Things went pretty much as planned yesterday. League leader Azusa Pacific maintained its one-game advantage over Central Washington as both teams won, with Dixie State putting on yet another offensive showcase.
Azusa Pacific 38, Western Oregon 28
You've got to give credit to Azusa Pacific. After defeating Central Washington on the road last week, yesterday's home game could have been a trap game. The Cougars however, maintained a comfortable lead over the Wolves for the 38-28
Updated 11-03-2013 at 12:32 PM by Jon Guddat
First things first, I should reintroduce myself to the GNAC. After a change of scenery at the ol' 9 to 5 job, I'm acclimated in my new role. But the last handful of months have taken it's toll on my ability to focus on what's really important, D2 football. I've followed all the games, but not to the extent that I feel is necessary.
This season's GNAC slate has given plenty of headlines. We'll start with Azusa Pacific, a squad that hasn't cemented its place as the GNAC dominator, but
The cold reality a which hit a few weeks ago still stings a bit for any GNAC follower: It's the third year in a row in which the GNAC will be on the outside looking in when the playoff brackets are announced in a couple of days.
Another reality? The season isn't over yet.
While some might look at the top half of the GNAC and say, "what's going on?" another might look at the bottom half and say, "nice job," and offer a pat on the back.
Followers of the
Two weeks into the GNAC season is still too early to make a call on the eventual champion, but trends start to emerge that become more set in stone after this third week coming up. This weekend is when contenders truly start making a move to create distance between themselves and those which will become the rest of the pack. But that doesn't take away the excitement of the slate of contests this weekend.
Azusa Pacific (0-2 overall, 0-1 GNAC) vs. Dixie State (1-1, 1-0)
The round robin scheduling isn't anything new, and while the GNAC isn't the only group already playing within its own conference, the league counters still snuck up for a surprise.
At first glance, nothing on the schedule jumps out as a marquee event over any other conference football game, so we'll list these games in accordance to kickoff time rather than "game of the week" style.
Simon Fraser (1-0) vs. Central Washington (0-1)
2 p.m., Terry Fox Field, Burnaby