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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 08, 2014, 04:13:36 pm »
Okay, fellow ODACers, let's get real.  The top two preseason teams lose to the only quality opponents this past weekend.  I'd say the ODAC has a long way to go and a tough road ahead in the regional scene, and totally forget the national scene.  I watched the whole HSC game, and it didn't feel like a two TD game, never felt like HSC was that close.  And, for RMC, what the heck happened?  The rest of the ODAC played less than stellar opponents.  I can easily see the conference winner with two or more losses.  Even my HSC friends would agree that rushing for -5 yards and hail marys is not going to win many games.

There isn't much new here. The ODAC has not been a regional or national player since Bridgewater. I think this HSC team is the best we've had since those Bridgewater teams, but I don't think it is a national caliber team. I expect HSC to win the conference and, depending on the match up, maybe win a game in the playoffs. Losing to Wabash put a dent in that scenario as it greatly decreases your odds to be at home, but as we saw last year sometimes you luck out a bit. The ODAC is not a national player right now regardless of how much stock people put into 18 minutes of a playoff game last season. I respect HSC because they should be the class of the ODAC, but you are fooling yourself if you think they are a top 10 team.

Still, with 240+ teams in D3, being considered in the top 25-30 is quite an honor. Making the second round of the playoffs is quite an achievement. We will see how the season plays out. CNU at HSC and Methodist at Guilford are both good tests for ODAC teams this weekend. Enjoy the football and don't be so concerned about the national picture. The conference teams aren't there, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lot of good entertaining fun to play the season.

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South Region football / Re: Southern Athletic Association
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:25:51 pm »
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Planning to be at the W&L game week 2. If you are going to be there let me know so we can say hi. Looking forward to seeing Sewanee again. Try number 5 for a non raining visit.
I should be on campus next Saturday.   Weather forecast at the moment is saying the heavy weather should clear out by Friday.   I'm usually on the fence on the 40-yd line towards the flagpole... just look for the big guy wearing the brown fedora.

Will do. We should get there plenty early as we're coming in our old motor home again. Planning to not park somewhere I get blocked into this time. Hopefully we'll get a good spot by the W&L tailgate at the practice fields. We'll be hard to miss in the old coach. Feel free to stop by. Planning on having some grill pizzas and other food and should have another family with no connection to either school just hanging out to enjoy the day and game. Sometime after 11 CST is the goal, but with little kids and having to drive up from Chattanooga it's a bit hit or miss. No good campgrounds just south of the school unfortunately.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:52:38 am »
The HS OLineman with 12 starts last year, the word around the HS campus is the parents bought the kid a new car to convince him to come back for a 5th year. Not sure they are getting their monies worth thus far.

Interesting. My parents couldn't wait to STOP paying the education bills. They certainly wouldn't have given me a car to rack up some more...

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:53:41 pm »
What's more shocking?

Averett winning the opening game under their new head coach
or
Greensboro/Guilford score?

It's a toss up for me.

I'd say Averett but it's a close thing. W&L just isn't the team they were a couple years ago, especially on offense. They also haven't won a road opener since the 1960s. Hats off to Averett. They were well prepared for the Generals and forced W&L to chase. That is not something W&L is built to do. Fumbles on the goal line and 10 penalties were just too much for a team with little margin for error this season.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:50:50 pm »
About W&L handling Averett...

Yep. Hats off to Averett. They made plays and bottled up the Generals forcing W&L to throw a lot and not well. Too many mistakes and penalties killed the Generals. On the other hand it keeps alive W&L's streak of having never won a D3 road opener. You have to go back to the 60s to find a Generals' road opening win.  W&L has a lot of work to do if they are going to match last year's totals.

Shocking. W&L must feel like Tiberius's Minnows....

Let's not get too carried away. W&L lost a football game on the road to a not so good team by a small margin. It happens but I've said a few times that W&L probably wasn't going to be a contender this year. That's a far cry from being trained as small boys to follow a mad emperor around a pool licking his privates. Remind me to be less nice to Guilford the next time they go 5-25 over a three year period. It'll come around again...

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 06, 2014, 07:43:12 pm »
#22 Hampden-Sydney goes out to Indiana and keeps it very close, losing to #16 Wabash by less than 2 touchdowns, 34-21.

Hmmm.

My thoughts exactly...  Close?

Close I'll give them. The actual quote is very close. Seems a stretch given how Wabash was going in the second half. HSC flattered a bit with the last TD, but the game is 60 minutes so you take the score as it ended.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 06, 2014, 07:40:20 pm »
About W&L handling Averett...

Yep. Hats off to Averett. They made plays and bottled up the Generals forcing W&L to throw a lot and not well. Too many mistakes and penalties killed the Generals. On the other hand it keeps alive W&L's streak of having never won a D3 road opener. You have to go back to the 60s to find a Generals' road opening win.  W&L has a lot of work to do if they are going to match last year's totals.

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South Region football / Re: Southern Athletic Association
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:59:12 pm »
Sewanee season preview from Chattanooga Times-Free Press with comments from Coach Laurendine:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/sep/05/sewanee-has-high-hopes-if-starters-stay-healthy/

Seeing hope for some improvement based on having a good core returning to the Mountain this year.

Planning to be at the W&L game week 2. If you are going to be there let me know so we can say hi. Looking forward to seeing Sewanee again. Try number 5 for a non raining visit.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:02:13 pm »
Will miss the game Saturday but very irritated with the opponent anyway. Was much happier opening against a tougher opponent even when it cost us.

In fairness, when was the game/series scheduled?  Sure, Averett is bad now, but if you look at them from 2003-2010, they only had one really bad season (2007) and a bunch of decent ones.  If you just look at the records from 2003-2010, it would have been hard to predict the monster fall-off that followed.  So if the game was arranged in the 2009-10 range, it looked like Averett wasn't all that different from Franklin & Marshall as a program.

All true and I have no idea. This home and home will be the fifth and sixth time the teams have met so they aren't ridiculous opponents, I just prefer Centennial schools in this role. It typically sends W&L to a more northern team which I think helps parents of kids from the northeast make a game. Scheduling is a tough issue and sometimes you get lemonade and other times you get lemons. There isn't a way of knowing 3, 4, 5 years out...

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 04, 2014, 04:08:04 pm »
W&L should handle Averitt. I expect to see 350+ ground yards and hope to see an attempt to get 50-100 through the air. I don't have much to say about the Generals this year. I think they will be better than last year but not sure how much. I will know much more after I lay eyes on them at Sewanee not week two. Will miss the game Saturday but very irritated with the opponent anyway. Was much happier opening against a tougher opponent even when it cost us.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:53:04 pm »
Jk

How does HSC go about beating Wabash and how do you see the game playing out ?

Good luck to your Gennies this week.

Jump out to a fast start. Falling behind 10+ points would be extremely problematic. They will have an excellent defense and a very good ground it out possession offense. Make them chase and make the defense take risks. Force their offense to make plays instead of eat clock. First game of the season the defense is usually ahead of the offense. This game plays to Wabash's hand a lot. HSC will need to be special to win. I believe the Tigers have the ability, but there isn't much x factor in their favor. 

It goes without needing to be said that HSC can't lost the turnover battle by more than 2. Even that is probably optimistic.

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 29, 2014, 02:16:20 pm »
There's an important issue sort of percolating under the surface here...Catdome.  I'm looking at pictures of Maxwell Field and I'm certain that we shouldn't be calling it a dome.  There is no roof over that field.  You could call it The Cathouse or Cat Box- both are acceptable alternatives.  But Catdome is right out.

I've made this point before and been shouted down. I figure it's just a regional thing. I know what a dome is, but it must mean something else in Linfield. If they weren't so darn good year after year I'd consider the Litter Box but it's just hard to make it stick when they are consistently kicking rear...

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:07:05 am »
HScoach --

are you receiving PM's?

He has had some mood swings and the cold sweats.  ;D

solid. very solid. +K

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:06:21 pm »
Hard to believe only 8 days till the Gentleman's Classic and you could here a pin drop in here. Guess I was thinking there might be a little more banter between two of the better teams in DIII. Anyway, it will be fun to see the LGs Saturday scrimmage against a very good Wheaton team, how the returning players progressed over the summer, and how the new blood looks.

GO BASH!

A case of too much time. It's been talked about and analyzed as much as humanely possible. Kind of like the Super bowl. By the time it arrives you've exhausted all topics.

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:43:14 pm »
I guess it all depends on what you consider the start. The 24 hours has always been a component, but not the point.

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