St. Joseph’s College football coach Jase Brown said he would not be surprised if the school’s 2016 football championship game was played in the next couple of weeks.
Brown, who coached the Cardinals to a 27-0 record and a national championship berth in the last two seasons, has said it’s possible the school could play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, in the near future.
But for now, Brown said his focus is on getting his team ready for the Rose Football Classic, which is scheduled for Sept. 16-18 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.
“This is the most important game of the year, and we’re going to go to the Rose, and that’s what we’re focused on,” Brown said.
The school will be hosting the championship game for the first time since the 2005 national championship game, and Brown said the team is ready.
The Cardinals will be led by senior quarterback David Johnson and junior running back Joe Mixon, and will play a balanced defense that features defensive end Anthony Brown, senior defensive tackle Robert Lewis and senior safety Mark Littman.
Brown said a number of key players will be back on campus, including defensive linemen Derrick Goudreau and Chris Givens, wide receivers Terrance Plummer and Anthony Smith and offensive lineman Alex DeMarco.
The Wildcats will be without four of their five starters: linebacker Ryan Kuechly, linebacker Anthony Davis, safety Mark McCallum and linebacker Michael Mauti.
“We’re going in and trying to get our team prepared,” Brown told the Times-Dispatch.
“And if that doesn’t work out, then we’re still going to play the game.
It’s going to be a very important game.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.