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 Post subject: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:26 am 
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In less than a month, the Division II football season will begin. I hope to keep in the know all Div II football fans , who access this website, on all the happenings. Should be another exciting season. As always, emphasis will be given to PSAC teams--both East and West conferences. There are some changes in the make-up of the conferences. Seton Hill is a newcomer in the PSAC West, Lock Haven moves to the PSAC East, and C. W. Post has dropped out of the PSAC East. Pre-season rankings will be posted in the near future. Stay tuned! Go Pirates!!


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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INDIANA, PA – Following in last year's success, IUP is ranked nationally in a pair of preseason Division II football polls for the upcoming 2013 season. The Crimson Hawks are ranked seventh by Lindy's Football Annual and 22nd by The Sporting News.

The Crimson Hawks handily defeated Shippensburg 41-10 in last year's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship game, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs. IUP advanced to the regional final at Winston-Salem State after victories over Shepherd and New Haven, finishing the year ranked seventh by the AFCA with a 12-2 overall record.

16 starters return from last year's team, including three All-Americans: Guard Nick Carnicella (Greensburg/Hempfield), linebacker Carl Fleming (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin), and kicker Brett Ullman (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall). Also coming back are All-PSAC West selections in wide receiver Pat Brewer (Coatesville/Coatesville), offensive tackle Byron Dovales (Reading/Muhlenberg), defensive lineman Akeem Smith (Philadelphia/Frankford), linebacker Alexander Berdahl (Ashburn, VA/Bishop O'Connell), and cornerback Jerell McFadden (Manassas, VA/Osbourn).

Curt Cignetti is 19-5 in two seasons as the head coach at IUP, including an 11-3 mark in PSAC West play. He was named the PSAC West Coach of the Year in 2012 after IUP boasted arguably the top defense and one of the best rushing offenses in all of Division II.

The Crimson Hawks open the season on Saturday, September 7 at Southern Connecticut State.

Lindy's Pre-Season Top 25
1. Valdosta State
2. West Texas A&M
3. Northwest Missouri State
4. Minnesota State-Mankato
5. Shippensburg
6. Winston-Salem State
7. IUP
8. Colorado State-Pueblo
9. Henderson State
10. Bloomsburg
11. New Haven
12. Missouri Western State
13. Indianapolis
14. Chadron State
15. Midwestern State
16. Winona State
17. Ashland
18. Harding
19. West Alabama
20. Lenoir-Rhyne
21. Saginaw Valley State
22. Grand Valley State
23. Tuskegee
24. Pittsburg State
25. Minnesota-Duluth

Sporting News D2 Preview Top 25
1. Minnesota State
2. Shippensburg
3. West Texas A & M
4. Valdosta State
5. Ashland
6. Missouri Western
7. Duluth
8. New Haven
9. Carson-Newman
10. CSU-Pueblo
11. WInston-Salem State
12. Northwest Missouri State
13. Midwestern State
14. Lenoir-Rhyne
15. Grand Valley
16. Henderson St
17. Bloomsburg
18. West Alabama
19. Tuskegee
20. Chadron St
21. St. Cloud St
22. IUP
23. Indianapolis
24. Charleston
25. Miles


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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2013-2014 D2 College Football Rankings
Week 0: Sunday Aug 4, 2013
Rank School Conference Last
Week W L Change Overall
Rank Off
Rank Def
Rank
1 NW Missouri St Mid-America 1 0 0 122 89 121
2 Valdosta St Gulf South 2 0 0 125 196 169
3 Minn St-Mankato Northern Sun 3 0 0 129 197 146
4 Missouri Western Mid-America 4 0 0 145 136 160
5 West Texas A&M Lone Star 5 0 0 146 144 208
6 Colorado St-Pueblo Rocky Mountain 6 0 0 160 230 175
7 Winston-Salem St CIAA 7 0 0 163 212 204
8 Ashland GLIAC 8 0 0 165 172 164
9 Winona St Northern Sun 9 0 0 166 162 213
10 Minnesota-Duluth Northern Sun 10 0 0 167 127 177
11 Indiana PA Pennsylvania State 11 0 0 170 298 173
12 Grand Valley St GLIAC 12 0 0 173 114 244
13 Midwestern St Lone Star 13 0 0 174 141 243
14 Henderson St GAC 14 0 0 176 140 261
15 Shippensburg Pennsylvania State 15 0 0 179 185 313
16 Bloomsburg Pennsylvania State 16 0 0 183 222 312
17 Saginaw Valley St GLIAC 17 0 0 187 183 237
18 Pittsburg St Mid-America 18 0 0 189 179 188
19 New Haven Northeast-10 19 0 0 192 246 268
20 Indianapolis GLVC 20 0 0 195 231 215
21 West Alabama Gulf South 21 0 0 196 209 214
22 Chadron St Rocky Mountain 22 0 0 197 255 264
23 Harding GAC 23 0 0 201 244 220
24 Michigan Tech GLIAC 24 0 0 203 170 165
25 Hillsdale GLIAC 25 0 0 204 225 172
26 Emporia St Mid-America 26 0 0 211 202 275
27 Lenoir-Rhyne South Atlantic 27 0 0 214 250 235
28 Central Missouri Mid-America 28 0 0 220 187 193
29 Sioux Falls Northern Sun 29 0 0 221 217 183
30 Tuskegee SIAC 30 0 0 222 378 260
31 Washburn Mid-America 31 0 0 224 180 258
32 St Cloud St Northern Sun 32 0 0 225 178 221
33 Wayne St MI GLIAC 33 0 0 226 263 192
34 Ferris St GLIAC 34 0 0 230 204 283
35 California PA Pennsylvania State 35 0 0 233 239 255
36 Bemidji St Northern Sun 36 0 0 235 327 167
37 Ohio Dominican GLIAC 37 0 0 236 201 256
38 Findlay GLIAC 38 0 0 238 264 296
39 Shepherd Mountain East 39 0 0 239 243 239
40 Wayne St NE Northern Sun 40 0 0 240 285 206
41 Augustana SD Northern Sun 41 0 0 243 210 234
42 Mercyhurst Pennsylvania State 42 0 0 247 291 310
43 Kutztown Pennsylvania State 43 0 0 248 199 353
44 North Alabama Gulf South 44 0 0 249 252 202
45 TAMU-Kingsville Lone Star 45 0 0 258 257 233
46 Northern Michigan GLIAC 46 0 0 261 307 240
47 Delta St Gulf South 47 0 0 262 224 301
48 Carson-Newman South Atlantic 48 0 0 263 223 325
49 Missouri Southern Mid-America 49 0 0 264 300 242
50 Tarleton St Lone Star 50 0 0 269 213 327
51 Concord Mountain East 51 0 0 270 406 229
52 Northwood GLIAC 52 0 0 273 322 232
53 Slippery Rock Pennsylvania State 53 0 0 275 288 317
54 Northeastern St OK Mid-America 54 0 0 276 292 323
55 West Chester Pennsylvania State 55 0 0 277 275 318
56 McMurry Div II Independents 56 0 0 279 254 405
57 Northern St SD Northern Sun 57 0 0 282 301 278
58 Ouachita Baptist GAC 58 0 0 283 269 321
59 Fort Hays St Mid-America 59 0 0 284 320 304
60 Charleston WV Mountain East 60 0 0 286 368 298
61 Humboldt St Great Northwest 61 0 0 292 268 284
62 Adams St Rocky Mountain 62 0 0 293 380 251
63 Nebraska-Kearney Mid-America 63 0 0 294 237 272
64 Mars Hill South Atlantic 64 0 0 298 316 348
65 Angelo St Lone Star 65 0 0 301 272 305
66 American Int'l Northeast-10 66 0 0 302 413 346
67 Bentley Northeast-10 67 0 0 303 415 282
68 Central Washington Great Northwest 68 0 0 304 296 247
69 New Mexico Highlands Rocky Mountain 69 0 0 305 312 382
70 SW Minnesota St Northern Sun 70 0 0 308 258 401
71 Southern Arkansas GAC 71 0 0 309 286 364
72 Truman St GLVC 72 0 0 313 349 308
73 Missouri S&T GLVC 73 0 0 316 352 369
74 East Central OK GAC 74 0 0 318 377 281
75 Western Oregon Great Northwest 75 0 0 320 351 238
76 Colorado Mines Rocky Mountain 76 0 0 322 235 337
77 Edinboro Pennsylvania State 77 0 0 324 360 288
78 Mary Northern Sun 78 0 0 327 278 336
79 Wingate South Atlantic 79 0 0 329 281 420
80 Elizabeth City St CIAA 80 0 0 331 397 334
81 Concordia-St Paul Northern Sun 81 0 0 333 273 341
82 UNC-Pembroke Div II Independents 82 0 0 336 336 319
83 Glenville St Mountain East 83 0 0 337 334 366
84 Fort Valley St SIAC 84 0 0 339 356 377
85 St Augustine's CIAA 85 0 0 347 371 376
86 Albany St GA SIAC 86 0 0 348 428 352
87 Miles SIAC 87 0 0 351 393 359
88 SW Baptist Mid-America 88 0 0 354 359 331
89 West Georgia Gulf South 89 0 0 355 337 306
90 North Greenville Div II Independents 90 0 0 356 376 322
91 Lake Erie GLIAC 91 0 0 358 295 469
92 Florida Tech Gulf South 92 0 0 361 270 481
93 East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania State 93 0 0 365 270 481
94 Shorter Gulf South 94 0 0 369 452 332
95 C.W. Post Northeast-10 95 0 0 370 385 367
96 Azusa Pacific Great Northwest 96 0 0 371 317 340
97 Arkansas Tech GAC 97 0 0 374 338 462
98 Gannon Pennsylvania State 98 0 0 376 410 338
99 Newberry South Atlantic 99 0 0 378 333 388
100 Merrimack Northeast-10 100 0 0 379 245 533
101 Eastern New Mexico Lone Star 101 0 0 386 366 419
102 Colorado Mesa Rocky Mountain 102 0 0 387 438 371
103 Minot St Northern Sun 103 0 0 388 467 345
104 Walsh GLIAC 104 0 0 390 451 257
105 Clarion Pennsylvania State 105 0 0 391 466 394
106 Upper Iowa Northern Sun 106 0 0 395 326 470
107 Urbana Mountain East 107 0 0 396 339 320
108 Western New Mexico Rocky Mountain 108 0 0 397 373 441
109 West Liberty Mountain East 109 0 0 398 409 392
110 Central Oklahoma Mid-America 110 0 0 403 348 397
111 WV Wesleyan Mountain East 111 0 0 407 343 407
112 Notre Dame OH Mountain East 112 0 0 411 400 524
113 Fairmont St Mountain East 113 0 0 413 367 443
114 Tiffin GLIAC 114 0 0 414 443 444
115 Stonehill Northeast-10 115 0 0 417 487 372
116 Catawba South Atlantic 116 0 0 418 448 363
117 SW Oklahoma St GAC 117 0 0 419 449 396
118 Shaw CIAA 118 0 0 421 362 450
119 Stillman SIAC 119 0 0 424 505 428
120 Johnson C. Smith CIAA 120 0 0 425 419 489
121 Morehouse SIAC 121 0 0 426 335 403
122 Southern Conn St Northeast-10 122 0 0 428 426 426
123 Black Hills St Rocky Mountain 123 0 0 430 488 410
124 SE Oklahoma St GAC 124 0 0 434 396 375
125 Simon Fraser Great Northwest 125 0 0 442 331 529
126 Minnesota-Crookston Northern Sun 126 0 0 443 479 506
127 NW Oklahoma St GAC 127 0 0 446 416 557
128 Minn St-Moorhead Northern Sun 128 0 0 447 424 453
129 Chowan CIAA 129 0 0 449 383 535
130 St Joseph's IN GLVC 130 0 0 450 454 550
131 Bowie St CIAA 131 0 0 453 484 381
132 Virginia St CIAA 132 0 0 456 526 330
133 Millersville Pennsylvania State 133 0 0 458 541 530
134 Malone GLIAC 134 0 0 461 481 452
135 TAMU-Commerce Lone Star 135 0 0 463 470 344
136 Lincoln MO Mid-America 136 0 0 464 412 576
137 Tusculum South Atlantic 137 0 0 467 323 503
138 Dixie St Great Northwest 138 0 0 471 382 528
139 Assumption Northeast-10 139 0 0 472 447 432
140 McKendree GLVC 140 0 0 475 497 360
141 Virginia Union CIAA 141 0 0 478 453 416
142 Fayetteville St CIAA 142 0 0 488 422 478
143 Arkansas-Monticello GAC 143 0 0 495 408 449
144 Lane SIAC 144 0 0 509 515 496
145 Quincy GLVC 145 0 0 510 503 541
146 Brevard South Atlantic 146 0 0 512 461 433
147 Lock Haven Pennsylvania State 147 0 0 519 590 495
148 Western St CO Rocky Mountain 148 0 0 520 540 424
149 Clark Atlanta SIAC 149 0 0 527 615 370
150 Fort Lewis Rocky Mountain 150 0 0 529 507 532
151 Central St OH SIAC 151 0 0 531 523 502
152 Kentucky St SIAC 152 0 0 534 568 468
153 West Virginia St Mountain East 153 0 0 542 495 622
154 Cheyney Pennsylvania State 154 0 0 546 591 547
155 Southern Nazarene GAC 155 0 0 547 450 517
156 St Anselm Northeast-10 156 0 0 549 459 654
157 William Jewell GLVC 157 0 0 556 545 523
158 OK Panhandle St Div II Independents 158 0 0 563 519 569
159 Alderson-Broaddus Div II Independents 159 0 0 568 577 618
160 South Dakota Tech Div II Independents 160 0 0 575 522 625
161 Benedict SIAC 161 0 0 581 533 507
162 Kentucky Wesleyan GLVC 162 0 0 597 528 623
163 Virginia-Wise Mountain East 163 0 0 601 579 586
164 Seton Hill Pennsylvania State 164 0 0 602 465 599
165 Livingstone CIAA 165 0 0 610 611 667
166 Lincoln PA CIAA 166 0 0 620 516 641
167 Pace Northeast-10 167 0 0 621 603 702


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:41 pm 
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There are no PSAC teams playing football this weekend nor any Div II nationally ranked teams. Full Div II action gets underway next weekend. All top match-ups nationally, PSAC games, and predictions will be posted sometime in the middle of this coming weekend. Go Pirates!!


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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Here are the opening week match-ups for all PSAC football teams. Games will be played on Thursday, Sept. 5, or on Saturday, Sept 7. Home team is listed as the second team. Husky's pick to win is marked with an asterisk

Thursday, September 5

East Stroudsburg (PSAC East) at American International* (Northeast 10)

Seton Hill (PSAC West) at Fairmont State* (Mountain East)

Gannon (PSAC West) at Lake Erie* (GLIAC)

Edinboro* (PSAC West) at Walsh (GLIAC)

Saturday, September 7

LIU Post* (Northeast 10) at Millersville (PSAC East)

Shippensburg* (PSAC East) at Shepherd (Mountain East)

New Hew Haven (Northeast 10) at West Chester* (PSAC East)--My upset pick!!

Stonehill (Northeast 10) at Bloomsburg* (PSAC East)

Lincoln (CIAA) at Cheyney* (PSAC East)

LocK Haven (PSAC East) at West Virginia State* (Mountain East)

Slippery Rock (PSAC West) at Northwood* (GLIAC)

IUP* (PSAC West) at Southern Connecticut (Northeast 10)

California (PSAC West) at Hillsdale* GLIAC)

Mercyhurst* (PSAC West) at Bentley (Northeast 10)

There is also one PSAC conference crossover game between Kutztown* (PSAC East) and Clarion (PSAC West).

Notes:

CIAA=Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

GLIAC=Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association

The Mountain East is the new name for the former West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Seton Hill out of Washington, PA is now a member of the PSAC West having come over from the old WVIAA, and Lock Haven formerly of the PSAC West is now a member of the PSAC East.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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AFCA Division II Football Pre-season Poll

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Valdosta State Opens 2013 Season at No. 1 in Division II PollValdosta State Opens 2013 Season at No. 1 in Division II Poll
Valdosta State (Ga.), fresh off of their third Division II national championship in 2012, opens up 2013 as the preseason favorite to win the national championship. This is the third time since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll started in 2000 that the Blazers have begun the season ranked No. 1. Minnesota State-Mankato comes in at No. 2 with three first place votes, followed by West Texas A&M, Northwest Missouri State and last year’s national runner-up, Winston-Salem State (N.C.), rounding out the Top 5.
There will be three Top 25 matchups in the first week of the 2013 season, highlighted by No. 4 Northwest Missouri State playing host to No. 22 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), and No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.) traveling to No. 25 Shepherd (W.Va.).

2013 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 19, 2013
Rank School (1st votes) 2012 Rec. Pts. 2012 Rank* Season Opener Head Coach
1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (26) 12-2 766 1 Sept. 7 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.) David Dean
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (3) 13-1 726 3 Sept. 7 at Mary (N.D.) Aaron Keen
3. West Texas A&M (1) 12-3 707 4 Sept. 7 at Western St. (Colo.) Don Carthel
4. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 10-3 616 10 Sept. 5 vs. No. 22 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) Adam Dorrel
5. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 14-1 599 2 Sept. 5 at North Carolina-Pembroke Connell Maynor
6. Missouri Western St. 12-2 586 5 Sept. 5 at Central Missouri Jerry Partridge
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) 11-2 559 14 Sept. 7 at No. 25 Shepherd (W.Va.) Mark Maciejewski
8. Colorado St.-Pueblo 12-1 522 6 Sept. 7 at Northern Colorado John Wristen
9. Ashland (Ohio) 11-1 506 9 Sept. 7 at No. 19 Indianapolis (Ind.) Lee Owens
10. Indiana (Pa.) (1) 12-2 416 7 Sept. 7 at Southern Connecticut St. Curt Cignetti
11. Minnesota-Duluth 10-2 410 12 Sept. 7 vs. Sioux Falls (S.D.) Curt Wiese
12. New Haven (Conn.) 10-1 407 8 Sept. 7 at West Chester (Pa.) Peter Rossomando
13. Henderson St. (Ark.) 10-1 371 11 Sept. 7 vs. Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Scott Maxfield
14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 361 NR Sept. 7 vs. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Matt Mitchell
15. Midwestern St. (Texas) 9-2 319 16 Sept. 14 vs. Tarleton St. (Texas) Bill Maskill
16. West Alabama 9-4 297 21 Sept. 7 vs. Clark Atlanta (Ga.) Will Hall
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-3 290 13 Sept. 5 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.) Ken Sparks
18. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-2 227 17 Sept. 7 vs. Stonehill (Mass.) Paul Darragh
19. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-3 212 15 Sept. 7 vs. No. 9 Ashland (Ohio) Bob Bartolomeo
20. Chadron St. (Neb.) 9-3 195 18 Sept. 5 at Missouri S&T Jay Long
21. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 7-3 165 NR Sept. 7 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.) Tim Beck
22. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 141 NR Sept. 5 at No. 4 Northwest Missouri St. Jim Collins
23. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 9-3 140 20 Sept. 7 vs. Concord (W.Va.) Mike Houston
24. Tuskegee (Ala.) 10-2 124 23 Sept. 7 at Alabama A&M Willie Slater
25. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-3 108 25 Sept. 7 vs. No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.) Monte Cater
*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2012

Others Receiving Votes: Harding (Ark.), 106; Winona St. (Minn.), 77; Albany St. (Ga.), 51; North Alabama, 39; Michigan Tech, 38; Central Washington, 34; Central Missouri, 31; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 30; Delta St. (Miss.), 26; American International (Mass.), 21; Charleston (W.Va.), 21; Ferris St. (Mich.), 21; Emporia St. (Kan.), 20; West Chester (Pa.), 20; Hillsdale (Mich.), 14; Miles (Ala.), 14; Colorado School of Mines, 11; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 11; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 11; Washburn (Kan.), 8; Ohio Dominican, 6; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 4; Tarleton St. (Texas), 3; California (Pa.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2; New Mexico Highlands, 2; North Carolina-Pembroke, 2; Southern Arkansas, 2; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2; Wayne St. (Mich.), 1.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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Div II Nationally Ranked Teams Meeting in Week One

# 22 Saginaw Valley of the GLIAC visits #4 ranked Northwest Missouri State if the MIAA

#7 Shippensburg of the PSAC East goes on the road to play #25 ranked Shepherd of the Mountain East Conference

#19 Indianapolis and GLIAC member travels to play #9 Ashland also of the GLIAC in an important early season conference match-up.

As winners, I see Northwest Missouri State, Shippensburg, and Ashland coming out on top.

Note: MIAA=Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association; and as previously mentioned, GLIAC=Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association. At this time, there are no D2Football.com pre-season rankings. Consequently, I am relying on the AFCA rankings for the present.


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Shippensburg and IUP Picked as Favorites in 2013 PSAC Coaches Preseason Football Po
Monday, August 12, 2013 12:00 PM

Lock Haven, Pa. – Defending PSAC football champion Indiana (Pa.) and 2012 runner-up Shippensburg have been predicted to win their respective division in 2013 according to a poll conducted among league coaches.

IUP snagged seven first-place votes, marking the second-consecutive season the Crimson Hawks have appeared at the top of the preseason poll and the seventh straight year they've been ranked in the top three. In 2012 IUP was tied with California for the top slot in the Western Division. With the aid of six first-place votes, Shippensburg earned a preseason No. 1 spot for the first time since 2004. Prior to 2008, the Raiders competed in the Western Division. Until now in the Eastern Division poll, Shippensburg has never been ranked any higher than fourth.

The Crimson Hawks enter 2013 coming-off their first PSAC Championship crown since 1987 and an NCAA playoff berth for the first time since 2007. IUP advanced to the regional final at Winston-Salem State after defeating Shepherd (27-17) and New Haven (17-14). The Crimson Hawks lost a heartbreaking 21-17 decision in the Super Region One title game, unable to net the game-winning score despite reaching the WSSU five-yard line in the final minutes of the contest. The NCAA postseason appearance marked IUP's 15th in school history, the most by any PSAC school.

Shippensburg also appeared in the 2012 NCAA playoffs, but was also unable to overcome eventual NCAA Division II runner-up Winston-Salem in the championship's second round. The postseason berth was the third for the Raiders in the last nine years and its fifth in school history. The Raiders defeated Bloomsburg 58-20 in the first round of the playoffs, marking the squad's first NCAA playoff victory since 1991. In 2012 the Red Raiders also appeared in their first PSAC Championship game since 2009, when they defeated California 42-35 to garner their first league crown since 1981. The "state game" was played each year from 1960-87 then reinstated again in the 2008 season.

Mercyhurst, ranked second in the 2013 preseason poll, earned the final first-place nod in the West. The Lakers finished 2012 divisional play with a 40-7 win over California (Pa.) that propelled them to split the Western Division title with IUP. Mercyhurst was denied access to the "state game" having lost the head-to-head battle with IUP, 31-13.

Slippery Rock came in third in the West separated by fourth-place California by just one point. Gannon advanced one slot from the 2012 preseason poll to fifth, while Edinboro dropped two spots to No. 6. Clarion and new PSAC member Seton Hill round out the poll at seventh and eighth, respectively.
No. 2 Bloomsburg and No. 3 West Chester each earned a first-place vote in the Eastern Division. In 2012 the Huskies made their program's ninth appearance in the NCAA playoffs, and their third trip in five years. West Chester has appeared in the playoffs on 11 occasions, but seek its first appearance since the 2008 campaign.

Kutztown, which garnered the No. 1 spot in the 2012 preseason poll with five first-place votes, fell to fourth in 2013 after a 4-3 divisional performance a year ago. East Stroudsburg stands at No. 5, while Lock Haven holds the No. 6 slot, the best preseason poll rank for the Bald Eagles since being picked to finish sixth in the West in 2007. Millersville and Cheyney finish out the East poll at seventh and eighth, respectively.

The results of the coaches' poll are listed below. First-place votes are in parenthesis.

Eastern Division
1. Shippensburg (6)
2. Bloomsburg (1)
3. West Chester (1)
4. Kutztown
5. East Stroudsburg
6. Lock Haven
7. Millersville
8. Cheyney

Western Division
1. IUP (7)
2. Mercyhurst (1)
3. Slippery Rock
4. California
5. Gannon
6. Edinboro
7. Clarion
8. Seton Hill

Courtesy of the PSAC Official Website


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FINALLY! The d2football.com Div II pre-season football poll appears.

D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
September 2, 2013

Team 2012 Record
1 Valdosta State 12-2
2 Minnesota State 13-1
3 Northwest Missouri 10-3
4 West Texas A&M 12-3
5 Missouri Western 12-2
6 CSU-Pueblo 12-1
7 Ashland 11-1
8 Winston-Salem 14-1
9 Grand Valley 8-3
10 IUP 12-2
11 Minnesota Duluth 10-2
12 Henderson State 10-1
13 West Alabama 9-4
14 Shippensburg 11-2
15 Midwestern State 9-2
16 Bloomsburg 10-2
17 Carson-Newman 9-3
18 Saginaw Valley 8-3
19 New Haven 10-1
20 Pittsburg State 7-3
21 Chadron State 9-3
22 Indianapolis 10-3
23 Lenoir-Rhyne 9-3
24 Shepherd 8-3
25 Harding 9-2


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West Texas A&M just fired their coach and put themselves on self-probation in advance of NCAA sanctions. Wouldn't be looking at too much from them.

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Thanks, Mike. I just saw a little blip about that in the local paper. Looks like things are in a "state of flux" in Canyon, Texas. I appreciate your comments. Hope to be hearing from you often throughout the football season. Looking forward to another exciting PSAC/Div II football season. And go, Pirates!!


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I figure IUP will figure out a way back in.

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PSAC Results--Thursday evening, September 5

East Stroudsburg 21
American International 14

Fairmont State 37
Seton Hill 29

Gannon 36
Lake Erie 33

Edinboro 35
Walsh 34

On the national scene last evening, #4 Northwest Missouri State defeated #22 Saginaw Valley 45-24. See you all on Saturday evening. I'll be attending the New Haven-West Chester game Saturday afternoon.


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My nephew and I after the Northwest Missouri State game last night.

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Super! IAPirate. Looking forward to more posts from you throughout the season. Good stuff!.


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Well, almost all the PSAC scores are in for today, and there are a couple of surprising results. First off, highly ranked Shippensburg was blanked by #24/#25 Shepherd of the Mountain East by a score of 33-0. I don't think anybody saw that coming. Unranked West Chester put a drubbing on 19th ranked New Haven by a score of 45-14. WCU's Dontrelle White can do it all, and he had a spectacular day. I was there on this sun-drenched afternoon and watched his great performance I expect to see the Golden Rams in the Top 25 come early next week. Bloomsburg defeated Stonehill as expected 41-14. LIU Post defeated Millersville as was anticipated. Cheyney lost to Lincoln by a score of 33-28. Lock Haven won its opener for the first time in a long time beating West Virginia State 31-12. Slippery Rock took the measure of the GLIAC's Northwood by a score of 51-36. Top ten ranked IUP subdued Southern Connecticut--it wasn't easy--by a score of 30-20. Mercyhurst lost by a point to Bentley 17-16. The final result of the Kutztown-Clarion game is now in, and Clarion prevailed by a score of 39-38; and California plays Hillsdale of the GLIAC on the road at 7:00 PM this evening. Nationally ranked Ashland and Indianapolis--both of the GLIAC--play this evening. Husky's picks for this weekend were demolished, and it is doubtful he finished above .500. He will hope do better next weekend. I'll add it all up later and most likely be licking my wounds :D. quite a few games were microscopically close. It all comes under the old category: "Who would have thunk it??" I can take some heat when I am wrong. I will also be posting some detailed game reports later today or tomorrow. Incidentally, Husky went 6-9 with his picks. Yikes! it was interesting to see that the PSAC had great success with it opponents from the GLIAC with Slippery Rock, California, Gannon, and Edinboro all coming away with wins. The biggest surprise of the day has to be the defeat Shippensburg suffered at the hands of Shepherd. As mentioned earlier, West Chester was quite impressive with its win over New Haven. Also nice to see Lock Haven get an early season win. All of next week's games will be crossover games between the teams from the PSAC East and the PSAC West. New rankings will be posted in a couple of days along with next weekend's PSAC schedule, and any games involving two nationally ranked teams will be listed.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:17 pm 
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Shippensburg Torched by Shepherd


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 7 Shippensburg University football team was humbled in its 2013 season opener Saturday by No. 25 Shepherd, as the Red Raiders committed six turnovers and possessed the ball for less than 18 minutes in a 33-0 loss to the Rams in the 16th Great Valley Classic.

Shippensburg (0-1) managed just 217 yards of total offense – 140 of which came through the air by senior quarterback Zach Zulli. With the exception of a 56-yard completion in the second quarter to junior wide Trevor Harman, the Red Raiders were limited to an average of just 2.6 yards over 61 plays.

Shepherd (1-0) executed its ball-control offense with great success – running the ball 56 times for 243 yards on Saturday. Sophomore Allen Cross and redshirt-freshman Jabre Lolley combined for 201 of those rushing yards – with Lolley finding the end zone on two occasions.

The Rams – who controlled the ball for 42:37 – only attempted 26 passes but quarterback Trae Tinsman was efficient and converted multiple third downs with mid-range passes. Tinsman, making his first career start, threw for 138 yards and two scores.

The first half began Saturday's woes for the Red Raiders. The host Rams ran 48 plays in the opening half and controlled the ball for 23:43 – including 32 rushes that went for 151 yards. Furthering SU's demise was three turnovers, including a fumble on its first offensive play and an interception that derailed another first-quarter drive.

In total, Shepherd scored 17 of its 33 points off Red Raider turnovers. The two teams finished 2012 among the Top 15 Division II teams in turnover margin, but it was the Rams who tilted the field on Saturday with their takeaways.

On third down, SU was just 1-of-13 while Shepherd was 11-of-20, including 7-of-11 in the first half. The Rams also scored on all five of their trips into the red zone.

Despite the lopsided score, SU's defense was productive in its time on the field – particularly the secondary. Senior safety Mike Goode led all players with 11 tackles. Sophomore Cortlin Dell, making his first career start, had eight tackles and was credited with a pass breakup.

The shutout is SU's first since Oct. 25, 2008, a span of 49 games.

Shippensburg travels to Slippery Rock next weekend for a 6 p.m. Saturday showdown with The Rock at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Courtesy of Shippensburg Sports Information


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Barksdale-led aerial attack bombs Northwood
Senior QB Nigel Barksdale passed for six TDs and 465 yards Saturday to lead SRU to a 51-36 season-opening win
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MIDLAND, Mich. – Senior quarterback Nigel Barksdale passed for a school-record six touchdowns and 465 yards Saturday afternoon to lead visiting Slippery Rock University to a 51-36 season-opening win over Northwood University in NCAA Division II inter-regional football action at Hantz Stadium.

Barksdale, who completed 27 of 48 pass attempts, threw two TDs to senior wide receiver John Schademan and one each to four other players.

That effort allowed Barksdale to eclipse the school single-game record of five TD passes previously held by Eric Denton vs. Shippensburg in 1986.

Behind Barksdale's lead, The Rock offense accumulated 675 yards in total offense (203 rushing, 472 passing).

Northwood finished with 452 total yards (90 rushing, 362 passing).

The only negative aspect of The Rock offensive effort was the five turnovers committed, three fumbles lost and two interceptions thrown by Barksdale.

Barksdale spread his pass completions around as four receivers had four or more receptions.

Schademan caught six passes for 108 yards, including TD receptions of seven and 19 yards, while senior wideout Ken Amos had six receptions for 116 yards and one TD (73 yards) and sophomore receiver Jaimire Dutrieuille also caught six passes for 116 yards and one TD (19 yards). Senior slotback LaQuinn Stephens-Howling had four catches for 96 yards and one TD (53 yards) and senior tight end Robert Joyce caught a two-yard TD pass.

The Rock defense also got into the scoring act as senior cornerback Anthony Saunders returned an interception 28 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Overshadowed by the huge passing offense numbers was a solid 22-carry, 91-yard rushing effort by redshirt freshman Shamar Greene.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Zack Newsock replaced Barksdale midway through the final quarter, completed his only pass attempt for seven yards and rushed for 22 yards on five carries.

Junior kicking specialist Mike Wainauskis added a 30-yard field and was 3-for-3 on extra point tries, while senior Brian Shaw was 2-of-3 on PATs.

The Rock wasted no time unleashing its aerial assault as Barksdale connected with Amos for a 73-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

Northwood came right back to march 79 yards in 10 plays and tie the score at 7-7 with 12:21 left to play in the first quarter.

Schademan's two TD catches sandwiched a Northwood TD to give The Rock a 20-14 lead with 10:37 left in the second quarter.

Dutrieuille's TD reception and Wainauskis' field goal answered a Northwood field goal to send SRU into intermission holding a 30-17 advantage.

Northwood scored touchdowns on its first two second-half possession to tie the score at 30-30 before The Rock scored 21 unanswered points to wrap up the win.

The Rock will look to ride the momentum of their opening win into next Saturday's home opener against nationally-ranked Shippensburg. Kickoff of the "White Out Night" game at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium is set for 6 p.m.

Courtesy of SRU Sports Information


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Football Opens Season with Strong Win Over SVSU

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State showed its mark of being a good team early in the third quarter Thursday evening in front of 6,821 fans at Bearcat Stadium in the season-opener against Saginaw Valley, 45-24.

The Cardinals stopped Northwest in the first possession of the second half. Saginaw then went 74 yards in six plays for a touchdown with a 11:40 left in the third.

Even though the Bearcats still held an 11-point lead, the momentum had clearly shifted to Saginaw. One miscue or poor offensive series and Northwest was looking at a nail biter.

The Bearcats quickly took the suspense out of the game when senior quarterback Trevor Adams tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass to senior Clint Utter.

It took Northwest less than two minutes to regain an 18-point lead. Saginaw Valley never recovered as the Bearcats came away with an impressive 45-24 victory.

“The momentum switched our way and that is huge in football,” Utter said. “When that happened, everybody got hyped on the sideline and our crowd got hyped. When it gets loud, it can mess with some team’s head.

“They are a tough team and we kept playing harder and harder and got the victory.”

Adams completed 15 of 20 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown. Utter caught four passes for 160 yards.

“The offensive line did a phenomenal job,” Adams said. “The backs did a great job picking up blitzes. We prepared as a unit.”

While the Bearcats weren’t perfect, it was the perfect type of first game that the Northwest players and coaches can gain plenty from.

“I’m very proud of our kids effort,” Northwest head coach Adam Dorrel said.”We put a lot of preparation in this first game and it started in spring practice. I’d also like to thank our strength and conditioning coach. I try to give Joe Quinlin the game ball but he had already left. I thought our kids’ conditioning took over in the second, third and fourth quarters. That is a testament to our kids’ work ethic."

Northwest showed signs of a potent offense in weeks to come and a defense that could make stops when it absolutely needs to.

But the Bearcats made enough errors on both sides of the ball that the coaches will use to get Northwest ready for an early-season showdown against Central Missouri on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. In a shocking development, the game against the Mules will be played in Maryville. The previous three regular-season meetings with UCM have been in Warrensburg, Mo.

“It has been awhile since we played them at home,” Dorrel said. “The last time was in the playoffs in 2010. We are just excited to be home against a great conference opponent. Hopefully, we will have another great crowd at Bearcat Stadium.”

Against Saginaw Valley, the Bearcats showed another trait of a good team. Key players made big plays at important times.

Obviously, the long touchdown pass from Adams to Utter was huge in the third quarter.

But most of the game-changing plays by the Bearcats came in the second quarter when they needed to gain control of the game.

“The block punt for a touchdown and a block field goal for a touchdown were huge. Getting 14 points on special team is unbelievable,” Dorrel said. “I was proud of our kids there.

“We talked about winning the turnover battle. We didn’t turn the ball over once and got turnover on defense.”

Judging by Northwest’s sizeable 35-17 halftime lead, it is a bit hard to believe the score was so one sided unless you were there and witnessed Saginaw Valley’s gritty effort.

In fact, the Cardinals scored the first points of the game on a 28-yard field goal a little more than three minutes into the game.

The Bearcats answered four minutes later on a two-yard run by senior running back Billy Creason, giving Northwest its first lead of the season at 7-3.

Northwest, though, had to fight from another deficit when the Cardinals scored four minutes later. It was that type of first half. Northwest led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and was clinging to a 21-17 lead with just under five minutes left in the second quarter.

Obviously, the Bearcats finished the half strong. With 2:32 left in the second quarter, junior running back Robert Burton scored his second touchdown of game on a 13-yard run that gave the Bearcats a 28-17 lead.

And just before the second quarter ended, the biggest play of the half occurred for the Bearcats when senior defensive back Brandon Dixon recovered a fumble and raced 70 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds before halftime.

“I saw the ball, picked it up and ran for a touchdown,” Dixon said.

The late scores were important because the Cardinals demonstrated an explosive offense.

Courtesy of NWMSU Sports Information


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So now we are awaiting the outcome of the California (PA)-Hillsdale game tonight along with the result of the Ashland-Indianapolis game to round out the weekend. Can't wait for the PSAC regular schedule to get underway. An update! Indianapoils #22 defeated #9 Ashland 10-9. Califonia (PA) is behind to Hilllsdale in the 4th quarter 13-7. I'll be back in an hour or so. Go Pirates!! I'm back! California defeated Hillsdale 22-19 in a big win for the PSAC! Wow! What a weekend in the PSAC.


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