While Northern Iowa leads the FootballPower Division I-AA power rankings with a perfect 100.00 rating in week five, one must pay attention to the resurgence of Delaware this season, who have catapulted up the rankings to fifth at 99.54.
After five blowouts to open up the season against five quality opponents, the Blue Hens appear to have recaptured that magic a la Delaware Football in 2003. That year, of course, the Blue Hens finished with a 15-1 record en route to the national championship. That same 2003 team also stormed out to five blowout wins against quality opponents, like William and Mary, Citadel and Hofstra.
The Blue Hens have averaged 39 points-per-game and just 13 points allowed per game -- all while averaging 465 yards per game offensively. The squad has been nothing short of dominant.
Perhaps one can look at the dynamic duo of Omar Cuff and Joe Flacco as a huge reason why. Cuff, the starting tailback, has already totaled 565 yards on the ground while scoring 16 touchdowns through five games. 16 touchdowns!! Meanwhile, quarterback Flacco has thrown for 1333 yards with a 72.1 pass completion percentage and six touchdowns.
The outstanding play of Cuff and Flacco immediately have people reminiscing about the 2003 champions. As you may remember, running back Germaine Bennett rushed for 1625 yards and 21 touchdowns while Hall amassed 25 touchdowns and 2765 yards through the air.
It should be interesting to see where the Blue Hens head in the ratings from here, especially with Navy (96.45 rating), James Madison (99.17) and Richmond (98.68) on the horizon. But so far, all indications point towards up.
-Adam C. Warner