What better day than today for Balladeer’s Bowl V to kick off? New Year’s Day is known for iconic events like the Rose Bowl so it seemed only natural to move my Bowl Game to January 1st instead of late December. As always Balladeer’s Bowl pits the National Champions of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) against the National Champions of the NCAA Division Three.
The SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY RAIDERS are the NAIA Champs and the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT WHITEWATER WARHAWKS are the D3 Champs once again. Readers 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
Every college football season Balladeer’s Blog chronicles the intense gridiron rivalry between the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NCAA Division 3. For the 4th year in a row my readers can cast votes to say who they feel would win a game played between the national champions of the NAIA and the national champions of D3.
Balladeer’s Bowl IV will pit the GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS (NAIA Champs) against the UW-WHITEWATER WARHAWKS (NCAA D3 Champs). To prevent the Continue reading
TOP 25 ACTION: The (6) WHITEWATER WARHAWKS pummeled the EDGEWOOD EAGLES by a score of 75-48 ### At number 11, the WHITWORTH PIRATES won a much closer 77-69 game against the SIMPSON COLLEGE STORM ### The 12th-ranked ADRIAN BULLDOGS topped the LAWRENCE TECH BLUE DEVILS in a commanding 72-52 performance ### The FDU-FLORHAM DEVILS fell to the (16) ST MARY’S (MD) SEAHAWKS by a score of 73-64 ### The (17) ILLINOIS WESLEYAN TITANS edged the HOPE FLYING DUTCHMEN in a 68-67 Instant Classic ### … And the number 21 OHIO WESLEYAN BATTLING BISHOPS manhandled the ANDERSON RAVENS in an authoritative 87-71 victory.
INSTANT CLASSICS – In an Overtime donnybrook the MESSIAH FALCONS eked out a 72-71 win over the EASTERN CONNECTICUT WARRIORS in the Game of the Day ### The PACIFIC LUTHERAN LUTES fell to the RIVER FALLS FALCONS in a 57-54 defensive struggle ### The HEIDELBERG STUDENT PRINCES (love that name) topped the WILMINGTON QUAKERS by a score of 73-71 ### The CAMDEN SCARLET RAPTORS outlasted the CENTENARY (NJ) CYCLONES 68-62 ### … The Continue reading
It’s time for the 2nd edition of Balladeer’s Bowl, the annual event where I pit the NAIA college football champs against the champs from NCAA Division 3. The outcome is decided by votes from you readers. This year the NAIA is represented by the pride of Rich Koz-land AKA Chicago, IL, the St Xavier University Cougars (helmet at left). The Cougars pulled off the very difficult task of winning the title in their very first appearance in the championship game. Plus they had to do it by defeating the CC Fighting Saints, the dominant NAIA football dynasty of the past decade.
Making their second appearance in Balladeer’s Bowl are the NCAA D3 champs, the Whitewater Warhawks. The Warhawks once again defeated the Mt Union Purple Raiders for a Threepeat in D3 titles. Last year the Warhawks lost to the 2010 NAIA champs, the aforementioned CC Fighting Saints, by a two to one margin in the voting. Will it be a 2nd straight victory for the NAIA team in the most illustrious Bowl of the season? Get your votes in and I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, January 3rd. To keep the voting honest and prevent multiple votes by the same people you can vote by Continue reading
The final 3 championship games of the year for the divisions of college football covered by Balladeer’s Blog will be played tonight and tomorrow. NCAA Division 3 gets things started tonight in Salem, VA, where the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl will see the 7th straight clash between the Whitewater Warhawks (helmet at left) and the Mount Union Purple Raiders.
Yes, remarkably, both teams have survived the D3 playoff field of 32 teams for 7 YEARS IN A ROW, emerging when the dust settles to square off for the national championship. The teams have won 3 titles each in the preceding 6 years, so this is the rubber game of the match (so far). Adding to all that drama is the fact that Continue reading