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Predictions of Other Games

Predictions of other games:
In the Patriot League:
Holy Cross at Dartmouth. Dartmouth could easily be 3-1. This battle of winless teams won't be close. Dartmouth 45, Holy Cross 13.

Colgate at Cornell. You now have to ask - how good is Colgate? Good enough to beat Cornell is the answer. Cornell should be motivated, so the game will be closer than it should be, but the Big Red just can't exploit Colgate enough to win. Colgate 29, Cornell 26.

Lafayette at Bucknell. Easily the game of the week, the winner will be 2-0 in the Patriot and will be able to brand themselves "Patriot Contender". That team just has to be a battle-tested Bucknell, who should simply overwhelm the Leopards on the ground. Bucknell 31, Lafayette 13.

In the Top 25:
UMass at New Hampshire. 4 straight UMass losses? Make it 5 as UMass falls into serious disarray. UNH 39, UMass 17.

Appalachian St. at Georgia Southern. A delicious game pitting the two best in the SoCon so far. Power running versus awesome passing. After two straight emotional wins, hard to see App. St. going into Statesboro and knocking off the home team with a third straight impeccble performance. GSU 35, App. St. 25.

Northeastern at Harvard. 4-0 Harvard should be fired up to take on 3-2 N'Eastern in a game the Huskies absolutely must have. They find a way to win one more week, but it's another shootout. N'Eastern 38, Harvard 35.

Richmond at Villanova. Villanova's knockout blow is delivered by Richmond in an 'upset'. Richmond 20, Villanova 17.

Rhode Island at William & Mary. The Rams aren't good enough to beat the Tribe on the road. The Tribe should roll. W&M 38, URI 7.

Western Carolina at Wofford. Wofford dominates WCU at home and vent some frustrations. Wofford 37, WCU 10.

Delaware at Hofstra. I think Delaware, after winning a thriller versus Maine last week, and looking ahead to a big game versus William and Mary, get caught with their pants down in Hempstead, NY. Hofstra in the upset of the day. Hofstra 45, Delaware 34.

James Madison at Maine. Up and coming James Madison travels to Maine to take on the Black Bears. The Bears can't afford to lose again, and they win convicingly at home. Maine 24, JMU 7.

Stephen F. Austin at UC Davis. 2 intriguing teams. SFA is 4-1, only losing to 1-A Florida International, and UC-Davis is 5-0 beating nobody very impressive. Oddly enough, SFA has scored 24 points in their last 4 games. They brek that improbable streak and win the game, too. SFA 30, UC Davis 14.

McNeese St. at Northwestern St. In the preseason, this game looked like a championship game. Now, it's a battle between a rebuilding team and a budding 1-AA power. N'Western St. 44, McNeese 17.

Montana at Eastern Washington. Easily the biggest game in Eastern Washington in some time. EWU is strong, but are they stronger than the Grizzlies? At home, I think they take this game, but it's close. EWU 27, Montana 23.

Western Kentucky at Southern Illinois. Another great Gateway matchup. This one will be close. I think SIU, playing against one of the toughest defenses in the nation, comes up just short, and the Hilltoppers hand the Salukis a surprise loss. WKU 21, SIU 20.

Go Lehigh! Look for my wrap-up later today!


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