Take a look at the D-II playoff bracket
Yesterday afternoon the pairings for the D-II playoffs were announced.
Eight first round games will take place, with the top two teams in each super regional earning first round byes.
Valdosta State claimed last year's crown, and while there name shows up numerous times since 2000, there is certainly a much more variety than the D-III national title game has seen over the past decade.
Here's a look at the national champions the past five seasons
2012: Valdosta State 35 - Winston-Salem State 7
2011: Pittsburg State 35 - Wayne State 21
2010: Minnesota Duluth 20 - Delta State 17
2009: Northwest Minnesota State 30 - Grand Valley State 23
2008: Minnesota-Duluth 21 - Northwest Missouri State - 14
Here's the D-III playoff bracket
With the Division III season finally wrapped up, Sunday marked the selection show for the D-III bracket. Here's what the NCAA came up with.
Although the NCAA doesn't reveal their top seeds, our friends at D3Football.com point to Mount Union, UW-Whitewater, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Bethel as the top overall seeds. A quick glance at the bracket shows that no team is going to have an clear, unobstructed path to the Stagg Bowl,and a national title this year.
The path to the D-III national title begins this weekend. Here's a look at the matchup in the last five national title games (you might notice a recurring theme).
2012: Mount Union 28 - St. Thomas 10
2011: UW-Whitewater 13 - Mount Union 10
2010: UW-Whitewater 31 - Mount Union 21
2009: UW-Whitewater 38 - Mount Union 28
2008: Mount Union 31 - UW-Whitewater 26
Dating back to 2000, Mount Union has been a part of all but one national title game (2004 when Linfield won the crown). From 2005-2011 UW-Whitewater and Mount Union faced each other in the national title game, and last season Mount Union beat out St. Thomas to claim the program's 11th national title.
Video: Experience USC's upset of Stanford
Ed Orgeron's Trojans weren't phased when #4 ranked Stanford came to the Coliseum on Saturday, and this all access video does a great job of catching all the emotion in Troy.
Before taking the field, Orgeron reminded his guys to stay together, expect to win and to fight for their brothers in the cardinal and gold.
The camera's take you down on the field for the game winning field goal, and fumble to seal the game, and then follow the team into the locker room where coaches are seen dancing around in jubilation.
In the locker room, Orgeron sums up the emotion of the huge win with a loud "Let the party start baby, we did it!".
Monday TV - Patriots at Panthers
Another great week of football continues today, with Monday being the only day left this week without any college football. But New England and Carolina should be entertaining.
Eastern time listed.
New England at Carolina - 8:40 - ESPN
Watch Auburn's compilations of reactions to the Prayer at Jordan-Hare
Saturday's Prayer at Jordan-Hare, Hail Aubie, whatever you choose to call it, was one of those reminders why there's nothing in life like college football. Even if you've seen it all in your lifetime, you've never seen that. Fourth and 18, Nick Marshall throws it up, off a Georgia defender's hands and into the running arms of Ricardo Louis. Auburn 43, Georgia 38.
Auburn has compiled a smattering of reactions from a number of places - TV, radio, fans in the stadium, fans at home. I'll admit I let out an involuntary "Oh my gosh" when the ball fell in Louis' hands, and I had no dog in the hunt at all besides hoping for a good football game. You can only imagine the seesaw of emotions these people - not to mention the players and coaches on both sidelines - experienced. Verne Lundquist closes the video with the understatement of the year: "Gus Malzahn has resuscitated this program."
This is becoming his signature dance move...and we love it!
Instead of pre game meetings, Rex Ryan took the team to Dave and Busters
After the usual team meeting the day before a big road game, Jets head coach Rex Ryan decided to throw the team a curve ball. Now, Buffalo isn't exactly nationally renowned for a plethora of fun things to do, but Ryan apparently found a venue right down the street from the team hotel that could serve as a productive distraction.
After Ryan's usual motivational talk to the entire team, instead of heading to the offensive and defensive meetings to go over the game plan for Sunday against the Bills, Ryan decided to take the team to Dave and Buster's instead.
If you've never heard of the famous restaurant / arcade themed Dave and Buster's, think of it as an adult Chuck-E-Cheese complete with a better menu and a solid selection of arcade games, and solid beer selection.
Interesting tactic for the night before a big game. With the two teams kicking off at 1pm EST on CBS, the entire country will get to see whether it was a much needed night away from preparation for the team to blow off some steam, or perhaps it was the Jets overlooking the Bills.
Either way, I'd love to see footage of the reaction from a bunch of grown men hearing that they get to skip meetings for the night to head to Dave and Buster's for some food and fun.
(H/T ProFootballTalk for pointing out the story)
'Faithfulness and Loyalty will always be rewarded'
In his first year as head coach, Steve Addazio has Boston College playing with an attitude, and that my friends is translating into wins.
After yesterday's 38-21 win over NC State, BC is now 6-4 on the season (5-1 at home) with games remaining at Maryland and at Syracuse. While neither of those is a gimme, both are certainly games the Eagles will have a chance in. Having already matched the combined win totals of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, its safe to say BC is no longer a team opponents are looking forward to playing.
Watch and listen to what coach Addazio had to say to his team following their win yesterday. Lessons we can all take from.
For those that are wondering how BC is doing it, I'll just let you chew on this. BC ran for 420 yards yesterday while holding NC State to rust 35 yards rushing. As they say in Chestnut Hill, "Be a Dude".