The Road Report: National Football Update (8/31/2017)

Thursday, August 31, 2017


There were a handful of games at the major college level last weekend as college football officially kicked off at its highest level. And there were also games at several of college football’s lower levels including some junior college action in the NJCAA.

But things finally get started in earnest tonight as every level of NCAA college football has at least a handful of teams in action before the season moves into full swing Saturday.

College Football America Feature Game Recaps

We had three feature games last week – one each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as we hit the road for our first big trip. It all started Thursday night in Campbellsville, Ky., where the host Tigers knocked off the Pikeville Bears 28-14 in the NAIA season opener for both teams. Then it was on to Long Beach, Calif., for Friday night’s season opener between the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 No. 11 Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits and their neighbors, the Los Alamitos Griffins. It was a competitive game that felt a little closer than the 28-10 victory by the Jackrabbits. Finally, on Saturday we made our way on up to San Jose where the hometown San Jose State Spartans hosted the USF Bulls in the first game for Charlie Strong as USF’s head coach. The Bulls fell into a quick 16-0 hole before settling down and winning big 42-22.

Other Top College Football Results


At No. 14, Stanford was the only team ranked in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll that was in action last week. The Cardinal had no problems against Rice beating the Owls 62-7 to get the 2017 season started. In the only other three games last weekend, Colorado State beat Oregon State 58-27 to open up the new stadium in Fort Collins; BYU struggled a bit against FCS opponent Portland State, but still managed to come away with a 20-6 win; and Hawaii out-dueled UMass to get a 38-35 win on the road.


In addition to Portland State, a handful of other FCS teams were in action. Florida A&M beat Texas Southern 29-7; Jacksonville State handled Chattanooga 27-13; and Colgate traveled across country to pick up a 20-14 win at Cal Poly.


The NAIA season kicked off last weekend with roughly half of its membership in action. We were on hand for Campbellsville’s win over Pikeville, of course, but some of the nation’s top teams were in action, too, including No. 2 Baker which barely avoided an upset at home in a 31-27 win over No. 23 William Penn. In the only game featuring two Top 25 teams, the Wildcats actually trailed 27-24 until Logan Brettell found Cornell Brown on a 61-yard pass-and-catch combo. That gave the defending national runner-up Wildcats a 31-27 lead with just 1:33 remaining in the game.

Other results featuring ranked NAIA squads included:

No. 8 Lindsey Wilson 43, St. Andrews 7
No. 9 Grand View 37, Evangel 17
Benedictine 42, No. 12 Missouri Valley 17
No. 15 Dickinson State 43, Rocky Mountain 28
No. 16 Southeastern 62, Union 21
Dakota State 56, No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan 39
No. 19 Montana Western 16, College of Idaho 14
Olivet Nazarene 31, No. 20 Kansas Wesleyan 24


Defending NJCAA champion and current No. 3 Garden City was in action Thursday night, and the Broncbusters had no problem dispatching the Ellsworth Panthers 31-7. In the only matchup featuring two Top 10 squads, it was a Battle of the Bulldogs as the group of ‘Dawgs from Navarro beat the others from Georgia Military 23-7.

The biggest eye-catcher of the weekend, however, was Cisco’s 98-0 win over Rezolution Prep Academy, a non-NCAA sports academy. Other results featuring ranked NJCAA squads included:

No. 4 Trinity Valley 57, Pima 3
No. 7 Navarro 23, No. 8 Georgia Military 7
No. 12 Iowa Western 70, No. 17 Independence 21
Highland 26, No. 15 Dodge City 21
No. 16 Tyler 22, Kilgore 8
No. 19 Eastern Arizona 68, Arizona Soul Patrol 0
No. 20 Snow 65, Wasatch Revolution 0

Upcoming College Football America Feature Games

We’ve got a number of games that we’ll be at this weekend including:

Thursday, August 31

7 p.m. ET: Buffalo at Minnesota
7:30 p.m. ET: Holy Cross at UConn

Friday, September 1

6 p.m. ET: Fordham at Army
8 p.m. ET: Navy at Florida Atlantic
9 p.m. ET: Utah State at Wisconsin

Saturday, September 2

12:30 p.m. ET: Bethune-Cookman at Miami (FL)
12:30 p.m. ET: Villanova at Lehigh
3:30 p.m. ET: Temple at Notre Dame
8 p.m. ET: Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee

Sunday, September 3

7:30 p.m. ET: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech at Landover, Md.


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