Tag: FBS football

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

GAME PREVIEW: Army at Cincinnati

Army at CincinnatiWhen: Saturday, Sept. 26th, 3:30 PM EDTWhere: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OHTV/Streaming: ESPN/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Army and Cincinnati used to be Conference USA rivals but the two schools have not met on the grid iron since 2004. And this year’s game is even more enticing as the two schools come to this match both ranked in the […]

GAME PREVIEW: UAB at South Alabama

UAB at South AlabamaWhen: Thursday, Sept. 24th, 7:30 PM EDTWhere: Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, ALTV/Streaming: ESPN/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) UAB will play its third Thursday game of the year after opening at home with Central Arkansas and then last week played at Miami (FL). The Blazers won their opener but lost last week at Miami. South Alabama will play […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 3

While there was a number of great match-ups in all of college football this weekend, the biggest news of the week was the return to play of the Power Five’s Big 10 Conference. The news of the Big 10 returning has the two Group of Five leagues that canceled five weeks ago contemplating on their […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 2

The Sun Belt is the Fun Belt definitely after Week 2!! And the Sun Belt Conference seems to own the Power Five Big 12 Conference this year. Three Sun Belt teams went on the road to Big 12 squads this past Saturday and all three will be coming home with victories. Louisiana, Arkansas State, and […]

GAME PREVIEW: Charlotte at Appalachian State

Charlotte at Appalachian StateWhen: Saturday, Sept. 12th 12:00 PM EDTWhere: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C.TV/Streaming: ESPN2/WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Charlotte starts is gamut of non-Conference USA games with its first game at Appalachian State. The 49ers will also face two other non-conference games this season but like this game with App State, will not have to leave the […]

Preview of Big 12 Football Games, Week Of 9/12/2020

The 2020 college football season begins in earnest this week for most of the Big 12 Conference teams.

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 1

Wow, what a showing by the BYU Cougars on Labor Day evening. In my preview of the game, I thought BYU was going to win but to blowout a 11-win Navy team on their home field. Never thought that would happen. The COVID 19 pandamic did make for little atmosphere at Navy. Even the Brigade […]

GAME PREVIEW: Middle Tennessee State at Army

Middle Tennessee State at ArmyWhen: Saturday, Sept. 5th 1:30 PM EDTWhere: Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y.TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network/Watch CBS Sports Network The Blue Raiders and Black Knights have never met in football before this meeting and this game was quickly thrown together after both team’s schedules were thrown off-course due to concerns from the coronavirus. The […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25–Preseason 2020

Below are the Top 25 Group of Five (G5) preseason rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the 2020 season. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Keep in mind that all 65 G5 schools were considered […]

College Football in the Fall: Selfish or Perseverance?

Writers across the nation struggle with the fact that all their work may be all for naught. Athletes worry their off-season efforts and senior years may be futile. And fans have fleeting hope whether some football or none will be played in the fall. This pandemic has emotions heightened, tempers flaring, and heartache growing, yet […]

A Wacky Idea for a Wacky Year of 2020 for Division I Football

It has been a wacky 2020, hasn’t it?  The year started out like most years.  The Group of Five played four bowl games in this calendar year, as did the FCS national title game.  All played with fans in the stands and played without any idea of what was to come.  Cincinnati easily won the […]