Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my top 5 FCS Matchups of week 12 last week of the regular season.
1.Montana State University at University of Montana
Gonna be a battle in Montana on Saturday. Redshirt senior receiver Samuel Akem has 524 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for the Griz. Defensively for Montana State, they have junior defensive back Ty Okada who has 63 tackles, 5 PBUs, and 2 interceptions. The Bobcats offense has junior running back Isaiah Ifanse who has 1,208 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. Defensively for Montana, they have redshirt junior defensive back Justin Ford who has 31 tackles, 8 interceptions and 6 PBUs.
2.Sacramento State at UC Davis
Another tough Big Sky matchup. UC Davis is led offensively by Ulonzo Gilliam Jr junior running back who has 811 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively for the Hornets they have senior linebacker Marcus Hawkins who has 72 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions. Sacramento State offensively has junior wide receiver Pierre Williams who has 664 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.The for the Aggies they have junior defensive back Jordan Perryman who has 54 tackles and 12 PBUs.
3.University of South Dakota at North Dakota State University
The Coyotes meet the Bison in another good Missouri Valley conference matchup. The Bison offense has senior wide receiver Christian Watson who has 679 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively for South Dakota they have senior linebacker Jack Cochrane who has 83 tackles, 8 TFLs and 4 interceptions. Redshirt freshman receiver Carter Bell has 605 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for the Coyotes. For North Dakota State’s defense, they have senior linebacker Jasir Cox who has 38 tackles and 3 interceptions.
4.Mercer University at East Tennessee State University
Mercer comes to East Tennessee State which could get interesting. East Tennessee State’s offense has redshirt junior running back Quay Holmes who has 1,299 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively for the Bears they have redshirt freshman linebacker Ken Standley who has 57 tackles, 6 TFLs and 3 PBUs. Offensively for Mercer they have redshirt freshman running back Fred Davis who has 776 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. The Buccaneers defense has senior defensive back Tyree Robinson who has 36 tackles, 4 interceptions and 4 PBUs.
5.Monmouth University at Kennesaw State University
The Big South conference championship is on the line here. The Owl’s offense has grad wide receiver Caleb O’Neal who has 308 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively for Monmouth, they have junior defensive back Tyrese Wright who has 62 tackles and 9 PBUs. Offensively for the Hawks, they have grad wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV who has 724 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.