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Predictions of Other Games

Hard to believe there's any other game this week than Lehigh/Colgate, eh? I'll try to get through this quickly so we can focus on the big game of the week. I neglected to mention how you can listen to Lehigh broadcasts of the game today in the manuscript I've written earlier today. Here's the information:

Channel 69, WFMZ (Lehigh Valley)
Fox College Sports Atlantic
Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh
DirecTV 628

AM 1230/1320 ESPN Radio


Patriot League:
Holy Cross at Fordham.
A mad Crusaders team isn't exactly a great recipie for a struggling team, even at home. HC 49, Fordham 10.

Bucknell at Lafayette.
The #1 defense in the Patriot League has another great shot at a shutout. Lafayette 20, Bucknell 0.

I-AA Top 25:
#3 New Hampshire at #4 UMass.
This could very well decide the A-10 title, and UNH looks to me to be able to punish the Minutemen. UNH 56, UMass 17.

#5 Texas St. at Nicholls St. The Colonels may be tough at home, but Texas St. to me looks to be tougher. Texas St. 28, Nicholls St. 21.

#15 Portland St. at #6 Montana. An intriguing matchup that has Big Sky championship implications. It's hard to win in Missoula - and even though this type of game has burnt me all year - I'm still making the trendy pick of the Vikings. PSU 35, Montana 31.

UT-Chattanooga at #7 Appalachian St. Coming into Boone with a controversy is not the right way to snag the upset. App St. 33, UT-C 7.

#8 William & Mary at Villanova
. 'Nova is struggling mightily this year, and it's hard to picture the Wildcats helping the rest of the at-large hopefuls around I-AA. W&M 44, 'Nova 14.

#10 Cal Poly at #22 UC-Davis. With key injuries for the Mustangs, this "Battle for the 'Shoe" rivalry game could be a major help for the rest of I-AA at-large hopefuls. I'm giving it to the Aggies. UC-D 31, Cal Poly 21.

#11 Youngstown St. at #21 Northern Iowa. The Panthers are reeling, and the Penguins are on the rise. This may bite me again, but I'm taking the visiting Penguins. YSU 31, NIU 17.

#13 Eastern Washington at Sacramento St. The Hornets are getting the Eagles angry and determined - a bad combination. EWU 49, Sac St. 17.

Northern Arizona at #14 Montana St. No letdown here. MSU 37, NAU 10.

Western Illinois at #17 Illinois St. The hottest team in I-AA will continue their roll into the playoffs. ISU 41, WIU 10.

Richmond at #18 James Madison. Richmond, incredibly, is the second-hottest team in I-AA right now, and the Dukes look to be eliminated, in effect, from the post-season today. Richmond 27, JMU 24.

VMI at #19 Coastal Carolina. The Keydets will be the toughest divisional foe Coastal will play this year. I've got to beleive that VMI will get the "double" - make Lehigh's out-of-conference schedule look good and give Coastal a "bad' loss for the I-AA at-large bid. VMI 28, CCU 26.

#20 Georgia Southern at South Dakota St. The Jackrabbits have overcome a slow start and are huge danger team for Georgia Southern. We'll learn a lot about them with this game - I'm betting that we're going to learn that they're not that good. SDSU 20, GSU 10.

#23 North Dakota St. at Southern Utah. The Bison, even after a long conference road trip, should have enough to win. NDSU 20, SUU 7.

#24 Penn at Brown. A great conference matchup that may determine the Ivy winner. Penn looked so strong last week, it's awfully hrd for me to pick against them. Penn 31, Brown 20.

Delaware St. at #25 South Carolina St. It's a must-win for the Bulldogs, but this won't be an easy matchup. I think they hang on to win. SCSU 23, Delaware St. 10.


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