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College football preview: Saint Francis at Grand View

Records: No. 2 Cougars (2-0); No. 7 Grand View (3-0)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Williams Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa.

Radio: 1450 AM

3 matchups to watch

Saint Francis RB Antoin Campbell vs. Grand View LBs Zach Hollier and Jason Gladfelder: Campbell had a career night against Saint Ambrose, with a career-high 194 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 34 carries. But it figures to be tougher going against a Grand View defense that, in victories over Drake, Siena Heights and Marian, is allowing just 64.7 rushing yards per game and 2.3 yards per rush. Spearheading that effort are Hollier and Gladfelder, who’ve combined for 31 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two interceptions in three games.

Saint Francis QB Josh Miller vs. Grand View down seven: Miller’s dissection of Saint Ambrose last week was pretty much flawless. On a night when the Cougars’ hurry-up offense ran a staggering 94 plays, he completed 25 of 37 passes for 412 yards – the most for a Cougars’ quarterback since 2003 – and went to 10 different receivers. Six caught at least two passes, led by Cam Smith, who had six catches for 151 yards, a 25.1 average. If they’re not to run wild again, Grand View will have to bring pressure, something it’s been good at so far this season. Through three games the Vikings have recorded 14 sacks. The bad news: Through three games and 64 pass attempts, Miller has been sacked just four times.

Saint Francis down seven vs. Grand View QB Derek Fulton: Another week, another quarterback with an array of weapons to test the Cougars’ defense. Through three games, Fulton leads the Vikings in both rushing (185 yards and one touchdown) and passing (52 of 91 for 607 yards and six touchdowns, plus three interceptions). He’s not quite as dynamic as Saint Ambrose’s Eric Williamson, who accounted for 364 yards and three touchdowns against Saint Francis, but containment will again be the key for a Cougars defense that sacked Williamson only twice on 50 pass attempts last week.

– Ben Smith, The Journal Gazette