Game Day: Time to put up

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Bethel athletics photo by Andy Kenutis

Two Division III teams that were on the unbeaten-but-unranked list just a couple of weeks ago have their chances to make major statements in their conferences and set off reverberations around Division III today.

I’m thinking of No. 20 Bethel, which is at unbeaten and No. 4 St. Thomas, and No. 22 Pacific Lutheran, which is at No. 12 Linfield. Control of their conference races is at stake, and in the MIAC, the winner could all but wrap up the automatic bid today. Nobody else has fewer than two losses and the winner would hold head-to-head in a tie if it stumbled in one of its remaining games.

DePauw could clinch an automatic bid today, playing at Trinity (Texas). Never mind the history, right? And then there’s the MAC, where Lycoming is trying to surpass the third-place finish we predicted for the Warriors in the conference standings in Kickoff 2010. A win at No. 9 Delaware Valley would far outdo the narrow home win against Ithaca as the best showing on Lycoming’s schedule and erase some of the sting of the early-season loss at Rowan.

Many, many more games, obviously, many of which we covered in Triple Take yesterday.

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