This week all three of the President’s Athletic Conference undefeated teams will test their mettle on the gridiron. The one team with a bye during Week 4 is the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents who are 2-1 overall this season and 0-1 in league action.
Leading off, the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans (1-1 / 1-0 PAC) are in Crestview Hills, Kentucky for a noon kickoff against the Thomas More College Saints (2-1 / 1-0) at BB&T Field. Last week against Waynesburg University, CMU’s Sam Benger claimed his 15th career game where he rushed for 100-yards or more. The junior running back had 193 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown in helping his squad defeat the Yellow Jackets 35-23. Thomas More’s defense limited W&J to just 204 yards of total offense in their 35-9 victory. My prediction is a 34-31 shootout in favor of CMU.
The Grove City College Wolverines (0-3 / 0-1) seek their first win of the 2016 campaign on the road at Chuck Noll Field when they battle the Saint Vincent College Bearcats (3-0 / 1-0) at 1:00 p.m. In their 55-0 loss at home to Case Western Reserve University, junior free safety Kyle Beyer and freshman cornerback Connor Shoemaker each had an interception for the Wolverines. Bearcats’ sophomore running back Jhanard Dorsett recorded 98 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 28-21 win over Geneva College. My prediction is a 28-10 victory for Saint Vincent.
Case Western Reserve’s Spartans (2-0 / 1-0) are on the road for the second consecutive week when they visit John F. Wiley Stadium to confront Waynesburg (0-3 / 0-1) at 1:30 p.m. CWR’s offense is hitting on all cylinders as they outscored their opponents 100-17 through the first two contests of the 2016 season. Yellow Jackets’ senior defensive end Ariellio DeStefano and sophomore linebacker Michael Heasley each had a sack against CMU. My prediction is Case Western collects a 31-17 win.
The Thiel College Tomcats (2-1 / 1-0) visit Reeves Field in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania as they attempt to tame the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes (1-2 / 0-1) at 3:00 p.m. The Tomcats defense is second in the PAC with seven interceptions in three matchups. A pair of sophomores, Trewon Marshall and Javid Ellis, combined for 221 rushing yards last week for Geneva. My prediction is a 21-14 victory for the Tomcats.
Saturday’s lone contest under the lights has the Westminster College Titans (2-0 / 0-0) coming off their bye week on the road in West Virginia to clash with the Bethany Bison (1-2, 0-1) at 6:00 p.m. The last time Westminster began a season 3-0 was 1997. Bethany senior linebacker Donovan Hayden is the leader after three games with 44 tackles in the PAC. My prediction is a 35-21 win for the Bison.