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This weekend’s New England college football games

FRIDAY

Assumption at Bentley

Falcons defense limited Mercyhurst to 169 net yards in second half of last week’s win, spearheaded by senior linebacker Kyle Young (14 tackles).

Merrimack at AIC

Joe Clancy directed the Warriors’ 96-yard, game-winning drive at Wagner, but do not forget the pluggers up front; coach Dan Curran calls O-line “the best group we have had in a few years.”

Western New England at Westfield State

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John Krafick is at the throttle for a Golden Bears attack that racked up 492 yards in loss to Springfield last week.

Western Conn. at Nichols

In their first trip to the Bay State since 2005 — a 50-49 double-OT loss to Springfield — the Colonials take on a young Bison squad bullish after opening win over Westfield State.

WPI at Worcester State

Zach Grasis (31 carries, 195 yards, 4 TDs last week) a thundering bull for Engineers. Kevin Bumpus (Bridgewater-Raynham) passed for a school-record 427 yards in his first start for Lancers.

SATURDAY

Maryland at UConn

Huskies have had two weeks to bounce back from 33-18 Towson shocker and gear up for return of Randy Edsall to Rentschler Field.

Colgate at New Hampshire

Sean McDonnell is 5-0 against Patriot League foes, including a 55-21 win over Raiders in 2005 playoffs, and his Wildcats are not pleased after letting a lead slip away at Central Michigan.

Bryant at Maine

Bulldogs coach Marty Fine calls Black Bears senior defensive end Mike Cole (five sacks from school record) “dominant . . . the best player we will see [this year].”

Lincoln at Sacred Heart

Lowell High product RJ Noel continues to shine in pocket for 2-0 Pioneers, throwing for 152 yards and rushing for 121 more at Lafayette, with two TDs.

Holy Cross at Central Conn.

In teams’ inaugural meeting, winless Crusaders must shore up defense against an improved Central attack that put 44 on the boards in double-OT loss at Lehigh.

Pace at New Haven

Chargers yielded 40-plus points once (Stonehill) in their 10-1 run to NCAA Division 2 playoffs a year ago. There is work ahead after 45-15 opening loss at West Chester.

Southern Conn. at LIU Post

Owls have a mighty task against Steve Laurino-piloted Post squad that mashed Millersville, 47-16.

Saint Anselm at Stonehill

Junior linebacker Brian Harrington (Rockland) had smashing start for Skyhawks against Bloomsburg with a career-high 16 tackles, one forced fumble.

Anna Maria at Maine Maritime

AmCats will need a productive afternoon from senior back Robert Small to offset the always dangerous triple-option of the Mariners.

Salve Regina at Montclair State

Senior captain Josh Burnett, a free safety from Whitman, set the tone for Seahawks against Bridgewater with 12 stops, a pick, and blocked punt.

Endicott at Castleton State

Senior nose guard Marcell Cooper (15 tackles) of Dorchester was a force at the point of attack for Gulls in opener vs. Framingham State.

Fitchburg State at Curry

Colonels fielding highest percentage of seniors in the last 11 years, so it’s understandable coach Skip Bandini has made minimizing penalties (13 vs. WPI) the top priority.

MIT at Becker

The Hawks (35-33) and Engineers (28-26) pulled out nail-biters in Week 1. Will MIT freshman kicker Tucker Cheyne (three boots at Pomona-Pitzer) be the difference?

Coast Guard at Merchant Marine

Junior Blake Thompson had an impressive start on the ground in his debut at QB (94 yards rushing), but 0-1 Bears need to be more efficient through the air.

William Paterson at Bridgewater State

After absorbing a 36-7 beating at Salve Regina, the Bears must dig in defensively to corral Ryan Gresik-guided attack that was sharp at Kings Point.

Framingham State at Rowan

Four years ago, this matchup would have been unfathomable. But Tom Kelley’s program will take on NJAC favorite/perennial D3 titan.

Husson at Springfield

Fueled by Brighton’s Jonathan Marrero (149 yards) and Louis Fenaroli (120), the Pride pounded out 469 yards on the ground in opener vs. WNE, on a whopping 71 rushes.

Plymouth State at Mount Ida

The Mustangs rode stellar play of junior corner Jovan Wilkins to Week 1 win. Wilkins had two interceptions, a forced fumble, a blocked kick, and team-leading seven tackles.

St. Lawrence at Norwich

The Cadets mustered just 118 yards rushing on 44 carries in their season-opening loss at Rensselaer.

Craig Larson can be reached at clarson@globe.com.
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