Morgan State (2-5, 2-1) @ Howard (2-5, 1-3)
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Site: William H. Greene Stadium, Washington, D.C.
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Series: Morgan State leads, 40-25-1
What's at stake: After an 0-5 start that included a loss to Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener, Morgan State has won two straight and put itself back into the conversation in the league race. Tied for fourth with Hampton, the Bears are just one game behind No. 14 Bethune-Cookman (6-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference) and South Carolina State (5-2, 3-0). The team's sudden shift in momentum makes this game against Howard significant. Morgan State has won seven of the past eight meetings, but that lone hiccup occurred Oct. 20 last year when the Bison prevailed, 21-20. After a 1-1 start, Howard was mired in a four-game losing skid but ended that with a 21-10 victory over Florida A&M last Saturday. Playing their third game at home in the past four weeks, the Bison are seeking their first win in the nation's capital since last season, when they were 7-3 at home.
Key matchup: Howard's offense is led by junior quarterback Greg McGhee, who is tied for first in the MEAC in touchdown passes (10) and ranks second in passing yards per game (191.7) and completion percentage (60.4). But the Bears defense also has to be wary of freshman running back Anthony Philyaw, who rushed for a career-high 121 yards and two touchdowns last week. Morgan State has allowed only one league running back to gain 100 yards thus far.
Player to watch: It's unsure whether Morgan State junior quarterback Seth Higgins will be available after injuring his right throwing shoulder near the end of the first half of last Saturday's 34-22 win against North Carolina Central. If the Edgewood graduate can't go, junior Robert Council is poised to his second start of the year.