Wow, I guess you and Alum agree where UNH should be.
The defense is fine. The offense has question marks. They need consistent play from the quarterback position. That was not there in 2015.
The first 5 games of the season for the Setters are brutal thou with only 2 home games against Assumption and New Haven. They might go 0-2 at home during that stretch and that could hurt Pace more than help them.
Wow, no love for the Jackets eh Paul?....
They have invested in the program and it shows. The talent is getting there and I think that they will surprise some people this year.
It's worth mentioning that Pace brought in 2 transfer QBs; one from San Jose St. via JUCO. This is their first recruiting class since their new stadium has been complete. Still have a ways to go, but should be more competitive than they've been in the past.
Got the old head heart dilemma going on this week.
Slippery Rock looks like its the better team from the better conference
I Think its quite possible for Assumption to play hard play well and make a game out of this and "IF" SR has a bit of an off day to win.
But based on recent play-off history I got to go with this as my prediction
SR 38 Assumption 20
PS: Yeah I understand NE-10 VS SR! and why you would think of contest only for our league so its all good
Thanks for the kind words.
Great job this year Paul. Thanks for keeping us connected to the NE10! GL to Assumption in the playoffs.
UNH should hope that Gensiejewski is not the referee in this game. He refereed both of Post's last 2 games against Assumption and I'm still waiting for him to flag Assumption's right-side OT (Crotty, #76) who basically gave a clinic on Offensive Holding in both games, while Gensiejewski stood back there with flag in pocket, as if not wanting to interrupt the show. UNH DLs and LBs, be warned.
As much as I love New Haven to get a bid in the post season, but to be fair with other teams in the region, I do not see how the committee ranked them as high as number 8 right now especially ahead of Cal and Clarion.
What's really hurting Shippensburg's chances: three wins against 0-9 teams (Edinboro in crossover play; Cheyney and Millersville in divisional play) and a pair of wins against 2-7 Seton Hill (season opener; non-PSAC mandated crossover) and 2-7 Lock Haven (division play).
New Haven once again will not have a loosing season since they reinstated football in 2009. How many football teams can accomplish this task? Go Chargers!!!!!!!!!
Another factor: CIAA hasn't completed investigation of Bowie State using ineligible player, which would nullify their first four losses. We'll have to wait and see if that impacts the rankings when a decision is made.
They were strong on Saturday and have a favorable schedule down the stretch. That was a bad day for Post. They looked over matched and will not get a shot at defending their title.
Based on what I saw at New Haven last Saturday, it would be hard to argue that the Chargers don't deserve to be in the championship game. They're peaking at just the right time.
AIC D is great. This is the best unit I've seen in awhile. Unfortunately the offense is going through growing pains and can't compliment the defense. The future is bright though.
I talked about the AIC D last week. They are still very good but their offense is struggling. But they are out of the championship game talk right now. New Haven is in right in the middle of it. Huge game this week between Post and New Haven.
Paul, it's really strange that when we talk about defense and we are not talking about AIC defense. AIC is normally one of the top defensive teams in this conference, althought they only allowed 10 points to Bentley. You are right about New Haven defense, we basically shut down Stonehill offense and Tyler Condit was a force once again for New Haven. New Haven is in a three-way tie with both Post and Bentley but UNH owned the tie-breaker vs Bentley so this week's game vs Post is huge.
I was more surprised that they didn't show up against AIC. I figured it was the perfect way to bounce back and they didn't. Injuries are hurting them right now but they still have more talent than what they showed last weekend.