ZHODB Notes Week 7
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL WEEK 7 NOTES
BIG TEN: Two league teams remain undefeated on the season. Penn State is 6-0 for the first time since 2008, when the team started 9-0. Wisconsin is 5-0 for the first time since winning their first six games in 2011. Big Ten Standings here.
BIG 12: The State Fair of Texas is the backdrop for a matchup of the Big 12’s two most successful programs, as Oklahoma plays Texas for the 112th time Saturday. The game will be played in Dallas for the 89th straight year. Big 12 Standings here.
CAREER DAY FOR TAYLOR: Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for a career-high 249 yards and two touchdowns in Wisconsin’s to a victory at Nebraska to become the second true freshman in program history to record multiple 200-yard rushing games and the first since Ron Dayne in 1996. Taylor’s 249 rushing yards were the most by a Badger in a road game since Melvin Gordon rushed for 259 yards at Northwestern in 2014.
IOWA STATE RECOGNIZED: Iowa State was named the Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week following its victory over previously-unbeaten at No. 3 Oklahoma. The Cardinal and Gold were an easy nod for after their first win in Norman since 1990 and the first victory over an AP top-5 opponent on the road. ISU also snapped an 18-game losing streak against OU.
SPARTY TAKETH AWAY: Michigan State forced five Michigan turnovers (two fumbles, three interceptions), the most by a Spartan team since 2015. Safety David Dowell had a career game, collecting two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a career-high seven tackles.
NEW FACES IN RED RIVER RIVALRY: This season marks the first since 1947 that both Oklahoma (Lincoln Riley) and Texas (Tom Herman). The 1947 game marked the first year of the Bud Wilkinson era at OU and the debut season for Blair Cherry at UT. Wilkinson’s Sooners lost to Cherry’s Horns 34-14 in 1947 but won the next three.
IN THE NEWS
Tyler Palmateer (@TPalmateer83) of the Norman Transcript writes that Oklahoma called a players-only meeting in the aftermath of last week’s stunning loss to Iowa State. The aim was to identify what went wrong and what can be done to save a once promising season from falling apart. Read more here.
Rich Exner (@RichExner) of Cleveland.com writes that Ohio State is still on this list of 24 teams still in hunt for the college football playoffs. Check out the entire list here.
Carlos Mendez (@CAlexMendez) of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tells the tale of TCU quarterback Kenny Hill receiving one of the best awards in college football — a handwritten note from Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. More here.
Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) of the Lansing State Journal writes that if Michigan State wants to be a player in the Big Ten race, it begins at Minnesota. Click here.
TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the 2017 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl are now 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.
Fans will again be able to help thank first responders by “Sponsoring a Responder.” Fans can choose to purchase “additional” tickets for $15 that will be distributed to first responder members and their families. These generous ticket sponsors will be recognized during the game on Dec. 26.
HIGHER CAUSE: The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl is the first bowl game in the country to honor First Responders. Groups honored include firefighters, police and EMS personnel; with tributes during each quarter, and presentations throughout the event. The pre-game fan fest also brings together first responder groups from all over North Texas, with a tailgate outside Cotton Bowl Stadium, showcasing hardware from participating units and community organizations.
HOLIDAY CHEER IN BIG D: The eighth annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl featuring teams from the Big Ten and Big 12 is slated to kick off at 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET), and televised nationally on ESPN.