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Week Five Football Predictions, 10/02/2010

For those who are interested - below the flip are my selection of picks tomorrow's Patriot League football games being played.

For my picks of the rest of the week, click here to visit the College Sporting News and read: "Rising Redhawks, Sinking Salukis", where I pick the Sports Network Top 25.

Last weekend - to quote a trashy one, oops, I did it again. Again I had a great week, going 4-1, and only missing the Lafayette/Princeton game that went into overtime and could have gone either way. Picking Assumption to beat Fordham - a pick I'm particularly proud of - as well as picking Georgetown to beat Holy Cross, Colgate to fall to Syracuse, and Lehigh to fall to New Hampshire, it was another good week in Chuckland. That puts my record on the year at 15-8. (more)

Reading For Your Bye Week

Crying because it's the bye week, and you can't get your Lehigh football fix?  Fret not.  There are a backlog of articles about Lehigh players that you can enjoy below the flip.

If that weren't enough, there's even an article from the Brown & White telling the students to step away from the tailgates - if even for only an hour - and watch the damn game.

It might even make up for the fact that there's no game this weekend. Read on. (more)

LFN Players of the Week, Lehigh vs. New Hampshire

Tthis week's LFN Players of the Week awards go to:

Offense: Senior RB Jay Campbell (44 all-purpose yards, 1 TD)
Defense: Junior LB Colin Newton (11 tackles, 1 forced fumble)
Special Teams: Senior CB/KR John "Prez" Kennedy (76 yard return on kickoff, despite nursing an injury)
Underclassman: Sophomore CB Bryan Andrews (5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 46 yard interception return)

Congratulations to the winners!

FCS East Wrapup: Signs of the Apocalypse?

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you probably already know that my "Sunday Word" this week was "Assumption", so selected because of the shocking 30-24 win by the Division II Greyhounds over the Fordham Rams, (who are still a member of the Patriot League despite their decision to offer full football scholarships starting with the current freshman class).

Ultimately, the wordplay of the tiny college from Worcester, Mass was too great to pass up.  (Read it, and I hope you agree.)  But a close second as to my selection of "Sunday Word" wasn't far off from that, either: that word would be "Apocalypse".

What else could explain a September that is simply jam-packed with improbable outcomes that might have one looking in the scripture or historic documents to see if, say a 3-1 Georgetown team or a 2-0 Dartmouth team might be a sign of the Rapture? (more)

Last Look: Lehigh vs. New Hampshire

(Photo Credit: Cheryl Senter, AP and the Morning Call)

Lehigh's trip to New Hampshire wasn't the most pleasant for sophomore CB Bryan Andrews, head coach Andy Coen and the rest of the Mountain Hawks. In the end, though, Lehigh fans are hoping that the game against New Hampshire and the game a few weeks ago versus Villanova will serve as valuable experience as to what is required to win the Patriot League - and to compete on a national level.

At 2-2, Lehigh is about where the rosiest of fans hoped they might be, and the bye week this week comes at the perfect time to allow Lehigh's bumps and injuries to heal before another test on October 9th vs. Fordham. But before we head to the bye week, let's take a final step back and look at the wrapup of the New Hampshire game. (more)

Sunday's Word: Assumption

If you've been around a while, you probably know what they say about "assuming".

But any "assumption" you made about the Patriot League back in August has probably, by the end of this month, be proven untrue.

It was emphatically brought home this weekend with "Assumption" college, who - it was "assumed" by most - would be a homecoming opponent that would be cannon fodder for big, bad Fordham.

Now armed with football scholarships, a really good transfer QB to step into the shoes of QB John Skelton, and just a fresh new attitude that nothing could stop this Ram football team.  Right?

If you "assumed" that "Assumption" - a Division II school from the Northeast-10 conference - would roll over in front of Fordham, you'd have been made to look like a donkey after the Greyhounds' 30-24 victory. But take heart, folks who picked the Rams. There have been plenty of moments where anybody - and I mean anybody, which empha…