Mass. College Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend
Before the first score of any game this weekend is recorded, let’s roll out our 10 Games To Watch!
Princeton at Harvard: This is a big game for the Crimson, who enters the contest 5-0 for the second year in a row. Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania (Penn) are in a three-way tie for first place in the Ancient Eight, so the winner will most likely be in the drivers seat for the rest of the season. Keep an eye on running back Paul Stanton Jr., who rushed for 113 yards last weekend and two touchdowns.
Boston College at North Carolina: This is certainly a winnable game for the Eagles, who’re coming off their bye week, as well as a 24-14 loss two weeks ago to No. 3 Clemson. First-year head coach Steve Addazio told reporters recently that he expects his offensive line to step up.
Western Michigan at Massachusetts: Consider this a winnable game for the Minutemen, who will celebrate their homecoming for the second year at Gillette Stadium. A win would not only improve UMass to 2-6 overall, but 2-2 in the MAC.
LIU Post at Stonehill: After earning two impressive wins on the road, which included a victory last weekend against New Haven, Robert Talley’s Skyhawks will look to keep their momentum going against a talented Post squad, which defeated Pace last weekend, 58-0. Stonehill enters the game 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference and is currently in a three-way tie for first place with AIC and New Haven.
Bentley at Merrimack: The Falcons will look to rebound this weekend on the road in North Andover against quarterback Joe Clancy, who leads the conference in touchdown passes (34) and passing yards per game (421.4). Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli ranks third in passing yards per game (261.4), and has tossed 13 touchdowns this season.
Mount Ida at Becker: The Mustangs will take their two-game winning streak on the road this weekend against a Hawks squad that’s hungry for their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) victory. A win would help Mount Ida in its quest toward capturing its second conference title. Yet, they do need help, though, and luckily there are a few more weeks of the season remaining.
Westfield State at Bridgewater State: Both teams need this victory to keep their conference championship hopes alive. The Owls defense has performed quite well over the past few weeks and even shut down the Massachusetts Maritime offense last weekend, which did manage to score 27 points. This weekend, Westfield State’s defense will need to contain quarterback Mike McCarthy, who finished last weekend’s contest with seven touchdowns.
UMass Dartmouth at Mass. Maritime: The Corsairs have strung together two impressive victories and will attempt to earn their third straight win, something they haven’t accomplished since the 2008 season. That third consecutive victory won’t come easy, as they’ll have to contain Mike Stanton and the Buccaneers offense, which has tallied 237 points in six games.
Merchant Marine at WPI: It’s back to football for the Mariners, who will look to earn their first Liberty League victory of the season against WPI, a team they defeated last year, 28-13. The Engineers will look to snap a two-game skid and even their mark in conference play.
Amherst at Tufts: Going out on a limb here, but this has the making of a possible upset. The Jumbos recorded 35 points last week in a loss to Williams. It was the most points they’ve totaled this season. Tufts has also lost five straight to Amherst, but did defeat the Lord Jeffs at home in 2007. A win for the Jumbos would snap their 28-game losing streak and provide the Powder Blue and White with their first victory since September 2010.