College Football Notes Nov. 4-8
Some notes from the first BCS Standings Nov. 5:
* The team leading BCS standings in Week 4 has won the title five times over 14 seasons.
* Alabama remains atop BCS standings for the fourth straight week and has been No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 for a school-record 10 consecutive surveys.
* There have been three new schools in 2012 BCS standings – Iowa State, Louisiana Tech and Ohio – and 18 initial FBS teams being included since September 2006.
* There are five undefeated teams remaining in BCS standings as each won games last weekend. Notre Dame played in a school-record triple OT game to down Pittsburgh in South Bend, Ind.
* All 12 current members of the Pac-12 Conference have been represented in BCS standings.
* Active consecutive streaks (through Nov. 4): Boise State 42 (7th longest in BCS history), Alabama 36 (10th), LSU 28 (15th).
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 6-12 time period are Nov. 6 (1914) Everett Daniell, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1916) John Pingel, Mount Clemens, Pa.; (1939) Pat Dye, Augusta, Ga.; (1968) Alfred Williams, Houston, Texas; (1976) Pat Tillman, San Jose, Calif.; Nov. 7 (1938) Jake Gibbs, Grenada, Miss.; (1944) R.C. Slocum, Oakdale, La.; Nov. 8 (1929) Bobby Bowden, Birmingham, Ala.; (1964) Chuck Cecil, Red Bluff, Calif.; Nov. 10 (1879) Neil Snow, Detroit, Mich.; (1919) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Sweetwater, Texas; Nov. 11 (1908) Bobby Dodd, Galax, Va.; (1908) John Orsi, Newark, N.J.; (1914) Dick Colman, New York City; (1939) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; (1961) Ricky Hunley, Petersburg, Va.; Nov. 12 (1890) Claude Reeds, Norman, Okla.; (1896) Bill Fincher, Spring Place, Ga.; (1933) Grant Teaff, Hermleigh, Texas; (1946) Chris Ault, San Bernardino, Calif.; (1959) Steve Bartkowski, Des Moines, Iowa.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Nov. 6 (1967) Bernie Moore, Winchester, Tenn.; Nov 9 (1969) Gordon Locke, Washington, D.C.; (1988) Clarke Hinkle, Steubenville, Ohio; Nov. 12 (1967) Jack Cannon, Columbus, Ohio; (2002) Glenn Dobbs, Tulsa, Okla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 6 Pat Dye and Alfred Williams, Nov. 7 Jake Gibbs and R.C. Slocum; Nov. 8 Bobby Bowden and Chuck Cecil; Nov. 11 (1961) Ricky Hunley; Nov. 12 Grant Teaff, Chris Ault and Steve Bartkowski…
There are now five undefeated teams in NCAA FBS and 48 bowl eligible schools. Twenty-eightt schools have been eliminated mathematically or are ineligible among the 124 FBS members. There were 72 bowl eligible teams for 70 bowl slots, including the BCS, in post-2011…Ohio State and Boston College will meet in 2020 and ’21, and OU will host San Diego State Sept. 7, 2013, while opening the season on Aug. 31 against Buffalo. The Buckeyes’ upcoming series with North Carolina now will be moved to 2017 and ’18 instead of starting in 2015…South Carolina replaced South Carolina State with Coastal Carolina on its 2013 schedule and moved its ’13 opener with North Carolina to Aug. 31. USC and Coastal also will play in 2016…Auburn and Jacksonville State had to cancel their scheduled 2013 clash because of expanded SEC membership…Louisville is 9-0 for the first time in school history and leads the Big East with a 4-0 worksheet…Oregon established USC opponents’ records with 62 points, 730 yards of total offense and 321 individual net rushing yards by Kenjon Barner last week at Southern California…Texas Tech had a Jones AT&T Stadium-record turnout of 60,857 for last week’s Big 12 skirmish with Texas…San Jose State entered last Saturday’s game with Idaho with a chance to start 7-2 – the school’s best beginning since the 1987 Spartans opened 8-1…Army ended Air Force’s six-game winning streak in its series with a win at West Point, N.Y., last weekend. The Falcons also have scored in a school-most 212 consecutive games since 1992…The Colorado State-Wyoming Border War series had its 104th meeting last week in parts of there centuries…Defensive dominance? Alabama leads FBS in pass efficiency defense, pass defense, rush defense, scoring defense, and total defense…Oregon had a 12-game Pac-12 road games’ victory skein prior to last week’s showdown at USC and seeks a “four-peat” for the Pac-10/12 grid title in 2012…Utah caught fire at this point in the 2011 season and won 4-of-5 regular season tilts before downing Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. The Utes have made nine consecutive bowl trips and are 8-1 in the postseason since 2003…Texas now leads FBS with seven team blocked kicks this year…Cincinnati had 425 yards of total offense in each of its first six tests…Utah State has won a school-record eight consecutive WAC contests…Nebraska became bowl eligible for the 42nd time in the last 44 seasons last week and set a NCAA record with 35 consecutive berths from 1969-2003…Syracuse leads the Big East with 460-plus yards of total offense per game…SMU’s tussle with Southern Miss last Saturday evoked memories of former SMU head coach Bobby Collins (1982-86) who came to the Hilltop after being head coach at USM and former Mustangs’ assistant and later Golden Eagles head coach Jeff Bower…Upstart West Alabama clinched at least a share of the Gulf South Conference title…In Clemson’s 18 games won on Saturday’s before the four-year U.S. President first Tuesday ballots since 1896, the Democrats have won nine elections, and the Republications have captured nine presidencies prior to Tuesday’s balloting. Clemson downed at Duke last weekend, so it’s a tossup in the elections wither way Tuesday…Last week’s No. 1 in MWC Boise State hosting second-place MWC contender San Diego State might have the decisive game of the year in the conference. SDSU scored a 21-19 upset at Boise to cause a three-way tie atop MWC standings among 5-1 Fresno State, SDSU and BSU…The most recent wire services’ FBS national champions were Southern California’s 2003 and ’04 teams. No schools have repeated as BCS champs since the system originated in ’98…Midwestern State clinched its third Lone Star Conference titl in the last four seasons with a 52-48 comeback win at West Texas A&M last Saturday…DePauw athletics completed its five-year master plan…Vanderbilt’s previous scoreboard and message center replaced earlier this year have been sold are in use at Madison Academy in Huntsville, Ala. The Commodores are one win away from bowl qualification in back-to-back years for the first time in school history…Several football news conferences and campus events were postponed until later last week because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy and its damages…New Hampshire has an open date Saturday before facing Towson in both teams’ regular-season and cAA finales Nov. 17…The Top Four teams in the NAIA Top 25 have remained the same for five consecutive weeks – Marian (Ind.), Georgetown (Ky.), Missouri Valley, and Morningside (Iowa) – before No. 5 St. Xavier (Ill.) upset Marina last week.
Purdue is wearing commemorative depictions of late Boilers’ alumnus Neil Armstrong’s flag planted on the moon as helmet stickers for the rest of the season…LSU athletics hosted the 17th annual Halloween BOOzar for children and to assist local charities…Baker (Kan.) athletics helped with and promoted an area blood drive…SUNY Buffalo student-athletes volunteered as workers and greeters at the Buffalo Science Museum…Montana athletics adopted a local kindergarten class to mentor and encourage…Joint ROTC units from both schools participated in last week’s Colorado State-Wyoming annual Running of the Game Ball festivities between campus sites. The two schools also will be collecting for the Toys for Tots campaign at the game…Sidearm Sports and CoSIDA are supporting Abilene Christian assistant AD Lance Fleming and his 10-year-old son Rex Fleming, who is battling brain cancer…Weber State football players and staff helped collect T-shirts and other clothing to give to area underserved families…Boston U. student-athletes are mentoring students from a nearby middle school…National College Football Day last Saturday Prostate Cancer recognition and awareness programs as several football staffs wore armbands and promote funding for cancer research.
Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has helped facilitate a Epilsepsy Awareness event last week when the Golden Gophers hosted Michigan…Colorado School of Mines head coach Bob Stitt was featured in USA Today for his offensive innovations…LSU head coach Les Miles has won more games (three, almost four) than any mentor against Alabama since UA head coach Nick Saban took the helm…Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Ducks football players are appearing in a nationwide television ad for UPS…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is featured in an ongoing AT&T 4G commercial nationally. Stoops also tied NFF College Hall of Famer Bud Wilkinson for second place in OU coaching annals with 145 victories. Fellow Hall of Famer Barry Switzer is No. 1 in school history with 157 triumphs…Harvard head coach Tim Murphy tied NFF College Hall of Famer Bob Blackmon of Dartmouth for third place in Ivy League play since 1956 with 127 coaching wins…South Carolina coaching legend John McKissick won the 600th game of his 61-year victory last week as Summerville downed Ashley Ridge. He is 600-147-3 with only two losing seasons as the winningest coach on all levels in amateur football…Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips will not return for 2013, and his status for the final two games of ’12 is being determined by the UK administration.
Keith Gill has been named director of athletics at Richmond…Kentucky State director of athletics Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks has been selected as 2012 Auburn Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient…Ken Kutler is retiring as AD at Ithaca College…Central Michigan AD Dave Heeke now serves as chair of the NCAA Football Issues Committee…Detroit Mercy AD Keri Gaither has left her post to pursue other interests. Jason Horn has been appointed interim AD…Dr. Donald R. Reed is the new associate AD for the Buffalo Bulls Center for Excellence in Academic and Athletic Performance…Sean Dolan is the new associate AD for development at Oral Roberts…Western Carolina assistant AD for compliance Stacey Radford Miller was inducted into the Barton (N.C.) College Athletics Hall of Fame…Texas A&M-Commerce, Averett, Wheelock, and Colgate have posted position notices for ADs in recent days.
Navy has become the first team to clinch a bowl berth after downing FAU last Saturday. The Midshipmen have quailed for the Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco…Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner is the weekly nominee for the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award to be announced at season’s end…Notre Dame was the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Team of the Week following its win at then-No. 9 Oklahoma…Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky became the first two Sun Belt Conference schools to become bowl eligible with identical 6-2 overall marks…The popular bands Le Freak and Good Question Band are slated to play concerts around the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl festivities.
The Southland Conference is having a year-long commemoration of its 50th anniversary in 2013…Three of the seven Western Athletic Conference schools have attained 2012 bowl eligibility…Mid-American Conference powers Toledo, Northern Illinois, Kent State, and Ohio had a combined 30-4 record to start the season…The WAC officially welcomed Cal State Bakersfield and Utah Valley as members…The SEC has averaged 97.4 percentage of stadium capacity at all home contests since 2006 to lead FBS…The Big 12 Conference and SEC have delayed a decision on the site for the post-2014 Champions Bowl between the teams for at least three days…Marshall now leads all Conferece USA teams in scoring with a 39.7 average…The Colonial Athletic Association completed Hurricane Sandy damage assessment at several campus sites and played all games at scheduled times and locales last Saturday in spite of some challenges and remains the only FCS conference with either 6-7 teams ranked weekly in the Top 25 national polls…Presidents of 11 American Southwest Conference schools committed to stay with the conference through the 2013-14 academic year. They are Committed American Southwest Conference members for fall 2014 include Concordia (Texas), East Texas Baptist, Hardin-Simmons, Howard Payne, LeTourneau, Louisiana College, Mary Hardin-Baylor, U. of the Ozarks, Sul Ross State, UT-Dallas, and UT-Tyler…Jim Raabe of Bluffton will succeed Mike Mullen as commissioner of the Northwest Conference July 31, 2013. Mullen has been associated with athletics in Ohio for four decades…If conference championship games were played today (Monday, Nov. 5), these would be the matchups: ACC: Florida State vs. Miami; Big Ten: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin; CUSA: Tulsa vs. UCF; MAC: Kent State vs. Northern Illinois; Pac-12: Oregon vs. UCLA; SEC: Alabama vs. Florida (note: the first two SEC title games in 1991 and ’92 involved these two behemoths); and FCS SWAC: Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Texas Tech athletics and Fox Sports have launched Texas Tech TV…Villanova football and basketball have agreed to a broadcast partnership with WIP Radio in Philadelphia…The Longhorn Network and events leading up to it were featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer…Saturday’s Wake Forest at NC State encounter will be televised regionally at 3 p.m. (EST) on Raycom Sports Network…UT Arlington athletics will use KKDA-AM Radio and FM affiliates as its flagship stations…Northern Arizona head coach Jack Murphy facilitated FOX Sports Arizona’s Twitter Feed Takeover last week…The West Coast Conference inked a long-term broadcast agreement with Time-Warner Cable affiliates.
NFF National Scholar-Athlete WR Shane Zackery of St. Xavier (Ill.) was featured as a top story last week on the NAIA official website….Clemson QB Tajh Boyd set a school record with 428 passing yards and was 27-of-38 with five TD tosses against Wake Forest…Tulane QB Ryan Griffin threw for Greenies’ record 466 yards and five TDs against UAB…Auburn’s Tre Mason carried for 152 yards on 22 ties against New Mexico State for the SEC’s best rushing performance on Nov. 3…Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier returned an interception for a TD, had eight tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble in the Buckeyes’ win at Penn State…San Jose State FS Cullen Newsome had a season-high 10 tackles and pass interception in the Spartans’ comeback win over Texas State…Fresno State QB Derek Carr of Fresno State led a comeback from a 21-0 first half deficit against New Mexico with 416 passing yards and four touchdowns…Utah KR Reggie Dunn tied the NCAA record with two 100-yard kickoff returns for TDs against California and set a FBS mark (minimum of three runbacks) with a 74-yard average…2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Manti Te’o of Notre Dame, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Oregon’s Kenjon Barner, West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Rutgers’ Khaseem Green, and Kansas State’s Arthur Brown are among the top candidates after the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards denoted their semifinalists last week. The winners will be announced on the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show Dec. 6 in Orlando. The complete release can be found at Maxwellfootballclub.org…The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award marquee matchup for last week was Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and USC’s Matt Barkley…Ohio State DB Bradley Roby and Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson are among the semifinalists’ standouts for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award. For the full listing, please visit jimthorpeassoc.org…UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin has six 100-yards-plus rushing games and eclipsed 1,000 yards at the eight-game mark. He also became the Bruins’ career rushing leader with 3,873 yards after UCLA’s victory over Arizona at Rose Bowl Stadium…South Carolina QB Connor Shaw had a career-high 356 yards passing while going 22-of-32 against Tennessee…Buffalo LB Khalil Mack was featured in SI.com’s Future Game Changers web/video section…SMU RB Zach Line is third in Mustangs’ history in rushing yards and touchdowns behind Erick Dickerson and Reggie Dupard. Line has 3,847 rushing yards and 40 TDs. He also is 60 yards away from his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaign…Rice RB Sam McGuffie averaged eight yards per rushing attempt during his first nine games this year…QB Ross Dausin of Colorado-Pueblo was featured for his contributions to the team after he originally committed to play at Texas A&M…Wake Forest FB Tommy Bohanon has become of the top receivers for his position in the ACC in recent weeks…Midyear watch list updates for the Ted Hendricks Award have been denoted at tedhendricks.com.
Iowa State football dedicated the $20.6 million Bergstrom Athletics Complex…The Yulman family has given Tulane athletics $15 million toward construction of a campus stadium…Kim and Scott Welch made a $5 million donation to DePauw athletics…Seton Hall began extensive construction The Big Ten Conference has added the Libman Company as a corporate partner…Sam’s Club has become an official sponsor of Bradley athletics…Colorado football players and staff visited the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore., last week before the CU-Oregon outing…LSU’s Eye of the Tiger athletics logo was saluted for longevity and design…Football standout Zachary Burns is being inducted into the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame while Bruce D. Yeutter is receiving the Paul L. Maddock ’33 Award for Lifetime Service to Brown Athletics at the same ceremony…The Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame added football/baseball standout Bob Hopper to its 2012 ranks…Wisconsin athletics has launched a student rewards’ program for ticketing and events…The Baylor Bears official online store now has authentic sideline polo shirts and holiday items available…Northeastern athletics is reaching large areas near Montreal and Ottawa, Canada, through the Huskies Unleashed website and programming…RollinsSports.com and Rollins athletics have initiated a new website with hand-hand phone and tablet highlights’ and news applications.
NFF Chairman Archie Manning was a special guest on ESPN Radio’s Dan Patrick Show last week…NFF Board member and Hall of Fame Roger Staubach of Navy has been named to the 2012 Roaring Lambs Hall of Fame for service to church and community…The Blessed 2 Play nationally-syndicated radio program had recent feature programs with NFF College Hall of Famer Lou Holtz, former Delaware standout and broadcaster Rich Gannon, former USC standout and longtime NFL coach Jack Del Rio, and former Alabama standout and head coach Mike Shula…The date and time for the 2012 Russell Athletic NAIA Championship in Rome, Ga., have been changed. The title contest will be Thursday, Dec. 13, with airtime at 6:30 p.m. (EST). and a CBS Sports Network national telecast…Neurologist Dr. Brian Hainline was named the NCAA’s first chief medical officer in its 106-year history…The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has overhauled its enforcement structure to include additional levels of infractions and hastens the investigation process and ratchets up penalties for the most egregious violations…Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, former U.S. Undersecretary for Science, will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural the 2013 Southeastern Conference Symposium Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future Feb. 10-12 in Atlanta…CoSIDA is continuing its national series on ever-changing media sourcing nationally and media credentialing…The NCAA has placed new restriction on immediate eligibility of Division I student-athletes who transfer due to family illness or similar situations. The new rule calls for the student-athlete to choose a new school within 100 miles of the family member if he/she wants to play immediately, Otherwise, the athlete will sit out a year as a transfer under the existing NCAA regulations.
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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