ATN Podcast: There will be a new champ

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Kevin Burke and Mount Union are going strong, despite Heidelberg actually scoring this week.
Mount Union athletics photo by JT Higgins

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Now at least we know we will have no more than one Purple Power in Salem for the Stagg Bowl, after the elimination of UW-Whitewater from any reasonable playoff hopes with its third overall loss and second regional loss this week. If Mount were to advance, who might join them? And what do the potential No. 1 seeds need to avoid? Keith and Pat talk about it in this week’s Around the Nation Podcast, sponsored by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XL. Tickets on sale now!

As the season winds down, there are just 22 conferences left to have teams clinch automatic bids, so there’s still a long way to go. Not all of them can clinch this week either, but some can, and some teams on byes can actually clinch from home. Plus, as at-large bids go, some teams played themselves out of consideration this week by picking up a second loss, while some two-loss teams actually have strong resumes for consideration.

Pat and Keith talk about a lot of teams this week, including both teams in the Mount Union-Heidelberg game. Check the tags at the bottom of this page to find out who is on the topics list.

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4 thoughts on “ATN Podcast: There will be a new champ

  1. I can’t wait to see how the brackets turn out.

    The Purple Raiders as the #1 seed, should secure home field for the playoffs as long as they continue to win!

    Go Purple Raiders!

  2. “Now at least we know we will have no more than one Purple Power in Salem for the Stagg Bowl”

    It’s hard to understand that statement since, out of the top ten, Mary Hardin Baylor, Linfield, St. Thomas and Hobart also have Purple colors.

  3. Shouldn’t be hard to understand. Only Mount Union and UW-Whitewater earn the term Purple Power. If UMHB, Linfield or St. Thomas can get to, let’s say, back-to-back Stagg Bowls, they can earn that title. These three teams have two Stagg Bowl appearances among them combined and the Purple Powers had 14 in seven years. They have been on a separate level and earned a dual name of their “own.”

  4. Great blog you two

    I don’t think Salisbury liked mud in their cleats

    right on Keith Utica could really stir up the pot

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