Tony Reno says Maine will be one of the best, if not the best, team Yale will face this season. The Black Bears are very experienced with a ton of speed along the perimeter both at DB and WR. Maine has a pair of versatile QBs in Dan Belcher and Drew Collins, and a big, athletic OL. RB Nigel Beckford is a talented back and a Bridgeport native. Reno says Maine has a complete offense. Defensively, Maine has enough threats up front where it can get to the QB, but the Black Bears will bring pressure.
Playing at Maine on Saturday will be the most northern place Yale has played. The previous was Madison, Wisconsin, in the 1940s.
Yale DL coach Jordan Stevens, DC Steve Vashel, OC Kevin Cahill and Bulldogs director of football operations Chris Gennaro have all either coached or played at Maine.
Yale has faced Maine, William & Mary, New Hampshire and Villanova. Yale was set to play Townson in 2001, but the game was canceled because of the 9/11 attacks.
Saturday, October 17
Dartmouth at Central Connecticut State, Noon
Cornell at Sacred Heart, 1 pm
*Penn at Columbia, 3:30 pm [ESPN3/ILDN]
Harvard at Lafayette, 3:30 pm [LSN/ESPN3]
Yale at Maine, 3:30 pm [WVII-TV/WPME-TV/FCS]