Ferris St. Finishes The Regular Season Unbeaten, Wins The GLIAC Championship 21 – 16.

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!

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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.

HOPE Remains Atop The Team Performance Ratings For Week 9

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!

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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.

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#1* Hope Survives Visit From Alma 31 – 24, In GAME OF THE WEEK Action!

Plus Results From Other Week 9 Games Of Interest

November 4, 2019

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

Were it not for a fourth and goal stop by Millikin University late in the fourth quarter, in the first game of the 2019 season, Hope’s record could potentially be unblemished. Since that stop they have been unbeatable, seven straight victories while performing like a well-oiled machine. Their average margin of victory during this streak is over 33 points!

But, their last 2 MIAA foes, Olivet and Alma, both eyeing a share of the top spot in the conference had come to wrest that throne away, if possible. The margin of victory in those two games…7 points! Fortunately,  Hope plays a style of football that lends itself to success in tight games, they rarely turn the ball over. In only 1 game so far this season have they had a turnover…they escaped that game with a 2 point victory. In addition, they are most likely the least penalized team in the state as well, averaging 3.5 flags per game.

#1* Hope Defeats Alma 31 – 24, Holds Onto First Place In The MIAA.

#2* Siena Heights Receives A Rude Welcome At Indiana Wesleyan, 28 – 21

#3* Michigan Tech Runs Into A Blizzard, #6* Ferris State, 51 – 0 

#5* Grand Valley State “Shows” William Jewell (MO) How It’s Done, 63 – 10

#8* U-M Flexes Its Defensive Prowess At Maryland, 38 – 7

* Denotes TEAM PERFORMANCE RATINGS Rank

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#1* Hope Meets #4* Alma For A First Place Showdown In The MIAA

The College Football Wrap-Up(c)’s GAME OF THE WEEK!

November 1, 2019

By Tony Dixon, For COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)

Ypsilanti, MI —

Hope’s Flying Dutchmen have proven themselves to be determined to claim the 2019 MIAA title and have shown this determination very adeptly on the field. They are currently riding a 6 game winning streak (6 – 1, 4 – 0 MIAA) and are coming off a fine performance, in adverse weather conditions, in their victory over the former #2* team in the state as well as the MIAA, Olivet.

But when you are on top, there is always a new contender, someone that wants that top spot. Enter #4* Alma (5 – 2, 3 – 1 MIAA), the Scots had a 4 game winning streak snapped a couple of weeks ago, but have returned to the right side of the ledger with a victory last week, and look to start a new streak with another win on Saturday.

No small feat, Hope’s senior signal caller, Mason Opple is a dual threat that can carry a team, as he did last week during the cloud burst that was college football Saturday in Michigan. In Hope’s victory over previously unbeaten Olivet, Opple rushed for 217 yards, with a long of 50 yards! He also had 2 rushing TDs. Totals that earned him Player of The Week honors in the MIAA.

The two squads have played a common foe this season, Albion. The Scots defeated the Britons by a 32 – 28 score the first Saturday in October. Hope then piled on, making Albion win number 4, with a 52 – 33 victory over the Britons the following weekend.

Other Games of Interest this weekend:

Ferris State is a national powerhouse, ranked # 2 nationally and the state’s only remaining unbeaten team. Jayru Campbell the former Detroit Cass Tech. grad., is a a monster at QB. Last weekend he bucked the ground game trend and threw for a career high 347 yards and 2 TDs, while leading the team in rushing with 61 yards and 2 TDs. He won Player Of The Week honors in the GLIAC.

FSU (8 – 0, 6 – 1 GLIAC) is currently # 1 in the regional seedings for the D-2 National Championship Playoffs. Not to disparage the rest of the remaining foes this regular season, but other than their clash with Grand Valley State (7 – 1, 5 – 1 GLIAC) in the Anchor Bone Classic, which has been upgraded to a prime time national telecast on ESPN, they probably won’t be threatened until then.

Grand Valley State’s only blemish this season came in another rain soaked game, under the lights, and ESPN cameras, at the hands of Ashland…on a “Hail Mary”…as time expired, 20 – 17 was the final score. Easily the most dramatic finish to a game that I’ve seen this season.

The following games are out of state, but feature the new # 2 in the TPR(c) rankings, and nationally ranked Siena Heights. The Saints have rebounded well from their only loss, a 10 – 7 game at Concordia-AA in early October. They have won 3 straight including a strong (15.5 TPR) performance at Saint Francis (IN).

U-M is also on the road following their stunning performance against former Top Ten foe Notre Dame.

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TPR(c) – 101

TEAM PERFORMANCE RATING or TPR…explained!

October 31, 2019

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

To begin with, this is not a Op-Ed or fluff piece about why this college squad or that university team should or should not be the called the best football team in state of Michigan, this season.

It’s an explanation of the statistical and numerical data that is used to power the TPR(c) (TEAM PERFORMANCE RATING) system that we use to analyse how each team is performing this season.

Now, it is understandable that some may question what experience or instruction I have in my background that qualifies me to give my views and/or opinions on what makes a high performing college football team? My answer is simple, I am not giving views or opinions, I’m using data, compounded over the season on a week-by-week, game-by-game basis to reach a mathematical conclusion. No opinions or views, just math.

As for that experience concern, let’s say that I have been an ardent fan of the game of college football for over 50 years! Going back to the first minute I saw it on the TV screen…and what a memorable first minute it was. There was this older gentleman, striding up, down and across the sidelines…actually going onto the playing field of the stadium. He was moving rather briskly, arguing with the officials and snatching and tearing apart sideline markers, while the guys in striped shirts and members of his staff and team tried to calm him down! It was incredible, and formed my love for the passion and the pride of the college game that is still with me today.

Now on to the TEAM PERFORMANCE RATING System, also called the TPR(c). It is a simple system that rates each teams performance in it’s game against a stated set of numerical values. The numerical values are then totaled (The Points Score for the game) and then every week’s Points Score is added up and divided by the number of games played to determine the TPR(c) Average for the team, for the season, as of the last game.

Here are the Criteria and The Numerical Values Assigned to the Criteria:

  • Win The Game…………………………………………………+ 4 points
  • Total 150+ Net Yards Rushing………………………..+ 2 points
  • Total 225+ Net Yards Passing…………………………+ 2 points
  • No Turnovers For The Game………………………….+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 150 Net Yards Rushing…..+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 225 Net Yards Passing……+ 2 points
  • BONUS — Road Victory……………………………………+ 3 points
  • BONUS — Takeaways……………………………………..+ 1 point PER Takeaway
  • DEDUCTIONS — Penalties………………………………- (.50) point PER Penalty Assessed

The TPR(c) System was created by Tony Dixon, and is used exclusively for the TPR(c) Rankings. No other source except numerical data from the game itself is used to score the rankings.

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Siena Heights Moves Into 2nd Place In Week 9 TPR(c) Rankings Of Michigan College Football Teams!

Hope Uses Strong Ground Game To Defeat # 2 Olivet And Remain #1 In Week 9 TPR(c) Rankings!

October 30, 2019

By Tony Dixon, For COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)

Ypsilanti, MI —

On what was perhaps the wettest Saturday of the college football season in Michigan, a variety of teams rode the backs of their offensive line, and the legs of their best back to survive and advance towards their collective team goals this past weekend.

In the case of the GAME OF THE WEEK, # 1* Hope rode on the shoulders of quarterback Mason Opple’s 213 yards of rushing to  defeat # 2* and formerly unbeaten Olivet to seize first place in the MIAA.

Meanwhile, Siena Heights was on the road, in Indiana, pulling off the program’s first ever upset of a Top Ten nationally ranked school to vault into the vacancy at # 2* that was created by Olivet’s defeat. SHU also tied MSU for the second strongest TPR for the season at 15.5. # 1* Hope has scored two 20 point performances so far this season.

Grand Valley State also took advantage of a rainy Saturday night to move back into the Top Five* with it’s solid performance, a 27 – 7 victory over Davenport-GR.

Nationally ranked at #2, and the only remaining unbeaten team in the state, Ferris State is closing in on a Top Five TPR(c) spot at #6*. The Bulldogs rode the shoulders of their senior QB Jayru Campbell in a different manner, he threw for a career high 347 yards and 2 TDs, while leading FSU to a victory over Saginaw Valley St.

Wayne State took advantage of a visit to Northwood to add a notch in the Win column with a road victory, 31 – 10.

U-M also moved up with an unusually strong performance against a higher nationally ranked opponent in Notre Dame. The Irish had no answers for the bright lights, rain and the Wolverines smothering defense in a 45 – 14 thrashing.

Western Mich. joined U-M and WSU in the even dozen club this week, by scoring a 12 in it’s domination of Bowling Green, 49 – 10. The Broncos had 399 yards and six TDs on the ground. Senior running back LeVante Bellamy led the ground forces with 178 yards and 4 TDs.

 

 

The TEAM PERFORMANCE RATING System or TPR(c) is a simple system that rates each teams performance in it’s game against a stated set of numerical values. The numerical values are then totaled (The Points Score for the game) and then every week’s Points Score is added up and divided by the number of games played to determine the TPR(c) for the team, for the season so far.

Here are the Criteria and The Numerical Values Assigned to the Criteria:

  • Win The Game……………………………………………..+ 4 points
  • Total 150+ Net Yards Rushing…………………….+ 2 points
  • Total 225+ Net Yards Passing……………………..+ 2 points
  • No Turnovers For The Game………………………+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 150 Net Yards Rushing.+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 225 Net Yards Passing..+ 2 points
  • BONUS — Road Victory………………………………..+ 3 points
  • BONUS — Takeaways………………………………….+ 1 point PER Takeaway
  • DEDUCTIONS — Penalties…………………………..(- .50) point PER Penalty Assessed

The TPR(c) System was created by Tony Dixon, and is used exclusively for the TPR(c) Rankings. No other source except numerical data from the game itself is used to score the rankings.

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A Rainy Saturday Washes Away Some Title Hopes And Strengthens Others!

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.

Hope (#1 TPR) And Olivet (#2 TPR) Collide In College Football Wrap-Up(c)’s GAME OF THE WEEK This Weekend!

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).

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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.

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!

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

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.

 

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Week 7 ‘Games Of Interest’ Results!

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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Week 7 GAME OF THE WEEK Has Two Versions!

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.

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.

Other Games of Note This Weekend:

Our GLIAC Spotlight Game Is:

More Games Of Interest:

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