Ask and ye shall receive.
College football fans have long clamored for more quality non-conference matchups, and today Ohio State and Oregon became the latest programs to answer that call as the Buckeyes and Ducks announced an agreement on a future home-and-home series between the two schools. The Buckeyes will travel to Eugene Sept. 20, 2020, while the Ducks will make the trip east to Columbus for a Sept. 11, 2021, game.
“Oregon has developed into one of the premier football programs in the FBS,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “We are excited to add them to our future slate of games.”
OSU and UO have faced each other eight times in football, the first coming in the 1958 Rose Bowl and the last in the 2010 Rose Bowl. Ohio State owns a decided 8-0 advantage in the sporadic series.
“We are excited to add a home and home series with Ohio State as it provides another major conference opponent to our future schedule,” Smith’s UO counterpart, Rob Mullens, said in his statement. “The Pac-12 and Big Ten have enjoyed a long-standing relation-ship, so the opportunity to add another Big Ten opponent was attractive.
“We have two of the most passionate fan bases in college football and the atmosphere at both Ohio Stadium and Autzen Stadium are among the best in college football. Attracting top teams to Autzen Stadium remains a goal as this is the type of matchup our loyal fans love.”
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah