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

October 1, 2019

By Tony Dixon

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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.

– Link To Week 4 Episode Of COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c) –

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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