NAIA playoff bracket

The NAIA playoff bracket can be seen below. Nine teams will look familiar from last season's bracket, when St. Xavier (Chicago, IL) took the national title home.

Interestingly enough, two conferences (the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Division and the Heart of America Athletic Conference) each landed three teams in the playoff bracket. St. Xavier, Marian, and St. Francis represent the MSFAE and Missouri Valley, MidAmerica Nazarene, and Baker represent the HAAC.

One perennial power that failed to make the cut was Carrol (MT), who failed to make it for the first time since 1999. The Fighting Saints had previously been a mainstay in the national championship game, appearing in 8 of the last 10 title games.

As you can see, there will be some quality match ups to see who has what it takes to bring home the hardware in 2012. Read more about the teams and the match ups here.


Game 1: Bethel (Tenn.) (8-3) at Georgetown (Ky.) (10-0), 3:30 p.m.
Game 2: Ottawa (Kan.) (8-2) at Missouri Valley (10-0), TBD



Game 3:

Montana Tech (8-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (10-0), 1 p.m.

Game 4: William Penn (Iowa) (9-2) at Saint Xavier (Ill.) (9-1), 1 p.m.


Game 5:

Northwestern (Iowa) (9-2) at Marian (Ind.) (8-1), 1 p.m.
Game 6:

Baker (Kan.) (8-2) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (8-2), 12 p.m.

Game 7: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (8-2) at Cumberlands (Ky.) (9-1), 12 p.m.
Game 8: Southern Oregon (8-2) at Saint Ambrose (Iowa) (9-1), 1 p.m.



Two North Carolina teams combine for 184 points

In North Carolina high school playoff action over the weekend, Davidson Day high school outlasted Harrells Christian in a scoring frenzy that would make even Oregon jealous.

Davidson ended up winning 104-80, and quarterback Will Grier set the national passing yardage record with 837 yards through the air to go along with his 10 touchdowns (which ties the national record). Grier has thrown 64 touchdowns on the season.

Harrels Christian running back running back Russell Washington also put up some ridiculous numbers, carrying the ball 46 times for 429 yards and 8 touchdowns. The eight touchdowns in a game was good enough to tie for fourth nationally.

The game lasted nearly four hours (the final buzzer sounded around midnight) and Davidson Day scored on all but one of their possessions, while never leading by more than 24 points. After the game Davidson Day head coach Chad Grier (Will's father) told NewsObserver.com "I sure didn't come in with a plan for us to score 104 points, and I sure as heck didn't have a plan to give up 80."

It's rare to feel a sense of both accomplishment and disappointment after a game, but the bottom line is that a win in the playoffs means you're fortunate enough to be playing next week.

Here's an interesting note. Of the 26 NBA teams that played on that same Friday night, 20 of them failed to put up more points than Davidson Day did. Impressive job.



Addazio: We're frustrated, but also very excited

After coming off a 9-4 finish in 2011, Steve Addazio and his young Temple team have struggled to a 3-6 start this season. Despite the disappointing start, and likely missing the bowl eligibility mark with their loss to Cincinnati on Saturday, Addazio is confident that his guys are on the right path.

"The feedback that I get back from people that we play against is 'You got a really tough football team, and we see a really great team in the making.' And I believe that too, and that's why I have the attitude that I have."

"You probably say 'What's up with this guy?'" Addazio told reporters after the 34-10 loss to Cincinnati. "That's what I really believe, and I'm not a good liar, I'm not a good faker, I'm not a good hider, I'm not a good manipulator. I'm not good at that, but I know what I feel and I'm expressing that to you. And that's the beautiful thing is that you can see that...agree with that...not, it's your decision, but that's what's going on and that's where we are."

"It's exciting, it's frustrating...it's very frustrating, but it's exciting," Addazio said. "How fast can we get this done? We're in a footrace to do it right now, we are absolutely in a footrace. We need a little bit of that taste of victory. We need to get some of that again, because that's important. When you work as hard as we work you need to feel that victory."

Addazio also touched on the promise that his players are showing by continuing to show up and work their tails off everyday, enjoying the entire process, even after tough losses. In the eyes of him and his staff, that's one of the most promising aspects of their team. The losses have them frustrated, but there's plenty of promise being shown, you can hear the conviction in Addazio's voice.

Monday TV - Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Kansas City and Pittsburgh on tonight, no games tomorrow night, and we'll get two mid-week MAC games on Wednesday night.

All times are eastern.


Kansas City at Pittsburgh - 8:20 - NFL Network


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