By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
It’s Friday, which means it is time to get ready for another jam-packed Saturday of New England D-III Football.
This week, we have some VERY important conference clashes, including Springfield College at Merchant Marine, Anna Maria vs. Dean College, and Middlebury College against Wesleyan University. Of course, there are others, too, so let’s jump into another edition of 10 Games to Watch for week seven.
Last Week: I finished 9-1 – not bad, eh? – to bump my overall record to 41-19 with picks this fall.
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New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Seven)
Curry College at No. 2 Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 12 p.m.): The Gulls return from the bye eager to continue their early-season momentum against a Colonels squad that needs a win to keep their conference crown hopes alive. PREDICTION: Endicott 35, Curry 24
Becker College at No. 17 Nichols College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 12 p.m.): The Bison are still in the mix for a conference crown and should be well-rested for this one following a much-needed bye week. PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 17
University of New England at No. 18 Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): This has the making for an offensive showcase. The Eagles’ offense has performed well the past two weeks and should continue against the Nor’easters in a battle of two Maine squads. PREDICTION: Husson 42, UNE 40
Dean College at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Dean defense registered 10 sacks to beat SUNY Maritime. Look for their defense to duplicate that performance against the AMCATs’ offense. PREDICTION: Dean 19, Anna Maria 14
No. 10 Framingham State at No. 14 Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who are still in the mix for a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. Framingham seems to be playing its best football, while the Panthers have quietly produced an impressive 5-1 campaign. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Plymouth State 17
No. 16 Wesleyan University at No. 5 Middlebury College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): Somehow, the Panthers, who led by quarterback Will Jernigan, have found ways to win games against Amherst College, Trinity College, and Williams College. Additionally, they squeaked past Colby College last week, which makes me think they will once again find a way to beat the Cardinals at home. PREDICTION: Middlebury 23, Wesleyan 16
Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): The Jumbos have been a tricky team to gauge this season due to some key graduation losses from last year, but look for the Powder Blue and White to even their record with a win over the Polar Bears to provide the squad some momentum heading into their final three contests. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Bowdoin 18
No. 9 Springfield College at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 2 p.m.): After starting their season with a 1-2 mark, the Pride have repositioned themselves for a chance to win their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. This is a must-win for Springfield, which has won two of its last three contests. Look for all three units – offense, defense and special teams – to make one additional play to help the Pride edge the Mariners in New York. PREDICTION: Springfield 26, Merchant Marine 22
Castleton University at SUNY Maritime (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 2 p.m.): The Spartans came close to edging Gallaudet University last week in Vermont, but fell short in overtime. Last week’s finish will certainly motivate the squad to score an important road win. PREDICTION: Castleton 24, SUNY Maritime 14
No. 7 UMass Dartmouth at No. 20 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 3 p.m.): Similar to most games this weekend, this is a must-win for both teams, who enter Saturday’s mid-day clash with one conference setback. The Bears have bounced back nicely after losing to Western Connecticut in week three, but will certainly have their hands full with containing both the Corsairs’ offense and defense. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 34, Bridgewater State 27