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General football / Re: Most hated schools
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:07:01 pm »
I'd only speak for a couple of them but there are so many cases to be made. For TN I highly doubt it's Trinity. Sewanee's rival is probably Depauw. But given the SAA connections I think it's likely Centre is the boogeyman in both Rhodes and Sewanee's case. For Maryville I'd say Methodist, but I doubt you get much consensus.

In VA saying Bridgewater just won't cut it. 10 years ago, probably. 20 years ago it would have been E&H. Today? Probably HSC. The ODAC schools are looking up at HSC, and the Tigers and CNU have played enough recently to share some history. Not too mention the RMC - HSC rivalry is the big one in the state. Bridgewater hasn't really scared anyone in almost a decade.

Delaware is either Salisbury, the traditional rival of Wesley even if the series has been one-sided, or UMU, the traditional end of Wesley's road. In AL you have only two teams and they are disliked rivals of each other. Such as it is the top half of the state will go Huntingdon and the bottom half BSC. There isn't another option.

MS is going with Centre again as the stumbling block for Millsaps. The SAA schools dumped Trinity, which shows either a lot of respect or a lack of respect. Either way, they killed that as a potential rival and at least one side seems uninterested in scheduling the other. To have a rivalry you have to have games.

South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:50:32 am »

Interesting in the week that UMHB gains a #1 vote in the national poll, we lose one in this poll.

I've consistently put UMHB 2 this year. Not sure who joined me. I just looked at who was coming back for UMHB and who was coming back for Wesley and made a choice. So far neither team has given me a reason to change. I've got TMC at 3 or 4 in my poll, so Wesley has a good win there. The blowout over Salisbury is also looking good. Similarly UMHB just creamed Redlands who isn't a bad team, so you could clearly make a very easy case for them, especially looking back at the last two years. Unfortunately we won't have the H2H we had the last two years to sort it out.

South Region football / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:44:35 am »
Uggh. Horrible for the kid. Hope all goes well and he recovers fully. You just hate, absolutely hate, to hear about these kind of injuries.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:00:56 pm »

Jk: Sorry for the slow start. Hard to believe the Gennies are this far behind last years team. I'm certain it will start to click, hopefully after Oct. 11th !!!!

It's all cyclical. This Generals team is young and what I saw was a team I hadn't seen in 6 or 7 years.  2004-2007 the Generals had a good run then took a two year lull to reload. That led to the best W&L teams I've seen, so I'm hoping last year and this year will lead to another good run as guys mature.

Watching them at Sewanee wasn't particularly fun, but the second half turned into a good game. I don't think the Generals had a single explosive running play. That just can't stand in a run-option system. There are some other problems that I see, but it is a continuation from last year. The guys just can't seem to get to the corners or seal off the corners when they get there. That pushes Hollerith up the middle too much. Losing the turnover battle doesn't help either. I think it's going to be a long and frustrating season for the Generals. But there is a lot of youth on the field so in a year or two you have to hope for a payoff.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:35:05 pm »
Someone let me know about the Quakers this year ? They are putting up big numbers on both sides of the ball ! Are they for real ? I know their non conference schedule is weak but they are steamrolling teams !

The Quakers are very much for real. They spent a few years building this team relying on youth and letting it mature. I don't know if this year they can knock off HSC but they'll have the same nucleus next year as well. Lot of football to be played but I think the Quakers are going to be sitting right there in the ODAC hunt.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:31:39 pm »
Great meeting you today at our game.   Really thought W&L was going to pull it out until Sewanee's defense pulled off great plays on the failed two-point try and the block of the field goal attempt.      Save travels to y'all and best of luck in the rest of the season.

You as well. I briefly looked for you at the end of the game to say congratulations but I really needed to get back to the coach and pack it up so we could get on the road. At halftime it looked like a stinker of a game, but the second half was very entertaining. We talked about it being one of those games where the loser wanted it least, but by the end it was about the Tigers wanting it more. The stop on the 2 point conversion was just pure effort by your boys and they deserve a hats off for it. The field goal... well, 50 yards was a lot to ask and he hit low trying to drive it far enough. Your guys got their hands up, but they didn't have to be very high.

The Generals aren't what they were a few years ago, but I think Sewanee is better than they were. Win a few more this year! I'm going to try and get to the Sewanee-BSC game this year so if you make it down send me a message. You'll be more than welcome at the tailgate I set out overlooking the field. Nice job by the Tigers to end the streak!

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:20:25 pm »
Looking forward to the game. We are hiding at Marion county park outside Jasper for the night. Closest campground I could find heading northbound. We will tackle the grade both ways tomorrow. Drove through some nasty storms on the way up but tomorrow looks awesome. Good luck to the ODAC teams tomorrow.

South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:59:05 pm »
I think Methodist at Guilford is a fascinating game. Guilford put their faith in young players the last two years and this year and next year is when the payoff comes. I like Methodist a lot this year, mainly because I really like Reber, but with the game at Guilford I'm holding out for the ODAC team. I think Guilford has slightly more weapons outside of QB and I think Methodist has a better weapon at QB, so I don't know where that leaves me. I wouldn't lay money on this game because a) I don't gamble and b) I can't think of any compelling reason to bet one way or the other...

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:14:55 am »

When we first started doing Kickoff a decade ago, there were 229 teams.

If we're at 244, subtract the 29 to get to 215. But we also had teams at Blackburn, Colorado College, Mass-Boston, McMurry, Mississippi College, Swarthmore. And we've also transitioned a bunch of schools into the NCAA since then as well, who are not on that list. (St. Vincent, Westminster (Pa.), Texas Lutheran among them.)

So a net gain of just under 2 per year. Heck of a trend if it continues...

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:05:16 am »
Sorry -- been away from the boards for a couple of days dealing with editing columns and (sigh) punching in basketball schedules.

SAA doesn't get an automatic bid until 2015-16. And then we went back to the quick kick so I got lost in whatever else you wanted my take on. :)

My main question was what is the net positive gain in D3 football schools since the beginning of the AQ era.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:40:57 am »

Maryville's alma mater reads "Where Chilhowee's lofty mountains pierce the southern blue..." But really the school is in the valley and the mountains are several miles away. Tennessee basically east of Nashville all claim the mountains.

yeah. I'm not looking forward to pulling the grade up or down around Monteagle in the old motor home. It always gives me the creeps about boiling my brakes. Every trip up there causes me to fine tooth the brake system before we leave. That grade and the one on I40 north of Asheville give me the willies on the East Coast. Things you worry about when driving a large, old, heavy vehicle...

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:36:57 am »

Sorry for the confusion, Doc. The NCAA does pay for now. We were bandying about hypotheticals in the event of continues growth of Division III (and the possibility that one day the number of Pool A conferences would creep up to 32, or near enough that maintaining any number of at large bids would require expanding the playoff field). Jknezek alluded to a pod system used in other sports (admittedly something I know little about) - wherein I gather that the schools have to pay for what amounts to "play in" games, it sounds like - but I'll defer to someone else to better explain that.

To be clear, teams do not currently pay to take part in these pods. Once you make the NCAA tournament it is paid for. Pods in basketball, soccer, etc. are extremely regional making them unbalanced at times even if they are technically seeded. With the cost cutting that is going on, and the most recent focus on trying to bring the division into a balanced budget, I was talking about a way to expand the tournament, without letting costs get out of hand. Pairing two conferences that are closest together in a "play in" type game that is paid for by the schools is an unlikely and distasteful possible solution. I don't like it, but I could see it being implemented if and only if D3 continues to grow and money continues to be an issue...

North Region football / Re: University Athletic Association
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:36:38 pm »
And they go to Trinity as well, which Kickoff had a #38, before they lost to Howard Payne.

Their Trinity, Bethel, and WUStL stretch rivals CWRU's W&J, WUStL, TMC stretch as the toughest three game stretch in D3 this season.

CWRU's are all on the road though.

Toughest stretch in D3? I think not. That belongs to UW-LaCrosse. St. Thomas, UMHB, UWW. If you include non-D3 games you have to look at Louisiana College. Huntingdon (home), Alcorn St (away), TLU (home), Bacone (away), Wesley (away), UMHB (away). 

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:54:48 pm »
Saint of Old.......good observation.  I have noticed more such reported injuries in other  Even in women sports.   I'm wondering if it is the due in part to the trend that kids start playing sports ...on. Really competative earlier ages.  Club teams, AAU teams, etc. Which impact the natural physical development of their bodies.

I think it's more the specialization at a young age than the level of competition. Most sports use specific muscle groups (and their attaching hardware!) more than others, and those are the areas that seem to be getting beat up as kids continue to play. Although I freely admit I only believe this based on anecdotal evidence. Still, I think kids in middle and high school that played different sports each season got breathers for stressed muscles and tendons that they aren't getting now that they are playing 3 seasons of the same sport. Such is the nature of the beast these days.

South Region football / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:39:47 pm »
Louisiana College plays at Alcorn State this weekend. Anyone else fascinated by this one? Alcorn State just barely lost to Southern Miss after a late rally, but rolled Virginia University of Lynchburg. USM might be one of the worst teams in FBS, Alcorn State is a decent FCS school and VUL struggles in D3 match ups. So it's fair to say Alcorn is probably a solid team. It'd be a nice scalp for LC if they can pull it off, but I think it will be a very hard road.

Speaking of which, LC has just a brutal schedule. The opening game didn't quite go to plan with Huntingdon giving them all they could handle at home, then a very respectable FCS foe on the road, then TLU coming off a strong year in Louisiana, then a respectable NAIA program in Bacone with Bacone coming off a bye week and playing in OK, then Wesley in DE, a bye, and in Belton for UMHB. Is there a bad opponent in that bunch? Of that bunch, the hardest opponents are all road games for LC. I could imagine by the time they get to the bye before UMHB LC will be thoroughly sore and tired. Wonder how it will play out when the get to the rest of the ASC schedule.

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