By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Welcome to the third week of the New England Division III football season – are you ready for kick-off?
Before another busy weekend of games begins, it is time to dish out some picks – we need to improve our prediction record as we enter the third week 6-14 in weekly predictions.
Let’s see if we can go 10-for-10 this week – we have high hopes!
Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember to stay connected with @Noontime_FB on Twitter for in-game updates, scores and more.
New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Three)
No. 11 MIT at Becker College (Friday, Sept. 20th): The Engineers were idle last week but should be ready to combat the Hawks’ rushing attack on Friday evening. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Becker 10
No. 2 WPI at No. 9 Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Engineers gained some much-needed momentum heading into their final non-conference clash of the season with a hard-fought 6-3 win last week over RPI. PREDICTION: WPI 24, Husson 21
Wesley College at No. 3 Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Gulls face their toughest test of the season on Saturday against a very talented Wesley squad, which needed overtime to beat Delaware Valley last Saturday. PREDICTION: Wesley 42, Endicott 23
Bowdoin College at No. 5 Trinity College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Can the Polar Bears pull the upset? Maybe, but we think the Bantams will find a way to score their first win of the season, but it certainly won’t be easy. PREDICTION: Trinity 32, Bowdoin 24
No. 8 Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 21st): This is a must-win for the Bears, who have lost back-to-back non-conference games. Western Connecticut will arrive at the campus with some momentum from a solid win one week ago against Dean College. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Bridgewater State 21
No. 15 Middlebury College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): This game was an instant classic one year ago – the Panthers edged the Bobcats, 35-34. Middlebury enters Saturday’s meeting with some momentum after beating Williams College last Saturday. Bates is seeking its first win under second-year coach Malik Hall. PREDICTION: Middlebury 20, Bates 13
No. 7 Coast Guard Academy at No. 10 Norwich University (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Norwich quarterback Matt Dunn and the Cadets offense have been fun to watch this season. The air attack will be on display again Saturday in a battle of 2-0 squads, which should help the Cadets top Coast Guard Academy in the battle for ‘The Mug.’ PREDICTION: Norwich 28, Coast Guard 18
Fitchburg State at No. 13 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Corsairs enter week three with a ton of momentum from the first two weeks. UMass Dartmouth’s offense has been explosive in their last two games and should continue its success through the air for the third-straight week. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 29, Fitchburg State 14
Castleton Univesity at University of New England (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Brian Peters and the Nor’easters offense will be ready to combat a talented Spartans defense to secure their second win of the 2019 season. PREDICTION: UNE 28, Castleton 17
No. 19 Salve Regina at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Both teams are desperate to crack the win column, so this is what we would call a must-win for both Dean and Salve. The Seahawks have a slight edge entering this contest, but they must control the time of possession and find a way to slow down Dean’s dynamic duo, Julian Burris and Errol Breaux. PREDICTION: Salve 20, Dean 16