Every week, Marquette Social Scene will rank the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s 15 football schools from best to worst and will see how Northern Michigan University fits each week. Broken into the contenders, the darkhorses and rebuilds, read what the GLIAC has to offer below.

Rebuilds (15-11)

15. Malone  (No Change)

After losing by more than 24 points every week, the Pioneers scored their season high 21 points and was beating Tiffin heading into the fourth quarter. They will need the offense against the potent attack of Ashland.


14. Lake Erie  ( — 2)

That was a rough blowout loss and all-GLIAC running back Anthony Bilal was completely shut down. With other defensive injuries and no ball control, the Storm is going to give up 60-plus points almost every week. It’s tough to see them winning another game even though they still have to play Malone.


13. Walsh  (No Change)

The Cavaliers were able to force a bunch of field goals, but three interceptions and a season-low eight points was pretty tough. Walsh hasn’t won a game since week 1 at home against Tiffin and are averaging 38 points against in their three losses.


12. Saginaw Valley (+ 2)

The Cards were blown out at home with their leading rusher and receiver getting most of their yards in the second half. They’re young and have potential though and should be excited about one of the league’s worst road teams in NMU coming to town next week.


11. Tiffin  (No Change)

“Comeback win against Malone” isn’t going to get you a lot of respect, but hitting .500 for the first time this late in the season since joining the GLIAC will. The 50-yard field goal by Tomislav Derezik to win it was good.


Dark Horses (10-6)Contenders (5-1)



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