WHO: 8-4 BYU vs. 8-4 Washington (Pac 12)
WHAT: Fight Hunger Bowl (12th Year)
WHERE: AT&T Park in San Francisco, California
WHEN: Dec. 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET
WHY: The Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco certainly will not be starving for offense. Washington and BYU should each have some success moving the football in this game with top 15 offenses and the ability to pu up 30 points per game. The Huskies enter the game having won four of their last five games down the stretch of the regular season. BYU has split their final four games of the year, with road losses at Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
Washington is looking for their highest win total in a year since the 2000 season, which would be a good way to provide some sort of momentum entering the Chris Petersen era for the Huskies. Washington will be coached by interim head coach Marques Tuiasosopo with Steve Sarkisian already getting settled in to his new job with USC. The Huskies will be led by quarterback Keith Price (2,8843 passing yards, 20 touchdowns) and running back Bishop Sankey (1,775 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns). It should be quite a difficult one-two combo for BYU’s defense to slow down, but BYU’s defense has been one of the toughest for teams to score on. BYU held nine of their opponents to fewer than 21 points, with linebacker Kyle Van Noy leading the defensive effort.
Both teams have quarterbacks who should be heavily involved on offense. While Washington has Price under center, BYU will have Taysom Hill led the Cougars in rushing with 1,211 yards and nine touchdowns. Hill edged running back Jamaal Williams and his 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns.
This game has potential to be back-and-forth, but Washington should have the overall athletic advantage that should prove to be a difference by the end of the game. If BYU’s defense can avoid letting Washington pull away, the Cougars should have a shot at picking up their fifth straight bowl win.
PREDICTION: Washington 36, BYU 34
Missouri State running back Richard Nelson was fatally shot in the back while attempting to break up a fight on Saturday night. He was 18 years old.
According to a description of the altercation from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nelson was at his home in his native Las Vegas when he attempted to break up a fight between his older sister and “several individuals” when one of the individuals shot Nelson multiple times. Officers responded to a call and transported him to Sunrise Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“I saw blood and everything,” Nelson’s girlfriend Christina Martinez told the Review-Journal. “The next thing I know, I look at him in the eyes. I touch his head and his eyes are closed. I heard his last breath and I just cried and cried,” she said Sunday. “I knew at that moment that I should have done something more. I wish I could have hugged him one last time. I wish I could have kissed him and said goodbye.”
Nelson planned to fly back to Missouri on Sunday to begin preparations for his redshirt freshman season in 2017.
“Our Missouri State football family is in shock and mourning at the loss of one of our family members,” Missouri State coach Dave Steckel said in a statement. “Richard is like a son and a brother. It is a tragedy that he lost his life defending what is right. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in Las Vegas, and we know he is in a good place with God. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of our football family at this time as we begin the healing process.”
“Richard is like a son and a brother,” added Missouri State AD Kyle Moats. “It is a tragedy that he lost his life defending what is right. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in Las Vegas, and we know he is in a good place with God.”
The average college football team topped 30 points per game for the first time in the game’s history, according to data compiled and released by the NCAA.
The typical team scored 30.04 points per game this fall, busting the record of 29.7 points per game per team set last fall. The Big 12 led all conferences with an average of 33.58 points per game. Western Kentucky led all teams with 45.5 points per game.
Consequently, the 2016 season also set the record for the longest average game time in FBS history.
As Dennis Dodd for CBS Sports notes, this is the seventh time since 2000 the average scoring record has been broken. That same record was broken 19 times in the previous 63 seasons.
This season also saw records broken for average total offense (417.5 yards per game), yards per play (5.83), yards per pass attempt (7.39) and touchdowns per game (3.82).
However, teams did average 182.99 rushing yards per game, the highest number since 1979.
One of college football’s most versatile players in the country is taking his game to the next level. Adoree’ Jackson of USC announced, via Twitter, he is declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jackson leaves USC as a highly-decorated player and leaves behind a legacy of versatility on the football field. Jackson was named the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award winner and was a consensus All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He was a threat on defense and special teams and even dabbled in offense at times. In the NFL, it is expected he will stick to defense and perhaps get a chance to play some special teams, which makes him a valuable asset in the draft.
The football-playing career for Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Anthony Jennings has officially come to a close. An appeal for an extra year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA, according to coach Mark Hudspeth.
“I’m very disappointed for Anthony,” Hudspeth told The Daily Advertiser. “I would’ve loved to have seen what he could’ve done with a year under his belt in our system.”
Getting an extra year for Jennings was believed to be a long shot, but there is no harm in trying. According to The Daily Advertiser, the case for Jennings was focused on Jennings being used sparingly during the 2015 season as a junior at LSU. Jennings appeared in two games for the Tigers in 2015 and recorded no stats. He transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette at the end of the 2015 season and was given a chance to play a significant role with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Louisiana-Lafayette now has a bit of a concern at quarterback for the upcoming season. The program returns reserve options Jordan Davis, Dion Ray and Jake Arceneaux, who redshirted last season. All three will be expected to be given a chance to compete starting this spring for the starting job this fall.