Three of the seven area college football teams are off this week and one that is playing will be on the road. So there aren’t many games to choose from.
Linfield, Ore. (0-1) at University of La Verne, 12:30 p.m.
Linfield has had two weeks to sit and stew about its 47-42 loss to Cal Lutheran. La Verne lost its opener to what looks like a very good Azusa Pacific team, also two weeks ago. La Verne’s running game looked much improved and that’s a good thing. It needs to do well there to have any chance at all of pulling a major upset and snapping its 12 game losing streak which dates back to the end of the 2008 season. Would love to call an upset here but it looks highly improbable.
In the community college ranks . . .
Chaffey (2-1) at Ventura (2-1), 6 p.m.
The Panthers are coming off a 17-13 loss to Saddleback which doesn’t look as dominating as it has been in the past. Chaffey has some nagging injuries, one of those an elbow injury to talented back Erin Madden who will probably be out a minimum of three weeks according to coach Carl Beach. That will hurt big time. Chaffey’s offense has not been firing on all cyclinders and it needs to here to get the win on the road.
Santa Monica (2-1) at San Bernardino Valley (0-2), 6 p.m.
A year ago this might have been an easy game but Santa Monica has improved, although its nonconference schedule has not been as challenging as some. The Wolverines had a lot of players banged up two weeks ago in the loss to Riverside. The key here may be how the secondary of SBVC holds up. It has been torched badly in the first two games. Coverages has to be better for the Wolverines to get the W!
Saddleback (2-1) at Victor Valley (0-3), 1 p.m.
The Rams continue their gauntlet of difficult nonconference games. This looks like the most winnable of the four with the trip to High Desert never an easy one for opponents. The Rams have had a revolving door at quarterback. Dave Hoover finally settled on one – Courtney Patton. But he injured an ankle last week and is questionable. Even if he does go the injury will probably take away some of his mobility which is his strong suit. So the Rams will probably be hard-pressed to pull this one off.