Despite winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 27-10 victory at Whittier last Saturday, the Occidental College football team failed to make the Division III playoffs for the third consecutive year.
Occidental (7-2 overall, 5-0 in conference play) was not among the 4 teams chosen to represent the 52 schools in the Western region. Selected were 2 teams from Iowa--Central (8-1) and Simpson (8-1)--Concordia (9-1) of Minnesota and Wisconsin-Whitewater (8-2).
Coach Dale Widolff says the 71-0 thrashing the Tigers took from Central College of Iowa in the second round of the 1985 playoffs might still have an effect on Occidental's chances of making the playoffs for years to come.
"That loss really, really hurts us," said Widolff after playoff pairings were announced Monday. "I'm starting to worry because I think there's . . . a prejudice against West Coast teams. I think the committee is looking for an excuse to exclude them.