Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Aug. 30. The staff at the College Football America Yearbook has been attending and coverings games since 2010, even before we actually had a physical yearbook to sell. Our staff travels the country to cover anywhere from 50 to 70 college football games per season. So, we’ve accumulated many games, many photos and many memories. Each day, we’ll encapsulate those memories here and include links to our photos and game coverage that will help you take a look back, too.
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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2012: McNeese State (FCS) at Middle Tennessee (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb continued his season at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to see the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host the McNeese State Cowboys. It was a Thursday night showcase game for the Blue Raiders, but the Cowboys ended up with the better end of the deal, as they upset the Blue Raiders, 27-21.
2012: UCLA (FBS) at Rice (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor-in-chief Matthew Postins started his season with a drive from him home in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to Houston, Texas, to see the Rice Owls host the UCLA Bruins. The folks at Rice Stadium put on a good show for an ESPN television audience, but UCLA eventually pulled away with a 49-24 win.
2012: Minnesota (FBS) at UNLV (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox decided to start his season in ‘Sin City,’ or Las Vegas, Nevada, as UNLV hosted Minnesota at Sam Boyd Stadium. Cox ended up with the best game of the night, as the Golden Gophers needed three overtimes to take the win from the Rebels, 30-27.
2013: North Dakota State (FCS) at Kansas State (FBS)
At this point, our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was on his fourth game of the season when he drove into Manhattan, Kansas, to see defending FCS champion North Dakota State take on the Kansas State Wildcats. That night, the Wildcats dedicated their stadium to Bill Snyder and his family, but the Bison crashed the party, winning the game, 24-21, in front of a TV audience on Fox Sports 1.
2014: UT Martin (FCS) at Kentucky (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor-in-chief Matthew Postins went to his third game of opening weekend, speeding into Lexington, Kentucky, to see Kentucky host UT Martin. The athletic program at Kentucky paid the Skyhawks to come to town to get an easy win, and that’s what they got on a sweltering day in the state capital. Kentucky won, 59-14.
2014: Troy (FBS) at UAB (FBS)
Sometimes we get pretty ambitious. On this day, our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb started in Birmingham, Alabama, to see UAB host Troy. The day before, of course, Webb was in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to see Western Kentucky face Bowling Green. By the end of the day Webb would be in another state. But, for the sake of his afternoon in Birmingham, UAB won, 48-10.
2014: Savannah State (FCS) at Middle Tennessee (FBS)
From Birmingham, Webb sped back to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to see Middle Tennessee host Savannah State in the season opener for both teams. The Blue Raiders were looking for a win and they got one easily, defeating the Tigers, 61-7.
2014: Oklahoma State (FBS) at Florida State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox stayed close to home, but he hit AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to see the Oklahoma State Cowboys face the Florida State Seminoles in the annual big-time game played the first Saturday of the season. Florida State picked up the win, 37-31, but we don’t have a gallery from this game, unfortunately.
2018: Northwestern (FBS) at Purdue (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor-in-chief Matthew Postins went on a Midwest trip to start the 2018 season, and the first stop was West Lafayette, Indiana, to see the Purdue Boilermakers host the Northwestern Wildcats in that rare conference opener that doubled as a season opener. The Wildcats crashed the party at Ross-Ade Stadium, winning, 31-27.
2018: Mississippi Valley State (FCS) at North Dakota (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb took to the Great Plains to start his season in 2018. At the Alerus Center, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks hosted the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (great team nickname, by the way) and took the win, 35-7.
2018: Kennesaw State (FCS) at Georgia State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox made his first trip to the new home of Georgia State football, the former home of the Atlanta Braves (Turner Field), as the Panthers hosted Kennesaw State in the season opener. Georgia State ended up taking the victory, 24-20.