College Football Notes – Nov. 23-28 – Happy Thanksgiving Week…

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter

Emmy-winning broadcaster Mike Tirico of ESPN will serve as master of ceremonies for the 58th annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 8. He is back in this role for the first time since 2004 and third time overall in an event webstreamed live on ESPN3. Tirico has secured his place among a prestigious list of individuals who have donated their skills to host the fabled event, including TV host Ed Sullivan, host of TV’s What’s My Line John Charles Daly, U.S. Senator George Murphy, Rutgers University President Mason W. Gross, CBS news anchor Harry Smith (now with NBC News), and ABC Sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel, who emceed the event for 28 consecutive years from 1968-1995. Notable sports broadcasters who have emceed the event include Tim Brando (now with FOX Sports), ESPN/ABC’s Rece Davis and Chris Fowler, and CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 24-30 time period are Nov. 24 (1893) Bob Higgins, Corning, N.Y.; (1905) Jack Mollenkopf, Convoy, Ohio; (1912) Dixie Howell, Hartford, Ala.; (1924) Dick Scott, Highland Falls, N.Y.; (1931) Stan Jones, Altoona, Pa.; (1935) Pervis Atkins, Ruston, La.; (1959) Terry Kinard, Bitburg, Germany; Nov. 25 (1904) Johnny Kitzmiller, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1945) George Webster, Anderson, S.C.; Nov. 26 (1892) Joe Guyon, White Earth, Minn.; (1898) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Buckhannon, W.Va.; (1909) Ernie Smith, Spearfish, S.D.; (1947) Roger Wehrli, New Point, Mo.; (1953) Harry Carson, Florence, S.C.; 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.; (1946) Art Shell, Charleston, S.C.; (1962) Bo Jackson, Bessemer, Ala.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 24 (1977) Joe Utay, Dallas, Texas; Nov. 25 (1965) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; Nov. 26 (1974) Tuss McLaughry, Norwich, Vt.; Nov. 29 (1996) Bob Steuber, St. Louis, Mo.; Nov. 30 (1991) David Nelson, Newark, Del.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 24 Terry Kinard, Nov. 25 George Webster, Nov. 26 Roger Wehrli, Harry Carson, Nov. 27 Ken O’Brien, Frank Sheptock, Nov. 28 Gene Carpenter, Vern Den Herder, Nov. 30 Art Shell, Bo Jackson…

More College Football Notes

Kansas and Houston will meet in a two-game set in 2019 and ‘20…Stanford and Vanderbilt have a two-contest series for the first time in 2012 and ’24…Army and Massachusetts have slated a three-game series from 2019-21…Temple will host Villanova in 2017 and ’18…Iowa at 11-0 has moved up to No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press and Amway Coaches Top 25 polls…Texas A&M and Vanderbilt met for just the second time last week in the storied, combined 253 seasons of football between the universities…SMU’s rebuilding efforts have been measured by close five-point deficits against both nationally-ranked TCU and Temple in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs are facing nine potential bowl entrants along with NCAA FCS playoff contender James Madison…TCU has remained competitive nationally and in the Big 12 Conference despite losing all four starters in the 2015 secondary to injuries at some point along with missed time by All-Big 12 QB Trevone Boykin and standout WR Josh Doctson…NCAA FCS championship qualifier The Citadel upended South Carolina 23-22 at Columbia, S.C., last week. That also was the first NCAA FCS triumph over a SEC team since Jacksonville State opened the 2010 season with a 49-48 overtime upset at Ole Miss…Sun Belt Conference contender Georgia Southern came within an overtime TD run of upsetting homestanding Georgia in a 23-17 Bulldogs’ victory at Athens…NCAA FCS qualifier Charleston Southern (9-2) warmed up for the postseason with a first-ever tilt at Alabama over the weekend…Texas A&M’s 25-0 shutout win at Vanderbilt marked the Aggies’ first toad blanking since they dumped Baylor 41-0 in 2004.

Some key trophy rival games in the coming days, among others, are the Washington-Washington State Apple Cup, the Army-Navy Thompson Cup, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State Bedlam Series, and Georgia-Georgia Tech Governor’s Cup…The University of North Texas is opening a new Frisco campus. Last spring NFF director of special projects Hillary Jeffries was guest speaker for the UNT Sports Journalism 4350 class, and class instructors are hoping to have her returning again for the spring 2016 semester class…Football-famous Butler High School in Huntsville, Ala., has joined the list of prominent schools closed because of declining enrollment and demographics within the state. Other closings have included Bradshaw and Coffee HS in Florence, Ala., and their merger into Florence HS and Banks HS in Birmingham, which morphed into a middle school.

Ohio head coach Frank Solich has the Bobcats eligible for a bowl for the school-record eighth time in the last 10 seasons. Solich also has been associated with bowl teams as an assistant coach or head coach at Nebraska and Ohio in 31 years since 1979… Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads will not return for the 2016 season…Missouri enthusiasts gave a solid final home game sendoff to 15-year head coach Gary Pinkel last Saturday vs. Tennessee…Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has suggested a Southeastern-Big Ten Conference Challenge to assist in strength of schedules and intersectional telecasts.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Jackson State: Harold Jackson, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jacksonville U.: Kerwin Bell, Live Oak, Fla.; Jacksonville State: John Grass, Ashville, Ala.; Kansas: David Beaty, Wylie, Texas; Kansas State: Bill Snyder, St. Joseph, Mo.

The NCAA Oversight Committee met by conference call Monday to make some determinations and contingency plans in case there are not 80 teams with at last six wins from the NCAA FBS ranks and how 6-7 or 5-7 will become bowl eligible if all positions cannot be filled…There are just two undefeated FBS teams (Clemson and Iowa) after Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Houston all dropped contests last weekend, 71 NCAA FBS bowl eligible teams with six victories through games of Nov. 23, and 14 schools with five wins while seeking one of the record 80 bowl berths for post-2015. Two of these 80 squads from the College Football Playoff semifinals will advance to the CFP championship contest in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 11.

Harvard clinched the Ivy League crown with a 38-19 win at Yale…Leading contenders for championship games in conferences with end-of-year title contests are: American – Temple, USF, Houston, Memphis, and Navy; ACC – Clemson vs. North Carolina; Big Ten – Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa; Conference USA: Western Kentucky, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss; MAC: Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Central Michigan, Western Michigan; Mountain West: San Diego State (clinched) Air Force, New Mexico, Boise State, Nevada; Pac-12: Stanford (clinched) Oregon, Washington State, Utah, Southern California; SEC: Florida (clinched SEC East Division), Alabama, Ole Miss. Pairings will be determined completely after Friday-Saturday encounters.

Alabama’s Jonathan Banks and Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah have been mentioned as two of the top candidates for the Ted Hendricks Award and All-America laurels at DE/OLB…The six semifinalists for the prestigious Outland Trophy are Baylor OT Spencer Drango, Stanford OG Joshua Garnett, Alabama C Ryan Kelly, Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson, Indiana OT Jason Spriggs, and Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley…The five finalists for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy by the FWAA and Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Cub are Duke FS Jeremy Cash, Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, Temple LB Tyler Matakevich, Penn State DE Carl Nassib, and Alabama LB Reggie Ragland…Semifinalists for the 2015 Doak Walker Award are running backs Devontae Booker (Sr.) Utah; Alex Collins (Jr.) Arkansas; Dalvin Cook (So.) Florida State; Ezekiel Elliott (Jr.) Ohio State; Leonard Fournette (So.) LSU; Royce Freeman (So.) Oregon; Derrick Henry (Jr.) Alabama; Brian Hill (So.) Wyoming; Shock Linwood (Jr.) Baylor; Christian McCaffrey (So.) Stanford; and C.J. Prosise (Sr.) Notre Dame. The three finalists for the award will be denoted on Nov. 24…The Tyler (Texas) sports commissioner SporTyler has sent out the initial voting ballot for semifinalists for the 2015 Earl Campbell Award…Arkansas QB Brandon Allen became the first quarterback in Southeastern Conference history to pass for six touchdowns in two games in the same season and set the UA career record for touchdown passes with 63 against Mississippi State in Fayetteville, Ark., last Saturday. MSU signal caller Dak Prescott had a career-high 508 yards passing and five TD tosses to lead the Bulldogs to a 51-50 triumph in that SEC skirmish…Third team quarterbacks played key roles in Baylor’s downing of previously-unbeaten Oklahoma State and TCU’s near-miss upset at Oklahoma last Saturday. BU backup Chris Johnson helped the Bears old an earlier 28-14 advantage with some second half heroics. TCU’s Bram Kohlhausen ignited a Horned Frogs’ comeback at TCU before the Frogs eventually fell at Oklahoma 30-29…Houston CB William Jackson has emerged as a leading candidate for the Jim Thorpe Trophy as well as All-America honors for the turnover-taking (27 in their first 10 games) Cougars…Memphis KS Jake Elliott started the week as the No. 6 kicker nationally with 1.8 field goals made per game…SMU seniors such as DE Andrew McCleneghen (NFF National Scholar-Athlete semifinalist), Darius Joseph, Derek Longoria, and Taylor Lasecki were among those who began their careers with a 43-10 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl triumph over Fresno State in 2012 and closed SMU Senior Night with a 49-21 victory over AAC opponent Tulane last Saturday…Texas A&M kicker Taylor Bertolet tied a school record set in 1983 with six field goals against Vanderbilt…Utah RB Devontae Booker has been sidelined indefinitely with a torn knee meniscus…Florida QB Will Grier has begun the appeal process for his 12-month NCAA substance suspension.

Former Conference USA communications administrator Tod Meisner is gaining Twitter followers from all areas of athletics in his leadership institute’s role in Alabama.

Former Oklahoma receivers Travis and Corey Wilson were featured in a Dallas Morning News headliner about Corey’s recuperation from a near fatal auto accident in 2009 to years of recovery. The Wilson brothers now are assistant coaches for Dallas (Texas) Parish Episcopal HS…2007 NFF co-Gold Medal recipient and Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden continues to enjoy brisk sales of his latest book “The Wisdom of Faith” and also wrote an inspiring forward for Todd Gerelds book “Woodlawn” about Bowden’s high school alma mater and the impact of “Touchdown Tony” Nathan of Alabama and civil rights in Birmingham, Ala., in the early 1970s.

Nissan’s new sponsorship agreements with various college teams and conferences continue to take shape and gain their timetables…Kilgore (Texas) College athletics is looking for potential sponsors to help outfit its conference-winning football team with championship rings…FOX Sports is making its sponsorship presence known in majority sponsorship for several upcoming athletics events.

The NCAA FCS Championship pairings were revealed via webcast last Sunday with 10 automatic berths and 14 at-large selections. Jacksonville State, the Ohio Valley Conference champion, is the No. 1 seed while four-time defending champion North Dakota State will face the Montana-South Dakota State winner in round two on Dec. 5. McNeese State is making a Southland Conference-most 16th appearance in the NCAA postseason race…Some of the top second-round NCAA Division II playoff matchups for Nov. 28 are defending DII champ Colorado State-Pueblo at No. 1 seed Midwestern State and historic Tuskegee at North Alabama…Top-notch NAIA matchups in this weekend’s quarterfinals are Tabor (Kan.) (11-1) at Morningside (Iowa) (11-1) and Southern Oregon (9-2) at Baker (Kan.) (11-1)…For complete NCAA DII and DIII pairings please access ncaa.com (football bracket links), and NAIA brackets are via NAIA.org (football bracket links)…The FWAA AutoNation Team of the Week for Nov. 17 was Oklahoma after upending previously-beaten and then-No 6 nationally Baylor…The FWAA AutoNation FBS National Players of the Week for Nov. 17 were (offense) Clemson QB Deshaun Watson with a career-high 465 yards of total offense against ACC opponent Syracuse and (defense) Houston LB Elandon Roberts with a career-most 18 tackles in a 35-34 win over then-No. 23 nationally Memphis of the AAC…Iowa State DE Mitchell Meyers is the most recent nominee for the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. He has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Houston, Texas, for the last several weeks for Hodgkin’s lymphoma…The IFRA and executive director Tex Noel are publishing a story in an upcoming historical journal about modern-day, 100-point football games. One of the most recent was Houston’s 100-6 win in 1969 over Tulsa, in which singer-actor Larry Gatlin scored the 100th point for UH against a young Tulsa defender LB Phil (Dr. Phil) McGraw of the Golden Hurricane…The IFRA also researched that last week’s NAIA opening round playoff win by Morningside 75-69 over St. Xavier (Ill.) is the second-highest NAIA combined point total in games where the two squads combined for 100-plus points.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Dec. 6, 2015 – CFP Bowls Selection Sunday, Time TBD
Dec. 31 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East, Noon
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West, 1 p.m.
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl, 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl, 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m.
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