Football Sets Sights On CBB Crown Saturday at Colby

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Fresh off its first win of the 2018 campaign, the Bowdoin College football team (1-7) will battle Colby (2-6) for the CBB Championship on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium in Waterville. It will be the 130th meeting between the programs dating back to 1892 and is the third-longest rivalry in Division III football, standing behind only Williams-Amherst (132) and Kalamazoo-Albion (131).

Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

Fans can follow all of the statistics from the game on their smartphones by downloading the Bowdoin Front Row app in the iTunes Store or on Google Play. Links to live statistics and video coverage of the contest can be found in the app, as well as push notifications and alerts on all of your favorite Polar Bear teams. Saturday's game will be carried live on the Northeast Sports Network (

Bowdoin snapped a long losing streak with a decisive 31-14 win over Bates in the first-ever night game at Whittier Field. Colby lost to Tufts, 48-0, in its final road game of the season.

Both teams claimed wins over Bates in the opening legs of the CBB chase over the last two weeks – Colby defeated Bates 21-6 (Oct. 27) and Bowdoin beat the Bobcats 31-14 (Nov. 3) – to set up the decisive contest Saturday. It is the first time the teams will meet for the outright crown since 2010. Bowdoin is looking for their first CBB title since that 2010 season. Colby is looking to claim their first outright CBB crown since 2005. Bowdoin has won 19 CBB championships, with Colby and Bates winning 14 apiece.

Last year in Brunswick, Colby rallied from a 17-10 halftime deficit and scored 14 fourth-quarter point to defeat Bowdoin 31-20.  Running back Jake Schwern totaled 262 yards rushing and four touchdowns to help propel the Mules to victory.

The Bowdoin-Colby game dates back to 1892- a 56-0 Bowdoin victory. The Polar Bears won eight straight to open the series history from 1892-1896, and hold a 70-50-9 overall edge. The Polar Bears have won eight of the last 12 meetings between the schools dating back to 2006. Prior to that, Colby had won seven in a row from 1999-2005. The home team has carried the series of late, winning the last six of the last seven meetings. The last time Bowdoin won at Colby was in 2010.

And this year marks the fifth anniversary of (potentially) the wildest game in Bowdoin-Colby football history.