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This weekend’s New England college football matchups

SATURDAY

Temple at UConn

Paul Pasqualoni and 3-3 Huskies (110th nationally in turnover margin) have made forcing turnovers a point of emphasis.

Richmond at New Hampshire

In win at Georgia State, Nico Steriti (126 yards) and Jimmy Owens (120) the first Wildcat pair with 100 yards rushing since 2005.

Georgia State at Rhode Island

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Brandon Johnson-Farrell (career-best 10 catches vs. Brown last week) and Rams will try to snare first W, halt seven-game skid.

Maine at Towson

Black Bears junior end Michael Cole was a menace in upset at Delaware: 5 sacks, 9 tackles, and a forced fumble.

Lafayette at Yale

Elis have dropped three straight, but freshman QB Eric Williams continues to emerge.

Bucknell at Harvard

With sophomore Seitu Smith out, Crimson juniors Andrew Berg and Ricky Zorn have hauled in 22 catches the last two weeks.

Holy Cross at Colgate

Scott O’Donoghue, Crusader defense must corral Jordan McCord (136.6 yards per game).

Duquesne at Central Connecticut

Winless Blue Devils have had an extra week to prepare for Larry McCoy and 4-1 Dukes.

Robert Morris at Bryant

Bulldogs produced NEC’s lowest rushing total (27 yards) this season in loss to Albany.

Sacred Heart at Dartmouth

Junior linebacker Michael Runger at the heart of a Big Green D that is allowing 14.8 points per game.

Merrimack at Stonehill

Big matchup between Skyhawks corner Jareed Gaines and Warriors wideout Isaiah Voegeli, leading Division 2 in receptions per game.

Pace at Saint Anselm

Freshman quarterback Andrew Murphy (32 of 48, 2 touchdowns) of Franklin gave the winless Hawks a spark last week.

New Haven at Bentley

Just one other D2 matchup this week features two unbeatens: Arkansas rivals Henderson State (6-0) vs. Harding (5-0).

American International at Southern Connecticut

Yellow Jackets buzzing about return of Terrell Williams, fourth-leading rusher in D2 (150.2 ypg).

Bowdoin at Hamilton

Junior back Zach Donnarumma made a smashing return to Polar Bear backfield: 32 carries, 137 yards, 2 TDs vs. Tufts.

Wesleyan at Bates

Tailback Kyle Gibson (126.3 yards per game) and QB Jesse Warren, have fueled Cards’ 3-0 start.

Colby at Amherst

Mules freshman Justin Ciero accounted for 385 yards (283 pass, 102 rush) and 4 TDs last week.

Tufts at Trinity

Masco grad Evan Bunker churning out NESCAC-high 157.7 rushing yards per game for Bantams.

Middlebury at Williams

McCallum Foote-triggered attack averaging 36 ppg no surprise; Panthers’ D yielding a NESCAC-low 11.3 ppg? A headliner.

Fitchburg State at Mass. Maritime

Mike Stanton (57 pass attempts, 7 rushes) and Barry Reopell (29 rushes, 5 catches) combined for 98 of Bucs’ 110 plays last week.

Curry at Salve Regina

Seahawks took back four returns for scores last week (two fumbles, one punt, one pick-6).

Worcester St. at Bridgewater St.

Lancers junior LB Matt Begley (East Bridgewater) coming off a monster effort: 18 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles.

Coast Guard at Westfield State

Bears senior Pat Meggers pacing NEFC in receiving yards (109 per game), sophomore teammate Collis Brown leads in catches (8.0).

Maine Maritime at Framingham State

Senior tackle James Muirhead a dominant presence for a Rams’ defense that is yielding just 41.2 rushing yards per game.

UMass-Dartmouth at Nichols

Corsairs received a promising performance from freshman Liam Cosgrove (24 of 45, 235 yards, 2 TDs) in his first collegiate start.

MIT at Western New England

LB Jake Laux (NEFC-leading 12.0 tackles per game) and all-purpose dynamo Brad Goldsberry key cogs in Engineers’ 3-2 start.

Endicott at Plymouth State

Senior backs Mike Wheeler (78.5 yards per game) and Jared DiBiase (72.3) carrying the load for a Gulls’ attack soaring at 37.8 ppg.

Norwich at Gallaudet

Cadets on unfamiliar turf with back-to-back ECFC losses.

Mount Ida at Husson

Sophomore Chris McNally (Bourne) and freshman Melquan Pinkney emerging as a productive tandem in Mustang backfield.

N.Y. Maritime at Anna Maria

Senior Dom Concepcion (13 catches, 181 yards last week) is the top target for AmCats.

Becker at Castleton State

Senior Shane Brozowski (33 of 47, 499 yards, 5 TDs) was superb in Spartans’ historic win over Norwich for Maple Sap Bucket.

Merchant Marine at Springfield

Senior corner Brian Staub paced Pride in Hobart loss with 11 tackles and a pick.

Morrisville State at Western Connecticut

Both winless squads eyeing a bounce back after yielding 50-plus points to NJAC unbeaten Kean.

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