Weekend Local College Football Preview: All Eyes On Playoffs
(CBS) – It’s another big weekend of local college football on tap as some teams wrap up the campaign and others get ready for the postseason.
Penn State will have its hands full on Saturday as they visit #8 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions’ head coach expected to start sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin in this one, over freshman Rob Bolden.
Coach Joe Paterno says, “I don’t want to take anything away from him, but obviously the other kid (McGloin) has come in there in a couple of football games and made some big plays so we are going to go with him.”
McGloin has seven touchdown passes in the last three games. Penn State brings a 6-3 record into this one.
Temple is off until Tuesday when they host Ohio.
For all intents and purposes, the playoffs begin Saturday for Villanova. Last weekend’s loss at Rhode Island leaves the Wildcats at 6-3 and one more defeat would put the Wildcats on the postseason bubble. The Wildcats host New Hampshire and head coach Andy Talley says this will be another difficult CAA match-up.
“New Hampshire is a fantastic offensive juggernaut,” Talley says. “They run a lot of the Oregon stuff, they are really very creative and they’ve got nine starters back on defense from last year so they are playing very good defense.”
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New Hampshire is 5-4 on the season.
Delaware, ranked #1 in the country in one 1-A.A. or FCS poll, will be home on Saturday, hosting U-Mass. The Blue Hens are 8-1 and coming off a 48-0 win over Towson.
Penn has another Ivy League showdown on Saturday. The Quakers will host Harvard at Franklin Field. Penn is 5-0 in the Ivy League, the Crimson are 4-1. Penn Head Coach Al Bagnoli says Harvard’s defense can bring it.
Bagnoli says, “I think they are terrific. Those down kids, especially the inside kids, are just terrific and I think they have been very, very difficult to run against.”
Penn brings a six-game winning streak into this one.
In Division II, West Chester will wrap up its season Saturday on the road at IUP. Golden Rams Head Coach Bill Zwaan says the Crimson hawks can batter you on the ground if you let them.
“We’ve got to stand up there and stop the run,” says Zwaan. “And offensively we’ve got to be prepared to score some points to win the game. I think we’ve played pretty good offensively. We just can’t slow down – we’ve got to keep going the whole game.”
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West Chester is 4-6 heading into this one.
Cheyney also in action on Saturday. The 1-9 Wolves will visit California of Pennsylvania.
The Keystone Cup will be on the line Saturday in Doylestown as a couple of Division III local rivals meet up. Delaware Valley College is 8-1 and the Aggies have already clinched the MAC title and an NCAA Division III playoff berth. But head coach Jim Clements says they are still very focused on this game with the Pride.
Clements says, “This is a big game for us. We want to make sure that we play extremely well on Saturday. Widener is a big rival for us and the Keystone Cup is something that we want to hold onto.”
Listen to Matt Leon’s interview with coach Jim Clement:
Del Val has won the Keystone Cup six of the last seven years. Widener will bring a 4-5 record into Saturday and first-year Pride head coach Isaac Collins says it’s not hard to see why the Aggies are putting together such a special season:
Collins says, “Physical bunch in both the offensive and defensive lines, they’ve got great speed on defense, tremendous skill on offense.”
Listen to Matt Leon’s interview with Widener coach Isaac Collins:
Widener coming off an impressive 41-21 win over Wilkes.
Ursinus has dropped two in a row as they prepare to host Dickinson. The Bears can clinch a share of the Centennial Conference title with a win and some help. Ursinus still with hope for an at-large NCAA Playoff birth.
8-1 Rowan will be on the road Saturday to take on Garden State rival The College of New Jersey. The Profs are one of three teams with one conference loss in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, setting the stage for a wild finish.
Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio