Sep 19, 2014 7:26 AM
Saint Anselm looks to remain unbeaten
COLLEGE CAPSULE PREVIEWS
Franklin Pierce vs. Cornell
When and where: Saturday (noon) at Schoelkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y..
Team records: This is the Collegiate Sprint Football League opener for each team.
Noteworthy: Franklin Pierce is entering its third season. The Ravens were 5-2 and finished third in the CSFL last season. ... Cornell finished with a 2-5 record last season. One of the losses was a 13-6 setback against Franklin Pierce. ... Franklin Pierce quarterback Ryan O'Kelly passed for 860 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013, when he also ran for 202 yards and three TDs.
Saint Anselm vs. Bentley
When and where: Saturday (1 p.m.) at Grappone Stadium, Manchester.
Team records: Saint Anselm is 2-0 overall (1-1 Northeast-10); Bentley is 1-1 overall (0-1 Northeast-10).
Noteworthy: Saint Anselm is seeking its second 3-0 start in the program's history. The Hawks are the only unbeaten team in the Northeast-10. ... Saint Anselm wide receiver Justin Bernard needs 26 catches to become the all-time reception leader in Division II. ... Bentley is coming off last weekend's 24-17 loss to Stonehill. Bentley opened its season by beating Mercyhurst 27-21.
Plymouth State vs. Western Connecticut State
When and where: Saturday (3 p.m.) at Westside Athletic Complex, Danbury, Conn.
Team records: Plymouth State is 1-1 overall (0-0 MASCAC); Western Connecticut State is 1-1 overall (0-0 MASCAC).
Noteworthy: This is the MASCAC opener for each team. ... Plymouth State linebacker Kyle Wilson was named the MASCAC and ECAC Northeast Rookie of the Week after he made eight tackles (two sacks) in last weekend's 30-24 triumph over Mount Ida. Wilson played at Dover High School. ... Western Connecticut State running back Tory Mack was named the MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns in last weekend's 58-0 victory over Nichols.
UNH vs. Richmond
When and where: Saturday (4 p.m.) at Robins Stadium, Richmond, Va.
Team records: UNH is 1-1 overall (0-0 CAA); Richmond is 2-1 overall (0-0 CAA).
Noteworthy: This game is the CAA opener for UNH and features two of the top offenses in the FCS. Richmond leads the nation in third-down-conversion percentage (66 percent), ranks third in passing offense (354 yards per game) and No. 2 in total offense (530.0). UNH is No. 2 in passing offense (380.0), No. 3 in total offense (510.5) and fourth in third-down-conversion rate (60 percent). ... The game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet. Newmarket's Eric Frede will be doing the play by play. ... UNH coach Sean McDonnell said senior offensive lineman Alexander Morrill will likely play Saturday. Morrill, who played at Lebanon High School, has missed UNH's two games with a shoulder injury.
Dartmouth vs. Central Connecticut State
When and where: Saturday (7 p.m.) at Memorial Field, Hanover.
Team records: This is Dartmouth's first game; Central Connecticut State is 2-1 overall (0-0 Northeast Conference).
Noteworthy: Dartmouth will be the last Division I team (FCS or FBS) to open the 2014 season. ... The Big Green was picked to finish third in the Ivy League Preseason Poll. ... Central Connecticut State opened its season with a 31-27 victory over Towson -- a team that lost in the FCS championship game last season -- but has been held to seven points in its last two games, losses to Albany (19-0) and Holy Cross (20-7).