Bowling Green’s romp over unbeaten Northern Illinois has already cost the conference millions in BCS money. In the end, it could prove costly for the winning team on the sidelines as well.
A source has confirmed to ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy that Wake Forest has targeted a pair of MAC head coaches to fill its vacancy: BGSU’s Dave Clawson and Ball State’s Pete Lembo. The latter has already interviewed for the opening, while the former is expected to do so in short order.
McMurphy reported that a decision from Wake Forest on a permanent replacement for the retired Jim Grobe could come as early as Sunday, presumably after interviewing Clawson today.
Clawson has been with the Falcons for five years and led the football program to its first conference championship since 1992 Friday night in Detroit. In his third season with the Cardinals, Lembo has BSU in bowl games in back-to-back seasons for just the second time in school history.
Prior to Bowling Green’s stunner in the MAC title game, it was reported that Lembo was the likely front-runner for the Wake job.
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