Category Archives: Independents

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    Cincinnati, BYU schedule 2015-16 Home-and-home Football Series

    By Kevin Kelley -

    CincinnatiThe Cincinnati Bearcats and the BYU Cougars have scheduled a 2015-16 home-and-home football series, UC announced today. The two schools have never met in football.

    BYU will host the first game of the series at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Oct. 24, 2015. The second and final game of the series will be played at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 2016.

    “We are very pleased to announce this home and home series with BYU,” said UC director of athletic Whit Babcock.” Read Full Story »

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    BYU AD Tom Holmoe talks 2013 Football Schedule

    By Kevin Kelley -

    BYUBYU athletic director Tom Holmoe revealed some information about the Cougars’ 2013 football schedule on Monday at the West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tip-Off event.

    Holmoe didn’t announce any new additions to the schedule. Rather, he said that two teams under contract for the 2013 season requested to back out.

    “We had the schedule relatively set; we were done,” said Holmoe, “and two teams, one of them under contract, asked to get out–which we did–and one team that was not under contract, but for all intents and purposes, it was done…(they) bailed out.” Read Full Story »

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    Game of the Week: (5) Notre Dame at (8) Oklahoma

    By Josh Adams -

    Oklahoma SoonersIt’s quite a weekend of good matchups in college football. In the Big 12 K-State vs. Texas Tech, the SEC has Georgia vs. Florida and Alabama vs. Mississippi State, the Big Ten features Ohio State vs. Penn State and in the ACC, the surprising Duke Blue Devils and Florida State face off with first place at stake.

    What sticks out though is the odd October non-conference matchup between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The teams agreed to a home and home matchup for 2012 and 2013, and the Fighting Irish travel to Norman, OK for their toughest test of the season. It’ll be a battle of two historic programs who both field top 10 teams. If Notre Dame wins, their national championship hopes stay alive in 2012, and they bring a tough as nails defense to face QB Landry Jones and an experienced Oklahoma team that is determined not to lose twice at home this season. Here’s what to look for between these two teams in Norman on Saturday: Read Full Story »

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    Idaho Vandals announce 2013 Football Schedule

    By Kevin Kelley -

    Idaho VandalsThe Idaho Vandals have announced their 2013 football schedule, which includes games against Fresno State, NIU, Ole Miss, Temple, and Washington State.

    Idaho will be playing the 2013 season as an FBS Independent as a result of the WAC discontinuing football after 2012. All other Vandal sports will join the Big Sky Conference beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

    The Vandals previously had games arranged at Wyoming (Sept. 7), vs. Northern Illinois (Sept. 14), at Washington State (Sept. 21), and at Ole Miss (Oct. 26). Read Full Story »

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    Navy pushes back series vs. Marshall, cancels series vs. Minnesota

    By Kevin Kelley -

    NavyNavy has pushed back a football series with Marshall and canceled a series with Minnesota. Both moves are in preparation for the Midshipmen to join the Big East Conference.

    Navy was previously scheduled to travel to Marshall on Sept. 3, 2016 and host the Thundering Herd on Oct. 13, 2018. The series will now take place at Annapolis in 2021 and in Huntington in 2022. The 2022 game will be the season opener for both schools (Sept. 3). Read Full Story »

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    Idaho nearing completion of 2013 Football Schedule as FBS Independent

    By Kevin Kelley -

    Idaho VandalsThe Idaho Vandals have nearly completed a 12-game football schedule for 2013 as an FBS Independent, athletic director Rob Spear confirmed this weekend.

    In a post-game radio interview, Spear said that the “…schedule’s coming along. I feel pretty good about having 11 secure games and Friday I thought I had 12. The way football scheduling goes, I lost a game on Friday, but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to pick one up this week and hopefully we can come out and announce that schedule.” Read Full Story »

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    Game of the Week – Stanford at Notre Dame

    By Josh Adams -

    Stanford-Notre DameThe nation’s eyes will once again be treated to images of Touchdown Jesus and fighting leprechauns as #17 Stanford comes to South Bend to tangle with the #7 Fighting Irish. Stanford won a shootout last week with Arizona 54-48, while Notre Dame drubbed the Hurricanes 41-3 in Chicago last Saturday. The last three match ups in this rivalry resulted in wins for Stanford, but Notre Dame is firing on all cylinders and ready to out muscle the Cardinal and keep their national championship hopes alive. This series has been dominated as of late with Stanford pushing around Notre Dame in the trenches. The Fighting Irish have put together a string of stingy defensive performances with only giving up six or less in the past three games. Here’s what to look for Saturday in South Bend: Read Full Story »

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    BYU, Wisconsin announce 2017-18 Home-and-home Football Series

    By Kevin Kelley -

    LaVell Edwards StadiumBYU will face Wisconsin in a home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2018, BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe announced today.

    Brigham Young will host the first game of the series at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo in 2017 before traveling to face Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison in 2018. Exact dates were not announced.

    “We are exited to announce this series with the Badgers,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “We’re always looking for opportunities to schedule storied football programs like Wisconsin. It will be a great experience for our coaches, players and fans to visit Big Ten country and have Wisconsin play at LaVell Edwards Stadium.” Read Full Story »

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    Louisiana Tech to host Army in 2013 Heart of Dallas Kickoff Classic

    By Kevin Kelley -

    Cotton BowlThe Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will host the Army Black Knights in the inaugural 2013 Heart of Dallas Classic at the Cotton Bowl, the school announced today.

    The game, which was initially slated for Sept. 28, 2013 in Ruston, will be played on the same date and Louisiana Tech will remain the home team.

    “We are honored to partner with the United States Military Academy, the Cotton Bowl, the State Fair of Texas, Conference USA and the Heart of Dallas Bowl to participate in this special event,” said Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde. Read Full Story »

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    Notre Dame cancels 2015-17 Football Games vs. Michigan

    By Kevin Kelley -

    Notre Dame-MichiganThe Notre Dame Fighting Irish have canceled future football games against the Michigan Wolverines in 2015, 2016, and 2017, the AP has reported.

    Through a freedom of information request, the AP found that Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick sent a letter to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon exercising a three-year out in their contract.

    Notre Dame and Michigan are still scheduled to meet each year through 2031, with the exception of 2018 and 2019. Their last game under the current contract is set for Sept. 6, 2014 in South Bend. Read Full Story »

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    Middle Tennessee, BYU Schedule 2013-14 Home-and-home Football Series

    By Kevin Kelley -

    BYU-MTSUThe Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the BYU Cougars have signed a home-and-home football series for 2013 and 2014, The Tennessean has reported.

    Middle Tennessee will travel to face BYU at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo in 2013. The game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Blue Raiders will then host the Cougars at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro in 2014.  Read Full Story »

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    Notre Dame, UConn could play at Fenway Park in 2014

    By Kevin Kelley -

    Fenway ParkNotre Dame and UConn could play a 2014 football game at Fenway Park in Boston, The Day has reported.

    The game would be considered a home game for the Fighting Irish, who recently announced they would stay independent in football but play five ACC games per season.

    Back in March, Boston Red Sox executives indicated that they were pursuing a high-profile college football game for Fenway Park. Although the Irish have been less than stellar on the field lately, they are a nationally recognized brand that would bring attention and fans to the game. Read Full Story »

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    Notre Dame: Future Football Schedule Analysis

    By Kevin Kelley -

    Notre Dame StadiumOn Wednesday, Notre Dame announced that they are joining the ACC in all sports except football, where the Irish will remain independent.

    In order to exit the Big East, the Fighting Irish must pay the conference a $5 million exit fee and provide 27 months notice. That means Notre Dame would join the ACC for the 2015 season. However, they could negotiate an earlier exit similar to what Pittsburgh and Syracuse did earlier this year. Read Full Story »

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    NMSU AD confirms Aggies will play as FBS Independent beginning in 2013

    By Kevin Kelley -

    New Mexico StateNew Mexico State athletic director Dr. McKinley Boston confirmed to fans and supporters in a letter Wednesday that the Aggies will play as an FBS Independent beginning in 2013.

    In his letter, Boston wrote the following regarding NMSU’s FBS status:

    NMSU is committed to continuing at the Division 1 level and we are committed to our football program. Our focus is to win WAC championships and to be the best mid-major program we can be. Looking ahead, we are planning to play as an independent football program in 2013. Nine of 12 football games have already been scheduled with at least five of those games to be played at home. The entire 2013 football schedule should be available in mid-October. Even though our football program will be independent in 2013, NMSU will remain a WAC member in all other sports. Read Full Story »

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    Notre Dame to join ACC in all sports except Football

    By Kevin Kelley -

    Notre DameThe Notre Dame Fighting Irish will join the ACC in all sports except football, but the Irish will play five football games per year against ACC members.

    The latest news in conference realignment was announced this morning in a release from the ACC. Notre Dame will likely join in 2015 unless an earlier exit can be negotiated with the Big East.  Read Full Story »