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The rubber meets the road, CIAA conference games in full swing

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It's time to see what teams are made of. Regardless of how you started the season, the road to Durham starts this week and everyone still has a chance. Even Livingstone can run the table and make it Durham. Not really, but my point is, everyone still has a chance to make it to the CIAA title game.

Game of the Week

Bowie State (3-0) at St. Aug (2-1)

This past week, the Bowie State defined the "never quit" attitude. Down 17-0, the Bulldogs rallied with 24 unanswered points to win 24-17 in overtime to remain undefeated. For St. Aug, they traveled north to play NE 10 conference power S. Connecticut and smashed them 30-14. This was a statement game for St. Aug and they have displayed they will be a force this year and could be pulling off some major upsets. However, Bowie proved they are no slouch, and they are coming in here hungry to let the conference know they are for real and will make some serious noise if they can defeat St. Aug on the road. My thoughts are, St. Aug should be undefeated right now and Bowie will be the next victim.

My prediction: St. Aug 35 Bowie 17



Elizabeth City State (1-2) at Fayetteville State (1-2)

This could be a case of two of the best 1-2 teams in the country. ECSU defeated a tough Albany State team and they appeared to return to their preseason form. They have now positioned themselves to run the table into Durham. There were a lot of people around the CIAA thinking the Vikings were going to bulldoze their way through the division and possibly upend WSSU because they had a shiny new QB transfer from UCONN. But the Vikings have the toughest non-conference schedule in the CIAA, and they sputtered from the start. For Fayetteville State, the defeated Virginia Union last week at home and this weekend is Military Appreciation night in Bronco-land. Fayetteville State continues to play QB round robin by playing Hudson and Concepcion two drives a peace. They pulled out their first win of the season against VU, but Concepcion seems to be the more electric play-maker, while Hudson just looks the part of a tall athletic guy. One thing I do know, ECSU is not Virginia Union, and my thoughts are the Vikings will put an end to the QB controversy and make the Broncos decide who should be the starter. The Vikings train is steady moving to Durham.

My Prediction: ECSU 24 Fayetteville 21



Virginia Union (2-1) at # 8 Winston Salem State (3-0)

Virginia Union lost for the first time last week to Fayetteville State after playing two mickey mouse teams to start the season off undefeated. For the Rams of Winston Salem State, they slammed a powerful Morehouse College team 55-21 in Cleveland, Ohio in the Cleveland Football Classic. The Rams have played three tough teams to start off the season and they are gearing up for the stretch run. I dont think this game will be close.

My prediction: WSSU 45 Virginia Union 10



Virginia State (1-2) at Johnson C Smith (1-2)

Coming into the season, I honestly thought JCSU would be doing a lot better. Yes they won last week, but against NAIA Concordia-Selma which can be compared to the Edward Waters of the world. For Virginia State, they beat Benedict last week but the week before lost to a terrible West Liberty team. These two teams are searching for answers.

My prediction: Virginia State 14 JCSU 13




Chowan (1-2) at Shaw (1-2)

Chowan has been putting up some impressive numbers on offense. They actually had a chance to defeat FCS Virginia Military, but fell short in the end. Shaw finally got a win last week for head coach Robert Massey. A win this team desperately needed. For some reason, I feel an upset brewing in this game. Shaw, take Chowan lightly if you want to, their offense is for real.

My prediction: Chowan 35 Shaw 31



Lincoln (0-3) at Livingstone (0-3)

We have two 0-3 teams hoping not to finish 0-10. I'm going with the home team.

My prediction: Livingstone 21 Lincoln 19


The non-conference games are finally over. How do you think the CIAA overall will be viewed to the rest of the country? As we start conference play, what teams are surprising both good and bad?


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Updated 09-20-2012 at 06:06 PM by Gilberto Alvarado

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  1. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    I really feel that since WSSU came back to the conference, the kevel of play has increased, and with it some respect as well. As it stands i think we have 3-4 teams that can compete with any D2 football program and some FCS programs as well, as evident in the chowan vs VMI game....And the hawks are not even one of the better teams in the conference
  2. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    . I my oponion WSSU, ECSU, Fayettville, and St Aug Can compete and represent the conference well. Even Chowans offense is one of the better ones in the country. We as a conference just need to get over the hump and get a couple signature wins under our belt....beating VMI this year, ECSU beating Delta state last year,etc. The two teams that have surprised me most are Chowan and Bowie....both playing better than i would have forseen.
  3. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    But Sadly i just dont think my bulldogs are forreal just yet. Our Defense has just not played up to par thus far, not sure if its youth or a lack of beef up front or even the lack luster pass rush. Or maybe its a combo of the three. On offense we have had some great wide receiver play and have been inconsistent on the o-line and Quarterback position but maybe the last game was a turning point.
  4. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    luckily we have great depth at the Hb position with our number one and two backs being out for the rest of the season. Hopefully my bulldogs can pull out another one this weekend against a tough St Aug team...I'll be there cheering. Where do you feel we rank right now in conference and where do you feel our conference ranks in respect to the other D2 conferences?
  5. VegasViking's Avatar
    Gil,

    Unfortunately our shiny new QB transfer from UConn didn't get the starting job. I thought it would've been a no-brainer but the powers at be thought otherwise.

    OneOwtDog, we didn't beat Delta State. We had a sizeable lead going into halftime, but blew it in true Tillar form. I don't know about the rest of you, but my Vikes do not have the tools in place to make a run in the playoffs as evidenced by the shellacking we took at the hands of Cal(Pa) last year.
  6. VegasViking's Avatar
    Also winning the CIAA now requires that you be a national contender because WSSU is one of the best teams in the country. The days of being "CIAA-good" are gone.
  7. NJLincolnLion's Avatar
    Well someone will get their first win between the Lions and Blue Bears, and it maybe the only win either team may have for the season. Go Lions!
  8. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    That was my point exactly that we just havent got over that hump......It seems that we always find a way to give those games up
  9. NJLincolnLion's Avatar
    I think the rest of the country is taking notice of the CIAA based on WSSU's success last year, however they want to make sure it wasn't a "one & done" season. The Rams are demonstrating so far this season that they are picking up where they left off.
  10. NJLincolnLion's Avatar
    Lincoln (0-3) at Livingstone (0-3)

    We have two 0-3 teams hoping not to finish 0-10.

    Gil, you summed up the dire situation between the two CIAA bottom dwellers. I guess the pre-season luncheon CIAA luncheon was on piont when it came to Lincoln and Livingstone.
  11. LegalRam's Avatar
    JCSU has surprised me in a bad way. I thought they had turned the corner but that doesn't seem to be the case. Losing to WVSU and barely beating Concordia are not good signs.
  12. LegalRam's Avatar
    I'm also surprised at how much ECSU's Oline from last year made a difference for McNeill. I didn't give much credit to that line but it shows they made a difference. This year in three games he has only broken 100 once and his average is only 87 a game. That just shows that good RB's still need good linemen to open holes.
  13. WSSU1996's Avatar
    Gil, & The CIAA Nation,

    I think the conference is definiately on the radar, but respectability is still lagging. Case and point, the National D2 blogger, Bob Eblen, he hardly if ever mentions the CIAA conference. I read his weekly column for that specific reason to gage his response to wins or games played by CIAA Schools. He had no choice last season but acknowledge the WSSU Rams because we kept winning. However, this season, three weeks in and just a few referrences to the conference overall.
    Updated 09-22-2012 at 09:04 AM by WSSU1996
  14. WSSU1996's Avatar
    I also read the blogs of other writers from the various conferences. Gil, you had great exchanges with the writer from the PSAC last season. What those exchanges said to me were that none of the CIAA teams are given any respect around the country and our head-to-head match ups do not strengthen our agruments. My hope is that the conference continue to schedule tough out-of-conference teams, but more importantly BEAT THEM. That's the only way to get the conference any real lasting recognition.
  15. Chuck Bitner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LegalRam
    JCSU has surprised me in a bad way. I thought they had turned the corner but that doesn't seem to be the case. Losing to WVSU and barely beating Concordia are not good signs.
    Me too. I had JC Smith ranked pretty high in my preseason CIAA poll, but they have not delivered at all.
  16. VegasViking's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LegalRam
    I'm also surprised at how much ECSU's Oline from last year made a difference for McNeill. I didn't give much credit to that line but it shows they made a difference. This year in three games he has only broken 100 once and his average is only 87 a game. That just shows that good RB's still need good linemen to open holes.
    Good observation. McNeill's numbers are definitely down, but I expect them to come up once we get into conference play.
  17. vbeach31's Avatar
    BSU defense is legit. The first game they did give up 20, but besides that they have been very stout. They held Benedict scoreless and they only gave up 1 td to Fairmont State
  18. vbeach31's Avatar
    BSU is small up front but they make up for it with quickness and there secondary is legit. The other thing is their other rb isn't out for the season, though it may be a couple of games. I think the D2 world will be put on notice this weekend in Raleigh. They are legit and if the offense and defense both play at the same time, it could get ugly for St. Aug. personnel wise their secondary has what it takes to shut down Bacote, Richards, and Laughinghouse.
  19. vbeach31's Avatar
    With all that said, it's good to see another Bsu supporter up here, I think that makes two of us..lol
  20. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vbeach31
    BSU defense is legit. The first game they did give up 20, but besides that they have been very stout. They held Benedict scoreless and they only gave up 1 td to Fairmont State
    I love my CIAA schools, dont get me wrong, but saying the kept Benedict scoreless is not saying much. Benedict is garbage
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