Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Sept. 3. 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: FAU (FBS) at Florida (FBS)
It was our first visit to ‘The Swamp,’ more formally known as Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (they added the Steve Spurrier to Florida Field later). College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox make the trip from Texas, and from the Gator Walk to watching this one unfold in a packed house, it was a great way to start the season.
2011: Army (FBS) at Northern Illinois (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb kept rumbling through the Midwest that weekend and paid his first visit to Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois, as the NIU Huskies hosted the Army West Point Black Knights in the season opener for both teams. In the ensuing years, the rest of our staff would make their way to Huskie Stadium, one of the best smaller venues in college football.
2011: Louisiana (FBS) at Oklahoma State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins didn’t get to shoot this game, but he was in the stands for the lid-lifter for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. While Postins was in the stands, he would later migrate down to the field to shoot other OSU games for later editions of the Yearbook.
2015: Adams State (D2) at Texas A&M-Commerce (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content chose to stay closer to his Dallas home on this weekend and took in a non-conference showdown between the Adams Stadium Grizzlies and the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions at Memorial Stadium in Commerce, Texas. At the time, the Grizzlies were coached by former NFL quarterback, Timm Rosenbach, who made his head-coaching debut that night.
2015: Oklahoma State (FBS) at Central Michigan (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins combined a visit to his family up in Michigan with a football trip, touring three different Mid-American Conference stadiums in the process. The visit to Kelly-Shorts Stadium saw the Central Michigan Chippewas host the Oklahoma State Cowboys in that rare game in which a Power 5 school paid a Group of 5 school a visit.
2015: Western Kentucky (FBS) at Vanderbilt (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb also stayed close to home that weekend in 2015, as he checked out the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as they paid a visit to the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. By that point Webb was already well traveled, as it was his third football game of the young season.
2016: Kent State (FBS) at Penn State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb had spent a good portion of the preview 10 days traveling around Canada for USports college football. Well, he took a break and swung down to Happy Valley (State College, Pennsylvania) to see the Kent State Golden Flashes pay the Penn State Nittany Lions a visit. The Nittany Lions pulled away for the win and it was our first visit to the sidelines to shoot PSU.
2016: St. Scholastica (D3) at Saint John’s (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox went to one of the best Division III stadiums in the country, Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Minnesota. There, the Saint John’s Johnnies hosted the St. Scholastica Saints in a non-conference game. In a sold-out environment, the Johnnies cruised away with an easy win over the Saints. And we got to see the Johnnies on home turf for the first time.
2016: Alabama (FBS) at USC (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins managed to get into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to cover the season-opening game at the stadium affectionately known as ‘Jerry World’ (as in Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones). For this one the stadium was able to lure two of the most fabled programs in the history of college football — the Alabama Crimson Tide and the USC Trojans. Alabama won the game easily, and the Tide found a new quarterback by game’s end — Jalen Hurts.
2017: Virginia Tech (FBS) vs. West Virginia (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins had been on a four-day, four-game extravaganza that Labor Day weekend in the northeast. He ended it at FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland, as the Virginia Tech Hokies and the West Virginia Mountaineers faced each other in a packed house and a national television audience, as it was a Sunday night game.