(STATS) – There could be seven or eight matchups between teams in the STATS FCS Top 25 to highlight the Week 9 schedule next Saturday.
The new national rankings will be announced Monday, but the games pitting Top 25 teams against each other may include New Hampshire at top-ranked James Madison, Stony Brook at Richmond and Elon at Villanova in CAA Football; Montana at Weber State in the Big Sky; Illinois State at Youngstown State, Northern Iowa (unranked heading into this weekend) at No. 2 North Dakota State and South Dakota State at Western Illinois in the Missouri Valley; and McNeese at Central Arkansas in the Southland.
Also highlighting the schedule is “The Military Classic of the South” – VMI’s visit to The Citadel in the Southern Conference. Plus, the largest FCS crowd of the season is expected for the “Magic City Classic” between SWAC rivals Alabama A&M and Alabama State at Birmingham’s Legion Field.
Other key games: two-time defending Big South champ Charleston Southern hosting Monmouth; Columbia at Yale in the Ivy League; Furman at Western Carolina in the Southern Conference; and Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana in the Southland.
Also, Austin Peay will face its third FBS opponent of the season, visiting UCF.