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2013 FCS Playoffs – 1st Round Wrap Up

The 1st Round of the FCS playoffs has concluded and the day was dominated by blowouts. Here are the quick recaps of each game:

Furman (7-5) at South Carolina State (9-3)

This game was close until just past halfway in the 3rd quarter when Furman defender Jairus Hollman had a pick 6 to make the Furman lead 27-13. South Carolina State did get a touchdown back early in the 4th quarter, but a field goal by Furman kicker Ray Early put the game out of reach as Furman won by a final score of 30-20. Furman running back Tanner Skogen had 116 yards on the day. Furman will now travel to the Fargodome and take on #1 North Dakota State in the 2nd round.

Bethune-Cookman (10-2) at Coastal Carolina (10-2)

Coastal Carolina used a big 1st quarter to crush Bethune-Cookman 48-28. Coastal Carolina’s Alex Ross threw 2 touchdown passes and Mike McClure had a 39 yard fumble return to give them a 21-3 lead after the 1st quarter. Alex Ross ended up throwing for 256 yards and 4 touchdowns. Coastal Carolina will travel to Missoula and face #8 Montana next week.

Lafayette (5-6) at New Hampshire (7-4)

This game was over early as New Hampshire strolled to a 45-7 victory over Lafayette. UNH had 551 yards of total offense and were balanced (268 yards passing and 283 yards rushing). Sean Goldrich had 267 yards and 2 touchdowns for UNH. New Hampshire will go on the road and face fellow Colonial Athletic foe #5 Maine.

Southern Utah (8-4) at Sam Houston State (8-4)

Southern Utah jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter, but Sam Houston State outscored them 51-10 in last 46:31 of the game in a 51-20 Sam Houston State win. Timothy Flanders led the way for SHSU with 176 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Keshawn Hill also added 101 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 carries for SHSU. The stat of the game was the rushing yards for each team. Sam Houston State amassed 355 yards on the ground compared to 47 for Southern Utah. Sam Houston State will take on #4 Southeastern Louisiana in the 2nd round.

South Dakota State (8-4) at Northern Arizona (9-2)

This game turned in the 3rd quarter with the game tied at 7 apiece. South Dakota State stopped Northern Arizona running back Zach Bauman in the end zone for a safety. On the ensuing drive for South Dakota State, Zach Zenner ran for a 34 yard touchdown to put the game out of reach at 16-7. Northern Arizona could not muster any offense from running back Zach Bauman after quarterback Kyren Poe’s injury. South Dakota State won by a final score of 26-7. South Dakota State will travel to #3 Eastern Washington for the 2nd round game.

Samford (8-4) at Jacksonville State (9-3)

Jacksonville State completely dominated from start to finish as they crushed Samford 55-14. Eli Jenkins had 115 yards passing and a touchdown throwing in addition to 115 yards rushing and another touchdown. As a team, Jacksonville State had 367 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville State held Samford to 201 yards of total offense. Jacksonville State will take on #6 McNeese State on December 7.

Sacred Heart (10-2) at Fordham (11-1)

Michael Nebrich had 413 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air for Fordham as they got past Sacred Heart 37-27. Nebrich also added 38 yards and a touchdown on the ground for Fordham. Sacred Heart had 4 turnovers which hurt their chances immensely in the 10 point loss. Fordham gets to play #7 Towson in next week’s 2nd round action.

Tennessee State (9-3) at Butler (9-3)

Tennessee State’s defense shutdown Butler’s offense en route to a 31-0 victory in the 1st round. Michael German threw for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns for Tennessee State. Tennessee State picked off Butler quarterback Matt Lancaster 3 times, returning one for a touchdown. Tennessee State will face fellow Ohio Valley team #2 Eastern Illinois next week.

 

2nd Round Matchups

All games are to be played on Saturday, December 7 and can be seen on ESPN3.

–  Furman (8-5) at #1 North Dakota State (11-0) – 3:30 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game faces the winner of the Coastal Carolina at Montana game on December 13 or 14.

Coastal Carolina (11-2) at #8 Montana (10-2) – 2 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game faces the winner of Furman at #1 North Dakota State on December 13 or 14.

New Hampshire (8-4) at #5 Maine (10-2) – 2 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game will face the winner of Sam Houston State at #4 Southeastern Louisiana on December 13 or 14.

Sam Houston State (9-4) at #4 Southeastern Louisiana (10-2) – 8 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game will face the winner of New Hampshire at #5 Maine on December 13 or 14.

South Dakota State (9-4) at #3 Eastern Washington (10-2) – 4 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game will face the winner of Jacksonville State at #6 McNeese State on December 13 or 14.

Jacksonville State (10-3) at #6 McNeese State (10-2) – 7 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game will face the winner of South Dakota State at #3 Eastern Washington on December 13 or 14.

Fordham (12-1) at #7 Towson (10-2) – 1 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game will face the winner of Tennessee State at #2 Eastern Illinois on December 13 or 14.

Tennessee State (10-3) at #2 Eastern Illinois (11-1) – 2 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. The winner of this game will face the winner of Fordham at #7 Towson on December 13 or 14.

 

2nd Round Predictions

I went 5-3 in my 1st Round predictions I made in my FCS Playoffs Preview. I was wrong about South Carolina State, Northern Arizona, and Samford. Here are my 2nd round picks:

Furman at #1 North Dakota State – This one will be ALL North Dakota State and it won’t be close. 45-3 for the Bison as they look to make it 3 National Championships in a row.

Coastal Carolina at #8 Montana – I think this will be a high scoring affair, but I like the home team to prevail. As of this writing the temperature is expected to be in the low teens. That will favor Montana and I like them to win 52-30.

New Hampshire at #5 Maine – This is a rematch of the regular season game that New Hampshire won at home 24-3 on November 23. I like New Hampshire to prevail once again in another defensive battle, 20-16.

Sam Houston State at #4 Southeastern Louisiana – Another regular season rematch, this was won the first time around by Southeastern Louisiana 34-21 AT Sam Houston State. I really want to say Sam Houston State will win this, but SE Louisiana has been very good this season and I will take them to win 42-34.

South Dakota State at #3 Eastern Washington – I like Eastern Washington in this one by a big margin. I caught most of the South Dakota State-Northern Arizona game and I do not feel like SDSU will do enough to contend in this one. EWU wins 42-20 over SDSU.

Jacksonville State at #6 McNeese State – I expect a high scoring and close game throughout. I think McNeese State at home will win 45-38 and make the Quarterfinals.

Fordham at #7 Towson – Another tough one for me to call. Fordham has that single loss on the season to Lafayette and Towson lost to Villanova and Delaware, both at home. I will go with Fordham in a slight upset 30-27.

Tennessee State at #2 Eastern Illinois – The third instance of a regular season rematch in this round’s slate of games. On October 26, Eastern Illinois went on the road and beat Tennessee State 34-16. With this being at Eastern Illinois, I like a repeat of the earlier game. I like EIU 41-21 over Tennessee State.

 

Be sure to enjoy the 2nd round action of the FCS Playoffs. Check back next week for 2nd Round recaps and predictions for the Quarterfinals.

2013 Division 3 Football Playoffs – Round of 16 Wrap Up

Note: As you read through this post, please be aware that I list the matchup of next week’s games in every other recap.

 

Wittenberg (10-1) at Mount Union (11-0)

An entertaining first half that saw Mount Union take a 21-14 lead into halftime, gave way to a blow out victory in favor of Mount Union, 56-21. Wittenberg actually had the leads of 7-0 and 14-7 before Mount Union went ahead for good with 27 seconds left in the 1st half. Mount Union quarterback Kevin Burke had 326 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air while adding another 83 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. Mount Union ended up with 601 yards of total offense and will face the Ithaca-Wesley winner.

Ithaca (9-2) at Wesley (9-2)

Wesley College used a suffocating run defense to beat Ithaca 23-15 in their Round of 16 clash. Wesley held Ithaca to NEGATIVE 50 yards rushing on the day. Ithaca completely abandoned the run in the 2nd half only attempting 2 rushes. The final score does not indicate how comfortable of a win this was for Wesley. Jamar Baynard led Wesley’s rushing attack with 103 yards and 2 touchdowns. Vito Boffoli had 9 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown for Ithaca in the loss. Wesley will now face Mount Union in the National Quarterfinals next Saturday.

UW-Platteville (10-1) at North Central (IL) (11-0)

North Central used a monster 1st quarter to get a 21-3 lead and did not look back on their way to an impressive 52-24 win against UW-Platteville. Ryan Kent had 257 yards and 4 touchdowns rushing for North Central as he enjoyed a red-letter-day. John Kelly had 249 yards passing and 2 touchdowns for Platteville as he had some trouble again the NCC defense. North Central will now face either Wartburg or Bethel (MN) in the quarterfinals.

Wartburg (9-2) at Bethel (MN) (11-0)

This entertaining battle came down to the 4th quarter. After a scoreless 1st quarter, both teams exchanged touchdowns before Bethel quarterback Erik Peterson hit Jared Schultz for an 80 yard touchdown as Bethel took a 14-7 lead into halftime. Wartburg tied the game on their first possession of the 3rd quarter before we got to the wild 4th quarter. Bethel hit a field goal early in the 4th and then on the next ensuing offensive play for Wartburg, they got a 73 yard touchdown reception. However, Wartburg’s extra point was blocked and returned for 2 points by Bethel’s Matt Mehlhorn. Wartburg still retained the lead at 20-19. With Bethel getting the ball back, quarterback Tom Keefe found Jared Schultz for a 56 yard touchdown pass. With 3 minutes left in the game, Wartburg drove down and tied the game at 27 on Brandon Domeyer’s 5 yard touchdown run. Bethel then took the ball right down for another score to give them a 34-27 lead. Wartburg mounted one last comeback attempt and eventually got down to the Bethel 13 yard line, but were unable to get a touchdown as the clock expired.

Bethel had 2 quarterbacks play in the game and both were impressive. Erik Peterson went 15 of 22 for 239 yards and a touchdown while Tom Keefe went 9 of 12 for 148 yards and 2 touchdown. Wartburg’s Logan Schrader had 347 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game. Bethel will face North Central (IL) next week in the quarterfinals.

Franklin (8-3) at UW-Whitewater (11-0)

For the 2nd week in a row, Whitewater used a strong defensive performance to continue their journey for a National Title with a 33-3 victory. Franklin only managed to get 4 yards rushing for the entire game. Matt Behrendt had an effective game throwing for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns, including 2 of those to Jake Kumerow. UW-Whitewater will take on the Hampden-Sydney at Linfield winner.

Hampden-Sydney (9-2) at Linfield (10-0)

Despite a 387 yard passing performance from Hampden-Sydney quarterback Nash Nance, Linfield won 31-21 to advance to the quarterfinals. Hampden-Sydney led 21-3 with 9:43 left in the 2nd quarter before Linfield scored 28 unanswered points to end the game. Linfield forced 2 fumbles, including one returned for a touchdown, and turned them into 14 points. Linfield will face UW-Whitewater next week.

St. John Fisher (9-2) at Hobart (10-0)

St. John Fisher held Hobart under 250 yards of total offense and held them scoreless for 59 minutes and 4 seconds in a 27-6 victory. St. John Fisher quarterback Tyler Fenti threw for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also managed to complete all 18 of his passes to only 3 receivers. St. John Fisher will face the winner of the Rowan at Mary Hardin-Baylor game.

Rowan (9-2) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0)

As with last week, Mary Hardin-Baylor ran their way to a big victory, this time over Rowan by a score of 59-8. Elijah Hudson had 136 yards and a touchdown, while Zach Anderson added 116 yards on the ground. Zach Anderson also threw for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns to give him a stellar day. Mary-Hardin Baylor held Rowan to 209 yards of total offense and caused 3 turnovers. Mary Hardin-Baylor will face St. John Fisher next week in the quarterfinals.

 

Quarterfinals Schedule

All quarterfinal games are to be played on December 7th.

Wesley (10-2) at Mount Union (12-0)

North Central (IL) (12-0) at Bethel (MN) (12-0)

Linfield (11-0) at Wisconsin-Whitewater (12-0)

St. John Fisher (10-2) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-0)

 

2013 FCS Playoffs Preview

This morning the FCS Playoff bracket was revealed. 24 teams comprise the field, with the top 8 national seeds getting a bye into the 2nd round. There are 11 automatic qualifiers along with 13 at large berths. We will start with the qualifiers of each conference, the 8 national seeds, and the match-ups of the 1st Round.

 

Conference Qualifiers (Listed in order of finish)

Big Sky – Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Montana, Southern Utah

Big South – Coastal Carolina

Colonial Athletic – Maine, Towson, New Hampshire

Ivy League – Abstained

Mid-Eastern Athletic – Bethune-Cookman, South Carolina State

Missouri Valley – North Dakota State, South Dakota State

Northeast – Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley – Eastern Illinois, Tennessee State, Jacksonville State

Patriot League – Lafayette, Fordham

Pioneer League – Butler

Southern – Samford, Furman

Southland – Southeastern Louisiana, McNeese State, Sam Houston State

SWAC – Abstained

 

National Seeds

1. North Dakota State (11-0) winner of the Missouri Valley Conference

2. Eastern Illinois (11-1) winner of the Ohio Valley Conference

3. Eastern Washington (10-2) winner of the Big Sky Conference

4. Southeastern Louisiana (10-2) winner of the Southland Conference

5. Maine (10-2) winner of the Colonial Athletic Association

6. McNeese State (10-2) runners up in the Southland Conference

7. Towson (10-2) runners up in the Colonial Athletic Association

8. Montana (10-2) third place finishers in the Big Sky Conference

 

1st Round Matchups

Furman (7-5) at South Carolina State (9-3) – 1 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #1 North Dakota State (11-0) on Saturday, December 7.

Bethune-Cookman (10-2) at Coastal Carolina (10-2) – 1 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #8 Montana (10-2) on Saturday, December 7.

Lafayette (5-6) at New Hampshire (7-4) – 12 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #5 Maine (10-2) on Saturday, December 7.

Southern Utah (8-4) at Sam Houston State (8-4) – 3 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #4 Southeastern Louisiana (10-2) on Saturday, December 7.

South Dakota State (8-4) at Northern Arizona (9-2) – 8 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #3 Eastern Washington (10-2) on Saturday, December 7.

Samford (8-4) at Jacksonville State (9-3) – 8 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #6 McNeese State (10-2) on Saturday, December 7.

Sacred Heart (10-2) at Fordham (11-1) – 1 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #7 Towson (10-2) on Saturday, December 7.

Tennessee State (9-3) at Butler (9-3) – 1 P.M. Eastern Time on ESPN3. Winner faces #2 Eastern Illinois (11-1) on Saturday, December 7.

 

1st Round Predictions

I will readily admit that I do not follow the FCS closely, but I do pay attention to the scores every week. Here are my picks for the 1st Round.

Furman at South Carolina State – I think South Carolina State will squeak out a 31-28 victory and go on to face #1 North Dakota State in the 2nd Round.

Bethune-Cookman at Coastal Carolina – This is a tough matchup for me to pick, but I think it will make for a great game. I will go with Coastal Carolina 45-41 and move on to face #8 Montana.

Lafayette at New Hampshire – This game looks to be all New Hampshire and I expect this to be a blowout. I see New Hampshire winning 45-10 and moving on to play #5 Main in the 2nd round.

Southern Utah at Sam Houston State – Another good matchup to be contested here. If this game is low scoring, it favors Southern Utah. If it high scoring, it will favor Sam Houston. I like Sam Houston State to win this game 38-30. That means they would face their conference opponent, #4 Southeastern Louisiana, for the 2nd time this year.

South Dakota State at Northern Arizona – I foresee a defensive battle here and that would suit both teams well. I like Northern Arizona to just do enough on offense to win 20-17 and move on to face #3 Eastern Washington.

Samford at Jacksonville State – This should be a competitive game from start to finish. I will go with Samford to go into Jacksonville and win 28-24. They would face #6 McNeese State in the 2nd round.

Sacred Heart at Fordham – I like Fordham to prevail here at home. Their only loss was an inexplicable 27-14 game at Lafayette. I see them winning 31-20 which will set up a 2nd round game against #7 Towson.

Tennessee State at Butler – This is a tough matchup for me to call. I can see both Tennessee State and Butler winning this game. I’ll take Tennessee State to win 27-24 and face #2 Eastern Illinois in the 2nd Round.

Enjoy all the 1st Round action of the FCS Playoffs!

Division 3 Football Playoffs – Round of 32 Wrap Up

Note: As you read through this post, please be aware that I list the matchup of next week’s games in every other recap.

Washington & Jefferson (8-2) at Mount Union (10-0)

Mount Union raced to a 21-7 lead in the 1st quarter and never looked back. RB Bradley Mitchell ran for 181 yards on 31 carries and added a TD as Mount Union won 34-20. Mount Union is now 11-0 on the year and will face the winner of the Lebanon Valley-Wittenberg game.

Lebanon Valley (8-2) at Wittenberg (9-1)

Wittenberg QB Reed Florence threw 3 first quarter touchdowns as Wittenberg crushed Lebanon Valley 59-17 to move onto the Round of 16. Florence finished 15 of 21 for 344 yards and 6 Touchdowns on the game. Wittenberg WR Desi Kirkman had 5 catches for 188 yards and 4 touchdowns. Now Wittenberg will put that offense up against Mount Union next week.

Framingham State (9-1) at Ithaca (8-2)

Ithaca erased a 17-3 halftime deficit to keep their National Title hopes alive. Down 17-13 with 3:40 left in the 4th quarter, Ithaca QB Tom Dempsey threw a 10 yard TD pass to Vito Boffoli for the game winning score. Brian Garvey of Ithaca intercepted a pass by Framingham State late in the game to seal the victory. Ithaca will face the winner of Wesley at Johns Hopkins.

Wesley (8-2) at Johns Hopkins (10-0)

 An entertaining game from the start, Wesley held a 17-14 halftime lead until the 4th quarter when Wesley QB Joe Callahan hit WR Steve Koudossou to go up 23-14 after the missed extra point. Johns Hopkins hit a Field Goal with 10 minutes remaining to cut the lead to 23-17. With 50 seconds left in the game, Johns Hopkins QB Robbie Matey found Daniel Wodicka from 10 yards out to give JHU a 24-23 lead. With 44 seconds left, Joe Callahan led Wesley into JHU territory. With 20 seconds remaining, Joe Callahan found Steve Koudossou again, this time from 33 yards out to give Wesley the last second win, 29-24. Wesley will face Ithaca in the Round of 16 next week.

Albion (8-2) at North Central (ILL) (10-0)

North Central raced out to a 14-0 by the end of the 1st quarter and it was over from there. NCC put up 557 yards of Total offense on their way to a 63-7 thrashing of Albion. NCC QB Spencer Stanek threw 4 touchdown passes and North Central will face the Concorida-UW Platteville winner.

Concordia (WIS) (8-2) at UW-Platteville (9-1)

Behind Quarterback John Kelly’s 422 yards passing, UW-Platteville cruised to a 54-20 victory over Concordia. Andy Puccini added 117 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground for UW-Platteville as they amassed 679 yards of total offense. QB Austin Damaschke had 325 yards of his own for Concordia, but to no avail. UW-Platteville will now face North Central College next week.

Wartburg (8-2) at Illinois Wesleyan (9-1)

Wartburg scored the first 35 points of the game en route to their 41-7 victory over Illinois Wesleyan. Wartburg used the legs of running back Brandon Domeyer who had 161 yards and 3 touchdowns on 34 rushing attempts. Wartburg will face the winner of the St. Scholastica at Bethel game.

St. Scholastica (9-1) at Bethel (10-0)

Bethel scored the first 22 points in the game as they blitzed St. Scholastica 70-13 to reach the Round of 16. Bethel QB Erik Peterson threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns while RB Brandon Marquardt added 115 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns. Bethel amassed a 43-13 lead at halftime. Bethel will face Wartburg next week.

St. Norbert (8-2) at UW-Whitewater (10-0)

Perennial title contender UW-Whitewater used a stingy defense along with a balanced offense to beat St. Norbert 31-7. St. Norbert was only able to gain 169 yards of total offense, including only 74 yards passing. Whitewater QB Matt Behrendt thew for 279 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. UW-Whitewater will face either Washington U or Franklin in their next game.

Washington U (8-2) at Franklin (7-3)

In a tightly contested ballgame, Franklin used 10 4th quarter points to push past Washington U, 17-10. Mike Wood tied the game at 10-10 with 4:33 remaining, before a last minute TD Pass from Jonny West to Kendal Butler gave Franklin the victory. Franklin will now face UW-Whitewater in hopes of progressing to the quarterfinals.

Maryville (8-2) at Hampden-Sydney (8-2)

This offensive battle went back and forth throughout the entire first half. Each team traded touchdowns until Hampden-Sydney took a 35-20 lead with 2:35 left in the 2nd quarter. Maryville got a touchdown back with 9 seconds remaining in the 1st half to cut the deficit to 35-27. Midway through the 3rd quarter, Travis Fielder of Maryville got his 3rd rushing touchdown of the day and the lead was 35-34 in favor of Hampden-Sydney. Early in the 4th quarter, Hampden-Sydney QB Nash Nance threw his 5th touchdown of the game and gave Hampden-Sydney a 42-34 cushion. The game would end at that score of 42-34. They will face either Pacific-Lutheran or Linfield.

Pacific Lutheran (8-1) at Linfield (9-0)

Linfield opened up a 28-0 by halftime and never looked back. Linfield QB Josh Yoder threw for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding 2 rushing touchdowns on the ground. Dalton Ritchey threw for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns for Pacific Lutheran in a losing effort. Linfield won the game 42-21 and will take on Hampden-Sydney next week.

Gallaudet (9-1) at Hobart (9-0)

The spectacular Gallaudet season came to end on Saturday with Hobart defeating them 34-7. Both teams stuck to the ground game throughout, with only 53 yards passing total for the entire game. Hobart went up 27-0 at halftime and were on cruise control from there. Gallaudet did get a TD early in the 4th quarter thanks to a 1 yard BJ Flores score. Hobart will take on the St. John Fisher at John Carroll victor.

St. John Fisher (8-2) at John Carroll (9-1)

John Carroll got out to a 13-0 start midway through the 2nd quarter before a St. John Fisher got a TD back with 3:37 left in the 1st half. St. John Fisher had a pick 6 by Ryan Seymour to take the lead 14-13 halfway through the 3rd quarter. John Carroll got the lead back at 16-14 on a 34 yard field goal. With 6 minutes left in the game, Tyler Fenti threw a 15 yard TD pass to Nathan Nigolian to give St. John Fisher a lead they would not relinquish. St. John Fisher would add a late Field goal and win 25-16. St. John Fisher will take on Hobart next week in the Round of 16.

Endicott (8-2) at Rowan (8-2)

Rowan used a stifling defensive performance to shutout Endicott 24-0. Rowan opened the scoring in a defensive manner no less with a pick 6 from Darren Dungee. Rowan only gave up 113 yards to Endicott’s offense and totaled 3 interceptions. Rowan will now face the Redlands at Mary Hardin-Baylor winner.

Redlands (8-2) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-0)

Mary Hardin-Baylor rushed their way to a 35-7 win over Redlands. Running backs Zach Anderson and Elijah Hudson both had 2 rushing touchdowns for MBH. With their victory, Mary Hardin-Baylor will face Rowan next week in the Round of 16.

Round of 16 Schedule

Wittenburg (10-1) at Mount Union (11-0)

Wesley (9-2) at Ithaca (9-2)

UW-Platteville (10-1) at North Central College (11-0)

Wartburg (9-2) at Bethel (11-0)

Franklin (8-3) at UW-Whitewater (11-0)

Hampden-Sydney (9-2) at Linfield (10-0)

St. John Fisher (9-2) at Hobart (10-0)

Rowan (9-2) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0)

College Football Week 9: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

Let’s take a look at Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in College Football for Week 9:

Who’s Hot

  • Duke – With their 13-10 upset win over #14 Virginia Tech, Duke is now bowl eligible for the 2nd season in a row. It was Duke’s first win over a ranked opponent since 1994. David Cutcliffe is slowly building this team up, but I doubt anyone will take them lightly after this win.
  • Minnesota –  After opening Big 10 Conference play with two losses it looked like Minnesota would struggle again this year against Big 10 foes. Last week’s win against struggling Northwestern was probably marked with an asterisk by more than a few people. This week’s game against Nebraska was no fluke as they rode a solid defensive performance to a 34-23 win and are now 6-2 overall and 2-2 in Big 10 play.
  • Minnesota Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys – In the last two games without Jerry Kill, Tracy Claeys has led Minnesota to two wins. The team has looked very impressive the last two weeks, especially on defense. There is no doubt he will get some looks to take over an FBS program at season’s end.
  • Ball State – Can we get a little love for MACtion? After losing on September 14 at North Texas, the Cardinals have reeled off six straight wins including the road win at Virginia on October 5. They looked destined to be 9-1 going into the Wednesday, November 13 matchup at currently undefeated Northern Illinois.
  • Rice and Tulane – After opening 1-2, Rice has won five straight and are 4-0 in Conference USA. Tulane opened 2-2 and have won four in a row to go to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in C-USA. The November 30 game of Tulane at Rice looks like it will decide which team represents C-USA West division in the conference championship. Not bad for two teams that used to be doormats not so long ago.

 

Who’s Not

  • Northwestern – After starting 4-0, the Wildcats have dropped four games in a row, all in Big 10 play. The road does not get any easier as their remaining games are @ Nebraska, vs. Michigan, vs Michigan State, and @ Illinois. There is a strong possibility that Northwestern will go from 10 wins in 2012 to a losing record this year.
  • Iowa State’s Defense – In the first five games for the Cyclones, they gave up 149 points. In the last two against Baylor and Oklahoma State, they gave up 129 points. Iowa State has given up an average of 316.5 yards over the last two games.
  • Temple’s Defense – The Owls gave up 7 points in the first 29:14 against SMU. In the final 30:46, the Temple defense gave up 52 points and ended up losing 59-49. That is why they are 1-7 overall.
  • Penn State’s Defense – Seeing a trend yet? The Nittany Lions have given up at least 40 points in each of their last three games. 44 to Indiana, 40 to Michigan, and 63 to Ohio State.
  • New Mexico State – Yes, New Mexico State did beat Abilene Christian 34-29, but let’s look at the facts. In 2012, Abilene Christian was competing as a Division II school. In 2013, they are considered a transitional FCS team, which includes a mix of FBS, FCS, and Division II opponents. It bodes well for ACU’s future in the FCS, but the same cannot be said for New Mexico State.

NCAA Football Odds

In this link you will find the betting odds for all the NCAA Football games so far in 2013. These are for FBS schools only. The spreadsheet will be updated weekly.

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