ATN Podcast: When a surprise isn’t a surprise

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Maybe an upset isn’t an upset when 76 percent of you pick it to happen. There were five road teams who won on Saturday in the opening round of the playoffs and one of them was an upset if you believe in the other Top 25. But when Elmhurst and North Central each went on the road and won, and Bethel won on the road as well, they each struck blows for their conferences.

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But so did Concordia-Chicago. So did Framingham State, despite losing. There aren’t moral victories necessarily in the playoffs but it’s better to go out 20-19 or 24-23 than it is 73-14. But every game gets discussed and we look ahead to what we hope will be a great second weekend of the playoffs as well.

Keith and Pat talk about that and more in this week’s Around the Nation Podcast, sponsored by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XL. Tickets on sale now!

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4 thoughts on “ATN Podcast: When a surprise isn’t a surprise

  1. A minor correction – Bethel has now won three games by one point this season – two by stopping the other team from scoring the two point conversion (Augsburg on September 29 and now Concordia Chicago two days ago) and winning the Homecoming thriller over Concordia Moorhead on October 6 by converting the two point conversion.

  2. I laughed at the end of the podcast because i knew the team you guys left out and it was funny that keith said it at the end. Pat, I am jelous you get to go to Oshkosh, WI on saturday.. I would have gone if i didnt have to work. My brother said it’s a 5 hour drive but it will be a great game. I have waited for a few years for bethel to face a WIAC opponent. It should be an awesome saturday with 8 great matchups!!

  3. You forgot that Bethel played UW-EC in 2007 in the playoffs up in Arden Hills. I was at the UW-W game that day but I heard there was quite the crowd for the game and it was close for a while. The tipping point was the QB was the 2nd stringer (due to injury) for UW-EC.

  4. I am really hoping UW-O can make it to a future game with UST this year in the playoffs. I am going to the game on Saturday on my trip back to the Cities from Madison.

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