November 9, 2018 Quick Hits: Our predictions for Week 11 This is it -- the last regular-season weekend of the season. Maybe there's snow on the ground where you are. Maybe you have a bitter rival coming to town and an epic tailgate with old friends -- well, that's what Quick Hits is like for us, too. Plus, we provide you with predictions for Saturday, rather than a cold (or warm) beverage.
November 9, 2018 Your guide to Selection Sunday We enter the weekend with 13 automatic bids to hand out, then we'll make another bracket prediction and we'll have to wait until the bracket is announced! Here's how you get from here to 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, on D3football.com.
November 9, 2018 Podcast: Our projected at-large teams The season doesn't end today, thank goodness. But if it did, here's how Pat and Keith would pick the at-large teams. Plus, we chat with UW-Whitewater coach Kevin Bullis and run down all the scenarios, including the crazy ones that could make everything chaotic on Saturday night. Check it out.
November 8, 2018 Bigger battles to fight Current St. Thomas players have never needed a Week 11 playoff win to secure a playoff bid, but if they need inspiration for fighting a tough opponent, they need look no further than Rachael Caruso. Coach Glenn Caruso's wife was diagnosed with cancer almost a year ago. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
November 8, 2018 Johnson stepping aside at Earlham After Saturday's game against Rose-Hulman, Nick Johnson will be moving into a new role at Earlham, allowing him to spend more time taking care of his family. His wife, Melissa, former women's basketball coach at Earlham, has been fighting a genetic pancreatic condition.
November 7, 2018 Berry cruises into Week 11 with 14 on the brain Justus Edwards' Week 4 injury not just cost him his season, but perhaps his football career. Even with him recovering miles from campus, his Berry teammates have been there to lend support and have certainly not forgotten him. More in a feature by Brian Lester.
November 7, 2018 Cortaca 2019 moves to MetLife, eyes attendance mark The Cortaca Jug game, featuring Ithaca and Cortland, will be played in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 2019. The stated goal is to take down the Division III football single-game attendance record of 37,355 set last season.
November 7, 2018 Second NCAA regional ranking for 2018 The second of the NCAA's regional rankings for 2018 have been released. The final one will be created Saturday night for the purposes of selecting and seeding the teams in the NCAA playoffs and will be published on Sunday, after the bracket is released.
November 6, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week Twenty catches in a game? Four interceptions? Four touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and a touchdown catch? Yeah, there were some great performances in Week 10 and we have these and more on the D3football.com Team of the Week.
November 6, 2018 Thomas More road show coming to a close It's been a long run this season for Thomas More, the only independent in Division III football. The Saints, who will have traveled more than 7,500 miles when it's all said and done, finish the season at St. John's and have a chance to extend their season with a win. Joe Sager has more.
November 5, 2018 Podcast: You ask the questions Some parts of the Division III playoff picture got clearer, but others got cloudier -- and that's even assuming you could see the picture on Saturday. We went mailbag this week and let your Twitter questions guide us through the top of the podcast.
November 4, 2018 Read & React: All the marbles There are seven games in the Week 11 slate that have a playoff berth directly on the line. The high stakes only heighten the anticipation for these already exciting rivalry games.
November 4, 2018 One new team enters the D3football.com Top 25 A new team joins the poll this week. But how much does Illinois Wesleyan fall after a loss? How much does St. Thomas fall after a win? Check out the full D3football.com Top 25.
November 3, 2018 Roundup: Ithaca, BW keep hopes alive Ithaca pushed back against Hobart to remain somewhere in playoff contention, while Baldwin Wallace outlasted Ohio Northern to set up a showdown with John Carroll next week for a possible at-large bid. Merchant Marine and Thomas More remained in contention for the Pool B bid.
November 3, 2018 Top 25: NCC beats IWU, UST rallies, Salisbury upset Wesley knocked off its unbeaten archrival, North Central handled Illinois Wesleyan, St. Thomas had to rally down two scores in the fourth quarter and Bethel made sure everyone knew it was ranked for a reason in Saturday's Division III football Top 25 action.
November 2, 2018 Podcast: Saturday's scenarios This is crunch time. We could hand out as many as 15 of the 23 remaining automatic bids to the Division III playoffs on Saturday, and so you can follow along, we go through each of the remaining conferences to tell you who can clinch on Saturday, what they need to do, and who might be waiting until Week 11. Pat and Keith have it all for you!
November 2, 2018 Quick Hits: Our crew's picks for Week 10 In a week where so many games have playoff implications, which one is the biggest one, the game of the week? Our crew has its usual six-pack of takes, plus potential Top 25 upsets, and clinching teams not wearing purple.
November 1, 2018 Wabash fighting through Tragedy struck the Wabash College campus community and the football team when Evan Hansen died by suicide back in September. But this past week, they had reason to celebrate and feel actual joy for the first time in a while. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
October 31, 2018 With bid within reach, Pirates aren't coasting Whitworth has taken down the top teams on its schedule this season and just needs one more win to clinch the Northwest Conference automatic bid. But coach Rod Sandberg is making sure his team doesn't think it can ease across the finish line. More in a feature from Brian Lester.
October 31, 2018 Breaking down the regional rankings The placement of Hardin-Simmons and Centre brought out a lot of questions, as did the placement of Cortland and Salisbury and others. We tackle those issues and more in a special edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast.
October 31, 2018 First NCAA regional ranking for 2018 The NCAA's regional rankings have been released, with UW-Whitewater edging out St. John's as No. 1 in the West, and the top-ranked teams in the East, North and South all teams which made the national semifinals in 2017.
October 30, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll celebrates the best players in Division III football, from Massachusetts to California. Check out all the interceptions, sacks, blocked punts and touchdowns on the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 30, 2018 Martin Luther thinking big Martin Luther is a small school with a small recruiting base and, of course, a small football team. But the Knights have been on the rise the past few years, and in coach Mark Stein's fourth year, they are competing for a playoff bid. Joe Sager has more in a D3football.com feature.
October 29, 2018 Podcast: Bid-clinching has begun! Yep, three teams have clinched automatic bids, with 23 to go. But it's those at-large bids which will receive a ton of attention. Who played their way into consideration? Who played their way out? Plus game balls, and everyone's favorite backup quarterback wasn't a backup this week. Pat and Keith have that and more in the latest podcast.
October 28, 2018 Read & React: Votes and polls What does the Top 25 mean to you? What does it mean to coaches, players, alumni, and universities? Here's how one voter approaches his ballot each week. And remember, voting is important!
October 28, 2018 New D3football.com Top 25 One new Top 10 team, a high-water mark for RPI, and three new teams enter the poll in this week's D3football.com Top 25 poll. Check out the full poll.
October 27, 2018 Roundup: Eureka still unbeaten; MIT, K-zoo fall Eureka had a dramatic last-minute touchdown, while MIT and Kalamazoo lost for the first time and Central and Marietta fell for the second week in a row after unbeaten starts.
October 27, 2018 Top 25 roundup: Witt, Oshkosh go down Wabash's Jake Page had two picks, one in overtime, while UW-Stevens Point had a key pick-six in upsetting the Titans, plus Wesley lost yet another close game for lack of an extra point. That and more in the Top 25 roundup.
October 26, 2018 Around the Nation Podcast: It’s not who you think Having reached Keith McMillan's podcast limit for the day, we brought in guest co-host Frank Rossi to help preview Week 9, plus guest coach Jason Lebeau of Western New England. Frank gets put on the spot, plus we preview all the big games, create a rivalry trophy and more.
October 26, 2018 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 9 Week 9 this year is too early for anyone to clinch a bid to the playoffs, but those days are coming, and a couple of the games that will be key in deciding automatic bids are being played this weekend. Our panel picks the big games, upsets and more.
October 25, 2018 It's a thankless job, but these folks do it In Division III, we know that players play for the love of the game. Coaches coach for the love of the game. Another group that participates for the love of the game is often overlooked. Adam Turer has more in the latest Around the Nation.
October 25, 2018 Everything you need to know about playoffs Are you new to Division III football? Is your team in playoff contention for the first time in a while? Are you a coach who hopes to be in the playoffs someday? Or do you feel like you’re an expert when it comes to the postseason? All of you need to listen to this podcast, with the D-III football committee national chair, Jim Catanzaro.
October 24, 2018 Defense lights UW-Whitewater's fire After three seasons out of the Stagg Bowl and one season out of the playoffs altogether, the Warhawks are working their way back up the charts this year, and the defense is leading the charge. More in a feature from Joe Sager.
October 24, 2018 Zooming their way to the top Kalamazoo was 1-9 a year ago, and that wasn’t particularly unusual. What is unusual is the Hornets' 7-0 start to the season, their best since the Kennedy administration. Brian Lester has more in a D3football.com feature.
October 23, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week A 307-yard receiving night, a 244-yard rushing day, plus six tackles for loss, three blocked kicks and a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds make up this week's D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 22, 2018 Three weeks to Selection Sunday There were some interesting losses and unexpectedly narrow wins on Saturday. While that didn't change the playoff picture as much as it changed the Top 25, there were still some adjustments. There's one team out there specifically that has to feel much better about its playoff chances after this week, and Pat and Keith tackle that and more in the latest podcast.
October 21, 2018 Read & React: Best friends Mike Leonard has cultivated a culture at Franklin that makes coming to work every day fun for both players and coaches. Friendships translate to victories, and no coach in Grizzlies history has more than Leonard.
October 21, 2018 Latest D3football.com Top 25 UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh each move up as a result of their wins and other results on Saturday, but who else made a move in the D3football.com Top 25?
October 20, 2018 Wartburg knocks down Central; Slager sets tackle mark Wartburg brought an end to Central's unbeaten run and threw the ARC title chase into a four-way tie, while Misericordia scored twice in the final 61 seconds to win and Grinnell's Ryan Slager set the record for career tackles in D-III history in Week 8 action. Meanwhile, Eureka and Kalamazoo continued their undefeated ways.
October 20, 2018 Rowan, Westminster pull off upsets No. 8 Wesley and No. 11 Washington & Jefferson fell in early action, while 10th-ranked John Carroll survived to hand Marietta its first loss of the season and No. 13 Berry won at home in double overtime. More in the Top 25 roundup.
October 19, 2018 Quick Hits: Predictions for Week 8 Washington U. and Illinois Wesleyan were already on the radar for this week, but it's even more visible after last week's upset win by Wash U. Who are this week's big upset picks? Which unbeaten team ends its run this week? That and more in Quick Hits.
October 19, 2018 Podcast: Staying high and dry Averett had a lot more going on this week than just game prep after it had about six inches of rain dumped on it in very short order this week when the remnants of Hurricane Michael blew through. Coach Cleive Adams tells us about how his team stayed safe and tried to prepare to face Huntingdon, plus Pat picks 25 games and Keith picks some more.
October 18, 2018 Wash U, Eureka making a good first impression Both Eureka and Washington U. have exceeded any modest expectations and are in positions to claim conference titles in their first season in the NACC and CCIW. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
October 17, 2018 New chief Engineer keeps MIT humming MIT lost the coach that made the program what it is today, leading it to the best stretch in the history of MIT football. But so far, rather than take a step back, the Engineers are still looking smart under new coach Brian Bubna. Brian Lester has more.
October 16, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll celebrates the best players in Division III football, from Alabama to Oregon. Check out all the interceptions, sacks, blocked kicks and touchdowns on the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 16, 2018 Twin freshmen help Del Val find quick chemistry After losing nine starters on defense, Delaware Valley has been able to reload thanks in part to Anthony Nobile and Michael Nobile, who have locked down things up front for the Aggies. More in a feature from Joe Sager.
October 16, 2018 Podcast: Pat and Keith answer your questions Every Sunday night we take questions from listeners and followers on Twitter with the intent of answering the best one on the Monday podcast. When listeners turn around and give us 10 additional good questions, well, we need to do another entire podcast!
October 16, 2018 Three linebackers, seven surgeries For most college students, five years after they start higher education, they are ready to come back to school for their first homecoming as an alum. But for Westfield State's starting linebackers; Andrew Carpenter, Zach Howard, and Tyler Robbins, the trio will all still be on the field, playing in their final homecoming game.
October 15, 2018 John on their minds, in their hearts Saturday's Johnnie-Tommie game was more than a rivalry game. It was part reunion, part wake, and full of celebration and memories of John Gagliardi that went well beyond the 40-20 final score. Frank Rajkowski was there and has more of the scene from Collegeville.
October 15, 2018 Podcast: Taking down the big dog The Johnnie-Tommie game definitely fits the bill of someone taking down the big dog, and so does WashU's win vs. Wheaton. Both get a good amount of discussion, especially with the state of the CCIW standings and the D3football.com Top 25. Why isn't WashU ranked? You'll hear that and much more in this podcast.
October 14, 2018 Read & React: No place like home The road can be fun and exciting, but it does not compare to playing at home. UW-Oshkosh finally played at Titans Stadium, and re-energized its season. Meanwhile, Muhlenberg hit the road in a battle of playoff preparation.
October 14, 2018 Top 25: Trading places, movin' on up While the Johnnies and Tommies all but traded places in the Top 25, there were other movements along the D3football.com Top 25 as well. That includes the highest ranking ever for Berry.
October 13, 2018 Roundup: Earlham's streak reaches record proportions Earlham tied the Division III record with its 50th consecutive loss. Salisbury held off Montclair State in a battle of unranked-but-undefeated NJAC teams while Central won a nailbiter over Simpson in the ARC. Centre, too, stayed in its SAA title hunt.
October 13, 2018 Top 25 roundup: Johnnies overwhelm Tommies St. John's rode emotion and an offensive eruption to victory against archrival St. Thomas. Elsewhere No. 23 Muhlenberg and No. 15 Trine won thrillers, and Washington U. made waves in the CCIW race with a win over Wheaton.
October 12, 2018 Podcast: Tommie-Johnnie, playoff chase This weekend's key games include a game for first place, and a bunch of games that could help determine who stays in the playoff hunt. Plus, heading into Week 7, there's just enough reason to really talk about the playoffs. Pat and Keith give you a quick rundown of how the NCAA calculates and tabulates strength of schedule and where you can find the latest numbers.
October 12, 2018 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 7 In addition to the big game between St. Thomas and St. John's, there are lots of other key games, including one at the other end of the rankings. That's where Earlham, which has lost 49 consecutive games, faces Anderson. Our crew tackles those questions and others.
October 11, 2018 Remembering John Frank Rajkowski, who covered St. John's and John Gagliardi for more than 15 years for the St. Cloud Times, spent countless hours covering the man who wound up college football's all-time wins leader. He gives his remembrance of John.
October 11, 2018 Toughest job in D-III: Following the legend Brant McAdams is not a Westering. He's not a Frosty Westering disciple. He's not an alumnus of Pacific Lutheran. But he's taken over one of the Division III programs most identified with its traditions, and so far, the Lutes, and their alumni, have responded. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
October 10, 2018 Triple threat leads Puget Sound passing game Line up AJ Johnson, Collin Heimbach and Jewell Day on the field at the same time and the Puget Sound wide receivers are a three-headed monster opponents would rather avoid dealing with. More in a feature by Brian Lester.
October 9, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week Another week, another great Brockport defensive performance, another 200 yards from Lamar Carswell, and another six-touchdown day from a running back. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 9, 2018 Brockport defense slamming door on foes For the Golden Eagles, the negatives have all turned out to be positives, and for opponents, trying to run on Brockport has been impossible. What makes this defense tick, to the tune of negative-11.6 rushing yards per game? Joe Sager fills in the gaps.
October 8, 2018 Podcast: Enough room for debate We didn't know we would come out of Saturday's games with real questions about who should be the top-ranked team, but Pat and Keith lay out the cases for your favorite shade of purple, plus give the key takeaways from the big Week 6 games, hand out game balls and much more.
October 7, 2018 Read & React: Avoiding the trap There were a pair of prototypical trap games played yesterday, but the favorites prevailed to set the stage for Week 7 showdowns. Read how they avoid getting tripped up, plus a remembrance of the great John Gagliardi.
October 7, 2018 Legendary coach John Gagliardi has died The longtime head coach of St. John's, who led the university to four national championships, has died. His family made the announcement Sunday morning.
October 7, 2018 Top 25: UMHB picks up votes, top 10 shuffles Mary Hardin-Baylor picked up three first-place votes, and there were lots of other changes after the big weekend of games. Check out the new D3football.com Top 25.
October 6, 2018 Roundup: Whittier snaps skid; Shoes go home The Shoes were Whittier's to begin with, and Myron Claxton's footwear will go home with the Poets, who snapped a 33-game losing streak by beating Occidental 28-13. Kalamazoo, Marietta and Central each remained unbeaten, while UNE picked up its first win with five seconds left. Here's the national roundup.
October 6, 2018 Top 25: Frostburg, RPI win nail-biters No. 5 Frostburg State scored with 2:34 left to go and got a key takeaway to finish it out, while RPI survived an Ithaca two-point conversion attempt in the closing seconds in Saturday's Top 25 action. Meanwhile, UMHB and UW-Whitewater each shut out top 10 opponents.
October 5, 2018 Podcast: Big six games for Week 6 There are six huge games this weekend, and this is a week Pat will be heading out to Los Angeles to see a pair of games involving evenly matched teams at each end of the SCIAC. We preview all of those games, plus talk with Marietta coach Andy Waddle, on the latest edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast.
October 5, 2018 Quick Hits: Who gets over the hump? It's hump week in Division III football: five weeks down, and five weeks remaining after this one. Does it feel like a Wednesday to you? If so, it can only be the best Wednesday ever! Here's our crew's predictions for Week 6.
October 4, 2018 ATN's 2018 conference rankings With non-conference games essentially over and done with, there's plenty to dig through. Which conferences helped themselves and moved up D3football.com's conference rankings? Check out Adam Turer's take in Around the Nation.
October 3, 2018 Maryland vs. Delaware in Jersey showdown No. 5 Frostburg State and No. 6 Wesley square off for early supremacy in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and if the rivalry ends after this year, at least it should go out with a bang. Brian Lester has more.
October 2, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week From 21 linebackers, 25 wide receivers, 19 running backs and many more nominations comes our weekly honor roll for Week 5: the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 2, 2018 Case finally gets crack at Presidents Case Western Reserve and Washington & Jefferson were the two best teams in the Presidents' Athletic Conference each of the past two years. As Case gears up for the challenge, it has a lot of players who have never faced W&J, including a freshman quarterback. More in a feature by Joe Sager.
October 1, 2018 Around the Nation Podcast: Going for 2 We love a little gamble, especially when it pays off. So, for Marietta and Simpson, which chose to go for two, or Wittenberg, which had no choice, it was a big Week 5, and Pat and Keith honor that by going for two with the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. (Plus 40 more schools discussed.)
September 30, 2018 Read & React: New teams at the top Three perennial conference champions who rarely lose a conference game each dropped their 2018 conference opener. That opened the door for their challengers to enter October atop the conference standings. The races are just beginning.
September 30, 2018 Lots of spots up for grabs in new Top 25 There were just enough key results this week to prompt voters to re-evaluate their entire ballot. Instead of a consensus on the top 20 teams, this week there was a consensus on just four, and everyone else's spot was up for grabs. Here's the new D3football.com Top 25.
September 29, 2018 Roundup: In the end, no gray areas Marietta didn't want its game to extend out any longer against Ohio Northern, and neither did Simpson against Wartburg. Plus, Susquehanna finally broke through after the fourth quarter and Eureka started off strong in a new home. The Week 5 roundup.
September 29, 2018 11 losses, a trophy and four overtimes We had some great games and some upsets in Saturday's afternoon but things really came alive after dark. Whitworth snapped an 11-game losing streak to Linfield, Wheaton retained the Little Brass Bell with authority, Wittenberg outlasted Denison and Trine claimed an early conference title showdown in Top 25 action.
September 28, 2018 Around the Nation Podcast: Fred's back Were you glued to some other interview on Thursday? Let's get back to football with an interview from Belton, Texas. UMHB coach Pete Fredenburg is back, and there's going to be trouble ... for opponents. He talks about what it was like being kept away from the sidelines, the team's riches at QB and more in the game day edition of the podcast.
September 28, 2018 Our predictions for Week 5 games There's a bell on the line that will have lots of conference title implications, plus our panel drops in picks for Top 25 upsets, winless teams going home happy and teams avenging 2017 losses. Get it all in Quick Hits.
September 27, 2018 Breaking the plane When Capital wide receiver Wyatt Pertuset scored his first collegiate touchdown earlier this season, it opened up a discussion of masculinity in football. That's because Pertuset is the first openly gay player to do so, and it reflects the changing locker room conversation. More from Adam Turer in Around the Nation.
September 26, 2018 It's Showdown Saturday for Trine and Hope Trine comes in with the star running back and the playoff pedigree, while Hope is the team looking to make a statement and install itself as the top dog in the conference. Those are the storylines in many places this weekend, but nowhere more than in the MIAA. More from D3football.com's Brian Lester.
September 25, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll has players who accounted for touchdowns of 68, 69, 73, 75, 77, 81, 84 and 92 yards, as well as a player with four takeaways, one with five tackles for loss, and more. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 25, 2018 After the showdown, time for the rebound 'Every game is a playoff game for us at this point.' The words were uttered by John Carroll running back Mike Canganelli, but everyone knows this fact already: JCU needs to run the table after losing to Mount Union. The Blue Streaks need a new streak starting now. More in a feature by Joe Sager.
September 24, 2018 One game was enough, but we still got more In addition to all the Mount Union-John Carroll breakdown, there was a lot more to discuss, such as the overtime conference battle, the team which ran for minus-50 yards and won, replacing divots, or using EIGHTEEN running backs. And should John Carroll have moved up in the poll?
September 23, 2018 Read & React: Streaking into history Misericordia had never won more than one game in a season. In the program's seventh year, the Cougars finally strung together their first winning streak. What changes did Mark Ross make in the offseason and how have they led to unprecedented success?
September 23, 2018 Spot the differences in the new Top 25 On a week where everything goes as expected, the last thing you'd expect is for pollsters to move a team drastically in one direction or another. As a result, there are only small tweaks to this week's D3football.com Top 25.
September 22, 2018 Benedictine pulls 180, will return to D-III When the fall season started, there were three Division III schools in various stages of moving to Division II. But one is already returning, as Benedictine University, in Lisle, Illinois, has decided to not leave Division III after all, sources tell D3sports.com and Hoopsville.
September 22, 2018 Roundup: Extra time, extra effort, extra points Coast Guard won a trophy game on a quarterback run in the closing seconds, Carroll had its closing seconds extended by a play and St. Norbert confirmed the bar for 2018 was set at 91 points in Division III football action on Saturday, Sept. 22. Here's the Week 4 roundup.
September 22, 2018 Mount Union's defense carries day vs. JCU The Purple Raiders' defense and John Carroll's defense went toe-to-toe. However, Mount Union's defense scored twice and that was the difference in a 23-10 win. More in the Week 4 Top 25 roundup.
September 21, 2018 Game Day for D-III: Something unexpected You think there could be a lot of blowouts in Week 4? Sure, there could be. But you probably thought that about Mount Union and John Carroll last year, and that didn't come to fruition. Check out all the big games this weekend, plus more on the Game Day version of the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast.
September 21, 2018 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 4 There's one huge game, and one consensus upset pick, one set of Cougars we have our eyes on and a bunch of games worth noting all over Division III. Our six-person crew makes its six-pack of predictions for Week 4.
September 20, 2018 Calling your alma mater home Division III is home to many coaches who have made a life out of coaching at the same school they played at. Some of those coaches graduated, coached elsewhere and came home as head coach, while some never left. Adam Turer talks to a handful of young coaches who arrived as teenagers and are now young head coaches in this edition of Around the Nation.
September 19, 2018 Keystone: Building from the ground up Division III's newest program won't take the field for a varsity game until 2020, but Keystone's coach is out there looking for players and should have a decent shot at competing, once they get there.
September 19, 2018 Cuts both ways Having his ACL repaired brought an early end to his sophomore season, but it may well have kickstarted his career. After Alex Darras went under the knife, he shadowed his orthopedic surgeon this summer and will have a leg up when he goes to med school. More in a feature by Brian Lester.
September 18, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll celebrates the best players in Division III football, from Maine to Oregon. Check out all the interceptions, sacks, blocked punts and touchdowns on the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 18, 2018 Introducing: The Zackfield All you have to do to get to the end zone against Washington & Jefferson is get past Zac. Problem is, there are four guys named Zac, Zach or Zack in the Presidents' secondary. More in a feature by Joe Sager.
September 17, 2018 Podcast: Now that was surprising Some ranting, some raving, some rallying and some rating in the latest podcast. We tackle great defensive performances as well as the great offense and special teams plays, plus Pat and Keith look at which conferences were winners and losers in non-conference play. It's all good on Monday's podcast.
September 16, 2018 Read & React: Setting the standard One week doesn't make or break a season, but an impressive Saturday showing can help propel a program into the national conversation. Hear from Ithaca and Thomas More coaches, whose teams made statements with comeback wins on Saturday.
September 16, 2018 Newest D3football.com Top 25 out Illinois Wesleyan is one of two teams jumping into the D3football.com Top 25 this week.
September 15, 2018 Roundup: Misericordia's search is over Misericordia had won just five games coming into this afternoon, but got to celebrate a huge victory vs. Widener. Meanwhile, Muhlenberg negated a huge Susquehanna rally and one team was the goat for the fifth year in a row. More in the Week 3 roundup.
September 15, 2018 Thomas More, UWO, Linfield clear hurdle The Saints helped their own cause on their treacherous playoff quest, while UW-Oshkosh and Linfield put last week behind them. Thomas More got some help as well. More in the Top 25 roundup.
September 14, 2018 Game Day for D-III: Can't we take the heat? While part of the country is getting deluged, in the upper midwest it's all about heat and humidity, and one conference has new rules to protect student-athletes which is forcing changes to Saturday's schedule. We talk with the commissioner, talk with Carleton's coach and preview the big games in the latest podcast.
September 14, 2018 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 3 It's been such a long week in Division III football, but game day is finally here. (Apologies to Guilford, Catholic and Randolph-Macon.) Our six-person crew makes its six-pack of predictions for Week 3.
September 13, 2018 Always on the run Cortland quarterback Brett Segala worked his way up from fifth string to the starting lineup in just eight weeks, but ended back on the sidelines the next year. No worries: He made his move back onto the field. Which makes sense. He's always on the move. More in a D3football.com Feature by Jason Bowen.
September 13, 2018 'You don't get better playing bad people' There are many different ways to build a non-conference schedule, perhaps as many as there are coaches. Monmouth went out and scheduled tough, and the Scots were not alone. They talk about the lessons with Adam Turer in Around the Nation. Plus, Adam tells why it is so important to get the help you need. It's a must-read.
September 13, 2018 Guilford falls in wild 91-61 final to D-I FCS Davidson De'Eric Bell amassed 392 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, but those were not the only amazing numbers of the night in one of the highest-scoring games in modern college football history.
September 12, 2018 Smallest school still trying to build team Typically schools in their fourth year of football get to celebrate a large senior class and often experience a lot of success. But Finlandia played just four countable games last year, has had constant roster turnover and went through two coaches this offseason alone. Brian Lester catches up with a work in progress.
September 11, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week The weekly honor roll, in its 20th season, this week features a 500-yard passer, two six-touchdown running backs and a whole lot more. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 11, 2018 Chronicling a comeback Down 17-0 in the third quarter on Saturday, UW-Stout not only was back on its heels, it hadn't scored a point all season. But the Blue Devils came back to win by blocking an extra point in overtime. Joe Sager brings you the oral history of the comeback, through the eyes of five key participants.
September 11, 2018 Wabash community in mourning The Wabash College football team and campus community is mourning the loss of Evan Hansen, a senior captain, who died suddenly on Monday, Sept. 10.
September 10, 2018 Podcast: What do we make of this? When you lose to a D-II team, but a third-year program, it's a struggle to figure out where to put you in the poll, but the struggle isn't as big as the UW-Oshkosh offense's struggle. Plus, hear from UMHB on its eye-popping win, and much more as Pat and Keith tackle Week 2's results.
September 9, 2018 Read & React: Fast cleats to fill North Central and Lake Forest both graduated All-America running backs, but started their seasons with promising production from the position. It helps that each team also returns its experienced star quarterback.
September 9, 2018 New faces in this week's Top 25 Now that's more like it: After a quiet first week, the upsets in Week 2 means some teams move around, and out, of the D3football.com Top 25. Here's the full poll.
September 8, 2018 Roundup: Week 2 is rally time UW-Stout, Franklin & Marshall and Beloit were among the teams that rallied from second-half deficits to post victories in Saturday's action. Stout won on a walkoff blocked extra point, Beloit won on a field goal with 22 seconds left and F&M just won going away.
September 8, 2018 Top 25 roundup: UMHB rolls, UWO sputters The No. 2 Cru put up a school-record 91 points, with six TD from Markeith Miller, but UW-Oshkosh put up just a field goal, and Wartburg, Johns Hopkins and Illinois Wesleyan all fell in Saturday's Top 25 action.
September 7, 2018 Podcast: Previewing Week 2 Pat and Keith look at this weekend's games, with three Top 10 making their season debut including some missing faces and new ones at UMHB. Plus, an interview with Millikin coach Dan Gritti and previews of the top matchups in the Friday podcast.
September 7, 2018 Quick Hits: The crew's predictions for Week 2 What's the game of the week? Which Top 25 team is most likely to get upset? What off-the-beaten-path game should you be watching? And who will bounce back from a Week 1 blowout? Our Quick Hits crew tackles those questions and more.
September 6, 2018 Slow starts; fast finishes Three nationally prominent teams all faced similar situations in Week 1: They came out a little slow and either led by small margins or, in one case, trailed big at the half. But in each case, the second half was a different story. Adam Turer talks to them all in Around the Nation.
September 6, 2018 Former Mount Union coach passes away Ken Wable, age 91, who served as Mount Union head football coach from 1962-1985, passed away Sept. 5. He was head coach when Larry Kehres was a player and an assistant coach, and an OAC annual award is named after him.
September 5, 2018 Ready to get back out there 219 of Division III's 250 teams had games in Week 1. Of the remainders, most get on the field this week, finally. That includes Linfield, which has a key matchup against a former NAIA champion, which already has two games under its belt. Joe Sager has more.
September 5, 2018 When a game isn't a game Huntingdon and Guilford combined for 106 points in 47 minutes of play, only to have it all wiped out because of weather. Brian Lester takes us through it all from the Huntingdon perspective, as the team which was leading but also had to drive 496 miles home with a no-contest.
September 4, 2018 Ten D-III alums start season on NFL rosters Dan Arnold, Matt Gono and Brandon Zylstra are the newest Division III names to make NFL rosters, but Alex Tanney is on a Week 1 roster as well, along with others. Here's the full list.
September 3, 2018 D3football.com Team of the Week The first weekly honor roll of the 2018 Division III football season comes from a total of 158 player nominations. The D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, recognizes the top nominee at each position from the week in D-III.
September 3, 2018 ATN Podcast: What people won't admit This is the 200th edition of this podcast, entering its 12th season, and Pat and Keith use it to talk about uncomfortable subjects -- there are two possibilities about the 2018 season that people seem afraid to admit, and we attack them head-on. The guys hand out game balls, talk about the teams rising and falling in the poll, find highlights off the beaten path and pick out the big numbers of the week.
September 2, 2018 Read & React: The long road of independence Thomas More started its ten-week playoff campaign 0-1. Wash U. can relate after a similarly challenging schedule in 2017. What can the Saints learn from the Bears?
September 2, 2018 Meet the new Top 25 Alright, so after a weekend of games like we just had, maybe not much changes, but there's one new team in the D3football.com Top 25 and a little shuffling of the order as well.
September 1, 2018 Roundup: Alvernia's first taste is of victory Alvernia's first-ever football game was one to remember, while Thomas More's attempt to barnstorm its way to a playoff bid was derailed right out of the gate and Washington & Lee did something it hadn't done since 1969 in Saturday's Week 1 Division III football action.
September 1, 2018 Top 25 roundup: Oshkosh survives, Brockport rolls Carthage was mere minutes away from an upset with its backup quarterback vs. No. 4 UW-Oshkosh, while sixth-ranked Brockport was clicking on all cylinders in its opener vs. Hobart. That and more in the Top 25 wrapup.
August 31, 2018 Friday: Millikin wins in fourth; Springfield rolls up yards While storms delayed some key games, Millikin and Hope were playing a great back-and-forth game as the Big Blue registered the only points of the second half. Plus, Wesley got off on the right foot and Springfield got six rushing TDs from its new QB. More in the Friday wrap.
August 30, 2018 Welcome to the brotherhood There is very little incentive to be a Division III football player. But those who come out, put in the work, and suit up on Saturdays come away with something far more valuable than a little exercise. Adam Turer has more in the latest Around the Nation column.
August 30, 2018 Get the scoop on Week 1 in Quick Hits If you’re new to Division III football or D3football.com, this is our weekly predictions page. We assemble a crew of a half-dozen Division III football writers and observers and give you the best take on what the best games are, which ranked team is most likely to get upset, and a variety of other categories.
August 30, 2018 Platteville rallies on opening night No. 16 UW-Platteville rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to win at East Texas Baptist, while Rowan outlasted Widener in double overtime and Johns Hopkins pulled away from Randolph-Macon on the opening night of Division III football for 2018.
August 29, 2018 Podcast: Getting ready for Week 1 Pat and Keith open the August podcast with some really big news about the future of the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. Plus, the guys get us all ready for Week 1 with a look at the biggest half-dozen games coming up this weekend, they put each other on the spot, and the random number generator is put into play.
August 22, 2018 Kickoff: Keith's sleepers go beyond Top 25 This is the time of year Kickoff normally would come out, so if you're just coming to the website looking for it -- here you go! Check out Keith McMillan's sleeper picks from Kickoff 2018, plus his 2017 playoff teams who won't be in the 2018 field.
August 13, 2018 Kickoff: Time to do it again D'Angelo Fulford won his first title as Mount Union's starting quarterback last season. Now the challenge that lies ahead, as always, is to do it again. In Kickoff, we talk to previous Purple Raider quarterbacks who have faced the same challenge.
August 10, 2018 Kickoff: Getting the gang back together Teams are reporting for camp all across Division III this week, but at Wesley, it's also the first time the Wolverines were all together since the death of Mike Drass. Kickoff was there for their first team meeting. Read about their plans to honor him and more in Kickoff 2018.
August 9, 2018 Kickoff 2018 is live! It's here! The exclusive D3football.com preview of all 250 teams, with dozens of feature stories, a ranking of every team and every conference from top to bottom has gone live. If you subscribed, log in here. If you haven't, here's how you can sign up!
August 8, 2018 Kickoff 2018: Every team, plus features! In addition to previewing every team, and ranking every team, we also have a bunch of feature stories in Kickoff 2018. For example, the PAC isn't only losing a school, it's lost a bunch of its offensive stars. Who will be the new leaders of the PAC? Find out Thursday in Kickoff!
August 3, 2018 In Kickoff, we rank every team in D-III Our annual preseason publication, Kickoff, comes out on Aug. 9! And in it, we preview -- and rank -- all 250 teams in Division III. Nowhere else can you get a comprehensive look at what's coming in D-III football in 2018, so order now!
July 30, 2018 D3football.com Preseason All-America team Does the D3football.com preseason All-America team look a little bigger to you? That's right! We've expanded the list. Check out who is on our team: still one player per position per team, and no 200-person honorable mention lists!
July 29, 2018 ATN Podcast: Trying to break through How do you break into the upper echelon of the ASC? How do you get into contention in the WIAC? In the latest D3football.com Around the Nation podcast, Pat and Keith talk to coaches trying to do just that, plus, hey, gray turf.
July 12, 2018 Awrey steps down, CUC promotes from within On the same day in mid-July, two Division III head coaches left. At Concordia-Chicago, it was Randy Awrey who left a month before camp.
July 12, 2018 Two more coaching jobs change hands Just when you think we're ready to start the season, two Division III head coaches leave on the same day, and one school is still without a head coach with less than a month remaining until camp. Check out the latest moves in the Coaching Carousel.
July 12, 2018 It's out: The D3football.com preseason poll The D3football.com preseason Top 25 poll is out, with lots of purple near the top but still some shuffling throughout. Nearly 50 schools filled out our preseason questionnaire, and our voters based their ballots on who is returning.
July 8, 2018 Defiance coach leaves after one season Aaron Mershman, who took over the head coaching position at Defiance in July of 2017, left it for an assistant coaching job in July 2018. He will be the offensive line coach at Misericordia.
July 5, 2018 Frostburg State heading to Division II The Mountain East Conference, a collection of Division II schools in West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio, is ready to add a state school in Maryland to its membership by welcoming Frostburg State into the fold.
July 2, 2018 Breitbach fills Pointers' coaching spot Greg Breitbach, a former assistant coach at UW-Stevens Point, will return to the Pointers as head coach, as the school got its head coach on board approximately one month before preseason camp opens.
June 30, 2018 Podcast: The end of the dog days This month, Pat and Keith talk about together a preseason Top 25 that makes a little more sense than one you might read in a D-I mag. We talk with Chip Knapp, who has the unenviable task of following a friend as head coach at Wesley. Plus we chat with Jim Barnes, former Wooster and Augustana coach, who is helping Division III teams travel the world.
June 18, 2018 Hall named head football coach at Bates Bates today announced the appointment of University of Pennsylvania assistant coach Malik Hall as the 20th head football coach in the program's 124-year history.
May 29, 2018 Knapp elevated to Wesley head coach Wesley interim athletic director Tracey Short announced the promotion of associate head coach and offensive coordinator Chip Knapp to the head football coach position following the passing of Mike Drass.
May 15, 2018 Remembering Mike Drass It was shocking to hear the news that Wesley football coach Mike Drass, just 57 years old, had died. Hear from two-time D3football.com All-American receiver Larry Beavers, who tells how Drass helped get him back on track after he struggled and failed out of school. In addition, broadcaster Sean Greene, who has covered the Wolverines for years, joins Pat and Keith to talk about Drass and his impact.
May 14, 2018 D3football.com podcast: Face to face Our podcasters don't often have the opportunity to meet in person and record an interview, let alone an entire podcast, but as Pat traveled across the country, he chatted with Illinois Wesleyan coach Norm Eash and Westminster (Pa.) coach Scott Benzel, and then Pat and Keith met in D.C., where they both chatted with Catholic U. coach Mike Gutelius. They then barricaded themselves in his office to finish the rest of the recording.
May 14, 2018 Wesley coach Mike Drass dies Mike Drass, who has been head coach at Wesley since 1993 and ended the season No. 2 among active Division III coaches in career wins, has passed away.
May 8, 2018 Emery out; Lebeau promoted at Western New England Keith Emery is out after 13 years as head coach at Western New England, while Jason Lebeau, who has been on staff for eight years and has spent six as offensive coordinator, will be the Golden Bears' new top dog.
April 28, 2018 Gono leads signees, picked up by Falcons Nobody was drafted from Division III, but it didn't take long for Wesley tackle Matthew Gono to get snapped up. And he wasn't alone. Five Division III players have been signed as undrafted free agents and more than ten additional players have received rookie minicamp invites.
April 25, 2018 Follow the offseason moves in Coaching Carousel The Carousel continues to turn, with four coaching changes in one week of April, including a new coach at Carleton, a 20-year coach stepping down at Bates, Finlandia changing coaches for the second time this offseason and Benedictine making a hire. See the whole offseason at a glance.
April 24, 2018 Bates coach steps down after 20 years After 18 coaches helmed Bates football for the first 102 years, there was just one over the past 20: Mark Harriman. There will be a new coach for the 2018 season.
April 24, 2018 Carleton hires 10-year D-III head coach Tom Journell, who has been head coach at Elmhurst and UW-Stevens Point, gets tabbed to take over the Carleton football program.
April 24, 2018 McCaslin tabbed as next leader of Benedictine football Brad McCaslin, a former FBS defensive coordinator with ties to six-time Division III national champion coach Lance Leipold and 14 years in Division II, has been selected as the leader of the Benedictine football program.
April 24, 2018 Occidental football to play 2018 season The president of Occidental College announced his decision at a meeting of the Occidental Board of Trustees, marking a hard-won comeback after the cancellation of six games in 2017 over safety concerns raised by an injury-diminished roster.
April 22, 2018 Draft: Joseph, Gono hoping to get the call Dubuque cornerback Michael Joseph and Wesley lineman Matthew Gono are two players who could get selected in the upcoming NFL draft, but they're not the only ones who have a shot at the league. Adam Turer talks with candidates about their road to the pros.
April 20, 2018 Podcast: Bucking the odds In an April with a lot of news, we're hoping for some even bigger news -- an NFL draft pick. Wesley offensive lineman Matthew Gono is a prime candidate and we sit down with him, as well as coaches from F&M and Occidental. That plus Pat and Keith discuss what's brewing at Mary Hardin-Baylor, Thomas More and more.
April 20, 2018 Finlandia changes head coach again Finlandia, which has struggled to get its Division III football program off the ground, has changed coaches for the second time this offseason, as Robert Boss is out and Travis Wiltzius has been named to the role on an interim basis.
April 17, 2018 Thomas More admitted to NAIA Unable to find any Division III conference willing to take them as members, Thomas More is in position to leave the NCAA altogether in the fall of 2019. The Saints will play a final season as an independent before departing.
April 16, 2018 UMHB self-reports violations; suspends Fredenburg Mary Hardin-Baylor has suspended coach Pete Fredenburg for three games over extra benefits afforded to two football players as part of self-reporting two major infractions to the NCAA.
April 6, 2018 Mount Ida closing up shop Mount Ida announced it is ceasing operations this spring, leaving student-athletes scrambling to transfer weeks before the end of the school year, and leaving at least nine opponents hanging with a late open date. More on D3sports.com.
April 6, 2018 Poorman announces his transfer Mount Union quarterback Luke Poorman, who started the 2016 season at quarterback and also led the Purple Raiders to victory in the 2017 national quarterfinals, is leaving Alliance.
March 30, 2018 Follow the offseason moves in Coaching Carousel Southern Virginia's new coach has a recognizable name and a Super Bowl ring, while new coaches are in place for the spring at MIT, Alfred State, Muskingum and Hobart as well. Check out those moves and all the head coaching changes for 2018.
March 30, 2018 Keystone hires first coach The new Keystone College football program has reached another milestone, as the Giants have hired a coach for the team that is scheduled to begin competition in 2019.
March 30, 2018 Mulitalo promoted at Southern Virginia With Joe DuPaix returning to his old job at the Naval Academy, Southern Virginia had its replacement already on staff, and he has a Super Bowl ring to boot.
March 26, 2018 Podcast: Sounds like spring We chat with new W&L coach Garrett LeRose, while Lake Forest coach Jim Catanzaro talks about his program and his position on the football NCAA committee, including how they make the last at-large picks. And we hear from Allegheny coach B.J. Hammer about rebuilding the 1990 Division III national champion.
March 23, 2018 Former D-III QB takes over at William Paterson Dustin Johnson, a four-year starter at quarterback for Salisbury and Stevenson's defensive coordinator for the past five seasons, will take a crack at turning the William Paterson program around.
March 20, 2018 MIT promotes from within With the Engineers having found success under Chad Martinovich, just the second coach in program history, MIT made sure its third-ever coach was in position to continue that success.
March 12, 2018 Ieuter hired as head coach at Muskingum Erik Ieuter, an effective, championship-winning coach with a record of success and student achievement at every level, has been selected as the Fighting Muskies' head coach, Muskingum announced today.
March 11, 2018 Berry helps Mount Union to indoor track title Mount Union cornerback Louis Berry finished second by one one-hundredth of a second in the 60 meters, but his runner-up finish was huge in helping the Purple Raiders edge North Central for the indoor track crown. More on D3sports.com.
March 5, 2018 Cragg steps down; DeWall steps in Longtime Hobart coach Mike Cragg has moved on into a role in advancement for the school after 23 years as head coach. His former assistant, Kevin DeWall, who was most recently cut loose as Endicott head coach, will take over.
February 28, 2018 Sears steps down from helm of Benedictine Benedictine head football coach Josiah Sears has stepped down following two seasons at the helm to join IMG Academy as offensive coordinator.
February 26, 2018 Podcast: Back for a second year On the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast, we’re talking with three head who are through their first year with their new programs. We chat with Dan Swanstrom of Ithaca, Matt Moore of Northwestern (Minn.) and Jim Hilvert of Baldwin Wallace about their experiences, what they learned and what they expect of their team in 2018. Plus, Pat and Keith update key legal proceedings and more.
February 21, 2018 Carthage changes head coaches With Mike Yeager departing to take an assistant coaching job at a Division II school, Carthage is keeping the head coaching job in-house.
February 20, 2018 ETBU hires fourth head coach in four seasons With Scott Highsmith stepping down to deal with family health issues, East Texas Baptist has gone to the carousel again.
February 20, 2018 McAdams named head PLU football coach Frosty Westering, then his son Scott, coached Pacific Lutheran from 1972 through 2018. Trinity (Texas) assistant Brant McAdams will the first non-Westering to head that program in more than four decades.
February 15, 2018 Carleton coach steps down Bob Pagel spent six years as head coach of the Knights, winning 12 games, half of them in the rugged Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
February 14, 2018 LeRose promoted to Generals' top spot Another national search, one which had two Division III head coaches as finalists, resulted in someone being hired from the team's own staff, as Garrett LeRose was promoted to the Washington & Lee head coaching job.
February 12, 2018 Check out the 2018 schedules! More than three-quarters of all games for 2018 have been posted, and we dig up more team schedules every day. Check out what we have for your team, your rival's team, your conference and the national contenders. More than half of the 251 teams have a complete schedule.
February 11, 2018 Follow the offseason moves in Coaching Carousel The coaching changes continue, with a new coach at Wilkes, Rochester hiring, a departure at St. Scholastica, new hires at Alma and Belhaven and more. Check out those and the open spots elsewhere.
February 10, 2018 Target Field puts Tommies on top St. John's had led the official Division III attendance figures for 15 times in the past 16 years, but that little 37,355 turnstile count in Target Field allowed St. Thomas to claim the attendance title for 2017. Here's the top teams, conferences.
February 10, 2018 Wilkes brings in Hobart assistant After its first winless season since 1981, Wilkes turns to Jon Drach, Hobart's offensive coordinator, to get the Colonels back in contention as Wilkes' new head coach.
January 28, 2018 Podcast: Breakout teams, big stage With Division III represented at the Sugar Bowl and the Senior Bowl in the past month, there's plenty to talk about. Pat and Keith hear from coaches from breakout teams Berry and Brockport in this month's podcast, plus everyone has a Super Bowl take. Download and listen!
January 23, 2018 Martinovich named head coach at Rochester After nine years leading the Massachusetts Institute of Technology football program to unprecedented success, Chad Martinovich will take over as the new head football coach at the University of Rochester.
January 16, 2018 Benedictine looking to D2 Having gained approval from its board of trustees, and found a sponsoring conference in Division II, Benedictine has made its application and will await word from the Division II membership committee. More on D3sports.com.
January 16, 2018 Ramler resigns as St. Scholastica football coach After four seasons, 33 wins and two trips to the NCAA playoffs, Kurt Ramler is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.
January 10, 2018 Delaware O-line coach to take over at Belhaven Blaine McCorkle, offensive line coach at traditional Division I FCS contender Delaware, will take over after the Air Raid left town at Belhaven.
January 8, 2018 Dubuque cornerback invited to NFL Combine Michael Joseph, the D3football.com West Region Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-America pick, will get to show his skills at the NFL Combine in March.
January 8, 2018 Couch named head football coach at Alma Jason Couch, a 1997 graduate of Alma, returns to campus after 15 seasons as co-head coach at Romeo (Mich.) High School.
January 3, 2018 Keystone to add football, bring total to 252 Division III football is already growing by two programs this fall, and will add another in 2019, as Keystone has thrown its helmet into the ring.
January 2, 2018 Abell leaves Washington & Lee for Davidson job Scott Abell coached W&L for only six seasons, but he won the most ODAC titles of any W&L football coach and posted the highest overall winning percentage in nearly a century.
January 1, 2018 Luther promotes from within Caleb Padilla, who has been the defensive coordinator for the Norse football program the past three years, has been promoted to head coach, replacing Aaron Hafner.
December 29, 2017 Colby names Cosgrove new head football coach Jack Cosgrove, the winningest coach in University of Maine football history, is bringing his passion and skills to Colby as the new head football coach, the school announced Dec. 29.
December 28, 2017 Hafner leaves after getting Luther on winning track Aaron Hafner coached Luther to its best record since 2005, but will be leaving for a position closer to home.
December 22, 2017 Around the Nation: Year in Review 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.
December 16, 2017 ATN Podcast 190: Farewell to 2017, Salem The gang is joined by guests who tell the history of the Stagg Bowl in Salem, former NCAA liaison Wayne Burrow and longtime game manager Carey Harveycutter. This podcast is a farewell to the season, and a Salem retrospective that tells us how D-III's destination came to be this small town in the Roanoke Valley.
December 16, 2017 At Mount Union, the goal never changes When those who have come before have been so efficient at championship-winning that Stagg Bowl appearances seem a foregone conclusion, it can create the impression to outsiders that it's easy. But it wasn't, Keith McMillan writes.
December 15, 2017 2017 D3football.com All-America team The 19th annual D3football.com All-America team was announced Friday afternoon in the Stagg Bowl pregame show. If you missed the broadcast, here's the list.
December 15, 2017 Purple Raiders make a stand The matchup everyone talked about leading up to Stagg Bowl XLV did not ultimately decide the game. Instead, it was Mount Union's defense that proved to be the decisive unit, earning the Purple Raiders championship No. 13. Adam Turer has more from Salem.
December 15, 2017 Mount Union blanks Cru for 13th title The Purple Raiders have won 13 national titles, but has never done it via shutout. They got back on top with a dominating defensive performance, beating Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-0.
December 14, 2017 Podcast: Stagg Bowl preview Wait, a podcast on a Thursday? Yep -- we step up to the mic in Salem for a special edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast focused on getting you ready for Stagg Bowl XLV. We talk with players on both sides for their perspective and highlight a couple of places where the game Friday night could turn.
December 14, 2017 Quick Hits: Our Stagg Bowl predictions We have one game left, and somehow it seems that six predictions, and quick ones, are no longer appropriate. So we bring out a couple more experts, and we give everyone a couple hundred words to work with. Here's our predictions for Friday night's game.
December 13, 2017 Kasper wins Gagliardi Trophy The 2017 Gagliardi Trophy is headed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where Titans quarterback Brett Kasper has called home.
December 12, 2017 Endicott brings McGonagle back A former Endicott assistant coach, Paul McGonagle also spent four years as head coach at Fitchburg State and was most recently the offensive coordinator at Assumption before returning to become the Gulls' third head coach.
December 12, 2017 Back and better than ever Mary Hardin-Baylor graduated several key players who earned plenty of hardware in 2016. Internal competition pushed this year's team, which is now one win away from its goal of a repeat, thanks in large part to a suffocating defense. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 12, 2017 A quarter century later ... In 1993, the Stagg Bowl moved into a new home in Salem, Virginia. What nobody realized then was that Mount Union was moving in as well. Ryan Tipps looks at the original Purple Power and how their presence has turned from novelty into a D-III tradition.
December 11, 2017 D-III lineman gets full Piesman experience Brock Riggs ate a good amount of pie -- of the pizza variety, that is -- and took home the grand prize as the Heidelberg left tackle became Division III's first winner of the Piesman Trophy.
December 11, 2017 ATN Podcast: And then there were two We’re pretty sure you already know what this podcast is about: two teams left, two epic performances, one in the comeback from 25 points down in 24 minutes and the other being another stifling defensive performance. Pat and Keith break down the games, with Keith looking at each game a second time and giving his first keys to the game for Stagg Bowl XLV.
December 10, 2017 Colby coach out after six seasons Jonathan Michaeles wasn't able to move the needle for the Mules, who won nine games in his first three seasons but just five in the second three.
December 9, 2017 UMHB defense keeps title defense alive The Cru booked their return trip to Salem by rolling up 21 points in the first quarter and cruising the rest of the way, easily dispatching with Brockport in the national semifinals.
December 9, 2017 Mount Union rallies from 25 down to win Mount Union came back from a 35-10 third-quarter deficit and survived a field goal attempt on the final play of the game to secure its 20th trip to Salem.
December 8, 2017 Assistant gets nod to follow Streeter at Gettysburg Kevin Burke, a Gettysburg alumnus and 14-year assistant coach, will get to try to fill the shoes of Barry Streeter, who coached the Bullets for the past 39 seasons.
December 8, 2017 Quick Hits: Our predictions for the semifinals What kind of games are we in for on Saturday? Will we see a return of last year's semifinal defensive battles, or offensive shootouts? What do the prognosticators think of Brockport's chances at UMHB? Check out the answers in this week's Quick Hits.
December 7, 2017 Franklin assistant gets nod at Anderson Steve Rock, who has been an assistant in Anderson's conference, the HCAC, for more than a decade, will be the next to get a crack at reviving a program which hasn't had a winning record since 2003.
December 7, 2017 Logan out after 11 seasons at Muskingum Al Logan is out after 11 seasons as head coach at Muskingum. A former All-America offensive lineman at Muskingum, Logan has also previously been head coach at Sewanee.
December 7, 2017 Purple Raiders defense stays a step ahead One key attribute separates Mount Union's defense from the rest of Division III. A trio of first-time opponents learned that firsthand this postseason. One more challenging offense stands between the Purple Raiders and another trip to Salem. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 7, 2017 Reloaded Titans eager for a return to Salem After graduation decimated the defense, UW-Oshkosh exceeded expectations. Now they get their chance to knock off Mount Union in the playoffs and earn a second straight Stagg Bowl berth. Andrew Wagner has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 6, 2017 Kehres inducted into Hall of Fame Former Mount Union coach Larry Kehres had his night in the spotlight in New York City on Tuesday, and in the morning, talked about how he learned to coach effectively.
December 6, 2017 Building process pays off for Brockport The Golden Eagles weathered consecutive .500 seasons, but learned from every loss. This senior class has already made history, but they're not finished yet. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 5, 2017 2017 D3football.com All-Region Teams We had a crazy number of nominations -- more than 1,000, in fact, for our 13th annual All-Region awards. Here's who our voters picked from the immense number of nominees for the 2017 D3football.com All-Region teams, sponsored by the City of Salem.
December 5, 2017 Gagliardi final four are heading to Salem Iowa, Massachusetts and Wisconsin will be represented in Salem as the finalists for the 2017 Gagliardi Trophy have been announced. All four will be on stage with D3football.com in the trophy ceremony and on our live broadcast.
December 5, 2017 Cru's new QB leans on stellar support system Carl Robinson III will be making just his sixth career start on Saturday. The freshman is benefiting from the leadership and playmaking of his senior teammates and aims to continue his growth as the stage grows bigger. Brian Lester has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 4, 2017 Many happy returns of the day When you're being held to the fewest yards of total offense in school history, and it's tied in the fourth quarter, you gotta do something. In this case, you pull off the D3football.com Play of the Week.
December 4, 2017 ATN Podcast 187: Last gasps, final kicks, big picks Whether it's a last-second field goal, an unexpectedly expected quarterback change, or an expected defensive and special teams battle, the four quarterfinals Saturday had enough to keep any Division III fan interested. And Pat and Keith preview the semifinals as well.
December 4, 2017 Wooster senior voted to lead Good Works Team Scots center Patrick Mohorcic was voted team captain of the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which is focused on community service. He's the second D-III captain in as many years, and one of several D-III players on the team.
December 2, 2017 UMHB, Mount Union, Brockport, UW-Oshkosh reach semis Mary Hardin-Baylor won with defense and special teams in the fourth quarter, Brockport won on the final play of the game, UW-Oshkosh pulled away in the second half, while Mount Union decided a quarterback change was warranted in Saturday's quarterfinals.
December 1, 2017 Morris selects Hoffmann from co-coaches Marty Hoffmann was named co-head coach in August when Rob Cushman left Minnesota-Morris for Occidental shortly before camp. He was promoted to the full head coaching job for the 2018 season.
December 1, 2017 Quick Hits: Predicting the quarterfinals Eight teams are playing in December, which is often an accomplishment in and of itself. Who will continue on to the Final Four, however? That's the subject of today's Quick Hits, with our quarterfinal predictions.
November 30, 2017 Tommies working to keep away from takeaways St. Thomas had three turnovers in the second round, and a memorable eight giveaways in last year's quarterfinal vs. UW-Oshkosh. Suffice it to say, the number eight has been on the Tommies' minds. Adam Turer has more in a Road To Salem feature.
November 29, 2017 Mount Union QB appears in court; bench warrant cancelled Less than 24 hours after D3football.com reported that D'Angelo Fulford failed to show in court for his arraignment on the charges of speeding and driving under suspended license, he appeared in court Wednesday morning and pleaded no contest to the traffic charges.
November 29, 2017 The Knights return Wartburg has already proved that 2016 was a blip in the program's recent stretch of playoff success. A familiar balance boosted by experience has the Knights on another playoff run. Ryan Tipps has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 28, 2017 Mumme resigns from Belhaven After four seasons and eight wins as head coach at Belhaven, Air Raid guru Hal Mumme is moving on.
November 28, 2017 DiGati is the Aggies' ultimate warrior A devastating knee injury. A trade school detour. Nothing slowed Nicholas DiGati from his college football dreams. The middle linebacker leads an Aggies defense that has Delaware Valley on the doorstep. Brian Lester has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 27, 2017 What can Brown do for you? This package got delivered on time. Destination: the end zone. Shipping: both ground AND air. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 27, 2017 Podcast: Blowing it all out OK, yes, this second round of the playoffs was bad, in an epic way. No doubt. How bad? We’ll talk about that, for sure. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything we can learn from this round, because we definitely got a better look at some teams, even if there are a couple of teams advancing that haven’t yet been playoff tested.
November 27, 2017 Brockport hopes successful formula pays off again The Golden Eagles have balance, depth, and senior leadership. They're also having fun during this record-breaking season. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 25, 2017 Holiday weekend full of second-round turkeys The average margin of victory on Saturday was roughly equivalent to the amount of turkey an average football team consumes on Thanksgiving. Check out the second-round wrapup.
November 23, 2017 Quick Hits: Predicting scores, game by game After an entertaining, but difficult-to-predict first round, our crew is back to give it another shot. So, we look at all eight second-round games and predict the final score. Do we expect a close game? A high-scoring game? A blowout? Does everyone agree on who will win?
November 22, 2017 Anderson coach out after three years John Sala came to Anderson after spending several years as a head coach at the junior college level and did not move the needle for the Ravens, who went 4-26.
November 21, 2017 Bobcats believe in making history Frostburg State is making the most of the program's second playoff opportunity. The Bobcats have a lot in common with the first Frostburg playoff team, but plan on doing one thing that team didn't. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 21, 2017 Rivalry renewed for UMHB, Linfield Two thousand miles have not been able to keep the Crusaders and the Wildcats from becoming familiar foes. Their meetings have made both teams stronger. Brian Lester has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 20, 2017 Gutsy ... just gutsy It took a heck of a play call and top-notch execution to pull off what Frostburg State did in its first-round playoff game at Wittenberg. If you watched the online broadcast, you didn't get to see the whole play, but we have it. Because it's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 20, 2017 Gagliardi Trophy semifinalists announced Nearly 30 players were nominated, but only 10 get to the semifinal stage. Who are they? Read up on the players, then cast your fan ballot for the top overall student-athlete in Division III football.
November 20, 2017 Milne to take over at Muhlenberg After the illness, then death of beloved longtime head coach Mike Donnelly this fall, offensive coordinator Nate Milne has been promoted to the role.
November 20, 2017 Podcast: A fun first round, for starters Yes, two top 10 teams are eliminated who should have had a better chance to advance into the second round, and it’s crazy that we have to wait until Sundays to find out who is hosting, but the games were pretty entertaining in the first round of the playoffs. Pat and Keith talk about all 16 games, plus the surprise players who did and did not play on Saturday.
November 20, 2017 Power PAC: W&J, CWRU both 11-0 A potential PAC title game remained a possibility as this week it was Washington and Jefferson surviving while Case Western Reserve dominated. The PAC teams improved to a combined 22-0 this season. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 18, 2017 Husson and three home teams advance in 'East' The fully formed East Region bracket saw Husson pull off the road upset for the ECFC's first-ever playoff win, while the other three home teams all advanced to the second round.
November 18, 2017 Another UMHB-Linfield rematch coming; Berry advances Linfield will play Mary Hardin-Baylor for the fourth time in the past 21 games after the Wildcats defeated Hardin-Simmons, while Berry won its first-ever playoff game and St. Thomas advanced with ease in the top right-hand bracket.
November 18, 2017 Frostburg makes the call; Case sees white; Fulford starts DeAngelo Fulford started for Mount Union, one day after news of his arrest and outstanding warrant in Florida broke. Meanwhile, Case Western Reserve was dominant in the snow at IWU, Frostburg made a gutsy call down the stretch and W&J just got its game-winner through.
November 18, 2017 Wartburg wins in OT; N.Central in tight game; Trine in blowout The top ten teams played like it in the top-left bracket, while Wartburg had three defensive stands and outlasted Franklin in overtime and Trine found the lightning to go with the thunder in Saturday's first-round playoff action.
November 17, 2017 Darden gets things done a little differently at Del Val Delaware Valley has had some great quarterbacks during its run of relevance, but Dashawn Darden isn't like Adam Knoblauch, Mike Isgro or Aaron Wilmer. More in Around the East.
November 17, 2017 Mount Union starting quarterback arrested D'Angelo Fulford, Mount Union's sophomore No. 1 quarterback, was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop, on a warrant out of his home state of Florida, according to reports out of Ohio.
November 17, 2017 Quick Hits: Predicting the scores, game by game Our Quick Hits crew each take their guesses at the score for each first-round game. Low scoring? High scoring? Close game? Blowout? Split decision? Get a feel for each game in this week's Quick Hits.
November 16, 2017 Alma announces coaching change After the Scots slipped to sixth place in the MIAA, the school and coach Greg Pscodna are parting ways.
November 16, 2017 Playoff picks, surprises and disappointments 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.
November 16, 2017 PLU coach Scott Westering steps down PLU announced on Wednesday the resignation of head football coach Scott Westering. A member of the PLU Hall of Fame, Westering has been involved with Lute athletics as a student-athlete and a coach. Westering began his tenure on the coaching staff in 1981 and has been the head coach for the last 14 seasons, compiling a record of 73-54.
November 15, 2017 St. Thomas defense is a team effort The Tommies pitched four shutouts in 10 regular season games, but there might not be a household name on the defense. Its truly 11 guys working as one. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
November 15, 2017 Our playoff team capsules: Team by team through each bracket We know you read these, and yes, we're still doing them, every year. Here's all the information you need at a glance on each team in the 32-team field on the Road to Salem. Check them out!
November 14, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week Our final weekly awards for the 2017 season includes seniors making a big splash in their final game, players helping their teams clinch playoff bids and freshmen who are ready to play like sophomores. The D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 14, 2017 A familiar destination, an unfamiliar path Johns Hopkins is back in the playoffs, but did not arrive via its usual Centennial Conference dominance. A mid-season wake-up call was just what the Blue Jays needed, and they enter the tournament with momentum. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 14, 2017 Service to the nation takes center stage at service academies With Veterans Day coinciding with game day in college football, the service academies were a special place to see teams play on Saturday.
November 14, 2017 Last season's heartbreak was this season's motivation In 2016, a 9-1 record wasn't good enough for Berry to make the playoffs. This year, however, the Vikings left no doubt, going undefeated, winning the SAA and carrying the conference banner into the postseason. More in Around the South.
November 14, 2017 DeWall out as football coach at Endicott Endicott went to the playoffs in 2010 and 2013. But after three consecutive 5-5 seasons, and a 3-7 finish this year, Kevin DeWall is out as head coach.
November 13, 2017 The punt block that changed the bracket This is not an exaggeration, and it's not a drill. The game was essentially over until this punt blocked reversed one team's fortunes and left someone else, somewhere, out of the playoffs. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 13, 2017 Podcast: Bracket goes back in time Rather than a step forward, this bracket is like a trip back in time. In fact, this bracket features something that hasn't been in a Division III football bracket since 2009. You do not want to leave this podcast early, before you hear the bonus picks.
November 12, 2017 Playing up to expectations 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.
November 12, 2017 Bracket: All the right teams, in mostly right places Saturday's results made it very easy to pick the at-large teams correctly, so easy, we can't even take much credit for it. Here's how the NCAA committee bracketed the same 32 teams we chose.
November 11, 2017 Case survives in miracle finish; SJU wins tight battle St. John's defeated Concordia-Moorhead in an apparent at-large play-in game, while Wabash knocked DePauw off the bubble and Delaware Valley played its way in. More on how the playoff contenders fared on Saturday in our roundup.
November 11, 2017 Ithaca runs away with Jug; Macon extends Game streak Ithaca snapped a seven-game Cortaca Jug skid, Randolph-Macon beat Hampden-Sydney for the fourth year in a row, Amherst and Williams went to overtime and Merchant Marine beat its archrival on ESPN3. That and the rest of the final regular season Saturday in Division III in our roundup.
November 11, 2017 Final projected playoff bracket: Who makes the cut? We nearly had two at-large bids to give out Saturday, but Case Western Reserve survived and burst someone's bubble. Here's who we think makes the playoffs, and where the NCAA could (or should) match them up.
November 10, 2017 Quick Hits: The circumstances of pomp Whether playing for a playoff spot, playing out the string, playing for a bell (Monon or Victory), or playing in a rivalry with no trophy at all, there should be lots of intrigue here in Week 11. Our Quick Hits crew is here to get you ready.
November 10, 2017 Your guide to Selection Sunday We enter the weekend with seven automatic bids to hand out, then we'll make another bracket prediction and we'll have to wait until the bracket is announced! Here's how you get from here to 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, on D3football.com.
November 9, 2017 End of a long road 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.
November 9, 2017 Projected playoff bracket: Who's in, who goes where? Here's our crack at the field of 32 teams on the road to Salem, including matchups. The committee found money for an extra first-round flight last year, and we're going to take them up on that again in 2017. Check it out.
November 8, 2017 Eyes on the prize Washington and Lee has overcome unexpected adversity this season. The Generals enter Week 11 as the only ODAC team in control of its playoff destiny. Andrew Lovell has more in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 8, 2017 Seeing red in the red zone Dusty Krueger, the St. John's offensive line and the rest of the Johnnies' offense in general have been tough to deny inside the 20 this year, and it's that attitude that has them sitting 8-1, knocking on the door of the playoffs.
November 8, 2017 Meet the new Boss at Finlandia Rob Boss will be the head coach at Finlandia next season when the Lions move into the MIAA for football.
November 8, 2017 Second NCAA regional ranking for 2017 The second regional ranking gives us a more complete picture of how teams might be ordered on Selection Sunday. Get all the data and analysis on the regional rankings inside.
November 7, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week When you hold the opponent to 1 yard of total offense, or throw for seven touchdowns or block two punts, we'll work hard to find a spot for you on the Team of the Week. It's our weekly honor roll, presented by Scoutware.
November 7, 2017 Monon Bell game takes on extra meaning for DePauw DePauw always has a meaningful game to play in November, but a Tigers' Monon Bell win vs Wabash could lead to more this season. More in Around the Great Lakes.
November 7, 2017 Trinity rusher continued to chase his dream Jay Foster gave up football for two seasons because of family obligations. His path back to Trinity -- and everything he's done this year for the Tigers -- proves just how much he has changed. More in Around the South.
November 6, 2017 Year of the one-handed grab There have been a ton of one-handed catches this year in Division III, and this catch was the best of the Week 10 bunch. Check out this great reception in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 6, 2017 Podcast: This could still happen We’re under a week from Selection Sunday. Only seven automatic bids are still up for grabs. But what if both Washington & Jefferson and Case Western Reserve run the table? What if Widener upsets Delaware Valley? What if (fill in the blank)? You can find out more in this week’s D3football.com Around the Nation podcast.
November 5, 2017 Going out on a high note 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.
November 5, 2017 Latest D3football.com Top 25 Guess who's back in the Top 25? Plus, two more spots opened up in this week's poll. Find out who filled them and how the entire D3football.com Top 25 shakes out.
November 4, 2017 Brockport, Wesley survive crown challenges Alfred and Salisbury took Brockport and Wesley into the fourth quarter before the Empire 8 and NJAC were locked up in the tightest automatic bid battles of the day. Many had an easier time punching their playoff passes. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
November 4, 2017 Eureka, Plymouth, Trine join the dance Eureka won the UMAC title in its last year in the league and Plymouth State punched its playoff ticket for the first time since 2008 as part of Saturday's Division III action. The full list and more in the national roundup.
November 3, 2017 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 10 This weekend is all about who will clinch automatic bids, on top of all the things that typically go on in a Division III football weekend. Our crew predicts clinchers, Top 25 upsets, conference upsets and teams that will go into the offseason on a high note.
November 2, 2017 Cru's success is infectious 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. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
November 1, 2017 ETBU linebacker becomes one for the history books It took Ty Parsons multiple school changes to find a home at East Texas Baptist where he could showcase his skills. Now, he's also found a home in the school record books. More in Around the South.
November 1, 2017 River Hawks receiver ready to run again Tommy Bluj's final season was derailed by an injury, but he's determined to come back and play again. More on Susquehanna's senior leader in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 1, 2017 Cardinals hanging on in tough CCIW The CCIW is especially deep this year. North Central is the only team that controls its own destiny, but the Cardinals know that the next two weeks won't be easy. More in Around the Midwest.
November 1, 2017 First NCAA regional ranking for 2017 The NCAA's regional rankings are out. If you are new to D-III or haven't been listening to the podcast, you might not understand why these don't look more like the national rankings.
November 1, 2017 Benger named Campbell Trophy finalist Carnegie Mellon senior running back Sam Benger is one of 13 finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy. Benger is the lone Division III representative among the finalists for a trophy which has only gone to a Division III student-athlete one time in its history.
October 31, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week Five interceptions in a game? Yep, we have a player who did that. Blocked extra point lateraled and returned for a defensive conversion? Check. How about 355 yards and five touchdowns? That's what you'll find on the latest D3football.com Team of the Week.
October 31, 2017 Trine breaks out of 6-4 rut The Thunder had spent three consecutive seasons at 6-4 -- respectable but not really a factor in the MIAA conference race. That's changed this year, with Trine undefeated. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 31, 2017 CCC: Excitement now and in the future The herd of unbeaten Commonwealth Coast teams has been pared down, and this coming week will pit the two remaining ones against each other. Western New England and Curry have a playoff bid on the line.
October 31, 2017 Linfield bringing the D The Wildcats have been known for putting up huge numbers on the offensive side of the ball, but this year, Linfield's defense has come to the forefront when it's been needed the most. More in Around the West.
October 30, 2017 INT for two Sometimes it takes more than one player to make a great play. And just sometimes, it helps if the two are brothers. Or even closer. Check out this great pick in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 30, 2017 ATN Podcast 182: Eight teams, five slots UW-Platteville losing theoretically opened up a spot, but that doesn’t mean anyone should breathe easy. Even without Platteville, there are at least eight more teams vying for at-large spots. If you want one of them, what are your chances? How can your chances improve? Answers in this week’s D3football.com Around the Nation podcast.
October 29, 2017 Built for the stretch run 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.
October 29, 2017 The latest D3football.com Top 25 How far did UW-Platteville fall? Did they or anyone else drop out of the Top 25 altogether? Check out the latest D3football.com Top 25 poll.
October 28, 2017 Platteville loss opens up playoff spot UW-Platteville went down on Saturday, knocking them out of the chase for a top playoff seed, maybe out of the playoffs entirely. Who improved their case? More in the Top 25 wrapup.
October 28, 2017 Tickets punched for Week 11 and beyond Monmouth and St. Norbert claimed spots in the MWC title game, while Chapman clinched a return to the playoffs. Plus, Eureka stands one step away and Widener reached a milestone. More in the national roundup.
October 27, 2017 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 9 Lots of eyes on Iowa, where the first automatic bid of the season could be clinched, as well as on Indiana, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. But also, perhaps there's something in Connecticut to note, or Oregon, or Washington. Check out the predictions in Quick Hits.
October 26, 2017 Surviving the quick change 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. More in Around the Nation.
October 26, 2017 Pride returning at Widener ahead of schedule After a couple of years outside of the playoffs or bowl game picture, Widener controls its own destiny here in the final three weeks of the season. And for a young team, sometimes that's all you can ask. More in Around the East.
October 25, 2017 A grand opening Franklin and Marshall played its first game at the new Shadek Stadium and the Diplomats' new home debut could not have gone any better. Andrew Lovell has more in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 25, 2017 Muskies' power starts up front You can't have a prolific offense without a cohesive offensive line. Lakeland has both, a big reason why the Muskies are in the driver's seat for the NACC title. More in Around the Midwest.
October 25, 2017 Colonels' new command: 'Have fun' After losing a crucial conference game, Centre has hit the reset button on its attitude and run off three consecutive wins. More in Around the South.
October 24, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week From seven and a half tackles for loss, to four field goals in a downpour, to an offensive line that blocked for 600-plus rushing yards as well as 200-yard rushers and 200-yard receivers, our weekly honor roll has a little bit of everything.
October 24, 2017 Former star QB Burke now rising star as coach Kevin Burke is a little more in the background these days, but after winning the Gagliardi Trophy twice at Mount Union, he's working his way up the coaching ranks as well as a position coach at Case Western Reserve.
October 24, 2017 Stepping up to solidify Castleton's success It's the extra gears that players find in a game that can be the difference between a win and a loss. When Castleton needed them the most, players such as running back Moe Harris and linebacker Jakob Trautwein propel the team forward. More in Around the Northeast.
October 24, 2017 Aiming for perfection When the football leaves quarterback Ricky Bautista’s hands, his teammates and coaches as well as Chapman fans feel confident it will land safely in a receiver’s hands. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
October 23, 2017 He stays on his feet, somehow Balance, skill, spin -- this is exactly where a dance class might come in handy, football players. Watch how this return man stays off the turf in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 23, 2017 Podcast: How it all ties together There were more than a couple of games that came down to exciting endings at about the same time on Saturday, and there are plenty of games that are fairly intertwined. We make all the connections in this week’s D3football.com Around the Nation podcast. (If you think there’s a conspiracy, we urge you to listen in and decide for yourself.)
October 22, 2017 Let's have a breakdown together 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.
October 22, 2017 Latest D3football.com Top 25 The latest D3football.com Top 25 poll is out, through Saturday's games. With two open spots in the ranking, who moved in? (Hint: Not pictured.)
October 21, 2017 Top 25: Tight finishes for ranked teams In three games that all came down to the end within minutes, No. 5 Hardin-Simmons survived on the road, No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan did so at home and No. 15 Washington & Jefferson needed OT to join that group. Plus Linfield clinched its winning season, in the Top 25 wrapup.
October 21, 2017 Wrapup: Trine gets key W; F&M has new home Trine improved to 7-0 for the first time since 2010, Franklin & Marshall had a big win in a trophy game in their new stadium, while Union again showed it was ready to contend again for a conference title in Saturday's Division III football contests. More in the national roundup.
October 20, 2017 Quick Hits: Predictions for Week 8 More questions like that, they said. More off-the-wall questions they wanted. Well, the Quick Hits panel got what they asked for and now have to try to predict games based on ... well, you'll see. Check out our full predictions for Saturday.
October 19, 2017 East trying to break through 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.
October 19, 2017 Lighting up the 'Wick Explosive receivers Koree Reed and Brad Garcia make it very difficult to rein in the Hartwick offense. More on these two and their differing styles in Around the East.
October 19, 2017 It's more than Chazz in the backfield When D-III leading rusher Chazz Middlebrook got dinged up and was held out of most of Saturday's game, the MacMurray run game didn't miss much. Turned out they had another guy ready to go. Josh Smith talks to both in Around the West.
October 18, 2017 Hawks enjoying the adventure Huntingdon has not followed a typical formula for success, but the Hawks have weathered early ups and downs. They control their own destiny while they continue to mature. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 18, 2017 Monmouth not resting on past The Scots won 26 games over the past three seasons, but understand that 2017 is a whole new ballgame. That, plus a look ahead to a vital HCAC showdown, highlight this week's Around the Midwest.
October 17, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week Big performances in Division III come in all packages and sizes, and from Maine to California. The top ones are in our weekly honor roll, the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 17, 2017 Purple Raiders hot after last year's burn “It definitely lit a fire for us,” Cole Parrish says of the premature ending of Mount Union's conference and national title hopes last year. And that's been bad news for the Purple Raiders' first six opponents. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 17, 2017 Numbers never lie, and Western Connecticut's Fleeting is the real deal Stat sheets are something to be celebrated, and the Colonials' quarterback has some numbers that will make him stand out in a crowd. More in Around the Northeast.
October 17, 2017 Things are adding up for TLU linebacker During the season, it seems like Emory Cuzze's studies on and off the field complement one another. He's also enjoying the Bulldogs' newfound direction, which emerged after their loss to UMHB. More in Around the South.
October 17, 2017 Occidental pulls plug on 2017 season With just three games played, and 30-some players healthy, Occidental College has decided to cancel the remaining games in its 2017 football season.
October 16, 2017 Well see, here's the kicker This play has already been in the Trending tab on YouTube for much of the past 24 hours, but we have a full version for you with more angles. The parts you haven't seen, in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 16, 2017 Scafe to retire; Thomas More announces succession plan At the end of the season, Regis Scafe will retire from Thomas More, and the Saints' next football coach is already on staff.
October 16, 2017 Southern Virginia to join ODAC Instead of driving up toward New Jersey every other weekend, in 2019 Southern Virginia will have some shorter road trips, including a school just across the highway.
October 16, 2017 Podcast: Heavy on lightning, light on thunder This was definitely a common sight, and in the case of the Wheaton-North Central game, it didn’t end on Saturday, and it’s still not over. We break down the first half of that game, plus the Oshkosh win over Platteville and look at first losses for Alfred, Wabash, Framingham State and UW-La Crosse. That plus more (Albright, Occidental) in this week’s podcast.
October 16, 2017 Wheaton surges when play resumes to dump No. 4 North Central The game for the Little Brass Bell took a few extra days to complete, when play was suspended at halftime on Saturday, But the wait was worth it for Wheaton, as the Thunder rolled in the second half to earn a 42-20 victory against the fourth-ranked Cardinals.
October 15, 2017 Occidental not giving up yet 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.
October 15, 2017 New D3football.com Top 25 poll is out DePauw made its return to the Top 25 when its archrival dropped out. Plus, there's a return to the poll and just a mild bit of shuffling. Check out the full D3football.com Top 25.
October 14, 2017 Picked off, blocked out: First losses for Alfred, Wabash No. 17 Alfred had a pass to the end zone picked off by Cortland in overtime, while for No. 20 Wabash, a home game against Ohio Wesleyan ended with the Battling Bishops blocking a field goal attempt that would have tied the game.
October 14, 2017 Top 25: Oshkosh wins top 10 battle amid the routs No. 3 UW-Oshkosh handled No. 9 UW-Platteville on the road to claim first place in the WIAC by itself on a Saturday in which few other Top 25 teams were seriously challenged. The Top 25 wrapup.
October 14, 2017 Wrapup: A long, long time coming St. John Fisher has had tough times on its way to its first win of the season, but on Saturday, it got it done, outlasting Utica in five OT. Plus there were other marathon games, thanks to lightning and heavy downpours. More in the national roundup.
October 13, 2017 Occidental cancels homecoming game For the second time this season, Occidental has knocked a game off of its schedule. And this weekend, people will return to campus for homecoming and not have a football game to attend.
October 13, 2017 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 7 Are recent teams new to the rankings there for the easy picking or just good games to watch? Our Quick Hits crew breaks down all the big games with predictions for Week 7.
October 12, 2017 Bruins' long road to respect 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.
October 12, 2017 After a hard reset, Union off and running Two years ago, the Dutchmen were 0-10 and said goodbye to a longtime head coach. But progress has been made. More in Around the East.
October 11, 2017 Shenandoah surpassing expectations Underrated in the ODAC's preseason poll, the Hornets are playing with a chip on their shoulders and excelling thanks to the arm of Hayden Bauserman. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 11, 2017 Big Blue have more to prove Millikin notched a huge CCIW win over Wheaton on Saturday. The Big Blue now want to prove that this season's team is more than a one-game wonder. More in Around the Midwest.
October 11, 2017 Berry trying not to believe the hype Two years ago, Berry needed just one win in its final two games to make the playoffs, as a third-year program. Last year the Vikings didn't qualify for the playoffs after losing a conference tiebreaker. This year, they're 6-0. More in Around the South.
October 10, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week A 400-yard rusher, a receiver with 23 catches and a safety with five interceptions. Everything happens in Division III, and all of those accomplishments are recognized in our weekly honor roll. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 10, 2017 James finds a home at Wabash When Ike James' former school closed, he had to go through the recruiting process all over again. Fortunately, he found a home where he's fitting in just fine. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 10, 2017 New England defenders have big weekend Some of the top defensive players in the region had standout performances in Week 6 in Division III football, and Tom Haley touched on them in Around the Northeast.
October 10, 2017 A Titan in the backfield Pat Cerroni recruited Dylan Hecker to play quarterback at UW-Oshkosh. But, when an ill-timed injury left him on the outside looking in, he was moved to running back, and the rest has been Titans history. More in Around the West.
October 10, 2017 Barry Streeter to retire following season The head coach at Gettysburg since 1978, Barry Streeter has announced that the 2017 season, his 39th, will be his last at the helm of the Bullets. He has been the longest-tenured active Division III coach for four years.
October 10, 2017 Rochester coach stepping down Scott Greene will be stepping down as head coach at the University of Rochester following the season. He's been there since 2006.
October 9, 2017 Get that fake stuff out of here! This is a textbook example of how to blow up a fake field goal attempt. Watch how the defender gets this job done in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 9, 2017 Not too early to talk playoffs All of a sudden we get a few big games, set Top 25 ballots on fire, and it's time to talk strength of schedule and how at-large bids might be even more at a premium. Pat and Keith talk about the games that caused all that upheaval, then later dive into playoff scenarios. Plus, find out who Keith thinks could stick around in the playoff bracket a little longer than normal.
October 8, 2017 Picks and polls 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.
October 8, 2017 Latest D3football.com Top 25 George Fox enters the D3football.com Top 25 for the first time in the football program's short history, while Johns Hopkins' absence from the ranking was super brief. The full D3football.com Top 25.
October 7, 2017 Top 25 wrapup: UMHB, Wesley win defensive battles Top-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor won in a defensive battle and Wesley won on the road in overtime, while Wheaton lost for the second consecutive time and George Fox made its statement for joining the ranked club. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
October 7, 2017 Wrapup: Muhlenberg honors fallen coach Muhlenberg opened with a moment of silence, then honored the late Mike Donnelly on the field, while Lakeland's QB threw seven touchdowns, Springfield continued its run through the NEWMAC and St. Olaf snapped a long skid. More in the Week 6 wrapup.
October 6, 2017 Framingham defender ties D-III picks record Jaquan Harris individually made life difficult for the Fitchburg State quarterback on Friday night, as he intercepted five passes, tying the NCAA Division III record, in a 32-16 win.
October 6, 2017 Quick Hits: Our predictions for Week 6 All eyes are on the big games this Saturday, including one particular game taking place in Abilene, Texas. (Sorry, McMurry and Belhaven fans: the one on the other side of town.) Predictions for that game and more in our weekly Quick Hits.
October 5, 2017 Re-ranking the conferences for 2017 Like any ranking, this is sure to cause chatter among fans, but Pat and Keith rank conferences in the preseason in Kickoff, and Adam Turer does so after most non-conference play has wrapped up. His annual take is in the latest Around the Nation.
October 5, 2017 Buddy Wolverines drive Wesley defense According to Wesley linebackers Samer Manna and Mike Sabino, if their relationship could be described by a buddy movie, it would be the Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly comedy Step Brothers. More in Around the East.
October 4, 2017 Here come the Bears Ursinus finds itself in the driver's seat of the Centennial Conference. Now, the Bears must learn how to play with a target on their backs. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 4, 2017 Benedictine is battle-tested The Eagles learned from their grueling non-conference slate. Now they have their sights set on claiming a NACC title. More in Around the Midwest.
October 4, 2017 Hemphill humble after performance for the ages When you break school records and tie an NCAA record, it’s pretty amazing. But in typical Hemphill fashion, he is humble in the wake of his almost video-game like success. More in Around the South.
October 4, 2017 Muhlenberg coach Donnelly passes away Mike Donnelly, the longtime Muhlenberg head coach who was taking this season off to battle acute monocytic leukemia, has passed away at the age of 65.
October 3, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week Eight touchdowns, yes, that will get you onto the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware. But that individual effort is just one of 26 people highlighted in any given week's honor roll. Here's the full list.
October 3, 2017 Strong start fuels Heidelberg Heidelberg hit the ground running, and throwing, this season after struggling out of the gate in 2015 and 2016. And that start has turned into a roll, with the Student Princes now 4-0 headed into their biggest test of the season. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 3, 2017 Fall colors, and wins, light up New England In New England, October is special with hillsides exploding into a magnificent array of reds, golds and oranges. Farm stands dot the countryside with their pumpkins and those delectable cider doughnuts. If your team is still unbeaten, those cider doughnuts taste even better. More in Around the Northeast.
October 3, 2017 Cobbers celebrate history, but revel in moment Concordia-Moorhead is celebrating its 100th year of football this season. But they're not just looking backward in order to do so. They've done a great job of celebrating the present so far this season. More in Around the West.
October 2, 2017 Just like you draw it up Defending against the two-point conversion in overtime, it's never good to lose track of the quarterback. But here's a breakdown of how it happened, and how going for the win on the road was a success. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 2, 2017 The end of an era Once upon a time, this patient got up off the table, but now Pat or Keith (hint, not both) is ready to call an end to this dynasty. UWW has lost three games before in a season during this run, but not three of the first four. And that may be the difference-maker. That, plus all the Week 5 news in the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast.
October 1, 2017 Through the eyes of the quarterback 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.
October 1, 2017 D3football.com Top 25, Week 5 UW-Stout failed to take down UW-Platteville on Saturday. Where did they end up, and who else is in the poll? Check out the full D3football.com Top 25:
September 30, 2017 Bears end Jays streak, two Titans post wins No. 13 Johns Hopkins saw a years-long conference winning streak snapped; a scoring record fell; Illinois Wesleyan picked up a big win; UW-Platteville survived UW-Stout and UW-Oshkosh pulled away from UW-Whitewater in Saturday's Top 25 action.
September 30, 2017 Wrapup: CNU brings the D; CMU the O; Berry the picks Christopher Newport picked up a shutout in improving to 4-1, while Carnegie Mellon remained undefeated and Berry tore up the school interceptions record. That and more in Saturday's roundup.
September 29, 2017 Quick Hits: Our predictions for Week 5 Hey, remember when UW-Oshkosh played a game? They're back, and so is Quick Hits, with predictions on big games, which teams will have a letdown, who will surpass last year's win total and much more. Check it out!
September 28, 2017 Fast starts lead to unlikely unbeatens 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.
September 28, 2017 'Old man' Hoppy Buffalo State quarterback Kyle Hoppy doesn’t mind being ribbed a little about his age by his teammates. Now, at age 26, the minor league outfielder turned Division III quarterback has led the Bengals to a 3-0 start. More in Around the East.
September 27, 2017 Carrying the load Brandan Campbell and Mike Miklusciak made Hope football history last season. However, Miklusciak’s season-ending knee injury suffered in preseason camp greatly altered their vision for the 2017 season. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 27, 2017 Moral victories aren't enough The Cougars came so close to getting over the hump in Year Three under Cleive Adams. This time around, getting close won't cut it, and Adams is instilling this philosophy with his Cougars. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 27, 2017 A new development at Wartburg Last year's Knights had several players getting some significant and much-needed on-the-job training in key spots in the lineup. Now those players have grown, and it's interesting to see what's developed. More in Around the West.
September 27, 2017 Thiel, W&J postponed until Monday A nasty bug is going around the Thiel College campus, and all activities through Sunday have been cancelled. That means that the football game might be played Monday, or might not be played at all.
September 26, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week The weekly honor roll for D3football.com is in its 19th season. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 26, 2017 Win or lose, football is family Framingham head coach Tom Kelley squared off against his son, Mass. Maritime assistant coach Mike Kelley. For all the talk about football being a family, in this case, it was much more apparent. More in Around the Northeast.
September 26, 2017 Sewanee tapping into a turnaround attitude Football life is much different when you have hope. Sewanee didn't have much of it the past few seasons, but after snapping a 19-game skid and standing 2-2 this fall, senior defensive back John Cleveland says there's a whole new vibe on the sidelines. More in Around the South.
September 26, 2017 Podcast: There's a lot to talk about There were 99 other games played Saturday, and on top of that, there was all sorts of other news in the past week. Pat and Keith talk about the situation at Wheaton, the mourning at Wooster, and the hope that Occidental will play before ever getting to the Heidelberg-JCU game or any of the other events that took a back seat to the big spectacle.
September 25, 2017 Heck of a way to make a pick This tip drill was no mere stroke of luck. Instead, watch how the defensive back makes sure to keep the ball alive for a teammate to grab, and how that player keeps the ball from hitting the turf. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 24, 2017 An emotional week 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.
September 24, 2017 Bonus podcast from Tommie-Johnnie game The biggest show in D-III needed a little extra breakdown, so Pat Coleman and Adam Turer hand out game balls, talk with the coaches, describe the atmosphere and what this means for D-III football. Former SJU beat writer Frank Rajkowski talks about how the rivalry has gotten so big. Plus, one player talks about having his family fly up from Chile for the game.
September 23, 2017 D-III's biggest crowd sees Tommies come away with W St. Thomas defeated archrival for the fourth consecutive time and the seventh time in the past nine meetings, as the Tommies defeated St. John's 20-17 in front of more than 37,000 fans.
September 23, 2017 Top 25: John Carroll falls hard to Student Princes Heidelberg rolled over John Carroll; Frostburg State rallied and Wabash survived among ranked teams. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
September 23, 2017 Wrapup: Luther makes Dubuque blue, Grove City snaps skid Grove City won for the first time since 2013, while Luther handed Dubuque its first loss. Plus more teams remain undefeated through Week 4. More in Saturday's roundup.
September 22, 2017 Quick Hits: Predictions on Saturday's big games So, as it turns out, there are also other games not taking place in major league baseball stadiums this weekend. Who knew? Our Quick Hits crew takes a look at the upset possibilities and more for Week 4.
September 21, 2017 Tommie-Johnnie showdown takes center field Peanuts, Cracker Jack and 35,000 of your closest friends will be the major themes on Saturday, but with all due respect to Concordia-Moorhead, the St. Thomas-St. John's game is about who will be the team to beat in the MIAC race. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
September 21, 2017 The little picture is the big thing Mike Clark has taken Bridgewater to Division III's biggest stage, but these days he is focused on the smaller steps to success. His Eagles are off to a perfect start, but aren't looking ahead. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 21, 2017 The long road back Rose-Hulman had its first taste of the playoffs in 2016. That just made the Fightin' Engineers hungry for more. Now that they know what it takes, they know how hard it will be to get back. More in Around the Midwest.
September 20, 2017 Brockport taking a huge leap It isn't just Justin Morris hurdling would-be tacklers. The entire Brockport program is moving up in the Division III football world. More in Around the East.
September 20, 2017 Now, experience is a strength for Wittenberg The Tigers ended up on top last season after the NCAC standings got a bit messy. This year, Wittenberg's key cogs are a year older and are in a position to avoid the mess altogether. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 20, 2017 Pioneers reach final frontier: A win Every player on the Lewis & Clark football team got to experience something for the first time this weekend. A collegiate victory. But while the players and coaches are encouraged by the win, they’re not about to stop working toward the getting the next one. More in Around the West.
September 19, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll honors the top player at each position from Division III in the previous week, including special teams and offensive line.
September 19, 2017 Resolve is one key piece; hard work is another Amid several rivalry games and conference openers this past weekend, the extra pain of summer workouts and long day is showing its gain. More in Around the Northeast.
September 19, 2017 Two sides of the ball, one family dynamic James Davis and cousin Jermaine Stevens Jr. feed off of each other, both on the football field and on the track. How they got to Sul Ross State, and helped to build the team into what it is today, is something special. More in Around the South.
September 19, 2017 Five Wheaton players charged with felonies in hazing Noah Spielman, Kyler Kregel, Ben Pettway, James Cooksey and Samuel TeBos of the No. 4 Wheaton Thunder have all received felony charges, including aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. On Tuesday, all were suspended from this week's game.
September 18, 2017 'I can't say I've seen anything quite like that before!' That was how this play was described. Also the term "Beast Mode" was tossed around. And we give it the full treatment, with three great angles on an eye-popping run. It's the D3football.com Game of the Week.
September 18, 2017 Podcast: Defenses keep showing up Offensive numbers catch the eye, whether it's 79 points or 332 receiving yards and six touchdowns. But Keith has this thing about defense also being part of the game, and that's hard to argue. In this week's podcast, Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan take a look at some of the places where defense shows up, expected or not.
September 17, 2017 Feeding the beasts 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.
September 16, 2017 Top 25 wrapup: Ranked teams survive challenges John Carroll survived its rival, while Wheaton and North Central fended off conference foes, Platteville had a happy long trip home and W&J got some revenge. Meanwhile, the 'Red-Fox' game was the only one with a Top 25 upset. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
September 16, 2017 Wrapup: UWW gets a W; Ithaca gets new coach his first UW-Whitewater avoided a third consecutive fourth-quarter horror show, while Dan Swanstrom got his first win as Ithaca head coach and a long losing streak was snapped. Plus, the double field-goal kick and much more in Saturday's roundup.
September 15, 2017 RPI on fire to start season Sometimes a team begins the year on fire. Offense, defense and special teams, all work in perfect concert to produce victories. But in this case, RPI started this season by actually eating fire.
September 15, 2017 Occidental calls off game with Pacific Less than 24 hours before Pacific's football team was to get on a plane to Southern California, and long after airplane tickets had been purchased by team and fans, Occidental told the Boxers not to come for this weekend's game.
September 15, 2017 Quick Hits: The big games for Week 3 Yes, there's a game with two Top 10 teams playing. Assuming that hasn't been cancelled yet. We look at that game, plus the other big games in this week's Quick Hits.
September 14, 2017 Around the Nation: Back from hiatus No, not the column -- the players being spotlighted. Three former All-Region players spent 2016 on the sidelines. One was on the bench 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. Adam Turer has more.
September 14, 2017 Starting from scratch In their first year in Division III and with a new head coach, the Tornados are experiencing growing pains. But Brevard's coaching staff is used to winning and youth will not be an excuse in 2017. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 13, 2017 Off to the races Lake Forest's Joey Valdivia had a breakout 2016 season. While that's in the past, he's already on pace to have an even more impressive 2017. More in Around the Midwest.
September 13, 2017 Taking the long road Matt Younkers graduated from high school in 2009 and left for the Marine Corps about seven months later. Only seven years later did he end up in a college football uniform. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
September 12, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week A pair of 200-yard receivers, a 200-yard rusher, a cornerback who scored two touchdowns and much more highlight our Week 2 honor roll. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 12, 2017 Presidents hope balance equals title After airing it out for years and coming up a little short each time, Washington & Jefferson is looking to the run game to bring a little equilibrium to the offense. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 12, 2017 Around the Northeast: Springfield is winning the trenches, and its games Recruited as linebackers, the Pride's offensive line isn't the biggest bunch around, but it is the perfectly suited to the speed of this system.
September 12, 2017 Around the South: Come for the academics, stay for the athletics As a backup wideout through much of high school, Michael Spainhour was often overlooked by coaches on the recruiting trail. But he fell in love with Hendrix, and is now excelling on the field -- with room to grow.
September 11, 2017 The week of the one-handed grab It seemed like every play that was nominated this week was an amazing one-handed grab! Wide receivers are making quarterbacks look awesome. This particular one is the D3football.com Play of the Week!
September 11, 2017 Podcast: Evaluating the surprise winners We talked a bit about ranked teams that have lost: UW-Whitewater, St. Thomas, Whitewater again, Thomas More to name a few. But in this week's D3football.com podcast, Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan shine a light on teams that won those surprise games, what we should have expected and how that expectation changes.
September 10, 2017 How to pull off an upset 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.
September 9, 2017 Top 25 wrapup: Tommies toppled; UWW 0-2 Concordia-Moorhead sent the Warhawks to 0-2 for the first time since 1999, while St. Thomas fell at UW-Stout and Bridgewater grabbed perhaps its most significant win since 2003. Saturday's Top 25 wrapup.
September 9, 2017 Wrapup: Avoiding the blues Luther opened its blue turf with a big win, while several playoff hopefuls (Hobart, Hope, Stevenson and more) avoided going 0-2 to open the season. More in the Week 2 wrapup.
September 8, 2017 Quick Hits: Our predictions for Week 2 Who's most likely to be upset in Week 2? Who will be a surprising 2-0? Which conference is going to have another conference's number? Our crew answers those questions and more in Quick Hits.
September 7, 2017 Digging in for Duke 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.
September 7, 2017 Wright on time for Delaware Valley Delaware Valley linebacker Nick Wright has one of those names that makes it easy for us headline writers. Yet, somehow the senior has mostly avoided headlines -- often on purpose -- during his time with the Aggies. More in Around the East.
September 6, 2017 ATR: Hilvert glad to be back in D-III Success seems to follow Jim Hilvert wherever he goes, and Baldwin Wallace could certainly use some of that. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 6, 2017 Titanic upset Illinois Wesleyan proved that anything is possible, pulling off Week 1's biggest shocker. Now the Titans aim to combine preparation, confidence, and belief throughout the season. More in Around the Midwest.
September 6, 2017 Two head coaches are better than none When Minnesota-Morris found it was losing its coach six days before camp started, it didn't have too many easy choices, so they promoted two assistant coaches. Here's how the co-head coaches are making it work, in Around the West.
September 5, 2017 TD stands for tip drill, and touchdown Like many teams over the past season-plus, John Carroll was having a hard time moving the ball against the UW-Oshkosh defense. But as halftime approached, the Blue Streaks found a man downfield. And after a deflection, the ball found a second man. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week!
September 5, 2017 Around the South: Weathering thoughts of the storm UMHB safety Reggie Wilson is saddened when he hears reports from his hometown of Houston, devestated by Hurricane Harvey. But his family and friends are safe, and he knows that he has to focus on the season ahead. More in Around the South.
September 4, 2017 D3football.com Team of the Week The D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, is our weekly honor roll recognizing the top nominated player at each position for the week. The Team of the Week is back for a 19th season.
September 4, 2017 Questions about Nichols, Coast Guard get answers Nichols and Coast Guard were turning the keys of their offenses over to new players, and both were able to open the doors to victory in Week 1.
September 4, 2017 What's wrong with big scores? Lots of cool and interesting things happened in the opening weekend. Of course, many were overshadowed by the 98-0 win by St. John's over St. Scholastica. Nobody here is suggesting someone ran up the score, though. Keith McMillan and Pat Coleman have a different thought in mind. Plus, it's the podcast's 10th anniversary, and there are clips, including outtakes!
September 3, 2017 Remembering how to win again 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.
September 3, 2017 D3football.com Top 25 The new D3football.com Top 25 is out, and maybe it's a little less purple. OK, maybe not, but there is definitely more than one touch of green.
September 2, 2017 Top 25: UWW falls; UWO repeats; Hobart, Fisher upset UW-Whitewater turned the ball over on the 1-yard line to allow Illinois Wesleyan to escape with a 17-10 win, while UW-Oshkosh defeated John Carroll again and contenders in the LL and E8 were upset in Saturday's Top 25 action.
September 2, 2017 Wrapup: Whitworth gets revenge; Sewanee, Wilmington snap skids New coaches brought different results at programs that have been struggling, while Whitworth found the new year to be much more inviting than the old.
September 1, 2017 First Friday opens with thrillers Johns Hopkins rallied, then beat W&L in overtime, while Albright blocked a Salisbury field goal in the extra session and Bridgewater scored on a 65-yard touchdown in the final minute vs. Gettysburg.
August 31, 2017 ATN: One last shot at Salem 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.
August 31, 2017 Quick Hits: Our predictions are back! The 2017 season finally kicks off tonight, and our Quick Hits predictions do as well -- five of our regulars and a guest try their hand at six different predictions for Week 1's games. Check it out.
August 31, 2017 Del Val, Frostburg start season on right foot No. 20 Delaware Valley knocked off Wesley in the season opener for a second year in a row, while the year of expectations started with a W for Frostburg State. Plus Allegheny won an opener for the first time since 2012 and King's won on a late field goal.
August 30, 2017 Are you sleeping on these teams? We don't pay Keith McMillan to give you the obvious sleepers or tell you someone purple will play in the Stagg Bowl. If you recognize the team in this photo, you'll know we mean business. And if you don't, you better click to find out who is on Keith's list. And that list is only in Kickoff.
August 28, 2017 ATN Podcast: Let's get this season started! It's been a busy August around D3football.com. Pat and Keith discuss the Kickoff and On the Road coverage, predictions for 2017 and more to get you ready for Week 1. Plus, there's something new coming for the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast.
August 26, 2017 Is defense the new trend? After a typical college football season filled with points being scored, the semifinals and Stagg Bowl were defensive battles. Is there any way that will continue? We convened a panel of three recent D-III alumni to discuss and it's only in Kickoff.
August 24, 2017 This season's big teams Kickoff is a preview of every team, but in addition, you also get to know some of the teams expected to make big noise this year. Check out features on UMHB, Mount Union, St. Thomas, St. John's, UW-Oshkosh, Hobart and more. It's all in Kickoff!
August 23, 2017 This season's big names In this year's Kickoff, you not only get a season preview of all 249 teams, but you also read about some of the key names you'll be hearing all season. Who are the contenders for offensive and defensive player of the year? Find out in Kickoff!
August 22, 2017 Kickoff 2017 is live! It's here! The exclusive D3football.com preview of all 249 teams, with dozens of feature stories, a ranking of every team and every conference from top to bottom has gone live. If you subscribed, log in here. If you haven't, here's how you can sign up!
August 21, 2017 On the road from Frostburg State The final scheduled on the D3football.com on the road series is in Frostburg, Md. After a 10-1 season, the Bobcats are trying to deal with expectations and the two dozen seniors who bought into the program's turnaround from the outset are looking to make their investment pay off.
August 20, 2017 Kickoff 2017: Previewing every team Our big annual publication goes online on Tuesday afternoon, and we're crossing the t's and dotting the i's on everything, including 249 team previews. Every team, from Adrian to WPI, gets a D3football.com-written preview, just like you'd get in a D-I magazine. Subscribe today and beat the rush!
August 20, 2017 On the road from W&J Stop No. 5 on the D3football.com on the road series finds Pat Coleman at Washington & Jefferson, where the Presidents are trying to live up to a proud tradition both by breaking in a new quarterback and by returning to the top of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
August 19, 2017 On the road from Capital From Indiana on into Ohio, as the road show made a second stop on Saturday to check out Capital's intrasquad scrimmage. The Crusaders don't mind being in the shadow of Ohio State, but know they have plenty of measuring sticks in their conference.
August 19, 2017 On the road from Franklin D3football.com's road trip takes us to Indiana, where Franklin is hoping Chase Burton and a no-name defense can get the Grizzlies back to the playoffs. Check out the extremely early tailgating, the golf cart ride and more.
August 19, 2017 On the road from Whitewater D3football.com's weekend on the road continues as the Warhawks dressed out for their scrimmage. Questions about offense and defense and leadership were the story in Whitewater, Wis. Check out the latest dispatch from the road.
August 18, 2017 We're going on the road! Are you driving back to college right now? Well, so are we. And on the way, we're stopping at a bunch of Division III football campuses to see what questions some of the key teams are dealing with in training camp. Follow along all weekend!
August 15, 2017 Final week before Kickoff! Kickoff 2017 drops in a week, on Aug. 22! Among the many items include dozens of feature stories, including hitting this year's key contenders. That includes the Tommies and Johnnies, who each return a key piece for one final year, plus the defending champs, the original Purple Power, and more!
August 9, 2017 Kickoff ranks every team, top to bottom Our voters have already weighed on on the preseason Top 25. But there are 224 more teams to be ranked. Our team is hard at work on that for Kickoff, but you can order now and avoid the rush on Aug. 22! Please support D3football.com!
August 3, 2017 NACC set for football expansion in 2018 Multiple sources tell D3sports.com that the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference will be adding an eighth school for football starting next fall.
August 3, 2017 Workout wizard getting a shot in Division III Devonte Wilson, whose workout videos have gone viral on social media, has posted some great workout numbers and track times and even tried to walk on at Kansas. But now he'll have a chance to actually put a football in his hands.
August 1, 2017 2017 D3football.com Preseason All-America team Here's the D3football.com preseason All-America team: a truly exclusive list. Just 50 players, two starting lineups plus kicker, punter and return specialist make up the D3football.com preseason team.
July 27, 2017 Kickoff 2017 needs your support! These teams have some unfinished business from 2016, while others are looking to take the next step. We'll have a bunch of feature stories and 249 team previews, and here's how you can get them, and keep D3football.com strong!
July 21, 2017 Occidental coach steps down right before camp Doug Semones and the Occidental football program were slated to open preseason camp in mid-August. Now they'll be doing so without him.
July 11, 2017 Top 25, blue turf, new bowls, how to help We've got an extra-long podcast for you this month, because we have to talk about the Top 25, the blue turf at Luther, finding the match at Muhlenberg, finding relevancy at King's and getting yet another new coach at East Texas Baptist. Plus, some 36-year-old memorabilia.
July 10, 2017 Preseason Top 25 is out! The D3football.com preseason Top 25 poll has been released, with four teams getting No. 1 votes and 51 teams appearing on at least one ballot. Here's how our panel of 25 voters ranked them.
July 9, 2017 New York conferences start postseason bowl The Empire 8 and Liberty League won't be sending their top at-large teams to the ECAC postseason bowl games, rather, they'll square off in a New York State bowl game this November.
July 3, 2017 Goff goes from Defiance to TCNJ Casey Goff spent one year as head coach at Defiance this past season and is heading to TCNJ, where he's replacing an interim head coach.
June 24, 2017 Order Kickoff 2017 now! Our 12th annual Kickoff online publication comes out on Aug. 22! But if you order before July 1, you can help us out and help us cover your team better in 2017. Act now!
June 16, 2017 ATN Podcast: Talking Oshkosh, new conferences and more This month, Keith McMillan is out on assignment, but we found someone to fill in who's written a few ATN columns himself. Pat Coleman and Adam Turer chat with UWO running back Dylan Hecker, Norwich coach Mark Murnyack and give their preseason No. 1 and sleeper picks for 2017.
June 5, 2017 Husson gives CCC its eighth football program The Commonwealth Coast Conference takes over the NEFC's automatic bid this fall, will have a seventh program in 2018 and now has an eighth for 2019.
May 26, 2017 Finlandia finds a home The number of independents in Division III football is dwindling away, as Finlandia will become an affiliate member of the MIAA in football in 2018.
May 10, 2017 Waynesburg fills coaching spot, for now Nearly two months after Rich Shepas announced his retirement, Waynesburg announced an interim choice as head coach.
May 7, 2017 Tryout invites number more than a dozen This year's buzz around Division III players and the NFL draft has been pretty muted, but there have been some rookie free-agent signings. Here's the list of who is getting a shot, plus some more names who could still make noise.
May 3, 2017 Louisiana College promotes from within With head football coach and athletic director Dennis Dunn announcing his resignation weeks before the school year ended, the school elevated an assistant coach to the top spot.
April 28, 2017 NESCAC adds ninth game The New England Small College Athletic Conference has long had 10 football teams, but played just an eight-game schedule. That will change this fall.
April 26, 2017 Dunn leaves Louisiana College for local high school The Wildcats lost their head football coach and athletic director in one fell swoop, as Dennis Dunn finished his career at Louisiana College after 11 years and took a high school head coaching job.
April 22, 2017 Podcast: Meeting our new Texas hosts Let's get to know one of our new championship hosts, as we talk with the person in charge of the Stagg Bowl at Shenandoah, Texas. Plus we talk about what's next for preseason practice with Wash U. coach Larry Kindbom and get Kevin Bullis' take on the state of the program at UW-Whitewater.
April 22, 2017 Coaching Carousel: Changes keep coming Northwestern's new coach is in place, with the previous coach heading to Florida, plus there is once again a father-son combination of head coaches in Division III football. All the moves in the D3football.com Coaching Carousel.
April 22, 2017 Moore steps up at Northwestern When Kirk Talley left deep into the offseason, Northwestern found its next coach already on campus, where Matt Moore has been on staff for a decade and the defensive coordinator for the past three seasons.
April 18, 2017 Division III cuts Stagg Bowl’s 25-year ties to Salem After a quarter-century of hosting the NCAA Division III football championship game, Salem Stadium will be home to the Stagg Bowl no longer after 2017.
April 18, 2017 Next Stagg Bowl host has a lot to live up to The City of Salem brought the Stagg Bowl to town in 1993, and forever changed how not only this Division III championship was conducted, but others as well, setting the standard that any future host must match. Pat Coleman has more.
April 15, 2017 Opinion: The way to player safety is through teaching Washington University football coach Larry Kindbom is one of many who have reacted to the Division III management council's recent decision to eliminate two-a-day practices. In his view, it's better to teach safety rather than cut practice time.
April 12, 2017 NCAA committee votes to eliminate two-a-days When teams report for preseason camp this summer, across the NCAA, it will be for a maximum of one practice per day, as the new regulations passed their most serious hurdle.
April 3, 2017 Stevenson quarterback throws no-hitter Dan Williams, a D3football.com All-Region quarterback for the Mustangs, has had some success on the mound for Stevenson as well.
March 31, 2017 Coaching Carousel: Changes keep coming The carousel keeps turning into the spring, with changes at Northwestern, Sewanee, Waynesburg, East Texas Baptist and more. All the moves in the D3football.com Coaching Carousel.
March 30, 2017 Podcast: An end to two-a-days? One of the big topics of discussion right now is preseason practice time, including what seems to be likely -- the end to two-a-day practices in camp. It's certainly important in Division III, where spring ball is not the same as at the other levels. Pat and Keith talk with coaches about that, plus discuss possible Stagg Bowl sites.
March 29, 2017 Buffalo State heading to Liberty League The final touches are being put on the Liberty League's long-awaited seventh football program, nearly two years after the NEWMAC added the sport and brought two LL affiliate members home.
March 21, 2017 St. John Fisher honored by Marine Corps The St. John Fisher football program recently received one of the U.S. Marine Corps' highest civilian distinctions for a patriotic act it performed last season.
March 20, 2017 Talley leaves Northwestern After coaching Northwestern (Minn.) for 16 seasons and leading the Eagles to their first-ever trip to the NCAA football playoffs, Kirk Talley is taking an assistant coaching job someplace a little warmer.
March 16, 2017 Rundle takes over at Sewanee Illinois Wesleyan defensive coordinator Travis Rundle is taking the head coaching job at Sewanee. He joins his father, Craig Rundle, in the group photo of Division III football head coaches.
March 15, 2017 Johnson wins fight for her life Melissa Johnson, the wife of Earlham coach Nick Johnson who spent more than 600 days in the hospital and missed three years of coaching after what was supposed to be routine surgery, is returning to her old job. More at D3hoops.com.
March 13, 2017 Huber done at Mount St. Joseph After 17 years as head coach, the man who declared his own nation on Twitter is off to find another role somewhere in hubienation.
March 6, 2017 Shepas retires after 12 years with Waynesburg Waynesburg's head football coach, Rich Shepas, announced that he will be retiring after 12 years with the Yellow Jackets, including a 10-win season in 2012.
March 5, 2017 Youngest head coach leaves ETBU after one season Scotty Walden, the subject of much coverage because of his age (26), has left East Texas Baptist after one season as head coach.
February 28, 2017 Latest podcast: Chasing the NFL dream Members of this past year's senior class are chasing their dreams of pro football right now, and next year's senior class has players hoping to do the same. In light of that, the February edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast talks with three Division III alumni who are living that dream, in various stages of their career.
February 20, 2017 2017 schedules are pouring in Although we're six months away from kickoff of the 2017 Division III football season, we have more than half of the upcoming season's schedules published already. (Plus, we've been working on our archive, and have added 1998 schedules as well.) Check them out!
February 16, 2017 Waynesburg player mourned Bradley Grinnen, an all-conference defensive lineman for Waynesburg, was found unresponsive in his dorm room.
February 2, 2017 Maranatha drops its football program Maranatha Baptist, which was coming off a three-win season, its best since 2011, has decided to eliminate its football program.
January 31, 2017 Christopher Newport finally finds its coach Five and a half months after Matt Kelchner announced he was stepping down and two and a half months after CNU's football season ended, the Captains finally have their new commanding officer.
January 30, 2017 D3football.com podcast returns The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is back with its first monthly installment of the offseason. Guests include new John Carroll coach Rick Finotti, Gagliardi Trophy winner Carter Hanson and Nichols coach Dale Olmsted. Plus Pat and Keith discuss coaching changes and other news.
January 27, 2017 Dickinson brings Fordyce back to Centennial Brad Fordyce has been an assistant at McDaniel and Susquehanna, and his first head coaching job will come in the same conference.
January 26, 2017 McMurry players arrested on murder charges Ryan McBeth, Darnell Dock and B.J. Ross, all members of the McMurry football team, have been arrested in conjunction with a Jan. 11 shooting death in Fort Worth, Texas.
January 18, 2017 Finotti takes John Carroll job Rick Finotti, who coached two-time Gagliardi Trophy winner Kevin Burke in high school and has been on the Michigan staff the past two seasons, is coming back to Ohio to take over at John Carroll.
January 17, 2017 Hilvert returns to D-III, takes BW job Jim Hilvert, who coached at Thomas More for eight seasons, will be returning to Division III after leading La Salle High School in Cincinnati to back-to-back state titles.
January 9, 2017 Kehres selected to College Football HOF Larry Kehres, a 332-game winner at Mount Union and winner of 11 Division III national championships, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this upcoming December.
January 9, 2017 Olivet offensive coordinator takes over as head coach Just a few short weeks after Dan Pifer resigned to choose a Division II job, Olivet has promoted offensive coordinator Dan Musielewicz to take over for him.
January 1, 2017 St. Thomas offensive coordinator takes head coaching job James Kilian, who has been the Tommies' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons and was an NFL draft pick at quarterback, will be taking over as head coach at St. Olaf.
December 26, 2016 WPI assistant gets next crack at building up Anna Maria The Anna Maria football program has won eight games in eight seasons. Next up to try to make some headway is Dan Mulrooney, the defensive coordinator at WPI.
December 21, 2016 Mumme takes Air Raid to Nevada Matt Mumme, the head coach at LaGrange for the past three-plus seasons, is leaving to become offensive coordinator at Nevada.
December 20, 2016 Around the Nation: 2016 in review We had a brand-new 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.
December 20, 2016 Buena Vista names Mollring new head coach Grant Mollring has been the offensive coordinator at Hastings for the past three seasons and before that was the offensive coordinator for four seasons at Doane. He served as both recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both NAIA programs.
December 20, 2016 Moore named Wilmington's head football coach Wilmington has named Bryan Moore as its new head football coach, according to Terry Rupert, vice president of athletic administration and director of athletics. He announced the appointment is effective immediately.
December 19, 2016 Arth moves on from alma mater After a history-making season at John Carroll, Tom Arth will be the new head coach at FCS University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The 2016 D3football.com Coach of the Year leaves after winning 40 games in four seasons at JCU, including a semifinal trip this year.
December 19, 2016 Former Cru QB takes over at Howard Payne Braxton Harris, most recently an assistant coach at Texas Lutheran, will take over Howard Payne after the Yellow Jackets' 0-10 season.
December 19, 2016 Olivet coach takes Division II job Dan Pifer led Olivet for five seasons, including taking the Comets to the 2016 Division III playoffs. He'll take over as the head coach at Walsh.
December 17, 2016 Podcast: Stagg Bowl thoughts, how we picked awards Our crew convened at Mac and Bob's after the game in Salem to record our final podcast of the season and we were pleased to see Cru players, include Blake Jackson, walk into the room. Hear from him and our folks in Salem on the final 2016 podcast.
December 16, 2016 2016 D3football.com All-America team The 18th annual D3football.com All-America team was announced on Friday evening in Salem. Here's the full list:
December 16, 2016 Defense carried the day for the Cru Mary Hardin-Baylor got just enough offense to get it done and the other side of the ball was the big star for the Crusaders in Stagg Bowl XLIV. Adam Turer has more on the battle in Salem.
December 16, 2016 UMHB wins title in defensive nail-biter The undefeated and No. 1-ranked Crusaders overcame a turnover deficit to beat UW-Oshkosh 10-7 on Friday evening. It was the first national championship for the UMHB program.
December 16, 2016 UMHB breaks through on second trip to Salem It's been a long time coming for Mary-Hardin Baylor. A loooong time. Keith McMillan has more from Salem.
December 15, 2016 Coaching carousel With the regular season fading into the chill of winter, coaching changes are here. See who's out, and who's already in at some Division III football programs.
December 15, 2016 Quick Hits predicts the Stagg Bowl Six Quick Hits were not enough for this week -- they never are. We always expand our panel for the Stagg Bowl and this week we've done so as well, with guests who cover Mary Hardin-Baylor and UW-Oshkosh. And with nine panelists, we have a 5-4 split decision on our winner.
December 15, 2016 Cru looking to finish the journey As part of this run to Salem, Mary Hardin-Baylor has vanquished some old foes. But UW-Oshkosh presents a different level of challenge for the Crusaders. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 14, 2016 Gagliardi Trophy goes back to Collegeville The 2016 Gagliardi Trophy is coming back home to Collegeville, Minn., as a guest of winner Carter Hanson. He's the third Johnnies player to win the award, and just the second defensive player ever so honored.
December 14, 2016 Amid the hubbub, Oshkosh's focus still on football All of this is completely new for UW-Oshkosh: traveling to Salem, playing in the Stagg Bowl. But the Titans remain focused on the task at hand heading into Friday night's game with Mary Hardin-Baylor. More in a Road to Salem feature by Josh Smith.
December 13, 2016 Five plays to Salem: How UMHB advanced Like UW-Oshkosh, Mary Hardin-Baylor advanced in a defensive battle. Keith McMillan walks us through the key plays that helped the Crusaders get past Mount Union and into Stagg Bowl XLIV.
December 12, 2016 Monmouth's Piesman moment In New York City, Kolton Koch received the star treatment afforded to national award finalists. Koch was the first D-III finalist for the award, and it was a memorable weekend of firsts for the Monmouth guard.
December 12, 2016 ATN Podcast: Breaking down the semifinals Our podcast team was truly around the nation, as Keith McMillan was in Texas and Pat Coleman was in Wisconsin for the national semifinals. Our breakdown has commentary from players and coaches at both games, along with players to watch on offense and defense for Friday’s Stagg Bowl.
December 12, 2016 Ithaca hires Swanstrom as head football coach Dan Swanstrom has been named the 10th head coach for the Ithaca football program. A former Gagliardi Trophy finalist and Division III offensive coordinator, Swanstrom was most recently quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Penn.
December 11, 2016 Five plays to Salem: How Oshkosh advanced The Titans survived a defensive slugfest with John Carroll. We talked to the players and coaches involved in five key plays that secured UW-Oshkosh's first Stagg Bowl berth.
December 10, 2016 UMHB ends Mount Union's Salem reign The Crusader defense harassed Mount Union's freshman quarterback into three interceptions and stopped a two-point conversion attempt in the closing minutes to win 14-12, ending the Purple Raiders' title defense.
December 10, 2016 Titans advance in defensive battle UW-Oshkosh won the lowest-scoring national semifinal in Division III football history and advanced to the Stagg Bowl for the first time, defeating John Carroll 10-3 on Saturday afternoon.
December 9, 2016 Quick Hits: Our take on the semifinals We've spent all week telling you about these teams and now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Our six quick-hitters give you their predictions on each of Saturday's two games, and you're guaranteed to see something you've never seen before.
December 8, 2016 Catholic U. brings alum back as head coach Mike Gutelius, who played at Catholic and was once an assistant coach, returns to try to turn the program around as head coach.
December 8, 2016 Dickinson coach steps down after 24 years Darwin Breaux is out as head coach of the Red Devils after two dozen seasons, the most recent of which ended with his team faltering to a 1-9 finish.
December 8, 2016 Mount Union and UMHB: The throwback semifinal The Purple Raiders and the Cru have met in two semifinal matchups previously, in 2004 and 2012. Here's a look back at those two classic games, both won in the closing seconds.
December 8, 2016 He's the Match Brett Kasper is not just a match for UW-Oshkosh at quarterback -- he also happens to Be The Match for a little girl in Indiana who is battling leukemia. Her fight continues to inspire the Titans. More in a Road to Salem feature by Erik Buchinger.
December 7, 2016 The Cru's secret weapon The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football program has a lot of well-documented things going for them on the field. But it's a 6-year-old girl who has been the Crusaders' hidden advantage, who has taught them all about battling adversity. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 7, 2016 Making history all over again The first and last time John Carroll reached the semifinals, quarterback Tom Arth was in a Blue Streaks uniform. Fourteen years later, head coach Tom Arth is sharing his experience with his former teammates and current players. Joe Sager has more on the Road to Salem.
December 6, 2016 Gagliardi finalists: Hanson, Heitland, Riddle, Barnes One of these four young men will be awarded the 2016 Gagliardi Trophy on Dec. 14 in Salem, Va.
December 5, 2016 2016 All-Region teams announced From 954 nominations, a couple of things emerged: First, there are a lot of talented players in Division III football. Second, it's hard to decide who's the best.
December 5, 2016 Podcast: New faces mean new excitement You've been asking for this for years, haven't you? There will be one team in the Stagg Bowl for the first time. And Mount Union gave up a ton of yards, while UMHB didn't get very many, but both survived. Pat and Keith talk through it all, plus preview the semifinal games, in this week's Around the Nation Podcast.
December 5, 2016 Veteran anchors lead Purple Raiders offense While three freshmen saw time at quarterback, senior linemen Brooks Jenkins and Mitch Doraty made sure the offense didn't miss a beat. Their leadership has the Purple Raiders offense clicking as they aim to return to Salem. Brian Lester has more on the Road to Salem.
December 3, 2016 It won't just be a purple party Defense, turnovers, and special teams plays made the difference across the four national quarterfinal matchups on Saturday. Host Mary Hardin-Baylor and road teams Mount Union, John Carroll, and UW-Oshkosh advanced to within two wins of a title, which means someone new will be in Salem.
December 2, 2016 Academic All-America team released The 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III football team was led by a punter: Ryan Anderson of Olivet, who compiled a 4.0 GPA.
December 2, 2016 Quick Hits: Score predictions, game by game Down to four games on Saturday, and our Quick Hits crew shares not just Saturday's final scores, but their thoughts on the four quarterfinals. How each game will go down, in Quick Hits.
December 1, 2016 Freshmen follow one path, but to two destinations Two freshmen are expected to get starts at quarterback in Saturday's national quarterfinals. And not only are they both from the same conference, but they both have gotten coaching from the same Gagliardi Trophy winner. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 30, 2016 UWO, UST set for 'old-school' showdown By the time you get to December, often teams are forced by the weather to revert to an older style of football. But in the case of St. Thomas and UW-Oshkosh, it's a sincere love of playing the game that way. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 29, 2016 Making the plays when it counts Alfred's defense has not been the most impressive unit this postseason, but the Saxons have found ways each week to make game-saving plays and keep their season alive. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 29, 2016 Defensive line depth fuels John Carroll John Carroll's defense has been impressive all year, but the Blue Streaks have taken it to another level this postseason. It all starts with the 11-man rotation up front. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 29, 2016 Feeling at home and healthy at Whitewater Drew Patterson's family legacy drew him to UW-Whitewater, after a one-year detour. He and several key teammates are getting healthy at just the right time for the surging Warhawks. Josh Smith has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 28, 2016 Season on the line A four-year starting quarterback brings a lot of experience into his senior season. And even more so when the playoffs roll around. So if that person sees a hole, he might just do something unexpected. That's in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 28, 2016 ATN Podcast: Over-the-top defenses There was a lot of defense to talk about this week, and if you listen to our podcast, you know what that means! Defenses came up big in expected places, such as Whitewater, Wis., or University Heights, Ohio, but the other games featured some surprisingly stout defensive performances as well.
November 28, 2016 Thunder roll into December Wheaton is back in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. The Thunder made it this far behind a defense that wins in the trenches and overpowered its rival in the fourth quarter on Saturday. Brian Lester has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 26, 2016 Mount survives; JCU advances; Wheaton eliminates archrival The Purple Raiders returned to the quarterfinals by pitching a second-half shutout, while the Blue Streaks moved on in two overtimes and the Cru rolled in the rematch. More from the playoff's second round.
November 25, 2016 Quick Hits: Score predictions, game by game Eight games, times six opinions means there are 48 total score predictions for Saturday. But, spoilers, the group thinks all eight second-round games should be good. How each game will go down, in Quick Hits.
November 23, 2016 Living to play another week For teams that needed until the final play to wrap up Saturday's first-round games, what comes next is putting the drama behind them and getting ready for the second round. More in a Road to Salem feature by Adam Turer.
November 22, 2016 Opportunistic Kohawks make history Coe set a program record with nine takeaways in Saturday's win, and another record with the team's 11th win of the season. Up next is another big opportunity for a team that loves to take advantage. Adam Turer has more on the Road to Salem.
November 22, 2016 Linfield playing for 'One Moore' game Parker Moore was tragically killed two years ago, but his senior classmates keep him close to their hearts each day. A different Wildcat dons Moore's number 35 jersey and plays inspired football. They don't want this season to end. Josh Smith has more on the Road to Salem.
November 22, 2016 No pressure, no panic for top-ranked Cru Mary Hardin-Baylor entered the postseason as the number one team in the country, but is not looking ahead. After overcoming a halftime deficit against Redlands, the Crusaders have their hands full as Linfield comes to town for a rematch. Brian Lester has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 22, 2016 Secrets take a back seat in Round 2 rematch You can't get more familiar than North Central and Wheaton are. Conference rivals -- archrivals, with a trophy game, in fact -- separated by just 8.1 miles of the Chicago suburbs. So when they meet in the second round, there's little they don't already know about each other. Ryan Tipps has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 21, 2016 But did he get in the end zone? That's the only thing you want to know, right? Did St. John's running back Dusty Krueger actually get the ball across the plane of the goal line? We have more footage to show you and we'll break it down in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 21, 2016 Baldwin Wallace coach promoted off sidelines John Snell, who has been the head coach at Baldwin Wallace for the past 15 years, will step down as coach and assume duties as assistant athletic director.
November 21, 2016 Gagliardi Trophy semifinalists announced Many were nominated, but only 10 get to the semifinal stage. Who are they? Read up on the players, then cast your fan ballot for the top overall student-athlete in Division III football.
November 21, 2016 Purple Raiders find success on the road A playoff road game is unfamiliar territory for Mount Union, but the Purple Raiders found positives in their trip to Hobart. They also came away with an opening-round victory. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 20, 2016 Howard Payne coach to focus on AD role Hunter Sims took over the athletic director role shortly after he was named head football coach. After Howard Payne's season, Sims will start another job search and will hire his replacement. On the sidelines.
November 20, 2016 TLU names Padron's successor Carl Gustafson will return to the program after a year away and will take over for his former boss, as Danny Padron has announced his retirement as head coach at Texas Lutheran.
November 20, 2016 Around the Nation Podcast: Tense moments Whether you were among the excited, with no rooting interest, or among the tense, with your season hanging in the balance, Saturday was a great time to be a Division III football fan. Three games came down to the final play, and Pat and Keith talk about them in detail, as well as the other 13 first-round games, in this week's podcast.
November 20, 2016 Hairston resigns after four seasons, one victory Stacey Hairston played and was a coach in the OAC. He also played professionally. But he couldn't make Wilmington a winner.
November 19, 2016 More 2016 playoff coverage Check out our full playoff coverage on D3football.com, the bracket, bracket previews, playoff features and much more.
November 19, 2016 Alfred survives, Mount Union advances In the Alfred bracket, the top seed needed overtime to beat Bridgewater State, while Mount Union won going away at Hobart and Jim Margraff picked up his 200th career win. More in the roundup of the bottom left bracket.
November 19, 2016 Rematches set for Texas, Illinois Mary Hardin-Baylor survived an early scare to advance in the first round, while Linfield won on its second trip to Texas of the season and CCIW foes North Central and Wheaton advanced in easy fashion.
November 19, 2016 Johnnies win in walkoff fashion; Coe survives St. John's scored on the final play of the game to defeat UW-Platteville in a first-round thriller in Collegeville, while Coe made just enough of Monmouth's turnovers pay and the top seeds advanced easily in the St. Thomas bracket.
November 19, 2016 Wittenberg advances in four overtimes In the UW-Whitewater bracket, three home teams advanced. The lone outlier was Wittenberg, and the Tigers needed four extra frames before Will Gingery's field goal won it at Thomas More.
November 18, 2016 Quick Hits: Score predictions, game by game Do we expect a close game? A high-scoring game? A blowout? Does everyone agree on who will win? We've got six opinions on how each game will go down -- catch them in Quick Hits.
November 17, 2016 Our playoff picks, surprises, disappointments We've gathered together six Division III football so-called experts to give us their so-called expert opinion on these playoff brackets. Who are the surprise teams in each bracket? Who will disappoint and who will move on to the Final Four? Read on in Around the Nation.
November 17, 2016 Upstate-to-West Palm combination serves Hobart Hobart receiver Brandon Shed hails from sunny West Palm Beach, so handling winter in upstate New York is something he wasn’t prepared for. But his quarterback, Shane Sweeney, calls Geneva, N.Y., home.
November 17, 2016 Playoff team capsules: The St. Thomas bracket From the Tommies to the crosstown Eagles and everyone in between, here's the skinny on all eight teams in the top right bracket.
November 17, 2016 St. Olaf coach relieved of duties St. Olaf football coach Craig Stern was relieved of his duties on Wednesday as the college announced it would move in a different direction. The Oles were 6-34 in his four years as head coach.
November 16, 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.
November 16, 2016 A focus on the family at UMHB UMHB star Baylor Mullins played high school ball with his father and brother as his coaches. Today, his dad is helping to coach the Cru, just on the opposite side of the ball. More in Around the South.
November 16, 2016 The time is now The adage “make the most of your opportunity” is used frequently. But it really hits home at St. Thomas. Up and down the lineup, players on the Tommies’ roster have prepared for their moment and seized the chance to excel. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
November 16, 2016 Our playoff team capsules: The Alfred bracket Check out our expanded Division III football playoff team capsules from the Alfred bracket. How far do we think Mount Union will advance? How will Alfred fare as the top seed?
November 16, 2016 Our playoff team capsules: The UMHB bracket Here's the Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket, eight teams from six states ranging from Alabama to Oregon. Get the skinny on everyone in the top left bracket.
November 16, 2016 Our playoff team capsules: Team by team through each bracket We know you read these, and yes, we're still doing them, every year. This year, we've even taken our team capsules and expanded them as well, so there's even more information at a glance. Check them out!
November 15, 2016 A proper send-off Randolph-Macon's senior class is special. It's not just what they've accomplished on the field, including a record-tying nine wins and a return to the playoffs; these young men have done it the right way. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 15, 2016 Welcome to the new look of D3football.com! We know, we know -- we've had the previous design for a while, and it wasn't very mobile-friendly and all that. But we're going to go into the postseason with a whole new look at D3football.com, and we hope you enjoy it!
November 14, 2016 Leaping for the title With a conference title on the line and a senior class looking to go out with a bang, sometimes it takes extreme measures. What this senior did is the D3football.com Play of the Week!
November 14, 2016 A six-pack of stories While three playoff-bound teams will be getting all the love soon enough, we take a look at some of the other great stories of the season.
November 14, 2016 Podcast: Best picks, toughest road and more We'll hear from the NCAA chair, get Keith's view on his alma mater clinch a bid and yes, that John Carroll-Mount Union game. Plus, we'll discuss who got the best draw, what the best first-round games are, if the committee got anything wrong and more in this week's Around the Nation Podcast.
November 13, 2016 Snap Judgments: Hellos and goodbyes 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.
November 13, 2016 There's a new No. 1 Mount Union has its lowest point total in the 14-year history of the D3football.com Top 25, and just in time for the playoffs, there's a new No. 1 team. Check out the final regular season poll.
November 13, 2016 Final NCAA regional ranking for 2016 The NCAA released its final regional rankings of the season -- this is the version of the rankings the NCAA committee used version to determine the (secret) seedings and at-large bids.
November 13, 2016 Playoff bracket announced, with pleasant surprises All those things you thought wouldn't happen in this bracket? They did -- including one that costs the NCAA some extra money. Check out the full 2016 NCAA Division III football playoff bracket.
November 12, 2016 Cortland extends Jug streak Cortland beat Ithaca for the seventh consecutive season; DePauw finally got the Monon Bell back, RPI kept the shoes and more in Saturday's rivalry games.
November 12, 2016 John Carroll ends Mount Union's streak Mount Union rolled off 21 unanswered points to take a third-quarter lead, but the Blue Streaks scored twice in the fourth quarter and held on for the upset and win. That and more games with playoff implications in the early Week 11 roundup.
November 12, 2016 Our projected playoff bracket If you stayed up late on Saturday night, you heard our bracketology crew debate the playoff selections. We then took those 32 teams away and put a bracket together. Here's what we came up with:
November 12, 2016 Who's in the playoffs? More than three-quarters of the 2016 Division III football playoff field are winners of automatic bids. Here's who's clinched so far, and this file will be updated all day Saturday.
November 11, 2016 On the island Alec Mortillaro has a big assignment on Saturday, but it won't be his first. And hopefully for St. John Fisher, it won't be his last, either. More in Around the East.
November 11, 2016 Our predictions for Saturday's games As this portion of the Quick Hits season draws to a close, we tackle the big rivalry games, the playoff picture and all the rest. Plus, even if you're having a tough season, you might be able to salvage it with a win this week -- we'll tell you who those teams are in Quick Hits.
November 10, 2016 Around the Nation: Out of darkness, light 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.
November 10, 2016 The D3football Bracketology Show On Saturday night, the NCAA committee will be meeting to seed and select the playoff teams. And we're doing the same. Join us as we go through a mock selection call and tell you what your team's chances are, and where they could play.
November 10, 2016 Projected playoff bracket: Who's in, who goes where? The question on many people's minds is whether UW-Platteville will get a playoff bid. But St. John Fisher fans are welcome to ask the same question. As are Wabash fans. And John Carroll fans. And so on and so on ... Here's our take on the playoff scenarios.
November 9, 2016 Seniors lead Olivet back to playoffs Olivet coach Dan Pifer has no problem telling anyone how much the senior leadership means to his Comets. He merely points to the team’s eight wins – especially the four decided by a touchdown or less. More in Around the Great Lakes.
November 9, 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.
November 9, 2016 Second NCAA regional ranking for 2016 The NCAA released its second regional rankings of the season. They will use the next version to determine the (secret) seedings and at-large bids.
November 8, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week It's the top individual performances from around the country -- the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 8, 2016 Bridgewater State keeps its season upright With Russ Bolarinho's game-winning PAT, the Bears clinched the MASCAC title and the playoff berth that goes with it. More in Around the Northeast.
November 8, 2016 Small-school life suits Centre's star Devin Hayes spent his first couple of seasons sitting behind Centre all-time great Heath Haden. Now that Hayes has had a chance to shine, he's taken full advantage of it. More in Around the South.
November 8, 2016 Pair of pass-catchers leading for Linfield When Wildcats quarterback Sam Riddle is looking for targets for his many passes, he's looking first for his top two receivers, who are similar in statistics only: Johnny Carroll and Reed Peterson. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
November 7, 2016 Sticking the landing When the play breaks down and the quarterback starts improvising, it's the responsibility of any potential pass-catcher to find a spot to get open. Even if you only have an inch to work with. it's the D3football.com Play of the Week!
November 7, 2016 Around the Nation Podcast: The at-large playoff picture About half of the automatic bids have been handed out. But while some will be determine head to head this week, and others are cut-and-dried if teams take care of business, there's still a lot of moving parts. What do the at-large bids look like? Pat and Keith take a run through that and more.
November 6, 2016 Snap Judgments: Merry Clinchmas The playoff field is nearly halfway set. Twelve teams are in, which means there are several teams who need to take care of business in the regular season finale, and others who will be sweating out results. A lot is on the line in Week 11.
November 6, 2016 Latest polling numbers are in Wesley and Hobart played their way into the D3football.com Top 25 poll. But that wasn't the only change. Check out the full ranking.
November 5, 2016 Roundup: Olivet, WNEU, Husson, Northwestern among clinchers A handful of unranked teams will find themselves in the Division III playoff bracket when it's announced a week from Sunday, and more teams are inching closer. Meanwhile, Ithaca sent Mike Welch off a winner in his final home game. That and more in the Week 10 national roundup.
November 5, 2016 Top 25: Wesley in control; St. Lawrence, Stevenson slip Case Western Reserve rallied to remain in playoff contention, while Wesley knocked off its archrival, Hobart handed St. Lawrence its first loss and Wilkes rallied past Stevenson in Week 10's Division III Top 25 action.
November 4, 2016 Lakeland building new stadium There are not many grass fields left in Division III football, and starting next fall, there will be one less as Lakeland switches to turf as well.
November 4, 2016 Quick Hits: Eyes on clinchers Who will clinch this week? Who can still play their way into the regional rankings? Which teams are most likely to get upset? Our Quick Hits crew takes on these questions and more as we get you ready for Week 10.
November 3, 2016 Taking care of the little things Stevenson has an opportunity to accomplish some big things this season. But as this young program matures, the players understand that it's a collection of small things that need to happen before a MAC championship, and a playoff berth, are of utmost importance. More in Around the East.
November 3, 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.
November 3, 2016 Refocused Redlands bulldogs its way to top Last year's 4-5 season was not the type of year Redlands is accustomed to. This year, says Connor Hoffman, “everyone just wants to get the job done.” More in Around the West.
November 2, 2016 Heart of the Heartland Melissa Johnson has spent more than three years battling pancreatitis and complications from surgeries. In the midst of all this her husband, Nick, took over as head coach at Earlham. And his perseverance has been an inspiration for his family, his players and coaches around the HCAC. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
November 2, 2016 First NCAA regional ranking for 2016 The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the season -- this is the first version of the rankings the NCAA committee will eventually use to determine the (secret) seedings and at-large bids.
November 1, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week The most receptions by a single Division III player this season, an offensive line that blocked for 700-plus yards of offense, 12 solo tackles and two blocked kicks -- each of these are achievements that can be claimed by this week's D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 1, 2016 SJU's Hanson named Campbell Trophy finalist St. John's senior linebacker Carter Hanson is the only Division III finalist for the Campbell Trophy, which goes to the college football player with the best all-around credentials. It takes football ability, academics and leadership into account.
November 1, 2016 Defense leads John Carroll, again John Carroll’s defensive players are stingy – and they’re becoming less and less generous each week as well. More in Around the Great Lakes.
November 1, 2016 Uncharted territory Shenandoah is led by a record-setting running back who can do it all and a record-setting quarterback who has evolved in his second season. Now, the Hornets hope to make more history by winning their first ODAC title. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 1, 2016 NEFC gets modern twist on title game Only one conference in the nation has two undefeated teams, and they are set to go head-to-head this coming Saturday in Rhode Island. More in Around the Northeast.
November 1, 2016 Patience the path to peak performance Hardin-Simmons quarterback Ryan Breton got the call to step in as a starter midseason last year, and he hasn't looked back since. More in Around the South.
November 1, 2016 Birmingham-Southern coach out after season Eddie Garfinkle, whose Birmingham-Southern Panthers have bottomed out, winning just one game this season, will be let go after the team's final game on Nov. 5.
October 31, 2016 For the kicking team, this was no treat Scuffling at home to beat a team you should beat handily, sometimes it takes a special teams play to turn your fortunes around. In this case, it's the D3football.com Play of the Week!
October 31, 2016 ATN Podcast: The key conference chases Some conferences have pretty interesting races here in the final two weeks of the regular season and Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan look closely at the PAC, where two teams could finish unbeaten and never play each other. Plus, other conference races and more playoff picture.
October 30, 2016 Snap Judgments: Don't forget about us When one team dominates a conference, it's easy to forget about the second place team. JCU, Muhlenberg, and Whitworth continue to excel despite being the underdog once a year in conference play. That breakthrough will come, eventually, as it did in the HCAC this fall.
October 29, 2016 Roundup: Head-to-head showdowns set The MWC and LL will have conference title tilts next weekend, while Wartburg made the at-large playoff pool look slightly better on Saturday afternoon. That and more in the Week 9 national roundup.
October 29, 2016 Roundup: Coe clinches playoff bid; Alfred, Case rolling Coe cruised past BVU to win and clinch the season's first playoff bid, Alfred scored late to remain undefeated, Case beat a longtime conference rival to move to 8-0 and St. Thomas ground out a hard-fought win in Week 9's Division III Top 25 action.
October 28, 2016 Quick Hits: Our predictions for Saturday What's this week's game of the week? Which Top 25 team is most likely to be upset? Who will bounce back from a tough loss? Plus, we have an old-fashioned Around the Nation rivalry game this week. We pick the winner and tackle more questions in this week's Quick Hits.
October 27, 2016 Around the Nation: September's stumblers now on a roll Some of September's most disappointing teams have been able to reverse their fortunes. Heading into the final month of the season, their goals set in August are still very much on the table. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
October 26, 2016 Frostburg State aims to flip the script Last season, the Bobcats started 5-1 in the NJAC but lost its last three games and slipped to a 6-4 finish. This year, Frostburg State hopes to turn that around. More in Around the East.
October 26, 2016 After the deluge The USA South was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan are picking up the pieces and slowly regaining a sense of normalcy on campus. Getting back on the football field is helping the recovery. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
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.
October 26, 2016 From signal-caller to ball-hawker A high school career as a quarterback has uniquely prepared Southwestern's Matt Gillen for his role as the team's star wideout -- and it would be little surprise to see him add another first-team all-conference selection to his resume. More in Around the South.
October 26, 2016 Anna Maria coach to step down Vincent Sinagra, the second coach in Anna Maria football history, lasted a couple years longer than his predecessor but didn't have much more success.
October 25, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week You don't always have to throw for 200-plus yards and run for 200-plus yards to make the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, but it helps. Here's our full weekly honor roll.
October 25, 2016 The long, hard road to Northeast's upper tier No team becomes good overnight, but there are several Northeast teams that are rising stars and are nipping at the heels of the legacy big dogs. More in Around the Northeast.
October 25, 2016 Denison breaking through When looking at the NCAC standings, it might seem strange to see a team other than Wabash or Wittenberg at the top. But while Denison has reached the top, it faces a big challenge to remain there the next three weeks. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 25, 2016 Coe's new heights The Kohawks found their new star running back on their depth chart at wide receiver, and Trevor Heitland has helped carry Coe to an unbeaten mark. More in Around the West.
October 24, 2016 Stand and deliver What a throw! With two players holding onto him, the quarterback finds his receiver in the end zone for the game-tying touchdown. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week!
October 24, 2016 ATN Podcast: On a collision course? It's time to talk in-depth about the postseason. If you're new to D-III, we'll give you a roundup of how it's set up and if you're a veteran, we're ready to talk about who the top at-large candidates are. Will three WIAC teams make it? Can Hardin-Simmons avoid playing UMHB in the first round? The first full answers are in this podcast.
October 23, 2016 Snap Judgments: Controlling your own destiny With three weeks of regular season play remaining, 16 playoff contenders remain undefeated. For fans of teams that are still in the mix but no longer control their own destiny, it might be time to start looking ahead. Snap Judgments breaks down the conference frontrunners and tiebreaker scenarios heading into the homestretch.
October 22, 2016 Roundup: Two for 200 Carnegie Mellon's Rich Lackner and Washington U's Larry Kindbom became the fourth and fifth active coaches to reach the 200-win milestone for their careers, just hours apart. That and more in Saturday's national roundup.
October 22, 2016 Top 25: D stands tall for UWO, UMHB UW-Oshkosh and UMHB each survived defensive battles, while Wesley served notice it was not yet done and St. Lawrence pitched another shutout in Saturday's Top 25 action. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
October 21, 2016 Quick Hits: Bringing your 'A' game There aren't too many teams who can really afford a slip-up at this time of the year. The top teams are bringing their best, and so is our Quick Hits crew. Check out their predictions for Week 8.
October 20, 2016 Handling the political football A summer on Capitol Hill, an internship at a national convention, or a spring abroad at an embassy can shed light on how much work goes on beyond the commercials and 24-hour cable news. The preparation, teamwork, and sacrifice these D-III football players observed isn’t so different from a football season.
October 20, 2016 Mariners navigating unexpected path Merchant Marine has played a bunch of close games, but after going 3-6 last season, the Mariners have found a little bit of late-game heroics and could make a big splash this weekend against a conference rival. More in Around the East.
October 19, 2016 Not dead yet Hampden-Sydney opened the season with an unprecedented four-game skid. The Tigers have bounced back with two straight wins and still have their ultimate goals within reach. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 19, 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.
October 19, 2016 Husson's 'difference maker' Junior John Smith has hit the ground running since his freshman year with the Eagles, notching increasingly better seasons year after year. More in Around the Northeast.
October 18, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week If this picture, with UMHB defensive tackle Haston Adams taking a fumble return to the house, looks familiar, well, it happened again. That and all the top performances in the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 18, 2016 New look for CWRU, but strong results Case Western Reserve is right where it wants to be at this point in the season – unbeaten and tied atop the PAC standings with Thomas More. But, the Spartans didn’t get there exactly the way they thought they would.
October 18, 2016 Bears linebacker has taken ownership of defense On a Washington U. defense marked by youth, Jake Coon has excelled as a leader and the team tackle leader. More in Around the South.
October 18, 2016 Protecting the head gets taken to heart A former student of the John Gagliardi philosophy has not only instilled the no-contact mantra at St. Scholastica, but is working to make it easier for other coaches to help players practice safely. More in Around the West.
October 17, 2016 A little bit of magic When you've gone from playoff contender to winless and you've rallied from 14 down with under 10 minutes left, why go for the tie? It's the D3football.com Play of the Week!
October 17, 2016 Tommie-Johnnie game moving to Target Field in 2017 The stage is already pretty large for one of the biggest rivalries in Division III football. But next year, the annual game between St. Thomas and St. John's will be played at the home of the Minnesota Twins.
October 17, 2016 ATN Podcast: Change at the top In a handful of conferences, the first-place team and the highest-ranked team in our poll changed over. Pat and Keith break down where things moved in the Empire 8, the IIAC and the NCAC based on Saturday's games, plus talk to two coaches whose teams have made big turnarounds and much more.
October 16, 2016 Snap Judgments: Don't sleep Week 7 had wire-to-wire excitement. We can't wait to see what Week 8 brings. After over 12 hours of football, Adam Turer breaks down the exciting finishes and resulting conference leaders and logjams from a fantastic Week 7.
October 16, 2016 D3football.com Top 25 features four new teams Denison is a brand-new Top 25 team, while Coe, Delaware Valley and John Carroll return to the ranking.
October 15, 2016 Roundup: Coast Guard airs it out; Johnson wins 200th There were lots of yards and lots of points in a few of Saturday's games, but Brockport's defense came through late and Hamilton won in an exciting finish. And Bethel got Steve Johnson his 200th career victory. That and more in Saturday's national roundup.
October 15, 2016 Top 25: N.Central rings bell; UMHB cruises; Warhawks battle The Little Brass Bell took a short drive to the south, Blake Jackson had a big day for the Cru, UWW's defense bent but didn't break at La Crosse and Utica found some more magic against ranked teams. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
October 14, 2016 TLU's first win of season is a historic one The Bulldogs' takedown of Trinity has sent coach Danny Padron into the school record books. More in Around the South.
October 14, 2016 Quick Hits: Hard act to follow Last week was such a fantastic week that it would be hard to live up to, but we do have some great games to watch this week, including showdowns in Texas and Illinois. Our crew shines a light on those and more in Quick Hits.
October 13, 2016 Remembering a fallen brother At Wittenberg, or Lake Forest, a helmet sticker hardly suffices to counteract the emotion of losing a teammate. But both teams are dealing with the loss in the best way they know how. More from Adam Turer in Around the Nation.
October 13, 2016 Blue Jays ready for expectations A trip to Italy helped, but did not change the team. The senior class entered 2016 with high expectations and has embraced them at home and abroad. Once again, the Blue Jays control their own destiny. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 12, 2016 Sears has Eagles in flight 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.
October 11, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week You know it was a great week when you have a wide receiver with 17 catches for 201 yards, and then you have a second one with the same total. And a freshman with five rushing TDs. And multiple defenders with three takeaways. It's the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 11, 2016 New-look Saints survive challenging start Like many teams heading into this season, Thomas More faced many lineup questions. Unlike many teams, though, the Saints had a playoff-caliber opener on the road, another road game and then games against three conference contenders. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 11, 2016 Tier for tier, peer for peer, how does the NESCAC fit in? NESCAC coaches will argue that the top teams in the NESCAC could compete well in any New England conference, but the NESCAC has restrictions on putting that theory to the test. More in Around the Northeast.
October 11, 2016 Johnnies standout almost didn't make it back Evan Clark has started off his senior season with 10 touchdown catches in St. John's first six games. But he had a pretty rough offseason before he got where he is now. More in Around the West.
October 10, 2016 Nearly a miracle Sometimes you need a little magic to beat a highly ranked team, and it seems that's often even more true if that team wears purple. This play got the underdogs within a few seconds of victory and it's the D3football.com Play of the Week!
October 10, 2016 ATN Podcast: What a great week! We had a game with 17,000-plus fans, a top five team save its bacon in the final seconds, and just a ton of great finishes all around the nation this week. In fact, it's pretty clear we can consider this the best week so far of the season. But Keith starts this podcast on the sidelines after getting flagged for premature tweeting ...
October 9, 2016 Snap judgments: Are we having fun yet? Saturday was thrilling. Week 6 had several exciting finishes that will be remembered for a long time. The bar has been raised for Week 7. A recap of a fun Week 6, plus a review of one Top 25 ballot in this week's Snap Judgments.
October 8, 2016 Roundup: Unlikely unbeatens continue on Did you think Coe would be 5-0? How about Randolph-Macon? UW-La Crosse? That and more in Saturday's national roundup.
October 8, 2016 Top 25: UWW wins late; Tommies survive Drew Patterson bounced and picked his way to a TD with 55 seconds left to lift No. 2 UW-Whitewater past No. 5 UW-Oshkosh, while Concordia-Moorhead ran the hook and ladder to perfection but No. 4 St. Thomas wasn't done. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
October 7, 2016 Quick Hits: Reaching the halfway point It's hump week in Division III -- five weeks already played, five weeks after this one. And then the five-week playoff. Here's our panel's take on the big games, high scores, and games you could spend all day watching.
October 6, 2016 Finding a home in purple With the returning offensive player of the year, St. Thomas might not have been a place a running back would choose to transfer to this summer. But Josh Parks did, and circumstances put him in the lineup, where he's shown he can shine. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
October 6, 2016 Quakers know what it will take Guilford went 9-1 last year, but was left home come playoff time. After replacing its record-setting quarterback and wide receiver, the Quakers must now replace all-purpose star De-Eric Bell. At 4-0, they control their own playoff destiny. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 5, 2016 Alvernia adding football Alvernia University, a Division III school in Reading, Pa., has announced it is joining the ranks of Division III football-sponsoring programs starting in the fall of 2018. Barring other changes, that would bring the number of schools sponsoring Division III football that year to 251.
October 5, 2016 It's a long trip from 0-9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was winless just four years ago, but with new blood on the field and on the sidelines, the Stags are no hoping to no longer stay home from the big dance. More in Around the West.
October 4, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week Some of the biggest defensive performances of the week came against offenses that had put up big numbers this season, while there were plenty of top performers on offense as well. Check out the top honorees in the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 4, 2016 Two heads better than one? It’s rare to have a freshman quarterback under center for a defending national champion. And it’s probably even more rare to have two, but Luke Poorman and D’Angelo Fulford are getting the job done at Mount Union so far. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 4, 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.
October 4, 2016 Rusher's collegiate rise began humbly Running back Aurren Cooksey was a high school star who ended up on Louisiana College's JV roster. But it was there he learned patience and perseverance, helping to propel him to being among the nation's best. More in Around the South.
October 3, 2016 Making them miss When you've been the starting quarterback for four years, at some point the game slows down for you. In this case, the quarterback is definitely playing at a high level, with a long run to the end zone. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week!
October 3, 2016 Podcast: Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Jersey, Minnesota and more Whitewater comes away with a key win and the Purple Raiders looked a little shaky in their win vs. ONU. Plus we talk about a couple of key injuries, we analyze the big matchups, hand out our game balls and more in the new Around the Nation podcast.
October 3, 2016 Undefeated WNE leaves drama to others Especially after a weekend of close and crazy games in the Northeast, Western New England has been leaving little doubt all season. More in Around the Northeast.
October 2, 2016 Snap judgments: What do we know? Conference play is in full swing. Some results created clear separation, while others caused more confusion and chaos. For the second week in a row, a 22-game losing streak was snapped. All that and more in Week 5's Snap Judgments.
October 2, 2016 The latest D3football.com Top 25 Some No. 1 votes shuffle around this week as the D3football.com Top 25 poll continues to settle out. Plus, where did UW-Platteville land after losing to Whitewater on Saturday?
October 1, 2016 Roundup: Rivalry renewed Widener beat its rival in quadruple overtime, Marietta won a shootout and Allegheny snapped a long losing streak in Saturday's Week 5 action. More in Saturday's national roundup.
October 1, 2016 Top 25: UWW wins WIAC clash; Central, Huntingdon fall No. 2 UW-Whitewater came away with the road win at No. 8 UW-Platteville, while Dubuque ruined Central's unbeaten record, Huntingdon fell on the road and Hobart survived. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
September 30, 2016 Hawks offense is soaring Huntingdon learned a lot from last year's second round playoff game against Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Hawks open USA South play embracing their position as the favorite and have an offense that is lighting up the scoreboard. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 30, 2016 Quick Hits: Predictions for Saturday As we leave September 2016 behind, it's time to get into the meat of the conference schedule, and there are some big clashes, some good battles that are not so good any longer, and others that are getting better. Check our our keys for Week 5.
September 29, 2016 Re-ranking the conferences for 2016 It’s not easy to compare conferences. Some are no-brainers. Guess what? The WIAC, with three teams in the top ten, is the toughest conference in the country. After that, it gets more interesting. Adam Turer takes his crack at ranking the conferences in Around the Nation.
September 28, 2016 Statistical rate of success: 100% When you cover football, it’s not often that you discuss things such as "hierarchical cluster analysis," even in Division III. But that's just because we hadn't spoken to James Holley-Grisham before. Jason Bowen does in Around the East.
September 28, 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 on the field and in the classroom for the 4-0 Fighting Scots. More in Around the Midwest.
September 28, 2016 Recruited from on campus The way coach Jeff McMartin summarized wide receiver Sam Markham’s journey to the Central football team sounds simple, but it’s definitely accurate. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
September 27, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week Justice was served in Week 4's games. Check out the top performers at each position on our weekly honor roll, the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 27, 2016 Old and new spark Kenyon offense The Lords hoped to work their freshman quarterback into the offense gradually, but an injury forced their hand. Now he's teaming up with a senior receiver to help Kenyon to its best start since 1984. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 27, 2016 Watching his family and flooding from afar The flood waters that destroyed the Louisiana home of Zac Stuart stood taller than the Rhodes defensive back's shoulders. Brian Lester has more in Around the South.
September 26, 2016 This play comes with a little helmet-to-ball contact Just because the national networks pick up on a play doesn't automatically make it the best play of the week. But sometimes they're right. Of course this is the D3football.com Play of the Week!
September 26, 2016 Podcast: Big crowds, big wins and D-III pride We spend time talking about the Tommie-Johnnie game, but that's not all. UW-Whitewater preserved Division III pride as the No. 2 Warhawks handled NAIA No. 2 Morningside, but the win came with questions. We hear from UWW's coach, dive into the Mount Union QB rotation, talk Wittenberg, Hamline and more in this week's podcast.
September 26, 2016 Around the Northeast: Endicott's dual-sport star The Endicott wideout is one of the best athletes on campus, but he says there is a beneficial transfer in moving from the football season into basketball.
September 25, 2016 Snap Judgments: Survival Saturday Top 25 teams are far from infallible. Seven teams had to eke out single-digit victories, while three others fell to unranked opponents. As the line between the Top 25 and everyone else blurred, four purple powers showed why they are perennial Stagg Bowl contenders. That and more in Snap Judgments.
September 25, 2016 Shakeups in latest Top 25 poll Both the top end and the bottom end of the poll saw some reshuffling this week, with Wittenberg and St. Lawrence moving into the poll and UW-Platteville climbing to No. 8 in advance of its upcoming showdown with Whitewater.
September 24, 2016 Roundup: McDaniel kicks losing streak in closing seconds The Green Terror snapped a 22-game skid with a last-second field goal, and another double-digit losing streak went by the wayside as well. More in Saturday's national roundup.
September 24, 2016 Top 25: Tommies' run continues; Witt tops Wabash St. Thomas didn't need its All-America running back on Saturday to beat its archrival, UW-Whitewater downed the NAIA's No. 2 team and Wittenberg knocked off Wabash. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
September 23, 2016 Quick Hits: That one game, and all the rest Will this one live up to the hype better than last week's? Our Quick Hits crew are all sure it's the place to be, with one exception. Plus see who we think will get upset, who will continue their early-season run and more.
September 22, 2016 Around the Nation: Ohana means family Eventually, the final score will be forgotten. Certain plays will fade away. But the experience that players and coaches from Pacific and Occidental shared in Hawaii this past week created memories that will last a lifetime. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
September 21, 2016 Courage in the Courage Bowl "I really know what these kids are going through," says Brockport tight end Brenden Fesinger. That's because as Brockport hosts St. John Fisher in Saturday's Courage Bowl to benefit children impacted by cancer, he's living proof that you can beat brain cancer. More in Around the East.
September 21, 2016 Third and Lucas When the Cardinals need a big play or conversion, they can count on senior receiver Lucas Morley. Catholic is off to a 3-0 start thanks in large part to the former tight end who is keeping up with his record-setting 2015 pace. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 21, 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.
September 21, 2016 Around the South: Trinity aims for national spotlight As a player on the 2002 Stagg Bowl team, current Trinity coach Jerheme Urban knows what life is like at the national level. He wants to get the Tigers back there.
September 21, 2016 Intestinal fortitude This year’s opening kickoff was an extremely exceptional moment for the Whitworth Pirates because when Brett Moser fielded the ball, it effectively completed his journey back to the gridiron after overcoming testicular cancer. More in Around the West.
September 20, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week Two-hundred yard rushers, linemen with five and a half tackles for loss, cornerbacks with three interceptions -- all that and more on our weekly honor roll, the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 20, 2016 Trading skates for spikes Carnegie Mellon senior defensive lineman Brian Khoury once thought his future was going to be on ice. Now, he hopes it continues on turf. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 19, 2016 Can't bring him down When you're an upstart team, playing someone perhaps favored to beat you, it's time to pull out all the stops. And for this quarterback, six tacklers tried to stop him and all failed. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 19, 2016 Podcast: How to shake off the loss It was definitely a tough weekend for Linfield and W&J, and a great one for UMHB and Thomas More, and we talk with the people involved. But we also have to re-evaluate what we thought we learned in the first two weeks -- is Del Val's win vs. Wesley, or Utica's vs. ONU as big as we thought? Pat and Keith walk us through it in the Around the Nation Podcast.
September 19, 2016 Salve duo provides thunder and lightning off field as well Salve Regina's dynamic rushing duo of Sam Pascale and James Dawson represents a dual threat on the field and in the community as well.
September 18, 2016 Snap judgments: A humbling week Saturday featured multiple marquee matchups of ranked teams taking to the road. There were long travels home after humbling defeats. That and more in Snap Judgments.
September 17, 2016 UMHB rolls past Linfield on a wild night in Texas No. 5 Mary Hardin-Baylor had a four-point lead at halftime, then scored in all sorts of ways in the second half to cruise to a 66-27 win vs. No. 3 Linfield.
September 17, 2016 Roundup: 3-for-3 is the place to be St. Lawrence hasn't given up a point in its first three games, while teams such as Alfred, Randolph-Macon, Central, Catholic and others have gotten to 3-0 in different ways. More in Saturday's national roundup.
September 17, 2016 Saints, Cardinals win Top 25 battles Thomas More pulled away from W&J in the second half, while St. John Fisher picked off Cortland twice in the fourth quarter to win and CNU pulled away from Wesley. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
September 16, 2016 Quick Hits: The rematch We started the season with a playoff rematch and we've got another one this week -- this one from the tippity-top of the poll, between No. 3 Linfield and No. 5 Mary Hardin-Baylor. Hitting the road? Check out our Friday predictions.
September 15, 2016 The playcaller and the playwright A theatre professor spent two seasons behind the scenes with the UW-Oshkosh coaching staff and football team. What came out of it was a drama that captures the essence of the debate about football's place at a small college. Adam Turer has more in this week's Around the Nation.
September 14, 2016 Restoring the tradition Christopher Newport started off its Division III football program with a bang, but the Captains landed with a thud last season after entering the NJAC. This season, however, they've come out with a lot more offense and a little extra motivation. More in Around the East.
September 14, 2016 A tree grows in Allentown Mike Donnelly's coaching tree continues to develop new branches. There are now six D-III head coaches who learned under the tutelage of the Muhlenberg legend. Andrew Lovell has more in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 14, 2016 Grizzlies bear down for conference 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.
September 14, 2016 Following an All-American brother There were high expectations when Tom Kelly assumed the quarterback role at UW-Platteville, based largely on his older brother, John Kelly, who helped the Pioneers make the playoffs. Tom does not shy away from the inevitable comparisons. More in Around the West.
September 13, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week As always, there are an incredible number of fantastic individual performances each week in Division III football. And each week, we compile the best nominees into the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 13, 2016 Wabash passes first test “You don’t know who your football team is until after the first game. It’s the great revealer," says Wabash coach Don Morel. After a roller-coaster opening to the season, the Little Giants know themselves a little better. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 13, 2016 Berry rusher channels confidence on record day Running back Austin Lowe is helping to propel a Berry offense that just set a school record for points in a game. More in Around the South.
September 12, 2016 The runback that sparked the comeback Down by three scores to a ranked team in the fourth quarter, you need someone to step up and make a play. In this case, it was two people: one to deflect the pass and the other to pick it off and run it back. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 12, 2016 ATN Podcast: Still hope if you're 0-2 Utica is on the opposite side of the ledger from those 0-2 teams, starting off 2-0 with a huge win. And Benedictine isn't 0-2, but how they avoided it is noteworthy. And there's still hope even if you're 0-2. Pat and Keith have that and more in the podcast.
September 12, 2016 Framingham's past still influences present With Framingham State's team losing a couple of people who were close to the program, players are reflecting on the part of the game that doesn't take place between the white lines.
September 11, 2016 Snap judgments: Time to dig deep No team expects to open the season 0-2. Conference play will afford these teams the opportunity to reach their goals, but they need to create some confidence and momentum before it's too late. More in Snap Judgments.
September 10, 2016 Roundup: Climbing out of a hole Several teams, including 2015 playoff squads, will have to dig their way out of an 0-2 start to the 2016 season. Other teams needed big comebacks to avoid a similar fate. More in Saturday's national roundup.
September 9, 2016 Quick Hits: Our weekend predictions Some teams can't go 0-2 because they won last week and some can't because they didn't play. But either way, you don't want to be 0-2 after Week 2. Who will be the surprise 0-2 teams? Our Quick Hits crew takes on that question and more.
September 9, 2016 Utica comeback upends Ohio Northern The Pioneers stunned the Polar Bears with a fourth quarter comeback in Ohio Northern's first game of 2016. Other top teams making their 2016 debuts started off rusty, but finished strong. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
September 8, 2016 ATN: Fuentes walks off, a decade later Julio Fuentes was paralyzed in the opening game of his sophomore season for Alfred. Ten years later, he returned to serve as an honorary captain for the Saxons. What happened next is unlikely to be matched as the most inspirational moment of the season. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
September 7, 2016 Coming home to a second chance It turned out Shawn Miller wasn't ready for college when he started a few years ago. But after a couple of years in the National Guard, Miller was better prepared, both for life and football at Delaware Valley. More in Around the East.
September 6, 2016 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll returns, honoring the top player at each position across Division III from the past week. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, entering its 18th season.
September 6, 2016 Benzel points the way for Titans The Westminster (Pa.) program has a long history of success, just not in the 21st century. But the Titans are beginning to remember what winning feels like under coach Scott Benzel.
September 6, 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 Buccaneer senior has nine games left to rewrite the record book and earn bragging rights at home. More in Around the Midwest.
September 6, 2016 ETBU out to prove it's no one-hit wonder ETBU linebacker CJ Johnson is expected to play a pivotal role all season for the Tigers, who have high hopes of repeating atop the ASC, but this time come away with a playoff bid. More in Around the South.
September 6, 2016 The hero in a helmet Westminster (Mo.) defensive end Jacob Ellis pulled two people from a burning truck, to the surprise of nobody who knows him well. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
September 5, 2016 Kick save gets season started off right Facing long yardage with the game on the line, a timely deflection and a heady dive helps the home team keep the drive alive under the lights. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 5, 2016 Around the Nation Podcast It never fails -- once we start playing games, the surprise results start pouring in. Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan chat about a good number of them, then chat with Johns Hopkins coach Jim Margraff and look at some of the off-the-beaten-path highlights, the unusual stats and more from Week 1 of Division III football.
September 4, 2016 Snap judgments: The excitement is back Week 1 had it all. Impressive debuts from coaches and players, thrilling comebacks, and Top 25 upsets. Adam Turer recaps the opening weekend's action in his first edition of Snap Judgments.
September 3, 2016 Roundup: Some skids snapped; some slides sustained Southern Virginia and Maranatha Baptist each saw slides stopped as their 2016 season got underway, but others stretch on into the new season. More in Saturday's national roundup.
September 3, 2016 Franklin, Central knock off ranked foes Franklin scored in the final minute to defeat No. 11 Thomas More, while Central traveled 1,500 miles and came away with an overtime win at No. 19 Whitworth. Meanwhile, John Carroll found itself all bottled up at UWO and Cortland held off Heidelberg. More in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
September 2, 2016 Friday: Delaware Valley picks off Wesley Shawn Miller had three interceptions by himself as the Aggies made sure the post-Joe Callahan era started off with a thud. Meanwhile, he wasn't the only MAC defensive back with three picks. More from Friday night's action.
September 1, 2016 Around the Nation: Get fired up! New Around the Nation columnist Adam Turer introduces himself to the national audience, introduces a new segment where you'll hear from players first-hand and looks forward to one of Week 1's most anticipated games.
September 1, 2016 Quick Hits: Our newest Friday morning take After nearly a decade of Triple Take, it was time for a new look for us on Friday mornings. Our new predictions Friday feature is called Quick Hits, where you'll get hit quicker and with more than three takes. Check it out!
September 1, 2016 Thursday: JHU runs away from W&L in opener Ryan Cary tied a program record for touchdowns, while Belhaven knocked off its local rival, Trine put Manchester away and Baldwin Wallace and Coast Guard rolled in Thursday night's openers.
August 30, 2016 Around the Region returns with 10 games to watch Our weekly columnists from around each region in Division III are getting you ready for the season to come with a season-opening column. Check out each writer's take on the top games to watch in their part of the country.
August 30, 2016 New England conferences team up for bowl series The ECFC, MASCAC, NEFC and NEWMAC will be pulling out of the ECAC's postseason bowls and creating their own postseason game this season.
August 29, 2016 Keith's Super sleepers for 2016 Even if you're new to D-III, you surely know who the favorites are in any given year and what color uniforms they tend to wear. But D3football.com's Keith McMillan digs beneath the surface, then digs even further to find his annual super sleepers. Check it out in Kickoff!
August 26, 2016 Best Division III football road trips of 2016 With a holiday weekend not too far away, are you thinking about road tripping? You should be. We've got a bunch of great Division III football road trips for this season, ways to see more than one game in a weekend. It's our best road trips, presented by SportTripz.
August 25, 2016 When NASA calls, you're allowed to miss practice Here's one of our favorite features from Kickoff -- a #whyd3 story about some of the great things players at Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg are doing off the field. Subscribers can check it out in Kickoff.
August 23, 2016 Did you order Kickoff yet? The 2016 Division III football preview goes live at noon ET today, Aug. 23. Here's all the details about what we've got in it for you. Have you subscribed yet?
August 23, 2016 Kickoff 2016 is live! The comprehensive preview of the 2016 Division III football season is here! Check it out, or order now if you haven't already.
August 18, 2016 Podcast counts down to Kickoff Keith McMillan and Pat Coleman preview who the 2016 surprise teams will be, who is expected to drop a little further down the ladder, and what we think about those purple powers' chances this time around. Plus get their reaction to the news out of Susquehanna, Ithaca and CNU in the newest podcast.
August 17, 2016 In Kickoff, we rank every team, from 1-248 Back in July, our voters ranked the Top 25 teams in Division III entering the season. But that isn't enough, no way. So our D3football.com gurus got together this week and ranked the rest of them. Where will your team start the season? Order Kickoff now and check it out on Aug. 23.
August 13, 2016 Susquehanna vacates 2015 season A prominent alumnus, member of the board of trustees, and the person for whom Susquehanna named its stadium paid the tuition bill of a starter on the Crusaders football team. That has led to a whole host of consequences spanning the 2015 season, 2016 and beyond.
August 10, 2016 CNU's only head coach to step down Matt Kelchner has been the only head coach in the 16-year history of Christopher Newport football. But following the 2016 season, the Captains will be looking for someone new at the helm.
August 10, 2016 Welch to retire from Ithaca following season Mike Welch, who has been the head coach of the Bombers for 22 seasons, will retire at the conclusion of his 23rd.
August 8, 2016 It's time to order Kickoff! This is the time to make sure you have ordered Kickoff 2016! It's the only place to get a full preview of all 248 Division III football teams, plus a full ranking from No. 1 to No. 248, as well as dozens of feature stories and interviews.
August 7, 2016 Field conditions scuttle start for Callahan Joe Callahan, the D3football.com first team All-America selection at quarterback from Wesley, looked to get the call for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night in the Hall of Fame game. Except there wasn't a game.
August 1, 2016 2016 D3football.com preseason All-Americans Here's the D3football.com preseason All-America team: a truly exclusive list. Just 50 players, two starting lineups plus kicker, punter and return specialist make up the D3football.com preseason team.
July 27, 2016 Around the Nation Podcast: Getting to the next level One of the questions we've focused on in our offseason podcasts is to ask coaches what it would take for their school to get to the next level. What would it take for St. Thomas to join the Mount Union/Whitewater tier? That, plus two other interviews and Pat and Keith's Top 25 take, in the July podcast.
July 19, 2016 How we rank them: The D3football.com preseason poll Win a few Stagg Bowls, and your preseason prognostications can withstand the loss of 15 of your 22 starters. Check out where the Purple Powers fall, as well as the entire D3football.com preseason Top 25 poll.
July 1, 2016 Get Kickoff 2016! Our 12th annual Kickoff online publication comes out on Aug. 23! Order now and avoid the rush! It's the only place you'll get a preview of all 248 Division III football teams.
June 13, 2016 Around the Nation Podcast: Ever closer D-III alumni are currently playing in Mexico, with D-III coaches on the sideline, while as the 2016 season gets ever closer, we start talking to coaches about what’s coming in camp. Plus, Pat and Keith talk about the typical crop of preseason rankings in this month's podcast.
June 13, 2016 St. John's packed 'em in in 2015 Bolstered by the largest recorded single-game attendance in Division III football history, St. John's led D-III in attendance for the 14th time in 15 seasons in 2015.
May 29, 2016 In baseball, UWW's Lake Bachar takes spotlight By fall (and winter, typically), Lake Bachar is a kicker and punter for the UW-Whitewater football team. But when spring comes around, he's a starting pitcher. And he's an MLB prospect. More on D3baseball.com.
May 11, 2016 The wait is over for UChicago Nearly a year ago, sources told D3football.com that the University of Chicago was headed to the Midwest Conference. This was finally announced.
May 4, 2016 ATN Podcast: Playing for the pros Pat and Keith return with a new Around the Nation Podcast, talking about the recent D-III signees' pro chances, inclding taling with Concordia-Moorhead alum Griffin Neal about his unusual route to the pros. Plus guests including ONU coach Dean Paul and Springfield's Mike Cerasuolo.
May 3, 2016 Alumnus from Simpson's glory days returns In the mid-1990s, Simpson had a two-year run that included a trip to the national quarterfinals. Matt Jeter, a starter at cornerback in those years, has returned to the program to take over as head coach.
April 30, 2016 NFL comes calling for D-III free agents Wesley quarterback Joe Callahan, UW-Oshkosh tight end Joe Sommers, Wheaton tackle Matt Snebold and UW-Eau Claire guard Isiah Cage headline D-III’s free agent signings after the 2016 NFL draft, with many more getting rookie minicamp invites.
April 21, 2016 Latest moves in Coaching Carousel The carousel still turns into the spring, with St. Lawrence promoting from within and Hamline bringing on a former Purple Power player and assistant to run the offense. Get caught up on that and more offseason coaching moves.
April 21, 2016 Puckhaber named coach at St. Lawrence Dan Puckhaber, an assistant coach at St. Lawrence, was the acting head coach after Mark Raymond left for Williams and was given the job going forward.
April 11, 2016 Former Cobber QB signs with Saints Former Concordia-Moorhead quarterback Griffin Neal continued his improbable trek to the NFL by signing a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.
April 6, 2016 2016 Division III football schedules More than 90 percent of the 2016 Division III football schedules have been released. Check out your favorite team's schedule, see who your conference rivals are playing and see who isn't afraid to take on the top dogs.
April 5, 2016 Hamline promotes from within, adds former D-III coach Defensive coordinator Chip Taylor was promoted to head coach at Hamline, while Jim Zebrowski, a former D-I assistant, former offensive coordinator at UW-Whitewater and former D-III head coach, was brought on as an assistant.
April 4, 2016 Around the Nation Podcast comes to the offseason There's too much going on in the offseason to just sit by, so Pat and Keith are bringing the ATN Podcast back on a monthly basis. This week's guests: coaches at Wabash, Southern Virginia and Trinity (Texas) plus Pat and Keith talk about tackling in practice and more.
March 28, 2016 Raeburn leaves Wabash for Savannah State Erik Raeburn, who won 78 games in eight seasons at Wabash, is taking on a significant challenge with an FCS program which has one win in three seasons. The Little Giants have announced that offensive coordinator Don Morel will take over.
March 26, 2016 Hamline coach, alum moves to Capital After three years of tilting at windmills such as St. Thomas and St. John's, Chad Rogosheske will take on an even tougher task: coaching in the same conference as Mount Union.
March 16, 2016 Assistant promoted at East Texas Baptist Joshua Eargle resigned after three seasons at East Texas Baptist, handing over the reins to assistant coach Scotty Walden. Eargle left ETBU to take a position at Division I FCS Austin Peay as run coordinator and offensive line coach.
February 24, 2016 Raymond named head football coach at Williams Mark Raymond, who led St. Lawrence to the playoffs twice, will be giving that all up to go to the NESCAC.
February 5, 2016 La Crosse brings alum back from Platteville Mike Schmidt, a two-sport athlete for the Eagles a decade ago, was defensive coordinator at UW-Platteville for one season and will return to UW-La Crosse to try to turn the program around.
February 4, 2016 Lichten named UNE's first coach Mike Lichten, who left Becker earlier this week following the best season in school history, will take over another building project as the first coach at University of New England.
February 1, 2016 Becker staff leaves after program's best season Coming off a 2015 season in which Becker set a program record for wins, Hawks coach Mike Lichten is leaving the college, D3sports.com has learned.
January 30, 2016 Methodist coach resigns Methodist announced on Friday afternoon that C.J. Goss had resigned after three seasons at the Monarchs' head football coach.
January 30, 2016 Springfield elevates offensive coordinator Mike Cerasulo, who has been the offensive coordinator at Springfield throughout their run of rushing titles, is now just the fifth head coach at the program in the past 70 years.
January 29, 2016 Southern Virginia changes coaches again Joe DuPaix, who has been BYU's recruiting coordinator and running backs coach for the past two seasons, will be the next person in charge at Southern Virginia.
January 27, 2016 Alumnus returns to bring hope to Hope With seven state titles and a career based in western Michigan under his belt already, Peter Stuursma was a natural choice to try to bring Hope football out of the MIAA basement.
January 27, 2016 ECFC gains two members The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference looks as if it will be able to retain its automatic bid after it added two new schools, one of which isn't even a provisional member of Division III as of yet.
January 15, 2016 Jensen to lead Manchester football program Nate Jensen, a former Manchester assistant coach who has been defensive coordinator at Alma for the past four years, has been named head coach at Manchester.
January 9, 2016 Larson comes from Duluth to take over UW-EC UW-Eau Claire has announced the hiring of Dan Larson as the head football coach. Larson has been the offensive coordinator at nationally ranked NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth the past three seasons.
January 8, 2016 Girardi named to College Football Hall of Fame Frank Girardi, the former longtime head football coach at Lycoming, will be inducted next December.
January 4, 2016 Tanney finally gets his shot D3football.com All-America quarterback Alex Tanney has been working for five years to get a chance in a regular season game and he made his NFL debut on Sunday with the Tennessee Titans.
January 4, 2016 Allegheny tabs Hammer head coach B.J. Hammer steps in at the moribund Allegheny football program after guiding the Wabash defense for five seasons.
January 3, 2016 Grande named Ferrum football coach Rob Grande, an assistant coach at Emory & Henry, got the nod to replace Dave Harper at Ferrum.
January 2, 2016 Wash U assistant named head coach at Rhodes Washington University defensive coordinator Jim Ryan, named the AFCA's assistant coach of the year, is an assistant coach no longer.
December 22, 2015 2015 Division III football year in review This was a year full of surprises. Not only did we not see a Mount Union/UW-Whitewater Stagg Bowl, but there were a handful of significant upsets in the regular season that affected how the brackets would be aligned. Ryan Tipps has more in Around the Nation.
December 21, 2015 Latest moves in the Coaching Carousel Union's long-time coach is out, while Hiram loses the coach that led them out of the NCAC basement and Williams' coach resigns. That and more as the offseason heats up. Check out the coaching moves.
December 21, 2015 After 24 seasons in D-III, Hiram's coach resigns Hiram has announced the resignation of Randy Moore as head coach of the Terriers football team, effective immediately. He led the team to a 9-11 mark the past two seasons, Hiram's best seasons since 1988.
December 21, 2015 Audino steps down at Union Union announces John Audino's 'retirement' but notes he will pursue other coaching opportunities.
December 19, 2015 Final Podcast: Game balls, award winners, look to 2016 The 43rd season of Division III football is over, with Mount Union hoisting the trophy. But there was a little more business to do, deciding the players of the year, looking ahead to next year and more. Plus, Adam Turer joins us to answers one of August's burning questions.
December 19, 2015 Kehres extends family legacy Only two active Division III head coaches have helmed a team to a Stagg Bowl championship -- the second of them traveled an emotional, momentum-changing game to that distinction Friday evening.
December 19, 2015 Purple Raiders reign again Mount Union rallied from an early deficit, ramped up the offense in the third quarter, and held off St. Thomas for a 49-35 victory in Stagg Bowl XLIII. It is the Purple Raiders' 12th championship and first since 2012.
December 18, 2015 2015 D3football.com All-America team The 17th annual D3football.com All-America team was announced Friday afternoon in the Stagg Bowl pregame show. If you missed the broadcast, here's the list.
December 18, 2015 Our predictions for Stagg Bowl XLIII We assembled a panel of eight Division III football media and followers to give you their picks for Friday night's Stagg Bowl. They tell you who will win and why, in this week's final Triple Take.
December 18, 2015 Mount Union takes 12th title home to Alliance The Purple Raiders pulled away in the second half and ran away from St. Thomas, winning 49-35 to defeat the Tommies and win the 2015 national title.
December 17, 2015 Ithaca moving to Liberty League The Bombers are changing conferences for all sports, but make no mistake -- this move is primarily about football. The Liberty League still needs to find another school or football program in order to keep its automatic bid. More on D3sports.com.
December 17, 2015 Kelton resigns at Williams In six years, Aaron Kelton's Ephs have slid from undefeated NESCAC champs to 2-6 also-rans, and he stepped down this week.
December 17, 2015 Getting ready for Friday It rained a little bit in Salem on Thursday, pushing the team practices indoors, but Mount Union and St. Thomas are still getting ready to meet in Stagg Bowl XLIII.
December 16, 2015 Gagliardi Trophy goes to Callahan On his second trip to Salem, Wesley quarterback Joe Callahan has won the 23rd annual Gagliardi Trophy.
December 16, 2015 Tommies not afraid to fail St. Thomas has been imposing their will on opponents all season long. A new focus that began in the offseason has given them more confidence. They won't be caught off guard by adversity in their second trip to Salem.
December 15, 2015 Redemption in the trenches The Purple Raiders were tired of hearing about how they were pushed around at the line of scrimmage in the past two Stagg Bowls. They got an early shot at redemption against UW-Whitewater and made a statement, dominating up front in a 36-6 win. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 14, 2015 Podcast: We're down to two It’s just Mount Union and St. Thomas still standing with a shot at Walnut and Bronze in Division III football for 2015, and they each got there in dominating fashion. Pat and Keith talk about each semifinal, plus ATN columnist Ryan Tipps checks in to talk about Mount Union in this week's podcast.
December 13, 2015 Whitewater enters offseason one game short of Salem This year, UW-Whitewater's road to Salem went through Alliance and came to a stop, with the Warhawks falling to Mount Union for the first time since 2008. Ryan Tipps has more on the end of the 2015 Warhawks season.
December 12, 2015 Semifinal 1: Mount Union cruises to Salem The Purple Raiders held UW-Whitewater to two field goals early, and locked it down even more tightly the final three quarters in rolling to their 11th consecutive Stagg Bowl with a 36-6 win.
December 12, 2015 Semifinal 2: Tommies book return to Stagg Bowl Jordan Roberts had a career-best game and St. Thomas cruised past Linfield 38-17 to set up its second trip to the title game in four seasons.
December 11, 2015 Our picks for the semifinals At this point in the season you can't go wrong and you can't go right. One could picture any of the four teams advancing to Stagg Bowl XLIII and winning it all. So our crew is taking its best shot at calling these games. Who will win and why in this week's Triple Take.
December 11, 2015 Even more stories from the semifinals There is a ton of great coverage previewing Saturday's Division III football semifinals. Here's a list of the best links and a reminder as to how you can watch the games.
December 10, 2015 Kreps steps down as Hope football coach Dean Kreps has stepped down from the Hope football program after 30 seasons, including the past 21 as head coach. His 109 wins are the second-most in program history.
December 10, 2015 Rhodes coach moves on to Millikin After spending five seasons turning around the Rhodes football program, Dan Gritti will take on another challenge: turning around a Millikin program which has won 16 games in five seasons.
December 10, 2015 Cooper retires as longest-tenured Benedictine coach Jon Cooper, head football coach at Benedictine for 11 years has announced his retirement. Cooper was the longest tenured and winningest coach in school history
December 9, 2015 The Tommies are deeper, healthier than ever After two disappointing seasons, St. Thomas is back in the semis. Led by 26 seniors, this team learned from its 2012 trip to Salem and just how hard it is to get back. They are now one win away from a return, thanks in large part to their selflessness. Adam Turer has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 8, 2015 The Gagliardi Trophy Final Four Four finalists will make the trip to Salem, Va., to the Gagliardi Trophy ceremony, where we'll announce the winner live on stage. Here's who they are.
December 8, 2015 Knecht rises to the occasion for Wildcats Being a senior backup quarterback is no easy job. It can be a thankless position, until your team needs you to step up to keep its season and championship dreams alive. Brian Lester has more on Linfield's Tom Knecht in a Road to Salem feature.
December 7, 2015 Gagliardi Trophy semifinalists are out: Voting closed Eighteen players were nominated, but only 10 get to the semifinal stage, including a few repeat nominees. Who are they? Read up on the players, then cast your fan ballot for the top overall student-athlete in Division III football.
December 7, 2015 D3football.com All-East Region team More than 300 players were nominated for the D3football.com All-East region team, and 79 were chosen. Here's the full list, presented by Stagg Bowl XLIII.
December 7, 2015 D3football.com All-North Region team Mount Union typically has a stranglehold on the top awards, but this year, the Purple Raiders have to share. The D3football.com All-North Region team, presented by Stagg Bowl XLIII.
December 7, 2015 D3football.com All-Region team The 2015 D3football.com All-Region team, presented by Stagg Bowl XLIII, have been announced. Check out the honorees, all of whom are eligible to be named D3football.com All-America on Dec. 18.
December 7, 2015 D3football.com All-South Region team The South Region spans from Allentown, Pa., to Alpine, Texas, and the top three teams of players have been named to the D3football.com All-South Region team, presented by Stagg Bowl XLIII.
December 7, 2015 D3football.com All-West Region team The West Region All-Region team and its top awards have a distinctly purple hue, although it might not be the one you're most familiar with. The D3football.com All-West Region team, presented by Stagg Bowl XLIII.
December 7, 2015 Podcast: Inside each quarterfinal game Pat and Keith pull in guests to talk about each quarterfinal game, someone to take you through the ins and outs of each game and the teams moving on to the semifinals. That, plus game balls and more in the Around the Nation podcast.
December 7, 2015 Namdar, Nemeth stepping up for Purple Raiders Mount Union's lines have been dominant on both sides of the ball and Taurice Scott has proven himself at quarterback. But it's the strong performances from skill position players that have stood out for the Purple Raiders this postseason. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 7, 2015 Another Warhawk in the offensive arsenal Marcus Hudson has developed a repertoire with quarterback Chris Nelson. The junior duo complement UWW's rushing attack and have been making big plays when the Warhawks need them the most. Their confidence is high heading into the biggest game of the season. Josh Smith has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 7, 2015 Griffith steps down from football role, moves into advancement office Manchester announced Monday, Dec. 7, that Shannon Griffith, longtime head football coach, is moving into a new role.
December 6, 2015 Whitewater-Mount Union: An oral history With the original Purple Powers set to meet in the national semifinals for the first time, let's revisit the history of how UW-Whitewater and Mount Union came to become perennial players for the Division III football national title. Originally written in 2014 by Adam Turer.
December 5, 2015 Purple powers set up semifinal rematches Mount Union and UW-Whitewater won their quarterfinals in different fashions, setting up the first postseason meeting between the two teams not on Salem's neutral field. Meantime, Linfield won at the gun and St. Thomas cruised.
December 4, 2015 Hallett leaves Heidelberg for D-I job The Coaching Carousel involves Division I as well. Matt Campbell went from Toledo to Iowa State. Fellow Mount Union grad Jason Candle replaced him and hired Heidelberg head coach Mike Hallett as an assistant, and the Berg promoted from within.
December 4, 2015 Our picks for the quarterfinals At this point in the season, with just eight teams left, it's not enough for our Triple Take crew to just predict the scores, so we asked each of them to put on their writing caps and tell us why they picked that score, and winner. And they don't all agree.
December 3, 2015 Wabash proves it truly does always fight You know how the saying goes. The Little Giants lived up to their mantra in a big way in Round Two and hit the road to fight on for another week. Adam Turer was there and has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 3, 2015 Southwestern, TLU to join ASC for football When two of the SCAC's football programs aligned with the Southern Athletic Association last month, it seemed inevitable the other two would end up with the American Southwest Conference. And indeed, that's how it ends up.
December 2, 2015 Day to day, playing for another week Whether Sam Riddle or Tom Knecht takes the snaps on offense, Alex Hoff and company are determined to keep this season going for Linfield. Brian Lester has more in a Road to Salem feature.
December 1, 2015 The fumble and the rumble The end of the fourth quarter of this game was wild enough, but when Wabash and Thomas More went into overtime, you just had to know it was going to get even crazier.
November 30, 2015 Podcast: Now those were some games! After a disappointing first round, this was exactly what Division III football needed, including competitive games, a big play for the ages and more. Pat and Keith talk about each second round game, give their takeaways for each game, plus preview the quarterfinals and hand out their game balls.
November 30, 2015 A crusade of vengeance The Crusaders already avenged one defeat this postseason. Now, they are in position to end Linfield's season after the Wildcats ended Mary Hardin-Baylor's 2014 campaign. A regular season loss woke up the Cru and gave them new life. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 29, 2015 Playoff lessons learned UW-Oshkosh made an impressive run to the semifinals in its first playoff appearance in 2012. This time around, Pat Cerroni and staff know what to expect from the big stage. The Titans also know what to expect from a familiar opponent. Josh Smith has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 29, 2015 Wabash eager to join the elite The Little Giants are an NCAC power, perennially ranked, haven't lost more than two games in a season since 2004, and haven't lost to their archrival since 2008. Yet they want more. This story originally appeared in Kickoff 2015 in August and apparently has served as motivation all season, so give it a read again.
November 28, 2015 Wabash wins an epic; Wesley holds on; Tommies roll Johnnies again Ethan Buresh ended an amazing game in dramatic fashion, with a 75-yard return for a TD. Wesley held on against Johns Hopkins, while St. Thomas made it a clean sweep of St. John's. More in the second round playoff roundup.
November 26, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Saturday After last week's run of blowouts, our predictions crew is looking for something a little closer in most of Saturday's second-round games. Who do we think will win? High or low scoring game? Close or comfortable win? Check it out.
November 24, 2015 Snowed over! If your Thanksgiving weekend is anything like ours were growing up, there was probably football in the backyard. And if you lived in the right place, that also involved snow. Maybe that's why this looks like so much fun to us. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 24, 2015 One last chance Wesley's Joe Callahan and JHU's Keith Corliss have made the most of their D-III experience. Now, they face one another in the hopes of extending their playing days for one more week. Callahan bested the Blue Jays in 2013 and is playing inspired this season, while Corliss remains driven by that defeat.
November 23, 2015 ATN Podcast: Let's move past that first round, please Phew, that was ugly. We have a coach talking about winning ugly, and another talking about the worst conditions he's seen in 37 years of coaching. Oh, and we'll talk about the one good game. And postseason awards. And more.
November 23, 2015 Southern Virginia getting new stadium In its short history in Division III, Southern Virginia has played in a pair of off-campus facilities that could use an upgrade.
November 23, 2015 Huntingdon makes history The Hawks became the only program to earn its first ever playoff victory in 2015. The reward is a trip to Texas, but nobody will ever be able to take away the history made by this year's team. More in a Road to Salem feature.
November 23, 2015 Saints enjoy the chip on their shoulder You won't expect Thomas More to beat Wabash by 25, and that's understandable. But the Saints have already defeated four ranked-at-the-time opponents this year by that average margin. They look forward to proving us wrong again. More on the Road to Salem.
November 23, 2015 Ratliffe a workhorse for Warhawks UW-Whitewater's offense is built for November and December. Playing in the season's first snowfall, Jordan Ratliffe rushed for 159 first half yards, continuing to embody the Warhawks' ethos of pounding the rock. Josh Smith has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 22, 2015 Fueled by defeats, Cortland found way to win The Red Dragons stewed over two losses, but earned the Empire 8's hard-fought automatic bid. Then, they represented the conference by defeating former member Salisbury in the opening round. Thanksgiving in Oregon is now on the menu. Brian Lester has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 22, 2015 Wabash's rushing game keeps its season alive Mason Zurek has rushed for 590 yards the past two games, which also happened to be the Little Giants' biggest games of the season. He gives credit to the offensive linemen who are paving the way for his record-breaking season. Joe Sager has more in a Road to Salem feature.
November 21, 2015 UMHB wins rematch, Cortland to make trip west Mary Hardin-Baylor shut down the Hardin-Simmons passing game, Huntingdon got its first playoff win, Linfield won its rematch and Cortland won to win the trip to Oregon in the Linfield bracket.
November 21, 2015 Mount Union bracket: Everyone rolls in first round Wesley pulled away in the second half and everyone else pulled away in the first half as the home teams all advanced in the Mount Union bracket.
November 21, 2015 Zurek rolls in the snow; UST, SJU, Thomas More move on Mason Zurek had 210 rushing yards in the second half alone as Wabash advanced to the second round past Albion, while St. Thomas and St. John's set up a holiday weekend rematch in the St. Thomas bracket.
November 21, 2015 ONU gets round's first road W; WIAC, Wheaton advance Ohio Northern rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit for the only close game in the UW-Oshkosh bracket, while the other top seeds all advanced.
November 20, 2015 Baudendistel steps down at Hanover Steve Baudendistel has resigned as head coach of Hanover's football team after a second consecutive 2-8 season.
November 20, 2015 Coaching Carousel starts up for the offseason One of the winningest active coaches announced his retirement as the offseason began, while many other less-successful coaches have left, perhaps not by their own choosing. Check out the coaching moves.
November 19, 2015 Johnson's journey ends in playoffs The last time Dubuque faced St. John's, Rio Johnson hadn't played a game of organized football since 2012. Once he knocked the rust off, Dubuque got rolling, all the way to the playoffs.
November 19, 2015 CCC finds its seventh team Becker, already an associate member of the CCC in men's hockey, will join the conference for football as well. This gives the CCC seven teams and a right to retain the NEFC automatic bid in 2019, but the shuffle isn't over yet.
November 19, 2015 Etherton resigns as Millikin coach Patrick Etherton, a former Millikin player, student assistant and assistant coach, has resigned after five seasons at the helm of the Big Blue.
November 19, 2015 McDaniel coach out after 19 consecutive losses Mike Hoyt, who coached McDaniel for the past four seasons, was not able to return the Green Terror to respectability.
November 19, 2015 Our playoff picks, surprises, disappointments Who's the surprise team in each bracket? Who will disappoint? And lastly, who will go all the way? Our team of experts weighs in with their picks in today's Around the Nation.
November 19, 2015 Playoff team capsules: The Mount Union bracket Check out our previews of the top right bracket, from Mount Union to Norwich. How they got here, what their strengths and weaknesses are, the stats and how far they could go.
November 19, 2015 Playoff team capsules: The UW-Oshkosh bracket Check out our previews of the bottom right bracket, from UW-Oshkosh to St. Scholastica. How they got here, what their strengths and weaknesses are, the stats and how far they could go. It's a D3football.com playoff tradition!
November 19, 2015 Southern Virginia lets coach go Two offseasons ago, Jason Walker was the second of two head coaches Southern Virginia hired. This week, Walker was let go as well.
November 19, 2015 Thiel coach steps down Kurt Reiser resigned as head football coach at Thiel. A 15-year member of the coaching staff, Reiser's Tomcats were 15-55 under his tenure.
November 19, 2015 Triple Take: We predict the scores As the playoffs start, it's not just enough to predict who will win. Some games will be good, some will be blowouts. Some will be high scoring and some will be really high scoring, it seems. Check out our predictions for all 16 games.
November 18, 2015 Playoff team capsules: The Linfield bracket Check out our previews of the bottom left bracket, from Linfield to Hendrix. Who are these teams, the isolated ones scattered across the country plus the lacrosse powers? We run down their strengths, weaknesses, highlights and more.
November 18, 2015 Playoff team capsules: The St. Thomas bracket Check out our previews of the top left bracket, from St. Thomas to La Verne. How they got here, what their strengths and weaknesses are, the stats and how far they could go. It's a D3football.com playoff tradition!
November 18, 2015 SAA welcomes Austin, Trinity back in for football Four years ago, seven schools broke away from the SCAC to form their own conference. Now that conference is welcoming back two of the football programs they left behind.
November 17, 2015 A tip for the trophy In the greatest rivalry games, there's never a mismatch. Even if one team is hoping for a playoff bid and the other is winless, the best ones are always competitive. Look what this trophy battle came down to. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 17, 2015 D3football.com Team of the Week For some teams, top performances came in clinching playoff bids; for others, on Senior Day. Here's the best of Division III for Week 11. It's the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 17, 2015 Mount Union still bringing it on defense The Purple Raiders are known for putting up points, but their dominant defense might be the team's most impressive unit. Led by a tight-knit group of seniors, Mount Union's defense is ready for another long postseason run. More in Around the Great Lakes.
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.
November 17, 2015 HSU's long road back to the postseason over Korey Zavala has waited his entire career to play in the postseason and the senior defensive lineman at Hardin-Simmons can’t say enough about what it means to finally have the opportunity to be in the playoffs.
November 16, 2015 Podcast: At least there won't be a rematch People have been griping for years about the fact that UW-Whitewater and Mount Union keep getting to the title game. Well, it can't happen this year. Pat and Keith talk about that decision, interesting pairings, bracket omissions and more in this week's podcast.
November 15, 2015 The playoff bracket is out! Happy in Ada, Ohio, and questions, no doubt, in Platteville, Wis. How could Ohio Northern have gotten in instead of UW-Platteville? And fans of the other 245 should be happy with the pairings. Here's the full Field of 32 on the Road to Salem.
November 14, 2015 Salisbury, Cortland get past rivals; Wabash rolls; WNEU, Albion advance The Sea Gulls rallied from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit, while Cortland took the Jug and a bid. The Golden Bears held off Salve Regina, while Albion ends up on top. Let's take a look at how playoff teams and hopefuls did on Saturday.
November 14, 2015 Roundup: Scott finishes No. 2 in D-III history Augsburg quarterback Ayrton Scott led his team to a comeback win and finishes with his name on the all-time leaderboard, while Amherst finished an unbeaten season, Randolph-Macon beat its rival for the fourth time in five years. That and more in the national roundup.
November 14, 2015 Who's clinched automatic bids? There are 25 automatic bids to the Division III playoffs. Here's who's clinched them so far:
November 14, 2015 The D3football Bracketology Show On Saturday night, the NCAA committee will be meeting to seed and select the playoff teams. And we'll be doing the same. Join us as we go through a mock selection call and tell you what your team's chances are, and where they could play.
November 14, 2015 Our projected playoff bracket If you stayed up late on Saturday night, you heard our bracketology crew debate the playoff selections. We then took those 32 teams away and put a bracket together. Here's what we came up with:
November 13, 2015 Hendrix's Winn win situation Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan wasn’t sure where he was going to put Dayton Winn when he recruited him. All the head coach of the Warriors knew was that Winn was special. More in Around the South.
November 13, 2015 Hartwick suspends coach, five players After an end-of-game incident from Hartwick's loss to St. John Fisher, Hartwick College has suspended coach Mark Carr and five Hawks players for the season finale at Utica.
November 13, 2015 Our predictions for Saturday There are rivalry games, playoff bids on the line, final on-field memories to be made -- a whole lot of drama for Week 11. Here's what the big games will be.
November 12, 2015 Between these four teams and the playoffs, an archrival stands The final week of the regular season is full of great rivalry games and teams trying to clinch playoff berths. For Salisbury, Cortland, DePauw and Wabash, it's both. Ryan Tipps talks to them all in Around the Nation.
November 12, 2015 Spartans, Tartans glad to be back in the PAC After a long absence, Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon have both found success in their second season after returning to PAC play. Each team is led by a sophomore stud as the programs gear up for the 30th Academic Bowl this Saturday. More in Around the Great Lakes.
November 11, 2015 Our projected playoff bracket If you think three teams from the West Region rankings should be given No. 1 seeds, well, it's not impossible. But it's difficult. Here's who we think would be in the field, at least before we talk about Week 11 upsets.
November 11, 2015 Second NCAA regional ranking for 2015 The NCAA released its second regional rankings for 2015 -- this is the last version the public gets to see, although the NCAA creates a secret ranking for use on Selection Sunday.
November 10, 2015 The perfect play call Making the play call at exactly the right time, and executing it, is what it takes in this game. And if that means your punter is throwing a jump pass, hey, if it works ... that's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 10, 2015 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll encompasses the best players in a starting 22 plus special teamers. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 10, 2015 A servant and a leader Dustin Midgett has spent portions of his past two offseasons helping minister in Ecuador. That off-field leadership has translated onto the field this year. The three-year starter at quarterback and teammate Malik Adams form the USA South's most potent offensive combination as well as one of its most unique friendships. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 10, 2015 New look, same rivalry Rookie head coaches will be on both sidelines, but the opponents in the MWC championship game are far from strangers. St. Norbert and Monmouth will once again meet for the right to represent the conference in the playoffs. More in Around the Midwest.
November 10, 2015 Making noise in the Northwest Senior defensive end Alex Hoff has been a key contributor to Linfield’s stifling defense, and he has chipped in on offense too. Now that they have secured the NWC’s automatic bid into the playoffs, Hoff and the Wildcats have their sights set on larger goals. More in Around the West.
November 9, 2015 Designing his future Endicott's Tyler Calitri transferred to Division III for academic reasons and has taken full advantage of the opportunities afforded student-athletes at this level. After missing most of 2014 with an injury, the graphic design major is the Gulls' shutdown cornerback. More in Around the Northeast.
November 9, 2015 Podcast: Two games which overturned everything Wesley and HSU could have made it easy on the committee and all the bracketologists who are trying to figure out where they'll go. Instead, Salisbury upset the Wolverines and ETBU knocked off the Cowboys. What are the ramifications? More in this week's podcast, so tune in!
November 8, 2015 Snap judgments: Muddying up the playoff picture Yes, this was an actual Division III game from Saturday, with playoff implications. How did the D-III postseason get blitzed in Week 10? Ryan Tipps has more in Snap Judgments.
November 8, 2015 New poll: Shakeup in the top 10 A couple of losses in the top 10 give the D3football.com Top 25 a new look heading into the regular season's final week. Check out the full poll:
November 7, 2015 Roundup: La Verne ends long playoff drought There are 15 teams who have clinched bids to the playoffs, including the Leopards, who end a 20-year drought. More in Saturday's national roundup.
November 7, 2015 Top 25: T.More clinches; Wesley, St. Lawrence denied Salisbury kept Wesley from wrapping up the New Jersey Athletic Conference title, while Hobart kept St. Lawrence out of the playoffs for at least one more week. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
November 6, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Saturday Teams will be clinching bids here in Week 10. Which teams will help their playoff chances? Which Top 25 teams are most ripe for the upset? That and more from our experts in Triple Take.
November 5, 2015 Two-sport stars not ready to leave gridiron Some of the hardiest of two-sport athletes in Division III play both football and basketball. The practice seasons overlap by at least four weeks, and the hoops season starts the day before the football regular season ends. Ryan Tipps has more in Around the Nation.
November 5, 2015 Tough act to follow Not much was expected of Delaware Valley this season, after losing almost its entire offense, including some of the greatest players in program history. But here we are, entering Week 10, and the Aggies are in control in the MAC. More in Around the East.
November 5, 2015 Catching on at Bridgewater State Wide receiver Travis Bassett's biggest play for the Bears might have come in the offseason. He recruited high school teammate Alex McLaughlin to transfer to Bridgewater State and the move has paid big dividends for the Bears offense. More in Around the Northeast.
November 5, 2015 Centennial, MAC pull out of ECAC bowls With the ECAC taking postseason bowl games away from local campuses and relocating them all to Connecticut, two Mid-Atlantic conferences are saying 'no, thanks' and holding their own postseason games instead.
November 4, 2015 Howell climbing the charts John Carroll had to replace many pieces from its potent 2014 offense. Receiver Marshall Howell was the key returning piece and he has embraced his bigger role -- not just as a weapon, but as one of the Blue Streaks' leaders. More in Around the Great Lakes.
November 4, 2015 Lakeland looking to turn the corner The Lakeland-Benedictine game doesn't come until Week 11, but it's hard not to look ahead, with the NACC's bid in the balance. And it carries a little extra emphasis, as Lakeland's last head coach left to become offensive coordinator at Benedictine and the new Lakeland offense is rolling.
November 4, 2015 Peaking at the right time Tyler Bates was 3 when his mom passed away, so the memories of her are difficult to recall. Except for this year, when he set a ETBU school record and sparked a standout senior season. More in Around the South.
November 4, 2015 Following his calling A scholarship to play football led Jordan Roberts to South Dakota. But a series of events, some personal reflection and a call to the priesthood led him to the St. John Vianney Seminary and the University of St. Thomas. More in Around the West.
November 4, 2015 First NCAA regional ranking for 2015 The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the season -- this is the first version of the rankings the NCAA committee will eventually use to determine the (secret) seedings and at-large bids.
November 3, 2015 Big pick puts opponent on edge When you're reduced to playing spoiler, then the best thing to do is embrace the role and give it your best shot. The outcome for one particular team and the contender it was facing on Saturday is the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 3, 2015 Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll encompasses the best players in a starting 22 plus special teamers. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 3, 2015 A simple twist of fate Anthony Orlando thought he was done playing football. That is, until he ran in to fellow Lehigh Valley native Jalen Snyder-Scipio. The duo transferred to Moravian, became co-captains, and have led the Greyhounds to their best start in years. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 3, 2015 The race to seven: Two conferences chasing AQs Ever since the NEWMAC dropped its offseason bombshell that it would add football in 2017, there’s been a slow-motion race in the East Region. Between the Liberty League and the Commonwealth Coast Conference, who will get to seven teams first?
November 2, 2015 Podcast: About those at-large 'locks' There are lots of teams looking for at-large bids to the playoffs. Problem is, there's only six of them. If you are new to Division III, or new to playoff contention and don't know how the D-III playoffs work, this is the week where Keith and Pat will walk you through it.
November 1, 2015 Snap judgments: Potent potential for Pool C A couple of key losses this season have meant that some traditionally powerful teams are hoping to get into the Division III football playoffs as an at-large team, having fallen into the small group of bids known as Pool C.
November 1, 2015 New Top 25: HSU into Top 10; Dubuque and St. Lawrence ranked Two new teams have played their way into the D3football.com Top 25, one of them for the first time.
October 31, 2015 Roundup: Conference races come down to wire The first playoff automatic bid was clinched on Saturday, while the Midwest Conference set up its title game pairings and more clarity was found in some conference races. More in Saturday's national roundup.
October 31, 2015 Top 25: Cowboys turn heads; Captains end slide Hardin-Simmons turned one playoff race on its head after a wild fourth quarter, while St. Thomas remained unbeaten and Christopher Newport played spoiler. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
October 30, 2015 Our predictions for Saturday On Friday, we'll tell you what to expect on Saturday -- the big games, the possible upsets, the surprisingly close games and some information on who will stay in the playoff hunt. Check it all out in Triple Take.
October 29, 2015 Clash of the Texas titans It’s the first time since 2004 that Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons have met so late in the season and still been undefeated. Ryan Tipps looks at the teams in Around the Nation.
October 29, 2015 Saints sitting pretty, but not resting St. Lawrence is in the driver's seat in the Liberty League, but the Saints are not ready to take a victory lap just yet. Linebacker Alec Dietsch, a two-sport standout, gives us a look inside the Saints' psyche. More in Around the East.
October 29, 2015 Mount Union's Spencer finalist for Campbell Trophy Purple Raiders linebacker Hank Spencer is the only Division III player among 12 finalists for the trophy, which is college football's top academic award. It has gone to a Division III player just one time in the award's history.
October 28, 2015 Allegheny coach to retire Allegheny head football coach Mark Matlak has announced his retirement, effective at the conclusion of the 2015 season. He's the longest-tenured coach in program history.
October 28, 2015 Balance is paying off for DePauw The Tigers jumped out to a 6-1 start thanks to a balanced offense. Quarterback Matt Hunt leads the way with his arm and his legs, and has enjoyed a familiar receiving target in his younger brother, Andy. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 28, 2015 John's biggest fan John Carrick approaches each day with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. The Washington and Lee linebacker continues to be inspired by and learn from his younger sister, Kendal, who has never let Down syndrome discourage her. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 28, 2015 Quarterbacks from out of nowhere They took interesting journeys to get there, but Tyler Ward and Riley Cote have found their homes under center. How did the quarterbacks at Western New England and Curry land with the Golden Bears and Colonels? Tom Haley has the answers in Around the Northeast.
October 28, 2015 Not good enough? Not likely! Micah Sherman was told by the doubters he wasn’t good enough to play college football. But if they only knew his story, a story filled with adversity, they would have never doubted him. The skills that helped him survive in a Russian orphanage make football look like child's play. Brian Lester has more in Around the South.
October 28, 2015 Working hard Travis Sparks-Jackson's work ethic has helped both the running back and the Leopards find success. After going 2-7 a year ago, La Verne is 5-0 and riding high in the SCIAC. More in Around the West.
October 27, 2015 Thunder strikes Each team had been held to a field goal with halftime looming, so points were at a premium. On the last play of the half, though, thunder struck. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 27, 2015 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll includes four 200-plus yard rushers (in just a standard starting 11!) as well as multiple players who forced multiple turnovers. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 27, 2015 Monmouth is on the right track Since a heartbreaking loss and a heart-stopping comeback win, the Fighting Scots have been cruising. Defensive end Thomas Lesniewski has been nearly unstoppable. He and quarterback Tanner Matlick have Monmouth on track for another MWC championship game berth. More in Around the Midwest.
October 26, 2015 Podcast: Let the speculation begin! We always talk about the big games but that's just the beginning. Let's talk about teams' playoff chances as well! Which at-large teams have a good shot as it stands right now? Who might get the No. 1 seeds? Keith and Pat talk it through in the Around the Nation Podcast.
October 25, 2015 Snap judgments: Pools and conferences shaping up This was certainly the kind of weekend that we needed to separate out some of the challengers, as Ryan Tipps notes. Now the talk about conference champions and at-large bids can have some shape to it.
October 25, 2015 D3football.com Top 25 We've got a bit of a shakeup in the lower half of the poll this week. Check out the latest movers and shakers in the D3football.com Top 25.
October 24, 2015 ETBU back has day for the ages; Albion, DePauw pick up first losses Kendall Roberson ended up 45 yards short of the D-III rushing record, but only played three quarters. Meanwhile, Trine ended Albion's unbeaten run and DePauw couldn't get past Ohio Wesleyan. More in Saturday's national roundup.
October 24, 2015 Top 25: UWO in control; Mount hits 100 UW-Oshkosh secured its grip on first place in the WIAC, while Mount Union won its 100th regular season game in a row, Wheaton held onto its Bell and UMHB and Linfield held off ranked challengers. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
October 23, 2015 Blanchard, Bailey catch on with new NFL clubs UW-Whitewater alumnus Matt Blanchard and Rasheed Bailey of Delaware Valley each had strong training camps with their respective teams but failed to make the roster. Now each has signed with practice squads elsewhere.
October 23, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Saturday There are a bunch of big games in Week 8. What are the games of the week? Which Top 25 teams are most ripe for the upset? Which team can start to turn things around with a win? That and more from our experts in Triple Take.
October 22, 2015 Sam Riddle: Linfield's father figure Sam Riddle's experience and maturity at quarterback for the Wildcats may well have its source in his family life. That's where he, his wife and his 2-year-old son, his classes, and oh yes, football, keep Sam on the run from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. More in Around the Nation.
October 21, 2015 Baby Bison looking toward the future The head coach scrapped his offense, relieved himself of play-calling duties, trimmed the roster, and starts 14 freshmen. Yet, the team has come together and the future is looking bright for Gallaudet. More in Around the Northeast.
October 21, 2015 Berry bounces back into driver's seat A season-opening loss caused some soul-searching for the Vikings. And Berry, in just its third season as a program, hasn't lost since. More in Around the South.
October 21, 2015 Super sophomore Westminster (Mo.) has relied heavily on Latif Adams to carry the offense. And the sophomore running back hasn’t let the Blue Jays down this season. More in Around the West.
October 20, 2015 Undefeated no more Not long ago, you'd have been the clear favorite in this game. Now you're coming in and facing an undefeated team on the road. Best to set the tone early, and that's what they did in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 20, 2015 Team of the Week The latest honorees in the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 20, 2015 Albion is in a hurry The Britons waste no time moving the ball down the field. Dominic Bona continues to rewrite the record books behind an experienced line and surrounded by a plethora of weapons. Most importantly, Albion is undefeated through six games. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 20, 2015 Getting your mind right Every player tries to reach a certain level of intensity before taking the field. Music has always played a major role. One song can get a player ready to play his best. Find out what jams fire up players from Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 19, 2015 Podcast: One big upset, but lots of key games There was one huge upset this week, but that left a lot of room to talk about other games as well. So in addition to Dubuque-Wartburg, Pat and Keith take time to focus on the "middle class" of Division III football, as it were.
October 18, 2015 Snap judgments: This week proves anything can happen A few key wins by underdogs made sure some conference races were thrown wide open. Haven't beaten your opponent since 2003? No problem. Facing a Top 10 team? No problem. Ryan Tipps runs it all down in Snap Judgments.
October 17, 2015 Roundup: Whitworth sets up showdown The Pirates booked a date for a showdown of unbeatens with Linfield, while Cortland remained in the E8 lead, RPI is still in the Liberty League hunt and Loras' offensive juggernaut continues to roll. More in Saturday's national roundup.
October 17, 2015 Top 25: Wartburg stunned; Brockport adds to E8 madness No. 8 Wartburg has been eking out wins all season. The bubble burst in a big way on Saturday, as Dubuque handed the Knights their first regular season loss since 2013. Ithaca became the latest ranked Empire 8 team to lose, while Thomas More survived a battle on the road. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
October 16, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Saturday If you read Triple Take last week, you got an early glance at some of the weekend's big games and big upsets. What does our trio of experts think about Week 7's games?
October 15, 2015 Around the Nation: Re-ranking the conferences Every August, Pat and Keith rank the conferences based on how they're expected to perform this season. And in October, Ryan Tipps takes the non-conference results and reconsiders them. Where does your conference fall?
October 14, 2015 Hard choices With an effective quarterback entering his senior year, Kean could have easily kept the status quo. But as part of their offseason planning, Rob Meade was asked to move to linebacker. He bought in, and the Cougars have bought in as a team in 2015. More in Around the East.
October 14, 2015 Winning with balance The Thunder don't have any individual players putting up eye-popping numbers. You'll have to look at the weekly Top 25 poll and the NCAA's team statistics to find Wheaton near the top. The Thunder hope their total team effort continues into December. More in Around the Midwest.
October 14, 2015 On his shoulders Rick Willis says the key to the Wartburg football team’s continued success is consistent play. Fortunately for the Knights, they have a model of consistency in quarterback Logan Schrader. More in Around the West.
October 13, 2015 The interception return that wasn't It happens to the best of them. All-Americans throw picks. But that doesn't mean they have to like it. Here's how one quarterback took control, and the football, back. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 13, 2015 Team of the Week We had another great week of nominations and record-breaking performances. It's our weekly honor roll, the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 13, 2015 Enemies for a day Regis Scafe and Ron Dolciato know each other well. The close friends and former John Carroll coaches will meet for the first time as opposing head coaches when Thomas More travels to St. Vincent on Saturday. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 13, 2015 Gettysburg's commander Kodie McNamara has been a model student-athlete since arriving at Gettysburg in 2012. The captain and linebacker helped lead the Bullets to a perfect first half, but knows there is plenty of work still to be done this season. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 13, 2015 Smith: One of the front four Mary Hardin-Baylor defensive end Teidrick Smith burst into the national spotlight with a big performance in the opening of the Cruthedral in 2013. But he wants to be known as part of the Cru's defensive line as a unit, not an individual. More in Around the South.
October 12, 2015 ATN Podcast: Piercing the purple armor Well, there you go -- a crack in the purple armor favored by UW-Whitewater. This gives hope to a lot of people around D-III, but should it? We look at that, plus, an extended breakdown of the Linfield Wildcats, after Pat made the trip to McMinnville, Ore.
October 11, 2015 Mount Union takes over No. 1 spot The Purple Raiders return to the top spot in the D3football.com Top 25 for the first time since November 2013. Where did the rest of the teams fall?
October 11, 2015 Snap judgments: What we're learning An instant classic proved that UW-Oshkosh was a legitimate contender. But how have Ryan Tipps' teams to watch fared so far this season? Who are the new teams on the radar? Ryan sums them up in this week's Snap Judgments.
October 10, 2015 Roundup: Still hanging around Delaware Valley has rebounded from its early-season loss, as has St. Lawrence, while Washington & Lee is still in the ranks of the unbeaten through Week 6. That and more in this week's national roundup.
October 10, 2015 Top 25: Titans snap Warhawks' win streak UW-Oshkosh won a defensive battle, blocking a field goal with 1:59 left in the game to preserve a 10-7 win and hand UW-Whitewater its first loss since 2012. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
October 8, 2015 Around the Nation: From Hendrix-Centre Ryan Tipps made the trip to Danville, Ky., and saw two first-team quarterbacks square off. Find out what he saw in Around the Nation.
October 8, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Saturday This is Week 6 of 11, meaning we're starting to get the book on most teams, but there's still time to write the endings. Here, we forecast what Saturday's chapters will say.
October 7, 2015 Big week to be a Pioneer Beating the defending champ and highest-ranked team in the conference, in overtime, on statewide television -- well, that's a big deal for a Utica Pioneer program that is still looking for its first period of sustained success. More in Around the East.
October 7, 2015 Catch him if you can Once Denison's record-breaking receiver has the ball in his hands, he seems to find another gear. Dushawn Brown is following up his breakout junior season by leading the Big Red to a 4-0 start. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 7, 2015 Panthers quarterback pipeline runs deep Jared Lebowitz was drawn away from Vermont to pursue his football dreams. He felt the pull to come back home and is now waiting his turn to put up big numbers for Middlebury. The Division I transfer is a more than capable backup for Matt Milano. More in Around the Northeast
October 7, 2015 Ross on the run for 'Roos Madison Ross, a first-team Academic All-American at Austin College, is having an All-American quality season on the field as well. More in Around the South.
October 7, 2015 Kasper is the Match for UW-Oshkosh On the gridiron, UW-Oshkosh quarterback Brett Kasper uses his arm to help his team vanquish opponents. Off the field, he used his bone marrow to help a child fight cancer. More in Around the West.
October 6, 2015 Playing in the mud It might not have been a miracle, or a mishap, but there was definitely mud involved. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 6, 2015 Finishing the job Huntingdon has beaten the best teams in the USA South, but late-game letdowns have cost the Hawks the conference title. In its third year in the conference, Huntingdon is determined to avenge those mistakes and earn the coveted Pool A bid. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 6, 2015 St. Norbert doing more with less The Green Knights enter each Saturday refreshed. After reducing practice hours during the week, St. Norbert has played with renewed intensity on game day, keying a 4-0 start. The Green Knights are protecting the football on offense and taking it away on defense. More in Around the Midwest.
October 5, 2015 CCC to sponsor football, bring NEFC teams in-house With three teams leaving the NEFC for the NEWMAC, the Commonwealth Coast Conference is bringing the remaining teams in-house and will take over the NEFC starting in 2017.
October 5, 2015 Podcast: Crazy endings, big showdowns, lots of sacks It's not too early to talk about some conference races, not after a week where big games shuffled the Top 25 as well. Plus there was a Division III record set on Saturday, and a bunch of crazy endings to talk about. Keith and Pat tackle it all in this week's podcast.
October 4, 2015 Pick of the week? Watch this play: Utica's Alex DeRusso appears to have the catch well in hand, but then the ball comes out and Skyler Kauf is right there to take it away, right off DeRusso's back!
October 4, 2015 Snap judgments: Wet, and still wild While a couple of games were cancelled and another was postponed, many games got played in various stages of wet conditions across the country, including the one Ryan Tipps was at on Saturday.
October 4, 2015 Maroons enter D3football.com Top 25 The University of Chicago was a top-level power in college football many decades ago. Now the Maroons are in the D3football.com Top 25 for the first time. Check out the full Top 25 poll.
October 3, 2015 Roundup: Still undefeated Chicago won a big road game, Olivet won its first conference clash, while Denison and DePauw each finished the week unblemished as well. Those, plus plenty of games involving other teams in our national wrapup.
October 3, 2015 Top 25: Losses mean more shakeups coming Thomas More put two years of frustration in the rear-view mirror, John Carroll's struggles caught up with the Blue Streaks and UWW came up big vs. a ranked team in front of a big crowd. Plus, see Ithaca's amazing interception in the Top 25 roundup.
October 2, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Saturday October is here, and the big conference clashes continue. Get our take on the W&J-Thomas More game and all sorts of others both on and off the radar, in Triple Take.
October 1, 2015 Around the Nation: Starters in the making Waiting is always going to be difficult. Some players sit for years behind a starter, preparing for their opportunity to lead their team on game day. If you don't break into the starting lineup until your senior year, that's a lot of waiting you've done. Ryan Tipps talks with two such seniors in ATN.
September 30, 2015 All about spreading the credit around Not long ago, Rochester quarterback Daniel Bronson didn’t even know if he’d play football again. But now, he and the Yellowjackets' offense have helped lead the team to its best start since 2000. More in Around the East.
September 30, 2015 Thomas More's offense putting up eye-popping numbers Someone might want to adjust the difficulty setting for Thomas More's offense. The Saints have been dominant on both sides of the ball, especially on offense. They face their biggest test this Saturday. Joe Sager has more in Around the Great Lakes.
September 30, 2015 Warriors are far from satisfied with W's Wisconsin Lutheran earned a share of the NACC title last year, but the Warriors are hungry for more. The program is still seeking its first playoff berth. Clyde Hughes has more in Around the Midwest.
September 30, 2015 Locey taking on new challenge A few years ago, we labeled the Lewis & Clark head coaching position as the ultimate rebuilding job. This year, the Pioneers are getting that job underway with a new coach, one who knows what a winner looks like in D-III. More in Around the West.
September 29, 2015 Tip, kick, crawl and corral This play practically defies description. Check out the amazing catch this player made, first while in the air and then while on his back. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 29, 2015 Team of the Week Putting up big numbers on offense, holding the other team in check, coming through in the clutch. Check out the top performances at each position for the week in Division III football in the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 29, 2015 Starting off strong at Susquehanna The first coaching transition at Susquehanna in 26 years has been a smooth one so far, with the Crusaders off to their best start since 2011 under Tom Perkovich. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 29, 2015 Maroons back has the ultimate in breakout games Chandler Carroll had not gotten many carries in the first two games of the season for the University of Chicago. But the Maroons' back got a few more opportunities against Centre and made the most of them. More in Around the Region.
September 29, 2015 Catholic jumping to NEWMAC Catholic University, whose move to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in 1999 was the first move by a conference seeking an automatic bid in football, will move to another one in 2017 when the NEWMAC opens shop.
September 28, 2015 Podcast: What a great week for Division III! Normally, just having this scene in Division III football would be enough to crown any week. But add in D-III taking down the No. 1 NAIA team, and a gutsy scheduling call turning into a great game and you can't deny it was amazing. Pat and Keith discuss it all.
September 27, 2015 Snap judgments: Frequently fixated If you weren't at a game, or didn't have a vested interest in one particular team, Saturday was a great day to do the Division III football version of the whiparound and toggle between some of the great games. This is certain to go down as one of the most exciting weeks of the regular season.
September 26, 2015 Top 25: Tommies, Little Giants rout rivals; Wesley wins in final seconds The St. Thomas defense and run game took St. John's out, while Wabash's Brian Parks had three picks vs. Wittenberg. Wesley scored with 0:07.5 left to escape. More in the Top 25 roundup.
September 26, 2015 Roundup: Trinity and Stevenson go to 4-0 The Tigers got a win on the west coast, while Stevenson continued its Year Five surge. The NESCAC got underway with Tufts surviving a Hamilton rally, while Salisbury couldn't be stopped in a win vs. Southern Virginia. More in the national wrapup.
September 25, 2015 Triple Take: Our picks for Week 4's big showdowns There's the Johnnie-Tommie game, Wittenberg-Wabash and Wesley-North Central. But there are dozens more games, many worth watching. Here are our potential upsets, road winners and teams that will be on our radars.
September 24, 2015 Policing the streets and the backfield Josh Brozek said a common question he gets asked is, “When do you sleep?” And considering he not only goes to class and plays football for Crown, but also works as a police officer, that's a fair question. That, plus a tribute to underappreciated folks who keep athletics running, in Around the Nation.
September 24, 2015 UWW bests Morningside in No. 1 showdown UW-Whitewater represented Division III proudly and the No. 1-ranked Warhawks extended their college football-best active winning streak to 35 consecutive games.
September 23, 2015 Behind the Johnnie-Tommie rivalry St. John's and St. Thomas can pack them in and the game, and rivalry, has gained a new level of competitiveness in recent years. Now, with SportsCenter going on the road to Collegeville, here's a little of what this rivalry means, in Around the West.
September 22, 2015 Big man rumbling The cliche is that this is every lineman's dream. Well, if so, one left tackle is living large this week. Check out the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 22, 2015 Team of the Week We had another great week of nominations and record-breaking performances. It's our weekly honor roll, the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 22, 2015 Red Dragons start off red-hot The beginning of the 2014 season was eminently forgettable for Cortland fans. But the Red Dragons are off to a 3-0 start this time around, with a key win in their Empire 8 debut to show for it. More, plus teams trending up and trending down, in Around the East.
September 22, 2015 Trading places: Scott looking good in move back to QB Taurice Scott's transition from backup quarterback to starting slot receiver to starting quarterback has been silky smooth. The senior has big shoes to fill, but feels at home behind center for the Purple Raiders. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 22, 2015 Carrying on the tradizione T.J. Tutone is on pace for a 3,000-yard passing season. The Catholic senior is on his way to joining his predecessors Keith Ricca and Greg Cordivari in the Cardinals record books. Find out what else those three have in common, in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 22, 2015 Winning with and from space After receiving a message from the International Space Station on the eve of their game against Merchant Marine, SUNY-Maritime used some crafty special teams plays to secure a win. See how the Privateers pulled out the win and more in Around the Northeast.
September 22, 2015 Good works, on the field and off As much as junior linebacker Brad Hood has succeeded in the game of football at Trinity (Texas), he’s also successful in the game of life, finding ways to have a positive impact on others. More in Around the South.
September 21, 2015 Podcast: New life, close calls, big games There's a little more excitement on some campuses than in years past. Other places there might be a little worry, plus even some trepidation. Keith and Pat look at all of that, plus get an in-depth breakdown from big wins by Ithaca and UW-Platteville in the latest podcast.
September 20, 2015 Snap judgments: Three teams to keep an eye on Three weeks in is when the preseason predictions and expectations we had for the season really start to come into focus. Ryan has picked out a few teams worthy of getting a little more of our focus.
September 19, 2015 SportsCenter coming to Johnnie-Tommie game ESPN's "SportsCenter on the Road" will visit St. John's Clemens Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26, for a live show airing from 6-8 a.m. CDT, in advance of the Johnnies' game that afternoon against archrival St. Thomas.
September 19, 2015 Roundup: Berry at home; Loras wins barn-burner The Vikings have made themselves at home in their new home, while Loras outlasted Augustana and Albright defeated Widener despite not doing much at all on offense. More in the national roundup.
September 19, 2015 Top 25: UW-P rally stuns NCC; Ithaca ends Hobart run Platteville scored the final 28 points in the fourth quarter and OT to win. Ithaca was the beneficiary of six Hobart turnovers. St. John's survived a wild game at Concordia-Moorhead while Mike Drass got win 200. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
September 18, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Saturday Will Concordia-Moorhead knock off St. John's one more time? What will John Carroll and Heidelberg look like in a September game, rather than a November one? Which teams are finally going to pick up their first win? Keith, Ryan and Pat have more in Triple Take.
September 18, 2015 Maritime football team gets a pep talk from space On Thursday evening, the Privateer football team received a phone call from Maritime alum Scott Kelly '87 in advance of the team's contest against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
September 17, 2015 Stacking up against the scholarship squads When Division III teams take on the scholarship squads, a "moral victory" is not what they're after. And sometimes, they get an actual win. Ryan Tipps talks with three coaches who have scheduled up about the goals and the benefits.
September 16, 2015 Wesley giving Drass his due Mike Drass probably won't be a big fan of seeing his name on the front page of D3football.com, but since the school is putting his name on the field this weekend, it only seems appropriate.
September 15, 2015 Say hello to the high hurdle Apparently hurdling is just part of the playbook here. Check out this play, and the flashback -- it's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 15, 2015 D3football.com Team of the Week In all, 147 players from across Division III were nominated, and some of the best individual performers from Week 2 end up on the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 15, 2015 Finding a way to win Three programs started the season 2-0, but had to make major adjustments along the way. Find out how they adapted from Week 1 to Week 2 and still found the win column, plus more in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
September 15, 2015 The focus, like the name, stays the same at North Central Jeff Thorne has taken the reins of the program from his father, John, but the Cardinals remain committed to building young men of character. More on what their new head coach learned from his first win in Around the Midwest.
September 15, 2015 Overcoming the odds, together The quarterback overcame a transfer and depth chart battle, while the receiver overcame a cancer diagnosis. The first touchdown pass from Brad Skeffington to Cody Stahmer was a special one for the Mass. Maritime duo. More in Around the Northeast.
September 15, 2015 Ramos fueling HSU's return One of the top return men in Division III and a pretty good wide receiver as well, Hardin-Simmons' Jessie Ramos has played a big part in the Cowboys' 2-0 start. The full story in Around the South.
September 15, 2015 All over the depth chart Kickoff guy, kick returner, punter, slot back ... Max Gruber handles a little bit of everything for Occidental. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
September 14, 2015 Around the Nation Podcast: Getting a fresh start Some of the teams getting a fresh start this week are ones that didn't play in Week 1, such as No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4. Others are young programs who picked up signature wins, while even others are established programs that have been down on their luck. Pat and Keith discuss it all.
September 13, 2015 Week 2 scores, box scores and game recaps Check out all the weekend's results, including links to box scores and news releases from games across Division III football.
September 13, 2015 Snap judgments: Beyond the blowouts The big margins of victory grab a lot of eyeballs, and there's a lot of them, because there's a lot of Division III. But in any sport, the passion is in the margins -- the small margins. Ryan takes a look at a few of those from Week 2.
September 12, 2015 Roundup: Big wins for young programs Becker got an amazing individual performance from Jacob Holmes, while George Fox got a huge win for its second-year program. Meanwhile, Bluffton looked a lot better than it did in Week 1 and Albion continued to roll up the points. More in the Week 2 roundup.
September 12, 2015 Top 25: Wartburg wins showdown; Muhlenberg upset The Knights won a defensive battle at No. 19 Bethel, while F&M scored twice in the final five minutes to knock off No. 23 Muhlenberg. Whitewater and Wesley rolled in their season debuts. More in the Top 25 wrapup.
September 11, 2015 Week 2 predictions: For those who are just joining us Some teams are joining us for the first time this weekend, and for that, we salute you. Welcome aboard! Here's our experts' predictions for this weekend's games, including potential upsets.
September 10, 2015 Around the Nation: Change, for the right reasons At Augustana, Rowan and Emory & Henry, a little change has done the program some good. New offenses have helped spur these programs back into familiar territory, so far. Ryan Tipps explores the three in Around the Nation.
September 10, 2015 Maryville defeats D-I FCS East Tennessee State Evan Pittenger connected on a swing pass to Trenton Shuler late in the fourth quarter and the junior tailback from Maryville dashed 35 yards for the game-winning score as the Scots defeated the Bucs 28-21 on Thursday evening.
September 9, 2015 Quick change at Martin Luther Mere weeks before training camp opened, Martin Luther changed coaches, pulling its new coach out of the admissions office. Despite the short turnaround, the Knights have been making some changes. More in Around the West.
September 9, 2015 Ten D-III players make active NFL rosters Ali Marpet was the star of Division III on draft day, but he's not the only rookie who made an active NFL roster. Here's a rundown of who you could see on Sundays this fall.
September 8, 2015 Prayer answered one more time We had a record 22 plays nominated for D3football.com Play of the Week this week, so the competition was stiff. But one play rose above.
September 8, 2015 ‘I think he is one of a kind’ John Pyles has a focus few college students – or people any age – possess. He's lost his father, seen his brothers battle addiction and cared for his younger brother and a niece, all while playing football and running track. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 8, 2015 Seasoned faces in new places For Jakarrie Washington, whose career started at the University of Wisconsin, it appears his new home at UMass Dartmouth will be a successful one. More in Around the Northeast.
September 7, 2015 D3football.com Team of the Week Our weekly honor roll returns, with top performances from across the country from standout players at each position. It's the 17th season of the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 7, 2015 Around the Nation Podcast: New beginnings The 2015 Division III football season went from virtual to literal this week. What were the big surprises? What interesting games flew under the radar? Who are the teams on the rise after one week? Pat and Keith discuss in the podcast.
September 7, 2015 Sights and sounds from Finlandia's first football game Division III football came to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the first time when Finlandia took the field on Saturday. And after a shutout loss to Alma, the Lions have some work to do. Here's a look at the scene and coach Tim Driscoll's postgame reaction.
September 6, 2015 Snap judgments returns: Analysis of Week 1 Around the Nation columnist Ryan Tipps weighs in on the first week's results, now that the teams have left the stat sheet and taken the field, with a caution on how to read comparative scores
September 6, 2015 Latest Top 25 poll released Wabash took flight at Hampden-Sydney and saw its ranking change as a result, while a couple of teams plummeted. Who took Widener's and St. John Fisher's place in the D3football.com Top 25?
September 5, 2015 Friday night: MIT gets reverse-engineered; Albright rallies The second night of the Division III football season featured an all-Engineers battle between WPI and MIT, while Albright scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Salisbury. Check out the Friday roundup.
September 5, 2015 Hail Mary: It's good to be back! Cortland has definitely put last year's early-season struggles behind it, while Alma got off to a fast start at Finlandia, Western New England beat a crosstown rival and Illinois Wesleyan appears on the upswing. The Week 1 roundup.
September 5, 2015 Top 25: Widener downed, Thomas More rolls Rowan knocked off its cross-river rival, while Thomas More handed St. John Fisher its first shutout loss since 2001 and Wartburg survived its first test of the season. That and more in the Top 25 roundup.
September 3, 2015 Season opens with epic defensive battle Ursinus and a Division II school played to a scoreless regulation, then needed five overtimes to decide it. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Pennsylvania, F&M and Lebanon Valley renewed their rivalry with a high-scoring battle.
September 3, 2015 Triple Take: Our predictions for Week 1 games What will be the game of the week? Which Top 25 teams are most vulnerable to being upset? Which games will be surprisingly close? Our three Division III football experts give their take each week in Triple Take.
September 1, 2015 Around the Region columnists tackle top games to watch We break down Division III football into seven groupings -- because one columnist can't cover all of D-III. This week, each of them looks at the season ahead and picks out games you need to keep your eye on.
August 31, 2015 Keith McMillan says: Don't sleep on them The top of Division III might be hard to crack in any given year but there is plenty of room for up-and-comers in a field of 32 teams for the D-III football playoffs. Who might contend? Keith's surprise picks are in Kickoff.
August 26, 2015 For preseason info, Kickoff has you covered It's the one thing you need to read for everything you need to know about Division III football this season! Get Keith McMillan's analysis, find out who the X-factors are for each team and read more than 30 features and rankings!
August 24, 2015 The faces of Kickoff Kickoff is coming Tuesday at noon ET. Not only do we provide a preview of all 247 teams, but we rank them all, in order. And we have dozens of feature stories, all the way from the No. 1 and No. 2 teams to the No. 232 and No. 242 teams. Subscribe now!
August 17, 2015 The Podcast is back! Normally Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan drop the first Around the Nation Podcast episode of the season the Monday after games start. But we couldn't wait that long. Let's talk about preseason expectations and who might challenge the D-III powers.
August 15, 2015 What you'll get in Kickoff 2015! Kickoff previews all 247 Division III football teams. It's not just about the Purple Powers. Who are the teams looking to catch up with UWW and Mount Union? Can Wabash join the elite? Will Sam Sura lead the Johnnies to another title? We have more than two dozen feature stories; here's a sample.
August 10, 2015 Best D-III football road trips of 2015 There's nothing more American than hitting the open road and driving. And when you throw in football, and a tailgate, it gets even better. Here's our best road trips for 2015, week by week.
August 6, 2015 There's just four weeks to go! We're down to the final four weeks before the 2015 Division III football season gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 3. Here's what you might have missed, and what's coming before then!
July 28, 2015 Kickoff: Where we rank all 247 teams Earlier in July, we ranked the Top 25. But in Kickoff, Pat and Keith rank all 247 teams, from top to bottom. Where will your team rank? Where do we predict they'll finish? Plus previews, features and much more. Order now for Aug. 25 release!
July 24, 2015 2015 D3football.com preseason All-Americans It might be all UW-Whitewater and Mount Union in Salem, but they don't have a monopoly on every great player in Division III. Here's the D3football.com preseason All-America team: a truly exclusive list.
July 20, 2015 Nebraska Wesleyan coming to IIAC NWU hasn't played a Division III opponent in football since 2002 but will jump back in in full force in the fall of 2016 when the Prairie Wolves join the Iowa Conference.
July 13, 2015 D3football.com preseason poll UW-Whitewater doesn't have its head coach, either coordinator, either cornerback or last year's All-American quarterback-receiver combo. But it still has enough votes to come in as preseason No. 1. Plus, half of the new-look NJAC gets preseason Top 25 votes. Check out the full preseason poll.
July 12, 2015 It's time to get Kickoff 2015! Our 11th annual Kickoff online publication will be released on Aug. 25! Pre-order now and avoid the rush! It's the online magazine previewing and ranking every Division III football team for 2015.
July 9, 2015 Wesley, North Central find each other for 10th game Two of the past decade's challengers to the purple reign found themselves in a bind this year and will line up against each other this September.
June 12, 2015 Wash U, Chicago already leaving SAA Washington University and the University of Chicago haven't even played their first game as football members of the Southern Athletic Association, and they've already announced their departure.
May 30, 2015 Chris Norton walks at graduation Former Luther football player Chris Norton suffered an injury in 2010, after which doctors said there was just a 3% chance he would regain any feeling below his neck. But his inspiring story continues as he walked at graduation.
May 3, 2015 Kumerow, Bailey, Franks among those with post-draft deals Jake Kumerow, Andrew Franks and Rasheed Bailey are among the players who have already signed following the draft, and many others should find themselves with offers as well.
May 2, 2015 Marpet focused on passing the test Ali Marpet is just like every other student at Hobart and William Smith. He's trying to avoid distractions and find a way to study for finals. However, while his classmates are trying to hit the books and resist the urge to enjoy the sunshine on the quad, Marpet is fulfilling media obligations for his first job out of college, professional football player.
May 1, 2015 Marpet chosen in second round Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet, who was the scouts' seeming small-school darling, ended Division III's two-year drought at the NFL draft.
April 28, 2015 Division III's draft prospects looking up The last time a Division III player was drafted was three years ago. And although it appears D-III is in line for a really high pick, Ali Marpet might not be alone. Here's how some of the other candidates have been doing.
April 8, 2015 New shuffle begins as NEWMAC adds football The NEWMAC, which sponsors a wide range of Division III sports, is bringing its football teams home, which is likely to set off a new set of falling dominoes in Division III's East Region.
April 2, 2015 Hobart assistant becomes Endicott's second-ever coach Kevin DeWall, who has spent the past 12 years as offensive coordinator at Hobart, is taking over at Endicott following the departure of J.B. Wells.
March 10, 2015 Former Carthage coach Rucks dies Tim Rucks, who was the head coach at Carthage for 18 years and at North Park before that, passed away.
February 20, 2015 Marpet turns heads at NFL combine Hobart All-American lineman Ali Marpet, the only D-III player at the NFL combine, put up a big number, shooting his rising star even higher for the 2015 NFL Draft.
February 18, 2015 Offseason moves in Coaching Carousel A former Division III head coach returns to take one of this winter's open coaching spots, while Maryville's coach steps down and Alfred State's coach announces his retirement. Keep up on all the head coaching moves this offseason with the Coaching Carousel.
February 2, 2015 D-III grad named coach of Atlanta Falcons Dan Quinn, who once anchored the Salisbury defensive line and was defensive coordinator for the NFC champion Seahawks, is the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
January 30, 2015 Whitewater promotes from within The Warhawks' offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator followed Lance Leipold to Buffalo. But Kevin Bullis stuck around, and he has been rewarded.
January 28, 2015 Hilvert resigns as Thomas More coach Jim Hilvert, who has been head coach at Thomas More for the past eight seasons, will take the head football coach position at LaSalle High School, which won its first Ohio state title this past fall.
January 24, 2015 Hobart's Marpet named to Senior Bowl all-star team Hobart senior offensive lineman Ali Marpet had an exceptional week in Mobile, Ala. His efforts drew attention from scouts from across the NFL.
January 16, 2015 Two Mount Union grads finalists for UWW job Ohio Northern coach Dean Paul and Wabash coach Erik Raeburn, who each played for former Mount Union coach Larry Kehres, are among five finalists for the biggest Division III job open this offseason.
January 13, 2015 Monmouth goes with Braun to lead Fighting Scots Monmouth didn't look far to find its new head coach after losing Steve Bell to the Augustana job.
January 6, 2015 Anderson hires junior college coach John Sala takes over the Ravens, inheriting a program that has won seven games in the past six seasons.
December 27, 2014 Division III football gives, and it takes away The scene after the Stagg Bowl was a reminder all 244 Division III football teams can relate to. Sometimes winners lose. More from Keith McMillan.
December 23, 2014 Around the Nation: 2014 Year in Review There were many memorable moments from the 2014 season. We can't possibly cover them all, but we'll hit the high points from coast to coast and you can suggest the rest.
December 20, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: Wrapping it up Why did Pat and Keith choose the Coach, Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year they way they did? What does this Stagg Bowl mean for the future of both programs? They cover that and more in the final ATN Podcast for 2014.
December 19, 2014 2014 D3football.com All-America team The 16th annual D3football.com All-America team was announced Friday afternoon in the Stagg Bowl pregame show. If you missed the broadcast, here's the list.
December 19, 2014 Our Stagg Bowl predictions Getting ready for tonight's Stagg Bowl? So are we. Here's predictions for Stagg Bowl XLII from our Triple Take crew and invited guests.
December 19, 2014 Whitewater defense takes away the title UW-Whitewater weathered the Mount Union run and went on to defeat the Purple Raiders 43-34 and win Stagg Bowl XLII.
December 19, 2014 Leipold leaves a legacy The Warhawks sent their coach out on top, as Lance Leipold's final game ended with Whitewater's sixth title.
December 18, 2014 The ultimate throwback for the Purple Powers In honor of the Thursday before the Stagg Bowl, we thought we'd take a look back at the previous meetings between UW-Whitewater and Mount Union. Pierre Garcon, Ryan Kleppe and many more former players tell the story of the Warhawks and Purple Raiders.
December 17, 2014 Kevin Burke repeats as Gagliardi Trophy winner Before Kevin Burke started showing up at Gagliardi Trophy ceremonies, we'd never had a junior win, and we'd never had a repeat winner. Now we have both.
December 16, 2014 Former Linfield coach returns to NWC Back when the Stagg Bowl used to occasionally be won by someone else, but still a team wearing purple, Jay Locey led Linfield to the Division III football national championship. Now he's back in D-III, with a much bigger challenge ahead.
December 16, 2014 Moore keeps UWW's long-running tradition alive This was nearly the first season during the Warhawks' stretch of dominance in which it did not have a 1,000-yard rusher. But Dennis Moore eclipsed the mark against Linfield, and teams with Jordan Ratliffe to form a powerful 1-2 punch. A Road to Salem feature by Josh Smith.
December 15, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: Here we go again We know what you’re thinking. How can this outcome, UW-Whitewater vs. Mount Union Part IX, possibly be good for the sport of Division III football. There’s no sugar-coating at this point and Pat and Keith give it to you straight.
December 15, 2014 Mount defense: No surprise it's back on the rise After last year's playoffs, it became clear that there was nowhere for the Mount Union defense to go but up. And that it did in Saturday's semifinal win vs. Wesley. Ryan Tipps has more on how the Purple Raiders did it in a Road to Salem feature.
December 13, 2014 Mount Union rolls over Wesley to return to Salem Wesley got in a big hole in the first quarter in Alliance for the second year in a row, and this time there was no way to come back as Mount Union crushed the Wolverines in the national semifinals.
December 13, 2014 Whitewater holds off Linfield to book ninth Salem trip After Linfield tied the game, Whitewater scored a fourth-quarter touchdown and the defense made it hold up.
December 12, 2014 Triple Take: Calling for two great semifinals Nobody except UW-Whitewater and Mount Union fans would object to seeing some fresh faces in Salem, whether it be one team or two. What does our three-headed prediction team think?
December 11, 2014 Linfield's D the difference in 2014 The Linfield defense gave up the final 28 points of the game last season when Linfield and UW-Whitewater met in the national quarterfinals. But it's been next man up this year for the Wildcats defense as well, with new starters who have performed. More in a Road to Salem feature.
December 11, 2014 Next man up for UW-Whitewater defensive line Let's be up front about this: UW-Whitewater has a young defensive line. But that's because their upperclassmen leaders are supplemented by five sophomores who rotate in. Now they've got a riddle to solve. More in a Road to Salem feature.
December 10, 2014 All the offseason coaching moves The coaching carousel is heating up, with moves from all parts of Division III. Check out all the latest moves.
December 10, 2014 Spencer a quick study for Mount Union Hank Spencer came to Mount Union a semester early, and it wasn’t just to get a head start on football. Spencer has a 3.98 GPA as a computer science major as well. More from Ryan Tipps in a Road to Salem feature.
December 10, 2014 Wolverines defense eager for another crack at Mount Giving up 62 points ... or scoring 59 points and losing ... still stings the Wesley defense. Wolverines defensive linemen Aamir Petrose and Payton Rose are eager for another shot at Mount Union. More in a Road to Salem feature.
December 9, 2014 Final four for Gagliardi Trophy announced Three quarterbacks and a running back, the Academic All-American of the Year, two national semifinalists, or last year's Gagliardi Trophy winner. Slice it however you want: Here's the four finalists who will be on stage in Salem on Dec. 17.
December 8, 2014 The 2014 D3football.com All-Region Teams More than 980 players were nominated for the D3football.com 2014 All-Region teams. Check out the full teams, plus regional Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
December 8, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: So close! Wartburg got so close to giving many Division III football fans what they've been begging for: a chance to see someone else in the Stagg Bowl. Pat and Keith hand out their game balls, plus talk to people who were on-site covering all four quarterfinals, to help you find out what you need to know.
December 6, 2014 Semis set: Linfield, UW-Whitewater, Wesley, Mount go on UW-Whitewater had to rally to beat Wartburg, while Mount Union survived John Carroll, Linfield jumped out early on Widener, and Wesley pulled away from Hobart at the end. Saturday's playoff wrapup.
December 5, 2014 Triple Take: Down to the quarterfinals We've reached the final eight, and there are nothing but standouts in the bunch. That makes it a thankless job trying to pick between the cream of the crop and the creamiest. Get our score predictions, and why, in the quarterfinal Triple Take.
December 5, 2014 University of New England adding football Maine will get another Division III football program, although not before 2017, at the earliest.
December 4, 2014 Cast your Gagliardi Trophy ballot! The fan vote for the Gagliardi Trophy is open until 1 p.m. ET, Dec. 8. Don't forget to cast your ballot on as many devices as you can! Click here for more info.
December 4, 2014 Assistants to follow Leipold to Buffalo Some key UW-Whitewater assistant coaches, including one who has been a part of every Stagg Bowl coaching staff, will go with Lance Leipold when he leaves for the University of Buffalo job.
December 4, 2014 Namdar on the receiving end After a couple years as a backup quarterback and another year out of the program entirely, Roman Namdar has found his home at wide receiver for the Purple Raiders. More in a Road to Salem feature.
December 4, 2014 Leipold leaving, but will UWW give him one last ring? Lance Leipold has at most three games left as UW-Whitewater's coach before he fully takes on the job at D-I Buffalo. How can the Warhawks keep it together when they know their head coach and coordinators have one foot out the door? More in a Road to Salem feature.
December 3, 2014 You better know their names, even if you can't spell them Their names seemed unusual when they were freshmen, but by now, Steve Koudossou and Sosthene Kapepula are known in D-III circles. If they can get Wesley to a Stagg Bowl, they could be known beyond. More in a Road to Salem feature.
December 3, 2014 Benedictine's Schroeder tabbed as Rockford head coach Benedictine University defensive coordinator Jim Schroeder has been named head coach at Rockford, replacing Vic Wallace.
December 2, 2014 Keep your motor runnin' When everything is going right, even a tackle for loss can bounce into a 69-yard touchdown run. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week, sponsored by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XLII.
December 2, 2014 Anderson coach resigns after two wins in three seasons Bobby Ladner, who has been head coach at Anderson for the past three seasons, has resigned his position at the school.
December 2, 2014 Cushman resigns at Augustana After three consecutive .500 seasons, Augustana coach Rob Cushman is stepping down. The Vikings, who won four consecutive national titles in the 1980s, last went to the playoffs in 2005.
December 2, 2014 Looking for lucky No. 13 Wartburg has trailed for less than 40 minutes all season. But after laying waste to the MIAC's best this season, now they'll face the nation's best, having already won more games than any team in the program's history.
December 1, 2014 Leipold gets D-I head coaching job UW-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold was introduced as the new head coach at Buffalo, a D-I FBS school, on Monday, and it was announced whether he would continue to coach the Warhawks through the playoffs.
November 30, 2014 Podcast: Upsetting the apple cart Linfield changed the game with its big win on Saturday, knocking off a UMHB program that had been a play or two from making the Stagg Bowl the past two years. Plus Wartburg, John Carroll and Hobart each survived second-round squeakers. Pat and Keith discuss that and more in this week's podcast.
November 29, 2014 Wrapup: Linfield advances, Hobart, John Carroll hold on Hobart got an interception on its own 2-yard line with 15 seconds left and John Carroll survived a potential game-winning field goal attempt as each advanced to the quarterfinals. More in the second-round playoff roundup.
November 28, 2014 St. Norbert coach out after one season Last offseason, Steve Opgenorth replaced Jim Purtill, who had been coach for 15 seasons. Opgenorth only made it through one before resigning and being replaced.
November 28, 2014 Our predicted scores: It's not all chalk Our Triple Take crew's predicted scores for Saturday reveal a couple of possible upsets and two more split decisions. It could make for a very interesting day in the second round of the playoffs. Read our predictions and share yours in comments.
November 27, 2014 Captains enjoying the ride Mason Studer's kick gave Christopher Newport its first playoff win in a decade, and the Captains aren't ready to stop riding the wave just yet. More in a Road to Salem feature.
November 27, 2014 Johns Hopkins, Hobart get together for Thanksgiving On Thanksgiving week, the Blue Jays and Statesmen won't be visiting with family, but they'll be face-to-face with teams they resemble.
November 26, 2014 W&J feels Linfield's pain On the other side of the bracket and the country is a Presidents team who understands what the Wildcats are going through, having a friend and teammate killed during the season.
November 25, 2014 Breaking out of the crowd Sometimes after a tough week, there's nothing you'd like to do better than to play a game, and in this case play it well. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week, sponsored by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XLII.
November 25, 2014 Myers follows his coach's footsteps One year after its first-round exit, John Carroll left no doubt it belonged in the playoffs under Mark Myers and coach Tom Arth, the last two quarterbacks to win playoff games for the Blue Streaks.
November 25, 2014 Cru weathers first-round adversity Mary Hardin-Baylor talked about overcoming adversity leading up to its first-round playoff game against Texas Lutheran. The Cru just didn’t imagine the scenario it would have to conquer. More in a Road to Salem feature.
November 24, 2014 ATN Podcast: Key takeaways from Round 1 Whether a team came out inspired or flat, was productive and lost or just skated through with a win, there was plenty to learn from in all 16 games. Pat and Keith run it all down and look ahead to Round 2 in this week's podcast.
November 24, 2014 Five juniors, five seniors named Gagliardi semifinalists Will Kevin Burke get a chance to repeat as Gagliardi Trophy winner? Find out who the 10 semifinalists are and cast your vote!
November 23, 2014 UMHB holds off Texas Lutheran in completion of game The Cru only ran 35 offensive plays and had the ball for less than 12 minutes, but it was enough to get past Texas Lutheran, 27-20.
November 22, 2014 MTU bracket: W&J picks off Witt, JCU wins big Washington and Jefferson picked off Wittenberg quarterback Zack Jenkins eight times to advance to play at Mount Union, while John Carroll roared out to a big win over Centre.
November 22, 2014 UMHB bracket: Late kicks give MAC split Widener lived by the late field goal, but Delaware Valley died by it as Christopher Newport's Mason Studer drilled a 38-yarder as time expired for the win. More coverage from the UMHB bracket.
November 22, 2014 UWW bracket: Wartburg survives, Johnnies pick up win St. Thomas pushed Wartburg to the brink, while St. John's picked off eight passes, Wabash advanced and UW-Whitewater rolled in the top-left bracket.
November 22, 2014 Wesley bracket: Kodossou goes off, MIT moves on MIT defeated Husson in overtime to win the New England geography bowl, while Hobart scored in the closing seconds to beat Ithaca and Steve Kodossou had a first half for the ages in Wesley's win.
November 21, 2014 Throwback Profs still driving If the passing game and high-scoring outbursts are the rage, Rowan coach Jay Accorsi is happy his team represents a throwback. The Profs have ridden a strong running game, led by Withler Marcelin, and a stout defense to a second straight NJAC title. More in Around the East.
November 21, 2014 Triple Take: We predict the scores When it comes to the playoffs, our three-headed predictions crew takes on a bigger challenge: picking the scores of each individual game. So which games are blowouts, which are toss-ups and where do we disagree? Check it out and give your predictions in Triple Take.
November 20, 2014 Our playoff picks, surprises, disappointments Around the Nation has assembled a team of prognosticators for an annual look at who might be surprising, or less so, in the 32-team Division III football playoffs.
November 19, 2014 Smooth sailing for Ruffing Ryan Ruffing was W&J's backup running back his first two seasons, but as a junior, he's rolled up more than 1,500 yards to help lead the Presidents back to the playoffs.
November 19, 2014 Playoff team capsules: All 32 teams Check out our previews of all 32 teams, from UW-Whitewater to Benedictine. How they got here, what their strengths and weaknesses are, the stats and how far they could go. It's a D3football.com playoff tradition!
November 18, 2014 Big hills to climb Benedictine and Macalester each face tall orders on Saturday, as they travel to Wheaton and UW-Whitewater for first-round playoff games, while Franklin renews an old rivalry. More in Around the Midwest.
November 18, 2014 Return of the Mules “We expected to be in,” said Mules head coach Mike Donnelly. “We felt we were deserving. We know that every game counts and we know that you can be 9-1 and be a bubble team.” More about Muhlenberg in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
November 18, 2014 Destination: Bangor, Maine The Husson Eagles were watching the selection show Sunday night anxious to find out where they would be going. With the operative word being: going. More in Around the Northeast.
November 18, 2014 Sura, Johnnies glad to be back Don’t be mistaken: Sam Sura and the St. John's football team are thrilled to still be playing. But if the Johnnies seem to be going about business as usual, it’s because they feel like they've been in the playoffs for the last seven games. More in Around the West.
November 17, 2014 ATN Podcast: Bracket breakdown This year's bracket is a bit of a throwback, and as we discover in this week's Around the Nation Podcast, that might not be a bad thing. Plus, who got jobbed the most in the brackets and much more in this week's podcast.
November 16, 2014 The only play it could be A rivalry game ends in dramatic fashion. But even if you saw the footage on ESPN or somewhere else online, you didn't see this. It has the reverse angles that show exactly why this play went down like this. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week, sponsored by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XLII.
November 16, 2014 Linfield player killed Linfield football player Parker Moore was stabbed late Saturday night at a convenience store across from campus and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
November 16, 2014 The playoff bracket is out! Here's the full Field of 32 on the Road to Salem, where the NCAA solved the UW-Oshkosh/North Central mess by ignoring them entirely and St. Thomas hopped over a team it lost to to get into the field.
November 16, 2014 Take the bracket challenge! Join the Division III football playoff bracket challenge! Our friends at d3photography.com are hosting our bracket contest, so put your picks up and see how you do!
November 16, 2014 Our projected playoff bracket If you stayed up late on Saturday night, you heard our bracketology crew debate the playoff selections and then bracket them, rapid-fire style. Here's what we came up with:
November 15, 2014 UWW, Mount survive selection Saturday Mount Union got a battle from John Carroll all the way down to the final three seconds, while UW-Whitewater struggled but scored in the final minute to win at UW-River Falls.
November 15, 2014 Widener, Hampden-Sydney, Macalester all clinch bids The Pride goeth into the NCAA playoffs as the MAC champs, while Hampden-Sydney backs in after losing on Saturday and Macalester won the MWC in dramatic fashion. The roundup of games affecting the playoff picture.
November 15, 2014 Cortland gets Jug in wild ending, Bash keeps Bell, RPI shoes The Cortaca Jug remains in Cortland State's hands for the fifth consecutive year, plus coverage from the Monon Bell, Dutchmen Shoes and more.
November 14, 2014 Predictions for Week 11 We know what the big games are, I'm pretty sure. But who can play themselves into the playoffs and who can play themselves out this week? What are the last games between non-contenders to pay attention to? Our prognosticators tell all in Triple Take.
November 14, 2014 The D3football Bracketology Show On Saturday night, the NCAA committee will be meeting to seed and select the playoff teams. And we'll be doing the same. Join us as we go through a mock selection call and tell you what your team's chances are, and where they could play.
November 13, 2014 Around the Nation: Playing for perfection Delaware Valley and Widener have been building to this point all season. This weekend there are bragging rights, a rivalry trophy, the conference title and playoff seedings all on the line. More on this key matchup in Around the Nation.
November 12, 2014 Centre Colonels are keeping it real Faced with the revocation of the conference's automatic bid, Centre is just focused on one thing: winning the next game. Justin Goldberg has more in Around the South.
November 12, 2014 The Sister on the sidelines Whether it was watching the Saints practice next to the monastery, leading a team prayer or attending a game on Saturday afternoon, Sister Lisa Maurer enjoyed her time with the St. Scholastica football team. So when she was invited to join the coaching staff, she couldn't say no. More in Around the West.
November 12, 2014 Sulages steps down at Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark football coach Chris Sulages has resigned after nine seasons. The Pioneers were winless this season, losing to first-year program George Fox on Saturday.
November 12, 2014 Projected 2014 playoff selections, bracket What happens when you take a regional ranking in which the West Region ranking is almost certainly out of order and can't be easily understood, and an unbeaten Pool B team is ranked third among Pool B teams in the South Region alone. You get an interesting mock bracket. Here's ours.
November 12, 2014 Second NCAA regional ranking for 2014 The NCAA released its second regional rankings of the season. This ranking and the secret one that follows are the ones that the football championships committee uses to determine who gets at-large bids and where teams are (secretly) seeded.
November 11, 2014 History repeating When the home team blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown for its first score, it was pretty impressive. But that isn't the play we're talking about. What happened later was this. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week, sponsored by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XLII.
November 11, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week From more than 100 nominations, we pull the best of the week in Division III, including the seven-touchdown game, a player who did it all on special teams, one who had five tackles for loss in a do-or-die game and more. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 11, 2014 He's come a long way An injury early in his career nearly cost him more than just a season of football, but Evan Killilea recovered and has come on strong to lead Wittenberg's defense. More in Around the Great Lakes.
November 11, 2014 A veteran influence Many times in recent years, Division III teams have welcomed former student-athletes back to finish their education. On this Veterans Day, here's the story of four such young men at Bridgewater and McDaniel.
November 10, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: Playoff picture The playoff picture began to take shape this week, as 14 of the 24 automatic bids were claimed. Pat and Keith talk through the teams who are in, who has yet to clinch and who might be in line for the Pool B bids.
November 9, 2014 Snap judgments: Finding parity Ryan Tipps thinks parity arises from other teams following the examples of top teams, finding the coaches and the recruits that best fit in with each school’s academic and athletic philosophies and, lastly, stepping up to meet the new challenges.
November 9, 2014 100 games for Fred Jackson From D3football.com All-American to bona fide NFL player to NFL veteran, Division III football has not forgotten Fred Jackson and he has not forgotten D-III, either.
November 9, 2014 Updated Top 25 After a couple of Top 10 losses and another too-close-for-comfort win, there are some shakeups in the D3football.com Top 25.
November 8, 2014 Witt, Ithaca, Hobart win bids in head-to-head battles Hobart survived on the road at St. Lawrence, while Ithaca shut down St. John Fisher and Wittenberg held off Wabash in the NCAC. Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins clinched as well, while St. John's put itself on the doorstep.
November 8, 2014 MIT, CNU wrap up bookending automatic bids MIT won the NEFC for the first time, CNU won the USAC for the last time, and other teams clinched automatic bids as well. Macalester won its eighth game for the first time in 121 years of football, while George Fox picked up its first win since restarting football. More in the national roundup.
November 8, 2014 Brown has big day for Big Red Denison junior DuShawn Brown posted the eighth-best receiving day in NCAA Division III history on Saturday, with 339 yards in a win vs. Allegheny.
November 7, 2014 Triple Take: Our Week 10 predictions For some, the season will be over this week. For others, this is a season-defining weekend. And for more, this is a potential trap week before a big game in Week 11. How might it all shake out? Our Triple Take crew predicts ...
November 6, 2014 Around the Nation: From slumping to surging With two weeks of football left to play in the regular season, some names that may not be so familiar to football fans around the country are in the postseason discussion.
November 5, 2014 Austin College progressing at its own pace The progress of the Austin College football team is pretty easy to see, whether on the field or on the page. They just had to take a couple of steps back first.
November 5, 2014 Johnson, Mustangs peaking at right time When Lemar Johnson steps on the field Saturday in the biggest football game of his life, he will be guiding a team in the midst of its most important moment. It's fitting that Johnson and Morrisville State will see new heights together, because the two are forever linked. More in Around the East.
November 5, 2014 First NCAA regional ranking for 2014 The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the season. This ranking and the ones that follow are the ones that the football championships committee uses to determine who gets at-large bids and where teams are (secretly) seeded.
November 4, 2014 A miraculous reception We can't call it *the* Immaculate Reception, but this deflection and catch is pretty immaculate in its own right. This modern take on a classic catch and touchdown is the D3football.com Play of the Week.
November 4, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week From Albright to Willamette, from Austin to Wheaton, it's our weekly honor roll: the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
November 4, 2014 'Out of my comfort zone' Alana Gaither never planned to play football. She played on an all-boys soccer team as a child and her first love was always soccer, that is until the high school team at Akron Firestone needed a kicker. More in Around the Great Lakes.
November 4, 2014 Willamette, Jones keeping up Saturday’s win over Linfield has been the talk of Willamette University's campus because the Bearcats beat a top-five team and dropped the Wildcats from the top of the league standings.
November 3, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: New-found intrigue Now, we finally get some intrigue. Admittedly, when UW-Whitewater is tied at the half and Mary Hardin-Baylor is down and Linfield trails and goes on to lose, sometimes that's what counts for intrigue in Division III football. Pat and Keith talk about that and a lot more in this week's podcast.
November 2, 2014 Snap Judgments: A week with plenty of surprises Sure, we called a couple of the upsets from Saturday's games, but two others came from out of the blue for ranked teams and there were surprises even further down the standings as well. Ryan Tipps has more in Snap Judgments.
November 2, 2014 Latest Top 25 poll released Bethel moves back into the Top 10 for the first time since losing at Wartburg in the Royals' opener. Plus, how far does Linfield fall after its home loss to Willamette? Who enters the poll with three lower-ranked teams losing?
November 1, 2014 Linfield falls; Whitewater, UMHB survive Dylan Jones ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns to lift Willamette past its archrival, No. 5 Linfield, while No. 1 UW-Whitewater was pushed by No. 16 UW-Platteville and second-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor trailed rival Hardin-Simmons at halftime before rallying.
November 1, 2014 Roundup: Teams line up for MWC title game Macalester handed Carroll its first loss of the season, setting up a possible three-way tie in one division, while Illinois College and Cornell are set up to square off in the other division. Montclair had another big-interception day, and more from the rest of D-III in the national roundup.
October 31, 2014 NCAA reverses course, says no bid for SAA, MASCAC Contrary to the information it released a few weeks ago, the NCAA D-III football championships committee announced Friday that the Southern Athletic Association and Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference will not have automatic bids to the 2014 Division III football playoffs.
October 31, 2014 Triple Take Week 9 predictions: It's getting serious As we get down to the stretch run, the games get bigger. One team could even clinch an automatic bid to the playoffs this week. Get our experts' take in Triple Take.
October 30, 2014 ATN: In the Empire 8, there are 9 teams that can beat you So far, Brockport State has beaten Hartwick, who beat Alfred, who beat Buffalo State, who beat Frostburg State, who beat Ithaca, who beat Salisbury, who beat St. John Fisher, who beat Utica, who beat Brockport State. Such is the state of the Empire 8.
October 29, 2014 After dust settles, Franklin still the team to beat in HCAC Franklin looked to be on the ropes a few weeks into the season, but the Grizzlies have rebounded and now are firmly in control of the HCAC. Again. More in Around the Midwest.
October 29, 2014 Bears coming home to coach The Ursinus defense is coming back to form thanks in part to the young guys on the field and the young guys on the sideline, two recent alumni who came back to join their former coach. That and more in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 28, 2014 Right place, right time It's dangerous punting from your own end line. But for the punt block unit, it could also have been a lost opportunity if not for a fortunate carom and a pair of sticky hands. This punt block is the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 28, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week Chosen from more than 100 nominees, here's our weekly honor roll. In its 16th year, it's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 28, 2014 At home in the secondary A team that works well together wins together. And as four of Bethel's defensive backs have discovered this season, apparently living together doesn't hurt either. Josh Smith has more in Around the West.
October 28, 2014 DePauw turning it around After hitting rock-bottom, with a 2-8 season and just one touchdown, total, in three Monon Bell games, DePauw has been putting it back together under coach Bill Lynch. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 27, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: Separation of powers? Whether there is a separation at the top of the poll, whether it’s the top four teams, the top six or seven, or some other combination, one thing is for sure: they certainly separated themselves on the scoreboard this week.
October 26, 2014 Snap judgments: An interesting week It’s particularly exciting to see how conferences can still get shaken up this late in the season. People have built so many expectations by this point that much is assumed going into game day, and yet, things still go haywire. Ryan Tipps has more in Snap Judgments.
October 26, 2014 D3football.com Top 25 poll released The voters are basically in agreement about who the best 23 teams in Division III are this week. But there are a lot of candidates for the other spots, and one of them sneaks in at the No. 25 spot.
October 25, 2014 Another set of big numbers Top 10 teams put up 72, 74, 75, 71 and 70 points on Saturday in Week 8, including Mary Hardin-Baylor dropping one of those totals on previously unbeaten Texas Lutheran. Plus the Little Brass Bell game came down to a kick at the end. More in the Top 25 roundup.
October 25, 2014 Roundup: Middlebury snaps Trinity's streak Trinity (Conn.) had won 53 consecutive home games, dating to 2001, but Middlebury put an emphatic end to that streak on Saturday. Plus, Montclair took over first in the NJAC and Hiram picked up a fourth win for the first time since ...
October 24, 2014 Triple Take: We predict Week 8 games Will Texas Lutheran's defense stand up to Mary Hardin-Baylor? Could any Top 25 teams be upset? Which teams get their playoff hopes back on track? Check out our staff predictions in this week's Triple Take.
October 23, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week More guys with 200-yard rushing and receiving days than you can shake a stick at, plus a bunch players with double-digit tackles or multiple interceptions makes for a great weekly honor roll! It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 23, 2014 Around the Nation: Finding a freshman phenom When a freshman steps on campus, he could be the next Nate Kmic, or he could be gone before the end of two-a-days. Most fall somewhere in between, and Ryan Tipps talks to a couple of them in the latest Around the Nation column.
October 23, 2014 Tyre Coleman: An all-time great? Despite being double- and triple-teamed for most of the past two seasons, Tyre Coleman is still climbing the career sack leaderboard and helping Hobart climb into the D3football.com Top 10. More in Around the East.
October 22, 2014 Nothing can slow down these E&H assistant coaches Doug Blevins and Clayton Matthews are not as mobile as the rest of the Emory and Henry coaching staff, but it's easy for the Wasps players to look past their disabilities. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
October 22, 2014 The Little Brass Bell is never just another game Wheaton and North Central have played for years with the Little Brass Bell on the line. And for most of the past decade they have met with the CCIW title in the balance as well. More on this week's game in Around the Midwest.
October 21, 2014 Coming down with the win It was a game with big rallies and late scores, and in the end, it took one final pass getting hauled in in overtime to end it all. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 21, 2014 WNE, MIT make for an unlikely New England showdown MIT and Western New England have two of the best backs in the region. This week they meet head-on but they are only a subplot, The bigger picture is that WNE and MIT are both undefeated making it a huge game in the NEFC. That and more in Around the Northeast.
October 21, 2014 Leipold puts personal accomplishments in background "When he steps back when he’s done — whenever that is — he will look back and just realize what an accomplishment he achieved in a very short period of time," Bob Berezowitz said of Lance Leipold. "And this will be the first of many." More in Around the West.
October 20, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: Still many unbeatens A few unbeaten but unranked teams had the opportunity to prove themselves against opponents with a little more prestige on Saturday. But in the end, Chicago, Gustavus and Emory & Henry couldn't get over the hump. Pat and Keith talk about everything in D-III in this week's podcast.
October 19, 2014 Snap judgments: Finding clarity We found out some things about how the NJAC race will play out, as well as the ODAC and HCAC. And while there are more than a few games of importance left in the MIAC, we got the beginnings of the answer there as well. Ryan Tipps has more in Snap Judgments.
October 19, 2014 D3football.com Top 25 released Chapman enters the D3football.com Top 25 for the first time in the program's history in the latest poll. Were there any other changes?
October 18, 2014 Leipold sets record: Fastest to 100 career wins UW-Whitewater defeated UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, giving coach Lance Leipold his 100th career win in just his 106th career game. That's the fastest to 100 for any NCAA coach.
October 18, 2014 Ranked teams hand GAC, E&H, Chicago, UWSP first losses St. John's and Hampden-Sydney handed Gustavus Adolphus and Emory and Henry their first losses of the season on Saturday, while Bethel topped Chicago in similar fashion. Meanwhile, Pacific beat PLU for the first time since 1972.
October 18, 2014 Roundup: Frostburg downs IC in OT; Anderson survives For the second time in four years, Frostburg has knocked off an Empire 8 contender in OT on its homecoming, while Anderson answered Hanover's comeback and points, lots of points were scored.
October 17, 2014 Triple Take: We predict Week 7 At this point in the season, we've got an idea what to expect. And just when we think we know teams, the excitement happens. Pat, Ryan and Keith try to make sense of it.
October 16, 2014 Distance no deterrent to Mighty Mikey, Merchant Marine The Mariners' football team 'adopted' a young cancer patient a few years ago, and although young Mikey Weinstein is no longer in the New York area, his fight still inspires the team and the team still brings Mikey joy. More in Around the Nation.
October 15, 2014 Making his own name Luke Riemenschneider's connections to Baldwin Wallace go back generations. And while his great-grandfather's name is on the music school, Luke's name is in the Yellow Jackets' record book. More in Around the Great Lakes.
October 15, 2014 Around the West: Back on the field When he injured his knee during training camp last summer, it was difficult for Jeremiah McKibbins to stand by while his teammates went on to match the best season in Chapman history. But the running back is back and Chapman is looking to ride him to the postseason.
October 14, 2014 The reverse flea-flicker, with a spin move on top You've seen some amazing plays in Division III football this week, but this one involves great execution, with a fantastic individual effort at the end to get the ball in the end zone. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
October 14, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week From more than 100 nominations, we pull the best of the week in Division III, including the five-interception game, a player who blocked three kicks, a 300-yard rusher and more. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 14, 2014 Consistent Carroll looks to climb Carroll has won 70 percent of its games the past five seasons, but that hasn't been enough to bring back a Midwest Conference title. This year could be different. More in Around the Midwest.
October 13, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: A shootout weekend No offense, but if you like defense, there wasn't a lot to like about Week 6. But if you like big totals on the scoreboard, then this was the week for you. Pat and Keith talk about that and much more in the weekly podcast.
October 12, 2014 Snap judgments: Why we put an -ack in ODAC You can tell when someone doesn't know Division III, because they pronounce the ODAC as O-D-A-C. But if anyone needed a reminder of the pronunciation, they got it this week, when the ODAC was all out of whack.
October 12, 2014 The latest D3football.com Top 25 poll With only two ranked teams losing, there were some pretty large drops, as well as some opportunity for reshuffling in our poll.
October 11, 2014 Ithaca grounded; Del Val offense rolls Buffalo State and Delaware Valley each put up impressive point totals on some strong defenses in Top 25 action on Saturday, while every other ranked team won, most of them by wide margins.
October 11, 2014 Roundup: ODAC gets wacky, Centre rolls, Luther falls Shenandoah jumped out big and held on vs. Guilford, while E&H won a battle of unbeatens, Nash Nance caught a TD pass, one player picked off five passes and more in Saturday's national roundup.
October 10, 2014 Triple Take: Our predictions for Week 6 What will be the game of the week this weekend? Which Top 25 team or teams might get upset? And where do we look for under-the-radar games that could be interesting as well? Ryan, Keith and Pat predict the weekend in Triple Take.
October 9, 2014 Around the Nation: Re-ranking the conferences Keith McMillan ranked conferences for years for D3football.com. This is Ryan Tipps' first crack at it. How do the conferences stack up now that non-conference play is all but wrapped up?
October 8, 2014 So far, Chicago not singing the blues For the second season in a row, the University of Chicago is off to a 4-0 start. The Maroons are hoping to avoid the slide that ended the 2013 season, however. More in Around the Midwest.
October 8, 2014 Split loyalties Kyle Rudolph plays offensive line for Amherst, while his younger brother Ryan is on the Middlebury O-line. That makes for some interesting game days for this family from California. More in Around the Northeast.
October 8, 2014 Around the West: The Gustavus gunslinger Mitch Hendricks has stepped up his game at Gustavus Adolphus. The Gusties’ quarterback has the offense putting up staggering numbers through the air and has led the team to a 5-0 start.
October 7, 2014 DB diving for destiny When you're still looking for your first win and the game is on the line, it's time to come up big. And there's no better time than with a minute left in the game in front of a huge crowd.
October 7, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week From Alfred State to Wooster, or from Delaware Valley to Pacific, the wide range of Division III football is represented in our weekly honor roll. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 6, 2014 Podcast: Surprise?! It's not a surprise that W&J beat Thomas More, but the margin of victory? Definitely surprising. And perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise that Salisbury beat St. John Fisher, considering the Sea Gulls had done so in each of the five previous meetings. Pat and Keith talk about that and much more in this week's Around the Nation podcast
October 5, 2014 Snap judgments: Where's the dropoff in Division III? Saturday's loss by St. John Fisher and losses earlier this season by Bethel and North Central serve as a reminder that the gap between the haves and the almost-haves in Division III is hard to cross. More in Ryan Tipps' Snap Judgments.
October 5, 2014 Wabash jumps into Top 10 The latest D3football.com Top 25, with Wabash moving into the Top 10 and W&J moving into the Top 25. What other changes took place?
October 4, 2014 Fisher falls, Carroll survives Salisbury went up to Rochester and knocked off St. John Fisher in overtime, while John Carroll scored twice in the fourth quarter to win at Ohio Northern. Linfield rolled past PLU, while UW-Stevens Point survived at UW-River Falls. That and more in the Top 25 roundup.
October 4, 2014 Morrisville, Rowan win in NJAC, tables turn on St. Norbert The first full week of NJAC action saw some big-time individual performances, while the Green Knights were victim to the comeback this week and someone kicked a 50-yard field goal on an untimed down to win the game. That and more in the Week 5 roundup.
October 3, 2014 Around the Region: UMHB has expectations to match its success "It’s not normal to see an L on our record. So we’re accustomed to winning and that’s what we preach in practice and on game days," says UMHB receiver Kamray Runnels.
October 3, 2014 Triple Take: With all conference play underway Some have yet to take the field for conference play, but most leagues will have rectified that by the end of the weekend. For some, that includes some of the biggest games they'll play all season. Keith, Ryan and Pat make their calls for Week 5 in Triple Take.
October 2, 2014 Around the Nation: Playing short This past week, Maranatha Baptist had to cancel a game because it didn't have enough players. And they're not the only team getting by with short rosters. Ryan Tipps talks to two coaches (ones who were actually willing to talk about it) in Around the Nation.
October 1, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week There were plenty of huge numbers on offense in Week 4, but some great defensive performances to choose from as well. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
October 1, 2014 Around the Region: Postcards from the road Adam Turer spent some time on I-81 and visited three Old Dominion Athletic Conference campuses. Hear three coaches talk about their school and its hometown in their own words.
October 1, 2014 Why John Thorne is stepping down The North Central head coach surprised many with an announcement Sunday morning after the team's loss to UW-Stevens Point. Clyde Hughes had already written one column about the Cardinals, but had to call back and get more on the new story. It's in Around the Midwest.
October 1, 2014 At Wilkes, they put the pedal to the metal When the coach has a 200-mph speed limit sign on the wall in his office, it shouldn't be a surprise when they set records on offense. This is the way the game is played at Wilkes. More in Around the East.
September 30, 2014 When you've already done it all The quarterback had already seemingly done it all through one overtime in a shootout with a fellow conference contender. But 476 yards of total offense and five touchdowns wasn't enough to win this game. What came next is the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 29, 2014 Podcast: Finally, some upsets They're probably not too upset in Stevens Point, Wis., or Collegeville, Minn. Now where do these teams fall in their conference races? Pat and Keith go over the big games, the under-the-radar highlights and much more in this week's podcast.
September 29, 2014 North Central announces succession plan North Central head football coach John Thorne has announced his plans to step down from his position following the 2014 season, with his successor already in place.
September 28, 2014 Around the Nation: Snap judgments St. John's and UW-Stevens Point took center stage for their upset victories, but Christopher Newport had a great Saturday night as well. More from Ryan Tipps in Sunday's Snap judgments.
September 28, 2014 Upheaval in the D3football.com Top 25 poll Two highly ranked teams lost this week. And they dragged some teams down with them. Check out the full poll, plus who entered the ranking.
September 27, 2014 Off to record starts Stevenson and Hendrix remained unbeaten, each having unprecedented success for their young programs, while Ursinus moved to 4-0, St. Norbert had a huge rally, the Gusties had some huge numbers and much more in this week's roundup.
September 27, 2014 Johnnies celebrate; Pointers pull upset South St. Paul native Sam Sura ran for 210 yards and the Johnnies' defense forced four fourth-quarter turnovers in a 24-14 win. Plus UW-Stevens Point knocked off No. 5 North Central, Heidelberg had a huge day on offense and many other Top 25 teams rolled.
September 26, 2014 Triple Take Week 4: Our predictions From the rivalry to the wacky, the final Saturday of September pretty much has it all. Check out the crew's predictions, from east coast to west coast, in this week's Triple Take.
September 26, 2014 Chicago FAA fire forces cancellation of Pacific game A fire that shut down the FAA's main ground control center in the Chicago area has forced the cancellation of Saturday's scheduled Pacific football game at the University of Chicago.
September 25, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week The weekly D3football.com honor roll includes players from Washington and Jefferson, Wheaton, Whitworth, Willamette, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wittenberg and players from schools at the other end of the alphabet as well. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 25, 2014 Around the Nation: The phrase that stays From DePauw Never Quits to Wabash Always Fights to Every Man a Lute, some Division III schools identify with a phrase that has lasted through the years. Ryan Tipps takes a look at some of those in Around the Nation.
September 24, 2014 Around the Region The top two teams each of the last three years square off in the Centennial, Adrian's star defensive back shrugs off a three-interception day, two Boston College transfers hit the NESCAC and CUW looks for a reboot. That and more in Around the Region.
September 24, 2014 Around the Region: Record-setting day At the last minute, Bryan Peterson’s parents decided to make the trip to La Verne for Whitworth's game. Good thing they did, or they would have missed an epic passing performance. More in Around the West.
September 23, 2014 What you run on fourth-and-17 Deep in your own territory, middle of the fourth quarter, down by two touchdowns, there aren't a lot of high-percentage plays you can call on for a fourth-and-long situation. But this time found one that worked. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
September 22, 2014 Podcast: Strange, and happy endings What's the sound of a team snapping a 31-game losing streak? Or of a team's dreams vanishing in a last-second mistake? You'll hear both of those, and get Keith and Pat's take on it and much more from this week in this week's Around the Nation Podcast.
September 21, 2014 Snap judgments: Taking a new look at the poll The perception seems to be that at about Week 3, most Top 25 voters do major teardowns and rebuilding of their ballots. Ryan Tipps points out that this past Saturday’s games do a good job of reminding voters why it might be time to do so.
September 20, 2014 Roundup: Tufts, St. Vincent end long streaks, TLU wins in bizarre ending Tufts ended a 31-game slide, while St. Vincent knocked off Case to end a 23-game skid, while the Louisiana College-Texas Lutheran game ended in bizarre fashion. That and more in the roundup.
September 20, 2014 Defense rules the day for JCU, Wesley, Ithaca Some of Division III's most prolific rushers were held in check on Saturday, while Wesley finally got a chance to take down an old rival and schooled the Profs in a big win. North Central and Linfield looked good under the lights. That and more in Saturday's Top 25 roundup.
September 19, 2014 Triple Take: Our predictions for Week 3 We won't have to wait until November to find out how got some teams are this year, while a playoff rematch is also on the docket as well as an entire conference finally playing with us this week. Check out Ryan, Keith and Pat's look at this week in Triple Take.
September 18, 2014 Around the Nation: Startups back for more The three teams that started up Division III football programs last season are now in the midst of Year Two, and they don't play so much like freshmen any more. Ryan Tipps checks in with all three in the latest Around the Nation column.
September 17, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week The weekly D3football.com honor roll includes players from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Emory and Henry, Brockport State, Southwestern, Thomas More and of course, Rose-Hulman and Illinois College, along with many more. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 17, 2014 From the Orioles to the Bengals His baseball dreams played out after a few seasons in the minor leagues, Kyle Hoppy turned to his other love, football. After a season holding a clipboard, now he's leading one of D-III's most prolific early-season offenses. More in Around the East.
September 17, 2014 Around the Region This week's columns include a look at Division III's maritime schools who squared off this past weekend. Monmouth's two-headed running game has started off strong, Ohio Northern is off to a better start under center in 2014, Wesley's defense is taking out its quarterfinal frustrations and Wartburg knows it has a lot of games left.
September 16, 2014 The defense answers Under the lights, with the cameras on them, the young team's defense shone brightly. That includes this pick-6 to clinch the game in the closing minutes. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week returns.
September 16, 2014 Around the South: Teaching Trinity Jerheme Urban learned a lot playing under Steve Mohr and spending nine seasons in the NFL. Now the new Trinity (Texas) head coach is putting that education major to good use with his Tigers squad.
September 15, 2014 Podcast: Still talking about the three-OT thriller If you tuned out of Division III football after your team's game Saturday afternoon, you missed one of the biggest stories of the year: Rose-Hulman defeating Illinois College 74-68 in triple overtime. Keith and Pat get you caught up on the Around the Nation Podcast.
September 14, 2014 Snap judgments: Underdogs with bite Ryan Tipps gives us his first look at Week 2, with the underdogs who almost pulled off the upsets, the favorites who came through, and the rest of the weekend's excitement.
September 13, 2014 Roundup: Rose-Hulman, IC make history in 3OT Rose-Hulman outlasted Illinois College 74-68 in a game that tied the D-III mark for most points in a game. Meanwhile, Southwestern picked up the first win since the revival of the program while Cortland State must be kicking itself after its second consecutive late-game miscue and an Elmhurst running back named Williams had a 300-yard game.
September 13, 2014 Wartburg continues early-season run No. 15 Wartburg had a huge third quarter to knock off No. 7 Bethel on Saturday, while No. 5 Linfield rallied past Chapman, UW-Whitewater pulled away from Franklin and more in Week 2's Top 25 action.
September 12, 2014 Triple Take: Our predictions for Week 2 There's one clash of ranked teams, and 10 ranked teams taking on pretty good challenges, be they against teams on the fringe of the rankings, teams with recent pedigree or teams we expect to push for a conference title and finish with a winning record.
September 11, 2014 Around the Nation: Following his heart Forced from the middle of the action to a supporting role on the sidelines, Methodist linebacker Bryan Bing learned a lot about the game, and himself.
September 10, 2014 D3football.com Team of the Week The weekly D3football.com honor roll was chosen from more than 100 nominations. It's the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
September 9, 2014 Answers on offense Wholesale changes on offense were the big question about this team in the preseason. But in Week 1, it looked a lot more like answers. The D3football.com Play of the Week returns.
September 9, 2014 The littlest Tartan Carnegie Mellon’s most inspirational member of the team wasn’t on the field for the Tartans on Saturday night. But the impact a player can make isn’t always measured in touchdowns and tackles. More in Around the Great Lakes.
September 9, 2014 Around the Region It was a magical night at Northwestern, Rose-Hulman and Franklin experience elation and deflation, Averett took a step toward rebuilding its program, and a new rivalry got a new chapter. That's what you'll see in this week's Around the Region columns.
September 8, 2014 Around the Nation Podcast: The new season It's a new season for Division III football and for the podcast as well. We're doing things a little differently, so give it a listen and let us know what you think. The week's top stories, game balls, predictions revisited and much more. Subscribe in iTunes!
September 8, 2014 Coaching Carousel turning already at Lawrence Lawrence coach Mike Barthelmess resigned the football head coaching position following the Vikings' 34-6 season-opening loss to Rockford. He was 3-18 at Lawrence and 18-79-1 as a Division III head coach.
September 8, 2014 D3football.com Top 25 A couple of teams move into the poll and others move up based on who they beat. Check out the full D3football.com Top 25.
September 7, 2014 Snap judgments: Right foot or wrong foot? There are two ways to start the season -- with a win, or a loss. Now, not every win necessarily puts you off on the right foot, but it certainly helps. Ryan Tipps runs down a little bit of who's on each side in his first Sunday reactions column of the season.
September 6, 2014 Friday night: Widener knocks off Rowan The Pride got the season off on the right foot, while McDaniel rallied late and Trine and Manchester didn't even finish. More from Friday night's action.
September 6, 2014 Roundup: Bengals slide past Cortland Cortland State thought it was running out the clock, but gave Buff State one last chance. Meanwhile, Hiram rallied from a 24-point deficit to win its opener. That and much more in the opening weekend national roundup.
September 6, 2014 Little Giants bash Nance, IWU wins, UST survives Cody and Ethan Buresh combined for three and a half sacks and a pick six, while IWU defeated Franklin and St. Thomas survived vs. UW-Eau Claire. More in the Top 25 roundup.
September 5, 2014 Think you know it all? Try your luck at our Kickoff treasure hunt Our crack team of editors has picked out 18 unique tidbits written about within Kickoff 2014. The first three readers to answer all 18 correctly will get a D-III specific prize sent their way. Try your luck as the season opens!
September 5, 2014 Triple Take: We predict the weekend's games From the Delaware valley (and Delaware Valley) to the Pacific Northwest, Ryan, Keith and Pat predict this weekend's games. It's Triple Take, on the site every Friday.
September 4, 2014 Around the Region returns In addition to a national columnist, yes, we have regional columns as well. Each week seven columnists cover regions of the country to bring you even more in-depth coverage, starting this week. Check them out!
September 3, 2014 Kickoff: It's not too late! Games start this weekend, but it's not too late to get Kickoff 2014 and all the great preview coverage you need to truly understand the season. Get Keith McMillan's deeper sleepers, 244 season previews, rankings and much more!
September 2, 2014 Around the Nation: A new-look classic Hampden-Sydney and Wabash, two all-male schools, are squaring off in football this weekend for the first time. As we simultaneously pass the baton to a new Around the Nation columnist, Ryan Tipps introduces the Gentlemen's Classic, and himself as well.
September 1, 2014 2014 NFL season opens with nine D-III alumni on rosters Derek Carrier and Jordan Gay are the new names in the league, which is a good reminder that the D-III players who make it in the NFL are often the most persistent.
August 29, 2014 This season's super seniors Who are the candidates for the D3 Senior Classic this December? Here's the Super Seniors watch list, released Friday, Aug. 29. Because if your list has 600 names on it, or just 156, like this one, it's not an All-American team. It's a watch list.
August 27, 2014 Kickoff: Haven't subscribed yet? The exclusive online preview of the entire Division III football season is here! Who will knock UW-Whitewater off their perch? And is D-III that far off from scholarship football? Jake Kumerow can answer that. Find out in Kickoff 2014!