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DII - DIII playoff pairings announced

The DII and DIII playoff pairings were announced earlier this afternoon.

The DII championship game will be featured on ESPN2 December 17th at 11AM. Last season Minnesota - Duluth defeated Delta State for the DII national title. For complete DII pairings see this link.

The DIII bracket features a few familiar faces in Mount Union (OH) and Wisconsin - Whitewater.  Mount Union is making their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance, and Whitewater hopes to extend the nations longest winning streak (40 games) of any division, and build on their back to back national titles. The Stagg Bowl will take place on ESPNU on at 7 eastern on December 16th.

Sean Payton is back on the sideline

In a surprise, unannounced move Sean Payton showed up on the sideline today (weeks ahead of his announced timeline). Local media report this was part of Payton's plan to motivate his team for today's game against rival Atlanta. 

Jay Glazer reports that Payton plans to stay well behind the line of scrimmage in order to take away as much of the possibility as possible of being re-injured. 

A local media guy just tweeted wondering whether Payton is the first NFL coach to be on the sideline in a regular season game wearing shorts?  

In case you went to bed early last night...

Washington State scored 14 in the 4th quarter to come from behind and beat Arizona State 37-27.

The loss for Arizona State is another puzzling piece of their season.

ASU started off 5-1 with big victories over USC, Oregon State and Utah. Their one loss was 14-17 at Illinois when Illinois was undefeated.

They then lost at Oregon 41-27 and then throttled Colorado 48-14 (thus they were 6-2 at that point).

However something has happened the last two weeks. First, they lost 28-29 at UCLA and now last night's 37-27 loss at Wazzou. 6-4 with two home games to go (Arizona and Cal).  8-4 sure sounds a lot better than 6-6 or even 7-5.  

Just for perspective, in 2010 ASU went 6-6, in 2009 4-8, in 2008 5-7, in 2007 10-3, in 2006 7-6 and in 2005 7-5. 

Gary Patterson...Brass

"When we started the drive, get their 2 point play ready, because we weren't going to go into overtime and beat these guys here." - Gary Patterson

TCU scored, converted the two point play and Boise missed their subsequent field goal attempt. Brass. 

For what it's worth, Boise State and TCU have played 4 times since 2003. Both teams have won 2 of those games, none decided by more than 7 points.

As for Boise, how about this stat, in the last 4 seasons, Boise State is 46-3...those three losses were by 1, 3 and 1 point. 

Highlights below

Pelini: This game shouldn't have been played

Very powerful words from Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini after his team defeated Penn State yesterday. 

Pelini feels that as educators, they missed a teaching moment yesterday. His words are strong. This should be a must watch. 

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