Jeff P is back with the College Football Transitivity Rankings in a pre-bowl flavor.
On the first day of bowl season, college football gave me to me, a champion in Division III.
Technically, today is the first day of bowl season, but the Division III championship game, the Stagg Bowl, was played last night. To the surprise of exactly nobody, Mount Union took home its 12th national title with a 49-35 win over St. Thomas. The Purple Raiders are the most dominant program in the history of college football, and the outgoing seniors on the team have played in four straight Stagg Bowls winning as freshmen in 2012 as well (Tim Warsinskey, Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Bowl season for FBS teams kicks off today when North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State meet in the Celebration Bowl at 11:00 AM on ABC. Don't forget to consult Jon Morse's handy schedule guide to the bowl games for all your viewing needs!
The Liberty Bowl will be the final punctuation mark on Kansas State's up-and-down season. Regardless of the outcome, the game will be a reunion of sorts for the coaches on both sidelines. For Michael Smith, currently the receivers coach at Arkansas, there are a lot of mixed feelings (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).ESPN's Jake Trotter previews the Liberty Bowl, noting that the key matchup will be Kansas State's defensive front against Arkansas power running game.In his weekly K-Stated Q&A, Kellis Robinett talks about a lot of things, including Trevor Knight, youth on the football squad, and a cow in Austin.
The honors continue to pile up for Morgan Burns, who was named a third team All-American at kick returner by Phil Steele and also first-team All-Big 12, where he was joined by Cody Whitehair. Travis Britz, Elijah Lee, and Jack Cantele all earned second team honors while Winston Dimel got a nod on the third team.
A couple of former Wildcats are earning praise too, this time from Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. In a conference call with beat writers for the Kansas City Chiefs, Harbaugh took some time to talk about Arthur Brown who has struggled to crack the Ravens lineup, but has also appeared in all 13 games to date. Harbaugh described Brown as "about as good a human being you could possibly have" on the team and compared him favorably to another great Wildcat, Mark Simoneau (Herbie Teope, Chiefs Digest).
The men's basketball team returns to the court today to take on Colorado State in the Wichita Classic. Eric Rubottom presents the official BotC preview, and Kellis Robinett provides this three-minute preview capsule (Robinett, Kansas City Star). The game also features in Wichita's list of fun things to do this weekend in the city (Annie Calovich, Eagle).