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For North Dakota State Bison football fans traveling down to Frisco, Texas every January is becoming a rite of passage. This is the fifth straight year that the Bison faithful have made their pilgrimage south for what locals now call “Bison Weekend”. For the last four years, NDSU has packed Toyota Stadium and claims to have the best traveling fans in the nation. Fans schedule these trips long in advance expecting nothing less than a chance at the championship. This year though might have been the toughest road the Bison have had to travel on their way to a championship. Coming off a loss to South Dakota in the middle of the season and losing senior quarterback Carson Wentz to Injury, it looked like a fifth straight championship was in doubt. The doubters quickly regained faith when Redshirt Freshman Easton Stick gained control of the offense. The freshman from Omaha, reenergized the Bison and has won all eight of his collegiate starts. One milestone Stick has yet to accomplish in his young career, is to upset the #1 ranked team in the nation.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks may not have the same level of national attention as the Bison, but they’re also no postseason rookie. Jacksonville State head coach John Grass, like every other FCS coach, has studied NDSU film during their recent dynasty. The Gamecocks have been battle tested this year winning every FCS game they’ve played. Their only loss came against in state powerhouse Auburn in overtime. Auburn’s comeback victory against the Gamecocks empowered the team to twelve straight victories, and the #1 seed in the FCS tournament. Playing on the road against a heavily favored SEC opponent should pay dividends in the national championship against NDSU. They’ll need running back Troymaine Pope and quarterback Eli Jenkins to confuse the stout Bison defense. After a less then eventful FCS bowl season, this matchup will surely be a battle fought till the end. Can NDSU win an unprecedented fifth straight championship or will the Gamecocks bring home their first FCS crown?
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Prior to the 2013-14 season the Big East was the most dominate conference in college basketball going back decades. Even with all their successes, the Big East has gone through a complete overhaul the last three seasons. Many traditional Big East schools followed the money to other conferences more focused on football. Even after losing a number of historic basketball schools the Big East was able to successfully recruit respectable basketball institutions such as, Butler, Creighton, and Xavier. The only reoccurring theme of the new Big East is the dominance of Villanova, who have only lost a total of four conference games the last two seasons. This season though, going into conference play with a 12-0 start, it’s the Xavier Musketeers who are taking college basketball by storm!
With the non-conference games coming to an end it’s hard to argue any team in the nation is playing better than the Musketeers. Xavier is one of four undefeated teams left in college basketball and has played one of the nation’s hardest schedules. They already have double digit wins against Michigan, USC, and rival Cincinnati. The key factor for Xavier’s early success is their ability to rebound the basketball. This season the Musketeers have averaged 13 more rebounds per game than their opponents. The Xavier front court is led by forward James Farr who’s averaging 9 RPG. This 6’10 Senior will need to control the paint tomorrow against a talented Villanova in the Big East opener. A 12-0 record might look solid but a win over the Wildcats will make them the clear favorite in the Big East.
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Victoria Cougars – Professional hockey in Victoria, British Columbia reached its apex when the Cougars won the Stanley Cup in 1925. Victoria defeated the popular Montreal Canadiens in their first of two Stanley Cup appearances in the 1920’s. When the Western Hockey League folded after the 1926 season the team was sold to Detroit eventually becoming the Red Wings.
Toronto St. Patricks – Before the Maple Leafs started a winning tradition in the hockey crazed city of Toronto it was the St. Patricks that were competing for Stanley Cups. In 1922 the St. Pats defeated the Vancouver Millionaires to capture the coveted Cup. This was their last Stanley Cup appearance before ownership sold the team in 1927.
Portland Rosebuds – Professional Hockey came to Portland in 1914 as a member of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The Rosebuds made history by winning the PCHA Title and becoming the first American team to appear in a Stanley Cup Final. They will always be remembered with their name etched on the base ring of the Trophy.
Calgary Tigers – The Tigers became the first professional hockey team based out of Calgary in 1920. Success came quick when they won the Western Canada Hockey League in 1924 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. The Tigers were sold when the WCHL folded and no other team from Calgary would reach the Stanley Cup for another 80 years.
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