It is unfortunate that there can't be more interconference games but here are the current conference records against other NJCAA colleges. Keep in mind that Minnesota and Mississippi do not have any non-league games.
Midwest 11-2 Northeast 6-2 Southwest 7-4 Western 3-2 Kansas 2-6
AFP is not an NJCAA program so I did not include them. As for a breakdown, with exception of the one loss to Arkansas Baptist, the rest of Kansas games are against Southwest.
In the Western States, Snow has the loss to GMC and NMMI loss to Iowa Western. NMMI also beat Cisco and and Snow beat NDSCS. AW also beat Ellsworth.
GMC seems to be the team that connects others. GMC beat Snow and Arkansas Baptist but got drilled by Iowa Western and Nassau and lost to an average Dean team.
In the Midwest, IW has the wins over TVCC, GMC, NMMI and Ark. Baptist. DuPage has wins over Erie and Ark Baptist. The conference also have a few wins over DCB.
Northeast has two wins over GMC and then wins over Independents Globe and Alfred.
Southwest is 5-2 vs Kansas but has losses IWC and NMMI and a win over Ellsworth. Oh, and I just saw a win over Arkansas Baptist so that makes them 7-4.
We all know that comparing scores doesn't really prove anything in the end though. There are four undefeated teams left and Nassau and ASA still have to play each other so it looks like we are heading for one undefeated team left out of the national championship game for the third year in a row.
Yawn. Everyone knows that the power conferences are Kansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Arizona/Utah. The other conferences may have an occasional good team, but not at the level of the others. If Nassau or Asa wants to play for an nc, they need to schedule some real non con opponents.
I never said anything about one conference being stronger than another but for the first time this year those non-conference records can make a difference and people should take notice.
In this week's poll, Butler picked up the three first place votes from East Mississippi. However, Nassau gained 17 points on Butler and now sit just four points behind them. Nassau still has an undefeated ASA team yet to play. If they win that game that will give Nassau a big boost in the computer polls.
Not only that, I bet Butler is ranked first or second on every human pollsters ballot. I also bet, by past reputation, that Nassau is not ranked third on those ballots which means if teams lose ahead of them Nassau can gain more points through the human vote.
Butler may get excluded from the national championship because their conference has a losing record and Blinn (Butler's lone NC win) turns out to be a 2-6 team.
While I do not disagree that Butler is most likely a much better team than Nassau, the computer element to the polls has really changed its makeup. The computer does not look at previous years and how teams from different conferences did against each other.
What the computer sees is that Nassau beat Georgia Military by 26 points who had already beaten Snow by 17 points. It also sees that Butler's lone non-conference win was against a 2-6 Blinn team and Butler's conference having a losing record against other NJCAA schools.
I have no love loss for the Nassau program but I find it interesting that the Northeast Conference never has anyone ranked in the top five prior to this year and this year there are two. The pollsters have not changed so ASA and Nassau have to be real high in the computer poll.
Would a win over an undefeated ASA team give Nassau the four more points it needs to overtake Butler? I guess we will see and in the future will conferences have to come up with a scheduling strategy that will best position their top teams?
ASA College has over 15 players with D1 offers. I was at the game last Saturday. I have also seen all of their games on tape. Those boys can and will play with anyone. Therefore, it can be quite a contest... That defense is nasty!!! Might be #1 or #2 in the country. OL and DL are huge, the RB is top 4 in the country. The slot receiver is electric, fastest player on the field at any given time. The only concerns that I have are that they have a young QB, but actually, I got to give it to the kid, he showed nerves of steel during the Nassau game. Secondly, the punt return game can not turnover the ball, learn to indentify when to call for a fair catch or when to run with it. Lastly, one of the corners got tested and got beat for 2 TDs.
Nonetheless, it's going to be an interesting game vs. Snow College. I guess ASA needs this win to earn some respect across the country... I wonder if the game will be televised?
ASA definitely needs to win this game to earn respect. Snow is overrated at #4. Snow would not have won the championship in any of the other three major conferences.
We will just have to agree to disagree about ASA's defense being "nasty." Nasty defenses don't give up 21 points to Monroe College or 29 to Nassau. The 21 points by Monroe was the most points that Monroe scored on any NJCAA team all season. It did score 40+ against Wagner JV.
I hear you, to get respect you have to earn it. To their defense, Monroe scored 21 points in the second half on ASA's JV guys, not their 1st nor 2nd team guys... Yes, ASA has a JV team also... They also gave Nassau short fields twice (inside 20) with turnovers (14 quick points). They gave up 14 against Dean and 3 against Lackawanna; two respectable programs.
I understand that historically the NE conference have not been the powerhouses of JUCO football world. ASA is on it's 4th year of existence and they are a full scholarship program. Little by little they have recruited top talent from around the country (My recruits from Miami, FL). Together with the D1 bouncebacks, they have been able to put a nice product on the field. With all that said, the games need to be played.
If ASA can keep the turnovers to a minimum, I believe they will take this game convincingly. If not, it can be a long day. No matter how good your defense is, if they're on the field all day and in short yardage situations, it will equal to a long day for them. Last year when ASA faced the #1 rusher in the country (Louisburg), he was shut out. This year they face the #1 rusher in the country again. It will be an interesting matchup.
Do you think that Nassau can go down to the desert and beat Arizona Western?
I;m not sold on AZ Western or the AZ/Utah conference, in general. I think that conference is notably inferior to the other 3 power conferences, especially since the loss of Dixie College a decade or so ago. In fact, it might be more comparable to the Iowa conferece, esp. now that IWCC is making a name for itself.
So, yeah, I think Nassau has a chance. I'm not sure that I would even say Nassau is an underdog.
I'm sure they will ready to play vs. AWC. They were not intimidated at all vs. ASA. They played hard, but ASA just had to much talent on both sides of the ball. It will be great for the NE conference if all 3 teams can win their bowl games.
JUCO needs all these other conference to step their game up. I know the Louisburg/Ellsworth game won't prove anything, but the other two games might make a bit of a statement.
If no one has done a bowl pick 'em thread after Thanksgiving, I'll start one up.
I am a little bit surprised that Georgia Military and Louisburg both recieved bowl bids over Dean. Dean beet them both, finished 7-3 and has a legitimate Division 1 QB. Louisburg, who is no better than the fourth best team in the Northeast Conference, will likely struggle with Ellsworth on the road like that. It is a good story though with Coach Sala taking his team back to Iowa to face his former school.
ASA is good and, although its far from a home game for ASA, Snow does have to come to the Northeast which is something no team west of the Mississippi has done in a long time. I will go to this game and am excited to watch it.
I have seen Nassau twice this year and have not been overly impressed with their offense but they did beat GMC by about the same as Iowa Western did so we will see if they can keep pace with Arizona Western.
My hunch says go with Butler in the title game. They have really been dominant all year in a traditionally stronger conference. However, not that it means too much but Iowa Western's baseball team surprised a lot of poeple beating the traditional southern powers in winning the two of the last three college world series. Maybe something's in the water in Council Bluffs. Butler 38-28.
NEFootball wrote: ASA is good and, although its far from a home game for ASA, Snow does have to come to the Northeast which is something no team west of the Mississippi has done in a long time. I will go to this game and am excited to watch it.
I think the last team from west of MS that came to the NE and won a bowl game was the 1999 Empire State Bowl when New Mexico Military beat Nassau.