BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The 2021 Patriot League spring football season resumes on Saturday with a pair of important divisional matchups. Holy Cross (1-0 PL, 0-0 North) welcomes Fordham (0-0 PL, 0-0 North) to Fitton Field with Kevin Gehl and Rich Fisher providing the call on ESPN+, beginning at 1 p.m. Bucknell (0-0 PL, 0-0 South) opens its season by hosting Lafayette (1-0 PL, 0-0 South) at Christy Mathewson - Memorial Stadium. Doug Birdsong and Kevin Herr will be on the ESPN+ broadcast, beginning at 4 p.m.
The Patriot League’s six football teams are split into two three-team divisions for the 2021 spring season. Colgate, Fordham and Holy Cross play in the North Division. Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh play in the South Division. Teams play each divisional opponent once along with non-divisional games. The League schedule will conclude on Saturday, April 17, with a championship game between the two division winners that will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network. Make-up games will be played on Saturday, April 10. The Georgetown football program will forgo participation in the spring 2021 season. If conditions allow and within permissible local and federal guidelines, the Hoyas will work to bring football student-athletes back for training in the spring in preparation for the traditional fall of 2021.
LAST MEETING: (Nov. 6, 2019) - Holy Cross scored 35 points in the fourth quarter, as they overcame an early 14-point deficit to claim at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title with a 49-27 victory at Fordham. Junior quarterback Connor Degenhardt rushed for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the comeback win. Degenhardt also completed 15-of-29 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Domenic Cozier rushed for a game-high 170 yards and two touchdowns, including a 12-yard score in the fourth quarter to give the Crusaders their first lead of the game. Freshman wide receiver Ayir Asante caught 11 passes for 119 yards, and junior wide receiver Tenio Ayeni finished with five catches for 96 yards. Fordham sophomore quarterback Tim DeMorat 23-of-41 passes for 346 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Dequece Carter to give the Rams a 14-0 lead. Carter finished with seven catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns and junior wide receiver Hamze El-Zayat caught nine passes for 122 yards and one touchdown. Junior running back Trey Sneed rushed for 92 yards on 14 carries and senior running back Zach Davis scored a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards on 17 carries.
SERIES HISTORY: Bucknell and Lafayette meet for the 98th time in series history with the Leopards holding a 54-37-6 advantage. The Bison and Leopards first met in 1883, with Lafayette earning a 59-0 victory. The Bison have won five of the last nine meetings between the two schools, including a 13-7 overtime win at Fisher Stadium in 2017.
LAST MEETING: (Oct. 26, 2019) - Lafayette freshman quarterback Keegan Shoemaker completed 23-of-27 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown pass, in addition to rushing for a touchdown to lead Lafayette to a 21-17 victory over Bucknell. Shoemaker connected with senior wide receiver Nick Pearson on a 43-yard touchdown pass and junior running back Selwyn Simpson rushed for a 22-yard score for 14 unanswered fourth-quarter points to lead the Leopards comeback. Bucknell junior quarterback Logan Bitikofer completed 13-of-26 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, both to sophomore wide receiver Brandon Sanders, who finished with eight receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Lafayette junior linebacker Major Jordan led the Leopards with 14 tackles, and Olivas added five tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble. Bucknell junior linebacker Rick Mottram posted a game-high 16 tackles, 2.0 sacks and an interception. Junior linebacker Simeon Page added six tackles, 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack for the Bison.
Week 7 of FCS football is on the horizon and the 26-game Saturday. Conference play in the spring portion of this year’s FCS regular season begins Friday, Feb. 19. March 27, 2021 with Week 7 action. Here is the college football schedule for the first big week of spring football. Watch FCS online without cable.
Predicting the FCS playoff bracket is going to be as difficult as it’s ever been for the 2021 spring season. The 24-team bracket has been reduced to 16 teams. The typical format is 10 auto-bids from 10 conferences and 14 at-large bids. This spring, there will be 10 auto-bids and only six at-large bids.
Cody Orgeron threw a pair of late fourth-quarter touchdown passes and broke
loose for a 19-yard touchdown run in the second overtime, leading McNeese to a
40-37 victory over Tarleton State on Saturday night to kick off the Football
Championship Subdivision spring season.
Each conference has its own start date and number of games, but over the course of the next two months you’re going to have the opportunity to catch a lot of interesting teams and players.
With an eye to variety, here are the five games that could be most worth watching each week, along with the storyline most worth paying attention to. The rankings listed next to each team are their preseason rankings from last August. Not every preseason top-25 team is playing this spring, but most are. Source: ESPN
If the Eagles are going to repeat their gaudy offensive numbers from 2019, they’ll need Barriere to shine. Eastern Washington led the FCS in total offense last season, averaging 524.8 yards per game, and finished second in scoring offense, by racking up 40.6 points per outing.
Barriere is one of the most talented pivots in the FCS, throwing for over 3,712 yards and 31 TD in 2019, but given the amount of turnover within the program, nobody should be surprised if the Eagles get off to a slow start. Also working against them, is an incredibly tough matchup versus an excellent Idaho defense.