WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Mark Raymond's Ephs (6-1) will open Little Three play with a road contest this Saturday in Middletown, Conn. versus the Wesleyan University Cardinals (6-1) when the two teams meet on Andrus Field, which is the oldest continuously used collegiate football field in the country. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 PM.
The Ephs will be looking to extend one streak and end another. Winners of their last six games Williams will be looking to win a seventh consecutive game, which would be a first under Raymond now in his fourth year. If the Ephs do extend their win streak to seven they will snap a 6-game Wesleyan win streak in the series.
The Wesleyan win streak came when the Cardinals ended an Eph 13-game win streak in the series (2000-12).
With Wesleyan possessing a +11 in turnover margin this season it will behoove the Ephs to hold onto the ball and maintain possession. Williams will likely seek to establish its potent ground attack to keep the Wesleyan offense off the field. The Ephs lead NESCAC in rushing with an average of 229.8 yards a game. Wesleyan's defense to date is ranked sixth in rushing defense and is allowing 142.1 yards a game. Last Saturday at Trinity the Ephs racked up 235 yards on the ground against a Trinity defense that was allowing 80 rushing yards a game.
Williams and Wesleyan go way back in football history having played first in Springfield, Mass. in 1881. Wesleyan won that initial contest 10-0, but the Ephs hold a commanding lead in the series 77-41-5. Saturday will be the 124th meeting between the two rivals and this rivalry is the sixth most played rivalry in NCAA DIII.
Wesleyan is 1-0 in Little Three play having defeated Amherst in Amherst last weekend 31-28 in double overtime.
The Little Three is the oldest conference in the nation without a membership change, having been formed in 1910.
A win by Wesleyan will give the Cardinals their 15th outright Little Three title and win by Williams will set the stage for the Ephs to win their 45th outright Little Three title when they host Amherst in Williamstown on November 9. All-time the Ephs have won 44 outright Little Three crowns, Amherst 33 and Wesleyan 14. There have been 10 ties.