If one win is good, more is better, right? The Rhode Island Rams football team could easily win multiple games this season, which would certainly be an improvement over last year’s campaign. And while a winning record isn’t likely on the horizon, Rhody football seems to be heading in the right direction. That’s why we’re predicting them to win their second (!!!!) game of the season when they welcome the Central Connecticut Blue Devils to Meade Stadium on September 28th.
2012 Record: 2-8 (2-5 in the Northeast Conference)
Key Losses: WR Deven Baker, LB Lorenzo Baker, LB D.J. Radich
Key Returners: QB Andrew Clements, RB Rob Hollomon, LB Josh Alaeze
Player to Watch: QB Andrew Clements
If you’re looking for explosive playmakers, Clements should be one of the best that the Rams face all season. In his junior season, the 6’2″, 225-pound quarterback threw for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 10 games. But passing is only part of his game. Clements also ran for 340 yards and an additional seven touchdowns, good enough to lead the team in rushing TDs. The Blue Devils averaged nearly 24 points per game last season, and Clements was a big reason why. The Rams will have to carefully game plan for the offensive versatility that Clements brings to the table.
Prediction: Rhode Island 31 – Central Connecticut 27
While Central Connecticut certainly has some offensive firepower, their defense is… well it’s not good. The Blue Devils allowed over 38 points-per-game last year on average, and their struggles against the rush were glaring. CCSU allowed over 215 yards on the ground per game, so Jordan Sebastian has got to have this game circled on his calendar. Rhody will score enough points to overcome Central Connecticut’s offensive attack to pick up a big win in front of their home crowd.