|How they got here:||Pool A, OAC champ
|You'll know they're playing well if:||Receivers in addition to Cecil Shorts are involved in the
offense, the running game is productive and the defense keeps the
opposing quarterback in the pocket.
|You'll know they're playing poorly if:||They hold onto the football and put the defense in bad
positions too many times.
|This season's turning point:||This may actually be yet to come. We're waiting for Neal
Seaman's version of the seminal late-game scoring drive that many
of his predecessors took the Purple Raiders on to win games in
their first year as starting quarterback.
|Rushing/receiving yards per game:||182.8/268.0
|Rushing/receiving yards allowed:||77.9/122.2
|How far can they go?||We have never said anything less than "all the way" for the
Purple Raiders. The bracket gives them a potential semifinal
challenge, however, and there's a chance this won't be the color of
purple in Salem.