Texas Southern and Southern will play their annual game at the historic venue during the third weekend of the State Fair of Texas in 2018 and 2019, a Texas Southern spokesperson confirmed Monday.The game between the Houston school and Southern, located in Baton Rouge, La., joins Prairie View A&M-Grambling and Texas-Oklahoma on the list of games played during the festival weekend.According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the 2018 game will be the first installment of the Texas State Fair Football Showdown.Traditionally, the game between the historically black colleges rotated between the two campuses. Texas Southern, which plays its home games at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, will be looking for its first win over Southern since 2011.
What: Sugar Bowl, College Football Playoff semifinal
When: TBA on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
The 2017-18 College Football Playoff will mark the fourth straight season in which the playoff format will determine the national champion.As was the case in each of the previous three, the two semifinal matchups will be held at one of the traditional marquee bowl game locations, while the national championship will be held at a third location.
For this season, the semifinal locations will be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The College Football Playoff national championship game will be held at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The semifinal games were also held at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl for the 2014-15 College Football Playoff, the inaugural year of the format. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl and the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl are the two other semifinal rotation pairs.
Both semifinal games will be held on Jan. 1, 2018 with the seeding and kickoffs for each game to be determined. The No. 1 seed plays at whichever location is closer to its school, leaving the No. 2 seed to play the No. 3 at the other location.
In the first College Football Playoff, semifinal games also were held on Jan. 1, while in the last two, they were held on Dec. 31.The national championship game again will be played on the Monday one week later, which in this case will be Jan. 8, 2018. A kickoff time also has not yet been announced.Ohio State (2014), Alabama (2015) and Clemson (2016) are the three past national championship winners of the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide has made appearances in all three, while Ohio State and Clemson have reached it twice.
COTTON BOWL Live Stream: WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. WISCONSIN 2017 LIVE SCORE AND HIGHLIGHTS
Wisconsin rushed for 184 yards and forced a crucial turnover in its 24-16 victory over Western Michigan in the 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic. The Broncos trailed 17-10 early in the fourth quarter, but Wisconsin’s T.J. Edwards intercepted quarterback Zach Terrell at the 12-yard line to set up Wisconsin’s pull-away score.
Senior running back Corey Clement led the way with 99 total yards and a touchdown, and it was an efficient game from quarterback Bart Houston. He was 11-of-12 passing for 159 yards, and he delivered some great passes on third down. His favorite target was tight end Troy Fumagalli, who finished with 83 yards and a touchdown.
Western Michigan gained 280 yards of total offense, but Terrell never got into rhythm against Wisconsin’s pass rush. He was just 16-of-28 passing, and his interception in the fourth quarter was costly. Wide receiver Corey Davis probably helped his stock for the NFL Draft, as he hauled in six passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Western Michigan didn’t finish undefeated, but a 13-1 record is a great accomplishment for head coach P.J. Fleck in his fourth season at the school. Wisconsin improves to 11-3 with the win, its second 11-win campaign in the last three seasons.