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Heart of Dallas Bowl has a tasty new sponsor

The Heart of Dallas Bowl has a brand new bowl sponsor. Zaxby’s, a popular casual restaurant chain found throughout the southeast, has signed on for a four-year sponsorship deal with the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The game, played in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, will be sponsored by Zaxby’s through the 2017 season, and the contract has an option for an extension.

“We are delighted to join with an organization that is fully dedicated to supporting college football, and look forward to expanding the Zaxby’s brand across the nation with the title sponsorship of our bowl game,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. “It’s only fitting that the ‘Official Chicken of Sports Fanz’ will be on hand to enhance the experience of our participating teams and football fans that travel to Dallas.”

Zaxby’s, based out of Athens, Georgia, claims there are over 640 stores found in 15 states. This is the first bowl game sponsorship deal the chain has negotiated.

The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played this season on December 26 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game, owned and operated by ESPN, will air — naturally — on ESPN. The game has tie-ins with the Big Ten and Conference USA. Conference USA is 2-0 in the bowl game, first played in 2011. The Big Ten is 0-3.

Weekly Football Press Conference | Kevin Sumlin 10.21

You know what? I am very proud of Aggie’s Coach Kevin Sumlin.

Things are not very pleasant at Texas A&M right now, but losing to 3 of the best teams in the country in consecutive weeks will do that.

Watch the video, you can tell the coach is burning up inside. He still remains calm, still answers questions for 30 minutes. The Aggies have a bye week this week, and I don’t know who the Aggies play next week, but let me say this. The Texas A&M Aggies WILL BE READY TO HIT THAT NEXT GAME!!!!!

Go Aggies!

 

 

Tim Bogar is leaving the Rangers after being passed over as manager

Tim Bogar was passed over for the Rangers’ full-time manager job after serving as the team’s interim manager down the stretch and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that he will not be a part of new manager Jeff Banister’s coaching staff.

Bogar served as former manager Ron Washington’s bench coach and then went 14-8 as interim manager for a team that had been horrible until that point.

However, after including Bogar among their three finalists for the job the Rangers opted instead for Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, giving him a three-year contract.

Late wreck knocks Dale Jr. out of Chase advancement

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s dream of his first Sprint Cup championship this season ended in a nightmare two laps from the end of Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

As Greg Biffle moved up the track, he made contact with Earnhardt’s car and several drivers were collected in the process, including David Gilliland,Paul Menard and Michael Annett.

“It’s just Talladega,” team owner Rick Hendrick told ESPN. “You just can’t avoid that when you’re running that close together. … It’s not easy.”

Earnhardt tried to make quick repairs under caution in hopes of climbing back upward in the pack, but barring yet another caution in the second attempt at a green-white-checker, his title hopes are over.

Cowboys stick to plan for sixth straight victory

The Cowboys have found their winning blueprint and they executed it nearly flawlessly again this Sunday.

DeMarco Murray ran the ball all day behind a quality offensive line, Dez Bryant used his athleticism to break play after play in the second half and their rising defense kept the Giants offense from consistently finding a rhythm. The result was a 31-21 Cowboys win that makes them winners of six straight and leaves the Giants well behind in the NFC East as they head to their bye week.

Murray’s up to 913 yards on the season after posting 128 on Sunday. It’s now seven straight games with 100 or more rushing yards for Murray, who added a touchdown in the fourth quarter that helped put things out of reach. That score came after the first Giants turnover of the game, a fumble by tight end Larry Donnell that the Cowboys recovered in Giants territory, and an acrobatic 25-yard catch by Bryant that was incorrectly ruled a touchdown before a look at replay.

Bryant had nine catches for 151 yards overall with seven of the grabs coming in the second half as Tony Romo completed all nine passes he attempted. It was pretty close to perfect balance on offense for a team that’s showing no signs of deviating from the successful course they’ve charted since early this season.

The Giants now find themselves at 3-4 and well behind the Cowboys and idle Eagles with the tiebreaker pointing in the other direction with both teams. There’s ample time to change things around, but the last two weeks have found the Giants lacking against their two NFC East rivals. They were better this week than they were against the Eagles, but the Cowboys were just a bit better when the big moments came up in the game and the Giants don’t have answers for players like Bryant and Murray right now.

They’ll try to come up with them before Dallas comes to Jersey in a month, not that it will matter if the Cowboys keep executing at this level between now and then.

TCU becomes Big 12 favorite after 42-9 victory over Oklahoma State

With the No. 4 Baylor Bears falling to the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, the Big 12 Conference became a wide open race. The No. 9 TCU Horned Frogs made a case they are the league’s best team with a dominant 42-9 victory over the No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys.

While Gary Patterson‘s teams have been known for their stout defenses, the Horned Frogs showed how explosive they can be on offense against the Cowboys.

TCU accumulated 675 total yards of offense. Trevone Boykin became the fourth quarterback in TCU history with 400 or more passing yards. He finished with 410 passing yards. Junior Josh Doctson exploded onto the scene with a seven-catch, 225-yard effort. And running back B.J. Catalon racked up 102 rushing yards on only 10 carries.

Oklahoma State simply didn’t have an answer for TCU’s offense.

 

The two biggest differences in the Horned Frogs’ offense was Boykin’s precision and Doctson’s big-play ability. The quarterback correctly identified the open man on nearly every occassion, while Doctson scored two touchdowns that were 77 yards or longer. With the impressive win, TCU can establish itself as the top contender on the Big 12.  

The Horned Frogs and the Baylor Bears were as evenly matched as they come, and it required a strong fourth-quarter effort from Art Briles‘ squad to escape with the victory.

The difference between these two teams is who they face in the coming weeks.

TCU will play the Texas Tech Red Raiders and West Virginia Mountaineers before facing its toughest test in the second half of their schedule, the No. 14 Kansas State Wildcats. Baylor, who lost to West Virginia 41-27 Saturday, still has to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats.

With the Horned Frogs’ newfound explosive offense, everything is setting up in their favor to claim the school’s first Big 12 Championship and possibly sneak into the inaugural College Football Playoff.