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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Why they would choose us for the playoffs
« on: November 30, 2022, 08:48:45 AM »
Having the winner of the Pioneer conference getting an auto bid is akin to giving every player on every team in a pee wee soccer league a participation trophy.

The winner of the MAC does not deserve a spot in the play-offs over Penn St, Alabama or OSU why would it be different in 1-AA?


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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Portal Talk
« on: November 30, 2022, 08:33:27 AM »
Well that wasn't unexpected. Wish him well.

agree

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8 honored which is great. Anyone know how many we had last year?

Congrats to all!!!!

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Why they would choose us for the playoffs
« on: November 20, 2022, 06:54:43 PM »
The number of people on the committee or their experience will not change things. Having only 5 members means that there are less folks to buy-off.

The only way to fix it is to take humans out of the process and get rid of auto bids - period!

Let a computer do it. Develop a program that ranks every 1-AA team based on SOS and record, after the first month of the season start to publish the ranking weekly. Losing to a top 25 FBS school by 10 should mean more then beating a D2 school by 10. Going 4 and 4 in a strong conference should not hurt your chances just like going 8-0 in a weak conference should not help your chances.

Force teams to step up their schedule, force leagues to raise the bar if they are interested in making the play-offs.

Ohio does a decent job of coming up with computer rankings for high school football based on SOS, the NCAA should be able to come up with something to fit their needs.  Sure there would be a lot of factors involved but it could and should be done.

Let everyone know the rules and let the best 16 teams make the play-offs.


 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Why they would choose us for the playoffs
« on: November 20, 2022, 04:27:46 PM »
It would have been nice but it is what it is.

Not that long ago we would have been excited to even be in the conversation.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Why they would choose us for the playoffs
« on: November 19, 2022, 09:12:03 PM »
To be honest, our odds entering today at 7-4 didn't look great, but some things are happening in our favor...

1. Villanova blocked a punt with under 2 minutes left and shocked Delaware 29-26. Delaware would have had 8 wins had they won, they are stuck at 7.

2. Montana is getting absolutely slaughtered against their arch rival Montana State right now. The Bobcats are up 48-14 in the 4th quarter. Remember the year YSU beat Pitt and started 4-0, then proceeded to lose 4 in a row, before finishing with 3 wins and ending the campaign with 7 wins... did we make it in? No. Well Montana started 5-0 and is on the verge of ending this season going 2-4 down the stretch.

3. Western Carolina just beat a 7 win Chattanooga after scoring a TD on 4th and goal at the 1 with under a minute left. Chattanooga lost 3 of their 4 final four games.

4. YSU did with 5 of their last 6 games to get to this point... call them weak or not.. but this is the VALLEY.

Excellent points. Unfortunately, this is the year that the jealous athletic directors on the committee from weak conferences take their revenge against the MVFC.

Are you suggesting that politics may come into play?

It always does

Yes, I agree!

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Why they would choose us for the playoffs
« on: November 19, 2022, 08:49:57 PM »
To be honest, our odds entering today at 7-4 didn't look great, but some things are happening in our favor...

1. Villanova blocked a punt with under 2 minutes left and shocked Delaware 29-26. Delaware would have had 8 wins had they won, they are stuck at 7.

2. Montana is getting absolutely slaughtered against their arch rival Montana State right now. The Bobcats are up 48-14 in the 4th quarter. Remember the year YSU beat Pitt and started 4-0, then proceeded to lose 4 in a row, before finishing with 3 wins and ending the campaign with 7 wins... did we make it in? No. Well Montana started 5-0 and is on the verge of ending this season going 2-4 down the stretch.

3. Western Carolina just beat a 7 win Chattanooga after scoring a TD on 4th and goal at the 1 with under a minute left. Chattanooga lost 3 of their 4 final four games.

4. YSU did with 5 of their last 6 games to get to this point... call them weak or not.. but this is the VALLEY.

Excellent points. Unfortunately, this is the year that the jealous athletic directors on the committee from weak conferences take their revenge against the MVFC.

Are you suggesting that politics may come into play?

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU 73 UC San Diego 54
« on: November 19, 2022, 08:48:06 PM »
Great 2nd half, they were making me nervous in the 1st half.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Why they would choose us for the playoffs
« on: November 19, 2022, 08:46:09 PM »
Akron may be the worst team in FBS

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: isn't it great

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: SIU Week
« on: November 19, 2022, 05:42:00 PM »
I was not expecting the stands to be full today. I have been going to games since Jaws was the qb and most years there were plenty of empty seats. I understand the larger crowds in the 90's. I understand the population loss in the area. I get it.

I simply thought that there should have been more fans there today.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: SIU Week
« on: November 19, 2022, 04:57:01 PM »
Well that was pretty sweet!

Where the heck were the fans? Weather was not bad, more should have been there to support the team and enjoy the win.

A couple of blown coverages on D that hurt us but after the 1st qtr the D played pretty well. The turnovers did not hurt either.

The O came out flat but responded when it counted. Bothers me that we had to waste the last TO but glad it did not cost us. Not happy with the play calling on those two 3rd qtr drives.

Speaking of play calling how about SIU and that 4th and 1 from around their own 30? Then calling a pa$$ play from their own 2 that helped us by stopping the clock without us burning a TO.

Sure wish that we would not play the music so loud, just makes it so hard to talk to the person next to you.




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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: SIU Week
« on: November 17, 2022, 09:19:38 AM »
per the Vindy


YOUNGSTOWN — It’s not exactly “win and you’re in” for Youngstown State. In fact, it’s more along the lines of “win just to keep any hope.”

Indeed, following a deflating 25-22 loss to Missouri State last week, the Penguins find themselves on the wrong end of the FCS playoff bubble.


If YSU is to even stay in the conversation at this point, it’s going to need a win in its regular season finale as it hosts Southern Illinois at noon Saturday (ESPN3, 570 AM WKBN).

“Definitely a playoff game,” said YSU tailback Jaleel McLaughlin. “We have to win this game, and that’s our mindset going into this game. We need this game. … We want to do something special for the community, special for YSU, and I think we have everything in our hands to be able to do that.”

It likely will take something special if the Penguins (6-4, 4-3 Missouri Valley) are to earn a bid this season, given the sheer number of six- and seven-win teams in the FCS, many with better resumes than YSU. Then, too, there are 11 automatic qualifiers via conference championships, leaving 13 spots for at-large berths.

Of course, none of that is in YSU’s control, and that’s something head coach Doug Phillips is quick to note.

“We can control one thing, and that’s winning out,” he said. “I’m sure Southern Illinois believes if they win six, (including) beating (FBS-level) Northwestern, that there’s going to be a chance. … They’re going to come in here fighting for the same thing we’re fighting for. To be able to have those types of games, yeah, to me, it’s a home playoff game right now, and loser goes home, loser packs the season and heads to the offseason.”

The Salukis (5-5, 3-4 Missouri Valley) have had a season relatively similar to Youngstown State’s, especially such that it’s been one of streaks. SIU began its season with losses to Incarnate Word (presently ranked No. 5 in the StatsPerform FCS Poll) and Southeast Missouri (No. 17 in the StatsPerform poll), before ripping off five consecutive victories.

Since, the Salukis have dropped three straight to South Dakota, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State, likely knocking them out of the postseason hunt, too.

However, both programs still have plenty to play for. The Penguins would relish the opportunity to finish with seven wins and at least give themselves a shot at a postseason. Plus, ending the season winning five of your last six is a great momentum boost heading into the offseason either way.

Southern Illinois, meanwhile, are fighting to finish above .500 and stem a losing streak to end the year.

If the Penguins are to win their second straight against SIU — YSU won last year’s contest in Carbondale, 35-18 — they’ll have to piece together a complete performance, and that’s something Phillips says he’s still searching for from his team.

“I still don’t think that this (YSU) team — we talk about November performance — I still don’t (think) this team has played its best football yet,” Phillips said. “I’ve seen spurts where we play great defense, I’ve seen spurts where we have great offense and I’ve seen spurts where we have great special teams. But when you get to November, you have to be running on all cylinders, and you have to play your best football.”

That, of course, is what sunk the Penguins at MSU last week, as four trips to the red zone yielded three field goals and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the defense held on nearly all game until a final 13-play, 92-yard touchdown drive put the Bears ahead for good. On special teams, Colt McFadden had a strong showing, but the kickoff unit surrendured two lengthy returns that directly resulted in MSU touchdowns.

Those lapses will need to be avoided against an SIU team that features the Missouri Valley’s second-best pa$$ing unit with quarterback Nic Baker and receiver Avante Cox.

Baker is 222-for-322 this season with 2,432 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions, while Cox has grabbed 42 receptions for 521 yards and seven touchdowns.

YSU, meanwhile, enjoyed a stretch in which the pa$$ing game seemed unstoppable under quarterback Mitch Davidson, but things have slowed in the last two weeks. Davidson went 11-for-23 at MSU with 117 yards, no touchdowns and was sacked on a critical fourth down play late.

Southern Illinois’ secondary, has allowed 235.1 yards per game, seventh in the MVFC.

However, as it’s been since his arrival to Youngstown, the Penguins have been bolstered by the performances of McLaughlin, who set the new NCAA career rushing record with his 227 yards last week.

“It’s definitely something that’s great because my offensive line, those guys talked about that almost day in and day out, wanting to get that for the team and wanting to get that for me,” McLaughlin said of setting the mark. “It was a bittersweet moment, because I was able to get that record, but we weren’t able to pull away with the win. But at the end of the day, you have to look at it as a blessing.”

McLaughlin competing against the SIU defense will be strength on strength, as the Salukis have given up an average of 105 yards per game, second-best in the MVFC behind South Dakota State’s average of 71.4 yards per game.

PREDICTION

There’s still plenty to fight for whether you’re Youngstown State or Southern Illinois.

The Salukis’ run defense may make things tough on McLaughlin, but Davidson and Co. should be more comfortable in alleviating the pressures on McLaughlin in a home game.

With that said, the Penguins win their finale.

Youngstown State wins, 23-20.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: SIU Week
« on: November 17, 2022, 09:02:15 AM »
I hope that he knows something but would guess that he is trying to pump up the players, giving them some extra incentive.

I will be there supporting the guins!

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU PSU
« on: November 15, 2022, 08:44:06 PM »
Women are giving PSU a good game.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Men's Hoops vs GC
« on: November 15, 2022, 06:24:09 PM »
The kids seemed to have a great time, good to see so many of them there.

Nice to see so many players get to play so the final score did not matter to me.

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