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Breaking Down The Patriot League’s Toughest Tests Ahead of the 2020 Season

Peter Snyder discusses the some key Patriot League football matchups to watch.

You guys seem to be a fan of this series, so I thought I would go above and beyond and enter the magical utopia that is the FCS. Enjoy.

Bucknell

2019 Record:  3-8

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 9/26 @ Princeton

Why is it a hard matchup? Over the last handful of years, Princeton has established themselves as one of the elite east coast FCS programs. It is also important to mention that the Tigers always schedule a Patriot League opponent as part of their non-conference schedule and more often than not, Princeton comes away with a lopsided victory.

Colgate

2019 Record: 4-8

https://twitter.com/HEROSportsFCS/status/1247252169767649283?s=20

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 9/19 @ Syracuse

Why is it a hard matchup? For starters, Syracuse has a QB named Tommy Devito who is going to eat a weak Colgate secondary alive. Also, I am a big fan of the offensive system Dino Babers runs and feel as if the Raiders could be in for one hell of an afternoon.

Fordham

2019 Record: 4-8

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 9/12 @ Hawaii

Why is it a hard matchup? To ask the rams to fly from the Bronx, all the way to Honolulu, and compete against an FBS team is almost an impossible task. The matter of the fact is this. Fordham is going to be getting paid to fly to Hawaii to play against the rainbow warriors. They are what we like to call “Schedule fillers” or “Cupcakes.” However, a trip to Hawaii where your University gets paid doesn’t seem like too bad of a deal to me.

Georgetown

2019 Record: 5-6

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 10/17 vs Holy Cross

Why is it a hard matchup? Holy Cross is the defending champs of the Patriot Leauge. To get a win on your home turf against the champs would do wonders for the overall confidence and moral for the Hoyas program.

Holy Cross

2019 Record: 7-6

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 9/19 vs Yale

Why is it a hard matchup? A. It is Homecoming week B. An Ivy-league School is coming into your house C. You are the defending champs….EVERYTHING is riding on this one.

Lafayette

2019 Record: 4-8

https://twitter.com/LafColFootball/status/1262851456828350464?s=20

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 11/21 vs Lehigh

Why is it a hard matchup? This will be the 156th meeting between the Lafayette Leopards and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. It is one of the richest, yet underappreciated rivalries in the history of college football.

Lehigh

2019 Record: 4-7

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 11/12 @Lafayette

Why is it a hard matchup? This will be the 156th meeting between the Lafayette Leopards and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. It is one of the richest, yet underappreciated rivalries in the history of college football.

 

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Peter Snyder
Peter Snyder is an Intern sportswriter who covers collegiate athletics as well as professional sports.
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