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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Internal affairs: News from around the non-BCS


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

New Mexico State: The Aggies aren't happy about the cancellation of Thursday's game with Nicholls State and don't know if the game will be made up this season.

"We're working on scheduling a game, I don't know if it'll necessarily be with Nicholls," Aggies coach Hal Mumme said.

The Aggies have an open date on Oct. 4.

Making up this game is key for a New Mexico State team that was hoping to make its first bowl game since 1960. Instead of a warmup game against an FCS school, the Aggies open against Nebraska on Sept. 13.

Middle Tennessee State: Joe Craddock will start at quarterback for the Blue Raiders, but the biggest story to emerge out of their first game was true freshman Sancho McDonald. McDonald was recruited as a quarterback, but didn't figure into the mix and switched to receiver two weeks ago. He's promptly become the Blue Raiders No. 1 receiver with six receptions for 65 yards.

Quarterback switch: Both Hawaii and San Jose State have abandoned their original offensive game plans and will go with plan three, as in the third string quarterbacks. Hawaii will start junior Inoke Funaki and the Spartans will go with junior transfer Kyle Reed. Both players split time in their season openers, but are the starters for this weekend.

Northern Illinois: Although coach Jerry Kill and quarterback Chandler Harnish are staying quiet, it looks more and more like Harnish has secured the Huskies' starting quarterback spot. Harnish, who was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week, nearly orchestrated an upset over Minnesota in the team's first weekend.

Akron: Former All-MAC third team running back Bryan Williams debuted at defensive back on Saturday and grabbed an interception that he ran back for 62 yards. He also broke up a pass in the end zone and was fifth on the team with five solo tackles against Wisconsin.