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ATN Podcast 191: Breakout teams, big stage

January might not seem like a busy month in Division III football, but Division III was represented on the big stage, both at the Sugar Bowl and the Senior Bowl, while the offseason got a bit of a late start for teams that advanced in the playoffs.

To wrap up January, we talked with Wooster offensive lineman Patrick Mohorcic, the captain of the AFCA’s Good Works team, about his work combating violence against women, Wooster’s challenging season and more. Brockport coach Jason Mangone reflects on his team’s run to the national semifinals, getting a late start on recruiting and the fate of his playoff beard. And Berry coach Tony Kunczewski talks about his team’s run to the playoffs, building a program in a part of the country where Division III isn’t well known, and how being on the national committee shapes his understanding of the playoff picture.

Plus, there’s a piece of breaking news in this podcast, as one senior who has a fifth year of eligibility is identified and announced. And since there’s a football game this upcoming week, nobody was allowed to get out of the podcast without giving a prediction for Super Bowl LII.

This is a long podcast. Perhaps you need to set aside a few extra minutes to listen. But we would appreciate it. As would our guests. 

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ATN Podcast 186: Blowing it all out

OK, yes, this second round of the playoffs was bad, in an epic way. No doubt. How bad? We’ll talk about that, for sure. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything we can learn from this week’s postseason games, because we definitely got a better look at some teams, even if there are a couple of teams advancing that haven’t yet been playoff tested.

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Pat and Keith hand out game balls, look at each second-round game, and look at the upcoming quarterfinal matchups in this week’s D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast.  

The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation between Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan and guests covering the wide range of Division III football. 

Hit play, or subscribe to get this podcast on your mobile device. 
Frostburg State athletics photo; UW-Oshkosh photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com; turf by Scott Pierson, d3photography.com
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Quick Hits’ take on second-round scores

After an entertaining, but difficult-to-predict first round, our crew is back to give it another shot. So, we look at all eight second-round games and predict the final score. Do we expect a close game? A high-scoring game? A blowout? Does everyone agree on who will win? Those are the factors worth looking at.

Keith McMillan, Ryan Tipps, Pat Coleman, Adam Turer, Frank Rossi and Greg Thomas each take their crack at it this week and every week from here to Salem.

— Pat Coleman (d3photography.com photo)

UW-Oshkosh bracket
Keith’s take:  UW-Oshkosh 35, North Central 31
Ryan’s take: North Central 24, UW-Oshkosh 23
Pat’s take: UW-Oshkosh 21, North Central 13
Adam’s take: UW-Oshkosh 24, North Central 20
Frank’s take: UW-Oshkosh 24, North Central 14
Greg’s take: UW-Oshkosh 27, North Central 13
Hansen odds to advance: UW-Oshkosh, 82%.
Consensus: A competitive, low-scoring game, but generally with the home team on top.
Keith’s take:  Wartburg 28, Trine 27
Ryan’s take: Wartburg 31, Trine 27
Pat’s take: Wartburg 35, Trine 24
Adam’s take: Trine 38, Wartburg 30
Frank’s take: Trine 30, Wartburg 27
Greg’s take: Trine 36, Wartburg 35
Hansen odds to advance: Wartburg, 51%
Consensus:
Points will be scored. Someone will win. Even the Wartburg grad’s algorithm has a toss-up.
Mount Union bracket
Keith’s take:  Mount Union 35, Case 14
Ryan’s take: Mount Union 41, Case 14
Pat’s take: Mount Union 42, Case 17
Adam’s take: Mount Union 38, Case 17
Frank’s take: Mount Union 37, Case 10
Greg’s take: Mount Union 49, Case 10
Hansen odds to advance: Mount Union, 94%.
Consensus:
Case will score two or three times.
Keith’s take:  Frostburg State 31, W&J 29
Ryan’s take: Frostburg State 34, W&J 17
Pat’s take: Frostburg State 21, W&J 17
Adam’s take: Frostburg State 27, W&J 24
Frank’s take: Frostburg State 27, W&J 20
Greg’s take: Frostburg State 28, W&J 24
Hansen odds to advance: Frostburg State, 56%.
Consensus: Quiet confidence in Frostburg State, with most by seven or fewer points.
Mary Hardin-Baylor bracket
Keith’s take: UMHB 27, Linfield 17
Ryan’s take: UMHB 23, Linfield 14
Pat’s take: UMHB 20, Linfield 10
Adam’s take: UMHB 31, Linfield 24
Frank’s take: UMHB 24, Linfield 10
Greg’s take: UMHB 24, Linfield 7
Hansen odds to advance: Mary Hardin-Baylor, 82%.
Consensus:
The defending champs, in a generally low-scoring game.
Keith’s take: St. Thomas 34, Berry 14
Ryan’s take: St. Thomas 38, Berry 17
Pat’s take: St. Thomas 42, Berry 20
Adam’s take: St. Thomas 47, Berry 20
Frank’s take: St. Thomas 41, Berry 27
Greg’s take: St. Thomas 34, Berry 17
Hansen odds to advance: St. Thomas, 99+%.
Consensus:
St. Thomas, although Berry could score some points.
Delaware Valley bracket
Keith’s take:  Delaware Valley 22, Husson 9
Ryan’s take: Delaware Valley 31, Husson 10
Pat’s take: Delaware Valley 24, Husson 15
Adam’s take: Delaware Valley 35, Husson 14
Frank’s take: Delaware Valley 31, Husson 17
Greg’s take: Delaware Valley 38, Husson 14
Hansen odds to advance: Delaware Valley, 88%.
Consensus:
Delaware Valley, although it could be close.
Keith’s take:  Brockport 28, Wesley 17
Ryan’s take: Brockport 27, Wesley 24
Pat’s take: Brockport 31, Wesley 27
Adam’s take: Wesley 42, Brockport 38
Frank’s take: Brockport 28, Wesley 27
Greg’s take: Wesley 28, Brockport 27
Hansen odds to advance: Brockport, 67%.
Consensus:
Not exactly unanimous.

We invite you to add your predictions in the comments below, or tweet at us at @D3Keith, @NewsTipps and @d3football. Download the Around the Nation podcast on Mondays, where Pat and Keith review the picks and the highlights from the second round.