2010 Around the Nation columns

November 18, 2010 Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments Keith, Pat and the crew tackle the tough questions: Who will overachieve and underachieve in this year's bracket? Who will meet in the national semifinals? More in Around the Nation.

November 11, 2010 A pair of profound perspectives For former UWW linebacker A.J. Raebel, it was cancer. For current Warhawk Booker Stanley, jail time. Both have a lot to share about life with Keith McMillan in Around the Nation.

November 4, 2010 Picking the top seeds The East has gone without a team qualifying for a No. 1 seed since 2006. How does this happen, and how are the teams chosen? Keith McMillan does a deep dive in Around the Nation.

October 28, 2010 Will the East rise again? Why has the East been so down in the Division III football world? What needs to be done to bring Walnut and Bronze back to the region for the first time since 1991? Keith McMillan looks in-depth in Around the Nation.

October 21, 2010 Focusing on focus How do you keep your team, or keep yourself, focused every week through a 10-game (or 15-game) season? Keith McMillan looks for the answers in this week's Around the Nation.

October 14, 2010 Giving themselves options In an era when coaches scramble to keep up, it pays to zig when everyone else zags. That's why D-III's triple option offenses are having success on the ground. More in this week's Around the Nation.

October 7, 2010 The sweet sounds of special teams Last Saturday, in no fewer than six games decided by remarkable special teams plays, the distance between winning and losing was better measured by sound.

October 7, 2010 Around the Nation postcards

September 30, 2010 A weekend that defies naming Never before have the D-III football gods rained down on us a dozen games with major conference title, Top 25 and playoff implications in a single early-October weekend.

September 30, 2010 Ranking the conferences As part of the package in Kickoff ’10, readers get our top-to-bottom ranking of 28 conferences in Division III football. Now that non-conference play is nearly over, Keith McMillan re-ranks.

September 23, 2010 Septembers to remember By philosophy or necessity, there are some pretty front-loaded schedules. This week's Around the Nation talks to UW-Eau Claire and Hardin-Simmons about why they chose to challenge themselves.

September 16, 2010 Carry the flag Keith McMillan is done ranking rivalries. And from his description of the Secretaries' Cup, between Division III's two national service academies, it's easy to see why. It's Around the Nation.

September 9, 2010 Breaking the seal on a new regime More than a few teams got new head coaches this offseason. But only a handful of coaches got their season off on the ultimate right foot, with a W in Week 1.

September 2, 2010 Savor the new season as it kicks off Whether you're on the field, wearing a headset, sitting in the stands or watching from home, Keith McMillan reminds us of one thing we all must do.

Ryan Tipps

Ryan is D3football.com's Senior Editor and begins as National Columnist in fall 2014. He was the Around the Mid-Atlantic Columnist from 2007 to 2011; has worked on all but one of the preseason Kickoff publications; has done game-day writing and photography and the pregame broadcast at the championship Stagg Bowl in Salem for almost a decade; and has taken photos at the Final Four for D3hoops.com. He's also on the selection staff for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award.

2001-2013 columnist: Keith McMillan.

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September 11, 2014
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September 7, 2014
Snap judgments: Right/wrong foot
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September 2, 2014
Division III football: A gentleman's game
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March 3, 2014
Analyzing the NJAC and E8's big moves
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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
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November 16, 2013
On this day, they were all big games
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November 13, 2013
A pre-regional rankings primer
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November 10, 2013
Snap judgments: Seen from the other side
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November 7, 2013
Poll positions: What to make of regional rankings
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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
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October 20, 2013
Snap judgments: Cycling up
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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
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October 3, 2013
Re-ranking the conferences
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September 29, 2013
Snap judgments: Look away from the Top 25 scores
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September 26, 2013
History lesson: Engineering rivalries
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September 24, 2013
Poll positions: How the voters reacted
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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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