In the past few years, the Colonels have had one of the top rush defenses in the Ohio Valley Conference.
And through the first two games this season, they have once again been very, very tough to run on.
EKU (1-1) is allowing just 66.5 yards a game on the ground, which ranks eighth in the nation among FCS schools.
There are a lot of factors that give the Youngstown State University football team at least a chance at winning when it travels to East Lansing, Mich. to take on Michigan State on Saturday.
The Penguins are comfortable - they played at Spartan Stadium in 2011, so they know the surroundings. They’re confident - they beat Pittsburgh, a Football Bowl Subdivision school, 31-17 in 2012. And they’re talented - they set a school record with 718 total yards last week and lead the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing (averaging 363 yards per contest).
YSU coach Eric Wolford said none of that matters if they’re not prepared.
This is not the way Jake Bleskin wanted the job. But he’s ready for the task.
Bleskin, a redshirt sophomore on the Montana State football team, is now the team’s starting quarterback. When DeNarius McGhee suffered a separated shoulder on the final play of game Saturday night at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, an injury that figures to sideline the All-American for least a month, it thrust Bleskin into the limelight.
UC Davis coach Ron Gould knows a good running back when he sees one after sending 13 to the NFL as a Cal assistant coach.
He says Northern Arizona’s Zach Bauman will present special challenges for the Aggies when the Football Championship Subdivision No. 24 Lumberjacks play Saturday at UC Davis in the Aggies’ home opener.
Not all student-athletes who transfer do so because of dissatisfaction with playing time, academic issues or misconduct. Shane Savage left Cornell because that was his only path to another season of college football.
Savage, a receiver at the University of Richmond, spent five seasons at Cornell, and graduated with a degree in applied economics and management. But Savage, a Leesburg resident, essentially played only three seasons (2009-11) because of an injury to each knee.
“There’s nothing like Aggie Stadium at night.”
That’s the quote that was muttered among the press box as Elon University’s 49-7 football win against West Virginia Wesleyan College wound down Sept. 7. By that time, word had spread that North Carolina A&T State University had gone on the road to Boone, N.C. and knocked off Appalachian State University, 24-21.
Coach Brian Jenkin’s B-CU team, 2-0 and ranked 23rd in the FCS media poll, has actually been listed as a three-point favorite by some oddsmakers against struggling Florida International (0-2).
Perhaps Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley put it best this week when he discussed “guarantee games” in which top-level Division I schools secure home games against lower-level teams by paying them to travel.
“When they’re paying you $200,000 or $300,000, they’re not paying you to win,” Hill-Eley said.
Expectations – high, low and in between – attracted comments from several Eastern Washington players and coaches prior to Tuesday’s practice at Roos Field.
Three weeks into the schedule, the Eagles have yet to prepare for a team from their own level, the Football Championship Subdivision. First it was Oregon State of the Pac-12, then Division II Western Oregon. Now it’s back up the elevator to Toledo, another Football Bowl Subdivision team that figures to be favored even against a surprising Eastern team.
Zach Zenner will do whatever is asked of him, South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier said, but the Jackrabbits hope to limit his carries a bit moving forward.
Zenner, who led the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing last year with 2,044 yards in 13 games, carried the football 300 times. He averaged 6.8 yards a carry and 157.2 yards a game. Saturday at North Dakota, the 6-foot, 220-pound junior tied his own school record with 295 yards on a career-high 37 carries in the No. 6 Jackrabbits’ 35-28 victory.
In the middle of checking past weekend stats in the Payton Watch, the e-mail came:
Jimmy Garoppolo is the College Sporting News National Offensive Player of the Week in the Football Championship Subdivision.
That’s when the bell rang clearly:
Rob Ash stood on a sun-drenched patio outside of Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on Monday afternoon and delivered news that undoubtedly clouds the remainder of Montana State’s season.
Prolific senior quarterback DeNarius McGhee, a two-time Big Sky offensive MVP and three-time Walter Payton Award finalist, separated his throwing shoulder on the final play of Saturday’s loss to Southern Methodist in Dallas.
Western Michigan University paid a large sum to unveil a new brand of football to Kalamazoo Saturday night.
No one seemed to leave Waldo Stadium satisfied with the product they saw on the field as the Broncos lost 27-23 to Nicholls State University, a Football Championship Subdivision team that finished with 1-10 records the past two seasons and lost, 66-3, at Oregon last week.
With the Monmouth University football team playing an independent schedule before moving to the Big South in 2014, there is no concern this fall over conference standings and keeping pace with other teams.
However, today’s matchup at Liberty, set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va., should provide some indication of what life in the Big South will be like. While the Hawks will be rookies there next fall, the Flames have either won or shared five of the last six Big South crowns.
It’s taken nearly four years — since December of ‘09 — but Bob Surace has the Princeton University football program where it needs to be: a yearly contender in the Ivy League.
James Madison University is hoping last week’s Football Championship Subdivision magic will continue tonight.
There were seven FCS teams that upset Football Bowl Subdivision teams last weekend. The Dukes will try to add to that number when they play at Akron tonight at 6 p.m.