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FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Panthers DB Cutts earns PIFL POY award; New college bowl games to be played in ... Dubai and Bahamas?

Panthers DB Antwon Cutts lead Albany to a near shutout of Columbus in the second half of their rivalry game this past Saturday.

Panthers DB Antwon Cutts lead Albany to a near shutout of Columbus in the second half of their rivalry game this past Saturday.

ALBANY — The PIFL announced Tuesday that Albany Panthers DB Antwontis Cutts was named the Week 14 Players of the Week.

Having previously filled in on a part-time basis, WR/DB Antwontis Cutts (6-foot-2 170 pounds, Fort Valley St.) was forced into full time-time duty at DB due to the injury of WR Antwone Savage. Cutts picked up Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for Week 14 picking off two passes in the Panthers 35-15 defensive slugfest win against the Lions. Featuring a combined total of seven interceptions, Albany got the upperhand winning the turnover battle 5-3 thanks in large part to Cutts and teammate Damian Daniels, who each had a combined two INTs. Columbus was held to just 15 points the second lowest point total in one single-game in PIFL history, back in 2012 Albany held Knoxville to the lowest point total at 10.

Albany (6-4) will host Lehigh Valley (6-5) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

College football looks overseas for bowl games

Seeking to give their bowl-eligible teams chances to play, college football’s smaller conferences are exploring avenues to create additional bowl games next season.

The impetus comes from the Power Five conferences preference to play each other in bowl games, leaving the smaller conferences shut out.

Up to nine locations are being considered to begin bowl games in 2014: Miami, Orlando, Little Rock, Ark.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Los Angeles; Ireland; Dubai and either Toronto or Nassau, Bahamas.

Any new bowls created in 2014 would be to accommodate smaller conferences — American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt — and will coincide with the expiration of the NCAA’s moratorium to add new bowls.