- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, though not one of the most competitive.

Tuskegee takes on Morehouse at 1 p.m. CST Saturday in the 105th game of the series, and the 80th consecutive meeting in Columbus, Georgia.

The Golden Tigers (4-1, 1-0 SIAC) have dominated this series, winning 10 of the past 11 games and holding an overall lead of 69-28-7. Tuskegee coach Willie Slater said the Maroon Tigers (3-2, 0-1) always give one of their strongest efforts of the season in this contest.

But Slater said that is nothing unusual for the Golden Tigers, who have won at least a share of the SIAC 29 times in program history, including last season.

“We know every time we play we are going to get the other team’s best,” Slater said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you can win the conference with everyone putting the target on your back, then you know you deserve to win it. That is our goal every year.”

Tuskegee apparently wears that target outside the SIAC as well. Non-conference opponent UNC Pembroke handed the Golden Tigers their first loss of the season last week, 29-17, ending Tuskegee’s best start in seven years.

Morehouse’s two losses this season have been in triple overtime to Arkansas Pine-Bluff, and by a field goal to Miles.

The Maroon Tigers have allowed an average of only 15 points per game in regulation (they gave up 22 in overtime). They are second in the conference in total defense, allowing an average of 253.2 yards per game.

Tuskegee counters with an offense that is averaging 327 yards, the second best in the league. Before being held to 17 points by Pembroke on a rain-soaked field, the Golden Tigers had averaged more than 30 points per game.


Alabama State vs. Southern, 6 p.m.

After winning two consecutive road games, Alabama State (2-3, 2-2 SWAC) returns home to face Southern (2-2, 2-0), whose losses this season have come against FBS teams.

ASU’s defense allowed an average of 19 points per game in the Hornets’ two wins, while the Jaguars’ offense scored 50 points in each of their victories.


Alabama A&M at Grambling State, 3 p.m.

Alabama A&M (1-3, 1-1 SWAC) will attempt to recover from last week’s 55-0 loss to Coastal Carolina, the top-ranked team in the FCS coaches poll.

“Just to have our folks see how it’s done at that level was educational,” A&M coach James Spady said.

Grambling (3-2, 3-0) is on a three-game winning streak, with an average margin of victory of 24 points.


North Alabama at Western Oregon, 3 p.m.

North Alabama (4-0) will go way out of conference, to the Pacific Coast, to take on Western Oregon (2-3). The nearly 2,500-mile trip will be the Lions’ longest in 22 years.

UNA won last Saturday at Valdosta State, then left on Thursday for Oregon. “After this weekend we will have spent five of the last 10 nights in a hotel,” UNA coach Bobby Wallace said.


West Alabama at Florida Tech, 6 p.m.

West Alabama (4-1, 0-1) will try to bounce back after having its four-game winning streak to start the season snapped last week in a 32-14 loss to West Georgia.

“We had some shortcomings that showed up in the first four games, but we were able to get by,” UWA coach Brett Gilliland said. “Maybe this will get our attention. We have a ton to work on.”

Florida Tech (2-3, 1-1) has averaged 42 points per game in its past three outings.


Samford at VMI, 12:30 p.m.

A losing streak will come to an end when Samford (2-2, 0-1 Southern) plays VMI (1-4, 0-1). Samford has lost two straight games, though the most recent was to FBS opponent Louisville. VMI has lost three in a row, dropping the past two games by a total of nine points.


Stillman at Clark Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Stillman (2-2, 1-1 SIAC) is seeking its first road victory of the season, while Clark Atlanta (0-5, 0-2) is still trying to pick up its first win anywhere.

Stillman quarterback Brett Standifer threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in last week’s 29-17 victory over Lane, and was named SIAC offensive player of the week.

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