Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Six)

Steven Fedorchak and the Western New England Golden Bears visit Endicott College on Saturday for an important league matchup. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)


The sixth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching – are you ready for some football?

We are, of course – in fact, we’re ready for football every day!

Anywho, allow us to dish out this week’s 10 Games to Watch, and let’s see – well, more keep our fingers crossed for a better outcome after finishing 5-5 last week.

Entering the sixth week of the 2021 season, we have picked 35 of 50 games correctly, which is not bad, eh?

FEATURED GAME: Western New England (3-2, 1-0 CCC) at Endicott College (4-1, 1-0 CCC) Saturday, October 9 at 12 p.m.:  Both teams scored conference wins last week, but the Golden Bears may have picked up a great deal of momentum heading into Saturday’s clash with the Gulls after scoring 41 points against Salve Regina. PREDICTION: WNE 35, Endicott 27

FEATURED GAME: University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC) at Salve Regina (4-1, 0-1 CCC) Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m.: The Nor’easters have been a great story thus far – can they keep their current momentum going against a Seahawks squad that is looking to bounce back from a lopsided defeat to Western New England? PREDICTION: Salve Regina 22, UNE 18

FEATURED GAME: Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC) at UMass Dartmouth (3-2, 1-2 MASCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 2:30 p.m.: The Buccaneers are in the mix for the league crown but need this win to keep pace with Bridgewater State and Framingham State. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Mass. Maritime 20

Bridgewater State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC) at Worcester State (1-3, 1-1 MASCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 12 p.m.: Believe it or not, the Lancers are in the hunt for the conference crown but face a challenging test against a Bears squad that has won three straight. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Worcester State 20

Castleton University (2-3, 0-1 ECFC) at Dean College (1-4, 0-1 ECFC) Saturday, October 9 at 12 p.m.: The Spartans almost beat SUNY-Maritime last week, so don’t be surprised if the Green and White sneak out of Franklin with a hard-fought win over the Bulldogs. PREDICTION: Castleton 21, Dean 14  

Trinity College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) at Hamilton College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m.: The Bantams looked pretty well last week against Middlebury College – it was a total team effort against the Panthers, which will be seen again this week in New York against the Continentals. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Hamilton 14

Bates College (0-3, 0-3 NESCAC) at Tufts University (0-3, 0-3 NESCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m.: Both teams are desperate for their initial win of 2021 – something tells us that Brendan Costa and the Bobcats will pull out a dramatic win in Somerville for the team’s first win against the Jumbos on the road since 2012. PREDICTION: Bates 28, Tufts 27

Amherst College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC) at Middlebury College (1-2, 1-2 NESCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 2 p.m.: was the player to watch last week against Tufts University – the Mammoths signal-caller rushed for three touchdowns and could provide some challenges for the Panthers’ defense. PREDICTION: Amherst 24, Middlebury 16   

Plymouth State (0-4, 0-2 MASCAC) at Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-1) Saturday, October 9 at 3 p.m.: The Colonials are back in the mix for the conference crown following an important win last weekend against UMass Dartmouth. This week, they face a Panthers squad that was shut out against Framingham State but did attempt a late rally to beat Bridgewater State last month. PREDICTION: West Conn. 25, Plymouth State 13

Coast Guard Academy (2-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) at Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m.: For the first time this fall, the Pride will compete at home – their first four games occurred on the road. Look for Springfield to score an important conference win to provide them with some momentum heading into their next few league matchups. PREDICTION: Springfield 25, Coast Guard 21

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