SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Weekly Notes (11/15)

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Notes

BIG TEN: With just two weekends remaining in the regular season, all 14 Big Ten teams will take the field this week. The action opens on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and features six divisional matchups. Big Ten Standings here.

C-USA: We move into the final two weeks of the regular season with plenty to be decided. A full slate begins Thursday night with a rematch of last year’s C-USA Championship and continues Saturday with four league games and three nonconference contests at SEC opponents. C-USA Standings here.

CATS ARE PURRING: Northwestern clinched a share of the West Division title and a berth in the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game with its 14-10 win over Iowa last Saturday. The Wildcats, who lead the West Division with a 6-1 Big Ten record, can secure the outright division title this weekend with a victory over Minnesota.

BLAZING A TRAIL FOR AGGIELAND: West Division Champion UAB jumped into the top 25 on Sunday and will step out of C-USA play with a trip to Texas A&M. The staunch Blazers defense that ranks in the top five nationally in six categories will be tested by an Aggie offense that ranks among the top 25 in the FBS total offense.

GRAND RECEIVERS: Ohio State has three receivers with at least 1,000 career receiving yards, a first in school history. Terry McLaurin joined teammates K.J. Hill (1,544 yards) and Parris Campbell (1,378 yards) by going over 1,000 in the Buckeyes’ 26-6 victory over Michigan State. McLaurin caught five passes for 63 yards to reach 1,011 yards.

SCORING MACHINE: Over the last two seasons combined, Florida Atlantic junior RB Devin Singletary leads the FBS with 52 rushing touchdowns. That is 21 TDs more than the No. 2 player in rushing TDs over that span. Memphis RB Darrell Henderson ranks second with 31 combined rushing scores in 2017 and 2018. Singletary has an FBS-best 20 TDs this season.

IN THE NEWS

Mike Carmin (@Carmin_JC) of the Lafayette Journal & Courier writes how Senior Day and bowl eligibility are keeping the Boilermakers focused going into Saturday against Wisconsin. Get the rest here.

Evan Dudley (@DudleyDoRight02) lays it out for UAB in AL.com: Playing Texas A&M isn’t just a paycheck for the Blazers, it’s like Christmas. Find out why here.

Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) of the Bloomington Herald-Times shares that Indiana coach Tom Allen wants his second season to be remembered more fondly than his first. At 5-5, the Hoosiers have a chance to do just that. More here.

Grant Traylor (@GrantTraylor) of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch tells us how former Marshall walk-ons Chase Hancock and Malik Gant have grown into team leaders for the Herd. Read more here.

TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl are now on sale at www.firstresponderbowl.com. Tickets range from $25 for a general admission seat, to $75 for a reserved lower bowl seat and $150 for a mid-field chair back seat.

Fans will again be able to help thank first responders by “Sponsoring a Responder.” Fans can choose to purchase “additional” tickets for $15 that will be distributed to first responder members and their families. These generous ticket sponsors will be recognized during the game on Dec. 26.

PROJECTING THE MATCHUP

ESPN (Bonagura): BYU vs. North Texas

ESPN (Sherman): BYU vs. North Texas

SBNation: Minnesota vs. North Texas

USA Today: Colorado vs. LA Tech

SI.com: BYU vs. North Texas

CBS Sports: California vs. Miami

Sporting News: BYU vs. North Texas