Former champs Stony Brook, Colgate fight to stay alive

Updated: October 10, 2013

Hamilton, NY ( – A little less than a year ago, the Colgate
and Stony Brook football teams found themselves in the FCS playoffs after
winning their respective conferences.

Colgate was the champion of the Patriot League, while Stony Brook came out of
the Big South with a share of the title.

It’s amazing what a little time can do.

Stony Brook made the move to the Colonial Athletic Association prior to the
start of the 2013 season, which was seen as a big jump. But many still thought
the Seawolves would be competitive for the conference title, especially after
the team’s 20-10 win over Villanova in the first round of the 2012 postseason.

The Seawolves suffered a huge setback after two games when starting running
back Marcus Coker was lost for the remainder of the season with an abdominal

At 2-3, the Wolves aren’t statistically out of the playoff hunt just yet. But
with losses to CAA teams Villanova and Towson already, and a schedule that
includes New Hampshire, Maine, Richmond and James Madison, the scenario isn’t
looking too sunny in the team’s first CAA season.

Just as, or maybe even more surprising than Stony Brook’s rough start to the
2013 season, has been Colgate’s start.

The Raiders already have accumulated more losses this season than all of last
year, with some obvious defensive lapses. The Raiders have allowed 37 points
to Albany, 53 to New Hampshire and 39 to Yale.

Walter Payton Award candidate Gavin McCarney, the unquestioned leader of this
Raiders offense, has had periods of injury this year, causing him to miss
playing time.

Fortunately for Colgate, the Patriot League schedule hasn’t started up yet. If
the Raiders can mend their problems before Oct. 19 when the team travels to
Worcester, Mass., for a game with Holy Cross, then the team can right the

The Seawolves and Raiders square off Saturday at Colgate in a contest of two
underachieving former champions. By no means is the season over, but a rough
start hasn’t helped either team.