MIAC football preview

  • Updated: September 5, 2013 - 9:56 PM

St. Thomas QB Matt O’Connell

Listed in predicted order of finish by conference coaches:

1 St. Thomas (14-1 overall, 8-0 MIAC in 2012): The Tommies, who reached the Division III championship game last season, enter this season ranked as high as No. 2 in national polls. They have 17 consecutive home victories, 33 consecutive regular-season victories and 27 consecutive MIAC victories — one shy of the league record. The Tommies return starters at 15 positions, but must replace six graduated seniors on defense. On offense, the Tommies return nine starters, led by junior QB Matt O’Connell, who passed for 2,771 yards and rushed for 819 yards last season, and RB Brenton Braddock, who rushed for 1,132 yards last season as a freshman. LB Tremayne Williams and P Garrett Maloney were named to d3football.com’s preseason All-America team.

2 Bethel (9-3, 6-2): The Royals, ranked as high as No. 6 in preseason polls, return eight offensive starters including junior QB Erik Peterson, who completed 66.8 percent of his passes and threw for 16 TDs last season. Senior LB Seth Mathis, a first-team All-America last season, is among six returning starters on defense.

3 Augsburg (7-3, 5-3): Sophomore QB Ayrton Scott returns, after he averaged 368.1 yards per game in total offense (third best in Div. III) while leading the Auggies to their best season since 1997. Scott rushed for a school-record 1,436 yards as the Auggies scored more than 40 points six times.

4 Concordia-Moorhead (8-2, 6-2): The Cobbers, coming off their best season since 2005, will have to replace their entire offensive line, including T Tom Knowlton, the MIAC’s top lineman, and FB Brett Baune, who rushed for 1,050 yards and 13 TDs last season to earn MIAC MVP honors.

5 St. John’s (5-5, 3-5): The Johnnies won three of their final four games in 2012 but finished with their fewest victories since 1986. Nick Martin, who started five games as a freshman, is expected to start at QB. The Johnnies will look to improve their run defense after allowing 170.4 yards per game last season.

6 St. Olaf (7-3, 5-3): After nine seasons as an assistant, Craig Stern takes over as head coach. WR Stephen Asp, who caught a team-high 43 passes and scored 11 TDs last season, returns for his senior season. The Oles will be going for their 10th consecutive winning season.

7 Gustavus (3-7, 2-6): Peter Haugen begins his fifth season as the Gusties coach with 41 returning lettermen — 24 on defense. For the third consecutive season, the Gusties will have a new starting QB.

8 Carleton (3-7, 1-7): Senior WR Chase Gottschalk, who led the Knights with 37 receptions last season and averaged 16.8 yards per reception, leads the returners on offense. The Knights are 5-27 in the MIAC over the past four seasons.

9 Hamline (1-9, 0-8): The Pipers, who have lost 25 consecutive MIAC games, welcomed 76 players — including 30 returnees — for the start of practice under new head coach Chad Rogosheske. Sophomore RB Austin Duncan, who rushed for 868 yards, returns.

Joel Rippel

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Cincinnati 0 Delayed
Baltimore 0
Boston 6 Top 3rd Inning
NY Yankees 0
Detroit 1 Top 3rd Inning
Cleveland 2
NY Mets 4 Bottom 3rd Inning
Miami 0
Philadelphia 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Atlanta 0
Toronto 1 Top 3rd Inning
Tampa Bay 2
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Arrieta
LA Angels - C. Wilson 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. Milone
Texas - D. Holland 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Guthrie
Pittsburgh - J. Locke 7:15 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Seattle - J. Paxton 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
Washington - D. Fister 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
NY Giants 9/8/14 6:10 PM
Detroit
San Diego 9/8/14 9:20 PM
Arizona
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
(25) Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(19) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(18) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(23) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Washington
(14) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(13) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(15) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(7) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(17) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(21) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(12) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(16) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(9) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(21) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(8) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(11) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
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