ZHODB Notes Week 4
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL WEEK 4 NOTES
BIG TEN: Three conference matchups highligh a seven-game slate. Rutgers visits Nebraska, Michigan travels to Purdue and Penn State heads to Iowa in the Big Ten opener for all six. Four squads enjoy bye weeks: Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Big Ten Standings here.
BIG 12: Seven programs are in action, highlighted by No. 16 TCU at No. 6 Oklahoma State. Texas, Kansas State and Baylor are off. Big 12 Standings here.
ROAD DOMINANCE: Purdue posted its largest road win in more than 18 years on Saturday with a 35-3 win at Missouri. The last time the Boilermakers won by a margin of that size on the road was Sept. 4, 1999 (47-13 at Central Florida), and it was the fewest points Purdue allowed in a road game since Oct. 25, 1997, when the Boilermakers registered a 48-3 win at Illinois.
SHOWDOWN IN STILLWATER: No. 16 TCU’s trip to No. 6 Oklahoma State marks the fourth time in six seasons that the Horned Frogs play in Stillwater. Upon entering the Big 12 in 2012, TCU inherited Texas A&M’s league schedule in which the Aggies owed the Cowboys an extra home game. TCU played at Oklahoma State in 2012 and 2013, before hosting the Cowboys for the first time in 2014. The game features the all-time winningest coaches at both schools: Gary Patterson (152) for TCU, Mike Gundy (107) for OSU.
J.T. PASSES BREES: Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was responsible for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win over Army West Point on Saturday, setting the Big Ten career record in that category with 107, one more than Purdue’s Drew Brees registered from 1997-2000.
SWEET AS A ROSE: Texas Tech senior quarterback Nic Shimonek was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week on Tuesday following his 543-yard, six-touchdown performance against Arizona State.
IN THE NEWS
Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) of the Lansing State Journal writes that Michigan State will learn will its learn true character, along with its flaws against Notre Dame. Read more here.
Mark Cooper (@Mark_CooperJr) of the Tulsa World explains why Jordan Brailford sets an example for the rest of Oklahoma State’s defense. Get the rest here.
Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) of StateCollege.com writes that it’s hard to argue with Penn State’s methods so far this season, but it’s also hard not to imagine how much better this offense could get if the receivers are only just getting started. More here.
Sean Manning (@SeanManning_DP) of the Morgantown Dominion Post lets us know that WVU defensive end Ezekiel Rose doesn’t have to look over his shoulder like he did the last two seasons when he was at East Mississippi Community College team, a program featured in the Netflix original series “Last Chance U.” Click here for more.
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.