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(STATS) -- Its a positive that Charleston Southern (1-2), Colgate (0-1) and Northern Arizona (0-2) remain in the STATS FCS Top 25 despite being under .500.It reflects how the national voting panel rewards a team which challenges itself to a tougher non-conference schedule.Charleston Southern and Eastern Washington didnt move down the week after they suffered overtime losses to North Dakota State because a close game with the five-time reigning FCS champion is hardly a negative. Illinois State and Montana cut their rankings in half this week to No. 5 and 7, respectively, following high-quality wins this past week.Polls are fun and meaningful to many even when a national playoff will shake it all out in the end. The preseason is when voters should evaluate teams and rank them in the way they envision at the end. But once the games start happening, then voters have to apply the results. Strength of schedule factors in heavily.A case can be made that No. 8 Eastern Washington and No. 10 Northern Iowa, which are among the seven teams to beat FBS programs this season, are underrated in the poll. Maybe the same is true of No. 16 Western Illinois, which has defeated Eastern Illinois (which went on to beat Miami of Ohio) and Northern Arizona.That leads to top-ranked North Dakota State. What happens to the Bison if they lose at Iowa this week? Its a likely scenario no matter how good the Bison have been this decade. Theyre playing one of the tougher non-conference schedules in the FCS and that would be a factor.---=FCS CO-GAME OF THE WEEKThe Matchup: No. 17 Coastal Carolina (2-0) at No. 4 Jacksonville State (1-1)Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET at Burgess-Snow Field (24,000) in Jacksonville, AlabamaTelevision: OVC Digital NetworkSeries: First meetingThe Skinny: Coastal (50-18, .735) and Jacksonville State (48-18, .727) are in the top four FCS programs in winning percentage over the last five years.Coastal RB DeAngelo Henderson, only 5-foot-8, has scored a touchdown in a Division I-record 28 straight games (five over the first two wins), but Jacksonville State also has to game plan for versatile Osharmar Abercrombie working behind the Chanticleers veteran offensive line. New QB Josh Stilley is still gaining command of the offense, but he has a big-time WR in Bruce Mapp. LB Alex Scearce is usually all over the field and S Richie Sampson will push up in run support. The host Gamecocks have only lost to FBS programs in the regular season since 2014 and havent lost a regular-season game at home to a non-conference opponent since 2005. QB Eli Jenkins is off to a solid start, but the Gamecocks need another breakaway threat to take pressure off him. Defensively, theyre led by DE Darius Jackson and LB Joel McCandless. The Gamecocks have committed 19 penalties in two games.Prediction: The Chants have played with more discipline than JSU. Coastal Carolina, 31-28.---=FCS CO-GAME OF THE WEEKThe Matchup: No. 10 Northern Iowa (1-1) at No. 8 Eastern Washington (1-1)Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. ET at Roos Field (8,600) in Cheney, WashingtonTelevision: WatchBigSky.comSeries: Northern Iowa leads, 6-0 (most recent meeting: UNI won 38-35 on Sept. 12, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa)The Skinny: Not only has Eastern Washington yet to win in the series -- four of the six losses are by three points -- this is the first time the Eagles are hosting UNI.Fast-starting UNI DE Karter Schult ranks first in the FCS with 8.5 tackles for loss and is tied for second with four sacks. The defense has adjusted well, allowing only one touchdown in the second half of two games. On offense, the Panthers will seek to overpower Eastern Washington with QB Aaron Bailey and RB Tyvis Smith, who each has had a 100-yard rushing game. Sophomore PK Austin Errthum is only 1 of 4 on field goals, making just a 22-yarder. EWU QBs Jordan West and Reilly Hennessey combined for 526 passing yards in last years game at UNI, but now they are backing up sophomore sensation Gage Gubrud (60 of 80, 924 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs). Lost in Gubruds dominance is the running backs having combined for only 19 carries and 56 yards. All-America WR Cooper Kupp is questionable with a shoulder injury. Injuries also have ravaged the starting lineup on defense, but a pair of seniors, S Zach Bruce (21 tackles) and DE Samson Ebukam (10 tackles, three tackles for loss), have led with their play.Prediction: Gubrud continues with his roll. Eastern Washington, 35-34.---=STATS FCS TOP 25 SCHEDULEX-Predicted WinnerSaturday, Sept. 17All Times ETNo. 1 North Dakota State (2-0) at X-Iowa (2-0), noon -- The Bisons 8-3 record with a five-game winning streak against FBS programs is phenomenal, but this isnt Kansas. Oh yes, never doubt the Bison.X-No. 2 Richmond (2-0, 0-0 CAA) at Stony Brook (1-1, 0-0), noon -- Bad week for the Spiders to not have No. 1 running back Gordon Collins, who needs season-ending hip surgery. The Seawolves know defense.X-No. 23 Colgate (0-1) at Yale (0-0), 1:30 p.m. -- The host Bulldogs are the only Ivy League team beginning their season against an opponent which hasnt played twice. But theyre facing the defending Patriot League champions, who will have had 15 days to regroup from their opening loss.No. 18 North Carolina A&T (2-0) at X-Tulsa (1-1), 2 p.m. -- A&T, coming off an FBS win at Kent State, has two wins this season, while the other 10 MEAC schools have combined for one.Eastern Illinois (1-1) at X-No. 5 Illinois State (2-0), 3 p.m. -- Is Northwestern hosting Miami of Ohio in the third-place game? These Illinois rivals, both coming off FBS wins, meet for the 105th time, with Illinois State winning 34-31 in overtime last year.No. 11 James Madison (2-0) at X-North Carolina (1-1), 3:30 p.m. -- Andrew Ankrah and the JMU defense havent posted a sack. The Dukes need to force mistakes to pull the upset.Towson (1-1, 0-0 CAA) at X-No. 21 Villanova (1-1, 0-0), 3:30 p.m. -- If there is one thing Nova never seems to fix, its the place-kicking. It stands out in an otherwise even matchup.Robert Morris (0-2) at X-No. 20 Youngstown State (1-1), 4 p.m. -- Second-year coach Bo Pelini has seen the error in the Penguins ways -- they need to improve future non-conference schedules. They are about to play the Missouri Valley Conference schedule.X-No. 15 The Citadel (2-0) at Gardner-Webb (1-1), 6 p.m. -- Most impressive about the Bulldogs 2-0 start: they have allowed only 53 offensive yards and no points in the fourth quarter.Norfolk State (1-1) at X-No. 13 William & Mary (1-1), 6 p.m. -- W&M takes on a MEAC program that is 0-10 all-time versus the CAA, including last weeks 34-0 loss at Richmond. The Tribe will emphasize the run game, which has managed only 107 yards per game.X-Holy Cross (1-1) at No. 25 Albany (2-0), 7 p.m. -- Its the third straight road game for Holy Cross and second in a row against a ranked CAA opponent. Albany is best-served to run the ball with fast-starting Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks to keep the ball away from Crusaders QB Peter Pujals.X-No. 22 New Hampshire (1-1) at Dartmouth (0-0), 7 p.m. -- Of course, these instate rivals missed playing each other last year when Dartmouth went 9-1 and won a share of the Ivy League title. With the Big Green replacing 17 starters, UNH shouldnt have any problem making it 14 straight wins in the series.X-No. 6 Chattanooga (2-0, 0-0 Southern) at Furman (0-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. -- Sure, it was against Shorter and Presbyterian, but its pretty impressive that the Mocs have outscored their opponents 100-0. But Furman is dangerous coming off games against Michigan State and The Citadel.Stephen F. Austin (1-1, 0-0 Southland) at X-No. 14 McNeese (1-1, 0-0), 7 p.m. -- With quarterback James Tabary catching a deflected pass last week, the Cowboys have 17 different players with a reception in two games. Their average time of possession of 40 minutes, 9 seconds leads the FCS.New Mexico Highlands (0-2) at X-No. 24 Northern Arizona (0-2), 7 p.m. -- If Case Cookus played the entire game, he might throw for 10 touchdowns.Cal Poly (1-1) at X-No. 9 South Dakota State (1-1), 7 p.m. -- The Jackrabbits will be doing the chasing when Cal Polys triple option visits new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. But QB Taryn Christion has been scolding hot in teaming with wide receiver Jake Wieneke.X-No. 3 Sam Houston State (1-0, 0-0 Southland) at Lamar (0-2, 0-0), 8 p.m. -- A win over Lamar and running back Kade Harrington would be the 500th in Sam Houston history.No. 19 Portland State (1-1) at X-Washington (2-0), 8 p.m. -- Having been plus-15 in turnovers last season, the Vikings are minus-7 this season. They need to get a rhythm going heading into their Big Sky schedule. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Fake Nike NFL Jerseys . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Cheap Jerseys 2020 . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. Wholesale China Jerseys Free Shipping . Carey Price didnt, but he still came out on top against one of his rivals for the No. 1 job at the Sochi Games. The Anahim Lake, B.C., native was stellar in making 39 saves in his home province and Lars Eller got credit for a bizarre short-handed winner as the Canadiens defeated the Canucks 4-1. MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Villar is struggling -- badly -- but Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell isnt worried.One the more pleasant surprises on Milwaukees roster this season, Villar entrenched himself in the leadoff spot early on in 2016 and kept on hitting, carrying a .297 average into the final month of the season. But in his last 16 games, Villar has gone 5-for-52 at the plate.What Jonathan -- and a couple of guys -- are going through is just the grind of a major league season, Counsell said. From my perspective, they need to go through it because its whats going to happen next year and the years after that.You need to go through it, you need to experience some of this stuff for the first time. You cant take it away from guys, they have to experience it for the first time.Villar went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout on Saturday but also stole his 59th base, moving past injured Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton for the National League lead.I want him to experience some of this a little bit, Counsell said. Not the feeling of failure, but to know that this is what September feels like. Its important and its going to help him next year as he goes through the course of a season. Thats kind of how Im thinking about it.Youre not going to put guys out there who are completely washed out, but I do think that this is part of a 162-game season and when we get to a point when these last 10 games are determining a playoff spot, you want guys who have been through this a bit.Villar will try to dig out of his funk Sunday against Cincinnati right-hander Brandon Finnegan as the BBrewers and Reds wrap up their season series with a matinee at Miller Park.ddddddddddddt will be the final start of the season for Finnegan, who has thrown 167 innings this season in 31 starts for the Reds. Hed like to finish on a high note, especially after lasting only 2 1/3 innings his last time out.That was supposed to be Finnegans final outing, but with the Reds short on starting pitching, even with expanded September rosters, manager Bryan Price opted to give Finnegan one more start.Im not going to be sitting around for two weeks, thats the good thing about it, said Finnegan, who is 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA this season. If I was doing that, I probably would just sit around and get fat. Its just the truth.Price had considered using Homer Bailey, who hasnt pitched since experiencing arm soreness during an Aug. 28 start, but opted against it for the time being.Im just not ready to commit that hes in the rotation. Thats all, Price said. We havent gotten to that point yet where we have universal confirmation that thats the way we want to go.Wily Peralta gets the ball for Milwaukee, his seventh start since returning from a two-month demotion in the minor leagues. Peralta was 4-7 with a 6.68 ERA when he was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 11, but since returning to Milwaukee on Aug. 9, he has gone 3-3 with a 3.26 ERA in eight starts.Peralta has faced the Reds 13 times in his career and twice already this season, going 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. ' ' '

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