College Football Notes Oct. 22-26

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Some notes from the first BCS Standings Oct. 21:
* A team from the SEC has been ranked No. 1 in BCS standings for 12 consecutive weeks from 2010-present. That ties the Big Ten Conference of 2006 and ’07 when either Michigan or Ohio State held down top position in the standings.
* Tennessee (1998) and Alabama (2011) are the only teams to be atop BCS standings in Week 2 and win the BCS crown through 14 seasons.
* Iowa State became the 84th school overall to gain placements in last week’s BCS standings. Ohio also joined the BCS fraternity as the 85th school this week.
* There are 11 undefeated teams among 124 members of FBS in 2012. There were eight unbeatens during the Week 2 standings’ release last season.
* Teams outside the six conferences receiving automatic bids are 5-2 (.714) in all-time BCS postseason appearances.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers Oct. 23 Tom Brahaney and Doug Flutie, Oct. 24 J.D. Roberts and Jay Novacek, Oct. 25 Giff Nielsen and Pat Swilling, and Oct. 26 Tony Casillas…

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Note: Oct. 28 is one of six dates throughout the year when no NFF College Hall of Famers either were born or died.
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 23-29 time period are Oct. 23 23 (1869) John Heisman, Cleveland, Ohio; (1894) Edward Mylin, Leaman Place, Pa.; (1914) Bruiser Kinard, Pelahatchie, Miss.; (1951) Tom Brahaney, Midland, Texas; (1962) Doug Flutie, Manchester, Md.; Oct. 24 (1932) Johnny Lattner, Chicago, Ill.; (1932) J.D. Roberts, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1962) Jay Novacek, Martin, S.D.; Oct. 25 (1878) Bill Reid, San Francisco, Calif.; (1917) Marshall Goldberg, Elkins, W.Va.; (1921) Bob Steuber, Wenonah, N.J.; (1954) Giff Nielsen, Provo, Utah; (1964) Pat Swilling, Toccoa, Ga.; Oct. 26 (1911) Sid Gillman, Minneapolis, Minn.; (1913) Sam Francis, Dunbar, Neb.; (1929) Jim Weatherall, Graham, Okla.; (1963) Tony Casillas, Tulsa, Okla.; Oct. 27 (1927) Kyle Rote, Bellevue, Texas; Oct. 29 (1881) John DeWitt, Phillipsburg, N.J.; (1923) Barney Poole, Gloster, Miss.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Oct. 23 (1980) Bob Westfall, Adrian, Mich.; (2004) Hub Bechtol, Austin, Texas; Oct. 25 (1990) Bernie Oosterbaan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1992) Wilson Whitley, Marietta, Ga.; Oct. 27 (1924) Percy Haughton, New York City.

There are now 11 undefeated teams in NCAA FBS and 27 bowl eligible schools. The last two seasons have produced 71 and 72, respectively, bowl eligible programs for 70 berths in 35 outings…BYU and Wisconsin have scheduled 2017 and ’18 grid engagements. Maryland and Wisconsin will play in 2020 and 2021…East Carolina and Virginia Tech are set for a 2015-17 series and arranged an additional 2013 meeting last midweek…Fresno State and Idaho will meet in 2013 and ’14…Mississippi State completed its 2013 slate with the addition of Alcorn State…UAB’s 2013 non-CUSA schedule will include Troy, LSU, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern State…Minnesota will face UNLV, Western Illinois, San Jose State, and one non-conference opponent to be determined during the 2013 campaign…North Carolina and Old Dominion will meet in 2013…Idaho will compete as a FBS independent in 2013 and is nearing completion of its 12-game worksheet…Vanderbilt has cancelled its scheduled Aug. 31, 2013, meeting at Ohio State as well and 2013 and ’14 series games with Northwestern. NU will face Western Michigan in Vandy’s place next autumn and is looking for an additional ’14 tilt…Tennessee’s ’13 non-SEC slare includes Austin Peay, Western Kentucky, Oregon, and South Alabama. The 1997 Vois also were honored in pregame ceremonies with NFF on-campus salute Hall of Famer Philip Fulmer…Pittsburgh and West Virginia are in negotiations to extend the Backyard Brawl series as the Panthers move into the ACC in 2013. WVU will host Georgia State in ‘13…Boise State’s future schedules include only Tennessee-Martin from outside the FBS in coming years. The Broncos are seeking all FBS opponents in upcoming scheduling…SMU forced nine Houston turnovers and set a school record for scoring in a 72-42 win over the Cougars last Thursday…Tulsa sports one of FBS’ longest current winning skeins at seven. The Golden Hurricane and Nevada were the first two Conference USA and Mountain West Conference members to gain 2012 bowl eligibility and major consideration for the Armed Forces Bell Helicopter Bowl at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Stadium…Arizona football is making an extra push into promotions for season-ending single game ticket sales…Louisiana Tech’s 57 points in a 59-57 squeaker to Texas A&M was the Bulldogs’ highest point tally in a defeat…Ohio has moved into the national Top 25 polls (Associated Press) for the first time since 1968 over the last wwo surveys…Tennessee has the most series victories (37) of any university against Alabama on the gridiron…Utah had upended Oregon State four of the last five times they played before last Saturday’s clash…Purdue was looking for its first win in Columbus, Ohio, since 1988 last week at Ohio State…Ohio State also is 272-0-1 when scoring 35 points. The tie came against SMU 35-35 in 1978…Eastern Michigan and Toledo combined for 1,279 yards in their recent contest with 655 by Toledo and 624 by EMU…San Jose State last won three consecutive road contests in 2008 before prevailing a pair at San Diego State and Navy in 2012…Utah State registered a school-record 13 sacks against San Jose State…No. 2 Florida hosting No. 7 South Carolina last week continues an almost-weekly pairing of Top 10 opponents in Southeastern Conference activity…USC has had 11 lettermen in history from Colorado while the Buffaloes have 34 Californians on their ’12 roster. The Trojans also extended their school-record scoring streak to 188 games after downing Colorado last Saturday…Wyoming boasts three true freshmen in leading roles in the offensive backfield…Baylor athletics has launched a new, five-year strategic plan…Last Saturday’s Rutgers-Temple contest marked the initial time the teams were undefeated in Big East Conference play while they both were competing in the BEC…Oklahoma rolled to 407 yards of total offense in the first half of its victory over Texas…Mississippi State has scored 25-plus points in each of its first seven games for the first time in school history and is the second MSU squad to start 7-0…Oklahoma had its first game ever (118 seasons) with a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns and two 90-yards-plus plays against Kansas…Texas Tech is 6-4 in overtime tests after winning in triple OT at TCU last Saturday…Jacksonville State won its second overtime game of the season over Tennessee State last week…Tennessee’s 13-point deficit at halftime to No. 1 Alabama was the closest initial half margin by a defense against Bama this season, but the Cromson Tide’s win gave Alabama a school-record eight consecutive AP polls at No. 1 nationally…Virginia still has a projected opening in January 2013 of its new football practice facility despite a recent fire…Washington State is enjoying and utilizing fully its new football film-exchange room and facilities…Michigan and Michigan State athletics administrators are working to keep sportsmanship and respect at the top rungs of their longstanding football rivalry. Michigan also taking steps to assure alumni are not participating in non-approved off-campus recruiting…Colorado State reiterated its pledge not to cause a tax increase in the Ft. Collins area to help finance a proposed new campus stadium…BYU, Utah and Utah State are looking at the impact that the Church of Latter Day Saints’ recent lowering of its minimum missions’ age for men to 18 from 19 might have on football student-athletes…The NAIA Game of the Week for Oct. 20 was No. 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) at No. 16 Benedictine (Kan.)…The Salt Lake City Deseret News listed 119 Mormon missionaries from all divisions in college football…Kentucky has unveiled a new plan to work with security and student tailgating at games…West Virginia University and Morgantown authorities have established plans to quell mini-riots and couch blazes after Big 12 football victories…Police have arrested a suspect in recent burglaries of BYU and Utah Valley athletics.

Wesleyan (Conn.) TE Matt Long made a bone marrow donation to an anonymous recipient and missed one game while recuperating from surgery…Maryland gridiron performer Justin Gilbert is featured in the latest Robert Maxwell Award Uplifting Athletes newsletter. Gilbert is president of the UM chapter and heavily involved in community service…The Atlantic Coast Conference hosted ACC Sportsmanship Week from Oct. 15-21 and gained regional and national kudos…Michigan athletics Student Ambassadors are helping with game day safety measures and area patrols…The George Washington athletics Operation Invasion honored those serving in the military at Ft. Myer, Va., and the base’s legacy…The Fordham Student-Athlete Advisory Committee participated in a Midnight Run for community charities…Seton Hall athletics is participating in Redding With the Pirates to encourage elementary school literacy programs…Memphis athletics hosted its annual Brig It Book Fair to assist underserved area schools…Michigan athletics paid a visit to the regional St. Louis Center in Chelsea, Mich., for mentally and physically disabled youths and adults…The group Bornjustright.com has helped link several college student-athletes missing an appendage with youngsters who look up to the collegians as role models…Mississippi State athletics sponsored a Dig Pink promotion to raise funds for breast cancer research…West Coast Conference student-athletes are participating in the Represent Community Service Program for the fourth consecutive year.

USF extended head coach Skip Holtz’s contract through the 2017 season…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy became the school recordholder for wins with his 63rd last week against Iowa State… Jacksonville State head coach Jack Crowe moved up to No. 2 in all-time wins for the Gamecocks last Saturday with 85…Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is back at full-scale operations after suffering recent seizures requiring hospital tests…Conference USA head coaches Mike Price of UTEP, George O’Leary of UCF and June Jones of SMU each enter weekend clashes with 102-plus all-time coaching triumphs…Former Willamette, Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins is drawing solid reviews for his ESPN Radio Network college football analysis. Former Wake Forest, Texas and Arizona mentor John Mackovic also has drawn recent assignments at USC and Western locales for ESPN while former Colorado football taskmaster Gary Barnett is a lead analyst with Sports USA Network.

Wake Forest director of athletics Ron Wellman and head coach Jim Grobe sent an open letter to alumni and the public concerning recent developments with the Demon Deacon football squad…Kansas State AD John Currie is continuing Coffee with AD weekly sessions throughout the rest of the 2012 campaign…Arkansas AD Jeff Long has initiated his timetable for naming a permanent head coach for the Razorbacks for the 2013 season by mid-December. John L. Smith is serving as interim head coach and has not been ruled out as a fulltime candidate…Miami (Ohio) named Steve Snyder interim AD…New Mexico State named Manuel T. Pacheco interim president…BYU-Hawai’i athletics selected Gary Vernon NCAA compliance coordinator…Babson athletics chose Scott Dietz as associate AD for strategic communications…Nicole Bostel is the new director of media relations for U. of Denver athletics.

Texas Tech was the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after downing West Virginia in Lubbock, Texas…With last week’s initial BCS standings, the official events’ countdowns have begin for the AT&T Cotton, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces and Heart of Dallas (presented by PlainsCapital Bank) Bowls. It will be the third year for the Metroplex Dallas-Fort Worth area to host three FBS bowls as well as the NCAA FCS Championship Jan. 5, 2013, in Frisco, Texas…The Heart of Dallas Bowl Jan. 1, 2013, is the lone postseason clash featured live exclusively on ESPNU.

The Southeastern Conference has released its complete slate of 2013 conference games. For the entire release, please access Secsports.org…The Big East Conference is a combined 51-26 (.662) in its last 77 non-conference contests since 2011…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott sent favorable comments on Colorado’s anticipated football facility updates…Credentials for accredited media are now available online for the Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis, the Dr Pepper ACC Championship in Charlotte and the Army-Navy contest in Baltimore…The Big 12 Conference had its first pair of same weekend games – TCU-Texas Tech, Baylor-Texas – in which both teams scored 50-plus markers…Western Kentucky opened the 2012 season with a Sun Belt Conference-leading overall mark of 5-1. SBC officers and conference staff noted the national coverage and upbeat attitudes at member schools after recent football success at 2012 fall circuit meetings in New Orleans, La.…The Mid-American Conference again pulled off one of its thrillers when Toledo knocked Concinnati from the ranks of the undefeated last Saturday…Five teams from the Colonial Athletic Association have been rated among the Top 25 in eight different FCS Top 25 polls. The CAA and College of Charleston Board of Directors also have had recent discussions about CofC membership in that circuit…Air Force and New Mexico have been members of the same conference in 24 of their 30 all-time meetings…Five quarterbacks from the ACC have been chosen as midyear watch list candidates for the Johnny Unitas Award.

Baylor and FOX Sports networks and affiliates have signed a longtime Bear-athletics-specific broadcasting agreement…The ACC’s rare, all-afternoon lineup Saturday features the following kickoffs (all EDT) and telecast outlets: NC State at North Carolina, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.; Maryland at Boston College, ESPN3/ESPN Select Viewers, 1 p.m.; BYU at Georgia Tech, RSN, 3 p.m.; Duke at Florida State, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m….The Big South Conference is expanding its regional and national coverage via various television outlets…The Northeast Conference has slated a new “60 Seconds With…” series of features with leading student-athletes, coaches and administrators…Jesse Kurtz has bene named executive director of the Mountain West Digital Network…The ESPN Mike and Mike Morning Radio Show featured former Idaho standout and ESPN commentator Mark Schlerth and his son Daniel Schlerth, who pitched earlier for the Detroit Tigers before suffering an injury in 2012…Retired head coach Stan McGarvey and the 1950 William Jewell football team were inducted into the WJ Athletics Hall of Fame this month.

Wisconsin RB Montee Ball now owns Big Ten career records for total touchdowns with 74 total touchdowns, 68 rushing TDs and 446 points. Ball was the most recent Maxwell Award National Offensive Player of the Week against Purdue…Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene was chosen as FWAA/Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award National Defensive Player as well as Big East Player of the Week after making 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, forcing three fumbles, and intercepting a pass in Rutgers’ win over Syracuse…Texas Tech QB Seth Doege threw for 499 yards and a career-best six TDs against then-No. 7 West Virginia and earned the Davey O’Brien Award National Quarterback of the Week…Defenders Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State, Bowling Green’s Boo Boo Gates and Kent State RB-WR-KR Dri Archer lead the most recent Paul Hornung Award weekly salute lists…Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton tied the Bulldogs’ record with 21 catches for 233 yards and four touchdowns against Texas A&M…Michigan LB Jake Ryan and Big Ten defensive Player of the Week tied his career high with 11 tackles and added 3.5 sacks when the Wolverines blanked Illinois…Oklahoma State freshman QB J.W. Walsh passed for a creer-high 415 yards in his fourth start against Iowa State…Maryland freshman WR-KR Stefon Diggs ran back the fourth 100-yard kickoff in school history to pace the Terrapins past Virginia…Houston LB Phillip Steward had 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in a Conference USA win over UAB…Nevada RB Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to a win over UNLV after 21-0 deficit…Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy became the Commodores’ career rushing leader with 2,501 with a SEC-weekend-high 169 infantry yards vs. Auburn…QB Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion has three 400-yards-plus passing games and one 300-yard showing to date…Wake Forest WR Terence Davis had back-to-back 100-yard receiving showings against Duke and Maryland…Florida OG Jan Halapio was SEC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Gators rushed for 326 yards at Vanderbilt…Former Fresno State WR Jalen Saunders won his appeal from the NCAA to play this season at Oklahoma and caught two passes for 54 yards in his Sooners’ debut…Ohio State QB Braxton Miller already is fourth in a single-season in school history for rushing TDs by a quarterback with 10…The John Mackey Award added to its midseason watch list for top FSB tight ends. For the release, please go to johnmackeyaward.org…The Jet Award honoring NFF College Hall of Fame member Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska released its midseason watch lists for top kickoff man nationally. Four of the leading candidates are Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska; Tavon Austin, West Virginia; Dri Archer, Kent State; and Mike Edwards, Hawai’i.

Wisconsin athletics is working with its wireless providers to add to the bandwidth in and around Camp Randall Stadium…Ball State signed a new apparel contract with Nike. Hoosier State rivals Indiana and Purdue also have renewed pacts with Nike…Purdue’s athletics mobile ticket purchasing and reselling technologies have received solid fan and media reviews…Reliant Stadium in Houston, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State are taking ticket orders for the 2013 game between the two powers at Reliant…the Ursinus Bear athletics mascot have gotten a facelift and renovation.

Connecticut athletics donors have made $24 million in contributions for new practice facilities and offices…Dubuque athletics received a $13.5 million gift for athletics facilities and housing…The estate of the late Ken Shipp has donated $3.5 million to Middle Tennessee athletics for scholarships…Much beloved and famed South Carolina State assistant AD for media relations and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Bill Hamilton is retiring in June 2013…The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star saluted NFF College Hall of Fame coaches Bob Devaney and Dr. Tom Osborne of Nebraska for establishing the NU tradition of playing in 35 consecutive bowl games (NCAA record) from the 1969-2003 seasons…Former Colorado and NFL punting standout Barry Helton will be inducted into the Colorado Springs Hall of Fame Oct. 30…Former Ohio State and Youngstown State head coach Jim Tressel has a series of football learning segments on Cleveland, Ohio, area television.

The NCAA has passed $500 million in net assets with $260 million in its endowment fund…The CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America® football team nominations will remain open through Tuesday on the official CoSIDA.com website.
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