In­car­nate Word at Cen­tral Arkansas

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When/where: 3 p.m.; Estes Sta­dium, Con­way, Ark. Records: In­car­nate Word 5-4, 5-2 South­land Con­fer­ence; Cen­tral Arkansas 5-4, 4-3 South­land Con­fer­ence In­car­nate Word up­date: The Car­di­nals play an eightgame con­fer­ence sched­ule com­pared to a nine-game slate for the rest of the South­land Con­fer­ence — a re­sult of the league’s 11-team for­mat. The con­fer­ence an­nounced Thurs­day that fi­nal place­ment in the stand­ings will be de­ter­mined by the num­ber of con­fer­ence losses. UIW, McNeese and Ni­cholls are tied at 5-2 en­ter­ing the Car­di­nals’ fi­nal league game, mean­ing UIW can clinch at least a share of first place with a win, while McNeese and Ni­cholls would have to win their two re­main­ing games to tie.

Cen­tral Arkansas up­date: The Bears went 9-0 in con­fer­ence last year to claim the league ti­tle. … Cen­tral Arkansas is 3-1 at home this sea­son, in­clud­ing a 38-24 loss to La­mar last week. UIW is 1-4 on the road. … The Bears started the year with quar­ter­back Breylin Smith be­fore Luke Hales took over af­ter four games. In five out­ings, Hales has thrown for 1,355 yards on 44.8 per­cent com­ple­tions with 14 touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions. past five games on the road. … Trin­ity has won three straight games and five of its past six. … Trin­ity is sec­ond in the con­fer­ence in rush­ing with 226.4 yards per game. ... The Tigers boast the league’s best scor­ing de­fense, giv­ing up just 15.2 points per game af­ter last week’s 14-0 shutout of Austin Col­lege.

Berry has won 20 straight con­fer­ence games dat­ing back to Oct. 1, 2016, and is aim­ing to fin­ish off a sec­ond straight un­de­feated SAA sea­son. … The Vik­ings lead the SAA in rush­ing at 226.4 yards per game and boast the league’s best over­all de­fense, al­low­ing an aver­age of 296.7 yards per game.

Kin Man Hui / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

Luke Ter­min flips Sam Hous­ton State QB Ty Brock up­side down to force a fum­ble in UIW’s 43-26 win last week. The Car­di­nals can clinch a share of the con­fer­ence ti­tle by beat­ing Cen­tral Arkansas to­day.

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