2008 College Football Season

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ReformedWretch

Puritan Board Doctor
WE ARE....

PENN STATE!

Got my tickets for opening day tomorrow. Taking my dad to tailgate for a few hours before we get our seats at the 10 yard line 20 rows up. I'll return with some pictures tomorrow evening. I LOVE Penn State football in Happy Valley on Saturdays. One of my all time favorite things in the world.
 

ColdSilverMoon

Puritan Board Senior
WE ARE....

PENN STATE!

Got my tickets for opening day tomorrow. Taking my dad to tailgate for a few hours before we get our seats at the 10 yard line 20 rows up. I'll return with some pictures tomorrow evening. I LOVE Penn State football in Happy Valley on Saturdays. One of my all time favorite things in the world.
Can't wait to read your assessment of the Nittany Lions, Adam!

WE ARE...
 

Backwoods Presbyterian

Puritanboard Amanuensis
WE ARE....

PENN STATE!

Got my tickets for opening day tomorrow. Taking my dad to tailgate for a few hours before we get our seats at the 10 yard line 20 rows up. I'll return with some pictures tomorrow evening. I LOVE Penn State football in Happy Valley on Saturdays. One of my all time favorite things in the world.

Going to hard to whoop up on those fierce chickens from Coastal Carolina...:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:


 

Marrow Man

Drunk with Powder
Go Dawg! Sic 'em! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Number 1, baby! (That might be one of the last few times I get to say that! Have you seen their schedule?!?)

 

Marrow Man

Drunk with Powder
Who does Georgia play today?
Hah! Today's not the problem, my friend. They actually play my alma mater, Georgia Southern (which they do once every 4 years). GSU is a 1-AA school, in the same conference as Appalachian State (in fact, they beat App St last year, which, of course, Michigan did not do). GSU was very good in past seasons (Paul Johnson, coach at Navy and now at Georgia Tech, was at GSU prior to going to those schools), winning a total of 6 1-AA national titles, which isn't too shabby considering they have only had football there for about 25 years. However, they've struggled since Johnson left, so don't expect an App St repeat.

No, I'm more concerned about the remaining schedule. They have to play 5 different coaches in the SEC who've won national titles (Spurrier, Fulmer, Miles, Sabian, and Myer). That's not going to be easy. Plus, they have to travel to Tempe and play Arizona State.

It should make for an interesting season!
 

Marrow Man

Drunk with Powder
Who do they play today?

I know all the the good SoCo Conference schools well as Marshall used to be a SoCo school...
You know the Southern Conference and don't know about Georgia Southern? GSU used to routinely beat up on Marshall back in the late 80's (before Marshall got good!). Actually, part of the confusion might be that GSU was not a part of the SoCon back then. They were an independent for several years and then joined the SoCon in the early or mid-90s.

Georgia Southern won national titles in 1985 (beating Furman), 1986 (beating Arkansas State), 1989 (beating Stephen F. Austin -- I was at this game!), 1990 (beating Nevada-Reno), 1999 (beating Youngstown State), and 2000 (beating Montana). They should have also won in 1988 (against Furman, but the QB fumbled the ball inside the 5 yard line on what should have been the go-ahead score) and 1998 (turning the ball over about 8 times against UMass).

In 1989, GSU went undefeated (11 regular season games and then the 4 game playoff) to win the title. The last game of the regular season they played Marshall. The first half, Marshall gave the Eagles a run for their money; GSU was up something like 35-31 (yes, I said halftime!). The second half, I don't think Marshall even scored, while GSU put up another 30 something points. The final score was something like 63-31.

Ahhh, those were the days...
 

Marrow Man

Drunk with Powder
From the Wiki article on Erskine "Erk" Russell, the first head coach at GSU:

After the Eagles moved to Division I-AA in 1984, he fashioned a 70-14 (.825) mark. Russell averaged 10.4 wins per season. He entered the 1989 season as America's winningest coach, orchestrator of two national championships, 68 wins and 14 All-America selections -- all during a seven-year period. In the ensuing 105 days, Georgia Southern ascended to the top spot in the NCAA I-AA football poll and Russell smoked 15 victory cigars. The Eagles extended Division I's longest home win streak from 26 to 37 games, en route to gaining distinction as the only 15-0 college team of this century. Russell's final record at Georgia Southern, after his retirement in 1989, was 83-22-1 (.788).

Here's another article: Georgia Southern Eagles football - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here's a link of interest on the game.
 

Backwoods Presbyterian

Puritanboard Amanuensis
Who do they play today?

I know all the the good SoCo Conference schools well as Marshall used to be a SoCo school...
You know the Southern Conference and don't know about Georgia Southern? GSU used to routinely beat up on Marshall back in the late 80's (before Marshall got good!). Actually, part of the confusion might be that GSU was not a part of the SoCon back then. They were an independent for several years and then joined the SoCon in the early or mid-90s.

Georgia Southern won national titles in 1985 (beating Furman), 1986 (beating Arkansas State), 1989 (beating Stephen F. Austin -- I was at this game!), 1990 (beating Nevada-Reno), 1999 (beating Youngstown State), and 2000 (beating Montana). They should have also won in 1988 (against Furman, but the QB fumbled the ball inside the 5 yard line on what should have been the go-ahead score) and 1998 (turning the ball over about 8 times against UMass).

In 1989, GSU went undefeated (11 regular season games and then the 4 game playoff) to win the title. The last game of the regular season they played Marshall. The first half, Marshall gave the Eagles a run for their money; GSU was up something like 35-31 (yes, I said halftime!). The second half, I don't think Marshall even scored, while GSU put up another 30 something points. The final score was something like 63-31.

Ahhh, those were the days...
Marshall won two titles in the 90's and if it was not for Youngstown State (and current Ohio State HC Jim Tressel) they would have won more. Marshall finished the 90's with the most wins of any team in D-I (including A and AA).
 

PastorSBC

Puritan Board Freshman
Can't wait to see the Mizzou and Illinois game tonight.

Expecting big things from Mizzou this year with all the talent they got back.
 

ReformedWretch

Puritan Board Doctor
WE ARE....

PENN STATE!

Got my tickets for opening day tomorrow. Taking my dad to tailgate for a few hours before we get our seats at the 10 yard line 20 rows up. I'll return with some pictures tomorrow evening. I LOVE Penn State football in Happy Valley on Saturdays. One of my all time favorite things in the world.

Going to hard to whoop up on those fierce chickens from Coastal Carolina...:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:



I do not want to talk about it...


(BGSU 27, Pitt 17)
See what happens when you laugh at me!! :cool::p
 

ReformedWretch

Puritan Board Doctor
Me and my dad before kick off



We deferred the opening kick off to them



Our starting defense with a kid I know from our last work place at starting tackle!



Our offense took the field and seemed to never leave (lol)



Almost the final score (I had my camera put away when CCU kicked that last lousy/pointless field goal.



I uploaded a video from the beginning of the game that is still processing on Youtube. When it's done, you can see it here:

[video=youtube;jc1M95hu_YA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc1M95hu_YA[/video]

Thoughts:

While CCU was a "cupcake" team, you'll notice that we beat our cupcake worse than anyone else has beaten there's this fine opening Saturday. Our offense looks amazing especially at running back. We amasses nearly 300 yards of running and over 200 yards of passing for almost 600 total yards of offense! The team was sharp! No first team penalties at all.

Our defense was tight except for one play where they weren't lined up at all and we got scored on. If not for that, all CCU would have done was to have kicked a 30 yard field goal against our third team defense with their first team offense!

Clark (starting qb #17) has a big weakness and that's looking straight at the receiver he's going to throw to. He's going to have to stop that before we play someone tougher. Our defense has to protect the middle of the field a little better, but I am pretty sure that issue today was due to a lot of blitzing.

Again, at tailback PSU is stacked! First, second, and third string guys could all start every single game with ease. I couldn't be more impressed with those guys. Oregon State is next and they lost to Stanford so I don't expect them to be anything too tough but we CANNOT over look them at all.
 

ColdSilverMoon

Puritan Board Senior
Thanks for the pictures and the analysis, Adam. I'm pretty excited about this season - my only real concern is the secondary, but hopefully they will improve as the season progresses. Seeing those pics makes me really want to get to a game. As of now I'm planning on going to the Michigan game - it will be great to see the Nittany Lions finally beat those guys!
 
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