2012 Around the Nation columns

January 7, 2013 Recalling a heck of a 2012 It was the year of the two-point conversion, of #LiDarraling and #rip5 and the year Mount Union made it back to the top. Around the Nation looks back at a 2012 filled with highs and lows.

November 15, 2012 Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments It's our annual ATN predictions column, where we say who will surprise and disappoint on the road to Salem. Will anyone score on Mount Union? Does anyone pick against UMHB? Read on.

November 8, 2012 It all comes down to Saturday What makes Elmhurst and Huntingdon unique is that their programs’ grand dreams rest on what they do on Saturday; a bad game could render all the hoping and discussing moot.

November 1, 2012 Football takes a back seat Division III football has only taken a few schedule changes due to Sandy, which brought heavy damages to coastal areas in New Jersey and New York. But in those places, the challenges are great.

October 25, 2012 Our mock regional rankings We’ve had our fun, but now it’s time to get down to business. The NCAA won't issue regional rankings for another week, but we know nobody wants to wait that long. So here's ours.

October 18, 2012 In Division III, there's a whole lot of special For those who don't realize the vastness of Division III football, and don't realize how hard it is to be an All-American or make the Top 25, Keith McMillan has a few comparisons for you, and spotlights some of D-III's standout performances.

October 11, 2012 What’s better: Conference dominance or parity? What's better for a conference, a year where everyone meets toward the middle or a year when someone is a contender to go deep in the playoffs? Around the Nation spoke with five conference commissioners for their take.

October 4, 2012 If the colors were changing, would we notice? Seven years ago, Pat and Keith went to UW-Whitewater before the Warhawks had ever been to a Stagg Bowl. Did the changing of the guard happen that day? Not exactly, but they might have seen it coming.

September 28, 2012 ATN ranks the conferences For years, Around the Nation has aimed to solve an issue for which there is no answer elsewhere in Division III: Which conferences are the strongest?

September 20, 2012 So where does Buffalo State go from here? Beating the three-time defending champ and derailing a run at a college football-record winning streak is huge, but the Bengals have yet to win or even play a conference game.

September 13, 2012 There's no right way to schedule games If the goal behind playing tough non-conference games early in the season is to lead to playoff wins down the line, can any correlation be drawn by teams that have done it in the past? That plus longest playoff droughts and the ATN top 50 in this week's Around the Nation.

September 6, 2012 Who had a bad loss, but can still have a good season? Around the Nation identifies a handful of teams who disappointed in Week 1 but could still rebound to win seven or more games, if not make the playoffs. And not just ones who were in the top 25 and lost. That, plus the ATN top 50, the final installment of Jarrod Kilburn's Ireland blog and more.

August 31, 2012 In 2012, what are you playing for? Maybe you want to win the Stagg Bowl, or your conference, or a rivalry game. You've got 11 short weeks to play 10 games, so don't let it pass you by.

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.

Previous Columns

December 23, 2014
2014 year in review
There were many memorable moments from the 2014 season. We can't possibly cover them all, but we'll...
November 20, 2014
Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments
Around the Nation has assembled a team of prognosticators for an annual look at who might surprise...
November 13, 2014
Playing to perfection in the MAC
Delaware Valley and Widener have been building to this point all season. This weekend there are...
November 9, 2014
Snap judgments: Finding parity
Ryan Tipps thinks parity arises from other teams following the examples of top teams, finding the...
November 6, 2014
From slumping to surging
With two weeks of football left to play in the regular season, some names that may not be so...
November 2, 2014
Snap judgments: A week with plenty of surprises
By this point in the season, our expectations for each team are pretty solidly grounded. Upsets will...
October 29, 2014
The Empire 8: The conference where all 9 can beat you
So far, Brockport State has beaten Hartwick, who beat Alfred, who beat Buffalo State, who beat...
October 26, 2014
Snap judgments: An interesting week
It’s particularly exciting to see how conferences can still get shaken up this late in the...
October 23, 2014
Finding a freshman phenom
When a freshman steps on campus, he could be the next Nate Kmic, or he could be gone before the end...
October 19, 2014
Snap judgments: Finding clarity
We found out some things about how the NJAC race will play out, as well as the ODAC and HCAC. And...
October 16, 2014
Distance no deterrent to Mighty Mikey, Merchant Marine
The Mariners' football team 'adopted' a young cancer patient a few years ago, and although young...
October 12, 2014
Snap judgments: Putting the -ack in ODAC
You can tell when someone doesn't know Division III, because they pronounce the ODAC as O-D-A-C. But...
October 9, 2014
Re-ranking the conferences for 2014
Keith McMillan ranked conferences for years for D3football.com. This is Ryan Tipps' first crack at...
October 5, 2014
Snap judgments: Where's the dropoff in Division III?
Saturday's loss by St. John Fisher and losses earlier this season by Bethel and North Central serve...
October 2, 2014
It’s the size of the fight in the dog
This past week, Maranatha Baptist had to cancel a game because it didn't have enough players. And...
September 28, 2014
Snap judgments: Signature wins come in upsets
St. John's and UW-Stevens Point took center stage for their upset victories, but Christopher Newport...
September 25, 2014
The phrase that stays
From DePauw Never Quits to Wabash Always Fights to Every Man a Lute, some Division III schools...
September 21, 2014
Snap judgments: Taking a new look at the poll positioning
The perception seems to be that at about Week 3, most Top 25 voters do major teardowns and rebuildin...
September 17, 2014
Startups come back for seconds
The three teams that started up Division III football programs last season are now in the midst of...
September 14, 2014
Snap judgments: These underdogs brought some bite
There were some near-upsets on Saturday, but in the end, almost all of the higher-ranked teams came...
September 11, 2014
Monarch linebacker forced to follow his heart
Forced from the middle of the action to a supporting role on the sidelines, Methodist linebacker...
September 7, 2014
Snap judgments: Right/wrong foot
There are two ways to start the season -- with a win, or a loss. Now, not every win necessarily puts...
September 2, 2014
Division III football: A gentleman's game
Hampden-Sydney and Wabash, two all-male schools, are squaring off in football this weekend for the...
March 3, 2014
Analyzing the NJAC and E8's big moves
Wesley and its Capital Athletic Conference brethren join forces with five New Jersey schools to form...

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