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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2011: Akron (FBS) at Miami (OH) (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb took in some MAC Week football on this night, as the Miami (OH) Redhawks hosted the Akron Zips at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio. Miami (OH) is nicknamed the “Cradle of Coaches” for the extraordinary number of legendary college football coaches the program has produced. Among them are Notre Dame’s Ara Parseghian, Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Michigan’s Bo Schembechler, the NFL’s Sean Payton and John Harbaugh.
2012: Bluefield (NAIA) at Cumberland (TN) (NAIA)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb went to one of his favorite venues for NAIA football, Nokes-Lasater Field, to see the Cumberland (TN) Phoenix host the Bluefield Rams. The Phoenix started as a football program in 1894, but they weren’t always the Phoenix. The program was known as the Bulldogs until the name changed in 2016.
2015: Northern Illinois (FBS) at Toledo (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins made his first trip to the Glass Bowl, the home of the Toledo Rockets, as they hosted the Northern Illinois Huskies in a MAC Week showdown. At the time, the Rockets were undefeated and coached by Matt Campbell. But NIU won the game, ending the Rockets’ hopes of crashing the Bowl Championship Series party.
2018: Lyon (NAIA) at Texas Wesleyan (NAIA)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox went to Farrington Field in Fort Worth, Texas, to see the Texas Wesleyan Rams host the Lyon Scots in conference play. Farrington Field is the home of Fort Worth Independent School District football on Friday nights.
2018: Southern Arkansas (D2) at Ouachita Baptist (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to see a Great American Conference contest between the Southern Arkansas Muleriders and the Ouachita Baptist Tigers. At the time, the Tigers were one of the top teams in the nation and would go on to the NCAA Division II semifinals. The Tigers play at Cliff Harris Stadium, who played at OBU before he went on to the NFL and played for the Dallas Cowboys. Harris is now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and on this day he was at the game.