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.
The timing is perfect for the Bears’ open date, says University of Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque.
For the past few years on the Southland Conference schedule, UCA’s open date has occurred at the end of the regular season. On the recycled SLC schedule, open date is Saturday, giving the Bears a break before their conference opener at home Oct. 5 against McNeese State.
Just like that, 2013 has eclipsed 2012 for William and Mary football. Saturday night’s 20-0 victory over Rhode Island (1-3, CAA 1-2) moves the College to 3-1, improving from last season’s 2-9 record. The win marks the Tribe’s best start to a season since its 2010 campaign, a season that lead to the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The main reason for the quick turnaround is the defense, which didn’t allow a single touchdown for the second straight game. Saturday’s shutout was the program’s first since Sept. 11, 2010. The Tribe has given up just 13 points over its last three games — that’s 180 minutes and 13 points.
The University of Maine football team is 3-1 this season after losing their first game to the then-No. 16 ranked FBS team in the nation last Saturday.
It takes two to tango. Or waltz. Or grind.
However, the harsh reality is that North Dakota State doesn’t need an in-state football dance partner. So, despite the recent pleas of celebrities, powerbrokers and rank-and-file North Dakotans alike, don’t expect UND to land on Bison football’s dance card any time soon.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback John Robertson wasn’t ready to let Villanova’s season spiral further out of control. Powered by Robertson’s 140 passing yards and 119 yards on the ground, the Wildcats cruised to a 35-6 victory over Stony Brook in front of 11,617 fans at Villanova Stadium on Saturday.
The Wildcats (1-2, 1-0 CAA) were eliminated from the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last year by Stony Brook (1-2, 1-1).
Making predictions about the upcoming Harvard football season is a lot like reviewing a movie before stepping into the theater. We know we can trust the director, coach Tim Murphy, and several actors have played starring roles before. But with the wide release just hours away, we still haven’t even seen as much as a preview.
So let’s start with what we know with certainty about the 2013 team.
The Weber State University football team will finish its three-game road stand this week as it travels to Lake Charles, La., to take on McNeese State University. This will be the second year in a row that the Wildcats face the Cowboys.
At the very least, the Big South’s 9-2 start against FCS opponents in 2013 has opened some eyes. Among those victories are two wins against Southern Conference foe Furman, one against The Citadel, one against Richmond of the Colonial and one against Ohio Valley preseason favorite Eastern Kentucky.
The Big South has long been considered a little brother of sorts to the more established conferences in the Southeast, namely the SoCon and CAA. And while a few wins against teams from those conferences are not necessarily an indication that the Big South has “arrived,” the respect level of the conference regionally has gone up.
There is a rivalry brewing between the Southland Conference and Big Sky Conference which will be featured in two games on Saturday.
Teams from the Southland and Big Sky have met over the years in a number games giving credence to an under-the-radar rivalry between the two conferences.
Adding to the rivalry is when the NCAA puts the brackets together for the Football Championship Subdivison playoffs, both conferences are in the West Region meaning the qualifying teams are almost sure to meet in either a first- or second-round game.
Eastern Illinois QB has attention of NFL scouts as he surpasses school records of Payton and Romo
For four seasons on the Baylor coaching staff, Dino Babers watched quarterback Robert Griffin III develop into a passer worthy of winning the 2011 Heisman Trophy.
For the last two years, the Eastern Illinois coach benefited from Jimmy Garoppolo blossoming into the state’s best NFL-caliber quarterback not named Cutler.
Craig Bohl is having the time of his life at North Dakota State.
His program is bidding to join Appalachian State as the only schools to win three straight Championship Subdivision titles. There was that season-opening victory over Kansas State. And this week ESPN’s popular College GameDay show is setting up shop in downtown Fargo, N.D., in advance of the Bison’s game against Delaware State.
“This,” Bohl said, “is the most fun I’ve had.”
Joe Feldpausch wants to be a defensive back Northern Iowa can count on.
But there are numbers at safety, and the competition for a starting spot could continue through the balance of the 2013 football season.
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.”