TAG | Merchant Marine
The Hampden-Sydney/Randolph-Macon game always draws a crowd. This year it’s also a winner-take-all game for the ODAC title.
Hampden-Sydney athletics photo
If you’ve never been affiliated with a school that has an intense, no-love-lost rivalry, you’re missing out on one of the sweeter things in life. Because when game time comes, there’s something absolutely all-consuming about how you feel about your team and what you’d like to do to those on the “other team.”
Many teams will be feeling that this weekend, capping the season against their archrival. And if the playoffs are not on the horizon, Week 11 can spell one last chance to make the season memorable by taking home the Bridge Bowl Trophy or Monon Bell or Cortaca Jug or Regents Cup or any of the many other prizes out there.
This week highlights the rivalries, but there’s more to this week than that. With Selection Sunday coming up, there’s so much to play for.
Here’s what Pat, Keith and Ryan have to say about that:
Alfred · Baldwin-Wallace · Bethel · Bridgewater (Va.) · Catholic · Chapman · Cortland State · Hampden-Sydney · Hardin-Simmons · Heidelberg · Huntingdon · Iowa Wesleyan · Ithaca · John Carroll · Kalamazoo · Louisiana College · Maryville · Merchant Marine · Millsaps · Mount St. Joseph · Mount Union · Olivet · Randolph-Macon · Rhodes · Rowan · St. Lawrence · TCNJ · Thomas More · UW-Oshkosh · UW-Platteville · Wesley
Matt Behrendt made a splash when he came in off the bench at quarterback for UW-Whitewater last year vs. UW-Oshkosh. This year he’s the starter.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com
We can count on one hand the number of weeks left in the regular season. And there’s still a lot shaping up, with power conferences such as the OAC, CCIW and WIAC on the verge of decisive stretches that pit their undefeated teams against one another.
Regional rankings will also be here soon, which will provide our first glimpse of which teams could be among the highest seeded in the postseason and which are positioned best for the coveted five — or four…no, wait, five — Pool C bids. (Listen to this past Monday’s Podcast to see what that last sentence was all about.)
For Week 8, Pat, Keith and Ryan again bring you their Saturday predictions: (more…)
Centre · Chapman · Chicago · Delaware Valley · DePauw · Dubuque · Hampden-Sydney · Hobart · Illinois Wesleyan · Ithaca · King's · Mary Hardin-Baylor · Merchant Marine · Mississippi College · Pacific · Pacific Lutheran · Redlands · Rhodes · RPI · Salisbury · St. John Fisher · Texas Lutheran · UW-Oshkosh · UW-Whitewater · Wartburg · Wesley · Western Connecticut · Wheaton · Willamette · Worcester State
Lake Forest players walk from the dorms to the stadium before Saturday’s game.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com
Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan both went out on the road this week, with Pat taking one of D3football.com’s Best road trips and Keith taking in his 15th class reunion. It’s a good look at a handful of Division III campuses and programs that runs the gamut from the return of UW-Whitewater to prominence to what D-III looked like 15 years ago. Has your campus changed? Keith McMillan and Pat Coleman take a look at in this week’s Around the Nation podcast.
In terms of playoff hopes, those of St. Thomas and Wesley took big hits this past weekend. Dubuque’s playoff hopes rose, obviously, by beating Coe. Some other teams’ hopes improved and a lot of games have yet to be played. Lots of teams talked about, and you can see them listed in the tags at the bottom.
This has been updated to correct erroneous information about the playoff format released by the NCAA to member schools.
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The tags below include the schools we talked about. Also, here’s your first look at the Postgame Show, with your D3reports and team interviews and highlight packages:
Bethel · Carthage · Coe · Dubuque · Heidelberg · Illinois Wesleyan · John Carroll · King's · Lake Forest · Maryville · Merchant Marine · Monmouth · Mount Union · Rowan · RPI · Salisbury · St. John Fisher · St. Thomas · UW-Eau Claire · UW-Oshkosh · UW-Platteville · UW-Whitewater · Wesley