The road hasn't been kind to West Virginia State.
The Yellow Jackets (1-3, 0-1) hope to end a 20-game losing streak away from home when they visit Seton Hill (0-4, 0-2) at noon today.
The Griffins, who seem ripe for the picking, and State have alternated wins and losses since 2007, with the Jackets winning 27-21 last year in Institute.
This isn't your usual Seton Hill team, though.
"[They have a] new offensive coordinator and [they're] spreading the ball all over the place,'' said State coach Earl Monroe, who watched his team miss an opportunity to knock off defending WVC champion Concord last week, losing 20-16. "They're big up front [and have] athletic receivers.
"Any time they spread you out and throw the football you've got to defend the perimeter and be sure tacklers. We've got to be on our toes and make sure we know our assignments on both sides of the football.''
The Griffins are the only winless team in the league and own a six-game losing streak dating back to last year. Seton Hill fell at West Virginia Wesleyan 41-17 last week.
State and Seton Hill both rank near the bottom of most team offensive and defensive categories.
Yellow Jackets running back Aubura Taylor is second in the league in all-purpose yards (144.8 per game) and fourth in rushing (201 yards, two TDs). State's defense has caused some havoc with Durelle Evans tied for first with two interceptions while Wenley Beliard is first in fumbles forced (two) and fumbles recovered (three).
The Griffins' Tyler Zimmer is tops in the league in sacks with seven.
In other games today, Concord (2-2, 1-1) visits Shepherd (3-1, 1-0) at noon in a showdown of the WVC's last two conference champions, West Liberty (2-2, 1-1) hosts Glenville State (1-3, 1-0) at 1 p.m. and West Virginia Wesleyan (1-3) and Urbana (Ohio) tangle at 1 p.m. in a nonconference matchup.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.