Bob Eblen has been the national columnist since 2006 after serving as the Northwest Region columnist. He regularly provides rational analysis of Division II Football.
Bob, his wife Deb, and sons Sam and Noah live in Kansas City, MO. In his free time Bob enjoys coaching baseball and attending his sons' sporting events.
July 26th, 2020 6:00am
Original story posted on 7.26.20. Revised on 7.27.20 to account for announcements made by GLVC, RMAC, GLIAC and NSIC.
December 13th, 2019 1:00pm
With Northwest Missouri State and Texas A&M-Commerce going down to defeat last weekend, it guarantees that we will see a first-time champion this season. However, that doesn’t mean we have a remaining final four that are newcomers to playoff success.
December 6th, 2019 4:00pm
Last Saturday’s second round of the D2 playoffs didn’t have the overall drama that week one did as just two games remained close throughout. However, the one game that did grab everyone’s attention was top-ranked Valdosta State’s 38-35 loss to West Florida.
November 21st, 2019 1:00pm
The new NCAA policy of moving the lower seeded teams between regions to prevent first round flights proved to be more bark than bite, at least this year anyway. Every one of the 28 teams selected ended up staying within their own region, although it appears some seedings were changed a bit to accommodate travel.
October 31st, 2019 12:00pm
There are three weeks to go in the regular season and on Monday the first set of regional rankings were released. As I mentioned in a column a few weeks ago, the playoff selection process is changing a bit this year in the sense that only the top four teams in each region are guaranteed to play within their own region.
September 19th, 2019 12:00pm
The NCAA came out with the 2019 D2 Football Pre-Championship Manual this week and in it the details of a slightly altered championship structure are confirmed. While the selection criteria and regional alignments appear to be virtually identical to last season, this year there will be a new way of selecting first round playoff match ups.
September 10th, 2019 1:00pm
I have been saying it for years, but I love the first weekend of college football because there are always a few game results that come as a complete shock. Here are the five results from across D2 last weekend that surprised me the most:
September 5th, 2019 9:00am
I have spent some time the last couple of weeks assessing which teams I feel have the best shot at winning the national championship this year. Valdosta State, Ferris State and Minnesota State are my three favorites, which I realize isn’t exactly going out on a limb since these were three of the top teams in the country last season.
November 13th, 2018 12:00am
Who is playing for second in the country? That was the thought running through my mind after watching the Valdosta State Blazers demolish a very good West Georgia defense to the tune of 395 rushing yards in a 47-31 victory on Saturday night.
October 30th, 2018 12:00am
Denny Douds has been the head coach in a lot of football games- 471 to be exact. He started as an assistant at East Stroudsburg in 1966, was elevated to head coach in 1974 and has been there ever since, amassing 264 victories along the way.
October 16th, 2018 12:00am
It’s been ten years since Minnesota-Duluth won its first national championship and that Bulldog team still stands out to me as one of the most interesting and surprising in my time covering D2 football. The 2008 Bulldogs were coming a 4-6 season in 2007, in which all six losses were by 14 points or more.
October 9th, 2018 12:00am
There are not many sure things in college football but coming into the season I had penciled Indiana in as a lock to win a third straight PSAC title and to once again make a deep run in the playoffs. The Crimson Hawks returned 10 All-PSAC West performers from a 13-1 national semifinalist, including All-American candidate Lenny Williams at quarterback.
October 2nd, 2018 12:00am
By Brandon MisenerI would rate the national championship experience in Kansas City as consistent with what we have seen over time no matter where it was played. There were smaller crowds when non-traditional powers had to travel great distances and large crowds when traditional powers had to travel little or no distance to play in the game.