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Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler was nominated as one of three finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as representatives from the 1980's. The candidates, as voted by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the eighth of a series of names that will be unveiled each Sunday throughout the remainder of the college football regular season. In commemoration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the All-Century Class will highlight and honor great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All.
The sixth winningest college football coach of all-time in terms of winning percentage, Glen 'Bo' Schembechler led the University of Michigan to a record 10 Rose Bowl Game appearances during his 21-year tenure as the Wolverines coach (1969-89). In addition, Michigan's three consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearances (1977, '78, '79) trails only USC's John McKay and Pete Carroll, as well as Ohio State's Woody Hayes, who led their teams to four straight trips to Pasadena. Following the 1980 season, Schembechler gained the first of his two Rose Bowl Game victories by beating the Washington Huskies. Schembechler retired from coaching after the 1990 Rose Bowl Game. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl and College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
The FWAA voting committee will select one Rose Bowl Game representative from each decade to comprise the All-Century Class. In addition, one overall player and one overall coach will be highlighted at a press conference on Selection Sunday, which will take place on December 8, 2013, in Pasadena. For more information on the 100th Rose Bowl Game, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com.
Five Big Ten programs are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls, including four teams among the top 25. Coming off a bye on Saturday, Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 3 in each national ranking, the Buckeyes' first top-three rating since Oct. 13. Michigan State also had a bye and climbed at least three spots in each poll, landing at No. 14 in the media vote, No. 16 in the coaches' tally and No. 15 in the Harris poll. The Spartans cracked the top 15 for the first time since Sept. 9, 2012, when they were slotted No. 10 in the AP and USA Today polls. Wisconsin wrapped up non-conference play with a victory over BYU to move up in each vote, appearing at No. 17 in the AP poll, No. 20 in the USA Today rankings and No. 21 in the Harris vote. The Badgers claimed their highest ranking this season and are back in the top 20 for the first time since Sept. 8, when they were tied for No. 18 in the coaches' vote and No. 20 in the AP rankings. Minnesota improved to 8-2 to crack the top 25 for the first time since the 2008 campaign, rating No. 25 in the USA Today poll and just outside the top 25 in the media and Harris tally. The last time the Gophers appeared among the top 25 was when they were ranked No. 20 in both the AP and USA Today polls on Oct. 26, 2008. After a victory over Michigan, Nebraska is now 7-2 and receiving votes in each poll.
Rushing: Seven Big Ten rushers recorded 100 or more yards on the ground, led a pair of Indiana running backs in Tevin Coleman (215 yards, 2 TDs) and Stephen Houston (150 yards, 2 TDs) in a victory over Illinois. Other Big Ten players to surpass the 100-yard mark were Iowa's Jordan Canzeri (165 yards, one TD), Penn State's Zach Zwinak (150 yards, 1 TD), Wisconsin's James White (147 yards, 2 TDs), Minnesota's David Cobb (139 yards, 1 TD) and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (105 yards, 1 TD).
Passing: Two Big Ten signal callers threw for more than 250 yards, with Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase passing for 450 yards and two touchdowns and Indiana's Nate Sudfeld posting 267 yards and three scoring strikes in the Hoosiers' win over the Illini.
Receiving: Three Big Ten players caught eight or more passes or totaled 100 or more receiving yards, led by Indiana's Cody Latimer hauling in 11 throws for 189 yards and three touchdowns and Illinois' Steve Hull racking up 224 yards on nine catches with two scores in the Hoosiers' victory over the Illini. Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis collected eight passes for 67 yards against BYU.
Tackles: Eight conference standouts finished with nine or more tackles, led by the Wisconsin duo of Chris Borland with 13 defensive stops and Michael Caputo with 12 tackles against BYU. Indiana's Clyde Newton posted 11 stops, while five players recorded nine tackles - Illinois Earnest Thomas III, Indiana's David Cooper, the Minnesota pair of Antonio Johnson and Eric Murray and Penn State's Mike Hull.
Tackles for Loss: Six Big Ten defenders recorded 2.5 or more tackles for loss (TFLs), led by three standouts with three TFLs - Illinois' Houston Bates (1 sack), Michigan's Jibreel Black and Nebraska's Randy Gregory (3 sacks). Three conference players collected 2.5 TFLs in Iowa's Drew Ott (1.5 sacks), Penn State's C.J. Olaniyan (0.5 sacks) and Wisconsin's Chris Borland (2 sacks).
Penn State's John Urschel and Wisconsin's Chris Borland were named two of 10 finalists from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football. The Senior CLASS Award honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 16. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Jeff Heuerman's career-best receiving day last Saturday vs. Purdue has earned the junior from Naples, Fla., and Barron Collier High School, the John Mackey Tight End of the Week award. Heuerman tied a career-best with five receptions vs. the Boilermakers and he set personal bests with 116 receiving yards and with a long reception of 40 yards. His 40-yard gain was the first score for the Buckeyes and it came on the team's second offensive play from scrimmage. Heuerman gained four first downs on the afternoon and had additional catches covering 24, 34 and 18 yards. The game marked the first time an Ohio State tight end had topped 100 receiving yards since Rickey Dudley recorded 106 against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Heuerman's 116 yards were also the most by an Ohio State tight end in 30 years, or since John Frank had 123 receiving yards vs. Michigan in 1983. Heuerman is fourth on the team with 20 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.