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Raiders tumble to #23


AJ Cooper causes a special teams fumble against College of Idaho

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SOU’s loss at College of Idaho this past Saturday seemed to end the Raiders’ post-season hopes. The coaches confirmed this in today’s poll by dropping the Raiders to #23 with just three weeks to go. Even if the Raiders win out (and upset #7 Montana Tech) they will likely finish no higher than #17 in the final poll. They would need no worse than a top 14 ranking to make the playoffs (as probably two or more teams not in the top 16 that are not in the Frontier Conference will make the playoffs).

Massey has the Raiders, with the hardest schedule in the country, @ #5 (and Montana Tech @ #2). The coaches don’t consider strength of schedule in their rankings. That’s why teams like Kansas Wesleyan, Tabor, Southeastern, Sterling, Arizona Christian, and Concordia (Nebraska) are ahead of the Raiders in the coaches rankings and will likely remain there as they don’t play any decent teams. Hence, they have little chance of dropping in the rankings. Never mind that Massey Ratings doesn’t have any of those teams in their top 40.

Team of the Week


2016 SOU Men’s Soccer Team

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Details here.

Idaho or bust


Devvon Gage leads the Frontier Conference with 71 tackles

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I’m on the road to Idaho today. The Raiders take on College of Idaho in the first of many must-win games tomorrow. Details here.

Coaches pummel Raiders in latest poll


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The NAIA football coaches, with their infinite wisdom of focusing nearly entirely on wins and losses and not strength of schedule or who beat who, have put the Raiders at #17 in the latest poll released today. I thought they’d put Southern Oregon at #12 or #13 even though Massey has them at #4. All the way down to #17 means no home playoff games, even if the Raiders win out. The Raiders may need to win out just to make the playoffs. If the season were to end today, a #17 ranking would fall short.

Let’s look at some of the teams the coaches think are better than the Raiders:
#9 Doane has played one team ranked higher than them. Doane lost 69-7. SOU beat the team Doane lost to (Morningside) last year on the road in the semifinals.
#10 Georgetown’s six wins have come against opponents with a combined record of 9-34. The only team with a winning record that they have faced beat them by 14 points.
#11 Missouri Valley is not a top twenty team according to Massey.
#12 Dickinson State lost to Montana Western by 26 points. SOU beat Montana Western. Dickinson State hasn’t played any ranked team, or even decent team since, en route to their 6-1 record.
#14 Kansas Wesleyan has the 82nd most difficult schedule in the NAIA. (SOU has the most difficult schedule according to Massey.) There are only 87 teams in the NAIA. That said, KW still has a loss, to a team that hasn’t been ranked, and SOU beat KW by 44 points last year in the playoffs! Massey doesn’t have Kansas Wesleyan in their top 50, yet the coaches have them at #14.
#15 Dakota Wesleyan lost to Doane (see above) by almost 30 points.
#16 Bethal has yet to play a team with a winning record. Not to worry, Massey predicts they will lose each of their last four games.

I’m not saying that SOU should be ranked higher than Montana Tech or Eastern Oregon at this point, but the coaches clearly are dinging the Raiders way too much for losing to an NCAA DI team and for two close loses to a very good Eastern Oregon team. They see the three loses but don’t consider enough who those loses were at the hands of or the fact that the Raiders have accumulated more yards than all of their opponents, even in the losses.

Down but not out

Rainy catch

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The Raiders lost to their football nemesis yesterday. Details here. Matt Retzlaff broke the SOU career receiving-yards record in today’s photo.

Southern Oregon has outgained all seven of their opponents in total yardage. However, SOU has a negative turnover ratio in five games, three of which were losses.

Surprisingly, Massey still has Southern Oregon at #4 in the country. Of course, Massey considers strength of schedule, and SOU has the toughest opponents of anyone in the NAIA. The coaches won’t be as generous in their rankings come Monday. I’m guessing they will drop the Raiders to #12 or #13. With just four games to go, what will this mean?

The Raiders can still win the Frontier Conference if they win out and Western Montana beats Eastern Oregon. That’s also probably the only scenario that will earn the Raiders a home playoff game in the postseason. One more loss and the Raiders will still have a chance at the postseason but no games will be in Ashland.

Massey has the Raiders as a 7-point favorite at College of Idaho Saturday.

Big game Saturday


Keegan Lawrence and Armando Gauger

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Details here.

Massey gives SOU a 64% chance of winning and has the Raiders as a 5-point favorite.

The only team in front of the Raiders in the rankings that has a chance of losing is Lindsey Wilson who travels to Faulkner. Even there, Massey gives Faulkner only a 30% chance of victory. The rest of the top teams will receive easy victories.

Wild Wet Wins


Lisa Elledge with the splash kick


Details on the men’s game here and the women’s game here.


Carlos Magana with the wet header

Soccer tonight


Brett Butler

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Details here. Bring an umbrella for your way there and home, but you’ll stay dry watching under the press box. The players won’t be so lucky.


Serena Robertson and Makena Totushek celebrate a goal

2016 Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame Banquet



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Raiders stuck at #9


Louis DesPrez

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As predicted, SOU remained at #9 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (despite being #2 in rankings that look at schedule strength). A victory at Rocky Mountain this weekend will likely cause movement to #8 or #7 as the Raiders can move past the loser of the Doane – Morningside game and Reinhardt could lose to Faulkner on the road.

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