CUSA Schools compared to the Nations Best athletic performers…..

Welcome to the off season in the middle of the summer. You guessed it, another ranking for college sports. However this is CBS Sports FBS ranking for their overall 2013 season performance.  So how did all FBS schools compare when it came to the major college sports?   Once again, CBS Sports sought to find out with their own custom formula how the 126 FBS (2013) teams compared  CBS only used NCAA sanctioned sports for each school and ranked them accordingly.   I have sorted a few stats that show how CUSA teams compare to each other with their overall achievement points here..  If you are interested in other comparisons I have sorted stats several different ways on the G5 Fan Forum blog site.  If anyone would like to request a custom sort please contact and we will do all we can to help.

On the G5 blog I have ranked all G5 schools in order. I also have the overall rank of all FBS schools.  .  (*Point total ties * Ranking)

ODU Logo lion 9  MDSU Football logo  Rice Football Logo  WKU Football logo

Link …  http://www.cbssports.com/general/best-in-college-sports

56 Old Dominion
74 Middle Tennessee
74 Rice
74 Western Kentucky
95 Marshall
95 North Texas
95 Texas-San Antonio
111 Florida Atlantic
111 Southern Miss
111 Texas-El Paso
118 Alabama at Birmingham
121 Louisiana Tech
123 Florida International
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2015 National Recruiting Stats for G5 Conferences (July)

Comparisons of G5 Conferences

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  AAC Con AAC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
36 G5 1 AAC 1 Cincinnati 17 0 0 15 81.67 139.35
71 G5 13 AAC 2 SMU 10 0 0 5 80.01 91.77
72 G5 14 AAC 3 Houston 9 0 0 6 81.15 90.08
76 G5 16 AAC 4 East Carolina 9 0 0 6 80.1 84.02
80 G5 20 AAC 5 Tulane 9 0 0 3 79.34 75.29
84 G5 21 AAC 6 Temple 9 0 0 5 78.01 68.93
85 G5 22 AAC 7 South Florida 5 0 0 5 84.22 68.91
86 G5 23 AAC 8 Uconn 10 0 0 4 77.39 67.94
88 G5 24 AAC 9 UCF 5 0 0 4 82.67 61.49
94 G5 29 AAC 10 Tulsa 6 0 0 1 78.94 51.11
98 G5 33 AAC 11 Memphis 5 0 0 2 78.13 39.85
798 202

 

Overall  G5 AAC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
72.55 13.36 6 1

 

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf CUSA Con CUSA No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
49 G5 2 CUSA 1 Rice 15 0 0 9 80.27 119.8
50 G5 3 CUSA 2 ODU 17 0 0 7 79.04 117.66
55 G5 7 CUSA 3 FAU 11 0 0 8 81.82 111.57
56 G5 8 CUSA 4  LA Tech 16 0 0 6 79.43 111.34
65 G5 10 CUSA 5 UTSA  12 0 0 6 80.04 98.33
67 G5 12 CUSA 6 Marshall 13 0 0 6 78.4 95.13
96 G5 31 CUSA 7 UAB 6 0 0 3 78.5 49.65
99 G5 34 CUSA 8 FIU 7 0 0 1 75.66 38.67
101 G5 36 CUSA 9 Charlotte 5 0 0 1 77.53 36.8
102 G5 37 CUSA 10 North Texas 4 0 0 1 79.26 36.34
107 G5 42 CUSA 11 MTSU 2 0 0 1 81.44 22.83
110 G5 45 CUSA 12 Southern Miss 3 0 0 1 77.01 20.9
111 G5 46 CUSA 13 Western Kent 7 0 0 1 72.67 18.63
124 G5 59 CUSA 14 UTEP 1 0 0 0 75.33 5.33
1192 372

 

Overall  G5 CUSA Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
91.69 28.62 7 2

 

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  IND Con IND No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
53 G5 5 IND 2 BYU 9 0 0 9 83.96 112.14
112 G5 47 IND 3 Army 3 0 0 1 76.08 18.2
122 G5 57 IND 4 Navy 1 0 0 0 76.67 6.67
287 109

 

Overall  G5 IND Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
95.67 36.33 8 4
Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf MAC Con MAC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
51 G5 4 MAC 1 West Mich 18 0 0 8 79.16 115.84
75 G5 15 MAC 2 NIU 13 0 0 5 77.68 87.14
77 G5 17 MAC 3 Central Mich 15 0 0 3 76.69 83.23
79 G5 19 MAC 4 Miami (OH) 12 0 0 5 77.26 80.23
90 G5 26 MAC 5 Ball State 10 0 0 3 76.39 60.26
92 G5 27 MAC 6 Toledo 13 0 0 1 74.74 56.18
95 G5 30 MAC 7 Bowling Green 8 0 0 1 76.58 50.93
103 G5 38 MAC 8 Ohio 3 0 0 1 79.39 27.94
113 G5 48 MAC 9 Eastern Mich 7 0 0 0 72.58 17.83
115 G5 50 MAC 10 Buffalo 4 0 0 0 73.5 13.97
118 G5 53 MAC 11 Massachusetts 2 0 0 0 74.5 8.98
120 G5 55 MAC 12 Kent State 2 0 0 0 74 7.99
126 G5 61 MAC 13 Akron 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

Overall  G5  MAC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
96.46 34.08 9 3
Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  MWC Con MWC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
54 G5 6 MWC 1 SJSU 11 0 0 9 81.86 111.73
66 G5 11 MWC 2 Boise State 7 0 1 5 84.72 96.63
78 G5 18 MWC 3 SDSU 10 0 0 6 78.92 82.51
109 G5 44 MWC 4 Utah State 2 0 0 1 80.79 21.52
114 G5 49 MWC 5 Nevada 4 0 0 0 73.56 14.22
116 G5 51 MWC 6 Fresno State 1 0 0 1 83.89 13.89
117 G5 52 MWC 7 Wyoming 2 0 0 1 76.89 13.78
119 G5 54 MWC 8 UNLV 1 0 0 0 78.59 8.59
121 G5 56 MWC 9 Colorado St 1 0 0 0 77.93 7.93
123 G5 58 MWC 10 Air Force 1 0 0 0 75.81 5.81
125 G5 60 MWC 11 Hawaii 2 0 0 0 70 0
127 G5 62 MWC 12 New Mexico
1269 521

 

Overall  G5 MWC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
97.62 40.08 10 6

 

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  SBC Con SBC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbals Star Star Star Average Points
59 G5 9 SBC 1 Arkansas St 11 0 0 7 80.88 105.79
89 G5 25 SBC 2 USA 9 0 0 3 77.21 61.04
93 G5 28 SBC 3 Geo Southern 6 0 0 2 79.69 55.69
97 G5 32 SBC 4 Texas State 5 0 0 2 79.27 45.15
100 G5 35 SBC 5 L-Lafayette 3 0 0 2 82.59 37.5
104 G5 39 SBC 6 L-Monroe 4 0 0 0 76.15 24.16
105 G5 40 SBC 7 App State 3 0 0 1 77.89 23.51
106 G5 41 SBC 8 Troy 3 0 0 1 77.86 23.4
108 G5 43 SBC 9 Georgia State 5 0 0 0 74.6 22.82
128 G5 63 SBC 10 Idaho
129 G5 64 SBC 11 New Mexico St
1118 419

 

Overall  G5 SBC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
101.64 38.09 11 5
   

“AIM HIGH” more than words as ODU soars to new heights in recruiting TOP 50

ODU Logo lion 9  ODU Ebt Smoke blue hue

Old Dominion is “Living the Dream“ as Bobby Wilder says – and the facts prove him right.  ODU has reached a new mile-stone in football recruiting.  For the 1st time in the programs history they have reached a ranking in the top 50 at this stage in the recruiting season.   From July 6-27  schools head into the “Evaluation Period and are limited in the type of contact that the NCAA allows with recruits (July 6-27 2014) NO Saturday or Sunday).

Evaluation Period

This is the process where a coach watches you compete in a game or practice, and makes note on your athletic abilities.   It is permissible for the college coach to evaluate your playing abilities at your high school or any other place where you are competing. During this period the coach cannot have off campus in-person contact with you or your legal guardians. The coach can still make telephone calls to you or your legal guardians, and you are allowed to make campus visits during this period.

At the present time Old Dominion is ranked 3rd among all other G5 Schools and 50th overall.  Below are some stats that you may find interesting.

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf Con School No. Five Four Three Player Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verb Star Star Star Average Points
36 G5 1 AAC 1 Cincinnati 17 0 0 15 81.67 139.35
49 G5 2 CUSA 1 Rice 15 0 0 9 80.27 119.8
50 G5 3 CUSA 2 Old Dominion 17 0 0 7 79.04 117.66
51 G5 4 MAC 1 West Michigan 18 0 0 8 79.16 115.84
53 G5 5 IND 2 BYU  9 0 0 9 83.96 112.14
54 G5 6 MWC 1 San Jose St 11 0 0 9 81.86 111.73
55 G5 7 CUSA 3 FAU 11 0 0 8 81.82 111.57
56 G5 8 CUSA 4 Louisiana Tech 16 0 0 6 79.43 111.34
59 G5 9 SBC 1 Arkansas St 11 0 0 7 80.88 105.79
65 G5 10 CUSA 5 UTSA 12 0 0 6 80.04 98.33
66 G5 11 MWC 2 Boise State 7 0 1 5 84.72 96.63
67 G5 12 CUSA 6 Marshall 13 0 0 6 78.4 95.13
71 G5 13 AAC 2 SMU 10 0 0 5 80.01 91.77
72 G5 14 AAC 3 Houston 9 0 0 6 81.15 90.08
75 G5 15 MAC 2 NIU  13 0 0 5 77.68 87.14
76 G5 16 AAC 4 ECU 9 0 0 6 80.1 84.02
77 G5 17 MAC 3 Central Mich 15 0 0 3 76.69 83.23
78 G5 18 MWC 3 SDSU  10 0 0 6 78.92 82.51
79 G5 19 MAC 4 Miami (OH) 12 0 0 5 77.26 80.23
80 G5 20 AAC 5 Tulane 9 0 0 3 79.34 75.29
84 G5 21 AAC 6 Temple 9 0 0 5 78.01 68.93
85 G5 22 AAC 7 South Florida 5 0 0 5 84.22 68.91
86 G5 23 AAC 8 Uconn 10 0 0 4 77.39 67.94
88 G5 24 AAC 9  UCF 5 0 0 4 82.67 61.49
89 G5 25 SBC 2 USA 9 0 0 3 77.21 61.04
90 G5 26 MAC 5 Ball State 10 0 0 3 76.39 60.26
92 G5 27 MAC 6 Toledo 13 0 0 1 74.74 56.18
93 G5 28 SBC 3 Georgia South 6 0 0 2 79.69 55.69
94 G5 29 AAC 10 Tulsa 6 0 0 1 78.94 51.11
95 G5 30 MAC 7 Bowling Green 8 0 0 1 76.58 50.93
96 G5 31 CUSA 7 UAB 6 0 0 3 78.5 49.65
97 G5 32 SBC 4 Texas State 5 0 0 2 79.27 45.15
98 G5 33 AAC 11 Memphis 5 0 0 2 78.13 39.85
99 G5 34 CUSA 8 FIU 7 0 0 1 75.66 38.67
100 G5 35 SBC 5 L-Lafayette 3 0 0 2 82.59 37.5
101 G5 36 CUSA 9 Charlotte 5 0 0 1 77.53 36.8
102 G5 37 CUSA 10 North Texas 4 0 0 1 79.26 36.34
103 G5 38 MAC 8 Ohio 3 0 0 1 79.39 27.94
104 G5 39 SBC 6 Louisiana M 4 0 0 0 76.15 24.16
105 G5 40 SBC 7 App State 3 0 0 1 77.89 23.51
106 G5 41 SBC 8 Troy 3 0 0 1 77.86 23.4
107 G5 42 CUSA 11 MTSU 2 0 0 1 81.44 22.83
108 G5 43 SBC 9 Georgia State 5 0 0 0 74.6 22.82
109 G5 44 MWC 4 Utah State 2 0 0 1 80.79 21.52
110 G5 45 CUSA 12 Southern Miss 3 0 0 1 77.01 20.9
111 G5 46 CUSA 13 Western Kent 7 0 0 1 72.67 18.63
112 G5 47 IND 3 Army 3 0 0 1 76.08 18.2
113 G5 48 MAC 9 Eastern Mich 7 0 0 0 72.58 17.83
114 G5 49 MWC 5 Nevada 4 0 0 0 73.56 14.22
115 G5 50 MAC 10 Buffalo 4 0 0 0 73.5 13.97
116 G5 51 MWC 6 Fresno State 1 0 0 1 83.89 13.89
117 G5 52 MWC 7 Wyoming 2 0 0 1 76.89 13.78
118 G5 53 MAC 11 Massachusetts 2 0 0 0 74.5 8.98
119 G5 54 MWC 8 UNLV 1 0 0 0 78.59 8.59
120 G5 55 MAC 12 Kent State 2 0 0 0 74 7.99
121 G5 56 MWC 9 Colorado St 1 0 0 0 77.93 7.93
122 G5 57 IND 4 Navy 1 0 0 0 76.67 6.67
123 G5 58 MWC 10 Air Force 1 0 0 0 75.81 5.81
124 G5 59 CUSA 14 UTEP 1 0 0 0 75.33 5.33
126 G5 61 MAC 13 Akron 1 0 0 0 0 0
125 G5 60 MWC 11 Hawaii 2 0 0 0 70 0
127 G5 62 MWC 12 New Mexico
128 G5 63 SBC 10 Idaho

CUSA ONLY RANK

49 G5 2 CUSA 1 Rice 15 0 0 9 80.27 119.8
50 G5 3 CUSA 2 Old Dominion 17 0 0 7 79.04 117.66
55 G5 7 CUSA 3  Florida Atlantic 11 0 0 8 81.82 111.57
56 G5 8 CUSA 4 Louisiana Tech 16 0 0 6 79.43 111.34
65 G5 10 CUSA 5 UTSA  12 0 0 6 80.04 98.33
67 G5 12 CUSA 6 Marshall 13 0 0 6 78.4 95.13
96 G5 31 CUSA 7  UAB 6 0 0 3 78.5 49.65
99 G5 34 CUSA 8  FIU 7 0 0 1 75.66 38.67
101 G5 36 CUSA 9 Charlotte 5 0 0 1 77.53 36.8
102 G5 37 CUSA 10 North Texas 4 0 0 1 79.26 36.34
107 G5 42 CUSA 11 MTSU 2 0 0 1 81.44 22.83
110 G5 45 CUSA 12 Southern Miss 3 0 0 1 77.01 20.9
111 G5 46 CUSA 13 Western Kentucky 7 0 0 1 72.67 18.63
124 G5 59 CUSA 14  UTEP 1 0 0 0 75.33 5.33

 

ODU – Making waves on the Beach in Recruiting

ODU’s Bobby Wilder and staff are Aiming High in 2015 for more recruiting  Victories

Lion Logo ODU

Old Dominion continues to make an impression on future college football players as they offer an outstanding number of prospects to become future Monarchs.  The aggressive recruiting campaign/ strategy 353 has created an interest, but ultimately a great recruiting team/staff has traveled to visit   with young men from all over the country.

Presently in the State only Virginia has bagged a more impressive list of 2015 recruits.  ODU presently is rank 53 nationally and 4th in CUSA, less than a ½ point from 2nd place behind Rice.  With a growing list of offers and targets ODU still has its eye on a group of players that could propel ODU even higher this year in the rankings.

A few potential recruits that Old Dominion has at the top of their list are:

Barnabas Baning   OT   3*  85 rating

St Mary S Ryken (Leonardtown, MD)

6-5  330

 

Josh Fannin   OG  3* rating 83

Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA)

6-3    290

 

Jahvoni  Simmons  ILB   4* rating   93

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA)

6-1   225

 

Derick Wilder  TE   3* rating   88

Maury (Norfolk, VA)

6-2   230

 

Sterling Hammond   S  3*  83

Essex (Tappahannock, VA)

6-0/190

 

John Branch  OLB

Dinwiddie County (Dinwiddie, VA)

6-1  216

 

Casey Bernard   OLB

St Mary S Ryken (Leonardtown, MD)

6-2   222

 

Dimitri  Holloway   ATH

Heritage (Newport News, VA)

6-1   190

 

Old Dominion for the class of 2015 has (173) scholarship offers extended.   .  Here are few teams ranked just above and just below ODU ifrom 247sport.    (CUSA has four teams at or near the top 50 FBS programs at this time).

47   Rice 
48   Western Michigan
49   Virginia
50   Brigham Young
51   Louisiana Tech
52   Florida Atlantic
53   Old Dominion
54   San Jose State
55   Illinois
56   Indiana
57   Michigan State  

 

ODU’s Gateway to a NEW FOOTBALL Future

Naming the new Stadium

Norfolk Southern Gateway Stadium

or

Norfolk Southern Gateway Stadium

At SB Ballard Field

Future ODU Norfolk Southern Gateway Statium w lion 2

Old Dominion should engage pursue with an aggressive campaign to demonstrate the special connection ODU can build between a fortune 500 company, Norfolk Southern as a sponsor or ultimately forge a connection for what could be a perfect marriage between Norfolk Southern, Hampton Roads the location, and Old Dominion University. Truly a marketing coup for Norfolk Southern for future exposure from national media outlets as they mention, recognize and promote Norfolk Southern continuously throughout a 2-3 hour broadcast. The constant mention at the national level would be worth many times any figure that would be absorbed by the exposure due to the unique location of the Stadium.  Home to the World’s largest distribution rail center which parallels the natural convergence of the Elizabeth River/ Chesapeake Bay as they meet the  Atlantic  Ocean. ODU has a unique opportunity to tag for branding purposes a name that will always be associated with such an attractive natural occurrence.  “Gateway to the Atlantic” historically was the reason Norfolk grew to prosper and thrive as it does today.  There could be no more fitting a name “Gateway” regardless of the Stadium’s ultimate endorser’s name.  Norfolk Southern however is the most natural fit and would tie in to the gateway theme for transportation as the history of the railroad opened Norfolk as a commerce center for the Mid-Atlantic and continues today to be the Gateway to the rest of America through Norfolk Southern.

A partnership should be extended to Norfolk Southern and create a visitors center, museum to tie the two together in the new Stadium.  ODU and NS would be smart to encourage such a display to commemorate the history of rail in Norfolk and Norfolk Sothern’s impact on transportation commerce in America.

Old Dominion/Norfolk should than purse a Bowl Game for the City that would benefit the entire region. Cooperative initiatives between all the cities would promote VA Beach, Norfolk Williamsburg and show the world what an attractive destination we are year round for tourist and vacations.  As for a Bowl location we are one of the most exciting destinations that East Coast College teams would be drawn to for convince of travel and a great place to visit. This should and would be received well buy the entire region and would be a bonanza for ODU for name recognition recruiting and maybe even allow us to become a player in the next round of conference realignment.  I have listed below a few points to support a Bowl in Norfolk and why it would be a success.

With that said I have only one more point.  The initial capacity of the new stadium should be no less than 35,000 seats to help expedite all the above.  Any numbers below that will hinder Bowl selection and the future attractiveness to drawl the best to Norfolk.

Norfolk Southern Gateway Bowl

Where Fun, Sand and Football meet at the Atlantic”

Would be an ideal place for a College Football Bowl Game

  1. Mid Atlantic Location (no other true competition)
  2. VA Beach/Norfolk/Williamsburg/Bush Gardens and other attractions
  3. Sponsorships from the Hotel Community and Tourist Boards
  4. Metro Area Population to support
  5. New Stadium on the Water great appeal
  6. Location Location Location
  7. Ideal for a CUSA vs. ACC/AAC sponsorship.
  8. Could have other tie-ins for sponsorships (Dollar Tree, Wells Fargo, Smithfield Foods…)
  9. Norfolk is now a Football town.

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014 # 5

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014

Taken entirely from the Survey to rank the SBC with 106 responses here is the order predicted by the voters.  Starting with the team voted to finish # 11 and ending with the #1 team.  I would like to thank all those that took part in the survey and the outstanding response we received. Using the surveys predicted finish we turned your voted order into a prediction of how each team may fair against schools on their schedule.  We looked at past history, home field advantage(s) and tried to correlate the predicted order with a win/loss projection. We hope this stimulates some conversation and good luck to everyone in SBC in 2014.  The countdown starts today June 9 and will run till we reveal the #1 team as predicted by the survey on June 17, 2014.  We will also reveal all the stats from the survey on June 17, as well.  Again thanks and enjoy.

Recap of Rank

  1. Texas State (6-6) SBC,  Prediction 2014 (6-6)
  2. Louisiana Monroe (6-6) SBC, Prediction 2014 (5-7)
  3. Georgia Southern (7-4) SBC, Prediction 2014 (4-8)
  4. Appalachian State (4-8) SBC, Prediction 2014 (4-8)
  5. New Mexico State (2-10) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)
  6. Georgia State (0-12) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)
  7. Idaho (1-11) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

Introducing # 5

Texas State Football logo

Texas State Football Acion

Texas State (6-6) SBC, Dennis Franchione 10-14 (.417) enters his 4th year at the helm of the Bobcats.  They play in the 30,000 seat Bobcat Stadium.  In 2012, Texas State began playing full-time FBS football and performed admirably that first year (4-8)    in 2013 the offense proved they were ready to compete at the FBS level.    Freshman Quarterback Tyler Jones allowed us to see glimpses of smart and effective playing, but he must be more consistent especially with accuracy.  With the return of a trio of running backs (Robert Lowe, Chris Nutall, and Terrence Franks) all three proved worthy of a lot of carries.  Last year Coach Franchione decided to run and run early and often, if the QB position can find consistency Texas State has all but two receivers returning, and two – three-star redshirt freshmen will be anxious to make an impression the moment they hit the field.   It’s not difficult to look into the crystal ball and see exciting football is on the horizon for th Bobcats.  The QB position, regardless of who leads will need to be singing from the same hymnal page to make it all happen.   Last year the defense was far behind its counterparts on the field. If the Bobcats improve on the defensive side the Bobcats could have an impact on the upper half of the Sun Belt hierarchy.   Texas State only returns 11 starters from last year’s team, but they have redshirts and the *4th best recruiting class in the SBC ready to compete as Bobcats.

Texas State is in the middle of a construction project, they started with a good foundation and we will now see how high they will go.

2014 Texas State Bobcats Football Schedule Predictions (6-6)
Date   Opponent Prediction
Saturday Aug. 30 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX 6:00 p.m. CT TV TBA W
Saturday Sept. 6 Open Date  
Saturday Sept. 13 Navy Midshipmen Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX TBA L
Saturday Sept. 20 at Illinois Fighting Illini Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL TBA L
Saturday Sept. 27 at Tulsa Golden Hurricane H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK TBA L
Saturday Oct. 4 Idaho Vandals Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX TBA W
Saturday Oct. 11 Open Date
Tuesday Oct. 14 Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX 7:00 p.m. CT ESPN2 L
Saturday Oct. 25 at ULM Warhawks Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA 6:00 p.m. CT TV TBA W
Saturday Nov. 1 at New Mexico State Aggies Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM 7:00 p.m. CT TV TBA W
Saturday Nov. 8 Georgia Southern Eagles Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX TBA W
Saturday Nov. 15 at South Alabama Jaguars Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL TBA L
Saturday Nov. 22 Arkansas State Red Wolves Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX 8:30 p.m. CT ESPNU L
Saturday Nov. 29 at Georgia State Panthers Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA TBA W

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014 # 6

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014

Taken entirely from the Survey to rank the SBC with 106 responses here is the order predicted by the voters.  Starting with the team voted to finish # 11 and ending with the #1 team.  I would like to thank all those that took part in the survey and the outstanding response we received. Using the surveys predicted finish we turned your voted order into a prediction of how each team may fair against schools on their schedule.  We looked at past history, home field advantage(s) and tried to correlate the predicted order with a win/loss projection. We hope this stimulates some conversation and good luck to everyone in SBC in 2014.  The countdown starts today June 9 and will run till we reveal the #1 team as predicted by the survey on June 17, 2014.  We will also reveal all the stats from the survey on June 17, as well.  Again thanks and enjoy.

Recap of Rank

6. Louisiana Monroe (6-6) SBC, Prediction 2014 (5-7)

7. Georgia Southern (7-4) SBC, Prediction 2014 (4-8)

8. Appalachian State (4-8) SBC, Prediction 2014 (4-8)

9. New Mexico State (2-10) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

10. Georgia State (0-12) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

11.Idaho (1-11) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

Introducing # 6

Louisiana Monroe Football logo  Louisiana Monroe football action

Louisiana Monroe (6-6) SBC, Todd Berry will be heading into his 4th year, 17–19 (.472) the Warhawks play in the 30,427 seat Malone Stadium.  Louisiana Monroe has an all time record of 284–372–8 (.434) beginning with their inaugural season in 1931.  In 2014 the Warhawks will have one of the more explosive group of running backs in the Sun Belt return – Centarius Donald, GeVontae McNeal and Nathan Meadors, Jr. Returning also is four of the five receivers with experience and playmaking ability to make the big catches, Rashon Ceaser, Kenzee Jackson, Ajalen Holly and Cortney Davis. During Kolton Browning’s four years he threw for 10,264 yards and 81 touchdowns, rushed for 1,545 yards and had 18 TD’s.  The unknown that remains to be seen is who will step in as QB to lead them in 2014.

On the defense side historically it has been a strength of Barry’s teams.  The first couple seasons his Warhawks ranked 59th in 2010 and 74th in 2011.  The good news is the top five tacklers will return on the line, as will four of five linebackers and nine of 11 in the secondary.  Experience will be a strength for the team in 2014. Baring any major injuries the defense this year should be one of the team’s best in years.  At this point much will rest on filling a few holes that graduation created, including who will lead the team on the field as QB.

2014 ULM Warhawks Football Schedule Predictions (6-6)
Date   Opponent Prediction
Thursday Aug. 28 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA 6:00 p.m. CT ESPNU W
Saturday Sept. 6 Idaho Vandals Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA 6:00 p.m. CT TV TBA W
Saturday Sept. 13 at LSU Tigers Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA 6:00 p.m. CT ESPNU L
Saturday Sept. 20 Open Date
Saturday Sept. 27 Troy Trojans Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA 6:00 p.m. CT TV TBA L
Saturday Oct. 4 at Arkansas State Red Wolves Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR TBA L
Saturday Oct. 11 at Kentucky Wildcats Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY TBA W
Saturday Oct. 18 Open Date
Saturday Oct. 25 Texas State Bobcats Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA 6:00 p.m. CT TV TBA L
Saturday Nov. 1 at Texas A&M Aggies Kyle Field, College Station, TX TBA L
Saturday Nov. 8 at Appalachian State Mountaineers Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC TBA W
Saturday Nov. 15 Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA 6:00 p.m. CT TV TBA L
Saturday Nov. 22 at New Mexico State Aggies Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM 7:00 p.m. CT TV TBA W
Saturday Nov. 29 at Georgia Southern Eagles Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA 5:00 p.m. CT TV TBA W

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014 # 7

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014

Taken entirely from the Survey to rank the SBC with 106 responses here is the order predicted by the voters.  Starting with the team voted to finish # 11 and ending with the #1 team.  I would like to thank all those that took part in the survey and the outstanding response we received. Using the surveys predicted finish we turned your voted order into a prediction of how each team may fair against schools on their schedule.  We looked at past history, home field advantage(s) and tried to correlate the predicted order with a win/loss projection. We hope this stimulates some conversation and good luck to everyone in SBC in 2014.  The countdown starts today June 9 and will run till we reveal the #1 team as predicted by the survey on June 17, 2014.  We will also reveal all the stats from the survey on June 17, as well.  Again thanks and enjoy.

Recap of Rank

7. Georgia Southern (7-4) SBC, Prediction 2014 (4-8)

8. Appalachian State (4-8) SBC, Prediction 2014 (4-8)

9. New Mexico State (2-10) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

10. Georgia State (0-12) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

11. Idaho (1-11) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

Introducing # 7

Georgia Southern Football logo  Georgia Southern Football action

7. Georgia Southern (7-4) SBC, Willie Fritz enters his 1st year with what will be a year of many first.  He will guide the Eagles not only into a new conference in 2014 but will lead them into a new era as they enter their last year of transition into FBS. During a very illustrious history under Erk Russell, Paul Johnson, and Monken they combined to win five FCS national titles and reach the FCS semis an additional five times.  The Eagle’s started football in 1924 and have a 275–101–1 (.731) overall record.  With a new coach and new system one of many pluses for Georgia Southern will be the return of dual-threat quarterback sophomore Kevin Ellison.  Ellison split his time with McKinnon in 2013 and with many unknowns from the new staff it will allow options that could be a big benefit for a new system.   They have seasoned skill-position players with three two-year starters on the offensive line, some former three-star recruits on defense, and have experience in the secondary and possibly the conference’s best recruiting class.

With the loss of head coach Jeff Monken to Army, replacing him with head coach Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern will be forced to learn a relatively new offense and will need to replace its best playmaker at both linebacker – Kyle Oehlbeck and cornerback – Lavelle Westbrooks.

Georgia Southern plays in the 24,300 seat Paulson Stadium. With a recruiting class that lead the Sun Belt as the top for 2014 the Eagles are looking to write a future that will parallel their past.  2014 is only one step on their new path, but as always the Eagles are prepared to soar again.

2014 Georgia Southern Eagles Football Schedule Predictions (4-8)
Date   Opponent Predictions
Saturday Aug. 30 at NC State Wolfpack Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC 12:30 p.m. ET ACCN/ESPN3 L
Saturday Sept. 6 Savannah State Tigers Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA 6:00 p.m. ET TV TBA W
Saturday Sept. 13 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA 12:00 p.m. ET RSN/ESPN3 L
Saturday Sept. 20 at South Alabama Jaguars Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL TBA L
Thursday Sept. 25 Appalachian State Mountaineers Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA Time TBA ESPNU W
Saturday Oct. 4 at New Mexico State Aggies Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM 8:00 p.m. ET TV TBA W
Saturday Oct. 11 Idaho Vandals (HC) Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA 6:00 p.m. ET TV TBA W
Saturday Oct. 18 Open Date
Saturday Oct. 25 at Georgia State Panthers Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA TBA L
Thursday Oct. 30 Troy Trojans Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA Time TBA ESPNU L
Saturday Nov. 8 at Texas State Bobcats Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX TBA L
Saturday Nov. 15 at Navy Midshipmen Navy-Marine Corps Mem. Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 p.m. ET CBSSN L
Saturday Nov. 22 Open Date
Saturday Nov. 29 ULM Warhawks Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA 6:00 p.m. ET TV TBA L

 

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014 # 8

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Sun Belt Conference Preseason Countdown 2014

Taken entirely from the Survey to rank the SBC with 106 responses here is the order predicted by the voters.  Starting with the team voted to finish # 11 and ending with the #1 team.  I would like to thank all those that took part in the survey and the outstanding response we received. Using the surveys predicted finish we turned your voted order into a prediction of how each team may fair against schools on their schedule.  We looked at past history, home field advantage(s) and tried to correlate the predicted order with a win/loss projection. We hope this stimulates some conversation and good luck to everyone in SBC in 2014.  The countdown starts today June 9 and will run till we reveal the #1 team as predicted by the survey on June 17, 2014.  We will also reveal all the stats from the survey on June 17, as well.  Again thanks and enjoy.

Recap of Rank

8. Appalachian State (4-8) SBC, Prediction 2014 (4-8)

9. New Mexico State (2-10) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

10. Georgia State (0-12) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

11. Idaho (1-11) SBC, Prediction 2014 (2-10)

Introducing # 8

Appalachian State (4-8) SBC, Scott Satterfield 4-8 (.333) will be heading into his 2nd year as head coach and is looking for great things as a future SBC member. The Mountaineers won 3 straight FCS titles between 2005-07 and are looking to make waves as they hit the ground running. The Mountaineers play in the 24,040 seat Kidd Brewer Stadium that almost always swells to over 28,000 in attendance. The Mountaineers recorded winning seasons every year from 1994-2012. But now starts a new area and fortunately for Appalachian state starting QB Kam Bryant who set a school record with a 71 percent completion rate as a sophomore and threw just four picks in 333 pass attempts is back. Marcus Cox who averaged better than five yards per carry as a freshman will also be counted on heavily. Appalachian State has a balanced attack with a 50-50 balance between the run and pass. Appalachian State’s backfield will be stronger and more experienced and the Mountaineers should have depth at many positions especially with a large number of returning starters and redshirts now available for 2014. The Mountaineers also bring in reasonably well-touted freshmen at both quarterback (JP Caruso) and running back (Josh Boyd), and the Mountaineers seem pretty excited about many incoming Freshman recruits at each position.

On the defensive side of the ball they still have one area of concern and it may linger over from 2013. The pass rush was disappointing and was only able to bring down the opposing quarterbacks just eight times while staring down 303 pass attempts. It will be an exciting year and the fans nervously look toward to a future that will mirror the past.

2014 Appalachian State Mountaineers Football Schedule Predictions (4-8)
Date   Opponent Prediction
Saturday Aug. 30 at Michigan Wolverines Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI TBA L
Saturday Sept. 6 Campbell Fighting Camels Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC TBA W
Saturday Sept. 13 Open Date
Saturday Sept. 20 at Southern Miss Golden Eagles M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS TBA L
Thursday Sept. 25 at Georgia Southern Eagles Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA Time TBA ESPNU L
Saturday Oct. 4 South Alabama Jaguars Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC TBA L
Saturday Oct. 11 Liberty Flames (HC) Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC TBA W
Saturday Oct. 18 at Troy Trojans Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL 3:00 p.m. ET TV TBA L
Saturday Oct. 25 Open Date
Saturday Nov. 1 Georgia State Panthers Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC TBA W
Saturday Nov. 8 ULM Warhawks Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC TBA L
Saturday Nov. 15 at Arkansas State Red Wolves Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR TBA L
Saturday Nov. 22 at Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA TBA L
Saturday Nov. 29 Idaho Vandals Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC TBA W