Tag: MAC

CSJ 2021 Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Preview: Coastal Carolina vs. Northern Illinois

This Cure Bowl is another great match-up just like the game was a year ago. Coastal Carolina makes a return visit after losing the game last year versus Liberty in overtime. Northern Illinois makes its first appearance in this bowl game and the first from any MAC school in this bowl game.

CSJ 2021 Bahamas Bowl Preview: Toledo vs. Middle Tennessee

The first college bowl game of the holiday season gets under way away from the United States. The lone bowl game to be played outside of the USA is this Bahamas Bowl. This game pits Toledo out of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) versus Middle Tennessee, out of Conference USA in the seventh game on the island nation (the 2020 Bahamas Bowl was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CSJ 2021 Mid-American Conference Championship Game Preview — Kent State vs. Northern Illinois

KENT STATE vs. NORTHERN ILLINOISWHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 12:00 PM ESTWHERE: FORD FIELD, DETROIT, MICH.TV/STREAMING: ESPN / WATCHESPN The Kent State Golden Flashes and Northern Illinois Huskies will meet in the MAC Championship. This is a rematch from the November 3rd meeting, which Kent State won in a wild affair at home, 52-47. Now the two will face off […]

CSJ 2020 Camellia Bowl Preview: Marshall vs. Buffalo

Marshall vs. BuffaloWhen: Friday, December 25th, 2:30 PM ESTWhere: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN Two schools look to rebound after both lost their respective conference championship games in upsets. Marshall and Buffalo meet in this game on Christmas afternoon in Montgomery. Marshall was a team that raced out to a 7-0 start but now have lost […]

CSJ MAC Championship Game Preview — Ball State vs. Buffalo

Ball State vs. BuffaloWhen: Friday, December 18th, 7:30 PM ESTWhere: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.TV/Streaming: ESPN / WatchESPN Two teams that have won five games in row meet to determine the Mid-American Conference title in Detroit in this COVID-19 shorten 2020 season. Buffalo comes into this game undefeated with five straight wins and had one game canceled […]

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 […]

For the Group of Five in 2020, it is Still Game-On, but for How Long?

Its been a rollercoaster ride in the past three-to-four months when thinking about a college football season for the Group of Five and really all of college football amid the COVID-19 pandamic. As it is today our countries Independence Day and inching closer to the scheduled 2020 college football season, I poised the question what […]

Patriot League Council of Presidents Announces Guidance On Fall Competition, Including Travel, Preseason Camp Restrictions

The Patriot League Office announced on Monday guidance regarding the 2020 fall competition, a list of principles to “guide the development of a Patriot League 2020 Athletics Plan.”

CSJ 2020 Lending Tree Bowl Preview: Louisiana vs. Miami (OH), How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Louisiana vs. Miami (OH) (Lending Tree Bowl) When: Monday, January 6th 7:30 PM EST Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala. TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Lending Tree Bowl History (Last Seven) The bowl has been titled several different things since it began following the 1999 season. The game was known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl for its first […]

CSJ 2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview: Nevada vs. Ohio, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Nevada vs. Ohio (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) When: Friday, January 3rd 3:30 PM EST Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Potato Bowl History (Last Eight) December 17, 2011 Ohio 24 Utah State 23 December 15, 2012 Utah State 41 Toledo 15 December 21, 2013 San Diego State 49 Buffalo 24 December 20, […]

CSJ 2019 First Responder Bowl Preview: Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan (Cotton Bowl Classic) When: Monday, December 30th, 12:30 PM EST Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Tex. TV/Streaming: ESPN/WatchESPN First Responder Bowl History This bowl game was originally slated to replace the Cotton Bowl Classic at the Cotton Bowl Stadium when the Cotton Bowl itself moved to AT&T Stadium. It […]

CSJ 2019 Quick Lane Bowl Preview: Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh (Quick Lane Bowl) When: Thursday, December 26th, 8:00 PM EST Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. TV/Streaming: ESPN/WatchESPN Quick Lane Bowl History Date Winning Team Losing Team December 26, 2014 Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 December 28, 2015 Minnesota 21 Central Michigan 14 December 26, 2016 Boston College 36 Maryland 30 December […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 12

Four of the five Group of Five teams ranked teams won in Week 12. Cincinnati, who is currently is ranked as the highest ranked G5 team, had the toughest win this week over South Florida on the road. The Bearcats used a Sam Crosa field goal on the final play of the game, but Cincinnati […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 11

Wow, what a Week 11 we had in the Group of Five. Two late season Power 5 wins over the Southeastern Conference highlighted the week with Appalachian State hanging on to knock off South Carolina and Western Kentucky blowing out Arkansas. With the win, Appalachian State likely move itself again into the conversation for a […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 10

And then there was none. We came into Week 10 with two undefeated teams in Appalachian State and SMU and after Week 10 there are none left. Appalachian State lost at home to Georgia Southern Thursday night, while SMU lost at Memphis Saturday night. This leads to a lot of uncertainty in the Group of […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 9

After several weeks of at least one of the undefeated teams going down, Week 9 saw a little more normalcy in the Group of Five. The two remaining undefeated teams left in Appalachian State and SMU remained that way with each picking up wins this week. The Mountaineers won easily at South Alabama in Sun […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 8

Down goes #1. Just one week after capturing the top spot in the Sagarin rankings amongst the Group of Five teams, Boise State fell this week at BYU. That loss puts the list of undefeated Group of Five teams down to just two in SMU and Appalachian State. Both SMU and App State breezed to […]

Group of Five Sagarin Top 25 Saturday Game Predictions 10/19/19

For the first time in over two years, UCF is not the top ranked team in the Group of Five. Boise State now sits in the driver’s seat for the top spot and the New Year’s Six Bowl bid. The Broncos travel to independent BYU this week in their hopes to stay atop of the […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 7

And we are down to three. Three undefeated teams in the Group of Five that is. That number is down from the four we had coming into Week 7. Memphis fell from the ranks of the undefeated teams with its narrow loss at Temple. Appalachian State and Boise State, however, remained unscathed and SMU had […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 6

Wow, what a game in Dallas!! SMU came back from a three touchdown deficite to win in three overtimes over Tulsa. The Mustangs remain undefeated with the come-from-behind victory. Memphis also in the AAC West remained undefeated with its win at the Sun Belt’s Louisiana-Monroe. UCF lost to Cincinnati to likely be out of the […]

CSJ Midseason Report – Mid Major Teams to Watch

In the college basketball landscape we all know about Duke, North Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. Some combination of those teams litter the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 every March. But there are always a couple of mid major teams that go on runs and play in the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

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, […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 11

UCF defeated Navy and remains the only unblemished team left in the Group of Five. While the Knights kept winning, other Group of Five conference contending teams including San Diego State, Fresno State, North Texas, South Florida, Houston, and Georgia Southern fell this week. Below is a brief summary of each conference and its race […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 4 Game Preview: Ohio at Cincinnati

Ohio at Cincinnati When: Saturday, September 22, 12:00 PM EDT Where:Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio TV/Streaming: ESPNU / ESPN App Ohio Bobcats (1-1, 0-0 MAC) The rivalry is renewed with the Bearcats. Saturday marks the first meeting of the two schools since Oct. 3, 1981, 36 years ago. The all-time series, which began in 1896, is knotted at 23-23-4 […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 4 Game Preview: Nevada at Toledo

Nevada at Toledo When: Saturday, September 22, 12:00 PM EDT Where: Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network / CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App Nevada Wolfpack (2-1 overall, 0-0 MWC) Nevada defeated Oregon State 37-35 last week but really it should not have been this close. Leading 30-7, Nevada nearly blew a 23-point lead in the second […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 4 Game Preview: Akron at Iowa State

Akron at Iowa State When: Saturday, September 2, 11:00 AM CDT Where: MidAmerican Energy Field At Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA TV/Streaming: FSN / Fox Sports Go Akron Zips (2-0, 0-0 MAC) – Week 3 W at Northwestern 39-34 For the first time in Akron football’s FBS history, the Zips defeated a Big Ten opponent as Akron held […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 2 Game Preview: Howard at Kent State

Howard at Kent State When: Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 PM EDT Where: Dix Stadium, Kent, OH TV/Streaming Coverage:ESPN+ (subscription) Howard (0-1, 0-0 MEAC, last week L 32-38 at Ohio) Last week, head coach Mike London and the Bison came up just short as they were edged out by Ohio University, 38-32, despite putting up an impressive 645 total […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Ohio Bobcats

Ohio Bobcats Location: Athens, OH Coach: Frank Solich (97-71 @Ohio, 155-90 overall) 14th Season Stadium: Penden Stadium (Capacity: 24,000) CSJ Projections: 1st: MAC (1st in East Division) 2nd: Ohio 61st: FBS 64th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: With an offense that produced over 39 points per game, Ohio looked poised to make the MAC title game […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Toledo Rockets

Toledo Rockets Location: Toledo, OH Coach: Jason Candle (21-7) 3rd Season Stadium: Glass Bowl (Capacity: 26,248) CSJ Projections: 2nd: MAC (1st in West Division) 3rd: Ohio 65th: FBS 68th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: For all of the success the Rockets has enjoyed in recent years, Jason Candle’s 2017 Rockets accomplished something that had not been […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Northern Illinois Huskies

Northern Illinois Huskies Location: DeKalb, IL Coach: Rod Carey (44-24) 6th Season Stadium: Huskie Stadium (Capacity: 24,000) CSJ Projections: 3rd: MAC (2nd in West Division) 2nd: Illinois 73rd: FBS 76th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: NIU used its defense to get back to a winning season after finishing 5-7 in 2016 to finish 8-5 but […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Western Michigan Broncos

Western Michigan Broncos Location: Kalamazoo, MI Coach: Tim Lester (6-6@WMU, 46-29 overall) 2nd Season Stadium: Waldo Stadium (Capacity: 30,200) CSJ Projections: 4th: MAC (3rd in West Division) 3rd: Michigan 81st: FBS 85th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: After Western Michigan went 13-1 and had a Cotton Bowl appearance in 2016 and also lost its head […]

2018 College Football Team Previews: Buffalo Bulls

Buffalo Bulls Location: Buffalo, NY Coach: Lance Leipold (13-23 @UB, 122-29 overall) 4th Season Stadium: UB Stadium (Capacity: 29,013) CSJ Projections: 5th: MAC (3rd in East Division) 3rd: New York 86th: FBS 92nd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Bulls won the final three games of the season to finish 6-6 and gain bowl eligibility […]