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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. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vbeach31
    ..... 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. ...
    You sound like a fan. St. Aug can possibly finish the season 8-2, their only other loss could be WSSU. I dont see Bowie beating St. Aug. But hey, anything can happen
  2. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VegasViking
    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..
    That explains a lot. ECSU needs to get it together
  3. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by WSSU1996
    ...., 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. ....
    based on Bob's writing, we are the Rodney Dangerfield of the D2 College football world. WE GET NO RESPECT.
  4. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Bitner
    Me too. I had JC Smith ranked pretty high in my preseason CIAA poll, but they have not delivered at all.
    you can't go from a 6-5 season with a young team, winning the Pioneer Bowl, and then turn around and lost to sub par teams. If they dont turn it around, i have two words for you: HOT SEAT
  5. willicor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OneOwtDog
    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
    Look at CIAA OOC record. The CIAA is still a weak conference.

    You can't be serious with the above statement.
  6. willicor's Avatar
    What has the CIAA done to earn national respect? Nothing, look at past records, CIAA is weak.

    Gil:

    You can't be serious with the ECSU and FSU are 2 of best 1-2 teams in country.
  7. vbeach31's Avatar
    I sound like a fan? Maybe I'm someone who has been to every game and actually seen the defense play. Yes their defense held Benedict scoreless, as they were supposed too. V State and Union didn't; shutouts are are to get in college football regardless of your level of competition.
  8. vbeach31's Avatar
    I hear you Gil, I know ur mad that u picked BSU last yr and they faltered, but I'm telling you now, this is your last chance to hop on the bandwagon. Because after tonights game all of you will be believers. BSU is young as hell but they play as a team, and I promise you the young hungry defense will show up tonight along with a high octane offense
  9. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vbeach31
    ... this is your last chance to hop on the bandwagon....
    if they win tonight, i'll hop on the bandwagon, but look out for Chowan, the put 49 up on Shaw
  10. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by willicor
    Look at CIAA OOC record. The CIAA is still a weak conference.

    You can't be serious with the above statement.

    The for teams that i mentioned played a really tough schedules thus far and have either won or were in each game
  11. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    We just need to stick with Reid as our Quarterback....
  12. murdockw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vbeach31
    I hear you Gil, I know ur mad that u picked BSU last yr and they faltered, but I'm telling you now, this is your last chance to hop on the bandwagon. Because after tonights game all of you will be believers. BSU is young as hell but they play as a team, and I promise you the young hungry defense will show up tonight along with a high octane offense
    So much for getting on that bandwagon!
  13. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by murdockw
    So much for getting on that bandwagon!
    EXACTLY!! I CALLED IT
  14. OneOwtDog's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by murdockw
    So much for getting on that bandwagon!
    im disapointed but at least i get to look forward to a possible upset this Sat.....I Think a pack of starved, Wild Bulldogs can take a couple Ram right?
  15. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OneOwtDog
    im disapointed but at least i get to look forward to a possible upset this Sat.....I Think a pack of starved, Wild Bulldogs can take a couple Ram right?
    LMAO, C'MON SON
  16. murdockw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OneOwtDog
    im disapointed but at least i get to look forward to a possible upset this Sat.....I Think a pack of starved, Wild Bulldogs can take a couple Ram right?
    - In my best NYC voice " Get otta here!" You may start off like a pack of starved wild bulldogs, but at the end of the day you'll be a pack of puppies running home after we spank that tail.
  17. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by murdockw
    - In my best NYC voice " Get otta here!" You may start off like a pack of starved wild bulldogs, but at the end of the day you'll be a pack of puppies running home after we spank that tail.
    I don't like to pick against Fayetteville State, but I call it like I see it. MY NEW ARTICLE JUST POSTED
  18. murdockw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilberto Alvarado
    I don't like to pick against Fayetteville State, but I call it like I see it. MY NEW ARTICLE JUST POSTED
    I feel you Gil, for some reason Shaw, St. Aug and FSU play their best football against us, especially if we play down to thier level. However, that has not been an issue with Coach Maynor.
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