UDM Titans Men’s Basketball Set For Battle With Green Bay On Friday

Game To Be Broadcast On ESPN+

From A UDM Press Release

DETROIT (2/19/2020) — The University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team will host its final two home games of the regular season this week starting with Green Bay on Friday, Feb. 21, at Calihan Hall.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Jeremy Otto and Earl Cureton providing the action as well as over the air on 910 AM Superstation with the Voice of the Titans Dan Hasty calling all the action.

The Titans will look to end a five-game slide and move upwards in the standings, while keeping Green Bay at bay in the middle of the pack.

Sophomore Antoine Davis continues to be one of the top scorers in the country ranking sixth in Division I and leading the Horizon League in scoring at 23.2 points per game, while his 5.07 assists per game in conference play is tied for the HL best.

Tickets start at just $10 and can be purchased at DetroitTitans.com/tix.

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It’s A “Throw-down In Motown” As UDM’s Titans Clash With OU’s Golden Grizzlies on Friday!

Two Worlds Collide As Titans Host Oakland In #MetroSeries Tussle On Friday At 7 PM

January 30, 2020

From a UDM press release

DETROIT (1/30/2020) — Winners of two in a row and three of the last four, the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team will look to keep up its hot play and get a win over its archrivals as the Titans meet Oakland on Friday night, Jan. 31.

Game time is set for 7 p.m., on Dick Vitale Court in Calihan Hall and will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and locally on WADL-38 with Jeremy Otto and Earl Cureton on the call as well as over the air on 910 AM Superstation with Dan Hasty providing the action.

This is the 41st year of the Horizon League (1979-80) and the 40th with Detroit Mercy as a member. The Titans are the eldest program in the league, while Oakland joined the conference in 2013-14.

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Detroit Mercy and Oakland also branded the annual rivalry called the #MetroSeries in 2014 as all the sports which compete in the Horizon League battle for points towards the end of the year standings.

The Titans swept their competition last weekend with wins over IUPUI and UIC and have three wins in their last four games with a win at Milwaukee in that span.

Sophomore Antoine Davis ranks fourth in the country and leads the Horizon League in scoring at 23.3 points per game and has netted 14 games with 20 or more points and four 30-point outings on the year, while sophomore Chris Brandon is averaging 10.0 ppg., and 11.9 rpg., in HL play, shooting 75.9 % (41-of-54) from the field with three double-doubles.

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Michigan Vs Alabama Provides An Opportunity For U-M To Put An Exclamation Point On The 2019 Football Season!

December 31, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

Alabama versus U-M in a bowl game!

If I had said that at the start of the season, who among us wouldn’t have envisioned a College Football Playoff semi-final or…dare I say, the CFP Championship game!

Ok, let that soak in and perhaps savor it for a few moments……that’s enough!

Let’s get back to reality. The Vrbo Citrus Bowl is not a CFP game. But, to be honest, this still has the chance to be a great match-up. Two traditional powers, two storied programs, members of two powerhouse conferences clashing for a little respect for their less than anticipated season outcomes.

Michigan (9 – 3, 6 – 3 B1G) and it’s somewhat embattled Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, appears to be a team that is suffering from Detroit Lion’s fever, (that strange sport’s malady whose symptom’s break down to a pattern of: A – fill the stadium every game day, B – get that big check for TV rights, C – go through the motions and rhetoric of telling the media and fans…”it was a good season, it could have been better, we were leading in every game, etc, etc.) hopefully in this case it can still be treated and cured, unlike the professional football team that it is named after, where it is the business model and not the aberration.

U-M has a talented and driven group of student-athletes that will/should be well prepared and ready to show the world what they can bring to the gridiron. Led by QB Shea Patterson (3,828 yds, 22 TDs and 6 INTs) the offense can be potent and really stretch the field with Wide Receivers like Ronnie Bell (44 catches, 705 yds, 1 TD), Nico Collins (33, 681, 7 TDs) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (33, 404, 6). Running Backs Zach Charbonnet (642 yds, 11 TDs, 4.7 YPA) and Hassan Haskins (561, 4, 5.4 YPA) will have the tough task of keeping the Bama defense honest and assisting the offensive line in giving Patterson time to throw to his talented wide-outs.

— The Michigan Music Hall Of Fame, “Preserving The Past, Promoting The Future(c)” —

Alabama, on the other hand, finds itself in the unique position of having to accept the harsh reality of what a two loss season means to a perennial powerhouse program. Most college football fans, if they are being honest with themselves almost always put Bama in the CFP playoff bracket, along with Clemson and the Big Ten Champion and the years darling (LSU?) or their alma mater, if applicable/realistic.

Coach Saban, well known in the state of  Michigan, as well as an icon in the current era of college football coaches reality, has a reputation for getting the most out of his Assistant coaches, players and almost anybody else that he interacts with. But, a season like this one will probably bring out the…”is Saban going to the NFL” rumors. If so, it’s a safe bet that the pro team from Michigan would NOT be a preferred destination. Even with the size of that possible paycheck, he is probably wise enough to realize that he would go insane in that “sports-as-business” atmosphere.

On the field, the Crimson Tide is currently led by QB Mac Jones(?) (1,176 yds, 11 TDs and 3 INTs), he will be searching for Wide Receivers Jerry Jeudy (71 catches, 959 yds, 9 TDs) and DeVonta Smith (65/1,200/13 TDs, with a long of 85 yds). Alabama’s featured Running Back is Najee Harris (1,088 yds, 11 TDs and a 5.9 YPA average) he is spelled by Brian Robinson (425 yds, 5 TDs and a 4.6 YPA average).

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The numbers for this game breakdown like so; Points per game, Bama 48 points per game for, 19 PPG against, U-M averages 33 PPG while surrendering an average of 19 PPG. Total offense also favors Alabama 513 YPG versus U-M’s 402. Defensively U-M does have a slight advantage in the numbers 293 total yards to 318 for the Tide.

The strength of schedule numbers are likewise similar; U-M was 5th, Bama was 7th. The poll positions are just as tight, U-M is ranked #14, Alabama is #13.

Bottom line, it’s not for a championship, but the bragging rights that will come from the clash of these two programs/head coaches/brand names will be worth it’s weight in cachet.

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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.

It’s Western Kentucky versus…Western Michigan In The 2019 First Responder’s Bowl!

December 30, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

So, I guess that I will do the obvious quote here just to get it out of the way, “Go west young man…”, there that part is over with. There are so many “wests” to this story line, both schools have “western” in their name, the bowl game is being play west of both school’s campus/stadiums in University Park, Texas, one team even has a player with the last name of West on their roster!

The similarities do not end there, these two teams are well matched and promise to make an intriguing start to the bowl frenzy that is the end of the year-New Year’s Day bowl games week.

Let’s start our deeper look at the teams with…Western Kentucky (8 – 4, 6 – 2 C-USA), The Hilltoppers. The team averages 26 PPG while giving up only 20 PPG, a defensive total that led the C-USA. WKU is lead by QB Ty Storey (2,209 Yds, 12 TDs and 5 INTs), a cagey grad student who is also completing 70% of his passes AND is second on the team in rushing with 246 yards and 7 TDs.

Storey will be looking at a good group of Wide Receivers led by the tandem of Lucky Jackson (985 Yds Rec, 3 TDs) and Jahcour Pearson (772 Yds, 6 TDs). His Running Back is Gaej Walker (1,115 Yds, 8 TDs).

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Western Michigan’s Broncos (7 – 5, 5 – 3 MAC) will counter with a more prolific offense, 34 PPG scoring, while giving up an average of 26 PPG. WMU’s attack is balanced with 213 YPG Rushing and 245 YPG Passing.

The Broncos are led by senior (Grand Rapids, South Christian) Jon Wassink (2,904 Yds, 19 TDs and 7 INTs). Wassink has recorded four 300+ yard passing games so far this season. He will be throwing to a group of Wide Receivers including, Skyy Moore (734 Yds, 3 TDs) and Giovanni Ricci (622 Yds and 8 TDs).

In featured Running Back LeVante Bellamy (1,412 Yds and 23 TDs, with a long gain of 75 yds), WMU has a star quality RB that is both talented and determined.

–The Michigan Music Hall Of Fame, “Preserving The Past, Promoting The Future(c)”–

Both teams were successful over the last 3 to 4 games of the regular season, winning at least 3 of those games. Both teams have stud running backs and savvy quarterbacks who will not take a lot of chances with the ball, leaning more upon their defenses to keep the game close. The Strength of Schedule is also a push, 96 for WKU and 98 for WMU.

Bottom line, this game starts off the Bowl Week Frenzy and will start the week off right. But, we will give the edge to the team that went so far west as to have a “West” on the roster…Western Michigan’s Addison West, a 6’4″ 290 lb, freshman offensive lineman.

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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.

MSU’s Spartans Can Salvage Dismal Season With A Pre-New Years Day Game In The Pinstripe Bowl.

December 27, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

The Spartans of East Lansing (6 – 6, 4 – 5 Big Ten) have certainly had an up and down season so far, but can put this year to rest with a positive spin, if they can turn aside the hopes of Wake Forest (8 – 4, 4 – 4 ACC).

MSU picks up the torch that has been dropped by the other Michigan based college football teams; Hope, Concordia-AA, Ferris St.*, Central Michigan and most recently Eastern Michigan, who all dropped their bowl or playoff games. (*Ferris St. did win their first playoff game, but dropped the second game.)

In Wake Forest’s Demon Deacons, the Spartans will find a foe that has a capable offense, two near 1,000 yard receivers and a chance to win nine games for the first time since 2007. But, much like MSU, this season could have been a lot better that it turned out for the Forest, their season ending loss to Syracuse is still a sore point.

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They will be missing their true thousand yard receiver, Sage Surratt (66 catches, 1001 yards and 11 TDs), but Kendall Hinton (70, 953 and 3 TDs) is a still a weapon that the Spartan’s defense will have to keep in check. QB Jamie Newman (2,693 yards, 23 TDs and 10 INTs) leads a potent offense and should have a number of players ready to assist in the absence of Surratt. Running backs Cade Carney (556 yards, 5 TDs) and Kenneth Walker (555 yards and 4 TDs, including a long of 96 yards) will keep the pass rush honest.

MSU will counter with an offense that is led by QB Brian Lewerke (2,759 yards, 16 TDs and 12 INTs.) who will be trying to locate Wide Receivers Cody White (58/825, 5TDs) and Darrell Stewart Jr., (47/694, 4 TDs). Running back Elijah Collins leads the MSU rushing attack (892 yards, 5 TDs), but the next runner with over a 100 yards is…the QB Brian Lewerke! The Spartan’s offense has been much maligned but have averaged 22 PPG vs the 23 PPG that their defense has surrendered. To give credit where due, the defense did run into a few buzz saws during the Big Ten season that included losses to Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and U-M.

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The stats show an edge to the Demon Deacons who average 33 PPG while giving up 29 PPG as well as in Total Offense with a 473 YPG average. The Spartan’s defense which averages 319 YPG will be tested throughly. But, there is a quirk that both teams will face…both appear to be first half teams, they score most of their points in the first two quarters. MSU only scored 35 points total in the 3rd quarter for the season. So maybe a good, paint peeling halftime speech will be needed, if the Spartan’s are behind or even ahead at the half.

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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.

With A 2019 Quick Lane Bowl Appearance, EMU Continues It’s Rise.

December 26, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

With bowl trips becoming the norm for the EMU football team’s season ending wrap-up, the Eagles are solidifying the Coach Creighton era as easily the best football coaching stint in the school’s history. Creighton has certainly led an increase in pride, execution and even brand awareness in Michigan’s hot bed of college football excellence that is Washtenaw county.

With that said, the Quick Lane Bowl does NOT look to be a walk in Riverside Park for  the Eagles and their fans and alums.

The Eagles (6 – 6, 3 – 5 MAC-West) face will face a quality foe in the Univ. of Pittsburgh (7 – 5,  4 -4 ACC). The Panthers are strong defensively, as you would expect with Coach Pat Narduzzi leading the team. The former DC for MSU’s Spartans was/is known for a solid, if not suffocating defense and in this year’s Panthers, the trend continues. The defense gives up an average of 22 points per game. The numbers break down to 107 YPG Rushing and 196 YPG Passing for a Total Offense Average of 302 YPG defensively.

The Eagles will counter with an offense that averages 29 PPG on the strength of 281 YPG Passing and 122 YPG Rushing for an average of 403 YPG of Total Offense.

— The Michigan Music Hall Of Fame, “Preserving The Past, Promoting The Future” —

In senior QB Mike Glass III, EMU has a solid passer that leads a balanced group of receivers that includes; Dylan Drummond who lead the team with 51 catches for 483 yards and 3 TDs. He is complimented by Quian Williams who has 50 catches for 593 yards and 5 TDs. Shaq Vann is the Eagles workhorse in the ground game with 667 yards and 8TDs, Willie Parker is the next most popular name to call for the ground game with 142 yards and 2 TDs.

On the defensive side of the ball, EMU is more generous than the Panthers averaging 30 PPG against. Foes of the Eagles have averaged 202 YPG on the ground and 226 YPG Passing for a Total Offense of 428 YPG against.

Pitt’s QB Kenny Pickett (2,737 Passing Yds., 10 TDs and 9 INTs.), if given time will be looking down field for his favorite wide receivers, Taysir Mack (62 catches for 711 yards and 2 TDs) and Maurice Ffrench [no typo, that is how his last name is spelled], (84 catches, 685 yards, 3 TDs).

On the ground, the Panthers are led by A.J. Davis (532 yards/4 TDs) and V’Lique Carter (271 yards/0 TDs).

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These two teams appear to be pretty evenly matched, at least on paper, with perhaps the ‘Strength Of Schedule’ metric providing any real difference in the stats. Pitts S.O.S. is at 59, or the 59th hardest schedule in the FBS ratings. The Eagles ‘Strength Of Schedule’ is 108th in the country…so the Panthers played foes whose cumulative strength was almost twice EMU’s foes strength.

The Quick Lane Bowl is December 26th, 2019 at 8PM, at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The game will be broadcast by ESPN.

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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.

Central Mich.’s New Mexico Bowl Clash With SDSU Looks Like A Close Game

December 20, 2019

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

Ypsilanti, MI —

The highlight of tomorrow’s college football viewing could easily be the New Mexico Bowl (2PM, ESPN), a game featuring the rejuvenated Central Michigan Chippewa’s against the Aztecs of San Diego State.

The Chips, who were a less than stellar 1-11 in 2018, find themselves kicking off the opening weekend of the official college football bowl season of 2019, a pretty good one year turnaround for their new coach and their new attitude. Coach Jim McElwain and his staff, took a solid defensive foundation and juiced up a languid offense, flipping 1-11 into 8 – 5 and first place in the MAC’s-West Division.

CMU’s offense doubled it’s offensive production going from 15 PPG in 2018 to almost 32 PPG in 2019. They were led by two near thousand yard rushers (Jonathan Ward – 1082 and Kobe Lewis – 977). The senior Jonathan Ward is a bullet point for the opposition’s defensive coaches, he has good speed, agility and definite power at 6’2, 200 pounds. He also has that determination that you want to see in your featured running back. Kobe Lewis, is a sophomore that does not have the same size, but has the speed and moves that give the backfield that thunder & lightening combination.

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Under center, senior QB Quinten Dormady (2,148 – 14TDs, 6 INTs) is part of a two-headed monster at the quarterback position along with junior David Moore (1,143 – 5TDs, 4 INTs).

The CMU defense is led by sophomore LB Troy Brown (85 Tackles, 16 TFL, 1 Sack), a linebacker from Flint (Carson-Ainsworth), senior DL Sean Adesanya (15.5 TFL, 7 Sacks) and redshirt freshman DL LaQuan Johnson, also from Flint (Burton-Bendle) (13 TFL, 6 Sacks).

In the San Diego Aztecs, the CMU offense will find a stern test. SDSU only gives up an average of 13 PPG, with the strength of their defense being against the run (72 YPG average). CMU averages 187 YPG on the ground and with a near thousand yard rusher in the backfield. On almost every offensive down, the Aztecs will have to think ‘defend the run’ first, then look for the more exotic stuff.

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The SDSU offense is less explosive than CMU’s averaging 19 PPG, and 329 yards of Total Offense in a fairly balanced attack (134 YPG Rushing/196 YPG Passing). With these numbers the goal for Coach McElwain’s staff should be a fast start, with points of any kind early and often. CMU’s defense should be able to handle the Aztec’s offense if they get ahead and force SDSU into a one-dimensional (throwing the ball) style of play.

The Aztec’s offense is led by senior QB Ryan Agnew (2,175 – 11 TDs – 5 INTs) who has played in 11 of the 12 SDSU games. His back-up, Carson Baker, a redshirt freshman was 19 of 24 for 172 yards and 1 TD in the only game that he appeared in this season, a game that Agnew did not play in.

SDSU has 4 RBs who along with the scrambles of QB Agnew, have at least 120 yards rushing each. But, only sophomores Chance Bell and Jordan Byrd have at least one 100+ yard game on their resume for this season. The Aztec’s top performing back, Juwan Washington, had a total of 500 yards for the season.

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Overall, this game is a good match up of styles, CMU’s averages 446 YPG of offense, while SDSU’s defense only gives up an average of 289 YPG.

SDSU’s offense averages 329 YPG, while CMU’s defense is around 352 YPG allowed.

As stated before, if CMU can score early (TDs or FGs) and often, the advantage will really shift to their side of the field. But, if they allow themselves to be slowed down by the SDSU defense, it could become a game that they will have to really work hard at, in order to end this successful season with a bowl 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 performance.

#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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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 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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