SOME PREVIEWS OF THIS SATURDAY’S FOOTBALL ACTION

 It was 1894 when Franklin & Marshall and Ursinus 1st played each other in football. How can things like that NOT make you fall in love with college football? The Diplomats have won 6 of the last 8 meetings, but Ursinus is much-improved and some are calling this the de-facto Centennial Conference  Championship Game! It will be played this Saturday at 1pm on Sponaugle-Williamson Field. How can a name like that NOT make you fall in love with college football venues? I may name my first child Sponaugle-Williamson Wozniak. Send contributions for the kid’s therapy bills to me if you like! 

The Eau Claire Blugolds will be hosting the 9th-ranked St John’s Johnnies this Saturday night at 7pm under the lights at Carson Park (in case my child needs a sibling with an equally odd name I can call them Carson Park Wozniak). Last season the Blugolds fell 35-28 in a back and forth game for the ages. Tomorrow night Head Coach Todd “Blugold Football Fiiiiiive” Glaser hopes to lead Eau Claire to their 1st win in the series since 2004.

 The Sioux Falls Cougars have won 84 of their last 85 conference games. This week they hope to make it 85 of 86 as they go on the road for the 2nd week in a row. Tomorrow’s opponent will be Great Plains Athletic Conference rivals the Midland Lutheran Warriors. The last time these 2 played was 2007 and the Cougars won 69-3, with USF scoring 23 field goals for the win. I’m just kidding of course, but with a kicker like Fred Mitchell Award Watch List member like “Brassy” Braden Wieking 23 field goals would be no problem, probably from the mid-field mark!

The 19th ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays are the defending Centennial Conference Champions and tomorrow they host the Old Dominion Athletic Conference‘s Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets. It’s the season-opener for the Blue Jays but the Yellow Jackets opened last weekend with a win over the Methodist Monarchs. JHU is 11-8-1 in season-opening games under Head Coach Jim “Madman Jimmy” Margraff. To link to live video and audio for the Jays and the Jackets game tomorrow at 2pm ET click here: http://athletics.rmc.edu/sports/fball/2010-11/schedule

 And speaking of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the Washington and Lee Generals will be on the road against the Sewanee Tigers tomorrow. The Generals have seized the high ground in the series by winning the last 5 in a row and also hold an overall edge in the series 36-22. Sewanee comes in with a win under their belts and W&L is looking to bounce back from a loss by reasserting their dominance over the storied Sewanee program. Kickoff is 1pm CST. For video click here http://www.sportsnation360.com/schools/Sewanee-University-of-the-South   or for a radio link: http://wlu.edu

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