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LSU, two B1G schools will have most players on Super Bowl rosters

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The LSU Tigers football program represented the sport well in winning the 2019 national championship, and now they’re set to be well-represented when the next level crowns its Super Bowl champion as well.

Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs again overcame an early deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers to earn a berth opposite the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. That game will be played at the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Feb. 2.

The 49ers, seeking their first Super Bowl win since 1994, have four former LSU football players currently listed on their official online roster*. The Chiefs, in search of their first title since 1969, have one former LSU football player on their Super Bowl roster. That total of five is tied for the most for a single school in this year’s game.

The number for LSU is matched by a pair of schools from the Big Ten — Iowa and Penn State — for the most players on Super Bowl rosters this year. Three former Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes play for the 49ers, two for the Chiefs.

Two SEC schools, Florida and Vanderbilt, each have four former players as part of the game, as does Stanford. Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State are two of a gaggle of schools with three players on teams playing in the game, which is the most of any Group of Five conference member.

Conference-wise, it was the SEC leading the way (again) with 32 players, followed by the Big Ten’s 22. The ACC (17), Pac-12 (16), Big 12 (12) and Conference USA (11) were the only other FBS leagues in double digits.

As for the other conferences?

  • Mountain West, nine
  • AAC, six
  • MAC, five
  • Sun Belt, four

Football independents accounted for six players. There were a total of 21 players who played at levels of football other than the FBS.

Below are all of the individual schools that will be represented on Super Sunday:

FIVE
Iowa
LSU
Penn State

FOUR
Florida
Stanford
Vanderbilt

THREE
Arizona
Auburn
Clemson
Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
South Carolina

TWO
Alabama
BYU
Central Michigan
Duke
FAU
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Oregon
Purdue
Southern Miss
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
USF
Utah
Virginia

ONE
Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Buffalo
Cal
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
Harvard
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana
McGill (Canada)
Minnesota
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Princeton
Samford
San Diego
San Jose State
SMU
South Carolina State
TCU
Temple
Texas Tech
UConn
Utah State
Valdosta State
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Washington
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky
Wyoming

(*Includes players on injured reserve, practice squad, etc.)

More than five dozen players hit transfer portal on Monday alone

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If you thought the omnipresent portal was busier than normal to start your work week, you weren’t exactly wrong.

Amidst myriad coaching news, including the stunner out of Seattle, CFT brought you word Monday that players from South Carolina (HERE), Tennessee (HERE) and Minnesota (HERE) had made their way into the NCAA transfer database.  But wait, there were more.  A lot more.

  • Texas A&M tight end Glenn Beal.  Started two of the 16 games in which he played.  Caught five passes for 21 yards, with all of those coming this season.
  • Texas offensive lineman JP Urquidez. Of his 11 career appearances, 10 came in 2019.
  • Oklahoma State tight end Grayson Boomer. The four-star 2019 signee missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL.
  • Two UCLA linebackers, Tyree Thompson and Noah Keeter. Thompson started every game in 2018 but missed all of 2019 due to injury, while Keeter did not play in any games as a true freshman this past season.
  • Two Boston College redshirt freshmen defensive backs, Aaron Gethers and Evan Stewart. Gethers played in five games this season, Stewart one.
  • Ole Miss offensive lineman Bryce Mathews. A four-star 2016 signee, Mathews spent his time in Oxford as a backup for the Rebels.
  • Arkansas offensive lineman Silas Robinson. Played in six games after redshirting as a true freshman in 2018.
  • Bowling Green quarterback Grant Loy.  Started seven games this past season for the Falcons
  • Another Minnesota offensive lineman, Ben Davis. Played in nine games the past two seasons, including just one in 2019.

All told, by one media member’s account, more than five dozen FBS players hit the portal on Monday alone.

Included in that total was also nearly a dozen from one school all by itself.

Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson rushes for 298 yards in win over Bowling Green

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While most of the college football world was busy watching Virginia claim its first-ever spot in the ACC championship or shopping on Black Friday — or doing their Black Friday shopping while watching Virginia-Virginia Tech — one MAC player was quietly posting some mind-blowing numbers that haven’t been seen in the game this season.

In a 49-7 blowout of Bowling Green (3-9), Buffalo (7-5) ran for 455 yards on 51 carries, an average of 8.9 yards per attempt.  Sophomore Jaret Patterson accounted for a whopping 298 of those yards, setting a single-game school record in the process.

Patterson also scored six rushing touchdowns, tying the MAC record in that category as well.

Prior to today, Patterson’s career-high had been 192 yards set just last week in a win over Toledo.  Patterson now has 10 career games of 100-plus yards, with seven of those coming this season.  He also extended his streak of such games to five in a row.

Coming into Week 14, Patterson’s 1,328 yards were 10th nationally and second in the MAC to Western Michigan’s LeVante Bellamy‘s 1,412 yards.  Patterson is now the conference’s leading rusher heading into the postseason as Bellamy’s total includes his Week 14 total posted this past Tuesday.

Frank Solich becomes MAC’s winningest coach after Ohio routs Bowling Green

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Amidst negotiations on yet another contract extension, Frank Solich has added yet another notch to his résumé.

Thanks in part to Nathan Rourke‘s four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), Ohio took Bowling Green State to the woodshed in a 66-24 road rout Tuesday night.  The Bobcats averaged 8.6 yards per carry in rushing for 342 yards, led by O’Shaan Allison‘s career-high 175 yards on the ground.  Allison also ran for three touchdowns after coming into the game with just two in his career.

The win is the 111th for Solich during his time at Athens, making him the all-time winningest head coach in MAC history.  The 75-year-old Solich surpassed Herb Deromedi, who won 110 games at Central Michigan from 1978-93.

“It seemed like it stalled itself out a little bit for a while, but we’re interested in winning football games, and this record goes with it,” Solich, in the midst of his 15th season with the football program, said in quotes distributed by the school. “I feel really good about it, but a lot of people were involved in this. A lot of great players over the years that have come through Ohio that have set the tradition to where we were able to recruit well and win football games.

“There have been tremendous athletes and tremendous coaches. If you have that combination, you’re going to have a few wins. A lot of people have been involved in winning some football games, so I appreciate everything that people have been done during my time at Ohio. I will say this, it is as good as I could ever hope for in a coaching business in terms of those 15 years and how it all worked.”

With the win, Ohio also moved to 5-6 and within one more win of becoming bowl-eligible.  With a win over winless Akron next Tuesday, Ohio would qualify for the postseason for the fifth straight season and 11th time overall under Solich.

Miami (OH) one win away from first MAC East title in nearly a decade

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It’s been quite the conference turnaround for Chuck Martin‘s Miami (OH) squad the past couple of years.

In the head coach’s first four seasons, the Redhawks went 14-18 in MAC play.  With Wednesday night’s dominating 44-3 win over Bowling Green, Miami improved to 5-1 in the league on the season; the past two years, that record now stands at 11-3.

Not only that, but Miami is one win away from claiming its first MAC East title since 2010, closing out the regular season against winless Akron and a road trip to 4-5 Ball State.

At 6-4, the Redhawks could be going bowling for the first time since 2016 and just the second time in nearly two decades.  Two more wins would give the football program its most victories in a season since the 10-4 2010 squad that won the division and the conference championships.

Miami’s four losses this season, incidentally, have come to No. 2 Ohio State, No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 20 Iowa and Western Michigan, which currently leads the MAC West division.

In the latest win, a 27-point second quarter fueled Miami’s 37-3 halftime lead en route to its most lopsided win of the season over a non-FCS school.  Their previous four FBS wins had come by a combined 25 points, including three by seven points or less.

Bowling Green, meanwhile, was officially eliminated from the postseason as the Falcons’ record now sits at 3-7 on the season.