PACIFIC (1-3) AT PUGET SOUND (0-4)
1 p.m., Baker Stadium, Tacoma
The Series: Pacific leads, 15-14-2. The Boxers won last year’s meeting, 44-25, in Forest Grove, Ore. for their first win since reinstating football. Both of coach Jeff Thomas’ wins at UPS came against Pacific in 2010 – 36-19 and 42-31 in Tacoma.
What to watch: WR Adam Kniffin (32 catches, 628 yards, eight TDs) continues to amaze when passes come his way. The NCAA Division III receiving leader posted his second consecutive 200-yard performance last week against Lewis & Clark despite facing constant bracket coverage. The UPS defense is giving up an average of 587.0 yards per game. But at least the Loggers have been more opportunistic lately, forcing six turnovers in the past two games. CB Connor Savage has two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a safety during that span. Pacific has its own issues to tend to. QB T.C. Campbell (knee) and WR Jordan Fukumoto (leg) are already lost for the season, which limits the big-play potential for an offense that does not hit on many of them. But the Boxers do like to blitz, and have collected 29 tackles for loss in four games.
What’s at stake: Some might look at the UPS schedule and consider this the best opportunity to snap a 14-game skid that dates back to 2010.
TNT pick: Puget Sound, 42-37.