Saturday, November 28, 2015

UConn commit leads his team to historic state title

With UConn commit Quayvon Skanes running for four touchdowns and throwing for another as Phillips Academy High School became the first team from the Chicago Public League to win a football state title.

Phillips rolled to a 51-7 win over Althoff in the Illinois 4A title game to finish with a 14-0 record while outscoring its opponents 587-90.

Skanes had scoring runs of 41, 31, 3 and 36 yards as he finished with 149 yards on 13 carries.

Closer to home, the Connecticut playoffs begin on Tuesday with the quarterfinals. Jasen Rose's Southington team is the No. 3 seed in Class LL and will host No. 6 Conard while Keyion Dixon's Glastonbury squad is seeded fifth and will play at No. 4 Newtown. Both games are set for 6:30 p.m.

Seven teams took the field on Thursday or Friday with a chance to either become bowl eligible or put themselves in position to play next week to pick up the sixth win needed to reach bowl eligibility. If not for some costly turnovers by Tulane resulting in a Tulsa win those teams would have gone 1-6 as Buffalo, Missouri, Nebraska and San Jose State fell to 5-7 and Texas' record dropped to 4-7 with losses.

Tulsa posted a 47-34 win to improve to 6-6 and Washington did the same with a 45-10 win over Washington State.

If my math is correct that means 73 teams are bowl eligible. Seven more 5-6 teams (East Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Old Dominion and Virginia Tech) and two squads with 4-6 records and two games left (Kansas State and Louisiana Lafayette) are in action today.

There are 81 bowl slots available so unless every team mentioned above wins out which would be beyond improbable, it looks like teams with losing records will be get bowl invitations.

Another result of note to the AAC is Toledo's loss to Western Michigan which could result in the winner of the AAC championship game getting a bid to a New Year's Day bowl. Ironically, UConn could blow up those plans because if the Huskies upset Temple it would put unranked South Florida in the AAC championship game. If USF were to beat Houston it would be rather interesting to see which of the Group of Five teams gets that bid. If Temple wins tonight I would think the winner of the Houston/Temple game gets that prime bowl spot.



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