Tag: 2016

James Madison’s 2017 FCS National Championship Was Five Years In the Making

FRISCO, TX. — There is little doubt that James Madison University has been one of the special programs through the history of the Football Championship Subdivision. So it was only appropriate that the Dukes’ special teams provided the momentum early to get JMU rolling towards a 28-14 NCAA Division I FCS national title victory Saturday […]

Head Coaches (And Parody Twitter Accounts) Lend Star Power To FCS National Championship Game In Frisco

        FRISCO, TX – Parody twitter accounts are generally a pretty good indicator that you’re a well-known star in your chosen field. In the FCS National Championship game, for the first time ever, both head football coaches have active parody accounts maintained by passionate fans of college football. Though it might feel […]

Five Ways To Improve the FCS Playoffs Immediately

  PHILADELPHIA, PA -There is so much to love about the FCS Playoffs. I know, because I’ve been following and writing about the teams involved with the FCS Playoffs for almost twenty years. The simple premise of getting together the best teams of the subdivision, putting them in a big single-elimination tournament and determining a […]

Pleasant “Groundhogs’ Day” For App State In Camellia Bowl, Score 31 Points Again, This time In 31-28 Win Over Toledo

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Excuse Appalachian State’s football team for feeling like it was reliving Groundhogs’ Day all week in preparation for the Raycom-Camellia Bowl. But in the end, the Mountaineers took an eerily similar victory over Toledo to their 31-29 win against Ohio University here last year. Freshman Michael Rubino’s clutch, 39-yard field goal with […]

Instead of Offense, Eastern Washington Wins With Defense, Shuts Out Richmond 38-0

CHENEY, WA – Up 7, with a 4th and 1 at the Eastern Washington 3 yard line, Richmond head coach Danny Rocco, wearing an uncharacteristic hat on a characteristically cold, snowy, and frigid day on the red turf at Roos field, decided to go for it. He knew that his offense was struggling to get […]

Pelini’s Penguins Freeze Out Terriers In Double Overtime Playoff Thriller, 30-23

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In a game between two unseeded teams that had more twists and turns than the blustery wind that howled through the Ice Castle on Saturday afternoon, Youngstown State outlasted Wofford for a 30-23 victory in double overtime that vaulted the Penguins into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time since […]

Roof Caves In On Sam Houston State In 65-7 Playoff Drubbing By James Madison

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For one play, everything seemed to be going Sam Houston State’s way in its quarterfinal-round, Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at James Madison. After tipping a pass and forcing an interception on JMU’s first offensive play, the roof caved in on the previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Bearkats in a shocking 65-7 […]

App State Closes Out Regular Season At New Mexico State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — From the beginning to an end of the regular season in college football seems to pass like the soft whisper of the wind. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were gathering in Neyland Stadium for a landmark game between Appalachian State and Tennessee before over 100,000 orange-clad fans […]

2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship Field Announced

INDIANAPOLIS—The field of 24 teams competing for the 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee. The top eight national seeds will host winners from the first-round match-ups. Five-time defending national champion North Dakota State (10-1) tops the bracket as the number one seed after tying […]

Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Final FCS Playoff Bracket Projections

    To close out the FCS Playoff projection brackets, Kent Schmidt and Chuck Burton will post their final sample brackets. Tune in tomorrow to ESPNU at 11:00AM Eastern to see how close they got! NOTE: Home team in CAPS in the brackets. Conference Champions Autobid Winners: Big Sky: North Dakota Big South: Charleston Southern CAA: […]

RB Marcus Cox Smashes School Record In Appy’s 42-17 Win over Louisiana-Monroe

BOONE, N.C. — The wind was howling through Kidd Brewer Stadium, the temperature had plummeted from the 70s on Friday to near freezing by game-time Saturday afternoon and snow flurries danced through the air. But for tailback Marcus Cox and the Appalachian State football team, senior day at the rock couldn’t have been much more […]

Louisiana-Lafayette Looking To Mend Broken Hearts at Kidd Brewer

BOONE, N.C. — The last time Louisiana-Monroe coach Matt Viator showed up at Kidd Brewer Stadium, he and his team left Appalachian State with broken hearts. As the Mountaineers (7-3 overall, 5-1 in the Sun Belt Conference) host Viator and Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Appalachian is hoping this rising young coach won’t […]

Record-Breaking Performance Gives App State Men First Win In Basketball

BOONE, N.C. — If there was one thing that the Appalachian State men’s basketball team needed on Thursday night after a pair of competitive, but tough losses on the road to Davidson and Tennessee, it was a shot of confidence. And the Mountaineers (1-2) earned that in record-breaking fashion with a 119-51 victory over Warren […]

Troy Remains Undefeated, Convert Two Key Plays In Dramatic 28-24 Win

TROY, Ala. — Victory and a likely Sun Belt Conference football championship were one play away from Appalachian State on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium. But Troy University turned a fourth and five at its own 47 into a life-preserving first-down catch and Jordan Chunn’s 11-yard scoring burst on the next play lifted the […]

Appalachian State Hopes To Continue As Road Warriors Vs Troy

TROY, Ala. — It was probably the most important game of the Scott Satterfield coaching era, two years ago when Appalachian State played Troy at Veteran Memorial Stadium. Coming off a 4-8 campaign in Satterfield’s first year as a head coach, the Mountaineers had dropped five of their first six games during the 2014 season […]

Mountaineers Score Workmanlike 35-10 Win Over Texas State

BOONE, N.C. — Earlier this week, Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb reflected on the lessons that the Mountaineer football team had learned from last year’s unsuccessful run at a Sun Belt Conference championship. He insisted that his squad would have better focus as it faced underdog Texas State, before embarking on a potential title-settling showdown […]

Texas State Head Coach Everett Withers Returns To Kidd Brewer This Saturday

BOONE, N.C. — The coaching profession has taken Everett Withers a lot of places, but it will bring this former Appalachian State football star back to Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday. Withers, the first-year coach at Texas State, will bring his struggling Bobcats back to a place where he helped ASU move into its modern […]

Statesboro Blues Continue For Georgia Southern Against Appalachian Stae, Fall 34-10

STATESBORO, GA. — A local D.J. spun the Allman Brothers tune “Statesboro Blues” for tailgaters before Thursday night’s Sun Belt Conference football showdown between Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. And the GSU offense definitely had the blues after another dominating performance by the Mountaineer defense keyed ASU’s 34-10 victory before a Paulson Stadium crowd of […]

How Do I Watch This Weekend’s College Football Games? Online Guide, Week Ending 10/30/2016

    One page for all the online streaming, TV, and XM radio information for the week of games ending 10/30/2016. Looking for links for XM Satellite Radio Broadcasts? That’s here. Links for video streaming information: Mix and match this table with your broadcast information below to get video streams for your favorite games. TV […]

CSJ Big South Power Rankings, Week 8

Here are the updated power rankings for the Big South. The original post for this is on the A Sea of Red blog. Note last week’s rankings in (parentheses) 1.(1) Charleston Southern 4-2, 2-0 *Nationally ranked #9 This week: Presbyterian 3 Charleston Southern 38 Two weeks off didn’t bother Charleston Southern as they easily handled […]

Appalachian State and Georgia Southern Bring Their Rivalry To ESPNU This Thursday

  STATESBORO, Ga. — The modern history of the Appalachian State-Georgia Southern football rivalry started on one of the coldest days in Kidd Brewer Stadium history, with a snow and ice-slicked field helping the top-ranked Mountaineers end the two-year I-AA championship run of the Eagles, 19-0, in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. There won’t be […]

CSJ Patriot League Power Rankings, Week 8

Here is the College Sports Journal’s Patriot League Power Rankings for the week of 10/25/2016. (Last week’s ranking in parenthesis.) 1. (1) Lehigh 6-2, 3-0 This week: Lehigh 46, Holy Cross 14 After falling behind 7-0, Lehigh went to work, scoring the next 46 points behind a tremendous offensive and defensive effort. QB Brad Mayes […]

Mountaineers’ Answer To Idaho Was Blowing In the Wind, 37-19

  BOONE, N.C. — The answer for some Appalachian State football friends was blowing in the wind as the Mountaineers treated a homecoming crowd of 26,931 to a 37-19 victory over Idaho Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Struggling to finish drives in a contest peppered with exchanged field goals, a wind-blown pass from Idaho […]

Elements May Come Into Play As Idaho Invades Kidd Brewer Stadium

BOONE, N.C. — The subject at a recent Appalachian State football practice this week turned to weather forecasts and coach Scott Satterfield was quick to remember one of the most challenging of his Mountaineer playing career. “New Hampshire,” the ex-ASU quarterback exclaimed. “It was 20 degrees and the wind was blowing about 40 miles per […]

How Do I Watch This Weekend’s College Football Games? Online Guide, Week Ending 10/23/2016

One page for all the online streaming, TV, and XM radio information for the week of games ending 10/23/2016. Looking for links for XM Satellite Radio Broadcasts? That’s here. Links for video streaming information: Mix and match this table with your broadcast information below to get video streams for your favorite games. TV and broadcast […]

CSJ Patriot League Power Rankings, Week 7

  Here is the College Sports Journal’s Patriot League Power Rankings for the week of 10/18/2016. (Last week’s ranking in parenthesis.) 1. (1) Lehigh 5-2, 2-0 This week: Lehigh 35, Georgetown 3 Though a 14-3 game at half, Lehigh scored on their first three possessions in the second half and shut the Hoyas out as well on […]

CSJ Colonial Athletic Association Conference Power Rankings, Week 6

  By Scott Levy, CSJ Columnist PHILADELPHIA, PA – The College Football season has surpassed the halfway point. Many teams have graced the ranks of the Top 10 and many have fallen from their position. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) has been a surprisingly strong conference thus far and will produce some interesting outcomes as […]

How Do I Watch This Weekend’s College Football Games? Online Guide, Week Ending 10/16/2016

    One page for all the online streaming, TV, and XM radio information for the week of games ending 10/15/2016. Looking for links for XM Satellite Radio Broadcasts? That’s here. Links for video streaming information: Mix and match this table with your broadcast information below to get video streams for your favorite games. TV […]

Mountaineers Get First Shutout Of Season On ESPN2, Beat Ragin’ Cajuns 24-0

  LAFAYETTE, LA. — Appalachian State football players may have gotten a late start to the fall semester break, due to the first Wednesday night game in school history at Louisiana-Lafayette. But the Mountaineer offense was right on time in front of a national television audience on ESPN2, striking early and often on the way […]

CSJ Big South Football Power Rankings – Week 6

We near the halfway point of the season for the Big South. This week, we see mostly conference play taking place for the first time. Because of this, things will finally begin to take shape within the conference as each team lobbies for a chance at the FCS playoffs. Here are the updated power rankings […]

CSJ Patriot League Power Rankings, Week 6

  Here is the College Sports Journal’s Patriot League Power Rankings for the week of 10/11/2016. (Last week’s ranking in parenthesis.) 1. (1) Lehigh 4-2, 1-0 This week: Lehigh 45, Colgate 31 Down 17-7 at the close of the first half, the Mountain Hawks didn’t panic. QB Nick Shafnisky would find WR Gatlin Casey for […]

On Any Given Wednesday, Appalachian State Heads to Lafayette For Sun Belt Conference Game on ESPN2

  LAFAYETTE, La. — Appalachian State finds itself figuratively in the college football wasteland on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. when the Mountaineers meet Louisiana-Lafayette on the road in a Sun Belt Conference game that will be played on ESPN2. When App State (3-2 overall, 1-0 in league) moved from the Southern Conference and the […]

College Sports Journal FCS Players of the Week, Oct. 9

Five players including Chase Edmonds from Fordham, Corey Avery from Sam Houston State, Taryn Christon from South Dakota State, Montrell Pardue, and William Will from Dayton have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending October 9th, 2016 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The honorees are listed here with […]

CSJ Big South Football Power Rankings – Week 5

  Here are the updated power rankings for the Big South, courtesy of the A Sea Of Red Liberty Flames blog. Note last week’s rankings in (parentheses). 1. (1) Charleston Southern 3-2, 1-0 *Nationally ranked #8 This week: DOUBLE OVERTIME – Charleston Southern 59 Coastal Carolina 58 It was all offense Saturday as the Chants […]

How Do I Watch This Weekend’s College Football Games? Online Guide, Week Ending 10/9/2016

One page for all the online streaming, TV, and XM radio information for the week of games ending 10/9/2016. Looking for links for XM Satellite Radio Broadcasts? That’s here. Links for video streaming information: Mix and match this table with your broadcast information below to get video streams for your favorite games. TV and broadcast […]

CSJ Patriot League Power Rankings, Week 5

  At College Sports Journal, we proudly present our first Patriot League Power Rankings for the week of 10/4/2016. (Last week’s ranking in parenthesis.) 1. (3) Lehigh 3-2, 0-0 This week: Lehigh 63, Yale 35 In a surprise, it wasn’t QB Nick Shafnisky at the helm for that Mountain Hawks, but backup QB Brad Mayes leading Lehigh […]

Defense Takes Over As Appalachian State Beats Georgia State, 17-3

  BOONE, N.C. — It was like a blast from the past as Appalachian State opened Sun Belt Conference football play on Saturday afternoon with a 17-3 victory over Georgia State before 24,782 fans at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The last time that Appalachian State (3-2 overall, 1-0 in league) was embroiled in a scoreless tie […]

Will Appalachian State Confidence Become Overconfidence Against Georgia State?

  BOONE, N.C. — Confidence can be an intriguing concept. Since the middle of the 2014 season, Appalachian State has gone 13-1 in Sun Belt Conference play and in the past two years, there hasn’t been a league team the Mountaineers have dominated so throughly as Georgia State. Two years ago, ASU played inhospitable hosts, […]

How Do I Watch This Weekend’s College Football Games? Online Guide, Week Ending 10/2/2016

One page for all the online streaming, TV, and XM radio information for the week of games ending 10/2/2016. Looking for links for XM Satellite Radio Broadcasts? That’s here. Links for video streaming information: Mix and match this table with your broadcast information below to get video streams for your favorite games. TV and broadcast […]

CSJ Big South Football Power Rankings – Week 4

  Here are the updated power rankings for the Big South, courtesy of the A Sea Of Red Liberty Flames blog. Note last week’s rankings in (parentheses). 1.(1) Charleston Southern 2-2, 0-0 *Nationally ranked #10 This week: CSU 36 Monmouth 7 Seems like Charleston Southern hasn’t skipped a beat with the loss of their starting QB. […]

CSJ Patriot League Power Rankings, Week 4

  At College Sports Journal, we proudly present our first Patriot League Power Rankings for the week of 9/27/2016. 1. Colgate 1-2, 0-0 (Nationally ranked #25, FCS Coaches’ Poll) This week: No. 7 Richmond 38, No. 25 Colgate 31 A furious Raider comeback against the nationally-ranked Spiders fell just short in Colgate’s 38-31 loss to Richmond, making the […]

Not So Suddenly, The Big Ten’s Entire Rationale For Banning FCS Games Crumbles

  PHILADELPHIA, PA – In a way, it’s hilarious. This weekend, relatively quietly, two more teams of the FCS played, and beat, FBS schools. Granted, the Huskies of Northern Illinois are struggling, at 0-4 competing in the MAC. But the Huskies still were in one of the biggest bowls in college football -the Orange Bowl […]

Mountaineers Hold Off Furious Akron Comeback, Prevail 45-38

  AKRON, Ohio — Quarterback Taylor Lamb personally challenged himself this week to play at a higher level as Appalachian State faced a key road battle at Akron. And with his father Bobby watching from the stands, the heady junior directed the Mountaineers to a 45-38 victory over the explosive Zips before 15,381 spectators at […]

Mountaineers Travel To Akron To Take On Powerful Zips Offense

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State knew heading into the 2016 college football season that it would be facing the toughest non-conference schedule in its history. And while the Mountaineers have slogged through the most difficult part of that journey with differing levels of success — from the missed opportunity of an overtime loss at Tennessee, […]

How Do I Watch This Weekend’s College Football Games? Online Guide, Week Ending 9/24/2016

  One page for all the online streaming, TV, and XM radio information for the week of games ending 9/24/2016. Looking for links for XM Satellite Radio Broadcasts? That’s here. Links for video streaming information: Mix and match this table with your broadcast information below to get video streams for your favorite games. TV and […]

Game Of Opportunity Slips Past Appalachian State, Falls to The U, 45-10

      BOONE, N.C. — Another game of opportunity slipped through Appalachian State’s grasp on Saturday afternoon before a record-setting football crowd of 34,658 fans at Kidd Brewer Stadium and a national-television audience on ESPN. But this time, it was a pair of momentum-snuffing big plays at the beginning of both halves — instead […]