Terence Thomas, Sr. CSN CAA Today columnist
Let me begin by saying, “Hello,” and introducing myself to all of the fans of CAA Football as well as fans of college football in general. My name is Terence Thomas, Sr., and I, too, am a fan of the game of football. I played a year of Division III football as a 185-pound outside linebacker for Whittier College in fall 1979. I later transferred to Division I Cal State Univ Long Beach, but it did not work out for me. I continued to follow my 49ers until the football program folded. I coached my son in Pop Warner football for the West Windsor – Plainsboro Wildcats, from 1998–2002 and I still continue to coach at the Jr. Pee Wee level for the team.
By Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist
The legend, pretty much, has been written. Two years ago, schools from a far away subdivision formerly known as I-AA only scheduled the Royalty of college football every once in a great while - only for a six-figure guarantee check, of course, and the “smaller” schools never, ever expected to win. Then Jerry Moore, Armanti Edwards, Dexter Jackson and the rest of the Appalachian State Mountaineers turned the world upside down with an upset for the ages. You know the story: Jackson’s 68 yard touchdown pass to “shush” the crowd, the Michigan radio announcers at halftime saying, “Are you sitting down?", Edwards leading Appalachian State on a 69 yard drive to retake the lead in the closing minutes (ending in a Julian Rauch field goal), and that famous missed blocking assignment that allowed all-American Corey Lynch to block Michigan’s attempt to salvage the win in the closing second.
It was an FCS Miracle in Michigan - but to most casual football fans it was a once-in-a-lifetime upset, one that never will be repeated. As far as the larger college football world is concerned, there only ever was one FCS over FBS upset in college football history, and the time for that has passed.
But FCS fans know this isn’t true. Not only have there been many, many wins over FBS teams in the 30+ year history of I-AA/FCS football, there will be a couple more this weekend to add to the legend. In fact, most of the FBS scalps that FCS teams have gotten over the years could almost not be considered upsets at all.
By Brandon Williams, CSN SWAC Attack Columnist
McNair honored and the Labor Day Classic tussle
As the SWAC begins a new football season, its focus will be on an icon of its past.
Beginning Saturday – and for the entire 2009 season – each of the 10 teams will wear a No. 9 decal in honor of former Alcorn State quarterback Steve McNair, whose life was tragically cut short in July.
By Kent Schmidt, CSN West Columnist
As I mentioned last week, it’s great to see football back in the “West” [MVFC, PFL, BSC, GWC]. While Indiana State started last week and unfortunately continued its longest losing DI streak of 27 games now (and that was against a NAIA team - Quincy of Illinois), this official first week doesn’t appear to have any outstanding games.
That opening contest did highlight something similar to what we see in the West for official Week 1 games. There are 33 games that involve a CSN West team, but only five matchups result in playing another FCS opponent. And of those five, none include a Top 25 team from any of the FCS polls.
By James D. Horne, CSN Inside the OVC Columnist
The OVC begins its 62nd year of football with five members getting things started with games Thursday and the final three kicking off the season Saturday.
Thursday’s games see Iowa Wesleyan (1-0) at UT Martin (0-0), Quincy (1-0) at Southeast Missouri (0-0), No. 24 Eastern Kentucky (0-0) at Indiana (0-0), Illinois State (0-0) at Eastern Illinois (0-0) and Kentucky Wesleyan at Murray State (0-0).
Saturday’s games are No. 19 (FCS) Jacksonville State (0-0) at No. 15 (FBS) Georgia Tech (0-0), Alabama A&M (0-0) at Tennessee State (0-0) in the John Merritt Classic and Newberry (1-0) visiting Austin Peay (0-0).
Only Tennessee Tech will miss out on the festivities this week. The Golden Eagles play their first game at home next Thursday.
By Bruce Dowd, CSN Dowd’s Den Columnist
Okay folks, as you may or may not know, Terence Thomas now has the CAA Today beat and I have moved on to a new beat, Dowd’s Den, something I am very excited about. I know Terence will do a great job covering the CAA, just look at his piece in the Yearbook, as he is very knowledgeable about FCS football and especially the CAA. I wish him the best as I know how difficult it is to cover a 12 team league.
So you might ask, what the heck is Dowd’s Den all about and why the change? Well here is your answer and I hope it meets with your approval . . .
By Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist
The 2009 season has finally arrived, and fans gladly welcome the start of FCS football. All 16 teams in the So South region tee it up in week one with two games Thursday night and 13 more Saturday.