Toledo, OH – Toledo was named the National Team of the Week by the United States Sports Academy following the 16-12 victory over No. 18 Arkansas on Sept. 12.
No. 19 Oklahoma’s double over-time 31-24 victory over No. 23 Tennessee was selected as the second-best game of the week, while No. 5 Michigan State’s 31-28 win over No. 7 Oregon was named third-best game of the week.
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Each weekly winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners of these memorable games have included some stunning upsets, conference championship games, and BCS National Championship games.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.
Toledo was earlier named the AutoNation National Team of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) following the 16-12 victory over No. 18 Arkansas on Sept. 12. It is the first time the Rockets have earned this honor since the award began in 2002. As part of AutoNation’s history of charitable involvement, AutoNation will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in the University of Toledo's name.
Toledo, which picked up 29 points in the latest Associated Press poll, hosts Iowa State of the Big 12 at the Glass Bowl on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.