FootballScoop's Division III Weekend Primer
And the march to unseat Mount Union begins.
Here's how the first round of the Division III playoffs stack up:
Washington & Jefferson (8-2) at Mount Union (10-0)
Lebanon Valley (8-2) at Wittenberg (9-1)
Framingham State (9-1) at Ithaca (8-2)
Wesley (8-2) at Johns Hopkins (10-0)
Albion (8-2) at North Central (10-0)
Concordia, Wisc. (8-2) at Wisconsin-Platteville (9-1)
Wartburg (8-2) at Illinois Wesleyan (9-1)
St. Scholastica (9-1) at Bethel, Minn. (10-0)
St. Norbert (8-2) at Wisconsin-Whitewater (10-0)
Washington-St. Louis (8-2) at Franklin (7-3)
Maryville, Tenn. (8-2) at Hampden-Sydney (8-2)
Pacific Lutheran (8-2) at Linfield (9-0)
Gallaudet (9-1) at Hobart (9-0)
St. John Fisher (8-2) at John Carroll (9-1)
Endicott (8-2) at Rowan (8-2)
Redlands (7-2) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-0)
Three Games Worth Watching:
Gallaudet at Hobart: Poor Hobart. You go 9-0 and everyone in the nation (minus friends and family) is rooting against you, through no fault of their own. Hobart's opponent, Gallaudet, is making its first postseason appearance and will be the sentimental favorite for as long as they remain in the tournament. In case you missed it, here's our video on the most unique program in America.
Pacific Lutheran at Linfield: A rematch of Linfield's 29-0 win on Oct. 5, Pacific Lutheran will try to find a way to deal with a Wildcats squad that leads the nation in scoring offense and ranks second in rushing defense. That sort of statistical combination is so lethal it should be illegal.
Wesley at Johns Hopkins: Many of these first-round games look like major mismatches on paper. Not this one. Hopkins ranks 16th nationally at 42 points per game, and Wesley can nearly match that at 36 points per... in its eight wins. The Wolverines put up just 24 points combined in their two losses. For a feast or famine offense, Wesley hopes to bite off some chunks of Division III's 102nd ranked pass defense.