The Raiders host Yale after dropping their first two games of the year to FBS Navy (48-10) and No. 12 New Hampshire (26-8). Colgate was picked third in the Patriot League preseason poll and didn’t graduate much from last season.
Yale beat Colgate 45-31 last season at the Yale Bowl, but the Raiders held the Bulldogs to just 10 points in the opening half.
QB Jake Melville is a dual threat who creates problems on the perimeter and John Wilkins (6-0, 230 lbs.) is a bruising RB. TE John Quazza is a playmaker as well. Defensively, Colgate uses an odd front and Yale should expect to see some pressure.
Yale is 121-18-2 in season openers, including winning their last eight. The Bulldogs last loss in an opener came in 2006 against San Diego.
Reno acknowledged Yale is aiming to schedule another FBS school or a CAA school (Reno says the conference in the best in the FCS) for the future. The Bulldogs played Army last year.
The Yale JV team will host Brown on Oct. 4, Milford Academy on Oct. 18 and Harvard on Nov. 20. All games are at Clint Frank Field.