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)

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15. Malone  (No Change)

If any other team in the conference was excited about SVSU’s win last week it had to be the Pioneers. They host NMU this Saturday and all that positive thinking has turned into something that Malone hasn’t felt much this season: hope.

 

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14. Lake Erie  (No Change)

Another rough outing for the Storm at home against Ohio Dominican. A non-conference game will give them a break from the GLIAC grind, but their defense won’t get any help on the road.

 

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13. Northern Michigan  (— 4)

NMU has lost their last three games by one score or less against teams ranked third, seventh and twelfth in the power rankings. But what’s concerning is how they’ve matched their opponents’ talent level all three games. The ’Cats are a team that can’t set their own pace or personality in a game.

 

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12. Saginaw Valley  (No Change)

SVSU didn’t win that game, they simply allowed NMU to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They may not be in the bottom three anymore, but the Cards only seem to show up in the fourth quarter all year.

 

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11. Walsh  (+ 2)

The Cavs have lost four in a row and will have problems finding wins the rest of the year, but they haven’t necessarily been bad. They just can’t string together four quarters for a solid game.

 

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

 

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