It's very rare to be able to see a non-conference opponent on the football schedule and be able to compare them completely to your own team.
Non-conference opponents, of course, are not teams from your own division which you are expected to be able to compare yourself against.
Columbia's non-conference schedule going into their nationally-televised game against Lehigh consists of three games: one against Fordham, one against Monmouth, and one against Princeton.
It means that Columbia head coach Pete Mangurian, and Lehigh head coach Andy Coen, will be very familiar with their opponents this week. Not only will they be able to recall last year's game at Murray Goodman in terms of personnel, but they'll also be able to pull game film on three common opponents to get the tendencies of both teams.
One thing that neither team will be to one another is a surprise.
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