By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
Happy Friday, New England (and now, Northeast) D3 Football Fans!
This week, we’re dishing out 10 games to watch – short and sweet predictions – as well as a video, courtesy of our friends from In the D3 Football Huddle. Earlier this week, our guy Matt Noonan joined hosts James Baker and Frank Rossi for a lighting round prediction of games to watch this week, including a few non-New England games.
So, without further ado, here is our own “lighting round” version of Games to Watch in Week Three – have an awesome weekend, everyone!
Framingham State at Bridgewater State (Friday, Sept. 15th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, but a HUGE game for the Rams. Framingham State picked-up a big win last week, defeating Cortland State at home, thanks to its defense. PICK: Framingham State 23, Bridgewater State 17
Frostburg State at Christopher Newport (Saturday, Sept. 16th at 7 p.m.): Don’t sleep on these Bobcats, who have scored back-to-back wins this season, including a season-opening victory against Stevenson. These Bobcats should continue their offensive success again this weekend against the Captains. PICK: Frostburg State 30, Christopher Newport 21
Randolph-Macon at Catholic (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): An impressive week two win over Utica has provided Catholic with some momentum. This week, they face a Randolph-Macon squad that has relied on both its offense and defense to win back-to-back games. This will be a good test for the Cardinals before entering New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. PICK: Randolph-Macon 28, Catholic 16
Wesleyan at Middlebury (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): The Cardinals are one of our teams to watch this fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and they should certainly find a way to slow down the Panthers’ passing and running games en route to an opening day win. PICK: Wesleyan 27, Middlebury 14
Hamilton at Tufts (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): Coming off their best season in years, these Jumbos enter the 2017 season with optimism, but also some questions, too. Who will step-up at tailback with Chance Brady gone to graduation? That is one question, but we’ll certainly learn more about the Powder Blue and White once the final whistle is sounded. PICK: Tufts 26, Hamilton 21
Endicott at MIT (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): Can quarterback Joe Kalosky and the Gulls continue their magic from a week ago? It is certainly possible, but these Gulls will need to find a way to stop MIT’s Andrew DeNucci, who will be a player to watch on defense this week. PICK: Endicott 17, MIT 14
Brockport at St. John Fisher (Saturday, September 16th at 6 p.m.): Brockport State quarterback Joe Germinerio has been quite impressive this season, but can he continue his success against a solid St. John Fisher squad that is searching for its initial win? We think so! PICK: Brockport State 24, St. John Fisher 17
Western New England at RPI (Saturday, September 16th at 12 p.m.): This is a BIG game for the Golden Bears, who scored a bounce-back win a week ago against Westfield State. This would be a HUGE win for the Blue and Gold, but RPI has looked extremely impressive the past two weeks. PICK: RPI 27, Western New England 24
SUNY Maritime at Merchant Marine (Saturday, September 16th at 2 p.m.): SUNY Maritime is proving they can win games in all phases – offense, defense and special teams. They will certainly need every unit to be ready for this one, but Merchant Marine is coming off a bye week, which means Coach Mike Toop‘s squad will be ready to go come kick-off. PICK: Merchant Marine 39, SUNY Maritime 35