NDSU, EWU and McNeese State all in the top 25
A week in, a coach of the year favorite is a 55-year old bald native of Nebraska, a former Husker who was fired at his alma mater.
But these are high times for Craig Bohl. North Dakota State’s coach is the toast of Division I. That’s all of Division I – 240-plus football-playing schools – which has been sliced, diced, divided and renamed over the years to make you think one set of multimillion dollar programs is better than the likes of NDSU.
Though Kansas State, Oregon State, Connecticut and Iowa State are among the FBS teams that lost to eight FCS teams this week, they can take some solace in the fact they lost to the cream of the crop. Programs like North Dakota State, Eastern Washington, Towson and Northern Iowa share two traits: Each topped an FBS team last weekend, and each was ranked in the FCS preseason top 25.
All of the mistakes. The fumbles, ill-advised passes, bad snaps and lack of any big plays on defense. Apparently, Skip Holtz forgot to pack them when he departed the University of South Florida last December, because they were everywhere the Bulls looked Saturday night.
Booed off the Raymond James Stadium turf after the first 30 minutes of the Willie Taggart Era — and the long-awaited restart of Marcus Shaw — USF dazzled with a touchdown on its first play, then could do little right the rest of the way in a stunning 53-21 loss to tiny McNeese State.
For as dreadful as the Oregon State defense played Saturday, all they needed was to get one stop in the closing minutes to have a chance to avoid another season-opening upset at the hands of a Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
But just when it looked like the Beavers got that stop, Eastern Washington found new life with a pass interference penalty.
The Eagles cashed in and held on for a thrilling 49-46 upset of the No. 25 Beavers before a mostly stunned Reser Stadium crowd of 41,649 in the season opener for both teams.
Samford needed a spark, and its All-American safety stepped up in a big way.
Jaquiski Tartt’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:44 left in the third quarter tied the game with Georgia State and a weight seemed lifted off the favored Bulldogs’ shoulders.
The Bulldogs dominated from there on out and rolled to a 31-21 win over the Panthers at the Georgia Dome.
Talk about crashing a party.
North Dakota State, a football team the big boys of college football should avoid like the plague, helped christen a $90 million renovation to Snyder Family Stadium — including a statue of famed Kansas State coach Bill Snyder himself — by taking a sledgehammer to the place.
Sooner or later it was bound to happen. Football Championship Subdivision member Towson was eventually going to pick off a Football Bowl Subdivision member. Unfortunately that time came Thursday night at The Rent in East Hartford at the expense of the UConn (0-1) football team as the punch-less Huskies got steamrolled 33-18 before a crowd of just over 30,000.
Walking down the Grizzly Sports Hall of Champions, and looking at the absence of the 2011 Big Sky Conference football championship trophy, and the impressive hardware from that year’s appearance in the semifinal round of the NCAA playoff, is sobering… and hard to swallow for this former University of Montana Athletic Director.
The South Dakota State football program is becoming more proficient at qualifying for the postseason, getting in twice in the last four years after a 30-year wait.
And that familiarity produced playoff success, the Jackrabbits last fall earning a home game and winning it – in dominant fashion – for the first time.
Hoping to keep the home winning streak intact - UCA Bears Open Football Season 2013 tonight in Conway
The UCA Bears open the 2013 football season tonight in Conway against the University of the Incarnate Word. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. One interesting note about tonight’s game is former Texas Longhorn super star running back, Ricky Williams, will be on the sideline for the game as a new running backs coach for the Incarnate Word squad from San Antonio.
The students are back on the Bluff for a new fall semester, and it is time to renew the tradition and create a new chapter of Northeast Conference football – 115 feet above downtown Pittsburgh – at Duquesne University.
Ninth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt talked to sportsnetwork.com about competing in the NEC: “There’s no doubt across the board that every team is getting better and better each year, playing quality out-of-conference opponents. You look across the board, and it’s a battle every week.
Believe it or not, Youngstown State University has never defeated the University of Dayton in football.
That’s right. The Flyers, not known for their football, are 9-0 all time against the Penguins. Granted, the two teams haven’t met since 1977, well before YSU enjoyed its run of success, but the unblemished mark by Dayton doesn’t sit well with the Penguins, who square off with the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium.
The Colonels can’t change the past. They know that. So, there’s no point in wasting time thinking about the disappointing way last season ended.
The Colonels won eight games (8-3), finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference (6-2) and earned a tough road win over the Big South Conference champion, but they didn’t get an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.
“I think that’s the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” sixth-year EKU head coach Dean Hood said. “I felt terrible for the seniors and I felt terrible that we didn’t make it.”
That snub still stings.
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North Dakota State returns 18 starters from a team that has won 28 of 30 games the last two years and claimed back-to-back Football Championship Subdivision titles.
Coach Craig Bohl started this year’s campaign with a history lesson.