CHEYNEY (0-1, 1-3) AT EAST STROUDSBURG (0-1, 2-2)
6:05 p.m. at Eiler-Martin Stadium Radio: none.
What’s at Stake: The Wolves have been outscored 184-17in the last three games following a season-opening victory against Lincoln, but the schedule has been brutally tough. History tells us that CU doesn’t have much of a chance, but the Warriors are shaky defensively, surrendering 37.3points per outing. The Cheyney offense perked up a bit in a 54-14setback to Bloomsburg last weekend, and this is an opportune time for a breakout.
History: ESU leads 59-1all-time, and has won 36in a row, which is an NCAA all-division record for consecutive wins in an uninterrupted series.
Keys to the Game: The Wolves will stack the line of scrimmage in an effort to contain ESU’s running attack, and RB Robert Healy, who leads the PSAC in rushing (157 yard average per game). Shippensburg provided a blueprint in last week’s 31-14 win over the Warriors, but the Cheyney defense – which is surrendering 52 points a game -- simply doesn’t have enough talent or depth. The Wolves have a nice stable of runners, and Erik Heller, James Medlock and Brandon French combine to average 111 yards per game. But QB Dominick Trautz continues to struggle (1 TD, 7 Ints) and WR Marcus Lyles is the only player on the roster with more than seven receptions. As a result, CU’s running game has to be productive in order to win the time of possession battle and keep ESU’s offense off the field.
Prediction: East Stroudsburg 48, Cheyney 20.