Archive for October, 2014

If the playoffs began tomorrow….

[b]Week 8 Massey Top 25, Regional Rankings[/b]

1. North Alabama 1.02
2. Lenoir-Rhyne .96
3. Delta State .94
4. Valdosta State .86
5. West Georgia .84
6. West Alabama .69

UNA & L-R would get a first round bye; DSU would play UWA and we’d play VSU again…ugh. We need that bye big time.

End of season projection

I believe, if we can somehow leave Florence with a win we have the inside track on the Gulf South Conference championship and maybe that first round bye in the playoffs.

After this coming weekend UNA still has to play at Delta State, at West Alabama with Shorter at home. If they lose to UWG and Delta it’s over. Delta State still has to go to West Alabama (so pull for the Tigers) then they host North Alabama and Mississippi College.

We’re @ UNA then we host Florida Tech and MC, then we go back to Shorter. Florida Tech is playing everyone tough but everything is riding on that North Alabama game for us. We can still sneak into the playoffs with a loss but win that and we control our own destiny. Lose and we’re probably fighting VSU for that last playoff spot and their SOS is much better than ours.

Basically we’re looking at 8-3 even if the wheels falls from here; 10-1 with a first round bye in the playoffs if we handle our business….not bad for a first year program.

Lineup for VSU

Looks like we’ve made some changes on the Offensive line. Garrison Ushery has switched from Right Guard to Left. Orion Awa-Dubose, who was backing up his brother Quincy at Center, has been starting at Right. Senior Somto Okeke has taken over at RT for Austin Kastl. Kastl has had some issues dealing with speed rushers in pass protection. I’m glad to see Somto getting a start. He’s been working hard for a long time….Damn Good Wolf!

Scott Symons is The Man

Very impressive defensive adjustments by Defensive Coordinator Scott Symons early on. After West Alabama drove down the field to score on their opening drive their offense never saw the end zone again.

We held them to fewer yards than Jax State. West Alabama only had 65 total yards and three first downs in the second half.

VSU will be an equally challenging test. They may be 2-2 but three of the teams they’ve played are in the top 15 rankings.

QB play has improved

Dallas Dickey is hitting 63% of his passes with 9 TDs and 3 INTs in five games this season, versus 54% with 7 TDs and 9 INTs in 11 games last year.

Movin on up…to the top!

If we can get through these next three weeks we should be a solid top 10 team. A win over North Alabama should put us in the top 5.

AFCA Division II Top 25 (10/6)

1. Northwest Missouri St. (30) 5-0
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 5-0
3. Minnesota St.-Mankato 5-0
4. Minnesota-Duluth 5-0
5. North Alabama 4-0
6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 5-0
7. Henderson St. (Ark.) 5-0
8. Ohio Dominican 5-0
9. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-0
10. West Chester (Pa.) 5-0
11. Delta St. (Miss.) 4-0
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 5-0
13. Ferris St. (Mich.) 5-0
14. Harding (Ark.) 4-0
15. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 4-1
16. Colorado School of Mines 5-0
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 4-1
18. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 4-1
19. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 5-0
20. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 5-0
21. West Georgia 5-0
22. Michigan Tech 4-0
23. Concord (W.Va.) 5-0
24. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 5-0
25. Midwestern St. (Texas) 3-1

West Alabama vs West Georgia

This is a tough game to call as neither team has really been tested versus a quality D-II opponent, though UWA did handle themselves well against FCS Jax State.

One thing that points toward success for us is games against Shaw University. UWA beat Shaw 30-6. Miles beat Shaw 30-6 and we beat Miles 26-0. Does this mean we can beat UWA 26-0? I certainly don’t see it being that wide open but I hope for a 10-13 point victory.