On September 14 of last year, Rhody football picked up their first win in (what felt like) forever when they took down the Albany Great Danes 19-13 in overtime. It was an awesome win for a number of reasons, including the fact that it was the first home game at UofA’s new stadium. So perhaps it’s fitting that the Rams may be going for their first win of 2014, in URI’s home opener, against the same team. Here’s what they’ll need to do to repeat history.
2012 Record: 1-11 (0-8 in the CAA)
Key Losses: WR Kevin Chillis, DT Andrew Smith, CB Randall Exantus
Key Returners: QB Will Fiacchi, RB Omar Osbourne, LB Michael Nicastro
Player to Watch: RB Omar Osbourne
The Great Danes aren’t exactly stacked with stars, but starting running back Omar Osbourne is an exception. The then-junior ran for 1,206 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013 as he averaged just over 100 yards on the ground per game. But back in September, Rhode Island was able to hold him in check, relatively speaking. Osbourne ran for “only” 96 yards and a score back in September, while catching two passes for just one yard net.
Prediction: Rhode Island 27 – Albany 10
They did it once – why not again? With a (hopefully) amped up crowd behind them, the Rams have a great shot to grab their first home win of the Jim Fleming era. Plus, add Albany’s recent struggles into the mix and everything points to a URI win. Let’s hope they can get it.