Tag: Western Illinois

CSJ’s 2018 Week 3 Game Preview: Montana at Western Illinois

Montana at Western Illinois When: Saturday, September 15, 3:00 PM CDT Where: Hanson Field, Macomb, Ill. TV/Streaming:ESPN+ (subscription) Montana Grizzlies (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky) W-vs. Drake 48-16 Montana improved to 2-0 on the season after putting up 38 second-half points in a 48-16 victory over Drake. The Grizzlies edged Missouri Valley Football Conference foe Northern Iowa, 26-23, […]

CSJ’s 2018 Week 1 Game Preview: Western Illinois at Montana State

Western Illinois at Montana State When: Thursday, August 30, 7:00 PM MDT Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman, MT TV/Streaming Coverage: SWX Montana, Altitude2/Montana State Western Illinois: CSJ’s 2018 Preview Capsule Western Illinois is not ranked to start this season, but they finished 13th in the final FCS poll last season. The Leathernecks ended last year 8-4 with a berth in the […]

FCS Week 6 Top Ten Twitter Highlights

  Top 10 Twitter Highlights No. 10. The Stetson University football team earned their first win in 2017 as the Hatters dueled to a hard fought victory over Brown University 17-13 at Spec Martin Stadium. The win improves the Hatters to 1-5 overall this season and snaps a nine game overall losing streak dating back […]

FCS Week 4 Top Ten Twitter Highlights

Top 10 Twitter Highlights The Bryant University football team put up a program-record 608 yards of total offense and came from 11 points down in the third quarter to defeat Fordham University, 45-40, in front of a raucous crowd of 7,532 fans on Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. The Bulldogs (2-2) flexed their offensive muscles on […]

FCS Week 1 Quick Recap and Highlights

Top 10 Twitter Highlights In his coaching debut with the Bison, Coach Mike London and the Howard University Football team stunned FBS foe UNLV with a 43-40 victory in front of 15,000 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium. “I’m extremely proud of this team. The culmination of this day stemmed from the early workouts to just […]

2017 Season FCS College Football Picks: Missouri Valley Football Conference

CSJ’s Predicted Order of finish: North Dakota State South Dakota State Youngstown State Illinois State Northern Iowa Western Illinois South Dakota Southern Illinois Missouri State Indiana State   North Dakota State Fearless Prediction: While NDSU’s run at consecutive national titles and 27-consective playoff wins ended after losing in the playoff semi-finals last year against James […]

Ten Breakout Players in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2017

The Missouri Valley Football Conference is ranked in most of the recent years polls as the top FCS conference in the country. This year likely will be no different as nine of the ten teams in the conference return their starting quarterbacks. A year ago, however, was the first year in six seasons that the […]

CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings — Week 10

With two weeks left NDSU right now is really only the obvious selection going to the playoffs. The Bison have the #3 spot in the current Playoff Selection Committee rankings with the single loss to SDSU. Other than that loss, they have a spectacular resume due to their strength of schedule and an impressive FBS […]

CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings — Week 9

The game of this week in the MVFC is in Fargo with two of the top three schools tied atop of the standings when YSU visits NDSU. Both schools right now look comfortably in the field of 24 playoff field. The winner will have the inside track for at least a share of the conference […]

CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings — Week 8

The game of this week in the MVFC is in Cedar Falls with the Top 2 Sagarin rankings with NDSU coming to face UNI. UNI with four losses, however, are in a must win mode to stay in the playoff conversation. NDSU, meanwhile, will try to stay in the Top 4 seed conversation. The other […]

Missouri Valley Conference Power Rankings — Week 7

  Here is the College Sports Journal’s Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings for the week of 10/18/2016. (Last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 1. (1) North Dakota State (5-1, 2-1) Last Week: Lost to South Dakota State 19-17 at home This Week: at Western Illinois I know, I know. How can the Bison still be #1? […]

CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings — Week 6

Here are the updated power rankings for the Missouri Valley Football Conference for the week ending Oct. 9th. Note last week’s rankings in (parentheses).   1. (1) North Dakota State (5-0, 2-0) Last Week: Win over Missouri State 27-3 on the road This Week: vs. South Dakota State The Bison play SDSU this week in the […]

CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings – Week 5

  Here are the updated power rankings for the Missouri Valley Football Conference this week ending Oct. 4. The league is very close from top to bottom. In fact, three league games last Saturday ended with large scoring runs by the winning team. North Dakota State trailed Illinois State, 10-7, with 13:06 remaining the second […]

CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings – Week 4

Much like the Big Sky Conference I did yesterday, I will give my rankings for the Missouri Valley Football Conference with the team, its record, its prior ranking in the week and a summary of what each team did the week before, as well as what each team has coming up. I will do this […]

Not So Suddenly, The Big Ten’s Entire Rationale For Banning FCS Games Crumbles

  PHILADELPHIA, PA – In a way, it’s hilarious. This weekend, relatively quietly, two more teams of the FCS played, and beat, FBS schools. Granted, the Huskies of Northern Illinois are struggling, at 0-4 competing in the MAC. But the Huskies still were in one of the biggest bowls in college football -the Orange Bowl […]

Leathernecks Hold On Fourth Down, Defeat Northern Illinois

WESTERN PICKS UP SEVENTH CAREER FBS VICTORY IN THE 28-23 DECISION SATURDAY. By Patrick Osterman Special to College Sports Journal This story is courtesy of Western Illinois athletic communications     DeKALB, Ill. – Trying to stop Northern Illinois’ late rally, the Western Illinois defense held on 4th-and-3 at its own nine yard line in the […]

Big Sky versus Missouri Valley Match-ups Highlight This Week

The two most western conferences and arguably the top two FCS team will highlight this week’s top match-up. In total, this season will see six such Big Sky vs. MVFC matchups. NDSU and UNI both play Eastern Washington, UNI plays Montana, South Dakota state squares off against Cal Poly, Western Illinois will tussle with Northern […]

College Sports Journal Players of the Week, Sept. 4

Four players including Cooper Kupp from Eastern Washington, Steve McShane from Western Illinois, Jaheem Woods from Stony Brook, and Lorenzo Jerome from Saint Francis have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending September 4th, 2016 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The honorees are listed here with their achievements […]

Western Illinois Opens with a Win at Eastern Illinois

CHARLESTON, IL – Western Illinois sophomore running back Steve McShane rushed for 207 yards — 70 on the game-clinching touchdown to end the game’s scoring. The Leathernecks opened the season with a 38-21 victory over Eastern Illinois in front of 7,618 in attendance at O’Brien Stadium. It was the first win for new coach WIU […]

Big Ten Conference: Bring Back FCS Opponents

This week, I will be traveling to Charleston, IL to attend the Western Illinois – Eastern Illinois football game. This is a match-up I circled a few months ago as a great season opener for two 2015 FCS playoff teams. It should be an entertaining start to each school’s season. Since I am traveling this far […]

FCS NCG 2016 QB Carson Wentz

2016 Missouri Valley Football Conference Preview

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference 2016 Preview By Kent Schmidt Predicted Order of Finish North Dakota State Northern Iowa Illinois State South Dakota State Youngstown State Western Illinois Southern Illinois Indiana State South Dakota Missouri State OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jake Wieneke, WR, Jr., South Dakota State DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: […]