Rose Bowl video: 'Prepare for Glory'
Very well done movie-themed video here profiling Michigan State's appearance in the Rose Bowl on January 1st.
The producer of the clip (Brianna Gardner), also created a very well done movie poster to tease the release.
Very well put together and executed. Being able to use material from the movie "300" always seems to add to the overall quality of videos like this out of East Lansing.
FootballScoop's guide to the D-III Semifinals
Only four teams remain in the quest for a Division III national championship, and three of the four teams have been in this position before (Mount Union, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Mary Hardin-Baylor), while one team (North Central) is in this position for the first time in school history. It's also worth noting that the three teams that have been there before all have purple as one their primary color.
Here's a quick breakdown of the matchups.
North Central (13-0) at Mount Union (13-0) - 12pm EST - ESPN3
Storyline: The experience of Mount Union faces off against a hungry North Central team eager to prove themselves
The case for Mount Union: The Mount burst onto the national scene first back in 1993. Since that point they have been in the national title game fifteen times (out of a possible 21 appearances). No team in the country has more experience at this stage in the process. However, this will be Vince Kehres' first national title appearance as a head coach since taking over for his father, legendary coach Larry Kehres. As far as the numbers go, the Purple Raiders bring the nation's most potent scoring offense (49.6 ppg), most efficient third down offense, and bring a Junior quarterback in Kevin Burke into the contest who is one of the most efficient players in the country. Burke ranks in the top seven in numerous passing categories including #2 in passing efficiency, #7 in passing yards (3,351), and #2 in total offense (537 ypg). Defensively, the unit has remained as strong as they've historically been, ranking third nationally in rush defense (62 ypg), and have held opponents to seven or less points in six of their fifteen games.
The case for North Central: The past few years North Central has made the playoff field by winning the CCIW, ends the season ranked pretty high, and then wins a few games in the playoffs before exiting. This season has been very different, and many coaches I've talked to believe that this may be the year that John Thorne and his staff are able to break through. Both sides of the ball are playing extremely well for the Cardinals, but the offensive side of the ball has been the most impressive, leading the country in passing efficiency, and racking up over 46 points per game, as well as ranking second nationally in first downs. Defensively the Cards rank in the top 16 in total defense (279 ypg), and 12th in turnover margin (20 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries). If Mount Union wants to turn this one into a shootout, North Central stands a really good shot at hanging around for four quarters and making this one interesting.
Wisconsin-Whitewater (13-0) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-0) - 3:30pm EST - ESPN3
Storyline: Can one of the nation's most dominant defenses slow down one of small college football's most versatile offenses?
The case for Mary Hardin-Baylor: Last season the Cru found themselves in this same position, facing Mount Union before eventually falling in the final minutes when the Purple Raiders scored twice to take the lead. This is UMHB is a team that can hurt you a multitude of way, with three quarterbacks who have seen quality time at points throughout the year, each of them able to hurt you in different ways. That kind of flexibility has helped the Cru climb to second nationally in points per game (49). On the flip side of the ball, UMHB is allowing just 61 rushing yards per game (2nd nationally), and have allowed ten points in eight of their 13 games this season. They're going to have their hands full facing a dominant UW-Whitewater defense, but they've proven to be more than capable when facing stout defenses numerous times this season.
The case for Wisconsin-Whitewater: After completely missing out on the playoffs last season, the 2013 version of UW-Whitewater has come roaring through the regular season, and playoffs, as strong as they've ever been. They're equally as strong on both sides of the football, and have been playing some of their best football as of late, including knocking off the #2 ranked Linfield Wildcats last week 28-17. Defensively is where this year's team has hung their hat, ranking in the top five nationally in rushing defense (68 ypg), total defense (237 ypg), turnover margin (+2.3), 3rd down conversion percentage defense (26% conversion rate). The Warhawks also lead the country in kickoff return average, bringing kicks back nearly 30 yards each try. If they can stifle the versatile UMHB offense, look for the Warhawks to make their eighth Stagg Bowl appearance in nine seasons.
Graphic: What it costs to see LSU football in Death Valley
In case you've ever wondered how Les Miles can afford to ride on a chariot of bengal tigers to work (or something like that), here you go.
LSU will switch up its pricing structure for 2014 season tickets to Tiger Stadium. Seven separate pricing structures will be replaced with 11 new tiers, and the highest donation required has risen from $950 to $1,025. There are a few sections where no donation is required, but if you want to sit anywhere else - especially along the sidelines - expect to pay more next season. These donations are required on top of a flat rate for tickets. In 2013, LSU charged $40 for three non-conference games (UAB, Kent State and Furman) and $70 for four SEC games (Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas). So, $400 face value for the tickets plus a fee of between $200 & about $1,000 total for the season depending on where you want to sit.
Administrators like to point out there's an attendance epidemic sweeping across college football, so look for schools across the board to get more money out of the fans who do pony up season tickets.
FootballScoop's Guide to the FCS Quarterfinals
If you want to see college football on television this weekend, you've got three options. There's the Army-Navy game on CBS Saturday afternoon, and then two of the four FCS quarterfinals on ESPN, one on Friday night and another Saturday afternoon. All four match-ups have something to offer.
Let's get right to it.
Towson (11-2) at Eastern Illinois (12-1), 8 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN
The case for Towson... Play a clean game, make your own breaks, and there's a game here to be one. Rob Ambrose's team is efficient in the right areas, ranking 14th in passing efficiency, ninth in rush defense, seventh in third down offense and ninth in red zone defense. This will be the first time this season Eastern Illinois has played a team that ranks among the top 21 nationally in total offense, scoring offense and scoring defense. And, hey, Towson is 7-0 away from home this season.
The case for Eastern Illinois... Everything you've done up to this point in the season? Keep doing that. The Panthers have won all 11 games against FCS competition this season; the last 10 have been by 18 points or more and the last three have been by by a combined score of 173-46. For a team that leads FCS in total offense, scoring offense and first downs, ranks fifth in turnover margin, and is playing at home, Eastern Illinois would have to give Towson significant help to lose this game.
Coastal Carolina (12-2) at North Dakota State (14-0), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
The case for Coastal Carolina... Taking into account Coastal's last 11 games against FCS competition, they'd rank second in the country in scoring offense at a tick over 48 points per game. An offense that battered Montana for 51 rushes for 274 yards and three touchdowns, and then hit 16-of-21 passes for 202 yards and three more scores in building a 35-14 halftime lead en route to a 42-35 win - on the road, mind you - proves that this may just be the team that can stun the two-time defending champs.
The case for North Dakota State... Throughout their run two back-to-back national titles, North Dakota State has shown an impressive ability to make the opponent play the game at the Bison's pace. You're not walking into the FargoDome and beating North Dakota State using your own game. No, you're going to have to play it their way, and find a way to be better than them. Stats aside, as long as Craig Bohl's team can continue to impose its will on opponents, it won't lose.
Jacksonville State (11-3) at Eastern Washington (11-2), 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
The case for Jacksonville State... If anyone that can stop Eastern Washington's fourth-ranked passing offense, maybe it's a Jacksonville State club that ranks sixth nationally in pass efficiency defense and opponents to 14 points or fewer in seven of their last nine games. And, despite a 5-3 record in Ohio Valley play, Jacksonville State is 6-0 in non-conference games this season.
The case for Eastern Washington... The Eagles have won eight straight - sweeping through one of the toughest conferences in FCS - and scored 47.4 points per game in the process. Eastern Washington is 6-0 at home this season and 12-1 in its last baker's dozen games on the red turf.
New Hampshire (9-4) at Southeastern Louisiana (11-2), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
The case for New Hampshire... Could this be FCS's Cinderella? The Wildcats started 4-4 and has now ripped off five straight wins by an average score of 36-15. Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich has become the focal points of the offense the last two weeks, throwing for 558 yards with five touchdowns and only one interception in New Hamsphire's two playoff wins. Keep that up, and the Wildcats have a shot against a defense surrendering north of 28 points per game in its last four home games.
The case for Southeastern Louisiana... Here's what is asked of New Hampshire - travel 1,600 miles into the depth of Cajun country and pull out a win against a team that's 7-0 at home this season and won nine straight overall. The Lions haven't scored less than 30 points since September 14, and rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense and pass efficiency. Strawberry Stadium will be rocking!
FootballScoop's Guide to the Division II Semifinals
The Division II semifinals are here, and it's time for us to break down each matchup. By dinnertime on Saturday, we'll know which teams are headed to Florence, Ala., (for the final time) to play for the Division II national championship.
West Chester (13-1) at Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1), 12 p.m. ET, ESPN3:
The case for West Chester... West Chester figures to have its way through the air, with a passing offense closing in on 4,000 passing yards and 40 touchdowns squaring off against Division II's 75th-ranked pass efficiency defense. The Golden Rams have also achieved 326 first downs this season (second-most in Division II), which should help them keep the Lenoir-Rhyne offense off the field. West Chester is better equipped to win a shootout, and is 7-0 on the road this seaon.
The case for Lenoir-Rhyne... The Bears lead Division II in rushing offense, averaging 372.2 yards per game and 6.06 yards per carry on nearly 62 carries per game with 47 total touchdowns. They also stop the run, ranking among the top dozen nationally, allowing just a shade over 100 yards per game. Opponents can move the ball on Lenoir-Rhyne, averaging nearly 22 first downs per game, but the Bears' defense doesn't break, ranking seventh nationally in scoring defense at 16.2 points per game. The Bears have also won 12 straight games, are undefeated at home and have won 19 of their last 20 home games.
Grand Valley State (12-2) at Northwest Missouri State (13-0), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3:
The case for Grand Valley State... It's going to take an upset. Everything Grand Valley State does, Northwest Missouri does better. One edge Grand Valley State has that come certainly come in handy? Experience in close games. While Northwest Missouri has blown people away - they've played one game decided by less than nine points, and it was on September 14 - the Lakers won second round and quarterfinal games by scores of 34-30 and 35-28. The longer it stays close, the more the game favors the underdog.
The case for Northwest Missouri State... Just do you. The only undefeated team left in the Division II playoffs, Northwest Missouri has won games by an average of 30 points per game. They're basically Division II's version of Florida State. The Bearcats rank in the top 10 nationally in passing efficiency, scoring offense, total defense, pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. They also rank sixth in third down offense, 12th in third down defense, 13th in red zone offense, sixth in first downs and, if all else fails, 14th in turnover margin.
Video: D-III program wants to 'Awaken the CruNation' for national semis
This weekend Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-0) will face their most daunting task of the season when they face Wisconsin-Whitewater (13-0) in the D-III National Semifinals for a shot at it all in the Stagg Bowl.
Facing a team that's been in the national title game seven of the last eight seasons (with four national titles since 2005), they're going to need all the fan support they can get, which is why they've released this video to awaken "CruNation".
When it comes to small college videos, this one here is about as good as it gets.
Bowling Green's MAC title video feels like a party
After ending a 25 game conference win streak and capturing the MAC conference title after defeating Northern Illinois, I suppose it's fitting that Bowling Green's video commemorating the MAC Championship feels like you're at a celebration from the get go.
Losing a leader like Dave Clawson to Wake Forest certainly hurts, but the foundation that has been built at BG is going to be an outstanding situation for a new head coach to walk into, and this video does a great job of illustrating the passion in Bowling Green.
Video: This is what makes Navy special
No other school in the country is able to offer student athletes the type of experience that Navy can.
Located in beautiful and historic Annapolis, Maryland the campus is breathtaking, the education is one of a kind, and the football program is one of the most storied in all of college football.
This video captures all that and more, so take a closer look at what makes Navy such a special environment.