Analyzing UMass’ Independent Schedule

Even before UMass' 41-0 national TV loss to Georgia Southern, many wondered why UMass reversed course and decided to play this season. The decision is a curious one, given the absence of several Power 5 guarantee games for the program to generate revenue with. The ability for the Minutemen to load with their schedule with … Continue reading Analyzing UMass’ Independent Schedule

A History of Army-Navy Games at the Academies

On Friday, the Naval Academy and US Military Academy announced the Army-Navy Game would be played in West Point for the first time since 1943. This move is logical considering the climate at both academies, especially West Point, and their desire to protect the Cadets and Midshipmen from COVID-19. The rivalry has been played at … Continue reading A History of Army-Navy Games at the Academies

Army Rolls Over Mercer 49-3 to Move to 6-1

What a game. Four Army QB's saw the field, including a sixth QB this season; Christan Parrish. Army is now 6-1 after today's big win over Mercer. They are 6-1 for the first time since 1996. Army's defense opened the game by scaring the entire fan base as they let Mercer march down the field … Continue reading Army Rolls Over Mercer 49-3 to Move to 6-1

Return of the WAC: FBS Football Creeps Closer

I hate to say I called it, but I did. Mostly. https://twitter.com/WACHoopsDigest/status/1318620423899078657 We've talked the state of the Western Athletic Conference and the possibilities when it comes to realignments that could bolster the conference and bring it back into the ranks of FBS on numerous occasions now. On both occasions I mentioned that they'd likely … Continue reading Return of the WAC: FBS Football Creeps Closer

The 2020 Rankings Reveal More of the Same for the Group of Five

This season has been all over the place - this is not news to anyone. It seemed like things were normalized once we reached a point where about half of FBS teams were likely to play the 2020 season, and when teams like the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns popped into the rankings it looked like this … Continue reading The 2020 Rankings Reveal More of the Same for the Group of Five

Jay Hopson Was An Okay Hire Who Produced Okay Results

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Jay Hopson may have indeed been the first every white head coach at an HBCU, and he had some good success within the conference. But there's a big jump from the SWAC to the top of FCS, let alone into the ranks of FBS, and it just might have been a little too much for … Continue reading Jay Hopson Was An Okay Hire Who Produced Okay Results

Army Dominates Middle Tennessee En Route to 42-0 Victory

Coming into todays game the last time Middle Tennessee was shut out was December 1st, 2012 when they lost to Arkansas State 45-0. That changed today. This was Army's biggest shutout against an FBS team since October 19th, 1963 when they beat Wake Forest 47-0. It was the first home opening shut out since September … Continue reading Army Dominates Middle Tennessee En Route to 42-0 Victory

Most Interesting Modern Group of Five Champs: 2013 Arkansas State

It had been awhile since Arkansas State's 2005 co-champion team, and prospects became good for the Red Wolves. Almost too good. Arkansas State began an era of one-and-done coaches, beginning in 2011 when Hugh Freeze led the program to an undefeated Sun Belt record and a 10-3 finish. He left for the "big-time" environment of … Continue reading Most Interesting Modern Group of Five Champs: 2013 Arkansas State

Most Interesting Modern Group of Five Champs: 2016 Temple

If you can't remember when Temple football was bad, you're simply too young. Not only was Temple bad, they were bad enough to get kicked out of the worst BCS conference. After a 10-2 finish and win in the Garden State Bowl in 1979, the Owls entered football purgatory. Sure there were some bright spots … Continue reading Most Interesting Modern Group of Five Champs: 2016 Temple