Midwest

  • Uncharted territory
    November 14, 2016
    Uncharted territory Rose-Hulman is in the playoffs for the first time in the program's 118-year history. The Fightin' Engineers also have to plan practices around final exams for the first time, a welcome obstacle. More on RHIT and the other Midwest playoff entrants.
  • Grinnell's super stopper
    November 08, 2016
    Grinnell's super stopper The Pioneers are searching for their first win of the season, but have the nation's leading tackler. Sophomore Ryan Slager's numbers are not just the product of a struggling defense, and the Pioneers have two more years to build around him. More in Around the Midwest.
  • The waiting game
    November 02, 2016
    The waiting game Wheaton's loss to North Central cost the Thunder control of their playoff destiny. With at least two games to play, the Thunder know that they have business to take care of before they can sweat their case for an at-large bid. More in Around the Midwest.
  • No time to enjoy, no time to look ahead
    October 26, 2016
    No time to enjoy, no time to look ahead Rose-Hulman finally defeated Franklin, a benchmark victory for the program. But, the Fightin' Engineers need to defeat Bluffton this week to even have a chance at the HCAC title. More in Around the Midwest.
  • Muskies reel in big win
    October 18, 2016
    Muskies reel in big win Lakeland dug deep to notch a crucial road win over Benedictine. The offense keeps finding new playmakers, while the defense is finding its footing. More on the defending NACC champions in Around the Midwest.
  • Sears has Eagles flying high
    October 11, 2016
    Sears has Eagles flying high Benedictine's first year head coach has the Eagles positioned to win the NACC and return to the playoffs for the second time in three years. First, Benedictine must get past Lakeland this Saturday. More on the record-setting 2016 Eagles in Around the Midwest.
  • Tired of being on the outside looking in
    October 03, 2016
    Tired of being on the outside looking in The past two years, North Central had an argument as the best team not to make the playoffs. Narrow losses to strong competition are still losses that kept the Cardinals from joining the postseason. They are hungry to return to the playoffs in 2016. More in Around the Midwest.
  • Barnes is Fighting Scots' Braveheart
    September 27, 2016
    Barnes is Fighting Scots' Braveheart Monmouth's suffocating defense is led by a senior who has worked hard to become one of the nation's top tacklers. Matt Barnes gets the job done for the 4-0 Fighting Scots. More in Around the Midwest.
  • Finally healthy and running wild
    September 20, 2016
    Finally healthy and running wild Lake Forest's Joey Valdivia struggled to stay on the field in his first three seasons. He's off to a breakneck pace in 2016, hoping to stay on the field to complete an impressive senior campaign. More in Around the Midwest.
  • Grizzlies bear down for HCAC play
    September 13, 2016
    Grizzlies bear down for HCAC play Once again, Franklin is favored to win the HCAC. Once again, the Grizzlies challenged themselves with a grueling non-conference slate. Now it's time to see how those tests pay off. More in Around the Midwest.
  • Beloit running back: the next generation
    September 05, 2016
    Beloit running back: the next generation Mason Dixon is chasing Beloit's rushing records, many of which are held by his father, Steve. The Buccaneers seniors has nine games left to rewrite the record book and earn bragging rights at home. More in Around the Midwest
  • 10 games to watch in 2016
    August 29, 2016
    10 games to watch in 2016 Every fan hopes to watch more than ten games this season. But, if you want to pay attention beyond just your favorite team, these are the marquee regular season matchups that columnist Clyde Hughes is excited about.
  • Doing their homework on the fly
    November 17, 2015
    Doing their homework on the fly Even for programs with deep playoff histories, each new tournament brings new excitement and challenges. Coaches found out who their next opponent would be and got to work on Sunday night, in the hopes of that they can do the same thing next week. More in Around the Midwest.
  • New look, same rivalry
    November 10, 2015
    New look, same rivalry Rookie head coaches will be on both sidelines, but the opponents in the Midwest Conference championship game are far from strangers. St. Norbert and Monmouth will once again meet for the right to represent the MWC in the playoffs.
  • Lakeland is ready to turn the corner
    November 03, 2015
    Lakeland is ready to turn the corner The Muskies lost their last head coach, who left to coordinate the offense at Benedictine. This season, Lakeland can avenge 2014's late-season defeat at the hands of the Eagles that kept the Muskies out of the playoffs. A revamped offense has the Muskies rolling. More in Around the Midwest.