Southeastern will set out to make it two-straight on the season and two-straight in the series when it hosts Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. on Paul Laird Field.
The Savage Storm are coming off a 31-14 win over Southern Nazarene that lifted them to 2-4 on the season, but a win on Friday would even their Great American Conference record which currently sits at 2-3.
The Bulldogs are in a similar situation as SE, and had settled on a 3-3 record on the year despite opening with an upset win over Harding to begin the season.Â SWOSU holds a half-game advantage in the conference standings on SE as their league record matches their overall mark.
The Storm was picked sixth in the preseason and the Bulldogs were seventh, but just two points separated the pair in the poll.
The matchup with SWOSU is the second-longest ongoing rivalry for Southeastern and Friday's meeting will be the 91st matchup between the schools.
SE holds a 42-35-3 edge in the series which dates back to a 16-7 win by Southeastern in 1923.
The Storm took control of the series thanks to a nine-game winning streak from 2002 through 2010.Â After dropping the 2011 game by three points, SE rebounded with a 26-16 win in last year's meeting.Â Southeastern has won 10 of the last 11 and 12 of the last 15 meetings in the series.
The Storm offense will be looking to continue its explosive nature as the team averages 301.0 yards per game through the air and 166.8 per game on the ground.
The air attack is triggered by Nick Sioson who is averaging 294.7 yards per game through the air and is completing 57.6 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns.
His top targets are the top two receivers in the league in catches per game, with Kaymon Farmer hauling in 47 receptions for 438 yards and a team-best four touchdowns, while Anthony Foster has 44 catches for a team-high 618 yards and two scores.Â Three other receivers have each hauled in two TD catches.
On the ground, the bulk of yardage has come on the feet of Devlon Wortham who has 620 yards on the season with seven touchdowns and is averaging 103.3 yards per game.
Wortham is coming off his third 100-plus yard game, while Nelson Akinwande is coming off his first as he tallied 101 yards on 21 carries in the win over SNU to go with Wortham's 115 yards.Â It is the first time this season SE has had two 100 yard rushers.
Chad Tucker and Greg Jackson lead the defense with more than 30 tackles each, while across the defensive line Coby Ragsdale has racked up a team-best 2.5 sacks, and it he secondary Tucker and Raheem Wilson have each picked off a pair of passes.
SWOSU is averaging 374.2 yards per game of total offense coming into Friday's game, with 149.8 on the ground and 224.3 through the air.
D.C. Walker leads the Bulldog rushing attack with 404 yards on the year and a score, while Dustin Stenta triggers the air attack with 214.2 ypg passing, completing 51.6 percent with 12 touchdowns.
Ryan Corbin has been his most frequent target with 33 catches for 402 yards and one score, while Brad Smithey, Teverick Boyd and M.J. Porter each have three TD's.
The Bulldog defense is led by Ryan Feller's 51 tackles, while Jacolby Robinson patrols the line with three sacks and Abram Piggee leads the team with a pair of interceptions.