October 19th, 2022 5:00am
Another week, another exciting slate of games.
Assumption (4-2, 3-1 NE10) at American International (0-6, 0-3 NE10)
When: October 22nd, 12:00 PM
All-Time Series: American International leads the series, 15-9-0
My Thoughts: Expect a defensive struggle.
Assumption fell to Bentley 10-3 last Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds struggled to move the ball on the offensive side of the ball and were not able to find the end zone. The defense held the top NE10 offense in check but was not able to find enough points to win the game. For Assumption to win on the road, they will need to move the ball on the ground and find the end zone. The defense will need to continue its dominance.
American International fell to Pace 45-34 last weekend. The Yellow Jackets struggled to contain Carlton Aiken all day long while their offense was playing from behind. They had some success throwing the ball but not enough to grab their first victory of the season. For American International to win the game, they will need to play 60 minutes of football. The defense will need to make stops and get off the field. The offense needs to move the ball and end drives in the end zone.
Assumption will bring the defense and control this game.
Prediction: Assumption 28 American International 10
Pace (4-3, 2-2 NE10) at Franklin Pierce (1-6, 1-4 NE10)
When: October 22nd, 1:00 PM
All-Time Series: Pace leads the series, 2-0-0
Pace defeated American International 45-34 last Saturday. The Setters saw their best offensive output of the season and moved the ball up and down the field. They continue to be on a roller-coaster season as they win one week and then lose the next. For Pace to win on the road, they will need to ride the back of Carlton Aiken again. Let him make good decisions and get the ball into his weapons.
Franklin Pierce lost to Southern Connecticut 37-20 last Saturday afternoon. The Ravens were not able to slow down all three phases of the Owls. The offense had a decent game as they had nearly 300 yards in the game. For Franklin Pierce to win the game, they will need to play as they have in the past two games in the fourth quarter for the entire game. They have only played one complete game and they had a win in that game.
This game will be close until Pace makes some plays late to win the game.
Prediction: Pace 28 Franklin Pierce 19
Southern Connecticut (1-6, 1-3 NE10) at Bentley (5-2, 3-1 NE10)
When: October 22nd, 2:00 PM
All-Time Series: Bentley leads the series, 14-9-0
My Thoughts: Used to be a game to circle on the schedule.
Southern Connecticut defeated Franklin Pierce 37-20. The Owls grabbed their first victory of the season as they found some offensive success. The defense also contributed to the victory as they held the Ravens in check. For Southern Connecticut to win on the road, they will need to play mistake-free. The offense will need to score early and often. The defense will need to limit the Bentley passing game and not allow too many big plays.
Bentley defeated Assumption 10-3 last weekend. The Falcons were solid on defense and didn’t allow the Greyhounds any daylight the entire game. The offense made just enough plays to get points on the board and escape with the road victory. For Bentley to win the game, they will need to move the ball and get back to the previous weeks of yards and points. The defense will need to continue their solid play and cause some turnovers.
Bentley will control the game and win going away.
Prediction: Bentley 38 Southern Connecticut 10
Saint Anselm (4-2, 2-2 NE10) at Post (0-6, 0-0 Independent)
When: October 22nd, 6:00 PM
All-Time Series: First Meeting
My Thoughts: New rivalry.
Saint Anselm had last weekend off after losing two straight games. The Hawks used the bye week to correct the mistakes of the previous couple of weeks and to get their focus back. They are still in a position to finish the season strong over the final four weeks. For Saint Anselm to win on the road, they will need to play mistake-free. The offense needs to move the ball and score when in the red zone. The defense needs to continue their solid play and make some big plays.
Post lost to New Haven 67-20 last Saturday. The Eagles were not able to slow down the many weapons of the Chargers. They have struggled with injuries and continue to battle each week in their first season of Division II football. For Post to win on their home turf, they will need to slow down the passing game of Saint Anselm. Their offense will need to move the chains and use some of the energy of their home crowd in their first home game since Week One.
Saint Anselm will bounce back nicely with a road win.
Prediction: Saint Anselm 35 Post 10