New Hampshire topped the FBS killing crew this week followed by near upsets by Prairie View A&M, James Madison, and Weber State. In straight up FCS ranked battles Richmond, McNeese State, South Dakota State, and Montana all etched out significant wins.
by Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference concluded its final week of non-conference games and posted a 5-3 record. Concordia, Saint John’s and St. Olaf improved to 2-0 on the year. The Cobbers routed Valley City State 43-28, the Johnnies held off UW-Eau Clare 35-27 and the Oles hammered Pacific Lutheran 46-7. Hamline kicked off 2009 with a 34-0 win over Martin Luther and Carleton opened its season with a 27-21 win over Cornell. Bethel lost to fifth ranked Wheaton on a touchdown as time expired, 29-26. Gustavus’ rally fell short as they were intercepted in the end zone with 0:09 to play and fell to Coe 27-24. Augsburg dropped a 34-21 decision at Wartburg.
By Brandon Williams, CSN SWAC Attack Columnist
No Conference games are scheduled as they take on a variety of OOC foes.
By Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist
Everyone who has taken high school English has pretty much heard the quote by the one and only Shakespeare. In Romeo and Juliet, it’s the doomed Juliet who asks the most famous line of the play: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Shakespeare wasn’t talking about FCS teams “playing up” and beating FBS teams - nor was he talking about sub-Division I teams upsetting FCS teams, for that matter - but this year, he could have been. All over the college football world, underdogs have had their day - but are they really? Are they really underdogs - or are the gaps between the top teams in all subdivisions closing?
By Bruce Dowd, CSN Dowd’s Den Columnist
Well, I had a great opening weekend starting in Philadelphia on Thursday night and ending up in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday, with a stop over in Greenville, and then back home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on Monday; a lot of miles, a lot of good memories, and a ton of great FCS football.
Terence Thomas, Sr. CSN CAA Today columnist
Can the fans of the CAA ask for a better start to the 2009 season?
There are two times a year when all CAA fans can root for one another. In the beginning of the season when most teams are playing against FBS or nonconference teams and at the end of the year during the playoffs and hopefully the national championship games.
During these times, the CAA teams and fans are one rooting for whichever CAA team is playing.
By Paul L. Thorpe, CSN MEAC Review Columnist
Finally, there is something to report on other than preseason talk and useless speculation. MEAC fans were treated to an exciting display of football on the first Saturday (and Sunday) of football action for the 2009 season. This week, the majority of MEAC teams played current or recent Division II CIAA conference football teams. These games were meant to be tune-up games for most of the MEAC teams, but sometimes the first game of the year produces an upset when higher-ranked teams just don’t come ready to play. You’ll see that later on.