This is Different
The Miami (OH) student newspaper reported that the Miami athletic department uses student fees to purchase football tickets.
"The Miami University athletic department purchases approximately 10,000 football tickets per game with student fee money to meet the quota to remain a Division I-A football program," wrote Sara Bey of The Miami Student. "According to NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52, this practice is completely legal."
College football coaches, especially guys like Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, have issues finding privacy. Sports Illustrated's Tim Rohan did some digging on the vacation destinations of Saban and Swinney and came out with a really interesting article: The Vacation Town Where Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney Go to Disappear.
Texas vs. Texas A&M
Texas and Texas A&M haven't played since the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, ending — or at least suspending — one of college football's longest and best rivalries. And one attempt, a Texas House bill, to renew that rivalry hit a legal roadblock this week, though the bill itself wasn't serious. It was about jumpstarting a conversation, said state Rep. Lyle Larson.
"The conversations that are happening are very active," said Larson, who also said, for what it's worth (probably nothing), that he's been in contact with administrators at both schools.
Guess how many times an FBS quarterback threw for at least 500 yards in one game last year.
More or less than you thought?
While I didn't guess before seeing the total on Tuesday, I would've guessed far more than seven. Probably a dozen or more. And upon digging further, I was surprised to learn there were only seven last year, too, half as many as 2016. I dug deeper and grabbed the total number of 500-yard games and three- and five-year trends in the 21st century.
Sporting News ranked the top 25 quarterbacks in the country … Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin announced his transfer destination … Ezekiel Elliott paid for the funeral of Jaylon McKenzie … Georgia is showing other SEC schools how to schedule.
Scoring is Important
I was curious which teams win the most games when scoring the fewest points (i.e. 17-7 wins, 7-3 wins, etc.) and began searching active scoring streaks.
This is the first in a thread:
Longest active FBS streaks for teams scoring fewer than 40 points in a game:
1. Rice (26 consecutive games without 40+ points)
2. UTEP (24)
3. Rutgers (21)
4. UTSA (20)
T5. Wyoming (17)
T5. Northern Illinois (17)
T7. Northwestern (15)
T7. San Diego State (15)
— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) May 7, 2019
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With all due respect to the MAC (and MACtion), wins over MAC opponents are almost always worth far less than wins over most Power Five teams.
Per @Andy_Staples …
— #MACtion (@MACSports) May 7, 2019
During Nebraska's loss to Michigan State in Week 6 of the 2014 season, Huskers' lineman Jake Cotton committed one of the best false start penalties in football history.