Overall a decent week for the ODAC. Six out of eight stands the conference well. R-MC didn't show much improvement from last year against Johns Hopkins, but that is a tough game to open with, while W&L squeaked past a game F&M team. I'd consider that 1-1 against the top teams faced. E&H destroyed a Ferrum team that has been good the last couple years, but didn't show it on the road.
Other than that, we had 3 teams take care of business against schools that went a combined 1-29 last year. It's real hard to get excited about H-SC, Bridgewater or Catholic right now.
Congrats to Guilford taking back another hard fought Soup Bowl. Shenandoah has a new coach, but same results so far. Gallaudette is a nice ECFC team, but if you are going to be competitive in the ODAC you need to beat that type of team at home.
Next week Shenandoah gets Ferrum, which could be interesting if Ferrum is as bad as they showed against E&H. I think it's more likely Ferrum gets their act together adding to Shenandoah's misery. Bridgewater gets Greensboro on the road, which may be the toughest of the Eagles vaunted OOC opponents. R-MC gets a breather by travelling to Averett. Averett didn't prove to be much of a challenge for H-SC, so if R-MC wants to be an ODAC contender this year this should be a good chance to get on track.
E&H continues their half USASC schedule by hosting Maryville, who is coming off beating up on a first year program. Can E&H follow up a surprisingly strong win with another against a team returning a lot of experience and strong expectations for their USASC season? Guilford also continues their half USASC schedule by travelling to Methodist, a team that fell right in the same area with Greensboro last year. Guilford should piece together another win if they want to challenge in the ODAC this year.
H-SC gets what may turn out to be a premiere matchup at CNU. Given the Captains took care of Salisbury, this could be a real test for H-SC. CNU hasn't really lived up to expectations the last couple years, despite winning the USASC, so this matchup could be a good measuring stick for both teams. Much like F&M and JHU, CNU is one of a very few decent OOC opponents for the ODAC this year, so if winning against Salisbury is an indication of CNU's quality, HSC and Shenandoah's schedule got a bit more challenging.
Finally Catholic and W&L get a second week bye. After the break, Catholic steps up to get Carnegie Mellon, at home. The Tartans are coming off a surprisingly bad loss, but they get the chance to right the ship against an Alleghany team that was soundly beaten by Kenyon. W&L gets a break before boarding the bus to Kentucky. Centre scraped past a Bethany team with low expectations, but Centre will get another shot to build some momentum against a mediocre Rose-Hulman team before hosting the Generals.