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.
When the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions come to Fort Worth Saturday, they will be riding high after winning their season opener in a blowout against Southeast Missouri State University, 45-7. Racking up an impressive 494 total yards, the Lions come into Saturday’s game boasting one of the more potent offenses in the Football Championship Subdivision, led by junior transfer Brian Bennett.
As the No. 6 team in Football Championship Subdivision, South Dakota State is the highest-ranked FCS program to come to the Alerus Center.
The fun’s over. Let the games begin again.
Mark Farley delivered that message to his audience and his football team before Northern Iowa’s 4 p.m. game in the UNI-Dome against Drake.
At the end of his press conference, he allowed his audience one final chance to enjoy Northern Iowa’s victory over Iowa State. He said, “I hope you had fun, man, because that was fun.”
The University at Albany defense got picked apart by a redshirt freshman quarterback making his first college start last Saturday. The Great Danes turn around to face one of the best quarterbacks in the Football Championship Subdivision.
UAlbany will try to solve Colgate senior Gavin McCarney in Hamilton on Saturday night, one week after Duquesne’s Dillon Buechel completed 21 of 28 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-24 victory over the Great Danes in Pittsburgh.
Even though this isn’t a Colonial Athletic Association game, Villanova football coach Andy Talley left no doubt about the importance of the nonconference matchup at Fordham at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“This is a must-win game,” Talley said.
That wasn’t just coach-speak.
Nothing seems to have changed between Northern Arizona (NAU) football and their in-state rivals. On Aug. 30, NAU went into Tucson and came away with a 35-0 defeat to the Arizona Wildcats.
The loss pushed the Lumberjacks’ record to 1-12 against the Cats. Add that to its struggles to Arizona State University, and the Lumberjacks just can’t seem to find a way to win one of these games.
The two leading tacklers for the University of Maine football in last weekend’s season-opener were a pair of first-time starters with international roots stretching across the Atlantic Ocean.
Don’t let last season’s 1-11 record fool you. The Georgia State Panthers aren’t going to be a cupcake opponent for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome.
That the University of Massachusetts football team is coming off a 1-11 season and failed to score in its opening game last weekend does little to dissuade Maine Coach Jack Cosgrove that his Black Bears will be a decided underdog Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
When kickoff arrives Saturday night at Folsom Field and the Buffs knock heads with Central Arkansas, there will be a redshirt freshman linebacker in grey and purple on the visitors’ sideline who would have preferred to be in black and gold.
Central Arkansas redshirt freshman linebacker Kamane Thomas is the son of former Colorado free safety Greg Thomas, a key member of the school’s 1990 national championship team.
The opening week of college football, really, was an anomaly.
San Diego State lost a game it shouldn’t have lost – 40-19 at home to Eastern Illinois of the Football Championship Subdivision. Six other Football Bowl Subdivision teams lost to FCS schools they were supposed to beat.
Fresno State, coming off a heart-pounding 52-51 overtime win over Rutgers on Thursday, hosts Cal Poly on Saturday, wary of the upsets that took place over the weekend.
Coach Dino Babers laughed while telling that Eastern Illinois University President William Perry, at last Friday’s reception with boosters, guaranteed the Panthers’ football win. Yeah, that was a little pressure.
Babers seemed more serious when saying that after watching the film of his Panthers’ monumental 40-19 win over Football Bowl Subdivision San Diego State, he saw enough mistakes that he had his team practice on a Monday instead of the usual off day.
And the EIU coach really sounded serious when relating comments from Dale Lennon, the coach of Saturday’s opponent Southern Illinois following the Salukis’ 42-34 loss at Illinois.
Georgia Southern, Samford, and that’s it.
Everybody else in the Southern Conference lost on the opening weekend, and for some of them, it came as quite a surprise.
The recent success of Football Championship Subdivision programs is opening eyes and schedules.
Eight FCS teams knocked off opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision this past weekend, with all of the victories coming on the road. That list included Northern Iowa’s 28-20 victory against Iowa State in Ames.
But a new challenge is on the horizon for FCS coaches such as UNI’s Mark Farley, who have found that triumphs over the big boys of college football are leading to defeating tales when it comes to creating schedules.