Any edge you can get in the playoffs, you take it. Teams fight and scratch for as many wins during the regular season as they can to get the highest seed they can come playoff time.
One of the biggest reasons for that is it guarantees that team at least one home game during the playoffs, with the ultimate goal having home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In college football, there’s no better feeling than having a stadium full of your peers cheering you on to victory.
When the 2015 D3 football playoffs kick off this weekend, 16 teams will begin the road to Salem, Va. in front of their home crowds. But not all home stadiums are the same. These five teams will have a bigger-than-normal home atmosphere Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.
No. 5 SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex
The home of BR-24 SUNY Cortland, their stadium, also known as the “Red Field” sits 6,500 fans. The Red Dragons have a rich football tradition that dates all the way back to 1893. This season, Cortland State finished its first season in the Empire 8 atop the conference standings with an 8-2 record. Cortland is making its first trip to the Division 3 playoffs since 2012, when they beat Framingham State 20-19 in the first round before falling 56-6 in the second round to Wesley. Cortland faces BR 21 Salisbury in the first round Saturday.