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Preseason start date set

Jordan Neal with his McMurry players in practice jerseys
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This upcoming season, the first practice date for Division III football and all fall sports will be Aug. 10, or the first day of class, whichever comes earlier.

In previous years, the first date of practice was tied to the date of a program's first game. This year, the date of a team's first game could change between now and this fall, as some conferences are considering the elimination of non-conference games. 

With schools across the country changing their dates of fall classes to attempt to lower the risk of spread of the COVID-19 virus, this gives athletic departments and coaches some much-needed direction as to when they can start their preseasons.

Doing the minimum

Some schools may find it difficult to field full schedules in 2020-21. These are the new minimum number of contests programs will need to compete in order to qualify for the postseason this upcoming year.

Fall Winter Spring
M/W XC: 3 M/W BB: 12 Baseball: 17
Field hockey: 8 M/W hockey: 12 M/W golf: 4
Football: 5 M/W swim: 5 M/W lacrosse: 7
M/W SOC: 9 Indoor track: 3 Rowing: 5
WVB: 11 Wrestling: 5 Softball: 16
    M/W tennis: 7
    M/W track: 4
    MVB: 11

Earlier in the offseason, the Division III Administrative Committee approved a reduction in the minimum number of games for sports seasons. This affects a couple of areas, including the number of games needed to qualify for the playoffs and the number of games needed for schools to be able to say they sponsored the sport in a particular year. (This is important because schools need to sponsor a minimum number of sports each season in order to remain in good standing as Division III members.)

“We hope that a reduction in contest minimums will provide flexibility to our member schools as they work to reopen during what is a very uncertain and complex time. We understand this won’t fix everything for everyone, but we believe it is the right move at this time and we will remain flexible moving forward,” said Tori Murden McClure, chair of the committee and Spalding president.

A Division III football team can qualify for the playoffs with just five games in 2020. The maximums have not changed, and a team is still permitted to play its full 10-game schedule.

As for how a team might qualify for the playoffs with just five games, most of that will be left up to conferences. Each of the 27 conferences with automatic bids has the responsibility for determining how that bid will be handed out. It may well be that conference members play a different number of contests from each other, and the conference will need to balance how to break ties under that type of scenario.

Another wrinkle in this is that local or state restrictions may prohibit teams from traveling out of state. Of the 28 conferences which sponsor NCAA Division III football, just six are confined to one state: the Empire 8, Liberty League, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Ohio Athletic Conference, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The NCAA’s Sport Science Institute put out guidelines on how to resume college sports and return student-athletes and staff to campus. The Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport recommends a phased approach, and this move allows greater time for that to be implemented.

 

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North Central (Ill.) 45, at Muhlenberg 14
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at UW-Whitewater 35, St. John's 32
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Dec. 20: All times Eastern
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at North Central (Ill.) 41, UW-Whitewater 14
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Sep. 6: All times Eastern
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Salisbury 63, at Albright 28
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Delaware Valley 37, at Kean 7
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Chapman 45, at Pacific 14
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North Central (Ill.) 43, at Christopher Newport 13
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Wesley 69, at Franklin Pierce 0
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at Muhlenberg 45, TCNJ 26
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Ithaca 66, at St. Vincent 28
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at Susquehanna 42, Lycoming 26
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at Union 42, Westfield State 7
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at John Carroll 21, UW-Stevens Point 7
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Berry 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Bethel 42, Simpson 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 38, at Monmouth 0
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St. John's 14, at UW-Stout 7
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Wartburg 60, at Greenville 21
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at St. Thomas 69, Trinity International 3
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at UW-Whitewater 42, Dubuque 7
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Redlands 35, at George Fox 19
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Mount Union 66, at Rose-Hulman 14
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Case Western Reserve 37, at Rochester 6
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at Bridgewater 41, Gettysburg 10
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Hardin-Simmons 64, at Sul Ross State 0
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Sep. 14: All times Eastern
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at Salisbury 24, UW-Oshkosh 19
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Wesley 24, at Delaware Valley 18
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Muhlenberg 38, at Dickinson 9
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Susquehanna 28, at Johns Hopkins 27
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Union 54, at Anna Maria 7
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UW-Whitewater 20, at Concordia-Moorhead 10
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Linfield 35, at Rowan 14
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Bethel 38, at UW-River Falls 20
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at Berry 34, LaGrange 9
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Bridgewater 37, at Stevenson 22
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at Hardin-Simmons 16, Trinity (Texas) 10
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 56, Albright 15
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Hendrix 26, at Texas Lutheran 23
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at Wartburg 38, Monmouth 9
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at Redlands 58, Puget Sound 7
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Sep. 21: All times Eastern
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Wesley 20, at Endicott 17
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at Delaware Valley 28, Stevenson 21
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at Muhlenberg 24, Susquehanna 17
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at Ithaca 27, Alfred 9
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at Union 27, Springfield 17
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at Mount Union 45, Baldwin Wallace 7
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John Carroll 14, at Otterbein 7
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at St. John's 33, Gustavus Adolphus 21
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UW-Whitewater 28, at St. Xavier 20
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 20
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Wartburg 62, at Luther 10
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St. Thomas 74, at Hamline 14
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North Central (Ill.) 46, at Washington U. 13
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at Case Western Reserve 52, Grove City 14
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Bridgewater 35, at Shenandoah 17
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Berry 14, at Trinity (Texas) 10
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 24, Illinois Wesleyan 10
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 23, Belhaven 13
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Texas Lutheran 31, at East Texas Baptist 21
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at Redlands 27, Linfield 19
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at Chapman 37, Whitworth 30
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Sep. 28: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 42, at Juniata 5
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Delaware Valley 55, at Albright 7
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at Ithaca 38, St. John Fisher 35
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at Susquehanna 42, Franklin and Marshall 13
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Hardin-Simmons 51, at Louisiana College 6
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Mount Union 37, at John Carroll 14
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at Berry 31, Millsaps 14
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at Bridgewater 40, Southern Virginia 6
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Bethel 35, at Gustavus Adolphus 33
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St. John's 56, at Carleton 10
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at Wartburg 42, Dubuque 25
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at North Central (Ill.) 77, North Park 0
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Case Western Reserve 37, at Thiel 6
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Wheaton (Ill.) 62, at Millikin 0
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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at Texas Lutheran 27, Southwestern 0
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at UW-Eau Claire 21, St. Thomas 19
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Oct. 5: All times Eastern
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Salisbury 27, at Montclair State 24
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at Union 23, Hobart 7
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Muhlenberg 49, at Franklin and Marshall 6
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Delaware Valley 41, at Lycoming 7
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Ithaca 59, at St. Lawrence 20
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at Wesley 21, Rowan 20
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at John Carroll 31, Muskingum 10
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at Mount Union 58, Otterbein 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 35, North Central (Ill.) 21
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at St. John's 61, Augsburg 6
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Berry 55, at Sewanee 0
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at Bethel 42, Carleton 13
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Wartburg 48, at Buena Vista 27
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 79, at McMurry 0
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at St. Thomas 51, Concordia-Moorhead 6
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at UW-Whitewater 24, UW-Eau Claire 14
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Linfield 52, at Pacific 14
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at Susquehanna 24, Dickinson 17
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at Case Western Reserve 21, Westminster (Pa.) 13
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Texas Lutheran 38, at Hardin-Simmons 27
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at Redlands 38, Pomona-Pitzer 17
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at Chapman 36, Whittier 6
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Oct. 12: All times Eastern
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Union 47, at Rochester 19
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at Delaware Valley 28, King's 13
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at Ithaca 48, Buffalo State 14
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at Salisbury 45, Wesley 38
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Bridgewater 51, at Hampden-Sydney 7
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John Carroll 90, at Capital 0
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Mount Union 63, at Wilmington 6
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at Case Western Reserve 35, Washington and Jefferson 19
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at Berry 27, Hendrix 9
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Augustana 14
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at St. John's 19, Bethel 0
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Wheaton (Ill.) 63, at North Park 0
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St. Thomas 53, at Augsburg 0
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at Wartburg 61, Nebraska Wesleyan 7
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, East Texas Baptist 14
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at UW-Whitewater 21, UW-Platteville 14
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at Linfield 77, Puget Sound 22
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at Texas Lutheran 59, Louisiana College 21
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at Chapman 21, Redlands 18
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Oct. 18: All times Eastern
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at Muhlenberg 45, Ursinus 21
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Oct. 19: All times Eastern
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Delaware Valley 42, at Wilkes 0
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Wesley 45, at William Paterson 7
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at Ithaca 34, Hobart 0
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at Salisbury 38, Rowan 7
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Susquehanna 31, at Moravian 7
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Case Western Reserve 34, at St. Vincent 26
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at Union 38, St. Lawrence 17
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at Mount Union 66, Capital 0
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at John Carroll 44, Ohio Northern 10
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at Bridgewater 53, Ferrum 10
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at Hardin-Simmons 63, Belhaven 7
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North Central (Ill.) 62, at Carroll 3
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at Bethel 56, St. Olaf 10
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 33, at Southwestern 3
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UW-Whitewater 38, at UW-Stevens Point 0
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Wartburg 29, at Simpson 15
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Texas Lutheran 27, at Howard Payne 14
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St. John's 38, at St. Thomas 20
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Redlands 45, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6
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at Linfield 77, Willamette 0
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Chapman 56, at Occidental 23
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 52, Washington U. 13
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at Birmingham-Southern 28, Berry 15
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Oct. 26: All times Eastern
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Ithaca 59, at Rochester 0
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Union 28, at Buffalo State 14
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at Delaware Valley 51, Lebanon Valley 3
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at Wesley 20, Montclair State 17
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Salisbury 65, at Kean 16
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Bridgewater 31, at Washington and Lee 14
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John Carroll 23, at Marietta 21
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Mount Union 27, at Heidelberg 0
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at Susquehanna 36, Ursinus 0
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at Berry 54, Rhodes 10
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Muhlenberg 49, at McDaniel 7
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at Case Western Reserve 30, Geneva 23
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15, Hardin-Simmons 14
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St. John's 54, at St. Olaf 17
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Bethel 31, at Concordia-Moorhead 0
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UW-Whitewater 49, at UW-River Falls 28
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 40, Augustana 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 49, Carthage 6
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St. Thomas 63, at Carleton 15
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Linfield 42, at Pacific Lutheran 10
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Texas Lutheran 35, at Sul Ross State 6
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at Redlands 65, La Verne 7
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at Chapman 44, Cal Lutheran 6
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Nov. 2: All times Eastern
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Wesley 31, at TCNJ 13
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Susquehanna 56, at Gettysburg 13
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Delaware Valley 44, at Alvernia 0
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Union 31, at Ithaca 21
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at Salisbury 51, Christopher Newport 0
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Bridgewater 35, at Emory and Henry 3
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 82, at Louisiana College 0
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at Mount Union 63, Ohio Northern 24
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at John Carroll 42, Wilmington 0
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at Muhlenberg 31, Johns Hopkins 16
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at Case Western Reserve 35, Bethany 14
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Concordia-Moorhead 19, at St. John's 18
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North Central (Ill.) 82, at Elmhurst 7
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at Hardin-Simmons 91, McMurry 29
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at UW-Whitewater 21, UW-La Crosse 17
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at Bethel 62, Hamline 7
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Wheaton (Ill.) 51, at Carroll 12
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at Wartburg 21, Coe 7
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at Texas Lutheran 34, Belhaven 14
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St. Thomas 56, at St. Olaf 7
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at Linfield 54, Lewis and Clark 7
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Chapman 26, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
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Redlands 33, at Cal Lutheran 14
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Nov. 9: All times Eastern
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at RPI 38, Ithaca 12
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Muhlenberg 44, at Gettysburg 3
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Berry 45, at Centre 22
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at Wesley 27, Kean 13
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at Union 13, Utica 7
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at Bridgewater 28, Randolph-Macon 21
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John Carroll 17, at Heidelberg 13
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at Mount Union 51, Muskingum 3
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Waynesburg 24
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Salisbury 62, at TCNJ 20
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at North Central (Ill.) 69, Illinois Wesleyan 14
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St. John's 70, at Hamline 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 55, Carthage 6
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, Texas Lutheran 3
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at Bethel 62, Augsburg 6
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at Central 57, Wartburg 56
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at St. Thomas 57, Gustavus Adolphus 36
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at UW-Whitewater 37, UW-Stout 17
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Hardin-Simmons 45, at East Texas Baptist 0
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Linfield 38, at Whitworth 31
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at Susquehanna 49, McDaniel 7
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at Redlands 45, Whittier 10
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at Chapman 41, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 17
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Nov. 16: All times Eastern
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at Union 33, RPI 0
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at Muhlenberg 52, Moravian 7
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at Delaware Valley 28, Widener 21
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at Ithaca 32, Cortland 20
@ MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
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at Wesley 42, Christopher Newport 7
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Susquehanna 63, at Juniata 7
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Salisbury 42, at William Paterson 13
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at Bridgewater 41, Guilford 7
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at Carnegie Mellon 24, Case Western Reserve 21
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 77, at Sul Ross State 14
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Mount Union 69, at Marietta 7
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John Carroll 17, at Baldwin Wallace 10
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at Berry 55, Austin 28
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North Central (Ill.) 59, at Millikin 32
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Wheaton (Ill.) 58, at Elmhurst 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 49, Southwestern 6
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at St. John's 47, Rose-Hulman 14
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at Wartburg 48, Loras 7
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at Texas Lutheran 57, McMurry 14
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at St. Thomas 17, Bethel 7
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at Linfield 24, George Fox 17
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Redlands 67, at Occidental 12
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Chapman 28, at La Verne 17
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at UW-Oshkosh 27, UW-Whitewater 20
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Nov. 23: All times Eastern
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at Salisbury 83, SUNY-Maritime 0
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at Muhlenberg 38, MIT 0
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at Union 24, Case Western Reserve 21
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Huntingdon 27, at Berry 24
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Wartburg 41, at Hope 3
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at Mount Union 65, Hanover 14
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at Wesley 58, Framingham State 21
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Delaware Valley 30, at Bridgewater 22
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Washington and Jefferson 20, at Ithaca 17
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at Susquehanna 88, Wilkes 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 43, Redlands 14
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Monmouth 10
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 51, Martin Luther 7
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at St. John's 51, Aurora 47
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at North Central (Ill.) 51, Wabash 15
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at Chapman 68, Linfield 65
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Nov. 30: All times Eastern
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North Central (Ill.) 59, at Mount Union 52
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at Salisbury 62, Union 41
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at Muhlenberg 42, Brockport 0
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Delaware Valley 45, at Wesley 10
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 42, Huntingdon 6
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 49, Central 13
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at UW-Whitewater 41, Wartburg 28
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St. John's 55, at Chapman 26
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Dec. 7: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 24, at Salisbury 8
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at North Central (Ill.) 31, Delaware Valley 14
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St. John's 34, at Wheaton (Ill.) 33
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UW-Whitewater 26, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 7
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Dec. 14: All times Eastern
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North Central (Ill.) 45, at Muhlenberg 14
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at UW-Whitewater 35, St. John's 32
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Dec. 20: All times Eastern
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at North Central (Ill.) 41, UW-Whitewater 14
@ Woodforest Bank Stadium; Shenandoah, Texas
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