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Football opens CBB play at Colby, seeking return to winning ways

Quarterback Trevor Smith '13 returns to Colby for the first time since setting Bobcat single-game passing records for yardage and completions in the teams' 2009 clash.

LEWISTON, Maine -- While consecutive losses to Wesleyan and Middlebury may have dampened the momentum of the Bates football team, and dashed any dreams of a conference championship, the approach of the opening game of CBB Championship play this Saturday is a apt time to take another look at how far the Bobcats have come, and how much they can still accomplish, this season.Saturday's game at Harold Alfond Stadium in Waterville starts at 1 p.m., and can be followed online via live video webcast.

The annual opening of CBB play between Colby and Bates always means a new beginning of sorts -- a chance to bag a coveted CBB title, which the Bobcats last won outright in 2002.

Putting Bates' 2-3 mark aside for a moment, the Bobcats have not only been "in" all three of their losses thus far, but each setback was also a gut-puncher that team members feel they let get away from them. In other words, although a winning record to this point would have been great, the numbers tell us that through five games, Bates has been among the most competitive five or six teams in the NESCAC. Just one more win in their remaining three contests -- at Colby (1-4), vs. Bowdoin (2-3) and at Hamilton (2-3) -- would mean a three-win season for the first time since 2002. Winning two out of the three would represent Bates' first .500 or better year since 1999. And if Bates can pull off wins in the last three, they'll not only be CBB champs but Bates' first winning team since the 6-2 squad of 1981.

Read Colby's preview of Saturday's game here.