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Old 09.02.2017, 09:52 PM
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Really interesting, keep up the good work

I see we are starting with the cellar dwellers and working upwards. So, by my calculation should be Notre Dame about Tuesday ?
Thanks, good to know people are interested . I'll be out drinking tomorrow, so you might have to wait until Wednesday for Notre Dame .
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Really enjoying this series - thanks!

I've decided to supplement my new found love of the NFL with following NCAA next season so I can a) watch more of the game, b) give context to all the Bowls I'll end up watching to kill time around Xmas and c) follow players so I know more about them come draft time.

This series is already wetting my appetite! Looking forward to when you start getting up to the big boys!
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Day 5: South Alabama Jaguars



Location: Mobile, Alabama

Introduction: Again one of the newer college football teams, they started play in 2009, and only entered the FBS in 2012. USA is the only member of the Sun Belt to have had continuous membership, from it's foundation in 1976.

Biggest achievement: Making their first bowl game in 2014, the Camellia Bowl, which they would lose 28-33 vs Bowling Green, they scored a go ahead TD with 1:20 left, only to concede a TD 14 seconds later, missing out on their first (and to date only) winning season. Making their 2nd bowl game in 2016, the Arizona Bowl vs Air Force, unfortunately they would lose this one far more convincingly 45-21.

Biggest failure: For a relatively new team they have been relatively successful, their worst record after the one season transition period being 5-7 in 2015. So either the 2-11 record during the transition season, or not making that final step to having a winning season.

Traditions: Following the death of running back Anthony Mostella during the off season before his senior season in a motorcycle accident the #5 jersey is reserved for a senior who displayed the leadership skills and work ethic that Mostella portrayed.

Rivals: Troy, "The Battle for The Belt" another Alabama and Sun Belt team, Troy leads the series 3-2, winning the 2016 meeting 28-21.

Head coach: Joey Jones, the former Alabama all decade (80s) WR who had one season in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons (141 yards, 0 TDs). Started coaching as an assistant at an Alabama high school, became the HC of new division 3 school Birmingham–Southern. Was named the first HC for USA in 2008. Has compiled a 25-38 record over 5 seasons in the FBS. Was named the 2013 Sun Belt coach of the year

Notable current players: Jeremy Reaves, DB, 2016 All Sun Belt.

Notable former players: Wes Saxton, TE, Chris May, OL, Romelle Jones, DL and Alex Page, DL, the school's first All Sun Belt selections in 2013. Gerald Everett, TE, 2015 and 2016 All Sun Belt, considered a potential day 2 selection in the 2017 NFL draft by CBS, if he's drafted at any point he would become the first USA player drafted.

Stadium: Ladd–Peebles Stadium, opened 1948, 40,000 capacity, best known as the home of the Senior Bowl.

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Day 6: Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks



Location: Monroe, Louisiana

Introduction: Joined the FBS school in 1975, would drop down to FCS in 1982, and returned in 1994, they would spent a total 14 seasons as an independent, before joining the Sun Belt in 2001.

Biggest achievement:

Won the FCS National Championship in 1987, going 13-2, and wining the NC game 43-42.

The 2005 season, when they clinched a share of their only Sun Belt conference championship, with a 5-2 record in Sun Belt play, they would lose all OOC games to finish with a 5-6 record and miss out on a bowl game.

The 2012 season, when they finished with a 8-5 record, making their only bowl game in school history the Independence Bowl vs Ohio, unfortunately they would lose their bowl game in embarrassing fashion 45-14.

Biggest failure: The 2000-2003 seasons, where they had a combined 7-39 record over 4 seasons.

Mascot: ULM have gone through a few name changes in their history, starting off as the Northeast Louisiana State Indians in 1999 the university would change it's name to the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In 2005 "Louisiana–Monroe was one of 19 colleges and universities throughout the United States who were cited by the NCAA for having "hostile or abusive" team names, mascots, or images." and threatened with a post season ban. ULM decided to replace their mascot which was a anthropomorphic caricature (this is the only photo I could find:
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with a real life Native American on horse back (think FSU). It wasn't enough of a change for the NCAA to remove them from the list, so in 2006 they changed their name to the Warhawks to honour local resident Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault.

Rivals: Louisiana–Lafayette, "Battle on the Bayou", have faced each other 52 times, with Lafayette leading the series 28-24, having won the last 3.

Head coach: Matt Viator, started coaching in 1986 as a high school assistant in Louisiana, would rise to the position of HC at his Alma mater FCS McNeese State from 2006-2015. Was named ULM HC in 2016, taking them to a 4-8 record in his first season.

Notable former players: Trey Caldwell, DB, 2016 6th round draft pick, first player drafted from ULM since 2007. Marty Booker, WR, last ULM player to make a Pro Bowl (2002).

Stadium: Malone Stadium, opened 1978, 30,000 capacity

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Old 12.02.2017, 11:59 AM
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Next team is Georgia Southern, that should be a fun one to compile for me

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Day 7: Georgia Southern Eagles



Location: Statesboro, Georgia

Introduction: Yet another newish FBS team, started play in 1924, the school suspended play for World War 2, unfortunately no one informed the school of the end of the war until 1984, when the team started playing at the FCS level again. They would eventually move up to the FBS level in 2014.

Biggest achievement: 6 times FCS national champions, including 4 within their first 10 seasons of play (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999 and 2000).

Beating Florida as an FCS school without completing a single pass [proceeds to go on a rant which exceeds the character limit about Will Muschamp ].

Taking the step up to the FBS in stride, going 9-3 and 9-4 with a Sun Belt championship (2014) and their first bowl win (2015's season GoDaddy Bowl, 58-27 over Bowling Green State) within their first two seasons.

Biggest failure: Regressing back to 5-7 in 2016/

Traditions: Yellow School Buses, when the school started play in 1984 they were struggling for transportation, the school district offered them two yellow buses for $1 each, they took the offer and still use the buses on gamely today, to get from the practice facility to the stadiums.

Head coach: Willie Fritz was their first HC in the FBS, taking them to a 17-7 record over 2 seasons, he would leave for Tulane at the end of the 2015 season. Was named the 2014 Sun Belt coach of the year.

Tyson Summers is the current HC, the former Presbyterian LB broke into coaching as a DB coach at a high school in Georgia, he would be named as Georgia Southern HC at the end of 2015, his first HC job. He would take them to a 5-7 record.

Notable former players: Antwione Williams, 2016 6th round draft pick, started 3 games for the Lions.

J.J. Wilcox, 2013 3rd round draft pick, 2 year starter for Dallas.

Rob Bironas, K, only Georgia Southern player to make a Pro Bowl.

Stadium: Paulson Stadium, opened 1983, last renovated 2014, 25,000 capacity.

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Day 8: Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns



Location: Lafayette, Louisiana

Introduction: Started play in 1902, went from being a junior college, up through Division 2, the FCS and finally jointing the FBS in 1973, where they have been an independent as well as members of the Southland, Big West, and currently the Sun Belt conference.

What is a Ragin' Cajun: "A Ragin' Cajun is not a person or an animal, but a feeling that describes our unique way of life. It describes our hot and spicy food and unique music."

Biggest achievement: Winning a share of the Big West conference championship in 1993 and 1994. Winning a share of the Sun Belt championship in 2005. Going 36-16 between 2011 and 2014 including 4 New Orleans Bowl victories, although they would be forced to vacate 2 of the championships, and 22 of the wins due to major NCAA violations.

Biggest failure: 1997-2001, when they went 9-46 in 4 seasons.

Mascot: This pepper


Head coach: Mark Hudspeth, former Delta State (Division 2) safety and QB, got his coaching break at Central Arkansas (FCS) as a graduate assistant. Is currently in his 2nd college head coaching job, after North Alabama (Division 2). Became ULL coach in 2011, and has an all time 46-31 (NCAA revised 23-31) record. has the best win % of any ULL HC, and is the only ULL HC to have won a bowl game.

Notable former players: Elijah McGuire, RB. 2014 Sun Belt player of the year, projected 5th round draft pick by CBS.

Christian Ringo, DE, 2015 All Sun Belt, only ULL player drafted since 2010 (2015 6th round pick, Green Bay).

Charles Tillman, CB, 2003 2nd round pick, First team All Pro, 2013 Walter Payton man of the year.

Stadium: Cajun Field AKA "The Swamp" [oh **** off, there's only one Swamp], opened 1971, 37,000 capacity, last renovated 2014.

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Great series, kw! Enjoying reading it as someone who knows next to nothing about College Football...
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Great series, kw! Enjoying reading it as someone who knows next to nothing about College Football...
here, here. it is certainly proving to be an education!
And I never thought I would be actively following a thread that used words like 'anthropomorphic'...
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I just wish there was a way to actually post images without them automatically become tiny, maybe I should start up a blog?

Day 9: Idaho Vandals



Location: Moscow, Idaho

Introduction: Started play in 1917, dropped down to the FCS at it's formation, moved back up to the FBS in 1996, where they have been members of the now defunct Big West, the Sun Belt, the now defunct WAC, an FBS independent, and currently back to the Sun Belt.

In August 2016, with the NCAA deciding that conferences could host a conference championship game with only 10 teams rather than the previous requisite of 12 the Sun Belt decided to jettison both New Mexico State and Idaho, as a result Idaho made the decision to drop down to the FCS rather than playing as an FBS independent, in doing so they became the only school since the FBS/FCS split to opt to drop down. As a result 2017 will be their final season as a FBS school.

Biggest achievement: The team immediately following the step up to the FBS, under head coach Chris Tormey they were able to go 27-18 over 4 seasons, including a 42-35 victory over Southern Mississippi in the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl.

The 2016 season, with all the uncertainty surrounding their future Idaho were able to have one great (by their standards) season, going 9-4 and earning themselves a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory (61-50 over Colorado State).

Biggest failure: During their 74 season in the FBS they have managed just 13 winning season, including only 5 in the 21 seasons since returning to the FBS, the lowest point came between 2001 and 2008, when they went a combined 18-76 (0.191). Or wait, maybe it was the 5 seasons between 2011 and 2015 when they went a combined 9-50 (0.153)

Rivals: Boise State, first meeting was in 1971, for all but 4 years (the 4 Idaho were in the Sun Belt) it has been a conference game, Boise State lead the series 22-17-1, having won the last 12 (with a combined score of 603-214). The game hasn't been played since the break up of the WAC in 2010, no future football or basketball games are scheduled between the two schools.

Washington State, the two first meet in 1894, they had meet 91 times in total, with Washington State leading the series 72-16-3, the most recent meeting was in 2016, and the next meeting is scheduled for 2020. With the schools being only 8 miles apart it has lead to the tradition of students from the losing school walking to the winner's school, and getting a life back to campus from the winners a tradition called The Loser's Walk.

Head coach: Paul Petrino, the former Carroll (NAIA) QB, began coaching as the OC at Carroll shortly after graduation, Idaho is his first head coaching job. Went 6-29 in his first 3 seasons, before turning it around in 2016, winning the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Was named the 2016 Sun Belt coach of the year. Paul's brother Bobby is the current head coach at Louisville.

Notable current players: Aikeem Coleman, DE, 2016 Sun Belt's newcomer of the year, 2nd team All Sun Belt.

Notable former players: Quinton Bradley, 2015 All Sun Belt.

Mike Iupati, 2009 consensus All American, 2010 1st round draft pick, first team all pro, 4 time pro bowler.

Jerry Kramer, 1958 4th round pick, 5 time first team All Pro.

Wayne Walker, 1958 4th round pick, 1 time first team All Pro, 3 time pro bowler.

Stadium: Kibbie Dome, opened 1971, converted to a dome in 1974, 15,200 capacity (2nd smallest stadium in the FBS, behind Charlotte's Jerry Richardson Stadium).

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