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This week in RMAC football

September 30th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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There are 4 teams atop the RMAC standings, 2-0, after the second week of play. It’s interesting to note that while CSU Pueblo is ranked 10th, they may not be the best team in the RMAC. Oh, who am I kidding? Yes they are, despite Colorado Mines being 4-0 overall and putting up huge numbers. Mines is all offense, running up the score against some patsies like William Jewell, South Dakota Mines and Black Hills State. I’m not saying they are padding their stats, but they are padding their stats, maybe to get QB Justin Dvorak an All American award. Mines defense is not that good.

Watch out for Ft. Lewis and Colorado Mesa, the other two 2-0 teams in the RMAC. Mesa has a 3 pt home loss to Midwestern State, a tough Lonestar Conference team and a road win at Chadron. That’s never easy even though Chadron is 0-2 now in conference, their other loss coming at Mines in week one; it was only an 8 point loss and they limited Mines to 28 points. Another reason I’m not that impressed with Mines. Don’t get me wrong, beating Chadron is a good win but the big numbers have come against lesser teams.

Ft. Lewis has beaten Highlands on the road and Black Hills State at home; both wins were dominating. 48-7 & 49-7. They lost to D-I Montana State on the road but beat a lowly OK Panhandle at home by 21. Their wins just tell us they do what a good team should do to lesser opponents.

It’s pretty clear that Adams State, Western State, and Black Hills State are at the bottom of the rankings for a reason. Adams is 1-1 but their victory was a home OT shootout, 52-51, against Western State. Say this for Adams State, they fell behind 42-13 at the half and held Western State scoreless in the 2nd half. For some reason, Austin Ekeler didn’t get a lot of carries in the second half, which may explain how ASC came from behind.

Don’t let Chadron’s 0-2 start fool you; this is still a very disciplined, well coached team. They beat a good Missouri S&T team on the road and lost to D-I Missouri State by 8 points on the road. They tested Mines in Golden and lost Mesa at home by 10. They just don’t have the go to players on either side of the ball, that can carry them to big plays.

Coming up this week, there aren’t any key or big games that will pit top tier teams against each other. Mines will get an easy victory at home against Highlands while Western State and Chadron will battle for that first victory in Gunnison. Mesa hosts Black Hills for another W and a 3-0 mark in the conference. Pueblo visits Adams State and should remain 3-0 as well. But if they can slow Cameron McDondle like they did Eckeler last week, Adams could, won’t but could scare the T-Wolves.

The biggest game will actually be the Mustangs at Ft. Lewis. If the Stangs can pull out a win, both teams would be 2-1 in the conference.

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