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The Division III Football Championship Committee uses a geographic proximity rule when seeding the playoff bracket. Cost prevention and missed class time have been cited as reasons for the rule’s implementation. Two sets of paired-samples t-tests compared the travel costs and travel distances of the first round 2002–2006 playoff competitions to re-seeded brackets not implementing the rule. Tests of travel cost were not statistically significant at the .05 level of significance. Tests of travel distance were not statistically significant at the.05 level of significance. The mean point differentials of each contest during the first three rounds of the playoffs from 2002 – 2006 were calculated. Comparisons made between the average margin of victory for the playoffs as a whole, unaffected brackets, and affected brackets found the average margin of victory steadily decreased each round for the affected brackets and decreased then increased for the unaffected and overall brackets.