2019 Division III football playoffs
December 8, 2019 2019 Division III football playoff bracket The updated bracket, including game times and host sites for the Division III national semifinals.
December 12, 2019 Brand helps Warhawks D-line make a splash Jordan Brand leaves quite an impression. These days, the Warhawks' defensive lineman leaves his impression on opposing quarterbacks, running backs and offensive coordinators. Brian Lester has more.
December 11, 2019 St. John's has recipe for success The Johnnies have had an interesting concoction this season, but it's the special ingredient which has St. John's still alive in this playoff. Adam Turer has more.
December 10, 2019 The defense which fuels Muhlenberg's drive Trying to solve Muhlenberg's defense can be puzzling. And that makes sense, since the Mules can throw different looks and different personnel at opponents from game to game, or even down to down. Joe Sager has more.
December 7, 2019 Final four: Mules, Cardinals, Warhawks, Johnnies St. John's survived an epic finish, while UW-Whitewater, North Central and Muhlenberg all advanced to the national semifinals with relative ease.
December 6, 2019 Looking at a new-look quarterfinals We're on to the third round of the playoffs, and it looks a little less purple, a little more wide-open. Will any of the games be close? Can't say we know that for sure, but we have No. 2 through No. 9 in our Top 25 still playing, and that makes things fun. On this edition of the podcast, we chat with Delaware Valley head coach Duke Greco and preview all four quarterfinals.
December 5, 2019 A quarterfinal reunion of old foes The Warhawks and Crusaders have met in the regular season twice and in the semifinals four times. The fact that this week's meeting between Whitewater and UMHB is in the quarterfinals does nothing to dim the rivalry. Brian Lester has more.
December 4, 2019 Salisbury finds itself new options Running the ball is nothing new for the Sea Gulls. But it's that other thing you do with the football -- throwing it -- that has taken flight at Salisbury. Joe Sager has more.
December 3, 2019 North Central refuses to lose The Cardinals stood out on the field in Alliance, Ohio, shortly after defeating Mount Union, and shouted, "I am a champion, and I refuse to lose!" It came at the end of a multiple-round fight, and the boxing terminology is intentional. Pat Coleman has more.
December 3, 2019 For Wheaton, No. 2 wasn't good enough While most programs would be delighted to post a winning percentage of .800, the Thunder were determined to not repeat the last two seasons, where they went 8-2 and finished as runners-up in the CCIW. Perhaps 12-0 is more their liking. Adam Turer has more.
December 2, 2019 Voices from all around the second round Highlights from Saturday, plus voices from UMHB, Wheaton, Salisbury, St. John's, Muhlenberg and North Central coach Jeff Thorne talks about the Cardinals' epic win, the adjustments they made, and how they kept fighting. That plus much more in the latest podcast.
November 30, 2019 Mount Union bounced in epic shootout North Central and Mount Union poured out all of the offense they could manage, and it was an interception in the end zone with two seconds left that gave the Cardinals the upset win.
November 28, 2019 Time to get out of the turkey coma The next round in our five-course meal is the playoffs' second round, from Maryland's Eastern Shore to Orange County, California. We talk with coaches from Union and Wesley about this week's games and preview all eight contests, plus talk about the Gagliardi Trophy and more.
November 27, 2019 Chapman continues to map uncharted territory First 9-0 season, first playoff home game, first playoff win ... now the Panthers are hosting a second-round game and have St. John's coming to town. Brian Lester has more.
November 27, 2019 Muhlenberg family keys off brothers It's common for teams to refer to themselves as family. The Mules, however, have brothers who not only are teammates, but square off against each other in practice. Joe Sager has more.
November 26, 2019 Bounceback year has Hawks in second round "When we were 0-4, it could have gotten really bad, but it didn’t. Instead, we were still getting better at the end of the year." And one year later, Huntingdon made the playoffs and got a road playoff win to boot. Adam Turer has more.
November 23, 2019 UMHB bracket: Huntingdon wins on road Huntingdon came up with the key road win, while Wartburg rolled to a win at Hope and higher seeds Mary Hardin-Baylor and UW-Whitewater won easily at home in the first round of the top-left bracket of the 2019 NCAA Division III playoffs.
November 23, 2019 Mount Union bracket: Del Val rallies, rest roll Delaware Valley outscored Bridgewater 23-9 in the second half and 13-3 in the fourth quarter to win at Bridgewater, while Ethan Greenfield had himself a day for North Central, a freshman quarterback was huge for Wesley and Mount Union rolled in its playoff opener.
November 23, 2019 Salisbury bracket: Brockport, Union come back Brockport and Union had thrilling come-from-behind wins, while Muhlenberg and Salisbury each had shutout wins in the first round of the upper right-hand bracket of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
November 23, 2019 Central, Chapman win in OT; SJU survives The Wheaton bracket, on the bottom left, saw three great games. Central rallied to beat UW-Oshkosh in overtime, St. John's survived a shootout with Aurora and Linfield and Chapman needed multiple extra periods to decide it out west.
November 21, 2019 Our playoff surprises, disappointments For each region, we picked one team that will surprise, one that will disappoint, and one that will make it through to the national semifinals. The lack of consensus just goes to show you how exciting the 2019 postseason is going to be. Read on to find out what us “experts” predict, and chime in with your own predictions in the comments.
November 20, 2019 In playoff mode since October, NCC relieved to get in “We’ve been playing desperate ... and it’s no different now,” North Central coach Jeff Thorne said. “If we lose, we are done. We have to carry that same mindset into Saturday and hope it’s at an even higher level of awareness.”
November 20, 2019 Golden Bears looking to take next step Western New England has been to the playoffs five years running, but this season presents the Golden Bears with a game against an established Division III program, with a chance to advance. Joe Sager has more.
November 19, 2019 NCAA's final regional ranking The final regional rankings arrived from the NCAA on Tuesday morning. These are the rankings the NCAA football championship committee used to select at-large teams and pair them up.
November 18, 2019 Podcast: Selection Sunday breakdown While folks from JCU and Susquehanna don’t understand why they aren’t in the playoffs (can’t say we didn’t warn you), there actually is a lot to like in this bracket. We talk with the committee chair, look at the best first-round matchups and decide who has the hardest road to the Stagg Bowl.
November 18, 2019 2019 playoffs: Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket Here's all the nuts and bolts about the eight teams in the top left-hand bracket, from top seed UMHB to No. 8 seed Huntingdon, where the Cru will be joined by Vikings and Scots, Hawks and Warhawks, Dutch, Knights and Bulldogs.
November 18, 2019 2019 playoffs: Mount Union bracket Here's what you need to know on the bottom right bracket, where there are Purple Raiders, Cardinals, Wolverines, Aggies, Little Giants, Panthers, Rams and Eagles.
November 18, 2019 2019 playoffs: Salisbury bracket The Sea Gulls haven't had their name atop a bracket previously, but it's one with Privateers, Engineers, Golden Bears, Golden Eagles, Mules, Dutchmen and Spartans. Here's all the details on the top right bracket.
November 18, 2019 2019 playoffs: Wheaton bracket Wheaton as a top seed in the bottom left bracket will try to bring the Thunder against the Dutch, Knights, Panthers and Wildcats, Johnnies, Titans and Spartans. Get all the details on the bottom left bracket here.
November 17, 2019 Our projected playoff bracket When you get to the end of the night on Selection Eve, all you want is a little clarity. We got it when Cortland lost, when Bethel lost, and when all five of the at-large teams we projected earlier this week came home with wins. And then, the metaphorical grenade was launched into the process when UW-Whitewater could not hold onto the football. Here's what it does to the bracket.
November 14, 2019 Our projected playoff bracket Although 112 games have yet to be played, and one-third of the field has yet to be determined, it's not too soon to take a look at who might get the at-large bids, and where teams might be seeded. Here's our projected playoff bracket, through Week 10.
November 13, 2019 NCAA's second regional ranking The second official regional rankings have arrived from the NCAA. These are the rankings the NCAA football championship committee will eventually use to select at-large teams and pair them up.
November 6, 2019 NCAA's first regional ranking The first official regional rankings have arrived from the NCAA. These are the rankings the NCAA football championship committee will eventually use to select at-large teams and pair them up.