Last Saturday the Shippensburg University and its community witnessed a spectacle that could go down as one of the best games in recent memory as Bryan Barley and the Raider squad pulled out a thrilling 49-42 heart-stopper against the Bloomsburg University Huskies for the PSAC East title.
If only that momentum could carry over into the PSAC Championship, the Raiders would be set.
Instead, the Raiders must wait a week to vie for the title, as Cheyney University limps into Seth Grove Stadium on Saturday.
Cheyney is in the midst of a dismal 2012 campaign. Its 1-8 (0-7 in PSAC) record ranks them last in the PSAC East and for good reason. CU has looked abysmal in all aspects of the game.
The Wolves are being outscored 394-115, have 675 total passing yards on the year, and average 233 yards of total offense per game. Its four passing touchdowns rank last in Division II.
To put that into perspective, Zach Zulli threw for five touchdowns in the first half of last week’s game against BU. The Raiders, scoring 61 against Millersville University and 73 against Kutztown University, scored more points in those two games than CU has all year.
The Wolves’ defense is not the worst that SU has seen, but it is far from the best. CU lets up an average of 420 yards per game and has allowed 54 touchdowns. SU should have a field day against this team.
Even though this game looks like a tune-up game for the PSAC Championship, the Raiders cannot think that they have this game in hand.
CU gave the Huskies quite a scare two weeks ago, only letting the game slip away in the fourth quarter. The Wolves are going to be hungry and will try to knock off SU, but if SU plays the way it has all season, then it should not be close. SU wins 63-14.