Red was a bit premature in temporarily closing the RCFGOTW franchise until bowl season begins. Red overlooked the Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Sam Houston University Bearkats who extended their season by beating McNeese State in Lake Charles last weekend.
The Bearkats advanced to the quarter-finals and will host the Patriot League Champion Colgate Raiders on Saturday in Huntsville at 7 p.m. Good seats, as they say, are available. SHU has a 4-1 record in their quarterfinal appearances, losing at Montana in 2001, winning on the road at Eastern Washington (2004), Montana State (2012) and Villanova (2014) and defeating Montana State in their only home quarterfinal contest (2011). SHU’s run of excellence in the past 5 years is matched only by North Dakota State and New Hampshire – which are the only other teams to participate in each of the past five FCS playoffs. SHU has reached the final game twice, but has yet to claim an on-field national championship. This could be their year as the team ranks No. 1 in total offense at 543 yards per game with a balanced attack (9th in rushing and 13 in passing).
The Bearkats have 3 running backs with more than 100 carries led by Cory Avery’s 1200 yards and 14 touchdowns. Quarterback Jared Johnson leads an efficient passing attack that has 3 receivers with over 700 yards.
Red calls it for the Bearkats. SHU 45 Colgate 32.