Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Sept. 2. 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?
2010: Minnesota (FBS) at Middle Tennessee (FBS)
Before we even had a book we had games to go to and experience. College Football America Yearbook publisher was in attendance for this one, and it serves as the first College Football America game covered in history.
2012: SMU (FBS) at Baylor (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox drove down to Waco, Texas, to see the SMU Mustangs face the Baylor Bears at the Bears’ former off-campus home, Floyd Casey Stadium. Oddly enough, the stadium isn’t actually in Waco. It’s in a small community called Beverly Hills. The zip code is not 90210. Unfortunately we have no gallery from that night.
2016: Northwestern State (FCS) at Baylor (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins went to McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, to check out the home opener for the Baylor Bears, as they hosted the Northwestern State Demons. The game was significant in that it was the first after the firing of Art Briles and the installation of Jim Grobe as interim head coach.
2016: Albany (FCS) at Buffalo (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb continued his long, northern road trip that season with a stop in Buffalo, New York, to pay his first visit to UB Stadium and the Buffalo Bulls, as they hosted the Albany Great Danes in an intra-state showdown.
2017: Bethune-Cookman (FCS) at Miami (FL) (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox took in two games in south Florida on this day. First, he checked out the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats’ game with the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium, one of the first with the new awnings put in place to keep the field shaded.
2017: Virginia-Lynchburg (unaffiliated) at Florida Tech (D2)
Then, Cox headed up to Melbourne, Florida, to see the Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons take on the Florida Tech Panthers. Virginia-Lynchburg is one of the few unaffiliated football teams that serve as ‘countable’ opponents for NCAA and NAIA football teams that have trouble filling out their schedules each season.
2017: Villanova (FCS) at Lehigh (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins continued his trip through the northeast that weekend with a visit to Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to see Lehigh host Villanova. Goodman Stadium is a great place for a game, and combine that with the Lehigh Marching 97 at halftime and the Mountain Hawks’ ‘victory bell’ ringing after each score, it’s a great FCS stadium to hit one day.
2017: Temple (FBS) at Notre Dame (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb paid another visit to South Bend, Indiana, to see the Notre Dame Fighting Irish open the season at Notre Dame Stadium. This time, the Irish hosted the Temple Owls on a glistening, Midwest afternoon in one of the greatest environments in college football.
2017: Vanderbilt (FBS) at Middle Tennessee (FBS)
One of our College Football America Yearbook contributors, Jason Goode, shot this game for us while the rest of the staff was across the country. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders lured the Vanderbilt Commodores away from their Nashville home to play at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
2018: Prairie View A&M (FCS) at NC Central (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox spent the first weekend of the season in the South and wrapped up his trip with the MEAC-SWAC Challenge at the home of the Georgia State Panthers in Atlanta, Georgia. Prairie View A&M represented the SWAC, while North Carolina Central represented the MEAC. The team came to play. So did the marching bands.
2019: Notre Dame (FBS) at Louisville (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb went back to Louisville, Kentucky to wrap up his Labor Day weekend as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Louisville Cardinals. This time, the game was at Cardinal Stadium, formerly known as Papa John’s Stadium.