NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMP. GAMES HOST REPEAT OFFENDERS: In this year’s college football championship games, it’s deja vu all over again.
As Ohio State prepares to reappear in the BCS title game, the other NCAA divisions that actually have playoffs saw some returning guests in their title contests.
Appalachian State owes Pat Riley some residuals, as the Mountaineers clinched a threepeat in Division 1-AA* with a 49-21 dousing of Delaware.
There wasn’t much of an intimidation factor from the Blue Hens, since their unis were quite similar to an earlier Appalachian victim.On the flipside, Northwest Missouri State is slowly turning into the Buffalo Bills of Division II, as the Bearcats lost for the third straight time in the title game, going down 25-20 to Valdosta State.
But in Division III, the third time was finally the charm for Wisconsin-Whitewater. After losing in the last two title games to Mount Union, the Warhawks beat the Purple Raiders to long last grab an NCAA plaque of their own.
Going back to the BCS, the Buckeyes hope they don’t have a repeat performance of last year, when they were cracked by Florida 41-14. Based on OSU’s other title appearances within the last year, the outlook’s not so good.After the destruction in the desert, the Bucks’ basketball team was bounced by the Gators in the final of the Final Four. And on Sunday, the men’s soccer team was kicked away from a title trophy by Wake Forest.
But hey, at least they beat Michigan again. That’s gotta count for something, right?
(*Yes, we know it’s now officially “Football Championship Subdivision. Quite frankly, we don’t care.)