College: New England College Football Week 6 Recap

The UMass win over UConn was the big story in New England College Football this past weekend. The Minutemen snapped a 16 game losing streak with the win and enter a much needed bye week.

Rhode Island was the other big story this weekend. The 18th ranked Rams upset 9th ranked Delaware 22-15. The Rams won the game thanks to a blocked punt by senior defensive tackle Andre Biebeault.

Here are my thoughts on the week that was.

1, I don’t care what you think of the job Walt Bell has done at UMass. You cannot help but be happy for him and the players. They deserved to win this game.

  1. We interviewed Bell on the New England Football Show and he conceited that running the ball 56 times is not in his DNA but it was working so that’s why he ran the ball so much. Ultimately, you do whatever it takes to win. Running Ellis Merriweather 39 times put the Minutemen in position to win the game.

  2. Rhode Island has arrived as a program. Saturday’s win over Delaware was a message to the rest of the CAA that the Rams are for real and ready to compete for a conference title.

  3. Boston College had a much needed bye week. They got a chance to rest and recharge. The Eagles return to action on Saturday night against a talented N.C State team in a game they need to have.

  4. Harvard struggled with Cornell for three quarters before pulling away in the fourth quarter. Cornell has given the Crimson trouble at home in recent years and Tim Murphy admitted as much after the game.

  5. Dartmouth squeaked by Yale 21-17 on Saturday in a great game. The Big Green were cursing along so they needed to be challenged. It will benefit them moving forward with UNH, Harvard and Princeton on the horizon.

  6. Give Bryant credit. They went toe to toe with Duquesne on Saturday but fell just short. Quarterback Zevi Eckhaus continues to impress at quarterback and is a big reason why Bryant’s offense has been so good.

  7. Speaking of offense. What has happened to the Merrimack offense the past two weeks? After scoring 47 unanswered points against Delaware State two weeks, the Warriors have struggled offensively. Westin Elliott and company hope to get it turned around this week.

  8. Maine struggled both offensively and defensively in their loss to Elon. Consistency has been a problem for Coach Nick Charlton’s team this season. Just when you think they’ve made progress on either side of the ball, they take a step back.

  9. Kudos to Head Coach Ryan McCarthy and his staff for getting the most out of CCSU in a close loss to Columbia. The Blue Devils are coming. A strong recruiting class and a talent infusion should help.

  10. Sacred Heart needed the performance they got Saturday against Merrimack. The Pioneers played the type of game they want to play. Run the football and play good defense.

  11. Congratulations to Brown on picking up their first win of the season. The Bears played well in all three phases in their 31-10 win.