2012 playoffs: Linfield bracket

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Linfield Wildcats
Seed: No. 1, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 3, Week 11 2012
Location: McMinnville, OR
Enrollment: 1659
Stadium: Maxwell Field (2250)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NWC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 5
Head coach: Joe Smith (Linfield '93)
Career record: 58-13
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 14-7 (2000, 2002-05, 2009-11)
Championships: 2004
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How they got here: Pool A, NWC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They're getting pressure on the opposing quarterback, stuffing the run game, and Mickey Inns is in rhythm throwing the ball.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They're turning the ball over and committing penalties that area either stalling drives or extending the opposition's drives. The Wildcats average nine penalties per game.
This season's turning point: Finding out they can still play at a high level without injured running back Josh Hill and defensive lineman Tyler Steele.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 153.8/330.9
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 70.2/199.4
How far can they go? A return to the Stagg Bowl for the first time since 2004 is certainly possible.
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UW-Oshkosh Titans
Seed: Likely No. 2, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 5, Week 11 2012
Location: Oshkosh, WI
Enrollment: 8734
Stadium: Titan Stadium (10000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: WIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 27
Head coach: Pat Cerroni (Carroll '92)
Career record: 36-23
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, WIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: The offensive tempo is fast and the defense is focused an attacking the football.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The offense goes three-and-out on consecutive drives or the defense is missing tackles and allowing to much open space.
This season's turning point: The Titans weathered the third-quarter storm at UW-Whitewater and blanked the Warhawks the rest of the way to win 28-13.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 251.6/243.6
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 97.9/192.6
How far can they go? Anything less than the quarterfinals would be a significant upset. Anything beyond the quarterfinals might also involve a significant upset.
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Concordia-Chicago Cougars
Seed: Likely No. 3 seed, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: River Forest, IL
Enrollment: 1025
Stadium: Concordia Stadium (1500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NATHC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 107
Head coach: Lonnie Pries (Concordia, Ill. '93)
Career record: 42-28 (.600)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: Multiple 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: First appearance
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, NATHC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They can spread out the opposing defense and get the ball to their wide receivers in space so they can utilize their speed.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They can't tackle well enough and allow too many yards after contact, especially on first down. Size in general will be an issue for the Cougars against most of their potential opponents.
This season's turning point: The Oct. 13 game at Concordia (Wis.). The Cougars tied the game with 3:44 remaining and then dodged two late bullets (a blocked field goal at the end of regulation, an interception in the end zone on CUW's drive in OT) before Danny Colapietro kicked a season-long 44-yard field goal to win it.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 235.6/250.5
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 212.2/219.4
How far can they go? They may not live up to their seeding.
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Cal Lutheran Kingsmen
Seed: Likely No. 4, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 8, Week 11 2012
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Enrollment: 2001
Stadium: William Rolland Stadium (4000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: SCIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 12
Head coach: Ben McEnroe (Cal Lutheran '92)
Career record: 35-11 (.761)
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 3-3-5
Record in NCAA playoffs: 0-3 (2009-11)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, SCIAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: Eric Rogers does his thing on offense, which he's been doing despite playing with a broken hand, although the offense is balanced. They're able to get some stops on defense.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They have to throw on every down and don't play defense all four quarters. If Whittier can put three touchdown drives of 70 yards or more up in one quarter and La Verne can do the same, what could a playoff team do?
This season's turning point: Needs to come at this point in the season after the Kingsmen defense has been gashed down the stretch. Giving up more than 400 yards per game won't get it done here.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 217.9/308.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 195.4/229.7
How far can they go? Depends on which North Central team shows up. A one-and-out is a distinct possibility for a team that seemed destined for the Top 5.
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North Central (Ill.) Cardinals
Seed: Likely No. 5, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 14, Week 11 2012
Location: Naperville, IL
Enrollment: 2167
Stadium: Bendetti-Wehrli Stadium (5500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: CCIW
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 6
Head coach: John Thorne (Illinois Wesleyan '69)
Career record: 87-23 (.791)
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 6-7 (2005-08, 2010-11)
Championships: None
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How they got here: Pool A, CCIW champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They are getting to the quarterback with their front four. They led the CCIW with 32 sacks but don't blitz much. Wabash (last year) and Wheaton solved that by keeping extra blockers in to give the quarterback time to find receivers with longer developing routes against their zone.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: If they are not getting the defense off the field on third down. In their worst losses over the past two seasons opponents combined to convert over 51% on third down. They usually hold opponents to about 26% on third downs. Offensively if they are passing the ball more than they are running it and if they are turning it over, they are in trouble. They have been a 60-40 team run vs. pass.
This season's turning point: The end of the Little Brass Bell game, where Wheaton elected not to press ahead for the touchdown necessary to win the CCIW tiebreaker, leaving North Central to get the automatic bid.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 209.1/217.6
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 97.3/161.8
How far can they go? They could be making back-to-back trips to the west coast.
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Pacific Lutheran Lutes
Seed: Likely No. 6, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 20, Week 11 2012
Location: Tacoma, WA
Enrollment: 3109
Stadium: Sparks Stadium (3500)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: NWC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 63
Head coach: Scott Westering (Pacific Lutheran '81)
Career record: 47-34
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: 3-4
Record in NCAA playoffs: 8-3 (1998-2001)
Championships: 1999
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: They're creating turnovers on defense and featuring a balanced offensive attack. The Lutes ran for just 67 yards combined in their two losses.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: They're allowing teams to run the ball on them and not hitting big offensive plays.
This season's turning point: Beating Willamette 41-27 in Week 8 after having lost to the other two tougest teams on their schedule previously, Cal Lutheran and Linfield. They knew they could hang with a good team but hadn't put one of them away.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 138.6/273.4
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 90.0/247.2
How far can they go? The first meeting was close, so it's not impossible to think the Lutes could pull off the upset and reprise 1999 for a couple rounds.
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Bethel Royals
Seed: Likely No. 7, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: No. 21, Week 11 2012
Location: Arden Hills, MN
Enrollment: 2699
Stadium: Royal Stadium (3500)
Playing surface: Grass
Conference: MIAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 17
Head coach: Steve Johnson (Bethel '79)
Career record: 172-78-1 (.690)
Base offense: Multiple pro
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 6-6 (2000-01, 2003, 2006-07, 2010)
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool C
You'll know they're playing well if: Jesse Phenow can handle a full load in the backfield, freeing up Brandon Marquardt to catch passes and relegating freshman Marshall Klitzke to relief duty.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: Their receivers get pushed around and the offense gets one-dimensional, or the defense has trouble containing a mobile quarterback.
This season's turning point: Concordia-Moorhead players running onto the field to celebrate their win against Bethel before the game was over, giving the Royals new life.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 135.6/196.3
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 126.9/158.4
How far can they go? To Oshkosh, but not further.
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St. Scholastica Saints
Seed: Likely No. 8, Linfield bracket
Last Top 25 ranking: Never ranked
Location: Duluth, MN
Enrollment: 2492
Stadium: Public School Stadium/MN-Duluth (5000)
Playing surface: Turf
Conference: UMAC
Preseason ranking from Kickoff: 169
Head coach: Greg Carlson (UW-Oshkosh)
Career record: 30-20 (.600), 147-99-2 overall
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
Record in NCAA playoffs: 2011 (0-1)
Championships: None
D3football.com team page: Schedule and results, more news
How they got here: Pool A, UMAC champ
You'll know they're playing well if: They're converting for six in the red zone and Tyler Harper is doing enough in the passing game to keep defenses honest.
You'll know they're playing poorly if: The offense can't get a push up front and ends up in third-and-long situations. Special teams gives up good field position, putting the defense on edge.
This season's turning point: Winning in overtime at Presentation, a puzzling result against a team that finished 2-8. The Saints then edged Minnesota-Morris and saw their name drawn at random for the UMAC automatic bid.
Rushing/passing yards per game: 200.3/157.0
Rushing/passing yards allowed: 88.3/170.2
How far can they go? One and out. But every playoff experience is a chance for this program to grow and someday become a threat to win a playoff game.
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at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
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Hobart 35, at RPI 3
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Massachusetts Maritime 46, at Mass-Dartmouth 41
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Maine Maritime 62, at Nichols 43
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at Alfred 14, Frostburg State 3
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at Ithaca 32, Salisbury 7
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Framingham State 38, at Plymouth State 0
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Morrisville State 47, at Southern Virginia 23
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at Wesleyan 35, Bowdoin 0
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Middlebury 27, at Trinity (Conn.) 7
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St. John Fisher 61, at Alfred State 0
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at Bates 34, Colby 28
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at Amherst 30, Tufts 3
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Wesley 75, at Virginia-Lynchburg 12
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Husson 47, at Castleton State 26
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Williams 21, at Hamilton 14
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at Stevenson 57, FDU-Florham 0
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DePauw 59, at Allegheny 7
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at Franklin and Marshall 42, Moravian 12
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at Olivet 30, Kalamazoo 14
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at Trine 51, Albion 45
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Mount Ida 10, at Gallaudet 6
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Cortland State 21, at Kean 14
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Wisconsin Lutheran 17, at Adrian 7
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Hampden-Sydney 45, at Shenandoah 27
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at Emory and Henry 62, Catholic 28
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Hope 33, at Alma 7
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at St. Vincent 38, Carnegie Mellon 31
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Dickinson 33, at McDaniel 28
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Guilford 28, at Randolph-Macon 6
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Methodist 42, at N.C. Wesleyan 39
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at Ursinus 44, Susquehanna 14
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at Wittenberg 49, Kenyon 7
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at Montclair State 20, Rowan 16
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at St. Lawrence 21, Springfield 7
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at Delaware Valley 41, Misericordia 7
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at Wabash 70, Oberlin 10
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Hiram 35, at Ohio Wesleyan 28
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at Lebanon Valley 46, Wilkes 0
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at Muhlenberg 42, Juniata 13
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at Albright 30, King's 24
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William Paterson 21, at TCNJ 0
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at Millsaps 38, Sewanee 20
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Endicott 14, at Coast Guard 13
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at Mount Union 74, Wilmington 7
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at John Carroll 71, Capital 7
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at Franklin 41, Rose-Hulman 21
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at Thomas More 64, Grove City 7
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Widener 34, at Lycoming 17
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at Heidelberg 40, Marietta 20
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at Union 16, Rochester 14
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at Mount St. Joseph 63, Anderson 14
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at Bluffton 24, Manchester 16
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Otterbein 20, at Baldwin Wallace 9
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Utica 31, at Buffalo State 21
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Brockport State 17, at Hartwick 12
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at SUNY-Maritime 13, Becker 6
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at Bridgewater (Va.) 24, Washington and Lee 13
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Case Western Reserve 24
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Bridgewater State 27, at Westfield State 23
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at Hendrix 38, Austin 28
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at Benedictine 44, Concordia-Chicago 11
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LaGrange 24, at Huntingdon 17
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at Lakeland 14, Aurora 0
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at Birmingham-Southern 23, Berry 17
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at Concordia (Wis.) 42, Rockford 14
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at UW-River Falls 20, UW-Eau Claire 10
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at St. John's 52, Carleton 3
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Hamline 7
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Augsburg 38, at St. Olaf 20
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at Illinois College 49, Lake Forest 6
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Loras 27, at Simpson 24
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Buena Vista 44, at Dubuque 39
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at St. Norbert 29, Beloit 14
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Carroll 48, at Ripon 14
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at Macalester 33, Lawrence 0
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 72, at Texas Lutheran 16
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Augustana 31, at Carthage 26
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Elmhurst 29, at Illinois Wesleyan 28
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at North Park 26, Millikin 7
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Central 45, at Coe 21
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at Wartburg 52, Luther 7
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at Monmouth 38, Cornell 21
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Martin Luther 13, at Minnesota-Morris 12
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Crown 17, at MacMurray 14
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at Greenville 52, Iowa Wesleyan 32
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at Westminster (Mo.) 24, Northwestern (Minn.) 13
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Grinnell 21, at Knox 18
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at UW-Whitewater 24, UW-Oshkosh 7
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at UW-Stevens Point 24, UW-La Crosse 17
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Concordia (Mich.) 62, at Maranatha Baptist 0
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at Bethel 35, St. Thomas 24
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at Centre 47, Rhodes 35
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Defiance 45, at Earlham 21
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at Chicago 44, Washington U. 23
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Norwich 28, at Anna Maria 20
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UW-Platteville 21, at UW-Stout 0
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Hardin-Simmons 51, at Howard Payne 20
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WPI 24, at Merchant Marine 23
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Linfield 59, at Lewis and Clark 7
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at Pacific Lutheran 56, Willamette 14
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Redlands 64, at La Verne 28
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at Whitworth 62, Puget Sound 30
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Pacific 36, at George Fox 0
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at MIT 35, Western New England 34
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Worcester State 52, at Western Connecticut 49
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at Louisiana College 52, East Texas Baptist 49
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Ferrum 26, at Averett 14
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Waynesburg 35, at Thiel 32
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at Ohio Northern 31, Muskingum 10
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at Denison 38, Wooster 24
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at Christopher Newport 45, Greensboro 31
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at Geneva 20, Bethany 14
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at St. Scholastica 59, Eureka 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 34, North Central (Ill.) 31
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Chapman 45, at Cal Lutheran 21
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at Occidental 21, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 14
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at Pomona-Pitzer 24, Whittier 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 34, North Central (Ill.) 31
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Chapman 45, at Cal Lutheran 21
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Case Western Reserve 24
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at Thomas More 64, Grove City 7
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at Mount Union 74, Wilmington 7
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at John Carroll 71, Capital 7
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Wesley 75, at Virginia-Lynchburg 12
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Hampden-Sydney 45, at Shenandoah 27
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at Wabash 70, Oberlin 10
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St. John Fisher 61, at Alfred State 0
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at Wittenberg 49, Kenyon 7
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at Delaware Valley 41, Misericordia 7
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UW-Platteville 21, at UW-Stout 0
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at Bethel 35, St. Thomas 24
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Hobart 35, at RPI 3
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at UW-Whitewater 24, UW-Oshkosh 7
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at Wartburg 52, Luther 7
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 72, at Texas Lutheran 16
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Hamline 7
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at UW-Stevens Point 24, UW-La Crosse 17
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at St. John's 52, Carleton 3
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Linfield 59, at Lewis and Clark 7
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at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
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