Rhode Island College Football Weekend Preview- Nov. 8th

Saturday, November 08, 2014


The Bryant Bulldogs hit the road, looking to continue their tremendous season. The Brown Bears are at home for a big showdown with Yale and URI is at home looking to pull off a major upset. Here is this weeks Rhode Island College Football preview.  

#21/23 Bryant Bulldogs vs Duquesne, Saturday, November 8th, 12 p.m.

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The  #21/23 Bryant Bulldogs (7-1, 3-0 NEC) hit the road for a big three game stretch starting in Philly against the Duquesne Dukes (5-4, 1-2 NEC) to close out the season. 

The Bryant Bulldogs

Bryant is coming off a big win last week where Bulldog running backs, Ricardo McCray and Paul Canevari racked up a combine 352 yards rushing, a division one record en route to a 31-3 victory over Central Connecticut. The Bulldogs will look to duplicate that performance this week on the road in a hostile environment.

However, the Bulldogs will rely on their defense again in this game, as it has become one of the best defenses in the country. Last week they didn't allow a touchdown, the first time they have done that since 2011. Bryant's defense ranks fourth in scoring defense, allowing 15.4 points per game, and eighth in total defense.  

The Dukes

The Duquesne Dukes come into this game following a loss last week and will look to get back on track this week at home. The Dukes starting quarterback Dillon Buechel has missed the last two games with an injury and it is unknown whether or not he will be available for the game. Buechel averages 274.7 yards per game through the air which is good for eighth best in the country with his main target being wide receiver Chris King. King has over 1,000 yards receiving on the season which leads the country and averages 118.8 yards per game. To go along with all of that, King has 13 touchdowns on the season. 

The Dukes defense can be exposed however. Coming into this game they are giving up just under 24 points per game and giving up 334 yards of total offense per game so expect the Brant offense to be able to move the ball. 

Huge Game for the Bulldogs

This should be an interesting game and a big game for the Bulldogs. Their defense will really be tested against this potent offense though they may get a break if Buechel is unable to go.

Listen to the game on WOON and watch the game on NEC Front Row

Yale vs Brown, Saturday, November 8th, 12: 30 p.m.

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The Brown Bears (4-3, 2-2 IVY) come into a showdown with the Yale Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 IVY) red hot, having won four of their last five games and two straight. This game is essentially a must win if the Bears want to keep their hopes of winning an IVY League Championship alive. 

Brown Bears

Brown is coming in off a win in Philly last week where back up quarterback Seth Rosenbauer ran for 206 yards and did just about everything on offense except throw a pass. It's not realistic to expect him to duplicate that performance so the Bears will need others, like quarterback Marcus Fuller to step up in this game. Last week, Fuller threw for 177 yards and a 36 yard touchdown pass to help the Bears beat Penn and has been playing well the entire season for the Bears. They will also need a big game from wide receiver Brian Strachan who has averaged 68 yards a game, which ranks sixth best in the IVY League. 

Yale Bulldogs

For the Bulldogs, they are coming off a win over Columbia where they put up 586 yards of total offense, including 329 rush yards.Yale is very comfortable handing the ball to Rich Chandler who in last week's game ran for 202 yards in a big Yale win. He will look to duplicate that performance. 

For tickets to the 119th meeting between Brown and Yale, click here.  The game will also be televised on Fox College Sports Atlantic. 

#2 New Hampshire vs URI, Saturday, November 8th, 12:30 p.m.

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The URI Rams (0-9, 0-5 CAA) come into their second to last home game of the season still looking for their first win of the season and some confidence heading into next year. The #2 New Hampshire Wild Cats (7-1, 5-0 CAA) come to town on Saturday afternoon.

The Rams will play a ranked opponent for the fourth time this season and are 0-3 to this point. The last time the Rams beat a ranked opponent was in 2011 and their last win in the series against the Wild Cats came in September of 2010. 

URI will need big performances on both the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball if they want to pull off a major upset victory and end the losing streak. On the defensive side of the ball, Tim Weinclaw and Andrew Bose will look to step up on the defensive side of the ball and contain a high powered New Hampshire offense. 

The Wild Cats are coming off a game where they put up 49 points. In fact, they have put up at least 30 points in four of their last five games and at least 40 points in three of those last five games. They will look to do the same on the road against the Rams. 

For tickets to the game, click here


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