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    New England college football games this weekend

    FRIDAY

    American International at Saint Anselm

    What can AIC senior safety Markell Rice do for an encore after 87-yard kickoff return for a TD and two picks against Bentley?

    SATURDAY

    New Hampshire at Rhode Island

    In his first start in six weeks, Sean Goldrich (shoulder) tossed four TD passes for 12th-ranked Wildcats at Maine.

    Maine at William & Mary

    Senior linebacker Donte Dennis (9.9 tackles per game), 2-5 Black Bears eye bounce back after UNH loss.

    Yale at Columbia

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    Perseverance and persistence paid off for Newton South grad Derek Russell, who piloted Elis past Penn.

    Brown at Penn

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    From fifth-string tailback to a 193-yard, two-touchdown effort vs. Cornell? What a breakout game for Jordan Reisner.

    Harvard at Dartmouth

    Since his arrival in ’94, Tim Murphy has never lost in Hanover. Crimson charged up after failing to put away Princeton.

    Fordham at Holy Cross

    Crusaders have captured last four matchups, but the 4-3 Rams are on the road to best finish since 8-4 campaign in ’07.

    St. Francis (Pa.) at Central Connecticut

    Kent State transfer Rob Hollomon was huge in Robert Morris loss, racking up 377 all-purpose yards.

    Albany at Sacred Heart

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    Held to 3 points for the second time this season last week, Pioneers face formidable task against 20th-ranked Great Danes.

    Pace at Assumption

    Greyhounds forced seven turnovers against Southern Conn. to halt four-game skid.

    Southern Connecticut at New Haven

    Welcome back, Ryan Osiecki. Senior QB was dazzling for third-ranked Chargers in dramatic rally at Stonehill.

    Merrimack at Bentley

    Can Falcon defense slow down a Joe Clancy-directed Warrior attack coming off 81-point blitz?

    Middlebury at Trinity

    McCallum Foote, 5-0 Panthers have firepower (35.2 ppg) and D (14.0 ppg) to halt Bantams’ 45-game home winning streak.

    Tufts at Amherst

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    The 4-1 Lord Jeffs have a playmaker and inspirational leader in safety Michael Aldo (Holderness School) of Mansfield.

    Bowdoin at Wesleyan

    Cardinal sophomore Kyle Gibson (125.4 rushing yards per game) the first back to break 100 against Amherst this season.

    Williams at Hamilton

    Ephs have struggled through the air, but Williamstown’s Greg Payton stepped up with 158 yards on three catches last week.

    Colby at Bates

    Sophomore LB Henry Nelson was immense in Mules’ first win, piling up a game-high 17 tackles against Hamilton.

    Maine Maritime at Bridgewater State

    Senior DT Paul Melicharek has been wreaking havoc in opposing backfields for Bears’ defense.

    Curry at UMass-Dartmouth

    Is there a more prolific aerial pair in Division 3 than Colonels QB Kevin Fruwirth (30 of 45 last week) and WR Rob Bambini (70 catches, 12 TDs in six games)?

    Plymouth State at Salve Regina

    LB Connor Kelly and salty Seahawks can put loss to MIT in rearview mirror with victory, securing Boyd Division crown.

    Westfield State at Mass. Maritime

    Sophomores Reynard Ortiz and Zachary Ryan and freshman Matt King emerging as impact defensive performers for Bucs.

    Framingham State at Coast Guard

    Will Rams ride junior workhorse Melikke Van Alstyne (294 yards rushing last week) to second straight Bogan Division title?

    Fitchburg State at Worcester State

    AJ Scerra coming off a school-record 17-catch, 184-yard effort for Lancers.

    MIT at Nichols

    NEFC Defensive Player of the Week Jake Laux, Engineers can lock up program’s first winning season since 1999.

    Western New England at Endicott

    Junior kicker Dylan Rushe paces NEFC in punting, field goals, and PATs for Gulls.

    Becker at Mount Ida

    Senior Bobby Hemmann has drilled a pair of winning kicks in final five seconds for 6-1 Mustangs, with 38-yarder last week.

    Norwich at Anna Maria

    Haverhill High grad Danny Triplett delivering 102.4 yards on 5.7 yards per carry as a senior Cadet.

    Husson at N.Y. Maritime

    Australia’s Reece Attard averaged 41.1 yards on nine punts last week for Husson.

    Castleton State at Gallaudet

    Over last four weeks, all Spartan wins, senior Shane Brozowski is 116 of 184 passing, for 1,650 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    St. Lawrence at WPI

    Senior linebacker Shaine Grogan and sophomore safety Michael Grasis continue to pile up tackles for the Engineers.

    Montclair State at Western Connecticut

    Winless Colonials are averaging 2.8 yards per carry and completing 49.2 percent of their passes.

    Craig Larson can be reached at clarson@globe.com. Follow on Twitter @GlobeLars.