Cumberland's football team will face the second of a four-game stretch of road games Saturday as the Bulldogs travel to Williamsburg, Ky., to face the University of the Cumberlands. Live radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 with kickoff set for 6 p.m. at James H. Taylor, II Stadium.
The Bulldogs and Patriots have met every season but two since 1994, with UC holding an 11-8 overall advantage.
Cumberland ended a nine-game losing streak in the series with last year's 34-27 victory.
Coach Donnie Suber's team went in full pads Wednesday in an effort to prepare for UC's option-based attack.
"Their offensive coordinator is in his second year after having been at Shorter," said Suber. "They're like Georgia Tech with two wingbacks and sometimes a tightend and a wing.
"They don't throw it a lot, but they'll try to lull you to sleep with the option then try to hit you with play action. We went full pads and went half line Wednesday with the scout guys and they gave us a pretty good look.
"If you don't have physical practice sessions, the speed of the option game will get you. We've got to be disciplined to play against the option if you're not -- it won't be pretty."
The Bulldogs enter Saturday's game 1-1 following a 34-8 loss last Thursday at NCAA Division II West Alabama.
Coming off a bye week, UC (1-1) rushed for 344 yards in a 59-56 loss to Carson-Newman back on Sept. 4.
Safety Tyler Burr won't play for at least two more weeks due to an ankle injury. Defensive tackle Cayman Russell will play, but has a banged up shoulder and will wear an elbow brace.
Reserve defensive back Fredrel Cross is out for the season with a leg injury. Wide receiver Michael Green is nursing a sore ankle, but is expected to play.
Soph offensive tackle Nick Bodden is expected to play this week after missing the first two games with mono. Redshirt freshman Jeff Benson is out with a concussion after having started the first two games, one at tackle and the other at guard.
Chandler Peeples will return to center this week with last week's center, Lebanon native Tony Bartolomeo, moving to guard.