Sports Illustrated gets on Tommie-Johnnie bandwagon

Sports Illustrated gets on Tommie-Johnnie bandwagon

The Aug. 14 Sports Illustrated magazine now on newsstands includes several 2017 college football preview stories.

In an otherwise all Division I breakdown, look what game landed on the list of 21 top college road trips that football fans are advised to take in: the 2017 Division III Tommie-Johnnie showdown in downtown Minneapolis on Sept. 23.

The game will make history as the first football contest inside the seven-year-old Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins.

The contest -- the 87th all-time meeting -- was moved from UST's O'Shaughnessy Stadium. It's expected to shatter what's believed to be the attendance record for two Division III teams -- 17,535 watched UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater last season.

The Tommies (12-1) and Johnnies (10-2) made NCAA playoff runs last season. Both teams are ranked in several top-10 Division III preseason polls this summer. For the first time, both teams are ranked in the top five of a national poll -- Lindy's 2017 summer magazine.

The Sports Illustrated story says of the Tommie-Johnnie clash:

"This one promises to be a thrill for those seeking the purity of ye olde game: no scholarships, no national TV cameras, no football-only dorms, no leaving early for the draft. It's just two teams filled with mostly local kids pounding away for bragging rights."

SI suggests after enjoying our Sept 23 Division III game, take in some of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. Then head 4.5 hours southeast to Dyersville, Iowa to visit the Field of Dreams movie site. Then it's a 2.5-hour drive to Ames for the Sept. 30 game, Texas at Iowa State, and the Big XII debut of new Longhorn coach Tom Herman. (SI missed the fact that Herman, who guided Houston football to great heights, is a graduate of D-III Cal Lutheran).

If you're scoring at home, other host sites included in SI's 21-game road trip are San Jose State (vs. South Florida), Utah (North Dakota), Colorado (Colorado State), Kansas State (Central Arkansas), Wyoming (Gardner-Webb), Boise State (New Mexico), Washington State (Oregon State), Wisconsin (Northwestern), Ohio State (Maryland), Syracuse (Clemson), Pitt (NC State), Penn State (Michigan), Memphis (Tulane), Ole Miss (Arkansas), Troy (Idaho), Alabama (LSU), Texas A&M (New Mexico), USC (UCLA) and Stanford (Notre Dame).

Both St. Thomas and St. John's start practices this weekend and open their seasons Sept. 2 with non-conference home games.