Saturday, September 19, 2009

Game Day Rhode Island --09/19/09

Matty Vautour says Rhody is first up in UMass' title quest.

He picks this week's games.

The Springfield Republican has a game-day article here.

The Providence Journal says injured QB Chris Paul-Etienne will be ready to play against the Minutemen.


Dish Network will carry the game on Dish channel 435.


CSN's Terrance Thomas Sr has this week's "CAA Today" Column here.

Chuck Burton says the CAA is a Completely Awesome Association.


Two CAA League games today:

Rhode Island @ UMass- Rhody looked strong against Fordham. The Rams are in the second year of their transformation from an option team. They look much improved. UMass needs a conference win. With the Minutemen's strong home record, UMass should be favored.

Hofstra @ Richmond- Some pundits (Phil Steele) picked the Pride (1-0) as high #4 preseason based on their 18 returning starters (the most in the CAA). Richmond (2-0) looks as if they are a National Championship contender again this year. Today's game should show if Hofstra is going to live up to the hype.

Maine@ Albany- The Black Bears (2-0) have played two weak opponents in St. Cloud State and Northeastern. The Great Danes (0-2) are looking for a fresh start.

New Hampshire has a bye.

Youngstown State@ Northeastern-The Penguins (1-1) got blown out at Pitt and didn't look that good in a game against Austin Peay. Northeastern (0-2) was hammered by Boston College and lost to Maine last week. The Boston Herald says the Huskies are already in a must-win situation.

Delaware State@ Delaware- The Blue Hens (1-1) lost to Richmond in the last minute of the game last week. The Hornets (0-1) lost to Flordia A&M in their only game so far. Delaware has dominated the few games played between the two teams and should win again easily.

VMI @ James Madison- The Dukes (0-1) beat the Cadets (1-0) 41-17 when they played in 2007. No reason to suspect a different outcome this time. VMI had a one point win over Robert Morris last week.

Villanova@Penn- Villanova (2-0) beat Temple in their opener and crushed Lehigh last week. Penn (0-0) took the Wildcats to overtime last year (20-14 loss). This could be the best game in the CAA against an OOC opponent this week.

Coastal Carolina@Towson- The tigers (0-1) don't have many chances to win this season. This could be one of them. The Chants are (1-1) this season. They lost to Kent State and beat Monmouth.

William & Mary@ Norfolk State- The Tribe (2-0) beat Norfolk State (1-1) 42-12 last year. the outcome should be the same this year.


BTW, Kansas State gets UCLA this week.


Anonymous said...

Memo to UMASS game day must come up with a way to get the students to come back for the second half of the games. How about randomly announcing three student names and awarding $50 dollar prize(cash money).Something like this could work.Try it!!

Anonymous said...

I hope you are kidding.

Matt said...

It is rediculous how many students leave at halftime. I also notice that we stand for the first quarter and then sit once it ends. That is when people just sit and talk and not pay attention to the game...