Tony breaks down Chargers and Panthers as well as the rest of the league.
Ohio Dominican (1-0) at #17 Hillsdale (0-1)
It almost seems silly to think that the second game of the year is a
"big" one, but that may well be the case for Hillsdale. Of course, the
home-opener is always important, and this one will be special for the
fans and alums as the defense of their 2011 GLIAC Title commences.
Additionally, there is a revenge factor here as Hillsdale blew a
12-point edge over the last five minutes of last year's tilt and helped
derail their playoff plans in the process. Perhaps most importantly,
the Chargers are staring an 0-2 hole in the face and don't want to see
their hopes for the year all but dashed when the campaign is all of ten
days old. Yep...it may be early, but this is a BIG one.
The Charger offense moved the ball in typical fashion a week ago, but
seemed to have trouble closing the deal as they missed a couple of FG's
and also had another drive stall on Cal's side of the field. Finishing
drives is a key, and I like Hillsdale to do a better job this week
against an ODU defense that was decent last year, but hasn't been tested
thus far. Another important factor in this game is how new Panther QB
Mark Miller deals with a legit D2 defense. His first start a week ago
against Virginia-Lynchburg was hardly a test, and while there's little
question that he and Ronnel Spates will have some effectiveness via the
ground I'm interested to see if Miller can move the ball via the air if
the run isn't working. The perceived weakness thus far of the Charger
defense is the secondary, and Miller will likely be required to throw at
least some in order for ODU to win.
I really believe that ODU is an up-and-comer in this league, and that
the Panther program will be one that people dread dealing with very
soon. As for 2012, I'm going to wait just a bit and see. I spoke last
week about how the two best offensive players of a year ago need to be
replaced, and while Miller, Spates and Company won easily last week they
essentially beat up a club team...pretty hard for me to put much stock
in that. The Chargers are a far more polished team at this point, and
they lost a close one to a quality D2 opponent. Add in Coach
Otterbein's understanding of what it takes to win important games and I
like Hillsdale to come out swinging in this one. Hillsdale 35, ODU 21.
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