College Football Playoffs? Yes DIII National Semi-final Whitewater vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor

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KlotzIn this episode of the Red Light Sports Ramble, Evan and Troy talk about the NCAA Division III college football playoffs with Royal Purple Sports Editor, Kevin Cunningham.  Thirty-two teams qualified and four teams remain this upcoming weekend.  Troy’s Alma Mater, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater takes on Mary Hardin-Baylor in one semi-final game.  In the other semi-final game, Mount Union and North Central University battle it out.  After Saturday, the Stagg Bowl will be set.  The Stagg Bowl is the DIII college football Championship Game.  The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks have won 3 of the past 4 Stagg Bowls.

Much talk has been surrounding the Heisman Trophy finalists this week that will be in NYC Saturday.  Well on the field this Saturday you will have two finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy playing for their respective teams in a semi-final game.  The Gagliardi Trophy is the DIII equivalent of the DI Heisman Trophy.  Cole Klotz, from Whitewater, a senior linebacker who has lead his defense to a 2nd overall ranking in DIII college football.  Pacing the sideline will be Coach Lance Leipold, who is a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award, after guiding a young Whitewater team to a 13-0 record this season.

Whitewater has been dominating on the defensive side of the ball, but don’t overlook their offensive production.  Junior quarterback Matt Behrendt, has thrown only 1 interception in 403 pass attempts.  This has helped Whitewater outscore their opponents 485-107 including a 28-17 victory over Linfield in the DIII National quarterfinal game.  The Warhawks boost two receivers with over 60 receptions this season.  Jake Kumerow has 69 receptions for 1,198 yards and an astonishing 17.4 yards per catch average. Oh, he also has added 17 touchdowns in 13 games. Justin Howard is their equivalent of a possession receiver who has 60 receptions for 480 yards.  The running game has been next man up, as injuries have touched the backfield.  However, Jordan Ratliffe has rushed for just over 1,000 yards.  As a team the Warhawks average 4.3 yards per carry, and you have to remember that in college football, the yards lost on a sack count against rushing yards.

Listen to the NCAA DIII National Semi-Final game preview between Whitewater-Wisconsin and Mary Hardin-Baylor here.

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