The football team opened its season with a gritty road performance at Bates, bringing home a win to right the ship after losing the last game of the 2010 season to Williams.

While Amherst has a recent history of dominating the Bobcats, this game was competitive from the outset.

Following the perfect season of 2009, 2010 brought the Lord Jeffs a respectable 6-2 finish. The dawn of 2011, however, leaves the Jeffs without several veterans and with a lot of question marks.

Will senior quarterback Brian McMahon be able to fill the shoes of the record-breaking Alex Vetras ’11? Will the defense step up and prevent teams like Tufts from scoring nearly 50 points? Can the Jeffs avenge their only two losses in the last two seasons? Most important, will this gridiron gang maintain the program’s winning ways, and could they reach that elusive 8-0 mark?