By Bruce Dowd, CSN The CAA Today columnist
If you read last week’s column then you’re probably wondering what happened as I had announced I wasn’t going to see any games last week and instead was going to kick back and watch UNH at Northeastern and then Richmond at UMass on TV. Well, a few things happened.
By Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist
Some campaign watchers think North Carolina could become a battleground state in the upcoming presidential election. Saturday, the state of North Carolina definitely will be a battleground state in the race for the 2008 Southern Conference football championship.
Saturday, the SoCon’s top four teams – Elon, Wofford, Appalachian State and Furman – are involved in two big games that will occur 135 miles apart. These four teams are a combined 14-1 in the conference. They are all ranked – Appalachian at No. 2, Elon at No. 3, Wofford at No. 4 and Furman at No. 18. Except for Elon’s 31-10 victory over Furman a few weeks ago, the teams are just now squaring off.
By Jason Plotkin, CSN Down South Columnist
Stephen F. Austin entered this season with 11 consecutive losses. When preseason ballots were returned to the Southland office, each head coach and SID voted the Lumberjacks last.
Fans picked the game against Langston as the home contest they were looking most to on a poll done on the athletic Web site, possibly because it was the best chance for a victory besides the home opener.
Those same Lumberjacks are 2-0 in conference play after two weeks.
by Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist
For a goalkeeper to be successful, she must be unyielding in preventing the opposition from scoring. Maggie DeGroot is as stingy on the pitch as a goalkeeper can be and has rewritten the record book at Augsburg College. Her play has been a key factor in the program’s success and the attributes that allow her to do well on the field will enable her to be a winner in her post-graduate life as well.
The Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection continues with James Madison in the top spot again this week. No other team has been ranked No. 1 this year in the GPI.
The Colonial Athletic Association, the largest league in the FCS has seven teams in the top 25; the Southern Conference has five; the Missouri Valley Football Conference placed four; the Big Sky has three; the Great West Football and the Southland Conferences have two each; and the Ohio Valley Conference plus the Ivy League have one each.
Florida A&M quarterback Curtis Pulley, Gardner-Webb linebacker Jeffrey Williams, Lafayette linebacker Andy Romans, and Colgate runningback/linebacker Nate Eachus are the recipients of College Sporting News national Football Championship Subdivision honors for the week ending Oct. 18.
Week Five was rife with last-second drama and added another set of twists and turns to an already topsy-turvy season in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title chase. League-leader Carleton was toppled by Gustavus 30-29 in an overtime thriller and St. Thomas lost a nail-biter, falling to Saint John’s, 12-9. Elsewhere, Concordia moved back into a tie for first by beating Augsburg 40-18 and Bethel tipped Hamline 9-7 on a field goal as time expired.