Rematch is official for BCS title game

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Well, it’s official. What many predicted might happen for the last couple of weeks has come to fruition. The SEC is going to win it’s sixth straight BCS national title (or, lose its first depending on how you look at it). No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will meet in the championship game on Jan. 9 following up on one of the most controversial endings to the regular season since the BCS was unfortunately brought into this world in 1998.

That means no national title shot for No. 3 — and Big 12 champion — Oklahoma State, which is .0086 percent behind Alabama in the BCS average. The Cowboys will be playing No. 4 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 instead in what could be one of the most interesting games of the postseason.

I’m sure it still doesn’t make up for what could have been for the Cowboys.

But, the decisions have been made and the championship game is set.

Below are the matchups for all five BCS games:

(All rankings reflective of BCS standings) 

BCS National Championship (Jan. 9)

No. 1 LSU vs No. 2 Alabama

Rose Bowl Game (Jan. 2) 
No. 5 Oregon vs No. 10 Wisconsin

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2) 
No. 3 Oklahoma State vs No. 4 Stanford

Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 3) 
No. 13 Michigan vs No. 11 Virginia Tech

Discover Orange Bowl (Jan. 4) 
No. 15 Clemson vs No. 23 West Virginia

There are a few notable teams missing from this group of 10. First, TCU ended up at No. 18 in the final BCS rankings despite placed at No. 15 in both the Coaches poll and Harris poll, which contribute to the BCS standings. The Horned Frogs would have had to finish sixteenth or higher in the BCS to get an automatic qualifying spot in a BCS bowl. In fact, no teams from non-AQ conferences will be going to the BCS for the first time since 2005.

Also, No. 8 Kansas State and No. 12 Baylor are nowhere to be found. Yet No. 11 Virginia Tech, which hasn’t beaten a single Top 25 team all year, received an at-large bid to play No. 13 Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. Also keep in mind Michigan State is at No. 17 — just missing the cut for the at-large pool — and beat the Wolverines head-to-head. But Sparty will not play in a BCS game this year.

Gotta love it.

And, for your enjoyment — or agony — here’s the rest of the BCS standings:

(Also, to see the non-BCS bowl matchups, you can check out our full list HERE)

Louisville, USF announce future three-game series

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This is one we would’ve liked to have seen when Lamar Jackson and Quinton Flowers would’ve been taking the field.

Be that as it may, Louisville and USF announced Thursday morning that the football programs have reached an agreement on a future three-game series.  The Cardinals will travel to South Florida for Sept. 21, 2024, for the middle game of the series.  The Bulls will head to Papa John’s Stadium Sept. 24, 2022, and Sept. 19, 2026.

“The USF and Louisville programs have featured some of the most exciting players in college football over the last few seasons,” USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. “We are excited to have Louisville returning to Raymond James Stadium and to add a three-game series with an exciting, top-level opponent with which we share a great deal of history.”

Tne two schools have met in football 11 times previously, most coming when both were members of the now-defunct Big East conference. They first played in 2003, with the last matchup coming in 2013.

The Cardinals hold a 6-5 lead in the mini-series.

Baker Mayfield named winner of 2017 Manning Award

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Baker Mayfield‘s collegiate career may be over, but he’s not finished collecting some hardware from this level.

Thursday, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced that Mayfield has been named as the winner of the 2017 Manning Award.  The award, named in honor of the quarterbacking Mannings — ArchiePeyton and Eli — is the only one to take into account a quarterback’s performance in the postseason.

“I would like to thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl for creating this award in our family’s name 14 years ago,” said Archie Manning in a statement. “It is an honor to have our name associated with the top quarterback in the nation each year. I would also like to congratulate Baker Mayfield, who capped a tremendous career with an outstanding senior season to earn this honor. To say he took a different path to success would be an understatement. I doubt there’s ever been a player who walked on to two different teams and reached this level of success.”

The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner won this honor over a field of finalists that included J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Sam Darnold (USC), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Trace McSorley (Penn State), McKenzie Milton (UCF), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) and Khalil Tate (Arizona).

Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had been the winner of the last two Manning Awards.

Report: Death of Bill Snyder’s grandson being investigated as suicide

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The situation in Manhattan is tragic enough.  This latest development merely serves to add to the sorrow.

Kansas State confirmed in a statement Thursday morning that the grandson of legendary head football coach Bill Snyder and longtime K-State assistant Sean Snyder, 22-year-old Matthew Snyder, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon.  While details are scant, USA Today Sports is reporting that Snyder’s death is being investigated as a suicide.

A police spokesperson told the Kansas City Star that the young man’s passing is being classified as an “unintended death,” an umbrella under which suicide falls.

“Right now it is still being classified as an unintended death,” the spokesperson told the Star. “A suicide does fall under that category, but at this time ‘unintended death’ is the language that we are using until we can further investigate.”

Emergency personnel were called to Snyder’s residence in Manhattan yesterday afternoon on an unspecified medical call.  The address of the house to which the first responders were called is listed as being owned by Sean Snyder and his wife.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snyder family during this very difficult time,” a statement from KSU athletic director Gene Taylor read. “We are deeply saddened to learn of this news and ask that the family’s privacy continue to be respected. Sean, Wanda, and the entire Snyder family are greatly appreciative of the outpouring of support displayed by the K-State Family as they cope with this tragedy.”

In wake of Tyler Hilinski’s suicide, Drew Bledsoe sends powerful message to men

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As Washington State continues to come to grips with tragedy, there are those connected to the program who are hoping, even pleading, that something good can come out of the pain.

Tyler Hilinski‘s body was found Tuesday evening at his residence, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head.  As those close to Hilinski mourn the sudden death of the 21-year-old redshirt sophomore quarterback, some, including teammate John Bledsoe, took to social media to express their grief.

Bledsoe is a freshman quarterback at Wazzu who is also the son of Cougar great Drew Bledsoe. On his Instagram account Wednesday, the elder Bledsoe, who acknowledged that he didn’t know Hilinski well, sent out a heartfelt message imploring men “to learn to TALK about how we are feeling.”

“If we sprain an ankle we go see a doctor,” Bledsoe wrote. “If we’re struggling emotionally we have to learn to treat it the same way.”

Everybody needs help at some point.  Male or female, if you’ve gotten to that point, reach out for the help.  As Bledsoe stated, it’s not a sign of weakness it’s the ultimate sign of strength.  Talk to a family member, friend, co-worker, clergy, anyone.  If you’re too embarrassed to talk to someone you know, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is just a phone call away at 1-800-273-8255.

Just talk to someone.  Whether you believe it at the time or not, your life is worth it.