It goes without saying, but it would be pretty awesome if Jim Fleming could bring the Governor’s Cup back to Kingston… where it belongs. The Rhode Island Rams have lost their last three annual match-ups with Brown, but they’ll be back at Meade this season as they try to end the skid. Can they do it? Here’s a closer peek at their in-state rivals.
2012 Record: 6-4 (3-4 in the Ivy League)
Key Losses: QB Patrick Donnelly, RB John Spooney, WR Tellef Lundevall
Key Returners: DL Jacob Walther, LB Daniel Giovacchini, LB Eric Armagost
Player to Watch: WR Brian Strachan
The Bears lost a pretty big chunk of their offensive skill players to graduation after last season. Their starting quarterback, running back, and their top two wide receivers are now gone, but they have guys ready to step up. Like WR and rising senior Brian Strachan. The 6’1″ Wellesley (MA) native caught 33 passes last year for 315 yards and a touchdown. His reception total was third on the team, and first amongst returning receivers. Against URI last year, Strachan caught six balls for 63 yards, but failed to find the end zone.
Prediction: Rhode Island 22 – Brown 17
Yes, Rhody will have several new faces on offense next season. But Brown will have even more. With that kind of turnover, especially at skill positions, it may be hard for the Bears to gel just three games into the season. Will it be enough for the Rams to pull out the win? In any event, expect a close game. It always is when these two rivals face off.