the line of scrimmage and have great coverage and pressure him.”


North Alabama at Shorter, 12:30 p.m.

North Alabama (6-2, 4-1 GSC) is still in contention for a berth in the Division II playoffs, but the Lions probably cannot afford to lose to Shorter (2-6, 1-4), which is on a four-game losing streak.

The Lions are ranked second in the Division II Region 2 poll. The top seven teams in each of the four final regional polls will advance to the playoffs.


West Alabama vs. Mississippi College, 2 p.m.

This is the final home game of the year for West Alabama (6-3, 2-3 GSC). The Tigers have lost three of their past five after starting the season 4-0.

Mississippi College (2-6, 0-5) has averaged 13 points per game in losing five straight.


Alabama State at Jackson State, 6 p.m.

Despite a 0-3 start to the season Alabama State (4-4, 4-3 SWAC) still has a chance to win the SWAC East Division. Alcorn State leads the division with a 4-1 record, but has four conference games to play.

Jackson State (3-5, 3-3) has won two straight after starting the season 1-5.


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

Alabama A&M; (2-5, 2-3 SWAC) will attempt to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the Magic City Classic by taking on winless Mississippi Valley State (0-9, 0-7).

The Bulldogs must win their final four games in order to avoid their third consecutive losing season.


Samford vs. Clark Atlanta, 2 p.m.

Samford (3-5) looks to snap a three-game losing streak in a Homecoming game against Division II Clark Atlanta (1-7).

The Bulldogs led Furman 17-0 at halftime last week, but lost 20-17 on a field goal as time expired.

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