Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve as chairman of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff, organizers announced Monday. Long will oversee a 13-member committee that selects and seeds the four playoff participants following the 2014 regular season. The first national championship game of the playoff era will be played Jan. 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Officials at Texas A&M and Arkansas have reached an agreement to return the teams’ annual football game to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, beginning with the 2014 season.
The agreement, announced today, extends through the 2024 season.
A&M and Arkansas met three times at the facility (2009, 2010, 2011) under a 10-year agreement to compete as non-conference opponents before A&M joined the Southeastern Conference for the 2012 season. With the Aggies’ move to the SEC, the teams’ game in College Station this season _ as well as the 2013 game at Arkansas _ were shifted to campus sites.
Both schools had expressed a desire to return the contest to Arlington once long-term SEC schedules could be tweaked to accommodate the move. In a statement, A&M president R. Bowen Loftin said returning the contest to Arlington for an extended stretch is “very advantageous for Texas A&M from a visibility and a recruiting standpoint” because of the opportunity to have an annual contest in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Loftin expressed gratitude to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for helping facilitate the date changes and hammer out the new agreement.
“We appreciate Jerry Jones and everyone in the Cowboys’ organization working with us over the past year concerning the future of the Arkansas series at Cowboys Stadium,” Loftin said. “This was a significant, unresolved issue as part of our transition to the SEC, and it was imperative for Texas A&M to play Arkansas at Kyle Field this season.”
A&M needed to play Arkansas at home in 2012 to give the Aggies a sixth game at Kyle Field as part of the team’s 12-game schedule, as well as a fourth SEC home game as part of an eight-game conference schedule.
Former Arkansas forward Devonta Abron is transferring to TCU, Horned Frogs’ coach Trent Johnson announced Wednesday. Abron, who attended Seagoville High School, wanted to move back to Texas because of a family health issue, according to CBSSports.com. Abron has applied for a waiver to play next season because of the family health concern. If he’s denied, he’ll have to sit out a year. Either way he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining at TCU. He averaged 5.7 points, 4.2 rebounds in 32 games, including 22 starts for the Razorbacks last season. “Devonta is a big addition for our program,” Johnson said in a release. “He is a great kid who has been a starter from a program that has played at a high level in a major conference. He is just another example of the type of player our staff is looking for as we enter the Big 12 Conference next season.” Abron (6-foot-8, 255 pounds) is the fourth player Johnson has added since taking over in April. He ranked as the nation’s No. 21 power forward recruit coming out of Seagoville. He joins center Aaron Durley, from Fort Bend Bush High School, who signed with TCU last week. Guards Charles Smith, from Fort Worth Trimble Tech, and Clyde Smith III, from Houston Hotchkiss School, signed earlier.
This should be a great day to ignore house projects/yard work as well as the telephone. If you live in North Texas you have one of five games to possibly attend. If you're too lazy to leave your couch, and there is no shame in that, there are games aplenty on the television machine.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 South Carolina, 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS How many times does Verne Lundquist say "Oh boy" to try to cover up a gaffe? I keep thinking the Tide will lose, I just don't see it being today.
No. 11 Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. CT, ABC Mike Sherman needs this more than Bobby Petrino. This will be a game whereas last season's version of this was not.
No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida, 6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN This should be a good game, but won't. Florida pulls away from an LSU team that can't get out of its own way. Both teams are talented and it should be a fun game of big plays, and self-inflicted pain.
No. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami, 7 p.m. CT, ABC This game is slowly regaining national relevance. Neither team is nearly as dominant as they were in the '90s, but this usually features a half dozen of future NFL players doing crazy junk on the field.
No. 17 Michigan State at No. 18 Michigan, 2:30 p.m. CT, ABC MSU's coach recently had a heart attack and yet he's going to coach from the booth. Dude, it's a football game. Stay at home and play Halo. MU's Denard Robinson is the most exciting player in college football since VY was killing it in Austin. A game where Keith Jackson needs to come out of retirement.
Colorado at No. 24 Missouri, 6 p.m. CT (no TV) Worth mentioning because this is the 20-year anniversary of the infamous "Fifth down game" that help give CU a national title.
I wish I could inform you that Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino went Barry Switzer on his next opponent, Texas A&M. Sadly, however, the Hawgs coach used his NFL training to say very little about the Aggies. You be the judge. Here is what he had to say today at his press conference in Hogville: "We understand that Texas A&M is a very good team. They have the ability to throw the ball and run it. Their quarterback has the ability to move around, make throws on the run and run with the ball. He gives you a lot of things you have to prepare for; we’re looking forward to our preparation for that. Defensively, they run the 3-4 package, run a lot of blitzes and try to out man you in a number of situations, so we are going to have to a really good job of preparing for their defensive philosophy. I’m happy with where we are and look forward to the week."
Impressive. Coach Petrino managed to throw out six sentences of just about nothing. His Hogs play the Aggies at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at JerryWorld.
A few days after A&M QB Jerrod Johnson had one of the best/worst games of his life in a loss against Okie State in Stillwater, Aggies coach Mike Sherman was asked if his QB's problems were as a result of the shoulder injury he suffered and had surgery on last spring. Nope. "Early in the season, not having had spring ball, he was a little rusty at times just throwing," The Sherminator said today. "I think we constantly checked his shoulder. Both he and the doctors said it's fine. He rifled the ball (at OSU) a few times which warranted saying his shoulder is fine." So if it's not the shoulder, how to explain JJ's sudden penchant for being Mr. Nice Guy with the ball? He had five turnovers against the Cowboys, including four INTs. It ruined a game where JJ threw for 409 yards and five TDs. JJ has thrown eight INTs in his last two games. He threw eight INTs all of last season. Sherman said some of the picks were not necessarily on JJ, but that this turnover streak is about choices. "He's always been pretty good with (the ball)," Sherman said. "It's decision making." Sherman said he will stick with JJ, that he gives his team the best chance to win. The Obvious Statement of the Day - A&M has no chance this Saturday against No. 11 Arkansas is JJ continues with his giving ways.
The following question is expected to be added to next year's SAT test. See how you do - remember, no guessing.
1. A major college football game will be played at JerryWorld at 2:30 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon. The expected crowd should be approximately 70,000. A few hundred yards away at 4:07 p.m. at NolanRyan World, a Major League Baseball playoff game will begin. The expected crowd should be approximately 47,000. Since the two respective stadiums share many of the same parking facilities, fans who plan to attend the game should do what:
1.) Don't go. 2.) Leave no later than Tuesday afternoon. 3.) Drop in via parachute and walk home. 4.) Ride a bike. 5.) Leave immediately.
Like Jesse Jackson once said on Saturday Night Live, "The question is moot." Parking around the Arkansas/A&M game and the Rangers game may be historically challenging. At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Texas A&M will play No. 11 Arkansas at JerryWorld. Expect at least 60,000 to 70,000 for the game. So it should be a full house, and a lot of traffic. A few hundreds away from JerryWorld at 4:07 p.m., the Texas Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. This is certain to be Pig Slop.
* TCU coach Gary Patterson said after his team’s win against SMU it was like “Alabama-Auburn”. Do you think Alabama coach Nick Saban will say, “It was like TCU-SMU” after the Tide play the Tigers in November?
(OK, it’s a cheap shot, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t take it. It’s sports. Have fun, people.)
* A huge win for UNT coach Todd Dodge against Florida Atlantic. The Mean Green, who have been beset by injuries unlike no other team in Division I, are 1-3 and 1-0 in the Sun Belt.
Dodge was down to his third-string QB, Riley Dodge, who won all of those games for his dad when the pair were at SouthlakeCarrollHigh School. Riley completed 10-of-15 passes for 146 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. He also ran 11 times for 67 yards.
TD lives to coach another day.
* TexasState is 3-1 for the first time since 2005 after it defeated Southern Utah, 42-28. The Bobcats, ranked No. 23 in the I-AA poll, ran for 224 yards.
* Now that Houston is without QB Case Keenum for the season with an injury, the Coogs may be a running team. RB Bryce Beal ran for 123 yards and four touchdowns in UH’s 42-23 win against Tulane. The Coogs are starting a true frosh QB, Terrance Broadway.
* BYU’s last season in the MWC isn’t terribly memorable, mostly the Cougars aren’t very good. BYU lost at home against future MWC member, Nevada, 27-13. True frosh QB Jake Heaps made his first start for the Cougars, and was 24-of-45 for 229 yards.
* BoiseState better watch out - Nevada can play. The Wolfies are 4-0, and host the Broncos on Nov. 26.
* Lamar returned to reality. The first-year program was blown out at Stephen F. Austin, 71-3. SR QB Jeremy Moses threw for 353 yards and four TDs, and went over the 10,000-yard mark for his career.
* I have no idea what to make of CUSA. I know no one cares, mostly because the conference has no top 25 team now that UH QB Case Keenem is out. But for the sake of TCU’s strength of schedule, it needs SMU to win that conference. Even if the Ponies win though, the voting masses won’t care anyone beat the CUSA champs’ because no one is clearly better than the other.
* Alabama is the best team in the nation, but I don’t like its chances of running the table again in the SEC. Alabama’s next two games are vs. No. 9 Florida, and at No. 12 South Carolina. On Nov. 6, the Tide play at No. 15 LSU. And, of course, the Tide finish with Auburn. The Tide have to lose eventually, right?
* How much money is being spent on the ad campaign for the new Wall Street movie? I'm seeing that ad in my sleep.
* We don’t know exactly how good Oregon is because it plays in the Pacific Time zone. It’s more proof how badly you need to be in the Central or Eastern time zone, or be Los Angeles, to really get noticed. That said, the Ducks are a serious threat to reach the BCS title game.
* UTEP’s win against Memphis gives the Miners a 3-1 start, their best since 2005. It’s just the sixth time in the last 46 seasons the Miners are won three of their first four games. Lots of tradition in El Paso. But it could save Mike Price’s job.
The game was won after the Miners drove the ball 95 yards in the final minutes to set up Dakota Warren’s 18-yard FG.
* After handling Rice in rain-filled game, Baylor is halfway to six wins to qualify for the What Else Is There To Do In This Town Bowl. Can the Bears get there?
* The Big East is awful. Period. It’s only ranked team, however, No. 22 West Virginia, actually showed itself quite nicely in a 20-14 loss at No. 15 LSU.
* Auburn QB Cameron Newton may be better than Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. Not as a pro, but as a collegian.
* Did any athletic department stuff their bank account on the backs of its football team more than San Jose State? The Spartans traveled to play at Alabama, at Wisconsin and at Utah; they lost those three games by the combined score of 131-20. If they didn’t clear $2 million off those three losses something is wrong.
* Suspend the idea that the best RB at Alabama is backup Trent Richardson. He’s good, but JR and defending Heisman winner Mark Ingram is better.
* Texas A&M’s best chance to beat Arkansas in two weeks is to get pressure on Hogs QB Ryan Mallett and hope he throws picks the way he did against Alabama.
But the way the Tide ran on the Hogs should give Aggies hope that Christine Michael and Jerrod Johnson can score points.
* Texas’ big home loss to UCLA has to have the people in Lubbock worried. This was the same Texas defense that dominated the Red Raiders.
* Oklahoma had to be looking forward to next week’s game against Texas. The Sooners probably should have lost at Cincinnati on Saturday night, but they were the better team.
* I’ll keep saying this - Nebraska is going to win the Big 12 title game in its last season in the conference. And no one will be grinning any bigger than Tom Osborne.
* The Big 12 North is almost as bad as the Big East. In fact, the whole Big 12 is a bit down this year.
* What the Big 10 did this weekend was shameful. The conference finished a collective 8-2, all at home, against a schedule that was so weak and so lame that fans should have been admitted for free.
The opponents were: Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Northern Colorado, Ball State, Austin Peay, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Akron, Temple.
The eight teams that won did so by the combined score of 385-109. Two teams scored 70 points.
Lost in these stupid numbers is that two of schools from this “power” conference actually managed to lose. How?
Purdue should be kicked out of the conference after losing 31-20 to Toledo in West Lafayette. And Minnesota coach Tim Brewster all but signed his “fired” papers after the Gophers lost 34-23 to Northern Illinois.
* TCU needs more style points. Every margin needs to be at least 20 points.
Seldom in the history of ever is Northwest, Arkansas the place to be. (Actually, the University of Arkansas is located in the quaint, scenic, hilly region of Fayetteville. Any fan of anything should try to get there one day.) This Saturday the entire world will stop when No. 1 Alabama plays the No. 10 Hogs at Razorback Stadium. Thanks to Michigan-transfer QB Ryan Mallett, the Hogs are nationally relevant and pose a serious threat to not only defeat Alabama but win the SEC. Mallett is the top QB prospect in the nation, thanks largely to the fact that Washington QB Jake Locker went crazy awful this far. Now, how is this game relevant to Texas? The last time Arkansas defeated the No. 1 team in the nation at Razorback Stadium was ... Oct. 17, 1981. The Hogs were unranked and defeated the Horns, 42-11. Cool little tidbit from the good folks at NWAoline.com: In that 1981 game, Jay Bequette was a junior starting center for the Hogs. On Saturday, his son, Jake Bequette, will be a junior starting defensive end for UA.