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October 28, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

When the weather forecasters get it right, they get it right! All week long the forecast had been for day long, heavy rains…the kind of weather that would heighten the need for a strong ground game and a good grip on the football.

Michigan on this Saturday was not a place to showcase your “air-raid” attack! It was a place for your offensive linemen to show what those long, hard hours in the weight room had wrought. Fullbacks and running backs were full of anticipation of the coming game, knowing that they would be the focus of this week’s game. It was also the place where a mobile quarterback could prove…invaluable!

Case in point, the CFWU’s GAME OF THE WEEK, # 1 (TPR) Hope on the road at # 2 (TPR) Olivet…with sole possession of 1st place in the MIAA on the line! The Flying Dutchmen rushed for 310 yards, led by their senior QB Mason Opple’s 213 yards, 8.5 yards/rush and 2 TDs on the ground, on their way to a 21 – 7 victory. Opple is listed at 6-3, 236 pounds, and when his head coach was asked about the performance, he replied…“What can you say about Mason Opple? He’s a beast,” Stuursma said. “It’s like tackling a dump truck. He saddled us up and put us on his shoulders and carried us.”

Case in point, #2 nationally (# 6 TPR) Ferris State invited an old and familiar foe, # 10 (TPR) Saginaw Valley State out to Top Taggart Field to make their case for being the best team in the GLIAC. FSU’s senior QB Jayru Campbell had a monster day with over 400 yards of total offense and 2 rushing TDs.  Oddly enough, 347 yards of those yards came through the air, as Ferris remained unbeaten and in first place in the conference, with a 31 – 10 victory over SVSU.

The COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)’s Other Games Of Interest results:

  • #5 (TPR) Grand Valley  State grinds out a water logged 27 – 7 victory over #14 (TPR) Davenport-GR under the lights at Lubbers Stadium.
  • #4 (TPR and #18 nationally) Siena Heights goes on the road and upsets #4 (nationally) Saint Francis 24 – 14. It was the program’s first victory over a nationally Top Ten ranked opponent.
  • #19 (nationally) U-M shines under the lights at the Big House as they take #7 Notre Dame apart on national TV with a 45 – 14 victory.

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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 seasons games. The teams are then ranked according to their TPR number, the higher the number, the stronger the performances.

October 25, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

#1 versus #2…The Battle for Supremacy…The Game of The Year…The Showdown For First Place! So many cliches can be used to describe Saturday’s upcoming game between Hope’s Flying Dutchmen and the Olivet Comets, but in the end, the game comes down to two very solid, and common denominators.

  1. First place in the MIAA Conference – The unbeaten Comets and the unbeaten (in the conference) Flying Dutchmen will put a serious dent in one or the other’s plans to win the conference with a victory. Both are currently in first place, and undefeated in the MIAA race.
  2. The end of a winning streak – Olivet is undefeated (6 -0) and Hope (5 – 1) has won it’s last five games in a row. Only unbeaten Ferris State (7 – 0) has a longer winning streak this year in the state of Michigan.

An interesting side note to this game is that Hope has put together 3 of the top TPR scoring weeks of the year. It has scored 20.0 points twice this year, and has the third highest performance with a 16.0 performance also. Michigan State has the next highest performance this year (15.5).

TPR week 8 (1)

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Speaking of Ferris State, the state’s true juggernaut on the gridiron currently (and for the last 5+ years, if you do the research), they will be busy defending their turf against an old and familiar foe, Saginaw Valley State. The Cardinals are in the midst of a 2 game losing streak, but will be up for their annual GLIAC tussle.

TPR week 8 (2)

Wayne State has been inconsistent this year, but it has been a true problem for any team not named Ferris State that has ventured into the confines of Tom Adams Field in Detroit. They have upset not 1, but 2, Top Thirty nationally ranked schools at home this year, including their double overtime victory over Ashland (OH) this past weekend.

EMU racked up a solid victory over WMU this past weekend both on the field as well as in the TPRs. It was also the Eagles third victory secured in the last 30 seconds of the game this season!

TPR week 8 (3)

Lawrence Tech cracked the Top 20 in the state this week, by putting up the semblance of a struggle against Siena Heights.

TPR week 8 (4)

Finlandia and Northwood remained winless on the season. Finlandia ran into a buzzsaw when they played #1* Hope. While Northwood’s foe was none other than the aforementioned Ferris State Bulldogs, ranked #2 nationally.

TPR week 8 (5)

 

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October 20, 2019

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

— Top ranked (TPR) Hope Marches Past Finlandia in CFWU GAME OF THE WEEK! Sets Up Showdown With Unbeaten (#2 TPR) Olivet For First Place in MIAA.

Concordia-AA (#4 TPR) Falls to (#3 Nat. ) Marian (IN) In Mid-States Football Assoc. Showdown.

Siena Heights (#8 TPR, # 21 Nat.) Downs Lawrence Tech (#21 TPR) at Blue Devils Stadium in Southfield.

— Wayne State (#12 TPR) Wins GLIAC Spotlight Game In Double Overtime Victory over Ashland (OH) (#27 Nat.).

EMU (#14 TPR) Snatches Another Victory In The Game’s Final Seconds, This Time (#15 TPR) WMU Is The Victim.

 

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October 18, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

College Football Wrap-Up(c)’s GAME OF THE WEEK for Week 7 (10-18/19) has two flavors to it an “Official” version (game takes place in the state of Michigan) and an “Un-Official” version (game takes place outside of the state of Michigan).

In the Official version, the #1 *TPR(c) rated team, Hope College (4 – 1) travels to McAfee Field in Hancock MI to beard the #19 * rated Finlandia Lions (0 – 5) in their den. The Flying Dutchmen are enjoying their third week, second consecutively, as the #1 rated team in the state. They are solid offensively and defensively and unbeaten in their last 4 games.

Week 7 Games of Interest

In the “Un-Official” GOW, #4 TPR (#10 Nationally) ranked Concordia-AA (5 – 1) travels to Marian University (IN) to battle the #3 (Nationally) ranked (4 – 0) Knights. Marian is CUAA’s 4th nationally ranked opponent so far this year. CUAA had began the season with 5 straight victories, before being upended by St. Francis (IN) 34 – 27 last weekend.

Week 7 Games of Interest (1)

Other Games of Note This Weekend:

Week 7 Games of Interest (2)

Our GLIAC Spotlight Game Is:

Week 7 Games of Interest (3)

More Games Of Interest:

Week 7 Games of Interest (4)

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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_11-15

 

TPR week 7 (2)

 

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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