By Matt Noonan
Amherst College, Framingham State and MIT each appeared in the ‘receiving votes’ category in this week’s D3Football.com preseason poll.
All three teams captured their respective conferences last fall, while MIT won its first-ever NCAA Division III postseason contest against Husson, while Framingham State rallied to defeat RPI in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl.
MIT will begin its New England Football Conference (NEFC) title defense on Friday, September 4 when they travel to Worcester for a non-conference clash with WPI with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Engineers of Cambridge are 6-5-1 all-time against the Engineers of Worcester, however, MIT’s last victory against WPI occurred during their 1900 campaign.
One day after MIT-WPI, Framingham State will begin its Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title defense with a non-conference visit to Beverly as the Rams will play Endicott College with kick-off scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Last season, the Rams edged the Gulls in Framingham, 20-17.
Amherst, which captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title last year, will begin its eight-game slate on Saturday, September 26 when the Lord Jeffs visit Bates College for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off. The Jeffs registered a pair of touchdowns against the Bobcats to claim a 14-6 opening week victory last September in Amherst.