Week 8: Preview vs. Campbell

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It’s the homecoming game at Butler, and the Bulldogs are hitting their stride.

Butler comes into this game winning 2 straight PFL games, at Morehead State and beating undefeated Jacksonville 37-22 last week.

Now, they focus on PFL leading Campbell. The Fighting Camels come into this game with a 5-2 record, and 4-0 in PFL play so far. Butler is 4-3, with an even 2-2 record in the PFL.

 

Looking at Campbell

The offense is led by another dual threat quarterback in redshirt freshman Daniel Smith. Smith leads the team in rushing yards with 706 and 4 touchdowns. Smith has also passed for 1,080 yards and 13 more touchdowns, with just 2 interceptions. The Bulldogs had to deal with a dual threat quarterback last week, holding Jacksonville’s Rylan Wells to just 140 yards passing and 63 yards rushing, with no touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Montel Goods leads the rushing attack, with 359 yards and 6 touchdowns, scoring in every game except last week against Dayton. Redshirt sophomore Joshua Jones has also added 374 yards with 1 score.

The receivers are one of the strong suits on this team, as redshirt junior Aaron Blockmon leads the team in receiving yards with 249 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sophomore Zach Roderick has a team leading 4 touchdowns, with 218 yards.

On the defensive side, the team has added up a total of 16 interceptions on the season. Redshirt senior Carlos Merritt leads the defensive backfield with 5 interceptions. He also is second on the team with 47 tackles. Defensive lineman Emmanuel Olenga leads the team with 7.5 sacks for a loss of 42 yards. The redshirt sophomore has also racked up 45 tackles as well.

 

Looking at Butler

The rushing game worked again for the Bulldogs as Duvante Lane and Sam Schrader combined for 4 touchdowns last week. Lane rushed for 98 yards, and Schrader came in to rush for 74 with the wildcat package.

Will Marty was able to connect with Pace Temple for a touchdown, as Temple went on to pick up 94 receiving yards. Temple has caught just 4 touchdown passes on the season, but has 3 games with over 100 receiving yards, and 676 on the year.

Mason Brunner led the team with 15 tackles, and Isaak Newhouse added 13 as well. Newhouse leads the team with 70 total tackles. Second is Ethan Brunhofer, with 49.

 

Predictions

This will be the final meeting between Campbell and Butler, as the Fighting Camels move to the Big South conference in 2018.

Butler leads the overall series 5-4, with the two teams splitting the past two games. Last year was tight, as it was a 33-27 Campbell victory in overtime.

Campbell has a tough defense, allowing just 17 points in the past 3 games. Butler will try to get the rushing game going again, as this has been the strongest part of their team in the past few games. I believe Will Marty will need to have a solid game because Campbell will be ready for Duvante Lane and Sam Schrader. It’s the homecoming game, so a big crowd will be coming to the Sellick Bowl. Give me the ‘dawgs in an upset as they continue their streak.

 

Butler 27, Campbell 20

The game will be at 1 PM and streamed live on the Butler Bulldogs Facebook live stream.

 

 

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