Monday, September 18, 2017

LSC Week 3 Roundup

Please keep Robert Grays family in your prayers

LSC Scoop Football Power Poll
  1. Texas A&M-Commerce - Lions with 7 TDs on first 8 possessions, a machine-like performance
  2. Midwestern State - Mustangs jump out to 21-0 lead and cruise home 35-13 over the Javelinas
The next four are virtually tied at this point, with little to nothing to separate them.
  • Angelo State - dominated everywhere but turnovers and more importantly, the scoreboard
  • Eastern New Mexico - simply could not keep pace with TAMC
  • West Texas A&M - head scratcher after last week - outgained by UTPB, just 222 yds offense
  • Tarleton State - 5 turnovers + blocked punt = 20 pts = WIN
     7. Texas A&M-Kingsville - could not overcome 21-0 deficit or RZ woes (6 pts vs. 28 for MSU)
     8. Western New Mexico - 5 Mustang turnovers led to 35 WOU points
     9. UT-Permian Basin - closest to an LSC yet for Falcons

From the Newspapers
Somber ending at Memorial after big MSU win - Andy Newberry, Times Record News

Midwestern State University Marketing & Public Information Director Julie Gaynor released a statement Sunday morning on Grays' situation.
"We all know you share the concern of the well-being of MSU sophomore Robert Grays who was injured in last night’s football game. Robert is bolstered by the presence of his family and teammates.
"The injury of any student, especially in such a public manner, greatly affects us all. We know you will join us in keeping of Robert and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We are in contact with Robert’s family, and have offered any assistance the university can provide.

Mustangs defense dominates LSC opener - Andy Newberry, Times Record News
Opportunistic Texans ride past ASU - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Defense carries Tarleton to unlikely victory - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Rams' mistakes prove costly in LSC opener - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard Times
WT offense sputters in 17-6 win over UTPB - Kale Steed,

No. 3 Lions pick up 51-22 win over Eastern New Mexico to begin conference season

The No. 3 Texas A&M-Commerce football team remained unbeaten after a 51-22 win over Eastern New Mexico on Saturday. The Lion air attack went for 358 yards and the Lions scored seven touchdowns in the game to give them their first conference win. 

The win brings the Lions to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Lone Star Conference. Eastern New Mexico falls to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference play...Complete Release

No. 13 @MWSUFootball smacks Hoggies, 35-13, to roll to 2-0

The Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas had some success on fourth down in Saturday night's game against the Midwestern State Mustangs, scoring a touchdown and picking up a first down that helped set up a field goal.

But the No. 13 Mustangs stopped the Javelinas twice on fourth down inside the 10, driving 95 yards for a final score after one of them to take a 35-13 win in the Lone Star Conference opener for both schools.

MSU built up a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and it could have been worse, but a pair of touchdown passes was called back because of penalties...Complete Release

Defense leads Texans to win over Rams in LSC opener

Tarleton's defense came to the rescue by forcing five turnovers and returning two fumbles for scores in a 30-24 road win over Angelo State to open up Lone Star Conference play.

Tarleton (2-1, 1-0) had to grind until the very end for its second consecutive victory. The Texans only had 291 yards of offense compared to Angelo State's 545 yards.

The Texans appeared to be well on their way to another rout over the Rams (2-1, 0-1) after taking the opening drive of the game 89 yards and capping it off with an 11-yard touchdown run by Adam Berryman...Complete Release

Buff “D” Stops UT Permian Basin, 17-6

A strong defensive performance with two big interceptions and ten points off two UT Permian Basin miscues, sparked West Texas A&M to a 17-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium...Complete Release

Wolves Use Big Second Quarter to Hold Off Mustangs

Western Oregon utilized a 33-point attack in the second quarter on their way to taking the 58-21 victory over the Western New Mexico football team Saturday afternoon at Altamirano Field.

Turnovers again stung the Mustangs (0-3) as they committed six, with five interceptions and a fumble. Two of the interceptions were returned for scores as WOU (1-2) took advantage of the 6-1 turnover battle to hold a 36-7 points off turnover edge...Complete Release

Friday, September 15, 2017

LSC Weekend Preview

Getting Personal with Kevon Thomas Kale Steed,
Coach SpeakKale Steed,
Maroon & White Zone - Kale Steed,
Lady Buffs set for LSC Opener - Matt Watkins,
Rams receivers fueling high-flying offense - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard Times
Javelinas try to corral 13th-ranked Mustangs - Quinton Martinez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Football Game Previews
Western Oregon at Western New Mexico - 1:00 (WOU Notes) (WNMU Notes)
An interesting SR4 matchup between teams better than their combined 0-4 might suggest.  Both lost to FCS schools in the opening week, and both lost close conference games to teams in the upper echelon of their respective conferences.  Neither team runs the ball well (39 ypg for WNMU, 1 ypg game for WOU, yes one yard per game so far), but both can move it through the air (WOU 293 ypg, WNMU 441 ypg).  Hopefully, WNMU won't be as generous with field position as they were last week, when ENMU started six of their first seven possessions in WNMU territory (average starting position at WNMU 43 yard line), allowing ENMU to jump ahead 17-7.

This is pretty much a toss-up, but we'll go with the home team, WNMU 30-24.

Texas Permian Basin at West Texas A&M - 3:00 (UTPB Notes) (WTAM Notes)
Given the performances last week, this looks like a shoo-in for the mismatch of the week.  The Falcons got blown out by FCS Lamar 72-6, giving up 396 rushing yards and 246 passing.  Five different Cardinals had 60+ rushing yards.  That's got to have the Buffs excited, as they continue to make the transition to a run first offense.  It's been fairly successful so far, averaging 178 yards against two good defenses.  The passing game has been a little rough, but should have some success this weekend.  Defensively, WT is allowing just 312 yards per game and shut down Colorado State-Pueblo last week after falling behind 21-3 early in the second quarter - 10 possessions, 27 plays, 117 yards, 3 punts, 4 turnovers.  UTPB's defense is giving up 239 yards rushing, 296 passing and almost 60 points per game.  Word is that last year's starting QBs, Ben Arbuckle for WT and Kameron Mathis for UTPB, have regained their starting positions, at least for this week.

Yeah, it should be a blowout, WT 42-7.

Eastern New Mexico at Texas A&M-Commerce - 6:00 (ENMU Notes) (TAMC Notes)
With both teams undefeated and having knocked off ranked squads, you'd think this was going to be a great matchup.  And it very well might be, because the Greyhounds show us every year that they should not be a team to overlook.  And yet we do, and are again this year.  Why?  While they are 2-0 and knocked off #18 Southwest Baptist and Western New Mexico last week, a closer look takes some luster off.  First the Bearcats don't appear to be as good as they were last year and ENMU needed a 41 yard FG with 7 seconds in the game to squeak by at home.  Second, they barely beat WNMU last week, despite starting 6 of their first 7 possessions in WNMU territory, and they gave up 418 yards through the air.  Third, while the running game is averaging 286 yards per game, the per carry average of 4.1 is kind of pedestrian, and All-American Kamal Cass is averaging just 95 ypg, and 3.6 per carry.  ENMU will need more from him to compete this week.  The defense has been stingy against the run (64 ypg, 2.4 per carry), but generous against the pass (305 yards per game, 6 TDs, 139.4 efficiency rating).

On the flipside, TAMC has won a defensive struggle against #6 North Alabama on the road, and dominated an overmatched William Jewell last week.  Luis Perez rebounded after a tough opening game, going 20-29 for 236 yards and 4 TDs in just under three full quarters, and looking like the All-American QB expected by a lot of folks in the preseason.  The running game has not had one back break out, but the top three backs are combining for 111 ypg, and 5.2 per carry.  The defense is giving up just 6.5 pts per game, and 272 yards, with just 48 per game rushing.

The key matchup is the Lions run defense against the Greyhound ground game.  ENMU needs to win this battle decisively to win the game, while TAMC just needs to keep the Greyhounds from running wild.  Also, ENMU's pass defense will need to tighten things up against a much more efficient Lion passing game. TAMC takes the first big LSC battle, 35-17.

Tarleton State at Angelo State - 6:00 (TSU Notes) (ASU Notes)
A quick look at the numbers would indicate a comfortable win for Angelo State.  They are 2-0, outscoring opponents by a 45-11 margin and outgaining them by 551-275.  Tarleton State is 1-1, outscoring teams by 32-27, but getting outgained 367-389.

For the Texans, a couple of caveats.  First, the opening opponent, Delta State, looks like they might be a playoff-challenging team this year.  Second, Zed Woerner has been announced as the starting QB.  He has been much more effective at QB, putting up better stats and moving the team much better than Derek Kiser. Despite playing just the last couple of series at Delta State and splitting time last week, he is 11-17 for 200 yards and 5 TDs and a QB rating of 260.6!!!  He has a talented trio of WRs in Jeff Thomas, Del'Michael High and Savon Rollioson and Adam Berryman is establishing himself as a top-flight running back.  The defense needs to attack the QB better (1 sack to date) and get more turnovers (3).

The Rams look like a team that could challenge for the LSC title and NCAA playoffs.  But before that claim can be made, they need to show what they can do against better competition.  Can Jake Faber continue his early performance (68% completion, 280 yards per game, 5-0 TD to Int, 165 QB rating)?  Will Lawson Ayo and Donovan Thompson combine for 188 receiving yards per game?  Can Josh Stevens pace a running attack averaging 225 yards per game? Can the defense keep teams under 275 yards per game?  In all likelihood, no, there will be some drop off.  But, they have shown a great deal of improvement from last year's team.

While the numbers favor a comfortable Rams win, they can deceive.  We're going to stick with the Rams, but it should be close (and could easily go the other way).  ASU 28-24.

Texas A&M-Kingsville at Midwestern State - 7:00 (TAMK Notes)  (MSU Notes) 
Just about everyone thought this was going be a marquee matchup, one that could decide the LSC title.  And it still might, but the opening week loss to Central Washington and fairly lackluster game at Simon Fraser last week has raised some questions about the Javelinas.  QB play has been uneven - Conner Smith has started both games, throwing for 127 ypg, completing 61% of his passes, but has 0 TDs and 2 Ints, good for a 98.6 QB rating.  Redshirt freshman Cade Dyal may have earned the starting job this week, after coming off the banch and throwing 3 TDs and moving the team more effectively.  Jordan Thomas and Stehley Reden give either QB great targets to throw to.  Nick Pealrean is quietly emerging as a top LSC running back, averaging 99.5 yards per game and 9.5 per carry, while Oklahoma State transfer Jeff Carr might be ready to make his mark, picking up 73 yards last week in limited action.  The defense is about middle of the pack so far, 336.5 yards and 20.5 points per game.  Of importance this week, they are giving up 112 on the ground, a number that is most likely to increase after this game.

So how about MSU?  They dominated a weak opponent in week one, and then had their second game cancelled due to Hurricane Irma last week.  As expected, the run game is solid.  It might even be better than solid.  They rushed for 468 yards and 6 TDs against Quincy, averaging an amazing 12 yards per carry.  Adrian Seales (243 yds, 14.3 per carry) and Vincent Johnson (136 yards, 3 TDs, 19.4 per carry) were unstoppable.  Layton Rabb wasn't tested, attempting just 13 passes, so we'll find out more about him this week.  The defense was in Quincy's backfield a lot, with 3 sacks and 7 total tackles for loss, holding them to 246 yards and 0 TDs.

It's hard to go against Midwestern State with the way these two have played so far this year.  Mustangs 35-21.

Volleyball Matchups 
MSU vs. Nebraska-Kearney
Nebraska-Kearney vs. WTAM
Angelo State at TAMC
Cameron at UTPB
Tarleton State at TWU

Cameron at WTAM
Angelo State at TWU
Tarleton State at TAMC

Thursday, September 14, 2017

LSC Week 2 Roundup

LSC Scoop Football Power Poll

  1. Texas A&M-Commerce - had their way with an overmatched William Jewell squad
  2. Midwestern State - game cancelled due to Hurricane Irma
  3. Angelo State - 2017 Rams don't look anything like 2016 Rams so far
  4. Eastern New Mexico - running game is right on schedule, but pass D had a rough day
  5. West Texas A&M - win over CSUP is impressive, but still some questions for Buffs
  6. Texas A&M-Kingsville - nice tune up for Javelinas, is QB settled heading up to Midwestern?
  7. Tarleton State - Texans outgained by OPSU, but second half team was clicking
  8. Western New Mexico - Javia Hall with 418 yds, 2 TDs not quite enough in very interesting game
  9. UT-Permian Basin -  it's gonna be a loooooooooooong season for the Falcons

LSC Football Release (9/11)
POW Off - Jordan Thomas, WR TAMK  - 3 TDs, (2 receiving, 1 rush) 6 catches, 95 yards
POW Def - Daelin Young, LB WTAM - 9 tackles, forced fumble
POW Spec Team - Alex Schrag K WTAM - 3-3 FG, 1-1 PAT, 10 points

LSC Scoop Predictions - 6-1, missed on the WT-CSUP matchup, in week 1, we went 6-3, missing the TAMK-CWU, SRU-UTPB, and Tarleton -Delta State games.  For the season, 12-4.

AFCA Poll (9/11) - Top six stay the same, lots of movement after that
1. Northwest Missouri (850) unanimous
2. Ferris State (810)
3. Texas A&M-Commerce (782)
4. Shepherd (715)
5. California, PA (703)
7. Sioux Falls (617)
8. Minnesota State (561)
11. Colorado Mesa (453)
13. Midwestern State (402)
18. Colorado State - Pueblo (244)
20. Minnesota Duluth (171)
22. Azusa Pacific (115)
23. Central Washington (103)
RV - Humboldt State (65), Angelo State (18), Eastern New Mexico (18), West Texas A&M (18), Colorado Mines (11), Winona State (8), Bemidji State (2)

WT fullback Jordan johnson makes an impact in new role - Kale Steed,
Kale Steed's LSC Power Rankings - Kale Steed,
Woerner to start at QB, but ... - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Q&A: Starting QB Woerner...- Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Mustangs getting used to everything but normalcy - Andy Newberry, Times Record News

Buffs refuse to quit in upset of No.7 CSUP - Kale Steed,
Buffs rally in thrilling fashion past CSUP - Kale Steed,
Tarleton dominates OPSU after slow start - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
 Texans answer important questions in rout - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Rams make statement before LSC play begins - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard-Times

Buffs Upset No. 7 Colorado State-Pueblo with Strong Second Half

A field goal with four seconds left in regulation by West Texas A&M freshman kicker Alex Schrag gave WT a thrilling 24-21 upset victory over No. 7 Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday evening at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.  The Buffs battle back from a 21-3 deficit and forced four second half  turnovers to spark the comeback...Complete Release 

No. 3 Lions set Memorial Stadium attendance record, roll to 59-point offensive explosion to defeat William Jewell

The No. 3 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team got a 59-6 win over William Jewell College on Saturday night. The Lions had more than 450 yards of offense in front of a record-breaking crowd.

The win brings the Lions to 2-0 on the season...Complete Release 

ENMU Rides Five Turnovers to Win Over Cross-State Rival Western New Mexico

Hayden Hill and Zach Johnson each made six tackles and forced fumbles to lead a defensive charge by Eastern New Mexico which forced five turnovers in Saturday's Lone Star Conference game. The effort led to 17 points on five turnovers for a 37-34 win over Western New Mexico at Altamirano Field...Complete Release

Thomas, Defense, Lead Hogs to 35-7 Victory at Simon Fraser

A stout defensive performance that included nine sacks and three turnovers combined with 149 total yards and three touchdowns by Jordan Thomaspropelled the Texas A&M-Kingsville football team (1-1) to a 35-7 victory over the Simon Fraser Clan (0-2) on Saturday afternoon at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

The Javelinas outgained their hosts 426-299 and were on the plus side in turnover margin for the second consecutive week.  Quarterback Cade Dyal completed 14-of-23 passes for 144 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions...Complete Release

Big second half lifts Texans past Aggies

Tarleton won its first game of the season with a dominating second-half performance where they outscored Oklahoma Panhandle State 35-6 en route to a 48-20 victory at Memorial Stadium.

The Texans (1-1) got better as the game went on after getting shutout in the opening quarter. The Texans posted 13 points in the second quarter, 14 in the third, and 21 in the fourth to roll past the Aggies (0-2). The scoring outburst was done on all the phases of the game, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams...Complete Release

Rams Top Northern Michigan 48-20

The Angelo State football team notched its second win of the 2017 season on Saturday evening at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Stadium, defeating Northern Michigan 48-20.

With the win, the Rams move to 2-0 on the season and had 660 yards of total offense on the night. The 660 yards were the most since the Rams racked up 684 yards of offense against Tarleton State in October of 2015. 

Jake Faber and Lawson Ayo had career nights for the Rams. Faber went 29-for-40 for a careeer high 396 yards and throwing three touchdowns while Ayo made a career high nine receptions for a career high 165 yards and scoring twice...Complete Release

UTPB Plays first DI Opponent in Road Contest at Lamar

UT Permian Basin football faced off against its first ever Division I opponent Saturday night, traveling to Beaumont, Texas for a non-conference game against Lamar, which the Cardinals won 72-6.

UTPB scored on its second drive of the game, taking possession at its own 47-yard line. A 39-yard pass down the field to Jake Anglin by Caden Coots drove the Falcons to the Lamar 14, and two plays later Brandon Infiesto rushed 10 yards to the Lamar 3. Coots punched in the ball on the ground from three-yards out for the touchdown to give UTPB an early 6-3 lead over the host Cardinals...Complete Release

@MWSU_Football game against West Florida cancelled due to threat of Hurricane Irma

Midwestern State's scheduled game against West Florida Saturday at Blue Wahoos Stadium has been cancelled due to threat of Hurricane Irma.

The game will not be rescheduled...Complete Release

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Humboldt State to drop football?

Not LSC news directly, but Humboldt State is a Super Region 4 participant and member of the GNAC.

Quote below from Eureka Times-Standard

According to multiple sources, HSU athletic director Duncan Robins, in two separate meetings with Humboldt State football boosters and supporters, plans on either placing the program in a two-year moratorium, or cancelling the program all together once the season ends in mid-November.
“One thing I took from that meeting was that even though we were having these meetings, the administrators had already made their mind up that football was going away,” said former HSU linebacker and current Eureka High School assistant coach Ray Watson. “It was just the vibe that we all got.”
Video from News Channel 3 - Watch video!


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LSC Volleyball Roundup

AVCA Poll (South Central Teams after top 5)

1. Southwest Minnesota (1,172 votes - LW 2)
2. Concordia St-Paul (1,156 - 1)
3. Lewis (1,085 - 3)
4. Palm Beach Atlantic (1,045 - 4)
5. Angelo State (980 - 6)
14. Tarleton State (475 - 17)
20. Colorado Mines (306 - 20)
21. Regis (279 - NR)
RV Metro State (8 - NR)

LSC Scoop Power Poll for LSC/Heartland teams
Regional rankings in parentheses

  1. Angelo State (1)
  2. Tarleton State (3)
  3. St. Edwards (4)
  4. Arkansas-Fort Smith (6)
  5. Texas A&M-Kingsville (7)
  6. Midwestern State (8)
  7. West Texas A&M (9)
  8. Dallas Baptist (12)
  9. Newman (16)
  10. St. Mary's (17)
  11. Texas Womans (22)
  12. UT Permian Basin (23)
  13. Eastern New Mexico (24)
  14. Texas A&M-Commerce (25)
  15. Cameron (27)
  16. Lubbock Christian (28)
  17. Western New Mexico (30)
  18. Texas A&M-International (33) of 33
Because it is so early in the season, there should be considerable movement week to week in the power poll.

LSC Weekly Volleyball Release - LSC Website
Players of the Week
Sundara Chinn - Angelo State, Offensive
Morgan Seaton - Angelo State, Defensive
Meghan Parker - Angelo State, Setter

Friday, September 8, 2017

LSC Game Previews Week 2

*** Midwestern State at West Florida cancelled ***

Three keys to a WT win - Kale Steed,
Ram's Jones keeps kickers on edge - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard-Times
Javelinas head to Canada in search of win - Quinton Martinez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
UTPB travels to take on FCS Lamar - Odessa jAmerican

WT football coach to take on his former team - Kale Steed,
Maroon and White Zone - Kale Steed,
Getting personal with John Cummings - Kale Steed,
WNMU take on in-state rivals in home opener - Silver City Sun-News
Houston area Mustangs reflect on trying week - Donnie Palmer, Times Record News

Game Previews

Eastern New Mexico at Western New Mexico - 1:00 (WNMU Notes)
While it's too early to call this a rivalry, its an interesting matchup.  Both teams had much better opening week games against 2016 opponents - WNMU lost to FCS playoff team San Diego 34-20 and was within one score in the fourth quarter, while ENMU topped nationally ranked, and D2 playoff participant Southwest Baptist 23-21.  ENMU will try and get the running game going, after averaging just 3.1 yard per carry last week.  WNMU will see what the Javia Hall - D'Angelo Bowie pass-catch combo can do for an encore after last week's record setting game.  ENMU looking too strong right now, Greyhounds 35-27.

Texas A&M-Kingsville at Simon Fraser - 3:00 (TAMK Notes)
The Javelinas are looking to rebound after last week's disappointing performance at home against Central Washington.  After jumping out to a 10-0 lead, the TAMK offense did not threaten again until the 4th quarter. The Clan has not won a game since October 2014, a streak that reached 24 after last week's loss to NAIA Arizona Christian.  Last year, the Javelinas emptied the bench in the second quarter of a 68-7 romp.  They might not substitute so early, but should still win comfortably, TAMK 45-10.

William Jewell at Texas A&M-Commerce - 6:00 (TAMC Notes)
Mismatch of the week.  This will get ugly early.  The Cardinals dropped their season opener to South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 42-27 at home and were 1-9 last year beating Lincoln.  The Lions will be anxious to get their offense cranked up after last week's game at North Alabama.  The defense was strong, and TAMC won the special teams battle.  TAMC romps in this one and everyone gets to play, Lions 56-0.

Northern Michigan at Angelo State - 6:00 (Angelo Notes) (Northern Michigan Notes)
This is the season opener for the Wildcats, so there's less to go on to predict the outcome, so we'll look at last year.  NMU's 3-8 record is a bit deceiving, as they actually outscored their opponents by a point per game and outgained them by two.  They'll have a new QB, so the running game could be emphasized more this time around.  The Rams are looking to show the LSC that last week's performance was not a fluke.  Jake Faber did a good job of throwing to the right team, Josh Stevens had a 100 yard rushing game and the defense was lights out.  The level of dominance from week one won't likely be repeated, but ASU should be 2-0 when this is over.  Rams 31-17.

Colorado State-Pueblo at West Texas A&M - 6:00 (WT Notes) (CSUP Notes)
Game of the Week
Though they didn't get the win last week, Buffalo fans should not be disappointed in last week's game.  The defense kept Azusa Pacific in check, giving up just 314 yards and 17 points.  The offense did okay, picking up 223 yards on the ground, but did not find the end zone and Justin Houghtalinig was just 9-21 for 94 yards passing.  Good news?  WT was driving twice in the fourth with a chance to win the game, but the first drive stalled deep in APU territory, forcing WT to settle for a FG, and their last chance ended with a fumble that APU returned for the final score in the game.

It gets even harder this week, with Colorado State Pueblo coming to Canyon.  This will be the 7th meeting between the teams, with each having won 3 games in the series.  The Thunderwolves rolled over Colorado Mines last week 38-7 serving notice to the RMAC and nation that they are ready to make some noise this year.  As expected the defense was strong, allowing just one drive for the first three and a half quarters.    The offense got on track in the third quarter, putting together three solid scoring drives that put the game away.  Three different running backs had 50+ yards as the Wolves totaled 237 as a team.  Brandon Edwards and A. J. Thompson combined to go 18-27 for 228 yards and 4 TDs with 0 interceptions.

This will be tough one for the Buffs, but coach Hughes knows the opponent better than anyone and could have a surprise in store.  Another learning game, another loss, CSUP 35-21

UT Permian Basin at Lamar - 7:00 (UTPB Notes)
Mismatch of the Week - Part II
While last week's loss to Sul Ross was a suprise, it wasn't a total shock.  While UTPB won last year's game 27-6, the game was closer than the score indicated.  Last week, SRU jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in the game.  The Falcons defense gave up 427 yards, with 345 coming through the air.  The offense gained 414 yards, with 367 passing and just 47 rushing yards on the evening, but had 5 turnovers, including 4 interceptions.  SRU turned those TO's into 20 points, providing most of the margin in the game.  They face the Lamar Cardinals.  Lamar will look to end a six game losing skid and rebound by a UNT 59-14 beat down last week.  The Cardinals will take out their frustrations, LU 63-0.

Oklahoma Panhandle State at Tarleton State - 7:00 (TSU Notes) (OPSU Notes)
This has been a pretty good matchup the past couple of years, but the Aggies are not the same team that we've seen the last couple of years.  That is especially true of the offense, where all of their skill players gone.  In fact, of the starters in last year's matchup, just three starters return on offense (all linemen) and four on defense.  So Tarleton has more returning starters from last year's game right?  Not if last week's lineup is any indication.  On offense, Del Michael High is the only one who started last week and against OPSU last year, while Chase Varnado, Basil Jackson, Devin Hafford and E. J. Speed did the same for the defense (though Speed is at a different position).  Tarleton should be able to get the running game going and keep the Aggies offense check. (QB and RB starters are listed as game day decisions)  Texans 35-14.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

LSC Week 1 Roundup Power Poll - Week 1

  1. Texas A&M-Commerce - A win is a win, and a tough, gritty and sometimes ugly win over the returning national runner-up on the road is pretty sweet.
  2. Midwestern State - averaged 12 yards per rush, racking up 468 yards and 6 TDs on the ground and 605 total in blowout
  3. Eastern New Mexico - offense was held in check, but defense was outstanding in win over ranked Southwest Baptist
  4. Angelo State - held McKendree to 127 yards and no scores, offense racked up 441 and 42 points
  5. Texas A&M-Kingsville - sluggish offense, and 136 penalty yards bury the Javelinas
  6. Tarleton State - another sluggish offense and a couple of costly turnovers doomed the Texans
  7. West Texas A&M - Buffs acquitted themselves pretty well against ranked APU
  8. Western New Mexico - Bowie had more recieving yards than 6 LSC teams in a pretty good showing against a 2016 FCS playoff team
  9. UT-Permian Basin - struggling to come up with something positive about this one

and Kale Steed's power rankings

Delta State picks off Tarleton, 34-16 - Brad Keith, The Flash Today

AFCA Poll - Lions move up to #3, MSU to #16 and ENMU and ASU are receiving votes.  Colorado State-Pueblo is #7, Azusa Pacific is #8, Sioux Falls is #9, Minnesota State is #12, Colorado Mesa is #17, Minnesota Duluth is 21 and receiving votes are Colorado School of Mines, Central Washington, Humboldt State, Bemidji State, Minnesota State-Moorhead, and Winona State.

No. 9 Belles put on clinic at home invitational - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard-Times
AVCA Poll - Rambelles move up to #6 and the Texanns up to #17.  Other South Central teams include #22 Colorado School of Mines and Metro State receiving votes.

Lone Star Conference

Angelo State University

Cameron University

Eastern New Mexico University

Texas A&M-Commerce

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Texas Woman's College

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

West Texas A&M University

Western New Mexico