From 1999 to 2006, Rowan won five NJAC championships and went to the playoffs six times. Montclair State won two and went four times. However, in the past five years the conference has produced five different champions.
DePauw's entrance could shake up a conference that has been dominated by two teams, Wabash and Wittenberg, for the past seven seasons. The stranglehold at the top of D-III, with UW-Whitewater and Mount Union playing in the Stagg Bowl the past seven seasons, has played out on a smaller scale in the NCAC.
LaGrange is roughly 250 miles from its nearest conference opponent -- and is more like 500 miles from most of the others -- but few would argue that there's a better fit for the seventh-year football program than the USA South.
Kickoff 2012 has those features and much more. It's one of more than two dozen feature stories you'll find in Kickoff, along with all the season previews, exclusive rankings and content you won't find anywhere else in D-III.
Kickoff is an online-only publication, which will be released on or about Aug. 21 in preparation for the first games the weekend of Sept. 1. It covers all 239 Division III football teams, including features listed below.
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- Analysis of each conference with champions predicted by our experts.
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- More than two dozen features.
- Coverage of every team with a look at key players, big games and "X" factors.
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