Rex Nelson Predictions for Week 9

It was a Saturday that Arkansas, University of Central Asia, and University of Asia Pacific all had open dates.

Arkansas State played last weekend, but it was just a continuation of a frustrating season for the Red Wolves. ASU dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in team play with a 38-18 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette. ASU chased after its top five possessions and fell 24-9 in half. The Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 4-3 as quarterback Ben Woolridge threw five touchdown passes.

We went 4-0 in the picks last week to improve to 50-15 on the season.

Here are this week’s game picks:

Arkansas 38, Auburn 30 The Razorbacks travel to the Plains in an effort to make Bryan Harsin’s hot seat even more colorful. A victory over BYU, followed by a restful week, should get the pigs ready to play well. Auburn is 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference play. Wins came by 42-16 over Mercer, 24-16 over San Jose State and 17-14 over Missouri. Losses were in the tens of 41-12 for Pennsylvania, 21-17 for LSU, 42-10 for Georgia and 48-34 for the Ole Miss. The Tigers lost three games in a row.

South Alabama 35, Arkansas 25 Saturday’s pain will likely continue for ASU even though the game is in Jonesboro. US 5-2 with a 48-7 win over Nichols, 38-24 over Central Michigan, 38-14 over Louisiana Tech, 20-17 over Louisiana Lafayette and 41-34 over Louisiana Monroe. The losses were close, only 32-31 for UCLA and 10-6 for Troy.

UCA 31, North Alabama 17 – Two weeks before getting ready, the Bears should be able to tackle North Alabama at Conway on Saturday afternoon. UNA struggled to transition from NCAA Division II to FCS. North Alabama is 1-6 with 17-14 losses for Indiana, 41-14 for Chattanooga’s loss, 43-28 for Tarleton State, 40-34 for Kennesaw State, 47-31 for Jacksonville and 56-53 for Eastern Kentucky. The only win came with a score of 49-17 over UVA-Wise University, a school I honestly hadn’t heard of.

Florida A&M 49, UAPB 29 The Golden Lions won their first two matches and have since lost five consecutive matches. Last week, the UAPB fired its head coach. Don’t look for the Golden Lions to win another match this season. Florida A&M 5-2 with a 23-13 win over Albany State, 38-25 over Alabama A&M, 34-7 over Mississippi Valley State, 20-14 over South Carolina State and 20-16 over Grambling State. The losses came in the first two games of the season—56-24 for North Carolina State and 59-3 for the Jackson State coaching team.

Ouachita 32, East Central Oklahoma 21 The Tigers took an 8-0 lead with a 63-31 victory over Southern Arkansas at the Murphy USA Classic in El Dorado. Senior All-American TJ Cole lunged 25 times for 230 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground. Cole has now gained 230 yards or more revving in two consecutive games. Ouachita outperformed the Muleriders by 21-0 in the final quarter of a game in which the two teams combined for 1,001 yards of attack. Ouachita still ranks fourth nationally in the NCAA Division II Football Coaches Association of America poll. Ouachita could at least earn his share of his sixth Great American Conference by defeating Cliff Harris Stadium on Thursday night. But this will not come easily. It enters East Central with a 6-2 record and is the best of the six Oklahoma schools in the GAC.

Southeast Oklahoma 40, UAM 33 – UAM dropped to 3-5 with a 56-43 loss to Harding at Monticello on Saturday. Paul Weaves’ team lost 3-5 four-game winning streak. Southeast Oklahoma is 5-3 after an impressive 62-14 win over Oklahoma Baptiste.

Southwest Oklahoma 27, Arkansas Tech 26 – Tech and Southwestern are both 3-5. The Wonder Boys lost 35-19 at Henderson on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Southwest has fallen by 42-28 to East Central. In a seemingly even match between the teams, we will give the home team’s lineup a slight advantage.

Harding 41, NW Oklahoma 24 Harding is number 21 in the AFC Second Division vote with a score of 6-2. Northwestern is 1-7 after losing 27-21 to South Nazareth on Saturday. The game is in Cersei, and the bison will roll.

Henderson 28, Southern Nazarene 10 The Reddies after defeating Arkansas Tech 6-2. Quarterback Andrew Edwards was 19 of 28 passing for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Xavier Malone had 10 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Henderson visits 3-5 southern Nazarene on Saturday. The Reddies shouldn’t have much trouble in Oklahoma.

Southern Arkansas 36, Oklahoma Baptist 20 The Muleriders had their problems in defense, but their attack scored more points on the undefeated Ouachita than all but one this year. Quarterback or B Jones is a talented athlete. Oklahoma Baptiste, the home team this Saturday, is 1-7.

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