The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team will make its 16th straight NCAA Division III National Championships appearance and its 18th in the last 19 years after the defending Division III National Champions earned an automatic bid to the postseason with the announcement of the 32-team field Sunday afternoon. UMHB will open its run toward what the Cru hopes will be a fourth straight Stagg Bowl appearance at home with a First Round game against the University of Redlands. That game will kick off at 12:00 PM at Crusader Stadium in Belton on Saturday, November 23rd.
UMHB is 10-0 overall and went 9-0 in conference play to win the ASC title for the 54th straight season. Redlands is 9-1 overall and went 6-1 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Bulldogs advanced to the postseason as an at-large team after finishing second to Chapman University in the SCIAC. UMHB will be facing Redlands in the opening round of the playoffs for the fourth time and the two teams also faced off in a pair of regular season contests. The Cru leads the all-time series 5-0. The last time these two programs faced off, UMHB posted a 50-28 victory over the Bulldogs in the opening round of the 2016 playoffs.
“We are familiar with Redlands and have such great respect for their program and what they do,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “They really challenged us last time we played them and it will be a real test. I told our team that we have a game this Saturday and we need to go play well because we really want to have another game next Saturday.”
UMHB has a 41-15 all-time record in the NCAA Division III National Championships and joins Mount Union as the only two Division III programs in the country to win at least one playoff game in each of the last 15 seasons. Redlands is in the postseason for the ninth time and the Bulldogs are 0-8 overall in the Division III playoffs. The winner of the UMHB/Redlands game will advance to play the winner of the Berry College/Huntingdon College opening round game. The host team for the Second Round will be announced next Sunday afternoon.