FIU at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
This is the fourth away game in five contests for the Golden Panthers (0-4, 0-1 Sun Belt). Most of their problems have been defensive. Florida International is ranked last in the nation in total defense, allowing an average of 513.2 yards. The Golden Panthers have allowed an average of 38 points, including more than 40 in three games. WR T.Y. Hilton has been the lone bright spot, with 363 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He also has 306 return yards on kickoffs, including one return for a touchdown. The Hilltoppers (0-4, 0-0) have not fared much better, allowing teams to score an average of 41 points, ranked 120th in the nation. QB Kawaun Jakes leads the conference in passing efficiency. He has completed 22 of 28 passes for 356 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Bethune-cookman at Delaware State, 7 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman (0-4, 0-3 MEAC) is off to its worst start under coach Alvin Wyatt. It begins a two-game road trip in search of offense. The Wildcats are ranked 112th nationally in total offense, averaging 233.2 yards. Quarterback Maurice Francois is B-CU's top rusher, averaging 36.7 yards. Defensively, B-CU is allowing an average of 27 points, last in the conference. The Hornets (1-2, 0-1) are coming off a bye week that followed a 21-6 win at Hampton. Finding points could prove difficult for the Wildcats. Delaware State has limited opponents to an average of 11 points per game. For B-CU to move the ball, the "Wyattbone" might be the route to take. The Hornets are ranked 110th in rushing defense, allowing an average of 226.3 yards.
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer