Did Your Favorite MI College Team Rise Up In The Rankings?
November 7, 2019
By Tony Dixon, for COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)
Ypsilanti, MI —
As the 2019 college football season marches on to it’s conclusion, we want to say…let’s take a minute to enjoy the moment!
On the eave of what is becoming arguably, the biggest game in the state of Michigan…the Anchor Bone Classic. We look forward to another deep run in the playoffs for one, or maybe two of our collegiate stalwarts as the regular season draws to a close and the playoff season starts!
Hope College continues to dominate both the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Associaton (MIAA) and the Team Performance Ratings or TPR(c), rating out again as #1 in this week’s Ratings. A place that they have occupied since Week 6. The Flying Dutchmen are tenacious on defense and efficient on offense, while handling the football like it was made of gold, they have only turned the ball over in one game so far this season!
They continue to sit atop the MIAA conference standings, turning back all challengers. Last week’s victim was then 2nd place Alma, 31 – 24.
Tied for #2* in the TPRs is a trio of schools that have put together a strong season as well, Siena Heights, Olivet and Wayne St., WSU has been trying to make a visit to Tom Adams Field a particularly concerning event as they have beaten SVSU and Ashland (the only team to have beaten GVSU, to date, this season) at home.
At #3* and #4* we find two foes that know each other well, and teams that will clash this weekend in the aforementioned Anchor Bone Classic. Grand Valley State and Ferris State are the current two teams that the nation recognizes when the best teams in Michigan are mentioned these days. Their tussle in Big Rapids this weekend has even had media moguls ESPN and Fox Sports jockeying to have the game on their networks!
Rising to #6* this week, U-M continues to creep its way up the ranks and could crack the Top Five this week with a BYE and the shoot-out between GVSU and FSU on the card for this weekend. The Wolverines will have a lot on their plate when they return to the field, as both MSU and OSU loom on the horizon.
At #11* Western Michigan is on the rise as they defeated Ball State, 49 – 10 in Tuesday’s MAC-Action to become bowl eligible this season.
Adrian (#16*) bounced from a loss to Albion with a visit to Finlandia, where they put together their second best TPR scoring event (9.5) of the season in a 48 – 24 road victory.
Lawrence Tech.’s TPR(c) average has been updated in the system, as well as in this slide.