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    Midway through the season, the GLIAC has stratified like a geologic formation. The top five teams (Ferris, GV, D-port, Ashland, and SVSU) are sitting with a combined conference record of 15-2. The bottom dwellers (Tech, Northwood, NMU, and Wayne) are 1-15. It reminds me of a family where the big brothers are taking candy away from their baby sisters. In effect, no contest.

    Instead of joking about the Lakers and 'dogs moving up, should the cannon fodder be moving down? How about two divisions in the conference.....the programs geared for getting in the playoffs can be in the elite division and get their own trophy while the lower division can play for something more besides fun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCommissioner View Post
    Midway through the season, the GLIAC has stratified like a geologic formation. The top five teams (Ferris, GV, D-port, Ashland, and SVSU) are sitting with a combined conference record of 15-2. The bottom dwellers (Tech, Northwood, NMU, and Wayne) are 1-15. It reminds me of a family where the big brothers are taking candy away from their baby sisters. In effect, no contest.

    Instead of joking about the Lakers and 'dogs moving up, should the cannon fodder be moving down? How about two divisions in the conference.....the programs geared for getting in the playoffs can be in the elite division and get their own trophy while the lower division can play for something more besides fun?
    How about the lower teams just recruit better and compete.

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    When the OH schools were leaving, I remember looking at the prior-year’s all-sports rankings. GV and Ashland were in spots one and two. However, the next 3 spots were held by Findlay, Hillsdale and Tiffin (I forget in what order). I remember thinking that that was enough mass to create a sizeable gap between GV/Ashland and everyone else.

    I wasn’t looking at it from a football perspective, but now that you mention this, the same theory might apply to football.

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    Wayne was in the NC game not long ago, and tech was playoff team more recently. SV has been down several years and is now in your top team list. DU is in second season. Opportunity is abound for all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatherwatchD2 View Post
    Wayne was in the NC game not long ago, and tech was playoff team more recently. SV has been down several years and is now in your top team list. DU is in second season. Opportunity is abound for all.
    You're more optimistic than I am.

    I think GV and Ferris built a such a culture of winning that everyone in those programs expects to make the playoffs and anything less is a disappointment no matter what the win-loss record looks like. There's a big difference between a goal, which all teams set, and an expectation. I think the GLIAC is heading toward a situation like the Big Ten during Bo and Woody's reign when it was the Big 2 and the Little 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCommissioner View Post
    Midway through the season, the GLIAC has stratified like a geologic formation. The top five teams (Ferris, GV, D-port, Ashland, and SVSU) are sitting with a combined conference record of 15-2. The bottom dwellers (Tech, Northwood, NMU, and Wayne) are 1-15. It reminds me of a family where the big brothers are taking candy away from their baby sisters. In effect, no contest.

    Instead of joking about the Lakers and 'dogs moving up, should the cannon fodder be moving down? How about two divisions in the conference.....the programs geared for getting in the playoffs can be in the elite division and get their own trophy while the lower division can play for something more besides fun?
    Remember though. You are still in a second rate division and your greatness is all in your head and about .01 percent of the nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCommissioner View Post
    Midway through the season, the GLIAC has stratified like a geologic formation. The top five teams (Ferris, GV, D-port, Ashland, and SVSU) are sitting with a combined conference record of 15-2.
    That's a product of timing. The "1-15" teams haven't played each other yet and the "15-2" teams haven't played each other yet. It's a scheduling anomaly. Little can be drawn from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    That's a product of timing. The "1-15" teams haven't played each other yet and the "15-2" teams haven't played each other yet. It's a scheduling anomaly. Little can be drawn from it.
    Plus, with Ferris and GVSU clashing next week, one of those teams are going to be picking up a loss, and I would believe that the other teams will get to pick up wins and losses as well. Another two weeks and things will look different in the standings.

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