It’s no fun for us to ask this question, but it’s time to be realistic about this team and this season. Does URI have a chance to win one of their last two games and avoid an 0-11 finish? First, let’s take a look at the state of the team after nine games. Besides being 0-9 (and 0-6 in the CAA), they’ve been outscored 336-89, or a game average of 37-10. Think about that for a second. They are losing games by an average of FOUR TOUCHDOWNS. It gets worse: Rhody has scored more than 10 points only twice in nine games, and allowed 30+ points eight times. Their opponent has scored more than double what the Rams have in every game but one, a 47-24 loss to Delaware. After their 39-0 loss to Richmond on Saturday, Rhody has now lost 11 straight games dating back to last season, and the shutout loss was their first since 2010. The only team close to URI in the standings is Georgia State (1-9, 1-6), who trounced Rhody 41-7 back on October 13th. The win was Georgia State’s first (and only to date) win in the FBS.
So in other words, this season has been bleak by all accounts, one of the worst (if not the worst) in school history. Before we start with the obligatory “Should Rhody Drop Football?” discussions, let’s focus on the two remaining games on the schedule and see if Rhody can try to record a win to put a bright spot on an otherwise disappointing season.
Towson is the next team on the horizon for Rhody as they’ll face off in Maryland this Saturday. This doesn’t look like a game URI should win for a couple of reasons. First, it’s on the road, where the Rams haven’t won since 2010. The loss in Richmond last week pushed Rhody’s road losing streak to 12 games, and with a team that’s struggled just to remain competitive in games this season, a road contest only adds to their difficulties. Second, Towson isn’t exactly a pushover. They’re ranked #22 in the latest FCS poll, and just topped 20th ranked Delaware on Saturday. They also played LSU close back in September. A lot – A LOT – of things are going to have to go right for Rhody to come away with a win on Saturday.
And if they don’t, their only chance will come on October 17th against Maine at Meade Stadium. This may be Rhody’s best chance to pick up a win anyway, so let’s delve into this one a bit. Maine currently sits at 3-6 (2-4 in the CAA) with a match-up versus the aforementioned Georgia State looming. Besides a win versus Delaware a month ago, Rhody and Maine seem to be relatively similar in terms of how they have fared versus common opponents. Maine’s other two wins came against William and Mary (whom the Rams do not face this year) and Bryant. Both teams have lost to Villanova, New Hampshire, and James Madison. Make no mistake, Rhody will still likely have to play their best football of the year to win this one. Do they have it in them? We’ll take a closer look at both of these match-ups as they draw closer, and see if Rhody can avoid finishing with a nauseating 0-11 record.