Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Sept. 1. 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?
2011: McMurry (D3) at Stephen F. Austin (FCS)
For this game, two members of the College Football America Yearbook team were in attendance — editor Matthew Postins and director of editorial content Chuck Cox — took in the Lumberjacks’ home opener against the McMurry Red Hawks in Nacogdoches, Texas. For Cox and Postins, it was a homecoming, since the pair went to SFA (but we won’t let you know how long it’s been).
2011: UC Davis (FCS) at Arizona State
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb took in his first game at Sun Devil Stadium during the yearbook era, as ASU lifted the lid for the season in Tempe, Arizona. It was a big night for the Sun Devils, who honored one of their own, Pat Tillman a former Sun Devil who died serving his country in Afghanistan.
2012: Wesley (D3) at ETBU (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb and director of editorial content Chuck Cox combined forces to cover the Wolverines and the Tigers at Ornelas Stadium in Marshall, Texas, one of Division III’s best facilities. It was our first look at one of the most consistently successful programs at the D-III level in the Wesley Wolverines.
2012: Dodge City (NJCAA) at Kilgore (NJCAA)
There’s a reason why our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb and director of editorial content Chuck Cox were hanging out together that weekend. After hitting Marshall, Texas, to see Wesley and ETBU, the pair sped over to Kilgore, Texas, for a non-conference showdown between the Dodge City Conquistadors and the Kilgore College Rangers. Both Cox and Webb met at Kilgore College, setting a path that would lead to the yearbook.
2013: Colorado (FBS) at Colorado State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb and editor Matthew Postins headed for Denver, Colorado, to see the nearly-annual rivalry game between the Buffaloes and Rams at the home of the Denver Broncos. They call it the Rocky Mountain Showdown and it’s a series that dates back to their first meeting in Boulder, Colorado, in 1893.
2014: Miami (FL) (FBS) at Louisville (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was on a long road trip that first weekend of the season, and he wrapped it up with a visit to Louisville, Kentucky, to see the Louisville Cardinals host the Miami Hurricanes in an ACC opener for both teams. The stadium, Papa John’s Stadium, is part of a large athletic complex Louisville has built for all of its sports, but the football stadium is the centerpiece.
2016: Maine (FCS) at UConn (FBS)
It was our first visit to Rentschler Field as a yearbook staff. Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb took a break from his trip through Canada to slide over to Hartford, Connecticut, to see the Huskies host the Maine Black Bears.
2017: Utah State (FBS) at Wisconsin
Our staff was in three different cities on this day. First, our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was in Madison, Wisconsin, to check out the state capitol and Camp Randall Stadium, as the Wisconsin Badgers hosted the Utah State Aggies, a day after taking in the Minnesota-Buffalo game in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2017: Fordham (FCS) at Army West Point (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor-in-chief Matthew Postins wound his way from Hartford, Connecticut, to West Point, New York, to check out the grounds at West Point and to see Army host Fordham at Michie Field. It’s a historic campus and a historic stadium in the game. From the cadet march pre-game to the moment the Black Knights leave the field after a victory, it’s one of the best environments in the game.
2017: Navy (FBS) at FAU (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox was in Boca Raton, Florida, to see another service academy, Navy, take on FAU. The important of the game that night was the debut of the Owls’ new head coach, Lane Kiffin, who at the time was trying to resurrect his head-coaching career after a successful stint as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama.
2018: Michigan (FBS) at Notre Dame (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins wrapped up his opening weekend of the 2018 season at Notre Dame Stadium to see the Fighting Irish take on the Michigan Wolverines. It was an incredible day, starting with a guided tour of campus by our College Football America Yearbook statistician, John Fineran (a Notre Dame graduate), walking through the tunnel with Notre Dame’s players and taking in a rivalry game in front of a packed house. It’s worth it to head to South Bend, Indiana, at least once.
2018: Akron (FBS) at Nebraska (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was in Lincoln, Nebraska, to see the Cornhuskers take on Akron. It was the debut of new Nebraska head coach Scott Frost. But, the game saw bad weather and was ultimately canceled. So, no photo gallery.
2018: Stephen F. Austin (FCS) at Mississippi State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox hit the road to check out the alma mater, SFA, get a huge paycheck for taking on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi.
2019: Houston (FBS) at Oklahoma (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins wrapped up his opening weekend of the 2019 season with a game at Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, to see the Sooners host Houston. The game was important as the debut for two people — new Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen, who left West Virginia for the job, and new Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who transferred from Alabama for the chance to start.