Jeff Garcia and the Omaha Nighthawks remain atop our power rankings (Photo courtesy of UFL).
By John Archibald, Editor
So we now head into the fourth week of the United Football league season, and the standings continue to remain extremely crowded with no room for a team to start pulling away yet. However, the UFL has two games on tap this weekend that could really begin to start clearing the fog. With that said, it’s time for me to take a stab at getting a two-game sweep on the week four slate.
Last Week: 1-1 (Season 3-3)
It’s still really early, but I’m starting to believe that I may have bought into the Florida Tuskers a little too heavily this season. A late rally got me the pick in week one, but I’ve incorrectly chosen the Tuskers over the past two weeks. I did choose the final 20-17 score in a loss to the Las Vegas Locos last Thursday, so that should account for something, right? Yeah, I didn’t think you would agree. Anyhow, I did rebound on Saturday night when quarterback Jeff Garcia led the Omaha Nighthawks on a fourth quarter run to defeat Daunte Culpepper and the Sacramento Mountain Lions by the same tally, 20-17.
Omaha Nighthawks at Las Vegas Locos
Friday, October 8, 2010, 10:00 p.m. EST, TV: HDNet
For the first time this season, the first place Omaha Nighthawks will play away from the friendly confines of Rosenblatt Stadium. Omaha has faced fourth quarter deficits in each of its first two games, but Jeff Garcia was able to rally the troops and lead them to victory on both occasions. But that was done with 24,000 home fans singing their praises. They won’t be so kindly received at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, and the defending UFL Champions looked pretty impressive in holding off Florida last weekend for its first win of the season. Loco runningback DeDe Dorsey ran for 99 yards and added another 105 yards through the air in an excellent outing, and the former Cincinnati Bengal is really starting to find his groove.
Prediction: The Nighthawks have yet to do me wrong, and I still don’t feel that they have played their best football. When the game is on the line, Omaha tends to find a way to get the ball down the field, and you can’t underestimate that. Las Vegas is good, and particularly good at home, but I have to roll with the Nighthawks, 23-17.
Florida Tuskers at Hartford Colonials
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 3:00 p.m. EST, TV: VERSUS
Hartford comes into this game with the top point producing offense in the UFL, and they pack a nice punch with quarterback Josh McCown and a stellar rushing attack. On the other side of the ball, Florida is reeling. Don’t get me wrong, the Tuskers have a very good team, but they are having a hard time of figuring out how to pull out some wins right now. They put together an incredible fourth quarter to defeat Las Vegas on opening weekend, but Florida has been on the wrong side of late runs in both games since. As far as the Colonials are concerned, they have put together the only blowout win of the season and would be undefeated had Omaha not pulled out a tight week two victory.
Prediction: I still have faith in the Tuskers, but I think I need to see something from them before I am comfortable with picking them again. Hartford is also a lot better than they get credit for being, and I really like that split-back running attack of Andre Dixon and Lorenzo Booker (even though Booker was held to four rushing yards against the Nighthawks). I have to go with McCown and company, 24-21.
RESOLUTION SPORTS’ UFL POWER RANKINGS
1. Omaha Nighthawks (2-0) – Omaha is a team full of grinders. The Nighthawks are the final undefeated team in the UFL and clearly deserve to sit in the top spot.
2. Hartford Colonials (1-1) – Hartford was on a bye last weekend, and I didn’t see quite enough for Las Vegas to jump them in the power rankings.
3. Las Vegas Locos (1-1) – Las Vegas avenged a week one loss to Florida last Thursday, kicking a last second field goal for the win. The Locos also looked pretty sharp in the process, and that is why they get the three spot.
4. Sacramento Mountain Lions (1-2) – Is there reason to worry on the West Coast? Not yet, but the bye week may have come at a perfect time. Dennis Green and Daunte Culpepper need to regroup and come out with a fury in week five, but for their work to date, they will have to settle for fourth in our power rankings.
5. Florida Tuskers (1-2) – After going unbeaten in the 2009 regular season, the Tuskers appeared to pick up right where they left off during week one of the 2010 season. Since that time, 2009 MVP Brooks Bollinger and his squad have found themselves on the wrong end of two losses. This team has talent but needs to put it all together. Unfortunately, the two-game spin over the past couple of weeks will place them fifth on this chart.