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Bracket: All the right teams, in mostly right places

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Which No. 1 seed will have the hardest time escaping its bracket?
Delaware Valley
Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mount Union
UW-Oshkosh

When all of the at-large teams are fairly clear, the last thing to quibble about is the matchups. And so, even though there's a tremendous amount of flexibility in the bracket, there are a bunch of familiar first-round matchups in the 2017 Division III football playoff bracket.

Sure, it doesn't take a genius to tell you that Husson was going to play Springfield. There were only two teams in the field Husson could drive to. But there are a lot of first-round matchups in this bracket that we told you last night were going to happen (nine, to be precise).

So let's spin forward. The most interesting thing here is that the East Region is guaranteed to have a team in the national semifinals for the first time since 2006, as one of the four quadrants is populated with solely East Region teams. 

The five at-large bids go to Illinois Wesleyan, St. John's, Hardin-Simmons, Case Western Reserve and Frostburg State, as expected. UW-Oshkosh and Mary Hardin-Baylor would not have to meet until the Stagg Bowl, if they both advance that far, while Mount Union's bracket would face UW-Oshkosh's bracket and UMHB's bracket would meet Delaware Valley's bracket in the national semifinals. (The bracket seems to be set up so that UW-Oshkosh and Mary Hardin-Baylor would host the semifinals, if they advance.)

Case's miraculous finish sets up the Spartans to travel to Illinois Wesleyan in the first round, and, if they advance, then to Alliance, Ohio. Frostburg State travels to Wittenberg, while St. John's goes to North Central. Hardin-Simmons is at Linfield, with the winner of that game once again set up to face the winner between UMHB and the SCIAC champ, Chapman.

There are some great 4-5 type games on the left side of the bracket. North Central hosting St. John's is a game that we'd probably rather see in the second round than the first, but travel restrictions played some role in this, as well as the fact that the North Region committee continued to rank Trine ahead of North Central, focusing on winning percentage as the most important factor. Case Western Reserve plays at Illinois Wesleyan in another game that should be an interesting first-round battle.

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Sep. 20: All times Eastern
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Maryville (Tenn.) at Washington and Lee
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St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
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Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State
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Alvernia at Delaware Valley
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Hobart at Endicott
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Framingham State at Massachusetts Maritime
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Buffalo State at RPI
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Catholic at MIT
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Springfield at WPI
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Lycoming at FDU-Florham
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Emory and Henry at Rochester
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Alfred State at Nichols
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Southern Virginia at Kean
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Maine Maritime at Merchant Marine
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Bowdoin at Middlebury
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Hamilton at Amherst
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Colby at Williams
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Juniata at Muhlenberg
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Moravian at Ursinus
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Montclair State at Christopher Newport
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St. Vincent at Carnegie Mellon
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Curry at Union
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Susquehanna at Franklin and Marshall
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Bates at Trinity (Conn.)
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Dickinson at Johns Hopkins
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Misericordia at Wilkes
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Rowan at Frostburg State
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McDaniel at Gettysburg
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DePauw at Wooster
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Stevenson at King's
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Cortland at Alfred
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Grove City at Washington and Jefferson
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Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
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Ohio Wesleyan at Allegheny
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William Paterson at Wesley
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Apprentice at LaGrange
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Denison at Oberlin
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Anna Maria at Western New England
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Martin Luther at Greenville
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Westminster (Mo.) at St. Scholastica
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Iowa Wesleyan at Minnesota-Morris
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Albright at Widener
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Norwich at Coast Guard
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Anderson at Defiance
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John Carroll at Mount Union
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Hanover at Bluffton
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Westfield State at Worcester State
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Geneva at Waynesburg
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Brevard at Virginia-Lynchburg
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Greensboro at Ferrum
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Ithaca at St. John Fisher
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Muskingum at Wilmington
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Ohio Northern at Otterbein
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Hendrix at Austin
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North Central (Ill.) at North Park
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Rhodes at Birmingham-Southern
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Cal Lutheran at UW-Stout
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Millsaps at Sewanee
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Thomas More at Huntingdon
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Carthage at Washington U.
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Augsburg at St. Olaf
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Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
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Carleton at St. John's
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Illinois College at Chicago
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Gustavus Adolphus at Bethel
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Wartburg at Nebraska Wesleyan
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Coe at Buena Vista
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Central at Dubuque
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Grinnell at St. Norbert
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Northwestern (Minn.) at Crown
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Loras at Luther
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Knox at Ripon
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Macalester at Monmouth
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Carroll at Elmhurst
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Cornell at Beloit
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Lawrence at Lake Forest
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UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
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Mount St. Joseph at Earlham
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Dean at Becker
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Western Connecticut at Salve Regina
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Plymouth State at Mass-Dartmouth
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Wesleyan at Tufts
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TCNJ at Salisbury
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Manchester at Rose-Hulman
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Thiel at Case Western Reserve
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Baldwin Wallace at Heidelberg
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Berry at Centre
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Kenyon at Wittenberg
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Howard Payne at Hardin-Simmons
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Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
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Sul Ross State at McMurry
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Millikin at Wheaton (Ill.)
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Lakeland at UW-Platteville
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Louisiana College at Southwestern
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Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
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East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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Alvernia at Delaware Valley
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Buffalo State at RPI
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William Paterson at Wesley
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Grove City at Washington and Jefferson
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Rowan at Frostburg State
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Susquehanna at Franklin and Marshall
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John Carroll at Mount Union
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Ithaca at St. John Fisher
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Carleton at St. John's
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North Central (Ill.) at North Park
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UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
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Kenyon at Wittenberg
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Berry at Centre
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Thiel at Case Western Reserve
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Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
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Millikin at Wheaton (Ill.)
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Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
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