After defeating the University of the Incarnate Word, 31-22, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (1-0) will do battle with a not so familiar foe in the Simon Fraser University Clan from Canada (0-1).
Game time for the season’s home opener is Saturday September 10th, game time at 7:30 p.m. in Kingsville, at Javelina Stadium.
The Clan did not have such a strong showcase in their season opener against Division-I Idaho State University, losing 47-3.
The Javelinas, after an already strong campaign in week one on defense forcing fumbles and negative yardage, could have an advantage against a Simon Fraser team that struggled offensively in its first week of play.
Simon Fraser had a tough time gaining any traction on the ground, losing more yards than can be added into the box score, finishing with minus 22 yards for their first game..
In the season opener, the Javelinas limited UIW to -26.
Also, the Javelinas can take comfort in seeing that after forcing 4 loose balls last week; they face a Clan team that coughed up the pigskin 3 times in week one, and also suffered a safety in its own end zone.
“Money time,” will be early and often as well for this defense, as a team that only allowed 25 percent of third down conversions to UIW has to deal with an offense that only converted on 22 percent of third downs in its first matchup.
Things are looking extremely bright for the moneymakers on the defensive side of the ball.
And on the Opposite side of the ball, Myles Carr and company, fresh off earning 437 total yards of offense against the Cardinals, will face a seemingly weak defense from Fraser, that allowed 33 unanswered points, and 543 total yards to the Idaho State Bengals.
And Carr has a bright outlook, considering nearly 400 yards of that total offense allowed was through the air.
The rushing attack of the Javelinas may also find comfort, as Greg Pitre and the rest of the rushing committee will be running against a Clan defense that allowed 10 rushes for first downs, and over 100 yards on the ground.
Week two may look as an overpowered match-up on paper.
However, in the world of college football, anything can happen at any moment.
The Javelinas will need to come out firing on all cylinders in order to continue earning the momentum as they head into Lone Star Conference play later this season.