Nobody demanded them, but I figured I throw my hat in the ring to the round of 24 to see how well I truly know the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 and beyond. Let's be honest, it's a crap shoot at times. Sometimes games are obvious, sometimes the championship game is a let down and the quarterfinals and semifinals act as the true championship. What really matters is the top 24 teams in the nation (subjective, but at least 88% right, which is pretty good) battle it out starting this weekend.
Let's be honest, for Azusa Pacific to be 9-1 on the season, ranked 19th in the nation in this week's D2football.com poll, the outright GNAC champion and still be on the outside looking in for the playoffs, it's a slap in the face. It's reality and it's fair (yes, it's fair, given the parameters the NCAA has set), but it still hurts.
Let's take a look at these rankings for the 154th time this week:
1. Minnesota State
2. Ouachita Baptist
3. Minnesota Duluth
As a blogger, it's important to stay as non-biased as possible, but forgive me for showing some nerves this week.
As much as I don't want to admit it, it's going to take some big time help for Humboldt to get into the playoffs. The Lumberjacks are good, but the loss to Azusa Pacific and going with a bye week last month instead of another out of conference D2 game (those are harder to come by than it is to defend Terrell Watson) could be their undoing. At this point Humboldt needs
I like scenarios and I hate 'em at the same time. Everything always looks great on paper, every time. You control the variables on paper, which many times are uncontrollable in life. Ever since Monday afternoon, the D2football.com message boards have exploded with opinions, scenarios and facts (I use the term "facts" loosely). It must be regional ranking season. Pages of talk, but only a few people have chimed in with "the games still have to be played!"
But for the GNAC, the games
Updated 11-01-2014 at 10:54 AM by Jon Guddat
Game of the Week
Humboldt State (1-1 GNAC, 5-1 overall) vs. Central Washington (3-1, 4-3)
This is an important one. This rivalry was a bit more heated a few years ago with Central Washington coming off it's dominant 2009 campaign and Humboldt State building up to its strength soon after. While that's not as consistent now, the importance on this game rests on the fact that the winner here keeps close to an Azusa Pacific team in the GNAC standings. Central Washington