We break down the Holy Cross game - and we give our fearless prediction, below the flip.
If you've followed the Patriot League for some time, you know plenty about the wrangling that went on when the league was debating whether to change the existing financial aid structure to allow schools of the League to offer football scholarships that resembled, say, the same types of scholarships that Delaware or New Hampshire can offer.
You could argue that this decision has completely altered the course of the Patriot League this season.
On Lehigh's depth chart, freshman LB Colton Caslow has stepped into the Mountain Hawk linebacking unit and forced his way into the starting lineup, and other impact freshmen like freshman DB/RS Brandon Leaks have pretty much been instant impact players since very early on the season.
Additionally - amazingly, actually - of the six Patriot League schools that are now eligible to offer football scholarships (Fordham started offering them years ago), all six have seen a freshman attempt a pass in a game that counts. Two weeks ago, Lehigh freshman QB Nick Shafnisky finally got in a game and threw a pass.
The Crusaders have a quarterback that is in serious contention for Patriot League Freshman of the year - and he's the reason why Holy Cross is still alive for the Patriot League title.
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