Incarnate Word at Central Arkansas
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.