College Football Notes – July 1, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame members 2019 inductee Lorenzo White of Michigan State, Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin will be honored attendees at the 48th annual Big Ten Conference Days and Luncheon will be held Thursday-Friday, July 18-19, in the International Ballroom at the Hilton Chicago.
A July 10 event at the NFF College Hall of Fame included a preview of the numerous events planned by the CFB150 Committee; the extensive programming that ESPN has created to celebrate the CFB150; and the unveiling of a College Football 150th Specialty Exhibit delivered by UPS, which includes dirt from the field where the first game took place in 1869; the NCAA rule book that was revised after the 45 fatalities that took place between 1900-05; the first penalty flag ever used from 1941; and countless other rare artifacts covering all 150 years of college football.
The event was emceed by SEC Network College Football Analyst Tony Barnhart. Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame CEO Dennis Adamovich, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, ESPN Senior Writer & Editor-at-Large of ESPN College Football 150 Ivan Maisel, and CFB150 Committee Executive Director Kevin Weiberg all gave insights on the upcoming celebrations.
NFF’s award-winning Football Matters® program has received recognition from 30-plus awards’ groups since its inception in 2013. A cross-platform marketing campaign, Football Matters® celebrates the positive impact the game has made on millions of players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and fans nationwide. LDWW, an awarding winning Dallas-based marketing and communication firm, helped launch the breakthrough initiative in February 2018. Their efforts have produced more than 7.5 million minutes of video viewed and the stories produced have been engaged with by hundreds of thousands of individuals on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via @FootballMatters® in a little more than one year.
The team has created more than 700 original content pieces, interviewing every major college football head coach and numerous high- profile former players and celebrities, including College Football Hall of Famers Troy Aikman (UCLA), Steve Young (BYU), Ronnie Lott (USC) and country music sensation Kenny Chesney. In recent months, Football Matters® has collected 32 different awards from national organizations including the Maui Film Festival, The Telly Awards, The Webby Awards, The Hermes Creative Awards, The College Sports Media Awards, and the Public Relations Society of America’s Bronze Anvil Awards.
The Maui Film Festival, founded in 2000, awarded Football Matters® for its original film “Unsung Heroes: Football and the Polynesian Athlete” as an Official Selection of the 2019 Festival. The film premiered on the big screen to a crowd of more than 5,000 people at the Celestial Cinema in Maui, Hawai’i. The Telly Awards annually showcase the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Football Matters® received 19 awards, including three gold wins, seven silver wins, and nine bronze wins.
The “10-Day Football Matters® Challenge” encouraged fans to share their own opinions on social media about college football’s best uniforms, stadiums, mascots and many more. Football Matters® also took a recent trip to Maui, Hawai’i, to be on hand for its entry, Unsung Heroes, in the Maui Film Festival. Then on Independence Day, July 4, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio explained how the game of football has become entrenched in the fabric of America on the FM link to the NFF website.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 15-21 time period are July 15 (1892) Ray Eichenlaub, Columbus, Ohio; (1893) Orin Hollingbery, Hollister, Calif.; (1935) Alex Karras, Gary, Ind.; July 16 (1889) Percy Wendell, Roxbury, Mass.; (1939) Frank Girardi, Williamsport, Pa.; (1943) Jimmy Johnson (Arkansas), Port Arthur, Texas ; (1951) Jerry Sisemore, Olton, Texas; (1968) Barry Sanders, Wichita, Kan.; (1974) Tommie Frazier, Bradenton, Fla.; July 17 (1927) Thurman “Fum” McGraw, Garden City, Kan.; July 18 (1905) George Wilson, Glenside, Pa.; (1939) Jerry Moore, Bonham, Texas; July 20 (1864) Pa Corbin, Hartford, Conn.; (1920) Frank Merritt, New York, N.Y.; (1920) Tommy Prothro, Dyersburg, Tenn.; (1945) Jake Scott, Greenwood, S.C.; July 21 (1912) Bill Wallace, El Campo, Texas. Note: July 19 is one of five calendar dates, on which no NFF Hall of Fame members either were born or died.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 15 (2017) Vito “Babe” Parilli, Parker, Colo.; July 16 (1992) Buck Buchanan, Kansas City, Mo.; (2018) Gabe Rivera, San Antonio, Texas; July 17 (1980) Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Auburn, Ala.; July 20 (1964) Lone Star Dietz, Reading, Pa.; (1994) George Munger, Villanova, Pa.; July 21 (1979) Eddie Price, New Orleans, La.; (1999) Kurt Burris, Billings, Mont.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 16 Frank Girardi (a spry 80), Jimmy Johnson (Arkansas), Jerry Sisemore, Barry Sanders, Tommie Frazier, July 18 Jerry Moore (a spry 80), July 20 Jake Scott…
FBschedules.com points out that Notre Dame will play a NCAA FBS-high seven teams in 2019 after these opponents have an open date…Miami (Fla.) has completed its 2020 non-conference slate, which includes home games Sept. 5-19 against Temple, Wagner and UAB, respectively; and a tough road test against Michigan State Sept. 26. The Hurricanes and Spartans will complete their two-game contract at Miami Sept. 18, 2021…Florida will host New Mexico State in 2020.
The Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council, sponsor of the annual Ray Guy Award, is seeking volunteers for the 11th annual IRONMAN® 70.3® Augusta is Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. There will be approximately 3,600 athletes in one of North America’s largest IRONMAN® events, and potential volunteers can contact the Augusta Sports Council via its website – www.augustasportscouncil.org…St. John’s (N.Y.) boasted what may be a school-most 37 student-athletes in all varsity sports with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (4.0 scale) during the spring 2019 semester…Rice, Texas and Texas A&M have denoted full tuition grants for all student who meet academic entrance requirements (very stringent at all three universities) and whose family is below a designated income level ($65,000 or less at UT & A&M and $130,000 or less at Rice).
Georgetown (Ky.) head coach Bill Cronin received the 2019 Blanton Collier Award for his 22-year reign as head coach of the NAIA-contending Tigers…Mario Verduzco, the Nebraska quarterbacks coach and a stalwart coaching UCF quarterbacks before that assignment, was featured in a recent Huskers football post…Longtime college assistant coach and offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is the new offensive coordinator for the XFL’s St. Louis squad…Pennsylvania tabbed Dr. Jeremy Weeks, Miguel Rivera, Pat Dolan, and Michelle Pifer as assistant directors of strength and conditioning and Stephen Brindle as associate director of strength and conditioning.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Georgetown (D.C.): Rob Sgarlata, Washington, D.C.; Georgetown (Ky.): Bill Cronin, Indianapolis, Ind.; Georgia: Kirby Smart, Montgomery, Ala.; Georgia State: Shawn Elliott, Camden, S.C.; Georgia Tech: Geoff Collins, Conyers, Ga.
Park (Ariz.) director of athletics Steve Wilson had his 12-year anniversary in that position earlier this month…Louisville AD Vince Trya was featured last week for his work in retooling Cardinals athletics in a Yahoo Sports column last week…Clayton State named Hank Kim athletics development officer…Longtime Kansas and Georgia Tech publicist Dean Buchan has been handling real estate duties in the Atlanta, Ga., area for five years…Kyle Neaves is the new assistant AD for communications at Colorado State…Tennessee extended the contract of men’s tennis coach Chris Woodruff through 2024…Nebraska’s search committee for a new president has established “seven pillars” for the top candidates to utilize as goals and foundations for the main Lincoln campus and its branches…Kyle Allen has been named sports information director for Cumberland (Tenn.) athletics…Chattanooga AD Mark Wharton is making changes to the school’s malt beverage sales’ plans for the upcoming football season…USF’s on-campus football stadium has not been detailed but is getting a fresh glance by new USF president Dr. Steve Currall…Former Minnesota president Dr. Eric Kale was highlighted for his assistance to UM athletics by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Oklahoma is the media pick for No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference preseason survey for the seventh time in the last nine years. The Sooners have a record 12 Big 12 football crowns since the 2000 season…Oklahoma’s 2018 Heisman Trophy recipient Kyler Murray was named Big 12 Conference 2018-19 Male Athlete of the Year while Texas’ Ashtin Zamzow (2019 NCAA Indoor Track heptathlon champ and ’19 NCAA Outdoor decathlon winner) was Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year…Conference USA 2018-19 Michael L. Slive Athletes of the Year were Jake Sanford of WKU baseball and Erica Ogwumike of Rice women’s basketball…Members of Conference USA’s 25th anniversary Hall of Fame Class of 25 (20 student-athletes, three coaches, two administrators) are Courtney Blades, Southern Miss Softball; Arnau Brugues, Tulsa Men’s Tennis; Tori Bowie, Southern Miss Track & Field; Jon Busch, Charlotte Men’s Soccer; Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis Men’s Basketball; Jarett Dillard, Rice Football; Jake Gautreau, Tulane Baseball; Tyler Henderson, Tulsa Volleyball; Deanna Jackson, UAB Women’s Basketball; Chandi Jones, Houston Women’s Basketball; Case Keenum, Houston Football; Michael Kogan, Tulane Men’s Tennis; Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati Men’s Basketball; Graeme McDowell, UAB Men’s Golf; Yulia Pakhalina, Houston Women’s Swimming & Diving; Anthony Rendon, Rice Baseball; Brooke Tull, TCU Women’s Golf; Dwyane Wade, Marquette Men’s Basketball; DeAngelo Williams, Memphis Football; Kevin Youkilis, Cincinnati Baseball; Coaches – Jeff Bower, Southern Miss Football; Wayne Graham, Rice Baseball; Bob Huggins, Cincinnati Men’s Basketball. Administrators – Gene Bartow, UAB Men’s Basketball Coach/Athletics Director; Mike Slive, C-USA Commissioner… Wednesday-Friday’s Southeastern Conference football media days at the Birmingham (Ala.) Wynfrey Hotel feature nine quarterbacks among the anticipated 42 student-athletes available from 14 schools for interviews…Former Sun Belt and West Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson spoke of scenarios available for the American Athletic Conference after Connecticut departs. One is that ESPN will continue its present broadcast agreements with the AAC in an 11-team football configuration. If the AAC remains at 11 football members, here also is the possibility that the NCAA will grant a waiver similar to the Big 12 for the AAC to hold a championship contest with less than the required 12 teams competing…The Buffalo Bulls have been mentioned as a possible replacement for Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference…Conference USA members are seeking more future guaranteed intersectional games with Power Five league participants.
The Jan. 1 bowl lineup for NCAA FBS includes the Citrus Bowl, SEC/Big Ten or ACC, Orlando, Fla., 1 p.m. (EST), ABC; Outback Bowl, Big Ten/SEC, Tampa, Fla., 1 p.m. (EST), ESPN; Rose Bowl Presented By Northwestern Mutual, Big Ten/Pac-12, Pasadena, Calif., 3 p.m. (PST), ESPN; Allstate Sugar Bowl, Big 12/SEC, New Orleans, La., 7:45 p.m., ESPN…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl and AT&T Stadium ticket offices have begun selling tickets for the Monster Jam for trucks at the fabled Arlington, Texas, facility, on Oct. 19…Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 to honor an individual or a group with a military background and/or involvement impacting college football. Nominations for this award be accepted through Oct. 1. At that time, a selection committee of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will review the list of candidates. The 2019 recipient will be announced on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
Rice is hoping for a stable quarterback situation in 2019 after three different players all started 2018 games. Vanderbilt graduate transfer Shawn Stankavage was No. 1 on the depth chart early in the season before he was injured. Evan Marshman started one game before falling prey to an injury to open the door for highly-touted true freshman Wiley Green who was able to redshirt by playing less than four games. Now Green is expected to compete with Harvard graduate transfer Tom Stewart for the ’19 starting job a month away from the opening of preseason drills…Among the preseason All-Big 12 Conference standouts set for 2019 are Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, Kansas RB Pooka Williams Jr., Oklahoma RB Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace, West Virginia OL Colton McKivitz, and Oklahoma TE Grant Calcaterra. Oklahoma’s projected starting QB and Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts was named pre-2019 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by media members…Conference USA will feature 28 standouts for ’19 at this week’s media days in Frisco, Texas. Some of the notables are Southern Miss TE Jordan Mitchell and LB Racheem Boothe, UAB center Lee Dufour and Fitzgerald Mofor, UTEP OL Derron Gatewood and DB Justin Rogers, UTSA OT Josh Dunlop and safety Carl Austin III, and WKU WR Lucky Jackson and DB Devon Key, among others…Kansas and Missouri football have combined for 15-plus verbal commitments for the signing class of 2020…The Dallas Morning News rated Texas’ top collegiate players and among the leading 2019 candidates are TCU WR Jalen Reagor, North Texas QB Mason Fine, Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond, Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman, Houston QB D’Eriq King, SMU QB Shane Buechele, Baylor QB Charlie Brewer, SMU wideout James Proche’, Texas A&M WR Quartney Davis, and North Texas WR Rico Bussey Jr….Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are Grand Canyon’s Damari Milstead to the U. of San Francisco, South Carolina’s Te’a Cooper to Baylor, VMI wide receiver Kris Thornton to James Madison, and TCU’s and Xavier (Ohio)’s Keonte Kennedy to UTEP…The University of Calgary Dinos have inked quarterback/linebacker Kiedron Hughes for a 2019 grant-in-aid…Oklahoma RB Kennedy Brooks has been cleared to play for the ’19 season…Highland Park (Texas) DE Prince Dorbah has given an oral commitment for Texas for 2020 while Dallas Madison HS WR Cedrick Pellum orally committed to sign with Washington State in ’20…Lake Dallas (Texas) HS DB Kobe Minor has committed orally to Texas Tech for the 2020 signing period while CB Tavorice Weaver of Dallas Madison denoted that he will sign with North Texas in ’20…Cincinnati DB Noah Hamlin is hoping to be reinstated before the Bearcats open the season Aug. 29 hosting UCLA.
Presale tickets for the AdvoCare College Classic Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, between Auburn and Oregon were available to Goodyear Cotton Bowl seat holders in advance earlier this month…Penn State athletics is utilizing a series of prize and gift card rewards for season ticket purchases for basketball and other sports in 2019-20…The Vanderbilt Alumni Association is hosting the annual Dallas area Summer Freshmen Send-Off Celebration Wednesday, July 31, at the Dallas Melrose Hotel…Rice continues its popular Rice Stadium Farmers Market to assist local commerce and area agriculturists Tuesdays in Houston…The Rice athletics fan site The Roost has published a 143-page fans’ guide for the 2019 football campaign…North Texas athletics is allowing its student body to vote online for its favorite new court design for the historic Super Put multi-purpose events’ center…Minnesota football is using a new mobile ticket pass for all seven home games…Notre Dame athletics museum and memorabilia curator George Rugg was highlighted in the Indianapolis Star…The Syracuse Post-Standard studied a sport-by-sport breakdown of Syracuse Orange expenditures in 2018-19… Iowa athletics has designated its football game of Sept. 28 vs. Middle Tennessee as Spirit Squad Day at Kinnick Stadium…Tampa Bay (Fla.) Sports Commission executive director Joey Knight was named to the Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal “Forty Under 40” for his work with the College Football Playoff and eight other national sporting events in the Tampa area over the last seven years…Sparta Science and Sports website has achieved one million scans since its launch…North Texas football had a special Father’s Day and summer ticket sales’ promotion as it heads toward a possible school record for preseason ducats’ distribution. The UNT Alumni Association also had several Texas area meetings with head coach Seth Littrell and AD Wren Baker as guest speakers and had UNT Alumni Night at the Class AA Frisco (Texas) Roughriders Dr Pepper Stadium…
NFF College Hall of Fame coach/player (one of four to be admitted in both roles) Steve Spurrier made a strong pitch to keep the traditional Florida-Georgia contest in Jacksonville, Fla., for years to come as new contract negotiations for the game site continue…Nebraska football historian Mike Burrows of the Denver Post and his research team counted the numbers of players for NU and their hometowns from 1970-2018. The cities and towns with the largest delegations of players over those 49 seasons have been Omaha, Neb., with 665, Lincoln, Neb., with 502, Grand Island, Neb., with 102, Columbus, Neb., with 95, and Bellevue, Neb., with 80…The NFL will hold an international talent combine in Cologne, Germany, Oct. 19…The XFL is beginning to sign players for the 2020 season and complete coaching staffs…Former New Mexico and NFL standout DB Glover Quin is retiring from football…NFL.com wrote an inspiring tribute to former Rice standout and current NFL Dallas Cowboys defender Christian Covington and his Canadian Football League Hall of Fame father and former Johnson C. Smith standout Grover Covington…Two of the NFL’s six new on-field officials for 2019 are former college and NFL standouts. Field judge Nates Jones is leaving the Pac-12 Conference officiating corps to move to the NFL after a stellar college playing career at Rutgers while former NFL and Penn State star Terry Killens will move from the American Athletic Conference to the NFL. Their appointments bring to mind the sterling father-son NFL officiating combo of Steve and Brad Freeman, who worked both college and NFL encounters (Brad Freeman remains active in the NFL). The Mississippi State standouts did not get to officiate any games together in college of the NFL, but Bred Freeman is believed to be the only NFL official also ever to play in the NCAA Baseball World Series where he starred for MSU in 1997 and ’98 while playing two sports…Big Ten/MAC consortium referee Amanda Sauer was featured in a recent story as the first woman referee for a college game between Morgan State and Rutgers in 2017 – interestingly, in the same city where the first intercollegiate game was played in 1869 between Princeton and Rutgers.
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame, which features many NFF College Hall of Fame members at its Waco museum, is holding a summer membership drive. There is a $35 Individual membership level with members receiving the following benefits: A ballot to vote on the TSHOF Class of 2020; Official Voter decal for your car or office; free admission to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for One Year; 10 percent discount in the Hall of Fame gift shop; member’s name in the induction banquet program. The $70 family membership level receives all perks of the Individual level as well these additional benefits: free admission for up to a family of five for one Year; Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Football Rising magazines sent to members’ homes; and year-long access to premium contact on www.texasfootball.com.
Rivals.com conducted an extensive one-on-ne interview with Nebraska head coach and former Huskers standout Scott Frost…The Boston Globe is placing a new emphasis on news and sports, particularly college and high school football, in the Rhode Island area…David Jones of PennLive.com wrote a research comparison of television markets in the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten areas and how the economic impact affects college football…New members of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2020 are Willis Johnson, George Gimarc, veteran WBAP Radio sports director Steve Lamb, Redbeard, Bob Hathaway, and posthumous inductees are Dick Wheeler, George Erwin and Harwell Shepard. Among the all-time inductees are media legends Walter Cronkite, Eddie Barker, Sam Donaldson, NFF co-Gold Medal recipient Verne Lundquist, NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Outstanding American awardee Norm Hitzges, Gordon McLendon, Glenn Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Dan Rather, Mike Rhyner and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The 2019 induction will be held noon Nov. 2 at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, Texas. For the full list of 2019 and the 2,000 all-time inductees, please visit trhof.net…The Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette made a national appeal for all first-time transfers in football and major sports to gain immediate eligibility at their new schools…The Florida Times-Union showed various financial impact studies and contract guarantees to encourage officials at Florida and Georgia athletics to keep that annual contest in Jacksonville, Fla.
The FWAA has launched a 2019 Access/Press Relations Committee to oversee press relations with FBS conferences. This is a broad-based effort by the FWAA to improve press relations and accessibility with schools in terms of coach, assistant coach and player availability during the regular season and the offseason. The FWAA will have two representatives for each of the Power Five Conferences, in which many of the issues arise in terms of accessibility. The Group of Five Conferences/Independents will have three representatives. In addition, there will be nine at-large committee members from different groups affiliated with college football. This committee also will help in the decision making for the FWAA’s annual Super 11 Awards, which honor outstanding Sports Information Departments each year. Committee members will be encouraged to interact with Sports Information Directors in their respective conferences during the course of the year. The FWAA Access/Press Relations Committee members include: ACC: Gene Wang, Washington Post; Andrea Adelson, ESPN.com; Big 12: Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; John Hoover, TheFranchiseOK.com; Big Ten: Adam Rittenberg, ESPN.com; Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune; Pac-12: Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News; Chris Dufresne, TMG; SEC: Ron Higgins, Rivals; Anthony Dasher, UGASports.com; Group of Five/Independents: Chris Vannini, The Athletic; Dick Weiss, Blue Star Media; Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal; at-large: Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com, FWAA; Matt Fortuna, The Athletic, FWAA; George Schroeder, USA Today, FWAA; Doug Vance, CoSIDA; Shelly Poe, Auburn; Dave Plati, Colorado; Vince Thompson, AFCA; Gina Lehe, CFP; Doug Kelly, FBA…FWAA president Matt Fortuna pointed out that there are less than six weeks until college football kicks off Aug. 24 and that FWAA members will have a solid presence at nine FBS conference media conferences in coming days… Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Candice Kelm of McClennan College, Mike Kern of the Missouri Valley Conference, Donald Weast of Emporia State, Eric Rhew of UNC Wilmington, Sheila Morrigan of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Patrick Walsh of UALR, Zachary Stone of Madonna, Brian Reinhardt of NC State, Corey Jewart of Gettysburg, Jason Bryant of the National Wrestling Media Association, and Robert Knox of Towson were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Fans of soccer and other sports still can take I Love (heart shape) selfies with the NCAA Division I Football Championship signs outside Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Team logos for the January 2019 contest between champion North Dakota State and Eastern Washington are on the signs…Bill Bryant, son of late CoSIDA Hall of Fame publicist and former CoSIDA president Don Bryant, had a recent garage sale of thousands of items of Huskers memorabilia, including 700-plus cereal boxes and cola glasses/bottles with commemorative NU athletics’ milestones. Nebraska alumni also auctioned a football signed by the 1970 NU championship team for a charitable cause in Springfield, Neb.
2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
Saturday, Dec. 28 (CFP Semifinals)
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 4 or 8 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 4 or 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 13 – CFP Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2019-20 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Saturday, Dec. 28 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, noon
Monday, Dec. 30 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:45 p.m.
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