Category: FBS Football

CSJ 2020 Conference USA Championship Game Preview — UAB at Marshall

UAB at MarshallWhen: Friday, December 18, 7:00 PM ESTWhere: Joan Edwards Stadium, Huntington, W.Va.TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network / CBS Sports App Two teams that have rarely met recently will vie for the Conference USA championship game in this unique 2020 COVID-19 filled season this Friday. Marshall hosts UAB in this game by virtue of its better conference record. […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Dec. 14

Five players including Grayson McCall from Coastal Carolina, Jaelon Darden from North Texas, Justin Hall from Ball State, Jordan Smith from UAB, and Shamar Garrett from San Jose State have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Dec. 14, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Dec. 12

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Dec. 12th, 2020. Cincinnati stays at the top spot despite missing its game this week against Tulsa due to COVID-19 reasons. Former #1 BYU stays at the #2 spot with its regular season finale win […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 15

In what was to be the last regular season weekend, there was a lot on the line in all conference races to determine the participants in the five Group of Five conference title games.  It was also a week in a normal, non-COVID-19 season that would have ended with the Army-Navy game.  While that game […]

GAME PREVIEW: Nevada vs. San Jose State

Nevada vs. San Jose StateWhen: Friday, Dec. 11th 10:00 PM EDTWhere: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network/Watch CBS Sports Network A trip to the Mountain West Conference title game is on the line when San Jose State plays Nevada in this contest. The game was to be hosted by San Jose State but because […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Dec. 7

Six players including Israel Tucker from Louisiana Tech, Michael Pratt from Tulane, Carson Strong from Nevada, Blaze Alldredge from Rice, Jeffery Gunter from Coastal Carolina, and Zack Long from Tulsa have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Dec. 7, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Dec. 6

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Dec. 6th, 2020. Cincinnati moves into the top spot. While Cincinnati had a bye this week, former #1 BYU lost at Coastal Carolina this week to allow the Bearcats to move into the top position […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 14

In a game that happened basically overnight, it turned out to be one that many are calling an instant classic.  The game was BYU at Coastal Carolina—a match-up of two 9-0 teams coming into the game made possible due to the Chanticleers cancelation with its game with Liberty due to COVID-19 reasons amongst the Flames […]

GAME PREVIEW: BYU at Coastal Carolina

BYU at Coastal CarolinaWhen: Friday, Dec. 5th, 5:30 PM ESTWhere: Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C.TV/Streaming: ESPNU/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Wow, how things can change in the course of just a few days. I was set to write up a preview for Liberty visiting Coastal Carolina but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns with the Liberty program. Within hours […]

GAME PREVIEW: Louisiana at Appalachian State

Louisiana at Appalachian StateWhen: Friday, Dec. 4th, 8:30 PM ESTWhere: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C.TV/Streaming: ESPN/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) This was the game that before the season started was what I had predicted to be again for the Sun Belt Conference championship for the third straight season. The original Sun Belt Conference title game was slated for Dec. 4th […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 29

Five players including Jaret Patterson from Buffalo, Holton Ahlers from East Carolina, Jalen Tolbert from South Alabama, Quindell Johnson from Memphis, and Julian Ross from Ohio have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 29, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 28

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 28th, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot and Cincinnati stays at the second spot. Both teams did not have a game this week. The other undefeated G5 teams (that have played at least […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 13

This was the week that the first College Football Playoff rankings came out and to say the least, I was surprised with the rankings. Below were the Committee’s rankings from this past Tuesday. I was not too surprised with the teams selected, although I thought Liberty should have been in the Top 25 given its […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 22

Six players including Sincere McCormick from UTSA, Davis Brin from Tulsa, Jaret Patterson from Buffalo, Dustin Crum from Kent State, Zaven Collins from Tulsa, and Tyler Snead from East Carolina have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 22, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 21

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 21st, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot after is blowout win over FCS North Alabama. Cincinnati stays at the second spot after its big road win at UCF. The other undefeated G5 teams […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 12

One is down but did not go down with out a fight. That one team is Liberty, who looked as if it would again pull off another ACC road win at North Carolina State.  After Liberty QB Malik Willis had an off game in throwing three interceptions, including what lead to the game winning touchdown […]

GAME PREVIEW: Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina

Appalachian State at Coastal CarolinaWhen: Saturday, Nov. 21st, 12:00 PM ESTWhere: Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C.TV/Streaming: ESPN2/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) The only two teams in the Sun Belt without a conference loss will meet on the teal field in Conway, S.C. this Saturday. Coastal Carolina comes into this game not only undefeated in league play but also undefeated overall. The […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 15

Five players including Desmond Ridder from Cincinnati, Caleb Huntley from Ball State, Jalen Cropper from Fresno State, Jarell White from Cincinnati, and Avery Williams from Boise State have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 15, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. Desmond Ridder, […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 14

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 14th, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot despite being idle this week. Cincinnati stays at the second spot after its big home win against East Carolina. The other undefeated G5 teams (that have […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 11

The undefeated teams just stay that way in the Group of Five this week. Cincinnati, Liberty, and Marshall all picked up easy victories this week. BYU and Coastal Carolina were off this week. BYU had a scheduled off week, while Coastal Carolina’s game with Troy was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Troy […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 8

Six players including Brady White from Memphis, Cornelious Brown IV from Georgia State, Jaret Patterson from Buffalo, Ronnie Rivers from Fresno State, Tarron Jackson from Coastal Carolina, and Ryan McWood from Miami have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 8, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group […]

WAC Resurgence Builds in the Big Sky’s Shadow

The college football landscape is a fluid bed of magma that constantly changes. Television contracts of major FBS conferences are up for renewal in the coming years and a potential realignment is on the not-so-distant horizon. Closer to the home of the FCS is a potential revitalization of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) offering football […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 7

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 7th, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot following its win at Boise State this week. Boise State drops to fifth following the loss after being second last week. Cincinnati moves up a spot […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 10

The Group of Five undefeated teams just stay undefeated. The five schools (that have played four games or more) coming into this week stayed that way with all picking up rather easy wins this week. The group includes BYU, Cincinnati, Liberty, Coastal Carolina, and Marshall. BYU played in arguably the top match-up of the weekend […]

GAME PREVIEW: BYU at Boise State

BYU at Boise StateWhen: Friday, Nov. 6th, 9:45 PM ESTWhere: Albertson Stadium, Boise, IdahoTV/Streaming: FS1/Fox Sports App (subscription req’d) A couple of weeks ago, we saw two American Athletic Conference foes ranked in both the AP and Coaches Top 25 poll and we now get to see one out West with Boise State hosting BYU. Boise State is […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 1

Five players including Desmond Ridder from Cincinnati, Nick Starkel from San Jose State, Grayson McCall from Coastal Carolina, Bee Jay Williamson from Louisiana Tech, and Avery Williams from Boise State have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 1, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 31

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 31st, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot following its win at home over Western Kentucky this week. Boise State moves up to the second spot following its road victory over Air Force. Cincinnati […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 9

Cincinnati has made two statements in a row. Last week, the Bearcats blew out SMU on the road and followed that up with another blowout against last year’s Group of Five’s best Memphis. The Bearcats got a little revenge from losing to the Tigers twice last year, including the AAC title game. This time, Cincinnati won 49-10.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 24

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 24th, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot following its win at home over Texas State this week. Cincinnati moves up to the second spot with its impressive road win at SMU. All G5 […]

GAME PREVIEW: Cincinnati at SMU

Cincinnati at SMUWhen: Saturday, Oct. 24th, 9:00 PM EDTWhere: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Tex.TV/Streaming: ESPN2/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) This American Athletic Conference clash may not have been the preseason pick as the top game in the conference but these two undefeated schools have played their way into this one. Both Cincinnati (9/10) and SMU (16/16) come into this […]

GAME PREVIEW: Louisiana at UAB

Louisiana at UABWhen: Friday, Oct. 23rd 8:00 PM EDTWhere: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network/Watch CBS Sports Network This late non-conference game pits to preseason favorites in their respective conferences and both come into this game with one loss. And is a fitting game to be set in historic Legion Field in Birmingham (the last season […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Oct. 18

Six players including Brady White from Memphis, Zach Wilson from BYU, Johathan Adams, Jr. from Arkansas State, Jason Bean from North Texas, Arnold Ebiketie from Temple, and Massimo Biscardi from Coastal Carolina have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Oct. 18, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 17

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 17th, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot following its win at Houston this week. All G5 schools with the exception Old Dominion, New Mexico State, and Connecticut are eligible for this poll. Those […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 7

Wow, what a game in Memphis even if both American Athletic Conference teams were coming off of losses coming into this game. This is not the first time these two teams have thrilled us. In 2017, the American Athletic Conference was settled with a wild 62-55 UCF win in double overtime, after Memphis had erased […]

GAME PREVIEW: UCF at Memphis

UCF at MemphisWhen: Saturday, Oct. 17th, 3:30 PM EDTWhere: Liberty Bowl Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.TV/Streaming: ABC/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) This game was one of my Group of Five games of the year in the preseason this year. It marks the last three champions of the American Athletic Association with Memphis winning last year and UCF the two prior seasons. But […]

FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES PREVIEWS OCT. 16TH: SMU at Tulane, BYU at Houston

With two big games within the Group of Five ranks this Friday, I thought I would put together a quick preview together for each of these with my picks. The two games involve three American Athletic Conference teams of SMU, Tulane, and Houston, along with independent BYU. Both SMU and BYU are currently ranked both […]

GAME PREVIEW: Coastal Carolina at Louisiana

Coastal Carolina at LouisianaWhen: Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 7:30 PM EDTWhere: Cajun Stadium, Lafayette, La.TV/Streaming: ESPN/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Two 3-0 undefeated Sun Belt squads meet in this Wednesday night affair. One of those teams was expected to be atop of their division but the other is surprisingly there. This game finally found a landing spot after initially being moved […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Oct. 11

Five players including Marquez Stevenson from Houston, Aaron McAllister from Charlotte, Gunnar Watson from Troy, Tavante Beckett from Marshall, and Demario Douglas from Liberty have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Oct. 11, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. Marquez Stevenson, Houston, WR, Sr., […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 10

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 10th, 2020. BYU stays at the top spot following its win over UTSA this week. All G5 schools with the exception Old Dominion, New Mexico State, and Connecticut are eligible for this poll. CSJ […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 6

This week was the weekend of Hurricane Delta. The highly anticipated match-up of two undefeated Sun Belt teams in Louisiana and Coastal Carolina was to happen this Saturday but that game was moved to next week Wednesday. But the weekend was still full of great action with two American Athletic Conference teams finally getting on […]

WEEKEND PREVIEW: New Faces Atop Big 12 Standings: Week of 10/10/2020

The usual cast of characters atop the Big 12 Conference leader board finds themselves looking up, not only to foes, but at foes not normally perched atop the league standings.

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Oct. 4

Five players including Shane Buechele from SMU, Zach Wilson from BYU, Grayson McCall from Coastal Carolina, Zaven Collins from Tulsa, and Chris Naggar from SMU have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Oct. 4, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. Shane Buechele, SMU, QB, […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 3

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 3, 2020. BYU takes over the top spot after defeating Louisiana Tech Friday, while former top ranked UCF fell to Tulsa. All G5 schools with the exception Old Dominion, New Mexico State, and Connecticut […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 5

It was upset week in the American Athletic Conference this week with two of the predicted contenders going down. Both UCF and Memphis took losses but the other contender now looks like the top pick in Cincinnati to win the league. SMU won a see-saw contents over Memphis as the Mustangs hit a late field […]

GAME PREVIEW: Louisiana Tech at BYU

Louisiana Tech at BYUWhen: Friday, Oct. 2nd, 9:00 PM EDTWhere: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah TV/Streaming: ESPN2/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Louisiana Tech and BYU meet for the first time this Friday in a match-up of two undefeated 2-0 teams. The two schools do share a history with a common historical head coach in Gary Crowton. He was at Louisiana […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Sept. 28

Five players including Zach Wilson from BYU, Dillon Gabriel from UCF, Jarell White from Cincinnati, Jamal Ligon from UTSA, and Nate Snyder from Louisiana have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Sept. 28th, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. Zach Wilson, BYU, QB, Jr., […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Sept. 26

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 26, 2020. UCF remains in the top spot after its big win in its first AAC conference game at East Carolina with BYU holding the second spot with its big win over Troy. With […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 4

This week we got the news of the two previously called-off conferences of the Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences making a return to play this fall. The Mountain West will follow what last week the Big 10 completed with a return to play on Oct. 24th and each school is intended to play eight games […]