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Permalink 11/20/09 , The CSN Way, CSN Columns

The CSN Way: Seven Nation Armies

By Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist

floatedleftfloated rightHard to believe, but the final weekend of the season is here. For many FCS schools, it’s “Rivalry Week": when Harvard plays Yale in “The Game", Lehigh plays Lafayette in “The Rivalry", and Montana plays Montana State in the “Brawl of the Wild", and many other huge rivalry games across the country.

At many of those games, you’ll hear the bars of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” ring out from student sections across the land - a song that has, against all odds, become an anthem for fans to celebrate their energy and potency against whomever their rival might be.

In this final week of the regular season, permit me to butcher the lyrics to “Seven Nation Army” and demonstrate how the song particularly applies to the big FCS games going on this weekend. It’s a fun weekend of rivalry, hate, passion, and winning and losing. It’s going to be a wild ride.

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CSN MEAC Review: There Can Be Only One

floated rightBy Paul L. Thorpe, CSN MEAC Review Columnist

Orangeburg, SC is definitely in what I would consider a low elevation, however, for the second year in a row SC State plays the role of “Highlander” and they have been crowned MEAC champs (with one week to spare). The Bulldogs are virtually guaranteed a home game in the FCS playoffs, however, a win this week against border rival NCA&T and a little help from some CAA teams give SC State a real shot at the #4 seed. Florida A&M still have a distant chance to capture a FCS playoff at large berth, however, last week’s loss to Hampton will not sit well with the selection committee.

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MIAC Football - NCAA Playoffs: Tommies Roll, Johnnies Upended

MIAC Football - NCAA Playoffs: Tommies Roll, Johnnies Upended
floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had mixed results in the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs, as league champion Saint John’s was upended by Coe College 34-27 while runner-up St. Thomas cruised to a 43-21 win over previously unbeaten Monmouth College. With the win, UST advances to the second round, where it will tangle with the Kohawks, rather than squaring off against their arch-nemesis.

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Permalink 11/18/09 , CSN West, CSN Columns

CSN West: The Repeating Record in the Treasure State

floated rightBy Kent Schmidt, CSN West Columnist

It seems every year in FCS football there is a new, surprising team that comes out of nowhere to grab the attention of the nation. This year, there is Stephen F. Austin out of the Southland Conference and South Dakota State out of the Missouri Valley Football Conference that take the surprising roles.

Then there are the constants such as Appalachian State out of the Southern Conference and Southern Illinois out of the Missouri Valley Conference. Each has had multiple playoff appearances in a row. But neither of these teams can compare with the continued success of the Montana Grizzlies.

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MIAC Profiles of Excellence: T.J. Ridley, Gustavus Adolphus College

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

Among the characteristics that separate the leaders from the followers are a positive attitude, dependability and a commitment to excellence. These attributes also translate into success beyond the playing fields. T.J. Ridley is blessed with these traits, which has enabled him to be a leader of the Gustavus Adolphus College hockey and football teams, as well as a leader of the community on campus.

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Permalink 11/17/09 , FCS News, CSN Staff

Division I Football Championship Playoff Notes and Facts

125 schools (including provisional members) play FCS football and over half of those have been in the playoffs at least once. Only Georgia Southern (6), Youngstown State (4), Appalachian State (3) and two-time champs Eastern Kentucky, Montana, and Marshall have won the title more than once.

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CSN Inside the OVC: Simple, Really

floated rightBy James D. Horne, CSN Inside the OVC Columnist

All No. 13 Eastern Illinois (8-2, 6-1 OVC) needs to do to wrap up its fifth OVC championship is beat Tennessee State (3-7, 2-4 OVC) at home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU.

It is a simple scenario and something EIU coach Bob Spoo completely understands.

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