Virginia faces a must-win, two traditional CAA powers try to keep pace with James Madison and North Carolina hopes to further establish itself as a Coastal Division contender. Catch all the college football action this Saturday on CSN and CSN Plus.
New Hampshire (3-2) at William & Mary (3-2), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN
New Hampshire is riding a two-game win streak as they hit a soft point in their schedule, but it's back to business this week as they head to Williamsburg to face the Tribe. Quarterback Sean Goldrich is expected to return for the Wildcats to the lineup after an ankle injury held him out the past two weeks. Goldrich is a four-year starter who threw for 2,391 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
William & Mary will look to counter with its balanced attack on offense. Last week against Villanova, the Tribe put up 466 yards of offense, 199 of which came on the ground. A steady dose of their lethal two-headed running attack with Mikal Abdul-Saboor and Kendall Anderson will be key.
Syracuse (3-2) at Virginia (1-4), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN
Virginia faces a must-win on Saturday as they host Syracuse. With four losses already, it seems unlikely the Cavaliers are going to be able to rebound and win five of their seven remaining games to become bowl eligible. Having said that, Virginia must win this game in order to keep the season from completely unraveling.
Wake Forest (3-3) at North Carolina (4-1), Sat. 7:00 p.m. on CSN Plus
North Carolina won four-straight before heading into their bye week and are now seen as one of the Coastal contenders which of course puts them on upset watch in the always goofy Coastal Division. They will have to find a way to solve a Wake Forest defense that shutout Boston College last week for a 3-0 win.
As good as the defense has looked, however, they may struggle against the explosive North Carolina defense led by quarterback Marquise Williams. Can the Demon Deacons do enough on offense to match the Tar Heels? With the suspendion of cornerbacks M.J. Steward and Mike Hughes, there is a real opportunity here for Wake Forest to stun the Tar Heels.