Rhode Island College Football Weekend Preview- Nov. 1st

Saturday, November 01, 2014

 

The #24/25 Bryant Bulldogs host Central Connecticut on Saturday looking to remain on top of the conference while Brown travels to Penn, looking to get above the .500 mark. Meanwhile, the URI Rams are still looking for their first win of the season in a place they have not won at since 2001, Delaware. That is all covered in this weeks Rhode Island College Football Preview. 

CCSU at #24/25 Bryant Bulldogs, Saturday, November 1, 12 p.m.

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Off to their best start in school history,the #24/25 Bryant Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0 NEC) are back at home this weekend to host Central Connecticut State University (2-6, 0-3 NEC) in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3. The Bulldogs are coming off a 42-9 win over Robert Morris last week while CCSU is coming off three straight conference losses. 

For the Bulldogs to remain tied atop the NEC they are going to need running back Paul Canevari to continue to play well after rushing for 177 yards last week. Under center Bryant looks to Dalton Easton to continue to light it up like he has for the majority of the season. Last week, he threw for two touchdowns and then ran one in himself. The Bulldogs will also rely on their defense in this game after they put up a tremendous performance last week, only allowing 152 yards and coming up with four turnovers. This Bryant team looks poised to put another mark in the win column and move up the the national rankings.

For the Blue Devils of CCSU, their offense revolves around running back Rob Holloman. Holloman comes into this game averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 116 yards per game on the ground. He is Central Connecticut's all time leading rusher and continues to show that he is a force to be reckoned with. For the Blue Devils to win, they will rely heavily on him to score and also control the clock and in turn control time of possession. 

For Tickets to see the Bulldogs battle the Blue Devils, click here. 

Brown at Penn, Saturday, November 1, 1 p.m.

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After a convincing win last week, the Brown Bears (3-3, 1-2 IVY) travel to Pennsylvania for an Ivy League matchup with the Penn Quakers (1-5, 1-2 IVY) at Franklin Field. The Brown Bears have a real chance to get over the .500 mark in this game, especially if they play like they did last week, beating Cornell 42-16 at home. 

Last week, quarterback Marcus Fuller threw for 306 yards and four touchdown passes to four different players. The Brown Bears will need Fuller to lead the charge once again this week, but this time on the road. Brown's defense also built some momentum in last weeks game, especially Zach Sparber who had five tackles in total but three of them for a loss of 14 yard and a sack. He also forced two fumbles. 

Penn has really struggled this year, losing five of their last six games including a 43-21 loss to Yale last week. However, Penn has motivation to continue to play hard because their coach, Al Bagnoli, will be retiring at the end of this season, his 23rd season, and of course Penn wants to send him out with wins. He has nine IVY League titles in his career. 

This game can be seen on the Ivy league Digital Network.

University of Rhode Island at Delaware, Saturday, November 1, 12 p.m.

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The University of Rhode Island Rams (0-8, 0-4 CAA) head to Delaware on Saturday to pay a visit to the Blue Hens (4-4, 2-2 CAA), who URI is 8-21 against all time. The Rams come into this game still looking for their first win of the season but come into this game with some positives. Senior Andrew Bose was named CAA defensive player of the week and junior Myles Holmes was named CAA special teams player of the week. 

URI will need both of those players and more to step up if they want to get their first win of the season and win in Delaware which is something they have not done since 2001. URI is only 3-13 all time in Delaware. 

The Blue Hens come home looking to snap a two game losing streak. Last week they suffered a tough loss to #18 William and Mary, 31-17, when they only trailed 10-7 at the half. Quarterback Trent Hurley will look to build off his performance last week where he went 24 of 36 for 236 yards in a loss. Wide receiver Michael Johnson was Hurley's main target last week, catching eight passes for 53 yards. If the Blue Hens want to continue their home dominance of the Rams, they will look to both of these players to lead the way. 

You can listen to this game on 920 WHJJ.

 

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