Time to talk NCAA Division III playoff football. For in-depth coverage, go to d3football.com, they do an outstanding job. As for me, I’m just a ball coach that spends 10 minutes every day on blog posts, so the depth of my coverage comes from the top of my head.
Linfield at UW-Whitewater Great match-up here of two teams I believe can beat anyone in the country this season. Linfield leads the nation in scoring offense, UW-W leads the nation in scoring defense, and something has to give. Linfield can ill-afford to turn the ball over or fall behind this team the way they did last week. If the ‘Cats protect their possessions, they can win on the road. If the Warhawks can get their ground game going and limit Linfield to 28 points or so, they’ll win it. I believe that a game below the 30-point threshold will go to UW-Whitewater, while a game over 30 will go to Linfield.
St. John Fisher at Mary Hardin-Baylor Speed kills, take the Cru. I know absolutely nothing about St. John Fisher other than they have a couple very nice road wins under their belt and were quite impressive last week in victory. UMHB is different than both the teams they’ve faced so I’m taking the home team in this one. A Linfield-UMHB semi would be fun to watch, but Linfield has their hands full to get there.
Wesley at Mt. Union Another classic match-up. UMU has looked vulnerable at times this season, but they’re still undefeated. The champs are the champs until someone beats them, so I’ll take the champs. Wesley is always pretty stout on defense and has no shortage of talented personnel. Physically, they matchup well with the champs. But like I said, take the team with the trophy until they lose, and that’s the only reason I’m picking them.
North Central at Bethel This one is my game of the week. I’d love to see the Wisconsin game as well, but if I had to spend my Saturday somewhere other than sunny Southern California, putting-up more Christmas lights (carefully), this would be my pick. These are two big, physical football teams with some outstanding athletes. North Central is embarrassing people with their offense, while Bethel battled their way into the Quarters by a touchdown last weekend. I’m probably going with North Central for the simple fact that I’ve seen them in person and know what they have. As stated before, I really like Bethel and would take them over several other teams remaining in the field. If there defense shows-up, this will be a great game.
We shall see…