THE MATCH-UP: The Marist football team (2-3 overall, 1-1 PFL) returns to action following a bye week to host Butler (4-2, 3-0), which is one of three undefeated teams in PFL play. Kickoff at Tenney Stadium is set for noon EDT.
HOW TO FOLLOW US: Ed Weir (play-by-play) and Geoff Brault (color) will provide the call on 1450 WKIP AM in Poughkeepsie. The pregame show will begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT. A video stream will be available on GoRedFoxes.com for a subscription fee. The game can also be listened to for free on GoRedFoxes.com and the iHeartRadio app. For live game updates, check the official Twitter account of Marist Athletics (@MaristAthletics).
SCOUTING BUTLER: Butler enters the contest with three straight victories, all coming against PFL opponents (Campbell, Dayton, Valparaiso). The Bulldogs have averaged 38.5 points per game in their four wins this season.
STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH: Butler leads the PFL in total offense, scoring offense, and rushing offense. Marist leads the PFL in scoring defense and rushing defense, and is second in total defense. Butler running back Trae Heeter leads the PFL in rushing yards (635). The quarterbacks - Chuckie Looney for Marist, Matt Lancaster for Butler - rank 1-2 in the PFL in passing efficiency.
A MARIST WIN TODAY WOULD ... :
- give the Red Foxes victories in three of their last four games following a bye week.
- give the Red Foxes back-to-back home victories for the first time since a five-game home winning streak from 2009-10
- improve its all-time record against Butler to 2-0.
HISTORY WITH BUTLER: This is the first meeting between Marist and Butler in Poughkeepsie. Last year was the first meeting between the teams, which the Red Foxes won 28-10 in Indianapolis on Oct. 22. QB Tommy Reilly was 21-for-24 for 270 yards with two touchdown passes, and TE Anthony Calcagni caught five passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
FORCING PLENTY OF TURNOVERS: After forcing three turnovers in the first three games, Marist has forced eight turnovers in its last two contests. The Red Foxes forced five against Davidson on Sept. 22, and three at Jacksonville on Sept. 29. All three turnovers forced at Jacksonville came inside the Marist 10-yard line.
TOP-10 EFFICIENCY: QB Chuckie Looney enters this week ranked 10th in the FCS in passing efficiency.
LINEBACKERS ON THE STOPS: Marist's starting linebacker trio of Mike Hagemann, Paul Sakowski and Darius Hill rank first, second and third on the team in tackles with 34, 32 and 31, respectively. Hill has nine tackles in each of Marist's last two games.
MARGINS (PART I): Marist's two victories this season have come by a combined total of 39 points, but its two losses have been by a combined total of 15 points.
MARGINS (PART II): Marist has outscored the opposition 109-86 this season, and has a positive scoring margin in three quarters (ahead 31-7 first, ahead 30-27 second, ahead 21-20 third, trailing 32-27 fourth).