Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Aug. 31. 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: UW-Whitewater (D3) at Washington-St. Louis (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb headed to Francis Field in St. Louis, Missouri, to see the Washington-St. Louis Bears face the UW-Whitewater Warhawks in non-conference action. There is a significance to Francis Field. Like the USC Trojans, who play at Los Angeles Memorial Stadium, the Bears play at a venue that hosted an Olympic games. Francis Field served as the home of the opening ceremonies and other events for the 1904 Summer Olympics.
2013: Stephen F. Austin (FCS) at Weber State (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor-in-chief Matthew Postins had to find a way to see the alma mater on the road on this opening weekend, so he headed up to Odgen, Utah, to see the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks face the Weber State Wildcats at Stewart Stadium. The Wildcats took the win, but it ended up being one of their few wins of the year. And the scenery around Stewart Stadium is something to behold.
2014: Utah State (FBS) at Tennessee (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins saw an opportunity to see the Tennessee Volunteers run the ‘T’ and he took it, heading over to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, to see them host the Utah State Aggies. If you haven’t been to Neyland Stadium, it’s hard to beat football on the banks of the Tennessee River.
2014: SMU (FBS) at Baylor (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox headed down to Waco, Texas, on a Sunday to see the Baylor Bears host the SMU Mustangs in a season opener. The game was a big one for the Bears. It marked the opening of their new on-campus stadium, McLane Stadium, which sets on the banks of the Brazos River. So, on the same day, the staff saw two of the four FBS stadiums that allow fans to ‘sailgate.’
2017: Buffalo (FBS) at Minnesota (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb found himself in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to see the Golden Gophers host the Buffalo Bulls. The Gophers fans at TCF Bank Stadium took in head coach P.J. Fleck’s debut as Minnesota won the game.
2017: Holy Cross (FCS) at UConn (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was at Rentschler Field — a home of a former airport that was once the home airfield for Pratt and Whitney, which is now the stadium’s name. The Holy Cross Crusaders came in for a game with the UConn Huskies, which marked the debut of the second stint of head coach Randy Edsall. The Huskies won the game.
2018: Utah State (FBS) at Michigan State (FBS)
Michigan State loves to play on a non-Saturday on the season’s first weekend, and 2018 was no different. Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins continued his Big Ten weekend as he headed for East Lansing, Michigan, and Spartan Stadium to see the Spartans host the Utah State Aggies in a non-conference showdown that saw MSU eke out the win.
2019: Auburn (FBS) vs. Oregon (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox was in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium for one of the most anticipated showdowns of that season’s opening weekend. The Oregon Ducks faced the Auburn Tigers, and the Tigers took the victory in a close game. We saw some of the best players in the college game that season, including Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert.
2019: Stephen F. Austin (FCS) at Baylor (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor-in-chief Matthew Postins continued his opening weekend of the 2019 season in sweltering, Waco, Texas, as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks faced the Baylor Bears. The Lumberjacks were making their debut under head coach Colby Carthel, who took over the Lumberjacks after a successful stint at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he led the Lions to the 2017 Division II national championship.
2019: Monmouth (NJ) (FCS) at Western Michigan (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb wrapped up his swing through the Midwest by paying a visit to Waldo Stadium, the home of the Western Michigan Broncos, as they hosted the Monmouth (NJ) Hawks in the season opener for both teams. It would not be our only visit to Waldo Stadium that season.