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Old 10-24-2008, 12:04 PM
 
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is there a difference in athletic ability between D1AA and D2 football players?
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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I think the big thing would be size and speed. I walked on to my college team for one year, Eastern Kentucky a D-1AA. It is really amazing how players are more athletic as you go up from DIII to DII D-IAA do D-I.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I think the gap is narrowing. you are getting more 4 year players. the same thing happened with college bball. D1 is still obviously the best, but there are some D2 teams that can beat D1 teams.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Bettendorf, IA
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I think the gap is narrowing. you are getting more 4 year players. the same thing happened with college bball. D1 is still obviously the best, but there are some D2 teams that can beat D1 teams.
I think only the upper 10% of D2 teams could compete, if not beat, against the poorer D1 schools. More true in basketball as all a team really needs is one or two really decent players to have that team and beat a school in a higher division. Not true at all in football. A D2 school could have a phenom defensive tackle; a guy who will make the football hall of fame. Chances the rest of the players on his team represent the quality of that division and would get their butts kicked aganist any D1 school, unless that school is really really bad.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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but then what about D1A football players and D1AA football players
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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or even mid majors and elite conference
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
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or even mid majors and elite conference
I don't think there is a huge difference between players say in the MWC,WAC than in the SEC,Pac 10,Big 12. I've seen some of the athletes in those conferences and to be honest theres a huge amount of a difference.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:32 AM
 
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but then what about D1A football players and D1AA football players
Well, I would imagine that more DiAA would be a bit more competitive against lousy or average D1A schools. Look at Appalachian State last year against Michigan. App State is one of the premier DIAA programs. At the least, they would be competitive (play .500 football) in any conference in the U.S. But, they would never seriously compete for the top spot in any conference either. Michigan was at best a mediocre team last year. A legitimate top 20 D1A school would have easily handled App State. Maybe not quite blown them out, but definitely an easy win.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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as michigan found out, it's better to play a bad D1 team than the D2 champs.

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I think only the upper 10% of D2 teams could compete, if not beat, against the poorer D1 schools. More true in basketball as all a team really needs is one or two really decent players to have that team and beat a school in a higher division. Not true at all in football. A D2 school could have a phenom defensive tackle; a guy who will make the football hall of fame. Chances the rest of the players on his team represent the quality of that division and would get their butts kicked aganist any D1 school, unless that school is really really bad.
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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If you are referring to Appalachian State, that schol is D1AA, not D2. Big difference.

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as michigan found out, it's better to play a bad D1 team than the D2 champs.
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