• Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object: Central Arkansas ranks second behind Sam Houston State with 288.4 yards per game against Southland foes behind senior quarterback Hayden Hildebrand. McNeese’s “Defense with Attitude” allows just 120.0 yards per game through the air. Additional Storylines: • Streaks at Stake: Central Arkansas and McNeese are both on six-game win streaks heading into their meeting, while Southeastern Louisiana and Sam Houston State are on five- and three-game streaks, respectively. • McNeese Defense: The Southland-best Cowboy defense has allowed just one touchdown in its last four league matchups. The team is coming off last Saturday’s game against UIW where the secondary returned four interceptions for touchdowns, tying a NCAA all-division record. • Return to Hammond: The No. 5/5 Bearkats take on Southeastern Louisiana on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sam Houston State won 21-17 in their 2014 FCS Playoffs first-round clash. The Bears possess one of the most potent offenses in the conference, ranking third against league opponents in scoring (35.0 points per game) and yards per game (466.6). Meanwhile, the Cowboys rank as the Southland’s top defense by far, allowing just 12.6 points per game and 189.4 yards per game. UCA defense ranks second, allowing 330.6 yards per game. Week Eight Schedule: The conference now has two teams ranked in the top-five nationally, with Central Arkansas at No. 4 and Sam Houston State at No. 5 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and STATS FCS Poll. McNeese is ranked at No. 18 and 20, respectively, while Nicholls holds the No. 23 spot in the coaches poll. * Southland Conference game Saturday, Oct. 21Nicholls at UIW* – 2 p.m.McNeese at Central Arkansas* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Northwestern State at Houston Baptist* (SDL) – 6 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m. 2017 Southland Conference Football Week Nine Notes (PDF)The nationally ranked No. 4/4 Central Arkansas Bears put their undefeated conference season on the line in a top-25 clash when they host No. 18/20 McNeese on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both teams have won six straight games heading into week nine.
The Travel Industry Exhibition opens its doors at the Crystal Palace at Luna Park Sydney in two weeks time.In its second year, the exhibition aims to bridge the gap between travel suppliers and buyers, connecting industry stakeholders in one location and providing a key forum for education and networking.Great diversity amongst 90 exhibitors has drawn a large number of quality buyers who will have the opportunity to experience new products and services for the first time, as well as learn from and engage with leading industry speakers and like-minded professionals.Visitors can expect to see well-known figures from TripAdvisor, Facebook and DFAT along with a number of other leading experts including Simon Hillier, Owner of Get There Writing Services who will lead the session ‘(Get Googled!) Smart SEO for travel businesses.’The Travel Industry Exhibition takes place at Luna Park Sydney on Thursday 16 to Friday 17 July.All seminars are free to attend on a first-come-first served basis.Visit www.travelindustryexpo.com.au for more information.