Welcome to the FFL Blog – Monday edition. What is there to talk about today? Well, a little junior action from the weekend, my top 25 NCAA football rankings and maybe something else if I can think of it. Thanks to my junior correnspondent Klaas Allosserie for his thoughts about the six-man games. Let’s get to work.
6 vs 6
Leuven Lions 40, Tournai Phoenix 0
This game could have been a lot less painful for the Phoenix, two late pick-sixes really ran the score up and made it seem worse than it was. Leuven ran the ball extremely well with their bruising fullback. Tournai made a few first downs but couldn’t convert those opportunities into points, probably not helped by the fact that the team don’t practice together much, because there are some kids from different teams there.
Anyway, Leuven have a promising young quarterback who made a number of nice throws so he seems to be a good one for the future.
Brussels Tigers 18, Bornem Titans 0
What happened to the Phoenix happened to the Titans as well. They had chances to score but just could never cross the goal line. The Tigers had a size advantage as well as being more experienced. The bad weather was responsible for making the running game boss, and the Tigers had the bigger bodies to take advantage of the situation. It’s clear that the Titans have many new players and they’ll be better for the experience.
October 16, at Tournai
Bornem Titans v Charleroi Cougars
Gent Gators v Tournai Phoenix
9 vs 9
Brussels Black Angels 52, Liege Monarchs 48
Dudelange Dragons 30, Louvain-la-Neuve Fighting Turtles 20
Sounds to me like there’s not much defense going on in nine-man football!
There are no nine-man games this weekend
1 – Brussels Tigers + 21.8
2 – Brussels Bulls + 15.4
3 – Leuven Lions + 14.5
4 – Bornem Titans + 3.8
5 – Gent Gators + 0.0
6 – La Louviere Wolves – 1.9
7 – Tournai Phoenix -25.5
8 – Charleroi Cougars – 28.2
1 – Brussels Bulls + 14.8
2 – Brussels Angels -0.2
2 – Dudelange Dragons -0.2
4 – Liege Monarchs -4.2
5 – LLN Fighting Turtles -10.2
The rankings this year are much more transparent (and accurate, at least I may hope so) than ever before. The positive and negative are relative points to average, meaning you can easily see how many points the computer will predict the following games by (for example, the computer has Bornem over Charleroi by +3.8 – -28.2, or 32 points).
While I’m on the subject of rankings, here come the latest NCAA rankings, also thanks to The Sports Machine.
1 – Oklahoma, 2 – Stanford, 3 – Boise State, 4 – Oregon, 5 – Wisconsin
6 – Alabama, 7 – LSU, 8 – Oklahoma State, 9 – Michigan, 10 – Notre Dame
11 – Arizona State, 12 – Texas A&M, 13 – Temple, 14 – Toledo, 15 – Michigan State
16 – Kansas State, 17 – Tennessee, 18 – Georgia, 19 – West Virginia, 20 – Rutgers
21 – Clemson, 22 – Florida, 23 – Cincinnati, 24 – Baylor, 25 – Florida State
Well, there isn’t really much ‘other news’. There will be next week, that’s for sure. There will (if the technology and football Gods are on my side) be something completely new and exciting next week as well, something that the FFL has never seen before. Not sure when yet, I don’t want to put a time frame on it because I don’t know quite how it’s going to work or how much work it’s going to be, but I’m going to give it a crack and see what happens (I have been reading “Go Big” by Dude Perfect and I’ll be damned if I don’t give it my all). Until next time