And so it begins....The non conference schedule is finished, and the open week is in the rear view mirror. It's time for conference play. Ferrum travels to Averett this Saturday for a 1 p.m.kickoff. While most people look at this game as one Ferrum should win, there are a few things that bother me about it. Averett has shown that they have a formidable defense, holding Hampden-Sydney College to 20 points, and Randolph Macon College to 21. They also have shown that there offense can put up points as they scored 35 against Guilford. So far, although they remain winless, the Cougars are starting to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Ferrum should be able to handle the Cougars, as I believe the Panthers will have too many weapons, but nothing can be taken for granted. Ferrum has had two chances at a shutout, but I doubt they will pull one off this week. I look for Ferrum to continue to improve on both sides of the ball, and, in the end, Ferrum will wear down Averett for a hard fought win. I would not be surprised for Ferrum to have a defensive touchdown.
The one thing Ferrum must do is focus on defeating Averett. Oct. 6th will be here soon enough, and it will have far less meaning if the Panthers do not get a "W" on Saturday.
This week's predictions:
Ferrum 34 Averett 21
Greensboro @ Methodist
North Carolina Wesleyan @ LaGrange
CNU @ Maryville
Should be a fun week.