#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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Hope Football Retains It Hold On The Top Spot In The TPR(c) Rankings!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ashland’s Hail Mary Clears The Way For Hope’s Return To The # 1 Spot In TPR(c)

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.

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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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.

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.

 

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College Football Wrap-up(c)’s GAME OF THE WEEK…Concordia University-AA vs. Siena Heights University!

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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GVSU Is The New #1 Team As Defense Makes A Return To Michigan’s College Football Landscape!

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:

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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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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TPR(c) Results For Week 4 Of The 2019 Season Brings A Pair Of New #1s!

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.

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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.

# 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.

# 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).

# 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.

# 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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