Balladeer’s Blog regularly chronicles the intense gridiron rivalry between the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and the NCAA Division 3. Each year I allow my readers to vote in Balladeer’s Bowl about who would win if the NAIA champions played D3’s title winners. This year that means the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS from the NAIA and the MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS from D3. Will it be 3 victories in a row for the NAIA team? As always, to avoid multiple votes by the same people you can cast your vote by emailing me at Continue reading
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NUMBER ONE TAKES A FALL – In the most memorable bit of cougar on cougar violence since the days of the Joan Collins/ Linda Evans catfights on Dynasty the NAIA’s top ranked defending champs, the ST XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS were upset at home by the number 10 ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS.
St Francis Head Coach Kevin Donley recently became the NAIA’s leader in total coaching wins and this sweet upset is also another victory adding to the new record he’s setting. Donley’s Cougars brought down Chicago’s Cougars by a score of 25-13.
############ Every week at LEAST one NAIA team upsets an NCAA Division 2 team. This week the NAIA’s LANGSTON LIONS toppled D2’s homestanding SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM in a 17-14 blockbuster! ##########
NUMBER TWO TAKES A FALL – Meanwhile, over in NCAA Division 2, the 2nd ranked (but not in Balladeer’s Blog’s rankings) UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AT DULUTH BULLDOGS were toppled by the homestanding SAINT CLOUD STATE HUSKIES.
The unranked Huskies (helmet at left) snuck up on UMD and pulled the rug out from under them in a 51-49 shootout for the ages.
HISTORY FOR CRONIN AND COMPANY – Coach Donley at Saint Francis isn’t the only coach marking a milestone this season. Over with the NAIA’s number 3 team, the GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS, their Head Coach Bill Cronin marked his 150th career win with a 63-21 dismemberment of the BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS. In a rarity these days a large chunk of Cronin’s coaching staff were around for all 150 wins – Steve Hill, Craig Mullins, Bruce Owens and Marty Park also basked in the glory of yesterday’s accomplishment.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA – The EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS came into yesterday’s game unranked but rose up to defeat the number 6 BENEDICTINE RAVENS in a 54-44 homestand that treated the Evangel faithful to their team’s signature win of the 2012 season thus far. ### The (18) GRAND VIEW VIKINGS pulled off a road upset of the 9th- ranked ST AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES by a score of 29-26 in Double Overtime. ### The MONTANA WESTERN BULLDOGS joined the Vikings in upsetting a ranked team in their own house by bringing down the number 14 EASTERN OREGON MOUNTAINEERS in a Continue reading
After an eventful weekend that saw a new wins record established in the NAIA and the number 1 team in NCAA Division 3 get upset at home by an unranked opponent here are my latest rankings for the divisions of college football covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS (defending champions) ### 2. GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS ### 3. MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS ### 4. WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN ### 5. MORNINGSIDE MUSTANGS ### 6. MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS (for numbers 7 – 25 see below)
NCAA DIVISION 2 – 1. PITTSBURG (KS) STATE UNIVERSITY GORILLAS (defending champions) ### 2. GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY LAKERS ### 3. COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY AT PUEBLO THUNDER WOLVES ### 4. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AT DULUTH BULLDOGS ### 5. MISSOURI WESTERN GRIFFONS ### 6. Continue reading
The NAIA’s top-ranked defending champions, the Saint Xavier University Cougars (logo at right) are hosting the Langston Lions today. As for clashes between two ranked teams today the NAIA gives us the number 3 Georgetown (KY) Tigers on the road against the (24) Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders, the 9th ranked Saint Ambrose University Fighting Bees hosting the number 23 Taylor Trojans, the (19) Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears traveling to face the (12) CC Fighting Saints and the (17) Northwestern (IA) Red Raiders welcoming the (16) Doane Tigers.
The 20th ranked Montana Tech Orediggers, who had THE upset of last weekend by bringing down then- number 2 Carroll College, are on the road facing Frontier Conference rivals the Montana Western Bulldogs. Meanwhile history may be made today as Coach Hank Biesiot of the Dickinson State Blue Hawks goes for win number 256 against the MSU- Northern Lights. Coach Beez is tied at 255 wins with the retired Frosty Westering and Coach Kevin Donley of the St Francis (IN) Cougars. Donley’s boys are off today, so since the 0-2 Blue Hawks host the 0-2 Lights this may be the struggling Biesiot’s best chance to pull ahead of Donley for total career wins in the NAIA … at least for a week.
All this plus dozens of matchups in NCAA Divisions 2 and 3 plus the NJCAA and CCCAA. As always Balladeer’s Blog will Continue reading
NAIA ( National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. Saint Xavier University Cougars (defending champs) ### 2. Georgetown (KY) Tigers ### 3. Marian University Knights ### 4. Missouri Valley College Vikings ### 5. Morningside Mustangs ### 6. William Penn University Statesmen (for the rankings from 7-25 see below)
NCAA Division 2 – 1. Pittsburg (KS) State Gorillas (defending champs) ### 2. Grand Valley State University Lakers ### 3. University of Minnesota at Duluth Bulldogs ### 4. California (PA) University Vulcans ### 5. Missouri Western Griffons ### T6. Colorado State University at Pueblo Thunder Wolves ### T6. Continue reading
HISTORY ON HOLD – The 20th- ranked ST AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES were on the road against the (6) ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS, whose Head Coach Kevin Donley was going for the all-time NAIA wins record.
Donley will stay tied with Hank Biesiot and Frosty Westering at 255 wins for at least one more week. The Fighting Bees (love that name) out of Davenport, IA walked away with the victory in this 15-14 Instant Classic.
And this was no flukish, last- minute, hold on by the seat of their pants upset, either! The Orediggers (love that name, too) won this victory over the NAIA’s most famous football dynasty by an impressive 37-20.
The Bears logged their first win of the 2012 season in this milestone home stand. They mauled the Wildcats and toyed with them at will in this 20-2 rout that the Lenoir- Rhyne faithful will be boasting about for some time to come.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA – The 9th- ranked MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS (helmet at left) upset the (5) MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS in their own house in a commanding 41-7 butt-kicking. ### The unranked KANSAS WESLEYAN COYOTES brought down the visiting number 11 team, the OTTAWA (KS) UNIVERSITY BRAVES in a 31-28 Instant Classic. ### The BACONE WARRIORS improved to 2-1 with a 19-0 road win over the (22) LANGSTON LIONS. ### … and the ever-tough MCPHERSON BULLDOGS brought down the 24th- ranked BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES 14-0.
TOP 25 UPSETS – D2 – The CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES stunned perennial D2 football powers the (3) NORTHWEST MISSOURI BEARCATS by a score of 31-21. ### The TARLETON STATE TEXANS toppled the number 5 MIDWESTERN STATE MUSTANGS in a 20-17 game for the ages. ### The 23rd- ranked TAMK JAVELINAS (where NFL Hall of Famer Darrel Green played his college ball) notched a road upset over the Continue reading
In NCAA Division 2 their top-ranked defending champs, the Pittsburg (KS) State Gorillas, are hosting the Central Oklahoma Bronchos (their spelling) while in Division 3 the 1 and 2 teams are off but the Continue reading
The NAIA’s 4th-ranked Georgetown (KY) Tigers (helmet at left) will host the Faulkner Eagles in one of tonight’s college gridiron matchups. The game marks the dedication of Ihigh dot com stadium, the new home of the Tigers.
The Saint Joseph’s Pumas will be traveling to face the Charleston Golden Eagles, the Arkansas Tech Wonderboys host the Missouri S&T Miners and the Fairmont State Falcons are at the Glenville State Pioneers.
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The victory came in yet another NAIA victory over an NCAA Division 3 team as the Cougars defeated the STEVENS POINT POINTERS 39-31.
In the first game the (22) CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (helmet at left) routed the KANSAS WESLEYAN COYOTES by a score of 31-10. Game Two presented the spectacle of the (3) MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS (2011 semi- finalists) defeating the (11) BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS, with the only disappointing element being the fact that the game was called because of lightning after 3 quarters. The Knights won 31-7 and start the season at 2-0.
THE CONCORDIA (AL) HORNETS RULE THE WORLD – While mentioning NAIA football let me also point out that the CONCORDIA (AL) HORNETS (U) brought down DIVISION ONE’S MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE DELTA DEVILS, the alma mater of THE Jerry Rice. The Hornets emerged with a 20-19 win in this perfect example of college teams with heart toppling Division One schools with their enormous budgets.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA – This Labor Day Saturday saw just one upset in the NAIA rankings.
The PIKEVILLE UNIVERSITY BEARS took it on the road and toppled the 25th- ranked CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS in a 14-7 epic that played as a celebration of Old School smash-mouth football with the defenses making the offenses pay for every yard and every point.
TOP 25 UPSETS – D3 – The ROWAN UNIVERSITY PROFS, the football pride of Glassboro, NJ, were unranked but upset the 9th- ranked DELAWARE VALLEY AGGIES by an Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog welcomes you to my continued coverage of this second week of college football action for the 2012 season. It’s Labor Day Weekend and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) is holding its gridiron double feature today: the Big River Bowl.
One game will feature the (3) Marian University Knights taking on the (11) Bethel (TN) Wildcats and the other will pit the Kansas Wesleyan College Coyotes against the (22) Cumberland University Bulldogs. Historic Dyersburg, TN is the site for this very special event.
Meanwhile, the race to reach the most wins in NAIA college football history continues between Coach Hank Biesiot of the Dickinson State Blue Hawks and Coach Kevin Donley of the St Francis (IN) Cougars. Both men are tied at 255 wins with Donley’s victory over the Texas College Steers last weekend.
And speaking of teams called Cougars, the Saint Xavier University Cougars begin their defense of their NAIA football championship today. After a bye last weekend Coach Mike Feminis’ boys take on the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers. All this plus college football games in NCAA Divisions 2 and 3, in the NJCAA and in the CCCAA! Keep checking Continue reading