August 20, 2010

Ending purple's reign

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Last year's final four
Last year's national semifinals were pretty competitive by purple power standards. Will someone step up in 2010?
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Around the Nation's take

There's one question on every contender's mind in Division III football, at least, those outside of southeast Wisconsin and east Ohio: How do we keep UW-Whitewater and Mount Union from meeting in a sixth consecutive Stagg Bowl?

We understand. It's the focus of a feature story in Kickoff 2010, where we start the season by talking to four schools who have taken the Warhawks and Purple Raiders into the fourth quarter in recent years, and who know how it might be done.

Still haven't ordered Kickoff? It's where you'll get our exclusive preview of all 238 teams, ranking them from top to bottom, with position battles, X-factors, feature stories and more. Kickoff will be released Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 24.

Meanwhile, back to the question. It's also on our mind. That's why it's the focus of the 2010 season's first Around the Nation podcast.

Go to the podcast page and click the play button to listen. You can load the podcast page in iTunes or can also get this and any of our future Around the Nation podcasts automatically by subscribing to this RSS feed: http://www.d3blogs.com/d3football/?feed=podcast

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