ZHODB Notes Week 4
AT A GLANCE
This weekend marks the start of conference play for Big Ten football, with four games on the docket. All Big Ten teams will take part in a nine-game conference schedule for the first time since 1984. Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five home games during odd-numbered years. With nine conference games and the schedule rotation, every player will have the opportunity to play against every other team in the conference at least once during a four-year period. Big Ten standings here:
League play picks up in a big way in Conference USA this week, with four C-USA matchups on the docket (UTSA at Old Dominion, North Texas at Rice, Louiisiana Tech at Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss at UTEP. C-USA standings here:
IN A RUSH
Conference USA has two of the top five rushers in the FBS. UTEP junior Aaron Jones is third at 146.3 yards per game, while Southern Miss junior Ito Smith is fifth at 144.0. The duo will square off against each this Saturday night in El Paso.
Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers became the first Big Ten student ever to earn the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week award in the same week, dating back to the debut of the latter honor in 1994.
COACH TO CURE
This week, many C-USA coaching staffs will be wearing special arm patches in honor of the AFCA’s Coach to Cure MD program. This is the ninth year coaches around the country join together to raise funding and awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Fans are encouraged to donate by texting “CURE” to 90999 or visiting www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
IN THE NEWS
Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) of the Lansing State Journal says Michigan State sets the record straight in bullying Notre Dame. The Spartans thumped the Irish (for a while) with creativity, guts, gusto. Read the rest here:
Aldo Amato (@Aldo_Amato) of the The Daily News Journal details two of the nation’s top receivers facing off for the second year in a row when Middle Tennessee plays Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Continue reading here:
Bill Rabinowitz (@BRDispatch) of the Columbus Dispatch writes that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s fervor for coaching appears strong as ever. Read more here:
Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) of the San Antonio Express-News writes that UTSA vows to play better after earlier struggles after Power 5 games. The whole story 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 a general admission seat, to $75 for a reserved lower bowl seat and $125 for a mid-field chair back seat.
HOLIDAY CHEER IN BIG D
The seventh annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on 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 Conference USA and the Big Ten is slated to kick off at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET), and televised nationally on ESPN.