College Football, Bowl Notes Dec. 17-20

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012

More BCS Notes:
* Northern Illinois became the first Mid-American Conference school to make the BCS bowl invitation list, and now nine conferences, plus independent Notre Dame, have made BCS postseason appearances.
* The 2012 season was the first when three different FBS schools (Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame) were No. 1 since the 2010 season when Auburn, Oklahoma and Oregon all were alone at the top. In 2011 LSU had the lead position all year. The most No. 1 teams ranked in one campaign previously have been three in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2010. 2012 was the seventh such occurrence.
* No. 1 teams by conferences (six conferences, memberships at the time of standings through Nov. 25, 2012, 116 standings) – ACC, 7; Big East, 7; Big Ten, 15; Big 12, 30; Pac-12, 20; SEC, 35; Independent, 2.
* On Nov. 18 and 25, 2012, the top nine in the BCS standings remained the same. That was the first instance since the final two standings of the 2005 campaign.
* The four biggest leaps in BCS standings from week one to eight have been Colorado (unranked to No. 3 in 2001, 22 places), Michigan (unranked to No. 4 in 2003, 21 spots), Virginia Tech (from No. 25 to No. 8 in 2004, 17 positions), and Wisconsin (No. 21 to No. 7 in 2006, 14 places). The largest leap in 2012 from weeks 1-8 was Stanford (12 places from No. 20 to No. 8).

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 18-24 time period are Dec. 18 (1956) Jerry Robinson, San Francisco, Calif.; Dec. 19 (1909) Frank Hoffman, Seattle, Wash.; (1926) Bobby Layne, Santa Ana, Texas; (1961) Reggie White, Chattanooga, Tenn.; 19 (1964) Randall McDaniel, Phoenix, Ariz.; Dec. 20 (1867) Pudge Heffelfinger, Minneapolis, Minn.; (1953) Chet Moeller, Fairmont, Ohio; Dec. 21 (1916) Vic Bottari, Vallejo, Calif.; (1926) Joe Paterno, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1935) Henley Garney, Elgin, N.D.; (1940) Tom Beck, Chicago, Ill.; (1941) Hal Bedsole, Chicago, Ill.; (1960) George Floyd, Tampa, Fla.; Dec. 22 (1949) Ray Guy, Swainsboro, Ga.; Dec. 23 (1871) Frank Hinkey, Tonawanda, N.Y.; (1892) Gus Welch, Spooner, Wis.; (1924) Dan Devine, Augusta, Wis.; (1935) Paul Hornung, Louisville, Ky.; (1948) Jack Ham, Johnstown, Pa.; Dec. 24 (1871) Charlie Gelber, Hawley, Pa.; (1919) Bill Dudley, Bluefield, Va.; (1924) Frank Broyles, Decatur, Ga.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Dec. 19 (1971) Bart Macomber, Woodburn, Ore.; Dec. 21 (1918) Hobey Baker, Tours, France; Dec. 22 (1957) Bob Zuppke, Champaign, Ill.; (2006) Sam Chapman, Kentfield, Calif.; Dec. 23 (1948) Gil Dobie, Boston, Mass.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 18 Jerry Robinson, Dec. 19 Randall McDaniel, Dec. 20 Chet Moeller, Dec. 21 Henley Garney, Tom Beck, George Floyd, Dec. 22 (1949) Ray Guy, Dec. 23 Paul Hornung, Dec. 24 Frank Broyles…

For complete results of BCS standings, schedules, bowls matchups, NCAA FCS pairings/results, NCAA DII-III playoffs, NAIA, and NJCAA playoffs, please go to or links to any of the websites via

Alabama now will host Colorado State Sept. 21, 2013…Fresno State and Utah have slated a 2014 and ’15 series…Baylor and Texas Tech will continue their series at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium through 2014…Syracuse is seeking an additional non-conference clash for 2013…California (returning to historic Memorial Stadium in 2012), TCU, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, and Duke led FBS in highest percentage of average home attendance increases…Houston athletics has begun major demolition and early prepping for the complete renovation of Robertson Stadium…Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium renovations are set for 2014…Air Force practiced on campus Monday and Tuesday before taking a brief break and reporting to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth next week…Ole Miss has pledged major renovations for its Indoor Football Practice Facility and incentive bonuses for its football staff… Oregon’s football-playing public universities, especially those below FBS level, are watching closely new directives on the use of state lottery subsidies for different areas of education…College funding for Ohio public universities will be based on general public and athletics graduation rates in coming years…Mount Union’s senior class finished with a 57-3 overall record last weekend and became the 20th consecutive senior class at the Ohio DIII powerhouse to be part of a NCAA football team title.

Central Arkansas student-athletes gave ample support and community service to the Christmas in Southland charity program…Indiana-Kokomo athletics assisted local charities with the Box Out Hunger campaign…LSU student-athletes visited assisted living homes and children’s medical facilities to bring holiday cheer…North Texas athletics has helped raise funds for Project Nepal for underserved overseas’ families.

San Jose State was slated to announce its new head coach to replace 2013 Colorado mentor Mike MacIntyre at a ate afternoon news conference Monday…Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has earned the 2012 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award…The finalists for 2012 the Maxwell Football Club National Coach of the Year (released Wednesday) are Bill O’Brien (Penn State), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kelly…New head coaches named in recent days have been Mike MacIntyre at Colorado, Todd Monken at Southern Miss, Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech, Bryan Harsin at Arkansas State, Rob Tenyer at Morehead State, Scott Satterfield at Appalachian State, and Jerry Olszewski at Augustana…Kent Baer will guide San Jose State in the Military Bowl Dec. 27 as interim head coach…Former All-Southwest Conference baseball player at TCU and six-year Abilene Christian head coach Chris Thomsen will serve as Texas Tech’s interim coach for the Meineke Car Care Bowl…Temple, San Jose State, Kent State, Louisiana Tech, and Jacksonville State have initiated national searches for their open head coaching posts…Alabama head coach Nick Saban joins late Auburn standout Forrest Blue, Jacksonville State defensive back Eric Davis, former Alabama player and coach Bill Oliver, former NFL and Southeastern Conference referee Ronnie Baynes, and former North Alabama and Montevallo coach and administrator Bill Jones…Ohio State co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Ed Warinner has been chosen as the 2012 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year…Instant hit: the Twitter account for new Tennessee head coach Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) was one of the most accessed nationally over the last seven days. Jones also named his coaching staff with key posts being held by Mike Bajakian, cffensive coordinator/quarterbacks; John Jancek, defensive coordinator/linebackers; and Steve Stripling, assistant head coach/defensive line. Six assistant coaches will accompany Jones from the Cincinnati Bearcats…Two noted new members of head coach Sonny Dykes’ new assistants’ staff at California via Louisiana Tech are offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Rob Likens…J.D. Williams has joined Georgia State’s coaching staff as leader of the defensive backfield…Keith Patterson was chosen as defensive coordinator at West Virginia…Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen and his family opened their home for the annual University Women Club’s Holiday Home Tour…Kentucky named Neal Brown offensive coordinator…Montana named Kefense Hynson and Scott Gragg co-offensive coordinators…Former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins has received mention for several recent coaching openings…Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres is now 182-7 since 2000 and 332-24-3 in 27 seasons as head coach at MUU for a .929 winning percentage – tops for all divisions of NCAA and NAIA football coaches.

Directors of athletics Dr. Hans Mueh of Air Force, Rick Greenspan of Rice and Chris Del Conte of TCU were honored guests at last week’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl kickoff news conference and reception at TCU’s Amon Carter Bud Lite Platinum Club…Jim Donovan was named AD at Cal State Fullerton…Keith Gill has started his official tenure as AD at Richmond…Ross Parmley has completed his tenure as AD at Tulsa…Terry Holland has bee named AD emeritus at East Carolina…Kansas State athletics hired sports psychologist Dr. Quinten Lynn fulltime within its department… Colorado State athletics named David Crum to lead its athletics development operations…Kennesaw State athletics chose Sterling Brown as director of character development.

The first two of 35 FBS bowls are in the books, and Arizona edged Nevada 49-48 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl while Utah State stopped Toledo 41-15 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – both last Saturday. It was the USU Aggies’ school-record 11th win and first bowl triumph since 1993…For complete bowl results, schedules, attendance, and notes, please go to and click on the bowls’ link.

Big Ten Conference fall sports produced 45 first team All-America selections with football leading the way with 10…The Sun Belt Conference kicks off bowl activity this week with a record four teams in the 2012-13 postseason…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott reaffirmed the loop’s membership at 12 for the near future …The Big East Conference announced its 2013 conference contests and East/West Division crossover matchups. For the complete schedule, please go to…Seven basketball-only or non-FBS members of the Big East Conference have withdrew from the BEC last weekend…The Colonial Athletic Association has reached an agreement with Baltimore for 2014-16 sports championships.

ESPN has received national ratings with Tennessee cities Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville among the Top 10 in Nielsen numbers and percentage of viewers…Niagara athletics introduced a new iPhone/iPad application with highlights and latest news…Paciolan is partnering with several FBS bowl teams to expand ticket sales in recent weeks…Caldwell athletics launched a new official website.

The 69th annual FWAA All-America team was announced last week on Sirius XM Radio nationally and included Heisman Trophy recipient Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and NFF William V. Campbell Award (and consensus All-America) center Barrett Jones of Alabama…Fresno State‘s and 2012 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Phillip Thomas has become the MWC’s 12th consensus All-America gridiron standout…Finalists for the 2012 FCA Bobby Bowden Award are USC QB Matt Barkley, Auburn LB Ashton Richardson and Ohio State DT John Simon…Finalists for the Paul Hornung Award for top all-purpose player nationally are Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky, Dri Archer of Kent State, Tavon Austin of West Virginia, and Marqise Lee of USC…Consensus All-America standouts from the Pac-12 Conference in 2012 are USC’s Lee (the Trojans’ 27th consensus A-A selection historically), Oregon RB Kenjon Barner, Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey, Stanford TE Zach Ertz and OL David Yankey, Utah DL Star Lotulelei, Arizona State DL Will Sutton, and Oregon State DB Jordan Poyer. It was the sixth consecutive year the Pac-12 had at least one consensus A-A choice. The complete listing can beound at…Alabama QB AJ McCarron has committed to stay and play for his senior year in 2013…Air Force QB Connor Dietz will graduate from the Academy Wednesday morning…Army FS Brandon Fusilier-Jeffries was second-team Freshman All-America by Phil Steele Publications along with 10 Black Knights on Steele’s All-Independent teams…Ohio State DT Jonathan Hankins is among 18 early candidates who have declared they will complete their football careers in 2012 to date prior to their senior years…SMU WR Marcus Holyfield (and possibly DB Kenneth Acker) will join legendary head coach Larry Brown and the Mustangs’ basketball team after competing in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.

NFF College Hall of Fame members coach John Cooper (Tulsa, Arizona State, Ohio State), USC’s Ron Yary and noted QB-broadcaster Brian Griese of Purdue will be enshrined into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Dec. 30 at the Pasadena Convention Center…NFF College Hall of Fame quarterback Eddie LeBaron of Pacific will be honored as the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Legends Award winner…Longtime Oklahoma assistant coach and beloved radio analyst Merv Johnson has won the 2012 Bill Teegins Award in memory of the last Oklahoma State broadcaster…Drake athletics “Mr. Drake” Paul Morrison is being honored with a T-shirt likeness on his 65th anniversary of working with the Bulldogs. He is a spry 95…Former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz is the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Great American Patriot Award recipient…Former Baylor LB Shelton Lewis off the 1990-93 teams received his undergraduate degree from Texas Woman’s University last Friday after coaching, teaching and simultaneously supporting his family for some 20 years after playing for the Bears.

David Rubenstein has donated $10 million to Duke Athletics…Marshall’s Board of Governors approved a $1.9 million renovation project for the Thundering Herd’s stadium…Former standout Jim DiPietro gave $50,000 to the Stony Brook football program…Cincinnati athletics is looking at a $160 million tab to renovate historic Nippert Stadium and surrounding facilities…Jacksonville U. is planning a new on-campus football stadium and practice facilities.

The AFCA has released its 2012 NCAA Division II-III and NAIA All-America teams via complete release at…The Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette has gone to all online publication and out of the print business, including its award-winning sports section, while two other local papers continue weekly printed copies.

2013 BCS Schedule (All Times EST)
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO – Wisconsin vs. Stanford, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 – Discover Orange Bowl – Florida State vs. Northern Illinois, Miami, Fla., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl – Florida vs. Louisville, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – Kansas State vs. Oregon, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 7 – Discover National Championship Game – Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Miami, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

2012-13 Bowl Schedule/Results (Updated Dec. 17, 2012)

Date Time Telecast Bowl Name Conference Matchup Location Attendance (All Times EST)
Sat., Dec. 15 – Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Arizona 49, Nevada 48, Albuquerque, N.M., Attendance: 24,610
Sat., Dec. 15 – Famous Idaho Potato, Utah State 41, Toledo 15, Boise, Idaho, Bronco Stadium, 29,243
Thu., Dec. 20 – San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia, BYU vs. San Diego State, San Diego, Calif., Snapdragon Stadium, 8 p.m., ESPN
Fri., Dec. 21 – Beef O’ Brady’s, St. Petersburg, Ball State vs. UCF, St. Petersburg, Fla., Tropicana Field, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Sat., Dec. 22 – R+L Carriers New Orleans, East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans, La., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Noon, ESPN
Sat., Dec. 22 – MAACO Las Vegas, Boise State vs. Washington, Las Vegas, Nev., Sam Boyd Stadium. 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Mon., Dec. 24 – Sheraton Hawai’i, Fresno State vs. SMU, Honolulu, Aloha Stadium, 8 p.m., ESPN
Wed., Dec. 26 – Little Caesars Pizza, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky, Detroit, Mich., Ford Field, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Thu., Dec. 27 – Military presented by Northrop Grumman, Bowling Green vs. San Jose State, Washington, D.C., RFK Stadium, 3 p.m., ESPN
Thu., Dec. 27 – Belk, Cincinnati vs. Duke, Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America Stadium, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Thu., Dec. 27 – Bridgepoint Education Holiday, Baylor vs. UCLA, San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm Stadium, 9:45 p.m., ESPN
Fri., Dec. 28 – Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio, Shreveport, La., Independence Stadium, 2 p.m., ESPN
Fri., Dec. 28 – Russell Athletic, Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech, Orlando, Fla., Florida Citrus Bowl, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Fri., Dec. 28 – Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, Houston, Texas, Reliant Stadium. 9 p.m., ESPN
Sat., Dec. 29 – Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, Rice vs. Air Force, Ft. Worth, Texas, Amon Carter Stadium, 11:45 a.m., ESPN
Sat., Dec. 29 – New Era Pinstripe, Syracuse vs. West Virginia, Bronx, N.Y., Yankee Stadium, 3:15 p.m., ESPN
Sat., Dec. 29 – Kraft Fight Hunger, Arizona State vs. Navy, San Francisco, Calif., AT&T Park, 4 p.m., ESPN2
Sat., Dec. 29 – Valero Alamo, Oregon State vs. Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Alamodome, 6:45 p.m., ESPN
Sat., Dec. 29 – Buffalo Wild Wings, Michigan State vs. TCU, Tempe, Ariz., Sun Devil Stadium, 10:15 p.m., ESPN
Mon., Dec. 31 – Franklin American Mortgage Music City, NC State vs. Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., noon, ESPN
Mon., Dec. 31 – Hyundai Sun, Georgia Tech vs. USC, Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas, 2 p.m., CBS
Sat., Dec. 31 – AutoZone Liberty, Iowa State vs. Tulsa, Memphis, Tenn., Liberty Bowl, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Mon., Dec. 31 – Chick-fil-A, Clemson vs, LSU, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga., 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Tue., Jan. 1, 2013 – Heart of Dallas, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, Dallas, Texas, Cotton Bowl Stadium, noon, ESPNU
Tue., Jan. 1 – TaxSlayer Gator, Mississippi State vs. Northwestern, Jacksonville, Fla., EverBank Field, noon, ESPN2
Tue., Jan. 1 – Capital One, Georgia vs. Nebraska, Orlando, Fla., Florida Citrus Bowl, 1 p.m., ABC
Tue., Jan. 1 – Outback, Michigan vs. South Carolina, Tampa, Fla., Raymond James Stadium, 1 p.m., ESPN
Tue., Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Stanford vs. Wisconsin, Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Tue., Jan. 1 – Discover Orange, Florida State vs. Northern Illinois, Miami Gardens, Fla., Sun Life Stadium, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Wed., Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar – Florida vs. Louisville, New Orleans, La., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Thu., Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Kansas State vs. Oregon, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Fri., Jan. 4 – AT&T Cotton, Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M, Arlington, Texas, Cowboys Stadium, 8 p.m. Fox
Sat., Jan. 5 – BBVA Compass, Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Ala., Legion Field, 1 p.m., ESPN
Sun., Jan. 6 –, Arkansas State vs. Kent State, Mobile, Ala., Ladd-Peebles Stadium, 9 p.m., ESPN
Mon., Jan. 8 – Discover BCS Championship, Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Miami Gardens, Fla., Sun Life Stadium, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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Conference Records in 2012-13 Bowls
Pac-12 1-0
WAC 1-0
MAC 0-1
MWC 0-1

National leaders in current consecutive bowl games through post-2012 are Florida State (31), Florida (22), Virginia Tech (20), Georgia and Georgia Tech (16), Oklahoma (14), LSU (13), Boise State, West Virginia, and Wisconsin (11).

Total 2012-13 Attendance 2 bowls: 53,853 average: 26,927
Total 2011-12 Attendance 35 bowls: 1,765,224 average: 50,435
Total 2010-11 Attendance 35 bowls: 1,822,387, average: 52,068
Total 2009-10 Attendance 34 bowls: 1,769,886, average: 52,055
Total 2008-09 Attendance 34 bowls: 1,773,882, average: 52,173
Total 2007-08 Attendance 32 bowls: 1,733,503, average: 54,172
Total 2006-07 Attendance 32 bowls: 1,699,637, average: 53,114
Total 2005-06 Attendance: 28 bowls: 1,431,218, average: 51,115
Total 2004-05 Attendance: 28 bowls: 1,492,001, average: 53,286
Total 2003-04 Attendance: 28 bowls: 1,458,757, average: 52,098
Total 2002-03 Attendance: 28 bowls: 1,416,103, average: 50,575

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