College Football

Don't miss these below-the-radar FCS games


STATS FCS Senior Editor

(STATS) - So many FCS teams are playing FBS opponents again and the Top 25 is littered with interesting matchups in yet another huge schedule of action in Week 2.

Look elsewhere on Saturday and there are plenty of matchups that may have slipped below the radar.

Keep a close eye on these six intriguing FCS games:

Valparaiso (0-0) at Duquesne (1-1), noon

Valpo's Dave Cecchini has done some of the best coaching in the FCS in recent years, which includes last year's first winning season since 2003. This is a measuring stick for the experienced Crusaders, who have a late start to the season against a Northeast Conference power that has played two games already.

Albany (0-1) at Rhode Island (1-0), 1 p.m.

This wasn't supposed to be a key CAA Football game, but Rhode Island stunned Delaware on the road to open the season and is seeking to go to 2-0 in the conference. Albany's quarterback is Vincent Testaverde, the son of 1986 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL signal caller Vinny Testaverde.

Hampton (1-0) at Monmouth (0-1), 3 p.m.

An independent for one season, Hampton has the most eclectic FCS schedule, including games against five sub-Division I opponents. But the Pirates are beginning a four-game stretch of tough FCS teams, this one against a Monmouth squad that earned its first playoff bid last season.

Jacksonville (1-0) at Mercer (0-1), 6 p.m.

At halftime, Mercer will honor its 2013 squad, which revived football at the school and won 10 games - the Division I record for a first-year team. In running the Jacksonville option offense, sophomore quarterback Calvin Turner Jr. racked up 207 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last week.

Jackson State (0-1) vs. Tennessee State (1-0) in Memphis, Tennessee, 7 p.m.

A huge crowd always turns out for the Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl. Last year, it was 47,407 when Jackson State's missed field goal at the buzzer allowed Tennessee State to hold on for its sixth straight win in the series. Tennessee State didn't allow Bethune-Cookman to convert a third down until the fourth quarter last weekend.

San Diego (1-0) at UC Davis (1-0), 10 p.m.

This game doesn't fully fit the criteria of this list, but both teams sit just outside the Top 25, and the winner has a chance to move into the rankings on Monday. Pioneer Football League power San Diego boasts quarterback Anthony Lawrence, and UC Davis, with terrific offensive talent, including signal caller Jake Maier and wide receiver Keelan Doss, is coming off an FBS win over San Jose State.

Updated September 7, 2018

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