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October 18, 2019

By Tony Dixon for COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)

Ypsilanti, MI —

With a solid performance in it’s 52 – 33 victory over MIAA rival Albion, Hope College retains its firm grip on the #1 spot in the Team Performance Ratings (TPR) for this week. The Flying Dutchmen are averaging almost 49 points per game (48.8) this season, while allowing only 18.4 against, while running their winning streak to 4 straight.

TPR week 7

 

 

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TPR week 7 (3)

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October 9, 2019 – Ypsilanti, MI

By Tony Dixon for College Football Wrap-Up(c)

Hope Storms Back Into #1 Position In TPR(c) Ratings!

Hope College turned in the second highest TPR scoring for the season in upsetting # 24 and two-time defending MIAA Conference champion Trine this past Saturday in Indiana with a 51 – 0 road victory.

Hope’s TPR scoring was 16 points for it’s complete dominance of Trine (IN) University. Hope has also turned in the highest scoring weekly scoring for the season with it’s 20 point performance in a victory over Defiance (OH), 80 – 6 in week 2 of the season.

TPR week 6

Three of the previous week’s Top Five teams remained in or rose in position, while Michigan Tech made it’s return and Alma joined the elite group. MTU profited from having a Bye week and a revision in the TPR(c) scoring process. Alma  rose as a result of it’s stunning 4th quarter dominance of Albion in a 32 – 28 victory last Saturday.

 

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TPR week 6 (1)

Grand Valley State saw it’s # 1 TPR ranking disappear due to Ashland’s 4th quarter miracle this past Saturday at Lubber’s Stadium. But, no time to lament that wasted opportunity as The Battle of The Valleys is on the horizon.

That’s right, this week’s GVSU vs. SVSU, The Battle Of The Valleys is the CFWU(c) GAME OF THE WEEK! Saginaw Valley rebounded from it’s upset loss to Wayne State at Tom Adams Field, by downing Northwood University, 55 – 29 in the 45th edition of The Axe Bowl game.

Ferris State finds itself in another battle, right after last week’s tussle with then unbeaten Davenport-AA.

TPR week 6 (2)

The # 11 and #12 teams found themselves recovering from losses in both games and positions. MSU was treated rudely in it’s visit to #4 (Nationally) OSU, 34 – 10.

EMU also faired poorly on the road in it’s matchup with Central Michigan, 42 – 16.

Wayne State, fresh off it’s upset of SVSU continued it’s winning ways, adding a road victory over NMU to it’s current 3 game winning streak. (Editor’s note: WSU stat’s were recorded in error, it’s corrected TPR(c) Scoring for the past week is actually 7.3, which puts it into the Top Ten at # 10. We apologize for the mis-calculation.)

WSU will have little time to rest on it’s laurels as 2018 National Championship Runner-up, and # 2 ranked nationally Ferris State is coming to Tom Adams Field to test WSU commitment. FSU has a strong defense and rushing attack and will provide a strong measuring stick for WSU’s 2019 campaign.

TPR week 6 (3)

 

TPR week 6 (5)

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October 2, 2019

Ypsilanti, MI — By Tony Dixon for College Football Wrap-Up(c)

When unbeaten and nationally ranked powerhouses clash on the college football field in Michigan’s Washtenaw County, traditionally the expectation has been that you would find schools such as U-M, MSU or even OSU involved…but as they say, the times they are a changing!

This week’s Clash of The Titan’s will be played in Cardinal Stadium, an edifice that did not exist during the last “Game Of The Century”  between U-M and OSU, back in 2006.

This time the combatants will be the unbeaten (4 -0) and nationally ranked (#5 ) Concordia  playing host to unbeaten (4 – 0) and nationally ranked (#20) Siena Heights.

The two schools are ranked #3 and #8 respectively in Michigan using the TPR(c) Ranking system utilized by College Football Wrap-Up(c).

Concordia has consistently performed well on both sides of the ball so far this season, with an offense (27.75 points per game) that has taken advantage of what the defense has given them and a defense that has proven itself capable of enforcing its will on the other team. It has also been very opportunistic averaging nearly 3 Takeaways a game. Their points against average is 17.5.

Concordia’s last game on the road, against another previously unbeaten and nationally ranked (#9) team, Saint  Xavier (IL). That game, a 42 – 35 victory, has Concordia scoring in every TPR(c) Category except for Passing Yardage Given Up (< 225 Yds.). They finished that game with a TPR (Team Performance Rating) of 10.5.

Siena Heights has already held the #1 spot in the TPR(c) weekly rankings this season, and would have kept that spot, were it not for an abundance of penalties (13) in their beat down (63 – 2) of Trinity International (IL) last weekend. Offensively, Siena Heights averages 27.25 points per game, including the 63 point effort. However, minus that scoring barrage their average dips to 15.4. Defensively, they have been strong all season long with 7.5 points against average and 3.5 Takeaways per game.

The game is slated for a 1PM Kick-off.

Other Games Of Interest (all games are in Michigan):

  • U-M (#19 Nat./#13 TPR) hosts Iowa (#14 Nat.)
  • GVSU (#9 Nat./#1 TPR) hosts Ashland (OH) (#23 Nat.)
  • Albion (#2 TPR) hosts Alma (#12 TPR)
  • Davenport (#7 TPR) hosts Ferris State (#2 Nat./#10 TPR)

Enjoy your weekend football fans!

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October 1, 2019

By Tony Dixon

Ypsilanti, MI – –

As the end of September heralds the beginning of fall in Michigan, so to did it herald the return of defense to the college football gridiron! While Albion’s prolific Thomas brothers were taking a well deserved rest during their Bye week, last week’s #1 team SVSU went down to Detroit to meet the Warriors of Wayne State at Tom Adams Field.

This was the College Football Wrap-Up(C)’s “GAME OF THE WEEK” and it did not disappoint, unless you were rooting for SVSU, as the former TPR(c) #1 went down in defeat 24 – 20. WSU’s defense performed admirably and even came away with 2 turnovers, including a pivotal fumble recovery on SVSU’s first offensive play of the game. The recovery was made on the SVSU 2 yard line, and while WSU didn’t add the touchdown, their successful field goal attempt gave the Warriors an early 10 point lead. WSU would later add a score on another defensive takeaway, an interception returned for a touchdown for a 17 point, first quarter lead.

The TPR(c) from the past weekend’s action are shown below:

TPR © Week 5 (5)

This week’s CFWU(c)’s GAME OF THE WEEK will be the game between #3* Concordia U-AA (Nationally ranked #5) and #8* Sienna Hgts. Univ. (Nationally ranked #20). Both are unbeaten, ranked nationally will be looking to further their agendas, at the expense of their counterpart. The two teams are coming from opposite directions in terms of the last performance, CU-AA defeated a nationally ranked team (#9) in St. Xavier Univ. (IL) 42 – 35. While SHU had it’s way with Trinity International Univ. , 63 – 2.

TPR © Week 5 (1)

#7* Davenport U-GR’s defense recorded 4 Take-aways (3 interceptions) in a strong performance against Lindenwood U., 35 – 24 for Homecoming week.

#8* Sienna Hgts. would have probably have held on to it’s former #1 ranking were it not for the proliferation of penalties it amassed (13) during it’s 63 – 2 victory.

TPR © Week 5 (2)

#13* U-M turned in it’s best TPR(c) Performance (8.0) of the season with it’s complete victory over Big Ten rival Rutgers. However, it’s next opponent, #14 (nationally) Iowa, should provide the Homecoming crowd with a clearer picture of what to expect from this team for the rest of the season.

TPR © Week 5 (3)

#16* WMU had a statistical edge over MAC and in-state rival CMU in it’s 31 – 15 victory, but both teams TPR(c)’s were adversely affected by the seemingly limitless amount of laundry that was on the field during the game. Each team was accessed 15 penalties for various infractions and the deduction (-7.5 TPR points) really hit WMU’s total hard.

#20* Kalamazoo College had a Bye this past week.

TPR © Week 5 (4)

#21* Lawrence Tech‘s game against St. Francis (IL) bucked the trend of defensive battles this past weekend as the two teams combined for over 800 yards of offense and over 80 points. Unfortunately, LTU did come out on the short end of this offensive explosion to fall to 1 – 3 for the season.

 

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September 28, 2019

From WMUBRONCOS.COM

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – For the seventh time in the last nine years, the Victory Cannon will stay in Kalamazoo as Western Michigan defeated in-state rival Central Michigan, 31-15, on Saturday afternoon inside Waldo Stadium.

The Broncos amassed 432 yards of total offense, gaining 244 through the air and 188 on the ground. WMU’s defense held CMU to 107 rushing yards and just 15 points, all coming in the fourth quarter.

Junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward led the Broncos defensively with a game-high 11 tackles (7 solo) and a fumble recovery, followed by fellow junior A.J. Thomas with 10 tackles (6 solo). WMU forced three turnovers against the Chippewas with sophomore Patrick Lupro and senior Justin Tranquill earning interceptions. It was Tranquill’s third career interception and second against the Chippewas.

Senior LeVante Bellamy was the workhorse for the Bronco offense, rushing 25 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. It’s the third-straight game Bellamy has went over 100 yards. Senior Jon Wassink also added a rushing touchdown along with a game-high 41-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter to set up WMU’s final touchdown of the game.

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September 28, 2019

From MSUSPARTANS.COM, via AP/Noah Trister

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matt Coghlin made a tie-breaking 21-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining, and No. 25 Michigan State beat Indiana 40-31 on Saturday.

After Coghlin’s kick gave the Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) a 34-31 lead, Indiana tried to lateral its way down the field on its final offensive play, but that resulted in a fumble that Michigan State recovered for a touchdown.

Brian Lewerke threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans, who held off the upset-minded Hoosiers (3-2, 0-2). Michael Penix Jr. returned for Indiana after missing the previous two games with an undisclosed injury – and he gave the Spartans fits, completing 20 passes in a row during one stretch.

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September 28, 2019

From CONCORDIACARDINALS.COM

(Chicago, IL) – Concordia football played a significant MSFA crossover match on Saturday afternoon when the team traveled to Saint Xavier.  The #5 Cardinals came in with a 3-0 record while the #9 Cougars entered 1-1 overall.  CUAA erased an early 21-point deficit by scoring 42 unanswered points and the team held on to secure a 42-35 victory.

 

Peter Morrison (JR/Fort Wayne, IN) threw for 272 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game.  Omar Sinclair (SO/Norcross, GA) rushed for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Roderick Dailey (SR/Detroit, MI) led Concordia receivers with 127 yards and a touchdown.  Donovan Johnson (SO/South Euclid, OH) also notched 61 receiving yards and a touchdown.

 

On defense, Amaan Payne (SR/Holt, MI) tied with Reggie Thompson (SR/Chicago, IL) and Ryan Fish (JR/Allen Park, MI) for a team-high 10 total tackles.  Fish added 2 interceptions in the game while Payne notched one.  Alex Hinojosa (JR/Allen Park, MI) led the team with 2 sacks while also recording 8 tackles.

 

Saint Xavier controlled the game early, scoring on their first 3 offensive possessions.  The Concordia offense struggled to move the ball and the Cougars led 21-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.

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September 28, 2019

From WSUATHLETICS.COM – Jeff Weiss

DETROIT – The Wayne State University football team (2-2 overall, 1-0 GLIAC) began conference play with a 24-20 triumph over visiting Saginaw Valley State University (3-1 overall, 1-1 GLIAC), who entered the contest ranked No. 25 in the nation according to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

The victory was the first for WSU over a top-25 squad since a 41-31 win over 13th-ranked Carson-Newman on Sept. 13, 2014 at Tom Adams Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Wayne State took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in eight plays for the game’s first score.  Senior Kyle Lewis (Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance) had a 35-yard kickoff return, and graduate student Deiontae Nicholas (Chesterfield, Mich. / L’Anse Creuse North) followed with a 15-yard carry to midfield.

After another 15-yard scamper by Nicholas, and a 12-yard reception by Lewis, senior quarterback Dakota Kupp (Waterford, Mich. / Mott) went around left end for a 14-yard touchdown dash on third-and-one.

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September 25, 2019

By Tony Dixon

Ypsilanti, MI —

A traditional state powerhouse and A Big Ten (TM) player used strong field performances this past weekend to move to the top of the TPR(C) Rankings for the Week 4 edition of the rating system’s score-sheet.

Saginaw Valley State (SVSU) continued it’s string of strong performances this season with a home victory against last week’s #2 rated Michigan Tech. 23 – 7, the COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP’s(c) “Game Of The Week” to capture the top spot in this week’s ranking. The victory also coincides with the school’s return to the AFCA’s Top 25.

– Link To Week 4 Episode Of COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c) –

Joining SVSU in the # 1 position is Sienna Hgts. University. SHU is also coming off a strong performance, on the road, against St. Ambrose (IA). The Saints are also nationally regarded, ranked # 22 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, prior to the St. Ambrose game.

The biggest gain of the week was posted by the new # 2 team in the state, the Big Ten’s MSU.  Michigan State’s impressive performance against Northwestern, a 31 – 10 road victory, garnered a 15.5 TPR Point Score and raised it’s season average to 9.75, securing the # 2 spot in this week’s ratings.

TPR © Week 4

# 3 Albion maintained its lofty ranking turning back Eureka (IL) at home in a 56 – 41 victory in a game that may have been the coming out party for possibly the state’s best brothers-teammates combination. Quarterback Kyle Thomas threw for 313 yards and 5 TDs, including 4 TDs to WR (and brother) Justin Thomas, who also had 171 receiving yards in the game. Along with Kyle’s 144 rushing yards, and 3 TDs, the two accounted for 12 TDs and 628 yards of Total Offense between them!

Hope’s Flying Dutchmen, last week’s # 1 team slipped to # 5 despite it’s second victory in a row, beating Aurora (IL) 34 -32, by scoring only a quarter of the TPR points that it did in it’s record-shattering victory over Defiance (OH) 80 – 6. The victory against Aurora (IL) was in a game dubbed, the MIAA – NCAA Crossover Showdown.

TPR © Week 4 (1)

# 6 GVSU and # 8 Ferris State are rounding their squads into shape, and moving up in the TPRs, heading towards their inevitable clash for conference (GLIAC), state and national playoff positioning in the annual ANCHOR-BONE Classic. This year’s game is November 9th at 1PM in Big Rapids (Ferris State’s Campus).

TPR © Week 4 (2)

# 11 Wayne State rode an impressive road victory against previously unbeaten Quincy (IL) into near Top 10 positioning and as well as a CFWU’s  Week 5, GAME OF THE WEEK match-up with # 1 SVSU.

# 14 WMU slipped from the Top Ten (# 8 in last’s ratings), despite unleashing an offensive juggernaut against Syracuse on the road. The Broncos fell to the Orange 52 – 33, while accumulating over 550 yards of offense.

TPR © Week 4 (3)

# 17 CMU (down from last week’s #12) turned in a stalwart performance in a road loss to the nationally regarded Miami (FLA) Hurricanes, after being left for dead against Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin, another road game, just two weeks prior. The Chippewas are in their first season of new Coach Jim McElwain’s tenure and look to be getting a feel for the new culture.

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September 21, 2019

From WMUBRONCOS.COM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Western Michigan football team wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 52-33 loss to Syracuse at the Syracuse Dome on Saturday afternoon.

Senior quarterback Jon Wassink threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back LeVante Bellamy ran for 165 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Giovanni Ricci had a career-high eight receptions and a touchdown for a personal-best 105 yards, while sophomore Jaylen Hall caught four balls for 93 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.

The Bronco defense forced two turnovers on the day, both fumbles. Junior safety A.J. Thomas and junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward led the team in tackles with 11 each, while Timothy Collins and Antonio Balabani each recorded sacks.

WMU (2-2) went into the locker room down 24-13 and the Orange (2-2) added a touchdown early in the third quarter to push the lead to 31-13. The Broncos responded quickly with Bellamy’s second 40-plus yard touchdown run of the day, this time for 43-yards out to cut into the lead. Syracuse responded again with a touchdown, extending its advantage to 38-19.

Western Michigan’s offense stuck quickly on a three-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 60-yard touchdown reception by Hall, shortening the deficit to 38-26.

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