Muskies play Saturday for conference title, playoff spot
Athletics - posted on 11/2/2004Lakeland will be playing Saturday for a share of its first Illini-Badger Conference championship since 1997, as well as it's first-ever trip to the NCAA football playoffs.
The Muskies (6-3 overall) are tied for first place with Aurora and Concordia, Wis., at 5-1 with one league game to play.
Lakeland hosts Greenville (3-5, 3-3) for a noon kickoff. Aurora plays at MacMurray and Concordia travels to Eureka.
The winner of the IBC wins an automatic trip to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head. The second is the difference between each team's win and loss against the teams involved in the tie.
Here are Saturday's IBC tiebreaker scenarios:
* If all three teams win, Aurora wins the playoff berth. Aurora beat
Concordia by 18 and lost to Lakeland by 1, giving them a point differential
total of +16. Concordia's point differential is +1 (an 18-point win over
Lakeland and a 17-point loss to Aurora) and Lakeland's is -17 (a 1-point
win over Aurora and an 18-point loss to Concordia).
* If only Concordia loses, Lakeland wins the playoff berth because the
Muskies beat Aurora.
* If only Aurora loses, Concordia wins the playoff berth because the
Falcons beat Lakeland.
* If only Lakeland loses, Aurora wins the playoff berth because the
Spartans beat Concordia.
* If all three teams lose, there would be a four-way tie for the title
including MacMurray and the final score of the Aurora-MacMurray game
would become part of the tiebreaker.
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