CIAA has a 4-6 record in out conference games, Week Two will be better
by, 09-04-2012 at 04:56 PM (1755 Views)
Opening weekend predictions are always tough to call. There is really no measuring stick to gauge a team other than what you read on the CIAA preseason media guide or if a team is returning a sizable amount of starting players from the previous season.
Considering my record this past weekend on my predictions, I was 5-6, but the conference went 4-6 against out of conference opponents. Well, lets just look at the positives and say there is some wiggle room for improvement for CIAA teams. This however, has been a common theme for the CIAA in the beginning of every season. CIAA teams usually get molly whopped against out of conference foes. I mean seriously, what is it about out conference teams or their preparations that our CIAA teams can't seem to grasp? If you wanna "Keep it real" as they say, then lets be honest enough to say we (the CIAA) are an inferior conference compared to the out of conference competition when it comes to football. Last season, we turned a corner, Winston Salem State single handily kept us (The CIAA) respectable. The Rams made it all the way to the national semi-finals and we could stick our chest out and talk a little trash because WSSU saved the CIAA from continuing to be the laughing stock of D2 football.
Even if you were not a WSSU alum, you found yourself cheering for the Rams to take it all the way to Alabama. I myself was going bananas in the press box and had to be told to relax because i was cheering for the Rams so passionately.
Folks, the PSAC went 10-1 against out of conference teams this weekend. 10 & freaking 1! HOLY MOLY!
But here we are, week one is in the books, and we are back to our old tricks. But I want my words to inspire, and in doing so, hopefully we can look at week one as just that, WEEK ONE. It's behind us, lets move on and lets look at week two serve as another week to redeem yourself and make the conference look respectable.
Lets give credit where credit is due, lets talk about those four victories the CIAA earned this weekend.
#15 WSSU 28 UNCP 23, Lewis goes off
The Rams open up the season against a pesky UNCP squad eager to get their season off on the right track, and the reigning CIAA champs stayed true to form with a 28-23 victory over the Braves. Rams RB Maurice Lewis went off, rushing for 134 yards on 27 carries for 5 yard per carry average. Rams QB Kameron Smith had a solid afternoon going 15-22 for 190 yards and 1TD. Defensively, DB Larry Hearne had 5 tackles and 2 INT's. The Rams led the entire game against an extremely tough opponent. This is a great statement game for the Rams and with a little fine tuning, the Rams will be ready for the stretch run.
St. Aug 28 Wingate 10, Defense is serious!
If defense win championship, then the St. Aug Falcons might be making some serious noise in the CIAA's Southern division as the Falcons manhandled the Wingate Bulldogs 28-10. Wingate only led once in the game with a 3-0 score with 2 minutes left in the first quarter. After that, it was All Falcons. St. Aug QB Teddy Becote had a stellar day going 15-26, 3TDs, with 1INT, but more importantly, the Falcons defense held Wingate to just 43 yards rushing and picked the Wingate QB off 3 times. Folks, Wingate is no slouch team, this Wingate team is a consistent playoff team and predicted to finish 3rd in the SAC Conference.
I'll admit when I'm wrong, and I didn't think the Falcons could pull it off, but thank you for proving me wrong St. Aug, this will be an interesting season.
Bowie State 24 Assumption 20
The Bowie State Bulldogs got the season off on the right track by beating NE10 Conference foe, Assumption College 24-20. Bulldog QB Jared Johnston carried BSU as he threw for 16 of 33 for 274 yards and 3 TDs. The Bulldogs were down 14-0 in the 1st QTR, but Coach Damon Wilson kept his guys poised and under control as the Bulldogs mounted a furious comeback to eek out a victory in the final seconds of the game. QB Jared John threw a last second TD to WR Doug McNeill to pull off the comeback. This win against a good Assumption team will send a message to those in the CIAA Northern Division that these Bulldogs will be a force to recon with.
Virginia Union 28 Benedict 7
Head Coach Mike Bailey and the VU Panthers got off on the right track by whipping up on the Benedict Tigers 28-7. This game was dominated by the Panther defense as they only allowed a whopping 25 yards rushing total in the game. Benedict's highest rusher had 14 yards total on 11 carries. OUCH!!! The defense even registered a safety!! Give credit to Coach Mike Bailey for starting things off on the right path and creating a huge momentum for this team going into next week.
Chowan 70 Livingstone 35, Robert Holland Beast mode!
The Chowan Hawks opened up the season with and absolute offensive clinic with a 70-35 victory over Livingstone College. I don't care how you slice it, 70 points, is 70 points, it doesn't matter who you're playing. Hawks WR Robert Holland had a monster day with 13 catches for 213 yards and 3TDs. The Hawks offense had 650 yards total offense. For Livingstone, they looked a lot better than previous season and their WR, Anthony Holland (no relation) had 10 catches for 194 yards and 1TD. LC still has work to do; For Chowan much credit needs to be given to Head Coach Tim Place and the Chowan Hawks for putting up 70 big ones.
Newberry 46 ECSU 20
There were big expectation coming into this season for Elizabeth City State. Their RB Daronte McNeill, the reigning CIAA Offensive Player of the Year returned and the Vikings got a shiny new QB transfer from UCONN, QB Namon Jones, but still, they got handled pretty soundly against a physical Newberry squad 46-20. McNeill had his usual number rushing 24 times for 124 yards. But thats about it, The Vikings could not withstand any of the relentless offense or defense the Newberry Indians had to offer. This loss is deflating, but a win next week for the Vikings can put things back on right track for this team, it remains to be seen how ECSU will respond to next weeks game against Delta State, which by the way, lost last week.
(FBS) NC Central 54 Fayetteville State 31
Three years ago, Fayetteville State went into NC Central and upset the Eagles in their season opener. This year, the Eagles avenged that loss by soundly defeating the FSU Broncos 54 - 31. The Bronco offense sputtered under starting QB Andreas Hudson, so Head Coach Kenny Philips made the switch quickly in the second quarter to QB Chauncey Concepcion. Concepcion was the spark plug Broncos needed in order to get the chains moving. Concepcion went 14 of 16 for 141 yards, but the NC Central Eagles were just to much for the Broncos to handle. Looks like there is QB controversy in Bronco land.
Norfolk State 24 Virginia State 0
The Trojans of Virginia State were physically outmatch by the reigning MEAC champs 24-0 in the Virginia Lottery Labor Day Classic. Trojan QB Jared Battle had a poor performance and fumbled the ball in the end zone after being sacked for the Norfolk TD. QB controversy is now brewing in Trojan land also as reserve QB LaMont Green came in relief of Battle going 6 of 13 for 89 yards.
Cheyney 34 Lincoln 21
In the Battle of the two oldest HBCU's in the nation, Cheyney defeated Lincoln 34-21. This was a game Lincoln desperately needed.
West Virginia State 34 JCSU 31
In a very heart wrenching loss, the Johnson C Smith Golden Bulls were upset by WVIAC conference cellar dweller, 34-31. The reigning Pioneer Bowl champs got off to an unthinkable start by losing to the hapless WV State. Golden Bulls QB Keahn Wallace went for 22 of 37 for 267 yards, 1TD and 1INT. This was not the start JCSU was expecting, but their schedule is favorable enough to gain momentum and get back on the winning track.
Charleston 44 Shaw 26
The Robert Massey era at Shaw University has gotten off to a terrible start as the Bears were trapped by Charleston University in a 44-26 demolishing. This game was never close and Charleston RB Jordan Roberts had a field day on the Shaw Bears defense running for 238 yards and 1TD. In total, the Shaw Bears defense allowed 358 yards rushing alone and 499 yards total offense. Considering the stellar defense Shaw is known for, the Bears were really out of sync in this game.
Out of Conference, WEEK TWO!!! What will it be?
Every team in the CIAA is playing an out of conference game this week. By looking at some of the opponents, this will be the toughest week of football for many teams. WSSU plays Concord University, the reigning WVIAC Champs and playoff team. Some CIAA teams are playing some FBS Schools like VMI and Wofford. Other than a quick payday, FBS schools are usually guaranteed losses.
Week two Predictions
Thursday Sept 6th
Bowie State at Benedict College; Bowie State 30 Benedict 10 (Somebody has some major clout, if the NFL has to reschedule their game to Wednesday because of President Obama's acceptance speech, how does Bowie -v Benedict not reschedule?)
Saturday Sept 8th
#15 Winston Salem State at Concord (WV): WSSU 24 Concord 23 (tough game for the Rams)
Miles at Shaw: Miles 24 Shaw 17 (Miles lost to N. Alabama on a last minute 2 pt conversion, Shaw D is not the same Shaw D we know)
Chowan at (FBS) VMI: VMI 42 Chowan 28 (I'm rooting for the upset, Go Hawks!!)
West Liberty (WV) at Virginia State: VSU 21 West Liberty 18 (West Liberty is on a downward spiral)
Virginia Union at Brevard: VU 26 Brevard 23 (VU off to an 2-0 start)
Delta State at Elizabeth City State: Delta State 35 ECSU 17 (ECSU is still soul searching after Newberry loss)
Fayetteville State at UNC Pembroke: UNCP 42 Fayetteville State 28 (UNCP dominance over FSU continues, please prove me wrong FSU)
#16 New Haven at St. Aug: New Haven 23 St. Aug 21 (St. Aug has their hands full, but I'm hoping you prove me wrong again)
Livingstone at Catawba: Catawba 28 Livingstone 10 (this series is very one sided)
Lincoln at (FBS) Wofford: Wofford 70 Lincoln 3 (Wofford is a SoCon power YIKES!, heaven help Lincoln, say a prayer,...Father God........)
Johnson C Smith at Tuskegee: Tuskegee 30 JCSU 17 (if WVSU gave JCSU trouble, then Tuskegee will win)
Fans, time to hear from you
Based on my predictions, the CIAA will go 3-8 this weekend against out of conference teams, what do you think? Am I way off? Will the CIAA redeem themselves? Why is this the topic of conversation every year when we play out of conference teams? Is WSSU our savior for respectability? What did you think of last weeks results? Show me your predictions!
Chowan WR Robert Holland and Livingstone WR Anthony Holland are currently in the top three in the nation receiving.