BUAFL Week Four

26 11 2011

Week four of the British University American Football League (BUAFL) sees some games that could shape a few team’s season. Although the season is in its early stages a victory for one team could mean the opposition faces an uphill battle to make the playoffs, something every team in the league believes they can achieve at the start of the campaign.

Here are five games that I believe will have a big impact on the league.

Nottingham Outlaws @ Birmingham Lions (Midland Athletic Conference)

The outlaws travel to the home of the Lions on the back of a drumming from another division favourite Loughborough Aces. Should they be on the end of a similar score line against one of the elite BUAFL teams then they could be looking at a very long and hard road to success this year.

With a schedule that includes matches against Derby Braves and Nottingham Trent, a loss could be too much to overcome for the Outlaws.

Birmingham Lions

Birmingham on the other hand are expected to beat Nottingham comfortably and if they were to lose, it would send shock waves through the league, but they won’t.

Prediction – Outlaws 7- 42 Lions

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Staffordshire Stallions @ Loughborough Aces (Midland Athletic Conference)

The Stallions have played one and lost one so far this season yet they have plenty of time to turn their fortunes around. Facing them is a schedule that would strike fear into most teams. A defeat away at Derby and then huge trips to Loughborough and Birmingham means they immediately start with an uphill task to reach the playoffs.

Staffordshire Stallions with Mayor of Crewe

With Loughborough and Birmingham unlikely to lose many, you would think they will have to get a result against either the Aces or Lions.

Loughborough have blasted out the blocks with two wins from two and will see the Stallions as a walkover and the rest of the conference is expecting them to win. Being a favourite is nothing new for the Aces and they should overcome a spirited Stallions outfit.

Prediction – Stallions 14 – 28 Aces

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Imperial Immortals @ Portsmouth Destroyers (Thames Valley Conference)

A matchup between two undefeated teams at the home of the reigning champions, you couldn’t script it any better.

The Immortals have overcome two decent teams and the Surrey Stingers to reach their impressive total but the Destroyers will be a very different test.

Imperials vs Surrey Stingers

Boasting their own winning record and the small matter of being the reigning champions, Portsmouth will not fear the opposition but they will have to have respect for them.

The winner will be in pole position to win the conference with only the  Southampton Stags holding any realistic chance of challenging them.

A tight encounter but you cannot ignore the pedigree of the Destroyers.

Prediction – Immortals 14 – 21 Destroyers

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Glasgow Tigers @ Stirling Clansmen (Borders Conference)

The Clansmen have yet to concede a point all season which is impressive, but scoring 166 points in three games is possibly more of a thing to talk about.

Stirling Clansmen

Beating the UWS Pyros 90 – 0 is almost unbelievable, before it happened you would ask yourself, is that even possible but Stirling pulled it off and credit to them for not stepping off the gas and putting the sword to an extremely poor UWS defence.

Glasgow have a winning record so far but have not dominated teams in the same fashion. Scoring 36 and conceding 28 in three games doesn’t sound like a playoff team but if they manage to become the first team to reach the Clansmen then they have chance of heading the conference going into the second half of the campaign.

Stirling’s defence will be too good for the Tigers and will run out comfortable winners.

Prediction – Tigers 0 – 35 Clansmen

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Bangor MudDogs @ Sheffield Sabres  (Northern Conference)

Bangor are quite likely the surprise package of the season so far. While they haven’t played any big teams to date, they are remarkably 3-0 for the season which is quite honestly astonishing considering their record last season when they failed to win a game.

A recent boost in funds and recruitment because of the rugby teams folding has given fruit to the idea that Bangor could be serious challengers in the Northern Conference.

This week they finally face a contender for the title in the Sheffield Sabres. The Sabres themselves are unbeaten so far after big wins against Huddersfield Hawks and York Centurions.

Sabres opening win vs Hawks

The Sabres schedule is fairly straight forward with the exception of their varsity encounter with Sheffield Hallam, so a win on Sunday will ease them towards the playoffs.

Prediction – MudDogs 28 – 31 Sabres

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