Nicholls State University (there are good reasons why you have never heard of this institution), of Thibodaux (there are good reasons why you have never heard of this city), Louisiana, is a member of the Southland Conference (there are good reasons why you have never heard of this conference). The NSU Colonels won their opening football game last season 42-0 over Division II Evangel University (there are good reasons why you have never heard of this institution).
That was the high point of the 2011 season for Nicholls State. The Colonels lost every remaining game on their schedule, to finish the season 1-10. Average attendance for the team's five home games was about 5,000. This season, they are apparently trying to increase demand for their product by rationing it. The team will play only four games at home in 2012.
If their plan works, I'm estimating home attendance at 6,200. If they continue with the plan and play only three home games in 2013, they might average over 8,000 in the stands. Two home games in 2014 could fill their home field (John Guidry Stadium) to capacity -- 13,000 fans, all wearing grey and red and screaming "Geaux Colonels!" And if they play just one home game in 2015, they'll have to put up temporary bleachers to accommodate 25,000 (twice the population of Thibodaux). But the logical conclusion of their plan in 2016 would require the Colonels to actually geaux away. With no home games, Nicholls State would have the nation's only all-road-game schedule and all-itinerant-team of college football players, the Thibodaux Globe Trotters. No need to ever return to Louisiana. The players could take all their courses online and graduate virtually.
Oh, the hard-hitting analysis of the upcoming game between Oregon State and Nicholls State? Come on, if the Beavers don't outscore this patsy opponent by at least 49 points... okay, make that 28 points... well, based on last year's opening game performances of the two teams, if the Beavs can't win by at least 14 points, then they shouldn't be playing in the Pac-12. Give the spot to a West Coast team that deserves it, like maybe Sacramento State.
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