Once again, I take a look at the “other” games to watch for the week. I gotta be honest, besides our game, this week kinda sucks. But I gotta make my predictions. Right now I’m 15-4 on the season. So here we go:
Thursday, Sept 13
7:00PM D-II Glenville State @ Chattanooga
I always write this article on Thursday, but because this is a Thursday game I’m a little late. Right now, at the half, Chatty is up 21-0. I think it’s pretty safe to say I would have picked them over Div-II Glenville State anyway.
The funniest thing about this game is the conference that Glenville State is joining. It literally is the “Knockoff” conference. First off it’s called the “Mountain East” and features notable schools Notre Dame College, West Liberty, University of Charleston, Virginia Wise, and West Virginia State. Subtract one word from any of those and I’ve heard of them!
Saturday, 15 September
1:30PM Liberty @ #14 Montana *UPDATE*
I can’t believe I almost forgot about Montana! They’re back at home, but they’re playing Liberty, one of the best 0-2 teams in the country. The Flames almost took down Wake Forest in their first game, but ultimately fell 20-17. Then they had a tough 31-24 loss against Norfolk State. They will be really itching for a win when they get to Missoula this week. I think Montana is really good though and I doubt they lose at home.
Prediction: Liberty 17 / Montana 27
3:00PM D-II West Virginia State @ Elon
Last week West Virginia State lost to NC A&T 77-0. I think that might be all we need to know for this one.
Prediction: WVSU 0 / Elon 77
3:00PM Samford @ Gardner-Webb
So far Gardner-Webb is 0-2, losing to Wofford 34-7 and Richmond 41-8. Samford isn’t quite as good as those schools, but they’re good enough. Samford should improve to 3-0 and take a lot of confidence into their game with Western Carolina next week.
Prediction: Samford 35 / Gardner-Webb 3
3:00PM Furman @ FBS #11 Clemson
This might be the toss-up game of the week, but I think I have to give the edge to Clemson at home. But seriously, you gotta feel bad for the Paladins. They start off with a 3 pt loss to Samford and a 2pt triple overtime loss to Coastal Carolina. They could very well be 2-0, but after this week they will be 0-2-1.
Prediction: Furman 10 / Clemson 55
3:30PM ECU @ Southern Miss
Southern Miss lost to Nebraska 49-20 in week 1, then they had a bye week to help prepare for this game. ECU is coming off of a tough loss of their own, a 48-10 whooping at South Carolina. This is a difficult game to predict, but I think with the extra week off to prepare and the 12th man on their side, Southern Miss gets the W.
Prediction: ECU 23 / Southern Miss 28
6:00PM #20 Eastern Kentucky @ Coastal Carolina
Here is my pick for upset of the week, if you want to call it that. Coastal is 2-0 and playing at home against a ranked team. They are going to show up ready to play. Eastern Kentucky on the other hand is 1-1 and on the road. What Coastal Carolina needs to watch out for is Eastern Kentucky’s run defense. They held Morehead State to just 9 yards on the ground last week. Yup that’s right, 9. Luckily Coastal puts up most of its yards in the air anyway. I think they win another squeaker.
Prediction: Eastern Kentucky 20 / Coastal Carolina 24
7:00PM Western Carolina @ #9 Wofford
In the first 2 weeks, Wofford outscored its two opponents by a total of 106-7. Granted, 82 of those were against D-II Lincoln but it’s still domination. It’s hard to believe but WCU might be the most difficult opponent they’ve faced all season. Will we see another Citadel over Georgia Southern type upset? Hell if that was crazy, this would be insanity. I don’t see it happening, but boy do I hope I’m wrong.
Prediction: Western Carolina 17 / Wofford 37
#11 Georgia Southern – Bye Week
The Stink has an extra week to think about their loss to The Citadel and get ready for Elon at home.