Chuck Bitner

  1. SAC Playoff preview and Week 11 recap

    Nothing worked out the way I thought it would last week. Not on the field and not in the bracket. The biggest news of the final game day in 2017 was Tusculum’s upset of previously undefeated Wingate. The Pioneers played inspired football from start to finish and had a perfect game plan on both sides of the ball. They were able to play to their strengths and took advantage of a quick start to stun Wingate early and never let them recover.

    Several things stood out in that game. One ...

    Updated 11-16-2017 at 08:22 PM by Chuck Bitner

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  2. SAC Week 11 Preview

    With only one week left in the regular season, the SAC is still in position to have a major presence in the playoffs. Wingate held onto the number one ranking in Super Region 2 for the third straight week, while Catawba hung onto sixth place (good enough for a post season invitation) and Carson-Newman moved up two spots. As it stands today, The Eagles would not make the field, but we still have a week to play and with just a little bit of help, Carson-Newman could find themselves playing again next ...

    Updated 11-10-2017 at 08:11 PM by Chuck Bitner

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  3. SAC Week 10 Preview

    Regional Rankings
    The second round of regional rankings was released this past Monday and for the second week in a row, the SAC has the honor of holding down the top spot by virtue of Wingate’s 8-0 start to the season. The Bulldogs and Virginia State are the only two teams in SR2 that are undefeated overall and, more importantly, against Division II opponents. The Trojans are ranked third behind 1-loss West Alabama. Catawba moved up one position this week, thanks to a loss from current ...

    Updated 11-02-2017 at 12:09 PM by Chuck Bitner

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  4. SAC Week 9 Preview

    In case you missed it – and what’s wrong with you if you did?? – the first round of regional rankings was released on Monday. The regional rankings determine the 28 teams that will be invited to the Division II Football Championship tournament. Seven teams from each region will make the cut. The rankings will be updated for the next two Mondays and the tournament field will be announced on Sunday, November 12. For more background on the rankings and the selection process, you can read the Regional Rankings Projections blog ...
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  5. Regional Rankings Projections

    The first round of NCAA Division II Football Championship regional rankings will be released this week on Monday, October 23. The top 10 teams in each region will be ranked. Below is my take on what I expect the rankings to look like. Before we dive into that, let’s review a couple of things.

    Rankings updates

    The regional rankings will be published on the following dates, usually between 4 and 5:00pm, eastern time.

    October 23
    October 30
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    Updated 10-22-2017 at 05:20 PM by Chuck Bitner

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