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Week 4 GLIAC Football Preview

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Grand Valley State and Ferris State enter Saturday's action as #5 and #6 respectively in the AFCA Top 25, Davenport looks to stay unbeaten, Saginaw Valley State finally gets a crack at a conference game, and several GLIAC programs look to bounce back in week four on the gridiron.

My apologies for the boring lead in, but I’ve received way too many compliments as of late regarding the entertainment value of this blog. I think it’s time to get back to my AP style roots and put the readers to sleep with a fundamentally sound and exceptionally boring week 4 preview.

After my picks went 4-1 last week, I’m feeling overly confident and ready for a clean slate this week.

The Cardinals of Saginaw Valley play their third home game of the season as they welcome in the Wayne State Warriors who are looking to bounce back after consecutive defeats. It’s the first time since 2012 that Wayne State has played at Wickes Stadium, a game SVSU won 24-7 and oddly enough, a game I was in attendance. It was a cold and rainy evening, not particularly pleasurable to attend, but I survived. Back to 2018, I really don’t know how good this SVSU team is given the questions about the quality of their three non-conference opponents. For that matter, I don’t think we can declaratively say much about this Wayne State squad yet, either. I give the slight edge to the Cards playing at home with that potent offense eventually being too much for WSU, and ultimately resulting in a win for the team in red.

Undefeated Davenport travels to Quincy for a non-conference tilt with the Hawks. Do not adjust the resolution settings on your device’s screen, you read that correctly, UNDEFEATED Davenport. After a dramatic victory over Michigan Tech, the Panthers are flying high at 3-0. Speaking of flying, it’s too bad that’s not in the budget for the trip to Quincy, because let me tell ya, the hike to Quincy, IL, was one of the worst bus trips of my career…It was the first time I had made the travel team, and I was so excited to be on the trip to Quincy, only to find out it was a 12 hour drive and I was cramped next to a defensive end with nowhere to move for 12 hours. Again, I did survive, but barely. I don’t know much about Quincy football other than the fact they’re 1-2 and have some of the worst uniforms you’ll see. Not as bad as Ferris’ though… obviously. But the Hawks brown and yellow attire looks like a UPS drivers’ uniform. No offense to UPS drivers, they do a great job delivering packages in a timely manner, but the brown and yellow color scheme doesn’t do it for me. Davenport, I’m picking you to go 4-0, don’t fail me now!

Grand Valley State is at home against Michigan Tech under the lights. Tech will look to bounce back after a disappointing last-second loss to Davenport. Huskies’ Head Coach Steve Olson said in his video press conference this week that this may in fact be the best Grand Valley team he’s seen since he’s been at Michigan Tech. High praise for the Lakers who remain #5 in the AFCA Division II National Rankings. Meanwhile, GVSU starting quarterback Bart Williams is coming off a huge week against Northern Michigan in which he earned GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after tossing for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 17-of-28 passing. There’s something to be said about a gritty team like MTU who is coming off a tough loss, but unfortunately for Husky faithful, I think this GVSU team is too good, and they cruise to another victory at home.
The nation’s top offense in Ferris State will look to remain unbeaten as they make their first and only trek of 2018 to the Upper Peninsula to take on Northern Michigan. The Bulldogs are averaging 600 yards in total offense per game which happens to be number one in the country. That’s video game numbers people! FSU’s 53.7 points per game is only good enough for second in the country…slackers! I don’t anticipate the friendly confines of the Superior Dome doing anything to slow them down, Bulldogs in a route.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for my 0-3 Timberwolves who hit the road to take on Ashland. The Eagles are coming off their first win of the season after defeating Wayne State in Detroit last weekend, and will look to keep the momentum going. Ashland has won the last seven meetings against Northwood including a 42-14 win in Midland last season. On paper, Ashland certainly holds the advantage, but don’t count out the Timberwolves as road underdogs! Picking with my heart, give me NU in an upset!

That does it for this week’s boring AP style edition of the GLIAC preview, enjoy the games!

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  1. TheCommissioner's Avatar
    "Bulldogs in a route?" I know it's a long road trip from Big Rapids to Marquette, but damn. Of course the pun could have flown over my head!