The probability of an undefeated NEC champion this season became even slimmer in Week 7 when Sacred Heart rebounded from a loss in its conference opener to hand rival Central Connecticut its first league defeat.
A total of only five Northeast Conference games have been played thus far this fall, and four teams already have losses on their ledger. Out of the three NEC teams who have played at least two conference games to date, none are undefeated.
Duquesne, only one of three NEC teams that have yet to suffer a league loss, opened its conference schedule by sending defending champion Wagner to its second setback in league play.
Another team is bound to fall from the ranks on the NEC unbeatens in Week 8 as Robert Morris and Duquesne clash in the Steel City Rivalry Game. The game will serve as the conference opener for RMU, its final one under the direction of western Pennsylvania football legend Joe Walton who will retire after the 2013 season.
Should Bryant fall to Sacred Heart, the number of NEC unbeatens after Week 8 will be one.
Our Overtime! Blog staff has been saying it all season long, and we will likely say it another 2,702 times until the last week in November – This year’s title race is as wide open as ever.
Don’t believe us? Then, listen to Central Connecticut head coach Jeff McInerney. Heading into his Week 7 matchup at Sacred Heart, McInerney told the New Britain Herald, “This league is so wide open. We have to keep an even keel.”
In his post-game press conference, following CCSU’s 59-36 setback at SHU, McInerney said of the game, “It’s NEC football at its finest. It’s wild, wacky and tough.”
In what appears to be a “wild and wacky” landscape even a team like Saint Francis, which was tabbed to finish fifth by the preseason coaches’ poll, cannot be discounted in the slightest.
Although SFU opened league play with a setback at Central Connecticut, the Flash rebounded with a dominating defensive effort that led to a 28-10 win over Monmouth in Week 7. After handling FCS Independent Monmouth, the Red Flash will enjoy a bye week before end their regular season slate with five consecutive conference contests.
Central Connecticut and Wagner, both of whom suffered Week 7 losses, will join SFU on a Week 8 bye.
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Postgame Tweet Sheet
— KizertheBlueDevil (@KizerBlueDevil) October 12, 2013
— Nick Redden (@nred66) October 13, 2013
Huge W for The Dukes today thanks to everyone that came out and supported us! Let’s enjoy tonight and get ready for the #SteelCityRivalry
— Nick Redden (@nred66) October 12, 2013
— Gregory Ibe (@IbeGregory) October 12, 2013
— Carrie Healey (@CarrieHeals) October 12, 2013
— Tim Goodwin (@TGoodwin21) October 12, 2013
Best college football team in the state? SHU beats Central Conn. 59-36 to improve to 6-1 on the season! #Nofmania
— William Paxton (@wspaxton) October 12, 2013
So is ” #Nofmania” like a saying now lol
— Gordon Hill (@G_Hill28) October 12, 2013
That’s one mighty kick. Crimmins good from 47. Duquesne 10, Wagner 0.
— Julian Routh (@julianrouth) October 12, 2013
THE DUKESSSSSSS BABY
— K. Zovko – Preps (@Kzovko) October 12, 2013
Southington’s Dube too much for CCSU – New Britain Herald (Matt Straub)
Duquesne explodes late for 34-7 Northeast Conference victory over Wagner – Staten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)
Monmouth doomed by sloppy start in loss to Saint Francis – Asbury Park Press (Staff Report)
Brown downs Bryant – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Duquesne pulls away late – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Sacred Heart defeats Central Connecticut – Yahoo! Sports (AP)