THE GAME: The Alabama State Hornets will play their final road game of the season when they face the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions in a battle of two teams looking to get back on the winning track.
THE SERIES: this is the 13th meeting between the Hornets and Golden Lions, with Alabama State leading 7-5. Alabama State has won six straight meetings between the teams, including last season's 38-31 win in Montgomery.
LAST TIME OUT: Both teams lost last week. Alabama State had a nine-game SWAC winning streak end, losing to Alabama A&M 20-19. UAPB lost at home to Grambling State 27-20.
STILL IN THE HUNT FOR THE EAST CROWN: The Hornets' loss to the Bulldogs last week puts Alabama State in the position to win and need help to repeat as Eastern Division champions. The Hornets need to finish ahead of Alabama A&M in the standings to win the title, as the Bulldogs hold the head-to-head tie breaker over Alabama State.
LAST ROAD GAME This Saturday's game in Arkansas is the final contest outside the state of Alabama for the 2011 season. The Hornets will conclude the regular season schedule with home games vs. Southern Nov. 12 and Tuskegee in the Turkey Day Classic Nov. 24.
POLL POSITIONS: After ascending to the top of several Black College Football poll at the beginning of October, last week's loss moved the Hornets from the top spot. Alabama State is now ranked second in the Urban News Poll, fourth in the HSRN.com poll, fifth in the Boxtorow.com media poll, and sixth in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network poll. After being ranked 16th last week, Alabama State fell out of the FCS Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25