• 2017 Year in Review
    December 22, 2017
    This was a bittersweet year, Adam Turer writes. Despite players who didn't finish the season, to an entire program that didn't make it to the end, along with the death of a beloved coach and the end of a Stagg Bowl era, there was pleasure to counterbalance the pain.
  • Playoff picks, surprises and disappointments
    November 16, 2017
    Who are the teams that will surprise in this year's playoffs? Who will be the disappointments? And who will still be standing when we get to the semifinals? That's what our panel picks today in an annual Around the Nation tradition.
  • Playing up to expectations
    November 12, 2017
    Our projections and predictions were impressive. Let's take a look back at the teams we thought would be playing in Week 12, and assess what happened to those who came up short.
  • End of a long road
    November 09, 2017
    Barry Streeter ends his 39-year head-coaching career with his final game on Saturday, and Regis Scafe is retiring after 22 years as a Division III head coach. That's dedication to Division III football. More in Around the Nation.
  • Going out on a high note
    November 05, 2017
    Dozens of seniors played their final college football game yesterday. Many had to balance the sting of missing out on the playoffs with the joy of ending their career with a win. That and a whole lot more in Snap Judgments.
  • Cru's success is infectious
    November 02, 2017
    Mary Hardin-Baylor's 2016 national title may well have lit a fire under the rest of the Crusaders' fall sports, and meanwhile, the 2017 Cru are looking to keep the run going.
  • Built for the stretch run
    October 29, 2017
    Some programs had backloaded schedules this year. These final few weeks are their time to prove whether their early success was smoke and mirrors, or if they are for real. Eureka is one team that belongs in the latter category. Adam Turer has more in Snap Judgments.
  • Surviving the quick change
    October 26, 2017
    There were quite a few late-season coaching changes, and it meant an end to one program as well as a shortened season for another. But the quick change in coaches, and the resulting domino effect, isn't always a program's death sentence.
  • Let's have a breakdown together
    October 22, 2017
    Three games on Saturday provided clarity in the playoff picture. There is still much to be decided on the field over the next three weeks. Adam Turer makes his premature predictions in this week's Snap Judgments.
  • No longer beasts, East trying to break back through
    October 19, 2017
    No East Region team has finished the season in Salem since 1999, and it has been 10 years since an East team has even been to the semifinals. Adam Turer explores the reasons why in Around the Nation.
  • Occidental not giving up yet
    October 15, 2017
    The Tigers cancelled yet another home game, this time on homecoming weekend. Emotions are running high on campus, but the coaches and players are determined to overcome the latest adversity. That and more in Snap Judgments.
  • Bruins' long road to respect
    October 12, 2017
    Seven-plus years of planning, four-plus years of practice and three-plus years of competition have led George Fox to this point -- a Top 25 ranking and a chance to play for the Northwest Conference title. The Bruins who stuck it out from the start talk to Adam Turer in Around the Nation.
  • Picks and polls
    October 08, 2017
    Interceptions won some games and clinched others across Division III this weekend. Adam Turer looks at those underrated plays and breaks down his Top 25 voting strategy in this week's Snap Judgments.
  • Re-ranking the conferences in 2017
    October 05, 2017
    When conference memberships shift as much as they have this year, ranking the conferences becomes an even more difficult job. But hey, that's why Adam Turer gets whatever qualifies as the big bucks at D3football.com. Here's his take for 2017.
  • Through the eyes of the quarterback
    October 01, 2017
    What is it like to pass for over 500 yards in a game, or over 1,400 yards through four games? Few know how it feels, but Hayden Bauserman and Michael Whitley shared their perspective after another prolific performance. That and more in Snap Judgments.
  • Hot starts create unlikely unbeatens
    September 28, 2017
    As we head into the final weekend of the season’s first month, 39 teams sit at either 3-0 or 4-0. Many are the usual suspects, including 18 teams ranked in the latest Top 25 poll. Others, however, are off to more historic starts. More in Around the Nation.
  • An emotional week
    September 24, 2017
    Loss, scandal, history, and catharsis. This week had everything. From Wooster honoring their teammate to Grove City breaking a long losing skid, Snap Judgments looks back on an emotional weekend.
  • Rivalry showdown takes center field
    September 21, 2017
    Don't let the unique location or record-breaking attendance numbers distract you. The Tommie-Johnnie game is about one thing, and one thing only: who will emerge as the frontrunner for the MIAC crown. More in Around the Nation.
  • Feeding the beasts
    September 17, 2017
    Several teams remained undefeated by following a familiar formula: get the ball in your best player's hands, repeatedly, until a defense figures out how to stop him. That and more in Week 3's Snap Judgments.
  • Back from hiatus
    September 14, 2017
    Three former All-Region players spent 2016 on the sidelines. One was actually on the sidelines after a transfer that did not translate to playing time. The other two were away from their team, suffering the consequences of their poor decisions.
  • How to pull off an upset
    September 10, 2017
    It takes aggression. Fourth downs, fake punts, and two-point conversions all factored into the weekend's biggest upsets. Snap Judgments looks at how those games shake up the national championship race.
  • Digging in for Duke
    September 07, 2017
    Muhlenberg head coach Mike Donnelly has been forced to the sidelines this year as he fights acute monocytic leukemia. But he hasn't been absent from the hearts and minds of players he coaches, or coaches he's squared off against. More in Around the Nation.
  • Remembering how to win again
    September 03, 2017
    Week One did not disappoint. Snap Judgments returns, getting you caught up on the Top 25 upsets, record-breaking individual performances, and long-awaited victories that defined the season's opening weekend.
  • This season signifies one last shot at Salem
    August 31, 2017
    If you've never been to Salem for the Stagg Bowl, 2017 will be your last chance, at least for a while. For those who have their eyes on this prize, Adam Turer talks with those who have made that trip before, in this season's first Around the Nation column.
  • Year in review: The year everything changed
    December 20, 2016
    We had a brand-new Division III national champion for the first time since 2007. Mount Union lost a regular season game for the first time since 2005, fell short of Salem for the first time since 2004, and failed to win the OAC for the first time since 1994. Adam Turer reviews it all in Around the Nation.
  • Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments
    November 17, 2016
    Around the Nation has assembled a team of prognosticators for an annual look at who might surprise and disappoint us in the 32-team playoff.
  • Snap Judgments: Hellos and goodbyes
    November 13, 2016
    Today is going to be bittersweet for many. We take a look at the teams that announced their arrival in 2016, and the coaches who said goodbye on Saturday. Also, a message for the players who took off the shoulder pads for the final time yesterday.
  • Out of the darkness, light
    November 10, 2016
    Sometimes, things don’t go your way. Sometimes, your highest expectations are crushed by unanticipated disappointment. But even if your team goes 0-for-2016, there's reason for hope. Around the Nation talks to five coaches who have brought their programs up from the bottom.