Appalachian State Hopes To Go Bowling During 2015 Football Season

High County PressBy David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State will be celebrating two significant commemorations this year of the accomplishments of its football program — the 20th anniversary of its undefeated and untied regular season squad of 1995 and the 10th anniversary its first national championship team in 2005.

 

And as coach Scott Satterfield looks forward to those celebrations, he is hoping that the 2015 Mountaineer football team will add to that rich legacy.

 

"I'm liking the fives," said Satterfield, as the Mountaineers opened practice this week for the new season and kicked off things with a media day event on Thursday. "Maybe we can win our first Sun Belt championship and go to our first bowl game in 2015."

 

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High Hopes For Appalachian State Football in 2015

App State Head Coach Scott Satterfield (High County Press)By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — Scott Satterfield was reflective of a 19-year Mountaineer career that started as a freshman quarterback in 1991 as he watched Appalachian State open football practice Aug. 4 with high hopes for the 2015 season.

 

Now in its second year as a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team, with a full compliment of 85 scholarship players and having completed a two-year, NCAA-mandated transition period from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), App State has been picked by most national football observers to challenge for the Sun Belt Conference and is eligible for the first time to compete for a berth in a Division I postseason bowl game.

 

But while the goals may be different for 2015, winning and losing will come down to some of the same basics that were present when the third-year head coach was in his first season as a player with the Mountaineers.

 

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Machiavelli Would Love the Power 5's Latest Scheduling Play

Machiavelli

By Chuck Burton
Publisher/Managing Editor
College Sports Journal

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — The College Football Playoff selection committee met last week at the Four Seasons Hotel Resort of Dallas to try to figure out a puzzle that has stumped college football writers for the past one hundred years.

 

"How the heck are we going to determine the top four teams in the country?"

 

The end result of the meetings didn't result in a heck of a lot to illuminate the issue as to how "schedule strength" was going to be factored into the playoff committee's calculus.

 

"Every game that everybody plays will be taking into consideration," Bill Hancock said, which didn't clarify anything.  "To the committee it won't matter whether you played an eight- or nine-game conference schedule. But it will matter who you played for your 12 or 13 games. And, of course, how you did against them."

 

The trouble is that evaluating the relative strength of "who you played for your 12 or 13 games" is a skill nobody has mastered over the past 100 years. 

 

What is clear, though, is that the schools from the so-called "Power 5" conferences know how to get "schedule strength" in such a way that will effectively prevent any member of the other conferences to compete in the playoff: Schedule more conference games, and schedule more games against other "Power 5" schools.

 

It's a Machiavellian move.

 

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No Magic This Time At Michigan For Appalachian State

Michigan over Appalachian State 2014

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — On a cloudy, hot Michigan Stadium afternoon, there were no bolts of lightening to bail Appalachian State's football team out of trouble on Saturday in a 52-14 loss to Michigan before 106,811 spectators.

 

Returning to the scene of one of college football's most historic upsets nearly seven years ago to the day, the Mountaineers were overwhelmed almost from the start in this rematch, which was the first game for App State as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision.

 

Devin Funchess hauled in three first-half touchdown passes from quarterback  Devin Gardner to give the Wolverines a 21-0 lead — an advantage that expanded to 35-0 at halftime.

 

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Fantasy Friday: What If The CFP Picked A Four-Team Playoff in 2013?

Mad Men

By Chuck Burton
Publisher/Managing Editor
College Sports Journal

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — The members of the College Football Playoff committee have been spending the last week in Dallas walking through hypothetical playoff selection scenarios, which makes it the perfect time to make a fantasy, hypothetical scenario for playoff selection and how it might play out in the smoke--filled room.

 

It's the end of the 2013 season, and the current, real members of the 2014 College Football Playoff committee is in a Mad Men-esque conference room outside of Dallas, Texas, figuring out who the heck they will be picking.

 

(Interior, fade in.  Cigar smoke fills the air as we pan in on the CFP members, in front of glowy boat anchor computer monitors and green bar printouts on a wodden conference table, in the middle of discussion.)

 

Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executivevice president: So, are we any closer to picking the four teams?

 

(A sleepy Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University professor and former U.S. Secretary of State, wakes up from the table, her cell phone vibrating on the steel conference table. She looks at a text, nods, and whispers something to Lieutenant General Mike Gould, former superindendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He grabs his jacket, and runs out of the room.)

 

TJ: Everything OK, Condy?

 

CR: Yes, Tom. Mike has, a, erm, prior engagement. He had to fly to London for... um... something.

 

Barry Alvarez, director of athletics, University of Wisconsin: Hey, look, guys! They brought us more donuts! 

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