College Football Notes – Dec. 26, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
The NFF & College Football Hall of Fame saluted the members of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments, that helped their seven FBS teams to bowl invitations in post-2017. In addition, Jacksonville State center Justin Lea and South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke paced their teams into the NCAA FCS Playoffs and made it at least two rounds (to the semis for SDSU) deeply into the FCS tournament.
2018 Arkansas football signee QB Connor Noland of Greenwood, Ark., signed his grant-in-aid letter Dec. 20 at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, where his family was on vacation and a field trip. He is believed to be the first national letter-of-intent signee from Rome – much less the Colosseum – where he found a nearby international line to fax the paper back to the Fayetteville, Ark., campus. He is believed to be the first NLI signer in Rome or at the Colosseum.
National officiating coordinator and frequent Chalktalk contributor Dr. Rogers Redding and his committee issued a report on targeting calls in 2017 and how special emphasis by officials may be helping to prevent injuries. There were 188 enforced targeting calls in 832 regular-season NCAA FBS contests.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 25-31 time period are Dec. 25 (1941) Dave Parks, Muenster, Texas; (1943) Howard Twilley, Houston, Texas; (1946) Larry Csonka, Stow, Ohio; Dec. 26 (1905) Tom Hamilton, Hoopeston, Ill.; (1924) Glenn Davis, Burbank, Calif.; (1927) Bill Yeoman, Elnora, Ind.; (1960) Scott Reppert, Appleton, Wis.; Dec. 27 (1947) Bob McKay, Seminole, Texas; Dec. 28 (1894) Ed Healey, Indian Orchard, Mass.; (1915) Vic Markov, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Albert Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1935) Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dec. 29 (1909) William Grinnell, Boston, Mass.; (1911) Tay Brown, Compton, Calif.; (1915) Bill Osmanski, Providence, R.I.; (1924) Warren Amling, Pana, Ill.; Dec. 30 (1896) Homer Norton, Birmingham, Ala.; (1941) Mel Renfro, Houston, Texas; (1946) Barry Alvarez, Langeloth, Pa.; (1966) Dr. Joe Micchia, Sharon, Pa.; Dec. 31 (1875) Charles Rinehart, Uniontown, N.J.; (1918) Ray Graves, Knoxville, Tenn.; (1928) Hugh McElhenny, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1932) Don James, Massillon, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Dec. 25 (1965) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; (1988) Eddie Cameron, Durham, N.C.; Dec. 26 (1995) Al DeRogatis, Spring Lake, N.J.; (2000) Gust Zarnas, Bethlehem, Pa.; (2004) Reggie White, Cornelius, N.C.; Dec. 27 (2007) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; Dec. 28 (1956) Ed Hart, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; (1971) Joe Aillet, Ruston, La.; (1984) Ricky Bell, Los Angeles, Calif.; Dec. 29 (2016) LaVell Edwards, Provo, Utah; Dec. 31 (1967) Bishop Frank Juhan, Sewanee, Tenn.; (1992) Bill Spears, Harriman, Tenn.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 25 Dave Parks, Howard Twilley, Larry Csonka, Dec. 26 Bill Yeoman (a spry 90), Scott Reppert, Dec. 27 Bob McKay, Dec. 28 Clendon Thomas (a spry 82), Dec. 30 Mel Renfro, Barry Alvarez, Dr. Joe Micchia…
Georgia Southern and Nebraska will play in 2022…Nebraska has added six home games its future schedules – South Dakota State (2020, 2024, 2028), North Dakota (2022, 2026) and the single game with GSU…Central Michigan and Wyoming have slated a two-game series in 2026 and 2027…Duke and TCU will compete in a two-game series in 2028 and ’29…Virginia Tech had a banner day with 24 national letter-of-intent signings on Dec. 20 while Nebraska had a 19-signee day under new head coach Scott Frost…2017 Frisco Bowl opponents Louisiana Tech and SMU will play and home-and-home series in 2021 and ’23…Louisiana Tech is 605–451–39 (.571) all-time over 117 seasons after its bowl triumph over the Mustangs…SMU entered postseason with the highest scoring average (40.2), total offense yards average (493.8), touchdowns on offense (60), yards per play (6.6) and an ESPN Team Offensive Rating of 72.4 – all tops among NCAA FBS squads from the state of Texas…Army West Point notched its 10th win for the second time in school history along with the 1996 squad. The Black Knights are 5-2 all-time in bowl games after edging San Diego State 42-35 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and three have come at different stadiums in postseason in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (SMU’s Ford Stadium, TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium and the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas). Louisiana Tech is the only other school to post bowl wins in three different cities in the DFW area – Frisco, Fort Worth and Dallas – over the last four seasons. Army West Point also set a NCAA single-game record with 46 minutes time of possession to 14 by SDSU. The Aztecs ran a bowl-record-fewest total offense plays with 31 to 91 by the Black Knights.
The Norm-a-Thon, a 24-hour fundraiser for the Austin Street Center in Dallas, Texas, was given six games’ select seats for SMU, North Texas and TCU football games in fall 2018. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl also donated tickets and suite passes for the Center, which aid hundreds of underserved areas yearly. The event was devised by Texas Radio Hall of Fame member and 2015 NFF Football Club of Dallas Distinguished American Award recipient Norm Hitzges…Rockdale (Texas) HS won the Class 3A state championship for head coach Jeff Miller, whose son Gunner Miller took the final snap of the game and a knee in the 45-29 win after RHS trailed opposing Brock 21-0 earlier. Gunner is fighting bone cancer…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his wife Sarah dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus for an area hospital visit to see ailing children…Arizona State baseball coach Tracy Smith just returned from an extensive goodwill lecture and clinic tour of Japan.
Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz is 5-0 in his last five bowl treks…Bowling Green named Carl Pelini defensive coordinator…Florida Atlantic athletics signed head coach Lane Kiffin to a new, 10-year contract. Legendary defensive guru and Lane’s father Monte remains on the Owls staff as a key defensive analyst…Former Syracuse co-offensive coordinator Dean Lewis is the new head coach at Kent State…New SMU head coach Sonny Dykes coached his first contest with the Mustangs against Louisiana Tech in the Dec. 20 Frisco Bowl – 31 years to the day after his late father Spike Dykes guided Texas Tech in his coaching debut Dec. 20, 1986, against Ole Miss in the Independence Bowl…North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway is debating his retirement or a contract extension after going 12-0 in 2017…Oregon has signed three coaches signed to contract extensions – Jim Leavitt (defensive coordinator), Marcus Arroyo (offensive coordinator), Joe Salave’a (defensive line)…Oregon State welcomed new coaches Tim Tibesar (defensive coordinator), Trent Bray (linebackers), Legi Suiaunoa (defensive line), and Kefense Hynson (receivers) to the staff…South Alabama has chosen Kenny Edenfield as offensive coordinator…Tulane is nearing a contract extension with head coach Willie Fritz. Terms have not been disclosed…Washington State has extended head coach Mike Leach’s contract five years with a solid salary boost…UTEP head coach Dana Dimel has gotten a head start on assembling his 2018 coaching staff…Wofford head coach Mike Ayers is retiring after 30 seasons with the Terriers…Alabama has hired former UTSA assistant coach Pete Golding as a defensive assistant coach…The Arizona State Board of Regents officially approved new head coach Herm Edwards’ contract. ASU also is looking at Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs for that same position with the Sun Devils…Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is now Arkansas defensive coordinator…BYU named Jeff Grimes offensive coordinator…Florida State running backs coach Telly Lockette is seeking a new coaching assignment for 2018…Louisville football’s Academic Performance Rating for 2017 has earned a bonus for head coach Bobby Petrino…LSU has agreed to terms with James Cregg as new offensive line coach…Jackson State named Hal Mumme offensive coordinator…Rutgers defensive coordinator Jerry Kill is retiring from the coaching staff for health reasons…Stanford selected Tavita Pritchard as offensive coordinator…Florida State named Donte Pimpleton running backs coach…Former LSU football staffer Austin Thomas has decided not to take a position with Tennessee…Kansas State President Dr. Richard Myers has begun a new K-State commemorative coin tradition and is awaiting further news on the projected length of tenure for NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder at KSU…
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Purdue: Jeff Brohm, Louisville, Ky.; Rhodes: Jim Ryan, Pueblo, Colo.; Rice: Mike Bloomgren, Tallahassee, Fla.; Richmond: Russ Huesman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Rutgers: Chris Ash, Ottumwa, Iowa.
NFF Board member and Oklahoma director of athletics Joe Castiglione has been an avid observer at Sooners workouts leading up to the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual with Georgia serving as the opposition.. Nebraska AD Bill Moos is studying its famed walkon program in football and gridiron roster cap expansion…North Texas AD Wren Baker reflected on one of the top competitive year in UNT athletics in 2017 and future sports expansion…Former Washington State deputy AD Mike Marlow is the new AD at Northern Arizona…Patrick Nero has left George Washington U. as AD and has been replaced by interim AD Tanya Vogel…Former Auburn AD (now emeritus) Jeff Jacobs has reached a settlement on his final retirement benefits with the university.
Wyoming designed a futuristic jersey and special logos for its Famous Idaho Potato Bowl appearance. The jersey must have helped; UW downed Central Michigan 37-14 on Dec. 22. Cowboys QB Josh Allen also played in the contest after an earlier injury. Allen announced after the game he will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is providing seat upgrades and other amenities to longtime ticket holders for the 82nd annual Classic Friday, Dec. 29, as well as working with the NFL Dallas Cowboys for special AT&T Stadium tours in Arlington, Texas…The 2017-18 bowl schedule continues this week with (all airtimes EST) Tuesday, Dec. 26, Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium, Utah vs. West Virginia, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.; Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit, Duke vs. Northern Illinois, ESPN, 5:15 p.m.; Cactus Bowl, Phoenix Chase Field, Kansas State vs. UCLA, ESPN, 9 p.m.; Dec. 27 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, Shreveport, Florida State vs. Southern Miss, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.; New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Yankee Stadium, Boston College vs. Iowa, ESPN, 5:15 p.m.; Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara, Calif., Arizona vs. Purdue, FOX, 8:30 p.m.; Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl, Houston, Missouri vs. Texas, ESPN, 9 p.m.; Dec. 28 Military Bowl Pres. By Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., Navy vs. Virginia, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.; Camping World Bowl, Orlando, Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech, ESPN, 5:15 p.m.; SDCCU Holiday Bowl, San Diego, Michigan State vs. Washington State, FS1, 9 p.m.; Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Stanford vs. TCU, ESPN, 9 p.m.; Dec. 29 Belk Bowl, Charlotte, Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest, ESPN, 1 p.m.; Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, Arizona State vs. NC State, CBS, 3 p.m.; Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, Kentucky vs. Northwestern, ESPN, 4:30 p.m.; NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Tucson, New Mexico State vs. Utah State, CBSSN, 5:30 p.m.; Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas, Ohio State vs. Southern California, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, Louisville vs. Mississippi State, ESPN, noon; AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Iowa State vs. Memphis, ABC, 12:30 p.m.; PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., Penn State vs. Washington, 4 p.m., ESPN; Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Lakes, Miami (Fla.) vs. Washington, ESPN, 8 p.m.; Jan. 1, 2018, Outback Bowl, Tampa, Michigan vs. South Carolina, ESPN2, noon; Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Auburn vs. UCF, 12:30 p.m., ESPN; Citrus Bowl Pres. By Overton’s, Orlando, LSU vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m., ABC
Rose Bowl Pres. By Northwestern Mutual, Pasadena, Georgia vs. Oklahoma, ESPN, 5 p.m.; Allstate Sugar Bowl, Alabama vs. Clemson. ESPN, 8:45 p.m….USF athletics made a last-minute appeal for Tampa area fans to purchase tickets to the Dec. 23 Birmingham Bowl…San Diego State just missed an 11-win season for the third year in a row after the Aztecs fell to Army West Point 42-35 last week. Only four schools have captured 11 victories in each of the last three campaigns – Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and, Ohio State. SDSU was the only other school with at least 11 wins in 2015-16 and 10 victories (final mark of 10-3) in 2017…Ohio State is hoping to break a seven-game losing skein since 1995 to USC when the teams meet Friday in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. It is the first bowl bout in history between the two powerhouses besides the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The American Athletic Conference is making a league-wide push to keep most of its high-profile head coaches after ample shuffling late in 2017…Conference USA won four of its first eight games with one bowl bid remaining in post 2017-18. The Sun Belt Conference also raced to a 2-1 start after three bowls…The Conference Bowl Cup Challenge is in high gear through games of Dec. 25 and was won last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference with a .750 winning percentage and 9-3 mark (tying the Southeastern Conference in post-2016 with a record nine league bowl triumphs). The Mountain West Conference (four times), Conference USA (three) and ACC (three) have the most CBCC titles since the Cup was established in post-2002, and the Big East (5-0 in 2006-07) and Pac-12 (5-0 in 2008-09) are the only two circuits to post 1.000 winning percentages since 2002.
Some 1952-55 Spalding Preseason Preview books featured historic public relations directors Lindsey Nelson and Gus Manning at Tennessee, Pete Rozelle of the University of San Francisco, CoSIDA Hall of Fame members Bob Hartley at Mississippi State, Ned West at Georgia Tech, and Billy Gates at Ole Miss, among others…Dallas Cowboys vice president for communications Rich Dalrymple is celebrating his 29th year of heading the Cowboys massive communications operation…The daughters of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (who has degrees from Texas and Vanderbilt) and Texas Radio Hall of Fame member Mike Rhyner both are attending or graduated from Southern California – Ohio State’s opponent Friday in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl.
College Football Playoff teams’ standouts QB Kelly Bryant of Clemson, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama, RB Nick Chubb of Georgia, and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner QB Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma were featured in the CFP preview in Sports Illustrated magazine…San Diego State RB Rashad Penny moved into fifth place in NCAA FBS season rushing yards with 2,248 as he passed nine players for that position. He rushed for 221 yards and four touchdowns against Army West Point in the Dec. 23 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl…Southern California QB Sam Darnold already is No. 7 both in Trojans career passing with 6,873 yards and total offense with 7,223 yards…Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary rushed for 124 yards and three TDs in the Boca Raton Bowl to raise his nation-leading TD total to 32. The Owls also equaled their school record for wins with a 11-3 mark and won their final 10 games in succession…Former Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson is transferring to Michigan…Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson will return for his senior season in ’18…Wyoming QB and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl MVP Josh Allen will declare for the 2018 NFL draft in May 2018…Texas A&M standout WR Christian Kirk will play in the Belk Bowl…Middle Tennessee WR Richie Jones and Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro will complete his eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL draft along with Maryland WR DJ Moore…QB Zach Smith is leaving Baylor to transfer to a college to be determined. The Bears gained a valuable QB recruit, though, when fur-star standout Garry Bohanon signed last Wednesday…Some of the top stars from the Metro Washington, D.C., signed with colleges for 2018 last Wednesday, and chief among them were OL Spencer Anderson of Maryland, TE Donta Anthony of Old Dominion and LB Tyler Baylor of Maryland…Florida signed one of the top QB prospects in the South in Emory Jones who had been recruited heavily by Ohio State (verbal commitment) and Alabama…Blake Stenstrom, a high school QB from Valor Christian in Denver, signed with Colorado. He is the son of former Stanford QB Steve Stenstrom…RB Shedeur Sanders, the son of NFF College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, received an offer to sign with his father’s alma mater Florida State…North Texas signed one of the top defensive backs in Texas in Ennis HS senior Kevyon Davis…Winning top individual honors for Texas Wesleyan in its return to football in 2017 were Central States Football League second team all-CSFL RB Jermarcus Jones and honorable mention all-conference choices Matthew Shelby and Byron Tate. Wesleyan also had its ’17 football record updated to 1-9 overall after a forfeit win by Wayland Baptist, which played an ineligible student-athlete during the entire season and forfeited all victories…Alabama LB Dylan Moses is out indefinitely with a foot injury he encountered in practice last week.
Texas A&M used its latest and updated football facilities to attract a solid early 2018 signing class…Construction will begin in January on UNLV’s $22.5 million football training complex. UNLV administrators also appear closer for an agreement for joint usage of the new NFL Las Vegas Raiders Stadium…Alabama is closing in on completion of a $15 million athletics dining hall that will seat 800-plus people…Southern Miss athletics is adding beach volleyball in 2019 as a 17th sponsored sport…Wisconsin athletics surveyed that football ticket usage in 2017 was 84 percent of capacity at Camp Randall Stadium…Temple’s proposed on-campus football stadium is gaining community support in several areas, and a 28-3 Gasparilla Bowl victory over FIU added to the national attention…Virginia Tech athletics received from anonymous donors a pledge for $15.2 million for its new sports performance center.
SiriusXM’s Atlantic Coast Conference radio network is set to launch in 2018…ESPN President John Skipper has resigned and has been replaced by George Bodenheimer as acting chair…Sports Illustrated magazine will begin bi-weekly publication for the first time in its 64-year history beginning in January 2018.
The AFCA will have media availability on Sunday, Jan. 7, with executive director Todd Berry after the group’s Board of Trustees meeting on the first opening day of the 2018 convention at Anaheim, Calif. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, many FBS head coaches and all 2017 AFCA divisional award recipients will be in attendance at the AFCA Coaches Awards and Green Carpet event televised on web networks and the AFCA official website…FWAA members have been reminded about the awards reception for 2017 UCF head coach (now at Nebraska) and FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year winner Scott Frost on Jan. 6 in Atlanta, Ga. Reminders will be sent…Tyler Cundith of Johnson County (Kan.) Community College, David Sherwood of Wingate, Herman Hudson of SMU, Mark Cohen of TCU, and Trey Reed of Midwestern State were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The FWAA and USBWA have developed a best practices’ chart for interviews, coverage and postgame procedures…Pacing the AFCA 2017 NCAA Division III All-America Team were QB Chase Burton of Franklin (Ind.), RB John Smith of Husson, RB Joey Valdivia of Lake Forest (Ill.), WR Jesse Zubik of Washington & Jefferson, and WR Nick Holcomb of Wisconsin-La Crosse…Ole Miss continues to seek a quick answer and decision on its 2017 NCAA Infractions’ appeal.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls his 30-year anniversary of covering college football and basketball daily in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986-87 and later with the Big 12 Conference, and here are some of his recollections:
1990-91 Southwest Conference Men’s Basketball – Arkansas under head coach Nolan Richardson continued to dominate the Southwest Conference postseason tournament with its third win in succession and third consecutive NCAA bid. The 34-4 overall Razorbacks and 15-1 in the SWC ended their 77-year tenure in SWC hoops with a flourish and ended second nationally in the final 1991 Associated Press Top 25 poll. Texas under head coach Tom Penders received yet another NCAA at-large berth and ended the year at 23-9 overall and second in the loop at 13-3. Houston (18-11, 10-6) made a late run at the NCAA tourney but settled for the NIT while TCU (18-10, 9-7) and Rice (16-14, 9-7) tied for fourth place in a rugged 1990-91 SWC race.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl Stadium, Georgia vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La. – Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, Alabama vs. Clemson, 7:45 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 8 – CFP National Championship, Atlanta, Ga., 8 p.m.
Dec. 29-30, 2017 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Friday, Dec. 29 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Ohio State vs. Southern California, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 30
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga., Auburn vs, UCF, 12:30 p.m.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Penn State vs. Washington, Phoenix, Ariz., 4 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Miami (Fla.) vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2018
2017-18 Bowl Schedules, Results, Attendance – 14 Bowls – Through Dec. 25
Date Bowl Name Location Telecast Time (All Times EST) Attendance
Dec. 16 Celebration Bowl pres. By Air Force Reserve, Atlanta, MEAC (North Carolina A&T 21) vs. SWAC (Grambling 14) champions (16,701)
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans, Troy 50, North Texas 30 (24,904)
AutoNation Cure Bowl, Orlando, Georgia State 27, WKU 17 (19,585)
Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, Boise State 38, Oregon 28 (36,432)
Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, Marshall 31, Colorado State 28 (26,087)
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala., Middle Tennessee 35, Arkansas State 30 (20,612)
Dec. 19 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, Fla., Florida Atlantic 50, Akron 3 (25,912)
Dec. 20 DXL Frisco Bowl, Frisco, Texas, Louisiana Tech 51, SMU 10 (14,419)
Dec. 21 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla., Temple 28, FIU 3 (16,363)
Dec. 22 Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Ohio 41, UAB 6 (13,585)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Wyoming 37, Central Michigan 14 (16,512)
Dec. 23 Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham, Ala., USF 38, Texas Tech 34 (28,623)
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Army West Point 42, vs. San Diego State 35 (35,986)
Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, Ala., Appalachian State 34, Toledo 0 (28,706)
Dec. 24 Hawai’i Bowl, Honolulu, Fresno State 33, Houston 27 (20,546)
Dec. 26 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium, Utah vs. West Virginia, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.
Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit, Duke vs. Northern Illinois, ESPN, 5:15 p.m.
Cactus Bowl, Phoenix Chase Field, Kansas State vs. UCLA, ESPN, 9 p.m.
Dec. 27 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, Shreveport, Florida State vs. Southern Miss, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Yankee Stadium, Boston College vs. Iowa, ESPN, 5:15 p.m.
Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara, Calif., Arizona vs. Purdue, FOX, 8:30 p.m.
Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl, Houston, Missouri vs. Texas, ESPN, 9 p.m.
Dec. 28 Military Bowl Pres. By Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., Navy vs. Virginia, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.
Camping World Bowl, Orlando, Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech, ESPN, 5:15 p.m.
SDCCU Holiday Bowl , San Diego, Michigan State vs. Washington State, FS1, 9 p.m.
Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Stanford vs. TCU, ESPN, 9 p.m.
Dec. 29 Belk Bowl, Charlotte, Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest, ESPN, 1 p.m.
Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, Arizona State vs. NC State, CBS, 3 p.m.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, Kentucky vs. Northwestern, ESPN, 4:30 p.m.
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Tucson, New Mexico State vs. Utah State, CBSSN, 5:30 p.m.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas, Ohio State vs. Southern California, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, Louisville vs. Mississippi State, ESPN, noon
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Iowa State vs. Memphis, ABC, 12:30 p.m.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., Penn State vs. Washington, 4 p.m., ESPN
Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Lakes, Miami (Fla.) vs. Washington, ESPN, 8 p.m. [
Jan. 1, 2018 Outback Bowl, Tampa, Michigan vs. South Carolina, ESPN2, noon
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Auburn vs. UCF, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Citrus Bowl Pres. By Overton’s, Orlando, LSU vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m., ABC
Rose Bowl Pres. By Northwestern Mutual, Pasadena, Georgia vs. Oklahoma, ESPN, 5 p.m. Six]
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Alabama vs. Clemson. ESPN, 8:45 p.m.
Jan. 8 CFP National Championship, Atlanta, CFP Semifinal Winners, 8 p.m.
Conference Records in 2017-18 Bowls (14 Bowls Total) – Through Dec. 25
AAC 2-2
ACC 0-0
Big Ten 0-0
Big 12 0-1
C-USA 4-4
Independents 1-0
MAC 1-3
MWC 3-2
Pac-12 0-1
SEC 0-0
Sun Belt 3-1
Total 2017-18 Attendance 14 Bowls: 328,123, average: 23,437
Total 2016-17 Attendance 41 Bowls: 1,710,424, average: 41,718
Total 2015-16 Attendance 41 bowls: 1,797,798, average: 43,849
Total 2014-15 Attendance 39 bowls: 1,730,624, average: 44,372
Total 2013-14 Attendance 35 bowls: 1,714,617, average: 48,989
Total 2012-13 Attendance 35 bowls: 1,722,824, average: 49,224
Total 2011-12 Attendance 35 bowls: 1,765,224, average: 50,435
Total 2010-11 Attendance 35 bowls: 1,822,387 (record), average: 52,068
Total 2009-10 Attendance 34 bowls: 1,769,886, average: 52,055
Total 2008-09 Attendance 34 bowls: 1,773,882, average: 52,173
Total 2007-08 Attendance 32 bowls: 1,733,503, average: 54,172
Total 2006-07 Attendance 32 bowls: 1,699,637, average: 53,114
Total 2005-06 Attendance 28 bowls: 1,431,218, average: 51,115
Total 2004-05 Attendance 28 bowls: 1,492,001, average: 53,286
Total 2003-04 Attendance 28 bowls: 1,458,757, average: 52,098
Total 2002-03 Attendance 28 bowls: 1,416,103, average: 50,575
Total 2001-02 Attendance 25 bowls: 1,291,557, average: 51,766
Total 2000-01 Attendance 23 bowls: 1,241,109, average: 51,662
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