Hope Claims Share Of The MIAA Championship, Readys For Playoffs!
November 11, 2019
By Tony Dixon, for COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)
As the regular season for 2019 draws to a close, conference title races are also just about over. In the College Football Wrap-Up(c) ‘GAME OF THE WEEK’, #4* Ferris State (10 – 0, 8 – 0 GLIAC) defeated #3* Grand Valley State (8 – 2, 5 – 2 GLIAC) in their annual tussle known as the Anchor Bone Classic, 21 – 16.
Ferris State now awaits the start of the national championship playoffs, currently it has a first round bye in their regional.
Meanwhile, #1* Hope College claimed a share of the MIAA Conference title with it’s 49 – 21 victory over Kalamazoo. Only a season-ending showdown with 3rd place Adrian stands between the Flying Dutchmen and a perfect 2019 MIAA campaign.
Hope’s win not only moved them a step closer to the conference title it also guarantees them a spot in the D-3 Playoffs, their first invitation since 2006!
In the MAC, both Central Michigan and Western Michigan are in first place in the conference’s West Division, both are also bowl eligible! WMU has two games remaining on their schedules, both are against conference foes, both are road games and both are the final two MACTION games on the ESPN Network.
CMU also has two games remaining on their schedule, including a visit to Ball State this Saturday, a game that will be available on the CBS Sports Network.
In the Mid-States Football Assoc. (MSFA)’s Mideast League, Concordia-AA and Siena Heights are tied for third place. CUAA, #14 (nationally) welcomes # 25 (nationally) Indiana Wesleyan this Saturday. Concordia defeated Lawrence Tech last week 56 – 7, to prove that they will be ready for the Top 25 clash.
Siena Heights, # 21 (nationally) won’t have it any easier, they face league leader and (nationally ranked) # 2 Marian University in their regular season finale. The Saints have had a week to contemplate and shake off the results of their last outing, a 28 -21 loss to…Indiana Wesleyan!
Also in Ann Arbor this weekend, U-M and MSU renew their rivalry, we don’t includes records and rankings in this game…because they don’t mean a lot when these two teams meet. They just want to get out onto the field and exchange pleasantries with their opponent.
As usual, there will be some great football action going on around the state this weekend, if you can take in a game, drop us an email, or a selfie! Contact.MISPORTSTV@Gmail.Com, we will add them to our new Football Fans Page. Don’t forget to add the names of faces in the photos!
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- Tony Dixon is a Co-host for The College Football Wrap-Up(c), MISPORT-TV’s original content vehicle that reviews the past week’s college football games played by Michigan based colleges and universities across all divisions and conferences. The show also utilizes the TPR(c) (Team Performance Rating) to measure a team’s performance in the past game and also to quantify it’s performance over the season’s games. The teams are then ranked according to their TPR number, the higher the number, the stronger the performances.