The Bowdoin College (1-5) and Bates College (1-5) football teams will look to right their respective ships as the race for the 2010 Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Championship continues. The Polar Bears enter Saturday having lost three straight outings since defeating Tufts on October 9 while the Bobcats have lost four straight games since also beating Tufts on October 2.
Bowdoin will provide a live video webcast and live statistics from Saturday's game.
CHASE FOR THE CBB CROWN
Saturday's game marks the second in the three-game round-robin Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Championship and the best the Bobcats can hope for, after a 10-6 loss to Colby last weekend, is a repeat of last year's result when the teams split the crown for the first time since 1995. Colby and Bowdoin will cap the chase next weekend when the two play in Waterville.
Saturday's contest is the final home game for 14 Polar Bear seniors. This senior class has particularly enjoyed the confines of Whittier Field, winning eight games at home during their time in Brunswick. The class has also claimed sole possession of two CBB Championships and a share of the title last season.
POLAR BEARS BY THE NUMBERS
Bowdoin's offense ranks eighth in the NESCAC, but they have been victimized by untimely turnovers and a lack of red zone efficiency that has resulted in a lack of scoring production. The Polar Bears have scored on just nine of their 22 trips into the opponents' 20 and have a -12 turnover margin this season. Pat Noone is second in the league in receptions (7.0/game) and all-purpose yards (151.2/game) while Kevin O'Connor is fourth in the league with four sacks.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
The Bobcats have mustered only 56 points on the season to rank last in the NESCAC, but have used an improving defense to stay close in several games. The Bobcats rank seventh in the league in total defense (403.3 yards/game) and rely heavily on their fifth-ranked rushing offense (104.8 yards/game) and a triple-option attack that has seen six different players carry 20 or more times this fall.
A year ago in Lewiston, Bates defensive end Tyler Kuehl intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown to give the Bobcat football team their first lead of the game with 9:39 remaining in an eventual 28-24 win over Bowdoin. It was the first win for the Bobcats over the Polar Bears since 2003.
BOWDOIN vs. BATES
The Bowdoin-Bates rivalry, at 112 games entering play on Saturday, is the 10th-longest in Division III, dating back to 1889 (a 62-0 Bowdoin win). The Polar Bears hold a 65-40-7 edge in the all-time series.