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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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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF AND BOWL RESULTS FROM DECEMBER 1st

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Morningside MustangsFIRST SEMIFINAL – The MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS were hosting the defending National Champions – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS COUGARS. Just as much as the Mustangs were fighting USF they were also fighting their history of playoff chokes in recent years.

After nabbing a quick 21-7 1st Quarter lead Morningside College saw the Cougars pull to 28-14 at Halftime and 28-21 in the 3rd before forcing Overtime with a 28-28 tie to end the 4th. This time the Mustangs didn’t choke and after shutting out USF in the extra session they scored a TD for a 34-28 OT triumph.

Benedictine RavensSECOND SEMIFINAL – In this game the BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS traveled to take on the KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY COYOTES. Not only did this clash end in an Upset but it was an odd tale of two halves. By the break the Coyotes had come back from being down 13-0 in the opening Quarter to trailing the Ravens by a much tighter score of 20-14. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 24th

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Kansas Wesleyan helmet NEWINSTANT CLASSIC IN KANSAS – This game pitted the KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY COYOTES against the visiting DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS. The Coyotes led 14-7 to end the opening Quarter but the Blue Hawks went up 28-21 at the Half. That was cut to a 34-28 Dickinson State edge in the 3rd Quarter before Kansas Wesleyan came from behind to win the game 43-40.

St Francis (IN)DEFENDING CHAMPS STILL ROLLING – The Defending National Champions – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS – hosted the BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS yesterday. The Cougars trailed 7-0 in the 1st Quarter but went on top of the Wildcats 20-13 by Halftime. After the break USF outscored Baker 13-10 for a 33-23 victory. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 17th

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Benedictine RavensDOUBLE OVERTIME – The BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS hosted the UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS in this 1st Round game. A 17-13 Halftime edge for the Ravens became a 20-17 Patriots lead to end the 3rd Quarter. Benedictine College tied things up at 34-34 to force Overtime. The 1st OT wound up as a 41-41 deadlock but in the 2nd OT the Ravens emerged with a 48-41 triumph.  

Dickinson State Blue Hawks helmet NEWTROUBLE RIGHT HERE IN ORANGE CITY – The DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS traveled to face Orange City, IA’s NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE RED RAIDERS. After a scoreless opening Quarter the Blue Hawks were on top of the Red Raiders 7-6 come Halftime. Neither team scored in the 3rd Quarter following which Dickinson State added 7 more points in the 4th for a 14-6 Upset. 

saint-xavier-cougars-helmet-newUPSET IN INDIANAPOLIS – The SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS took it on the road against their familiar foes the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS in this game. A 14-14 1st Quarter tie was unchanged at the break. In the 3rd Quarter the Cougars grabbed a 24-21 lead then added 10 more points from there to win it 34-21. Continue reading

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NAIA COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TEAMS FOR 2018

It’s that time of year again! Balladeer’s Blog will, of course, offer coverage of every game in the NAIA playoffs. Here are this Saturday’s 8 Round One matchups.

Morningside Mustangs(1) The MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS

Great Plains Athletic Conference Champions

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Rocky Mountain College(16) The ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS

Frontier Conference Champions

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Marian Knights helmet new(2) The MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS

MSFA Mideast Division Champions

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saint-xavier-cougars-helmet-new(15) The SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS

MSFA Midwest Division Champions

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