Playoff Upsets – NAIA – The St Francis (IN) Cougars upset the 5th-seeded Lindenwood Lions 46-38 … the McKendree Bearcats toppled the 6 seeds, the McPherson Bulldogs in a 38-14 thrashing … the Marian Knights, a team I warned everyone about in the preseason, brought down the 8th-seeded Ottawa (KS) Braves by a score of 35-20.   

Playoff Upsets – NCAA Division 3 –  The 6th-seeded Bethel (MN) Royals upset the 3rd-seeded Wartburg Knights 28-20 … in another game that saw a 6 seed triumph over a 3 seed the Trine Thunder defeated the Depauw Tigers by a score of 45-35 … plus there were two 5 seed over 4 seed outcomes, with the Montclair State Redhawks taking down the Hampden-Sydney Tigers in a 16-14 Instant Classic and the Linfield Wildcats, in an outcome that surprised no neutral observer, beat the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen 42-26.   

Playoff Upsets – NCAA Division 2 – In 2 more matchups that prove the 6 vs 3 games in this year’s football playoffs are like the 7-12 matchups in March Madness the Bloomsburg Huskies got the better of the California (PA) Vulcans in a 28-26 Instant Classic … meanwhile, the North Alabama Lions, coached by THE Terry Bowden, the only member of the Bowden coaching family still working as a head coach, slapped around the Valdosta State Blazers 43-20.  

Bearcats Survive Scare – In D2 the reigning Tjampions, Mel Tjeerdsma’s 3rd-seeded Northwest Missouri Bearcats, survived a scare against MIAA rivals the 6th-seeded Missouri Western Griffons in a 28-24 nailbiter.

Chalk – NAIA – The NAIA is down to its Excellent Eight (yes, I’m even going to use my own weird terminology for these kinds of things). The Top-Seeded Sioux Falls Cougars remain in the running to Threepeat as National Champions, having manhandled the NWOSU Rangers 33-14 … the 2nd-seeded CC Fighting Saints  once again put the “Hell” in Helena, MT by roughing up the Azusa Pacific Cougars 35-21 … the St Xavier Cougars, doing their best to comply with the federal mandate that at least 25% of the active NAIA playoff teams must be called the Cougars, dismembered the Cumberlands Patriots 66-19 … the 4th-seeded MNU Pioneers, led by Sean “How Bad” Ransberg, executed a 17 point 4th-quarter comeback to defeat the Georgetown (KY) Tigers by a final score of 27-24. There’s no truth to the rumor that “How Bad” explained the Pioneers being 17 points in the hole with 10 minutes left in the game by saying “I just wanted to see the look on Coach Quinn’s face.” … the 7 seeds, the Morningside Mustangs, kept alive the possiblity of a playoff rematch with their Great Plains Athletic Conference rivals the Sioux Falls Cougars by dismantling the Dickinson State Blue Hawks 38-17.   

Chalk – NCAA Division 3 – D3 is down to its Christine Sixteen (I’m eccentric but loveable). All 4 #1 seeds won easily – the Mt Union Purple Raiders crushed the St Lawrence Saints 49-0, the St Thomas Tommies plucked the feathers of the Benedictine Eagles 57-10, the North Central Cardinals beheaded the St Norbert Green Knights (mythology geeks will get it) 57-7 and the Wesley Wolverines sunk their adamantium claws into the Muhlenberg Mules to the tune of 53-14. Fans of teams called the Mules will be glad to hear that in D2 the Central Missouri Mules are still alive in the playoffs ….. 2 SEEDS – the reigning champs, the Whitewater Warhawks, who should have been a 1 seed, took some of their anger out on the Franklin Grizzlies in a 52-21 rout, the Cortland State Red Dragons scorched the Endicott Gulls 49-35, the Wheaton Thunder defeated the Coe Kohawks 31-21, with the Kohawks clearly distracted by all the fallout surrounding my expose about how their mascot is really the 1950’s monster The Giant Claw in disguise (I’m kidding!) and the MHB Crusaders went medieval on the behinds of the Christopher Newport Captains by a score of 59-7.

Chalk – NCAA Division 2 – D2 is also down to their Christine Sixteen. The Wingate Bulldogs, led by Cody “The Cool One” Haffly won handily over the Morehouse Maroon Tigers 63-41 … perennial football powerhouse the Grand Valley State Lakers routed the Colorado Mines Orediggers (no relation to the NAIA’s Montana Tech Orediggers whose coach was featured on Jim Rome Is Burning this week) by a score of 35-13 and the Central Missouri Mules (I told you they were still alive in the playoffs) put up a double-nickel against the WTAM Buffaloes in a 55-35 victory.

Cool-Named Team Playoff Results – The 3rd-seeded Alfred Saxons did to the 6th-seeded Maritime College Privateers what Alfred the Great did to  England’s viking invaders in a 60-0 trouncing … The 4th-seeded Ohio Northern Polar Bears  beat the 5th-seeded Wittenberg Tigers 37-14 … the 6th-seeded Washington and Lee Generals fell to the 3rd-seeded Thomas More Saints 42-14 and the #5 seed Salisbury Sea Gulls were defeated by the #4 seed Delaware Valley Aggies in a 23-12 game.   

D3 Results For The ECAC Bowls – North Central Bowl  – The Western New England Golden Bears cruised to a 66-41 win over the Maine Maritime Mariners … in the Southwest Bowl the Washington and Jefferson Presidents defeated the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats by a score of 54-41 … the Northeast Bowl went into overtime with the Framingham State Rams emerging with a 27-21 win over the Norwich Cadets … in the South Atlantic Bowl the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays decimated the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen 44-14 … the Northwest Bowl saw the St John Fisher Cardinals spank the RPI Engineers 56-13 … the winners of the Southeast Bowl were the Moravian Greyhounds by a score of 26-14 over the Wilkes Colonels and in the North Atlantic Bowl the Springfield Pride defeated the Mt  Ida Mustangs 26-17.


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  1. Robert

    Never ever heard of these teams until ur blog. I love having this whole new world of sports teams to root for.

  2. Fun stuff – actual playoffs in college football

  3. Jay Stern

    I really like the fun way u cover these teams … looking forward to this fall to follow them from the start of the season

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