ZHODB Notes Week 13
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL WEEK 13 NOTES
BIG TEN: Ohio State has secured a share of the East Division title and a berth in the 2017 Big Ten Championship Game. Wisconsin had previously locked up the outright West Division title. Big Ten Standings here.
BIG 12: No. 4 Oklahoma has clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. A win Friday would place TCU in the second spot. If the Horned Frogs lose and end up in a tie with one or more teams, the Big 12 tiebreaker procedure goes into effect. Big 12 Standings here.
SEVEN ARE IN FROM BIG TEN: Seven Big Ten schools — Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin — have clinched bowl berths by reaching six victories on the season. Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue can join that group with one more win, with the Hoosiers and Boilermakers meeting for the Old Oaken Bucket Saturday in West Lafayette. The Big Ten continues to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.
MAKE IT EIGHT?: An FBS-high 70% of Big 12 teams are bowl eligible - Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and West Virginia. Texas Tech needs a win over Texas in Friday’s regular season ﬁnale to become bowl eligible. The Big 12 is also the only FBS league in which 70% of teams have a winning record.
WILDCATS MAKING HISTORY: Northwestern has won six consecutive games (all during Big Ten play) for the first time since 1996. The Wildcats have also won 25 games in the past three seasons, the program’s best three-year stretch since 1903-05, when they won 26 games.
SOONER MAGIC: Since the Big 12 moved to a full-round robin schedule model in 2011, only one team (Oklahoma – 2016) over seven seasons has gone undefeated in conference play. The Sononers have won 23 of their last 24 Big 12 games, dating back to the 2015 season.
IN THE NEWS
Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal writes that Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury feels he has direct the focus off him and onto the seniors who might end their college careersthis week. That’s the case unless they beat Texas and qualify for a bowl. More here.
Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) of the Indianapolis Star points out that Indiana’s dominant defensive front promised only one more game. The Hoosiers can make it two by beating Purdue. The rest here.
Carlos Mendez (@CAlexMendez) of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that the TCU quarterback story takes another twist with Shawn Robinson now questionable against Baylor. The Horned Frogs are also playing for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. Find out what’s going on here.
Mike Carmin (@CarminJC) of the Lafayette Journal & Courier writes that the Purdue Boilermakers are on the verge a bowl berth, thanks to their defense. 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.