puck1The college football season is behind us now until August when the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog kick off their seasons. I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking me to predict next year’s champions given my blog’s reputation for predicting the ascension of various college football teams over the past few years. Yes it may be true that in 2010 I predicted a national championship for the Marian University Knights by 2015 (they won the title in 2012) and I accurately foresaw the 2013 playoff run for the Tabor College Blue Jays at the end of the 2012 season.

That type of prognostication is very different from trying to foresee which exact team will take the title after the 2014 season, especially given the seven separate divisions of college football that Balladeer’s Blog covers. I’m flattered to be asked, since it indicates a certain respect for my grasp of college football and how accurate my analysis tends to be.

That being said, I’m always happy to say what general trends I see coming but if anyone is looking for in-depth betting advice regarding upcoming games in any sport you can try the folks at ESPN at or for more impartial assessments you can check your lines at

I will say that I think the Ave Maria University Gyrenes have turned the corner and I’m expecting a USCAA championship out of them by 2017. I could easily see the Grand View University Vikings and the Carroll College Fighting Saints squaring off against each other in December for the NAIA title but I’m not crazy enough to predict a winner in that clash. Obviously when it comes to NCAA Division Three it’s proven to be a safe bet that the UW-Whitewater Warhawks and the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders will once again face each other for the D3 crown. 

For me to even guess at D2, the NCCAA, NJCAA or CCCAA I would need to see how things look at the spring practices later this year. 

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