Watch the scrum during Saturday's Arkansas State vs LIfe, because it could be where the game is won and lost.
Life is expected to run out a really effective front row anchored in the scrum by tighthead prop Alex Maughan. It's no secret that Maughan takes pride in his scrummaging, and he should.
"It will be a battle, for sure," demured Life head coach Colton Cariaga. "Arkansas State is a tough team and it will be a tight contest. We'll have to wait and see."
Going up against Maughan will be ASU loosehead Tim Olwhein, who has emerged as a very solid front-rower. He will have his hands (and neck and shoulders) full, but head coach Blake White is high on him. He's also high on his entire tight five, with freshman Dante Bandonilocking down a starting second row spot.
"Dante is a talent and he's one of the few American-trained freshmen who has been able to come in and be fundamentally sound," said White. "It's a testament to the coaching he's received and to him. He's picked up our lineouts and our systems and our approach really quickly."
Meanwhile, Life has an embarrassment of riches at second row and started Daemon Torres and Jamie Berrisford against Clemson last week. Whatever the second row combination for the Running Eagles, they will have a powerful front row of Maughan, Brian Muntanga, and Griffin Kraemer to push against.