ZHODB Notes Week 11
Five teams are within a game of first place in the West Division, while three schools are within a game of the East’s top spot. Big Ten Standings here.
The race to finish with C-USA’s best record and host the Championship heads down the stretch with lots of possibilities. C-USA Standings here.
BIG TEN BOWLING
Six have secured bowl eligibility: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Three other programs need one win: Indiana, Iowa and Maryland.
Old Dominion beat Marshall 38-14 to improve to 6-3. The Monarchs are bowl-eligible for the first time since moving to FBS in 2012. This is just the eighth year that ODU has played football and the second year that the program is fully eligible to play in a bowl. ODU ties Florida Atlantic for the second-youngest program to be bowl-eligible (South Alabama did it in year six).
MAYBE HE SHOULD BE T.D. BARRETT
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett was responsible for four touchdowns Saturday against Nebraska, giving him 94 career TDs responsible for, one shy of the Big Ten record set by Purdue’s Drew Brees from 1997-2000.
UTSA CLOSING IN A BOWL
UTSA posted a 45-25 win at Middle Tennessee to improve to 5-4. In their first season under coach Frank Wilson, the Roadrunners need one win to be bowl-eligible in just the third year the program is fully eligible to play in the postseason.
POINTS A PLENTY
Penn State has 103 points in its last two games, a first for the Nittany Lions since 2008 and since 2002 in league games.
Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson is the only FBS player to score five touchdowns in two games this season, the second coming in the Bulldogs 45-24 win at North Texas.
IN THE NEWS
Sam McKewon (@NickBaumgardner) from MLive.com writes that Michigan’s unlikely Heisman candidate Jabrill Peppers is keeping his head down and is focused on finishing strong. Read more here.
Brad Stephens (@stephens_brad) of the Bowling Green Daily News gives us the story of WKU’s successful senior class prepping for their final home game. More here.
Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) from the Toledo Blade is already looking ahead to Ohio State-Michigan, asking if we’re ready for it to be THE game in college football again. Um, yeah. Read it here.
Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) of the San Antonio Express-News tells the tale of UTSA first-year coach Frank Wilson returning to his home state of Louisiana for the first time since taking over the Roadrunners. Get it all 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): Miami (OH) vs. MTSU
Bill Bender (Sporting News): Indiana vs. Texas Tech
Brett McMurphy (ESPN): Central Michigan vs. LA Tech
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports): Northern Ill. vs. WKU
Mark Schlabach (ESPN): Maryland vs. LA Tech
Stewart Mandel (FOX Sports): Baylor vs. WKU