ZHODB Notes Week 12
The battle remains tight for division titles and berths in the Championship Game on Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Big Ten Standings here.
West champ Louisiana Tech (8-3, 6-1) and East-leading WKU (8-3, 6-1) are both idle, but there is plenty to be decided in C-USA. C-USA Standings here.
BIG TEN SCENARIOS
EAST: Ohio State and Penn State have moved into a three-way tie for first place with Michigan, all at 6-1. All three teams have a chance to earn at least a share of the division title this weekend, but none can punch a ticket to Indy.
WEST: Nebraska and Wisconsin, both 5-2, are tied atop the standings, one game ahead of Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern. The Cornhuskers and Badgers can clinch a share of the division this weekend, but only Wisconsin can clinch a berth in the Championship Game this Saturday.
EAST: WKU (6-1) controls its destiny. The Hilltoppers claim the East by winning at Marshall. WKU also clinches with a loss if Old Dominion loses a game. ODU (5-1) can win the East by winning vs. Florida Atlantic and FIU, and having WKU lose at Marshall.
WEST: Louisiana Tech (6-1) has clinched.
BIG TEN BOWLING
Iowa became the seventh Big Ten school to become bowl-eligible, joining Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Three others are 5-5: Indiana, Maryland and Northwestern.
AS FAR AS BOWL-ELIGIBILITY IS CONCERNED
Four teams have at least six wins and bowl eligibility: LA Tech (8-3), WKU (8-3), ODU (7-3) and Middle Tennessee (6-4). Two teams have five wins: Southern Miss (5-5) and UTSA (5-5). Two teams have four wins: Charlotte (4-6) and North Texas (4-6).
C-USA can have as many as eight bowl-eligible teams and as few as four, depending on the final two weeks.
IN THE NEWS
Butch Davis has been named the new head coach of the FIU football program, Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia announced on Tuesday. Read more about the big-time hire here.
Tim May (@Tim_MaySports) of the Columbus Dispatch writes that Ohio State was the prime beneficiary of the calamity that hit major college football last weekend, rising three spots to No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. More here.
Harry Minium (@Harry_MiniumVP) from the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot is writes that the pain from last year’s loss to FAU led to this year’s gain at ODU. Read it here.
Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman) of StateCollege.com takes us back three months when Penn State seniors predicted they could play for the Big Ten title. Get it 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): South Alabama vs. ODU
Bill Bender (Sporting News): WKU vs. Texas Tech
Brett McMurphy (ESPN): Northwestern vs. WKU
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports): Army vs. WKU
Mark Schlabach (ESPN): Maryland vs. LA Tech
Stewart Mandel (FOX Sports): Baylor vs. WKU