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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2013: Ohio Northern (D3) at Capital (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb mapped out a plan to check out a Division III team and an FBS team in Columbus, Ohio. So he started the day at Bernlohr Stadium on the campus of Capital University, which hosted Ohio Northern on this day.
2013: Wisconsin (FBS) at Ohio State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb then made his way over to The Ohio State University to see the Ohio State Buckeyes host the Wisconsin Badgers in Big Ten action. The legendary ‘Horseshoe,’ or Ohio Stadium was full that day, as it tends to be during Big Ten games. Ohio Stadium opened in 1922 and it’s always been a big venue. Back then, the Buckeyes could play in front of more than 66,000 people. These days it can be more than 100,000.
2013: LSU (FBS) at Georgia (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was in Athens, Georgia, to see the LSU Tigers visit the Georgia Bulldogs. It was a big game. Both teams were undefeated, and that led to the ESPN Gameday crew paying Georgia a visit. The experience was great. While Postins didn’t get to tailgate, he did take part in a campus rarity on gameday for non-students — he ate in Oglethorpe Dining Hall, which at the time was open to non-students on gameday. Postins also caught the Bulldog walk and got to walk between the hedges for the first time.
2013: Colorado (FBS) at Oregon State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox had always wanted to see football in Oregon. On this day, he planned it perfectly, as he was able to see both Pac-12 schools on the same day. First, it was a visit to Corvallis, Oregon, as the Oregon State Beavers hosted the Colorado Buffaloes. Reser Stadium is a great venue and, like other Pacific Northwest football stadiums, it has that great awning on the home side to protect its fans from the rain (and it certainly rained that day).
2013: California (FBS) at Oregon (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox then made it down to Eugene, Oregon, to check out Autzen Stadium as the Oregon Ducks hosted the California Golden Bears in Pac-12 action. It’s not every team that can be led on the field by a Harley-riding Duck, but Oregon manages to do it. While the stadium looks modern and sleek, that’s thanks to several renovations and expansions since its original construction in 1967.
2017: Texas (FBS) at Iowa State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins made his first visit to Ames, Iowa, and Jack Trice Stadium to see the Iowa State Cyclones host the Texas Longhorns on a Thursday night. The stadium is named for Jack Trice, a college football figure that doesn’t get much attention. Trice was the first African-American athlete at Iowa State and died on Oct. 6, 1923, due to injuries sustained in a football game against Minnesota. After a long campaign, the stadium was named for Trice in 1997 and was the first stadium in Division I to be named after an African-American.
2019: Kansas (FBS) at TCU (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins headed over to Amon G. Carter Stadium to see the TCU Horned Frogs host the Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 action. The game was notable because it was Les Miles’ first season at Kansas. Miles took the Kansas job after a short break after he was dismissed from LSU, where he had led the Tigers to a national title.
2019: Houston (FBS) at North Texas (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox paid a visit to Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas, to see the North Texas Mean Green host the Houston Cougars in non-conference action. The Mean Green have retired four numbers in their program’s history — Abner Haynes (28), Ray Renfro (33), Richard Gill (55) and Joe Greene (75).