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JUST ONE WEEK TIL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON KICKS OFF!

Yes, the divisions of college football covered here at Balladeer’s Blog get started earlier than the others. Next Thursday the 24th will be the kickoff for the 2017 season.

AUGUST 24th’s GAMES IN THE NAIA:

Dickinson State Blue Hawks helmet NEWThe 15th ranked DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS will host their Frontier Conference rivals the ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS. 

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Evangel CrusadersThe EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS take it on the road against the number 9 team in the nation – the GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS.  

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Warner Memorial U Royals helmetThe WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS will likewise play Road Warriors as they travel to take on the UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS. 

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Dakota Wesleyan Tigers helmet NEWMeanwhile THE AG BOWL will pit the number 17 DAKOTA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY TIGERS against the DAKOTA STATE TROJANS in a North Star Athletic Association matchup.

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Pikeville BearsAnd the UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE BEARS will be on the road to take on their familiar foes the CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS.

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AUGUST 24th’s GAMES IN THE NJCAA:

garden-city-broncbusters-helmet-newThe Defending Champions – the GARDEN CITY COLLEGE BRONCBUSTERS – open the season hosting the ELLSWORTH COLLEGE PANTHERS.  

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Highland ScottiesThe HIGHLAND COLLEGE SCOTTIES, meanwhile, will travel to face the DODGE CITY COLLEGE CONQUISTADORS to begin their 2017 campaign. 

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LAWRENCE TECH LAUNCHES FOOTBALL AFTER 70 YEARS!

Lawrence Tech Blue DevilsThe NAIA’s LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY BLUE DEVILS – after a seven decade hiatus – will be fielding a football team!

The football Blue Devils will play their return intercollegiate season in 2018 as an Independent, then will join the Mid-States Football Association for their conference affiliation in 2019.   Continue reading

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RAGNAR THE DOG’S NAIA FOOTBALL PRESEASON TOP TWENTY

Ragnar rankingsRagnar the Dog is a nut for college football!

He usually waits til August to start with his preseason rankings, but this year he is so impatient for the season to start that he insisted on publishing them now.

Have a look at what this handsome little pooch predicts for the 2017 NAIA football season.

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Montana Tech OrediggersNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) 1. MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS     ###     2. BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS     3. UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS (Defending National Champions)     ###     4. REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (Should be the Rottweilers)     ###     5. EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS     ###    

Arizona Christian Univ helmet GOOD6. ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM     ###     7. LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS     ###     8. MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS     ###     9. MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS     ###     10. DOANE COLLEGE TIGERS     ###     Continue reading

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NAIA AND OTHER DIVISION PLAYERS TO THE NFL IN 2017

Balladeer’s Blog presents its annual breakdown of the college football players who have moved on to the NFL from the various divisions covered here. This includes drafted players as well as undrafted free agents.

New York JetsNEW YORK JETS

Dylan Donahue OLB UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA WOLVES

Connor Harris LB LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY LIONS

Anthony Firsker TE HARVARD UNIVERSITY CRIMSON

Green Bay PackersGREEN BAY PACKERS

Donatello Brown DB VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS

Cody Helman LB WASHBURN UNIVERSITY ICHABODS

Geoff Gray OL UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (sic) 

Arizona CardinalsARIZONA CARDINALS

Krishawn Hogan WR MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS

Collin Bevins DT NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS

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TEN MORE COOL FOOTBALL HELMETS

Balladeer’s Blog’s readers demanded it, so here are even MORE cool football helmets from neglected teams.

AMARILLO SANDIES

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Comment: The unique name “Sandies” combined with the Marvin the Martian-style mascot made these helmets a must.

DUMAS DEMONS

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Comments: Now these are helmets that will help you psych-out your opponents, especially if they are superstitious by nature. Continue reading

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CRUSADERS DEFEAT COUGARS IN BALLADEER’S BOWL VII

helmetmaryhardinbaylorBalladeer’s Bowl always pits the NAIA football champs against the NCAA D3 football champs. The results are in, and for the VERY FIRST TIME the Champions of NCAA D3 – this year the UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS – defeated the Champions of the NAIA – this year the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS. 

The voting ended today and the Crusaders won, 203 votes to 161. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE UMHB CRUSADERS, THE WINNERS OF BALLADEER’S BOWL SEVEN! This may be the first step toward making it a real rivalry, like when Namath’s Jets beat the Colts.

Here are the results of the six previous Balladeer’s Bowl matchups: Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BOWL VII: CRUSADERS VS COUGARS

As always Balladeer’s Bowl pits the National Champions of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) against the National Champions of the NCAA Division Three.

MHBU CrusadersThe UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS are the NCAA Division Three champs for 2016, and the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS are the champs of the NAIA. Continue reading

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