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Georgetown College football battles University of the Cumberlands in one of the biggest match-ups of the season to date. The Tigers head to Williamsburg ranked 11th in the country, while the host Patriots are at No. 2 after a 5-0 start.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm and UC is offering free admission to anyone bringing two canned food items.
"Coach (John) Bland has done a great job with that program," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "This might be the most competitive Cumberlands team we've seen in some time."
GC has had an up and down season, sitting at 3-2 but still remains undefeated in Mid-South Conference East divisional play. UC has won five straight out of the gates, including three in the East, and climbed from preseason No. 8 to No. 2.
Most of their strength comes from a three-headed monster at the running back position. Everyone in the nation is aware of Terrance Cobb, one of the best running backs averaging 110.8 yards per game, but D'Angelo Jordan, Adam Craig and Iquan Deed also provide a spark on the ground. Jordan averages a team-high 11.8 yards per carry and 85.8 yards per game. Craig and Deed both average in the 60 yards per game.
Craig is 13th in the nation in scoring touchdowns per game and 14th in scoring per game. Cobb's 110.8 yards per game is 17th.
"They've got a great running attack," Cronin said. "They can explode for 70 yards in a heartbeat. We are going to have to be disciplined and very physical.
"Cumberlands can run its offense in so many ways and can do so in a variety of ways – run, motion, passing. They are a very talented team."
Georgetown's defense answered the call this past Saturday against Campbellsville. The CU Tigers controlled the ball for nearly 21 minutes of the second half, but managed just one touchdown.
This game finishes up a rough road-laden portion of the season – playing four of its first six games away from Toyota Stadium. Starting Oct. 26, Georgetown will be home for three of the final four games.
"We can't relax Saturday no matter the score," Cronin said. "Cumberlands can score in a hurry. We also need to go out and be ourselves and have fun. Hopefully we will see a good Georgetown crowd out as well and really help to make it a great environment."