Charlotte vs. Fordham fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 6:00 pm ET
Venue: McColl Richardson Field, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte (0-0) vs. Fordham (0-0) Game Preview
It’s a big chance for each team to turn things around right away.
Fordham was a massive clunker early last season, starting out with a 64-6 loss to Army, but closed strong with wins in three of its last four games in a 4-7 season.
Meanwhile, Charlotte couldn’t score. The 49ers came up with a mere 170 points on the season with their lone win coming against UAB in mid-October. For a program trying to find its footing, it needs to make a big early run with Appalachian State, Old Dominion, UMass, and UAB after this.
One Reason Why Fordham Will Win
No, really. Can Charlotte show up with any sort of an offense?
The offense was the worst in the nation on third downs and averaged just 14 points per game. Now it’s going through some massive changes, and it might not be there quite yet.
For all of Fordham’s faults last season, the defense figured it out and got better as the season went on – blow off that it finished 103rd in the nation in total D. Now, with eight starters returning under new defensive coordinator Paul Rice, this group should be a strength right away.
One Reason Why Charlotte Will Win
The changes on both sides of the ball should be an instant positive. The offense might get most of the attention considering how bad things were last season, but new defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer should make an even bigger impact.
All 11 starters are back on the Charlotte D.
There are good pieces to build around, starting with safeties Ed Rolle and Ben DeLuca, but it’ll be the run defense that holds its own. For a Charlotte team that struggled to get behind the line, it’ll do that right away against what should be a leaky Ram O line.
What’s Going To Happen
Fordham’s defense will be good enough to keep Charlotte from ever getting comfortable, but it’ll be the 49er defensive side that looks the part right away.
After a miserable year on both sides of the ball, the experience will shine through, with an offense that will be more effective throwing the ball to keep the chains moving – something the Charlotte O couldn’t do. There won’t be an explosion, but it’ll be an effective enough performance to tie last year’s win total in the first week.