Friday, November 8, 2013

Area college football previews for Nov. 9

Lake Erie College (3-6, 2-5 GLIAC) at No. 9 Ohio Dominican (8-0, 7-0)

When: Noon

Where: Panther Field, Columbus

What to watch for: Ohio Dominican is one of eight undefeated teams in Division II, and the Panthers might be two wins from earning a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Ohio Dominican is ranked second behind Colorado State-Pueblo in the regional rankings. Six teams from the region qualify for the playoffs with the top two receiving byes. Ohio Dominican has already clinched the GLIAC South title. ...Lake Erie College is 0-8 all-time against ranked opponents and 1-3 against Ohio Dominican. The Storm have pushed some quality teams this season, including 19th-ranked Saginaw Valley State (a 51-41 loss). ...Expect LEC, which leads the nation in total offense (577.4 yards per game), to move the ball. But the Storm must stop the run to upset the Panthers. Ohio Dominican's Mark Nichols and Brandon Schoen have combined for 1,721 rushing yards. Both running backs are headed toward 1,000-yard rushing season. LEC allows 268.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks last in the GLIAC and 157th nationally.

Case Western Reserve (4-3, 1-0 UAA) at Washington (6-2, 1-0)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Francis Field, St. Louis

What to watch for: Case Western Reserve is proof that two straight midseason bye weeks can alter a season. The Spartans were hobbling following a 45-0 loss to second-ranked Linfield on Sept. 28. Three games later, they can secure at least a share of the UAA title by defeating Washington. Case's three-game winning streaks includes victories over Puget Sound, 38-31, Trinity, 21-17, and Chicago, 16-3. ...Defense has keyed the winning the streak. The Spartans lead the UAA with 12 interceptions. Freshman cornerback Nick Kwon, senior safety Austin Webb and sophomore cornerback Jordan Esteban each have two interceptions. ...Washington has won five straight games, edging Carnegie Mellon, 9-7, in its UAA opener last week. The Bears' two losses were to ranked teams: Wisconsin-Whitewater, 17-7, and Coe, 10-0. ... Case is 29-4 in road games since 2007.

Concord (7-2, 6-1 Mountain East) at Notre Dame College (4-5, 3-4)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Mueller Field, South Euclid

What to watch for: Notre Dame College senior running back Pedro Powell should be busy in his final home game. Powell was part of the Falcons' first recruiting class and has eclipsed 4,500 career rushing yards. He's one of 15 seniors playing at Mueller Field for the final time. The group is Coach Adam Howard's first recruiting class and experienced a nomadic playing existence until Mueller Field opened this past summer. A big performance by Powell will be needed to upset stingy Concord. The Mountain Lions allow 11.1 points per game, the lowest total in Division II. Concord also has forced 26 turnovers. ...NDC can match a school wins record set in 2011 with one more victory. The Falcons end the season at West Liberty State.

No. 12 Heidelberg (7-1, 6-1 OAC) at No. 12 John Carroll (8-0, 7-0)

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Shula Stadium, University Heights

What to watch for:. John Carroll and Heidelberg could be playing for a NCAA Division III playoff spot. Only five at-large spots are available for the 32-team field. John Carroll and defending national champion Mount Union (8-0, 7-0) are tied for the OAC lead. Heidelberg, which fell to Mount Union, 44-34, last week. is a game behind the pair. The OAC receives an automatic NCAA bid. But obtaining two at-large spots might be tough. John Carroll has a mulligan, albeit one from the woods, available if it falters against Heidelberg. The Blue Streaks visit Mount Union next week. A loss places Heidelberg in an undesirable position. ...Heidelberg ranks second nationally in scoring offense (54.0 points per game). John Carroll leads the nation in scoring defense (3.3 ppg). The Blue Streaks have shutout four opponents and haven't allowed more than nine points in a game. ...John Carroll also has a solid offense. Quarterback Mark Myers averages 298.6 passing yards per game, receivers Aramis Greenwood and Marshall Howell are big-play threats and the offensive line has allowed three sacks. ... Heidelberg owns a three-game winning streak against John Carroll. The Scarlet Princes handled the Blue Streaks, 31-10, last year. ...Heidleberg's Cartel Brooks leads the OAC with 1,146 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 147 carries.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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