By Jack Fitzpatrick
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I will not legitimately copy or beat final week’s Energy Rankings opening, but it surely nonetheless applies this week. Solely Four video games have been performed and eight groups have been in motion, however the outcomes of all video games have been offered to deliver the entire image into focus.
This week, there was the least quantity of motion and groups are starting to seek out their rhythm. Probably the most troublesome facet of this week’s Energy Rating was making an attempt to maneuver the groups by means of all of the postponements and cancellations.
In the long run, I be ok with these Energy Rankings and I hope you’re too. (I do know, that is only a dream).
- Delaware (Three-Zero, Three-Zero)
Delaware as soon as once more proved that it’s the finest staff within the CAA, and at this level I do not know who can threaten that title. The Blue Hens are undefeated within the North Division, which is the higher of the 2 divisions, and they’re doing so with a reliable offense and strong protection. I need to say that I imply competent as an enormous praise.
The Blue Hens are the second-highest scoring offense on the Colonial, and all of their video games have been in opposition to CAA opponents. JMU is the primary to attain an offense, however that additionally takes into consideration the beating of Morehead State, which inflates the numbers a bit.
I really feel like I come again to this each time. Distinctive. Week. However Delaware’s protection is the distinction and what makes them the most effective staff within the CAA. After the primary two video games, they have been permitting 1.5 factors per recreation, which is simply absurd, permitting three factors in six quarters. actually good. Now, after his showdown with Rhode Island, the overall factors per recreation is Eight.
This staff is constant, this staff is balanced, this staff is the most effective within the CAA and proper now they’re on their approach to computerized bidding.
- JMU (Four-Zero, 2-Zero)
Is JMU again? Are they the dominant world leaders all of us anticipated? Can we name them nationwide champions favorites once more? No, not less than I will not be. I must see extra, however they did present that they’re nonetheless a very good soccer staff.
I must welcome you again to the highest of the JMU Energy Rankings, it was attention-grabbing to have you ever so low.
Look, there is not any getting round it, I used to be low on JMU. After escaping from Elon with victory, then seeing Elon get crushed up by Richmond and William & Mary was disheartening. This week, nevertheless, it made me re-excited about this staff.
They have been lacking just a few key contributors, notably Latrele Palmer, Solomon Vanhorse, Percy Agyei-Overweight and Gage Moloney, however they did not appear to overlook a beat on offense and had their finest full-game efficiency for the reason that first recreation in opposition to the Morehead Categorical.
Cole Johnson, after being benched after which transferred to the No. 2 quarterback, was thrust into the beginning position, which I can solely think about how he was and probably produced his finest recreation of the season, at 16-22. for 220 yards per landing and no spikes. Freshman working again Kaelon Black had a full day dashing for 141 yards and a landing on 19 makes an attempt, and all receivers had strong shows.
Oh, and Clayton Cheatham caught a landing go as a result of that is actually all he does.
This recreation was what we anticipated from the staff in opposition to Robert Morris and Elon and it lastly happened. This efficiency was primarily an accurate recreation, however subsequent week’s showdown is a de facto playoff recreation and if the Dukes can win that one, I am fully again on board.
- Rhode Island (2-1, 2-1)
Regardless of the loss to Delaware, I am nonetheless very excessive in Rhode Island.
The Rams scored 21 factors in the most effective protection within the CAA, probably the most factors Delaware has allowed all season and it is not that shut. Rhode Island’s offense sizzled a bit on this recreation, placing up simply over 200 yards of complete offense, however Kasim Hill, Rhode Island’s switch QB, gave the impression to be restricted in motion.
Full transparency I did not get to look at this recreation so I am unsure precisely what occurred there, but it surely’s value stating as he is an enormous a part of the Rams’ offense and their means to make out-of-pocket performs and achieve yards. . on the bottom helps Rhode Island keep forward of the chains.
If Hill is out for a very long time, I do not assume they’re a superior staff within the CAA, however with Hill there and wholesome, he is a greater quarterback on this league and that reality alone can take a staff far.
Additionally, the resume this staff is placing collectively could also be ok for an excellent normal if they will win.
- Richmond (Three-Zero, Three-Zero)
Richmond is quietly buzzing undefeated this season with wins over William & Mary and Elon x2. The query arises, how good are they?
I believe they’re a very good staff. Right here comes the outdated sports activities saying: “You possibly can solely play in opposition to groups in your schedule.” And that is what they’ve finished and so they’ve all gained them fairly solidly. Hitting Elon each occasions, taking down a complete William & Mary staff. This staff, led by Joe Mancuso, is an actual menace within the CAA South.
Subsequent week’s showdown in opposition to JMU shall be an excellent indicator of the place the spiders are.
- Villanova (1-1, 1-1)
Daniel Smith continues to be among the best quarterbacks within the CAA, which is why this staff is a menace week after week. Offense has not been an issue all season, it has been his protection and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the protection comes out of this prolonged hiatus.
We have not seen this staff play in fairly a while, so I am wanting ahead to this weekend when * fingers crossed * and so they can take the sphere again. This was a contender for the Darkish Horse Nationwide Champion and now, they’re a 1-1 staff that has not performed since March 13.
- Maine (2-1, 2-1)
The opening recreation blowout loss to Delaware is hurting this staff. In opposition to a top-tier staff within the CAA, the Black Bears simply could not compete and did not appear to be they belonged on the identical discipline.
Since then, Maine has had two wins, however the wins got here in opposition to Stony Brook and Albany, two groups that we now know are a few of the worst groups within the CAA. Maine was out of motion final weekend so I used to be left with just a few questions, however this weekend the Black Bears face Villanova, which shall be an excellent barometer for each groups.
- William and Mary (1-2, 1-2)
I selected William & Mary to beat JMU. I preferred what the staff as a complete was doing and I believed Hollis Mathis may divide JMU’s protection because the Dukes have a historical past of preventing double-threat quarterbacks.
Effectively, I used to be fallacious and Mathis didn’t play a single heart on account of damage. The Tribe’s predominant working again additionally didn’t play on account of damage. That’s the solely cause they really feel above the remaining. I suppose this staff will get again in form as soon as their beginning QB and RB and largest offensive contributors return to the sphere.
- UNH (Zero-1, Zero-1)
THIS TEAM HASN’T PLAYED YET !!
The truth that the Wildcats have not performed for the reason that first recreation of the season is affecting them quite a bit. With every passing week, L seems worse and worse and Albany seems worse and worse.
I simply hope they will play Rhode Island this weekend.
- Albany (1-Three, 1-Three)
Effectively, it was enjoyable.
Albany misplaced to Stony Brook this week. It was Stony Brook’s solely win of the season and, after opening the season with a win, Albany has misplaced three straight video games to Maine, Rhode Island and Stony Brook. A CAA contender to start out the season the failings of this staff have been uncovered.
Okay, Jeff Undercuffler was offside for this recreation, Alabany’s offense nonetheless has quite a bit to determine.
- Stony brook (1-Three, 1-Three)
Congratulations Stony Brook, you went on tour and received a win.
The dangerous information is that it was in opposition to a foul staff that’s backing down at an alarming price.
- Elon (1-5, Zero-Four)
Elon is Elon. The Phoneix misplaced their second recreation to Richmond and the identical, if not worse, than in recreation 1, that is dangerous.
Let’s toast to wanting a bit of extra aggressive for the remainder of the season!