Greg Mattison has been announced as a finalist for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the top assistant coach of the year. It's a pretty big honor just to be nominated let alone be named a finalist, so congrats to Coach Mattison and good luck. The winner will be announced on December 6.
2011 Broyles Award Finalists:
John Chavis, DC (LSU)
Paul Chryst, OC/QB (Wisconsin)
Greg Mattison, DC (Michigan)
Garrick McGee, OC/QB (Arkansas)
Sal Sunseri, Asst. HC/LB (Alabama)
The following is inspired by the faint possibility of a 7-6 UCLA team playing in the Rose Bowl (oops, Oregon just scored another touchdown...).
Suppose a Big Ten team (Let's say Indiana just for fun) starts the season with four straight non-conference losses. Also suppose that Indiana goes 3-5 in conference play but still wins the Leaders division. This is not impossible - if every Leaders team loses every game against the Legends division, and each team goes either 3-2 or 2-3 in intra-Leaders games, then the division winner will be whichever 3-2 team wins the tiebreaker.
That would make Indiana 3-9 after the regular season but still playing in the championship game. Suppose they win. Their record goes to 4-9, and as the winner of the Big Ten championship game, they are awarded a spot in the Rose Bowl.
Or are they? They don't have six wins, so they're not even bowl eligible. So what happens?
The WR coach that recruited Arnett to TN has been fired. Word is he is looking to transfer. Would Michigan be interested in him - good WR, small but shifty? Or is he seeking too much attention and not a "team player"?
MAC Championship Game on right now. 3-0 Ohio over Northern Illinois with about 8 minutes to go in the first. I know, exciting, right?
Perhaps on a more intriguing note, Oregon will be nerve gassing UCLA on FOX at 8 PM EST.
I've been really curious about this for a long time now. Is there any special criteria bowls use to designate the home teams? I had a theory that Michigan alternates from Home to Away each year, but then I realized Michigan was the home team in both the Rose Bowl Games from the 2003 & 2004 seasons.
Do they do it by record, ranking etc?