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Bracket Breakdown

A look at the teams in the Spartans' region

Greg Meyer

Issue date: 11/20/09 Section: Football
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University of Wisconsin- Whitewater (10-0), Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Whitewater is the powerhouse of the bracket as the No. 2 team in the nation. They have been in the National Championship game four years in a row, claiming the title in 2007. Most consider them a lock to be in Salem on Dec. 19.

VS.

Lakeland College (6-4), Northern Athletic Conference

This is Lakeland's second trip to the postseason, the first coming in 2005. After a rough 0-3 start, the Muskies fought back and won 6 of their last seven to clinch the NAC conference title and its automatic playoff berth. Now, Lakeland faces the nearly impossible task of beating Whitewater in the first round this Saturday.






Wabash (9-1), North Coast Athletic Conference

The Little Giants return to postseason play for the third time in as many years. Wabash is well known to the Spartans as they have knocked the team out of the playoffs the past two years, including last year's heartbreaking, last-second defeat. Wabash's only loss this season is to No. 12 Wittenburg in a close, 10-7 game.

VS.

Illinois Wesleyan University (9-1), College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

IWU, also known as the Spartans, are returning to the Championship Bracket for the first time since 1996. The team received an automatic bid after claiming the CCIW conference title. The Spartans have played up and down this season. They had quality wins against playoff-caliber teams such as Wheaton and North Central colleges, however they lost a game to Millikin University (6-4) and barely escaped with a win against a weak Augustana College team.






Trine University (9-1), Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Trine travels to Cleveland this Saturday for their second-consecutive playoff appearance. The Thunder clinched their spot with their second-consecutive MIAA title. The team's only loss this year came out of conference against a respectable Franklin College team. Aside from this game, Trine has faced a very weak schedule, and played several conference teams very close.
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