Bears football picks up second win in a row with victory at Southern Utah

The University of Northern Colorado football team secured its first road win in two years Saturday at Southern Utah. While it was not a pretty win, at the end of the day a win is a win.

UNC had all players back for the road trip to Cedar City, Utah and every one of those players was needed to win the game.

Trae Riek and Milo Hall had career days with both going above 100 yards for the first time together. Hall stood out big time with three rushing touchdowns.

Another accolade to add to the Bears season is Alex Wesley becomes the second receiver in UNC history to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons. The only other player to do that was Vincent Jackson, who later was a second-round NFL draft pick.

The Bears stormed ahead to a big lead and it looked like a done deal at halftime with a 24-11 lead.

In the second half, UNC let the Thunderbirds put up 28 points and gave them the ball back down only three points.

Coming to the rescue for the Bears was Henry Stelzner with a game-winning interception.

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How It Happened

First Half

On the first defensive drive the Bears came out hungry and ready to rumble. Isiah Swopes made that clear as he came through with a leveling hit on SUU running back.

UNC traditionally does well in the game if they score early and the Bears did just that in four plays, capped off with a Milo Hall touchdown.

After forcing another three-and-out, Mott once again led a steady march to the endzone where he dropped an absolute dime to Willie Fairman for a 32-yard touchdown.

SUU would finally figure out how to score by using Tyler Skidmore at quarterback, which the Bears did not plan on seeing at quarterback leading to some of his success.

The long 10-play drive was thoroughly and unnecessarily sustained by two Bears penalties.

For UNC, production would start to taper off as the drives became longer and further out of scoring range. In response, Marques Combs was still able to pull out a field goal for the Bears after an up and down 11-play drive.

The Thunderbirds would sit on the ball for nearly eight minutes as a roughing the kicker penalty kept the drive alive for SUU. Getting all the way to the five-yard line SUU would come across their own penalty trouble which led to a failed field goal attempt by Isiah Swopes.

While the Bears celebrated the missed field goal UNC would throw an interception which later led to a successful SUU field goal.

Both teams would punt as halftime neared and production dropped off significantly. UNC received the punt with good field position. There was only time for one play and Keaton Mott hit Theron Verna exactly for a 35-yard touchdown pass to go into halftime on a high note.

Half time: UNC 24, Southern Utah 11

Second Half

Mott would come out of the half on a hot streak and help the team to another field goal largely on the part of Willie Fairman’s 34-yard catch.

SUU was now in a larger hole and kept digging it deeper with a fumble by star receiver Ty Rutledge, forced by Michael Walker and covered up by freshman Brooks Talkington.

Like a machine, Mott marched the team down the field and was able to produce another touchdown. Milo Hall would take the handoff and sprint 19 yards for the score.

With SUU really hurting, Skidmore finally caught a break by throwing to Landen Measom, who found a hole in the coverage, for a 74-yard catch and sprint touchdown.

UNC would only take two running plays for its next score, but this touchdown would be the last score of the night for UNC in the late part of the third quarter. Trae Riek sprinted for his longest run of the season of 51 yards and Milo Hall finished the job with a 24-yard run for the touchdown.

The Bears game plan to be conservative from then on almost did not pay off as the Thunderbirds tightened up their coverage and UNC stuck to complacent run plays.

Punting all fourth quarter long while SUU scored 21 points put Bears fans on alert as the winning percentage was dropping exponentially.

The Thunderbirds got the ball back with 28 seconds left and a three touchdowns worth of momentum to work with. Dropping back for the pass and throwing away the ball low and away from the receiver paid off for UNC.

Henry Stelzner was in the right spot at the right time to make a diving interception that would win the game. The Bears had their first road win in two years.

Final: UNC 42, Southern Utah 39

The Mirror’s Keys to the Game Checklist

Defense:

  • Stop the Run: While three touchdowns on the ground still leaves room for improvement, only 129 yards allowed is not bad.

  • Sack the Quarterback: The Bears got nearly as many sacks as their season total this weekend which shows much needed improvement.

  • Cause Turnovers: Two turnovers may not be as many as the NAU game, but they came at key moments which proved pivotal to the win.

Offense:

  • Give Mott Time: While it was not flawless, it has been better in the recent games. Mott was only sacked twice and the running backs went over 200 yards.

  • Focus on Milo: Milo had a career day with 100+ yards and three touchdowns.

  • Score Early: The Bears scored on their first three drives which gave them considerable breathing room going into the rest of the game.

Gem of the Hill's Sunset

  Photo: FCS STATS

Photo: FCS STATS

By Collin Barnwell

These are the stats which will plague a Gamecocks mind for years to come:

  • Three interceptions

  • Two fumbles

  • One blocked field goal returned for a touchdown

  • Ninety-nine yards rushing


As a Gamecock supporter, I want to begin by giving credit where it is due... Hats off to Southeast Missouri and the RedHawks coaching staff for doing what no OVC team has done since Jimmy Garoppolo and the EIU Panthers in 2013 - defeat the Gamecocks in a regular season game. The dominating streak was going to end at some point, and you closed that chapter of Gamecock football.


Saturday was a TOUGH day. I get it. We all get it. We did not play our best. Hell, we didn't even play to our potential. Our Offensive Line is riddled with injuries. Our Rushing game never had a chance. Our Quarterback was scrambling multiple times on every series. Cornerbacks were left on islands against a strong armed QB. Fumbles were bouncing back into the arms of SEMO players while in stride. Interceptions were being tipped off JSU players and into the arms of SEMO defenders. To say the least, it was not a good day for the Gamecocks.


I do have one question… were you really all that shocked? I wasn't. Several Gamecock faithful weren't. Those who have kept a keen eye on Grass and Co. since his appointment as Head Coach weren't.

  • Offensive schemes that once broke school and OVC records is now predictable and consistently terrible when pressured.

  • Special Teams has constantly been unable to flip field position when needed.

  • Defensive talent has gone to waste with an inability to tackle and defend a strong arm QB.

  • A coaching staff that was once touted as the “best in the FCS”, is now unable to count the number of players in a huddle and find necessary substitutions.


In no uncertain terms am I saying John Grass should to be fired after the team's performance on Saturday, I want that to be known. The Gamecock faithful remember where this program was just 7 years ago - blowing a 24-point lead against EKU in the final 7 minutes of play. The last 5 years have been a tremendous period of football of Jacksonville State.


What I am asking is that the powers at be need to evaluate this coaching staff and make necessary changes. Grass and Co.’s ‘good ‘ol boy’ attitude needs to be evaluated.


To take some words from Preston Adams, “deep breaths” Gamecocks. The OVC title is still in play and making the FCS Playoffs is not a lost cause. Have faith that the powers in play can, and WILL, right the ship.

#FearTheBeak


Clarity in Chaos

  Photo: Associated Press/Stephen Swofford, Daily News-Record

Photo: Associated Press/Stephen Swofford, Daily News-Record

By Preston Adams

As I sit here trying to digest what we just saw across the landscape of FCS football this last weekend, I can understand how some people might have seen chaos. In this chaos though, I did see some clarity coming from the CAA, if you can believe that. I know, it sounds crazy with 2 teams undefeated in conference and 5 teams only having one conference loss right? Whether or not you believe me is up to you, but we finally have a clear lay out of what roles each team will be playing from now on.


JMU 37 - Villanova 0

JMU

I start with this game because there were plenty of people outside of JMU nation (along with within) wondering what was going to happen after the Dukes lost their first CAA game in over 2 years. What I saw from the Dukes was a return to dominance over a team that usually plays JMU close. While the offense still stalled in the red zone against what is still an above average Villanova defense, I saw more variety coming from JMU’s play calling. There were still too many “Ode’s to Mickey Matthews” trying to run it up the middle for my liking, but we saw a new wrinkle in the coming out party of red shirt sophomore wide receiver Jake Brown. Using exceptional pass blocking from other receivers he was able to grab more receptions in this game than he had all year while showing promising athleticism with yards after the catch. We also saw that when you allow the 3 headed rushing attack of JMU to find the holes and run around a defense, they are as formidable as ever. The Dukes can move the sticks, but they need to do better in the red zone. At least the kicker looks reliable!  There’s really not much to say about the defense other than they are back to normal after plugging the holes in the middle getting back DL Adeeb Atariwa and LB Landon Ward. NOVA was missing their starting quarterback and tight end, and the Dukes dominated this side of the ball as a result. As for your weekly JFM update, he had a sack fumble, and almost caught a punt he blocked mid air before the punter could even get to it. Speaking of special teams, safety and return specialist D’Angelo Amos had himself a day taking back two 80 plus yard punt returns to the house. It looks like JMU will be just fine, and in the conversation at the least for a top 4 playoff seeding.


Villanova

As I said in an article a while back, the loser of the Villanova vs. Maine game will not be making the playoffs this year. That is to say, I do not see NOVA being able to rally off the 4 wins in a row they would need to go .500 in conference and 7-4 overall to at the very least put them on the playoff bubble. While all of their losses have come to CAA nationally ranked opponents, the Wildcats still have yet to move the ball against a truly stout defense, even when at full strength. I didn’t expect a depleted NOVA team to wow us on the offensive side of the ball when facing a JMU team looking to right the ship, but I didn’t expect them to be shut out either. Their defense played relatively well, only allowing 23 points, 7 of which came on a final drive in which JMU was really just looking to get a red zone score, but it is clear that you can still move the ball on this team with a slightly competent offense. NOVA’s final games are UNH, Richmond, William & Mary, and Delaware. These are all winnable games and if they win the first 3, that last one will be a proverbial playoff game potentially for them and Delaware. But, seeing as only one of those teams will potentially be ranked, I don’t see the Wildcats having a strong enough resume to warrant a playoff nod. So, after a promising first few weeks, it looks like the Philly school will have to settle for basketball, the Eagles, and Gritty for their fall/winter entertainment.


Delaware 28 - Elon 16

Elon

You can tell a lot about a team by the way they respond to adversity, and how they respond to resounding success. That being said, I’m not about to chalk up this elon loss to a lack of humility, but they got their CAA wake up call after a program changing win. They began the game without running back standout Malcolm Summers, and shortly after the game started they lost starting quarterback Davis Cheek to what looks like a significant leg injury. That being said, the Phoenix were still leading heading into the fourth quarter 16-14. That is to say that if not for a couple of very big plays, Elon might have pulled that game out. Depending on the status of their two offensive stand outs, Elon is still a team that will be looking at a potential at large bid in the playoffs. In terms of a conference championship however, they will be at a disadvantage because of  hurricane Florence forcing them to cancel their first CAA game with William & Mary, many capable teams in front of them now, and the conference tie breaker being by percentage in situations like this. Their final 3 games are also against Rhode Island, Towson, and Maine, which also does them little to no favors.


Delaware

Well, it looks like Danny Rocco and the Blue Hens have their first signature win of his second year at the helm. After an at the time puzzling season opening loss to Rhode Island, and the proverbial laying of an egg (lol) at NDSU, many people were ready to write off this Delaware team as a preseason bust. Following a dominating performance in Richmond up with a win over a top 5 Elon team, they look to have righted the ship and slotted themselves neatly into jostling for playoff position at the top of the CAA. The performance against Elon was punctuated by stingy defense, great running from two backs with different styles, some long overdue pinpoint passes by quarterback Pat Kehoe, and a couple of unbelievable touchdown grabs from their Hagrid sized tight end Charles Scraff. Seriously, that dude is gigantic and his hands are phenomenal. Delaware has no bye from here on out, and now has to run a gauntlet that includes likely bound playoff teams like Towson and Stony Brook, potential bubble team Villanova, and spoiler minded UNH. So, needless to say, they will be tested finishing off the year. I’d say at least they have CAA doormat Albany to give them some solace, but with the Great Danes playing in so many close games, I’m not about to count that as an automatic win.


Stony Brook 35 - UNH 7

Stony Brook

Stony Brook needed their defense to bounce back in a big way after getting torched by Towson and Lil Flacco the week before. Thankfully for Seawolves fans, they responded holding a revitalized UNH team to just 7 points, and by scoring off of a fumble recovery and a pick six as well. They held UNH Quarterback Trevor Knight in check while holding the wildcats to 78 total yards rushing. The Stony Brook offense was efficient, if not predictable. They got a big game from running back Donald Liotine, while Quarterback Joe Carbone provided 141 passing yards on 50 percent passing along with 2 touchdowns and two interceptions. Moving forward the Seawolves will have to get more competent quarterback play with Rhode Island coming up this weekend and JMU to follow. The next 3 games will determine Stony Brook’s playoff chances.


UNH

We can finally say that New Hampshire has been mercifully laid to rest in terms of their playoff aspirations for the 2018 season. Following what looked like a potential resurgence getting back Trevor Knight from injury and their first win of the year against Holy Cross, they followed up that performance getting shut down by Stony Brook. While all of their losses have come to teams currently ranked in the FCS and FBS top 25 polls, there’s absolutely no way the playoff committee is going to let a 6 win team into the playoffs, especially when said conference is likely to have a handful of 7 win teams. Not to mention, the Wildcats have Delaware this weekend, followed by Villanova, and then JMU. The UNH playoff streak of 14 straight seasons is about to end, and their team will be playing the part of a very formidable spoiler for the rest of the year. All of this being said, no CAA team should look at UNH as an easy win, because they can still beat any team if they don’t bring their A game.


Maine 38 - Rhode Island 36

Maine

What do you do if you’re the Maine Black Bears coming off of a stunning walk off 52 yard field goal winner against a conference foe? Rinse and repeat, of course! Well, not completely. The game between Maine and NOVA was a defensive battle that ended 13-10 while this game vs. Rhode Island turned into a shoot out. Maine battled from 30-14 down to overtake Rhode Island in the final seconds capping off one of the best games of the year. While one would normally not say that holding a team to 36 points is something to write home about for a defense, Maine did hold the high flying Rhode Island offense scoreless from the 10:23 mark in the 3rd quarter to 51 seconds left in the 4th. In that time the Maine offense ran off 3 scores of their own to take the lead. After Rhode Island marched down the field to take a 36-35 lead, the Rams left too much time on the clock, in which Maine took the ball down the field to set up kicker Kenny Doak for the 38 yard game winning field goal. Maine probably has the easiest remain schedule of the playoff contenders, only having to play Towson and Elon out of their 5 remaining games. While no game in the CAA is a given, this bodes well for the Black Bears, who are one of two teams left undefeated in CAA conference play.


Rhode Island

While this loss will sting for the Rams, not all is doom and gloom in the nation's smallest state. They still present a formidable passing attack with their backup quarterback Vito Priore having a couple of games under his belt, and a still very talented wide receiver group. As I said before following their loss to FBS foe UCONN, I am not convinced that Rhody has a defense that will hold up in tougher CAA play, much less in the playoffs. That being said, the back end of the season will not be getting any easier for the Rams. Contrary to Maine’s relatively easy remaining schedule, Rhode Island has games against playoff minded Stony Brook, Elon, and JMU remaining. They will also end their year with a New Hampshire squad looking to play spoiler, and more than capable of doing so. The Rams could do themselves a lot of good in terms of their playoff chances by beating the Seawolves next weekend, of course, the Seawolves are in the same position themselves.


Towson 29 - William & Mary 13

Towson

I think it is safe to say that the Towson Tigers have been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2018 FCS season. Boasting a 5-1 Record and being 3-0 in CAA conference play, the Tigers are on their way to making the 50th anniversary of their football program a memorable one. While this was their most underwhelming FCS performance to date in terms of offensive output, the the Tigers did show some resiliency after trailing the Tribe 13-10 going into the half. Dual threat quarterback Tom Flacco had 188 yards through the air and 109 on the ground to lead the Tiger offense to 3 second half scores. During that time the Tigers held a somewhat inept W&M offense scoreless. This is a game Towson needed to win though if they expect to make a serious claim for playoff contention. After Albany next week, their final 4 games are Delaware, Maine, Elon, and JMU. With two wins over ranked opponents already in hand, the Tigers could afford to possibly squeak into the playoffs with a 4-4 conference record. But, losing 4 games in a row to end the season would not be a good look, and I don’t expect Towson to back into the big dance. Look for Towson to finish strong, and push for a first round bye.


William & Mary

There’s not much to say about the Tribe, other than they are not going to be a team that will go down without a fight. Since their less than stellar start, William & Mary has been showing signs of improvement winning a close game against Albany and holding a high flying Towson offense to just 29 points. Inexperience on the offensive side of the ball has, and will continue to be the undoing of the Tribe, a team that is currently sending off their long tenured Head Coach, Jimmye Laycock. At 2-4 their season is all but over in terms of playoff hopes, and they will look to play the part of spoiler as their remaining games will be against teams that have full blown playoff aspirations in Maine and Rhode Island. Their final two games against Villanova and Richmond could be spoilers as well, but with all do respect, those teams are likely to be out of any playoff conversation by that time.


Richmond 27 - Albany 24

Richmond

While the Spiders boast a 3-4 record overall, they are 1-3 in conference with losses all coming to teams in playoff contention. Richmond still has little to no defense to speak of, and had to win on a last second field goal to beat a 2-4 Albany team. While Richmond is not technically eliminated from playoff contention, they would be finished off losing to Elon next week. As a result, the Spiders will be looking to play spoiler from here on out, and with games against aforementioned Elon, Villanova, and Maine, they’ll have a chance to do so.


Albany

While their record is now 2-4 following the last second field goal against Richmond, the Great Danes are actually competing in most of the games they are playing in. Outside of the first two against Pittsburgh and Rhode Island respectively, all of Albany’s games have been won or loss by one score. That being said, I’m not looking at the Great Danes to pick up a conference win this year with their best chances already behind them. With 4 out of their 5 remaining games against teams vying for playoff spots, Albany will do well just to be competitive in these games. The other game they have left against a non playoff contending team, is against New Hampshire.


With all of that, I’ll leave you with where I see teams moving forward based on their performances so far, and my own personal conference power rankings.


*Denotes vying for National Seed

+Pending significant known injury


Likely Playoff Locks:

JMU*

Towson*

Maine

Elon*+


Serious playoff Contenders:

Rhode Island+

Stony Brook

Delaware


Finished with one more loss:

Villanova

Richmond


Spoilers:

UNH

William & Mary

Albany


My Week 8 CAA Power Rankings:

1. JMU

2. Elon

3. Towson

4. Maine

5. Rhode Island

6. Stony Brook

7. Delaware

8. NOVA

9. W&M

10. UNH

11. Richmond

12 Albany




Change My Mind: Big Sky Stadiums Ranked

Change my mind: Big Sky Stadiums Ranked

By: Ben Schleiger

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1. Washington–Grizzly Stadium, Missoula, MT
 
Opened: 1986            Cost: 3.2 Million (1986) 7.14 Million (Today)          Capacity: 25,217

University of Montana
has one of the most iconic stadiums in the FCS. Wa-Griz had help from Dennis Washington’s donations to open in 1986. This 25,217 seat stadium is enormous, remote and filled with high-energy Griz fans weekly, and often make the lists of top attendances in the FCS. The crowd noise alone has been known to phase opponents, much less the tough home team, who has a home winning percentage 86.9%. The Grizzlies truly have themselves a bear cave that few teams ever emerge the same from. Grade: 85

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2. Roos Field, Cheney, WA
 
Opened: 1967             Cost: 1.5 Million (1967) 11.5 Million (Today)          Capacity: 8,600

Eastern Washington
is one of the more successful teams of the Big Sky. They are also one of the most iconic teams in football, not for their 2010 FCS National Championship, but for their Red turf field donated in large part by Michael Roos. Roos is an Eagle alumni who had a successful NFL career and put EWU on the map for its originality. While the stadium still lacks the capacity that the team’s success deserves, they produce NFL talent on this red turf. Finding a seat and the “beer can shaped dorm” may be difficult to deal with, but seeing a good game is more than likely each Saturday. Grade: 81

3. Stewart Stadium, Ogden, UT
 
Opened: 1962                                    Cost: N/A                                           Capacity: 17,312

Weber State
is by far the most scenic stadium in the Big Sky and a contender in the FCS for scenery at least. The stadium may be a bit rustic, but the amenities and fan base make up for those implications. Weber State is also a deceptively difficult venue to play at. Grade: 77

4. Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman, MT
 

Opened: 1973            Cost: 500,000 (1973) 22 Million (Today)                  Capacity: 20,767

Montana State
is looked as the little brother of Montana, but with a capacity of 17,000 it stacks up as one of the largest stadiums in the Western FCS Region. Being in Montana scenic views are guaranteed, but the stadium is pretty good looking too. Playing at Wa-Griz is always tough, but I would not count on an easy win at Bobcat Stadium, even on an off season. Grade: 76

5. Alex G. Spanos Stadium, San Luis Obispo, CA
 
Opened: 1935                                    Cost: N/A                                           Capacity: 11,075

Cal Poly offers a better version of Nottingham Field. It is much older (opened 1935), offers scenic views and night games, and has more capacity (11,075). While a simple design it offers a classy atmosphere in a vacation destination setting. The ability to have night games definitely gives an edge to Cal Poly that some other Big Sky teams miss out on. Grade: 73

6. Nottingham Field, Greeley, CO
 
Opened: 1995            Cost: 4 Million (1995) 6.61 Million (Today)             Capacity: 8,533

Northern Colorado
has a quaint 8,500 seat venue scenically nestled between the prairie and foothills. Directly located on campus provides spirit and being a Tree USA Campus adds to the atmosphere. Where it lacks night game capabilities, toughness and capacity it makes up for it in sheer amenities that the stadium and city offer. Fun fact, UNC is one of the few college football stadiums to offer alcohol on-site through the concession stands. Grade: 70

7. Walkup Skydome, Flagstaff, AZ
 

Opened: 1977            Cost: 8 Million (1977) 32.3 Million (Today)            Capacity: 11,230

Northern Arizona
has a fitting timber-built dome for their lumberjacks to play in. Being a timber dome and being 6,880 feet above sea-level make this one of the more unique places to play. It is the second highest elevated football stadium, second only to University of Wyoming. The renovations in 2011 brought a panoramic view to NAU fans. Grade: 69

8. Aggie Stadium, Davis, CA
 

Opened: 2007            Cost: 30 Million (2007) 36.48 Million (Today)         Capacity: 10,743

UC Davis
is unique in its sunken, bowl shape. Davis may be one of the hardest schools to get into but boasts two casual grassy knolls for picnic style seating. With an official capacity of 10,743 Davis has gone above that before against Southern Utah in 2008. It would be interesting to see if that record could be broken in the near future with a late season conference game between Davis and Montana or EWU since all compete at high levels with an enormous traveling fan base. Grade: 68

9. Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, CA
 

Opened: 1969                                    Cost: N/A                                           Capacity: 21,195

Sacramento State
has a neat stadium, but it is rather simple. This is a great start to a stadium with a nice base. It feels like there needs to be something added to make it signature. Sacramento is a cool town to visit, although the scenery is lacking. Overall nothing to complain about, but also no real wow factor other than the team. Grade: 64

10. Holt Arena, Pocatello, ID
 
Opened: 1970            Cost: 2.8 Million (1970) 17.6 Million (Today)          Capacity: 12,000

Idaho State University
is more colorful than its “baked potato cousin”. It is not an elegant venue, but the colorfulness makes it more cheerful than the other domes in the Big Sky. The Holt Arena is number one in being the oldest enclosed stadium and oldest enclosed college stadium. With a capacity of 12,000 many tiger fans can enjoy the Crayola shaded seating.  Grade: 63

11. Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID
 
Opened: 1971 (outdoor) 1975 (indoor) Cost: 7.84 Million (1975) 36.74 Million (Today) Capacity: 16,000

University of Idaho
plays in a baked potato. Sorry Vandal fans, but your dome looks like a half-baked potato on the outside. On the inside it looks like an airplane hanger with ceiling tiles added. I would hope it is better in person when 16,000 potato-heads are cheering on U of I.
Grade: 59

12. Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND
 
Opened: 2001             Cost: 80 Million (2001) 111 Million (Today)     Capacity: 12,283

University of North Dakota should get a nice good-bye from Big Sky, right? Wrong. This looks like a classic wrestling venue from the World Wrestling Federation days with the balconies and poor lighting over the crowd. Unsurprisingly, the Alerus Center has hosted WWE Smackdown. At least UND can say they put the smackdown if they won. Grade: 55

13. Eccles Coliseum, Cedar City, UT
 
Opened: 1967            Cost: N/A                                                            Capacity: 8,500

Southern Utah has its ups and downs, just like their stadium. There are gorgeous mountains in the background, but the high school-like visitor stands are sad. While there is no true problems with the stadium, the old time roman columns and very boxy appearance just seem out of place. 8,500 capacity also makes it feel rather small with 90 percent of the seating on the home side. Grade: 53

14. Providence Park, Portland, OR
          (Disqualified, PSU often plays elsewhere due to schedule conflicts with other events or teams, such as the MLS soccer team, and has no true home.)
 
Opened:
1926            Cost: $502,000 (1926) 39.2 Million (Today)      Capacity: 22,000

Portland State
does not get to play on this list as they do not even get a home stadium to play in. They share a stadium with the Portland Timbers MLS soccer team and often play at a high school when there is a scheduling conflict. Portland State come on now, get your booster club and alumni on that project. Grade: 73

Scoring:

1. Seating

2. Scenery

3. Colors

4. Lighting

5. Capacity

6. Toughness

7. City

8. Uniqueness

9. Amenities

10. Field


1. 8, 9, 8, 10, 10, 9, 7, 8, 8, 8 = 85

2. 5, 8, 10, 9, 5, 10, 7, 10, 7, 10 = 81

3. 7, 10, 10, 8, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8 = 77

4. 9, 8, 7, 8, 9, 7, 6, 7, 7, 8 = 76

5. 7, 8, 6, 8, 6, 7, 9, 7, 7, 8 = 73

6. 8, 9, 7, 5, 5, 5, 9, 7, 8, 7 = 70

7. 7, 7, 7, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 7 = 69

8. 7, 6, 6, 5, 6, 7, 9, 8, 6, 8 = 68

9. 6, 4, 6, 6, 10, 7, 8, 5, 5, 7 = 64

10. 4, 5, 8, 6, 7, 5, 6, 9, 5, 8 = 63

11.  6, 5, 3, 7, 8, 7, 5, 5, 5, 8 = 59

12.  7, 4, 6, 4, 7, 6, 5, 5, 5, 6 = 55

13.  3, 7, 5, 5, 5, 7, 5, 6, 5, 5 = 53

14. 10, 6, 6, 4, 10, 7, 9, 7, 7, 7 = 73