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Rucker heading to Sweden

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#1 Julius Rucker making the tackle

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The Carlstad Crusaders, in the premier professional football league in Sweden (Superserien), have signed Julius Rucker Jr. He will join former teammate Matt Retzlaff in the league; Matt signed with Sweden’s Stockholm Mean Machines a couple months ago.

Some more football photos

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Coach Jack Singler with the SOU running backs

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Tyson Cooper breaking up the pass

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National Champions Austin Dodge, Dylan Young, Julius Rucker, Ryan Retzlaff, and Colin Davis

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Armando Gauger with one of his sacks

Happy birthday, Julius Rucker!

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Julius Rucker

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Nine Raiders named to All-Conference Team

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Marcus Montano

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#21 Keegan Lawrence

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#11 Isiah Carter

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Julius Rucker

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#12 Devvon Gage

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Christmas Aumua

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Louis Desprez

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#72 Tylor King

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Matt Retzlaff

Senior Day

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Nathan Torres-Walker

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18 Raiders ended their SOU football careers today. I’ll get photos of all of them up within the next few days. For now, here are three.

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Julius Rucker Jr.

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Matt Retzlaff

Raiders #9 in new coaches’ poll

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Armando Gauger, Julius Rucker, Isiah Carter, and Devvon Gage

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As predicted back on Saturday, the Raiders moved up three spots in the new NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

Looking at the eight teams ahead of the Raiders, here is some more fortune telling:
#1 Marian has only one challenging game on their schedule. They play at #3 Saint Francis a week from Saturday. If they win that game, they will almost certainly run the table.
#2 Morningside plays an NCAA DII school this Saturday. Morningside will probably lose, but they likely won’t drop more than a couple spots in the poll. After that, their only decent opponent is #5 Doane on Oct. 8.
#3 Saint Francis has an easy schedule other than Marian. It may take a huge upset by Davenport on November 5 in order for SOU to ever pass them in the coaches’ poll.
#4 Baker already got past their only competition (Grand View in week 1).
#5 Doane will likely lose at Morningside. Other than that, they may not lose despite not being in Massey’s top ten.
#6 Reinhardt has to get by Lindsey Wilson and Faulkner on the road. They will likely lose at least one of those games, if not both.
#7 Lindsey Wilson has Reinhardt in addition to games at Faulkner and Campbellsville. They should lose one, if not two, of those.
#8 Grand View got crushed by Baker, but they have an easy schedule other than that Baker game. If the Raiders and Grand View win out, it will be unfair for the coaches to give Grand View a higher ranking simply because SOU got beat by an NCAA DI team, especially considering the difficulty of SOU’s schedule vs. Grand View’s.
#9 SOU has six or seven more tough games (out of just eight) after starting the season against three strong teams.

In summary, even if the Raiders win out and finish 9-2, I think they will only end up at #5 or possibly #6. The system really isn’t fair if that happens. Punishing the prior year runner up for a narrow first game road loss and defeat at the hands of an NCAA DI team on the road in favor of teams with easy schedules and (probably eventually) only one loss makes no sense. The bad news for Southern Oregon is a #5 finish likely means only one home playoff game (again!). The good news is SOU will be better prepared, compared to teams with weaker schedules, for the playoffs (again!).

Today’s forecast

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Mostly sunny with a high in the 80s and the Raiders first win of the season.

Massey gives Southern Oregon a 70% chance of victory. The spread is a touchdown. If the Raiders have a positive or neutral turnover differential (something they haven’t come close to so far in 2016) then I predict a win by 17 points.

“Game of the Week” finalist

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tackling Jr.s

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This Saturday’s game is a nominee for “NAIA Game of the Week”. Click on the image below and then like it on FB to vote.

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Mr. Raider Memorial

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SOU Football Coach Howard at the Stan Smith Memorial / Tailgate / Pep Rally

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AD Matt Sayre

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Stan Smith’s family and Matt Retzlaff

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Melvin Mason tells a Stan Smith story

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#1 (2015 NAIA All American) Julius Rucker

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I said it way back in early September, and it’s as true now as it was then, “It’s better to win your last game than your first.”

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