ZHODB Notes Week 12
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL WEEK 12 NOTES
BIG TEN: Wisconsin has clinched a share of the West Division title and a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game. East Division leader Ohio State can lock up a berth in the championship game with a win over Illinois and a Wisconsin win over Michigan. Big Ten Standings here.
BIG 12: Oklahoma has taken over sole possession of first in the standings with a 6-1 record and two games left. Oklahoma State, TCU and West Virginia are tied for second at 5-2. The top two teams advance to the Big 12 Championship Game to be played Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Big 12 Standings here.
JACKSON DOUBLES UP ON PICK 6: Iowa’s Josh Jackson tied a Big Ten record by returning two interceptions for touchdowns against Wisconsin last week. Jackson is the third conference student ever to accomplish that feat, joining Northwestern’s Colin Ellis (vs. California on Aug. 31, 2013) and another Hawkeye, B.J. Lowery (vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 21, 2013).
ROAD WARRIORS: Only four teams have road wins over top 11 teams with the Big 12 home to three of those. Oklahoma is the only team with two road wins over top 11 teams. Iowa State and TCU are two of the three programs with one road win over a top 11 opponent.
BADGERS IN SPECIAL TERRITORY: Wisconsin is off to a school-record 10-0 start this season (previous bests were 9-0 debuts in 1998 and 2004) and the Badgers are one of four remaining undefeated FBS programs. Paul Chryst also became the third coach in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in each of his first three seasons, joining Michigan’s Fielding Yost (1901-03) and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer (2012-14).
SOONERS STREAKING: Oklahoma won its eighth straight game against an AP-ranked opponent with its victory over TCU on Nov. 11. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that’s the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind Clemson (9).
IN THE NEWS
Carlos Silva (@ CMSilvaJr) of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal writes that Texas Tech must match TCU’s physical play, especially in the trenches, if the Red Raiders hope to pull off a huge upset Saturday in Lubbock. Read more here.
Randy Johnson (@RJstrib) of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune points out that Minnesota need one more win to qualify for a bowl, but there’s a way that five could be enough for the Gophers to go bowling. Find out how here.
Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) of the Wichita Eagle writes that Kansas State coach Bill Snyder says the Wildcats are still searching for team chemistry 10 games into the season. Find out why here.
Louie Vaccher (@WildcatReport) of the Wildcat Report writes that Northwestern receiver Bennett Skowronek, coming off arguably his finest performance of the season, is proof that practice really does pays off. More 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.