Tag: 2018

The Solution To Declining College Football Attendance Numbers Is Oversharing

For the first time, the average FCS crowd size was below 8,000 per game, averaging 7,853 fans. Last year, the average 8,223 fans per contest, marking a 4.5% drop from year to year.

What’s wrong, and can anything be done to reverse the decline?

CSJ 2018 FCS National Championship Preview: Eastern Washington vs. North Dakota State, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

The Eagles key to winning this game is to win the turnover margin. The Eagles also lead the FCS in defensive touchdowns with six (and nearly had a seventh in the playoff win over Maine when CB Josh Lewis returned an interception as close as you can get without scoring to the one-yard line).

Lehigh Football 2018 Season In Review: Disappointing Season Salvaged At End Of Year With 4th Straight Over Lafayette

In November, the Mountain Hawks seemed to figure out some of the answers to their questions just in time to win two of their final three games, and in so doing having retiring head coach Andy Coen tie Bill Leckonby for the all-time head coaching wins record at Lehigh.

CSJ 2018 Hawai’i Bowl Preview: Hawai’i vs. Louisiana Tech, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Hawai’i vs. Louisiana Tech (Hawai’i Bowl) When: Saturday, December 22, 19:30 PM EST Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (T-2nd, Mountain West West, 8-5, 5-3) Hawai’i is making its eighth SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl appearance and second in the last three years. This is their 12th overall bowl overall. Hawai‘i […]

CSJ 2018 Birmingham Bowl Preview Memphis vs. Wake Forest, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

The best way to describe the 2018 Memphis Tiger football team would be High Event. The Tigers scored 43.6 points per game on offense, but also allowed 31.5 points per game on defense. Every game was a party in the end zone.

CSJ Men’s Hoops Preview: Wofford at Mississippi State, How to Watch and Fearless Prediction

This is a game for those who love long-distance shooting. Mississippi State has connected on 45 three-pointers during its last three games highlighted by a program single-game record 19 treys during the Clemson game on Dec. 8. The Bulldogs have hit 10 or more treys in three straight games on five occasions since the 2004-05 season.

CSJ Men’s Hoops Preview, Davidson at Wake Forest, How to Watch and Fearless Prediction

The Wildcats will be hoping to put Saturday’s loss behind them as they take on a solid ACC opponent. Despite being separated by just 65 miles, Davidson and Wake Forest haven’t met on the hardwood since the Wildcats’ 54-49 overtime win on Feb. 2, 2000 at Belk Arena.

CSJ 2018 Las Vegas Bowl Preview: Arizona State vs. Fresno State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

The Sun Devils will come into this game ready to play and looking for the win. They wont be happy to just be in a bowl because as their coach Herm Edwards once famously said, “you play to win the game.”

CSJ FCS Semifinal FCS Playoff Preview: Maine at Eastern Washington, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

The Black Bears will need a much better offensive game against a tougher Eastern Washington team and they are going to have to match their defensive pressure to keep Eric Barriere uncomfortable and in the pocket.

CSJ 2018 Cure Bowl Preview: Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Louisiana-Lafayette heads to the AutoNation Cure Bowl to face the Tulane Green Wave for what will be the second bowl game matchup with the New Orleans based school and third meeting in five years.

CSJ 2018 Celebration Bowl Preview: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

It’s becoming a habit for Aggie fans, trips to Atlanta in mid-December. That’s because North Carolina A&T is once again competing in the Celebration Bowl. In it’s four year history, this will be the third time the Aggies are the MEAC representative. The two other times they came to Atlanta, in 2015 and 2017, they won.

FCS Playoffs: Barriere, McPherson Combine To Have Eastern Washington Outlast UC Davis, 34-29

Trailing 21-14, Eastern Washington scored twice within a less than three minute span to pull ahead and ultimately prevail 34-29 over Big Sky conferencemate UC Davis in a frenzied fourth quarter of FCS Playoff action.

FCS Playoffs: Turnovers and Stingy Defense Lead Maine over Weber State, 23-18

Seventh seeded Maine’s national championship run continued with its Division I FCS quarterfinals win over two-seeded Weber State 23-18 in front of 7,726 in attendance at Stewart Stadium.

CSJ Men’s Hoops Preview, Nevada vs. Arizona State (Basketball Hall of Fame Classic), How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Winners of eight in a row to start the season for the second year in a row, the No. 6 Wolf Pack plays its second Pac-12 foe in a row in No. 20 Arizona State at STAPLES Center in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Los Angeles on Friday.

CSJ 2018 Quarterfinal FCS Playoff Preview: UC Davis at Eastern Washington, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

A rematch between Big Sky Conference teams will take place this Saturday when the Eastern Washington University football team hosts UC Davis in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

CSJ 2018 Quarterfinal FCS Playoff Preview: South Dakota State at Kennesaw State, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Kennesaw State’s dream season continues as they reach the FCS Playoff quarterfinals for the second straight year. Unlike last year, however, when the Owls had to make a trip to Huntsville, Texas to play Sam Houston State, this time out they will be hosting one of the perennial powers of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, South Dakota State.

CSJ 2018 Quarterfinal FCS Playoff Preview: Colgate at North Dakota State, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

(8) Colgate at (1) North Dakota State When: Saturday, December 8, 11:00 AM CST Where: Gate City Bank Field at the Fargo Dome TV/Streaming: ESPN, Watch ESPN Colgate Raiders (10-1) Hamilton, N.Y Patriot League Enrollment: 2,922 FCS Sagarin Rating: 105 (10 in FCS) How They Got Here: See the game report on how Colgate won its first playoff game against […]

CSJ 2018 Quarterfinal FCS Playoff Preview: Maine at Weber State, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

(7) Maine at (2) Weber State When: Friday, December 7, 8:00 PM Where: Stewart Stadium, Ogden, UT TV/Streaming: ESPN2, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Maine Black Bears Orono, Maine Colonial Athletic Association Enrollment: 8,677 FCS Sagarin Rating: 25 How They Got Here: Maine got 4 first half touchdown passes from Chris Ferguson to lead 42-14 at the […]

CSJ Men’s Hoops Preview, VCU at Texas, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Virginia Commonwealth at Texas When: Wednesday, December 5, 8:00 PM Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX TV/Streaming: ESPNU, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Virginia Commonwealth Rams (6-2, 0-0) Richmond, Virginia Atlantic 10 Conference Enrollment: 24,010 FCS Sagarin Rating: 85 (14 in CSJ High-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25) Scouting Report: It’s been exactly one year since VCU and Texas […]

CSJ Army/Navy Game Preview: How to Watch and Fearless Prediction

  Army vs. Navy When: Saturday, December 8, 3:00 PM EST Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA. TV/Streaming: CBS / CBS Sports Streaming Navy Midshipmen (3-9, 2-6 AAC) Season Recap: After a shocking victory over the eventual AAC East champs Memphis in September, the Midshipmen had some early promise for the 2018 season that was dashed by their inability […]

CSJ Men’s Hoops Preview, Furman at Elon, How to Watch and Fearless Prediction

Furman at Elon When: Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 PM Where: Schar Center, Elon, NC TV/Streaming: CAA.TV Furman Paladins (8-0, 0-0) Greenville, South Carolina Southern Conference Enrollment: 2,746 FCS Sagarin Rating: 118 (21 in CSJ Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25) Scouting Report: Newly ranked in the AP Top 25 thanks to their shocking upset of Villanova, […]

CSJ Men’s Hoops Preview, South Dakota State at Memphis: How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

South Dakota State at Memphis When: Tuesday, December 4, 8:00 PM Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (6-2, 0-0) Brookings, South Dakota Summit League Enrollment: 12,527 FCS Sagarin Rating: 83 (7 in CSJ Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25) Scouting Report: So far in the early going, the Jackrabbits’ inside-outside game […]

FCS Playoffs: Blocked Field Goal Returned for Touchdown Swings Momentum Eastern Washington’s Way to Defeat Nicholls 42-21

CHENEY, Wash. – At the close of the first half, Nicholls, up 14-3, had just advanced the ball 68 yards on 11 plays behind the offensive direction of QB Chase Fourcade, and PK Lorran Fonseca was lining up for a field gol try to put the Colonels up two scores. But Eastern Washington rover Kedrick […]

FCS Playoffs: Wildcats Ride 27-Point Outburst in Second Quarter To Defeat Southeast Missouri State, 48-23

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State scored its most points of the year and defeated Southeast Missouri State 48-23 Saturday afternoon at Stewart Stadium in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. “I thought that was an awesome game,” head coach Jay Hill said. “Offense, defense, special teams all had their moments tonight … I thought […]

FCS Playoffs: Black Bears Ride Offensive Outburst To Cruise Past Jacksonville State 55-27

Orono, Maine — The No. 7 seeded University of Maine football team (9-3) jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in Saturday’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Second Round contest and never looked back, defeating No. 8/9 Jacksonville State, 55-27 at Alfond Stadium. The victory marked Maine’s first-ever home playoff victory and will advance the […]

FCS Playoffs: Top FCS Rushing Offenses Grounded By Stellar Defenses As Kennesaw State Survives and Advances, 13-10

KENNESAW, Ga. – With the score tied 10-10 and 2:10 remaining, Kennesaw State’s Anthony Gore, Jr. sacked quarterback Joe Newman, who fumbled the ball. The Owls’ Andrew Butcher recovered the ball at the Wofford 21-yard line, and four plays later Justin Thompson kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:52 remaining to ultimately give Kennesaw State […]

Mountaineers Clinch Share of Sun Belt Title with 30-19 Win Over Louisiana-Lafayette

BOONE, N.C. — There was a sense of symmetry for Darrynton Evans on Saturday afternoon as Appalachian State played in the first Sun Belt Conference football championship game against Louisiana-Lafayette before 14,960 fans at a rainy Kidd Brewer Stadium. “I kind of had a flashback,” said Evans, as he scooped up a bouncing kickoff and […]

FCS Playoffs: Last-Second Field Goal Lifts Colgate Over James Madison 23-20

HAMILTON, NY.– It was an instant classic of an FCS Playoff game in Hamilton, New York this afternoon as kicker Chris Puzzi nailed a 38 yard field goal as time expired to lift his Colgate Raiders to a 23-20 win over James Madison. “We knew that this was going to be a low-scoring game,” Colgate […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: Southeast Missouri State at Weber State, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Southeast Missouri State at (2) Weber State When: Saturday, December 1, 4:00 PM Where: Stewart Stadium, Ogden, UT TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 Southeast Missouri State Cape Girardeau, Missouri Ohio Valley Conference Enrollment: 10,041 FCS Sagarin Rating: 36 How They Got Here: FCS Playoffs: SEMO Turns Stony Brook Turnovers Into 28 Point Turnaround, Defeat Seawolves 28-14 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: Nicholls at Eastern Washington, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Nicholls at (3) Eastern Washington When: Saturday, December 1, 5:00 PM Where: Roos Field, Cheney, WA TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 Nicholls Colonels Thibodaux, Louisiana Southland Conference Enrollment: 5,717 FCS Sagarin Rating: 18 How They Got Here: Nicholls State scored over 40 points for the fifth straight week – all wins – in a first round playoff […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: James Madison at Colgate, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

James Madison at (8) Colgate When: Saturday, December 1, 1:00 PM Where: Crown Field at Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, NY TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 James Madison Dukes Harrisonburg, Virginia Colonial Athletic Association Enrollment: 19,000 FCS Sagarin Rating: 4 How They Got Here: James Madison used a suffocating defense and a good enough offense to defeat Delaware […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: Jacksonville State at Maine, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Jacksonville State at (8) Maine When: Saturday, December, 12:00 PM Where: Alfond Stadium, Orono, ME TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 Jacksonville State Gamecocks Jacksonville, Alabama Ohio Valley Conference Enrollment: 7,491 FCS Sagarin Rating: 12 How They Got Here: Jacksonville State fell behind 20-10 at the half, but rallied in the second half to defeat East Tennessee […]

Mike Houston May Leave – One JMU Fan’s Perspective

At 2:30 Wednesday, Bruce Feldman set JMU Nation ablaze with one tweet: SOURCE: #JMU’s Mike Houston is expected to become the new head coach at #Charlotte. Over the next four and half hours, JMU fan reaction ranged from rage to congratulatory and everywhere in between. There were people calling him a liar, classless and a […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: Wofford at Kennesaw State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Wofford at Kennesaw State When: Saturday, December 1st, 2:00 PM Where: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, GA TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 Wofford Terriers Spartanburg, South Carolina Southern Conference Enrollment: 1,650 FCS Sagarin Rating: 20 Last Round: FCS Playoffs: Wofford Stifles Elon At Home, 19-7 SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford defeated Elon 19-7 at Gibbs Stadium on Saturday […]

CSJ 2018 FCS Playoff 1st Round Recap: Thrilling First Round Ends With Duquesne Shocking World, UNI Squeaking Past Lamar

Enjoy CSJ’s coverage of all eight Round One games of the 2018 FCS Playoffs. Wofford 19, Elon 7 FCS Playoffs: Wofford Stifles Elon At Home, 19-7 SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford defeated Elon 19-7 at Gibbs Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The Phoenix had a 7-6 lead at […]

FCS Playoffs: In Back-And-Forth Affair, Jacksonville State Ends On Top of East Tennessee State 34-27

Jacksonville State 34, East Tennessee State 27 Video Highlights Courtesy NCAA.com JACKSONVILLE Al. – Shaq Davidson caught three touchdown passes from Zerrick Cooper, and Marlon Bridges returned an interception for a touchdown as Jacksonville State rallied from a halftime deficit to knock off East Tennessee State 34-27 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. […]

FCS Playoffs: Errthum’s 3 Field Goals, Panther Defense Lifts UNI over Lamar, 16-13

UNI 16, Lamar 13 Video Highlights Courtesy NCAA.com CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – K Austin Errthum booted three field goals, including a 35-yard field goal with 13:09 left in the game that lifted Northern Iowa to a 16-13 Division I FCS first-round playoff win over Lamar. “Everybody’s got the same shot going down the stretch right […]

FCS Playoffs: Nicholls Goes Up Early, Withstands Late Offensive Fireworks To Defeat San Diego 49-30

Nicholls 49, San Diego 30 Video Highlights Courtesy NCAA.com THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State raced out to a 32-point lead over San Diego early in the third quarter and held off a late rally to win its first playoff game in 32 years, defeating the Toreros, 49-30, Saturday evening at Manning Field in John L. […]

FCS Playoffs: James Madison Outslugs Delaware 20-6 In All-CAA Clash

James Madison 20, Delaware 6 Video Highlights Courtesy NCAA.com HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison used a suffocating defense and just enough offense to defeat Delaware 20-6. QB Ben DiNucci had an efficient day for the Dukes, going 23 of 31 for 223 yards passing and a touchdown. The early part of the game was a […]

FCS Playoffs: Montana State Pulls Away from Incarnate Word Late, Prevail 35-14

Montana State 35, Incarnate Word 14 Video Highlights Courtesy NCAA.com BOZEMAN, Mont.—QB Troy Andersen ran for a touchdown and threw for another to lead Montana State to a 35-14 win over Incarnate Word in the first round of the Division I FCS playoffs. MSU (8-4) got the key touchdown early in the fourth quarter when […]

FCS Playoffs: SEMO Turns Stony Brook Turnovers Into 28 Point Turnaround, Defeat Seawolves 28-14

Southeast Missouri State 28, Stony Brook 14 Video Highlights Courtesy NCAA.com CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Southeast Missouri (9-3) kept its historic season alive when it erased a 14-point deficit by scoring 28 third-quarter points en route to a 28-14 victory over Stony Brook (7-5) Saturday afternoon. SEMO trailed, 14-0, at halftime after struggling against a […]

FCS Playoffs: In Maryland Downpour, Duquesne Grounds Towson, 31-10

Duquesne 31, Towson 10 Video Highlights Courtesy NCAA.com TOWSON, Md. – Two weeks ago against Sacred Heart, Duquesne was in a must-win game to have a chance to capture the NEC title and the autobid to the FCS playoffs. After their 28-24 win over the Pioneers, the Dukes once again faced a must-win game against […]

FCS Playoffs: Wofford Stifles Elon At Home, 19-7

Wofford 19, Elon 7 Video Highlights Courtesy: NCAA.com SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford defeated Elon 19-7 at Gibbs Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The Phoenix had a 7-6 lead at the half, but the Terriers held Elon scoreless in the second half and scored three times for the […]

CSJ’s Full 2018 FCS Playoff Picks and Previews

Enjoy College Sports Journal’s 2018 Full FCS Playoff bracket picks. CSJ’s 1st Round Previews and Picks 2:00PM EST, Duquesne at Towson, ESPN3 2:00PM EST, Elon at Wofford, ESPN3 2:00PM EST, Stony Brook at Southeast Missouri State, ESPN3 3:00PM EST, Incarnate Word at Montana State, ESPN3 3:00PM EST, Delaware at James Madison, ESPN3 4:00PM EST, San […]