You didn't ask for them, but here's my pick for this week's FCS Top 25.
I'm pretty proud of myself for not falling into the trap of South Dakota State
Many people, after the Jackrabbits' huge win over North Dakota State
, vaulted them to the Top 5 of their polls, but I know better. The craziness of the Missouri Valley I thought would eventually catch up with them, so I had only reluctantly put them at No. 10.
Their loss to 3-5 Illinois State
, taken in isolation, was a shocker - but perhaps not completely shocking, though, considering the Missouri Valley has not one but two teams that have beaten Power Five Teams and also have five losses
In fact, there are three Missouri Valley teams - Illinois State, South Dakota
and Northern Iowa
- that can plausibly say, if they get to 6-5, they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs as an at-large team, thanks to perceived quality wins.Read more »
My vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 11/4/2013 follows below the flip.
But first, check out this great picture from the crazy Delaware/Towson game this weekend, courtesy of Towson Athletics.
Three times, Towson had a chance to put away Delaware up by 2 touchdowns. Three times, the Tigers didn't convert.
With 4 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third quarter, Towson (8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association) had a chance to pad a 28-10 advantage, but senior PK Drew Evangelista’s field-goal attempt from 33 yards banged off the left upright.
On the ensuing possession, Tigers LB Monte Gaddis put enough pressure on Blue Hens senior QB Trevor Sasek to incite him to float a deep pass that junior CB Tye Smith intercepted at Towson’s 26-yard line. Smith wove his way 74 yards into the end zone, but the Tigers were flagged for clipping, which nullified the touchdown with 2:27 remaining.
And on Delaware’s penultimate series of the contest, Sasek severely underthrew junior WR Michael Johnson on second down-and-2 at Towson’s 16, but Smith dropped a sure interception that would have led to the Tigers cementing a 31-17 lead.
Instead, Delaware would rally from 22 points down in the fourth quarter to escape Johnny Unitas stadium with a 32-31 victory, stunning the Towson crowd. You could say everything about this win for Delaware was Lehigh-esque: from the amazing second half comeback from three scores down to the stunned silence from Johnny Unitas stadium, the same one that Lehigh delivered in 2011 in their 40-38 playoff victory.Read more »
It's that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 10 of the college football season. Why go to website after website when all the information you need is right here?
If there was ever a week where you, dear Reader, needed this page, it's this week, since Lehigh has their bye week.
Fortunately for all of us (and, of course, I include myself in this), there are a boatload of important games available on live streams to watch this weekend. Many, many of them are free.
It's worth popping open a Yuengling and getting the yard work done early.
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My vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 10/21/2013 follows below the flip.
But first, check out this great picture from New Hampshire of OL Ricky Archer
and OL Joe Coccia
celebrating what may have been the most thrilling game of the weekend, a thrilling 29-28 win
by New Hampshire over Villanova that featured a tie and two lead changes in the final two minutes. (Photo Credit: John Tully
From the article:
The season’s playoff hopes were about dead after Villanova (4-3) scored two touchdowns in a span of 46 seconds to take a 28-21 lead with 1:09 left in the game. But UNH got a 35-yard kickoff return from RS Dalton Crossan, plus 15 yards on a late-hit personal foul, to take over at the 50 with 1:02 on the clock. New Hampshire survived a fumble on an attempted hook-and-ladder play, got a pair of catches from RB Chris Setian for 24 total yards, and then QB Sean Goldrich (21-for-28, 236 yards, touchdown) turned a broken play into a 4-yard touchdown scramble to pull his team within one, 28-27, with just under 14 seconds remaining.
That put the pressure on head coach Sean McDonnell to decide whether or not to go for two. He said that offensive coordinator Ryan Carty “was pretty adamant” about going for the win.
“And I just felt, too, that if we were going to win it, we were going to win it there,” McDonell said. “Just felt like the momentum was there and I thought maybe they’d be a little bit on their heels.”
It turned out that Villanova was ready for Setian, but the senior captain bulled to the game-winning conversion anyway, capping a stellar day – career-high 88 yards on 12 carries and three catches for 28 yards.Read more »
It's that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 8 of the college football season. Why go to website after website when all the information you need is right here?
If you are not able to attend the game this weekend at Murray Goodman Stadium you can follow the game from the following sources:
TV: Service Electric 2 (Lehigh Valley)
Online Streaming: Patriot League Network (free)
Radio: ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320
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After the game, there are a boatload of important games, most which are available via live streams!
My vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 10/7/2013 follows below the flip.
But first, check out this great picture from James Madison of QB Michael Birdsong as he's crossing the goal line against Richmond last week (Photo Credit: Joe Mahoney
/The Richmond Times-Dispatch
The sad thing is, this picture was a great one - but Birdsong's ostrich-like touchdown pose would not count for any points, since it would be called back for holding.
James Madsion would go into halftime with a 7-6 lead, but both teams would erupt in the second half, ending in a 38-31 marathon
. Dukes KR Dejor Simmons would take the second-half kickoff for a 100 yard touchdown run, and James Madison wouldn't trail by any more than 5 after that point.Read more »
It's that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 5of the college football season. Why go to website after website when all the information you need is right here?
This week's FCS Top 20 Clash at Murray Goodman will by broadcast on Service Electric 2 with Mike Zambelli, Mike Yadush
and Al DiCarlo as the announcers. For those not in the Lehigh Valley it will also be streamed for free on the Patriot League Network
And I'll be listenting to the pregame on ESPN 1230 and 1320 of the Lehigh Valley, too, with Tom Fallon, Matt Kerr
and Matt Markus
. That will also be live streamed here
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My vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 9/9/2013 follows below the flip.Read more »
(Photo Credit: The Republican)
I'll admit it: UMass has hit pretty much all my sore spots over the years.
Perhaps it was being in the crowd of that 1998 playoff game, where the Mountain Hawks were a horrible pass interference call away from advancing to the I-AA semifinals, complete with the "Lehigh: We're Just Better" sign. (UMass would go on to become I-AA national champions that year, surprising Georgia Southern in the championship game.)
Perhaps it was the move to the MAC in order to play FBS football, after years of moaning from the powers-that-be at UMass that football was a money loser. If you're losing money in FCS, a move to the MAC is the equivalent of selling your underwater mortgage for an even larger mortgage, because this
time, things will be completely different
Perhaps it was playing at the home of the New England Patriots, 100 miles away from Amherst and home to the NFL franchise that broke my Eagles-loving wife's heart.
But in the last few weeks - after a barrage of terrible news over the last few months about UMass' "unexpected" extra loss of money in FBS
, lost local revenue
and fraying relations with faculty
- things are, honestly, starting to look up in Amherst.
I mean it. Really. Things are looking up.Read more »