For Ferrum, the race to the conference championship makes a stop at Methodist University Saturday, to take on the Monarchs. Recent history would suggest that this should be a win for the Panthers, as Ferrum has not lost to Methodist since 2006.
With a 2-4 record, the Monarchs look to re insert themselves in the conference race with a win. This would be a huge step for their program, under their second year Head Coach Dave Evanson. This is a solid team, that has the ability to score. They also have a very strong run defense.
If there is a weakness, it may be their pass defense. This is where, statistically, Ferrum and Methodist are similar...They are both ranked at the bottom of the conference...Ferrum7th, MU 8th. As for their passing games, Ferrum ranks 4th in passing offense, while the Monarchs rank 3rd.
Ferrum has a better running attack, but the MU defense is poised to shut it down. So while their records are quite different, the Monarchs are a strong team. This game is one that a team could take lightly...Ferrum must not. I believe Coach Harper will have them ready, and as even as there two teams appear, I believe that Ferrum will have too many weapons, and should come out the winner. Here are my picks for the weekend.
Ferrum 37 @ Methodist 27
CNU @ Averett
LaGrange @ Maryville
Greensboro @ NC Wesleyan