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College football buzz | Final BCS in 2014

Updated: 2013-01-08T05:13:14Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

The final BCS games will be played in January 2014, and the championship game is scheduled for the Rose Bowl. The BCS will have endured a 16-year run, and executive director Bill Hancock believes the system has accomplished its mission of matching the top two teams in a finale.

“I would urge all of you to step back and look honestly at what the BCS has meant for college football,” said Hancock, who lives in Prairie Village. “Remember that it has been 21 years since we had the old every-man-for-himself and invite-teams-on-Halloween bowl system.”

Monday’s BCS title game was the 15th since the system was launched for the 1998 season. The Notre Dame-Alabama game marked the 12th time the game matched the top two teams in The Associated Press poll.

Before the BCS, the top two teams in the AP poll entering the bowl games met eight times in the previous 56 years.


Former Mules coach honored

Willie Fritz, who led Sam Houston State to the Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) championship game, was chosen FCS national coach of the year by Liberty Mutual in a ceremony Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Before taking over at Sam Houston, Fritz spent 13 seasons as the head coach at Central Missouri.

It’s the second national coaching award Fritz has won at Sam Houston. Last year he was the American Football Coaches Association coach of the year.

Freshman All-Americans

One of the final honors of the season was revealed Monday — the freshman All-America team selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Honorees can be redshirt and true freshmen, and one was obvious: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel headlined the team.

Also from the SEC: Georgia running back Todd Gurley, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Mississippi linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche. From the Big 12: TCU defensive end Devonte Fields and Texas Tech offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark.


SEC rules

The Southeastern Conference owned the BCS Championship Game.

Not only have SEC schools won seven straight games, but the only game the league lost in the history of the BCS came in last year’s All-SEC final.

The SEC champions: Tennessee (1998), LSU (2003, 07), Florida (2006, 08), Alabama (2009, 2011-12) and Auburn (2010).

The Big 12 is the only other conference with multiple victories. Oklahoma won for the 2000 season and Texas for 2005.

The other winners and their conferences: Florida State (ACC), Miami (Big East), Ohio State (Big Ten) and Southern California (Pac-12)

| Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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