College Football Notes – Nov. 26-30
College Football, Bowl, BCS Notes:
The latest edition of This Week in College Football History was released last Friday at FootballFoundation.org. This week’s Featured Moment highlights included a video link for the classic game 1946 Army-Navy in Philadelphia. Please go to the official NFF website and access “This Week…” link.
Some notes from the BCS Standings Nov. 25:
* Teams topping BCS standings through week seven have won the championship six times. Teams at No. 1 at the seven-week point (winners in parentheses) are 1998 – Tennessee (Tennessee); 1999 – Florida State (FSU); 2000 – Oklahoma (OU); 2001 – Miami (Fla.) (UM); 2002 – Miami (Ohio State); 2003 – Oklahoma (LSU); 2004 – Southern California (USC, later vacated); 2005 – Southern California (Texas); 2006 – Ohio State (Florida); 2007 – Missouri (LSU); 2008 – Alabama (Florida); 2009 – Florida (Alabama); 2010 – Auburn (Auburn). 2011 – LSU (Alabama). Teams leading at week six were the same in week seven for nine consecutive years (1998-06) before Missouri topped the Nov. 25, 2007, survey and then lost to Oklahoma in the ’07 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship.
* There have been 47 different schools from nine conferences competing in the first 62 BCS bowls since January 1999.
* The seven new schools in 2012 BCS standings – Iowa State, Kent State, Louisiana Tech, Ohio, San Jose State, Toledo, and Utah State – represent the most newcomers since 2004 with seven (Arizona State, Auburn, Boston College, California, Texas Tech, UAB, and UTEP). Interestingly, there were no new entries in the 2011 standings – a first in BCS season annals.
* Teams ranked either Nos. 1 or 2 are a collective 14-8 (.636 winning percentage) during the regular-season final weekend for the BCS standings from 1998-2011. The last three games with Nos. 1 or 2 on the last weekend in 2010 and ’11 have resulted in 3-0 records. The No. 1 team that week fell each year from 2007-09, but Auburn and Oregon reversed that trend in 2010 with victories over South Carolina and Oregon State, respectively. Alabama and Florida became the first Nos. 1-2 to meet on the final weekend of the BCS survey – in this case the 2009 SEC championship in Atlanta – with No. 2 ‘Bama prevailing 32-13. Alabama lost to eventual BCS standings No. 2 Florida (later the BCS titlist) in the 2008 SEC Championship while Oklahoma moved up to No. 1 in 2008 after topping Missouri in the Big 12 title bout. Both Missouri and West Virginia were upset to close their 2007 regular seasons with defeats (MU losing to nemesis Oklahoma in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship) – the first time the top two BCS squads fell on the last weekend of regulation play. The ’10 season was the eight time in 13 years that Nos. 1 and 2 played games on the last Saturday of the BCS standings’ updates, and the four teams at the 1-2 slots were a combined 4-0 during the 2004 and ’05 campaigns. All four faced one another in the post-2004 and post-2005 BCS championships. Eight of the teams playing on the final Saturday of BCS standings have ended No. 1 in the last survey. The Nos. 1 and 2 also were 4-4 (.500) in the last weekends of BCS compilations from 2006-10 against several rough opponents and in conference title tilts. Teams with these same standings were 10-3 (.769) in the 1998-2006 era. Following are final weekend of standings’ games for 1-2, outcomes and final compilations from 1998-2010 when either Nos. 1 or 2 played on the final voting weekend:
• 1998: No. 1 Tennessee beat Mississippi State 24-14, finished No. 1
• 1998: No. 2 UCLA lost to Miami (Fla.) 49-45, finished No. 5
• 2000: No. 1 Oklahoma beat Kansas State 27-24, finished No. 1
• 2001: No. 1 Miami beat Virginia Tech 26-24, finished No. 1
• 2001: No. 2 Tennessee lost to LSU 31-20, finished No. 6
• 2002: No. 1 Miami beat Virginia Tech 56-45, finished No. 1
• 2003: No. 1 Oklahoma lost to Kansas State 35-7, finished No. 1
• 2003: No. 2 Southern California beat Oregon State 52-28, finished No. 3
• 2004: No. 1 Southern California beat UCLA 29-24, finished No. 1
• 2004: No. 2 Oklahoma beat Colorado 42-3, finished No. 2
• 2005: No. 1 Southern California beat UCLA 66-19, finished No. 1
• 2005: No. 2 Texas beat Colorado 70-3, finished No. 2
• 2006: No. 2 Florida beat Arkansas 38-28, finished No. 2
• 2007: No. 1 Missouri lost to Oklahoma 38-17, finished No. 6
• 2007: No. 2 West Virginia lost to Pittsburgh 13-9, finished No. 9
• 2008: No. 1 Alabama lost to Florida 31-20, finished No. 4
• 2008: No. 2 Oklahoma beat Missouri 62-21, finished No. 1
• 2009: No. 1 Florida lost to No. 2 Alabama 32-13, finished No. 5
• 2010: No. 1 Auburn beat South Carolina 56-17, finished No. 1
• 2010: No. 2 Oregon beat Oregon State 37-20, finished No. 2
• 2011: No. 1 LSU beat Georgia 42-10, finished No. 1
• 2012: No. 2 Alabama vs. Georgia, SEC Championship Game Saturday
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 27-Dec. 3 time period are Nov. 27 (1889) Dexter Very, Fairdale, Pa.; (1960) Ken O’Brien, Rockville Centre, N.Y.; (1963) Frank Sheptock, Shamokin, Pa.; Nov. 28 (1868) William Lewis, Portsmouth, Va.; (1939) Gene Carpenter, Cornwall, Pa.; (1948) Vern Den Herder, Sioux City, Iowa; Nov. 29 (1907) Dale Van Sickel, Eatonton, Ga.; (1924) Dick Duden, Pottstown, Pa.; Nov. 30 (1927) Jim Butterfield, Tampa, Fla.; (1962) Bo Jackson, Bessemer, Ala.; Dec. 1 (1892) Charlie Bachman, Chicago, Ill.; (1931) Steve Eisenhauer, Sheffield, Pa.; (1938) Mike McGee, Washington, D.C.; (1971) Rob Waldrop, Atlanta, Ga.; Dec. 2 (1901) George Owen, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; (1953) Randy Rhino, Atlanta, Ga.; (1974) Pat Fitzgerald, Orland Park, Ill.; Dec. 3 (1887) Bob Fisher, Boston, Mass.; (1894) Bert Baston, St. Louis Park, Minn.; (1923) Tom Fears, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1957) Keith Dorney, Allentown, Pa.; (1885) Francis Schmidt, Downs, Kan.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Nov. 27 (1993) Earl Banks, Baltimore, Md.; Nov. 30 (1991) David Nelson, Newark, Del.; Dec. 1 (1986) Bobby Layne, Lubbock, Texas; Dec. 3 (1982) Dutch Meyer, Fort Worth, Texas
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 27 Ken O’Brien and Frank Sheptock, Nov. 28 Gene Carpenter and Vern Den Herder, Nov. 29 Bo Jackson, Dec. 1 Mike McGee and Rob Waldrop, Dec. 2 Randy Rhino and Pat Fitzgerald, Dec. 3 Keith Dorney…
For complete results of NCAA FCS pairings/results, NCAA DII-III playoffs, NAIA, and NJCAA playoffs, please go to NCAAfootball.com or links to any of the websites via footballfoundation.com.
Conference championships this weekend include: ACC (Florida State – Atlantic) vs. (Georgia Tech – Coastal); Big Ten (Nebraska – Legends) vs. (Wisconsin – Leaders); Conference USA (UCF – East) vs. (Tulsa – West); Mid-American (Kent State – East) vs. (Northern Illinois – West); Pac-12 (Stanford – North) vs. (UCLA – South); SEC (Georgia – East) vs. (Alabama). Please check footballfoundation.com for kickoff times and television crews. Notes: Nebraska is the first school to play in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Conference Championship as well as the Big Ten title game while a member of the two loops…Stanford and UCLA are in a rematch of last Saturday’s Pac-12 round-robin finale while Tulsa edged UCF 24-21 two weeks ago to gain home field advantage in the C-USA finale.
There are now two undefeated teams (Notre Dame, Ohio State) in NCAA FBS and 71 bowl eligible schools (with two squads holding five wins through Nov. 26 games and at least one contest remaining: Connecticut and Pittsburgh). Forty-four 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 (12-0), undefeated for the sixth time in school history, is not eligible for BCS standings or postseason activity…The complete 2013 Big 12 Conference schedule has been released and finds Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas with three open dates during the Aug. 31-Dec. 7 calendar of 15 weekends. Also included is a first-ever 2013 meeting at neutral Baltimore, Md., between West Virginia and 2014-15 Big Ten Conference member Maryland…Old Dominion added Howard and Liberty to its 2013 slate…San Diego State and Wyoming had won a combined nine consecutive contests prior to last Saturday’s fracas…TCU defeated Texas in Austin for the first time since 1967 in their inaugural Thanksgiving primetime clash on ESPN Nov. 22 for the Horned Frogs’ 600th all-time win on the gridiron. Texas will host Texas Tech Nov. 28, 2013, in nest season’s Thanksgiving prime-timer…San Jose State won 10 games for the first time since the 1987 season after downing Louisiana Tech last Saturday night…The Bowing Green-Buffalo contest last Friday at Columbus Crew Stadium was an experimental neutral site contest hosted by BGSU since large numbers of students and faculty were traveling for Thanksgiving…Of note, the famous Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn was discontinued from 1908-47 because of scheduling challenges between the two powers. It has been played annually since 1948…Cowboys Stadium continued its annual dedication to top college contests as Baylor and Texas Tech met at the glimmering facility last Saturday…IFRA indicated 19 teams in all college football divisions with 500 points scored in games through Nov. 26.
Georgetown (D.C.) athletics and football programs have been rallying students and area residents in the Hoyas Against Hunger holiday food donations program…New Jersey City University donated all proceeds from Nov. 20 campus contests to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and the Red Cross…North Texas and Western Kentucky athletics have provided food and children’s gifts for underserved families in their communities…Ohio State football assisted the Columbus LifeCare Alliance in preparing, delivering and serving meals to area families last Wednesday…George Washington athletics hosted a special Olympics Recognition Day…Football Writers Association of America and corporate partner Brooks Brothers are uniting for a special holiday fundraising effort for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital…Seton Hall athletics celebrated New Jersey Teacher Appreciation Night.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe and Buffalo head coach David Quinn had both their contracts extended through the 2017 season…Jody Sears has become Weber State’s head coach and named Timm Rosenbach offensive coordinator…Mick Delaney will return as Montana’s coach in 2013…The 29 nominees for the prestigious 2012 Frank Broyles FBS Assistant Coach of the Year can be found via BroylesAward.com…Scoop.com’s finalists for Defensive Coordinator of the year are Bob Diaco of Notre Dame, Derek Mason of Stanford, Florida’s Dan Quinn, Kirby Smart of Alabama, and Mark Stoops of Florida State. Offensive Coordinator of the Year finalists are Tony Franklin of Louisiana Tech, Kliff Kingsbury of Texas A&M, Noel Mazzone of UCLA, and Todd Monken of Oklahoma State…UTEP head coach Mike Price is retiring after 44 seasons of college coaching – 33 years as a chief mentor – and seven bowl appearances. The Miners hope to have a replacement before Dec. 25…Head coaches Tom O’Brien of NC State, Gene Chizik of Auburn, Danny Hope of Purdue, Jeff Tedford of California, Matt Ballard of Morehead State, Mike Aldrich of Augustana, Dale Patterson of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and Bradley Dale Peveto of Northwestern State will not return for 2013.
Georgia Tech has employed Carr Sports to assist in its search for a new director of athletics. Former Tech AD Dan Radakovich replaced the retired Terry Don Phillips at Clemson last month…Brookdale (N.J.) named Shawn Noel as AD.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl named Baylor its Team of the Week after the Bears knocked off then-No. 1 Kansas State at Waco, Texas…SMU is making a school-record fourth consecutive bowl trek after going 1-11 in head coach June Jones’ first year on the Hilltop in 2008…Utah broke a streak of nine consecutive bowl bids since 2003 but ended the season on a winning note for the ninth time in 10 years by downing Colorado 42-35 last Friday in Boulder…Current consecutive bowl seasons prior to 2012 bids are Florida State (30), Florida (21), Virginia Tech (19), Georgia and Georgia Tech (15), Oklahoma (13), LSU and Ohio State (12), Boise State, Southern Miss, West Virginia, and Wisconsin (10), Utah (9)…Air Force (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces), BYU (San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia) and Navy (Kraft Fight Hunger) accepted the first three of 70 bowl invitations for 2012-13…Others gaining invitations last weekend were Louisiana-Lafayette to the R+L Carriers New Orleans and Utah State to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowls.
USF is weighing its options with the ACC and other areas after Maryland and Rutgers announced plans to join the Big Ten in 2014-15…Boise State and San Diego State remain committed as football-only members of the Big East Conference starting in 2013…The Big 12 Conference has nine of its 10 members headed for 2012-13 bowls to top all FCS circuits…The Big Ten Conference conducted its annual national teleconferences with head coaches last Sunday and Monday and top players from the competing schools in Saturday’s second Big Ten Championship Game…Tennessee now has won at least one conference game every year in SEC football since 1932…Five SEC teams are among the 15 schools to date to play Top 25 opponents at kickoff for three consecutive contests…The Ohio Valley Conference denoted 2012 All-OVC team and individual honors. The entire release is available at ovcsports.com/football…The Colonial Athletic Association postseason honors have been designated and can be located at caasports.com/football…Longtime Syracuse coach and administrator Jim Boeheim (with tongue in cheek) called for a future lottery to determine which conferences will accept which schools after the recent circuit changes.
ESPN and the groups (led by newly-named executive director Bill Hancock) hosting the new four-team FBS playoff after the 2014 season have announced a 12-year telecast agreement. The new pact pertains to exclusive broadcast rights, continue through the 2025 regular season, feature games on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN, smartphones, tablets, and Xbox LIVE; rights to all semifinala nd championship contests, coverage of all remaining games from the sites of the three host bowls during the years those bowls are not semifinal sites, and exclusive rights to branded content throughout each season, including the team selection announcements…Oklahoma State athletics inked a multi-year broadcasting and marketing agreement with Fox and Learfield Sports.
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones already has become the first player in FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in four consecutive seasons. He enters Saturday’s game at TCU with 16,124 career yards and 120 aerial TDs…Arkansas State QB Trey Aplin adds to his Sun Belt Conference career total offense yards’ record with each gain. He has 12,004 all-time yards prior to ASU’s home bout with Middle Tennessee and anticipated post-2012 bowl appearance…Finalists for the 2012 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award are Collin Klein of Kansas State, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Braxton Miller of Ohio State…Finalists for the 2012 Lou Groza National Place-Kicker Award are Dustin Hopkins of Florida State, Cairo Santos of Tulane and Caleb Sturgis of Florida…Wyoming freshman DE Eddie Yarbrough was honorable mention in the College Football Performance Awards after making three sacks, four tackles for loss and seven total stops at UNLV…San Jose State QB David Fales already established school season records with 28 touchdown passes. 3,431 passing yards and 3,302 yards of total offense with two games remaining…Johnny (Football) Manziel of Texas A&M has moved into third place in hypothetical balloting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy…Southern California WR Marqise Lee entered last Saturday’s game with Notre Dame needing five catches to tie the Pac-12 record for season receptions with teammate Robert Woods, who set the mark with 111 receptions for USC in 2011…Temple RB Montel Harris had a Big East game rushing record of 351 yards and seven TDs against Army and has a FBS-active most 26 100-yard rushing games…Western Kentucky RB Antonio Andrews is making a solid bid for the Paul Hornung Trophy after rushing 37 times for 238 yards and TDs against Louisiana-Lafayette and had three consecutive 300-plus all-purpose yards’ outings.
NFF College Hall of Fame member Chris Spielman of Ohio State and Michigan’s U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan have received the 2012 Big ten Conference Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian and Ford-Kinnick Leadership Awards, respectively, for their service to community and leadership…NFF College Hall of Famers Pat Dye and Gene Stallings are featured in ads for Alabama Public Parks and Tourism Divisions.
Texas Tech will retire its 14th live horse mascot – Midnight Matador – at the end of the ’12 campaign. The tradition started in the 1954 Gator Bowl when late head coach DeWitt Weaver and his staff trotted out live mascot No. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla., to a standing ovation.
NACDA Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association is accepting final nominations for the FCSADA Academic All-Star football squad for 2012.
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