Halfway through the Frontier Conference season, by the numbers.
It is the midpoint of the Frontier conference season. 5 games down, with 5 to go over the next 6 weeks. With a conference-wide bye-week on Oct. 15th. Let’s start by looking at the current Frontier Conference standings. Shown with this week’s national ranking, as well as points scored, and points allowed.
Current Frontier standings: points for: points against
#9 College of Idaho 5-0 166 65
#17 Rocky Mountain 4-1 170 77
#19 Montana Tech 4-1 190 65
RV –Carroll College 3-2 97 104
UM Western 2-3 178 124
Southern Oregon 2-3 146 115
MSU Northern 0-5 15 251
Eastern Oregon 0-5 61 227
I feel we have had a few surprises in the early season, both the good variety and the not-so-good variety. The big “good” for me has been the current top 3 schools have all had to play their backup quarterbacks, and all have played fantastically. Historically, you don’t survive in this conference if you don’t have a solid backup play-caller. On the not-so-good side, I just look at Eastern. That’s a program that is well coached, they usually have next level talent scattered through their roster, and as of now they just can’t seem to put it together.
For a reminder, here is the Preseason Coaches’ Poll. It’s always fun to compare the preseason poll, to midseason, and final polls. Do I think the current standings will hold? No. I still think we will have upsets; I think there will be some big games down to the wire, and I think (unfortunately) our conference will beat each other up, and out of the top 25.
Preseason coaches’ poll
#17 Montana Western (4) 43 points
RV - Carroll College (3) 37 points
#19 Rocky Mountain College 37 points
RV- College of Idaho (1) 33 points
Montana Tech 30 points
Eastern Oregon 19 points
Southern Oregon 17 points
MSU-Northern 8 points
Here are some of the current stat leaders in the Frontier Conference
Starting with passing numbers, I mentioned earlier the importance of depth at quarterback, 2 guys who started the season as the #2 on their roster find their way onto the passing yards per game list.
Passing Yards Per Game
George Tribble- Rocky 36/51 71% 483 yards 242 ypg 6 TD 1 Int
Jet Campbell -Tech 50/87 58% 674yards 225ypg 4TD 2 Int
Blake Asciutto SOU- 87/161 54% 1062 yards 212 ypg 10 TD 3 Int
Nathan Dick- Rocky 53/97 55% 591 yards 197 ypg 3 TD 3 Int
Andy Peters-COI 57/95 60% 777 yards 194 ypg 6 TD 3 Int
Jon Jund -Western 95/167 57% 1138 yards 190 ypg 9TD 6 Int
Blake Thelen - Tech 30/49 61% 503 yards 168 ypg 6Td 0 Int
Jack Prka -Carroll 69/127 54% 751 yards 150 ypg 4 TD 5 Int
I will always think of the Frontier as 'running back central', stacked with guys that just dominated. Running backs like Rinker, Hansen, McKinley, Calzaretta, Grosulak and Saracini, guys that averaged 130+ yards a game, so it strikes me as odd to see 1 guy averaging over 100 ypg. That could easily change over the rest of the season as the weather gets worse and worse. But still feels like an oddity.
Rushing Yards per game
Zaire Wilcox – Rocky 63c – 326 yards 109ypg 2 TD
Allamar Alexander COI 87c -490 yards 98ypg 4 Td
Hunter Gilbert COI 79c- 463 yards 93ypg 6 TD
Blake Counts Tech 77c – 402 yards 81 ypg 3 TD
Reese Neville Western 79c – 437 yards 73 ypg 4 TD
Matthew Burgess Carroll 46c – 251 yards 63 ypg 2 TD
Receiving yards per game
Trevor Hoffman -Tech 31 rec. 482 yards 97ypg 2TD
Malachi Spurrier EOU 22 rec. 375 yards 63ypg 2TD
Trae Henry- Rocky 17 rec 305 yards 61ypg 3TD
Jake Nadley- COI 16 rec. 241 yards 60ypg 1TD
Kyle Torgerson- Tech 20 rec. 296 yards 59ypg 1TD
Christian Graney – SOU 24 rec. 277 yards 55ypg 2TD
Tony Collins- Carroll 18 rec. 273 yards 54ypg 5TD
We have several big games on the horizon, games that could shape the conference standings as well as the national top 25. This weekend that game is in Caldwell, ID as the Orediggers are on the road to take on the Yotes.