NAIA– The NAIA is down to their final four teams, so I did a separate segment on them. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/2010/11/28/naia-football-playoffs-down-to-their-final-four/
Playoff Upsets – NCAA Division 3 – The Bethel (MN) Royals upset the Wheaton Thunder in a 15-10 Instant Classic … the Alfred Saxons, who had a very odd season in which it seemed like they were often ranked one week, then dropped from the rankings the next, surprised the Cortland State Red Dragons by a score of 34 -20.
Playoff Upsets – NCAA Division 2 – In an upset in the seedings, but not the rankings, the 3rd-seeded Northwest Missouri Bearcats (the reigning champions in D2) defeated the 2nd seeded TAMK Javelinas (alma mater of Hall Of Famer Darrel Green when they were called Texas A&I) 35-31, proving once again that Mel Tjeerdsma can keep his team focused in the post-season like no other coach can. Will this season make it 6 title game appearances in a row for his Bearcats? … A 1 seed was also upset by a Missouri road team, as the Abilene Christian University Wildcats (where the fathers of Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley played their college ball together) were upset by the Central Missouri Mules by a score of 55-41… and another 1 seed fell, raising the usual “rest or rust” questions about having a first-round bye. The Kutztown Golden Bears were upset by the Shepherd Rams 41-34.
Minnesota-Duluth Survives A Scare – Yet another 1 seed in the D2 playoffs nearly got eliminated yesterday, as the UMD Bulldogs needed overtime to defeat the 4th-seeded St Cloud State Huskies 20-17. The Bulldogs won it all just 2 years ago and this OT win has some calling them this year’s Team Of Destiny.
Albany (GA) State Golden Rams Prevail – Proving that none of the 1 seeds in D2 had it easy yesterday the Fleeces (as I call them for short) needed all the magic their Dirty Blue Defense and their Gold Rush O-line could muster to defeat the 4th- seeded Wingate Bulldogs in a 30-28 Instant Classic.
Scaring The Chalk? – Only one of the 1 seeds in the D3 playoffs struggled yesterday, as the St Thomas Tommies needed Double Overtime to beat the 5th-seeded Linfield Wildcats 20-17. The other 1 seeds won handily, with perennial football powerhouse the Mt Union Purple Raiders crushing the Delaware Valley Aggies 31-3, the North Central Cardinals routing the Ohio Northern Polar Bears 28-9 and the Wesley Wolverines annihilating the Montclair State RedHawks 44-7.
Why Were They A Number Two Seed Again? The number 1 team in the polls, D3’s undefeated reigning champs, the Whitewater Warhawks, got relegated to a 2 seed for some strange reason, but moved on to next Saturday’s quarter-finals by defeating the Trine Thunder by a score of 45-31. It’s still possible that we’ll have a 6th straight Warhawks vs Purple Raiders matchup in the D3 title game.
Don’t Mess With “The Cru” – The Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders from D3 decimated the Thomas More Saints 69-7. The win was expected, but not the score.
Bye Bye Bowden – The 2nd seeded Delta State Statesmen eliminated THE Terry Bowden‘s North Alabama Lions yesterday by a score of 47-24. Both teams hail from the Gulf South Conference, often called the SEC of Division 2. These 2 teams seem to take turns knocking each other out of the playoffs year after year. The Statesmen hope to win their first championship since the year 2000.
Not So Grand Valley – The Grand Valley State Lakers, long a dynasty in D2 football, continue their decline, getting crushed yesterday by the Augustana Vikings 38-6. The Lakers last won a title in 2006 but somehow it seems longer ago than that.
Mercyhurst Triumphant – Fulfilling federal requirements that a team called the Lakers MUST advance to at least the quarter-finals in D2, the Mercyhurst Lakers doubled-up on the Bloomsburg Huskies 28-14.