MONTICELLO — One of two streaks will come to an end on Saturday as Arkansas-Monticello hasn’t won a game on the road in four years but its opponent — Southern Nazarene (Okla.) — has lost 18 straight contests dating back to an 0-11 record in 2013.

MONTICELLO — One of two streaks will come to an end on Saturday as Arkansas-Monticello hasn’t won a game on the road in four years but its opponent — Southern Nazarene (Okla.) — has lost 18 straight contests dating back to an 0-11 record in 2013.


"We are not going to take anybody lightly or for granted," UAM head coach Hud Jackson said. "We are sitting at 1-5, nobody has struggled more than we have, but we feel like we have a good football team.


"For Southern Nazarene, this season has been up and down, but they have played well the last two or three weeks."


The last time SNU posted a victory came against College of Faith in the 2012 finale, a 42-0 win at home.


Southern Nazarene is 0-7 overall and 0-7 in the Great American Conference entering Saturday’s game against UAM following a 62-0 loss at Southern Arkansas last week. The Crimson Storm have had lopsided losses in six of its seven games so far this season, the only close game coming in a 31-26 loss to East Central (Okla.) at home on Oct. 4.


"Much like us, they have been struggling with consistency, but we are preparing to play a good football team," Jackson said.


The Boll Weevils (1-5, 1-5 GAC) return to action following their first bye week during the regular season since the second week of the 2002 season. The off-week marked just the second time UAM was idle during the regular season since joining the NCAA Division II in 1995.


Jackson said the break was beneficial.


"We had a couple guys beat up a little bit, but that extra week let those guys heal up," Jackson said.


Expected to return this week is junior linebacker Ofisa Kose, sophomore defensive tackle Tony Cox and junior wide receiver Cody Bordelon. Dumas native Rod Smith will not return following an apparent injury to his knee in the game against Harding.


"It is a week-to-week deal with his injury," Jackson said. "We will know more details as his therapy goes on.


"He had some bad bruising, possible fracture of his shin bone. As of right now, it is not a season-ending injury."


Smith currently leads the Weevils with 395 rushing yards on 113 carries, including seven touchdowns.


"It is one of those deals, where we will take it week by week, but all in all it has been really good," Jackson said.


Three running backs will try to fill the void left by Smith including freshman Jeremy Jackson, junior Nick Williams and senior Steven Richmond.


"Those are three very capable young guys, who are very excited about this opportunity," Coach Jackson said. "We are excited for them.


"They have been preparing for Southern since last Wednesday."


Jackson, a Edgard, Louisiana native, had a touchdown run two weeks ago.


"All three of them have been getting reps," coach Jackson said. "You can tell they are excited about this opportunity."


UAM lost 55-15 to then-No. 14 Harding two weeks ago at Willis "Convoy" Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. It was the Weevils’ first lopsided loss of the season following four losses by less than seven points prior to that contest.


UAM’s lone win of the season is a 33-14 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State at home on Sept. 27.


This season, SNU ranks near the bottom in almost all GAC statistical categories, including last in scoring offense, last in total offense and last in turnover margin.


"We need to do some good things to give ourselves a chance to win," Jackson said. "Offensively, their quarterback is an athletic kid.


"They seemed to be sold out on (Alec Laffoon). He seems like their best option and gives them the best chance."


In six games, Laffoon is 20 of 49 for 169 yards with a touchdown and one interception. He also has 34 carries for 37 yards with a touchdown.


Jackson said SNU’s defensive line is "really athletic."


"Anytime you are athletic up front, it allows the linebackers to be a little bit freer," Jackson said. "We do throw it a little bit, but if we have trouble with the defensive line, it always causes issues."


Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at SNU Stadium in Bethany, Oklahoma.