Texas Southern and Miss. Valley State looking for first SWAC win

The Texas Southern Tiger mascot dances as the Ocean of Soul band plays during the first quarter of an college football game against Alabama A&M at BBVA Compass Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT

The Matchup: Texas Southern (0-7, 0-3 SWAC) at Mississippi Valley State (1-6, 0-3)

Day/Time/Where: Saturday, 2 p.m., Rice-Totten Stadium

TV: None

What’s At Stake: The one thing for certain is there will be one less team winless in SWAC play once this one is over. Texas Southern has come close in the last few weeks but haven’t managed to come up with a win. The Tigers, who came up short in a rally attempt against West-division-leading Southern last week, have lost their last three games by a combined 17 points.

What To Watch For: In the absence of DeAndre Johnson, junior quarterback Devin Williams seems to be gaining more and more confidence. He completed 29 of 44 passes for 335 yards as he nearly led the Tigers to the upset of Southern. TSU receiver Donnie Corley, a former Michigan State receiver, has continued to impress and leads the SWAC with 39 catches for 723 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the Tigers.

The Bottom Line: The Tigers have played relatively well in recent weeks without the desired result in the end. Look for them to break through, giving first-year coach Clarence McKinney his first win for the program.