Fresh off a bye week, the Lindenwood-Belleville football Lynx will take a short ride across the Mississippi for the second of three straight Mid-States Football Association games.
Missouri Baptist University is in just its second year as a program and has struggled during its 0-5 start. The Lynx, meanwhile, have just a Week 2 win at Olivet Nazarene through their first four games of the season.
The two teams will tangle at Mo-Bap's St. Louis campus with a 4 p.m. kickoff.
Statistically, LU-B holds a decided advantage over Missouri Baptist.
SCOUTING MBU: The Spartans struggle on the ground, averaging just 37.4 yards rushing per game. Antoryio Barton, a Chicago native, leads the way with 133 total rushing yards, but averages just 1.7 yards per carry. Quarterback Jordan Norwine has completed 41 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Mo-Bap has some local connections. Former Columbia standout and BND all-area running back Lou Isringhaus has rushed twice for one yard and former Belleville East wide receiver Quinton Kornegay has seven catches for 147 yards, a touchdown, and averages a team-high 21 yards per reception.
Others metro-east players on the Spartan roster include quarterback Jacob Hill (Columbia), wide receiver Mike Biekert (Mascoutah), linebacker Tremont Davis (McKendree transfer), offensive lineman Ben Horn (Belleville East) and lineman Jacob Brown (Belleville West).
SCOUTING LU-B: Running back Kam Harris has been a standout for LU-B. The senior and former Althoff star has 334 yards on 83 carries. Lynx quarterback Tarean Austin is a 44-percent passer for 656 yards. He's thrown five touchdowns against six interceptions. He's also run for four scores.
Receiver Walter Jackson leads with 18 catches for 262 yards and there touchdowns.
LAST MEETING: Last year, in the team's only other previous meeting, the Lynx defeated Missouri Baptist 44-7.
WHAT'S NEXT: Next week's game at home against Marian closes out a string of three straight games in the MSFA, but begin a new string of three in a row against ranked opponents. Marian entered week five ranked No. 14 in NAIA. Following are games with No. 22 St. Francis University and No. 11 Robert Morris.