at Central Michigan 0-0 (0-0 MAC)
Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI, 7 p.m.
After stumbling down the stretch for a 6-6 (5-3 MAC) record in 2013, Central Michigan hopes to capitalize on an experienced squad to improve its fate this time around. The Chippewas return 20 starters – 10 on offense, 8 on defense and 2 on special teams.
UT-Chattanooga, meanwhile, is coming off an 8-4 campaign in which the Mocs earned a share of the SoCon title. Chattanooga is ranked No. 16 in the Football Championship Series Coaches Poll. That is the highest preseason ranking in school history.
The Mocs led the SoCon in total defense (328.9) and scoring defense (20.4). That put them 17th and 11th, respectively, in those categories. They were fifth in the FCS in passing defense (151.6) and No. 36 in pass efficiency defense.
One of the returning defenders is defensive end Davis Tull. The 6-3, 240-pound seniorwas named SoCon Defensive Player of the Year. His 9.0 sacks in 2013 allowed him to take over the Mocs all-time sack record. Three other all-conference defenders also return.
Over on the offensive side, junior quarterback Jacob Huesman is on the Walter Payton Award Watch List and was the preseason SoCon Offensive Player of the Year. His 68.3 completion percentage was second in the SoCon and fourth in the FCS. He also proved adept at running, picking up 894 yards with nine scores.
Running back Keon Williams (6-1, 225) was second in the SoCon in rushing before an injury ended his season.
Receivers C.J. Board and Tommy Hudson combined for 51 catches in 2013. Both logged 10 starts last season.
-- CMU -- Sophomore quarterback Cooper Rush got the nod on the Game No. 1 depth chart. Senior Cody Kater, will be close by.
-- CMU - Wide receiver Titus Davis is one of the most dynamic players in the MAC and returns after earning All-MAC First Team honors in 2013.
-- CMU – Running back Saylor Lavallii, is part of a deep unit in the offensive backfield.