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Predictions of other games this week

In the Patriot League:
Fordham at Holy Cross. I'd be surprised if Holy Cross scores any points versus the Fordham defense. Fordham in a blowout. Fordham 31, Holy Cross 0.

Bucknell at Georgetown. Bucknell looked impressive in their two games versus Ivy competition, and Georgetown has struggled of late. It's hard to see that slide not continue against the Bison. Bucknell 38, Georgetown 3.

Harvard at Lafayette. Both teams are coming off thrilling come-from-behind victories last week. Though, Harvard's was due to the Crimson's offense finally starting to click on all cylinders, where Lafayette was holding on against Richmond. I see the Crimson coming out gunning, and the Leopards letting down a litle after their great win last week. Harvard 41, Lafayette 23.

Colgate at Yale. Hard to see how good Yale figures to be with a win against Dayton and a whomping at the hands of Cornell. But it's hard to see Yale coming up with that perfect game to hand Colgate a road loss, especially since the Raiders seem to be pulling together. Colgate 38, Yale 15.

In the Top 25:
Maine at Delaware. Delaware seemed to get it together on the road against UMass, and they need to take care of business at home to continue to get that playoff spot. I see Maine letting down on the road, and the Hens scoring just enough points to win. Delaware 24, Maine 14.

UMass at 1-A Boston College. The talent gap between these schools will be very evident in this gme. BC 56, UMass 0.

Northeastern at William & Mary. A dangerous game for the relatively unproven Huskies. I think W&M's passing attack and stingy run defense gives N'Eastern problems, and they win a defensive battle. W&M 17, N'Eastern 10.

Western Carolina at Furman. Furman letting down after their near-miss win at 1-A Pittsburgh? Don't count on it against the Catamounts, who lost against Garnder-Webb last week and seem like a lower-echelon SoCon team. Furman 49, WCU 14.

Texas St. at Appalachian St. Can App St. bounce back against a possibly tough Texas St. Bobcats team? This one should be a nailbiter. Give the Mountaineers the edge at home, since they have to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. App. St. 27, Texas St. 24.

Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois. UNI has put themselves in the nenviable position of having to go play on the road at the #1 team in the country in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. But the Salukis have not shown much in the way of weakness (even though they've played a couple cupcakes). Nevertheless, I'm going to take UNI banking on the fact that on sheer desperation, they must win. UNI 28, SIU 27.

New Hampshire at Villanova. Yet another must-win game for both teams. But Villanova has struggled at home, and UNH is coming off an impressive win against an underrated Darthmouth team. All-league offense versus all-league defense. I have a funny feeling that this will be a defensive battle that Villanova finds a way to win - yet again. Villanova 19, UNH 17.

Hofstra at James Madison. Is Hofstra and QB Bobby Seck for real? I think he will come crashing down to reality against a tough JMU defense. Give me 7 sacks for JMU and a home victory. JMU 27, Hofstra 13.

Sacramento St. at Northern Arizona. A tough Sac St. team versus a desperate N. Arizona Lumberjack team. Give NAU the edge at home in a game where the Lumberjacks bust it open. NAU 35, Sac St. 17.

Southern Utah at McNeese St. Southern Utah played Stephen F. Austin really tough, and have played every team tough. McNeese St. has looked impressive aginst nobody. A bad combination. SUU 31, McNeese 14.

Eastern Washington at Portland St. An intriguing Big Sky matchup between the newly-relevant Portland St. and underrated E. Washington. It will be a thriller, with Portland St. just pulling through. PSU 31, EWU 28.


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