College Sports Journal Northeast Conference Previews: Week of 9/28/2019

A brand-new rivalry is spawned in the NEC and a league tilt between St. Francis (PA) and Bryant feature this week.

BYE: Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut State

Fearless Predictions

LIU (0-2) at Wagner (0-4), Saturday September 28th, 12:00 PM, Hameline Field, Staten Island, NY, ESPN3 (subscription req’d)

In the future this “Battle for the Best Borough”, or whatever this New York City Rivalry will be called, could be a great one.  But for now, it’s a battle of winless teams.  Wagner came close to upsetting UConn, then has struggled, though two of the losses were to FBS teams.  I think that tough scheduling finally pays off for the Seahawks.   Wagner 28, LIU 24

Merrimack (2-2) at Lehigh (0-3), Saturday September 28th, 12:30 PM, Murray Goodman Stadium, Patriot League Network

Read our game preview here and a full-blown breakdown of Merrimack here.  Lehigh can win this game – in fact, really, need to win this game – if they match Merrimack’s motor and execution, which they’ve shown in two lopsided wins over sub-D-I competition and a furious rally against Central Connecticut State.   The Warriors will be a stern test for the Mountain Hawks in a game that could go either way. Lehigh 34, Merrimack 27

Saint Francis (PA) (2-2) at Bryant (0-4),  Saturday September 28th, 1:00 PM, Beirne Stadium, Smithfield, RI, NEC Front Row

The Red Flash should be too much for a Bryant team that has struggled in the post-James Perry era.   St. Francis (PA) 31, Bryant 22

Duquesne (2-1) at New Hampshire (1-2) Saturday September 28th, 1:00 PM, Wildcat Stadium, Durham, NH, NBC Sports Boston, FLO Sports ($$/subscription req’d)

New Hampshire was able to get past Rhode Island last week for their first victory of the season. Duquesne has proven they can beat CAA teams with a playoff win at Towson last year. The “other” Dukes get the best of the Wildcats this week behind a big game from AJ Hines. Duquesne 24, New Hampshire 22

Robert Morris at Youngstown State  |  Youngstown, Ohio • 6 p.m. ET [ESPN+/ESPN+ (subscription req’d)]

The Penguins will role in this one and head into MVFC on a high note. YSU 38 RMU 10

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