Heading to Shepherdtown, WV

Heading to D2 playoff tomorrow between Slippery Rock (12-1) and the Shepherd Rams (11-0) for a quarter final division playoff game! Meeting up with Slippery Rock Bob Jones and Brian Donnelly, an affiliate of Dan’s Tailgate blog.  The Rock under Head Coach George Mihalik in his 28the season, comes off a 41-39 win over Assumption College. The home team Rams got by Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 17-13.  IUP fell to PSAC foe SRU during the regular season, 40-39.  This looks to be a good, competitive, entertaining game,  and we’re looking forward to minimum TV commercial interruptions!  Rock QB Dante Nania has passed for 2,868 yards and 30 TDs.    WR Shamar Greene has 1,476 of those yards and 13 TDS.  RBs Julius Durden and Cornelius Ray have combined for over 1,500 rushing yards and 19 and 8 rushing TDs respectively.  The Rams, winners of the Mountain East conference, are led by QB Jeff Ziemba with 3,017 passing yards and 27 TDs.  WR Billy Brown has 72 receptions for 1,176 yards and six TDs.  Ziemba’s fellow high school mate from St. Mark’s in Delaware, Jabre Lolley has 603 yards and 14 six-pointers.  Fellow backfield mate Allen cross has 750 yards and six rushing scores.   We really look forward to watch this clash, our first ever at D2 Shepherd…The current CFP Bowl lineup looks to possibly to have Clemson hosting Iowa, and Oklahoma playing Alabama. We think Michigan State will get the win over Iowa this weekend.  Our take based on our bowl history if things remain status quo after the championship games this weekend. we were hoping for Alabama vs. Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl we’ll be at.  In our bowl history, we watched Alabama crush Notre dame in the CFP championship of 2012, and the previous year, Oklahoma obviously destroyed UConn.  Because of proximity, Clemson gets to play in the Orange Bowl if they beat North Carolina this Saturday.  Don’t be surprised if UNC surprised though.  We saw Clemson on the short end of an Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia in the same venue, 70-33. As for Iowa, we’re shocked after we saw their stale performance last season against Tennessee in the Taxslayer Bowl. Slowest team afoot we’d ever seen.  How they improved that much in one year, we didn’t see it coming.  Though the fell only 45-28, UT was ups in the third period 45-7 before they emptied the bench and got everyone in the game.  We think the Spartans will be in the mix.

About Steveo

This website is dedicated to my unique and ongoing adventure to continue to see every major Division 1A (I despise the moniker "FBS") football team play in person at least once. I've seen all 124 teams in existence as of 2013 play and plan to attend games with the five newest editions in the next few years. This also records my ongoing adventures attending as many college football games as possible every season. I "officially" started this crazy goal in 1979. The upcoming 2014 season will be the 35th straight year of sharing this fun endeavor with others in person and through weekly reviews about each game I attend. Entering 2014, I have attended 459 NCAA football games at all levels. My book, Tales from the Tailgate: From the Fan who's seen 'em all! published in 2011, tells my story over 30 years of when I attended a game in person played by each D1A team for the first time. Now, I haven't attended a game at every major stadium on each campus (yet) because I'd probably be unemployed and definitely divorced by now. However, I'm proud to report that I remain gainfully employed and have been married to the same woman ("Saint Laurie") for almost 25 years. We have two kids that have recently ventured away from our home in Byram Township, NJ over the last few few years. Our daughter Alex is a junior at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), and our son Eric is now enlisted in the United States Navy (Go Navy!). You will find that my site and my book focus on enjoying a passion for college football and great opportunities to have fun with friends and family around the country.

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