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COOLEST CANADIAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS

College football season is just over a month away in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. To whet our appetites here’s a look at The Coolest Canadian College Football Teams.

Montreal CarabinsMONTREAL CARABINS

Location: Montreal, QC

Comment: My Canadian readers tell me Carabins are a military unit which wields Carbines, making this name virtually unique. 

Ottawa Gee Gees GOODOTTAWA GEE GEES

Location: Ottawa, ON

Comment: GG originally stood for “Garnet & Grey” so it was combined with Gee Gee, slang for a racehorse, hence the horse on the helmet.

Acadia AxemenACADIA AXEMEN

Location: Wolfville, NS

Comment: The name Axemen still sounds cool, despite its use in the title of a few reality shows in recent years. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAYHAWK CONFERENCE MEDIA DAY

Jayhawk ConferenceThere is plenty to talk about concerning Jayhawk Conference football this year.

The 2019 Football Media Day in Wichita, Kansas is scheduled for July 26.

The event will be held on the Newman University campus. It will be in the Roths Alumni Lounge of the campus library, just off US-54 in west Wichita. Continue reading

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CAN ANY TEAMS CHALLENGE ALABAMA AND CLEMSON FOR THE NEXT COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP?

CFP Championship PlayoffThree of the last four CFP Championship playoffs have featured the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. Such has been their dominance of college football in recent times, most football pundits anticipate Alabama and Clemson being leading contenders to make it four playoff appearances in the last five seasons. Some people believe it’s simply a formality that all other college sides will fall be the wayside at some point doing the season, with several other bigtime programs failing to live up to expectations.

According to the latest CFP Championship ratings at Oddschecker, the sportsbooks rate Clemson’s chances of overcoming Alabama and doubling down after their annihilation of the Crimson Tide in January’s final. However, there’s always a chance that the form book will be ripped up and new teams will battle their way to the playoffs. We take a look at some of the leading contenders for the 2020 CFP Championship within the chasing pack behind the Crimson Tide and the Tigers. Continue reading

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NAIA FOOTBALL CHAMPS DEFEAT THE NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPS AGAIN

Morningside MustangsBalladeer’s Bowl always pits the NAIA football champs against the NCAA D3 football champs. The results are in, and – after two years in a row in which the D3 champs won – the NAIA champs got the victory. The MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS defeated the UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS in Balladeer’s Bowl IX.

The voting ended today and the Mustangs won it 242 to 196. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MUSTANGS, THE WINNERS OF BALLADEER’S BOWL IX.

Here are the results of the 8 previous editions of Balladeer’s Bowl: Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BOWL IX: MUSTANGS VS CRUSADERS

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

Morningside MustangsThe MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS are the NAIA Champions for 2018.

The UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS are the NCAA Division Three Champions for 2018. 

MHBU CrusadersReaders of Balladeer’s Blog get to vote on the winner over the next week, so NAIA and D3 boosters can begin their annual deluge of emails to me arguing for their choice. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS FOR 2018

Here’s one last round of congratulations to this year’s college football champions in the SEVEN divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

Morningside MustangsNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS

Runners-Up – Benedictine College Ravens 

2017 Champions – University of St Francis Cougars  

Olivet Nazarene Tigers helmet NEWNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

My National Champions – OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS

Runners-Up – Ottawa (AZ) University Spirit

2017 Champions – Campbellsville University Tigers  Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NAIA AND NCAA D2 CHAMPS CROWNED

Another college football season came to a close here at Balladeer’s Blog with the two final National Championship Games in the Divisions covered here. 

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Morningside MustangsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The last two teams standing in the NAIA were the MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS and the BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS. “No more choking” seemed to be the Mustangs’ slogan this postseason as they closed the deal. It wasn’t a sure thing, though, as a 14-14 1st Quarter tie turned into a 20-14 lead for the Ravens come Halftime. Continue reading

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