Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Nine)

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College football team enter the ninth week of the season as one of three undefeated squads in the NESCAC. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)


With a brand-new week of New England NCAA Division III football looming in the distance, that means it is time to unveil our 10 Games to Watch (and yes, our picks, too).

Last week, we picked seven of ten contests correct for the second-straight week to bump our season total to 57-23, which is not bad, right?

Anywho, let’s get to some games, along with some picks – as usual, enjoy the games, everyone, and make sure to stay connected throughout the weekend for new blogs and social media posts.

FEATURED GAME: Trinity College (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC) at Williams College (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC) Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m.: Someone is going to leave Farley-Lamb Field with their seventh consecutive win. These two teams are evenly matched, but something tells us that Trinity will find a way to make one – maybe two or three? – more plays to secure a hard-fought win in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Trinity 21, Williams 14

FEATURED GAME: United States Merchant Marine Academy (7-0, 4-0 NEWMAC) at Springfield College (4-3, 3-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m.: Springfield is on a roll — they have won their last three contests, thanks to a total team effort. And we expect that momentum will continue this week in a battle of two triple-option offenses. PREDICTION: Springfield 38, USMMA 34

University of New England (3-3, 1-2 CCC) at Endicott College (6-2, 3-1 CCC) Saturday, October 30 at 12 p.m.: Look for the Gulls to bounce back after seeing their 14-6 lead over Salve Regina University disappear in the fourth quarter. PREDICTION: Endicott 30, UNE 17

Husson University (5-2, 2-1 CCC) at Nichols College (2-5, 0-3 CCC) Saturday, October 30 at 12 p.m.: The Eagles bounced back from a week seven setback with a big win over UNE. Look for their week eight momentum to continue this weekend against a Bison squad that is still searching for its initial conference win. PREDICTION: Husson 35, Nichols 16

Framingham State (5-2, 5-0 MASCAC) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-3, 3-2 MASCAC) Saturday, October 30 at 12 p.m.: Are you ready for the Kelley Cup? We waited two years for this matchup — Framingham State won this game in 2019 by a score of 16-6 and should be able to sneak past a Buccaneers squad that snapped a six-game losing streak one week ago to Western Connecticut. PREDICTION: Framingham State 20, Mass. Maritime 10

UMass Dartmouth (6-2, 4-2 MASCAC) at Bridgewater State (5-2, 5-0 MASCAC) Saturday, October 30 at 12 p.m.: The Bears have beaten the Corsairs in their last six outings — UMD last beat Bridgewater State in 2014. UMass Dartmouth enters the contest with a great deal of momentum, but the same could be said for the Bears, who have won five straight contests. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, UMass Dartmouth 28

Amherst College (4-2, 4-2 NESCAC) at Wesleyan University (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC) Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths enter the final third of their season with some momentum — they have certainly rebounded since losing to Bowdoin College earlier this month. On Saturday, they face a Cardinals squad that is finding ways to win in a dramatic fashion. Sure, we think the Mammoths can win this game, but something tells us that Wesleyan will make an extra play (or two) to escape with their seventh victory of the 2021 season. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 30, Amherst 27

Colby College (2-4, 2-4 NESCAC) at Bates College (1-5, 1-5 NESCAC) Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m.: The Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) rivalry officially kicks off with the Mules visiting the Bobcats — Colby found a way to shutout Trinity College in the opening half last week before falling to the Bantams at home. However, we believe they should be ready to combat an explosive Bobcats offense on Saturday. PREDICTION: Colby 24, Bates 20

MIT (3-3, 1-2 NEWMAC) at Coast Guard Academy (2-5, 0-3 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m.: The Engineers scored an exciting win last Saturday, rallying to defeat Norwich University at home by a score of 48-37. This week, we don’t anticipate a second-half rally, but instead, their second conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Coast Guard 20

Anna Maria College (5-1, 3-0 ECFC) at Castleton University (4-3, 2-1 ECFC) Saturday, October 30 at 2 p.m.: This is a must-win for the Spartans, who are still in the mix for the conference crown. Last week, they looked pretty good against Keystone College and could provide some challenges for an AMCATs squad that has yet to drop a single conference game this fall. PREDICTION: Castleton 28, Anna Maria 26

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