College Football Notes – Oct. 28, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, October 28th, 2018
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On Wednesday, there will be the national announcement of the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy® finalists, who comprise the 2018 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, via live press release From Irving, Texas. Previous winners of the “Academic Heisman” have been 1990 – Dr. Chris Howard, Air Force; 1991 – Brad Culpepper, Florida; 1992 – Jim Hansen, Colorado; 1993 -Thomas D. Burns, Virginia; 1994 – Robert B. Zatechka, Nebraska; 1995 – Bobby Hoying, Ohio State; 1996 – Danny Wuerffel, Florida; 1997 – Peyton Manning, Tennessee; 1998 – Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia; 1999 – Chad Pennington, Marshall; 2000 – Kyle Vanden Bosch, Nebraska; 2001 – Joaquin Gonzalez, Miami (Fla.); 2002 – Brandon Roberts, Washington (Mo.) ; 2003 – Craig Krenzel, Ohio State; 2004 – Michael Muñoz, Tennessee; 2005 – Rudy Niswanger, LSU; 2006 – Brian Leonard, Rutgers; 2007 – Dallas Griffin, Texas; 2008 – Alex Mack, California; 2009 – Tim Tebow, Florida; 2010 – Sam Acho, Texas; 2011 – Andrew Rodriguez, Army; 2012 – Barrett Jones, Alabama; 2013 – John Urschel, Penn State; 2014 – David Helton, Duke; 2015 – Ty Darlington, Oklahoma; 2016 – Zach Terrell, Western Michigan; 2017 – Micah Kiser, Virginia. UT’s Griffin (2007 recipient) has been battling multiple sclerosis for nine-plus years and has ridden in several fundraising bicycle events near Houston, Texas, to help raise funds for the cure of MS.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 29-Nov. 4 time period are Oct. 29 (1881) John DeWitt, Phillipsburg, N.J.; (1923) Barney Poole, Gloster, Miss.; (1888) Leroy Mercer, Kennett Square, Pa.; Oct. 30 (1931) Ad Rutschman, Hillsboro, Ore.; (1950) Jim LeClair, St. Paul, Minn.; (1958) Joe Delaney, Henderson, Texas; (1967) Ty Detmer, San Marcos, Texas; Oct. 31 (1880) Charlie Daly, Roxbury, Mass.; (1897) Wilbur Henry, Mansfield, Ohio; (1900) Cal Hubbard, Keytesville, Mo.; (1924) Marcelino Huerta, Tampa, Fla.; (1962) Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nov. 1 (1876) James Hogan, County Tipperary, Ireland; (1911) Slade Cutter, Oswego, Ill.; (1926) John Gagliardi, Trinidad, Colo.; (1947) Tom Curtis, Cleveland, Ohio; (1947) Ted Hendricks, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Nov. 2 (1903) Myles Lane, Melrose, Mass.; (1928) Leon Hart, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1959) Mark May, Oneonta, N.Y.; Nov. 3 (1893) Charley Barrett, Bellevue, Pa.; (1908) Bronko Nagurski, Rainey River, Ontario, Canada; (1937) Jim Houston, Massillon, Ohio; (1967) Kirk Baumgartner, Colby, Wis.; Nov. 4 (1930) – Dick MacPherson, Old Town, Maine; (1975) Orlando Pace, Sandusky, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 30 (1933) Charles Rinehart, Alliance, Neb.; (1998) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Gatesville, Texas; (2009) Forest Evashevski, Petoskey, Mich.; Nov. 1 (1999) Walter Payton, So. Barrington, Ill.; Nov. 2 (1973) Greasy Neale, Lake Worth, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 30 Jim LeClair, Ty Detmer, Oct. 31 Bill Fralic, Nov. 1 Tom Curtis, Ted Hendricks, Nov. 2 Mark May, Nov. 3 Kirk Baumgartner, Colby, Wis.; Nov. 4 (1930) – Dick MacPherson, Old Town, Maine; (1975) Orlando Pace, Sandusky, Ohio.
Navy and Notre Dame will meet in Dublin, Ireland, in 2020…Butler and North Dakota State will open the 2019 season Aug. 31 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn…Nebraska plans to schedule more FCS opponents at home games after downing Bethune-Cookman last week at Lincoln – the Huskers first FCS foe since the 2014 season…SMU continues to work on its third down efficiency percentage and hopes to become bowl eligible for the 17th time overall and the sixth occasion since 2009…Georgia Tech rushed for the most yards against a Virginia Tech team since 1987 as the Yellow Jackets rambled for 465 yards in last Thursday’s victory over Tech on ESPN…North Texas had 13 pass interceptions at the seven-game mark this season after having eight pass pilfers in 14 games in 2017…FIU started at 3-0 in Conference USA for its best three-game mark since joining the circuit…UT Arlington has begun another study of bringing back varsity football. The Sun Belt Conference member dropped football after the 1985 season and attempted in 2004 to rejuvenate the program…Losses by 11 FBS schools among the Top 25 caused major shakeups in this week’s national Top 25 surveys…Iowa State has finished undefeated in the month of October for the last two seasons…Idaho State stopped an 11-game series dominance by rival Montana with a 24-17 victory over UM last Saturday…Oregon State overcame a 31-3 Colorado lead to edge the Buffaloes 41-34 in overtime at Boulder, Colo…Pittsburgh outlasted Duke 54-45 in high highest-scoring game – 99 total points – in the series between the schools…Texas Wesleyan averaged 20.1 yards on receptions in a hard-fought loss at Wayland Baptist last weekend…Vanderbilt snared its first SEC road verdict 40-31 at Arkansas since the Commodores ended the 2017 campaign with a triumph at Tennessee. Arkansas still leads the all-time series with VU 7-3 since joining the SEC in 1991…North Alabama has not ben able to find a FCS or FBS opponent to play Nov. 17-Dec. 1 and will close its first NCAA FCS season with 10 games. The Lions are 5-3 entering Saturday’s home test against Shorter (Ga.)…The Canada West college playoffs begin Saturday with semifinal rounds. The University of Calgary hosts Manitoba Saturday at noon (PDT) at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.
Former Ohio State RB standout and Dallas Cowboys stalwart Ezekiel Elliott has been providing support monetarily and by wearing commemorative wristbands for Massachusetts high school football player Jake Silver, who is battling bone cancer. Elliott has worn “Silver Strong” bracelets at practices and games the last two seasons to support Silver’s courageous fight. The youngster and his family also attended a Cowboys game as guests of Elliott earlier this year…Florida State DE Janarius Robinson has been nominated for the he 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Robinson, a redshirt sophomore defensive end, starred for the Seminoles in their win Saturday over Wake Forest, his first game back after losing his childhood home to Hurricane Michael…The Texas high school athletics governing body University Interscholastic League voted to continue the policy of allowing boys and girls compete in the sports by genders indicated on birth certificates…This is the 10-year anniversary of Opportunity Vanderbilt, VU’s program to meet 100 percent of undergraduates’ demonstrated financial need without loans. It has assisted several undergraduate students in the field of communications and potential walkons in several sports…The North Texas Alumni Association had one of its largest Homecoming celebrations in school annals for the 38,000-member UNT student body and 125,000-plus alumni worldwide. Activities included Alumni at the Bonfire last Friday from a hilltop adjacent to the Alumni Pavilion, the 50-year Class of 1968 Golden Eagles Reunion Breakfast and the Homecoming Alumni Game Day Grille prior to the Mean Green Eagles tussle against Conference USA opponent Rice. UNT also is hosting a special evening for Dallas area alumni at the Perot Museum of Science and History Thursday evening in downtown Dallas…Metro Duval County and Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office provided a record 600-plus law enforcement officers at last week’s Florida-Georgia contest in Jacksonville, Fla.
UAB head coach Bill Clark has been mentioned in several circles as a national coach of the year candidate after leading the Blazers from a football program hiatus in 2015 and ’16 to back-to-back bowl teams and Conference USA West Division leadership in ’18…Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino has pledged all-out efforts to get the Cardinals to a fifth consecutive bowl appearance after a 2-5 overall start…Montana State named Matt Miller acting offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator Bob Cole has left the program, and former offensive coordinator Brian Armstrong now will head up the running game and MSU tight ends…Former UT Arlington head coach Chuck Curtis attended a rally last week to bring back football at UTA. The former TCU playing standout was head coach of the Mavericks in their two most recent seasons – 1984 and ’85…Former Missouri head coach Warren Powers is in a life-ending fight with Alzheimer’s Disease and has received daily support from his wife Linda…Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery has been supported by director of athletics Derrick Gregg as they try to rebuild the Golden Hurricane football program…Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops earned a one-year contract extension for meeting SEC competitive criteria with the Wildcats…UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez will undergo a postseason performance evaluation by Rebels director of athletics Desiree Reed-Francois…Last week’s Oklahoma-Kansas State contest featured brother vs. sister in Kansas State’s Ryan Hanson as K-State’s tight ends coach and sister Annie Hanson as the Sooners executive recruiting director for football.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Montana State: Jeff Choate, Columbus, Ohio; Navy: Ken Niumatalolo, Laie, Hawai’i; Nebraska: Scott Frost, Lincoln, Neb.; Nebraska-Kearney: Josh Lynn, Eunice N.M.; Nebraska Wesleyan: Brian Keller, Seward, Neb.
Kansas director of athletics Jeff Long has been receiving numerus suggestions on Twitter for possible changes to help improve the Jayhwaks football program…Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder was featured in a Tulsa (Okla.) World column about his fundraising talents and keeping Cowboys athletics competitive in all sports in the rugged Big 12 Conference…East Carolina has formed a university-wide search committee for its new AD with chancellor Cecil Staton and special adviser Dave Hart as co-chairs…Hawai’i named Vince Baldemor associate AD for external affairs…Florida AD Scott Stricklin was lauded by media for the turnaround in Gators football fortunes and Top 10 national rating under new head coach Dan Mullen.
The Big 12 Conference football championship has been confirmed for an 11 a.m. (CST) airtime on ABC Saturday, Dec. 1. This is ABC’s 17th time to carry the 17 Big 12 gridiron title games, which were not held from 2011-16 and resumed in 2017. There is a current logjam atop Big 12 standings with Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia all 4-1 in league action and among the Top 25. OU and Texas never have competed in a conference title game or postseason rematch in their 114-game history…The New York Times penned a story about the impact of Ivy League football and its traditions at Ivy League members…Several Big Ten Conference schools continue to avoid Friday night football telecast conflicts with regional high school programs…Sun Belt Conference power Appalachian State gained its first Top 25 FBS ranking in the Oc. 21 polls…Dartmouth (7-0, 4-0 Ivy League) is off to one of its best beginnings in school annals and leads Ivy League standings…The Big 12 Conference’s replay Operations Center wa feature in a recent Dallas Morning News’ missive.
The first College Football Playoff national rankings are set for release live on ESPN Tuesday night. Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas – all one-loss teams – are particularly anxious to see the opening outcome for the CFP…Goodyear Cotton Bowl season ticketholders and advance purchasers will begin receiving their tickets via UPS and other delivery means in coming days…The Sporting News’ latest projected post-2018 bowl updates this week include Dec. 29 games – Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Georgia vs. UCF; Belk Bowl: Miami (Fla.) vs. South Carolina; Dec. 31 games – Military Bowl presented by Grumman: Army vs. Virginia Tech; Hyundai Sun Bowl: Florida State vs. Colorado; San Francisco Bowl: Michigan State vs. Utah; AutoZone Liberty Bowl: West Virginia vs. Auburn; Holiday Bowl: Northwestern vs. Washington; TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M; CFP Semifinals (both Dec. 29) – Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan; Capital One Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre Dame…The Football Bowl Association has published and disseminated its 2018-19 online media guide…There are 38 bowl eligible teams for post-2018 activity through games of Oct. 29. Another 25 schools are on the verge of bowl berth possibilities with five victories entering the week. There will be 78 available bowl bids after games of Dec. 1…Army West Point has qualified for a possible eighth bowl clash in school history after downing Eastern Michigan last Saturday. The Black Knights have reached postseason qualification for a record third year in succession in the modern era…Michigan State is seeking its 12th bowl invitation in 13 seasons with Mark Dantonio as head coach. Mississippi State needs one victory to clinch a probable, school-record ninth consecutive postseason trek.
North Dakota State QB Easton Stick set a school standard with his 73rd all-time touchdown pass for the No. 1-ranked NCAA FCS squad…Houston QB D’Eriq King passed for five touchdowns and ran for two more as the Cougars upset previously-unbeaten South Florida 57-36. UH is in sole possession of the American Athletic Conference West Division lead at 4-0 and stands 7-1 overall for its best start since the 2011 squad opened the year at 11-0…. UH All-America DT Ed Oliver missed his first game as a three-year regular (32 consecutive starts) with a knee injury, which kept him out of the Cougars win over USF…Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder passed for a career-high 352 yards in a 26-20 overtime victory at SMU as the Bearcats rolled to 7-1 overall…South Dakota State QB Taryn Christian broke the SDSU all-time pass completions’ mark with his 740th connection last weekend…Washington State QB Gardner Minshew completed his first 19 pass attempts as the then-No. 14 Cougars edged Pac-12 Conference rival 41-38 Stanford at Pullman, Wash., last week…Georgia QB Jake Fromm tossed three TD passes to help the Bulldogs topple then-No. 9 Florida for SEC East Division leadership and bragging rights in their annual tussle at Jacksonville, Fla. The Gators lead the overall series 21-8 since the 1990 season, and the teams have met annually in Jacksonville since 1933….Athlon Sports reiterated its preseason Top Five quarterbacks nationally and their 2018 progress to date as Will Grier, West Virginia; Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama; Trace McSorley, Penn State; Khalil Tate, Arizona; and McKenzie Milton, UCF. Tagovailoa and Milton have led their teams to unbeaten seasons so far…Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald accounted for all four touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) and 329 total yards in the Bulldogs SEC triumph over Texas A&M…Maryland RB Ty Johnson moved into fourth place in Terrapins career rushing history with 2,597 yards after the UM-Illinois skirmish…Boise State QB Brett Rypien set a school mark with his 20th career 300-yard passing game last weekend against Air Force…Utah State QB Jordan Love passed for a career-best 448 yards as the Aggies topped New Mexico for their seventh consecutive The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Quarterback Award has trimmed its list to 15 semifinalists for the final weeks of the campaign. They are Jake Browning, Washington; Eric Dungey, Syracuse; Ryan Finley, NC State; Will Grier, West Virginia; Justin Herbert, Oregon; Drew Lock, Missouri; Trace McSorley, Penn State; McKenzie Milton, UCF; Gardner Minshew, Washington State; Steven Montez, Colorado; Shea Patterson, Michigan; Brett Rypien, Boise State; Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss; Clayton Thorson, Northwestern; and Brady White, Memphis…Semifinalists for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back are Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon, Safety, Sr.; DeAndre Baker, Georgia, Cornerback, Sr.; Kris Boyd, Texas, Cornerback, Sr.; Nate Brooks, North Texas, Cornerback, Sr.; Grant Delpit, LSU, Safety, So.; Richie Grant, UCF, Safety, So.; Lavert Hill, Michihan, Cornerback, Jr.; Michael Jackson, Miami (Fla.), Cornerback, Sr.; Jaquan Johnson, Miami (FL), Safety, Sr.; Julian Love, Notre Dame, Cornerback, Jr.; Amani Oruwariye, Penn State, Cornerback, Sr.; Taylor Rapp, Washington, Safety, Jr.; Caden Sterns, Texas, Safety, Fr.; and Greedy Williams, LSU, Cornerback, So….Louisville TE Kemari Everett hopes to regain full playing status in coming days…The Midseason Associated Press All-America team includes stars such as Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger, A&M punter Braden Mann and Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Jr….UTSA’s Yannis Routsas was named Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week after he averaged 47.3 yards on nine punts against Southern Miss and kept USM inside its 20-yard-line on six of his punts. This included three punts, which landed inside the Golden Eagles 10-yard stripe…Biletnikoff Award watch list members such as Teddy Veal, Louisiana Tech; Tyre Brady, Marshall; Ty Lee, Southern Miss; Jalen Guyton, North Texas; and Michael Lawrence, North Texas; continue to have some superlative midseason statistics…TCU has lost starting QB Shawn Robinson for the season with shoulder surgery while Horned Frogs WR-KR Kevonte Turpin will be playing at a new school in 2019…Ohio State DE Nick Bosa explained why he has passed up the remainder of the 2018 season and hopes to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Alabama athletics and Lyft have formed a corporate and transportation partnership…Oklahoma athletics will dispense alcoholic beverages at 2019 men’s and women’s basketball games and will look at allowing public sales at 2019 football encounters…The U.S. Educational and College List now shows a record 117,787 colleges or universities nationally. NFF research indicates that a record 778 colleges and universities play varsity football along with thousands of high schools and similar programs…Duquesne’s $45 million Palumbo Center renovations also include a facility name change to the Chuck Cooper Center…Marshall athletics has received a groundswell campaign to name its new baseball stadium after Marshall diamond legend Jack Cook…Oklahoma State has celebrated Cecil O’Brate as benefactor for its new baseball stadium after he graduated from OSU (then Oklahoma A&M) in 1948…Oakland (Mich.) athletics is negotiating with suburban Detroit authorities to try and purchase the Place at Auburn Hills.
NFF College Hall of Fame member Barry Sanders and his 1988 Oklahoma State team were honored during Homecoming festivities and OSU’s 38-35 upset win over then-No. 6 nationally Texas last week. The Cowboys wore 1988 throwback uniforms and had remembrances of the ’88 squad throughout the weekend…Former Cincinnati playing standout and SMU head coach Tom Rossley was an interested observer at last Saturday’s Cincy-SMU AAC matchup in Dallas…The NFL San Francisco 49ers signed DB Tyvis Powell of Ohio State to the main team from the practice squad…Nigerian-born, once homeless, London-educated and former London Monarchs pro football player Efe Obada recorded his first sack for the NFL Carolina Panthers in 2018 and has moved into a regular’s role with the team…Famed financier Rodes Hart, class of 1954 and a noted college philanthropist as well, has been named 2018 Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus.
The Denver Post reports that from Oct. 25-Nov. 20 there are 27 consecutive live days and nights of college or pro football telecasts…There have been 56 nominations submitted for the 2018 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. A total of 22 collegiate players, one college president, 17 college coaches, 10 college and university administrators, two college referees, and four program has been nominated, and the prestigious award will be announced the week of Nov. 4 by Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler and FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson.
The FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week for games of Oct. 18-20 was Purdue after the Boilermakers knocked off Ohio State 49-20 in West Lafayette, Ind….Oliver Pierce of Gonzaga, Dan Campagna of Emmanuel (Mass.), Chris Gonzales of Lehman, Lenny Reich of Mt. Union (Ohio), Sterling Randle of UALR, Scott Sewell of Coker (S.C.), Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Nick Dow of Brown, William Porter of Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.), and Jessica Poole of Florida Atlantic were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on CoSIDA.com…The FWAA In the Trenches’ weekly column highlighted several Outland Trophy candidates competing in last week’s Florida-Georgia fracas and Houston’s NT Ed Oliver hoping to lead his squad to an upset win over then-undefeated USF…Deadline for nominations for the 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America football and women’s soccer teams is Tuesday, Oct. 30…Presale tickets for the 2019 Women’s Basketball Final Four began last week.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7 – CFP National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 8 p.m.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017-18 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Monday, Dec. 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.
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