Friday, September 21, 2012

Cup Crazy

The Liberty Cup

Fordham Rams at Columbia Lions: Liberty Cup XI

September 22, 2012

Location: Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at the Baker Athletics Complex

Kickoff Time: 12:30pm

Gametime Weather Forecast: 77 degrees, sunny

The Spread: Fordham is favored by 3 1/2 points


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Lead Stories

The Lions began the Pete Mangurian era last week with a scrappy win over Marist. Now, they face a tougher test against an athletic scholarship team that is also looking resurgent under new Head Coach Joe Moorhead.

The game looks like it will be a duel between Fordham's potent offense and Columbia's impressive front seven on defense. It will also be a sharp contrast between a much bigger Ram team and Mangurian's "Grand Experiment" lighter and better conditioned squad.

Fordham's offense attack could be a lot less varied this week because of an injury to QB Michael Nebrich. He's out for this game and probably several more. Nebrich was the running QB who could still throw pretty well in the dual QB system that still mostly featured Ryan Higgins under center. 

The Lions seem to have posted some good news yesterday when the game notes listed standout DE Seyi Adebayo as a starter even though he had to be helped off the field with an injury last week. 

The Liberty Cup games have almost all been very close, and the last five have all come down to the last two to three minutes of the fourth quarter. Last year's 21-14 win by Fordham in Rose Hill was the only game the Rams would win in all of 2011. 

Columbia is also trying to win three straight games at home, (albeit stretched over the course of two seasons), for the first time since 2010 and only the third time ever at Wien Stadium.

Columbia's Three Keys to the Game

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1) Protect Brackett and get him on Track

Even if Columbia's defense plays BETTER than it did against Marist, Fordham is likely to score more than nine points. That means the offense has to be more productive. QB Sean Brackett needs more time to throw and his throws need to be more accurate. That should do it.

2) Stop the Run

Ram RB Carlton Koonce absolutely destroyed the Cornell defense last week in the 34-27 Fordham win. Columbia stuffed the run against Marist, but this will be a much taller order. With all of Fordham's passing targets, this game will become just about impossible to win if Koonce has another 150+ yard day.

3) Win the Turnover Battle

The Rams have been overly generous with the football through the first three games of the season and they haven't grabbed many takeaways. The Lions need that trend to continue.


Anonymous said...

how do you know the Lions are "better conditioned"?

Lion 58 said...

Princeton-Georgetown tonight- mistake prone on both sides. Neither team seemed well coached. Princeton uses option, misdirections, hurry-up offense. Passing was poor. Good freshman runner in Atwater. Strong and big defensive line- may stuff our running game. Next week should be interesting.