ROBERT MORRIS vs. BRYANT
Location: Moon, PA (Joe Walton Stadium)
Kickoff: 12:00 pm
The Matchup: Bryant has the opportunity to strengthen its first-place standing by knocking off a member of the NEC’s Steel City contingent for the second week in a row. This time, however, the Bulldogs will have to do it on the road in what is the #NECFB Game of the Week on ESPN3. While Bryant WR Jordan Harris stole the headlines last week when he broke the NEC’s all-time receiving yards record, it was the Bulldogs’ defense that made the difference against Duquesne. Heading into the game, it is uncertain which quarterback that Bryant defense will face this week. Whether it’s Paul Jones, who missed last week’s start due to injury, or reigning NEC Rookie of the Week Marcus Prather, RMU’s quarterback will have the ability to make the big play.
Bryant’s Mike Westerhaus and Robert Morris’ Kyle Cooper on the #NECFB Game of the Week
WAGNER vs. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT
Location: Staten Island, NY (Hameline Field)
Kickoff: 1:00 pm
The Matchup: With only one league loss on its ledger, the possibility of a Northeast Conference crown certainly still exists for Central Connecticut. First, however, Jeff McInerney’s Blue Devils must take care of business on Staten Island where they will face a prideful and capable Wagner team. The defending champion Seahawks are off to a 1-3 NEC start and a repeat title seems unlikely at best. Still, Walt Hameline’s Seahawks are an extremely dangerous opponent. Wagner running back Dominique Williams, the fifth-leading active rusher in FCS, can carry the offense on any given Saturday. On the other side, Rob Hollomon, who is third in FCS in all-purpose yards (202.8 ypg), gives CCSU a home-run threat. Those watching on NEC Front Row will see two of the Football Championship Subdivision’s elite runners.
SACRED HEART vs. Monmouth
Location: Fairfield, CT (Campus Field)
Kickoff: 1:00 pm
Follow the Action: Watch Live on NEC Front Row (No Fee) … Live Stats Feed
The Matchup: Sacred Heart hosts Monmouth in non-league battle that will air live on NEC Front Row. The two teams do have one thing in common – both failed to stop Saint Francis and Kyle Harbridge during their recent trips to Loretto. For the most part, Monmouth has held an edge in the run game over its opponents this season, averaging 42.4 rush yards more per game. Running the ball effectively and preventing the opposition from doing the same has been Sacred Heart’s MO this season. The Pioneers rank eighth in FCS in run defense and 10th in rushing offense.
DUQUESNE vs. SAINT FRANCIS
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Rooney Field)
Kickoff: 6:10 pm
The Matchup: This Keystone State clash carries significant meaning in terms of the NEC title race. Duquesne, which was picked second in the preseason coaches’ poll, is one of two NEC teams tied atop the standings with a 2-1 league mark. Having evened its ledger at 1-1 with a win over Sacred Heart last week, Saint Francis certainly thinks it can make a run at capturing the program’s first-ever conference crown. The run game should play a major part in the outcome of this one. Duquesne averages only 2.8 yards per rush, and any improvement in that area will only help talented rookie QB Dillon Buechel, who leads the NEC with 1,750 pass yards. On the other side, Saint Francis has arguably the most-explosive running back in America. Will Duquesne’s big-name defense be able to contain Walter Payton Award candidate Kyle Harbridge (1,216 rush yds in 7 games).
Pregame Tweet Sheet
— RMU FOOTBALL (@RobertMorrisFB1) October 31, 2013
— Megz ☺️ (@megggzz) November 2, 2013
— Taylor McCarthy (@Taylor_McCarth) November 2, 2013
Paul Jones is dressed and it looks like he’ll be back under center for Robert Morris after missing last week with concussion. #RMU
— Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi) November 2, 2013
— Gabbi Townsend (@gabbi_townsend) November 2, 2013
24 hours until the #ReddenRivalry hope those flashers are ready! Hope to see everyone there! 6:10 kickoff on Rooney.
— Nick Redden (@nred66) November 1, 2013
On our way to Duquesne!! Good Luck @SFU_Football We're on our way!!
— Erika Deissler (@Errrrka_93) November 2, 2013