College Football Notes Nov. 24-29, 2014

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Florida State and Ole Miss officially with open the Florida Citrus Bowl Series in 2016 with a season starter in Orlando, Fla….Boise State and Oregon State will meet in 2022 and ’23…Last Wednesday’s Kent State at Buffalo game was cancelled by snow drifts as high as six feet in the area and travel difficulties. The NFL Buffalo Bills hired hundreds of workers at $10/hour and a ticket to the Bills-New York Jets’ contest Sunday but had to move their game to Detroit Monday…Alabama and Baylor have the nation’s longest home winning streaks currently a 15 games while Florida State has captured 2 consecutive overall victories…Eight of the Top 11 teams in the final regular-season NAIA Top 25 poll were undefeated prior to postseason competition…Six-time NAIA champion Carroll (Mont.) has reached the NAIA quarterfinals for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons.

NCAA FCS Subdivision, Division II, Division III and as well as 2014 NAIA football postseason pairings, and the complete brackets with updated results can be found at, and FCS pairings were released by the NCAA Sunday, Nov. 23.

The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner celebrated its 50th anniversary of on-field activity last weekend…Texas Wesleyan and other area student-athletes assisted in the recent Central Market Feast of Sharing in Fort Worth to help underserved families at Thanksgiving.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and WR Sterling Sharp have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Disney Spirit Award for their longtime association and upbringing of Sharp after his father died of a heart attack when Sharp was six years old…Semifinalists for the 2014 Maxwell Award Coach of the Year are Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Nick Saban, Alabama; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Todd Graham, Arizona State; Art Briles, Baylor; Jim McElwain, Colorado State; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Bill Snyder, Kansas State; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Mark Helfrich, Oregon; Gary Patterson, TCU; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan; and Gary Andersen, Wisconsin. Duke’s Cutcliffe earned the 2013 Maxwell Coach of the Year honor…Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione now has guided five different schools – New Mexico, TCU, Texas A&M, Alabama, and TSU – to bowl eligibility from 1997-2014…Current Florida head coach Will Muschamp is guiding the Gators through their final two regular-season games, the coaching search committee is seeking a new mentor with a solid background with offense. Muschamp’s name already has been mentioned for several schools in need of defensive coordinators…Montana head coach Mick Delaney will retire at the end of the Finalists for the 2014 Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award are in the process of being determined.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2014 college head coaches – Kentucky: Mark Stoops, Youngstown, Ohio; UL Lafayette: Mark Hudspeth, Louisville, Miss.; UL Monroe: Todd Berry, Miami, Okla.; Louisiana Tech: Skip Holtz, Willimantic, Conn.; LSU: Les Miles, Elyria, Ohio; Louisville: Bobby Petrino, Lewistown, Mont.

Former East Carolina director of athletics Terry Holland was honored with a new athletics building in his name and lauded at last week’s ECU-Tulane contest.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl will include a Miller Lite Plaza Party on the Plaza watching party with bands and other entertainment for the contest, which now will feature a 11:30 a.m. (CST) airtime instead of the previously announced noon (CST) pregame start on ESPN…There are 70 teams eligible to compete for the record 78 bowl berths in post-2014. Appalachian State and Old Dominion will be eligible to compete in bowls after the 2015 season after moving from NCAA FCS to FBS in 2014…The inaugural College Football Playoff will feature entertainers such as Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and others at a pregame concert for the 2015 tussle in Arlington, Texas…The FWAA/Capital One Orange Bowl Courage Award’s latest nominee is NC State DB Jarvis Byrd who missed the entire seasons of 2010 and ’11 as well as most of 2013 and has fought back to play a solid role for the 2014 Wolfpack.

The Big 12 Conference denoted its 2015 conference-games-only slate for the 2015 season…The Southland Conference moved three games to earlier kickoff times last Saturday due to possible tornadic conditions in the Southwest…Possible matchups in conference championship games through last week’s games if they played this weekend are (with most teams having one game to play): ACC – Florida State vs. Georgia Tech; Big Ten – Ohio State vs. Wisconsin; C-USA: Marshall vs. Rice; MAC – Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois-Toledo-Western Michigan; MWC – San Diego State vs. Colorado-Utah State; Pac-12 – Oregon vs. Arizona/Arizona State/UCLA; SEC – Missouri vs. Alabama-Mississippi State.

ESPN’s Game Day trekked to Cambridge, Mass., last Saturday for “The Game” for the first time between Harvard and Yale in the historic Ivy League. Harvard clinched its 17th undefeated football campaign in school history and won its 14th game in succession…Talking Conference USA Sports with host Bill Hazen celebrated its 1,000th broadcast last Friday in its fifth season of existence. The Stadiums USA radio and internet program on Yahoo Sports and major outlets completed its first year of broadcasts last week…ESPN and ABC football telecasts were Nos. 1-2 in national ratings for nine consecutive weeks, and there a record five million Tweets generated by ABC’s telecast of the Florida State-Miami (Fla.) tussle on Nov. 15.

Oklahoma freshman RB Samaje Perine topped the NCAA FBS single-contest rushing record with 427 net yards and five touchdowns against Kansas last weekend…Finalists for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy via the FWAA and Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club are Texas tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama safety Landon Collins, Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson, Louisville safety Gerod Holliman, and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright…Six semifinalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy presented by the Greater Omaha (Neb.) Sports Committee and voted upon by the FWAA are UT’s Brown, Reese Dismukes, Auburn center; Spencer Drango, Baylor offensive tackle; Jake Fisher, Oregon offensive tackle; Tré Jackson, Florida State offensive guard; and Brandon Scherff, Iowa offensive tackle…Standouts from most of the CFP contenders highlight the 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalists, and among the leaders are Alabama WR Amari Cooper and QB Blake Sims along with quarterbacks Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Jameis Winston of Florida State and Dak Prescott of Mississippi State…Kansas State QB Jake Waters threw for a career-best 400 yards in a win at West Virginia…Texas State RB Robert Lowe had career highs of 236 yards rushing and four TDs in the Bobcats’ 45-27 win over Arkansas State…Texas Tech freshmen quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes (son of former Major League pitcher from 1992-2003 Pat Mahomes) and Vincent Testaverde (son of NFF College Hall of Fame and Miami, Fla., QB Vinny Testaverde) come from sterling athletics’ backgrounds. Patrick Mahomes has passed for a combined 718 yards and eight TDs in starts against Oklahoma and Iowa State in 2014.

NFF Hall of Fame player and current Samford coach Pat Sullivan of Auburn received a standing ovation as he brought the Bulldogs to face AU last Saturday. He finished his career with the Tigers in 1971…UCLA athletics is retiring the number 42 of NFF College Hall of Fame player Jackie Robinson in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field – the sports in which he competed for the Bruins…NFF College Hall of Fame player and NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas mainstay D.D. Lewis of Plano, Texas, still holds the record for most postseason games as a member of the NFL Dallas Cowboys from 1968-81. He also has been celebrating his alma mater Mississippi State’s first-ever No. 1 ranking nationally in the CFP rankings and college Top 25 surveys and MSU’s school-season-record-tying 10th win (first time in the regular season; 1940 team won its 10th in the Orange Bowl) against Vanderbilt.

Maryland athletics is planning a $155 million athletic complex with major elements of remodeled previous facilities…South Dakota athletics had a $500,000 gift from First Bank & Trust…Arizona State athletics received a $32 million group donation to add NCAA Division I hockey to the varsity program…Alumni, Birmingham government officials, Alabama tourism groups, and hundreds of boosters have united to assist funding the improving UAB football program.

The FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week was Texas DE Cedric Reed after the Longhorns downed West Virginia 33-16 at Austin…Oregon State was the FWAA Big Game Team of the Week after upsetting Arizona State…The IFRA discovered a 1936 reprint of a national story about college football coaches considering (and vetoing) changes in the basic scoring system for the first time since 1906.
2014-15 Inaugural College Football Playoff Schedule (All Times EST)
Dec. 31, 2014 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, 1 p.m. – Host Bowl East, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 5 p.m. – Host Bowl West, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Capital One Orange Bowl – ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC or Notre Dame, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – AT&T Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 1 p.m. – Host Bowl, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif. – CFP Semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m. – CFP Semifinal, ESPN
Jan. 12, 2015 – Inaugural College Football Championship Game – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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