At the very least, Stony Brook will be among the best defenses that Lehigh has played against all year, if not the absolute best.
Stony Brook is ranked 21st in the FCS in total defensive yards allowed, with 316.9 per game. This ties them with Colgate (also 21st) but is slightly behind Bucknell (294.6) and Yale (302.8) in that category.
But Colgate, Bucknell and even Yale did so with a schedule that isn't nearly as taxing as the week-in, week-out struggle that Stony Brook had as a member of the CAA. It's one thing to give up a combined six points to Marist and Georgetown, as Bucknell did; it's quite another to hold New Hampshire and Richmond to 24 points, both resulting in wins.
Stony Brook is a physical football team - the closest equivalent that Lehigh has faced this season in that department has been Yale. Over the course of the season, they have run the ball more often than they've thrown it, but when they have thrown the ball, generally after setting up the run. their quarterback has amply proven that they can connect in the passing game for big plays.
It is unclear whether this will be the most complete team Lehigh has faced all season. But if you don't read any more of this preview, probably the best way to think of Stony Brook is as a hybrid of Yale and Villanova. This will be a huge challenge.
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