I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
As I arrived to Shoney's Saturday morning in Branson, Mo., I was trying to figure out where I had been to one before. I thought the name sounded familiar.
When I got inside and saw the breakfast buffet, I finally remembered. The place I chose to enjoy my morning meal on the first day of the 2014 Division II football playoffs ended up being a fun little coincidence.
Northwest Missouri fans who have ridden the 'Bearcat
If they paid me to do this (cover MIAA football for D2Football.com), they'd pay me to write what I think. I usually don't beat around the bush; Any of you who have read me for the past six years can attest to that. And I won't this year, either.
I agree with many of the posters on the D2Football.com message board that the first-round playoff matchup with Harding is little more than a bye week for Pittsburg State. Heck, the winner of the Northwest-Duluth game in Southern Canada gets
Northeastern State squandered their largest lead of the season Saturday, allowing the final 28 points of a 35-16 loss to Lindenwood, marking a disappointing end to an already-dreadful season.
The RiverHawks finish the 2014 campaign 0-11. It's their first winless season since 2004 and the first time in program history they've finished a season with 11 losses.
NSU joins Cheyney (PSAC), Southern Nazarene (GAC) and Minnesota Crookston (NSIC) as the only winless teams in
Updated 11-16-2014 at 10:01 AM by Aaron Heintzelman
No. 5 Pittsburg State and No. 7 Northwest Missouri both won their season finales easily Saturday, and with each other top seed in Super Region 3 winning as well, the stage has been set for a rematch next week between the Gorillas and the Bearcats.
Pittsburg and Northwest, both 10-1 and MIAA co-champions, will likely retain the 4 and 5-seeds in the region. The winner of next week's game will then travel to SR3 top-seed Minnesota State Mankato.
The Gorillas upended Central
Updated 11-16-2014 at 12:27 AM by Aaron Heintzelman
Sounds simple, but will it be?
No. 5 Pittsburg State and No. 7 Northwest Missouri will advance to the NCAA Division 2 playoffs - and potentially play each other in the first round - with wins Saturday.
Pittsburg State (9-1) seemingly has the harder test, heading south to Edmond, Okla., to face 8-2 Central Oklahoma. Northwest Missouri, whose only loss came a month ago to Pitt, has an unexpected home game against 4-6 Washburn.
The Gorillas and Bearcats