Northwest Missouri State leads Division II preseason Top 25

 Meant to get to this a day ago, but the AFCA released its Division II preseason top 25 on Monday. Just like they finished 2013, Northwest Missouri State tops the poll by a resounding margin. The Bearcats garnered 31 of 32 available first-place votes. The lone defector went to Henderson State, which checks in at No. 8. Grand Valley State, Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado State-Pueblo and North Alabama rounded out the top five.

The full poll:

1. Northwest Missouri State - 799 total points (31 first-place votes)
2. Grand Valley State (Mich.) - 725
3. Minnesota-Duluth - 634
4. Colorado State-Pueblo - 619
5. North Alabama - 589
6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) - 538
7. Minnesota State-Mankato - 530
8. Henderson State (Ark.) - 523
9. Pittsburg State (Kan.) - 522
10. West Chester (Pa.) - 477
11. West Texas A&M - 407
12. Shepherd (W. Va.) - 393
13. Ohio Dominican - 390
14. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) - 389
15. St. Cloud State (Minn.) - 350
16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) - 333
17. Tarleton State (Texas) - 266
18. Indianapolis - 229
19. Delta State (Miss.) - 206
20. Indiana (Pa.) - 167
21. North Carolina-Pembroke - 140
t-22. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) - 133
t-22. Emporia State (Kan.) - 133
24. Bloomsburg (Ind.) - 103
25. Tuskegee (Ala.) - 98

Videos: Cam Newton has two Gatorade commercials of his own

In place of Peyton Manning, Gatorade is using Cam Newton in a few of their commercials. While Peyton may pass for a six foot five version of your local gas station manager, Newton plays a much different role in his appearances.

And if I may add, he does it quite well. The second one is especially good.

If you haven't already seen Peyton's, see all six of his latest Gatorade commercials here.

Boise State's staff team building: SWAT Team style

Ah, team building. We all love it. Kudos to Bryan Harsin for coming up with something different...SWAT training for his staff. 

You be the judge...at the 2:15 mark, does the first coach through the door take a bullet? I think the staff might be down a man... Enjoy!

Notre Dame unveils special Shamrock Series uniforms

Notre Dame is different. How different? When the school finally puts the school logo on the side of its helmet, it treats it as big news.

The Irish released their Shamrock Series uniforms on Tuesday and, somehow the interlocking ND logo is on the side of those golden domes for the first time since Notre Dame put on helmets. This is the sixth Shamrock Series game, and easily the least exotic of the six. After playing Army at Yankee Stadium, Miami at Soldier Field, Arizona State at Jerry World, the Irish will meet.... Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This is what happens your favorite band doesn't have any new material but the record label demands a new contract every two years, and all of a sudden there's a fourth greatest hits album on the shelves at Target.

Fittingly, Notre Dame's special Shamrock Series uniforms - the first since Under Armour gained control of the Notre Dame apparel contract this year - are the tamest of the bunch.




The most interesting part of the uniform is, of course, the part you can't see. Whatever this is was apparently patterned after the mosaic on the floor of the Golden Dome.


For Doug and the rest of our resident sneakerheads:


(For those interested, Notre Dame also unveiled its regular home and road Under Armour uniforms on Tuesday.)

Notre Dame began wearing special uniform for its Shamrock Series game in 2010, one year after the tradition began.

There was the traditional designated "special uniform" green jerseys for Army in 2010:


The green jerseys with extra gold helmets in for Maryland in 2011:


Whatever this was against Miami in 2012:


And then the white jerseys that were overshadowed by Arizona State's en feugo helmets in 2013:


Which one is your favorite?

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