GAME PREVIEW: # 8 Montana State vs. #1 Sam HoustonWhen: Saturday, December 11 at 7:30PM CSTWhere: Bowers Stadium; Huntsville, TexasTV/Streaming: ESPN+ Sam Houston’s defense came up with a clutch stop on fourth and goal to hold off a late rally in a 49-42 victory over Incarnate Word in the second round of the FCS playoffs […]
Author: Rob Butler
FCS Playoff Round Two – Game Preview – Incarnate Word Cardinals at #1 Sam Houston Bearkats
The road to Frisco will go through Huntsville after the Sam Houston Bearkats were named the No. 1 overall seed in the FCS Playoffs when the bracket was revealed a couple of weeks ago.
2021 Division I FCS Playoff First Round Preview: Florida A&M at Southeastern Louisiana
The Rattlers are averaging 29 points per game, which is 44th in the FCS; they’re averaging 389 yards per game, which is 43rd in the FCS.
2021 Division I FCS Playoff First Round Preview: Stephen F. Austin at Incarnate Word
Incarnate Word’s offense is hard to stop – they’re scoring 39.6 points per game, which is 4th in the FCS.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 12
The Lumberjacks of SFA picked up their first road win over Central Arkansas since 2009 with a 27-14 victory last Saturday night at Estes Stadium.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 11
Incarnate Word upset No. 6 Southeastern Louisiana last Saturday 55-52, but over the last two fall seasons, the Nicholls State Colonels have amped up their play in November.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 10
Eastern Kentucky/Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana/Incarnate Word headline a critical week.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 9
The Cowboys will be tough on the road.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 8
The Cowboys put up 21 points in the second quarter, which proved to be sufficient in their 35-17 win over the Demons. It was their first league win of the season.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 7
Cameron Ward has 1,636 passing yards (327.2 ypg) to lead the Cardinals, completing 61.5% of his passes and throwing 16 touchdown passes and three interceptions this season.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 6
Cole Kelley is among the national leaders in every passing category, having thrown for 1,593 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions on 135-of-182 passing (74.2 % completion percentage).
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 5
With a Bearkat win over Stephen F. Austin, K.C. Keeler would win his 247th career game. That would move him into sole possession of eighth place all-time among FCS head coaches who have spent at least 10 years at FCS schools.
Southland, WAC and ASUN-WAC Alliance Game Previews – Week 4
Sam Houston takes on Central Arkansas in a Top 25 Matchup.
Southland and WAC Game Previews – Week 3
McNeese entered last Saturday’s game against LSU wanting to show some improvement from last week’s season opening loss to West Florida – the Cowboys battled from start to finish in a 34-7 loss.
WEEKLY PREVIEW: ASUN-WAC Alliance Football, Week of 9/11/2021
The Weber State Wildcats have won four straight Big Sky championships while the Dixie State Trailblazers are new to Division I as they become full-fledged members of the WAC in 2022.
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Southland Conference Football, Week of 9/11/2021
Southland Conference Game of the Week The first three seasons of Brad Laird’s tenure as the head coach at his alma mater have produced record-setting offenses, turnover-happy defenses and arguably the most challenging set of circumstances faced by a Northwestern State football team. As Laird enters his fourth season at the helm of the Demon […]
ASUN-WAC Challenge 2021 Week 1 Preview
Game of the Week: Sam Houston at Northern Arizona
Southland Conference 2021 Week 1 Preview
Game of the Week: Incarnate Word at Youngstown State
2021 CSJ ASUN-WAC Challenge Fall Football Preview
Jacksonville State, Central Arkansas and Eastern Kentucky will enjoy a “challenge” with the WAC before joining the newly formed (for football) Atlantic Sun in 2022.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Sam Houston
The king of the new conference until further notice is Sam Houston (10-0, 6-0 in Southland), which became the first Division I football program in the state of Texas to win a national championship since Vince Young’s vaunted Texas squad.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Jacksonville State
The Gamecocks (10-3, 6-1 in Ohio Valley) flip-flopped quarterback injuries while playing the most games in the FCS over the fall/spring season.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Abilene Christian
Abilene Christian (1-5) struggled during an abbreviated fall season, dropping a game to D-II Angelo State, and playing three FBS opponents.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Central Arkansas
Having played last fall, but not in the spring, the Bears return 20 starters, and they also get back some former starters from injuries.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin (6-4) had an encouraging fall season. SFA named itself Southland Conference Fall Champions after beating Abilene Christian – the only other SLC team to play in the fall.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Eastern Kentucky (3-6) played a fall season and beat Stephen F. Austin 24-6 in its lone matchup against a future WAC opponent.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Lamar Cardinals
Second-year head coach Blane Morgan has a difficult task ahead of him at Lamar (2-4, 2-4 in Southland), but the Cardinals showed some fight in the spring season.
CSJ Southland Conference Football Preview: Fall 2021
The reimagined Southland’s fall hopes rest mainly on a high-octane Southeastern Louisiana (4-3, 4-2) squad that just missed the spring playoffs, and a Nicholls (4-3, 3-3) team that saw its streak of FCS playoff berths end at three but remains talented.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Southeastern Louisiana
Head coach Frank Scelfo has Southeastern Louisiana (4-3, 4-2) poised to make a run at the Southland title and an FCS playoff berth this year.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Nicholls Colonels
The preseason favorite to win the Southland in the spring, Nicholls (4-3, 3-3) struggled down the stretch – losing three of its final four games to finish third in the conference.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Incarnate Word Cardinals
The UIW offense was spectacular, averaging 42 points per game due to the emergence of Jerry Rice Award winner – given to FCS’s top freshman – Cameron Ward (2,260 yards, 24 TDs).
2021 FCS Season Preview: McNeese Cowboys
No team in the country dealt with more hardship last year than McNeese (3-4, 2-4).
2021 FCS Season Preview: Houston Baptist Huskies
With the transfer of Bailey Zappe, Houston Baptist (1-3, 0-0) will have a new starting quarterback for the first time since 2017.
2021 FCS Season Preview: Northwestern State Demons
Northwestern State (1-5, 1-5) is poised for a breakout season this year despite a tough spring season.
Ezzard And Schmid Dazzle In FCS National Championship Game To Give Bearkats First-Ever Title
Schmid was 20 for 37 passing with 209 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, while adding 54 yards on the ground. Jequez Ezzard hauled in a season-high 10 catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bearkats’ aerial attack, with no reception proving more important than his final one.
Spring 2021 FCS National Championship Game Preview: Sam Houston vs. South Dakota State
The Sam Houston defensive line just keeps on coming. The offense came through in the second half, but the defensive front has lived behind the line of scrimmage all season long.
Spring 2021 FCS Quarterfinal Playoff Preview: North Dakota State at Sam Houston
North Dakota State is in the postseason for the 11th straight season dating back to 2010 when the Bison advanced to the FCS quarterfinals in their first appearance. Overall, NDSU has a 37-2 record in the FCS playoffs.
Spring 2021 FCS Round 1 Playoff Preview: Monmouth at Sam Houston
The game will feature two of most explosive offenses in the FCS with the Hawks averaging 41.7 points per game which is fifth in the FCS and Sam Houston scoring 45.4 per contest just ahead of MU in fourth.
College Sports Journal Southland Conference Football Preview, Week of 4/17/2021
Two games with huge possible postseason implications are on tap this weekend.
College Sports Journal Southland Conference Football Preview, Week of 4/10/2021
Lots of playoff implications on the line for the Southland this weekend.
College Sports Journal Southland Conference Football Preview Week of 4/3/2021
Sam Houston head coach K.C. Keeler feels like this could be his best team yet; Northwestern State head coach Brad Laird is in a rebuilding year and knows his team must start games better.
College Sports Journal Southland Conference Football Preview Week of 3/27/2021
Scoreboards may break as one of the biggest games of the week features two of the best spring offenses squaring off.
College Sports Journal Southland Conference Football Preview Week of 3/14/2021
Nicholls at Sam Houston is a must-see game – it could decide the Southland. If you like offense, this game is a must-see. The winner has the inside track to the autobid to the FCS Playoffs, and potentially even a seed. The loser isn’t done, but there will be nervous weeks ahead. Is Sam Houston back among the top FCS teams? Is Nicholls ready for that next step?
College Sports Journal Southland Football Preview Week of 3/6/21
Northwestern State’s first game of the spring season, Southeastern Louisiana playing for its playoff lives, and surprising Incarnate Word headline Southland Conference action this weekend.
College Sports Journal Southland Football Preview Week of 2/27/21
McNeese State and Nicholls are the only two Southland schools that have already played spring football games, winning both. This weekend the Southland Conference opens with important conference games.