Sunday, January 23, 2011

FBS Attendance

An institution classified in Football Bowl Subdivision shall meet all the Division I membership

requirements set forth in NCAA Division I Bylaws 20.9.1 through 20.9.5 and in addition, shall:

1. Sponsor a minimum of 16 varsity intercollegiate sports, including football, based on the
minimum sports sponsorship and scheduling requirements set forth in Bylaw 20.
Sponsorship shall include a minimum six sports involving all male teams or mixed teams
(males and females), and a minimum of eight varsity intercollegiate teams involving all
female teams. Institutions may use up to two emerging sports to satisfy the required eight
varsity intercollegiate sports involving all female teams. [Bylaw]
2. Schedule and play at least 60 percent of its football contests against members of Football
Bowl Subdivision. Institutions shall schedule and play at least five regular season home
contests against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. [Bylaw]
3. Average at least 15,000 in actual or paid attendance for all home football contests over a
rolling two-year period. [Bylaw]
4. Provide an average of at least 90 percent of the permissible maximum number of overall
football grants-in-aid per year over a rolling two-year period. [Bylaw]
5. Annually offer a minimum of 200 athletics grants-in-aid or expend at least four million
dollars on grants-in-aid to student-athletes in athletics programs. [Bylaw]

This means that the home game attendance at any given FBS school from any two consecutive years should average at least 15,000 fans. Six MAC programs, two WAC programs, and two Sun Belt programs have failed to meet the home attendance requirement over the past two seasons.
San Jose State14,47415,34414,909
Western Kentucky14,57714,10314,340
Bowling Green13,30614,04413,675
Miami (OH)15,51911,81013,665
Florida International16,54510,20413,375
Eastern Michigan15,8855,01610,451
Ball State8,94710,8889,918
Over the 2009-2010 rolling period, ten teams failed to meet the attendance requirement. Over the 2008-2009 rolling period, six teams failed to meet the attendance requirement. The economy is definitely not getting better. Interestingly, five schools--Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Florida International, Idaho, and Eastern Michigan--have failed to meet NCAA bylaw over the 2008-2009 rolling period and the 2009-2010 rolling period. Miami (OH) and Florida International both won bowl games this past season and should draw a bit better next year.

Should more FCS teams be allowed to move up into the Football Bowl Subdivision when 1/12 of the existing teams in the FBS cannot even meet the FBS attendance requirement? It appears the NCAA does not enforce this rule, which makes some sense: demoting schools would cause even more conference chaos and it is demoralizing for an FBS program to be demoted to the Football Championship Division. But still, rules are rules, and it's seen as favoritism when some rules are strictly enforced by NCAA and others are ignored.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Underclassmen Declaring For The 2011 NFL Draft

School Player Position
Alabama Marcell Dareus DE
Alabama Mark Ingram RB
Alabama Julio Jones WR
Arizona State Lawrence Guy DT
Arkansas Ryan Mallet QB
Auburn Darvin Adams WR
Auburn Nick Fairley DT
Auburn Cam Newton QB
California Shane Vareen RB
Clemson Da'Quan Bowers DE
Clemson Jamie Harper RB
Connecticut Jordan Todman RB
Florida Will Hill S
Fresno State Jamel Hamler WR
Georgia A.J. Green WR
Georgia Justin Houston LB
Georgia Tech Nick Claytor OT
Georgia Tech Jerrard Tarrant S
Illinois Mikel Leshoure RB
Illinois Corey Liuget DT
Illinois Martez Wilson LB
Indiana Tandon Doss WR
Iowa Tyler Sash S
Kentucky Randall Cobb WR
LSU Patrick Peterson CB
LSU Stevan Ridley RB
Maryland Torrey Smith WR
Miami Brandon Harris CB
Missouri Blaine Gabbert QB
Missouri Aldon Smith DE
North Carolina Marvin Austin DT
North Carolina Greg Little WR
North Carolina Robert Quinn DE
Notre Dame Kyle Rudolph TE
Oregon Javes Lewis S
Oregon State Jacquizz Rogers RB
Pittsburgh Jonathan Baldwin WR
Pittsburgh Henry Hynoski FB
Pittsburgh Dion Lewis RB
South Carolina Tori Gurley WR
Southern Miss DeAndre Brown WR
Stanford Thomas Keiser LB
Temple Muhammad Wilkerson DT
Texas Aaron Williams CB
UCLA Akim Ayers LB
UCLA Rahim Moore S
USC Jurell Casey DT
USC Tyron Smith OT
Utah Brandon Burton CB
Utah Sealver Siligi DT
Virginia Zane Parr DE
Virginia Tech Darren Evans RB
Virginia Tech Ryan Williams RB
West Virginia Robert Sands S
Wisconsin John Clay RB
Wisconsin J.J. Watt DE

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2010-2011 Bowl Attendance Figures

Date Bowl Attendance Capacity Percentage Score
18-Dec-10 New Mexico Bowl 32,424 39,224 82.66% BYU 52, UTEP 24
18-Dec-10 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl 25,449 33,500 75.97% Northern Illinois 40, Fresno State 17
18-Dec-10 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl 29,159 69,703 41.83% Troy 48, Ohio 21
21-Dec-10 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg 20,017 28,453 70.35% Louisville 31, Southern Miss 28
22-Dec-10 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas 41,923 36,800 113.92% Boise State 26, Utah 3
23-Dec-10 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl 48,049 70,561 68.10% San Diego State 35, Navy 14
24-Dec-10 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl 43,673 50,000 87.35% Tulsa 62, Hawaii 35
26-Dec-10 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl 32,431 65,000 49.89% Florida International 34, Toledo 32
27-Dec-10 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl 39,362 53,000 74.27% Air Force 14, Georgia Tech 7
28-Dec-10 Champs Sports Bowl 48,962 65,438 74.82% NC State 23, West Virginia 7
28-Dec-10 Insight Bowl 53,453 71,706 74.54% Iowa 27, Missouri 24
29-Dec-10 Military Bowl 38,062 45,423 83.79% Maryland 51, East Carolina 20
29-Dec-10 Texas Bowl 68,211 71,054 96.00% Illinois 38, Baylor 14
29-Dec-10 Valero Alamo Bowl 57,593 65,000 88.60% Oklahoma State 36, Arizona 10
30-Dec-10 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl 36,742 32,000 114.82% Army 16, SMU 14
30-Dec-10 New Era Pinstripe Bowl 38,274 52,328 73.14% Syracuse 36, Kansas State 34
30-Dec-10 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 69,143 69,143 100.00% North Carolina 30, Tennessee 27 (2OT)
30-Dec-10 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl 57,921 70,561 82.09% Washington 19, Nebraska 7
31-Dec-10 Meineke Car Care Bowl 41,122 73,778 55.74% South Florida 31, Clemson 26
31-Dec-10 Hyundai Sun Bowl 54,021 51,500 104.90% Notre Dame 33, Miami 17
31-Dec-10 AutoZone Liberty Bowl 51,231 61,008 83.97% Central Florida 10, Georgia 6
31-Dec-10 Chick-fil-A Bowl 72,217 71,228 101.39% Florida State 26, South Carolina 17
01-Jan-11 TicketCity Bowl 40,121 92,100 43.56% Texas Tech 45, Northwestern 38
01-Jan-11 Capital One Bowl 61,519 65,438 94.01% Alabama 49, Michigan State 7
01-Jan-11 Outback Bowl 60,574 65,908 91.91% Florida 37, Penn State 24
01-Jan-11 Progressive Gator Bowl 77,497 77,510 99.98% Mississippi State 52, Michigan 14
01-Jan-11 Rose Bowl 94,118 91,136 103.27% TCU 21, Wisconsin 19
01-Jan-11 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 67,232 63,400 106.04% Oklahoma 48, Connecticut 20
03-Jan-11 Discover Orange Bowl 65,453 75,540 86.65% Stanford 40, Virginia Tech 12
04-Jan-11 Allstate Sugar Bowl 73,879 69,703 105.99% Ohio State 31, Arkansas 26
06-Jan-11 Bowl 38,168 40,646 93.90% Miami (OH) 35, Middle Tennessee 21
07-Jan-11 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic 83,514 80,000 104.39% LSU 41, Texas A&M 24
08-Jan-11 BBVA Compass Bowl 41,207 71,594 57.56% Pittsburgh 27, Kentucky 10
09-Jan-11 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 41,063 40,184 102.19% Nevada 20, Boston College 13
10-Jan-11 BCS National Championship Game 78,603 63,400 123.98% Auburn 22, Oregon 19

2011-2012 Bowl Attendance Figures
2012-1013 Bowl Attendance Figures

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Preview

January 10, 2011 8:30 PM ET
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Payout: $17,000,000
Played: 2007-present
Once known as: N/A
Broadcasters: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit
Sideline Reporter: Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
Storyline: Oregon and Auburn will face off for the BCS National Championship on Monday night. These two run-heavy teams have owned the #1 and #2 spots in the BCS rankings since late October. Oregon has never won a national title, while Auburn has won one national title in 1957. The Ducks boast a 12-0 record, Pac-10 title, and the 2nd best offense in the nation, averaging 537.2 yards per game. The Ducks’ only scare came on November 13th when they beat California by only 2 points. The Tigers went 13-0, won the SEC title, and have the 7th best offense in the nation, averaging 497.7 yards per game. The Tigers had to come-back in eight of their games, four of which they were down by double digits. Oregon has had the better defense, allowing 18.4 points game (14th), while Auburn has allowed 24.5 points per game (54th). However, Auburn has played a tougher schedule, playing five teams ranked 18th, while Oregon has only beaten one team ranked 18th or higher. Auburn looks to get the SEC its fifth consecutive national title, while Oregon looks to become the first Pac-10 team other than USC to win a national championship in the BCS era.
All-time Series: 0-0
Line: Auburn by 2.5

Overall Record12-0Overall Record13-0
Conference Record9-0Conference Record8-0
Bowl Record9-14Bowl Record20-13-2
Last Bowl Win2008 HolidayLast Bowl Win2010 Outback

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2010-2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Preview

January 9, 2011 9:00 PM ET
Stadium: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Payout: $750,000-$825,000
Played: 2002-present
Once known as: San Francisco Bowl (2002-2003), Emerald Bowl (2004-2009)
Broadcasters: Mark Jones, Bob Davie, Rod Gilmore
Sideline Reporter: Quint Kessenich
Storyline: Nevada had its best regular-season as a FBS program, going 11-1. The Wolfpack almost had a perfect season. Their only loss came against Hawaii on October 16th. The Wolfpack garnered national respect when they ended Boise State’s dream of a national title on November 26th. The Nevada pistol offense ranks 3rd in the nation, averaging 535.5 yards gained per game. Nevada is also 3rd in rushing yards per game, averaging 305.9. The Wolfpack are looking to send off seniors Colin Kaepernick and Vai Taua off with a win over an ACC program. Boston College will be appearing in its 12th consecutive bowl, and the Eagles will be playing in AT&T Park for the second straight postseason. Boston College finished the season with a 5 game winning streak after a 5 game losing streak. The Eagles have the best rush defense in the nation, only allowing 80.2 rushing yards per game. Boston College is looking to get national respect by shutting down one of the most explosive offenses in the FBS. Clearly the matchup in this game will be Nevada’s offense against Boston College’s defense. Whichever of these 11-man squads dominates the other will decide the outcome of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
All-time Series: 0-0
Line: Nevada by 7.5

NevadaBoston College
Overall Record12-1Overall Record7-5
Conference Record7-1Conference Record4-4
Bowl Record3-7Bowl Record13-8
Last Bowl Win2005 HawaiiLast Bowl Win2007 Champs Sports

Friday, January 7, 2011

Miami RedHawks' Bowl Speech

Miami (OH) wears a hybrid helmet in the Bowl, and interim head coach Lance Guidry hypes up the RedHawks. After the 35-21 win, I think this Cajun deserves a head coach or defensive coordinator job somewhere. Perhaps incoming head coach Don Treadwell can keep him in Oxford, Ohio.

2011 BBVA Compass Bowl Preview

January 8, 2011 12:00 PM ET
Stadium: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Payout: $900,000 (SEC), $600,000 (Big East)
Played: 2006-present
Once known as: Bowl (2006-2010)
Broadcasters: Mike Gleason, John Congemi
Sideline Reporter: Cara Capuano
Storyline: Pittsburgh is headed to Birmingham with a 7-5 record and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will serve as interim head coach. Dave Wannstedt was fired after failing to get Pitt to a BCS bowl game and only winning a share of the Big East title once in his six years coaching the Panthers. After hiring and firing Mike Haywood, the Panthers are still looking for a leader. Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin leads Pitt with 810 receiving yards, and running back Dion Lewis leads Pitt with 956 rushing yards. Expect Pittsburgh to get the ball in the hands of these two players as the Panthers try to cap the season with a win for their ousted head coach. Joker Phillips concludes his first season as headman at Kentucky with a 6-6 record and the Wildcats’ fifth consecutive bowl appearance. Critics say Kentucky doesn’t deserve a spot in the postseason after going 2-6 in SEC play; also keep in mind that Kentucky plays in the weaker half of the conference: the SEC East. Kentucky’s claim to the bowl bid is that they lost close games to Auburn and Mississippi State, and the Wildcats also beat SEC East champ South Carolina. Kentucky will be without quarterback Mike Hartline due to suspension. Morgan Newton will be under center for the Wildcats. Kentucky’s best weapon is slot receiver Randall Cobb who has 15 touchdowns this year, including three passing touchdowns. Kentucky needs to make a statement in this game in order to tell critics that it does deserve to be in the postseason with a 2-6 conference record.
All-time Series: 0-0
Line: Pittsburgh by 3.5

Overall Record7-5Overall Record6-6
Conference Record5-2Conference Record2-6
Bowl Record11-15Bowl Record8-6
Last Bowl Win2009 Meineke Car CareLast Bowl Win2008 Liberty