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(STATS) -- San Diego has been selected as the favorite in the Pioneer Football League in each of the last six years, holding a one-point edge over Dayton in this seasons voting by the leagues head coaches. If a vote was taken now after the halfway point of PFL action, those coaches might change their tune.Thats because San Diego has been dominant on both sides of the ball, and that strong play doesnt figure to let up Saturday when it hosts Valparaiso.The Toreros (5-1) have thoroughly outplayed opponents in opening 4-0 in PFL play. They got things started with a crucial 34-22 victory over Dayton on Sept. 24 and won their next three by a combined score of 134-20.Entering this week, San Diego ranks No. 1 in the FCS in scoring defense (13.3 points per game) and passing efficiency defense (86.13 rating) and sits seventh in total defense (274.2 yards per game).I think the reason as a defensive whole were successful against the pass is because we have a lot of team chemistry, junior defensive back Max Michaels said. A lot of the guys have returned from last year, and we all sort of know where each others going to be and what to expect from one another given any sort of play.Offensively, the Toreros pace the PFL in scoring (35.2) and total offense (457.7). Theyre stacked on that side of the ball with quarterback Anthony Lawrence, running back Jonah Hodges, tight end Ross Dwelley and wide receiver Brian Riley leading the way.Lawrence tops the PFL in pass efficiency (166.4) and completion percentage (68.8) while throwing for 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns to just three interceptions. Hodges leads the league with 681 rushing yards, 180.2 all-purpose yards per game, 10 total TDs and nine rushing scores. Dwelley ranks first with seven TD catches and Riley is second with 96.8 receiving yards per game.(San Diego) is a team that really doesnt have any weaknesses, Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini said. They have a dominant offense, they can run the football ... they throw it all over the place and can be explosive. ... Nobodys been able to get anything going against them, so right now theyre the team to beat without question.San Diegos ability to score and hold down opponents doesnt bode well for Valparaiso (3-4, 2-2), which ranks eighth in the 11-team PFL in both scoring offense (24.0) and scoring defense (31.1). Add in the facts that the Toreros have won 25 straight at home in PFL play and 12 in a row in this series while averaging 47.9 points and allowing 14.6, and it would appear the Crusaders are in for a long day.Valparaiso, though, is an improved team. It entered this season with 50 losses in 56 league games since 2009, but the Crusaders are one victory away from winning three PFL contests for the first time in 13 years.The Toreros, meanwhile, have gone 7-1 in league action in each of the past five seasons.The thing about the PFL is that any team can come out any week and hand you a loss and were well aware of that, Michaels said. Its really tough to go undefeated in this league. Weve been handed one loss the past couple of years, so just kind of staying focused on that and realizing that the loss can come any week and each team is good. After mostly cruising through four games, fifth-ranked North Carolina takes a different kind of challenge this week.The Maui Invitational should test the Tar Heels endurance.North Carolina has won each game by double-digit margins, so the likelihood for heightened competition is appealing at this stage of the season.I think that is what the whole team wants, Tar Heels guard Joel Berry said. We want a good challenge. We still have to go out there and play our hardest, so we can try and get better. I think going out to Maui and playing against some better competition will help us.The tournament schedule calls for three games in three days at Lahaina Civic Center, with the Tar Heels beginning Monday night against tournament host Chaminade (2-0), a Division II program.This is North Carolinas seventh appearance in the Maui Invitational, with the Tar Heels reaching the finals five times and winning the 1999, 2004 and 2008 events. The Tar Heels have a 15-3 record in the tournament.Coach Roy Williams said the competition is important. Hes also prone to point out the fringe benefits of the trip because he enjoys tropical weather.We go to Maui every four years for a reason -- the head coach likes it, Williams said.Yet the Tar Heels are aware that the basketball value is of utmost importance.We have to go with the right mindset, senior forward Kennedy Meeks said. I know its a nice place to go.North Carolina holds a 4-0 record for the first time since November 2012.Freshman post player Tony Bradley has scored in double figures in all four North Carolina games. Thats the most consecutive games in double figures at the beginning of a college career for a Tar Heel since Brandan Wrights 18-game stretch in 2006-07.ddddddddddddWilliams, with a 787-209 coaching record, moved into ninth place in Division I mens coaching victories with Friday nights 83-68 win at Hawaii. He passed Lefty Driesell.That game also resulted in the lowest point total of the season for the Tar Heels, who rang up more than 90 points in the first three games of the season -- something they hadnt done in 22 years.This marks the third Maui Invitational appearance in a row in which the Tar Heels will match up with Chaminade, though the last time it came in a consolation round.Chaminade, which was coming off a 12-15 record in 2015-16, hasnt played since winning Nov. 11 and 12 against Alaska Anchorage and Alaska, respectively, to open the new season.Our defense has been really, really good, sixth-year coach Eric Bovaird said on the schools web site. Its something weve focused on. Were getting better. Its something were going to focus on.Guards Rohndell Goodwin and Kiran Shastri averaged 24 and 20.5 points in the opening two games for Chaminade. Sam Daly, who was among the best in the Pacific West Conference last season in assists and steals, is a senior guard in his second year with the Silverswords after transferring from Grand Canyon.Starting out 2-0 going into Maui feels really good, Bovaird said.The North Carolina-Chaminade winner takes on the Connecticut-Oklahoma State winner in Tuesday nights semifinals, while the losers meet in the consolation bracket. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '