2008 Around the Nation columns

December 20, 2008 Around the Nation's look back at 2008 We didn’t have any 15-lateral miracle endings or 59-year-old linebackers this time around.

November 20, 2008 Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments The time for griping is finished. The time to salivate over the matchups provided has begun.

November 13, 2008 What makes greatness in D-III? Do you know that point in a game when you stare at the clock, run through the last scenario in your mind where your team can score the points it needs to win, then realize it's impossible and is just not going to happen?

November 6, 2008 It's no miracle Millsaps is here If a tale about how enduring difficult times can make triumph feel so much sweeter seems a little stale, Around the Nation understands. There's been a lot of that going around this week.

October 29, 2008 There's just something about football With difficult times in the real world becoming the norm, and the politics of fear and division taking up space on the airwaves, isn't it nice to have football as an oasis?

October 22, 2008 Queueing up the AQs Has there ever been a better time for the automatic qualifier system?

October 15, 2008 Hitting the road, seeing the sights Packing list for this past weekend's trip: Notebook and voice recorder? Check. Laptop with wireless connection capabilities? Check. The rest of the Division III world? Check.

October 9, 2008 A week so good, it could have a name Around the Nation introduces what, if we had to run TV promos all weekend, would dub with ominous music and call "The Turning Point."

October 2, 2008 Trine's from-the-ground-up strategy pays off The foundation for Trine's attention-grabbing upset of then-No. 14 Franklin had been laid long before Saturday's kickoff.

September 24, 2008 Waiting over, CNU ready to climb What does a team do when it has no first or second game?

September 17, 2008 Brutal openers all part of ONU's plan Coach Dean Paul and his Ohio Northern staff really aren't gluttons for punishment.

September 11, 2008 Heart and the relentless pursuit of triumph For all the talk across Division III about playing "for the love of the game," it's not often on display to the degree it was here Saturday, while it rained sideways because of the remnants of Hurricane Hanna and each airborne pass threatened to send a team back to the emotional abyss of losing that its players have tried so hard not to grow accustomed to.

September 4, 2008 Welcome to '08: Here's your schedule You've got a September to plan, and Around the Nation doesn't want to be responsible for your getting caught on a ladder cleaning the gutter when you'd rather be in the bleachers screaming for your team to go for it on fourth-and-1.

Keith McMillan

Keith McMilllan, who has been a columnist for D3football.com since 2000, has provided color commentary on D3football.com's national broadcasts of the Stagg Bowls. He played at Randolph-Macon in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for four years and covered it for two more.

Previous Columns

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November 24, 2013
Look who stole the show in Round 1
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November 21, 2013
Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments
ATN assembles a team for an annual look at who might surprise and disappoint us in the 32-team...
November 16, 2013
On this day, they were all big games
Keith McMillan has instant reactions both inside and outside the playoff picture on the final day of...
November 13, 2013
A pre-regional rankings primer
Keith McMillan introduces the committee and their roles, analyzes Pools B and C and takes reader...
November 10, 2013
Snap judgments: Seen from the other side
Millsaps may well have a story for the ages out of Saturday's win vs. Centre, as will Cornell and...
November 7, 2013
Poll positions: What to make of regional rankings
If you haven't seen regional rankings before, or your team hasn't been a contender in recent years,...
November 3, 2013
Snap judgments: The aftermath
With so many games featuring two ranked teams, we should see a lot of movement in Sunday's Top 25...
October 24, 2013
Poll positions: Doing some number crunching
The Top 25 doesn't exist to steal anybody's joy. It is merely a prism through which to view...
October 20, 2013
Snap judgments: Cycling up
Maryville and TCNJ are atop their respective conferences, the John Carroll defense isn't the only...
October 13, 2013
Snap judgments: A blurry picture developing
Not literally -- we get great pictures from our associated photographers and SIDs, but that won't...
October 8, 2013
Poll positions: Streaking up the rankings
Keith McMillan looks at why one computer ranking is making the case for a blue team No. 1, and not a...
October 6, 2013
Snap judgments: Bounceback seasons
Olivet, St. Lawrence, North Park, Husson, Western Connecticut ... the list of improved teams this...
October 3, 2013
Re-ranking the conferences
With September's games, and the vast majority of non-conference play in the books, Around the Nation...
September 29, 2013
Snap judgments: Look away from the Top 25 scores
At first glance -- like say, the scores page, with the top 25 scores the initial finals that catch...
September 26, 2013
History lesson: Engineering rivalries
Week 4 is perhaps the most odd Saturday on the schedule. There aren't many great rivalries, but...
September 24, 2013
Poll positions: How the voters reacted
A kick going wide left produced a wide variety of reactions, but when Wesley got taken down a peg,...
September 22, 2013
Snap judgments: Week 3
The Tommie-Johnnie rivalry is back, UMHB's defensive line is pretty darn good, the MIAA has a better...
September 19, 2013
History lesson: Wesley vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor
Now that longtime rivals Wabash and DePauw are both in the North Coast, and Mount Union and...
September 18, 2013
Poll positions: There's some movement coming
The top of the poll didn't change much last week but Saturday's games could have a significant...
September 17, 2013
Off the beaten path
Just because a team isn't in the Top 25 running or mentioned in the podcast or doesn't have a Play...
September 11, 2013
Poll positions: Why teams shuffle
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September 8, 2013
Snap judgments
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