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Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 4/07/2023 4:51 pm

Week 2 Recap

Before getting into week 3, here are some of the notable scores from around the nation!

Hamilton: 21 - at - (2) Northern: 31
Massachusetts Tech: 6 - at - (3) Pennsylvania: 14
Georgia A&M: 7 - at - (4) Oklahoma A&M: 29
(5) LAIC: 20 - at - Alabama Tech: 17
Arizona: 9 - at - (8) Utah: 55
University of Orlando: 0 - at - (10) South Florida: 52
Chicago State: 10 - at - (11) Wisconsin State: 17
Nebraska State: 0 - at - (12) Louisiana: 42
St. Cloud: 0 - at - College of Carolina: 73

There isn't too much movement in the rankings this week. Pullman and Wisconsin both move the most out of anyone, but it's only 3 spots. Most of this week were cupcake matches so there are no real surprises, outside of Louisville State who just barely misses the rankings this week after their big upset win. We do see College of Carolina hop into the top 20, at number 20, after two convincing shutout wins against smaller opponents, this week defeating the lowly St. Cloud Bulldogs. This is CoC's first appearance in the rankings since 1976. Next week they line up to take on the red hot LAIC in order to determine if this year's team is truly it.

This week's biggest faller was most clearly Houston State. In similar fashion to last season, the Mustangs were upset in their first game of the season after being hyped u

Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 4/04/2023 4:14 pm

1980 Week 2 Game of the Week!

This week was the only week this season without any slated ranked matchups, but it did feature one significant upset.
The Louisville State Colonels are a team with no real expectations coming into the season. Coming off a losing season where the team went 2-10, where they fired both the coach and offensive coordinator, and overall disappointed their fanbase, you couldn't of expected much. Their new coach that they hired was the interim that coached the team's last game of the season last year, who kept the Colonels in a close match with their rivals, Kentucky Commonwealth, for most of the first 3 quarters before derailing in the fourth. Hopes were high he might be able to turn it around, but nothing was really expected coming into their first game this season. Their opponent was also coming off a disappointing season last year, but for other reasons. The Houston State Mustangs were one of the more promising teams out of the Texarkana Conference last year. They were loaded with upperclass talent and a quarterback that was coming off of an injury ridden sophomore season. However, the hype was quickly vanquished, as the team went on to lose their first 3 games. But as soon as the media turned their eyes away from the Mustangs, they quickly started living up to the potential. By the end of the season they were riding a 5 game winning streak and were back in the top 20. They barely made a bowl game where they faced and beat a mean New Orleans State team riding out the last season of their all-american quarterback. This resulted in a split fanbase as many were disappointed that the team had only started playing so well in the second half of the season, but others said it waivered promise for this season. It was all up to this game to decide the fate of these two programs.
As we get into the first quarter it seemed as though this would be a back and forth fight. Houston State came out swinging and put up a decisive touchdown within the

Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 3/21/2023 3:58 pm

Before getting into week 2, here are some of the notable scores from around the nation!

Charleston: 7 - at - (2) Oxford 31           
(6) East Texas: 17 - at  - (10) Texas Baptist: 23
South Dakota: 42 - at - (9) St. Paul: 34
Kingsman: 0 - at - (11) Sacre Couer: 52
(13) South Florida: 17 - at - Illinois A&M: 6
New Orleans State: 13 - at - (16) Louisiana: 31
(15) San Francisco: 38 - at - Idaho State: 14
Hamilton: 10 - at - (14) Virginia State: 21

And after an exciting Week 1, highlighted by a close game between rivals; (10) Texas Baptist and (6) East Texas, here are the rankings for Week 2 of the 1980 season!

There are no new teams joining the top 20 this week, as we only had a limited number of teams play, but we still see some movement in the rankings.

Notably, our biggest change is the fall of the St. Paul University Loons, who fell 11 spots, from number 9 in the country to all the way at 20. Their game despite not being the "Game of the Week" was one of the most shocking results so far. They were upset at home by the unranked, Smaller 5* school; South Dakota University Jackals, who surprised the Loons with a 42 point thriller that ended up giving St. Paul their first loss of the season. South Dakota has now garnered attention as potentially one of the most interesting S5 schools this season.
The second biggest change is East Texas falling 10 sports to number 16 after their road loss to Texas Baptist. While being a close game, their QB's untimely injury, and their slow start to the game had people unimpressed more then anything els

Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 3/21/2023 3:20 pm

1980 Week 1 Game of the Week!

Coming into the first official week of the 1980 season, we only had a handful of the top 20 teams actually playing, with one match in particular gaining immense national attention; a rivalry matchup between the 6th ranked East Texas Lonestars, traveling to Dallas, Texas to take on the 10th ranked Texas Baptist Stallions. Both teams were coming off a season in which they both finished the season in the top 15 teams in the nation, Texas Baptist in particular finishing last season at 6th, leading to the program's first ever Harvest Bowl appearance, facing off against the Bell Eagles. They would go onto lose that game in a close match, 21-17, but that has only inspired this year's team to do better. Led by QB Ty Hendersmith, and the best OL in the country, both Hendersmith and the Stallions are looking to start this season off with a bang with a win against their rivals! On the other side of the field stands East Texas University, harkening from an hour down the road, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lonestars are coming into this game as the higher ranked team, but still considered an underdog. A much younger team then their counterparts, the star of this team is actually one of their wide receivers; Larry Aire. He's a sophomore who ended up winning both the Gifford Award for most valuable wide receiver in the nation, and the Alex Carr Trophy for most valuable freshman of the year, last season as an 18 year old. He's hyped up as one of the best players in the nation and is part of the reason the Lonestars have clocked in so high on the opening week's rankings. 
As the captains head to the center of the field for the coin flip, some words were exchanged before being broken up by the referees, evidence of the tension between these two rivals on this year's opening game. The coin flip goes in favor of the Stallions, who elect to kick off first and receive in the second half. It's about now that the so far rambunctious crowd reaches an early

Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 2/27/2023 10:21 pm

Steelman wrote:

Hi. Very cool. I like what I see so far. What prompted you to choose the 1980 season in particular? I like this short series idea as that sounds much more manageable and you can focus on the details. I may have to try this format for THL collegiate sports.

Some standouts to me so far are ASU, with an excellent monogram logo and uniform set. I like Pullman's color scheme, along with V-State's color scheme. Sacre Couer is a very cool way to bring a Notre Dame school into the mix. Texas Baptist is clearly the school I would have attended growing up, as they are my hometown school and my parents would have thought they were probably super Christian with that name. Haha. I am a fan of the other Texas schools as well. LAIC is cool, I like the word mark and the yellow and gray color scheme.

Looking forward to seeing this short series develop!

Thanks for all the kind words from everyone! I’ll comment on a couple of things here that you brought up Steel. I chose the year 1980, because it’s exactly 4 years after where I left the NFA, meaning that most of the college players from the 1976 season have graduated, giving me a clean slate to begin with. Also, Texas Baptist is a private, non profit university, so yes, it is religious school, founded by some of those involved in the Southern Baptist Convention. I won’t go into the background of all schools though, in order to not commit myself into something I wish I could change.

Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 2/27/2023 4:54 pm

Alright, we've made it to the top 5! Let's see who's starting the season at the top of the college football world!

Coming in at 5: The Rustlers from Oklahoma A&M University!

University: Agricultural and Mechanical University of Oklahoma
Mascot: Rustlers
Located: Norman, Oklahoma
Founded: 1880
Colors: Black, Gold
Conference: Great Plains Conference

Then, we have the LAIC Lancers at number 4!

University: Los Angeles International College
Mascot: Lancers
Located: Los Angeles, California
Founded: 1870
Colors: Gold, Silver
Conference: Pacific Coast Conference

Starting off the top 3; are the Penn Golden Lions!

University: University of Pennsylvania
Mascot: Golden Lions
Located: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founded: 1800
Colors: Blue, Gold
Conference: American Appalachian Conference

Missing out on the number 1 overall spot, are the Oxford Blues!

University: Oxford University
Mascot: Blues
Located: Oxford, Mississippi
Founded: 1844
Colors: Navy, White
Conference: Southern Traditional Conference

And, finally, coming in at #1 in the entire nation; the Northern University Blacksmiths!

University: Northern University
Mascot: Blacksmiths
Located: Detroit, Michigan
Founded: 1855
Colors: Northern Green, Silver
Conference: Great Lakes Conference

And, with that, we've concluded the unveiling of the Week 1 rankings. From every week onward, only teams new to this years ranking will have their uniforms unveiled. I will also be including a brief summary of the Game of the Week, and the movement in the rankings. I'm super excited to s

Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 2/24/2023 11:40 pm

Here are teams 10-6!!!

Starting off the top 10 are the Texas Baptist Stallions!

University: Texas Baptist University
Mascot: Stallions
Located: Fort Worth, Texas
Founded: 1908
Colors: Maroon, White
Conference: Texarkana Conference

Then, coming in at 9, are the St. Paul Loons!

University: St. Paul State University
Mascot: Loons
Located: St. Paul, Minnesota
​Founded: 1850 
Colors: Red, Black
Conference: Great Lakes Conference

After that are the number 8, Houston State Mustangs

University: Houston State University
Mascot: Mustangs
Located: Houston, Texas
​Founded: 1927
Colors: Black, Gold
Conference: Texarkana Conference

And at 7th, are the Utah Stampeders!

University: University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Mascot: Stampeders
Located: Salt Lake City, Utah
​Founded: 1860
Colors: Red, White
Conference: Great Plains Conference

Finally, just ending up outside of the top 5, are the East Texas Lonestars

University: East Texas University
Mascot: Lonestars
Located: Dallas, Texas
​Founded: 1800
Colors: Black, Red, Grey
Conference: Texarkana Conference


Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 2/19/2023 11:39 pm

osctheg wrote:

As a Washington State fan I feel like I have to support Pullman. Also, what does the design on Southeastern’s helmet mean?

The design on Southeastern's helmets are similar to that of Bell's, or Michigan irl. It's modeled after Dartmouth's helmet and is just supposed to represent an old school leather helmet design the program had. 
Next up; 15-10!

At 15th, starting us off, are the San Francisco Redwoods!

School: San Francisco University
Mascot: Redwoods, Reds
Located: San Francisco, California
Founded: 1888
Colors: Burgundy, Gold
Conference: Pacific Coast Conference

Then, after them at 14th are the Virginia State Greyhounds!

School: Virginia State University
Mascot: Greyhounds, Hounds
Located: Charlottesville, Virginia
Founded: 1835
Colors: Navy, Greyhound Silver
Conference: American Appalachian Conference

At 13th are the South Florida Dolphins!

School: South Florida University
Mascot: Dolphins, 'Phins
Located: Miami, Florida
Founded: 1900
Colors: Powder Blue, Scarlet
Conference: Independent

Then we have the Wisconsin State Eagles, at 12th!

School: Wisconsin State University
Mascot: Eagles
Located: Madison, Wisconsin
Founded: 1860
Colors: Green, Royal Blue
​Conference: Great Lakes Conference

Finally, finishing just outside of the top ten, are the Sacre Couer Crusaders

School: University of Sacre Couer Crusaders!
Mascot: Crusaders
Located: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Founded: 1845
Colors: Green, Gold
​Conference: Great Lakes Conference


Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 2/17/2023 12:43 am

Alright! Thanks for all the sweet comments y'all, I'm excited to get into this! So, how this is gonna go is that I'm going to reveal the week 1 AP top 20 rankings in groups of 4. As I reveal the rankings, I will also reveal the teams themselves, including logos and uniforms, along with some basic information. For the weeks going forward, I will only be introducing teams that are new to the rankings this season. Sound good? Let's get going!

Here's the first 5:

Coming in at 20th are the Pullman Thunderbirds!

School: Pullman University
Mascot: Thunderbirds, T-Birds
Located: Pullman, Washington
Founded: 1890
Colors: Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver
Conference: Pacific Coast Conference

Next up at 19th are Bell Eagles!

School: Bell University
Mascot: Eagles
Located: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Founded: 1840
Colors: Cardinal, Silver
Conference: Southern Traditional Conference

Then, at 18th, we have the Southeastern Cowboys!

School: Southeastern University
Mascot: Cowboys
Located: Austin, Texas
Colors: Maroon, Gold
Conference: Texarkana Conference

Penultimately, at 17th, are the Arkansas State Eagles!

School: Arkansas State University
Mascot: Eagles
Located: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Founded: 1882
Colors: Royal Blue, White
Conference: Texarkana Conference

Then, rounding out the group at 16th we have the Louisiana Lions!

School: University of Louisiana
Mascot: Lions
Located: Baton Rouge
Founded: 1850
Colors: Crimson, Black, White
Conference: Southern Traditional Conference

It's great to be back and I'm excited for thi

Football » American Collegiate Athletic Confederation - 1980 Season » 2/15/2023 2:17 am

*Hops out of time machine*

*Cough Cough* Woah, where am I?

2023? But it was just 2021?!

You're telling me it's been over a year since the last time I posted a concept?

Pshhhh it can't be.

Oh my god it has been hasn't it.

*Intense panic sets in*
Anyways, hello there stranger! You've probably heard of me, or at least of my baby of a fantasy league; the National Football Association, or the NFA, for short, and that's all you really need to know to enjoy this upcoming project! While I might've kind of left the NFA to be permanently stuck in the year 1976, (sorry about that lol), I won't be leaving the universe. After a while of sitting around, burnt out from the NFA, but still interested in working in the NFA's universe, I decided to come upon a project idea! Today I will be posting the beginning of a short series I will be trying to post regularly til its end, however we both know that's likely to not be what happens. This little series will be a more proper introduction into the collegiate football environment of the universe, and a short analysis that will probably leave most people wanting more, well hopefully.

I will be delving solely into the 1980 season for this series. I will be posting a short recap of every week, until we reach the end of the 16 week season, highlighting one game in specific that will be the designated "Game of the Week." Think of it as a predecessor to this universe's College Football Gameday. Once we reach the end of the season I will go in detail and describe the 6 major bowl games and give a basic recap over the remaining minor bowl games. The National Championship is played after the bowl games in this universe, a bit more similar to the CFP era of modern college football. But we will get more into the details as we go. For now, I will be posting the teaser for the preseason Top 20, and then revealing each team in ascending order until the entire rankings are rev

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