2012 playoffs: Mount Union bracket

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Mount Union Purple Raiders
Seed: No. 1, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 1, Week 11, 2012
Location: Alliance, OH
Enrollment: 2115
Stadium: Mount Union Stadium (5450)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: OAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 2
Head coach: Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71)
Career record: 327-24-3 (.932)
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 2-4-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 73-13 (1985-86, 1990, 1992-present)
Championships: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008
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How they got here: Pool A, OAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: The offense gets into a rhythm quickly. In Week 11 against John Carroll, the Purple Raiders ran 86 plays.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Well not that anyone's actually seen them play poorly, but if they're allowing pressure on the quarterback, who leads the nation in passing efficiency, that could be a problem. They've had injury issues at left tackle.
This season's turning point: Making the call in the preseason to go with Kevin Burke at quarterback. Twenty-four touchdowns and four interceptions later, it looks like a good call.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 261.1/269.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 37.7/119.0
How far can they go? To the postgame celebration in Salem.
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Widener Pride
Seed: Likely No. 2, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 9, Week 11 2012
Location: Chester, PA
Enrollment: 2632
Stadium: Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium (4000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: MAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 25
Head coach: Isaac Collins (Rochester '94)
Career record: 23-7
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 15-10 (1975, 1977, 1979-82, 1988, 1994-95, 2000-01, 2007)
Championships: 1977, 1981
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How they got here: Pool A, MAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Chris Haupt is distributing the ball to all his weapons, particularly wide receiver Anthony Davis in space. Widener runs a lot of plays where Haupt selects a target from multiple receivers running short routes. Davis is always a great option, particularly if he can get the ball with enough room to put his ankle-breaking moves on an overmatched safety or linebacker.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Haupt is distributing the ball to the other team. He threw four interceptions against Lycoming, three against Delaware Valley and three against Lebanon Valley. Widener had the offensive fire power to overcome those mistakes in the regular season, but that won’t be the case after the first round of the playoffs.
This season's turning point: Widener erased a nine-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining to beat Lycoming 28-23. That road victory proved to be the decisive game in the MAC title chase. Widener converted a third-and-21 on the first scoring drive and a third-and-22 on the second one, showing the Pride’s penchant for getting in and out of tough spots.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 154.0/336.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 124.9/188.9
How far can they go? Out of their foursome and to Ohio, perhaps.
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Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Seed: Likely No. 3, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 19, Week 11, 2012
Location: Baltimore, MD
Enrollment: 5385
Stadium: Homewood Field (8500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: CC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 50
Head coach: Jim Margraff (Johns Hopkins '82)
Career record: 156-80-3 (.661)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 2-3 (2005, 2009, 2011)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, Centennial champ
You'll know they're playing well if: If they are running the ball successfully with Jonathan Riguad (1,262 yards, 20 TDs) and converting third downs on offense, and pressuring the quarterback on defense. Fourteen players have made the Blue Jays' 33 sacks.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They are forced to settle for field goal attempts (only four all year) and are turning the ball over. JHU is minus-8 in turnover margin on the year.
This season's turning point: Trailing 35-28 early in the fourth quarter of a Friday night game against Gettysburg, a 63-yard run by Rigaud sparked a 21-point fourth quarter and a 49-35 win. That helped the Blue Jays build a big enough lead in the CC standings that a Week 10 loss at Franklin & Marshall didn't cost them a playoff spot.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 262.6/232.4
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 94.5/177.9
How far can they go? To Ohio for the second round.
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Salisbury Sea Gulls
Seed: Likely No. 4, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 11, Week 11 2012
Location: Salisbury, MD
Enrollment: 6657
Stadium: Sea Gull Stadium (2500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: E8
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 135
Head coach: Sherman Wood (Salisbury State '84)
Career record: 121-86-1 (.584), 100-48 at Salisbury
Base offense: Spread option
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 7-8 (1983, 1985-86, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010-11)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, E8 champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They are running the ball and getting to the third level of defenders. When the Sea Gulls get through to the linebackers and secondary consistently, they are hard to keep off the scoreboard.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They are committing a lot of penalties. There have been a handful of games this season where that's been an issue.
This season's turning point: Bouncing back from a loss at Ithaca with a 42-point first half against Utica in a game that decided the Empire 8. The Sea Gulls rushed for touchdowns on their first eight drives, getting back to what they do best.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 293.7/88.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 90.3/183.5
How far can they go? As far as the option takes them. A trip to Alliance for the quarterfinals is plausible.
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Rowan Profs
Seed: Likely No. 5, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 25, Week 11 2012
Location: Glassboro, NJ
Enrollment: 7821
Stadium: Coach Richard Wackar Stadium (5000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NJAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 32
Head coach: Jay Accorsi (Nichols '85)
Career record: 87-31 (.737)
Base offense: Multiple spread
Base defense: Multiple 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 28-12 (1991-93, 1995-99, 2001, 2004-06)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: The Profs win the battles along the offensive and defensive line. The Rowan offense is most effective when the Profs can run the ball to set up the pass. The Profs’ stingy run defense opens with an enormous test from the option offense of Salisbury.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The Profs have to rely on their offense to win a shootout. Rowan went 1-2 in games when its opponent scored at least 20 points and the lone win came in a 30-24 rally over a Western Connecticut team mired in a two-year losing streak.
This season's turning point: Rowan scored 14 points in the span of two minutes to pull away from Brockport for a 17-3 win in week 5. That victory pulled the Profs into the upper tier of the NJAC so that their playoff hopes could sustain a loss to Cortland State two weeks later.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 183.0/199.0
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 101.7/210.2
How far can they go? They should be considered a possible upset pick in your bracket to make it to Alliance.
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Bridgewater State Bears
Seed: Likely No. 6 seed, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Bridgewater, MA
Enrollment: 7094
Stadium: Swenson Field (2000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NEFC Bogan
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 154
Head coach: Charles Denune (Heidelberg '98)
Career record: 58-22 (.725)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-2 (1999-2000)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Running back Mike Gentili is getting significant carries and Jake Scott can become involved in the passing game early.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They are unable to run the ball effectively and forced to go strictly to their passing attack.
This season's turning point: Hearing their name called on Selection Sunday.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 237.2/152.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 97.4/149.9
How far can they go? To get out of the first round, they'll have to be able to win in a shootout.
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Washington and Jefferson Presidents
Seed: Likely No. 7, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 20, Week 1 2010
Location: Washington, PA
Enrollment: 1477
Stadium: Cameron Stadium (4000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: PAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 46
Head coach: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94)
Career record: 93-20 (.823)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 21-21 (1984, 1986, 1987, 1989-96, 1999, 2000-02, 2004-09)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, PAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Matt Bliss is on target.  He has three TDs against seven interceptions in two losses in 2012; 10 TD, five interceptions in the eight victories. St. John Fisher returned one of three interceptions 100 yards for a TD.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The Presidents are losing the turnover battle. In the eight losses since their last NCAA appearance, W&J has turned the ball over 27 times. In that span, W&J has only forced 10 turnovers.
This season's turning point: Regrouping after the killing of senior captain Tim McNerney to edge Westminster (Pa.) and go on to win the conference title.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 158.5/207.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 146.4/182.9
How far can they go? With the right inspiration, the Presidents could win their first-round game.
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Christopher Newport Captains
Seed: No. 8, Mount Union bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 20, preseason 2010
Location: Newport News, VA
Enrollment: 4,583
Stadium: Pomoco Stadium (4,200)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: USAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 60
Head coach: Matt Kelchner (Susquehanna '82)
Career record: 82-44
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 2-8 (2001-04, 2006, 2008, 2010-11)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, USAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They are masters of the turnover battle. CNU has excelled -- and, more importantly, followed through to win -- games in which the secondary picked off passes two or three or four times on a Saturday. In fact, in the Captains' six victories, they've hauled in 15 picks. The run defense, at times, has shone, too, with CNU holding three of its last four opponents to under 100 rushing yards.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They fall behind fast and early in the game. In the Captains' four losses this season, their opponent notched the first two scores in each of those games, and even if CNU was able to battle back, this team lacked the stamina to hold on for wins.
This season's turning point:  The wins against Maryville and Ferrum to open conference play. Those two teams, along with CNU, finished 5-2 in the USAC, and those wins gave the Captains the lift into the postseason. That was also that point in the season where running back-turned-quarterback Marcus Morrast took the reins as the starter and showed himself a solid dual threat signal-caller.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 185.5/151.8
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 189.2/181.2
How far can they go? A chilly trip to Alliance and back.
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Sep. 20: All times Eastern
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RPI 41, at Castleton State 13
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at Massachusetts Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20
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at Rochester 30, Gallaudet 2
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at Husson 34, Alfred State 28
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at Randolph-Macon 34, Sewanee 20
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at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
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at Utica 20, Frostburg State 12
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Alfred 29, at Buffalo State 21
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at Catholic 31, Newport News Apprentice 24
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at Nichols 10, Becker 3
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Wesleyan 22, at Middlebury 14
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Bridgewater State 51, at Worcester State 27
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at Tufts 24, Hamilton 17
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at Amherst 14, Bates 6
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at Trinity (Conn.) 32, Colby 7
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at William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32
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at Stevenson 20, Lebanon Valley 14
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Allegheny 24, at Hiram 21
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at Merchant Marine 34, SUNY-Maritime 17
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at St. Vincent 23, Case Western Reserve 20
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Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
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Ursinus 31, at Franklin and Marshall 24
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Endicott 41, at Kean 28
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at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
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Maryville (Tenn.) 40, at Averett 17
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at Widener 41, Albright 23
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Hobart 43, at Curry 13
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at Greensboro 37, LaGrange 35
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at Dickinson 29, Susquehanna 28
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at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
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at St. Lawrence 31, Morrisville State 14
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at Misericordia 35, FDU-Florham 0
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at Gettysburg 31, Juniata 17
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at Montclair State 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 14
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Wabash 31, at Denison 12
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Bethany 21, at Westminster (Pa.) 14
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at Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16
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at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
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at Norwich 10, WPI 7
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Iowa Wesleyan 13, at Minnesota-Morris 7
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at Methodist 41, Huntingdon 34
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Ohio Northern 37, at Baldwin Wallace 35
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at Capital 34, Wilmington 21
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Franklin 62, at Anderson 14
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at Washington and Jefferson 48, Carnegie Mellon 30
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at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
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at Lycoming 28, King's 13
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at Waynesburg 44, Geneva 38
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Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
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Mount St. Joseph 24, at Defiance 21
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at Manchester 55, Earlham 7
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at Williams 36, Bowdoin 0
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Muhlenberg 59, at McDaniel 10
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UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
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at Otterbein 20, Marietta 0
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Hope 25, at Lakeland 22
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Olivet 49, at Aurora 20
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Albion 57, at Concordia (Wis.) 20
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at Washington U. 24, North Park 19
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at Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 23, at St. John's 14
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at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
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Augsburg 42, at Carleton 14
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at Gustavus Adolphus 48, Hamline 19
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Stetson 37, at Birmingham-Southern 19
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Trinity (Texas) 14, at Sul Ross State 6
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at Austin 21, Occidental 12
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at Howard Payne 38, Southwestern Assemblies 25
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at Central 65, Maranatha Baptist 12
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at Luther 49, Grinnell 21
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UW-Stevens Point 37, at Coe 21
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at Greenville 30, Eureka 27
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Westminster (Mo.) 27, at MacMurray 21
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Texas Lutheran 38, at Louisiana College 32
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at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
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Trine 27, at Rockford 7
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Rose-Hulman 48, at Hanover 42
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at Western Connecticut 45, Plymouth State 7
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Hardin-Simmons 37, at Wayland Baptist 23
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at Whittier 23, Lewis and Clark 10
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Willamette 42, at Cal Lutheran 24
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Alma 24, at Concordia-Chicago 21
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Carroll 28, at Lake Forest 7
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 48
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Westfield State 14, at Mass-Dartmouth 13
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at St. Scholastica 48, Crown 14
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at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
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St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
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Guilford 35, at Southern Virginia 27
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Wooster 63, at Oberlin 10
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at Shenandoah 45, Ferrum 20
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Centre 28, at Washington and Lee 23
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at Ohio Wesleyan 35, Kenyon 25
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at Delaware Valley 54, Wilkes 35
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UW-River Falls 43, at South Dakota Mines 28
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at Augustana 34, Loras 17
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at Dubuque 16, Pacific 10
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at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
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Chicago 29, at Elmhurst 17
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
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at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
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Adrian 23, at Benedictine 6
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at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 34, Martin Luther 27
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at East Texas Baptist 58, Southwestern 34
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Rhodes 42, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
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Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
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Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State
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Sep. 27: All times Eastern
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Marietta at Mount Union
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Baldwin Wallace at John Carroll
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Kean at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Pacific Lutheran at Trinity (Texas)
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Allegheny at Wabash
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Johns Hopkins at Muhlenberg
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Ohio Northern at Heidelberg
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Westminster (Pa.) at Thomas More
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Ithaca at Alfred
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Southern Virginia at Wesley
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St. John Fisher at Frostburg State
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Wittenberg at Oberlin
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Merchant Marine at Hobart
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Lycoming at Wilkes
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North Central (Ill.) at UW-Stevens Point
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St. John's at St. Thomas
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Bethel at Carleton
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Sep. 20: All times Eastern
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St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
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at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
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at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
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at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
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at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
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Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
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UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
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Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
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at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
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at Lycoming 28, King's 13
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at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
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at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
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Wabash 31, at Denison 12
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Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
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at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
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Hobart 43, at Curry 13
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at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
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at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
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