Yale (0-0) at Lehigh (0-2), Goodman Stadium, 12:30 p.m.
Coaches: Tony Reno, Yale, sixth season; Andy Coen, Lehigh, sixth season
Last meeting: Lehigh won, 63-35, Yale Bowl, Oct. 1, 2016
Series: Yale leads, 17-7
Outlook: The Bulldogs should be better than when they faced Lehigh last year, but the Mountain Hawks have all the components to rip off nine in a row again in response. Quarterback Brad Mayes set a Yale Bowl record with 524 passing yards and six touchdowns in last year's game. He threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-35 loss to then-No. 10 Villanova to open the season.
Central Connecticut (0-2) at No. 5 Youngstown State, Stambaugh Stadium, 2 p.m.
Coaches: Pete Rossomando, Central, fourth season; Bo Pelini, Youngstown, third season
Last meeting: Youngstown won 63-24 at home, Sept. 18, 2010
Series: Youngstown leads, 1-0
Outlook: The Blue Devils, who let a chance to win one slip through their hands at home last week (a 38-31 loss to Fordham), will have quite a chore here. The perennial FCS power Penguins are coming off a 30-0 win over Robert Morris, their first shutout since 2012 and a team that beat Central 19-6 last year. Central's offense continues to struggle. Senior first-team All-Northeast Conference linebacker Randall Laguerre is one of four suspended players who won't be making the trip.
Sacred Heart (2-0) at Stony Brook (1-1), Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, 6 p.m.
Coaches: Mark Nofri, Sacred Heart, sixth season; Chuck Priore, Stony Brook, 12th season
Last meeting: Sacred Heart won 38-10, Sept. 24, 2016, LaValle Stadium
Series: Stony Brook leads, 10-5
Outlook: The teams met for the first time in 10 years last year, and the Pioneers had a 28-point second-half to knock off Division III's 20th-ranked team at the time. Explosive quarterback RJ Noel led the Pioneers at that time. Kevin Duke (264 yards per game) has been filling in admirably, but the Sacred Heart defense has done a good job early. The Pioneers are ranked in the top of the FCS in rushing defense (fifth), sacks (seventh) and total defense (seventh), which looks pretty good next to an offense that's seventh in rushing (294 yards per game). This is the home opener for Stony Brook, which began this season with a 31-17 loss at South Florida.
New Haven (1-1, 0-1), at St. Anselm (0-2, 0-1), Grappone Stadium, 1 p.m.
Coaches: Chris Pincince, New Haven, fourth season; Joe Adam, St. Anselm, second season
Last meeting: New Haven won, 52-21, Sept. 16, 2016
Series: New Haven leads, 6-2
Outlook: Both teams are looking for a conference win. While the Chargers missed a shot at theirs on a last-second field goal miss against defending Northeast 10 champ LIU Post, the Hawks were smoked 50-14 by Bentley. New Haven is 4-0 at Grappone Stadium. St. Anselm is going to have to score against the Chargers, and so far it's shown that to be a tough proposition, with just 21 points scored in two games.
Colby (0-0) at Trinity (0-0), Jessee/Miller Field, 1 p.m.
Coaches: Jonathan Michaeles, Colby, sixth season; Jeff Devanney, Trinity, 12th season
Last meeting: Trinity won, 34-0, Sept. 26, 2015, Harold Alfond Stadium
Series: Trinity leads, 37-13
Outlook: The teams didn't meet in the regular season last year. The Bantams went 8-0 and captured the NESCAC title in 2016. Trinity is one of the favorites to win it all again in 2017 with a healthy dose of returnees on both sides of the ball. The Mules, 3-6 last season, may have a hard time generating offense.
Wesleyan (0-0) at Middlebury (0-0), Alumni Stadium, 1 p.m.
Coaches: Dan DiCenzo, Wesleyan, third season; Bob Ritter, Middlebury, 17th season
Last meeting: Middlebury won 28-25, Sept. 26, 2015
Series: Wesleyan leads 24-21-2
Outlook: The Cardinals' chance at the NESCAC title will be determined in the first two weeks. They face Middlebury and Tufts back-to-back, two teams that finished in the upper echelon of the league, Wesleyan also figures to be there at the end. Middlebury has lost a lot on offense from last year. Wesleyan returns one of the top defenses in Division III.
Nichols (2-0) at Coast Guard (1-1), Cadet Memorial Field, 1:30 p.m.,
Coaches: Dale Olmstead, Nichols, fourth year; Bill George, Coast Guard, 19th season
Last meeting: Nichols won 24-14, Vendetti Field
Series: Coast Guard leads, 3-1
Outlook: Freshman quarterback Chris Mullins threw two touchdown passes and ran for another TD in last year's game, which featured 10 turnovers, six by the winners. The Bears, who lost the ball four times in that game, haven't turned it over that much this season, but their point production was down from Week 1 (34 in a win over Alfred State) to Week 2 (13 in a loss to Union).
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