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2014 Week 1 Viewing Guide And Fearless Predictions

This weekend's Lehigh football game, if you can't make it, will be broadcast on Service Electric 2 in the Lehigh Valley, and simulcast online via the Patriot League Digital Network.

Six Patriot League teams play this weekend, with Colgate having a bye week after last week's loss to Ball State.

Interestingly, future Mountain Hawk opponents Monmouth and New Hampshire also have bye weeks this week (as does Yale and Cornell, of course, as the Ivy League football season has not started yet).

Unquestionably the "big game" after the one at Murray Goodman is the clash between Fordham and Villanova, a good game vs. Top Ten teams that will be broadcast on The Comcast Network locally, a bunch of affiliates nationally - and, thankfully, on the Patriot League Network too.

Here's the PLN preview of this week's games.



Saturday, September 5th

1:00 PM : Georgetown at Dayton

Video Stream: A-10 Network ($$)
Audio: WHIO (free)
Stats: Stat Broadcast

I thought the Hoyas might give Wagner a good game, but they struggled in a 21-3 loss.  The Flyers are probably better than the Seahawks.

Flyers 28, Hoyas 13.


1:00 PM: Morgan State at Holy Cross

Stream: Patriot League Network
Stats: Live Stats
Audio: 95.9 FM (IHeartRadio)

I keep reading that the Crusaders should rebound this week and beat a team from the MEAC.  But I'm not sure they're over the brutal way they lost against Albany last week, and Morgan State is much closer to Holy Cross in talent than people think.

Bears 21, Crusaders 17


3:30 PM: No. 10 Fordham at No. 7 Villanova

TV: The Comcast Network, or check your local listings (American Sports Network)
Stream: Patriot League Network
Stats: GameTracker
Live Audio: StretchInternet

Is it too late to get a projection screen in Murray Goodman's parking lot?  A dandy of a game featuring two of FCS' top QBs, this time Fordham will not have the element of surprise in their favor.

Wildcats 45, Rams 43


6:00 PM: Lafayette at Sacred Heart

TV: Lafayette Sports Network (check local listings)
Stream: ESPN3/Watch ESPN (free with many cable providers)
Stats: Live Stats
No Audio

It sure didn't feel like a battle between two FCS playoff teams when I swung by the matchup between these two teams last season, but it most certainly was.  Leopards probably should have won last year in Easton.  This year, they get revenge in Fairfield.

Leopards 31, Pioneers 27



6:00 PM: Bucknell at Marist

Stream: Live Video from Bucknell's Site (free)
Stats: Live Stats
Live Audio: 107.3 audio via Bucknell's Site

The Bison were supposed to mop up VMI last weekend, but squeaked by 42-38.  What might Marist do?  Come close, but not quite, pull off the upset.

Bison 31, Red Foxes 28


Other interesting games of note at TV/streaming information:

Saturday, 12:00 PM: 
Akron at Penn State (ABC, ESPN3/Watch ESPN)
Buffalo at Army  (CBS Sports Network, CBS ULive)
Howard at Rutgers (Big 10 Network, BTN2GO)
Stony Brook at UConn (SNY, ESPN3/Watch ESPN)

Saturday, 1:00 PM:
Navy at Temple (ESPN3/Watch ESPN)

Saturday, 3:00 PM:
No. 2 Eastern Washington at Washington (Pac 12 Network, Pac 12 Live)

Saturday, 3:30 PM:
No. 20 Richmond at Virginia (ESPN3/Watch ESPN)

Saturday, 6:00 PM:
No. 24 William and Mary at Hampton (Free video Stream)

Saturday, 7:00 PM:
No. 25 Southern Illinois at No. 14 Eastern Illinois (OVC Digital Network, Free)
No. 9 Jacksonville State at No. 15 Chattanooga (SoCon Digital Network, Free)

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