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 began as National Columnist in fall 2014. He was the Around the Mid-Atlantic Columnist from 2007 to 2011, has worked on the preseason Kickoff publication since 2006 and has covered the Stagg Bowl in Salem for more than a decade. Ryan, a Wabash graduate, worked in newspapers as a writer and editor for 15 years before his current full-time job as editor of a magazine in Virginia.

2001-2013 columnist: Keith McMillan.

Previous Columns

November 19, 2015
Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments
Around the Nation has assembled a team of prognosticators for an annual look at who might surprise...
November 12, 2015
Between these four and the playoffs, an archrival stands
The final week of the regular season is full of great rivalry games and teams trying to clinch...
November 8, 2015
Snap Judgments: Muddying up the playoff picture
Yes, this was an actual Division III game from Saturday, with playoff implications. How did the...
November 5, 2015
Two-sport stars not ready to trade gridiron for court
Some of the hardiest of two-sport athletes in Division III play both football and basketball. The...
November 1, 2015
Snap judgments: Potent potential for Pool C
A couple of key losses this season have meant that some traditionally powerful teams are hoping to...
October 29, 2015
Clash of the Texas titans
It’s the first time since 2004 that Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons have met so late in...
October 25, 2015
Snap judgments: Pools and conferences shaping up
This was certainly the kind of weekend that we needed to separate out some of the challengers. Now...
October 22, 2015
Linfield’s father figure
Sam Riddle's experience and maturity at quarterback for the Wildcats may well have its source in his...
October 18, 2015
Snap judgments: This week proves anything can happen
A few key wins by underdogs made sure some conference races were thrown wide open. Haven't beaten...
October 15, 2015
Re-ranking the conferences for 2015
Every August, Pat and Keith rank the conferences based on how they're expected to perform this...
October 11, 2015
Snap judgments: What we're learning
An instant classic proved that UW-Oshkosh was a legitimate contender. But how have Ryan Tipps' teams...
October 7, 2015
First-teamers square off
It was quite a show in Danville, Ky., where Hendrix and Centre met, bringing a pair of all-conferenc...
October 4, 2015
Snap judgments: Wet, and still wild
While a couple of games were cancelled and another was postponed, many games got played in various...
October 1, 2015
Starters in the making
Waiting is always going to be difficult. Some players sit for years behind a starter, preparing for...
September 27, 2015
Snap judgments: Frequently fixated
If you weren't at a game, or didn't have a vested interest in one particular team, Saturday was a...
September 24, 2015
Policing not only the streets, but also the backfield
Josh Brozek said a common question he gets asked is, “When do you sleep?” And considerin...
September 20, 2015
Snap judgments: Three teams to keep an eye on
Three weeks in is when the preseason predictions and expectations we had for the season really start...
September 17, 2015
D-III stacking up against the scholarship squads
When Division III teams take on the scholarship squads, a "moral victory" is not what...
September 13, 2015
Snap judgments: Beyond the blowouts
The big margins of victory grab a lot of eyeballs, and there's a lot of them, because there's a lot...
September 9, 2015
Change for the right reasons
At Augustana, Rowan and Emory & Henry, a little change has done the program some good. New...
September 6, 2015
Snap judgments: What does Week 1 tell us?
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