2021 NCAA Tournament: 5 College Football Connections

Oklahoma vs Missouri

The 8/9 matchup in the West region is an old Big 12 rivalry renewed on the hardwood. The two schools have faced each other 96 times in football, but none since an OU win in 2011, after which Missouri departed the Big 12 for the SEC.

Oklahoma is 67-24-5 all-time vs Missouri, including a pair of Big 12 Championship Game wins in 2007 and 2008.

UConn vs Maryland

In football, this would be the Randy Edsall Bowl.

Edsall built UConn football from the ground up. He coached the Huskies from their origination and growth into D1/FBS team and led them from 1999-2010. 2010 was the peak for Huskies football as they won the Big East and appeared in the Fiesta Bowl. After a loss to Oklahoma, Edsall left for Maryland.

Edsall was 22-34 overall at Maryland, making just two bowl games (0-2). He was fired in 2015 and resurfaced at UConn in 2017, where he is 6-30 in his second stint in Storrs.

*If Maryland wins, they would face Alabama. Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley was an Alabama assistant from 2016-2018.

Baylor vs UNC

IF UNC beats Wisconsin in round 1, they would face Baylor in a rematch of the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl.

Baylor won 49-38. In that game, Baylor ran for 645 yards as a team, including 299 yards and 3 touchdowns from RB Johnny Jefferson

Texas Tech vs Utah State

Another coach connection – this is the Matt Wells Bowl.

Wells was hired by Texas Tech in 2019. Before that, he played quarterback for Utah State from 1993-1996, was an assistant coach in 2011-2012 and was promoted to head coach from 2013-2018, where he compiled a 44-34 record.

Texas Tech is just 8-14 the last two seasons under Wells.

Ohio State vs Florida or Virginia Tech

On Friday at noon, Florida and Virginia Tech will face each other in the first NCAA Tournament game since Virginia beat Texas Tech in the 2019 Final Four.

The winner of the game will likely face Ohio State in a game with plenty of storylines.

Florida is 2-0 against Ohio State in football. In 2007, the Gators, led by Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow, won the BCS Championship Game 41-14. In 2011, two years after Meyer left Florida and shortly after it was announced he would take over Ohio State, the Gators beat the Buckeyes in the 2012 Gator Bowl.

Virginia Tech is 1-1 against Ohio State in football. Hokies actually shocked Ohio State IN Columbus, 35-14 in week 2 of the 2014 season. Ohio State would go on to finish 14-1 and won the first ever College Football Playoffs. Ohio State paid them back on year later, with a 42-24 road win.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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