By James D. Horne, CSN Inside the OVC Columnist
UT Martin shook things up in the Ohio Valley Conference with its 29-26 home victory over Eastern Illinois Thursday night.
The loss certainly ends EIU’s hopes of winning the conference or even making the playoffs. No OVC team has lost two league games and won the championship. Plus, the OVC has sent two teams to the playoffs 15 times since the FCS Playoffs started in 1979, but only three of those teams had two defeats.
By Brandon Williams, CSN SWAC Attack Columnist
Bruised and battered, Pete Richardson’s Southern University Jaguars have pressed on down a road that could lead them to the SWAC West title.
The Jags have endured the disruption of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, a heartbreaking loss at Tennessee State and several injuries that have tested their depth and mettle. Through it all, Richardson has guided Southern from its 0-2 start with three straight victories, including hard-fought road victories at Alcorn State and Jackson State.
By Bruce Dowd, CSN The CAA Today columnist
Now that we are starting to get into the meat of the CAA schedule, things are starting to take shape and the Cream is Rising to the Top! UMass makes a statement by beating Delaware. JMU and Richmond are dominate in their victories. Villanova wins a tough CAA game on the road and New Hampshire sits back and watches all this unfold as it enjoys a bye week.
By Kent Schmidt, CSN West Columnist
In thinking of a title for this column, revival probably isn’t the correct term for this week’s topic of Weber State’s recent winning ways. A more proper term likely is winning for the first time in a decade and a half, but it’s difficult to put that into a single term so I stuck with “revival.”
The last time the Wildcats made the postseason was in 1991 when they had the Payton Award winner Jamie Martin as their quarterback. Present coach Ron McBride was the coach of Utah that season — just starting to get that team revitalized.
by Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist
There are all kinds of family traditions, ranging from how we worship to whether we serve in the military to how we celebrate the holidays. For many, like Jeff Schnobrich, the choice of college is influenced by family tradition, too. There is a long line of men in Jeff’s family who attended Saint John’s University, and Jeff has continued this tradition. In doing so, he has been a key part of the SJU football team as well as having many off-field activities and accomplishments. In addition, he has become a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, also known as the “Academic Heisman.”
By Jason Plotkin, CSN Down South Columnist
If Southeastern Louisiana’s trip to Stephen F. Austin was any indication of what to expect when the rest of the Southland Conference opens league play this week, we’re in for exciting and high-scoring games. The Football Championship Subdivision community won’t want to miss what’s about to unfold.
By Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist
Apparently, The Citadel and Furman picked the wrong day to cross the border from South Carolina into North Carolina. Their respective hosts proved to be rather inhospitable.
No. 2 Appalachian State and No. 7 Elon – chosen in preseason to finish first and second in the SoCon – exerted their control and rolled to victories over The Citadel and Furman, respectively.