Kennesaw State, led by head coach Brian Bohannon, has only been around for two seasons in the FCS’ Big South conference. In 2015, the Owls went 6-5 in their inaugural season, and they went 8-3 last season and was just one win shy of a Big South Conference title. Jacksonville State, under John Grass, has gone 33-6 over the last three seasons and has successfully reached the FCS Playoffs each year.
College football being played in Major League Baseball stadiums is a more recent trend we’ve been seeing over the years. Three bowl games are played in them, including the Arizona’s Cactus, New York’s Pinstripe, and the St. Petersburg bowls. In 2010, Illinois and Northwestern played in Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the dimensions of which caused both teams to use just one end zone, which was a bit awkward.
Wednesday’s game gives us Rick Porcello and CC Sabathia, the former mostly recovered from his rough start and Sabathia once again looking like he’s still a capable arm even at 36. Finally, Thursday gives us David Price vs. Michael Pineda, which should be a significant test for both given Price’s elbow and Pineda’s consistency issues.
Like it or not, you probably have to get used to both of these teams playing important games again, especially given how young and productive the lineups for both clubs are. The Baby Boomers are rightfully getting a whole lot of attention, especially with Aaron Judge’s monster season, but don’t forget that Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Andrew Benintendi are all younger than he is: All this youth might be what reignites this rivalry, as neither team are seemingly going away anytime soon.