#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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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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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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WMU Overcomes Penalties And CMU To Retain Victory Cannon, 31 – 15

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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MSU Overcomes Indiana’s Upset Plans, Escapes With 40 – 31 Victory

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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Concordia – AA Overcomes 21 – 0 Deficit To Overpower St. Xavier (IL) 42 – 35

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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