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  1. Week 2 FCS Picks, Part One (9/8/2011-9/10/2011)

    I went 18-6 last Saturday, adding to my 17-1 to make for a nice 35-7 record to start out the year, or a torrid 83.3% success rate.

    Some of my flops were big ones - I missed the two big FBS upsets (picking Sacramento State to lose to Oregon State and Duke to lose to Richmond), while missing on a host of other FBS upsets that I went a little nuts with (Southeast Louisiana over Tulane? McNeese State over Kansas? James Madison over North Carolina?).

    But some nice hits ...
  2. Bethune-Cookman vs Prarie View, MEAC-SWAC Challenge

    BOONE, N.C. It's a quiet Sunday afternoon after covering three games in three days including Saturday's doubleheader of Appalachian State-Virginia Tech and Montana-Tennessee and I am taking in Bethune-Cookman and Prairie View's matchup on ESPN in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge.

    One of these days, I'll make it down to Orlando, Fl. for this classic, but today I am in recuperation mode as I watched Villanova and Temple play in person on Thursday night at the Mayor's Cup game at Lincoln ...
  3. Montana at Tennessee

    KNOXVILLE, Tn. I made the three-hour trek from Blacksburg, Va and Virginia Tech to arrive at historic Neyland Stadium just in time for a major thunderstorm to move through campus.

    Shortly after the national anthem, the Tennessee band was moved into a nearby tunnel and fans were asked to take cover. In a nearby parking structure, tailgating tents were being blown around by heavy winds and lightning strikes were flashing throughout the stadium area.

    Heavy rain also ...
  4. Northern Iowa @ Iowa State, 2011

    AMES, IA--Well, I made the hard drive on I-80 then to I-35 to get to Ames. This is a matchup between the Panthers and Cyclones that could be an upset in my opinion.

    Temperatures are at 71 degress but with 94% humidity so this non-climate controlled press box is a bit steamy.

    This is the 27th time that these two schools have played with UNI winning just once, in 2007. ISU won 27-0 last year.

    UNI brings a wealth of experience back with 10 of its top ...
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  5. Appalachian State at Virginia Tech

    BLACKSBURG, Va. You have to wonder what is going on at one of the country's most renown technological colleges when the wireless Internet runs at a slower speed than dial-up.

    Such is the problem at Virginia Tech on the opening Saturday of the college football season as the FCS-No. 13-ranked Hokies take on the No. 2 ranked team in FCS, Appalachian State.

    To tell the truth, the problems of the Virginia Tech Internet being blamed on too much usage by fans in the stands ...
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