« 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.