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Week 10 in the PSAC

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Week 10 in the PSAC

As we enter week 10 in the PSAC we already know who will be playing for the PSAC Championship next week as West Chester will travel west and visit Slippery Rock on November 10th. This weekend we see our last weekend of crossover matchups, and many finish positions are still up for grabs as we enter this Saturday.

The end of an era; Last Saturday East Stroudsburg head coach Denny Douds announced his retirement. The PSAC coaching has led the Warriors for over 40 seasons and steps down as the active wins leader in all of NCAA football. Coach Douds teams may have struggled the last few seasons but he always ran his program with respect and honor. We will probably never see someone coach as long and sustain his success again in the PSAC. We tip our cap to coach Douds on a job well done.

Also as we head into November we have to keep our focus on the Regional rankings, for the second week in a row we see 3 PSAC teams in the rankings. West Chester sits at #3, Kutztown is #6 and Slippery Rock is at #8. I believe that if any of these teams win out they will make the playoff. In order for the PSAC to get three teams into the playoff, the Rock needs to win the PSAC, and West Chester must take care of business this weekend. With many matchups remaining with top teams across the region and with the strength of schedule bump, IUP will gain the last two weeks if the Crimson Hawks take care of business they have a chance to climb into the conversation as we close out the season.

Week 10 Matchups:

Clairon (4-5, 2-4) @ Mercyhurst (3-6, 2-4)
#22 IUP ( 7-2, 4-2) @ Edinboro (6-3, 3-3)
California (5-2,4-2) @ Seton Hill (1-8, 1-5)
Bloomsburg (5-4) @ West Liberty (3-6)
East Stroudsburg (1-8, 0-5) @ Shippensburg (4-5, 2-3)
Gannon (2-7, 2-4) @ Slippery Rock (8-1, 6-0)
Lock Haven (1-8, 1-4) @ #11/12 West Chester (8-0, 5-0)
#23/24 Kutztown (7-1, 4-1) @ Millersville (2-7, 2-3)

Game Capsules :

Clarion (4-5) @ Mercyhurst (3-6)

• The Lakers won the “Niagara Cup” last week in what made them the “Kings of Erie County”. With a win over Edinboro in early October the Lakers won both games vs. their closest rivals. Clarion on the other hand limps into this matchup on a four game losing streak, last week they dropped a tight contest 14-7 to Edinboro. Last year this was a great matchup as should be this Saturday as well. The winner has a chance to finish as high as fourth in the PSAC West. That would be something for these programs to build on heading into next season. Clarion has struggled to move the ball over this four game slide and I expect that to continue. The Pick Mercyhurst 27 Clarion 21

IUP (7-2) @ Edinboro (6-3)
• In what could be the game of the week the Crimson Hawks travel to Erie County with the chance to get a huge win over a solid Fighting Scots team. Edinboro has under achieved this season and look to be a dangerous group closing out 2018. Transfer QB Jarrod Kellar has led the Scots to wins in both of his starts and has a chance to cement the starting job for 2019 as they host IUP and Kutztown to close out the season. IUP can’t afford a slip as they are hanging on to playoff contention. I have been high on Edinboro all season and I think they can turn last season excitement in a strong run to close out the season. Edinboro will lean on defense and stop the IUP passing game with their ball-hawking secondary. The Pick Edinboro 27 IUP 21

California (5-4) @ Seton Hill (1-8)
• The Griffin struggled last week when they traveled to IUP dropping 56-14 to the Crimson Hawks. California on the other hand played well at times but fell apart in the second half. The running game was not making tracks for the Vulcans and the damp conditions seemed to play fits on the receiving corp. California saw their dreams on a West division crown get rushed away as Slippery Rock rushed to a victory 44-21 victory as the Vulcans dropped their second straight at home. California has the athletes to rebound but this will be a test that third year coach Gary Dunn has not seen. The Vulcans are out of contention of winning a league crown and advancing to the NCAA for the first time in his tenure. How will the third year head coach rally the troops? Seton Hill is looking for positive momentum closing the season. The Pick California 31 Seton Hill 21

Bloomsburg (5-4) @ West Liberty (3-6)

• The Huskies travel to the “Mountain State” as they play a 3-6 West Liberty team from the Mountain East. With a win in either of their final two contests the Huskies will continue the leagues longest streak of winning seasons. Bloomsburg is in the mists of a three game winning streak and during this run are scoring over 30 points per game. The Pick BU 35 WLU 21

East Stroudsburg (1-8) @ Shippensburg (4-5)
• East Stroudsburg will look to start a new tradition as they are now led by Warrior legend Jim Terwilliger , the former ESU QB will look to set a positive foundation as the close of 2018. Shippensburg has struggled for much of 2018 and are looking at a tough trip next week at IUP. On senior day I look for a proud group to come out and play hard for each other and improve to 5-5. The pick Shippensburg 40 ESU 24

Gannon (2-7) @ Slippery Rock (8-1)
• The Rock locked up the PSAC west last week with a great showing at California. This is a trap game for SRU as Gannon comes to Slippery Rock for a one o’clock kick. Gannon dropped a lopsided contest to rival Mercyhurst last week but with RB Marcus Jones they have a chance to play spoiler in this one. Roland Rivers led the Rock almost perfectly last week and he improved to 7-0 as a starter. This is a focus bunch and they will not have a letdown before the title game. The Pick SRU 40 GU 30

Lock Haven (1-8) @ #11/12 West Chester (8-0)
• The Golden Rams won a matchup of unbeaten team last week as they outlasted Kutztown 38-21. The Golden Rams will look to avoid a letdown on senior day before the cross state trip to SRU next weekend. Lock Haven showed a pulse last week as they battled tough with Ship before dropping 56-37. I expect the Rams to roll and set up a great state game next Saturday from Slippery Rock. The Pick WCU 45 LHU 17

#23/24 Kutztown @ Millersville (2-7)
• The Golden Bears dropped a tough decision to West Chester on senior day last weekend. They still seem to control their own destiny as the playoffs go, the only problem for the Golden Bears would be a hiccup. Millersville has lost three in a row and I think it’s a shame for the seniors that they draw a scorned program for senior day. Kutztown will look to show they are for real as they rebound in this one. The pick KU 40 ‘Ville 17

We see great traditional matchups this weekend and we see must win matchups for many reasons. This is senior day for many East division teams and we thank everyone in the east for this season on campus across the commonwealth. This is also the last week in the east without Shepherd, the next time we have a week of PSAC East football the Rams will be in the mix.

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