Thursday, October 26, 2006

A look at the A10

The A10 football conference will be playing its eight week on saturday. With four games to go there is still plenty of drama left.

Three teams are undefeated in A10 play.
  • Maine 4-0 and 5-2 overall
  • UMass 4-0 and 6-1 overall
  • James Madison 4-0 and 6-1 overall
Four teams are 2-2 in league play and still could quality for the playoffs if they win out.
  • UNH 2-2 and 5-2 overall
  • Delaware 2-2 and 4-3 overall
  • Richmond 2-2 and 5-2 overall
  • Towson 2-2 and 5-2 overall
All teams finish out playing within their respective divisions.

All remaining UMass games are big. A loss at Northeastern would mean UMass HAS to beat Maine or UNH (and Hofstra) to make the playoffs. Finishing 10-1 means a home field all the way through the playoffs. 9-2 with wins over UNH and Maine and the loss coming against Northeastern or Hofstra still means a home playoff game.

Going 8-3 (loosing two of the final four) would mean a road playoff game if UMass beats Maine and UNH looses another game. If UMass would loose to BOTH Maine and UNH we would almost certainly be out of the playoffs.

In the South, the big game is JMU @ Richmond. The Spiders must win this game or they have a very good chance of being left out of the playoffs unless JMU should come apart in their last three games.

Matt Doughtery looks ahead to Saturday's games (including the A10 games) in his weekly column Extra Point here .


Anonymous said...

Hoping for a non-repeat of the collapse that happened last year when we were talking about the playoffs. Can't take another year of disapointment.
Love your insight on UMASS ball. Apparently you go to more than band day.

UMass74 said...

30 straight years of season tickets will give you some smarts.

We need to win three of the last four. Winning Saturday will really help the cause. If we loose, we'll be in a situation that we HAVE to win against Maine and UNH...