Football Championship Subdivision

EWU makes them see red
(L-R) Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington University
Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington staged a memorable playoff game in 2012.
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Every time Sacramento State quarterback Garrett Safron looks at the back of his right hand, he sees the scar from a cut that split open when he fell on the field during a 2012 game at Eastern Washington.

It would be easy to believe the bright red synthetic turf at EWU's "The Inferno" had come to life that day, reared up at Safron and allowed the Eagles to beat another visiting opponent.

The turf is like the Eagles' 12th man on the field.

While playing on the famous red carpet would seem to give the No. 1-ranked team in the FCS a distinct advantage, the Eagles usually win on it because of their team's great talent. Opposing players may arrive on the turf a bit uneasy, but they tend to adjust to the unique color. Adjusting to the Eagles is another story, though.   Full Story

2014 Big South Preview
By Craig Haley, FCS Exec. Director
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - If you're a Liberty football fan, you know what backyard game football coach Turner Gill hasn't been playing this offseason.

"We're tired of playing horseshoes," he said. "You're close ..."

The Flames have been so close to making the FCS playoff field over the last decade that they are ready to rewrite the ending. They tied Coastal Carolina for the Big South championship last season, but lost the head-to-head meeting in overtime, and ultimately fell oh-so-short of the postseason.

This season, Liberty was selected second to Coastal in the conference's preseason head coaches and media poll. At least one of the two powers has won the conference title in nine of the past 10 seasons.  Full Story

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