ZHODB Notes Week 5
AT A GLANCE
All 14 schools are in action as the first full week of Big Ten play gets started, with six conference schools (Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota Ohio State and Purdue) opening their Big Ten slates on Saturday. Big Ten standings here:
Five league games on are the docket, including the Shula Bowl in south Florida when Florida Atlantic makes the short trip to Miami to face FIU in the conference opener for both teams. Ron Cooper takes over as coach of the Panthers as they look to get their offense going against an Owls squad that has won two of the three meetings as C-USA members. C-USA standings here:
Louisiana Tech senior WR Trent Taylor continues to put up huge numbers. He leads country in touchdowns (7) and ranks third in receptions (43) and receiving yards (632). He has 166 or more yards in his last three games, with at least two touchdowns in each of those outings.
HAWKEYES GOING STREAKING
Iowa has won nine consecutive regular season conference games, its longest winning streak in Big Ten play since the Hawkeyes won 10 in a row from 2001-02. Iowa also has won its last seven games on the road.
After throwing for 504 yards at Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Louisiana Tech senior QB Ryan Higgins is third in the FBS averaging 408.0 yards passing in his three starts. He has 10 TD passes in those three outings. Middle Tennessee sophomore QB Brent Stockstill is ninth in the FBS in passing yards with 1,362 (430.8 per game). Only four players have thrown more TD passes than Stockstill’s 13.
WHAT’S BETTER THAN PERFECT?
Minnesota is a perfect 14-for-14 in the red zone this season, with 13 of those red zone trips resulting in touchdowns.
IN THE NEWS
Mike Carmin (@CarminJC) of the Lafayette Journal & Courier writes that discipline is paying off for Purdue. It starts with learding page 202 of the rule book. Read more about that here:
Jason Munz (@Munzly) of the Hattiesburg American points out that Southern Miss is still in search of the elusive complete game, even after a 34-7 win at UTEP. Continue reading here:
Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) of the Indianapolis Star writes that after IU’s 33-28 loss to Wake Forest, Richard Lagow, Mitchell Paige, Nick Westbrook and Luke Timian rewatched the entire game. What did they learn? Read more here:
Harry Minium (@Harry_MiniumVP) of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot chronicled the display of unity between Old Dominion players and coaches before Saturday’s game against UTSA. 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.