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Date Posted: Friday, October 07, 08:44:27pm
Here's a prediction from Sean Sapiro, FCS Assistant, with Sports Network.com (TSN) on the Dukes-Great Danes' game. Sean will be in Albany covering the game for TSN. For more of Sean's predictions of FCS games click here.
Duquesne Dukes (4-1, 2-0 NEC)
at Albany Great Danes (2-2, 1-0), 1 p.m.
Series record: Albany leads, 3-1
Last meeting: at Duquesne 28, Albany 17 (Sept. 25, 2010)
What to know: Already first amongst active FCS coaches in victories, Albany's Bob Ford is looking to gain his 250th career victory against the Dukes.
This game feels like a Northeast Conference championship game, especially with Central Connecticut State, the defending co-champion, already saddled with two NEC losses.
After making his first appearance of the season in a win against Bryant, Duquesne linebacker and Ohio State transfer Dorian Bell could get his first start for the Dukes. Last week, in his first action since Ohio State's victory against Michigan last November, Bell recorded six tackles.
Prediction: Duquesne 23, Albany 17
In as much as the Dukes curbed its last opponent (Bryant) to have a canine mascot, I believe that Dukes will remain in the dogcatcher mode on Saturday and haul the Great Danes to the pound by a score of 24 to 21. The weather should not be a factor in Albany. Forecasts call for around 70 degrees at kickoff with a 0% chance of rain.
Albany has a good team and is generally tough at home so this will likely be a very close game, but Mr McCoy will continue his streak of 100 yds. rushing games. It may come down to a last minute field goal by Charlie Leventry to settle the fray. The Dukes like being in first place in the NEC and will remain so when they return to the Bluff.
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