SACRED HEART vs. Chowan
Location: Fairfield, CT (Campus Field)
Kickoff: 1:00 pm
The Matchup: The Pioneers will look to keep the good times rolling when Division II CIAA member Chowan visits Campus Field. Sacred Heart, which is 3-0 for the first time in five years, is the lone remaining undefeated NEC team. The Pioneers’ bread and butter thus far in 2013 has been the ability to run the football. Sacred Heart, which has the top-ranked rushing offense in all of Division I FCS, has eclipsed the 320-yard rushing mark in its last two wins.
SAINT FRANCIS vs. Lincoln
Location: Loretto, PA (DeGol Field)
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
The Matchup: Following back-to-back road games at nationally-ranked opponents, Saint Francis will likely be eager to play in front of its home crowd for the first time in 2013. The Red Flash, who are coming off a near-upset at James Madison, will look for the season’s first win against Division II CIAA member Lincoln. If last week’s game between Lincoln and NEC member Sacred Heart was any indication, then Saint Francis could have a fruitful day running the football. SFU running back Kyle Harbridge takes aim at a third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance against a Lincoln defense that surrendered 362 yards on the ground in Week 3.
DUQUESNE at Youngstown State
Location: Youngstown, OH (Stambaugh Stadium)
Kickoff: 4:00 pm
The Matchup: The Dukes come off their bye week and face their stiffest non-conference test yet. After a Week 1 home win over CAA member Albany and a Week 2 road loss at Dayton, Duquesne returns to Ohio to take on MVFC Youngstown State. The Penguins were ranked in both the Sports Network and AFCA Top 25 last week, but fell out of both polls after their 55-17 Week 3 loss at Big Ten member Michigan State. Duquesne’s defensive playmakers will have the task of containing running back Jody Webb and Co. In two games against FCS opponents, YSU has out-scored its opponents 579 yards The Dukes, who are averaging only 2.3 yards per carry this season, can keep the high-powered Penguin attack off the field by kick-starting their run game.
WAGNER at Delaware
Location: Newark, DE (Raymond Field)
Kickoff: 6:00 pm
The Matchup: It’ll be the first-ever meeting between the Seahawks and the Blue Hens, both of whom are coming off lop-sided losses to FBS opponents. Delaware has beaten the two FCS opponents on its schedule thus far and averaged 533.5 yards of offense per victory. The Wagner defensive front four will need to pressure UDel QB Trent Hurley, who threw for 328 yards and 4 TDs in a Week 2 win over Del. St. Wagner can help itself by eating up clock on offense. Look for preseason all-NEC running back Dominique Williams (102.0 rush ypg) to bounce back after being limited to only 34 yards at Syracuse.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT at Albany
Location: Albany, NY (Bob Ford Field)
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
The Matchup: A pair of old conference foes meets up in New York’s Capital Region. Central Connecticut will become the second NEC team this season to face CAA member, and former NEC program, UAlbany. Both teams suffered home losses in Week 3. CCSU has dropped games to Patriot League foes the past two weeks despite noteworthy performances from RB Rob Hollomon. Hollomon is among the top running backs in the nation in several statistical categories entering the fourth week of the season. He ranks sixth in rushing yards (371), seventh in rushing yards per game (123.7) and fifth in all-purpose yards per game (201). While the Blue Devils have shown they can run the ball effectively, head coach Jeff McInerney noted an immediate need to improve on stopping the run.
NEC Football Digest Week 4 Preview
Pregame Tweet Sheet
— Matt Rousseau (@M_Rouss16) September 21, 2013
Big game vs Youngstown!! Looks like it’s gonna be a wet game, don’t matter I come from Oregon we invented rain. Gotta win for @SPBrady3
— G. Carter (@GDotCarter_2) September 21, 2013
Everyone come out an support @SFU_Football today at 2pm! Bring your umbrellas and cheer on your red flash football team! ☔️⚡️🏈🎀
— Erika Deissler (@Errrrka_93) September 21, 2013
— Phillip G Faccone Jr (@HamboneFaccone) September 21, 2013
Good luck to CCSU Football at Albany today!
— Ashley Afonso (@AshleyAfonso) September 21, 2013