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 »
If you'd like, you can check out my FCS Top 25 vote below.
A question FCS voters frequently get is: How to rank FCS over FBS upsets?
Bascially, the same questions plaguing rankings on the FBS side ("Is Jacksonville State simply a really, really good FCS team? Or is Auburn really bad?) cuts the other way in the FCS world.
Jacksonville State almost beat Auburn. But the meaning of that close shave is still undetermined. Auburn didn't look like much last week after being dominated by LSU. What if the Tigers finish under .500? How will Jacksonville State's close shave look then?
With Furman's upset over UCF 16-15
, we have another opportunity to play the game of "how good is this team, really?" Furman's in my Top 25, barely, mostly on the back of their upset win against a team that quite recently was seen as a quality mid-major in the FBS world. But the Paladins are 1-2, though with one of the toughest schedules in FCS. So, again: How good was the win?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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It's that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 7 of the college football season. Why go to website after website when all the information you need is right here?
Last week, I was so busy hyping up Lehigh/Fordham that I forget to post my weekly viewing guide.
As a result, Lehigh lost.
This is reason enough for my viewing guide to make a comeback.
If you are not able to attend you can follow the game from the following sources:
TV: NBC Sports Network
Dish Network-Channel 159
Direct TV-Channel 220
Online Streaming: NBC Live Extra
(free with subscription to NBC Sports Network)
Radio: ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320
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My vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 9/23/2013 follows below the flip.
But first, by all means, enjoy this awesome shot of the Gardner-Webb/Wofford game this past week, played in a driving rainstorm.
The Runnin' Bulldogs did some of their best wet runnin' this past weekend, a drenched 3-0 win at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with RB Juanne Blount
of Gardner-Webb helping them control the clock for 37 minutes. They did what it takes to win, in crazy weather conditions.Read more »
It's that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 4 of the college football season. Why go to website after website when all the information you need is right here?
Last week I was remiss in forgetting to mention Lehigh's broadcast information.
Tonight at 6PM, Lehigh at Princeton will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network, and will also be available for live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra
, if your cable company supports it (you'll probably have to check for yourself).
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
.Read more »