Happy Friday, everyone! And welcome to the sixth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.
Last week, we picked five games correctly to bump our season record to 31-19. But this week, our hope is we can pick more than five — maybe six or seven? — games correctly (fingers crossed).
Anywho, welcome to the sixth week — hard to believe we have somewhat reached the halfway point for the season, but enjoy the games this weekend and make sure to circle back for additional content throughout the weekend.
Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Six
Norwich University at Merchant Marine (Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m.): If you predicted this week six matchup would be a battle of 1-0 teams in the NEWMAC, then you were correct. The Cadets are coming off a 31-23 victory over Coast Guard Academy while the Mariners topped WPI, 41-14. Merchant Marine has won its last three contests after starting its season with a 17-7 setback to FDU-Florham. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine over Norwich.
Nichols College at Endicott College (Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m.): After starting its season with three exciting wins, the Bison have dropped their last two contests, including their conference opener to Western New England. For Nichols to win Saturday’s game, they are going to need to find a way to score on an Endicott defense that has pitched three shutouts. PREDICTION: Endicott over Nichols
Fitchburg State at Framingham State (Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m.): After a disappointing loss to Plymouth State last Saturday, the Rams should be able to find a way back in the win column by scoring its second win at Bowditch Field this season. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Fitchburg State
Colby College at Wesleyan University (Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.): In a way, this is somewhat of a “must-win” for both squads, which enter the sixth week of the season with identical 2-1 records. As much as we want to pick the Mules in this one — they will certainly be in it! — the Cardinals should be able to make one, two, or possibly three more plays down the stretch to secure an important win. PREDICTION: Wesleyan over Colby
Bates College at Amherst College (Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.): Both teams are winless, so someone is coming away with its initial victory. Bates has produced more points than Amherst through three weeks, but the Mammoths’ defense has yielded just 61 points. PREDICTION: Amherst over Bates
The University of New England at Husson University (Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.): Saturday will mark the second time these two schools compete in the Lobster Trap Game — the Eagles of Husson won this game last fall. This year, UNE should be able to prevail and score its fourth win of the season. PREDICTION: UNE over Husson
Salve Regina University at Curry College (Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.): Somehow, some way, coach Kevin Gilmartin’s squad has been able to score three hard-fought wins this season. Can their early-season momentum continue Saturday against the Colonels? We think it will, but don’t be surprised if Curry keeps pace with Salve Regina. PREDICTION: Salve Regina over Curry College
Springfield College at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.): The Pride return to the field after a much-needed bye week. Springfield won two of its four non-league tilts, including a week four victory over Husson. Coast Guard is looking to bounce back after dropping its conference opener one week ago to Norwich. PREDICTION: Springfield over Coast Guard Academy
Western Connecticut at Plymouth State (Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.): The Panthers of Plymouth State have been perfect through five weeks – last week, they were able to beat the Rams of Framingham State by producing just 158 yards on 48 plays. Western Connecticut is looking to bounce back from its second-straight loss. PREDICTION: Western Connecticut over Plymouth State
Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Saturday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.): After seeing its second-half comeback fall short to Trinity College in their season-opener last month, the Jumbos have bounced back with a pair of wins over Bates College and Williams College. On Saturday, they should be able to find a way to beat a Polar Bears squad that provided some challenges in the opening half of last week’s contest with Middlebury College. PREDICTION: Tufts over Bowdoin