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Date Posted: 10:02:21 11/17/16 Thu
Brown v. Columbia will be a close game.
It always is.
Both teams have solid defenses, that can be prone to occasional gaffs. Both defenses are far better against the run than the pass. The team that can get to the QB with pressure will have the edge.
And turnovers. Dammit. A problem for both teams. I am less concerned by a great defensive play--a tipped ball, huge hit etc. than the stupefying INTs into coverage, or the RB fumble. Turnovers happen even with the best teams; but the Bears and Lions seem to turnover the ball at the worst times.
On offense, Brown has far more weapons through the air. Linta at QB is improving, but Jette, Doles, Swankey, and Casey make any QB look good. Columbia will try to stop the run-first style of Brown and force third-and-long. Pena is a dependable pounder at RB, not likely to break off a long run.
Both kickers are solid; and it could turn into a game of field goals. It could be windy at Brown Stadium; an open field with real, honest to god, grass which is a more difficult for kickers.
Browns defensive line is good and deep with two full rotations of equal strength, a difference-maker late in the game. Browns secondary is patchwork because of injuries.
Columbia showed some impressive offense against Cornell last week. Cornell is far from the best defense in the League, but credible. COlumbia put 40 points on them.
I see Brown winning at home on Senior Day 28-17
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