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We're on to the third round of the playoffs, and it's a round that looks a little less purple, a little more wide-open, and has a lot less for people to complain about. Will any of the games be close? Can't say we know that for sure, but one thing we do know is that we have No. 2 through No. 9 in our Top 25 still playing, and that makes things fun. On this edition of the podcast, we chat with Delaware Valley head coa... Read more

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Highlights, reaction and analysis from across all parts of the bracket are what you find in this edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast. That includes North Central coach Jeff Thorne's reaction to the Cardinals' epic win at Mount Union, and it also includes Jeff's father, John Thorne, who retired from the position after the 2014 season, with his postgame reaction. Salisbury quarterback Jack Lanham ta... Read more

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The first round of games was much more than just a preliminary, more than the appetizer to the meat and potatoes we get in round two. But that next round in our five-course meal is the second round of the NCAA playoffs, from Maryland's Eastern Shore to Orange County, California and six other spots in between. This is the week where coaches have had to find a way to squeeze in practice, find a way to get Thanksgiving dinner f... Read more

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That was a pretty great first round, not gonna lie. A Top 10 team nearly went down in the first round, one team came back from 18 down and another from 24, plus two games went to overtime -- one of which went to three overtimes. Chapman and Linfield made the last game of the day a great capper to a thrilling day. Pat and Keith run down all 16 of the first-round games, rank the second round games from least to most intriguing and... Read more

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The games are here! We've got 16 games on Saturday that will get us started on the road to Shenandoah, Texas, where the Stagg Bowl will be held one more time this year before it moves to Canton, Ohio. Our crew will break down each of the four brackets in terms of first-round games, and there is plenty more preview coverage on D3football.com.

We also talk with Hope coach Peter Stuursma. He was on our podcast back in Ma... Read more

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November 18, 2019 70 min

We finally have a bracket, the bracket, the one with the 32 teams on the road to the Stagg Bowl. While folks associated with John Carroll and Susquehanna don't understand why they aren't continuing on into the playoffs (can't say we didn't warn you), there actually is a lot to like in this bracket.

Did you see how Wheaton and North Central are on complete opposite sides of the bracket? Other potential conf... Read more

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November 15, 2019 61 min

Alright, folks -- we're down to one week, 112 games and lurking out there in the final game of the night on Saturday is UW-Oshkosh, which can play chaos agent. If the Titans -- or perhaps we should call them Agent UW-Zero -- knock off UW-Whitewater, then so much hell will break loose in the virtual war room that is the NCAA committee's conference call.

So much hell. Oshkosh coach Pat Cerroni doesn't care wheth... Read more

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That's how dark it was in Spokane, Washington, when Linfield and Whitworth were playing in overtime. That's just one of several intriguing storylines from Saturday, including the way the Central-Wartburg game ended. You'll want to hear Keith's take on whether the Central receiver got the ball across the plane of the goal line in overtime, and also how he would describe the game if Central had lost.

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This is where stuff gets tight. We already have some of our traditional season-ending rivalry games going on this weekend (Bronze Turkey, The Drum, Amherst-Williams) and the chase for the Walnut and Bronze is in full swing. We start by talking about the regional rankings, first with NCAA Division III football national committee chair Jim Catanzaro, where we ask him about some of the oddities at the bottom of the East and West Re... Read more

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We expected some great games. Some of the great games were unexpected. And if your team is 3-5, you might well get some mention in this podcast, even if you're not Concordia-Moorhead. Didn't we tell you that kicking would be an issue for St. John's? (Psst, we did, in Podcast 252.)

We check in on the big games in New York, where the Liberty League and Empire 8 had automatic bids up for grabs, including postgame... Read more

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November 1, 2019 68 min

The final few weeks of the regular season get started, well, now, as we have key showdowns in the state of New York, and Iowa, and Pennsylvania, among others. Plus, if you are looking for a better understanding of how the mock regional rankings that we put together work, well, we welcome back our chief bracketologist, Greg Thomas. He'll tell you what goes into the mock rankings, and the real ones which we will see on Nov. 6,... Read more

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Lots of eyes on this game. Lots of views on Twitter videos. Lots of people tying to knock down Mary Hardin-Baylor's game-winning field goal. 

It's great that we live in an era when we can see all of this video in real time, and then over and over again afterward. So UMHB wins by one, but loses the No. 1 spot. All of this is worth a good amount of discussion, and that's what Pat and Keith give it.

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Looking at big games in Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia and Delaware, plus predictions on games from all across the map as we get you set for Week 8 of the 2019 Division III football season. We've got a few teams playing from positions they're not used to, either.

This week, we're joined by a couple of gunslingers in red and white -- they are Cortland quarterback Brett Segala and St. John's quarterbac... Read more

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One of Saturday's big games was well-known, well-promoted, and lived up to the hype of 19,508 fans. The other was played in front of a little bit fewer people, and was hardly predicted. So when the Johnnies beat the Tommies, sure, we knew that would be a big deal -- but when Birmingham-Southern knocked off No. 7 Berry ...

Berry had two chances to get back into the game in the third quarter, but Birmingham-Southern hel... Read more

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There's a big game between huge rivals going on in Minnesota this weekend, but also another 115 games in Division III, including a battle of unbeatens in the NESCAC. We're going to give about the same amount of time to the St. John's-St. Thomas game as we will to Wesleyan-Middlebury, where the attraction is more than just the change of seasons and the fall colors visible from Middlebury's picturesque campus. Bob ... Read more

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Yes, this is podcast No. 250. At this point, the milestones come fairly frequently, so we won't bore regular listeners with too many old clips or stories about strange places we've recorded this podcast, but we couldn't let a round number go unmentioned. This is the week Chapman played its way into the D3football.com Top 25, and Bethel nearly played itself out of the Top 10, and UW-Whitewater methodically got past UW... Read more

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This was shaping up to be a perfectly normal week with awesome Division III football games, and then the news broke, that UMHB was being told it had to give up the 2016 Division III football national title. 

UMHB is appealing this decision. But it could well go through. We'll open with a sound bite from Randy O'Rear, the UMHB president, and a couple of quotes from coach Pete Fredenburg, and then Pat and Keith will... Read more

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We've often said in the course of writing about and covering Division III that you can find everything in Division III. That is definitely true in football, where when you have more than 110 games, there are bound to be interesting and unexpected performances.

For example, Pat and Keith this week bring you multiple games in which teams rallied from fourth-quarter two-touchdown deficits to win. But there are also big g... Read more

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There are lots of teams in Division III which you have questions about, and you're not alone. We have the same questions about a handful of teams, and in this edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast, Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan tackle a few of them. Are they on track or overperforming so far? It's buy or sell on the podcast.

And then, we have lots of questions for Salisbury coach Sherm Wood. His... Read more

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We come through the first month of the 2019 NCAA Division III season with a significant number of teams which are unbeaten, but not ranked. We hardly have time to talk about them all, but we’ll do as many of them as possible in this edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast.

And of course, there were a number of thrilling games, including one significant upset, on Saturday. Pat Coleman and guest host Greg Th... Read more

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