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FootballScoop's guide to the D-III Semifinals

Only four teams remain in the quest for a Division III national championship, and three of the four teams have been in this position before (Mount Union, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Mary Hardin-Baylor), while one team (North Central) is in this position for the first time in school history. It's also worth noting that the three teams that have been there before all have purple as one their primary color.

Here's a quick breakdown of the matchups.

North Central (13-0) at Mount Union (13-0) - 12pm EST - ESPN3

Storyline: The experience of Mount Union faces off against a hungry North Central team eager to prove themselves

The case for Mount Union: The Mount burst onto the national scene first back in 1993. Since that point they have been in the national title game fifteen times (out of a possible 21 appearances). No team in the country has more experience at this stage in the process. However, this will be Vince Kehres' first national title appearance as a head coach since taking over for his father, legendary coach Larry Kehres. As far as the numbers go, the Purple Raiders bring the nation's most potent scoring offense (49.6 ppg), most efficient third down offense, and bring a Junior quarterback in Kevin Burke into the contest who is one of the most efficient players in the country. Burke ranks in the top seven in numerous passing categories including #2 in passing efficiency, #7 in passing yards (3,351), and #2 in total offense (537 ypg). Defensively, the unit has remained as strong as they've historically been, ranking third nationally in rush defense (62 ypg), and have held opponents to seven or less points in six of their fifteen games.

The case for North Central: The past few years North Central has made the playoff field by winning the CCIW, ends the season ranked pretty high, and then wins a few games in the playoffs before exiting. This season has been very different, and many coaches I've talked to believe that this may be the year that John Thorne and his staff are able to break through. Both sides of the ball are playing extremely well for the Cardinals, but the offensive side of the ball has been the most impressive, leading the country in passing efficiency, and racking up over 46 points per game, as well as ranking second nationally in first downs. Defensively the Cards rank in the top 16 in total defense (279 ypg), and 12th in turnover margin (20 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries). If Mount Union wants to turn this one into a shootout, North Central stands a really good shot at hanging around for four quarters and making this one interesting.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (13-0) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-0) - 3:30pm EST - ESPN3

Storyline: Can one of the nation's most dominant defenses slow down one of small college football's most versatile offenses?

The case for Mary Hardin-Baylor: Last season the Cru found themselves in this same position, facing Mount Union before eventually falling in the final minutes when the Purple Raiders scored twice to take the lead. This is UMHB is a team that can hurt you a multitude of way, with three quarterbacks who have seen quality time at points throughout the year, each of them able to hurt you in different ways. That kind of flexibility has helped the Cru climb to second nationally in points per game (49). On the flip side of the ball, UMHB is allowing just 61 rushing yards per game (2nd nationally), and have allowed ten points in eight of their 13 games this season. They're going to have their hands full facing a dominant UW-Whitewater defense, but they've proven to be more than capable when facing stout defenses numerous times this season.

The case for Wisconsin-Whitewater: After completely missing out on the playoffs last season, the 2013 version of UW-Whitewater has come roaring through the regular season, and playoffs, as strong as they've ever been. They're equally as strong on both sides of the football, and have been playing some of their best football as of late, including knocking off the #2 ranked Linfield Wildcats last week 28-17. Defensively is where this year's team has hung their hat, ranking in the top five nationally in rushing defense (68 ypg), total defense (237 ypg), turnover margin (+2.3), 3rd down conversion percentage defense (26% conversion rate). The Warhawks also lead the country in kickoff return average, bringing kicks back nearly 30 yards each try. If they can stifle the versatile UMHB offense, look for the Warhawks to make their eighth Stagg Bowl appearance in nine seasons.