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Raiders making things interesting

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Chase Knutz

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football @chase_knutz

A few weeks ago, after a dominating win over Carroll College on the road, it seemed SOU had the Frontier Conference nearly wrapped up. A bye and two losses later, the top of the conference is now loaded with teams (Western Montana, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon, and Rocky Mountain all have two or fewer losses).

Massey agrees. The Raiders have slid to fourth (down from a number one ranking after the Carroll game), and the top four in the Frontier Conference are all in Massey’s top seven.

The last four games on the Raiders’ schedule have gone from playoff location determination games to must-win games just to get into the playoffs. While Massey has Southern Oregon at #4, the coaches will likely have them at around #13.

Massey had SOU as big favorites the next two weeks. Now the odds have gone down to about 65%.

Happy birthday, Ashlyn Flynn!

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Ashlyn Flynn

@SOURaiders @RaiderVB @ashlynflynn0216

New rankings and poll

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Coach Charlie Hall and Devvon Gage

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football #NAIAFootball #PlayNAIA @NAIA @CoachHall_SOU @DevvonGage

Massey was impressed with Marian’s win; they jumped three spots to #1. Morningside beat Hastings 65-0, putting them in a two-way tie with the idle Raiders for the #2 ranking. Although Rocky Mountain also had a bye week, Massey moved them up a spot to #7, meaning #2 will be traveling to play at #7 this Saturday. Massey gives the Raiders an 80% chance of winning and picks SOU by 11 points.

The new 2018 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll came out today. My prediction from Saturday was nearly correct. SOU did move up to #2. St. Francis came in it at #5 instead of #4. The Raiders received two first place votes, not enough to overcome Morningside’s 13. The coaches are predictable–move up so long as someone above you suffers a defeat, drop if you lose even if it was to a great team. Therefore, preseason rankings mean a lot in NAIA football. That hurt SOU last year, and may hurt Marian this year. If Marian and SOU win out, expect to see them in Ashland on December 1.

Player of the Week

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Gonzalo Garcia

@SOUMensSoccer @SOURaiders @G11Gonzo

Details here.

Raiders take over sole possession of first place with shutout of Carroll College

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Bronsen Ader with the TD catch

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football @itsbronsenADER

SOU shutout the Saints today, their first shutout in 15 years. That 27-0 win, coupled with Eastern Oregon University’s win over Montana Western, puts 4-0 Southern Oregon into sole possession of first place in the Frontier Conference. Montana Western and Montana Tech share second place with 3-1 records.

The Raiders have a bye week next week followed by another away game in Montana on October 6. That game will be against Rocky Mountain, who barely got by College of Idaho today.


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Nick Kernaghan and Tre Holmes

@NickKernaghan @SOURaiders @SOU_Football @tre_holmes

Noon (PDT) start time for today’s game against Carroll College in Helena, Montana. You can watch the game on Youtube or head to one of the usual spots (Northwest Pizza (all ages), Oaktree, or RedZone).

Football remains @ #3, endowment begins

I will hold this for you...

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football

New coaches’ poll came out today. SOU remained at #3. Montana Tech dropped just one spot to #24, Rocky Mountain dropped to #23, and Montana Western (who the Raiders don’t play until their final game) jumped to #22.

Some awesome parents of current student-athletes are spearheading a new endowment for the football program. Donations will not be paid out; rather, the endowment will grow and only the income from the endowment will be used for future expenses and growth of the SOU football program. You can donate here.

Team of the week

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2018 SOU Men’s Soccer Team

@SOUMensSoccer @SOURaiders @G11Gonzo @zachansen15 @MatyasPaul

Details here.


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Makena Totushek


Both of SOU’s soccer teams will try to remain unbeaten in conference play today in Ashland. The men play at 11 a.m., with the women to follow at 1:30.

Raiders win, remain at #2 according to Massey

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Quaderius Clemmons averaged over 12 yards a carry in Saturday’s win

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football

Details about yesterday’s win can be found here. Massey gives SOU a 90% chance of winning on Saturday in Helena, Montana. Carroll College (ranked #17 by Massey) is a 19-point underdog.

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