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2016 Postseason

End of the season is only a day old and foe Lehigh is on to the NCAAs.  They face the same path in the tournament as Colgate; @UNH and @JMU, should they advance.  It may be ironic but it is also uninspiring.  The PL always has the same postseason path that runs through the CAA.  One way to solve that would be for Colgate to win these tough OOC games for a change and host a game themselves.  We'll have that chance once again next year on Day 1, so we'll see.

Not sure what it is about UNH; a 7-4 record and they get to host 9-2 Lehigh?  Their schedule isn't that much more challenging.  They are receiving votes in the latest poll; Lehigh is #17.  Some argued the Wildcats didn't even deserve to be in the tournament last year, let alone host.  Seems the stars always align for them.  Lehigh has a good chance, hope they stick it to 'em and get some redemption for the poor year our league has had this season.

On another note, Gtown finishes winless in league play; their new coach just finishing his 3rd season and I read that new upgrades were being done to their FB facilities?  Lafayette needs to show Tavani the door; Susan at Bucknell is taking a bit too long IMO to make any progress, and Gilmore was given a new contract which baffles me.  If nothing else, our schools seem very loyal to their FB coaches.
60salum

Big question is: if we were to win the league next season would our admin stand the cost of putting on a home game? Remember the times we did not have home playoff games because admin put the kibosh on it? I'm thinking if we do get in and can host, Pres. Casey (and Coach Hunt) would probably be in favor of having the game(s) at the Kerrdome.
'gate80

I went to the first 3 games this year, and after our respectable losses to Syracuse and Richmond, and historic win over Yale (largest margin of defeat in Yale Bowl history), felt we had a chance to at least duplicate last year's success. I never would have guessed we would go 4-3 against Cornell and our PL foes. But ill-timed injuries to Wilkins and some bad breaks resulted in this just not being our year. I wonder if the second half collapse, bad luck, bad spot/calls which resulted in that shocking loss to Cornell hadn't happened if the team would have faced Fordham and (especially) Lehigh with more confidence. Those games could have been wins. I think an 8-3 record with wins over Cornell and Lehigh or Fordham would have gotten us an at-large bid.

Some years are magical and everything falls into place (2003, last year). Others are not meant to be even with very strong teams (1982 and 1983 come to mind, though there was a fifth column those years). What a great group of seniors we'll miss next year. Their playoff run last year was fabulous, and win over James Madison was one of the top-5 in my 40 years of following Colgate football.
60salum

Re: 2016 Postseason

go'gate wrote:
Not sure what it is about UNH; a 7-4 record and they get to host 9-2 Lehigh?  Their schedule isn't that much more challenging.  They are receiving votes in the latest poll; Lehigh is #17.  Some argued the Wildcats didn't even deserve to be in the tournament last year, let alone host.  Seems the stars always align for them.  Lehigh has a good chance, hope they stick it to 'em and get some redemption for the poor year our league has had this season.


Lehigh and the PL took another post-season hit today. 'Cats hammered the EnginHawks without mercy, 60-something - 20-something. Kind of puts the entire PL on notice that there is a long way to go before we can stack up against the CAA in the playoffs.   Crying or Very sad
Go...'gate

UNH 64, Lehigh 21.
Gate'83

From what I read over on AGS, Lehigh's starting QB was sick & didn't start and their defensive captain & best defender got hurt early.  A blowout yes, but maybe a little closer if they had all their players.  

According to the UNH players, "the Colgate game" had the Wildcats fired up for Lehigh as apparently they took us for granted last year after beating us during the regular season.  Whatever... I don't think the gap between the PL champ and a top CAA team is as great as it was back when 5-7 Lafayette got pasted by UNH a few years back, but would be nice to see a few more Patriot wins in these contests so our playoff wins last year don't stick out as such an anomaly.
Zappa

James Madison totally hammers Sam Houston last night 65-7.  I like it !
go'gate

Some great memories from this time last year.  Undefeated SHU only a #5 seed in this year's tournament, maybe they were a bit overrated with a light schedule.  JMU-NoDak would be a great game next weekend, we'll see...
go'gate

Some great playoff football this weekend, and both road teams won.  Not sorry to see NoDak come in second for a change.

#4 JMU (13-1) vs. Youngstown St (12-3) on Jan. 7 @ noon on ESPN2

JMU looking for its 2nd title since 2004; YSU has titles in 91, 93, 94, 97 & 99.

Abdullah is the bread and butter for JMU.  They lose their head coach and still come out on top the next season.  Should be an exciting championship.
Gate'83

I watched the last quarter of EWU/YSU, a great game.  The touchdown catch by the YSU receiver at the end was incredible and got noticed by Deadspin, so it has to be pretty good!

http://screengrabber.deadspin.com...twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
Zappa

Not sure if I've ever seen a catch like that, not even Luke Graham. Merry Xmas 83.
Gate'83

Back at ya, Zap.  See you at the rink for the Larrys on the 20th.
The Future

Very happy (and a bit surprised) to see Sam Houston get crushed. Those spread offenses go down hard when things go bad. Amazing how teams can get blown out in the playoffs. Can't imagine that Lehigh was that much worse than UNH or that UNH was that much worse than JMU.

For sure a strange season in 2016. Position-by-position, the team may have actually been better than the 2015 team--they averaged 31 points on offense and gave up an average of 23 on defense. The 2015 team averaged 25 on O and (rounding up) gave up 29 on D.

I think the big difference was what the O did on 3rd and 4th down (or at least the situations the found themselves in on those downs) in 2016. The 2015 offense converted in series that went to 3rd or 4th down 58% of the time. The 2016 offense converted series that went to 3rd or 4th down 42% of the time. So even though the 2016 offense averaged more points a game, they had a much harder time sustaining drives. I think this is why you saw Colgate losing leads in so many games. The team became a big play team (even averaging a half a yard more per carry) but had a harder time picking up the three yards a carry that makes the offense go--and allows Colgate to finish games (like they did in 2015). Melville was 10th nationally in yards per completion with 14.38 and most guys on offense had plays for huge gains. What seemed to be missing was the ability to pick up three yards on most plays and two yards when they really needed it. The other obvious problem was the end of the first half and the beginning of the third quarter. Momentum is a tricky thing and they seemed to give it up right on either side of the half. Just a bunch of games where they let teams back in games at the end of the second or let games get away in the third. Just odd lulls and bad luck and maybe not making the right adjustments at half--just strange as much as anything.

It will be interesting to see what the team is like next year. They are losing so many good players on D--but the depth seems to be there. I think the D line should still be very good and should be able to get after the passer. Rocket looks ready to step in as a playmaker. Holland back on O should help with the three yards. The obvious big question mark is what happens at QB. There are some very good recruits stacked up. I think this will be the year when you really see what scholarships means. A lot of this year's seniors were starting early in their careers because there wasn't must depth in the classes ahead of them--but now with five years of scholarship guys, you should have very good juniors and seniors who haven't gotten as much playing time stepping up (at least that's the hope). Lehigh and Fordham should both be better and Lafayette should be much better with Frank gone. Can't imagine Colgate being picked higher than third or so in the preseason polls but I think the upside for the team is very high.
CR(colorlessraider)

2016 recap and look ahead.

very good analysis imo.  the 2-3 yard issue was HUGE.  We also did not vary our play calling enough to get the defense off guard.  2017 is a big question mark due to the qb situation.  I certainly with we had given the backups more time last season to show their stuff.  Due to that the job is wide open with first years having a very good chance to win the job.
The Future

Agreed that it would have been great to give some younger guys some time at QB. Would assume that losing four of the nine games where you had the lead at half would make it hard to not have your starter out there.
CR(colorlessraider)

you could have substituted at Yale,Bucknell and perhaps Lafayette.
The Future

For sure Yale. (Attwood did play a couple of plays). The other two were after the Cornell game--which at one point was on its way to being an absolute blowout. That being said, I do agree with you about getting QB's some time. Thought it might happen after seeing Attwood play against Syracuse.
60salum

James Madison-Youngstown State game this Sat @ 12 PM (ET) if anyone's interested. This is the FCS final. Should be interesting to see what JMU is all about. They have clobbered every team in the tourney thus far, including UNH and Sam Houston State, and N. Dakota State.
60salum

The JMU Dukes are National Champions, 28-14 over YSU. Who knew going in to the season JMU would win the title? I know it wasn't on my radar... Shocked
'gate80

Colgate and UNC

In JMU's last 18 games, their only losses were to Colgate and a 8-win North Carolina team which beat Florida State. The Dukes dominating win for the national title makes Colgate's win last year perhaps the best over the the last half century IMO after the 23-0 shutout of Rutgers in 1977.

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