The national championship game is still more than three weeks away, and the Warhawks have not punched their ticket into that game quite yet. But can this team return to Salem, Va., the site of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl and play in its fifth straight title game? Three UW-Whitewater Hall of Famers, who have either graced the football sidelines or have been associated with the program for many decades, believe so.
More than 70 percent of its scoring is gone. All five of its starters from last year’s NCAA second round tournament game against eventual national champion, Washington University, are gone. And the team no longer has the luxury of letting Myles McKay, now playing in the Czech Republic and Matt Goodwin, a former All-American, run the offense like they did the last two years. A problem?
The UW-Whitewater football team just won its fifth straight conference championship. Sports Editor Chris Kuhagen notes his top five reasons on how Lance Leipold’s team accomplished this feat once again.
More than likely the football team will have home field advantage throughout the postseason. The Warhawks have not clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament yet, but there is little doubt they will roll to the national championship game – especially after the drubbing the ’Hawks put on UW-Stevens Point last Saturday. So technically, the regular season finale against UW-Oshkosh will not be the last time the 17 seniors suit up for a game at Perkins Stadium.