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Hawks with the road win at Maryville. After a hot mess of a first half on both sides of the ball I wouldn't want to have been in that locker room. That was just a bad half of football but the defense came out and shut Maryville down and the offense executed better to take care of business in the 2nd.
Not looking forward to facing that QB for the next 3 years. As he matures into that offense he could be something special.
Still waiting on a box score to be posted. Not sure what the issue would be.

Open date coming up then a home game with Brevard.

Go Hawks!
With family in Alabama and with connections to Auburn (Ouch, a team that can break your heart as easily as any other), that win for Huntingdon seemed to be the kind of win that a maturing/mature program wins (dare I say it, the Tuscaloosa Institute of Delinquent Education) by the sheer force of its being.

I am happy for Coach Turk in finally seeing this develop in his players and in his program.

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General football / Re: Bracketology Projection
« on: October 02, 2022, 11:50:12 pm »
The fewest teams to receive a vote occurred in 2010, 35 teams in week 9.

https://www.d3football.com/top25/previous

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General football / Re: Bracketology Projection
« on: October 02, 2022, 11:45:19 pm »
With all this, I'm curious which team gets Home field advantage between an undefeated Mount Union and NCC.


It required unprecedented and frankly inexplicable gymnastics by the national committee last year to plant that semifinal game in Alliance.  It never should have happened.  It would be an even bigger traveshamockery were it to happen again this year, if both teams have undefeated regular seasons.

Wouldn't an undefeated NCC and Mount likely be the 1 and 2 overall seeds due to the prior season results thing?  All of the other semifinalists have an L (perhaps more to come) and SJU lost in the 2nd round.  Probably way too early to worry about it, but where's the fun in that
I think an undefeated Mount Union, is probably behind an undefeated SJU on SOS and RRO. Not to say they couldn't be 1 or 2, but my guess is if chalk holds all the way through the playoffs UMU is on the road in the Semis

come on, you must be forgetting about the NCAA Mount Union bias
NCAA must have paid off ST John's to lose today so Mount can stay home. :)
Similar sentiments, myself.

Here is a general question.

DePauw with 22 votes is the lowest total ever for a ranked team.

I count all but 138 votes given to the Top 25 teams. Is that the highest cumulative vote total given to the Top 25 teams, ever?

This week, all but 101 votes were given to the Top 25 teams. Only 38 teams received a vote.

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General football / Re: Bracketology Projection
« on: October 02, 2022, 04:55:25 pm »
Region 1 Projected RR: 1. Delaware Valley (2-0) 2. Endicott (1-0) 3. Stevenson (1-1) 4. Plymouth State (0-0) 5. Springfield (1-0) 6. Merchant Marine (0-1) 7. Lebanon Valley (0-1) 8. Salve Regina (0-1)
Region 2 Projected RR: 1. Johns Hopkins (2-0) 2. Cortland State (2-0) 3. Carnegie Mellon (0-0) 4. Ithaca (0-0) 5. Susquehanna (1-1) 6. Salisbury (0-1) 7. Utica (0-1) 8. Ursinus (0-2)
Region 3 Projected RR: 1. Trinity (TX) (2-0) 2. R-MC (1-0) 3. UMHB (1-1)  4. Huntingdon (1-1) 5. Hardin-Simmons (0-1) 6. Bridgewater (0-1) 7. B-SC (0-2)
Region 4 Projected RR: 1. Mount Union (1-0) 2. Albion (2-0) 3. DePauw (1-0) 4. MSJ (1-0) 5. Denison (0-1) 6. Alma (0-1)  7. John Carroll (0-1)
Region 5 Projected RR: 1. NCC (2-0) 2. Wartburg (1-0) 3. Lake Forest (2-0) 4. Wheaton (1-2) 5. Aurora (0-0) 6. WASH-U (0-2) 7. Monmouth (1-2) 8. Chicago (0-2)
Region 6 Projected RR1. Linfield (2-0) 2. Bethel (2-0) 3. St. John's (1-2) 4. UW-W (2-1) 5. UW-L (1-1)  6. UW-Oshkosh (0-2) 7. George Fox (1-1) 8. Chapman (0-2)

Week 4 WAY TOO EARLY Unofficial DIII Bracketology
Isn't it a mess!?!?!

Conference leaders, arbitrarily assigned as needed for analysis sake, are italicized. (Corrections are appreciated.)

Are these the teams at the table for Pool C?

Yes, the italicized are conference leaders. Bold teams are Pool C projections. I also updated for WIAC leader as well.

Why in the world would UW-W be a Pool C projection?
Well, in the WIAC-ky, Oshkosh and River Falls are still undefeated.

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Region 3 football (South Atlantic-ish) / Re: FB: Region 3 fan poll
« on: October 02, 2022, 02:27:12 pm »
Top 7 is getting tougher as 3 teams in the ODAC are still undefeated, problem is, they haven’t played anyone.  Going to have to put some time into really analyzing where these teams fit among the rest of Region 3.  Time to hit the books and get these teams sorted out. 

BSC had a good home win against Berry.
Trinity and Huntingdon both struggled in the first half before bringing home their wins.

BSC travels to Trinity this week, and Shenandoah travels to Bridgewater, so more clarity will come next week.
I counted on Huntingdon needing some time to put away Murvul, on the road.

I am still wondering about TUTx. the BSC game sorts out much this weekend.

I do like the quality of football being played across the southern conferences in Region 3.

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General football / Re: Bracketology Projection
« on: October 02, 2022, 12:17:24 pm »
Region 1 Projected RR: 1. Delaware Valley (2-0) 2. Endicott (1-0) 3. Stevenson (1-1) 4. Plymouth State (0-0) 5. Springfield (1-0) 6. Merchant Marine (0-1) 7. Lebanon Valley (0-1) 8. Salve Regina (0-1)
Region 2 Projected RR: 1. Johns Hopkins (2-0) 2. Cortland State (2-0) 3. Carnegie Mellon (0-0) 4. Ithaca (0-0) 5. Susquehanna (1-1) 6. Salisbury (0-1) 7. Utica (0-1) 8. Ursinus (0-2)
Region 3 Projected RR: 1. Trinity (TX) (2-0) 2. R-MC (1-0) 3. UMHB (1-1)  4. Huntingdon (1-1) 5. Hardin-Simmons (0-1) 6. Bridgewater (0-1) 7. B-SC (0-2)
Region 4 Projected RR: 1. Mount Union (1-0) 2. Albion (2-0) 3. DePauw (1-0) 4. MSJ (1-0) 5. Denison (0-1) 6. Alma (0-1)  7. John Carroll (0-1)
Region 5 Projected RR: 1. NCC (2-0) 2. Wartburg (1-0) 3. Lake Forest (2-0) 4. Wheaton (1-2) 5. Aurora (0-0) 6. WASH-U (0-2) 7. Monmouth (1-2) 8. Chicago (0-2)
Region 6 Projected RR1. Linfield (2-0) 2. Bethel (2-0) 3. St. John's (1-2) 4. UW-W (2-1) 5. UW-L (1-1)  6. UW-Oshkosh (0-2) 7. George Fox (1-1) 8. Chapman (0-2)

Week 4 WAY TOO EARLY Unofficial DIII Bracketology
Isn't it a mess!?!?!

Conference leaders, arbitrarily assigned as needed for analysis sake, are italicized. (Corrections are appreciated.)

Are these the teams at the table for Pool C?

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Region 6 football (Midwest and West-ish) / Re: WIAC in-game updates board
« on: October 01, 2022, 03:08:31 pm »
Eagles block short UWW FG attempt and after 1 lateral, a UWL player returns it to the house for a scoop and score with halftime 1:20 away. A stunning turn of events.
Then a 74 yd UWW KO return followed by an INT in the End zone by UWL!

UWL 17, UWW 14

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Region 6 football (Midwest and West-ish) / Re: WIAC in-game updates board
« on: October 01, 2022, 03:02:59 pm »
Wow!  We got a game! (UWW at UWL)

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Put HSU in at least half of the other conferences, they would win them, get to the playoffs, and win a playoff game or two most seasons.  That combined with the voters keeping them in the top ten even after a blowout loss to UMHB says to me they're "elite".   The only way you can say otherwise is if your definition of elite are those few teams who can reliably be Final Four teams most years, and while that is a reasonable distinction, I'm not quite that exclusive.  Top 10ish out of 240 teams is "elite" to me.

It is unfortunate that this year if Trinity win the SAA again and HSU gets in, there is almost no chance they don't face each other in the first round. Unfortunate because Trinity would deserve an easier first round opponent and it would be another year that in order to prove their worth HSU would have to beat a Top 5ish team in the country just to get into the second round.   

In terms of elite vs very good, I would put HSU in the very good tier. A long time ago one of the regular posters put together a few paragraphs about the different tiers of D3 which I have always thought about when looking at the playoffs. Right now is HSU better than 95% of D3, I think so, but there still is another tier above them that they need to crash through in order to get there.
Yes, better than 95% of D3.

However the criteria does not determine the best 5% of D3, but rather whether the the correct boxes were selected and I fear that HSU is 2 boxes shy of having a full D3 slate.

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The committee will ameliorate the playoff situation with the criteria.
RR#2 RMC will host someone for the 1st 2 rounds.

It will be Reg3 #1 TUTx hosting 1-loss RR#3 UMHB.

Just once I would love to meet an ODAC in the playoffs.
Some players were born the last time that happened.

(I can't remember when that game happened.)

There are four brackets, not six. A 2 in a region is in no way guaranteed two home games.
Thanks. Region 3 #2 and Region 1 #2 might be the regions whose #2 fails to get the second hiome game....

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The committee will ameliorate the playoff situation with the criteria.
RR#2 RMC will host someone for the 1st 2 rounds.

It will be Reg3 #1 TUTx hosting 1-loss RR#3 UMHB.

Just once I would love to meet an ODAC in the playoffs.
Some players were born the last time that happened.

(I can't remember when that game happened.)

Looking at the record book,  aren't you thinking of Bridgewater in 2002?
Yes, thank you. +1!
20 years ago.

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The committee will ameliorate the playoff situation with the criteria.
RR#2 RMC will host someone for the 1st 2 rounds.

It will be Reg3 #1 TUTx hosting 1-loss RR#3 UMHB.

Just once I would love to meet an ODAC in the playoffs.
Some players were born the last time that happened.

(I can't remember when that game happened.)

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Region 3 football (South Atlantic-ish) / Re: FB: Region 3 fan poll
« on: September 26, 2022, 03:40:29 pm »
I’ll go ahead and own up that I’m the one that left Hardin-Simmons out this week. Anyone that loses by 30 at home doesn’t currently deserve to be in the top 7.  Obviously time will tell where everyone will shake out, but no one else in the top 7 has a bad loss, but 30 looks bad. 

Berry and BSC play this weekend

That is probably the most interesting game this weekend concerning the top 7.  Also be interesting to see how Hardin-Simmons and UMHB respond to this past weekends game.
... and that 30 point smackdown occurred 1 week after HSU did something no one, absolutely no one has done since 2005... Shut out UW-Platteville.

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Congrats Hawks. Run the table.

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With Bethel beating St. John's, if UMHB beats Hardin Simmons soundly, there is a chance Trinity could jump into the top 3-4 on a bye-week due to all of the "this team beat this team who lost to this team, etc." Maybe not, but we'll see how it plays out.

Welp, it happened. But, the one caveat to this is that Wheaton didn't look all that good against Augustana tonight, despite a monster 229 yard rushing night from Weeks. They had a 21 point lead going into the 4th quarterbut then got conservative, which let Augustana back in the game. Defense looked its age in the second half. So, not sure if this will affect the voters' thoughts on Trinity.
Please remember, tigerguy, the D3football.com Top 25 has no impact on the Regional Rankings which will come out after Week #9.

Oh yes I know. I just want to see Trinity get into the top 4 so that I can complain to a brick wall when they are still ranked behind both UMHB and HSU somehow when the regional rankings come out.

I don't see Trinity being ranked behind the ASC, if Trinity is undefeated. The concern or unfortunate possibility is Trinity hosting UMHB first round, because Hardin-Simmons may be left out again. That would pit possibly two Top 7 5 teams in the 1st round.
Yep. Book 'em Danno! If both win out, I see nothing to displace them. Berry and BSC are both respectable.

And then Linfield flies in for the 2nd round game.

And, if LaCrosse beats UWW, does 2-loss UWW stay home?

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