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This Week in the Lone Star

October 25th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

How quickly things can change in just one week in the Lone Star Conference. Going into last week’s action, Midwestern State was in the driver seat for the conference championship with Texas A&M Commerce needing help. No one really thought they would get it that quickly and once again the conference championship race has tightened up.

The big game last week of course was West Texas A&M going to Midwestern State and getting to win 35 to 27. While almost everyone gave West Texas a chance, I don’t think many people believed they would get the win. Combine that with Texas A&M Commerce pounding Angelo State University 62 to 14, they are now back tied for the conference lead with Midwestern. Both teams are 5-1 but Midwestern holds the tiebreaker based on the head to head win.

Other results that could have an impact upon postseason play from last week include Kingsville’s win over Tarleton State, 21-17. Panhandle gets an insignificant win as far as conference standings are concerned at UT Permian Basin, 54-44. Like Western New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico played out of the conference embarrassing Bacone 62-0.

After last week’s action, we seem to be clearly moving into the upper tier and lower tier rankings. After the two teams tied at the top, Midwestern and Commerce, Eastern New Mexico, West Texas, and Tarleton State all sit at 4-2 in conference play. Theoretically any one of them could jump up into first place the season. Those teams are followed by Kingsville at 3-3, with Angelo State and Western New Mexico at 2-4. Oklahoma Panhandle State is 1-5 and UT Permian Basin remains winless at 0-6.

Just a few weeks left in the conference schedule each game seems to take on much more importance. The biggest game this weekend has to be West Texas at Texas A&M Commerce. If West Texas A&M can knock off Commerce, they would not only pull into a tie with them in the standings but it becomes highly likely that they would debut higher in the NCAA regional standings than would their opponent. This could put Commerce on the outside looking in postseason play. It’s possible preteens could get into the postseason from the Lone Star not likely.

Eastern New Mexico will be at Kingsville and could stay in the hunt with the win or they drop out with a loss. Midwestern State will host UT Permian Basin, which should be an easy win for them. If they win and Texas A&M Commerce loses, Midwestern State regains the inside track for the conference championship. This is the time of year it gets really exciting. For some teams anyway.

The other games will be played include Tarleton State University at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. I call it an also-ran game because Tarleton needs a lot of help to get postseason consideration. They will likely win and moved to 5-2 but there will be at least two other teams that match or beat their record. They are down the line when it comes to tiebreaker. Then Western New Mexico will host Angelo State University to say who will still have a chance to get over .500 in conference play this year.

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