#NECFB: Five Alive, but Sacred Heart and Robert Morris Face Best Odds

Week 11 was about staying alive.

Walter Payton Award Kyle Harbridge totaled 208 yards from scrimmage to help keep Saint Francis (2-2) in contention for the NEC crown. Meanwhile, with the defense pitching its second shutout of the season, Sacred Heart won a “do-or-die” game against Duquesne.

Robert Morris’ runaway win at Central Connecticut (2-2) dealt a blow to the Blue Devils’ chances, while catapulting the Colonials (3-1) into first place, one-half game ahead of Sacred Heart (3-2) and Duquesne (3-2).

“You always want to be playing meaningful games in late November. That’s what you work for year-round,” said Sacred Heart’s second-year head coach Mark Nofri, whose team will be doing just that come Week 12.

With two Saturdays of NEC football remaining in the regular season, we know this…

The recipient of the NEC’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs is far from decided, but Sacred Heart and Robert Morris face the easiest path to the coveted postseason berth.

In fact, the Pioneers and Colonials are the only two teams who can clinch the bid during Week 12.

Saint Francis, Duquesne and Central Connecticut are all still mathematically alive, but need a great deal of help and wouldn’t be able to solidify anything until after the Week 13 slate is complete.

Sacred Heart and Robert Morris will actually face one another in a Week 12 matchup in Moon, and fans can watch it live on NEC Front Row. The winner automatically clinches at least a share of conference crown.

As for securing the FCS playoff bid, Sacred Heart needs a win coupled with a Saint Francis loss to Wagner. Should SHU and SFU both win in Week 12, Sacred Heart would need Saint Francis to suffer a Week 13 loss to acquire the playoff berth.

For Robert Morris to clinch the auto bid by week’s end, the Colonials need to defeat Sacred Heart and hope for losses by SFU and Duquesne.

To borrow an old phrase, Fasten Your Seatbelts, folks!

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Wagner staked claim to the 2012 NEC title, but there will be a new conference champion in 2013. Who will it be?

Wagner staked claim to the 2012 NEC title, but there will be a new conference champion in 2013. Who will it be?

#NECFB Game of the Week

Wagner at Saint Francis
Saturday, November 16 – Kickoff: 12:00 pm

The season’s final #NECFB Game of the Week on ESPN3 will feature two of the top rushers in the league’s 18-year history. Wagner’s Dominique Williams (4,345 yards) and Saint Francis’ Kyle Harbridge (3,918) will compete on opposite sides of the Week 12 bout, meaning that the NEC’s fifth-ranked and eighth-ranked all-time leading rushers will be in Loretto this Saturday (Nov. 16). In that same game, Wagner’s David Lopez (43) will have the opportunity to break Piotr Czech’s NEC career record for field goals made.

 

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#NECFB Headlines

Spence, Sacred Heart run over DukesYahoo! Sports (AP)

Robert Morris pounds Central ConnecticutYahoo! Sports (AP)

Saint Francis outlasts Bryant, 23-20Yahoo! Sports (AP)

CCSU football team needs to regain spirit quicklyNew Britain Herald (Matt Straub)

SHU’s Spence set school rushing recordConnecticut Post (Staff Reports)

Monmouth shuts down Wagner’s sputtering offenseStaten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)

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