2011 Division III football playoffs
UW-Whitewater finishes the three-peat
UW-Whitewater held its five playoff opponents to a total of 38 points, including shutting down Mount Union in a 13-10 win in Stagg Bowl XXXIX.
Scaling the Mount
If Mount Union can be overcome, certainly someday so can the Warhawks. Keith McMillan says there's hope for the rest of Division III.
ATN Podcast: Wrapping it up
Pat and Keith wrap up the 2011 season and Stagg Bowl XXXIX, including handing out our player of the year awards in the Around the Nation Podcast:
Mount Union feels the heat
The UW-Whitewater defense put Mount Union on its heels and forced the Purple Raiders into bad situations. Ryan Tipps has more from Salem.
Looking to get back on top
Jasper Collins and the rest of the junior class at Mount Union have yet to win a national title, finding themselves stymied by UW-Whitewater each of the past two years. A Road to Salem feature.
Our Stagg Bowl predictions
A triple take isn't nearly enough for the Division III football championship game, so we pulled out all the stops and pumped it up. Here's the Sextuple Take. Who wins, UW-Whitewater or Mount Union?
Looking for redemption
After spending the entire 2010 postseason on the sidelines, UW-Whitewater quarterback Matt Blanchard finally gets his shot in the Stagg Bowl. A Road to Salem feature.
Mount Union returns to Stagg
Isaiah Scott caught three balls on defense and Jasper Collins caught nine on offense as the Purple Raiders defeated Wesley 28-21.
Making the Tommies tick
The St. Thomas defense has been successful this season despite losing two key pieces to injury. What makes this unit tick? More in a Road to Salem feature.
Flip of a coin
Charles Dieuseul whittled his college football choices down to two and left it to a call of heads or tails. The Purple Raiders' defense has been the benefit. A Road to Salem feature.
The men behind the man
Levell Coppage is on the verge of becoming the NCAA's all-time leading rusher and leading UW-Whitewater to a third consecutive national championship. But this season's success has taken place with a mostly new offensive line.
Once more, with feeling
Shane McSweeny and Wesley are headed to Mount Union for another semifinal, two years after a 24-7 loss in Alliance one round short of Salem. This time, they're inspired by someone who isn't able to make the trip with them.
We predict Saturday's scores
Our Triple Take crew not only gives you their projected scores for this week's games, but they also break the games down. Get your look at Saturday's quarterfinals on the Daily Dose.
The last unranked team
If you haven't taken a close look at the final eight teams standing in this year's playoff field, consider this -- seven are ranked in the top 10 in the country. And then there's St. John Fisher. A Road to Salem feature.
Shane McSweeny and LiDarral Bailey both can pull it down and run from the quarterback position, although Wesley and Mary Hardin-Baylor do it in significantly different ways. A Road to Salem feature.
Putting the clipboard down
Tyler Burke got the surprise start at Wabash, where he came in to quarterback the Little Giants' win. Turns out coach Erik Raeburn took a page from the playbook of his uncle, Larry Kehres. A Road to Salem feature.
A different look
Not only is the Salisbury/UW-Whitewater matchup unusual in the quarterfinals, it also features a different look on offense from the Sea Gulls. More in a Road to Salem feature.
Check your bracket!
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Coast to coast
Linfield faces nearly a 3,000 mile journey and a 9 a.m. PST kickoff -- such are the sidelights to this unusual cross-country matchup in Saturday's second round. More in a Road to Salem feature.
When North Central and Wabash line up against each other on Saturday, they'll see a lot of familiar things in each other. They both wear red and white and they'll both bring the pain on defense.
Defenses key for Salisbury, Kean
Kean intercepted five passes in its first-round win. That might not help much against the triple-option Sea Gulls, however.
The ASC rematch
The first meeting was interrupted by lightning and the game, and McMurry's season, was never quite the same afterward. What should we expect the second time around? A Road to Salem feature.
You gotta play the best
In order to win the title, someone will have to knock off Mount Union or UW-Whitewater. Some teams complain about seeing purple on their road to Salem, while Franklin seeks them out. A Road to Salem feature.
D3reports: Live from the playoffs
A half-dozen playoff games have D3reports this week, including a handful of new faces and just a little bit of snow. Get a first-person take on these games by watching.
First round road warriors
Few visiting teams fared well in the first round of the Division III football playoffs, but St. John Fisher, McMurry and Monmouth won their road playoff openers. The first-round wrap-up.
Accounting majors bring toughness for Albion
These three are on a mission to change the perception of accountants from pocket-protecting, pencil-sharpening, adding machine-punching, tax-preparing workers in a cubicle to tough guys who are smart, too.
Don't call it the Black Flag
The Trinity (Texas) defense doesn't give itself that name anymore but the Tigers have certainly returned to their stingy ways, having allowed no more than 16 points in any game this season.
Upstate underdogs hit the road
For St. John Fisher, getting in was a surprise. For Hobart, it was expected, but the destination might not have been. Andrew Lovell gives us the rundown on both teams in a Road to Salem feature.
Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments
It's our annual Around the Nation predictions column, where we say who will surprise and disappoint on the road to Salem. And did somebody actually pick against a purple power? (Yes. We wouldn't tease.)
Getting new life
The Blueboys of Illinois College had to receive special permission from the Midwest Conference to even hold practice last week. Read about one of the most unlikely playoff entrants in Around the Midwest.
A look in the mirror
The similarities between Franklin and Thomas More run deep. There might not be a more evenly-matched first round game in this year’s postseason.
Not ready to retire
Illinois Wesleyan's senior-laden defense is making sure that its career doesn't end yet, helping the Titans make the playoffs. Now they face the all-time leading passer in Division III history to open.
It seemed Cal Lutheran and Redlands were on a collision course for a first-round playoff meeting, but the two are headed in different directions. Jason Galleske talks with both for a Road to Salem feature.
First time magic
Western New England and Norwich were once brought together by an early-season non-conference game. Now they'll also each be making their first NCAA playoff appearance.
What a crazy bracket!
And is it a stunner? Check inside. After a final day in which none of the top at-large candidates lost, the field of 32 was released. We're happy to be surprised by a bracket such as this.
Here's our projected bracket
Endicott has had a week to wait. Will they get rewarded? Who's in and who's out? Here's our projected field of 32. We'll get the NCAA's opinion Sunday after 6 p.m. ET ... and theirs counts.
Two-loss teams need not apply
We're sorry, but it's reality. History shows Baldwin-Wallace, St. Olaf, St. John Fisher, Wheaton and other teams with two Division III losses will get no shot at an at-large bid from this committee.