** Missouri’s new head coach is hiring a staff. Barry Odom has tabbed Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel to fill the same roles for him at Missouri. Heupel was at Utah State for just this season and will remain with the Aggies through their Idaho Potato Bowl game against Akron on December 22 before moving on to Columbia.
** Heupel previously coached quarterbacks at Oklahoma for 11 seasons, working with Heisman winners Jason white and Sam Bradford as well as Sammy Baugh (nation’s top passer) winner Landry Jones. Heupel himself was a quarterback on Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship team and finished second in the Heisman voting that year to Florida State’s Chris Weinke.
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** Mount Union (Ohio) plays tonight in the Division III national championship game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, for the 19th time in the last 23 years. Mount Union has won 11 national titles. A Division III team these days has to win four playoff games to reach the national title game, so that’s nearly a quarter century of domination of an entire division of college football.
** The Purple Raiders face St. Thomas (Minn.) tonight. Both teams are 14-0, average over 50 points per game and allow less than 10. Mount Union and St. Thomas played in the 2012 championship, with Mount prevailing 28-10. That marked the only title game appearance in
St. Thomas history.
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** The bowl season kicks off tomorrow with five games. (It’s six if one includes the inaugural Celebration Bowl for historically black FCS schools.)
** The new Cure Bowl in Orlando features 5-7 San Jose State vs. 6-6 Georgia State, which will play in its first-ever bowl game. (Congratulations!) The Cure Bowl is one of only two bowls in which neither participating team has a winning record. The other is the Independence Bowl on
December 26 – Virginia Tech and Tulsa are both 6-6.