One of Georgia Southern’s preseason goals this year, a year without no playoff bid and no Southern Conference title on the line due to the program’s transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision, was to go 11-0.
Another was to win all eight SoCon games on the schedule.
With Saturday’s 30-20 loss against Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C., both goals were yanked off the table.
In May of 2010 when freshman Brad Daly told Montana State coach Rob Ash he was leaving the program, it was not good news for the Bobcats.
And when the Helena Capital graduate chose to return as a walk-on a year or so later?
“That was an important day for our program,” said Ash with a chuckle. “He’s been amazing ever since he returned.”
For the first two-and-a-half games of the 2013 season, not even the smoothest of football masterminds could find a way to get the ball out of the hands of the Southern Utah offense.
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If you want to raise Frank Tavani’s blood pressure and get him riled up, ask him a question about those nonscholarship Ivy League football teams.
Ivy League football is not always the most exciting part of the sports calendar. Most of its intrigue stems from tradition—its champion(s) cannot even play past Thanksgiving and thus receive relatively little acclaim. Most Ivy League fans probably would struggle to remember whether it was Penn or Harvard that won the championship each of the last few years.
Oddly enough, though, there might be some excitement added to the league this year from an unexpected source.
The celebratory mood of Gardner-Webb’s 12-10 football triumph Saturday night versus 11th-ranked Richmond has to move to the backburner quickly in the tough world of Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) action.
Given that another ranked foe – No. 10 Wofford – awaits the Runnin’ Bulldogs Saturday at 7 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C., a sense of urgency is understandable in the GWU camp. First-year head football coach Carroll McCray says it’s all part of a learning process.
Towson has scored more than 30 points in each of its first three games this season. Just as important in those three victories, however, has been the Tigers’ stinginess against the run.
The Tigers are ranked fifth nationally among Football Championship Subdivision teams in rush defense, allowing just 71 yards per game. No opponent has scored a touchdown on the ground against Towson, which has given up just four scores overall.
Coming off a stellar year, junior defensive end Blake Oliaro of the University of San Diego Torero football team has made a name for himself as one of the premier athletes in the Pioneer Football League. The one time AP All-American was selected to the All-PFL team for the second season in a row. Oliaro’s talents do not end with his physical ability, however, as he holds a 3.6 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.
No. 4 Ohio State’s players aren’t exactly thrilled to be playing a Football Championship Subdivision opponent on Saturday.
Asked if he’d prefer to be playing a team similar in stature to the Buckeyes, safety Christian Bryant said, “I would. I like to showcase our talent. I would like to play, like, bigger games.”
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William and Mary’s defense was solid in its first two games. Still, coach Jimmye Laycock talked last week about the need to force more turnovers.
So the Tribe went out and got four against Lafayette in a 34-6 victory Saturday. Two were interceptions that were returned for touchdowns by linebackers Airek Green (25 yards, Thomas Dale High) and Marcus Harvey (29 yards).
Northern Iowa head coach Mark Farley closed the bye week chapter of the 2013 season and began pointing to Saturday’s non-conference football game at Northern Colorado (1-2).
Stephen Kaiser has moved on. Sam Rohr and Mac O’Brien remain on hold.
“This is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced, I think, in all of the FBS games we’ve played,” Cosgrove said. “We’ve never played a team ranked this high.”
Three weeks into the 2013 season, the University of Maine football team joins Towson as one of only two unbeaten teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.
It became one of the best Southern Conference football rivalries, always fierce, sometimes bitter, and when it ended, there was mutual respect.
Wofford beat Georgia Southern, 30-20, Saturday night at Gibbs Stadium in the final game between them as conference opponents. GSU is headed for the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference. The Eagles are not eligible for the FCS playoffs so there’s not a chance these teams will meet again in the postseason.
And there is a chance they will never meet again.