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Northern Division Dog fight, Bowie wins, ECSU caught napping, WSSU rolls

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The Northern Division of the CIAA has turned into a dog fight. While Chowan and Elizabeth City are still the division leaders, they have opened up the door for Bowie State.

Before I go further, I must apologize to the Bowie State faithful. I've been hard on Bowie. Part of my harshness towards Bowie is that I'm still emotionally scarred from picking the Bulldogs to win the CIAA when they had 18 returning starters. I want to especially apologize to our faithful follower Vbeach31, who called me out, but rightfully so. I can admit when I'm wrong.

Believe it or not, Bowie State controls their own destiny in the Northern Division. With four games remaining, Bowie's toughest opponent will appear to be ECSU in the final game of the season. They play a winnable game at home against Virginia State, two winnable games on the Road against Virginia Union and Lincoln, and then the season finale at home against ECSU. If Bowie wins their remaining games, they would hold the head to head tie breakers against both Chowan and ECSU and would be in Durham for the CIAA championship.

For Chowan and ECSU, they both also control their won destiny, if they win out, they'll be in Durham.

While the Northern Division seems to have a lot of clutter, the Southern Division appears to be a lock with WSSU. The Rams look unstoppable, but their biggest division test appears to be this weekend against St. Aug. If St. Aug can pull off the upset, it would send shock waves across the D2football world and St. Aug can win the division if they would win out. But don't look to far, the Shaw Bears also appear to be getting their swag back and could contend with some key victories. Though Livingstone on paper appear to be in the hunt, which by the way, gave St. Aug all they could handle last week, no one is taking LC serious with their 2-1 division record.



Game of the Week

St. Aug (4-2, 2-1) at #5 Winston Salem State (6-0, 3-0)


The #5 ranked Winston Salem State Rams knocked the snot bubbles out of the Golden Bulls of Johnson C Smith 63-7. This game was a joke and the score was 49-0 at halftime. Rams QB Kameron Smith had 5 TDs in the game. The Rams had 553 of total offense in this game and the Rams defense was stellar, they held the Golden Bulls to 43 yards rushing. For St. Aug, they were pushed to the brink against an upstart Livingstone squad. While initially St. Aug had a commanding lead 23-7, the Falcons allowed LC back in the game and but ended up winning 32-27. Many CIAA enthusiast think this is the game that determines who wins the Southern Division. I happen to agree. This is the game between the CIAA power of WSSU and a Falcon team looking to take their thrown.

My prediction: Winston Salem State 35 St. Aug 28





Virginia Union (3-3, 1-2) at Chowan (3-3, 2-1)


Chowan lost a very winnable game last week against Bowie State 35-31 on a late game 53 yard run by Bowie RB Keith Brown. This was a heartbreaking loss for the Hawks. This team will be hungry to get back on the winning track. The Hawks offense is explosive. Virginia Union won last week 61-13 against Lincoln. The Panthers desperately needed that win in order to avoid back to back losses to Livingstone and Lincoln. Based on the Panthers offensive explosion, you can tell this team was angered by their previous weeks disappointment. Both teams are 3-3, but one team looks more realistic than the other.

My prediction: Chowan 42 Virginia Union 21




Johnson C Smith (2-4, 1-2) at Fayetteville State (1-5, 0-3)


These two teams are turning into this years seller dwellers. JCSU came in with high expectations. Fayetteville was predicted to finish fourth in the conference. FSU got hammered last week against Shaw 45-28. JCSU, got hammered harder by WSSU 63-7. The question here is, which team will finish at the bottom of the division?

My Prediction: Fayetteville State 28 JCSU 17




Shaw (3-3, 2-1) at Livingstone (2-4, 2-1)


Shaw looks to have gotten their swag back by winning 45-28 against Fayetteville State. They actually have a chance to win the division if they win out, but many think this team might need another year. Livingstone looks like a completely different team. Though they lost to St. Aug 32-27, they look much improved and actually shook St. Aug. Not only that, CIAA enthusiast see this is a much improved Livingstone team than can put a scare into teams if LC is taken lightly. Since LC wants me to pick against them for the rest of the season, I will comply.

My Prediction: Shaw 32 Livingstone 31




Elizabeth City State (3-3, 2-1) at Lincoln (1-5, 1-2)


ECSU looked lethargic last week and got upset by VSU 28-17. It appears as if the Vikings were looking past VSU thinking they were just going to roll over, but the Trojans of VSU held strong in the upset. Lincoln ran into a hungry Virginia Union team and got blasted 61-13. This game should be a no-brainer!

My prediction: ECSU 62 Lincoln 14





Virginia State (2-4, 1-2) at Bowie State (4-2, 1-2)

Bowie State seems to have the comeback gene this year. They pulled off a ferocious comeback earlier this season against Fairmont State and last week fought all the way to the final seconds with an unbelievable late game 53 yard run by Bowie RB Keith Brown to beat Chowan 35-31. Virginia State pulled off the massive upset last week against ECSU 28-17. Though VSU still has a chance to be in Durham, but a lot has to happen.

My prediction: Bowie State 21 Virginia State 14



Fans, Time to hear from you


I'm hearing conversation around the league from different fans saying "This is Winston Salem States last year of dominance". Their argument, this is WSSU's third year in the CIAA and any D1 talent left over will graduate. I can see their point, but I think recruiting and coaching will prevail. Fans, what do you think? Who will win the Northern Division? Will someone sneak by? Can St. Aug upset WSSU?


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Updated 10-10-2012 at 02:18 PM by Gilberto Alvarado

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  1. WSSU1996's Avatar
    Way to man up, Gil, for shouting out vbeach31! Though this is an open blog forum, we always keep it civil with CIAA love! Big big game this week for my Rams. St. Aug has our number. They attack us in our soft spots... SUBEAR, wrote in last weeks blog that our secondary is suspect. I concur, the only score we gave up last week against Smith was a 63 yrd quick screen that they took the distance. WSSU DB's pack a lunch, it's on!
    Updated 10-10-2012 at 01:40 PM by WSSU1996
  2. LegalRam's Avatar
    Unless Maynor leaves, I don't think this will be our last year of dominance. We have a good QB in the wings who is just a RS-SO, our RB Lewis has at least another year or two, Brantley at WR will have another year, and our D continues to stay loaded. Add to that Maynor and the rest of the coaching staffs ability to find transfers and I think we will remain as one of the best in the conference.
  3. WSSU1996's Avatar
    WSSU's last year of dominance? It's debatable, but my take is definitely skewed because ALL CIAA teams have D1 transfers. The question for me comes back to recruiting. Athletes at EVERY level want to play for a winner, and if Coach Maynor stays put and WSSU continues to win championships, recruiting normally takes care of itself. I'm optimistic we can continue winning, the Administration support is there, fan and community is there, all good signs.
    Updated 10-10-2012 at 01:48 PM by WSSU1996
  4. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by WSSU1996
    Way to man up, Gil, for shouting out vbeach31! ...!
    You have to admit when you're wrong, and I admit i was harsh on Vbeach31 and the Bowie faithful
  5. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LegalRam
    Unless Maynor leaves, I don't think this will be our last year of dominance....
    You think Maynor might leave, I didn't think he would leave because he's one of the highest paid coaches in D2, and for sure the highest paid in the CIAA
  6. WSSU1996's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilberto Alvarado
    You think Maynor might leave, I didn't think he would leave because he's one of the highest paid coaches in D2, and for sure the highest paid in the CIAA
    Gil, you've been in the game a long time and you know that anytime you're successful people react one of two ways... get on board and ride the train or try to steal your source and throw salt into your game.
  7. WSSU1996's Avatar
    With all the chatter in the MEAC about coaches being on the "hot seat", it's not a stretch to think some AD would come after Maynor. I'm sure he has aspirations of moving to a bigger platform at some point. Our AD has put Coach Maynor in the best spot possible at the D2 level and he can't ask for more, but that still does not ensure he'll stay.
  8. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by WSSU1996
    With all the chatter in the MEAC...
    While a job in the MEAC would be great, think about this. Brain Kelly, current Notre Dame head coach, jumped from D2 Grand Valley State to D1 Central Michigan of the MAC. So its even a possibility he can jump in with the Big Boys. Remember, Maynor has a Championship with the Philadelphia Soul Arena League as an OC. Maybe like a team in the Sun Belt like North Texas, South Alabama, etc. He'll leave for sure then
  9. WSSU1996's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilberto Alvarado
    Remember, Maynor has a Championship with the Philadelphia Soul Arena League as an OC. Maybe like a team in the Sun Belt like North Texas, South Alabama, etc. He'll leave for sure then
    Tru dat, Gil! I kept it HBCU, but you are absolutely correct. I pray he stays, but if he doesn't, oh well can't cry over spilled milk the Ram Express rolls on.
  10. vbeach31's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilberto Alvarado
    You have to admit when you're wrong, and I admit i was harsh on Vbeach31 and the Bowie faithful
    Lol, it's all good. I salute you for being honest. This will be a great week of football. The North is up for grabs and the South will be settled. Just ready to see my Bulldogs play at homecoming. Intensity should be high, and its a playoff like atmosphere for here on out..
  11. LegalRam's Avatar
    I agree Gil, and I also think a OC job at an even bigger program could be realistic as well. Not to even suggest that this is the case or start any rumors, but I was at the Concord game and a couple of minutes after kick off a group of West Virginia coaches came and set on the visitors side with clip boards taking notes (It was WVU's off week). I doubt they were recruiting players so it only seems they were "recruiting" coaches.
  12. LegalRam's Avatar
    Now I'm not saying that WVU would want Maynor, but I do think Coaches at the BCS schools pay attention to what coaches at the lower levels are doing, and throwing big money at position coach or OC job is nothing for some of these BCS schools.
  13. willicor's Avatar
    All the people claiming players from our MEAC days are reason for our dominance are uninformed and hating.

    Our Offense has one starter that was recruited in our last year in MEAC, the center Markus Lawrence. Maynor built the offense that is dominating the CIAA in 2 years from scratch.


    Our Defense has 3 starters.

    That is 4 out of 22 starters.

    Our QB and entire receiving core came after 2010 as did our tailbacks.

    We have 16 D1 transfers that came in past 2 years.
  14. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LegalRam
    Now I'm not saying that WVU would want Maynor, but I do think Coaches at the BCS schools pay attention to what coaches at the lower levels are doing, and throwing big money at position coach or OC job is nothing for some of these BCS schools.
    Considering that some OC's at top tier programs get paid over $350K, that move would be a no-brainer
  15. WSSU1996's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LegalRam
    at the Concord game and a couple of minutes after kick off a group of West Virginia coaches came and set on the visitors side with clip boards taking notes... seems they were "recruiting" coaches.
    LegalRam, I was at that game and I saw exactly what you were talking about with the WVU guys, my homeboy and I were trying to figure out what that was all about, too! That is a very interesting point you make.
  16. ciaascout's Avatar
    What's going on with Lincoln word on the street they fired there OC and now they Head coach is calling the plays
  17. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by WSSU1996
    LegalRam, I was at that game and I saw exactly what you were talking about with the WVU guys, my homeboy and I were trying to figure out what that was all about, too! That is a very interesting point you make.
    West Virginia does not have offensive problems, at least not this year. They are putting up massive numbers. I dont think it would be OC
  18. VegasViking's Avatar
    Bowie, Chowan, anybody.....please man up and win the Northern division. I can't stomach a fourth championship game loss. *vomits*
  19. LegalRam's Avatar
    Gil I agree, but a QB/position coach could be realistic. Maynor is only 43 so he has a good amount of years left to coach, so a perceived step down to position coach at a BCS school could propel him to a head coaching job at a big time program one day. I would love for him to stay and make Winston a dynasty but I don't blame him if he has sights set on a bigger stage. Like any job if I was him I would map out a 10 year plan of where I want to be and start taking the steps to reach that goal.
  20. Gilberto Alvarado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VegasViking
    Bowie, Chowan, anybody.....please man up and win the Northern division. I can't stomach a fourth championship game loss. *vomits*
    LMAO, C'mon son, have some self respect. It's you're freaking Alma Mater
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