2010 Around the Midwest columns

November 17, 2010 Night and day St. Norbert opened the season with injuries, a young offensive line and a blowout loss to St. Thomas. Now the Green Knights are back in a familiar spot: the Midwest Conference's automatic bid.

November 10, 2010 Hanging on to hopes Wheaton lost control of its playoff destiny last week with a Little Brass Bell loss to North Central. Now the Thunder are hoping a win against Millikin and finishing the season 9-1 gets them in.

November 2, 2010 Right on the numbers Kyle Ray was already honoring his father by playing football at Franklin, his alma mater. But he passed away after a four-year battle with cancer, and Ray found yet another way to pay him homage.

October 27, 2010 For region's conferences, it's title time It’s crunch time for Midwest teams with three games left, and in one league two games left. While it is not unusual to see the league pictures unresolved at this point of the season, it can be said it has been just a little bit wacky in some circles.

October 19, 2010 Ripon is done waiting You can tell it has been a crazy year in the Midwest Conference when the top team in the league is not named Monmouth or St. Norbert.

October 14, 2010 Benedictine is in a rare spot The Eagles haven't been in position to contend for a conference title in some time. After starting NATHC play 2-0, Benedictine is trying not to get ahead of itself.

October 5, 2010 Midwest at the midway point After five weeks of the season, Clyde Hughes takes a look at the surprise teams, players and top performers of the 2010 season.

September 28, 2010 Cardinals have chip on their shoulder North Central didn't make the playoffs as an at-large team in 2009, and the unbeaten Cardinals loom large headed into CCIW play.

September 22, 2010 Trying to turn big numbers into wins Twenty-five catches wasn't enough of a feat to salvage Hanover's 2009 season. Daniel Passafiume is hoping this year's accomplishments include a few more victories.

September 14, 2010 Carthage walk-on makes good In Division III, the difference between recruit and walk-on isn't scholarship money, but the road still isn't easy. Evan Jones walked on as an option quarterback to a spread team, for example.

September 7, 2010 Catching up with Jones Evan Jones opened his senior year with a bang, completing 26 of 45 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns as Carthage erased a 13-3 halftime deficit to beat Franklin 30-27 in the season opener.

September 1, 2010 Games to watch for 2010 This is the place where I am supposed to pick the top 10 games in the Midwest, but ended up finding the top date in the Midwest -- Oct. 2. There are several key matchups all falling on the same date.