By Jack “The Energy Rating fiend” Fitzpatrick
The CAA simply had a completely loopy Saturday of motion. I’m going to try to make sense of all of it…
Delaware dealt with itself towards the Seawolves. That one was straightforward.
Maine beat Albany by 4, Albany had overwhelmed UNH who was off this week. Maine misplaced by 37 to Delaware, does that imply Albany is 41 factors worse than Delaware? UNH misplaced to Albany by 4. Are the Wildcats 45 factors worse than Delaware?!
Richmond beat Elon by 24 this week and simply final week Elon took an 11 level lead into the 4th quarter towards the No. 1 workforce within the nation on the time.
Rhode Island the perennial soiled welcome mat to the CAA took the No. 6 workforce within the nation to OT on the street and gained. On the street! Villanova was coming off an in depth 16-13 win over Stony Brook in week one, so is Villanova overhyped?
And William & Mary at JMU was postponed and I’ve a sense that sport would have simply added to the craziness of all of it.
After typing all of that
The solely sure factor this week is that Delaware and the Combating
Danny Roccos Blue Hens are the clear-cut finest workforce within the CAA as of this second. The Blue Hens dominated Maine within the first week and simply beat down the Seawolves. Delaware is the one workforce to have two dominating wins this season within the CAA.
- Delaware (2-0, 2-0) up 1
This one is easy. They proved themselves once more and have pulled away from the remainder of the CAA. They didn’t enable some extent in Week 1 and had each side of the sport working. In Week 2 they allowed three factors and put up 30+ once more.
The Blue Hens have the highest offense and protection within the CAA, averaging 34 factors per sport with 158.3 rush yards per sport and 185 go yards per sport. The protection is locking groups down and permit simply 1.5 factors per sport and 192 yards per sport. The Blue Hens are good and are the workforce to beat not simply within the CAA North, however in all of the CAA.
- Villanova (1-1, 1-1) down 1
I really feel soiled placing Villanova at quantity 2, I simply can’t put one other workforce right here. Relying on the result subsequent week, Villanova could also be in for a free fall within the rankings although.
We might have been oversold on the Wildcats this season. Coming in they’d two preseason All-Individuals and had been a prime 10 workforce. They’d Nationwide Championship aspirations and after two weeks I’m severely underwhelmed. A squeaker of a win over Stony Brook in Week 1 who then bought blown out in Week 2, after which a loss to Rhode Island at residence. Daniel Smith balled out within the first sport, going 16-31 for 242 yards and a TD, however vs. Stony Brook, he went 12-27 for simply 116 yards and an INT.
The Wildcats safe the quantity two spot this week nonetheless on their promise of being good, however another eek out of a win, or perhaps a loss, not solely will their postseason hopes be lifeless extra importantly their rating within the JMU Sports News Power Rankings will plummet.
- Albany (1-1, 1-1) —
Keep in mind final week after I stated I could also be “foolishly excessive” on the Nice Danes, effectively I nonetheless may be and which will actually come again to chew me within the subsequent week or two.
One other workforce that I’m using with their promise and chalking up this week’s sport as an aberration fairly than an indication of what’s to return. The Nice Danes traveled to Maine for week two, their second straight street sport, and the protection failed to point out up. The offense hung 34 factors on Maine which needs to be sufficient to win and Jeff Undercuffler even led Albany down the sector within the closing minutes to offer them a lead.
The protection nonetheless allowed Maine to simply shred by them like paper in a paper shredder and rating the game-winning landing. Truthfully, it was ugly to observe. Albany was up 27-24 with nearly 10 minutes to go within the sport and the protection allowed Maine to drive down and torch them twice!
Albany hosts Rhode Island for its first residence sport of the 2021 Spring Season, and that sport will inform us rather a lot in regards to the state of each applications.
- Richmond (2-0, 2-0) up 3
Okay, have we gathered ourselves JMU followers? Sure, Richmond is ranked above JMU this week for one very vital purpose. Head-to-head towards related opponents.
Richmond vs. Elon: The Spiders gained 38-14 scoring 10+ factors in three of 4 quarters en path to a dominating win.
JMU vs. Elon: The Dukes gained 20-17 and JMU trailed by 11 going into the 4th quarter and wanted the backup QB to play close to completely to have an opportunity.
Richmond got here into this season with some expectations, receiving votes within the STATS FCS Poll, and has slowly gained steam after the primary two weeks. Behind redshirt-senior Joe Mancuso, the Spiders are a prime 4 offense and a prime 5 passing offense averaging 29.5 factors per sport. On the opposite facet of the ball, the protection has been enjoying strong soccer permitting simply 14 factors per sport and arising in massive moments, like the top of the William & Mary sport.
Do I believe JMU would win in a sport? Sure, in all probability. However as of this second Richmond will get the sting.
- JMU (3-0,1-0) down 1
Look, the final style I’ve of this workforce was the ugly Elon win. And the ugly Robert Morris win. It’s like consuming an excessively hoppy IPA that tastes like grass dust. It hits you exhausting and also you need to spit it out however you swallow it down and don’t get pleasure from it.
That was JMU the primary two weeks and that’s the final reminiscence I’ve of them. I’d by no means order that IPA once more. As an alternative, I need a good Hazy NEIPA or possibly a pleasant Bitter to get the style out of my mouth. The issue is the bar was closed this weekend and I couldn’t order that so listed here are the Dukes at quantity 5.
Gage Moloney is the starter and bought an additional week of prep after the sport towards William & Mary was postponed attributable to COVID-19 issues throughout the JMU Program.
JMU missed out on the weekend of topsy-turvy loopy CAA motion and that in all probability benefitted the Dukes. Liam Fornadel is out for the remainder of the Spring and that may be a blow to the offensive line however now with an additional week whoever is changing Fornadel has an opportunity to get totally prepared.
JMU has underwhelmed this season, squeaking out a win towards Robert Morris then practically dropping its opening convention sport. Numerous issues have to return collectively for them to have an opportunity at making any form of postseason run.
The largest benefit within the Dukes’ favor isn’t anybody on the roster, it’s the reality it performs within the CAA South.
- Rhode Island (1-0, 1-0) up 5
Shock and awe. Rhode Island gained!
Rhode Island didn’t play in Week 1 and bought its convention play began on the street towards Villanova. only a informal sport to start out the season towards what was regarded as a nationwide title contender on their residence turf. Straightforward for a perennial bottom-dweller within the CAA.
In 2019 Rhode Island went 0-8 in convention play, however opened up with three straight losses by one possession and completed the season with 5 convention losses by one possession. The Rams had been proper there however simply couldn’t end out video games and put all of it collectively again in 2019.
Is that this sport the signal that they figured it out?
I’ll wait till they will string a number of extra wins collectively to anoint them something, however man that win was spectacular. I imply, Rhode Island appeared like a great, well-rounded workforce. They scored 40, they had been composed late and redshirt-junior QB Kasim Hill, a switch from Maryland by means of St. John’s Faculty in Tennessee, stepped in and was throwing darts. He went 18-28 for 246 yards and added a TD together with his legs.
Do not forget that one bizarre 2018 yr the place Rhode Island appeared aggressive and went 4-4 in CAA play? With Hill on the QB this season they could outperform that season.
- Maine (1-1, 1-1) up 3
Is Maine good? I imply, they beat Albany however Albany is teetering. The Maine protection allowed 34 factors however made stops when wanted and the Black Bears did win. I simply can’t get that week 1 style out of my mouth proper now. Maine at house is a distinct workforce than Maine on the street. If they will recreate this win subsequent week on Lengthy Island vs. Stony Brook then Maine could also be a strong CAA North workforce. Proper now, I believe they simply bought fortunate.
- William & Mary (0-1, 0-1) —
William & Mary performed Richmond powerful and had a fourth-quarter lead towards the Spiders. The Tribe had been out of motion this week and so they couldn’t hold that momentum going. I’ve been excessive on Mike London’s squad this season and I believe they’d’ve performed JMU effectively however since that didn’t occur right here they’re.
- UNH (0-1, 0-1) down 3
UNH was out of motion this week and suffered for the reason that workforce they misplaced to ended up dropping to Maine. Due to that, I wrestle to place UNH greater than Maine. I imply UNH scored 20 (with 7 of these coming because of a particular groups’ TD) towards the Albany protection who simply allowed 38 to Maine. UNH could also be in for a protracted season.
- Stony Brook (0-2, 0-2) down 5
Okay, the top to 2019 won’t have been a mistake and will have been what the Seawolves are. The start of their 2019 season was the outlier.
This workforce isn’t that nice. They’re one of many worst offenses within the league and have scored simply two TDs this season and have allowed 23.5 factors per sport. Tyquell Fields & Co. have a variety of work to do earlier than they’re thought-about a strong CAA contender. As of proper now, they’re in free fall and the one factor to interrupt their fall is the subsequent workforce.
- Elon (1-3, 0-1) down 2
Ah sure, Elon. The Phoneix has not risen from the ashes and has as a substitute burned up and created much more ashes.
They’re unhealthy. There was hope after giving JMU and the No. 1 workforce within the nation (shouldn’t have been) a run for its cash. Then internet hosting Richmond, Elon proceeded to get blown out.
Good luck this season Elon. A 3-game dropping streak isn’t straightforward to bounce again from.