ZHODB Notes Week 9
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL WEEK 9 NOTES
BIG TEN: Three teams are tied atop the East Division standings as Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State are each 4-0 in conference play. The Buckeyes will host the Nittany Lions on Saturday, while the Spartans will visit Northwestern. Big Ten Standings here.
BIG 12: Two AP Top 25 matchups are on the slate with No. 25 Iowa State hosting undefeated No. 4 TCU and No. 11 Oklahoma State traveling to No. 22 West Virginia. Big 12 Standings here.
RACING TO 1000: With 126 rushing yards on Saturday, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor matched the FBS freshman record for fewest games needed to reach 1,000 yards. The others: Florida’s Emmitt Smith (1987), San Diego State’s Marshall Faulk (1991), Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson (2004), North Texas’ Jamario Thomas (2004) and Wisconsin’s P.J. Hill (2006). Taylor, Smith, Faulk, Peterson and Thomas did it as true freshmen.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Three more Big 12 games were decided in the ﬁnal seconds this past Saturday with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia all recording road wins. OU scored a game-clinching touchdown at K-State with 7 seconds remaining for a 42-35 decision. WVU recorded a sack on a two-point conversion attempt with 17 seconds left to hold off Baylor 38-36 while OSU nipped Texas in overtime 13-10.
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR SAQUON: Saquon Barkley became the first Penn State player and fourth in the Big Ten with 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his career, but the first Big Ten player to amass these totals in just his third season.
STINGY FROGS: TCU’s 21 yards of total defense against Kansas last week set a Big 12 record, and are the fewest allowed by an FBS defense this season and the fewest against an FBS opponent since at least 1996. The Horned Frogs have not allowed a touchdown in their last two games.
IN THE NEWS
Mitch Vingle (@MitchVingle) of the Charleston Gazette-Mail writes that West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen believes his Mountaineers are in a “good place” despite their narrow eascape against Baylor. Read more here.
Steve Batterson (@SBatt79) of the Quad City Times writes that Iowa LB Bo Bowerwants his Hawkeyes to bring home the bacon - literally - in the battle with Minnesota for Floyd of Rosedale. Slice it up here.
John Werner (@JohnWernerTrib) of the Waco Tribune-Herald writes that Bears coach Matt Rhule is leaning toward starting Zach Smith at QB against Texas despite that shot in the arm freshman Charlie Brewer gave the Bears last week. More here.
Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Penn State knows how dangerous Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett can be going into Saturday’s showdown atop the Big Ten East Division. 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.