ZHODB Notes Week 10
The final month of the conference season has all 14 schools in action this weekend. Big Ten Standings here.
The final month of the regular season gets underway with six league clashes Saturday. C-USA Standings here.
BIG TEN BOWLING
Three more Big Ten schools gained bowl eligibility last weekend, as Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin joined Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State. Iowa and Maryland need one win to do so.
MATHERS OF FACT
Middle Tennessee senior RB I’Tavious Mathers ranks in the top five nationally in five categories, leading C-USA in all but all-purpose yards. He is third in scoring (11.2 ppg) and total touchdowns (15), fourth in rushing yards (1,088) and yards per game (136.0) and fifth in all-purpose (183.9).
BEST START EVER
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer collected his 161st career win, most by any FBS coach in his first 15 seasons. Meyer surpassed Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, who recorded 160 victories in his first 15 seasons.
OCTOBER TO REMEMBER
October was outstanding for Louisiana Tech, as the Bulldogs finished 5-0. The team averaged 48.8 points, throwing 28 TD passes and rushing for 13 more. LA Tech generated an average of 556.8 yards per game, with 376.0 coming through the air.
Nebraska continues to have remarkable success in the fourth quarter this season, outscoring its opponents 108-13 in the final 15 minutes. The Huskers’ plus-95 scoring margin in the fourth leads the nation.
Two C-USA QBs set school records. Southern Miss senior Nick Mullens became the all-time leader for passing yards with 11,057. Middle Tennessee sophomore Brent Stockstill broke the record for touchdown passes with 56 in just 21 games.
IN THE NEWS
Sam McKewon (@SWMcKewonOWH) from the Omaha World-Herald writes that Nebraska coach Mike Riley expects Huskers to rise to the moment against ‘top dog’ Ohio State. Read more here.
Aldo Amato (@Aldo_Amato) of The Daily News Journal shares with us five things we should know about the 6-2 Blue Raiders with four games left in the regular season. Get all five here.
Joe Juliano (@JoeJulesInq) from the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News writes that Penn State is likely in line for a better bowl in the Big Ten pecking order. More here.
Harry Minium (@Harry_MiniumVP) of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot writes that even though Marshall is down this season, Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder isn’t looking past the Thundering Herd. Read why the Monarchs expect a challenge here.
TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for the 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl are on sale at www.heartofdallasbowl.com. Tickets range from $25 for general admission, to $75 for a reserved lower bowl and $125 for a mid-field chair back.
HOLIDAY CHEER IN BIG D
The seventh Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl featuring teams C-USA and the Big Ten is slated to kick off at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET) on ESPN.
PROJECTING THE MATCHUP
Current projections from college football writers for the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:
Colin Becht (CNNSI): TCU vs. ODU
Bill Bender (Sporting News): Indiana vs. Texas Tech
Brett McMurphy (ESPN): Army vs. LA Tech
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports):Texas vs. WKU
Mark Schlabach (ESPN): Maryland vs. LA Tech
Erick Smith (USA Today): Maryland vs. WKU