Ian Carlson

  1. Two Bowl Games, a Rematch, and a Look at Who Might Host in the Semifinals

    The NCAA Division II Playoffs are down to the Super Regional finals, and the four games this upcoming Saturday will determine the National Semifinalists. With the Bearcats and Hornets playing each other last week, it was ensured an MIAA team would play in the regional final for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons (only the 2014 season being the exception since the 2004 campaign, which was also the year the playoffs expanded to from 16 to 24 teams). For the fourth time in the last 5 seasons (again, ...
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  2. The Rise of the Hornets

    The first weekend of the postseason is over, and the Hornets of Emporia State are still alive and doing well. Very well. For the second straight year, the Hornets beat a traditional NSIC power in the first round of the playoffs, this time knocking off the flagship program Minnesota Duluth. Granted, UMD hasn’t won the outright overall NSIC title since their 2010 National Title season, but that fact doesn’t tarnish the accomplishment for a team that made the playoffs for the fourth time in ...

    Updated 11-26-2016 at 05:07 AM by Ian Carlson

  3. The Real Season is About to Begin

    Well, as exciting as the concept of Rivalry Week in the last week of the regular season is, the actual games largely did not live up to that billing, as only one game was decided by less than 10 points. Three of the games were bona fide blowouts, all won by the three MIAA teams that were selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Playoffs, with the Bearcats, Hornets, and Mules making the dance. Two MIAA teams will be going bowling, as Washburn was selected to go to the Mineral ...
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  4. Rivalry Week and the Final Push to the Postseason

    It’s that time of year…Rivalry Week! I’m glad the MIAA moved this back to the end of the season this year, as it makes an exciting final week of the season even more so. The playoffs are less than two weeks away, and while the Regional Rankings somewhat surprisingly did not change in the top seven this past week, the Rivalry Week games could absolutely cause some shakeups among the three MIAA teams that reside in that top seven. Before we get to the games this week and another look at the ...
  5. Predictions for Tomorrows third Regional Rankings

    Once again, NSIC Columnist Matt Witwicki, former GAC Columnist Armo Wood, and I had a conference call to discuss where we thought the Super Region 3 Regional Advisory Committee might put the teams in tomorrow’s regional rankings. In case you had forgotten, here are last week’s rankings:

    1. NWMSU
    2. USF
    3. Harding
    4. ESU
    5. UMD
    6. Azusa Pacific
    7. UCM
    8. Bemidji
    9. Southern Arkansas
    10. Henderson St.

    For the most ...
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