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Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Sportsman of the Week Ending 12/17/2023
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" as played on ESPN commercials and Christman music channels alike, the first alluding to College Football Bowl season. In what some considered a golden age of college football in the 70s and 80s there would be a dozen or so games and all the teams were the top national teams. In current times, there are 41 Bowl Games featuring 82 FBS Teams exceedingly more than half of the teams and more than what some consider a fair share of 6-6 teams. I say let's feast. Especially the weekend before Christmas, give me all the Group of Five Conference Teams I didn't see during the regular season. Fitting the bill is Mid-Atlantic Conference power Ohio University Bobcats. As underdogs in the Myrtle Beach Bowl against the Georgia Southern Eagles, our Sportsman of the Week dominated the game and made it a blowout. Freshman running back Rickey Hunt channeled other legendary college football running backs like Ricky Watters and Ricky Williams to surge for 115 yards on 17 carries and 4 TDs in a 41-21 romp. Hunt added a TD reception to make it five TDs on the day guiding Ohio to its fifth straight Bowl win, and a 10-win season. This after a number of key regular season players did not participate as they opted for the Portal. Don't bet against Ohio nor Hunt, a worthy Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!