Luckily, CitiField will not host a football game this season. Dari Nowkhah will now be the syndication studio host, as Rob Stone will call games on ESPNU (he’s working the noon U game with David Pollack). Another change of interest for SEC fans is the new primetime team for that league on ESPNU. Clay Matvick and Herm Edwards will replace Eric Collins and Brock Huard.
Norrie is going to ESPN Radio, replacing Dennis Franchione as Bill Rosinski’s analyst. Norrie will also work a few midweek TV games , teaming with Beth Mowins.
For his latest single, he teams up with one of the newer Miami rap stars. The release of his single came, a few days ago, “Meetings,” featuring Denzel Curry.
She admitted she organized and coordinated the shipment of numerous containers of methamphetamine and heroin secreted inside stone blocks. San Diego rapper Rob $tone has released his anticipated new mixtape I’m Almost Ready. Included on the tape is the remix to his hot single “Chill Bill” that features D.R.A.M., Denzel Curry, and Cousin Stizz.
I think Kennesaw State may be a “sleeper” team this season in the Big South. At least one preseason publication ranked the Owls in its Top 25. The Mocs open the season in “Week 0” with a nominally neutral-site matchup in Alabama against OVC kingpin Jacksonville State, with the contest billed as the “Montgomery Kickoff Classic” and televised on ESPN.
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East Tennessee State closes out its non-conference action with a home game versus Robert Morris, three weeks after the Colonials host VMI. The Citadel ends the regular season with a game at Clemson, which has been a fairly decent FBS program over the past couple of years. Presbyterian was 2-9 last season, with just one win in Big South action . PC opens at Wake Forest on Thursday night before travelling to Charleston to face the Bulldogs for the first time since 2010. RMU was 2-9 last season, with one of the losses coming to another Virginia squad, Liberty (41-7). VMI and Robert Morris last played in 2013, a OT victory for the Colonials in Lexington. Rob Stone is making his name in the music industry and recently unloaded a new single.
I like Davis, although he isn’t really a natural at play-by-play, but I’m not a fan of the Craig James/Jesse Palmer dual threat. I find their combined analysis rather banal; at least James wears a properly sized tie. Andrews won’t be roaming the sidelines on Thursday night any more. “The new EA” is Jenn Brown, who like Andrews is a Florida grad, blond, and destined to become a sports blog/message board favorite. James Madison has to like its chances against an East Carolina team that was defensively challenged last season. In fact, one offshore site currently lists the Dukes as a 4 1/2 point favorite. EWU also has non-conference games against North Dakota State and Fordham, the latter on the road in the Bronx.
Another Big Sky power, Eastern Washington, plays at Texas Tech in its season opener. I hope there is enough electrical power available in Lubbock to run the scoreboard for that one.
As noted above, Wofford will open at home against Furman in a SoCon matchup. In fact, Wofford’s first two games are in conference play , and then the Terriers have a bye week. As mentioned above, the Catamounts are playing four non-league teams this year as part of a 12-game slate. UTC plays all three of its non-league opponents in the first four weeks of the season. After the Jacksonville State game, Chattanooga has a week off before facing LSU in Baton Rouge.
Last year, the Gamecocks beat Western Carolina 44-31; in 2015, The Citadel defeated South Carolina 23-22. The following Saturday, Furman will play North Carolina State in Raleigh. FU leads the all-time series between the two programs, 8-4-4. State hired then-Paladins head coach Dick Sheridan after that season. ETSU opens at home against Limestone, a Division II school entering its fourth year of playing varsity football. Limestone’s only D-1 opponent to date was a home game against Jacksonville in 2014; the Dolphins won 61-10.
Edwards may be a San Diego State alum, but he strikes me as a natural pick to analyze SEC action, as teams in that conference definitely play to win the game. This year, the SoCon cohort will have its usual share of games against major conference teams, along with several intriguing matchups with FCS squads in other leagues. While there are four games against Division II schools, at least two of those D-2 teams are of playoff caliber in that division. Lehigh hosts Villanova in what could be the Mountain Hawks’ toughest non-conference test. Lehigh also has a potentially difficult game against Penn; like the Villanova contest, it will be played at Goodman Stadium. One of the games, versus Massachusetts, will be at Fenway Park (box seats above the 30-yard line can be yours for just $99 each).
Curry pops up again on “Meetings” along with Mitchy Slick and others throughout the 15 tracks. $tone is about to embark on A$AP Ferg’s Tunrt and Burnt Tour, which starts in October. Find tickets here and listen to I’m Almost Ready below. — The most intriguing thing about Michigan-Purdue this week is what hair color Charissa “Not the porn actress” Thompson will be sporting. I wanted to delve into this a little deeper, because I’m curious to see how ESPN approaches its contractual relationship with the conference. Todd Harris got a regular play-by-play gig, working Saturday afternoon ESPNU telecasts with Charles Arbuckle .
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One of those games, MIssouri-Baylor, features the 14th-ranked team in the BCS facing a team led by an outstanding young quarterback . It’s sure to be a wild shootout, like almost every other Big XII game this season, but it won’t be on TV. The other game, Colorado-Texas A&M, isn’t much of a game, but in this day and age a major conference should have every one of its conference games on TV. The Big XII’s current contract with Fox runs through 2011 and its ABC deal lasts through 2015, so I’m not sure things are going to change much for the next couple of years. He’ll work with new analyst Tim Brown and sideline reporter Ray Bentley . — Anish Shroff will take over from Charlie Neal as the play-by-play man for ESPNU’s Thursday night games.
Stanford-Washington State is not on TV, to the relief of Cougar fans everywhere. Winless and soon to be Willingham-less Washington isn’t so lucky, having to travel to L.A. ABC snagged the solid Oregon-Cal matchup, so the only other game Fox had available was Arizona State-Oregon State, which will be its late-night game, so as not to offend east coast viewers. Speaking of Maguire, according to a column in USA Today he was supposed to have a “reduced role” this season, with “the occasional game” and some studio and radio shows. Pasch and Wischusen are both guys who could/should work higher-profile games, but each is a radio announcer for an NFL team and are basically limited to early-afternoon Saturday games on ESPN.
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Week 1, for example, will include 11 games that will be shown live exclusively on ESPN3.com. That team essentially replaces the Terry Gannon/David Norrie duo from 2009. Gannon is not listed on this year’s release; he may just have too much already on his announcing plate .
— The noon ESPN/ESPN2 games will each have Grieses in the booth. Bob Griese returns with Chris Spielman and Dave Pasch on ESPN, while the ESPN2 game will feature Brian Griese with play-by-play man Bob Wischusen. As mentioned earlier, Huard is working west coast games this season, while Collins has apparently moved to the Big 10 Network. If I see a release listing announcers for the BTN/CBS College Sports/etc., I’ll post it here; the other BTN announcing news of note I’ve seen suggests that Tom Hart will be joining that network.
The ESPNU night game will be called by Eric Collins and Brock Huard. Neither of those guys has an SEC background, or even a background in the southeast, which is at least semi-interesting.
Newberry was 10-2 last year, and made the D-2 playoffs for a second consecutive season. The Wolves have played two D-1 schools in the last three years , losing the two games by a total of nine points. The Bulldogs open with two home games against familiar non-conference opposition. The Citadel has played Newberry and Presbyterian a combined 102 times in its football history.
The Mocs then host UT Martin, which won 7 games last season and has finished in the top 3 of the OVC in each of the last five seasons. — Pam Ward will be calling a Michigan State game for the fourth time this season. Ray Bentley has actually called five Michigan State games, as Pam had WNBA duty for one game . One of my favorite announcers, Sean McDonough, will work ABC games with Matt Millen. Millen was a solid analyst on NFL telecasts before his extremely ill-advised stint as GM of the Lions. I think moving back to broadcasting on the college side is probably a good move for him. Oh, and this team also draws a sideline reporter, Holly Rowe.
Quint Kessenich moves from the Big East regional game of the week to a national gig; his replacement on the sidelines for the Big East games is Eamon McAnaney. I think there is a lacrosse announcer quota involved in that switch, but I’m not sure. The release doesn’t mention anything about who will work ESPN3.com games this year; it does note that “additional commentators will contribute throughout the season”. There will be a lot of “additional contributors” both on ESPN3.com and on the regular TV platforms.
On September 9, South Dakota State travels to Montana State in an MVFC-Big Sky intersectional affair. Another non-conference matchup featuring teams from those two conferences is Illinois State-Northern Arizona, which kicks off in Flagstaff on October 7. Incidentally, I’m a fan of the non-conference schedule Colgate put together this year — games against Furman and Cal Poly , and then stepping outside the division to play a MAC school. While teams in the CAA have a combined total of 12 meetings with FBS squads this season, only three of those are against Power-5 teams (Towson-Maryland, Delaware-Virginia Tech, and William & Mary-Virginia). Several of the Big Sky teams expected to contend for the league title are playing opponents from the Pac-12, including Weber State , North Dakota , and Northern Arizona . I wouldn’t be surprised if one of those teams pulls an upset .
- No, Denzel was already featured on the remix of $tone’s breakout single “Chill Bill”.
- The Catamounts conclude regular-season play with a game in Chapel Hill against North Carolina on November 18, the first football game ever between those two programs.
- Rob Stone is making his name in the music industry and recently unloaded a new single.
- Griese is going to be part of a three-man booth working the noon ESPN game.
- East Tennessee State closes out its non-conference action with a home game versus Robert Morris, three weeks after the Colonials host VMI.
On September 16, VMI travels to Moon Township, PA, to play Robert Morris. The Keydets are one of two Southern Conference teams to have scheduled the Colonials this season; those are the only two NEC-SoCon meetings this year. Of the eight schools that are playing FBS squads, seven of them have matchups with teams from Power-5 conferences. The only one that doesn’t is VMI, which has Air Force as its FBS opponent. East Tennessee State is the only conference team that will not face at least one FBS opponent. The Buccaneers are only in their third year since re-starting their football program. Every SoCon team will play three non-league games, with the exception of Western Carolina.
No, Denzel was already featured on the remix of $tone’s breakout single “Chill Bill”.