Saturday, the 5-2 Ephs take on the 5-2 Lord Jeffs in a battle for second place in the NESCAC. Amherst’s seniors will be particularly fired up after three straight blow-out losses to the Ephs; they certainly won’t want to graduate with a bagel. Amherst is likely a slight favorite at home against a banged-up Eph team, which lost three of its projected starting front seven, as well as its top receiver, to season-ending injuries. The Ephs are, however, riding high after a homecoming triumph over Wesleyan. (Which reminds me, Eph lore question — do the Ephs perform “the walk” only after Amherst homecoming victories, or after Wesleyan victories as well?).
For those new to the rivalry, I posted last year a conglomeration of the best web links on Williams football and Williams-Amherst in particular. Be sure, also, to watch last year’s awesome ESPN Gameday broadcast. I will never tire of watching Corso don the purple cow head.
On an individual level, keep an eye on Brian Morrissey ’09, who after a monster season needs only 48 yards to break the Ephs’ all-time rushing record.