National Columnist

National Columnist

Bob Eblen has been the national columnist since 2006. He hopes to continue to use his passion for and knowledge of college athletics to entertain and inform the followers of Division II football.

Bob, his wife Deb and sons Sam and Noah live in Kansas City, MO. In his free time Bob enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending many different types of sporting events.



Bob Eblen's National Column

October 10th, 2019 1:00pm

The retirement of former East Stroudsburg coach Denny Douds is one of the stranger things I have seen in my years of covering D2 football. Last October, Douds called a timeout late in a game that his team was losing to Ohio Dominican.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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:

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

November 27th, 2018 12:00am

After a crazy opening weekend of the playoffs that saw the road teams prevail in seven of twelve games, things returned to normal in round two last week. The home teams went 7-1 leaving an outstanding field of quarterfinalists.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

November 20th, 2018 12:00am

Since its inception D2 football has always been the domain of the public colleges and universities. Since the first national championship game was held in 1973 only one private school- Lehigh in 1977- has won a national championship.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

November 6th, 2018 9:00am

We have reached the final week of the regular season and it’s time to take a look at the playoff possibilities in each of the four regions. Please refer to the regional rankings on the front page of our site to help follow along.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

October 22nd, 2018 12:00am

When a team loses its starting quarterback to injury it’s a problem. Lose the top two quarterbacks to injury?

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

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. 

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Bob Eblen's National Column

September 25th, 2018 12:00am

During Northwest Missouri State’s current 14-year streak of reaching the D2 playoffs, the Bearcats have completely dominated the MIAA. The only conference team that has given Northwest much trouble is Pittsburg State, who has beaten the Bearcats six times during that stretch.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

September 18th, 2018 12:00am

It wasn’t that long ago that starting a freshman quarterback would be off limits for most college football programs. Starting a true freshman?

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Bob Eblen's National Column

September 11th, 2018 12:00am

If you were to ask the casual D2 football follower to give a list of the top programs in D2, I’m guessing Midwestern State would not appear on most lists. In 16 plus seasons as head coach at MSU, Bill Maskill has accumulated a 131-47 record, with eight playoff appearances and 10 first or second place finishes in the LSC.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

September 4th, 2018 12:00am

Overshadowing an interesting first week of D2 football was the shocking announcement by the NCAA on Tuesday that the national championship game will not be held at Childrens Mercy Park in Kansas City this year. Apparently, Children*s Mercy Park and its main tenant Sporting Kansas City decided that the field needed to be replaced and that it could not wait until after the title game was played on December 15th.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

December 12th, 2017 12:00am

Way back on September 2nd Missouri S&T trailed 20-16 late in its home opener. The Miners had driven to the opponent*s 9-yard line and had a 1st-and-goal with about :40 remaining in the game.

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Bob Eblen's National Column

December 5th, 2017 12:00am

A crazy D2 postseason continued last week, with the road team winning three of the four quarterfinal games. In fact, the three road teams that won last week –

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Bob Eblen's National Column

November 28th, 2017 12:00am

The old adage in football is that you win in the postseason by running the football, stopping the run and winning the turnover battle. Since teams facing each other in the postseason should be comparable from a talent standpoint, the theory is that the team holding an advantage in those three categories would also be likely to win the game.

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