November 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm #2709
Last year, few folks outside of Lehigh gave us a chance to win (although I think one of the ESPN analysts actually picked us). Lehigh was better than its 3-7 record at the time (although you are what your record says you are) and played several tough games with close losses and improved throughout the year. I’m not sure that you can make the same exact analogy because I don’t think Lafayette has really been on the cusp of "breaking through" and being a good team, but they are probably better than their 2-8 record.
If Lehigh gets up early, I think this game could be a blow-out, but given the high emotions of the game, I’m not predicting just that. I think Lehigh is much more stout on defense than the Leopards and this game will come down to how well Lehigh executes on offense. LC’s special teams play has been a horror show this year, so I think we’ve got the advantage in all three phases of the game.
While qualifying all the comments with "you can throw the records out" and "it’s a rivalry game", I think Lehigh should be favored by 14 or more.
I am going with a 35-16 Lehigh to cap off a very solid campaign this year giving us momentum going into the playoffs where I hope we will avenge our early season losses with one or more playoff victories.
Go LEHIGH, Beat the Pards!November 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm #2711
Whether it is us or the Pards, I am a bit uncomfortable when the situation is like this year 8-2 vs 2-8. Over the 40+ yrs I have seen too many times when the underdog won, as we have shown ourselves the last 2 years. That said we should win. LC pass D quite porous, Lbs are solid , DL average. Our D will be better but LC can pass. We must be serious. Pards entire season hangs on this game. Us we are going to the playoffs. Coen must focus team on Sat. not on NCAA. Cannot allow Pards to hang around. They have lost most of their games by way of their own mistakes, if they can limit them game will be close.November 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm #2714
Lehigh – 35
Lafayette – 21November 19, 2010 at 3:33 am #2723
From The Sports Network:
http://126.96.36.199/merge/tsnform.aspx? … /index.htm
NO. 22 LEHIGH (8-2, 4-0 PATRIOT) AT LAFAYETTE (2-8, 1-3)
Series record: Lafayette leads 76-64-5
What to know: Lehigh clinched the outright Patriot League title and a FCS playoff berth with a 24-7 win over Georgetown last week.
Lehigh and Lafayette are considered arch rivals, but Lafayette is having a down season. The Leopards are trying to avoid winning just one game in conference play and two overall for the first time since 2001.
The duo of quarterback Chris Lum and receiver Ryan Spadola has been essential to Lehigh’s success, but recently the running game has contributed as well, averaging 173 yards per game over the last four contests.
Lehigh still has playoff seeding to worry about, which should be enough impetus to vault it over the maligned Leopards.
Prediction: Lehigh, 28-17November 19, 2010 at 4:20 am #2725
The Black Leotards will keep it interesting for awhile, but our D is much better and will adjust. Although, I hear now that Saturday could be windy and effect the passing game.November 19, 2010 at 4:55 am #2727
engineer on target: 27-17
I agree with past posters:
— Our board was more active when we had a lot to complain about (think about the past four years). Thank goodness we’re winning. I’ve seen maybe one call this year to get ride of Coen; last year there must have been 500.
— Lehigh can’t play like it did early against HC and GT. LU could use a game of full execution to prep for the following week.
— Laugheyette will be hunting for bear. Don’t be surprised at early onside kick, fake punts, trick plays — anything to win. They have nothing to lose. And Tavani is a master at pulling big upsets. I can’t wait to see their QB play this weekend — had a great game last week. It will be interesting.November 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm #2735
Some 5 game (season-to-date) PL Stats of interest:
#1 Lafayette 420.0 yards/game
#2 Lehigh 414.4 yards/game
#1 Lehigh 31.0 pts./game
#5 Lafayette 21.6 pts./game
#1 Lehigh 13.0 pts./game
#5 Lafayette 25.0 pts./game
In a game where Lum to Spadola/Zurn/Drawl may "cancel out" O’Neil to Layton/Hayes/Bennett, I’ll go with……
#1 the rushing attack of Lehigh’s Campbell (sr.), Colvin (so.), and Lum (jr.) over Lafayette’s Mputa (fr.), Elder (so.), and O’Neil (jr.). I was particularly impressed with Campbell’s 118 yard effort last week and believe he and the other seniors will make tomorrow a day they’ll long remember.
#2 the stout rushing D of Lehigh (87.0 yards/game) vs that of Lafayette’s (149.2 yards/game)
#3 the foot of Randazza. The Lehigh kicker is 8-8 in FGs (only 100% mark in the PL) and booming his KO’s of late 60+ yards.
#4 Lehigh’s superior pass protection. The Mountain Hawk front line has given up but 4 sacks in five PL games. Lafayette’s O Line has yielded 13.
For those concerned about the forecast of 25 mph wind gusts, remember Harvard. On that day, Lum went 22-40-1 with 2 TDs and passed for 303 yards.
Final Score: Lehigh 30 / Lafayette 21 MVP: Campbell
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