Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Colgate's football team literally ran off and hid from the competition last season.
With the "Mac Attack" - quarterback Gavin McCarney and running back Jordan McCord, who combined for 3,114 yards and 46 touchdowns on the ground - it was easy for the Raiders to post some lopsided scores and win the Patriot League championship.
But the rest of the league wasn't playing that same game, and with Colgate and fellow Patriot power Lehigh suffering big losses to graduation, the league race should tighten this year.
Bucknell, Georgetown and Fordham (which remains ineligible for the league title this season) each played seven games last season (out of 11) that were decided by seven or fewer points. Holy Cross played six games decided by a touchdown or less. Rivals Lafayette and Lehigh played five such games each, and the difference for Lehigh was it won its five.
With the addition of scholarship classes for the first time this season, Patriot games may even tighten some more. Georgetown is the lone holdout, but the Hoyas have raised their program in recent seasons.
The schools can't redshirt freshmen, so expect to see many of them in two- deeps as the coaches will play the best players, regardless of age.
Following is a team-by-team breakdown of the 2013 Patriot League race.
The Sports Network's predicted order of finish:
3. Holy Cross
Fordham (ineligible for league championship)