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Football Bulldogs start defense of D-2 title with home game

Defending national champion Minnesota Duluth will host Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) in the first round of the NCAA Division II football playoffs Saturday. In Division III play, another Duluth-area college -- St. Scholastica -- will make its inaugural postseason appearance at St. Thomas.
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Defending national champion Minnesota Duluth will host Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) in the first round of the NCAA Division II football playoffs Saturday. In Division III play, another Duluth-area college -- St. Scholastica -- will make its inaugural postseason appearance at St. Thomas.

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