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Dayton Flyers Football signings update



DAYTON – After 38 wins in the last five seasons, the University of Dayton Flyer football program is bringing in another strong recruiting class according to head coach Rick Chamberlin.

While NCAA regulations and University policies preclude the release of the individuals who have committed at this time, Chamberlin sees them carrying on the Dayton tradition of success on the field and in the classroom.  The entire class will be released at a later date.

“I’m very proud to say the quality of the young men who are joining our program is as good as ever,” Chamberlin said.  ”It’s likely that we will add a few young men to this class, but all of our incoming freshmen are quality students, quality athletes and quality leaders.

“It’s a typical Dayton football recruiting class, in terms of their accomplishments in the classroom and on the football field.  They bring high academic standards to our program.  Six of our recruits on offense are offensive lineman.  That was a priority for us this year and we are very pleased with their talent and their size.  On the other side of the ball, we’re very happy with three defensive tackles we are bringing in.  They have the athleticism, size and ability to run that everyone is looking for.

“We are also excited about where this year’s recruits are coming from.  We continue to recruit nationally, and have added the second and third recruits we have ever had from North Carolina.  But we also have 14 players from Ohio, and three from the Dayton area.  We feel that says a lot about your program when the young men and families who have the opportunity to know the most about our football program choose to join us.

“The character and commitment of this class has served them well in their high school careers, and I expect them to be a very successful group here at the University of Dayton.”

Among the highlights for the Flyer Football Class of 2022 are:
• 3.65 average high school GPA
• 25 average score on the ACT
• 16 team captains
• 13 National Honor Society members
• 2 members of state championship teams
• 18 offensive players
• 11 defensive players

The members of the Class of 2023 hail from six states:  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In addition, Chamberlin announced the following seniors have indicated they will return in the fall for their fifth season in the Flyer football program:  quarterback Will Bobek, defensive tackle Matthew Brandeis, center Tim Roell and tight end Adam Trautman.

Bobek has played in seven games as a backup QB in his career, and scored a TD against Morehead State last year.  Brandeis was injured much of 2018, and is a three-time member of the Pioneer Football league Academic Honor Roll.  Roell is a two-year starter at center.  Trautman is a two-time All-PFL player.  He had 41 receptions (14.7 yards per catch avg.) with nine TD’s.

Dayton Flyers announce 2019 Football Schedule



DAYTON – The University of Dayton football team will play five home games and six on the road in 2019.

Dayton will open the season with two road games.  The Flyers open on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Terre Haute, Ind. against Indiana State, an opponent they have not played since 1976.  (In fact, the last time Dayton played Indiana State, head coach Rick Chamberlin was on the field playing linebacker for the Flyers instead of on the sidelines).  UD then visits Robert Morris on Sept. 14.

Dayton’s home opener and final non-conference game will be on Sept. 21 against Duquesne.

Head coach Rick Chamberlin

After a bye week, UD will begin Pioneer Football League play on Oct. 5 with a home game with Jacksonville.  In a scheduling quirk, the Dolphins are also the team the Flyers closed the 2018 season against.

Dayton is on the road for the next two games (at Valparaiso on Oct. 12 and Stetson on Oct. 19), and then alternates home and road games the remaining five games of the year.  Defending PFL champion San Diego visits Welcome Stadium on Oct. 26, followed by at Morehead State (Nov. 2), Marist (Nov. 9) at Drake (Nov. 16) and Butler (Nov. 23.

Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin knows the schedule will not be an easy one.

“Our 2019 schedule will again be a challenging one, especially having more road games than home,” Chamberlin said.  ”Our non-conference schedule puts us on the road two of the three by going to Indiana State and Robert Morris.  Duquesne and San Diego were both in the FCS playoffs last year.  As always, the PFL schedule will be tough.  The league just keeps getting better, and going on the road to play at Valparaiso, Stetson, Morehead State and Drake makes it that much tougher.”

Dayton was 6-5 a year ago, and 5-3 in conference.  Three of UD’s five losses in 2017 were to teams that reached the FCS playoffs.  Dayton returns 13 starters – seven from the offense, and six from the defensive side of the ball.  Last year’s Pioneer Football League Offensive Freshman of the Year Jack Cook returns at quarterback, while the defense will be led by DB/LB Andrew Lutgens, who was First Team All-PFL in 2018.

Tight end Adam Trautman, wideout/kick returner Kyle Butz and offensive guard Michael Niese all earned All-PFL honors last year.   Trautman and wideout Ryan Skibinski both enter their final seasons at UD within striking distance of Bill Franks’ Dayton career receptions record of 133.

Dayton Flyers offense beats the defense, 58-28 win in annual Spring Game




DAYTON – An efficient, albeit brief performances by quarterback Jack Cook and a big day by running back Tyler Vincent led the offense to a 58-28 win over the defense in the University of Dayton’s spring football game.

The game was scored with either the offense or defense earning points based on outcomes.

Cook played only two series, completed all five passes he threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns, looking as good as he has during the entire spring.  Vincent carried seven times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.  The last score was a 55-yard TD on what was essentially the last play of the game.  Ryan Skibinski (3 catches, 75 yards receiving, 1 TD) and Adam Trautman (2 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD) were the top receivers.

Jack Cook was a perfect 5 for 5 passing

Safety Matt Clifford scored the first points for the defense with a second-quarter interception.

“The game went about the way we thought it would with the talent and experience we have on offense, and what they have been showing all spring.  Jack Cook led us to two scores with big plays from the people you would expect – Adam Trautman and Ryan Skibinski,” head coach Rick Chamberlin said.  ”But I saw some flashes of good things out of our defense.  We know they are young, but we are working to get them ready for that first game.”

As is the tradition at UD’s Spring Game, the next season’s team captains were announced at the pre-game coin flip.  Senior Flyer Andrew Lutgens and redshirt senior tight end Adam Trautman were named 2019 team captains.  Team captains are voted on by the team after the last spring practice, and results are kept secret until Sunday’s coin flip.

Lutgens redshirted his first year on campus, but immediately moved into the starting lineup in 2017.  He has started all 22 games of his college career at “Flyer”, UD’s hybrid defensive back/linebacker position.  Last season he was named First Team All-Pioneer Football League.  He was third on the team in total tackles (68) and solo tackles (37), and he led Dayton in tackles behind the line (10).  He is from Brentwood, Tenn.

Tyler Vincent rushed through the defense for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns

A three-year starter, Trautman is a two-time Second Team All-PFL selection.  He enters his final year as a Flyer 24 catches away from Bill Franks’ career receptions record of 133 and seven TD’s away from Pat Hugar’s 24 receiving touchdowns.  Last season, Trautman had team bests with 41 receptions for 604 yards and nine touchdowns.   The Williamsburg, Mich. native is a four-time member of the PFL Academic Honor Roll.

UD opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Indiana State.  The Flyers’ home opener will be against Duquesne at Welcome Stadium on September 21.

Tonight, the College Football season ends the way it has the past 3 of 4 years, #1 Alabama playing #2 Clemson


The site, Levi Stadium home of the 49ers 2014 photo By Jim Bahn, CC BY 2.0, https


Some college football fans and media wonder why the same teams are always in the Playoffs and why can’t there be a limit to times in a row being in the 2-game system.

I don’t know if rules for that would be fair or not, but it is abundantly clear that Alabama and Clemson have been the top two teams every year and have played three out of the past four title games.

Both teams come in at 14-0 for the season.

The Crimson Tide won 45-40 in 2016, and 26-23 in overtime in 2017. The Tigers pulled the upset in 2017, 35-31.

Tonight, they meet again as the number 1 and 2 teams respectively.

#1 Alabama has been the dominant team since Nick Saban took over at the Tuscaloosa school. They are poised to win their third national title in four years and sixth since 2009. That is a decade of constant dominance in college football.

QB Tua Tagovailoa in action (courtesy

The Tide running attack sometimes gets overlooked due to their all-star wide receiving corps. They use three running backs, led by The Harris’ Damien and Najee. They usually can find holes in any defense even Clemson’s.

QB Tua Tagovailoa can pick apart the best o defenses and if the Tigers can’t pressure him, it will be a long night and a rout. Backup Jalen Hurts may see time behind center as well.

The Tide’s receiving corps of Henry Ruggs III, Derek Kief, Jerry Jeudy and Davonta Smith are all fast, athletic, elusive and physical.

Alabama’s defense is tough, being 16th in the country in yards allowed per carry. But their pass defense can be vulnerable at times.

#2 Clemson, under 11th-year head coach Dabo Swinney (115-30), are making their fourth straight playoff appearance, third championship game in four years. The team just gets better and better every year and is all alone as the benchmark school in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their defense is one of the nation’s best and is fast, talented and athletic. It begins with their front four, no doubt the best in the country. They have allowed opponents only 2.4 yards per carry and 93 yards per game. Their secondary can struggle at times. That is probably the only weak part of the team overall.

That fact that Clemson is back in this game is a story in itself.

During the early schedule of games in September, Swinney showed he is willing to gamble especially with his offense. He replaced the athletic Kelly Bryant with true freshman, Trevor Lawrence. Fans and media questioned him but what can you say about a coach who repeatedly has his team in the college playoffs and national championship game plus, 54 wins in four years. Impressive!

He made the move to jump-start at offense that sputtered at times under the erratic Bryant. He wanted Lawrence, who at 6’6, 215 pounds, has the size and skills that the NFL wants and watching closely. After he took over, the Tigers offense rolled as he was a consistent, steady performer providing a school record for touchdowns with 24  and and just 4 interceptions. They became formidable. Lawrence also got help in the backfield from RB Travis Etienne.

Trevor Lawrence (courtesy Clemson Sports Information)

Etienne has piled up 1,463 yards, 8.31 per carry and 21 touchdowns.
Tonight’s game is a tossup! No clear edge as the team’s are evenly matched. Probably will come down to a mistake or a field goal at the end.

Championship game

Cities around the country bid to host each year’s championship game. The playoff group’s leaders make a selection from those proposals, in a similar fashion to other large sporting events, such as the Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four. Officials say the championship game will be held in a different city each year, and that bids must propose host stadiums with a capacity of at least 65,000 spectators.[58] Under the system, cities cannot host both a semifinal game and the title game in the same year.


Season Champion Runner-up Score Venue
2014–15 4 Ohio State (13-1) 2 Oregon (13–1) 42–20 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
2015–16 2 Alabama (13–1) 1 Clemson (14–0) 45–40 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
2016–17 2 Clemson (13–1) 1 Alabama (14–0) 35–31 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
2017–18 4 Alabama (12–1) 3 Georgia (13–1) 26–23 OT Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
2018–19 1 Alabama (14–0) vs 2 Clemson (14–0) TBD Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
2019–20 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
2020–21 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
2021–22 Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
2022–23 Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California
2023–24 NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas



For the list of College Football Playoff New Year’s Six Bowl Appearances, see College Football Playoff New Year’s Six.
For the list of College Football Playoff National Champions, see College Football Playoff National Championship.

College Football Playoff appearances by team

Teams that have won the College Football Playoff

Appearances Team W L Pct Games
5 Alabama 6 2 .750 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl

Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2015)
Won 2016 CFP National Championship

Won 2016 Peach Bowl
Lost 2017 CFP National Championship

Won 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 CFP National Championship

Won 2018 Orange Bowl (Dec. 2018)

4 Clemson 4 2 .667 Won 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2016 CFP National Championship

Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 2016)
Won 2017 CFP National Championship

Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl

Won 2018 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2018)

3 Oklahoma 0 3 .000 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl

Lost 2018 Rose Bowl

Lost 2018 Orange Bowl (Dec. 2018)

2 Ohio State 2 1 .667 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 CFP National Championship

Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 2016)

1 Georgia 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 CFP National Championship
1 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl
Lost 2015 CFP National Championship
1 Florida State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl
1 Michigan State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2015)
1 Notre Dame 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2018)
1 Washington 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl

College Football Playoff appearances by conference

Conference Appearances W L Pct Championships # of teams Teams(s)
SEC 6 7 3 .700 2 2 Alabama (5)
Georgia (1)
ACC 5 4 3 .571 1 2 Clemson (4)
Florida State (1)
Big Ten 3 2 2 .500 1 2 Ohio State (2)
Michigan State (1)
Big 12 3 0 3 .000 0 1 Oklahoma (3)
Pac-12 2 1 2 .333 0 2 Oregon (1)
Washington (1)
FBS Independents 1 0 1 .000 0 1 Notre Dame (1)

The 2018 Championship Game featured SEC teams Alabama and Georgia. The SEC has a record of 6–2 (.750) in games against other conferences.



Tonight’s Sugar Bowl pits #6 Georgia against #14 Texas


Mercedes-Benz Superdome 2011 photo Nwill21 - Own work via wikipedia commons









The final game on New Year’s Day 2019, is a good one between Georgia and Texas. Game time is 8:45 pm on ESPN. The game will take place at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Jake Fromm at 2018 CFP media day photo By Thomson200 - Own work, CC0, https

The Bulldogs (11-2), who’s only losses were to LSU and Alabama. They felt that they were good enough to be in the College Football Playoffs for the second year in a row. But they could not close the deal after leading the Crimson Tide the entire game until Jalen Hurts came in and won the game single-handedly.

Georgia under head coach Kirby Smart, average 12th nationally, averaging 251 yards a game between RB’s D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield.

Bulldogs QB Jake Fromm is a good one. Despite being slowed with a sore shoulder for much of the season, he connected on 68.4 percent of his passes, with 27 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.

Smart has the Bulldogs program rolling. In three seasons, they have won two SEC East titles, one conference title and a national championship game appearance.

Urban Meyer protege, Tom Herman, has made significant strides in just his second season in Austin. The Longhorns split with arch-rival Oklahoma this year, made it to the Big 12 championship game and made it to a major bowl. Texas fans are known to be impatient, but what Herman has done in just two years, isn’t easy to do in any conference.

Texas (9-4) has a nice running game combo of Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram. Herman has groomed a solid QB in Sam Ehlinger who threw for 3,123 yards with 25 TD’s, 5 picks and a completion percentage of 64.3.

These two teams have only met 4 times in history, Texas leads 3-1. The schools did announce recently that they will be playing in the future with home-and-home series in 2028 and 2029.

Will be a tough game for Texas that has not faced a defense in the Big 12 like the one Georgia will present.






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