It's been a while since the Mountain Hawks have had a bye weekend this late in the season, and while Lehigh "disappeared" from the Patriot League title race this weekend, a lot more became clear in the Patriot League title race while they were not playing a football game this Saturday.
Three teams - Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh - can guarantee their spot in the playoffs if they win their remaining games. Two others - Holy Cross and Bucknell - need to win, and get help, in order to win the autobid. Only Georgetown has been eliminated from the race officially. (Fordham, at 9-0, is not eligible for the Patriot League's autobid, but barring a late-season collapse seems well poised for one of FCS's at-large bit to the playoffs.)
Lehigh reappears this week with a simple goal: win this week, and get to next week. But there's no margin for error. One loss, and realistically, Lehigh can watch their chances at a Patriot League championship and the FCS playoffs "disappear".
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