NE10 Week Seven Preview

October 12th, 2022 6:00am

NE10 Week Seven Preview

We have hit the halfway point of the month.


American International (0-5, 0-2 NE10) at Pace (3-3, 1-2 NE10)

When: October 15th, 1:00 PM

All-Time Series:  American International leads the series, 20-4-0

My Thoughts: Always a tough matchup.

American International fell to nationally ranked Grand Valley 45-3 last Saturday.  The Yellow Jackets were not able to overcome the talent and speed of one of the top teams in the country.  They allowed too many long touchdown scores.  For American International to win on the road, they will need to play a complete game on both sides of the ball.  The offense needs to move the chains and score in the red zone.  The defense will also need to make some plays and not allow Pace to put up points with ease.

Pace lost on the road at New Haven 35-7 last weekend.  The Setters were not able to slow down the Chargers on either side of the ball.  They continue to win one week and fall the next.  For Pace to win at home, they will need to play well for 60 minutes.  Carlton Aiken will need to spread the ball to his offensive weapons and the defense will need to pressure the quarterback into making bad decisions.

It is the week that Pace rebounds and gets back into the win column.

Prediction:  Pace 27 American International 10


Bentley (4-2, 2-1 NE10) at Assumption (4-1, 3-0 NE10)

When: October 15th, 1:00 PM

All-Time Series:  Bentley leads the series, 38-12-1

My Thoughts:  Game of the Week.

Bentley easily defeated Saint Anselm 38-7 last weekend.  The Falcons came out of the gates quickly and took control of the game right now.  They move the ball up and down the field while the defense continued to play well.  For Bentley to win on the road, they will need to continue to play well on the defensive side.  The offense will need to find holes in a tough Assumption defense and score when given the chance.

Assumption defeated Franklin Pierce Pierce 28-14 last Sunday afternoon.  The Greyhounds played a similar game in the past couple of weeks.  The defense was strong while the offense ground out yards on the ground as they controlled the clock.  For Assumption to win on their home turf, they will need to repeat the game plan of the past several weeks.  The defense will need to play their typical brick wall style while the offense controls the line of scrimmage and scores in the red zone.

This game will be a battle between two teams that are solid in the trenches.  It will come down to a late play and the home crowd will leave happy.

Prediction:  Assumption 21 Bentley 17


Post (0-5, 0-0 Independent) at New Haven (5-1, 4-0 NE10)

When: October 15th, 1:00 PM

All-Time Series:  First Meeting
My Thoughts:  New in-state rivalry.

Post had the previous weekend off after they dropped their first five games of the season.  The Eagles have not had much luck against the NE10 as both games have been one-sided.  For Post to win on the road, they will need to play a perfect game.  They need to find a way to battle a bigger team in the trenches as well as convert on all the New Haven mistakes.

New Haven defeated Pace 35-7 last Saturday.  The Chargers dominated the entire game as they scored early and the defense did not allow Pace to feel comfortable at all.  For New Haven to win on the blue turf, they will need to come out fast and not allow Post to feel comfortable on either side of the ball. 

New Haven will win this game going away.

Prediction:  New Haven 49 Post 7

Franklin Pierce (1-5, 1-3 NE10) at Southern Connecticut (0-6, 0-3 NE10)

When: October 15th, 2:00 PM

All-Time Series:  Southern Connecticut leads the series, 2-0-0

My Thoughts:  Wins at a premium in this matchup.

Franklin Pierce fell to Assumption 28-14 last Sunday afternoon at Polar Park.  The Ravens struggled until the final quarter when they finally broke through.  The offense scored twice, and the defense was able to force some punts.  For Franklin Pierce to win on the road, they will need to repeat their fourth-quarter performance for the entire day.  The defense needs to get stops and the offense needs to find ways to move the chains to set up scoring opportunities. 

Southern Connecticut lost to former NE10 rival Bryant 56-10.  The Owls struggled on both sides of the ball and were not able to match the physical presence of their Division I opponent.  For Southern Connecticut to win at home, they will need to finally play well for the entire game.  The offense needs to move the ball and score when they are in the red zone.  The defense also needs to stop the Raven rushing attack and force some turnovers.

This game will be a close one, but Southern Connecticut will make a late play to grab the victory.

Prediction:   Southern Connecticut 17 Franklin Pierce 14