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College Football Wrap-Up – 3 More Unbeaten Teams Fall and 7 Top 25 Teams Are Upset

Here are 3 thumpings – Georgia shutting out Vanderbilt 43-zip, USC taking it to California 48-14, and Kansas State ripping Kansas 59-7 after leading 52-zip after 3 quarters.

Great home victories included 7th-ranked Auburn outlasting 12th-ranked Arkansas, 65-43, in the game of the week that featured offense and no defense, 4th-ranked TCU over BYU 31-3, 6th-ranked Oklahoma over Iowa State 52-zip, and 13th-ranked Michigan State over Illinois 26-6.

Air Force, which debuted in the Top 25 last week at 23rd, took a flying leap back out of the poll this week after being beaten by unranked San Diego State, 27-25. Wisconsin would rather smash you in the mouth, and they did.

South Carolina just did not play the second half, and failed to finish off its opponent.

The loss was Nevada’s 6th straight at Hawaii. That’s tough luck, for Florida, not Mississippi State.

Besides Ohio State, Nebraska and Nevada, 4 other ranked teams lost – South Carolina, Florida, Air Force and Oregon State.

Ohio State was ranked 6th nationally in scoring offense, and 6th in scoring defense. 15-ranked Stanford were idle this week.

That said, the Huskies have a real headliner in Jake Locker, who would be winning more games if his receivers would stop dropping passes, and his defensive teammates would start playing defense.

Hawaii also has a high-scoring offense, averaging 39 a game. The Cornhuskers (5-0), who hosted Texas, are sorry they ever showed up. 1-ranked Ohio State, and 3 of the 7 saw their unbeaten seasons ‘and national championship dreams – all but vanish before their eyes.

Locker threw a career-high 5 touchdown passes, including 2 to Jermaine Kearse in a double-overtime game, and Oregon State’s 2-point conversion attempt for a win in the 2nd overtime period fell incomplete as the Huskies beat the Beavers 35-34.

Both Oregon State and Washington are now 3-3 on the season.

The fact that Nebraska was ranked 9th in scoring offense nationally, 7th in total offense, 4th in scoring defense and 12th in total defense, did not mean squat. Locker also picked up 60 yards on 12 carries (5.0 ypc), and Chris Polk added another 105 yards. The Longhorns, who had previously lost to UCLA and Oklahoma, led 17-3 at the half and won, 20-13.

Now there are only 10 major schools that are unbeaten going into the 8th weekend of the season – TCU, Auburn, LSU and Michigan State all are 7-0, and Oregon, Boise State, Oklahoma, Utah, Oklahoma State and Missouri are all 6-0.

Nevada was the third unbeaten team to fall. Ohio State, favored by 4 on the road, failed to cover by 18 points. 1 Ohio State and gave Ohio State a most unfriendly 31-18 whipping while completely dominating the Buckeyes, who came in with their privileged reputation and a 6-0 record.

In a side note, Auburn barely led Arkansas 37-35 after the 3rd quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Razorbacks 28-8 on some miscues in the last quarter to go on and win 65-43. The Gators offense has just collapsed; two weeks ago they only scored 6 on Alabama, and now they have just dropped out of the Top 25 with a 4-3 record following consecutive losses to Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State.

Here are 4 upsets – East Carolina, ranked 71st, knocking off North Carolina State 33-27 in overtime, 189th-ranked Eastern Michigan beating 124th-ranked Ball State 41-38 in overtime, 161st-ranked Rice nipping 77th-ranked Houston 34-31, and 159th-ranked UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) upsetting 112th-ranked UTEP (Texas-El Paso), 21-6.

Eight other Top 25 teams had great wins to keep moving onward and upward.

Washington needed a defensive stop at a critical moment and finally got one when the conversion pass to Joe Halahuni went through his hands as he was hit by linebacker Cort Dennison.

The seventh team to miss victory this week was the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers, who were beginning to look for real. The Warriors shut down Nevada’s 7th-ranked scoring offense (43 points per game) while winning, 27-21, after leading 17-zip at the half.

Six other top-ranked teams had much less impressive victories. The Air Force Falcons will have to regroup for some strategy.

Copyright © 2010 Ed Bagley

The Badgers led 21-3 at the half, and the Buckeyes were wondering if they shouldn’t get on the bus home at halftime. The Warriors (now 5-2) had more total offensive yards and passing yards. 5-ranked Nebraska fared no better. It is a new order of virtual parity at the top in college football.

Florida, ranked 22nd, hosted Mississippi State, rated 33rd by Sagarin, and found itself on the short end of a 10-7 stick. Kearse had 9 catches for 146 yards and his school-record 4 touchdowns came on 16, 45, 17 and 21-yard passes.

Earlier in the season, then No. Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini can obsess over those stats all he wants, it doesn’t matter, Nebraska, favored by 10, failed to cover by 18, exactly like Ohio State.

They included really good road wins by 3rd-ranked Boise State over San Jose State 48-zip, 11th-ranked Utah over Wyoming 30-6, 20th-ranked Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 34-17, and 21st-ranked Missouri over Texas A&M 30-9.

The South Carolina Gamecocks, who had just upset Alabama to rise to 10th in the AP Poll, led unranked Kentucky 28-10 at the half, but were outscored 21-zip by the Wildcats in the second half as Kentucky held on to upend the Gamecocks, 31-28.

Seven other unranked teams deserve a mention.

No. The defeat was so bad that the Buckeyes dropped to 11th in the weekly AP Poll.

The Mississippi State loss meant that Florida coach Urban Meyer suffered 3 consecutive losses for the first time in his coaching career. 1 Alabama put a 31-6 thrashing on the Florida Gators, who won the national championship two years ago and four years ago.

All bets are off now – the national championship race is wide open, and apparently getting wider by the week.

Also, 16th-ranked Florida State’s narrow 24-19 effort hosting 110th-ranked Boston College, 17th-ranked Arizona’s weak 24-7 win at Washington State, and 25th-ranked West Virginia’s 20-6 escape against 100th-ranked South Florida.

No. Someone forgot to tell Wisconsin’s players, who could give a flip about the Buckeyes stats. Whatever happened to that thing called defense?

Locker was 21-of-35 passing (60%) for 286 yards and the 5 TD strikes. Hawaii leads the nation in passing offense.

The best realization of this is that it is impossible to just pencil in Alabama, Florida or Ohio State as the No. The voters will now be embarrassed to put their undeserving, favorite team on top of the football polls. The Beavers paid a visit to the up-again, down-again Washington Huskies. Apparently, when there is no Tim Tebow, there is suddenly no Florida. The Aztecs, who led 10-6 at the half, made it official with the final score. 2-ranked Oregon and No. 1 Alabama last week, and this week the Wisconsin Badgers hosted No. Imagine for a moment a SEC game with 108 total points scored. The 19th-ranked Wolf Pack brought their perfect 6-0 mark to Hawaii, the land of pineapples and passes. There is, of course, no truth to the rumor that Warrior players throw pineapples as well as passes, they just have a lot of very big, talented Samoan athletes on the island.

The college football world was turned upside down this week as 7 Top 25 teams were upset, including No. They had won 6 in a row against Washington, and had won 7 of their past 9 Pac-10 road games.

South Carolina knocked off then No. 1 team.. They included 8th-ranked Alabama’s really lame win at home over 79th-ranked Mississippi 23-10, 9th-ranked LSU’s pathetic triumph over 149th-ranked, AA McNeese State 32-10, and 15th-ranked Iowa’s 38-28 victory over Michigan.

Throw out almost everything you thought you knew for sure. The good old boys from the south have choked on their chewing tobacco


Posted by admin on September 11th, 2016 :: Filed under college football

College football realignment spurs stadium upgrades

Another smart thing about college stadium financing is that they are renovating existing structures, rather than building new facilities:

In addition, most universities expand, renovate or improve existing infrastructure rather than develop new facilities that can reduce costs and complexity. As universities enter new conferences, competition for top recruits stiffens, inspiring additional investment in athletic facilities, particularly for football.

For instance, Texas A&M (Aaa/AA+/AA+) pledged revenue provided 13.6x pro forma maximum annual debt service coverage [for the stadium financing]. This differs from professional stadiums that generally rely on the revenues generated by games to repay bondholders. Investors have no exposure to stadium revenues; rather, overall operations of the university provide security and source of repayment.

This is a strong source of repayment for college stadium bonds.

Gerardes says that the investment is hoped to improve the fan experience, increase university brand recognition, meet rising student demand and spur financial support from alumni and donors.

[C]olleges and universities have been undergoing significant athletic conference realignment to increase visibility and capture additional revenue from lucrative media contracts for the major football conferences. Lastly, perhaps the biggest difference in college stadium infrastructure financings is the inextricable tie of the sports program to the university (i.e., no relocation risk).

College football stadiums are undergoing upgrades and renovations. Wells Fargo senior analyst Randy Gerardes writes that this is a response to recent conference realignments and increased media revenues:

Improvements to college stadiums are typically funded by tax-exempt bond offerings by the college or university, which uses its own credit to finance the project. Here is what Gerardes says about the college stadium funding model:. This type of structure allows universities the ability to leverage their credit to develop athletic facilities


Posted by admin on September 10th, 2016 :: Filed under college football

On Location Experiences Acquires Anthony Travel

Pyne’s twenty-five year record of

accomplishments in building businesses and superior management teams led

to the transformation of both NASCAR and IMG, creating billions of

dollars in shareholder value for the respective companies. The

Boston College-Georgia Tech game on Sept. “Over 26 years we’ve grown by aligning with

exceptional people and iconic brands. 3, 2016 in Dublin will be

Anthony’s fourth college football game in Ireland.

“Anthony Travel is the perfect fit as we continue to expand the services

and offerings within the On Location Experiences platform,” said John

Collins, CEO of On Location Experiences. For more

information, go to www.anthonytravel.com.

On Location Experiences is a premium experiential hospitality business

owned by Bruin Sports Capital, RedBird Capital Partners, 32 Equity (the

entity that oversees the NFL’s private equity efforts) and Jon Bon Jovi. Key industry partners include Disney Sports and ESPN Events.

Anthony Travel is the nation’s largest provider of sports travel

management services. With this

partnership, we are well-positioned for success and know the best is yet

to come for Anthony Travel, our clients and our people.”

Added Anthony, “We’re going to be exposed to the best practices in the

guest experience world while taking on exciting new projects. Adding the travel component enables us to go

deeper with our existing core business, offer fans a more complete and

customized experience and creates unlimited new opportunities with major

international events.”

About Anthony Travel

Bruin Sports Capital is a privately held international media, sports,

marketing and branded lifestyle company. Anthony Travel delivers exceptional service at

300-plus domestic and international events annually and is the largest

contractor of group hotel rooms, airline seats and bus charters in

sports. Financial terms of the investment were

not disclosed.

About RedBird Capital Partners

Based in Dallas, Anthony Travel was founded in 1989 and currently

partners with 67 universities, – along with many amateur and youth

sports organizations – to provide creative and comprehensive travel

management services. RedBird seeks investment

opportunities in growth-oriented private companies in which its capital,

investor network, and strategic relationships can help prospective

business owners outperform operationally, financially and strategically

by virtue of RedBird’s involvement.

On Location Experiences specializes in custom domestic and international

event and hospitality experiences in the worlds of sports and

entertainment. For more information, go to www.RedBirdCap.com.

. WPP, the world’s largest communications services

group, is leading Bruin Sports Capital’s international syndicate of

investors. Our people, values and core

purpose align extremely well with the On Location team and vision.”

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Location Experiences, a premium experiential hospitality business

owned by Bruin Sports Capital, RedBird Capital Partners, 32 Equity (the

entity that oversees the NFL’s private equity efforts) and Jon Bon Jovi,

today announced the acquisition of Anthony Travel. The integration with On

Location Experiences forms an unmatched vertical offering of

hospitality, experiential and travel management services. We’ll have

more resources and technology behind us and with increased volume, there

will be tangible benefits for our client organizations and travelers.”

RedBird Capital Partners is a New York and Dallas based principal

investment firm focused on providing flexible, long-term capital in

growth equity, build-up, and structured equity investments to help

entrepreneurs grow their businesses. On Location is expanding its

offerings through new partnerships, including the acquisitions of

Anthony Travel, the nation’s largest provider of sports and travel

management services, and Runaway Tours, the VIP hospitality business for

premier music acts that was founded by Bon Jovi.

About On Location Experiences

One of the highlights of Anthony Travel’s international work was

managing the travel needs of more than10,000 fans in Dublin for college

football’s 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and Navy. Bruin Sports Capital raised

$250 million in equity capital, which provides for $500 million dollars

in buying power to acquire, operate and build businesses in the

respective segments. Anthony

Travel is a division of On Location Experiences, a premium experiential

hospitality business owned by RedBird Capital Partners, Bruin Sports

Capital, 32 Equity (the entity that oversees the NFL’s private equity

efforts), Jon Bon Jovi and John Anthony.

“Joining On Location Experiences will drive transformational growth for

our company and new opportunities for our people and current clients,”

said John Anthony. “As the number one authority in

sports travel, John Anthony and his team immediately provide us with

important new expertise that will transform our company and position us

well for future growth.

As part of this deal, John Anthony will become an equity holder in On

Location Experiences and will join its board of directors.

Bruin Sports Capital’s global access and wherewithal will position the

company for unparalleled value creation opportunities. He will also

remain CEO of the continuing Anthony Travel business within the On

Location Experiences platform. Together, we aspire to create

lifetime experiences for guests around iconic events. Anthony Travel is the

largest university and sports travel management company in the country. With 40 offices nationwide, Anthony Travel partners

with nearly 70 of the nation’s most prestigious universities, along with

leading amateur and youth sports organizations, to provide comprehensive

travel solutions and unforgettable experiences to teams, alumni and fans

at more than 300 domestic and international events annually. Bruin Sports

Capital’s investor base, along with Pyne’s reputation, will allow access

to the best deals, and will provide a long-term and flexible capital

structure, operating expertise and a heightened speed of execution. George Pyne, an international business executive, founded

Bruin Sports Capital in 2015. For more

information, go to www.BruinSportsCapital.com.

About Bruin Sports Capital

“John Collins, Jon Bon Jovi, Gerry Cardinale and George Pyne are people

and partners we believe in and who share our core purpose of helping

people experience and enjoy the world. On Location is the official event and hospitality

business of the NFL, providing proprietary fan access to marquee NFL

events, including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft, and International

Series Games in London and Mexico City


Posted by admin on September 9th, 2016 :: Filed under college football