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Sam Houston State (11-4) battles North Dakota State (13-1) tonight for a chance to play in the FCS Championship next weekend. Sam Houston State may be the hottest team in the FCS entering the game on an 8 game winning streak. Meanwhile heavy favorite North Dakota State are two wins away from an unprecedented four straight championships. Can Sam Houston State stay hot or will North Dakota State continue its dominance in the FCS?
The Butler University Bulldogs became America’s favorite Cinderella team after making back to back National Championship appearances in 2010 and 2011. This mid-major school in the heart of basketball crazed Indiana quickly became college basketball royalty and in 2013 accepted an invitation to the Big East Conference. After the 2012-2013 season, highly coveted coach Brad Stevens took his talents to the Boston Celtics; posing the question: Can Butler make the jump from Cinderella to college basketball powerhouse?
After a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, second year coach Brandon Miller is hoping to get back to the big dance. The Bulldogs are off to a great start this season with a 6-1 record and and a Top 25 national ranking. Butler is quickly regaining its name as Giant killer by beating big name teams like North Carolina and Georgetown in last week’s Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. This year’s Butler squad is led by Junior guard Kellen Denham, who is averaging over 16 PPG so far this season. Denham and company still have big non-conference games coming up at Tennessee and in-state rival Indiana before starting a daunting Big East schedule.
Can a young Butler squad get back into the Tournament this year and possibly knock out your favorite team?
-Thanks to Erik H. for his blog contribution!
Starkville, Mississippi sure has been getting a lot of media attention this football season. Not only is Starkville home to the No. 4 Mississippi State Bulldogs, it is also home to the undefeated Starkville High School Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets are currently the top-ranked school in the state of Mississippi and sitting at No. 3 nationally in the MaxPreps High School football rankings.
As high school football playoffs are now well underway across the nation, the Starkville Yellow Jackets have advanced to the second round of the Mississippi 6A playoffs. They advance to the second round after an impressive 30-0 win over Tupelo High School last Friday. A win that was a result of two touchdown passes from quarterback Brady Davis to Wide Receiver AJ Brown, two 40+ yard field goals from Michael Godley (fingers crossed Miss. State has this senior on lock as a future field goal kicker for the Bulldogs), and a 12-yard run from Jacquez Horsley. This was their fifth shut-out of the season.
On the receiving end of those two touchdown passes from Davis was Junior Wide Receiver, AJ Brown. Brown graduates in 2016, and has received offers from Mississippi State, The University of Mississippi, and Alabama.
Starkville HS faces the Southaven Chargers tonight in the second round of the 6A playoffs. The Chargers are 10-2 this season. Good luck to the Yellow Jackets from this Mississippian (and MSU Bulldog) out here in Seattle, WA!
-Thanks to our blog contributor Anne Jordan! Anne Jordan is a Mississippi native and die-hard Mississippi State fan.