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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2011: Tusculum (D2) at Carson-Newman (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb led a busy day in 2011 with a trip to Jefferson City, Tennessee, to see the Carson-Newman Eagles host Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference contest. The legend at Carson-Newman is Ken Sparks, a C-N graduate coached at his alma mater from 1980 to 2016 and retired with the fourth-most wins among NCAA coaches at that time. So, on this day, Webb was in the presence of greatness.
2011: Tulane (FBS) at SMU (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was on the sidelines at Gerald J. Ford for this one, as the Tulane Green Wave were in town to host the SMU Mustangs. The Green Wave had a tumultuous year, as Bob Toledo resigned as head coach after seven games and Mark Hutson wrapped up the season as the interim head coach. The Green Wave ended up losing their final 10 games. Meanwhile, SMU finished the season 8-5 and went to a bowl game under head coach June Jones.
2011: Middle Tennessee (FBS) at Tennessee (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb ended his day in northeastern Tennessee with a trip to Rocky Top, or Knoxville, Tennessee, to see the Tennessee Volunteers host the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Neyland Stadium. The SEC tends to play some Group of 5 or FCS teams in November to get a break from SEC play before heading into the final stretch.
2011: Missouri (FBS) at Baylor (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox went down to Floyd Casey Stadium in Beverly Hills, Texas (yep, you read that right — Beverly Hills) as the Baylor Bears hosted the Missouri Tigers in what was, at the time, a Big 12 showdown. The season was notable for the Bears in that quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy.
2015: Buffalo (FBS) at Kent State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins covered the one game we covered on this date in 2015, a MAC Week game as the Kent State Golden Flashes hosted the Buffalo Bulls at Dix Stadium, with the Bulls winning the contest. Dix Stadium opened in 1969 to replace Memorial Stadium. It was, in fact, known as Memorial Stadium until 1973, when the name changed to Dix Stadium. The ‘Dix’ in the stadium name belongs to Robert C. Dix, the former publisher of the Record-Courier newspaper based in Kent, Ohio.
2016: Hawaii (FBS) at San Diego State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was part of a far-flung day for the yearbook stadium, as he was in San Diego to see the San Diego State Aztecs host the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in Mountain West action. The game was at SDCCU Stadium, which at the time was the home of both the Aztecs and the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. The Chargers moved to Los Angeles the next season.
2016: Universidad de las Americas Pueblas (Mexico) at San Diego (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox was also in San Diego that day, but he and Postins split up. While Postins was off watching the Aztecs, Cox was taking in the other San Diego college football team, the San Diego Toreros, who play in the FCS ranks. Torero Stadium opened in 1956 and has hosted Torero football ever since. On this day the Toreros were hosting a team from Mexico, Universidad de las Americas Pueblas, in non-conference action.
2016: Missouri Baptist (NAIA) at Concordia (MI) (NAIA)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb went for three games in one day in two states. And it helps when the first two games are close together. The first one was at Cardinal Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the Concordia (MI) Cardinals hosted Missouri Baptist in league action. Postins had been to Cardinal Stadium the season it opened, so this was Webb’s first visit to the stadium, but not the staff’s.
2016: Maryland (FBS) at Michigan (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb then had to slide over to The Big House, or Michigan Stadium, to see the Wolverines host the Maryland Terrapins. Postins, like with Concordia, had been to a Michigan game previously on yearbook business. But that was to gather a stadium gallery and stadium photos for the book. On this day, Webb shot our first game from the sideline at Michigan Stadium.
2016: Nebraska (FBS) at Ohio State (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb apparently wanted to check out that ‘School Down South’ on that day, too (that’s what the folks in Ann Arbor call Ohio State). So he made the drive down to Columbus, Ohio, to see the Ohio State Buckeyes host the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Big Ten action. It was not his first trip to Ohio Stadium, but it was his first game from the sidelines.
2019: Ball State (FBS) at Western Michigan (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was in Michigan on a trip to see family and took a short diversion over to Kalamazoo, Michgan for a MAC Week game between the Ball State Cardinals and the Western Michigan Broncos at Waldo Stadium on a Tuesday night. Waldo Stadium opened in 1939. But the location has hosted WMU football since 1914. The Broncos just didn’t have a stadium until 1939.