College Football Notes Sept. 30-Oct. 3

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2012

College Football Notes

Fresno State and USC will meet in 2014…Michigan and Notre Dame will discontinue their annual series after the 2014 season due to Notre Dame’s new ACC obligations…BYU will host Middle Tennessee in 2013 and ’14. The Blue Raiders also will play a home-and-away series with Bowling Green in 2016 and ‘017. Vanderbilt also will travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for the first time in football history to meet MT in 2015 and 2017 while VU hosts the Blue Raiders in 2016 and ’18…Illinois State is seeking one additional non-conference home encounter to finish both its 2013 and ’14 future schedules…Ohio State has promised upgrades in non-Big Ten foes for future scheduling…California and Wisconsin have discussed a possible neutral-site contest at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis….Cincinnati and Virginia Tech hope to move additional series contests to FedEx Stadium in Landover, Md., after last weekend’s neutral site clash…Air Force has expressed a desire to renew its series with Colorado…Utah and USC play Thursday in Salt Lake City for the first time since 1917…West Virginia (70 points, 807 yards of total offense) and Baylor (63, 700 yards of total “O”) set NCAA FBS regulation game records for combined points (133) and first downs (67) last Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. The last 133-point college contest on any level according to IFRA was in 2007 as Abilene Christian downed Tarleton State by the same score (70-63)…There are 23 undefeated teams among the 124-member FBS through games of Oct. 3…South Carolina moved up a school-record-tying sixth nationally in last week’s USA Today coaches poll. The Gamecocks also have been as high as No. 6 (last year) in the BCS standings…Kansas State’s Ahearn Advisory Committee is evaluating priority seating and stadium renovations…Tulane continues to have open forums and is making changes in facility layout and design for its new proposed campus stadium…Missouri became the first SEC team to play at UCF last Saturday…Stony Brook (the Cinderella program in the 2012 NCAA Baseball World Series) knocked off Army last Saturday, but the Black Knights still are 51-11-1 record against current members of the NCAA FCS since the I-A and I-AA divisional split in 1978…Toledo sold a school-record 11,917 season tickets this year…UTSA downed Western Athletic Conference opening for New Mexico State to extend a school-record, six-game winning streak (5-0 this year). Louisiana Tech has captured a current-high six consecutive WAC wins under head coach Sonny Dykes…Wake Forest opened 3-0 at home for just the sixth time in its annals…San Jose State managed its first three-game winning streak since the 2008 campaign…USC has an all-time record at night of 90-22-4 at Los Angeles Coliseum…Tennessee entered last week’s game at Georgia with 513.8 yards per game of total offense – 17th in FBS…While South Alabama battles in its first year in NCAA FBS, Division II members and brother schools North Alabama and West Alabama have taken the early lead in the Gulf South Conference race…St. Xavier (Ill.) has been ranked No. 1 for six consecutive weeks in the NAIA Top 25…North Texas football expects to have the ultra-modern footbridge available for parking lots across Interstate 35 to Apogee Stadium with a grand opening Oct. 20…Lindenwood (Mo.) athletics opened a new Student Athletics and Support Center…Richmond athletics has added lacrosse and is reconfiguring other sports programs in accord with 2011 reorganization initiatives.

Harvard football is taking a more active role in awareness and participation in the National Bone Marrow Donor program…The Georgia National Guard presented custom camouflage jerseys to Georgia Southern athletics for last week’s Military Appreciation Day in Statesboro, Ga….Connecticut football student-athletes spoke to, inspired and read to youngsters at Verplanck School near campus…Wisconsin athletics launched its popular “Badgers Give Back” community service initiative last week…Student-athletes from The Citadel volunteered at recent fall Special Olympics events in South Carolina…Michigan Tech hosted a Football 101 educational course for community supporters…Grand Valley State athletics hosted 2012 Girls in Sports Day…Kentucky football is working with neighborhoods around Commonwealth Stadium to keep tailgating family oriented…In a bit of historical quirk, the Grammy Award-winning singing group The Commodores will be the featured act at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas Oct. 20. The football Commodores of Vanderbilt were the original Fair Park Stadium opponent of Texas through the early 1920s before the Longhorns and Oklahoma began their tradition of now-84 consecutive games in Dallas in 1929.

Air Force is 33-8 in Colorado Springs, Colo., games under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007…Head coach Urban Meyer of Ohio State joined Earle Bruce in 1979 and Carol Widdoes in 1944 as the only three Buckeyes mentors to open their careers at 5-0…Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia, who also serves as CEO of TD Ameritrade, is 2-2 in his college coaching debut season with the Chanticleers.

David Roach has been named director of athletics at Fordham…Iowa State director of athletics Jamie Pollard presided over the DIA ADs’ meetings recently in the Dallas area…Scott Gines has been named interim AD at Texas A&M-Kingsville…Cora Brumley is now interim at AD at SUNY Oswego…Former Georgia associate AD Craig White was featured in USA Today as AD at Millikin (Ill.) and the differences between NCAA divisional budgets and perspectives…Zack McKay was named director of marketing at Western Kentucky athletics…Joey Beeler was chosen as sports information director at Davidson…New Mexico State president Dr. Barbara Couture is taking an indefinite annual leave of absence.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock noted last week that the four current BCS bowls in the title rotation have exclusive right of first negotiation for the 2015 FBS title contest and the four-team playoff. Commissioners from BCS conferences and other executives met with Hancock about possibilities…The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Team of the Week for its upset of then-No. 6 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., was Kansas State…Clemson TE Daniel Rodriguez is the latest nominee for the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award to be announced at the end of the season. Rodriguez, a redshirt freshman receiver from Stafford, Va., earlier earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in combat service in Afghanistan.

The Big Ten Conference began its NCAA-record 117th season of gridiron intra-league competition last Saturday…Old Dominion will play a full Conference USA football schedule in 2014 as a new member…The ACC has four teams – Clemson, Duke, Florida State, and Miami – within one of two victories of becoming post-2012 bowl eligible…Six SEC teams entered Sept. 29 outings with identical four-game winning steaks. Alabama has captured nine consecutive contests since falling to LSU in Tuscaloosa last November…Big 12 Conference teams were 24-3 through their first 27 non-conference clashes for a .875 winning percentage to lead FBS…The Sun Belt Conference has broken its 2008 season mark of 13 victories outside the conference with 14 after Middle Tennessee won at Georgia Tech and Louisiana-Monroe toppled Tulane at the Mercedes-Benz Superdowm in New Orleans.

The Baylor at ULM Sept. 21 clash on ESPN was the highest-rated football telecast ever for the Sun Belt Conference – a 1,8 Nielsen Rating and viewed by over 12.7 million fans…ESPNU will air Wake Forest at Maryland Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (EDT)…The Big West Conferenec and Fox Sports signed a multi-year telecast agreement…Wired.com featured Michigan and other major programs in a national story about the surge in social media means and following of athletics…Georgia’s home radio booth will undergo a major renovation and will be named after legendary Georgia, Vanderbilt and Minnesota broadcaster the late Larry Munson.

Rice QB Taylor McHargue became just the second Owl football standout to reach 450 yards of total offense in a game while finishing with 467 yards against Marshall…Army RB Raymond Maples just canned FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week laurels with 140 yards rushing on 15 tries at Wake Forest…Notre Dame ILB Manti Te’o is the most recent FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week awardee after his showing against Michigan…The Maxwell and Bednarik Awards have added over two dozen players to their 2012 watch lists. Among the additions are Baylor QB and NFF National Scholar-Athlete nominee Nick Florence, Oregon QB Mark Mariota, Alabama DB Dee Milliner, and Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson. Foe the complete release, please go to maxwellfootballclub.org/awards…Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams rolled up 227 all-purpose yards, including 205 rushing, at Colorado State…Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett had a career-best nine catches for 184 yards in the Hurricanes’ overtime win over Georgia Tech…Georgia freshman RB Keith Marshall had a SEC-most 164 yards on 10 carries with two TDs and 16.4 yards per rush in last week’s win over Tennessee…Old Dominion QB phenom Taylor Heinicke has completed 169-of-245 passes for 2,281 yards, 21 TDs, 456.2 yards per game, and 69 percent completion rate – all tops individually in NCAA FCS stats…QB Gary Nova set individual highs for all categories with 25 of 35 passes for 397 yards and five touchdowns at Arkansas…Wyoming QB Brett Smith won multiple kudos after throwing for career-bests 365 yards and five TDs against Idaho…Florida State QB EJ Manuel rang up the third-highest total offense – 482 yards – ever by an ACC competitor against a nationally-ranked team (then-No. 10 Clemson). That also earned him Davey O’Brien Award National Quarterback of the Week…The O’Brien National Quarterback Award continues public voting (once daily) at Obrienaward.com…The Paul Hornung Award has added Duke Johnson, Miami, Fla.; and Tavon Austin, West Virginia; to its weekly honor rolls…Connecticut LB Yawin Smallwood of Connecticut was seventh nationally in average tackles per loss at 3.0 through games of Sept. 27…Recent NAIA Players of the Week were Marcus Carter of Friends (Kan.) (Defensive), Derek Lear of Montana State-Northern (Offense) and James Loydd of Waldorf (Iowa) (Special Teams)…Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton has passed for 4,444 yards and 37 career TDs for coach Frank Solich’s 5-0 Ohio Bobcats…Wisconsin LB Chris Borland had 12 tackles and career-high 3.5 TFLS as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week vs. UTEP…Temple P/PK Brandon McManus was Big East Special Teams Player of the Week with field goals of 33 and 42 yards and a 48.5 punting average on six tries against Penn State…Voting for the Manning Award Allstate Sugar Bowl Quarterback of the Week is available to the public via the link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152116031365459.907225.297090315458&type=1.

XOS Digital has signed a new worldwide cooperative agreement with YouTube…South Dakota State athletics is nearing full funding for its new indoor football practice complex after an anonymous donation of $5 million…Pacific Gas and Electric Company has made a $20,000 scholarship donation to Cal Poly athletics…The EA SPORTS NCAA Football Challenge tour schedule has begun with an initial annual videogame tournament in San Jose, Calif….Oklahoma State athletics has launched a special web-only digital network for broadcasts and highlights…Root Sports and Seattle athletics are combining for webcasts and marketing improvements…Strategic Marketing Affiliates has added national pointers about labeling and similar updates on NACDA and its official website…Toledo athletics has launched new mobile applications for iPhones and Androids…The Baylor Bears Athletics Official Store has added a number of online items in outerwear and school memorabilia…Nike is working with several college athletics clients on an initiative to help youngsters get more active physically.

Boston College-Clemson played for the O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy, which celebrates the memories of NFF College Hall of Fame members Charlie O’Rourke of BC and Banks McFadden of Clemson, who both starred in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic – the first meeting of the now-ACC rivals…1973 Kansas grad Juan Manuel Santos visited with several student-athletes and KU athletics coaches and administrators during a Dole Institute-sponsored speaking tour in Lawrence, Kan….Former UMass Lowell AD Dr. James Ciszek received the ECAC James Lynah Award for meritorious service…Akron athletics saluted 40 pioneers in the Zips’ long-time competitive history.

NACDA and Career Coach/Career Athletics are working with online ventures to help place applicants and those changing positions in athletics on all divisional levels.

2013 BCS Schedule (All Times EST)
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 – Discover Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 7 – Discover National Championship Game, Miami, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
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