The Sam Houston Bearkats (0-8) are favored by 16.5 points against the FCS Kennesaw State Owls on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Elliot T. Bowers Stadium. The game has an over/under of 42.5.
The matchup is on ESPN+, if you’re searching for how to watch.
Bearkats vs. Owls Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
- Time: 1:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN+
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Huntsville, Texas
- Venue: Elliot T. Bowers Stadium
- Sam Houston ranked worst in total offense (198.0 yards per game) and fourth-worst in total defense (497.0 yards per game allowed) last year.
- While Sam Houston’s defense ranked 104th with 31.0 points allowed per game last season, it was worse on offense, ranking worst (0.0 points per game).
- With 91.0 offensive passing yards per game (fifth-worst) and 387.0 passing yards allowed per game on defense (second-worst) last season, the Bearkats struggled on both sides of the ball in the passing game.
- While Sam Houston ranked 14th-worst in the FBS in rushing offense with 107.0 rushing yards per game, it was a different story defensively, as it ranked 18th-best (110.0 rushing yards per game allowed).
- It was a difficult season for the Bearkats in terms of third-down rate, as they ranked worst in third-down percentage (8.3%) and second-worst in third-down percentage allowed (53.8%) last season.
- Sam Houston forced two total turnovers (132nd in the FBS) last season and turned it over two times (second in the FBS) for a turnover margin of an even, 63rd-ranked in college football.
- Kennesaw State averaged 253.0 yards per game on offense last season (48th in the FCS), and it ranked 67th on defense with 525.0 yards allowed per game.
- Offensively, Kennesaw State ranked 45th in the FCS with 10.0 points per game last season. Meanwhile, it ranked 86th in points allowed (525.0 points allowed per contest).
- On offense, the Owls ranked 70th in the FCS with 111.0 passing yards per game last season. Meanwhile, they ranked 57th in passing yards allowed per contest (293.0).
- On the offensive side of the ball, Kennesaw State was a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards last season, ranking 22nd-best in the FCS by compiling 142.0 rushing yards per game. It ranked 58th on defense (232.0 rushing yards allowed per game).
- On the offensive side of the ball, the Owls were a top-25 unit in terms of third-down efficiency last season, ranking 18th-best in the FCS by putting up a 40.0% third-down percentage. They ranked 77th on defense (62.5% third-down percentage allowed).
- Kennesaw State ranked 41st in college football with a -1 turnover margin last season after forcing 1 turnover (30th in the FCS) and committing two (43rd in the FCS).
- Jordan Yates averaged 3.3 passing yards per attempt (186th in the FBS) and 91.0 yards per game last year, completing 50.0% of his passes on the way to 91 total yards, zero touchdowns and one interception in one game.
- He added 60 yards on the ground, while scoring zero rushing touchdowns. He averaged 60.0 yards per game and 4.3 per attempt.
- Noah Smith had 35 receiving yards on four receptions, while being targeted zero times.
- In one game played last season, Jax Sherrard had four catches (4.0 receptions per game on zero targets per game) for 26 yards, but no receiving touchdowns.
- Preston Daniels got things done in the running game last season, rushing for 59 yards and one touchdown in one game.
- As part of the running attack, Iaan Cousin ran for -6 yards and zero touchdowns on -6.0 YPC.
- The passing game was also boosted by the receiving ability of Cousin, who reeled in four balls (on zero targets) for 71 yards and zero touchdowns.
- Jonathan Murphy was a key contributor to the offense last year, tallying 51 passing yards with zero passing touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 75.0% completion percentage.
- As a runner, Murphy posted 28 rushing yards and zero touchdowns.