A Preview and Predictions of the 2018 NCAA Division II Playoffs.

So, the Bracket is set. The NCAA has selected the best 28 teams in the nation (in their opinion, at least) to slug it out for the National Title in Football. Let’s take a look at the Bracket and The Wire’s predictions for each matchup and projected matchups.

Game Winners In Bold

Super Region 1-

# 1 Notre Dame (Ohio)-Bye

# 5 Hillsdale @ # 4 Kutztown

# 7 Slippery Rock @ # 2 LIU Post

# 6 New Haven @ # 3 West Chester

Second Round-

Notre Dame (Ohio) VS Hillsdale

LIU Post VS New Haven

Regional Final-

Notre Dame VS LIU-Post

Notes: 11-0 Notre Dame is no joke. They are the biggest and best team in their region. They have outstanding players and a great amount of playmakers. They will have a challenge against Hillsdale and LIU-Post, but ND of Ohio wins super Region 1. 

Super Region 2-

Valdosta State-Bye

# 5 West Alabama @ # 4 Bowie State

# 7 Wingate @ # 2 West Georgia

# 6 Florida Tech @ # 3 Lenior Rhyne

Second Round-

Valdosta State VS. West Alabama

West Georgia VS. Florida Tech

Regional Final-

Valdosta State VS West Georgia

Notes: In a region loaded with Gulf South Schools, Valdosta is going to blitz their way through this region with no problem. They will face at least one team they have already played and beaten, but their closets win was a 16 point win over third ranked West Georgia. All roads in this Region lead to Valdosta. Also, I pick Valdosta to be in McKinney for the National Title game. 

Super Region 3-

# 1 Ouachita Bapitst-Bye

# 5 Fort Hayes State @ # 4 Indianapolis

# 7 Harding @ # 2 Ferris State

# 6 Northwest Missouri State @ # 3 Grand Valley State

Second Round-

Fort Hayes State VS. Ouachita Baptist

Harding VS. Grand Valley State

Regional Final-

Ouachita Baptist VS. Grand Valley State

Notes: In what will be probably the most competitive Region, Ouachita Baptist will make a strong run, but a team that has been there before in Grand Valley State will just be too physical for them and use their running game to head back to the National Semifinals. Harding will take a first round win over Ferris, but Grand Valley will be able to counter the Triple option attack much better. 

Super Region 4-

# 1 Minnesota State-Mankato-Bye

# 5 Colorado State-Pueblo @ # 4 Colorado Mines

# 7 Azusa Pacific @ # 2 Tarleton State

# 6 Texas A&M-Commerce @ # 3 Minnesota-Duluth

Second Round-

Minnesota State Mankato VS. Colorado Mines

Tarleton State VS. Texas A&M-Commerce

Regional Final-

Minnesota State-Mankato VS. Texas A&M-Commerce

Notes: Top seeded MSU Mankato will grind out an impressive win over Colorado Mines, while Tarleton State will drill Azusa Pacific in the opening round and Texas A&M-Commerce will take their fantastic defense and improving offense up north and knock off Duluth. A&M-Commerce will avenge their earlier season loss to Tarleton State, and then knock off MSU-Mankato in the Super Region 4 Championship game, using a potent running attack and stifling defense to do so. 

Predicted Final 4-

Region 1-Notre Dame (Ohio)

Region 2-Grand Valley State

Region 3-Valdosta State

Region 4-Texas A&M-Commerce





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