WINSTON SALEM STATE (1-0, 2-2) AT LINCOLN (0-1, 1-3)
6 p.m. at Lincoln Football Stadium Radio: none
What’s at Stake: If the Lions are serious about improving its status in the CIAA, a win over the Rams would be a good place to start. Last weekend’s 35-31 setback at previously winless St. Augustine’s was not a good sign. Lincoln committed 16 penalties for 129 yards, lost the turnover battle 3-1, and the Lions continue to have trouble running the football after being outgained 260-116. The latter is disappointing because LU is seemingly wasting its most potent weapon: RB Stephon Scott. The all-conference senior is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry this season.
History: Lincoln leads 2-0 in the series, but the last meeting came in 1948.
Keys to the Game: Statistically, these two teams are relatively even. Winston Salem State has a quality RB in Te’Vaughn Tinsley, and Lincoln has had issues stopping the run. One of the few positives of the loss to St. Aug’s is that it looks like the Lions have found a QB in freshman Jason Epps. The 6-foot-5 Epps was 22-for-33 for 338 yards and a TD, and also led the team in rushing (47 yards, TD). If LU can’t get its ground game untracked, it is going to be a long season.
Prediction: Winston Salem State 30, Lincoln 24.