Tag: Jacksonville State Gamecocks Football

CSJ Roundtable, Spring Quarterfinal Edition: Are We At The End of the Bison Era?

This week, the Gang got together and talked about their big takeaways from the FCS quarterfinal games this past weekend.

CSJ Roundtable, Spring Postseason Edition: Our Thoughts On The Official FCS Bracket

The FCS Playoff bracket was announced this past Sunday at the conclusion of the historic spring football season. After the euphoria of realizing that the FCS actually made it to the finish line, despite lots of uncertainty, CSJ then proceeded to do what they do best – enter a spirited discussion on who really should have been in, out, seeded, or not.

Fearless Prediction: The FCS Playoff Bracket

After watching and following all spring, here’s my prediction of who’s in and who’s out of the FCS Playoff bracket this spring. The selection special is at 11:30 AM Sunday and will be unveiled on ESPNU.

College Sports Journal OVC Preview, Week of 4/3/2021

As the calendar turns to April with the promise of flowers blooming soon, plenty must first be settled on the football field as the contenders for the FCS playoffs begin to rise to the top.

College Sports Journal Spring Top 25, Week of 3/28/2021

Another week, another round of upsets in the FCS. Jacksonville State and Chattanooga were both top 10 teams last week. Both lost. We nearly had a second straight week where our number one team lost, but Weber State got a 50 yard hail mary on the last play of the game to preserve the win. VMI has moved within one win of the Southern Conference title. Our eyes will be on them this weekend.

College Sports Journal Spring Top 25 Week of 3/21/2021

Our number one team from last week went down. North Dakota State dominated both sides of the trenches to beat North Dakota. Sam Houston continue to roll in the Southland. VMI and Chattanooga kept their unbeaten starts going by a combined 3 points. And in the CAA Rhode Island is 2-0 with two ranked wins, as everyone predicted (not exactly).

CSJ Roundtable, Week of 3/28/21: Halfway, Sort Of, Through the Spring Season

We’re about at about the midpoint of the spring season, and the writers at CSJ get together to take stock of the season so far.

College Sports Journal OVC Football Preview Week of 3/14/2021

Depending on what happens there could be as many as five teams with one loss by the end of the day and making the second half of the spring schedule even more critical with a smaller playoff field this spring.

College Sports Journal OVC Football Preview Week of 3/7/21

Three games that were scheduled for the opening weekend were postponed because of a massive winter storm that hit much of the nation. Now, two weeks later those three contests are set to be played.

CSJ FCS FOOTBALL FRIDAY, 2/26/2021: Our Thoughts And Picks For This Weekend

This week we welcome the SWAC, Big Sky, and Big South to the wonderful world of spring FCS football, to go with the Missouri Valley, SoCon and OVC, who started their spring conference slates last week, and Tarleton State, who spent their time crushing FBS New Mexico State 43-17.

OVC Football Preview Week of 2/27/21

Only one of four games scheduled to kick off the 2021 spring season in the Ohio Valley Conference was actually played out last weekend, thanks to storms that hit a big part of the Mid-South. With any luck things will return to a semblance of normalcy as four games are slated to be played Sunday.

CSJ Spring 2021 Week 1 Roundtable: Can A Spring Season Be Pulled Off?

The CSJ writing staff answer the questions many of us have about the beginning of this unprecedented FCS season.

2021 CSJ OVC Spring Season Preview

The Ohio Valley Conference, which will use a seven game-game round robin schedule for the eight schools taking part in the spring season, is expected to begin play the weekend of Feb. 21 as the spring season is scheduled to get underway.

APSU’s Wilson, Jackson Headline 2020 Preseason All-OVC Football Team

Austin Peay senior wide receiver DeAngelo Wilson and senior nickelback Kordell Jackson were named the 2020 OVC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in a vote of by the league’s head football coaches and communications directors.

The FCS Should Now Try To Play A Modified Season in the Spring. Here’s How You Do It.

Playing a radically shortened season of six “regular-season” games would allow for most teams to only have a season that is marginally longer than what they would do for spring practices. And from those games, it is possible to come up with an FCS Championship.

Ohio Valley Conference Reviews: Week 13

Austin Peay rolled all over Eastern Illinois to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship for just the second time in school history and the first time since 1977 with a 35-7 win over the Panthers on Saturday.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews, How To Watch: Week of 11/23/2019

So balanced has the conference been over the years that 12 times there has been at least two teams that have shared the conference title. This year could possibly make it 13 as Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri head into the final week of the regular season with identical 6-1 records in OVC play. Both are expected to be selected to play in the FCS playoff when the field is announced on Sunday.

Ohio Valley Conference Reviews: Week 11

Why is 1977 significant? It’s been that long since Austin Peay found itself atop the Ohio Valley Conference standings this late in the season. It was also the last time the Governors claimed the conference title. They are hoping for a similar finish more than 40 years later.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews, How To Watch: Week of 11/9/2019

The contenders will get a chance to distinguish themselves from the pretenders in the Ohio Valley Conference as a pair of games on Saturday will go a long way in determining who will represent the league in the upcoming FCS playoffs. The first round of the playoffs will begin on Nov. 30.

Ohio Valley Conference Reviews: Week 10

The race for the Ohio Valley Conference became a tad bit clearer as league leader UT Martin won for fourth time in five league encounters while Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay both posted important wins to keep their title hopes alive. UT Martin defeated five-time defending conference champion Jacksonville State 22-17. The Skyhawks improved to […]

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews, How To Watch: Week of 11/2/2019

Whoever drew up the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference football schedule is probably thinking rather highly of themselves right about now. It’s been a masterful schedule and one that dreams are made of – or nightmares, depending on your outlook.

Ohio Valley Conference Reviews: Week 9

After nine weeks of the 2019 college football season many of the conference races are beginning to become clearer. The Ohio Valley Conference simply is setting itself up for a dramatic finish over the final four weeks of the regular season. Southeast Missouri State put itself in nice position for a potential conference championship and […]

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews, How To Watch: Week of 10/26/2019

As the 2019 regular season continues to wind down and the hunt for a playoff spot heats up two of the Ohio Valley Conference’s best teams take to the gridiron Saturday in the Show-Me State. League-leader UT Martin, undefeated in four conference games, hits the road to take on No. 24-ranked Southeast Missouri State at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau. It is the best conference start since 2006, when the Skyhawks won their only OVC championship.

OVC Conference Reviews: Week 8

While the game of football is often viewed in terms of yards, sometimes the outcome of a game is determined by a much smaller unit of measurement: inches. Such was the case as Austin Peay missed a game-winning field goal attempt as Tennessee State upset the No. 19-ranked Governors 26-24 on Saturday in Nashville. The […]

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews, How To Watch: Week of 10/19/2019

After their second straight victory, Austin Peay is in firm control of the Ohio Valley race. The leaders of the Ohio Valley Conference will look to maintain their advantage while four other schools hope to
remain within striking distance as second half of the season gets underway on Saturday.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews And Streaming Links: Week of 10/12/2019

Last week’s game of the week lived up to the hype, with Southeast Missouri State defeating Tennessee Tech in double overtime. It was a game the Redhawks needed and they got the job done. At the same time, the Golden Eagles proved they are not a team to be taken lightly the rest of the way. The OVC is wide open with Jacksonville State continuing to struggle.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews: Week of 10/5/2019

Just when you thought Jacksonville State was going to run away with the OVC title again, Austin Peay blew them out last week. The conference appears to be a toss up with three or four teams with a shot at the title. The order will probably change week after week for the rest of the year. The biggest surprise so far has been Tennessee Tech who is out to a 4-1 start. A win this week solidifies them as a contender as well.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews: Week of 9/28/2019

Jacksonville State, as usual, is carrying the banner for the OVC. The only other team having real success in the non-conference portion of the schedule is Tennessee Tech. Other than those two teams, the OVC has shown very poorly against non-conference opponents.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews: Week of 9/21/2019

The Ohio Valley picked up the signature FCS win this year when they stormed back with 21 fourth quarter points to beat Eastern Washington. The Gamecocks were led by Zerrick Cooper and Marlon Bridges. Eastern Kentucky had a chance to put a solid win on its resume, but wound up losing to Indiana State. Most of the rest of the league played and lost to FCS competition.

The Week That Was: Highlights of the Five Top FCS Games, Week Ending 9/14/2019

It was a week of high-profile Top 25 clashes in FCS this week, as the marquee games of the week pitted Delaware vs. North Dakota State and Eastern Washington vs. Jacksonville State. One was a Bison display of dominance, the other a thriller that could be the game of the year. Adding to the fun of this week’s games was a shootout in Vermillion, South Dakota and another big FBS upset in Georgia.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews: Week of 9/14/2019

Only one Ohio Valley team picked up a win last week – Jacksonville State – while everyone else lost. Of course six of the teams played FBS opponents, so those results are not too surprising. In FCS action, both Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri State lost well hyped out of conference games last week. Week three brings even more competitive non-conference games, including the game that probably got the most hype of any non-conference game over the summer.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Previews: Week of 9/7/2019

The OVC as a whole had a nice opening weekend, going 7-2. But the biggest surprise loss was felt by a team many thought would challenge for Frisco, Jacksonville State. The question on everyone’s mind is: was it just a bad game and JSU will bounce back, or is it a sign of things to come? Either way, the rest of the OVC surely took notice of the open door and will be looking to kick their way through.

College Sports Journal Ohio Valley Conference Game Previews: Week of 8/31/2019

The Ohio Valley Conference has been Jacksonville State’s personal playground over the last five years. The Gamecocks actually lost a conference game last year, but still won the title. Can anyone continue to close the gap and knock JSU off of their perch? It doesn’t look like it, but that’s why they play the games.

College Sports Journal Conference Previews: Ohio Valley Conference

Jacksonville State has long had a strangle hold on the Ohio Valley Conference, winning the conference every year since 2014. Despite losing to SEMO last year, the Gamecocks still prevailed.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

CSJ 2018 Week 12 Preview: Jacksonville State vs Kennesaw State, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Jacksonville State at Kennesaw State When: Saturday, November 17, 3:00PM Where: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA TV/Streaming: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox College Sports Central, Fox Sports Go (Subscription req’d) Jacksonville State For the fifth straight year, Jacksonville State won the Ohio Valley Conference outright to secure the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The difference this […]

That Was the FCS Week That Was: The Week That Upended the Playoffs, 11/11/2018

What a weekend! Whatever you thought was true in regards to the qualified teams in the FCS Playoff field last week was almost certainly changed after an epic weekend of upsets. About the only outcomes that came out as expected were that the three remaining undefeated teams, 10-0 North Dakota State, 9-0 Colgate, and 9-0 […]

CSJ 2018 Week 9 Preview: Jacksonville State at Murray State, How To Watch and Fearless Prediction

Jacksonville State at Murray State When: Saturday, October 27, 3:00 PM EDT Where: Roy Stewart Stadium, Murray, TN TV/Streaming: ESPN3 Jacksonville State Gamecocks Jacksonville State finds themselves in a very unfamiliar spot in OVC conference play – looking up at a team ahead of them in the standings. The Gamecocks dropped their first OVC game […]

College Sports Journal FCS Football Players of the Week-Oct 1st

Princeton QB John Lovett, Monmouth WR Reggie White, Jr., Jacksonville State QB Zerrick Cooper, Montana LB Dante Olson, and North Dakota State P Garret Wegner have been selected as the College Sports Journal FCS Football Players of the week ending Oct. 1st 2018. The honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 5 Game Preview: Austin Peay at Jacksonville State

When: Saturday, September 28, 3:00 PM CDT Where: Burgess-Snow Field, Jacksonville, AL TV/Streaming: ESPN3 (free) Austin Peay Governors The Governors (2-2, 0-1 OVC) hit the road for the third straight weekend when they travel to Jacksonville State to take on the Gamecocks. The Govs are 1-1 on the road trip, and will be looking for […]