This weekend’s New England games
WILLIAM & MARY at UNH
Matt Evans and the eighth-ranked Wildcats shoot for their first win over the Tribe in the Sean McDonnell era.
VILLANOVA at RHODE ISLAND
Rams rolling after recording first road win since 2008, but tackling defending national champion Wildcats is a mighty challenge.
MAINE at UMASS
Tyler Holmes and the 15th-ranked Minutemen are back in the hunt after last week’s second-half turnaround at James Madison.
COLUMBIA at HARVARD
Junior tackle Josue Ortiz, the Ivy leader in sacks and tackles for loss, is quickly developing into an unblockable force for the Crimson.
YALE at BROWN
Tale of two QBs: Bulldogs senior Patrick Witt leads the Ivy in total offense; Bears may turn to third-stringer Patrick Donnelly.
DARTMOUTH at CORNELL
A point of emphasis for Big Green D: All seven opponents have scored on their first possession this season.
LEHIGH at HOLY CROSS
Senior safety Anthony DiMichele and defending Patriot League champion Crusaders need 14th straight win at Fitton to stay in league race.
CENTRAL CONN. at ROBERT MORRIS
Jeff McInerney and Blue Devils can move one step closer to locking up conference’s first automatic bid to FCS playoffs.
BRYANT at SAINT FRANCIS (Pa.)
Two-time Gold Helmet honoree Jordan Brown paces the Northeast Conference in rushing (130.5 yards per game) and rushing TDs (11).
ALBANY at SACRED HEART
Senior Marcel Archer stepped forward in last week’s 26-25 thriller at Monmouth, scoring four touchdowns.
SAINT ANSELM at NEW HAVEN
Ranked sixth in regional poll, Chargers (8-1) and 1,000-yard back Victor Jones can clinch Northeast-10 title with win.
ASSUMPTION at STONEHILL
Matt Iannucci, Tim Bennett, and ballhawking Skyhawks D attempt to ground aerial assault of Andy Kupec and David Canney.
PACE at AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL
What can Yellow Jackets senior QB Rob Parent do for an encore after his 10-for-12 passing, seven-touchdown first-half performance last week against Merrimack?
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT at MERRIMACK
Shawn Loiseau continues to pile up the stops for the Warriors, ranking third in Division 2 in tackles (12.71 per game).
FITCHBURG STATE at WESTFIELD STATE
Versatile senior Evan Berneche paces the Owls in rushing (4.9 yards per carry), receiving (30 catches), and has thrown a TD pass.
WORCESTER STATE at FRAMINGHAM STATE
Kurt Leone (29 TD passes) and James McCarthy (19 TD catches) have combined for one magnificent season for the Rams.
MAINE MARITIME at COAST GUARD
Jim Bower (164.5 yards rushing per game) and high-scoring Mariners (43.6 points per game) can lock up NEFC’s Bogan Division title.
BRIDGEWATER STATE at MASS. MARITIME
Host Bucs aim to scoop up their first win in the Cranberry Bowl since 1996 by riding junior backs Matt White and Nathan Sherr.
CURRY at PLYMOUTH STATE
Colonels senior Matt Alksninis enters his final game averaging 42.3 yards per punt and is a perfect 32 for 32 on PATs.
NICHOLS at SALVE REGINA Junior linebackers Shane Lange and A.J. Albert anchor a Seahawks defensive unit that has emerged as the best in the NEFC.
UMASS-DARTMOUTH at WNEC
Senior linebacker Justin Bailey and Golden Bears gunning to put the finishing touch on what has been a memorable season.
MIT at ENDICOTT
Thanks to stellar efforts from juniors Mike Lane (272 all-purpose yards) and Nick Scozzaro (3 sacks) last week, host Gulls can lock up NEFC’s Boyd title.
COLBY at TUFTS
No one has stood taller in the Jumbos’ no-huddle attack than 5-foot-7-inch senior Pat Bailey, the NESCAC leader in receptions (44).
BATES at BOWDOIN
Bobcats senior linebacker Myles Walker of Needham is leading the NESCAC in tackles and is on target to pace his team for the third straight season.
WESLEYAN at WILLIAMS
The host Ephs own 10 straight wins in 114-year series, including the past six under first-year Cardinals coach Mike Whalen.
AMHERST at TRINITY
Who wins backfield bragging rights between the Bunker boys of Topsfield: Eric, the Jeffs’ stellar junior, or Evan, the Bantams’ star freshman?
MIDDLEBURY at HAMILTON
Panthers have a force in senior linebacker Andrew Poulin, who last week racked up a career-high 19 tackles, along with a pass breakup.
ANNA MARIA at MOUNT IDA
Mustang senior Paul Shaughnessy has produced 81, 123, and 261 rushing yards (and 3 TDs) the last three weeks.
HUSSON at BECKER
Eagles have received huge play from Kyle Vandestine (9.9 tackles per game), a 5-8, 185-pound junior corner out of Bangor High.
CASTLETON at NORWICH
A Green Mountain shootout between the conference’s most prolific passing attack (Spartans) and most productive ground game (Cadets).
SPRINGFIELD at ST. JOHN FISHER
Three-time Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week Ken Goodwin and the Pride limited Hartwick to 13 rushing yards last week.
SUSQUEHANNA at WPI
Freshman QB Johny Antonopoulos and junior wideout Nick Bean emerging for an Engineer squad seeking to halt four-game skid.
WESTERN CONNECTICUT at ROWAN
Freshman receiver Dave Plaskon showing promise for the winless Colonials.