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Results and Standings Divisions 3 & 10

The Deep South (DSC) had a symmetric opening week, as five teams won, five lost.  There were a few wild shootouts, most notably Boca Raton’s 72-62 win over Faulkner.  The wins were over teams from Groups XXIX & XXX, while the losses were in group XXVIII.  A sign of things to come or an anomaly…we shall see as the season plays out.

Midwestern
Dayton
Valparaiso
Detroit
Milwaukee
Chicago State
Loyola IL
Xavier
Butler
Cleveland State
Marquette
St Louis
DePaul

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Group XXIX
South Coast
Reinhardt
Southeastern FL
Ave Maria
Concordia AL
East Florida (Ed Waters)
Point GA
Georgia College
North Georgia
Webber International
Warner Southern
Faulkner
Georgia Southwestern

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American North
Huntington
Aquinas
Spring Arbor
Illinois Tech
Mount Mercy
Edgewood
Northland
Wilberforce
Viterbo
Indiana Tech
Mount St Clare
Mount Vernon Nazarene

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W: VA Intermont 90-29
W: VA Highlands 61-44
W: Sue Bennett 45-20
W: Edgewood 28-17
W: Wheeling Jesuit 34-17
W: Mt St Vincent 48-38
W: Mountain St 51-47
W: Viterbo 76-73, 3OT
L: Mercer 3-34
L: Barry 14-17
L: Boca Raton 62-72
L: VMI 19-52

Division 10

W: York PA 47-3
W: Pepperdine 49-46, OT
W: Seattle 49-44
W: Allentown 63-35
bye
L: San Diego 31-37
L: Holy Cross 23-31
L: Santa Clara 28-35
L: St Peter's 14-17
L: Detroit 20-31
L: Chicago St 17-37
L: Norfolk St 10-66

Life in the Big South will be tough to gauge for at least the first few weeks of the season.  There are four new programs, and a few others that have yet to establish a footprint.  A 6-6 record in Week 1 is thus difficult to assess.  Five of those victories came against new or resuscitated programs, while two of the losses also came against such teams.  Granted, the bottom of Division 3 has a lot of such programs, so we’re going to find out which are the top programs fairly soon, as there will be plenty of head-to-head match-ups.

The MAAC features an astounding seven schools that have dropped football over the past couple of decades.  And, let’s be honest, the majority of these schools were not exactly powerhouses when they did play.  Add in four brand-spankin’-new programs, and there is going to be uncertainty in the MAAC.  Week 1 offered a glimmer of hope, as six schools claimed victory, including five of the aforementioned programs.  All five losses also came against new programs, so the jury is out on the new MAAC.

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The Midwestern Collegiate (MCC) had a decent opening week.  For a conference with nine new programs, that is a nice achievement.  Five of those new programs won, albeit against several other new programs.  Of the five losses, only DePaul’s looks awful, and they were – if you can believe it – actually sort of in that game into the 2nd half.  Dayton is expected to be the favorite, yet it looks like we’re going to have some feisty teams in the MCC.

W: DePaul 73-14
W: St Mary's CA 37-29
W: Webber 34-3
W: Marquette 34-21
W: Georgia SW 52-19
W: St Bonaventure 65-52
L: Delaware St 31-45
L: Valparaiso 37-45
L: Utah Valley 35-46
L: Georgetown DC 0-20
L: Providence 0-21
L: Dayton 3-58

Two wins and 10 losses for the Blue Ridge on opening week is not exactly news to write home about.  There were positives; there are always positives.  Rio Grande scored the game’s final 40 points in beating Northland.  Mountain St lost on the last play of the game.  Ohio Valley came up just short of tying or winning.  Shawnee hung tough.  Nobody tripped and broke their ankle getting off the bus, and the sun will come out tomorrow!

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Deep South
St Petersburg (Eckerd)
Tampa
Boca Raton (Lynn)
Barry
Palm Beach Atlantic
Biscayne (St Thomas FL)
Florida Memorial
St Leo
Rollins
Nova Southeastern
Flagler

Division 3

W: Greensboro 51-27
W: Pfeiffer 44-31
W: Belmont Abbey 17-16
W: St Leo 37-23
W: Old Westbury 40-14
W: Shawnee St 31-17
W: Bluefield Coll 77-48
L: Erskine 35-38
L: VCU 18-34
L: High Point 51-61
L: Richmond 10-48
L: Arlington 27-51

W: Corpus Christi 38-35
W: Pan Am 61-51
W: Rollins 49-31
W: FL Memorial 38-27
W: Wilberforce 48-31
W: Marywood 59-38
W: Scranton 50-30
L: NC Central 7-27
L: Kansas City 16-17
L: Coppin St 0-36
L: Houston Bapt 31-44
L: Aquinas 35-47

W: Grambling 34-31
W: Lehigh 40-30
W: Prairie View 35-31
W: Alabama A&M 28-25
W: Davidson 45-31
W: Bucknell 33-31
W: St Andrews 27-7
W: Brooklyn 66-10
W: Lander 36-0
L: Old Dominion 38-45
L: Geo Mason 27-38
L: Jackson St 27-49

East Coast
William & Mary
Richmond
Old Dominion
James Madison
Towson
Lafayette
George Mason
Drexel
American U
Va Commonwealth
Lehigh
Bucknell

Southwestern
Jackson State
Alcorn State
Southern Univ
Mississippi Valley State
Savannah State
Texas Southern
Prairie View A&M
Grambling State
Alabama State
Alabama A&M
Pine Bluff
Kennesaw State

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W: Wagner 37-31
W: Robt Morris 35-28
W: Campbell 46-35
W: Canisius 62-20
W: Siena 31-17
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L: Liberty 29-37
L: Iona 38-44
L: LIU 46-49, OT
L: Savannah St 34-51
L: Miss Valley St 45-60
L: Mt St Mary's 44-49

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The Atlantic Sun, like all new conferences, is going to be a work in progress.  Week 1 illustrates that point, as seven of nine nonconference games wound up on the losing ledger…and the two nonconference wins both came by 3 points and could have gone either way.  The reverse side of the coin, though, is that nearly all of the losses were competitive, the only blowout being the conference game between Eastern Maine and Western Maine.  Atlantic Sun, show us what you are to become.

W: W Maine 57-22
W: NYU 40-37
W: Ohio Valley 47-44
L: Tampa 45-59
L: Palm Bch Atl 23-44
L: NJ Tech 49-52
L: Alvernia 24-28
L: Stevens Tech 24-28
L: Neumann 38-45
L: S Virginia 13-26
L: E Maine 22-57

W: Kennesaw St 35-24
W: Wilmington NC 48-10
W: NC A&T 45-38
W: Duquesne 27-19
W: Pine Bluff 31-25
W: Alabama St 41-34
W: Morgan St 38-27
W: Rider 49-17
W: Loyola MD 33-14
W: Centenary 34-18
L: Hampton 30-40
L: Howard 31-33

Division 10 is going to be interesting, as there are conferences that would be in different levels of play in real life.  It is also the only division that will not be conducting a playoff, as these schools will be joining various other divisions’ playoffs.  To start things off, we visit the Mid Continent (AMCU), which would be an FCS conference in real life.  The AMCU went 6-4 non-conference in Week 1.  Houston Baptist overcame a 17-0 deficit to win, Kansas City overcame a 13-point 4th quarter hole, UNO won a shootout and Centenary nearly vanquished an upper division foe yet couldn’t convert TDs.  

The Atlantic-10 is better known as a basketball conference, so this iteration may take some getting accustomed to.  However, I love the way the football A-10 came together: there are five schools that are known as A-10 members in basketball, and five others who are traditional Big East basketball schools (but who are not good fits for Big East football).  If Week 1 is any indication, we are in for a competitive race.  Villanova and Temple are prohibitive favorites, and both won handily, but check out the other scores: Georgetown and Providence recorded shutouts, St Joe’s won in a blowout and Seton Hall was in control…and three of those schools were playing their first-ever games!  Furthermore, Duquesne’s loss to James Madison was very respectable.  A-10 football…hmmm, we may be on to something.

Week 1

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W: Flagler 63-42
W: W Vermont St 59-45
W: Faulkner 72-62
W: Warner 17-14
W: Univ New England 44-23
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L: Augusta 27-38
L: Little Rock 23-37
L: Mount Olive 31-49
L: Southern Univ 3-45
L: St Petersburg 42-63

Piedmont
Erskine
High Point
Mount Olive
Augusta
Coker
Longwood
Spartanburg (SC-Upstate)
St Andrews
Belmont Abbey
Lander
Pfeiffer
Limestone

W: Butler 35-13
W: Lindsey Wilson 62-13
W: Charleston Coll 20-0
W: Stetson 21-0
W: LaSalle 49-17
W: St Louis 45-28
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L: Jms Madison 19-27
L: Radford 52-65
L: Milwaukee 20-42

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The Piedmont went 7-5 in Week 1, which includes two wins each over the AMCU and DSC.  Not only that, but two of the losses were to upper division foes.  Of particular note was Longwood scoring the final 24 points in their win over Marywood.  Ironically, the only team that is somewhat established in real life – Limestone – was beaten by Aquinas while missing three PATs.  Yikes.

W: Mt Vernon Naz 62-59
W: Limestone 47-35
W: KY Highlands 34-30
W: Messiah 22-17
bye
L: Concordia AL 17-28
L: Rio Grande 42-61
L: Coker 31-48
L: N Georgia 73-76, 3OT
L: Loyola IL 0-27
L: Xavier 3-42
L: Huntington 59-62

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W: Monmouth 31-23
W: AZ Valley 44-38
W: FDU 17-14
W: Merchant Marine 52-0
W: NY Tech 41-14
W: Hunter 50-35
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L: Denver 17-31
L: American U 14-33
L: Drexel 17-49
L: St Joe's PA 17-49
L: Gonzaga 20-62

Blue Ridge
Southern Virginia
Rio Grande
Virginia Highlands (VA-Wise)
Kentucky Highlands (KYChr)
Lindsey Wilson
Bluefield College VA
Mountain State
Ohio Valley
Shawnee State
Wheeling Jesuit
Sue Bennett
Virginia Intermont

W: Lincoln 21-17
W: N Vermont St 45-38
W: S Vermont 28-24
L: Maritime 17-23
L: St Francis NY 35-63
L: CCNY 42-45, 3OT
L: Staten Island 48-51
L: Longwood 38-59
L: Illinois Tech 17-22
L: Spartanburg 30-50
L: Cent Conn St 3-47
L: Cabrini 17-21

Western
San Diego
Santa Clara
Utah Valley
Gonzaga
Denver
San Francisco
St Mary's CA
Arizona Valley (AZChr)
Pepperdine
Loyola Marymount
Portland
Seattle

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Northeast
Central Connecticut State
Long Island Univ
Mount St Mary's MD
St Francis NY
Marist
Wagner
Monmouth NJ
Robert Morris PA
Fairleigh Dickinson
St Francis PA
UDC
Brooklyn

ECC Week 1 was a resounding success.  Ten of 12 teams won, including all four new programs.  A few of these teams were not overly impressive, yet 10 wins in 12 games speaks for itself.  William & Mary had a strong 2nd half against Kennesaw; Lafayette scored the winning TD vs Alabama St with just minutes on the clock; ODU won a seesaw battle vs No Carolina A&T; and JMU & Towson overcame lackluster performances to register victories.  Only Lehigh and Bucknell lost, and only the former was truly disappointing in terms of expectations.

Mid-Eastern
South Carolina State
Hampton
Bethune-Cookman
Florida A&M
Delaware State
Howard
North Carolina Central
Norfolk State
Coppin State
North Carolina A&T
Morgan State
Eastern Shore (UMES)

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Keep an eye on the South Coast Conference (SCC).  This little configuration could prove to be a beast.  Eight teams won on opening week.  Of the four that lost, they were all to upper-division or upper-group opponents.  The SCC went 5-0 vs Blue Ridge and 2-0 vs the American North, their fellow group conferences.  Reinhardt scored 90 points.  Georgia College, in their first-ever game, scored the winning touchdown with no time on the clock.  I’m telling you, keep an eye on this conference.

W: Winthrop 58-3
W: Asheville 45-37
W: St Francis PA 31-20
W: GW 42-20
W: UDC 37-17
W: Indiana Tech 27-0
W: Mt St Clare 42-3
L: Temple 13-35
L: Alcorn St 31-48
L: Charleston So 21-34
L: Seton Hall 28-45
L: Coastal Caro 14-73

The Northeast (NEC) had four victories in Week 1 vs seven losses.  All four wins came against first-year programs, three of those by first-year programs.  One of these victories was an expected rout (CCSU), while the other three were shootouts, including LIU’s amazing overtime comeback.  Cause for concern is highlighted by the fact that three of the top seeds (Wagner, Monmouth & Robert Morris) all lost, although all were close games against other high seeds.  Not a disaster, yet there is certainly room for improvement.

Group VII

Atlantic-10
Temple
Villanova
Georgetown DC
Providence
St Joseph's PA
Seton Hall
St John's NY
Duquesne
St Bonaventure
George Washington

Eastern
Cabrini
Neumann
Alvernia
Gwynedd Mercy
Allentown
Arcadia
Eastern Univ PA
Marywood
Messiah
Scranton
York PA
Lincoln PA

The MEAC won 9 of 12 games, including a 3-1 slate vs the rival SWAC.  SC State won an important early-season showdown against Grambling by scoring two late TDs; Hampton was very impressive @ Lehigh; BCC fought off a valiant effort by Prairie View; FAMU coughed up a 21-0 lead and barely scraped by Bama A&M when the Bulldogs missed a last-second FG; even Howard won as a road underdog.  So the MEAC emerges with early bragging rights vs the SWAC, and feeling damn good about themselves.

The Metro North is another new conference with a lot of new programs.  Week 1 was promising, as these schools went 5-1 vs the other conferences in Group XXX (3-0 vs Eastern, 2-1 vs A-Sun).  While the losses don’t look good at first glance, you’ll notice that three of them came against D3 opponents, two more against higher groups within D10.  Overall, an impressive opening week for the Metro North.

Group IX

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Big South
Coastal Carolina
Liberty
Mercer
Charleston Southern
VMI
Radford
Davidson
Asheville
Campbell
College of Charleston
Stetson
Winthrop

Group XXX
Atlantic Sun
Eastern Maine (Machias)
Eastern Vermont St (Lyndon)
Northern Maine (Presque Isle)
Western Vermont St (Castleton)
New England, Univ of
Green Mountain
Southern Vermont
Southern Maine
Northern Vermont St (Johnson)
New England College
Western Maine (Farmington)

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W: Gwynedd Mercy 23-17
W: Southern Maine 28-24
W: Eastern Univ PA 51-48
W: Green Mountain 52-49
W: Arcadia 45-42, 3OT
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L: E Vermont St 37-40
L: Point 38-48
L: Niagara 35-50
L: Nashville 14-40
L: Fairfield 14-41
L: Hofstra 0-52

Metro North
Maritime (SUNY)
Stevens Tech
Staten Island
New Jersey Tech
CCNY
Philadelphia
New York Univ
Mount St Vincent
Hunter
Old Westbury
New York Tech
Merchant Marine

W: Eastern Shore 49-27
W: Cleveland St 48-31
W: Nova SE 45-3
W: Portland 60-45
W: LMU 51-34
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L: Beth-Cookman 31-35
L: 31-34 SC State
L: Lafayette 34-41
L: FAMU 25-28
L: Towson 25.31
L: Wm & Mary 24-35

Like many conferences in Division 3, the Western (WC) is littered with new and resuscitated programs.  Week 1 ran the full gamut of results: impressive wins by USD & Santa Clara against established foes, three new programs tasting immediate success, and a bunch of close losses (no team in the WC lost by more than 17 pts in Week 1).  The wildest game was Pepperdine-Long Island: the Waves missed three – three! – PATs, then gave up four – four, I say! – 4th quarter touchdowns and a tying 2-pt conversion to the Blackbirds, before falling in overtime.

The American North (ANAC) consists of 12 entirely new programs.  This is college football at its most raw, at the point of inception of a completely new conference.  Thus, we don’t know what is going to happen, who is good and who is bad.  What will the hierarchy look like at season’s end?  Will any of these teams make the postseason?  Who will emerge as the ANAC’s first power?  The canvas is laid bare before us.  As for Week 1, we witnessed some nice wins, a handful of close losses, and a slew of wild shootouts.  Let us ponder what could be.

W: New Eng Coll 26-13
W: Northland 61-42
L: Southeastern FL 44-61
L: Spring Arbor 30-34
L: Villanova 13-62
L: New Orleans 48-77
L: Georgia College 47-51
L: Northern Maine 44-47
L: Belmont 17-31
L: East Florida 17-34
L: Ave Maria 20-45
L: Reinhardt 29-90

Group XXVIII
Trans America
Arlington (UTA)
Houston Baptist
Kansas City (UMKC)
Little Rock (UALR)
Nashville (Lipscomb)
Belmont
New Orleans
Corpus Christi (A&M-CC)
Centenary
Pan American (UTPA)
Wilmington (UNC)
Greensboro (UNC)

Metro Atlantic
Holy Cross
Iona
St Peter's
Hofstra
Fairfield
Niagara
Manhattan
Siena
Loyola MD
Rider
LaSalle
Canisius

Growing pains are going to be inevitable for the new conferences, and the Eastern Conference (EC) is no exception.  Eight of 10 nonconference games were defeats.  Although four of these losses were to upper-division / upper-group teams.  The EC went 2-0 vs the A-Sun, but 0-3 vs the Metro North.  A work in progress.

Group VIII


If the ECC and MEAC did well in Week 1, it stands to reason that the SWAC didn’t fare as well.  And that is the case.  It’s not just the 5-6 record the SWAC rung up, it’s that it was 1-6 vs the aforementioned conferences they share Group VII with.  Overall, all five victories came against new or resuscitated programs, with only Southern truly blowing out these new teams.  The good news is that all of the losses were respectable, against decent opponents, with only Kennesaw losing by more than one score.  Prairie View, in particular, looked good against Bethune-Cookman, nearly pulling the upset.