Mount Union: For the 7th consecutive year, the Purple Raiders navigated the OAC gauntlet without losing to earn their 21st consecutive OAC crown. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke led the way for Mount Union, as the first-year starter racked up a total of 3,120 yards and 34 touchdowns. The Purple Raiders will host Christopher Newports (Va.) in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.
Heidelberg: The Student Princes earned their first-ever playoff appearance with a 9-1 season. With its lone loss coming to Mount Union, Heidelberg snagged an at-large bid and will host Wittenberg on Saturday in the first round. Heidelberg owes much of its success to its one-two punch of quarterback Michael Mees and running back Cartel Brooks, as well as a stout defense.
Otterbein: Tim Doup led the Cardinals to a solid 8-2 record in his first year as head coach, a great improvement over Otterbein’s 3-7 finish in 2011. Cornerback Anthony Korpieski was arguably the best player for the Cardinals, as he intercepted six passes, three of which he returned for touchdowns. But despite the solid play of Korpieski and the defense, Otterbein could not beat Mount Union and Heidelberg, failing to score a point in both games.
Baldwin Wallace: After starting out the season 7-1, the Yellow Jackets were hit with a big piece of bad news. University officials had found irregularities in financial aid decisions for “a small pecentage” of Baldwin Wallace’s approximately 500 student-athletes, and decided to voluntarily remove all its teams from postseason play. The football team lost its final two games to Mount Union and Heidelberg following the announcement.
Ohio Northern: The Polar Bears began the season with high hopes, but ended the year with a disappointing record of 4-6. The team had a tough time winning close games, losing three out of its four games that were within seven points. Quarterback Tate Humphrey had a good season, racking up 2,288 totals yards and 22 touchdowns on the year.
Muskingum: The Muskies had a rough start to season, stumbling to a 1-7 record before wining its last two games against Capital and Marietta.
Capital: The Crusaders had a tough time kickstarting its offense this season, scoring an average of 13.5 points per game, leading to a record of 2-8.
Wilmington: The Quakers’ 33-game losing streak came to an end this year, but the team only managed a 1-9 record on the season.
Marietta: Despite a couple of close chances, the Pioneers could not pick up a win this season, finishing the year at 0-10.