By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
The ninth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?
Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Ninth, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.
Last Week (Week Eight): We went 9-1, so lets see if we can keep our current momentum going this week!
Season Predictions Records: 56-24 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)
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UMass Dartmouth at Framingham State (Friday, Oct. 26th at 7 p.m.): Similar to last week, this is a must-win for the Rams, who needed to push their contest with the Corsairs a day earlier due to Mother Nature. Expect the Black and Gold to continue its momentum from last week when they defeated Westfield State, 27-2. PREDICTION: Framingham State 25, UMass Dartmouth 14
Worcester State at Mass. Maritime Academy (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Both teams will attempt to return to the win column for the first time in a few weeks, and we think it will be the Buccaneers, which should rely on their ground game for a one-score victory. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 21, Worcester State 14
Husson University at Castleton University (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Since falling to Western New England last month, these Eagles have been on a roll, thanks to some impressive efforts on both sides of the ball. Their momentum should continue this week in Vermont. PREDICTION: Husson 30, Castleton 16
Western New England at Nichols College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Quarterback Alec Coleman has scored 11 touchdowns in the past two games and should certainly locate the end zone in this game, both through the air and on the ground. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Nichols 13
Catholic University at Norwich University (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Christopher Ward and the Cadets defense highlighted their second win of the season last week against Maine Maritime. Look for the Cadets defense to have another big day when they host the Cardinals for a noontime kickoff. PREDICTION: Norwich 16, Catholic 7
Tufts University at Amherst College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): A big win last week over Wesleyan University has provided the Mammoths of Amherst with some serious momentum heading into its seventh game of the season. This is a must-win for both Amherst and Tufts, as both teams look to keep their title hopes alive. PREDICTION: Amherst 21, Tufts 20
MIT at WPI (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): Bubna-Magic will be tested this week when the Engineers of Cambridge visit the Engineers of Worcester. MIT’s defense stole the show a week ago in their 13-0 win over Coast Guard Academy and will need to find a way to slow down a talented WPI offense. PREDICTION: MIT 20, WPI 14
Colby College at Bates College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): The 120th meeting of Bates and Colby will have CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title implications on the line. Colby enters the contest with some much-needed momentum following their exciting win last week over Hamilton College, while Bates played its best game last Saturday against Middlebury. PREDICTION: Colby 20, Bates 17
Middlebury College at Trinity College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): With rain in the forecast tomorrow, expect a heavy dose of the running game from both sides. And one of the rushers to watch tomorrow will be Trinity College quarterback Seamus Lambert, who led the ground game last week in a 48-6 win over Bowdoin College. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Middlebury 20
Western Conn. at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 2 p.m.): The Colonials will attempt to win their eighth-straight contest on Saturday when they visit a Falcons squad, which will need to figure out a way to slow down Kyle McKinnon. McKinnon clinched an exciting four-overtime win last week against Bridgewater State and should once again be the focal point of this match-up. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Fitchburg State 13