LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – It’s week five of the college football season, as well as the second week of PSAC West play.
Slippery Rock comes in ranked No. 8 in the country, looking to improve upon its third consecutive 4-0 start when they travel to IUP on Saturday for a showdown with the Crimson Hawks. In the Rock’s 30-2 win over Seton Hill, Conneaut grad Kyle Sheets had three receptions for 49 yards, while Cathedral Prep alum Jaheim Howard had four tackles in IUP’s 33-16 win over Mercyhurst.
The other matchups in the West on Saturday are as follows: Seton Hill at Gannon, 12 p.m.; California at Clarion, 2 p.m. and Edinboro at Mercyhurst, 2 p.m. In the East, Millersville travels to Lock Haven (1 p.m.), Shepherd is at Shippensburg (1 p.m.), Kutztown is at East Stroudsburg (2 p.m.) and West Chester travels to Bloomsburg (6 p.m.)
Here are some more quick hits from each of the teams
California– Since 2005, California will bring a 15-0 record to Clarion and 7-0 on the road. They’ve averaged 39.8 points in those wins.
Clarion – Clarion enters this weekend’s matchup ranked second in the PSAC and 34th in NCAA Division II with an average of 199.2 rushing yards per game.
Slippery Rock – Slippery Rock has won 13 consecutive PSAC West road games and has not been beaten in a PSAC West game on the road since Oct. 21, 2017 at Edinboro. The Rock are 15-1 in PSAC West road games since the start of the 2017 season.
IUP – The IUP defense gives up just 291.3 yards per game, including only 81.3 rushing yards per game and 210.0 passing yards per game.
Edinboro – Where Edinboro is solid is special teams. Reed Martin, a two-time PSAC Special Teams Athlete of the Week has been fantastic totaling 20 punts and 43.2 yards per punt with nine inside the 20-yard line.
Mercyhurst – Mercyhurst has one of the better scoring teams in the league in 2022 as they rank fourth in the PSAC in points per game at 35.3.
Seton Hill – Dating back to 2013, Seton Hill has a 1-7 head-to-head with Gannon. Their sole win over the Golden Knights took place at home in 2019.
Gannon – Gannon has only lost once to Seton Hill, and they will look to get their fifth consecutive win over the Griffins at home.
West Chester – The Golden Rams are middle of the road in both offense and defense so far in 2022 averaging 21.5 points per game and allowing 22.0 points per game which are 11th and sixth in the PSAC, respectively.
Bloomsburg – Bloomsburg has a +5.0 scoring differential this year tallying 27.5 points per game and allowing 22.5 points per game.
Millersville – Since 1996, Millersville has a 10-4 historical advantage over Lock Haven. A win this weekend would be their fifth consecutive over the Bald Eagles.
Lock Haven – The Bald Eagles will look to break a four-game losing streak by getting their first win over Millersville since 2016.
Shepherd – Shepherd’s last five contests against Shippensburg have ended in victory, each of those wins taking place at home. The Rams have not visited the Red Raiders since 2005, which is also the year of their most recent loss to the opponent.
Shippensburg – Sophomore linebacker Matt Feeney was the standout of the game after breaking the program’s single-game record in tackles-for-loss. Feeney’s 6.5 TFL’s broke the previous record of 6.0 set back in 2013, and also won him the PSAC Eastern Division Defensive Athlete of the Week honors.
Kutztown – Kutztown has only been defeated by East Stroudsburg once in the last 12 years, that loss taking place at home in 2013.
East Stroudsburg – The Warriors 506 yards of offense last week were their highest this season and also the highest total since their 2021 season opener.