Sunday, December 9, 2007

PLAYOFFS?

Appalachian State (Mountaineers, 13,437 students, Boone, NC), which launched the wildest college football season ever with their opening game upset of Michigan, is poised to win their third consecutive Division 1AA – Football Championship Subdivision Championship. They knocked of the University of Richmond (Spiders, 2,857 students, Richmond, VA) 55-35 on Friday night.

The Mountaineers will face Delaware (Blue Hens, 16,548 students, Newark, DE) who defeated Southern Illinois (Salukis, 16,500 students, Carbondale, IL) 20-17 on Saturday.

In an ironic twist, the Blue Hens helmets are identical to Michigan’s.

The two face off Friday night in Chatanooga, TN.

Over in Division II it’s Grand Valley State (Lakers, 19,578 students, Allandale, MI) and Valdosta State (Blazers, 9,729 students, Valdosta, GA) mixing it up for the title, while DIII has Mount Union (Purple Raiders, 2,300 students, Alliance, OH) playing Wisconsin Whitewater (Warhawks, 9,430 students, Whitewater, WI) in Salem, VA next weekend.

(Above) Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards (14) carries the ball for the App 55, Richmond 35 Mountaineers on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, during an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoff semifinal in Boone, N.C (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

(Right) Southern Illinois Craig Turner, left, gets a hold of Delaware's Robbie Agnone before Del 20, So. Ill 17. tackling him in the first half of a Football Championship Subdivision Playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/Pamela Kay Schmalenberger)

(Left) Mount Union's Justin Wray (23) breaks away from Bethel's John Edwards, left, and Jamie Wagner during the second quarter of an NCAA Division III football semifinal at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in Alliance, Ohio. Mount Union won 62-14. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

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