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(STATS) -- Familiarity surrounds Saturdays opening-round playoff game between New Hampshire and Lehigh.Besides this being the teams fifth meeting in seven years, UNH is beginning the playoffs at home against the Patriot League champion for the fourth consecutive season.I figured thats probably where we would go as thats been the pattern lately, Lehigh coach Andy Coen said.Also just like last year, the winner will go on to play at James Madison. Thats a CAA Football rival for the 22nd-ranked Wildcats (7-4), but they know better than to look ahead.Their streak of 13 straight playoff appearances is the longest in the FCS. They reached the national semifinals in 2013 and 2014 -- those runs began with blowouts of Lafayette and Fordham, respectively -- before being stunned in the opening round last year by Colgate.Last year, we had the same situation, a Patriot League team coming to Durham, Wildcats leading rusher Dalton Crossan said. I think personally that we kind of wrote them off. Not like really we thought we were going to win 100 percent, but we were kind of looking towards JMU, thinking about going to JMU. We had already beaten (Colgate) earlier in the year.Us seniors are going to make sure that is not the mindset.While UNH is the perennial powerhouse from a conference which has four teams in the postseason, Lehigh (9-2) is the lone representative from an inferior league.That doesnt mean the little guy will be a pushover. In fact, the odds-makers made the Mountain Hawks a slight favorite.Theyre actually ranked higher in the STATS FCS Top 25 at No. 18, and deservedly so after closing the regular season with nine straight victories. Whereas Lehigh wrapped up the Patriot title a few weeks ago, the Wildcats had to wait with fingers crossed on Selection Sunday -- and their at-large hopes were nearly dashed a day earlier when they needed a late field goal to beat Maine.Weve been in some type of playoff mode probably since the middle of the season on, knowing that you win this one, you lose this one, you might not be going to the dance, New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell said.While McDonnells team hasnt missed the playoffs since 2003, Lehigh is in the field for the first time since 2011.What scares you is you have a team with the tradition of New Hampshire, and they know what its like to play winning football at the FCS level in the playoffs, Coen said, and we wont have one player thats stepped foot in the playoffs. Thats a little scary for us, but I like our football team.Theres a lot to like about the offense.Nick Shafnisky took home Patriot offensive player of the year honors despite missing 2 1/2 games with an ankle injury. Hes rushed for 10 touchdowns and thrown for 20 in just nine games, surpassing 230 yards passing in seven of them. His two favorite targets are the Patriots two leading receivers, with Troy Pelletier and Gatlin Casey each having topped 1,000 yards while combining for 25 touchdowns.What makes the Mountain Hawks offense even scarier is that they became more balanced as the season wore on. Sophomore Dominick Bragalone, whom McDonnell called something special, rushed for 570 yards over the last four games while averaging 8.4 per carry.Offensively, its great to see the air show. Shaf, Gat and Troy are just killing it, said All-Patriot placekicker Ed Mish. And then Dom running people over and being able to get some long scores. Its been really exciting.Bragalone hopes to tear up the New Hampshire defense just as CAA rushing leader Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks did two weeks ago, gaining 298 yards in Albanys 36-25 upset win at Wildcat Stadium.That game and a 42-39 loss to James Madison on Oct. 15 were the only blemishes in conference play for UNH, but theyre also proof of vulnerability for a defense which has generally been the teams strength.In fact, the most yards the Wildcats have allowed came to a Patriot team -- 498 in a 39-28 win over Holy Cross on Sept. 10. On that same day, Lehigh nearly upset CAA power Villanova on the road, losing 26-21 on a late touchdown.Furthering the idea that UNH wont take the opponent lightly is the memory of last years shocking 27-20 playoff loss to Colgate.We know what (the Patriot League) can do, they beat us last year in the playoffs, McDonnell said. Believe me, everybodys antennas are on high here in Durham.The Wildcats lead the all-time series 12-3, including a 45-27 win in 2014 as they shut down an inexperienced Shafnisky.This Lehigh team, though, is much more talented. Plus, Coen has surely mentioned to his players how the Mountain Hawks upset UNH not so long ago -- 34-27 in 2013 in Durham.Things change over time, Coen said, but we have an idea of what they like to do and how they like to do it. Willie Stargell Jersey . -- Sergey Tolchinksy scored his second goal of the game 3:56 into overtime as the Sault Ste. Sean Rodriguez Jersey .com) - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for Sundays clash at Rexall Place. http://www.wholesalepiratesjerseys.com/ . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. Bill Mazeroski Jersey . PAUL, Minn. 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Eddie Jones will provide an insight into his plan to combat Englands injury crisis at openside when he names a preliminary squad for his maiden autumn campaign as head coach.A confirmed 45-man elite player squad will be announced on Friday morning and will also be whittled down to smaller group of around 30 who are to gather in Brighton on Sunday for a three-day training camp.The finalised party who will seek to preserve Englands perfect record of nine Test wins under Jones when South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia visit Twickenham will not be unveiled until later next month, at which point the hierarchy at openside should be clearer.James Haskell, a key figure in Junes 3-0 series whitewash of the Wallabies, will miss the entire autumn following foot surgery and the options have dwindled further after Jack Clifford was consigned to the same fate by an ankle operation.Of the squad who toured Australia in June, only Teimana Harrison is viewed as an openside after Jones repeated earlier this month that he does not regard Chris Robshaw as a contender in the position.Robshaws not an option. Hes a six, said Jones, who added that Nathan Hughes future lies elsewhere in the back row.Unless Jones performs a U-turn on Robshaw, Harrison will be favourite to continue in the No. 7 jersey having started there in Sydney before being replaced 31 minutes into the final Test due to a lack of physicality.South Africa, described by Jones as bullies, will be more confrontational than Australlia so the 24-year-old has been urged to prove his mettle in the early rounds of this seasons Aviva Premiership.ddddddddddddHarrison needs to show that he can physically take those guys on, Jones said.Alternatives are thin on the ground and Jones has spoken of several dark horses who could cover for Harrison and maybe even provide an alternative.Matt Kvesic is widely admired but not by Jones, who has repeatedly overlooked the Gloucester flanker, narrowing the options down to a string of uncapped rookies in varying stages of readiness for the challenges ahead.Wasps pair Guy Thompson and Sam Jones have made strong starts to the season, while the less established Under-20 world championship winner Will Evans was included in the preliminary elite player squad named in August but has still only made five appearances for Leicester.South Africa arrive at Twickenham on Nov. 12 so Jones has time to draw up his contingency plan, leaving the back injuries troubling the influential Owen Farrell and Dylan Hartley as a more immediate concern.Farrell has yet to play this season and Hartley has been sidelined since Sept. 11, with neither Saracens nor Northampton able to pencil in a date for their returns.The greater anxiety hangs over points machine Farrell, who is unable to kick and underwent a scan on Thursday to examine the source of the problem in more detail. 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