Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Early Season Big Games for 2012 (Part 4)
As you can see to the right of this blog post, time is ticking down to the first kickoff on Thursday August 23rd. Although as of right now we still have 5 months, basketball season to end, Spring sports to end, and time that should have been for Spring practices, many players and fans are looking ahead to the 2012 schedules to see what key games they will be apart of or games for their opponents/rivals.
Now not all of the 2012 schedules are complete but Michigan-Football is the place to be to see all the available schedules in the state and is also loaded with a bunch of nice data on the site. The website does not have who is home/away but if I mistake just comment to let me know, because I am not perfect.
Here are some of the biggest Southeastern Michigan games from week 2.
Following the first week of the season which features mostly crossover games, in week 2 the divisional games will begin. Week 2 will have some big games which will directly effect who wins the league. In 2010 Romeo defeated Dakota on the road which resulted in nine straight wins and a MAC Red title for the Bulldogs.
The biggest game in the MAC Red in week 2 is Chippewa Valley and Romeo. Both teams will have very high expectations next season. Although the favorite to win the MAC Red will be Eisenhower, a Chippewa Valley win over Romeo would give them a ton of momentum heading into the week 3 game against Eisenhower. While Romeo will not play Eisenhower until week 7, like in 2010 a big divisional win will give the Bulldogs a head of steam heading into their game against Dakota in week 3. Both teams were discussed pretty well in the week 1 preview, feel free to read that by clicking on this link, please.
In 2012, Romeo and Chippewa Valley will meet for the 25th time, Romeo has won the previous five meetings and Romeo leads the all time series 19-5. Their first meeting was in 1963 and Romeo defeated Chippewa Valley 20-6.
The OAA White figures to be a really tough division in 2012. One big game to keep an eye out is Harrison against Rochester Adams to kickoff seven straight weeks of OAA White divisional football games. Harrison for the first time in several years will not have the explosive playmakers: Jake Vento (Grand Valley State), Mario Ojemudia (Michigan), Devin Funchess (Michigan), Aaron Burbridge (Michigan State), and Lamarr Marshall (Siena Heights) on their sidelines. Harrison will face a lot of questions in 2012 but the Hawks do have several key players returning such as: Jake Slobin, Ed Huckleby, and Gairus Coleman. Each year both Harrison and Rochester Adams have high expectations and this year will not be any different. The winner of this game instantly becomes the team to beat in the division, heading into week 3.
2012 will mark the 12th meeting between Rochester Adams and Harrison. Harrison has won the previous two meetings and Rochester Adams leads the all time series, 7-4.
Another key game to look out for in 2012 is Oxford and North Farmington. The North Farmington Raiders will be in the OAA White for the first time after winning the OAA Blue in 2011. Oxford on the other hand will be missing tons of talent from the class of 2012, noticeably LB/RB Prescott Line (Southeastern Methodist). Although it's unlikely that both teams experience last years success, these two will be interesting to watch in throughout the season.
This will also happen to be the first North Farmington and Oxford play one another.
If you were looking for a third very competitive OAA White game in week 2 then you are in luck. Two other contenders, Southfield and Farmington, will face one another also in week 2. Southfield will be coming off their week 1 battle with Martin Luther King while Farmington will be looking to escape the shadows of teams in their division. Farmington quietly went 6-5 last season with losses to: Rochester Adams, Pontiac, Harrison, and Southfield twice. If you plug Farmington in most other divisions, they would of had a lot better record than 6-5. Farmington will be headlined by two big time playmakers in 2012, Isaiah Gourdine and Jordan Degreffenreed. Click here to view a look at more on Southfield.
Southfield has beaten Farmington the previous two meetings both took place in 2011. Since 1950 Southfield leads the series vs Farmington 29-15. Southfield has also booted Farmington out of the playoffs in 2011 (27-9) and 2008 (16-0).
The big game in the Western Wayne Conference will be a crossover between Redford Thurston and Fordson. Both Fordson and Redford Thurston will have tough opponents in week 1. Click here to read about it.
Redford Thurston defeated Fordson last season with a 20-6 victory which was the first time the two teams met.