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With the Raiders loss to Carroll College the NAIA Football Coaches Poll rather unfairly dropped SOU three spots in the rankings. Both Carroll and SOU are undefeated against a similar schedule. (In fact, SOU has one more win than Carroll and no more losses.) SOU beat Carroll by 3 points at home. Carroll beat SOU by 2 points at home. Anyone who has watched both of those games would say that the teams are evenly matched. They would probably win about 50 games each if they played each other 100 times. Yet Carroll is ranked #3 while SOU is ranked #7. Why?
If SOU wins the rest of their games they will get at least one home game in the playoffs. However, if Carroll wins the rest of their games they will get at least two home games in the playoffs. Why?
Hopefully, SOU wins the rest of their games and a few teams ahead of SOU in the current rankings are upset between now and November 15.
Soothesayers and Expired Logic are also on the bill this Thursday night (10/23/14).
Last night, the Grizzlies played two league games in Eagle Point. However, Eagle Point was not their opponent. They lost to Marist and beat North Eugene. This adds additional intrigue to Tuesday’s match against Crater as an Ashland victory will leave the conference with a three-way tie for first place. Crater has beaten Marist twice, Marist has beaten Ashland twice, and Ashland has beaten Crater. Unfortunately for Ashland, the Crater game is on the road, and Ashland didn’t get a home game all season against Marist.
The following week begins the state tournament. The good news for Ashland is even if they lose to Crater, they will still have at least one home playoff game.
The Southern Oregon University volleyball team swept Corban and Northwest Christian these past two days on the road. They are now 11-1 in the conference and will be big favorites in Ashland for next weekend’s contests.