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East Region football / Re: FB: New Jersey Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2019, 02:20:43 pm »
Nice set up in the brackets for both Salisbury and Wesley.  Both should win first round match ups, well hoping Wesley keeps playing strong d to carry the o, but the second round games look good.  Salisbury v Union and Wesley v Del Val would settle the ERFP arguments as to who is the top team.  Union and Del Val have tough first round opponents so there are no guarantee who will play whom.  Good luck to both NJAC team.  I may make the trip to Dover to see Wesley live for the first time this year.

I've only seen two d3 games this year and Framingham State was one of the teams I've seen.  I wouldn't look past these guys.  Big and well coached with some decent skill guys.  I'm guessing Wesley is the better team but I was impressed with Framingham this year.

Framingham is always tough.  If Wesley is good they should beat them, but that is a big IF.

Wesley should've actually lost to Endicott who destroyed Framingham. I know it was earlier in the season, but I agree Framingham has a puncher's chance in this one.

Mach, you are backing the possibility of a Mass team winning?  Mass Hysteria

A favorite sound bite on our podcast, btw.

South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: November 18, 2019, 02:18:25 pm »
I also hate the fact that the best 32 aren't in the field.

The best 32 are never in any field anywhere.

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2019, 02:17:28 pm »
One final thought on RMC playoff hopes, while BC officially knocked RMC out, I theorize that the JHU loss was the one that cost RMC.  A 9-1 RMC team would have stood a good chance to move forward.  Pat, thoughts?

A 9-1 Randolph-Macon would have looked a lot like 9-1 Susquehanna, except their loss would have been to the South 3 instead of the South 2.

Susquehanna did not move forward and Randolph-Macon would not have been ahead of Susquehanna.

3) Pat C, how could you of all people forget the NCAA is all about $$$$...the whole regional process is pretty much a shame,

Never once forgotten. But when the NCAA said they set aside money to help break up brackets so conference teams didn't have to play each other in the first round, I took it to mean they would spend the money, not sit on it.

We would not have projected Bethel into the field even with a win, no. And unfortunately, that's more because of SJU losing to Concordia than anything else -- it means Bethel's loss is to a lower-ranked team in the regional rankings and sets them back behind similar teams who were 0-1 vs. RRO.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:43:09 am »
Specifically addressed by Jim Catanzaro on the podcast, should be live within the hour.

East Region football / Re: FB: Liberty League
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:12:08 am »
Found out one thing about Case Western Reserve...Does the name Kevin Burke ring a bell? It should. He was a 2 time Gagliardi trophy winning QB for Mt. Union just a few years ago. He now serves as the QB coach/coordinator for CWR. The Spartans current QB Drew Saxton was named PAL offensive and rookie of the year last season. This year he's thrown for 2718 yards and 24 TDs...Union QB Will Bellamy has 1940 yds and 18 TDs...Of importance the Spartans don't have anybody quite like Ike Irabor.  :o

Here's a Kevin Burke feature we ran a couple seasons ago:

We interviewed him on a podcast during the offseason and there was a span of a few weeks where it seemed like we were talking about Don Beebe and Aurora all the time.

South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:12:11 pm »
So who do we think is coming to Belton?(
We should get the softest opponent available after the murderers row the committee saddled us with last year, but knowing them, we'll probably end up getting a ranked team like Redlands or Berry in the 1st round.
I called it. The committee couldn't bring itself to give us a cupcake in the 1st round even after the travel rule was changed.
Once they decided to limit the number of flights, Redlands was the only option.  Couldn't even send Linfield because Redlands can't rematch Chapman in round 1....

From the  bracket page:  Redlands, which is likely to be one of the top four teams in the West Region when the final regional rankings are released, does not get a home game, and gets shipped out to play the defending national champion, Mary Hardin-Baylor.

"It was not the original proposal," said Catanzaro. "I can tell that we really wanted to have Redlands host a game out there this year. ... We tried, and that was a no-go with the NCAA."

Apparently the NCAA was too clueless to realize that the right pairing could have resulted in a Redlands/Chapman matchup in the 2nd round, and saved them on a flight.

Catanzaro talks about this in our interview with him on the next podcast, but basically, the answer is, we would have loved to do that, but we tried to do that in Texas a couple years ago and it didn't work out, so we can't budget on it.

South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:11:13 pm »
There are two things as predictable as the sun rising- the selection committee putting as many obstacles in UMHB's path as possible, and the selection committee putting as few as possible in Mount Unions. It's actually comical at this point.

Speaking as a nonpartisan here, totally agree.  The West #2 in the first round?  Total BS.  Go crush their butts. (PS: Did you hear Catanzaro wax poetic about Mountís awesomeness on the broadcast?  Embarrassing.)

As someone who has been in that position probably 10 times in the past -- what did you expect him to do when he was asked the direct question? Contradict the host? Especially on

Absolutely the opposite happened, and not at all unusual. The entire body of work goes into the seeding.

How about one of those teams from certain conferences that get beat every year by 40 points in the first round of the playoffs?  I know theyíre conference champions but itís frustrating that some of the best teams in the country get left out every year.  I know there is no way of fixing that but itís frustrating.

Maybe let's just stick with discussing the actual system we have rather than trying to answer the question by rewriting the Division III philosophy of championship access.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: November 17, 2019, 01:48:52 pm »

Our first regular-season poll will come out a week from Monday, on Nov. 25. Thanks as always for putting that report together -- it's a nice at-a-glance look.

General football / Re: 2019 Pool C
« on: November 17, 2019, 01:14:41 pm »
Pat and Greg, First trying to log in to leave a comment on your Bracket Predictions page is a njghtmare. Why can't we use our boards login?

I'll second this motion.


The comments function used on news pages is pretty commonly used across a bunch of sites elsewhere. Lots of people have logins already, or you can log in with your social media accounts.

The 2005 technology that this board putters along on is not able to be ported out in such a manner.

South Region football / Re: FB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 17, 2019, 01:11:41 pm »
Nobody is just fine in a playoff process with just five at-large bids.

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