Live from around the country

If you live in the northeast and it hasn’t felt like football season, it should today. Temperatures in the East and Northeast regions (Ohio as well) today are expected to be in the high 50s and then later tonight dip down into the 40s. Good luck to the folks playing under the lights tonight. Just last weekend, the mercury was near 90 for the Showcase Game between Union and Springfield.

But, the weekend got underway last night with Wesley breaking away from Widener in an offensive showcase for the Wolverines. The seventh-ranked team in the country put up over 500 yards of offense and Larry Beavers scored a pair of touchdowns, including one on an 89-yard kickoff return to start the second half. But, this one could have been closer – Wesley fumbled the football four times.

Today, there’s a full slate of games around the nation with just about every team in action. The NESCAC starts their season next week but most teams are holding scrimmages this weekend.

Quick thoughts…
*Can Heidelberg make it two in a row with a win tonight over John Carroll?
*How many points will Mount Union score in the first quarter this week?
*Will Mike Flynt get into the game for Sul Ross?
*Can Montclair State contain Chris Sharpe and upset Springfield?

For all of today’s scores that aren’t mentioned here, you can check out our national scoreboard that’s filled with audio and live stats links.

And, don’t forget to check out more of Pat and Keith’s adventures in Oregon in the “Greetings from Oregon” blog. It’s probably warmer in Oregon than it is in upstate New York right now.

Greetings from Oregon

Keith and I have been on the ground for a few hours, anyway, in Oregon, and since it’s 4 a.m. ET I can safely say we’re pretty beat. Former Linfield defensive lineman Ryan Carlson and his wife have opened their spare rooms to us, thankfully, and I’m fairly sure we need to sleep in in the morning so we can be fresh for the game.

Fairly certain we’re both looking forward to seeing what McMinnville and Linfield’s game day atmosphere is all about, as well as the game between Linfield and Hardin-Simmons.

We’ll have a new gameday blog post tomorrow (hint to Gordon or John — hopefully one of you can get us started) and get you tracking the other games.

Aside from our game Saturday, here’s a few quick thoughts on some other games going on:

Salisbury at No. 20 Christopher Newport: Remember that Salisbury has always been able to run the ball. Now they can throw a little bit, too. This could be a big breakout game for the Sea Gulls. Christopher Newport has to bounce back after getting pounded by Mary Hardin-Baylor last week.

No. 21 Rowan at Wilkes: Two winless teams meet in a rematch of last year’s second-round playoff game. Wilkes could go 0-3 against the NJAC if it can’t win this one, while Rowan has had a week off to get its offense together.

Rhodes at Birmingham-Southern: The Panthers play their first varsity game since 1939 in hosting their new SCAC rival. Last week’s game against the Mississippi College JV was a good warmup, but this one counts.

Wittenberg at Olivet: The Comets are 0-3 against Wittenberg lifetime and haven’t scored either.

I would have to be awake to throw out more nuggets. Talk amongst yourselves. 🙂