Today in College Football America History – Oct. 20

Marshall Thundering Herd

Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Oct. 20. 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?

UCF and UAB in action in 2011. (College Football America File Photo)

2011: UCF (FBS) at UAB (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb slid over to Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, to see the UAB Blazers host the UCF Knights. Legion Field is not Alabama’s biggest stadium. That honor belongs to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. But it opened in 1927, it is called by some the “Old Gray Lady” and, at one time, it hosted the Iron Bowl every November for 40 years.

Birmingham-Southern and Sewanee in action in 2012. (College Football America File Photo)

2012: Sewanee (D3) at Birmingham Southern (D3)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was working a double-dip in Alabama and Mississippi on this day in 2012. First, Webb followed one of his oft-seen Division III teams, Sewanee, on the road to see the Tigers face the Birmingham Southern Panthers. BSC stopped playing football in 1939 after 21 seasons, and then returned to the football landscape in 2007 as a Division III program. The Panthers played their first game back at Legion Field.

2012: Middle Tennessee (FBS) at Mississippi State (FBS)

Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb ended his day in Starkvegas, as the locals like to call Starkville, Mississippi. Once again, one of Webb’s alma maters was on the road at an SEC school, and he had to take it all in. So Webb saw the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a non-conference affair.

The Grambling State Tigers. (College Football America File Photo)

2012: Virginia-Lynchburg (unaffiliated) at Grambling State (FCS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox also pulled off a day in which he saw two games in one day. In fact Cox didn’t have to go very far in order to do it. His first stop was Grambling, Louisiana, where the Grambling State Tigers hosted the Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons. That afforded Cox his first opportunity to see Eddie Robinson Stadium, the home field for Grambling State, which is now named after its legendary head coach.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. (College Football America File Photo)

2012: Idaho (FBS) at Louisiana Tech (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox then headed for Ruston, Louisiana, where he saw the Idaho Vandals pay a visit to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Joe Aillet stadium. The trip from Grambling to Ruston is just six miles , making it easy to see both the Tigers and the Bulldogs on the same day, if you can get the game times to line up.

Marshall and Middle Tennessee in 2017. (College Football America File Photo)

2017: Marshall (FBS) at Middle Tennessee (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb had seen this game before. A few years before, Webb made the trip to Huntington, West Virginia, to see Middle Tennessee face the Thundering Herd. This time, it was a short drive from his home to Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to see the Blue Raiders play host to Marshall. It was a Conference USA game for both teams.

The Manchester Spartans and the Hanover Panthers in action in 2018. (College Football America File Photo)

2018: Hanover (D3) at Manchester (D3)

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Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins and director of editorial content Chuck Cox got to North Manchester, Indiana, in the middle of the second quarter of this conference contest between the Hanover Panthers and the Manchester Spartans. Hanover ended up winning the game, and Postins got some great shots. But they had to leave early because they had a big event that evening. The pair were on their way to South Bend, Indiana, to see Garth Brooks play at Notre Dame Stadium, the first musical event ever hosted by the football venue.

Miles and Lane in action in 2018. (College Football America File Photo)

2018: Miles (D2) at Lane (D2)

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Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb checked out this conference contest between a pair of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). Miles was founded in 1898 as a private college in Fairfield, Alabama, and counts among its notable alumni Richard Arrington Jr., the first African-American mayor of Birmingham, Alabama (1979-99). Lane College, located in Jackson, Tennessee, was founded in 1882 and counts among its most notable alumni Chuck Rainey, a bassist who played with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan.

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