After an absence from the D3 playoffs, UW - Whitewater isback in the Semifinals after beating Bethel College (in their first meeting ever), 26-12.
The Wathawks won largely with defense and special teams. They intercepted four passes, blocked one punt, and tackled the punter fir a loss after a bad snap.
They built a 23-0 lead early. Bethel scored the next 12 points, and the score was 23-12 at thr half.
The second half was a defensive struggle. It took a red-zone interception by the Warhawks to turn back a serious threat to cut the lead to one score. The Warhawks later finished the scoring with a field goal to end a drive, and ran out the clock after forcing a punt on the next Bethel drive.
After hosting games in the first three rounds of the playoffs, Whitewater will travel to Texas to play in a semifinal matchup with the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Gametime is still to be determined.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2018 21:03:08 GMT -6 by skrapheap
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Post by nickpanther on Dec 1, 2018 23:09:24 GMT -6
D3 does it right. i would love a 32 team playoff in division 1. imagine a playoff game at Camp randall, it would be nuts! for many years only the championship game was played at a neutral site, in Salem Virginia.
D3 does it right. i would love a 32 team playoff in division 1. imagine a playoff game at Camp randall, it would be nuts!
D3 has roughly twice the number of teams as D1. There’s zero justification for anywhere near 32 teams for D1 playoffs when there hasn’t even been a legit argument for 6 teams every year in the current setup. Hell, they’d have to be called “The SEC playoffs featuring the rest of D1” if you wanted to be realistic about it.
Post by nickpanther on Dec 2, 2018 19:57:18 GMT -6
There are 130 teams in D 1 and 10 conferences. pretty much all of them have divisions. Every other level of college football has at least 24 playoff teams, with a mix of conference champs and at large spots. in d1 the breakdown would be this. each conference is guaranteed 2 spots, their division winners, while the 12 at large teams are picked out of the Top 25. You use the final top 25 rankings to seed the teams - 1-4 1 seed 5-8 2 seeds and so on. Unranked division champs are 7 or 8 seeds and have to go on the road. You junk the conference title games which dont mean anything anyway. Right now, there's no rhyme or reason to the Top 4, we've already had 2 non division winners make it, and theres simply no path for a team not in the big 5 conferences to make it, even if they go unbeaten like UCF has for 2 straight years.Hell a team like Wisconsin goes unbeaten in the regular season last year and still gets left out. You have to give teams like that a shot, they have done everything you can ask of them, that they can control- winning the games on their schedule.
How i would structure it is this First two rounds are played at home sites, with the 6 major bowls being quarterfinals and semifinals. you have 4 regions of 8 teams, based on geography West, Midwest South and East, with the West and Midwest winners playing in the rose Bowl, and the South and East playing in the Orange, with the winners to play for the title. The Rose and Orange are played on New Years Day as per tradition.
First round would start the first Saturday of December, the Round of 16 is played the next Saturday, the quarterfinals the 3rd Saturday of December. The semifinalists get two weeks off after the Quarterfinals, which also allows the non playoff bowls to be played between December 15th and December 31st. There is more than enough dates available in December for this. The reason imo a 32 playoff is inevitable is this - money. a 32 team d-1 football playoff would generate several times as much money as march Madness does in basketball, it could generate as much as 10 billion dollars annually , between corporate sponsorships and networks pooling their money as happens with March Madness.
right now the slogan ' Every game means everything' is a crock of sh*t. it wasnt true in the BCS Era, its not true now, and it wont be even remotely true until the playoff has at least 16 teams. Once you have a clear path to making the playoff, such as win your division or finish ranked, then the games become truly meaningful, and 1 loss wont derail your season. What makes March Madness so much fun is this - every conference gets a slot, and upsets happen. Imagine if, for example, Louisiana-Monroe goes to Alabama in Round 1 of the playoffs in a 1-8 matchup and pulls the stunner. The Internet might just crash from the "OMFG! Did that just happen?' reaction.
I Mean, Come on, Who here wouldnt love to go to Madison to watch a Badgers playoff game? I know I would. I just want things settled on the field, where teams like Wisconsin, UCF, or TCU from a few years ago, get their shot agaunst the big boys like Alabama , Ohio State or Notre Dame.