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Ending purple's reign

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Last year's final four
Last year's national semifinals were pretty competitive by purple power standards. Will someone step up in 2010?
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Around the Nation's take

There's one question on every contender's mind in Division III football, at least, those outside of southeast Wisconsin and east Ohio: How do we keep UW-Whitewater and Mount Union from meeting in a sixth consecutive Stagg Bowl?

We understand. It's the focus of a feature story in Kickoff 2010, where we start the season by talking to four schools who have taken the Warhawks and Purple Raiders into the fourth quarter in recent years, and who know how it might be done.

Still haven't ordered Kickoff? It's where you'll get our exclusive preview of all 238 teams, ranking them from top to bottom, with position battles, X-factors, feature stories and more. Kickoff will be released Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 24.

Meanwhile, back to the question. It's also on our mind. That's why it's the focus of the 2010 season's first Around the Nation podcast.

Go to the podcast page and click the play button to listen. You can load the podcast page in iTunes or can also get this and any of our future Around the Nation podcasts automatically by subscribing to this RSS feed: http://www.d3blogs.com/d3football/?feed=podcast

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Aug. 30: All times Eastern
TBA
Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
Live stats
7:00 PM
University of New England at Coast Guard
Live stats
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
Live stats
Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Live stats
7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
Live stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live stats
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Live stats
Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
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Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
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