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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG: SEPTEMBER 17TH

HELMETMorningside_IANAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) –    1. MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS (2012 runners-up)    ###    2. CARROLL COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS    ###    3. UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS    ###    4. SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS    ###    5. GEORGETOWN COLLEGE (KY) TIGERS    ###    6. SAINT AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES (love that name)    ###

North Greenville CrusadersNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) –    1. NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS    ###    2. POINT UNIVERSITY SKYHAWKS    ###    3. GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS (defending champions)    ###    4. GENEVA UNIVERSITY GOLDEN TORNADOES    ###    5.  Continue reading

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2012 CCCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS AND BOWL MATCHUPS

Balladeer’s Blog concludes its preview of postseason college football in the divisions covered here. The CCCAA Championship Game will be held December 8th, and here are the playoff games and Bowls we’ll be treated to along the way. The subdivisions of the CCCAA are the SCFA and NCFA with the winners of those subdivisions facing each other in the title game.

NATIONAL BOWL – November 17th – The MOUNT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE MOUNTIES (helmet at left) are the defending champions of the SCFA but lost to CCSF in the CCCAA title game last year. The Mounties took the National Central Conference crown and in the National Bowl will take on the SADDLEBACK COLLEGE GAUCHOS, the champions of the National Southern Conference. This game is the first semifinal in the SCFA.

BEACH BOWL – November 17th – This Bowl serves as the second semifinal game in the SCFA for 2012. The BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE RENEGADES come in as the Wildcard Team and square off against the VENTURA COLLEGE PIRATES (helmet at left), champions of the National Northern Conference. Like the National Bowl this game will kick off at Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: OCTOBER 23RD

NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS (helmet at left)    ###    2. MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS    ###    3. MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS    ###    4. SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS (defending champions)    ###    5. CC FIGHTING SAINTS    ###    6. MORNINGSIDE MUSTANGS

NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) – 1. NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE RED RAIDERS (helmet at left)    ###    2. GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS (2011 Victory Bowl runners up)    ###    3. MCMURRY UNIVERSITY WARHAWKS    ###    4. KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS    ###    5. CHOWAN UNIVERSITY HAWKS    ###    6. Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: OCTOBER 17TH

NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS    ###    2. MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS    ###    3. WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN (helmet at left)    ###    4. MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS    ###    5. SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS (defending champions)    ###    T6. CC FIGHTING SAINTS    ###    T6. MORNINGSIDE MUSTANGS

NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) – 1. KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS (helmet at left)    ###    2. NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE RED RAIDERS    ###    3. GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS (2011 Victory Bowl runners-up)    ###    4. SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS    ###    5. CHOWAN Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: OCTOBER 9TH

NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS (helmet at left)    ###    2. MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS    ###    3. WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN    ###    4. MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS    ###    5. SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS (defending champions)    ###    6. CC FIGHTING SAINTS

NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) – 1. NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE RED RAIDERS (helmet at left)    ###    2. SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS    ###    3. KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS    ###    4. GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS (2011 Victory Bowl runners-up)    ###   5. MCMURRY WARHAWKS    ###    6. CHOWAN Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: OCTOBER 3RD

NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS (helmet at left)   ###   2. MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS   ###   3. WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN   ###   4. MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS   ###   5. SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS (defending champions)   ###   6. MORNINGSIDE MUSTANGS Continue reading

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NOTEWORTHY COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2012

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

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF AND BOWL RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 19TH

 It’s Thanksgiving week and college football is as much associated with that holiday as pumpkin pie and leftovers. Yesterday the divisions of college football covered by Balladeer’s Blog played a variety of playoff games and Bowl games. Since my blog serves as a light introduction to these other divisions of college football let me emphasize that last statement for newbies: these divisions settle their seasons on the field.

Fans who forever moan and groan about the lack of a playoff in college football’s semi- professional division are seeing the light one person at a time and beginning to appreciate the post- season in the NAIA and the other divisions I cover. And now a look at yesterday’s results.

Campbellsville UniversityVICTORY BOWL – Yesterday saw the final event in the football season for the National Christian College Athletic Association. Because the two teams tied at the top of the NCCAA standings, Azusa Pacific and North Greenville, both made the playoffs in their respective divisions the Victory Bowl pitted the GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS against the CAMPBELLSVILLE TIGERS. Campbellsville notched an authoritative 21-7 win to close out their 2011 campaign.

NAIA PLAYOFFS

Marian U Knights helmetWHERE HAVE ALL THE VIKINGS GONE? – Heading into the NAIA’s opening playoff round there were no less than 3 teams called VIKINGS in the mix. All of them were eliminated in one afternoon. The Top Seeded MARIAN KNIGHTS and the 2nd seeded CC FIGHTING SAINTS shut out their Viking opponents with the Knights routing GRAND VIEW 31-0 and the Fighting Saints crushing VALLEY CITY STATE by a score of 47-0. The 10th seeded ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS completed the Hat Trick of Viking elimination by doubling up on the 7 seeds of MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE 28-14.   

Saint Francis Fighting SaintsANOTHER SATURDAY, ANOTHER 4TH QUARTER RALLY – Yesterday marked the 3rd game in a row that the ST FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS, seeded at number 11, mounted a 4th quarter comeback to snag a win. This time they did it on the road against the Continue reading

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NOTEWORTHY COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 12TH

 Well, considering the ongoing revelations from the cesspool few knew Joe Paterno and company were allegedly sitting on at Penn State for several years, the reasons I prefer to cover NAIA sports and the lower divisions of the NCAA were on full display for all to see this week. The NAIA’s  regular season ended yesterday and later today the entire 16 team playoff field will be announced, with the teams awarded At- Large berths joining the Automatic Qualifiers. Three hours after the NAIA reveals their playoff teams the NCAA Division 3 field of 32 teams will be announced. I’ll present my look at the playoff picture as well as examine the NJCAA Bowl breakdown and title game matchup in other posts.

THESE THREE TEAMS RULE THE WORLD – As usual, Saturday saw various NAIA teams kick around NCAA Division 2 teams. The 10th ranked ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS crushed the visiting CENTRAL STATE MARAUDERS 59-20, the BACONE WARRIORS defeated D2’s PANHANDLE STATE AGGIES in a 30- 20 home stand, and the CONCORDIA (AL) HORNETS notched a road win against the STILLMAN TIGERS by a score of 12- 7. Each week this season saw at least 1 NAIA team defeat an NCAA D2 team, so when you throw in all the D3 teams that fell to NAIA squads this year you could say they owned the NCAA both on the field and ethically.

NUMBER ONE TAKES A FALL – D2’s number 1 team, the DELTA STATE STATESMEN, were shocked on the road, falling to their Gulf South Conference rivals the WEST GEORGIA WOLVES in a 39- 35 game for the ages.

NEXT STOP – THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The NJCAA’s top ranked ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE MATADORS cemented their berth in the national championship game with their 45-13 rout of the MESA THUNDERBIRDS. The number 2 EAST MISSISSIPPI LIONS ensured they would be the Matadors’ opponents in early December by trashing the 5th ranked MGC BULLDOGS 42- 17.

TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS – None of the NAIA’s Top 5 teams lost yesterday, with the top ranked MARIAN KNIGHTS having  a bye to close out the regular season and with the number 2 CC FIGHTING SAINTS, who are also the defending champions of NAIA football, defeating the MSU- NORTHERN LIGHTS 42- 24, the third ranked GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS routing the home standing BELHAVEN BLAZERS 33-7, the number 4 MNU PIONEERS recording a road shutout 37-0 over the EVANGEL CRUSADERS and the 5th ranked (and previous number 1 before falling to Marian) ST XAVIER (IL) COUGARS annihilating the visiting JAMESTOWN  COLLEGE JIMMIES 50- 14.  

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARDS FOR NOVEMBER 5TH

DANGER: Cougar on the prowl

 Don’t let the dazzling smile fool you! This is Dianne Zajdel, known to her coworkers as “The Queen of the Cougars”, even though she thinks the term is “Kruegers”. Dianne’s Official College Football Team, the St Xavier University Cougars are still ranked number one in the NAIA poll, and for the 2nd time this season they will square off against the number 2 team in those rankings. This time around the Marian University Knights are the team occupying the number 2 spot. SXU is still coached by Mike Feminis, and since his Cougars are on the road that means he’ll be showing a bad movie on the team bus, a habit of his revealed by his players last season in their interview with Balladeer’s Blog. The Marian Knights, meanwhile, have been making me look like a gridiron Nostradamus following my prediction before the 2010 (yes, 2010) season that they were about to explode in a big way. The Knights have been showing that last year’s playoff run was no fluke and have been even more impressive this year with their number 2 ranking the highest in the team’s history. Both Marian and SXU come into this pigskin Armageddon boasting 9-0 records. While some people are Continue reading

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