Fargo is the current capital city of the Football Championship Subdivision.
That’s indisputable after ESPN’s College GameDay – the unofficial pregame show of the college football world – took over downtown last week to highlight North Dakota State, a rare trip outside the power conferences.
It certainly hasn’t been easy for Jacksonville State in the first four games of the Bill Clark era, but the Gamecocks have come out on top every time.
With the exception of a 48-13 blowout win over Jacksonville, the other three wins have been decided by a total of 11 points. The last two wins have gone beyond regulation.
The matchup is billboard material, and Mark Farley believes McNeese State at Northern Iowa deserves big-game status.
“We haven’t had this kind of game in the Dome in a long, long time during the season,” said the Panthers’ head football coach. “This is the real deal.”
In 1984, tight end Joe Bignell had a monster year, hauling in 88 passes for 1,149 yards while helping Montana State catch lightning in a bottle and win a national championship.
Those numbers still stand as single-season school records, but they might not last much longer.
Right now, Bobcats wideout Tanner Bleskin is on a blistering pace to finish the 2013 regular season with 93 catches and 1,263 yards. And, provided MSU makes it, anything Bleskin does in the postseason will be decorative.
Containing Zach Bauman is a little like trying to rope a squirrel.
“He’s one of those guys who can make you miss in a phone booth,” Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp said of Northern Arizona’s standout running back.
“He’s a very explosive runner, so you have to be on top your game, take good angles and make sure you attack and hit and stop him before things get started. We have to make sure where he’s at.”
Dae’Quan Scott’s legs have been a little weary after game days the past few weeks.
“It’s nothing outrageous that I couldn’t handle,” he said, citing the recuperative effects of sessions in the cold and hot tubs.
The workload for Scott, James Madison’s senior tailback, has increased significantly in the past three games. It hasn’t necessarily been by design, but Scott isn’t complaining.
Without Jamaine Cook, the third-leading rusher in the Missouri Valley Football Conference last year, Youngstown State has rebuilt a ground game by committee this season.
The Penguins (3-1), who re-entered the Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll Monday at No. 25, have started two different tailbacks and distributed carries to five runners.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Football Bowl Subdivision Athletic Directors’ Association, in addition to NACDA’s Affiliate Associations, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) and the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA), are working as a cohesive unit in developing recommendations that will help improve the governance and operation of intercollegiate athletics.
Last year, UC Davis and Idaho State engaged in an entertaining shootout that the Aggies won 52-45 in Pocatello.
It was the most points scored by UC Davis in 2012, and the Aggies’ 640 yards were their most since 2008.
While UC Davis coach Ron Gould isn’t sure what to expect when the Bengals (2-1) visit the Aggies (0-4) on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference opener, all that matters is getting a victory. UC Davis is trying to avoid its worst start since going 0-5 in 1960.
It took the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga nine possessions to score its first points of this football season. Points have come a lot easier since.
The Mocs were shut out in the first half of their season-opening 31-21 loss to UT-Martin, finally scoring on their sixth possession of the second half. UTC then scored on three of its next five, a trend that continued the next two weeks.
Plenty of good seats are generally available on the visiting side of Goodman Stadium for all Lehigh University football home games; except, of course, for that special game that happens there every other November when Lafayette stops by.
However when the Mountain Hawks welcome the University of New Hampshire on Saturday in a battle of nationally ranked FCS [Football Championship Subdivision] teams, the visiting side may not offer as much open space as usual.
Take a quick glance up and down the South Dakota State University roster and it becomes quickly apparent that Nebraskans make quite an impact on Jackrabbit football.
Thirteen kids from places like Omaha to Columbus to Cambridge, who suit up for the sixth-rated team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), made the trip back to their home state on Saturday.
While the SDSU roster has a local flavor, defensive coordinator Clint Brown is about as local as you can get.
Ohio State’s football team was already up 69-0 over Florida A&M with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but at the 10-yard line, there wasn’t much else they could do. So the quarterback Cardale Jones ran it up the middle for yet another touchdown (the Buckeyes got the point-after touchdown, too) for a final score of 76-0.
The Ancient Eight kicked off their seasons last weekend, and, though they had a late start, some of the Ivy League teams have already made a big impact. Below, we try to make sense of the Ivy League’s season openers.
The “preseason” before the all-important Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule for South Carolina State is now over.
Having split the first four games of the regular season, the Bulldogs now embark upon a stretch of eight conference games, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday against Hampton, which will determine their Football Championship Subdivision hopes. It’s the lone contest during a critical four-game stretch S.C. State will play at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.