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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2013: Virginia Tech (FBS) at Georgia Tech (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins paid his first visit to Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field to check out the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets as they hosted the Virginia Tech Hokies in ACC action. This Thursday night game was nationally televised, and Postins made sure to get there early to get a meal at The Varsity, the legendary Atlanta-based restaurant located close to the Georgia Tech campus. The Varsity opened in 1928 and is well known for its two chili dog combo and its chili cheese dog and chili cheeseburger.
2014: Middle Tennessee (FBS) at Old Dominion (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb had been to Norfolk, Virginia, before, but never to see the Old Dominion Monarchs, which had recently made the move from FCS to FBS and joined Conference USA. On this night the Monarchs hosted the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, one of Webb’s three alma maters. Webb went to Kilgore College to get his associates degree, then the University of Texas to get his bachelor’s degree and then to Middle Tennessee to get another bachelor’s degree.
2015: UW-River Falls (D3) at Southwestern (TX) (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox saw a chance to see a team he had never seen before, the UW-River Falls Falcons, who were in Georgetown, Texas, to face the Southwestern (TX) Pirates in non-conference action. Southwestern shares its stadium with the Georgetown Independent School District, as Bernard Birkelbach Stadium hosts local high school games, too.
2015: Saint Francis (IN) (NAIA) at Lindenwood-Belleville (NAIA)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb had been to Lindenwood, Illinois, before to see the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx and their unique maroon and gray turf. So the draw on this day was to get in two games. So he started with the Lynx hosting NAIA power Saint Francis (IN). The Cougars’ head coach, Kevin Donley, may have a place in the College Football Hall of Fame one day. He is certainly one of NAIA’s most decorated football coaches.
2015: James Madison (FBS) at SMU (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox left the UW-River Falls-Southwestern game a bit early to make sure he could get back to Dallas, Texas, to see SMU host James Madison. The Dukes, of course, have been a mainstay of FCS football for quite some time. Along with national championships, the Dukes can boast Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley among its alumni.
2015: Liberty (FCS) at Southern Illinois (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb ended his day in Carbondale, Illinois, as the Southern Illinois Salukis hosted the Liberty Flames at Saluki Stadium. Saluki Stadium opened in 2010 as a replacement for McAndrew Stadium, which served as the Saluki’s home for 73 years. But one of the biggest crowds the stadium ever hosted was for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, as the stadium was one of the best-positioned places in the nation to watch that rare event.