What a crazy week.
We were originally scheduled to shoot LSU at Florida, and like everybody else with an interest in the game, we were tracking Hurricane Matthew’s trail waiting on a decision about the game’s status. We got word that it would come late in the afternoon Wednesday, and then that got pushed back to early afternoon on Thursday. Early afternoon then came and went, and finally we heard that a decision was coming later in the afternoon Thursday.
By then it was becoming painfully obvious that a football game in Gainesville Saturday afternoon was not in the public’s best interest, and finally the powers that be agreed. The game was officially postponed, but with no common open dates left, there will have to be some shuffling if the game happens at all.
If it does, we’ll try to be there. But the cancellation forced some last minute re-routing on our part. We want to publicly thank Kennesaw State University and Western Carolina University for rescuing our schedule and allowing us to shoot this Saturday.
SMU Mustangs at Tulsa Golden Hurricane
8:00 p.m. ET Friday, October 7, 2016
College Football America Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Matthew Postins is on-hand for this one, part of a two-game Oklahoma swing for the chief including tomorrow’s game at Oklahoma State. This one figures to go Tulsa’s way at home with the Golden Hurricane sporting a 3-1 record. SMU is just 2-3 and desperately needs to find a way to pull this off to stay even at .500 and firmly in the postseason discussion.
Arizona Christian Firestorm at SAGU Lions
Noon ET Saturday, October 8, 2016
The SAGU Lions are 2-3, but they’ll be looking for their first CSFL win of the 2016 campaign when they host the Arizona Christian Firestorm Saturday in Waxahachie. Associate Publisher Chuck Cox will be on-hand to capture the sights and scenes of the Lions’ homecoming as they look to get past a pesky Firestorm squad that’s 2-2 and has played tough since launching their program a year ago.
Missouri S&T Miners at Kennesaw State Owls
1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, October 8, 2016
College Football America Publisher Kendall Webb was set to fly into Jacksonville Saturday morning and head over to Gainesville for LSU at Florida when Matthew messed things up. No, not our Matthew, rather the menace known as Hurricane Matthew that’s been wreaking havoc all up Florida’s East Coast Friday. First came the canceled flight notice from Southwest Thursday afternoon, and then finally word from the SEC office that the Florida-LSU tussle had been postponed.
So a few emails later, and our schedule suddenly included this matchup between the NCAA Division II Miners, and the FCS newcomers at Kennesaw State. The Owls made their debut last fall as a football program finishing an impressive 6-5 including 3-5 against fellow FCS opponents. The losses were mostly impressive, too, including a narrow 31-27 loss to Dayton, and a 28-14 loss to Charleston Southern which was considered one of the better teams in all of FCS last year.
This year, the Owls are already 3-1, and they should have enough talent to avoid an upset by the Division II Miners despite the visitors’ 3-2 record.
Iowa State Cyclones at Oklahoma State Cowboys
3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, October 8, 2016
It hasn’t been a great season in Stillwater on the field with the Cowboys entering Saturday’s contest with just a 3-2 record. That’s also led to some interesting moments off the field with important Oklahoma State booster Boone Pickens sparring verbally with none other than ‘Pokes head coach Mike Gundy. The coach, who at times has been notably sensitive to criticism of his program, pushed back despite Pickens’ revered status in Stillwater as the university’s top benefactor, and you get the feeling the clock might be ticking on the Gundy era. Both sides are showing signs that they might be tiring of the other, and it doesn’t help that Gundy’s team is out of the gate slow. The big win over Texas helped, but that could be undone by an Iowa State upset. It’s a long shot with the Cyclones sitting at 1-4 under new head coach Matt Campbell, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
Wofford Terriers at Western Carolina Catamounts
Cullowhee, North Carolina
7 p.m. ET Saturday, October 8, 2016
The other half of our rescheduled Florida swing will find us in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina Saturday evening when a 3-2 Wofford squad pays a visit to face the struggling team at Western Carolina. It could be a night for the visitors with the Catamounts sitting at just 1-3 coming into this one.
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