National Columnist

National Columnist

Chuck Bitner earned a degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University in 2001. He is employed in the banking industry and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Alyssa and a family of cats.

In his spare time, Chuck enjoys traveling to football games, home remodeling, reading, sports photography and watching all forms of auto racing.



National Quarterfinals Preview

December 1st, 2022 5:00pm

Last week’s round two action more than made up for a less than thrilling round one. We had some fabulous battles around the country, highlighted by a pair of heavyweight bouts featuring MIAA v.

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Harlon Hill Trophy Finalists Announced

Harlon Hill Trophy Finalists AnnouncedRegional finalists for the 2022 recipient of the Harlon Hill Trophy were announced on Thursday, December 1. In this round of voting, two nominees per super region advance as finalists, however, Super region three is represented with three finalists on this year's national ballot.

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Around the Nation - Second Round Playoff Preview

For the past decade, my columns for D2Football have been a place to celebrate the great things that happen in NCAA Division II, either within specific conferences or around the country. I’ve always felt that positivity is contagious and it’s what gets people excited.

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D2Football Playoff Viewer's Guide

November 19th, 2022 5:00am

All the resources you need for Saturday's first round playoff games in one place. Don’t forget to join us for a recap of all the action on Inside D2 Football Sunday night at 8pm, eastern. Playoff BracketScores 

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Around the Nation - First Round Playoff Preview

Playoffs. True playoffs.

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Playoff Bracket Reactions

November 14th, 2022 8:00am

The playoff field for the 2022 Division II Football Championship has been announced. As in most years, a majority of the available spaces in the 28-team field were easy to project.

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Around the Nation - Week 11 Preview

November 10th, 2022 8:00am

Well, here we are. The final week of the season.

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Week Ten National Roundup

November 6th, 2022 6:00am

Bagent sets new Division II record for career passing touchdownsShepherd quarterback and defending Harlon Hill Trophy winner Tyson Bagent established a new Division II record for touchdown passes in a career. Entering week ten, Bagent needed three touchdown passes to break the existing record held by Jimmy Terwilliger.

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Around the Nation - Week Ten Preview

November 3rd, 2022 9:00am

No time for soft intros, we have way too much to discuss. Off we go...

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Week Nine National Roundup

October 29th, 2022 11:30pm

What. A.

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Around the Nation - Week Nine Preview

October 27th, 2022 7:00am

In case you missed it, the first round of the regional rankings that will soon determine the playoff field were released on Monday of this week. As a reminder, the first release only names the teams in the top 10.

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D2 Football Playoff Selection Q&A

October 21st, 2022 5:00pm

The Division II Football Championship will be here in just a few weeks. Each season brings new fans and followers to Division II and if you haven't been through a playoff season before, it might be a little confusing to follow the process and understand how the post-season field is formed.

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Around the Nation - Week Eight Preview

Week eight has a tough act to follow. Last Saturday delivered all the action and drama we could have asked for, headlined by the rare regular season meeting of #1 versus #2.

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Week Seven National Roundup

October 16th, 2022 8:00am

Week Seven delivered all the excitement and drama we hope for and more. Here are the headlines, news and notes from a big weekend of Division II football.

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Anchor-Bone Classic: No. 1 versus No. 2

On Saturday afternoon at Top Taggert Field on the campus of Ferris State University, the first and second ranked teams in the country will meet in what will unquestionably be the game of the year in Division II. A full month of the season will remain after this week’s game, but championship standings and positioning for upcoming regional rankings are on the line.

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Around the Nation - Week Seven Preview

Week seven already. We are officially past the halfway point of the Division II season.

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Week Six National Roundup

October 9th, 2022 7:00am

  Headlines, news and notes from week six of the Division II seasonBy Chuck Bitner, national columnistphoto by Morgan Givens, West Florida Sports InformationPitt State holds off late Northwest rally#6 Pittsburg State held a 21-3 halftime lead over rival #10 Northwest Missouri State, but the Bearcats rallied to come within a two-point try in the final seconds.

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Around the Nation - Week Six Preview

October 6th, 2022 8:30am

Week five delivered a handful of upsets inside and outside of the Top 25. Six undefeated teams entering the weekend suffered a first defeat and three Top 15 unbeaten teams lost to unranked opponents.

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Week Five National Roundup

October 2nd, 2022 7:00am

Headlines, news and notes from a busy week five. By Chuck Bitner, national columnistThe exclusive club of unbeaten teams fell by a few numbers on Saturday as no less than six undefeated teams are heading into the new week with their first L.

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Around the Nation - Week Five Preview

September 29th, 2022 10:00am

Week five will have a lot of work to do following a very exciting and dramatic week four. If you missed the recap on last Saturday’s action, here are a few ways to get caught up.

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