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MUSIC CITY BOWL preview: Today at 4:30 pm, ET on ESPN, Wake Forest & Mississippi State

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

A pair of 6-6 teams will be playing in the Music City Bowl in Nashville (today) on Friday, December 30.

Wake Forest, under head coach Jim Grobe, defied all the predictions in the Atlantic Coast Conference by going to a bowl game. The Demon Deacons were picked to finish last.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs were expected to have a better record and a better bowl. Head coach Dan Mullen has yet to turn things around in Starkville, Mississippi.

Both teams are vying for a winning season.

Wake Forest did not play well down the stretch as they lost four of the last five games. The Demon Deacons are playing in their first bowl game since 2008 and are looking for their first winning season since then.

The Bulldogs are 9-6 in bowl games, which included a 52-14 win over Michigan in last year’s Gator Bowl. This is the second straight year that Mississippi State has made it to a bowl game, the first time since 1999-2000 that the school has gone to back-to-back bowls.

 

Info compiled from Wake Forest University & Mississippi State University news

OHIO STATE AT NEBRASKA GAMEDAY: Battle between 800+ win programs

 

(courtesy of U of Nebraska via wikipedia commons)

The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers will be doing battle in Lincoln, Nebraska tonight.

The two programs are among only eight in the country with 800 or more wins. Nebraska is fourth with 841 and the Buckeyes have been victorious 834 times.

Nebraska is 4-1, 0-1 in the Big Ten and ranked #14 and 15 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today polls.

The Cornhuskers lost their first game of the season last Saturday night at #7 Wisconsin, 48-17.

The Huskers started the season with wins over Chattanooga (40-7), Fresno State (42-29), Washington (51-38) and at Wyoming (38-14).

As a team Nebraska leads the nation in kickoff returns at 30.5 yards a return and ranks ninth in rushing, racking up just under 250 yards per game.

Ameer Abdullah is the nation’s best return man at 35.1 yards per kick return and the 18th with 12.0 yards per punt return.

Running back Rex Burkhead and quarterback Taylor Martinez rank second and fourth in rushing in the Big Ten with 103.2 and 96.4 yards per game, respectively.

Bo Pelini, a graduate of Ohio State in 1990, is in his fourth season at Nebraska as the head coach with a 34-13 overall record. He has led the Cornhuskers to three straight bowl games: Gator (2008) and Holiday Bowls (2009, 2010).

Bo Pelini (courtesy of Huskers.com)

Pelini was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive back for the Buckeyes under Earle Bruce and John Cooper from 1987 to 1990.

Pelini started in the OSU secondary his final two seasons, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was a co-captain as a senior. Pelini received the “Bo Rein Award” as a senior, given to the teams’ most inspirational player. Pelini graduated with a degree in business administration in 1990.

Tonight’s game will mark the third time Pelini has coached against his alma mater. In 1991, the Youngstown, Ohio native was a graduate assistant for an Iowa team that beat OSU, 16-9, in Columbus. After taking the Nebraska head job in December of 2007, Pelini completed his role as defensive coordinator at LSU, helping to guide the Tigers to a 38-24 win over OSU in the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.

GAME NOTES:

* Nebraska and Ohio State are meeting for just the third time and the first time in Lincoln. The Buckeyes own a 2-0 edge with a pair of wins in Columbus. Sixth-ranked Ohio State beat Nebraska, 28-20, in 1955 and the #8 Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 34-7, in 1956. The Cornhuskers has played every other Big Ten school more recently than Ohio State.

* Saturday’s game will be the fifth game in Nebraska history involving two teams with 800 all-time wins. Nebraska’s previous games between 800-win teams were three against Texas (2007, 2009, and 2010) and a 2010 game against Oklahoma.

Nebraska has two upcoming games this season against 800-win teams, November 12 at Penn State and November 19 at Michigan. Nebraska reached 800 wins during the 2006 season and has 841 wins all-time.

No more guessing, Rodriguez out as Michigan coach

All photos by megasportsnews.com

All of the speculation that has gone on since Rich Rodriguez arrived in Ann Arbor, can now be put to rest.

After a three year record of 15-22, his time as the Michigan head coach has ended.

There have been several coaches that Michigan wanted but those coaches do not want them: Bo Pelini of Nebraska, Jim Harbaugh of Stanford, but he is now with the San Francisco 49ers. Gary Pinkel of Missouri said no and there were reports that they want LSU’s Les Miles, but he didn’t seem interested when asked at the Cotton Bowl by reporters.

The 47-year-old Rodriguez left Ann Arbor with a tenure that was marred by turmoil and controversy on and off the field. He experienced more losses than the program has had in decades. His ledger includes:

*A 6-18 record in the Big Ten. He went 0-3 against both Michigan State and Ohio State, the Wolverines top two arch-rivals.

* The first losing season at Michigan in more than 40 years. His first team went 3-9; Michigan’s last losing season (4-6) came in 1967 under Bump Elliott.

* Three years of NCAA¬† probation for five major rules violations. One of the NCAA’s most historic football programs had never been on probation before.

* Michigan’s streak of playing in a bowl game every year since 1975 ended his first year and the second year they did not participate in a bowl. This season, Michigan was hammered in the Gator Bowl by Mississippi State, 52-14, the worst bowl loss in history.

When Rodriguez was hired away from West Virginia, he agreed to a six-year, $15 million contract that stated that he would be paid a $2.5 million buyout if fired on or after January 1, 2011.

compiled from staff & Michigan athletics

Mississippi State gives football coach new contract with pay raise

Dan Mullen (courtesy of Mississippi State athletics)

Mississippi State Bulldogs head football coach Dan Mullen has agreed to a new contract that will have him earning an average of $2.65 million over the next four years.

Mullen has a 13-11 record in two seasons with the Bulldogs, but the program has made and shown substantial improvements in 2010. Mississippi State finished the regular-season with an 8-4 record.

The 21st-ranked Bulldogs face Michigan in the Gator Bowl on Saturday.

compiled from Mississippi State athletics