baker18
Its almost time for hard hitting Saturday football. Wiac Could be in for a Change of guards soon, but How does Everyone Else see wiac shapping up?
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warrior2spartan
UW-Whitewater is the clear cut favorite as they should be. UW-Platteville is probably there toughest challenge but I wouldn't count UW-Stevens Point or UW-Oshkosh out of contention either. After those four teams, there is a big discrepancy in talent and coaching.
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baker18
warrior2spartan wrote:
UW-Whitewater is the clear cut favorite as they should be. UW-Platteville is probably there toughest challenge but I wouldn't count UW-Stevens Point or UW-Oshkosh out of contention either. After those four teams, there is a big discrepancy in talent and coaching.



Whitewater is the favorite but its not as clear cut as you think. UWO will be their toughest test. Oshkosh was 6 1 in conference last year and lost only by 7 to whitewater. Oshkosh has a young team which is scary. Rn Hecker and qb Kasper are only sophomores who will be legit players. Platteville will also give them a run. Wouldn't be surprised to see 3 tie on top

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warrior2spartan
With 7 starters on both offense and defense returning from an undefeated National Championship team, I would say they are the clear cut favorite. Oshkosh and Platteville will definitely play them tough and may even find a way to beat them. Until that happens though, they are the clear cut favorite. Last years Oshkosh-Whitewater game was 24-7.

Hoping to see the gap close between the top 4 of the league and the bottom 4. It would be in the best interest in the entire league for the competitive gap to shrink.
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baker18
Here is how I see the standings playing out.

1 Whitewater ( with 14 total starters back they wont have to fill many holes. The biggest hole to fill will be the loss of Coach Leipold, but they stayed in house and hired Kevin Bullis as head coach. He has been with the team for years so not much will change as far as coaching system goes maybe just style. They will once again compete for a national crown.

2. Oshkosh ( The titans may have been 6-4 last year but 3 of their losses came against NAIA schools or D1AA schools as well as whitewater so they didn't play bad despite a disappointing record. Kasper and Hecker appear to be future studs in this league and being that both are only sophomores they will still have minor growing pains, but should be able to lead a great offense this year. They will challenge Whitewater for the top spot and being that the game is in Oshkosh I believe it wouldn't shock me to see titans upset them this year at home again. This team is one to keep an eye on in upcoming years as they are young and will only be better.

3. Platteville ( The theme for the Pioneers lately is just coming up short. They seem to have the talent to beat whitewater and Oshkosh in some years but fail to capitalize when they play eachother. THis year however, it wouldn't shock me to see a three way tie at the top of the standings if UWO can upset UWW at titan stadium and then Platteville beats UWO in Platteville because UWW wont lose at home to anyone. If this scenario happens their is a great chance three WIAC teams make playoffs where any one if not all three could make deep runs. This should be an exciting time in WIAC as I think the gap is closing on Whitewater slowly, but closing non the less.

4. Stevens Point ( The Pointers took major strides last year and showed great improvement, but once conference play hit they stepped back again. This team has talent, but the problem is the top three teams have so much more talent that it makes point constantly stuck in the middle. Could this team pull off some upsets, sure they can, but I just don't see that happening. They will be in almost every game, but the talent isn't quite good enough to take that step forward.

5. La Crosse ( Eagles are coming off a terrible year and should be much improved. The problem with the WIAC is that the top of the league is so much better than the bottom half, you almost are guaranteed 4 losses out of gate unless you can pull off upsets. The bottom of this league should be a log jam, but la crosse is the best of the bottom half of league.

6. Stout ( Blue devils are a mystery team to me. I think they could either finish last, or find a way to finish 4/5. They always play 4 or 5 solid games where they just cant put teams away or make that one stop that could turn the tide. Change some of their luck and this team could surprise some to me.

7. River Falls ( The Falcons have been at the bottom of the league for I believe the last 4 or 5 years. THey have started to show minor signs of improvement however. Lots of young players will now start to turn the corner and I believe they will start to be more competitive and win more games.

8. Eau Claire( Blugolds are in free fall mode right now. THey used to have a respectable program, but now find themselves in a situation where they may not win more than 1 conference game if any at all. Something needs to change in this program and if Coach Glasser doesn't show improvement this year I don't see him back next year.

Does anyone know why Superior does not have a football team. Their high school has a lot of success up there and they pull a lot of people from UP and northern minnestoa. I am sure they could have enough to form a football team. They could prolly do better than a few teams too,.
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bigraider
UW-L will surprise the WIAC this year. Remember UW-L lost to Platteville in the last seconds, lost to Oshkosh after UWO score 2 TD's in final 2 minutes of game, were up and should have beat Steven Point, lost to River Falls in OT in a game with some questionable decisions. Watch for UW-L to win most of those "should haves" this year. Lots of talent and speed returning on defense, D-backs and Linebackers are studs. On offensive with returning QB behind probably the most talented offensive line in the WIAC. Coaching staff improves every year and this is their year to put it all together. The junior class if full of talent on both sides of the ball.
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coachw12
baker18 wrote:
Here is how I see the standings playing out.

1 Whitewater ( with 14 total starters back they wont have to fill many holes. The biggest hole to fill will be the loss of Coach Leipold, but they stayed in house and hired Kevin Bullis as head coach. He has been with the team for years so not much will change as far as coaching system goes maybe just style. They will once again compete for a national crown.

2. Oshkosh ( The titans may have been 6-4 last year but 3 of their losses came against NAIA schools or D1AA schools as well as whitewater so they didn't play bad despite a disappointing record. Kasper and Hecker appear to be future studs in this league and being that both are only sophomores they will still have minor growing pains, but should be able to lead a great offense this year. They will challenge Whitewater for the top spot and being that the game is in Oshkosh I believe it wouldn't shock me to see titans upset them this year at home again. This team is one to keep an eye on in upcoming years as they are young and will only be better.

3. Platteville ( The theme for the Pioneers lately is just coming up short. They seem to have the talent to beat whitewater and Oshkosh in some years but fail to capitalize when they play eachother. THis year however, it wouldn't shock me to see a three way tie at the top of the standings if UWO can upset UWW at titan stadium and then Platteville beats UWO in Platteville because UWW wont lose at home to anyone. If this scenario happens their is a great chance three WIAC teams make playoffs where any one if not all three could make deep runs. This should be an exciting time in WIAC as I think the gap is closing on Whitewater slowly, but closing non the less.

4. Stevens Point ( The Pointers took major strides last year and showed great improvement, but once conference play hit they stepped back again. This team has talent, but the problem is the top three teams have so much more talent that it makes point constantly stuck in the middle. Could this team pull off some upsets, sure they can, but I just don't see that happening. They will be in almost every game, but the talent isn't quite good enough to take that step forward.

5. La Crosse ( Eagles are coming off a terrible year and should be much improved. The problem with the WIAC is that the top of the league is so much better than the bottom half, you almost are guaranteed 4 losses out of gate unless you can pull off upsets. The bottom of this league should be a log jam, but la crosse is the best of the bottom half of league.

6. Stout ( Blue devils are a mystery team to me. I think they could either finish last, or find a way to finish 4/5. They always play 4 or 5 solid games where they just cant put teams away or make that one stop that could turn the tide. Change some of their luck and this team could surprise some to me.

7. River Falls ( The Falcons have been at the bottom of the league for I believe the last 4 or 5 years. THey have started to show minor signs of improvement however. Lots of young players will now start to turn the corner and I believe they will start to be more competitive and win more games.

8. Eau Claire( Blugolds are in free fall mode right now. THey used to have a respectable program, but now find themselves in a situation where they may not win more than 1 conference game if any at all. Something needs to change in this program and if Coach Glasser doesn't show improvement this year I don't see him back next year.

Does anyone know why Superior does not have a football team. Their high school has a lot of success up there and they pull a lot of people from UP and northern minnestoa. I am sure they could have enough to form a football team. They could prolly do better than a few teams too,.


Superior ended the football program two decades ago because of low turn out and title 9. I believe there is talk they are leaving the WIAC after this season for all sports.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/statecolleges/uw-superior-leaving-wiac-after-2014-15-academic-year-b99264977z1-258387901.html
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coach40
coachw12 wrote:
baker18 wrote:
Here is how I see the standings playing out.

1 Whitewater ( with 14 total starters back they wont have to fill many holes. The biggest hole to fill will be the loss of Coach Leipold, but they stayed in house and hired Kevin Bullis as head coach. He has been with the team for years so not much will change as far as coaching system goes maybe just style. They will once again compete for a national crown.

2. Oshkosh ( The titans may have been 6-4 last year but 3 of their losses came against NAIA schools or D1AA schools as well as whitewater so they didn't play bad despite a disappointing record. Kasper and Hecker appear to be future studs in this league and being that both are only sophomores they will still have minor growing pains, but should be able to lead a great offense this year. They will challenge Whitewater for the top spot and being that the game is in Oshkosh I believe it wouldn't shock me to see titans upset them this year at home again. This team is one to keep an eye on in upcoming years as they are young and will only be better.

3. Platteville ( The theme for the Pioneers lately is just coming up short. They seem to have the talent to beat whitewater and Oshkosh in some years but fail to capitalize when they play eachother. THis year however, it wouldn't shock me to see a three way tie at the top of the standings if UWO can upset UWW at titan stadium and then Platteville beats UWO in Platteville because UWW wont lose at home to anyone. If this scenario happens their is a great chance three WIAC teams make playoffs where any one if not all three could make deep runs. This should be an exciting time in WIAC as I think the gap is closing on Whitewater slowly, but closing non the less.

4. Stevens Point ( The Pointers took major strides last year and showed great improvement, but once conference play hit they stepped back again. This team has talent, but the problem is the top three teams have so much more talent that it makes point constantly stuck in the middle. Could this team pull off some upsets, sure they can, but I just don't see that happening. They will be in almost every game, but the talent isn't quite good enough to take that step forward.

5. La Crosse ( Eagles are coming off a terrible year and should be much improved. The problem with the WIAC is that the top of the league is so much better than the bottom half, you almost are guaranteed 4 losses out of gate unless you can pull off upsets. The bottom of this league should be a log jam, but la crosse is the best of the bottom half of league.

6. Stout ( Blue devils are a mystery team to me. I think they could either finish last, or find a way to finish 4/5. They always play 4 or 5 solid games where they just cant put teams away or make that one stop that could turn the tide. Change some of their luck and this team could surprise some to me.

7. River Falls ( The Falcons have been at the bottom of the league for I believe the last 4 or 5 years. THey have started to show minor signs of improvement however. Lots of young players will now start to turn the corner and I believe they will start to be more competitive and win more games.

8. Eau Claire( Blugolds are in free fall mode right now. THey used to have a respectable program, but now find themselves in a situation where they may not win more than 1 conference game if any at all. Something needs to change in this program and if Coach Glasser doesn't show improvement this year I don't see him back next year.

Does anyone know why Superior does not have a football team. Their high school has a lot of success up there and they pull a lot of people from UP and northern minnestoa. I am sure they could have enough to form a football team. They could prolly do better than a few teams too,.


Superior ended the football program two decades ago because of low turn out and title 9. I believe there is talk they are leaving the WIAC after this season for all sports.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/statecolleges/uw-superior-leaving-wiac-after-2014-15-academic-year-b99264977z1-258387901.html

Yup the last year was '91 I believe. I was "recruited" to head there. When the coach sat down with me he sheepishly said he would love me to attend UWS but unfortunately the team was being disbanded!
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hueby
Also besides Superior' s football program folding just wanted to add most of the U.P. football players end up D2 with Michigan Tech or Northern Michigan. There have been many others that have played at St. Norbert, Lakeland and now Wisconsin Lutheran.

Finlandia up in Hanc0ck (right near MTU) is starting a D3 football program this season. Can't believe they have scheduled 3 of the UW schools! They will be very young too! That's crazy but that's why am proud of them for not fearing playing the best in D3!
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coachw12
hueby wrote:
Also besides Superior' s football program folding just wanted to add most of the U.P. football players end up D2 with Michigan Tech or Northern Michigan. There have been many others that have played at St. Norbert, Lakeland and now Wisconsin Lutheran.

Finlandia up in Hanc0ck (right near MTU) is starting a D3 football program this season. Can't believe they have scheduled 3 of the UW schools! They will be very young too! That's crazy but that's why am proud of them for not fearing playing the best in D3!


It is most likely the WIAC teams could not find opponents to play more than they are courageous.
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innercityivan
coachw12 wrote:

Superior ended the football program two decades ago because of low turn out and title 9. I believe there is talk they are leaving the WIAC after this season for all sports.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/statecolleges/uw-superior-leaving-wiac-after-2014-15-academic-year-b99264977z1-258387901.html

Hopefully that puts pressure on UWEC to start offering baseball. A lot of good ball players in that area.
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dfnewburry
innercityivan wrote:
coachw12 wrote:

Superior ended the football program two decades ago because of low turn out and title 9. I believe there is talk they are leaving the WIAC after this season for all sports.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/statecolleges/uw-superior-leaving-wiac-after-2014-15-academic-year-b99264977z1-258387901.html


Hopefully that puts pressure on UWEC to start offering baseball. A lot of good ball players in that area.

Odds on UWEC baseball other than the current club team are nill to none as in order to meet Title IX requirements they would need to offer another female sport at an estimated starting cost of 5 million for both .








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innercityivan
dfnewburry wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
coachw12 wrote:

Superior ended the football program two decades ago because of low turn out and title 9. I believe there is talk they are leaving the WIAC after this season for all sports.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/statecolleges/uw-superior-leaving-wiac-after-2014-15-academic-year-b99264977z1-258387901.html


Hopefully that puts pressure on UWEC to start offering baseball. A lot of good ball players in that area.


Odds on UWEC baseball other than the current club team are nill to none as in order to meet Title IX requirements they would need to offer another female sport at an estimated starting cost of 5 million for both .



I understand, just wishful thinking. Same situation with UW Madison.
It would be interesting to compare the sports each other WIAC school offers to still offer baseball.
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coachw12
innercityivan wrote:
dfnewburry wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
coachw12 wrote:

Superior ended the football program two decades ago because of low turn out and title 9. I believe there is talk they are leaving the WIAC after this season for all sports.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/statecolleges/uw-superior-leaving-wiac-after-2014-15-academic-year-b99264977z1-258387901.html


Hopefully that puts pressure on UWEC to start offering baseball. A lot of good ball players in that area.


Odds on UWEC baseball other than the current club team are nill to none as in order to meet Title IX requirements they would need to offer another female sport at an estimated starting cost of 5 million for both .



I understand, just wishful thinking. Same situation with UW Madison.
It would be interesting to compare the sports each other WIAC school offers to still offer baseball.

Barry ( I still want to be the head football coach) Alvarez has said if someone wants to build a new stadium for baseball and start it up he will gladly listen.
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hueby
coachw12 wrote:
hueby wrote:
Also besides Superior' s football program folding just wanted to add most of the U.P. football players end up D2 with Michigan Tech or Northern Michigan. There have been many others that have played at St. Norbert, Lakeland and now Wisconsin Lutheran.

Finlandia up in Hanc0ck (right near MTU) is starting a D3 football program this season. Can't believe they have scheduled 3 of the UW schools! They will be very young too! That's crazy but that's why am proud of them for not fearing playing the best in D3!


It is most likely the WIAC teams could not find opponents to play more than they are courageous.


I don't know much about those other opponents but think that is great Finlandia is playing these WIAC teams. I'm sure these UW teams will be used as the standard/bar to achieve. Shows Finlandia is serious about high academic and athletics goals. []

A very impressive coaching staff!

I did a quick count of Finlandia' s roster. Roughly 9 sophomores, 50 freshmen, 2 juniors and 1 senior. Here is a little video on them. Have to be a fan of sports reporter Sam Ali ...that smiling face and that bow tie!

http://abc10up.com/2015-u-p-football-preview-finlandia/
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