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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Winter weather wrecks havoc with NCAA Division III schedule, Tarleton State looks for first DI victory at New Mexico State after thrilling double overtime loss in opener

As if dealing with our COVID-19 pandemic world wasn’t enough, one of the most severe winter weather events on record paralyzed Texas and put a freeze on four NCAA Division III spring football games last week, forcing either a postponement or cancellation.

But weather did not prevent the much anticipated, first-ever NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) game played at Stephenville’s Memorial. Unfortunately for the Tarleton State Texans, the McNeese State Cowboys scored 14 unanswered points to close out regulation before subduing the Texans, 40-37, in double overtime last Saturday night.

With a full slate of FCS games on tap this week, Tarleton State (1-0) will hit the road in search of its first NCAA DI victory at New Mexico State Sunday at 4 p.m. In other games involving Texas schools, Sam Houston State opens the spring season at Incarnate Word, while Lamar hosts Northwestern State.

Throughout the spring, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus prognosticators will select NCAA FCS and Division III college football games featuring Texas teams.

In week two of the unprecedented NCAA Division III spring football season, East Texas State and Trinity were able to extend strong starts with impressive wins last Saturday, while Hardin-Simmons’ matchup against West Texas rival Howard Payne, Texas Lutheran’s home game against McMurry and Austin College’s trip to Hendrix in Arkansas were all been postponed. Southwestern’s matchup against Louisiana College fell victim to a cancellation notice.

Without an opportunity to practice this week due to the extreme winter weather, all five games involving Texas teams scheduled for this week have been postponed.

This season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel consists of newcomer Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), while Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton, The Sports Buzz photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 spring football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the unprecedented spring football games.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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