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ATN Podcast 298: Breaking down the semifinals

We get a new, never-before-seen matchup in the Stagg Bowl, and that’s something to be excited about. In the latest edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast, Pat and Greg break down each of the semifinals, and North Central coach Jeff Thorne and Mary Hardin-Baylor coach Pete Fredenburg join us to do the same.

For North Central, the key performances came all over the field: from an offensive line missing two starters, from a freshman kicker called on to do the unlikely on a rainy and windy day, and of course from the dare-we-say future All-American running back and his quarterback, and the entire defense. We’ll talk about each of those performances.

For Mary Hardin-Baylor, of course, the biggest performance on offense was from the biggest man on the offense, Brandon Jordan. Plus the defense did more than enough to keep Alex Peete in check, and there are very few questions for UMHB. But we ask those questions anyway!

Plus, we talk about who the elite teams are in Division III football right now, and where does Mount Union rank among them after we’ve had two consecutive Stagg Bowls without the Purple Raiders for the first time since the early 1990s. And what the heck was up with the replay official in Whitewater on Saturday?

Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.

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ATN Podcast 291: Bad break for SJU, tough loss for W&J

We have no idea who the leader of the PAC is right now. None. If you have four leaders, you don’t have any — at least, that would be the coach speak version of the answer.

We can’t fully clear up a four-way tie between Carnegie Mellon, Grove City, Washington and Jefferson and Westminster (Pa.), but we’ll make a start along that road.

St. John’s received some bad news over the weekend when starting quarterback, Aaron Syverson, broke his leg. Who replaces him and wat’s next for the Johnnies?

We’re joined for a Tight Five by Lake Forest coach Jim Catanzaro. Now that Jim is no loner the national committee chair, we can focus on his Foresters squad a bit, which is unbeaten headed into its contest on Saturday against Monmouth, one which might eventually decide the Midwest Conference title.

Our game balls go to Wisconsin and California. Our surprising results come from Ohio and … Ohio. Our off-the-beaten-path highlights come from Massachusetts and … Ohio. Our stats of the week, from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Which two teams from the WIAC and CCIW will play in this inaugural Butter Burger Bowl … err, Isthmus Bowl? Which two teams should bury the hatchet and find some sportsmanship? That and much more in episode 291.

Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.

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Photos: Lake Forest athletics photo by Yanna Glaspy; Redlands photo by Doug Earnest; Grove City photo by Jason W. Kapusta

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Bonus Podcast: You’ll see a change in regional rankings

Regional rankings are coming soon! Usually this would be a great time of year, but this time around, it’s going to be more than a little confusing. These sorts of things are handled in the same manner across all Division III team sports, so in this bonus podcast, we are talking about the upcoming changes with Dave McHugh, the host of Hoopsville, which is the podcast for Division III basketball. It’s a little bit of D3football.com/D3hoops.com crossover!

What’s coming? Why are they changing? Whose bright idea was it, and what did they hope would come out of it? Pat and Dave talk about it all in this bonus podcast. Apologies to Greg Thomas, who is not on this edition of the podcast.

The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football, featuring Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas.

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Full episode:

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Photos: AggiesAction.com; Grove City athletics; Birmingham-Southern athletics; Albion athletics; Aurora athletics; Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com