No. 2 Florida State continued its march to the ACC title and possible berth in the BCS national championship game, defeating Syracuse, 59-3, in Tallahassee on Saturday.
With the win, the Seminoles improved to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the ACC. It’s the first 10-0 start for FSU since 1999. The Orange dropped to 5-5 and 3-3.
The Seminoles were so flawless and dominant, they needed their quarterback, Heisman front runner Jameis Winston, for just the first half. The redshirt freshman completed 19 of 21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, as FSU jumped out to a 38-0 lead at the break. Winston then took a seat and watched as backup Sean Maguire directed the show in the second half.
He didn’t have to do too much. FSU out-gained Syracuse 523-247 (much of Syracuse’s yardage came with the game well in hand) and averaged over 11 yards per play. The Orange managed just 2.8 yards per rush, while starting quarterback Terrell Hunt was held to 75 yards on 10 of 18 passing.
The lone bright spot for Syracuse was a 32-yard field goal by Ryan Norton midway through the fourth quarter that allowed the Orange to avoid getting shutout for the second time in four games.
With games remaining against Idaho, Florida and possibly Duke in the ACC title game, it doesn’t look like too much is standing in the way of FSU’s first appearance in the BCS title game since 2000.
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.”
What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.
“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”
The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.
Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:
Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.
“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.
Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.