The NCAA Division II Football playoffs kick off on November 19 at eight host universities across the US.
Each school has the dream of standing in Minnesota-Duluth's position at the end of the 2010 campaign— dousing the coach and storming the field as national champions.
Receiving byes in the first round are: region one Winston Salem State and New Haven, region two Delta State and Mars Hill, region three Colorado-Pueblo and Nebraska-Kearney, and region four Midwestern State and Pittsburgh State.
Rather than the obvious choices who are always at the top of the standings waiting for challengers, this year seems to be more of a king-of-the-hill battle with teams eager to knock one another off.
Teams can't seem to keep their position in the standings very long before falling.
For this article I have relied heavily on the analysis of Bob Elben of D2 Football for a breakdown of each team's strengths and weaknesses. I'll provide my own predictions based upon that analysis.
This year's playoffs are shaping up to be very exciting.