College football: Area team game previews, Sept. 3

September 2, 2016 GMT

Texas State at OhioWhen, where: 2:30 p.m., Peden Stadium, Athens, OhioTV/Radio: CBS Sports Network, KLUP-AM 930Series: First meetingStoryline: Everett Withers makes his Texas State coaching debut in this battle of the Bobcats. Ohio is a 21-point favorite over a rebuilding Texas State team that lacks depth and experience. The one thing Texas State has going for it? The element of surprise. That, and an up-tempo offense, is Texas State’s best hope.Texas State can win if: Inexperienced receivers and backs combine with senior quarterback Tyler Jones to have a monster day.Ohio U. can win if: It just takes care of the ball and wins the battle up front.A&M-Kingsville at Incarnate WordWhen, where: 6 p.m., Benson StadiumOnline: Streaming video at uiwcardinals.com, radio at TSRNsports.comSeries: Texas A&M-Kingsville leads 3-1.Storyline: Last year’s game was decided by a fluke special teams play in UIW’s 18-16 victory, but with so much returning experience on both sides of the ball, the late-game heroics may not be needed vs. the traditionally tough D-II Javelinas. If this is indeed the breakout season UIW is hoping it can be, starting out strong is paramount.A&M-Kingsville can win if: The Javalinas can keep the UIW offense off the field and create turnovers that shorten the field.UIW can win if: The Cardinals take advantage of their offensive balance and spread the field.Redlands at TrinityWhen, where: 7:30 p.m., Trinity Football StadiumOnline: Live stats at trinitytigers.comSeries: Trinity leads 3-0.Storyline: The first regular-season meeting in 10 years, Redlands (California) will provide an immediate test for the Tigers, who hope to build on last year’s eight-win season.Redlands can win if: The Bulldogs can regularly get into the red zone. Redlands led all D-III programs in red-zone efficiency (94.3 percent conversion rate) in 2015.Trinity can win if: The stingy Tigers defense can force multiple three-and-outs and dominate time of possession.E. Texas Baptist at Texas LutheranWhen, where: 6 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, SeguinOnline/Radio: Streaming video at tlubulldogs.com, KWED-AM 1580Series: TLU leads 9-8.Storyline: The Bulldogs, coming off their third straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title under coach Danny Padron, start start the season at No. 21 in the D3football.com poll. TLU will be looking for running back Marquis Barrolle, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry last season, and All-SCAC receivers Jakovan Holmes and Caleb Oliver to help ease the transition for new starting quarterback Zach Galindo.ETBU can win if: The Tigers, led by quarterback Dru Smith, draw some inspiration from last year’s 55-27 home loss to TLU in which they trailed 41-14 deep into the third quarter.TLU can win if: The Bulldogs, ranked get solid play from an inexperienced defense, led by senior Darian Candler at linebacker.Staff reports