This isn’t your usual weekend of college football, as most every team has wrapped up its season. But the FCS playoffs continue, Army and Navy get together for their traditional battle and the Heisman Trophy presentation is Saturday night.
And although it’s not college football, a bunch of future collegians take the field in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game Saturday afternoon.
The action begins Friday night as the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (familiarly called Division I-AA) moves into the quarterfinals. Towson visits Eastern Illinois on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Another quarterfinal airs on ESPN Saturday at 11 a.m. when Coastal Carolina visits North Dakota State. The other quarters will be available online at ESPN3, including Jacksonville State’s game at Eastern Washington at 3 p.m. The Division II and II semifinals will also be available on ESPN3.
Saturday at noon, the all-stars from Alabama and Mississippi high schools clash in the 27th playing of this border war. Alabama holds a 19-7 edge in the series that began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. This year’s game will be third played at Cramton Bowl and airs on Fox 6 in Birmingham and on other stations throughout the South.
Among alumni of the Alabama-Mississippi game are two of this year’s six finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Florida State’s Jameis Winston, who prepped at Hueytown High School, played in the game in 2011 and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, a St. Paul’s High School graduate, played in the 2008 game.
Alabama’s roster lists four UA commitments: DB Ronnie Clark of Calera, LB Shaun Hamilton of Carver-Montgomery, LB Keith Holcombe of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and offensive lineman Josh Casher of St. Paul’s.
Five Alabama all-stars list Auburn as their choice: RB Kamryn Pettway of Prattville, RB Roc Thomas of Oxford, DB Stephen Roberts of Opelika, LB Tre’ Williams of St. Paul’s and DL Justin Thornton of Vigor.
Saturday at 2 on CBS is the always entertaining Army-Navy game. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson call the action from Philadelphia as the two squads meets for the 114th time. Navy (7-4) has beaten Army (3-8) 11 straight times.
Then at 7 Saturday night, ESPN will broadcast the Heisman Trophy ceremony, with Hueytown’s Winston almost a lock to be the third Alabamian to ever win the award, following Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson.
Here’s the weekend lineup:
Towson at Eastern Illinois, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Coastal Carolina at North Dakota State, 11 a.m., ESPN
Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, noon, Fox 6
Army vs. Navy, 2 p.m., CBS 42
Heisman Trophy ceremony, 7 p.m., ESPN