Football: Keys to the Rhode Island game

Run the football
The College’s offensive line will have, on average, a 46-pound size advantage over an undersized Rhode Island defensive front four. The Tribe will look to exploit that matchup, and freshman tailback Jonathan Grimes could enjoy a huge day.

Stop the pass
Rhode Island senior quarterback Derek Cassidy is the key to the Rams’s offense, averaging a CAA-leading 269 yards per game through the air for a team that has passed almost twice as often as they have run. Contain Cassidy and the Tribe will coast to an easy victory.

No letdowns
After two road wins against tough opponents, the Tribe could be in for a bit of an emotional letdown against the 2-6 (0-4 CAA) Rams. However, there are no easy conference games in the CAA, and the College is not talented enough to play anything but its best and expect to survive.


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