Tag: football

CSJ Big Sky Conference Football Preview: What to Expect in Spring

The Big Sky plans for a six-game conference-only schedule with two open weeks (March 20th & April 17th). In the time leading up to that, there has been a lot of changes in staff and players, with plenty of time for more chaos.

2019 FBS Group of Five Championship Games Highlights and Recaps

All that ends well. Memphis was the top ranked College Football Playoff Top 25 Group of Five going into the championship weekend with Boise State, Cincinnati, and Appalachian State as the other three teams in the rankings. Memphis played Cincinnati in the the American Association title game at home and held on to win the […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Game Previews: Week of 9/28/2019

This week, most of the Missouri Valley Football Conference teams have a bye week but two teams are still in action. One of the games this week is a match-up of two Top 10 teams in the final Big Sky-MVFC matchup with Northern Iowa visiting Weber State. The MVFC has already won this year’s challenge […]

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

Some G5 conference play got underway in Week 3 but it was the G5 wins over Power 5 teams that received most of my attention again this week. For the second straight week, BYU scored another overtime win over a Group of Five and this one was over AP Top 25 ranked USC. But the […]

CSJ Photos from Frisco, FCS Championship Eve

Here are some photos taken as the field crew prepares the Toyota Stadium Field to be ready for the championship. The weather was rainy the past two days but the sun has broke out today and should have excellent playing conditions for the championship game tomorrow.   Kent SchmidtOriginally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is […]

North Dakota State’s Road to Frisco for the Seventh Time in Eight Years

This year, North Dakota State will play for its unprecedented seventh Division I title in football this decade when they face one of just three schools to win a national title this decade in Eastern Washington. Eastern Washington knocked the Bison off in the quarter-final playoff round in 2010 and the two met in the […]

CSJ 2018 Arizona Bowl Preview: Arkansas State vs. Nevada, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Arkansas State is playing in a bowl for an eighth straight season– the third longest streak in the Group of 5 and ranks 15th in the nation among all FBS programs. Overall, this is the 16th bowl in the program’s history and own a 7-7-1 record all-time.

CSJ 2018 Independence Bowl Preview: Temple vs. Duke, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Temple vs. Duke (Independence Bowl) When: Thursday, December 27, 1:30 PM EST Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La. TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Temple Owls (2nd, AAC East, 8-4, 7-1) Temple recovered from a 2-3 start to finish its last seven games with a 6-1 mark. The only loss in that span came in a 52-40 game against […]

CSJ 2018 First Responder Bowl Preview: Boise State vs. Boston College, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Boston College comes in here at 7-5 on the season. The Eagles have taken out UMass, Holy Cross, Wake, Temple, Louisville, Miami FL and Virginia Tech but fallen to Purdue, NC State, Clemson, Florida State and Syracuse.

CSJ 2018 Dollar General Bowl Preview: Troy vs. Buffalo, How To Watch and Fearless Predicition

Troy vs. Buffalo (Dollar General Bowl) When: Saturday, December 22, 7:00 PM EST Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala. TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Troy Trojans (T-1st SBC East, 9-3, 7-1) The Trojans has been one of the most powerful Group of Five teams in the country under coach Neal Brown in recent years. In his four seasons, […]

CSJ 2018 Frisco Bowl Preview: Ohio vs. San Diego State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Ohio vs. San Diego State (Frisco Bowl) When: Wednesday, December 18, 8:00 PM EST Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Tex. TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Ohio Bobcats (T-2nd MAC East, 8-4, 6-2) The Bobcats are 8-4, but they’ve been competitive in most of their losses, as they fell to Cincinnati, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) by a combined […]

Group of Five 2018-19 Bowl Day 1 Recap & Highlights

Five bowl games involving Group of Five schools kicked off the bowl season on Dec. 15. Mountain West champion Fresno State and Sun Belt champion Appalachian State were both in action and both won their games rather easily. Utah State and Tulane were big winners in their games. But the game of the day was […]

CSJ 2018 New Orleans Bowl Preview: Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee State (New Orleans Bowl) When: Saturday, December 15, 9:00 PM EST Where: Superdome, New Orleans, La. TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Appalachian State Mountaineers (1st Sun Belt East, 10-2, 7-1) App State lost to Penn State in overtime in Happy Valley to open the season before winning 10 of its […]

2018 FBS Group of Five Championship Games Highlights and Recaps

All five Group of Five conference for the first-time hosted championship games with the Sun Belt Conference joining the party this year. Aside from the Sun Belt game, the other four games went down to the final minutes before a winner was decided. I will go over a small recap of each game and provide […]

FCS Playoffs: South Dakota State, Snow Overwhelm Duquesne 51-6

BROOKINGS, S.D.–On a day with snowy and windy conditions, fifth playoff seeded South Dakota State raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead and easily beat Duquesne 51-6 in the Division I FCS second round contest in front of 3,042 in attendance at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. “We knew it was going to snow,” said SDSU coach John […]

CSJ 2018 Second Round FCS Playoff Preview: Northern Iowa at UC Davis, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Northern Iowa at (6) UC Davis When: Saturday, December 1, 4:00 PM PST Where: Aggie Stadium, Davis, Calif. TV/Streaming: ESPN College Extra, ESPN3 Northern Iowa Panthers (7-5) Cedar Falls, Iowa Missouri Valley Football Conference Enrollment: 10,005 FCS Sagarin Rating: 97 (7 in FCS) How They Got Here: The Panthers won its opening round playoff game at home to Lamar narrowly […]

CSJ Conference USA Championship Game Preview — UAB at Middle Tennessee State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

UAB at Middle Tennessee State When: Saturday, December 1, 12:30 PM CST Where: Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, Tenn. TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network / CBS Sports App UAB Blazers (9-3, 7-1 C-USA) Conference USA West Division Champions Location: Birmingham, Ala. Enrollment: 21,923 Sagarin Rating: 80 (18 in G5) Season Recap: UAB clinched the West Division by two games over LA Tech, Southern […]

CSJ Sun Belt Championship Game Preview — Louisiana at Appalachian State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Louisiana at Appalachian State When: Saturday, December 1, 12:00 PM EST Where:Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, N.C. TV/Streaming: ESPN / WatchESPN Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (7-5, 6-2 SBC) Sun Belt West Division Champions Location: Lafayette, La. Enrollment: 13,454 Sagarin Rating: 111 (38 in G5) Season Recap: Coach Billy Napier came to the Ragin’ Cajuns from Arizona State where he served as Associate […]

CSJ MAC Championship Game Preview — Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo When: Friday, November 30, 7:00 PM EST Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. TV/Streaming: ESPN2 / WatchESPN Northern Illinois Huskies (7-5, 6-2 MAC) MAC West Division Champions Location: DeKalb, Ill. Enrollment: 13,454 Sagarin Rating: 77 (15 in G5) Season Recap: Northern Illinois clinched the West Division title of the Mid-American Conference with a 6-2 record, […]

College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 25

Five players including Alexander Mattison from Boise State, Justin McMillan from Tulane, Juma Otoviano from Rice, Akeem Davis-Gaither from Appalachian State, and Kylan Nelson from Ohio have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 25, 2018 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. The honorees are listed here with their […]

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

  Five players including Tyler Vander Waal from Wyoming, DeAndre Torrey from North Texas, A.J. Ouellette from Ohio, Justin Clifton from Arkansas State, and Isaiah Wright from Templehave been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 18, 2018 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. The honorees […]

CSJ 2018 Week 12 Preview: San Diego State at Fresno State, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

San Diego State at Fresno State When: Saturday, November 17, 7:30 PM PST Where: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif. TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network / CBS Sports App San Diego State Aztecs (7-3, 4-2 Mountain West) San Diego State and Fresno State, the two teams that have claimed all five Mountain West, West Division titles in league history, meet once again […]

CSJ 2018 Week 12 Preview: Cincinnati at UCF, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Cincinnati at UCF When: Saturday, November 17, 8:00 PM EST Where: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Fla. TV/Streaming: ABC / Watch ESPN Cincinnati Bearcats (9-1, 5-1 AAC) The national spotlight will be on this game with the national televised night game on ABC. ESPN’s Gameday show will also broadcast from Orlando for this game. To the American Athletic […]

CSJ 2018 Week 12 Preview: Weber State at Idaho State, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Weber State at Idaho State When: Saturday, November 17, 2:35 PM MST Where: Holt Arena, Pocatello, Idaho TV/Streaming: Watch Big Sky / Pluto TV Weber State Wildcats (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) The Wildcats have won five games in a row and come into this game hoping to win at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title. The […]

CSJ 2018 Week 12 Preview: Indiana State at Western Illinois, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Indiana State at Western Illinois When: Saturday, November 17, 1:00 PM CST Where: Hanson Field, Macomb, Ill. TV/Streaming: ESPN3 Indiana State Sycamores (6-4, 4-3 MVFC) Outside of possibly NDSU, Indiana State is the hottest team in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Sycamores have made the playoff push in likely needs to secure a fifth straight win to secure a […]

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

Five players including Ryquell Armstead from Temple, Brent Stockstill from Middle Tennessee, Jordan Love from Utah State, Tre’ Crawford from UAB, and Pop Williams from Memphis have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 11, 2018 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. The honorees are […]

CSJ Week 11 Preview: Illinois State at Indiana State, How to Watch and Fearless Prediction

Illinois State at Indiana State When: Saturday, November 10th, 1:00 PM EST Where: Memorial Stadium, Terre Haute, Ind. TV/Streaming: ESPN3 / WatchESPN Illinois State Redbirds (5-4, 2-4 MVFC) Illinois State has gone from a potential seed in the upcoming FCS playoffs to potentially missing out on the postseason altogether in losing its last three contests. Two […]

CSJ Week 11 Preview: Troy at Georgia Southern, How to Watch and Fearless Prediction

Troy at Georgia Southern When: Saturday, November 10th, 1:00 PM EDT Where:Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, Ga. TV/Streaming: ESPN+ Troy Trojans (7-2, 5-0 Sun Belt) This is a must-win for both teams to win the Sun Belt East. Both teams are still contending with Appalachian State so the loser most likely will be out of […]

CSJ Week 11 Preview: Fresno State at Boise State, How to Watch and Fearless Prediction

Fresno State at Boise State When: Friday, November 9th, 8:15 PM MST Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho TV/Streaming: ESPN2 / WatchESPN Fresno State Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0 MWC) This match-up will go a long ways to determine both divisional races in the Mountain West Conference. The two teams will also be playing for the Milk Can, a […]

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

Five players including D’Eriq King from Houston, Jordan Love from Utah State, Kelvin Hopkins, Jr. from Army, John Laco from Akron, and Matt Ference from Northern Illinois have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Oct. 29, 2018 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools. The honorees […]