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JUST ONE WEEK TILL 2018 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BEGINS!

One week from today the 2018 college football season kicks off in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. Some of the games scheduled for next Thursday night:

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Rocky Mountain CollegeThe 20th ranked ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS will be hosting the CARROLL (MT) COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS. It’s a risky opening week clash between two Frontier Conference teams.

southwestern assemblies of god helmetThe number 22 team in the nation, the SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS, will take it on the road against the (RV) EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS. Crucial early season positioning is on the line in this battle.

Dakota State Trojans helmet NEWAt number 25 are the DAKOTA STATE TROJANS, who travel to face the DAKOTA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY TIGERS (should be the Blue Tigers). This matchup will be the Midco Sports Network’s Game of the Week. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: D3 PRESEASON RANKINGS FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG

Last week I posted Balladeer’s Blog’s Preseason rankings for the NAIA. Now here’s my early look at NCAA Division 3 for the 2018 season.

Mount Union Purple Raiders1. UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS (Defending Champions)    ###     2. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT OSHKOSH TITANS    ###     3. UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS    ###     4. UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS (MN) TOMMIES    ###     5. LINFIELD COLLEGE WILDCATS    ###    

Frostburg State Bobcats6. FROSTBURG STATE BOBCATS    ###     7. WARTBURG COLLEGE KNIGHTS    ###     8. WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE PRESIDENTS    ###     9. SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES    ###     10. DELAWARE VALLEY UNIVERSITY AGGIES    ###     Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BALLADEER’S BLOG’S PRESEASON NAIA RANKINGS

Morningside MustangsNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS    ###     2. UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS (Defending Champions)    ###     3. REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES    ###     4. LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS    ###     5. NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS    ###    

Southeastern Fire helmet REAL6. SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE    ###     7. DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS    ###      8. ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM    ###     9. MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS    ###     10. CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY PHOENIX    ###     Continue reading

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BLUE DRAGONS FOOTBALL PICKED FOURTH IN THE JAYHAWK CONFERENCE

Hutchinson Blue DragonsWICHITA – There was one overriding theme on Friday at the 2018 Jayhawk Conference Football Media Day at Newman University.

“The Jayhawk Conference is an elite conference. There are eight great teams,” Hutchinson College head coach Rion Rhoades said during his turn at the podium.

“The conference is a grind. You have to be on your A-game,” Butler coach Tim Schaffner said.

The other six coaches had similar feelings about the 2018 football season. With the new scholarship rules in place for one full recruiting cycle, all eight coaches agreed that the KJCCC has more talent on all eight teams top to bottom than at any time in the league’s storied history. Continue reading

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS FOR 2018

Here is one last round of congratulations for the ladies who won the national championship in softball in the nine divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

usao_drovers_150px31NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS

Runners-Up – Columbia (MO) Cougars

2017 Champions – Oklahoma City University Stars

Central Baptist College MustangsNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

National Champions – CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE MUSTANGS

Runners-Up – Belhaven University Blazers

2017 Champions – Oklahoma Baptist University Bison 

Cleary University CougarsUSCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association)

National Champions – CLEARY UNIVERSITY PROWLING COUGARS

Runners-Up – Saint Mary of the Woods College Pomeroys

2017 Champions – Saint Mary of the Woods College Pomeroys Continue reading

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SIX NEW TEAMS JOIN THE NCCAA

Six new institutions will be joining the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) for the 2018-2019 season. Here they are in descending order of team name coolness:

Erskine Flying FleetERSKINE COLLEGE

Team Name: FLYING FLEET

Location: Due West, South Carolina

Geneva College Goldent TornadoesGENEVA COLLEGE

Team Name: GOLDEN TORNADOES

Location: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

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COLLEGE BASEBALL CHAMPIONS FOR 2018

One last round of congratulations to the college baseball champions from the nine divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

Southeastern University Fire NEWNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE

Runners-Up – Freed-Hardeman University Lions

2017 Champions – Lewis-Clark State Warriors 

Campbellsville Tigers logoNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

National Champions – CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS

Runners-Up – Warner University Royals

2017 Champions – Oklahoma Baptist University Bison Continue reading

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