by Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist
The 2008 football season was one of the most competitive and exciting campaigns in the 87-year history of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. With two weeks to play, as many as six of the nine schools had a chance at winning or sharing the conference title. Hamline lost five of its eight games by a total of 10 points, hardly what one would expect of team finishing last. In fact, 23 of the 36 conference games were won by a margin of seven or fewer points and many games came down to the final play or series. For the fourth consecutive season, the MIAC led Division III in attendance.
By James D. Horne, CSN Inside the OVC Columnist
Now the real fun begins for the OVC with the first conference games Saturday.
The weekend kicks off when two-time defending champion and No.22 Eastern Kentucky hosts Tennessee Tech and Eastern Illinois travels to face Southeast Missouri.
By Kent Schmidt, CSN West Columnist
When I saw the schedule last spring for Big Sky teams, I saw two winnable FBS games in the first two weeks of the season. It happened that those two games were against two lower-division FBS Mountain West Conference teams.
It just so happened that those two winnable games involved Weber State. It faced Wyoming two weeks ago and Colorado State last week.
And the Wildcats did not disappoint in their attempts at the FBS upsets, but they lost both contests.
Now, the Wildcats have a tough road to the playoffs with an 0-2 start and games against fellow Top 25 teams Montana on the road and Cal Poly to end the season.
By Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist
Week two featured an outstanding intersectional game that resembled a playoff bout, the start of Southern Conference contests, and three So South matchups between SoCon and Big South teams.
By Paul L. Thorpe, CSN MEAC Review Columnist
After a few MEAC teams played Division II teams to open the season, Morgan State and Howard played FBS teams this week. From a high level, the MEAC was 0-3 versus nonconference teams, including a loss to a SWAC school. That makes us only 1-1 against the “SWAC Attack.” If the MEAC loses any more games to the SWAC, I won’t be able to talk trash to these guys any more.
By Jason Plotkin, CSN Down South Columnist
For the last several years, the perception of the Southland Conference’s place in the Football Championship Subdivision has dropped among those who follow the subdivision at the national level.
Perception in most circles comes down to two things. First, nonconference victories and second, the league’s success in the playoffs.
The league has struggled in both categories as of late, most notably in failing to put multiple teams into the Division I playoffs since 2005 and the lack of a victory since that same year. Perception might be changing, at least slightly after the conference picked up victories over two automatic qualifying conferences.
Quarterback Pat Grace of Northern Iowa, tailback Toddrick Pendland of McNeese State, South Dakota State linebacker Derek Domino, Bucknell specialist A.J. Kizekai, and Sam Houston State kicker Miguel Antonio are the recipients of College Sporting News national Football Championship Subdivision honors for the week ending Sept. 14.