Friday, September 29, 2017

LSC Weekend Preview

Buffs prepare for 30th Wagon Wheel showdown - Kale Steed,
Rams hope turnaround begins against Kingsville - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard Times
MSU-Western New Mexico Preview - Andy Newberry, Times Record News

Tarleton State at UT Permian Basin
The Falcons got their first D2 and LSC win last week, topping Western New Mexico 41-32 in Silver City.  UTPB took advantage of a plus three turnover margin and responded to every WNMU threat in the second half.  They will have a much tougher task this week, facing a Tareton State squad that is getting better with each passing week.  The Texans built a 30-7 lead over WTAM with 12 minutes to play before WT got a couple of late TDs to make the score more respectable.  The running game is rounding into form, picking up 240 yards last week, and now averaging 165 per game.  This won't be a walkover, but the Texans are solid favorites.  TSU 28-14

Texas A&M-Kingsville at Angelo State
Similar to last year, Texas A&M Kingsville is coming off back to back losses to nationally ranked MSU and TAMC.  However last year's squad was a play away from winning each of those games, while this year both losses have been by decisive margins.  The offense is still trying to find its way, and the defense has allowed opponents to get on the board early, increasing the pressure on the offense.  The Rams are also in a two game downturn, committing seven turnovers in the losses.  Other than the turnovers, they have put up good offensive numbers, 483 yards and 33 points per game.  The defense is allowing just 306 yards, but has been put in some tough spots.  If Angelo can hang on to the ball, they should take this one.  ASU 24-21

Western New Mexico at Midwestern State - Rout of the week
With the LSC's most prolific QB returning, WNMU was expected to make some noise in 2017.  So far, that has not been the case as the Mustangs are winless, dropping last week's game to UTPB, becoming the first LSC and D2 team to lose to the Falcons.  Javia Hall once again leads the LSC in passing, with 413 yards per game, but has also thrown 9 interceptions.  As a team, the Mustangs have turned the ball over 20 times, while getting just 4 from their opponents.  They'll face the Mustangs from Midwestern State, who are playing in just their third game this season.  Look for them to put up some impressive offensive numbers while keeping WNMU in check.  MSU 45-21

Wagon Wheel Game
This is a fun game, especially with the Greyhounds upping their game in recent years.  Heck it was fun when WT was nationally ranked and ENMU was struggling, as the Greyhounds made the Buffs work hard, even stealing an occasional game and causing great angst in the panhandle.  Kamal Cass had his best game of 2017 last week against Angelo State, but faces a WT defense allowing just 116 yards rushing.  The Buffs will need more production from their offense, last in the LSC in yards (292) and second to last in scoring (18.5).  ENMU takes the Wheel back to Portales, ENMU 35-21

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