Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Sept. 4. 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: Western Michigan (FBS) at Michigan State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb made his way up to East Lansing, Michigan, for his first taste of Spartans football as Michigan State hosted Western Michigan during our first season on the road for the Yearbook.
2010: Stephen F. Austin (FCS) at Texas A&M (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox and editor Matthew Postins spent the same Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, as the Aggies hosted their alma mater, Stephen F. Austin, on a sweltering Texas afternoon. For the Lumberjacks, it was their first visit to Kyle Field in quite some time. For Cox and Postins, who had both covered games in the press box at Kyle Field, experienced their first game in the stands at Kyle Field.
2011: Central State (D2) at Kentucky State (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb left his home in Tennessee and made the drive to Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, to see a pair of Historically Black Colleges and Universities take the field as Central State faced Kentucky State in a clash of Division II programs.
2014: East Texas Baptist (D3) at Texas A&M-Commerce (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox made the short drive to Commerce, Texas, one of our favorite Division II stadiums and one of our most popular destinations on the road, to see the Lions host East Texas Baptist in a non-conference game for both teams.
2015: Michigan State (FBS) at Western Michigan (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins continued his opening weekend jaunt around Michigan with a drive to Kalamazoo, Michigan, as the Western Michigan Mustangs hosted the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans are the rare Power 5 team that doesn’t mind “returning the favor” to the Group of 5 teams that typically come to their place for a money game. The contest was also our first exposure to then-WMU head coach P.J. Fleck.
2015: Baylor (FBS) at SMU (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox, a Dallas resident at the time, stayed in town to see the SMU Mustangs host the Baylor Bears at Ford Stadium. The contest gave the Bears and the Mustangs the chance to renew acquaintances, as they used to be rivals during their Southwest Conference days.
2016: Hobart JV (D3) at Alfred JV (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb went to a JV game. Yep, that’s right, a JV game. While on his long trip through the northeast that year, he slipped over to Yunevich Stadium in Alfred, New York, to see the Hobart JV and the Alfred JV face each other. It might interest you to know that many Division III schools have junior varsity program and they typically play on Sundays against other D-III JVs or junior colleges that are looking for an extra opponent.