Butler in national title game; McPherson, Ottawa to host first-round games

No. 1 BUTLER 48, No. 5 HUTCH 0

NO. 1 BUTLER 48, NO. 5 HUTCH 0

Butler is going to play in the national title game. Sunday’s 48-0 demolition of No. 5 Hutchinson in the Region VI title game made sure of that. We’ve all been assuming since about the beginning of October that the title game will be played, for the second straight year, in the Citizens Bank Bowl at Pittsburg. And I still think that’s a lock. Now, who will they play?

No. 2 Navarro beat Trinity Valley 57-22 on Sunday in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, so I presume that is the team Butler will face on Dec. 5. Bowl officials are having a news conference on Tuesday, around noon, in El Dorado to make it official. For the uninformed, Butler beat Navarro 16-10 in its season opener Aug. 26 at Cessna Stadium. And that’s the closest anybody has played the Grizzlies all year.

Final thought: If Butler can close this thing out, they’re the greatest BuCo team in school history.

You know I’ll be there.

MAC, OTTAWA TO HOST FIRST-ROUND GAMES

KCAC champion McPherson will host No. 12 McKendree (Ill.) in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series on Saturday.The Bulldogs are ranked No. No. 6 in the nation and went 10-0 this season for their first KCAC title since 1952. It is also their second straight NAIA playoff berth and the first home playoff game in school history. McKendree is 8-2 and plays in the Mid-States Football Association. Ottawa, 9-1 and ranked No. 8, will host No. 11 Marian (Ind.) on Saturday. It’s also the second straight NAIA playoff berth for the Braves. Marian is 9-2 and also plays in the MSFA.

And, in case you missed it, here’s my Run N Gun from Sunday on OU receiver Clarence Anderson – a Wichita native.

Also, undefeated MidAmerica Nazarene University, 10-0, will host No. 17 Georgetown (Ky.) College in the first round at Olathe.

McPherson has looked great this year, and so has Ottawa at times. But that being said, I have zero faith in the KCAC when it comes to the postseason. Two years ago I was CONVINCED Friends could make a run in the playoffs and they got smoked, 42-0, by NW Oklahoma State in the first round. Now NWOSU cheated, sure, but you can still see the effects from that beatdown when you look at where the Falcons are today. I think both teams have a 50-50 shot of winning. That’s all I’m willing to concede at this point.

I’m out. TA.