Predictions of Other Games:
In the Patriot League:
Georgetown at Fordham. The Fordham defense is better than they showed last week versus Lafayette, and they'll prove it today. Fordham 27, G'Town 0.
Bucknell at Holy Cross. Bucknell has struggled, but they have too much talent to let this one slip away. The Bison right the ship. Bucknell 38, Holy Cross 10.
In the Top 25:
Villanova at Rhode Island. Villanova is starting to get it together, and they should beat up on the bottom-dwelling Rams. Villanova 31, Rhode Island 10.
New Hampshire at Northeastern. The Huskies have already been eliminated from the A-10 title hunt, but UNH isn't. Something about this game cries out "bad matchup" for UNH, and I'm going to take N'Eastern in a mild upset. N'Eastern 30, UNH 24.
South Dakota St. at Georgia Southern. Tweener game alert! No, I'm not saying that the Jackrabbits will beat the #1 ranked team in the country. Just that, the Golden Eagle
Progonsitcators Pick Lehigh
Since the Colgate/Lehigh game is one of only 2 showdowns between ranked teams this week, there was a lot of speculation on the outcome of the game.
1-AA Preview picks Lehigh
Sports Network Picks Lehigh
Express-Times: Michael Blouse picks Colgate
For the record, I picked Lehigh to win 27-24 (see Wednesday's post).
Personally I think Michael Blouse went to Lafayette, don't you?
The Hospitable Southerner (Neal Boozer-Gallman)
Lehigh, Colgate Brace For Telling Contest
Brown & White:
Clash of the Titans
Striking in the pre-game press conference and the press was the lack of trash-talk. If you clip the quotes, you'd think it was any other game being played this weekend.
"Dick Biddle's voice never came through the speakerphone clearly at Lehigh's weekly luncheon Wednesday... After each question, Biddle's voice seemed to trail off with only a few words aud
The Red Sox
I called my Dad after the Red Sox' win tonight in the World Series. I told him, "Did you ever think in a million years you would ever see this day?"
But there we were. We did. We never trailed in a World Series completely devoid of drama. In Game 3 during the pregame warmups, I told my wife, "They're scared. I don't think they're going to win today."
Finally, everything went right, after 86 years.
Thank you, Red Sox!!!!!! Our suffering is over!
(Now, where are those ALCS and World Series shirts we ordered?)
If it's Wednesday, then that means it's time for my preview of this week's game - Lehigh/Colgate, this Saturday at Murray Goodman stadium in South Bethlehem.
Lehigh Injury Report
OL Tom Toth (OUT)
TE Steve Burant (OUT)
FS Kaloma Cardwell (OUT)
OLB Jon Guynes (OUT)
DT Royce Morgan (OUT)
ILB Randy Rovesti (OUT)
WR Adam Kovacs (Questionble)
OLB Jason Murray (Qestionable)
Lehigh/Colgate: The Patriot League Championship Game
Here's something to whet your appetite for what I'm calling the "Patriot League Championship Game": Lehigh versus Colgate, in South Bethlehem, this Saturday.
Lehigh coming into this game has won their last 5 contests, and is nationally ranked at #12 in The Sports Network's weekly poll. At 6-1, they are 2-0 in the Patriot League, their only loss coming to Villanova 22-16 in early September. In their last 5 games, their offense has averaged 38 points a game amd the defense has been giving up less than 17 points a game.
QB Mark Borda has won Patriot League Offensive Player of the week for 3 consecutive weeks, including last wek where Lehigh beat Bucknell 40-17 in a game where Borda passed for 5 TDs.
Coach Lembo was not happy with the execution in the game, however, with poor kicking, 4 fumbles, and too many penalties. After the game, he held a closed-door meeting with the players where he reportedly
Only one writeup I could find online, as the Morning Call surprisingly didn't have a writeup of the game, and the Brown and White website was down:
Borda, Hawks Stay Hot
"I'm just happy that we won," said Borda, a former Bethlehem Catholic star who connected on five touchdown throws for the second time in three games. "I think I had an OK day. It was good to win this game."
"We'll see," said Borda, whose big numbers give him a chance to win the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive game. "Mental preparation is just starting right now. It's just a big week."
"I think our assistant coaches did a phenomenal job of preparing the kids for this game," Lembo said. "Going in Shannon (defensive coordinator Shannon Morrison) was a little bit more concerned about their package than he has been in previous weeks. Bucknell had outscored op