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Boise State not quite out of the BCS conversation yet


Northern Illinois’ double overtime win over Kent State Friday will make things interesting Sunday night when the final BCS standings are revealed. The Huskies, now looking for a new coach, would need to jump up five spots to No. 16 in the BCS to receive an at-large spot in the Orange Bowl.*

Moving up those five spots would mean jumping Boise State in the process, but the No. 25 Broncos did their own BCS work on Saturday with a 27-21 win over Nevada. Boise State is now locked in a three-way tie atop the Mountain West with Fresno State and San Diego State. All three teams hold a 1-1 record against the other two.

The Broncos are ranked No. 20 in the BCS standings, meaning they would have to jump four spots (instead of NIU’s five) to receive a BCS berth. Both BSU and NIU got help with losses by UCLA and Kent State (No. 16 and No. 17 in the BCS, respectively), and losses by No. 18 Texas against Kansas State and No. 13 Florida State against Georgia Tech would help even more.

That’s a lot to ask, of course. The Broncos’ best win is against 9-3 Fresno State and NIU’s most impressive victory came on Friday against the Golden Flashes. That alone might give the Huskies enough to jump Boise State in the latest BCS rankings since KSU was ranked. But is it enough to get into the top 16? Voting SIDs coaches are hard to predict. It’s a small chance for both teams, and NIU might have the better odds, but Boise isn’t out of the conversation just yet. At least not officially.

(*Louisville, the Big East champion, will not be ranked above either NIU or BSU, so a non-AQ team only needs to finish in the BCS top 16)

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
Associated Press

One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”


Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”