Southeastern will be eyeing an opportunity to get back in the win column on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Harding at 2 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Paul Laird Field.
The Savage Storm enter the contest with a 2-6 mark overall on the season after dropping two-straight, and are 2-5 in Great American Conference play which put them in ninth place.
Despite the record, the SE offense has shown is potential at times, ranking third in total offense in the GAC at 462.8 yards per game, with the third best rushing attack and the fourth best passing mark.
Devlon Wortham has been the breakout star of the Storm offense in 2013 as he has piled up 863 yards rushing on the year with nine touchdowns. Through eight games he has already turned in the second-best rushing performance by a running back in the Ray Richards era, only behind the 1,192 yard effort put forth by Baylen Laury in 2010.
In all, SE has piled up 1,733 yards rushing as a team for 185.5 yards per game.
While Wortham has caught the attention, the passing game has had its moments as well, triggered by sophomore Nick Sioson who has turned in the third-best passing performance of the Richards era with three games to play, racking up 2,180 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing 57.2 percent of his passes.
A big part of his success has been his receiving corps which is highlighted by the duo of Anthony Foster and Kaymon Farmer.Â Foster has racked up 782 yards on the season and is third in the GAC in receiving yards, while Foster and Farmer have each hauled in a league-best 56 receptions and both are on pace to challenge Southeastern's single-season reception record.Â Farmer has reached pay dirt five times through the air, while Foster had four scores.
The defense, which forced three turnovers a week ago, will have its work cut out for it as the Bisons bring the league's best rushing game to Durant, averaging 398.4 yards on the ground per contest, more than double the 167.6 ypg the Storm defense has allowed teams to rush for.
If the defense can slow the HU run game and force it to air the ball out the opponents become significantly less effective as they have tallied a league low 127.4 yards per game through the air and have thrown six interceptions in contrast to five touchdowns.
Chad Tucker paces the Storm defense with 44 tackles and a team-best three interceptions, while defensive linemen such as Clay Waters who has 35 stops, Mark Idell with 31 and Coby Ragsdale who has 21 with a team-high seven tackles for loss will be called on to stop the HU run game.
The Bisons offense is paced by Romo Westbrook who has turned in 769 yards on the season, but averages 109.9 yards per game to lead the league in rushing and has added eight touchdowns.
What little passing the team does has been spread between Keenan Kellett who has 464 yards and two touchdowns, and Jacob Moore who has 376 yards passing and two scores.
The primary receiver has been Donatella Luckett who has 16 of the team's 35 receptions for 366 yards and two TD's.
SE will have its work cut out with the HU defense which is holding opponents to 95.1 yards per game on the ground and 358.7 yards per game in total offense.
That squad is led by Daylan Skidmore who has a team-best 58 tackles, while Philip Mion has a team best two interceptions.