I think W&L was Swarthmore's last game, and they managed to beat us 16-6 helping keep alive W&L's "never won a game in NY state" that was bolstered by the playoff loss to Hobart a few years ago.
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Does anyone know how many D3 football programs there were in 1999 when the AQ began? I would be interested to compare to today's number.
I can't give you that number for certain, but I can spitball at it.
D3football.com's FAQ page (http://d3football.com/interactive/faq/general#16) suggests that at least 31 schools have added Division III football from 1997-2014, 29 of them since 1999. I know we've lost a handful of schools (Colorado College in the mid-00's, and McMurry jumped up a Division - although I think they're coming back - plus I'm sure another handful that I just don't know about because they're before my time), but still, there must have been a net gain of 20 or so schools.
Now, whether there are another 20 schools out there who will add in the next two decades, I don't know, we might be approaching the tail-end of a boom growth period. I'm not qualified to comment there.
Yes it's ugly since it wouldn't necessarily be fair, the WIAC and MIAC could be paired geographically in a miserably unfair grouping, but it would solve the math problem at the top of the post. It would also solve a "games played" type problem. It's likely that the teams going deepest into the tournament would come from 2 bid leagues, so those going deepest wouldn't necessarily play the opening round while teams that aren't going to progress as deep get an extra game. You could have 37 teams in this format, with 5 pod pairings (10 teams) and 27 byes. With 37 teams given the current numbers you'd have 26 As, 1 B, and 10 Cs. That would buy you an awfully long time of expansion while giving a lot of access to good teams that are crowded out by less good Pool A squads.
The 37 team tournament also requires an extra week of postseason, which I can't imagine D3 presidents are signing up for. I also can't imagine that the NCAA would love to pay to put on five more games.
I like the 32 team format. This comes from a fan of the team that was 33rd last year.
I'm don't think there is a compelling reason to change anything.
Do we really need 11 games? The big boys have moved from 10 to 11 to 12+. That's a lot. We have playoffs, remember, so 10 can turn into 13+ for a few teams.
Ah, been there, done that. As my brothers and I ask, "Who schedules a wedding during football season?"narch, are you coming to Guilford Saturday night? If you do, give me a heads up so I can say hello. It should be a good, well-attended game.will be at a wedding...probably won't even be able to watch the stream
Exactly! I'm heading to a wedding on Saturday as well.....4pm....middle of (*$!&%^%&$*)$&@ day!!
The dude needs to turn in his man card!
can say I am baffled by this poll. not sure how 2 teams that got beat rather handily are still that high, but that is why it is open to interpretation.
First, it was a great weekend for Wabash and HSC to play each other. When the President of the NCAA shows up to flip the coin, that says something. HSC has a great QB to Receiver combo. And the O line learned something about facing a strong defense which will redound to their benefit as the year goes on. Question: with a QB and receiver who are outstanding and very capable of getting out of a hole ... why would you puch kick on 3rd down from the 4 yard line rather than go with your "go to" 2 guys on 3rd down? You have demonstrated the talent of both receiver and QB on throws of 10 yards or further. Why not call a pass play of 10+ yards and see if you could not get yardage after catch? A quick pass of 10+ yards is a bread and butter (or should be) play and quick enough that Wabash would (probably) not be able to sack the QB ... or else the QB could throw it away. A 4th down kick would have gotten you want the puch kick got. Just seems to me it sent a message of "we are in deep ka ka now" to the whole team ... I know Wabash would not have done that. Is that a play which generally works better? I thought that looked like a very bad choice for team morale with little or no upside.
Any insight as to why that would be done?
Okay, fellow ODACers, let's get real. The top two preseason teams lose to the only quality opponents this past weekend. I'd say the ODAC has a long way to go and a tough road ahead in the regional scene, and totally forget the national scene. I watched the whole HSC game, and it didn't feel like a two TD game, never felt like HSC was that close. And, for RMC, what the heck happened? The rest of the ODAC played less than stellar opponents. I can easily see the conference winner with two or more losses. Even my HSC friends would agree that rushing for -5 yards and hail marys is not going to win many games.
QuotePlanning to be at the W&L game week 2. If you are going to be there let me know so we can say hi. Looking forward to seeing Sewanee again. Try number 5 for a non raining visit.I should be on campus next Saturday. Weather forecast at the moment is saying the heavy weather should clear out by Friday. I'm usually on the fence on the 40-yd line towards the flagpole... just look for the big guy wearing the brown fedora.
The HS OLineman with 12 starts last year, the word around the HS campus is the parents bought the kid a new car to convince him to come back for a 5th year. Not sure they are getting their monies worth thus far.
What's more shocking?
Averett winning the opening game under their new head coach
It's a toss up for me.