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CFB Week 2: Your Weekend Lehigh Fan Viewing Guide

It's that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 2 of the college football season.  Why go to website after website when all the information you need is right here?


Friday, September 6th:

6:00 PM EST, Merrimack At Wagner
Video Streaming at: NEC Front Row (free)
LFN Watch LevelBlue (Elevated)

Yes, it's a game pitting the NEC champs versus a sub Division I school.  And yes, it's likely to be a Seahawk victory.  But it's the only game in town if you want to watch a real college football game.  Come on, are you really going to watch Wake Forest/Boston College on ESPN2?

Saturday, September 7th:

1:00 PM EST, Towson At Holy Cross
Video Streaming at: Patriot League Network (free)
LFN Watch LevelBlue (Elevated)

Sure, it's unlikely you'll be able to tear yourself away from Central Connecticut State/Lehigh, especially if you're at Murray Goodman, which is where I'll be.  But if you're at home and the Lehigh game gets out of hand, you could do worse than check out the No. 6 team in the nation in Towson - and maybe hope for a Purple upset.  If nothing else it's a game where you want to eyeball the score occasionally.

3:00 PM EST,  New Hampshire At Central Michigan
Video Streaming: ESPN3 (free if your local cable provider provides it)
LFN Watch Level: Red-Orange (Strong Scouting Potential)

You won't catch all of it if you're watching Central Connecticut State at Lehigh, but it's the most logical game to tackle right after the game at Murray Goodman stadium concludes.  Like Lehigh, this will be the first game of the season for the Wildcats, who visit Lehigh later this month.  It's also a red-hot possibility for another FCS over FBS upset.

3:30 PM EST, Delaware State At Delaware
TV broadcast: NBC Sports Network (where available)
Video Streaming at: NBC Live Extra (free if your local cable provider provides it)
LFN Watch Level: Blue (Elevated)

The perfect game where the die-hard FCS football fan can pull the "one game on TV, another game on the laptop" move.  Besides, if the Blue Hens were to lose to the Hornets, wouldn't you want to see it live?

6:00 PM EST, Marist At Bucknell
Video Streaming at: Patriot League Network (free)
LFN Watch LevelYellow (Elevated)

How good is Bucknell?  In years past, you'd have needed a paid subscription to find out, but with the new Patriot League Network now anyone can find out about the Bison.  Unfortunately it buts up against two of the more compelling Lehigh fan matchups of the weekend.  Keep an eye on this game, though, if some of the other games get out of hand.

6:00 PM EST, Villanova At Fordham
Video Streaming at: Patriot League Network (free)
LFN Watch LevelRed-Orange (Strong Scouting Potential)

The premier out-of-league matchup this weekend is coming from the Bronx, with the 11th-ranked Wildcats taking on Fordham, a team which racked up 51 points against Rhode Island last weekend.  A win by the Rams would be exactly the out-of-conference win the league needs, and if you're a Patriot League fan you'll be cheering against Andy Talley and the Main Line in this one.

6:00 PM EST, Albany At Colgate
Video Streaming at: Patriot League Network (free)
LFN Watch LevelYellow-Orange (Scouting Potential)

Like the Fordham game, this battle between two of the longest-tenured coaches in FCS in Bob Ford (Albany) and Dick Biddle (Colgate) is a compelling matchup between a CAA team (yes, Albany is a CAA team now) and a Patriot League team.  It's just a tiny bit below the Villanova/Fordham game because Villanova is the 11th ranked team in the country.

6:00 PM EST, Sacred Heart At Lafayette
Video Streaming at: Lafayette Sports All-Access ($$$)
Live Stats
LFN Watch Level: Blue (Elevated)

6:00 PM EST, Davidson At Georgetown
Video Streaming at: Hoyas All-Access ($$$)
Live Stats
LFN Watch LevelBlue (Elevated)

Five Patriot League contests at 6PM Eastern on Saturday will fill anyone's night.  These would be in the mix, too, but the only problem is the best matchups are available for free from the Patriot League Network.  If you have the subscription (especially the CBS ULive subscription that covers them all), they're worth a look-see.  If you're a cheapskate like me, there's always the live stats.

7:00 PM EST,  Monmouth at Liberty
TV: Liberty Flames Sports Network (check your local listings)
Video Streaming: ESPN3 (free if your local cable provider provides it)
LFN Watch LevelRed-Orange (Strong Scouting Potential)

If there was ever a game to take advantage of the fact that ESPN3 allows time-shifting of the broadcast, this is it.  Finish watching Nova/Fordham, and then catch the full broadcast of Monmouth/Liberty later, speeding through the highlights.  It will be key before Lehigh's trip to West Long Branch, New Jersey next weekend.

7:00 PM EST,  Sam Houston State at Texas A&M
Video Streaming: ESPN3 (free if your local cable provider provides it)
LFN Watch LevelOrange (Bearkat Orange)

If there's a chance that an FCS team could somehow upset QB Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, you have to be able to watch that game.  Keep an eye on it.  Just in case history can be made.

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