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    Default Who is the favorite in 2018, UF or ODU? Lindy's says its Hillsdale

    Lindy's Sports D-II Pre-Season Top 25 Poll

    1. West Florida
    2. IUP
    3. Ferris St
    4 Fort Hays St
    5. NW Missouri St
    6. Minn St
    7. Texas A&M Commerce
    8. Midwestern St.
    9. West Alabama
    10. Central Missouri
    11. Central Washington
    12. Indianapolis
    13. Colorado St-Pueblo
    14. California (PA)
    15. Ashland
    16. Valdosta St
    17. Colorado Mines
    18. Edinboro
    19. Assumption
    20. Carson-Newman
    21. Humbolt St
    22. Bowie St
    23. SW Baptist
    24. Hillsdale
    25. Adams St

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    Last year was all about ODU and UF - with ODU winning the head to head, and UF making the playoff run. The two teams had some separation from the other G-MAC teams (with the heat-to-head loss being the only conference loss between them).

    It will be interesting to see if the coaches agree with Lindy's.
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    Default Re: Who is the favorite in 2018, UF or ODU? Lindy's says its Hillsdale

    My pick is Findlay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABjo View Post
    My pick is Findlay.
    ODU should edge both teams out this year, but they have huge shoes to fill at quarterback. But last year they handled Findlay and Hillsdale pretty convincingly!

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    I would not sleep of Tiffin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miamiu20 View Post
    I would not sleep of Tiffin.
    This.

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    Street and Smith chooses Findlay as G-MAC frontrunner.

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    Street and Smith's D-II Pre-season Top 25

    1 - West Florida
    2 - IUP
    3 - Minn St
    4 - Fort Hayes St
    5 - Grand Valley St
    6 - Texas A&M-Commerce
    7 - Indianapolis
    8 - Harding
    9 - NW Missouri St
    10 - Central Washington
    11 - Midwestern St
    12 - Shepherd
    13 - Ashland
    14 - Colorado St - Pueblo
    15 - Sioux Falls
    16 - West Ga
    17 - Assumption
    18 - Central Missouri
    19 - Ferris St
    20 - West Alabama
    21 - Findlay
    22 - Carson-Newman
    23 - Virginia St
    24 - Edinboro
    25 - Colorado School of Mines

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    Didn't Hillsdale lose their entire offensive line to graduation this year?

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    Default Re: Who is the favorite in 2018, UF or ODU? Lindy's says its Hillsdale

    Preseason poll has ODU, Findlay, Hillsdale and Tiffin as the top four.

    http://greatmidwestsports.com/news/2...ches-poll.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODUPantherFan View Post
    Preseason poll has ODU, Findlay, Hillsdale and Tiffin as the top four.

    http://greatmidwestsports.com/news/2...ches-poll.aspx
    There is some separation between the top-4 and rest of conference (more space between 4 & 5 than there is between 1 & 4).

    Interesting:

    Coaches pick ODU
    Lindy's picks Hillsdale
    Street and Smith's picks Findlay

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    Wonder who would be the first of the bottom five to beat one of the top four in the GMAC. Walsh did beat Findlay once and Tiffin consistently before Goff turned the program around.
    All of the top four have at least one quality OCC opponent on the schedule.

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    I'm going with the Midwestern State Mustangs.
    Go Battlers!

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    Default Re: Who is the favorite in 2018, UF or ODU? Lindy's says its Hillsdale

    Quote Originally Posted by OhioD2 View Post
    Wonder who would be the first of the bottom five to beat one of the top four in the GMAC. Walsh did beat Findlay once and Tiffin consistently before Goff turned the program around.
    All of the top four have at least one quality OCC opponent on the schedule.
    For an August game, the VULCANS visit to PANTHER FIELD on Thursday 8/30 @7PM, could have far-reaching consequences for whoever comes out on the losing end. Both teams have aspirations of winning their respective conferences, but if they don't, 2-3 loses could result in no post season. Don't know enough about ODU to comment, but CAL U comes in with a very young team, an unknown quantity at QB and two tough x-over games at KUTZTOWN and SHIPPENSBURG following this one. If they lose more than one of these first three, the season could be over somewhat like ODU last year. Can anyone tell me if this came will be streamed in any way ?
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    Default Re: Who is the favorite in 2018, UF or ODU? Lindy's says its Hillsdale

    Here is my quick take on what kind of team Hillsdale will field this season:
    The turf at Frank, "Muddy" Waters Stadium received an upgrade this summer, giving the 2018 Charger football team a new playing surface to compete on when it opens the 2018 season on the night of Saturday, September 1 against Mercyhurst University.
    The Pro Grass surface was installed by the Maumee Turf Center, located in nearby Oregon, Ohio. It is the same type of turf used in four of the past six Super Bowl games.

    As Hillsdale heads into the 2018 season, it's kicking duties are covered by a pair of talented players who improved as freshman seasons last year. Punter Jack Shannon earned the starting punter spot and his 38.0 yards-per-punt average was the highest by any Charger in five years. Kicker Joe Philipp scored 77 points last year, going 44-for-46 on extra points and 11-for-14 on field goal attempts. He missed just one field goal attempt in the months of October and November of last year and tied a single-game school record with seven successful extra point kicks in the homecoming win over Kentucky Wesleyan.

    Somebody on this thread mentioned that Hillsdale lost it’s entire starting offensive line. However, recording three shut out victories last year, the number twos got plenty of playing time gaining experience each game. The Chargers won their last four games in 2017. Two shutouts were by scores of 54-0 and 56-0. ODU and Findlay were picked to finish ahead of Hillsdale in the GMAC, but the Chargers are primed to step it up this year. With Sr. QB Chance Stewart, 6’6”, 265 lbs, and Sr. Wide Receiver Trey Brock, a pre-season All-American at 6’3:, 219 lbs, the Chargers will be a threat. Also on offense will be Sr. Wideout Austin Sandusky, a quick and speedy 5’6” 166 lbs. Jr. Tailback David Graham, 5’10”, 207 lbs, demonstrated last season that Hillsdale has the tools for a tough running game. Several veteran starters return to the defense, including three D-backs and two linebackers. However, Hillsdale’s real strength lies in the coaching staff. Few institutions of higher learning that field football teams can claim more years of service. Head Coach Keith Otterbein, a former Charger linebacker and head coach at Ferris State University, begins his 17th season guiding the program. His Offensive Cord, Nate Sheffler, a former Charger lineman, starts his 18th season, as does the Defensive Cord. Craig Blanchard, a running back at Grand Valley State. D-line Coach John Lindsey starts his 14th season, and H-backs and TE coach Pat Hornak starts his 17th season. Last year, at Mercyhurst, the Lakers played the Chargers tough, falling 19 to 11. The Lakers make the trip to “Happydale Univ.” to kickoff the 2017 season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CALUPA69 View Post
    For an August game, the VULCANS visit to PANTHER FIELD on Thursday 8/30 @7PM, could have far-reaching consequences for whoever comes out on the losing end. Both teams have aspirations of winning their respective conferences, but if they don't, 2-3 loses could result in no post season. Don't know enough about ODU to comment, but CAL U comes in with a very young team, an unknown quantity at QB and two tough x-over games at KUTZTOWN and SHIPPENSBURG following this one. If they lose more than one of these first three, the season could be over somewhat like ODU last year. Can anyone tell me if this came will be streamed in any way ?
    Wow brutal start to the year. But congrats to both Cal and ODU for scheduling a tough non con game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaleDude View Post
    Here is my quick take on what kind of team Hillsdale will field this season:
    The turf at Frank, "Muddy" Waters Stadium received an upgrade this summer, giving the 2018 Charger football team a new playing surface to compete on when it opens the 2018 season on the night of Saturday, September 1 against Mercyhurst University.
    The Pro Grass surface was installed by the Maumee Turf Center, located in nearby Oregon, Ohio. It is the same type of turf used in four of the past six Super Bowl games.

    As Hillsdale heads into the 2018 season, it's kicking duties are covered by a pair of talented players who improved as freshman seasons last year. Punter Jack Shannon earned the starting punter spot and his 38.0 yards-per-punt average was the highest by any Charger in five years. Kicker Joe Philipp scored 77 points last year, going 44-for-46 on extra points and 11-for-14 on field goal attempts. He missed just one field goal attempt in the months of October and November of last year and tied a single-game school record with seven successful extra point kicks in the homecoming win over Kentucky Wesleyan.

    Somebody on this thread mentioned that Hillsdale lost it’s entire starting offensive line. However, recording three shut out victories last year, the number twos got plenty of playing time gaining experience each game. The Chargers won their last four games in 2017. Two shutouts were by scores of 54-0 and 56-0. ODU and Findlay were picked to finish ahead of Hillsdale in the GMAC, but the Chargers are primed to step it up this year. With Sr. QB Chance Stewart, 6’6”, 265 lbs, and Sr. Wide Receiver Trey Brock, a pre-season All-American at 6’3:, 219 lbs, the Chargers will be a threat. Also on offense will be Sr. Wideout Austin Sandusky, a quick and speedy 5’6” 166 lbs. Jr. Tailback David Graham, 5’10”, 207 lbs, demonstrated last season that Hillsdale has the tools for a tough running game. Several veteran starters return to the defense, including three D-backs and two linebackers. However, Hillsdale’s real strength lies in the coaching staff. Few institutions of higher learning that field football teams can claim more years of service. Head Coach Keith Otterbein, a former Charger linebacker and head coach at Ferris State University, begins his 17th season guiding the program. His Offensive Cord, Nate Sheffler, a former Charger lineman, starts his 18th season, as does the Defensive Cord. Craig Blanchard, a running back at Grand Valley State. D-line Coach John Lindsey starts his 14th season, and H-backs and TE coach Pat Hornak starts his 17th season. Last year, at Mercyhurst, the Lakers played the Chargers tough, falling 19 to 11. The Lakers make the trip to “Happydale Univ.” to kickoff the 2017 season.
    I'm looking forward to this game and will be at Hillsdale on Sept 1.

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