NCAA Live blog: Follow action in the Round of 64

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2:05 p.m.: Duke leads Mercer by three on the underneath-4 timeout. The Blue Devils proceed to shoot three-pointers and crash the offensive glass, Mercer continues to assault the rim and exploit the non-existent interior protection of Duke. – Jeff Borzello

2:02 p.m.: Neither Andrew Wiggins nor John Calipari look totally comfortable in this image. (h/t KSR) – Jeff Borzello

1:54 p.m.: Stanford has come out on fire against New Mexico. Up sixteen-four early, and Alex Kirk already has two fouls for the Lobos. – Jeff Borzello

1:40 p.m.: Duke may be tied with Mercer proper now, but Quinn Cook dinner had a highlight-level crossover in the first half. Ankle-breaking. – Jeff Borzello

1:36 p.m.: Stanford and New Mexico getting set to tip shortly. WATCH DWELL. – Jeff Borzello

1:35 p.m.: It’s formally time to get the #UpsetAlert on the market. Mercer leads Duke by three, has the momentum – and Jabari Parker has three fouls. – Jeff Borzello

1:28 p.m.: Mercer massive man Monty Brown bought hit within the head within the first half, and Rachel Nichols reviews that he is out the remainder of the sport. – Jeff Borzello

1:23 p.m.: Rico Gathers and Cory Jefferson are offering up a measurement advantage that Nebraska can not match up in opposition to – in any respect. Typically these games can turn right into a battle of DNA down low, and Baylor so clearly outclasses Nebraska there. It is 23-11 at the underneath-4. The Bears will have to actually go cold, and Nebraska the alternative, for one thing to show right here. – Matt Norlander

1:06 p.m.: Duke up 35-34 on Mercer on the half. We had a sense this would be close for most of the recreation, and Mercer is hanging right there. It regarded just like the Blue Devils would prolong the lead toward the tip of the half, however a late eleven-3 run gave Mercer a one-point lead before Jabari Parker’s layup put Duke back on prime heading into the break. Duke has taken a watch-opening 21 3-pointers in the present day, though its eleven offensive rebounds have additionally played a huge position. – Jeff Borzello

12:58 p.m.: Okay, so it is ugly in San Antonio. Baylor leads 10-three on Nebraska at the below-12. Huskers very much appear like a crew unfamiliar with the NCAA stage at the moment. We’ll see if they’ll settle. That Duke-Mercer sport is a fun watch, although. Blue Devils lead 30-27 with 2:20 to go. – Matt Norlander

12:40 p.m.: Baylor-Nebraska is a really intriguing game. And it’s about to start. I feel Baylor wins by 10, though. WATCH ONLINE HERE. – Matt Norlander

12:13 p.m.: Additionally, Thursday saw its highest rankings in 23 years (since the event expanded to 4 telecast windows for all the day in 1991). Thursday’s video games averaged a 6.0/14 in a single day rankings/share, up 3%compared with a 5.eight/14 in 2013. – Jeff Borzello

12:12 p.m.: Duke and Mercer about to get occurring CBS. Or WATCH HERE. – Jeff Borzello

12:10 p.m.: Earlier than we actually get going, take a look at the Viewer’s Guide for a fast preview of the day. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:50 a.m.: Welcome again in, everyone. I am not entirely prepared for no matter’s about to happen. However that’s why these first two days are so nice. Before we begin, Steve Fisher ranted towards the NCAA’s coverage that forced New Mexico State to leave in the middle of the night time – after a loss – late final evening on the West Coast. This is spot-on and deserves a number of attention. Fisher put a defense for NMSU, Marvin Menzies and that faculty. And he ought to have. Ridiculous that a shedding group has to shuffle home within the cowl of darkness. – Matt Norlander

Highlights..

1:34 a.m.: CLOSING: San Diego State 73, New Mexico sixty nine. The night is over. And we’re simply hours from day two. Thank you for studying. When you’re simply coming to this within the early morning. Give it a scroll. What a memorable first day. Gotta be among the best of the past twenty years. 4 OTs alone. The live blog will boot up once more at midday on Friday. – Matt Norlander

1:23 a.m.: OK, SDSU kind of wants this? It is too laborious to tell. Eyes starting to glaze. This may be setting a new file for longest first day of the NCAAs ever. What an introduction. – Matt Norlander

1:08 a.m.: Ahahahahahaha!!! New Mexico really just despatched this thing into time beyond regulation. It is an NCAA Event report: four in someday.

1:04 a.m.: ULTIMATE: Louisville 71, Manhattan sixty four. Cardinals will play Saint Louis on Saturday. Pitino says on TELEVISION afteward: “That’s probably the greatest coaching jobs I’ve seen in my 39 years… That’s why I didn’t need to play them. Proper now, we won, I am excited, but I really feel sick inside… I am on the edge of my bed when Travis Ford coaches, when Billy Donovan coaches, when Steve Masiello coaches. I don’t sleep when they lose. Though I’m elated, it damage me tonight, going towards him.” – Matt Norlander

12:58 a.m.: Luke Hancock with a devastating double dose of three-point photographs to present Manhattan a 68-sixty two lead. Oh, man, that was ice water. Hancock you’ll recall won the MOP award ultimately 12 months’s Last Four. Barring some dangerous turnovers, Louisville is going to escape. – Matt Norlander

12:50 a.m.: A SCENARIO IN ORLANDO! Manhattan leads Louisville on the under-four timeout, a fifty eight-fifty five edge. Those watching have to like how the Jaspers are taking part in the Cardinals. Aggressive and confident. Louisville not folding, but certainly not matching composure. – Matt Norlander

12:37 a.m.: HUGE BOY. Thanks for this, @bubbprog. – Matt Norlander

12:22 a.m.: I can’t deny, I wouldn’t misinform you if I said I’d be OK with a San Diego State romp over New Mexico State. That is not occurring in the intervening time. Aggies path Aztecs 37-31 at the 15:34 mark. Gonna be an extended night time. We’ve nonetheless acquired a podcast to file! – Matt Norlander

12:18 a.m.: OKAY, I’m all in for a Jaspers upset right here. Louisville leads 47-forty three with 12:20 to go. But Russ Smith may need a wrist subject. We’ve had a tremendous day. What’s another thriller? There’s also this. – Matt Norlander

12:14 a.m.: Here was the video of Cameron Ridley’s buzzer-beater. – Jeff Borzello

12:05 a.m.: CLOSING: Villanova 73, Milwaukee fifty three. Generally it’s good to have a blowout or two amid all the other ridiculousness that is happening. That Texas recreation-winner was straight-up weird. – Matt Norlander

12:01 a.m.: ULTIMATE: Texas 87, Arizona State eighty five. Cameron Ridley picks up a unfastened ball and lays it in as time expires for the win. – Jeff Borzello

11:53 p.m.: This might be one thing value watching. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:34 p.m.: Texas and Arizona State getting fun in the second half. The Longhorns opened up a double-digit lead, however the Solar Devils have been chipping away. They minimize it down to 2, though it is now at six. Jahii Carson’s complementary pieces have been helping, especially Jordan Bachynski (20 points). It has been Carson who must be extra of a factor. He’s 6 of 15 from the floor. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:31 p.m.: Yeah, it has been a nice half. If you go against the same thing you’ve been working towards against all season, you’re not going to be intimidated. Louisville leads Manhattan by six at halftime. The two groups are mainly mirror photos of one another, however Louisville is doing every part just a little bit higher. The Cardinals have pressured 10 turnovers, while coughing it up six instances themselves. One other increase for Louisville has come on the offensive glass. The Cardinals have 11 offensive boards, taking advantage of their edge inside. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:30 p.m.: Villanova now getting some separation. Now 1 for 17 from deep and leads Milwaukee forty two-33. Elsewhere, issues are very attention-grabbing. Borzello, Manhattan’s not taking place simple. I didn’t think it would. – Matt Norlander

11:21 p.m.: Stat that’s been tossed out: The NCAA Tournament’s had 4 OT games this yr. The previous two tourneys had two total. So things are going nicely. In Buffalo, Villanova leads 34-29 on Milwaukee with 15:forty to go. Preserving an eye. That is closer than I expected. The Wildcats have shot 14 3-point pictures.. and made none of them. – Matt Norlander

11:18 p.m.: And now we have totally entered into the final window of the day. San Diego State and New Mexico State are underway on truTV. It may get bizarre. Watch online here. – Matt Norlander

eleven:05 p.m.: And this is the GIF of the day, with out question. North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips. Through Michael Shamburger. – Matt Norlander

10:fifty eight p.m.: SURE! Dance videos/GIFs have change into a thing prior to now two years, and we’re completely OKAY with that. Love the BI-ZUN. GIF through @cjzero – Matt Norlander

10:38 p.m.: Not a ton of protection being performed in Arizona State and Texas, but the Longhorns are up at halftime by five. Texas is shooting 59 percent from the sector and 50 percent from three-point vary, while Arizona State is making fifty two percent of its area targets and almost sixty seven percent of its 3-point photographs. Jahii Carson should be a distinction-maker within the second half for the Solar Devils; he is three of seven in the first half. – Jeff Borzello

10:30 p.m.: Manhattan and Louisville needs to be a quick-paced, up-and-down sport. WATCH. – Jeff Borzello

10:28 p.m.: FINAL: North Dakota State eighty, Oklahoma 75. In extra time. The Bison are the second 12-seed to win immediately, and so they advance to play the winner of San Diego State-New Mexico State. Most impressively, North Dakota State pulled off the upset with out getting big performances from its stars, Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund. Lawrence Alexander had 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists – and the tying 3-pointer in regulation. – Jeff Borzello

10:10 p.m.: EXTRA TIME in North Dakota State and Oklahoma. That is how NDSU tied it up. – Jeff Borzello

10:00 p.m.: LAST: Saint Louis 83, N.C. State eighty. Vomit-worthy for State Fan. That’s an all-timer. – Matt Norlander

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9:49 p.m.: That is going to be an all-time meltdown by N.C. State if the Wolfpack lose. So many missed foul photographs. Down 77-73 with 1:45 to go. It’s been a depressing watch. – Matt Norlander

9:forty three p.m.: While everyone else has been watching St. Joe’s and UConn and now NC State and Saint Louis, North Dakota State and Oklahoma are in one other battle. NDSU has been main many of the evening, at the moment up by three with 5:10 left. – Jeff Borzello

9:42 p.m.: Arizona State and Texas are preventing for the correct to play Michigan. WATCH RIGHT HERE. – Jeff Borzello

9:27 p.m.: LAST: UConn 89, Saint Joseph’s 81. The Huskies hit 15 free throws in a row to help get distance in overtime. The three-point play by Brimah near the top of regulation saved the sport. – Matt Norlander

9:sixteen p.m.: UConn leads by six with a minute to go in OT. We’ll finish up with them in a second. Checking in on N.C. State-Saint Louis, the game is now at 60-fifty two with 2:forty to go. Not over. – Matt Norlander

9:11 p.m.: ULTIMATE: Michigan 57, Wofford 40. This never seemed like much of a aggressive game, although Wofford hung across the 10-12-level vary for most of the second half. The Terriers shot simply 1 of 19 from the 3-level line, which was too troublesome to overcome. Nik Stauskas had 15 factors and Glenn Robinson III went for 14 factors. The Wolverines play the winner of Texas-Arizona State. – Jeff Borzello

9:01 p.m.: OH MY. We’re going to OT, however UConn simply ran a good looking inbounds set that beat Saint Joe’s – alas Napiers three-level attempt does not fal. Tied at 70, into free basketball. However, man, if that shot had fell: prompt basic. No one has played extra overtime games up to now four years than UConn, by the way in which. – Matt Norlander

eight:52-eight:57 p.m.: Right here we go. DeAndre Daniels drains a trey to present UConn a sixty seven-sixty six lead with two minutes remaining… Chris Wilson hit a tricky-however-pretty floater to take the lead again. Enjoying this. Wilson will get two fouls photographs – and stinks them – after a Napier turnover. UConn ball with 49.2. I smell one other three. Nope. Napier drives, misses, and Amida Brimah gets fouled near the hoop – and hits! Brimah, a fifty seven-p.c foul shooter, makes the shot. Tie recreation. – Matt Norlander

eight:forty eight p.m.: Wofford continues to be inside striking distance of Michigan, hanging around with a ten-point deficit at the beneath-eight timeout of the second half. – Jeff Borzello

8:46 p.m.: We might be in retailer for yet another 12-over-5 upset as North Dakota State leads Oklahoma at the half, 37-29. The Bison’s pack-line defense has let Oklahoma get some open looks from the perimeter, and the Sooners are 6 of sixteen from behind the arc. But they are just 5 of 18 contained in the arc, and do not get out in transition for straightforward baskets as a lot as they would like. For North Dakota State, stars Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund have not been the main cogs; Lawrence Alexander and TrayVonn Wright have 10 points apiece. – Jeff Borzello

8:44 p.m.: By the best way… – Jeff Borzello

eight:36 p.m: B.J. Anya has three blocks, and N.C. State leads 36-29 on SLU. It seems like twice that. Recreation is airing on TNT. – Matt Norlander

8:32 p.m:

Secure to say we’ve yet one more enduring second for Phillip Martelli, the grandson of the Saint Joe’s coach. UConn leads Saint Joe’s fifty seven-56. – Matt Norlander

eight:19 p.m.: I like watching Halil Kanacevic play. He is obtained 5 assists and 4 boards and looks like an important participant on the floor. Saint Joe’s leads 49-forty five. – Matt Norlander

8:09 p.m.: OK, dying right here. Whoever that State fan is – attempting to distract Saint Louis from taking free throws – you have made the evening worthwhile. Video by way of Scott Van Pelt. – Matt Norlander

eight:07 p.m.: North Dakota State’s TrayVonn Wright confirmed his dunking means towards Oklahoma already – though he gave a preview when our personal Doug Gottlieb tossed him an alley-oop in apply on Wednesday. – Jeff Borzello

8:05 p.m.: Michigan is up 34-20 on the half on Wofford. The Terriers are zero of 8 from 3-point range and are letting Michigan get far too many open photographs on the different end. The Wolverines are capturing 14 of twenty-two from the sector, with Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas combining for 20 points. – Jeff Borzello

7:forty four p.m.: Some wild stats on Adreian Payne’s forty one-point performance. – Jeff Borzello

7:37 p.m.:

7:sixteen p.m.: REMAINING: Michigan State ninety three, Delaware seventy eight. Adreian Payne goes for forty one factors and shoots 17-for-17 from the free-throw line. – Jeff Borzello

6:26 p.m.: Delaware can’t handle Michigan State down low. When the Spartans go to Adreian Payne (23 first-half points) or Branden Dawson in the mpaint, the Blue Hens are helpless. This seems like a game the place Michigan State keeps the Hens at an arm’s size but not a blowout. – Jeff Borzello

5:33 p.m.: LAST: Oregon 87, BYU 68. Though 7/10 video games on the floor all the time look attention-grabbing, we’re assured at the least one snoozer every year. This was that recreation. Ducks received 23 from Elgin Cook off the bench. By the way, Borzello, that picture is wonderful. Wake Forest followers were genuinely unhappy with Bzedelik virtually from the beginning. Now they’re reacting like the staff’s headed to the Ultimate 4. – Matt Norlander

5:28 p.m.: Wow. Wake Forest college students are thrilled concerning the resignation of head coach Jeff Bzdelik. – Jeff Borzello

5:20 p.m.:

5:00 p.m.: REMAINING: Syracuse seventy seven, Western Michigan 53. The Orange misplaced 5 of seven getting into the NCAA Event, but they appeared to snap out of their funk – although it helped Western Michigan could not do something against the 2-three zone. Syracuse will face Dayton on Saturday afternoon. Trevor Cooney’s 18 points led 4 players in double-figures for the Orange. – Jeff Borzello

four:fifty five p.m.: I penned some words on Harvard, Tommy Amaker, the Ivy League, and 12s over 5s. – Jeff Borzello

four:forty one p.m.: What I want I may’ve squeezed into this Vine: Ian Eagle saying, “THAT IS A MAN’S JAM!” Oregon leads forty seven-35 with somewhat more than 16 minutes to go. – Matt Norlander

four:28 p.m.: CLOSING: Harvard 61, Cincinnati fifty seven. The Crimson have now received NCAA tournament games in back-to-back seasons. – Jeff Borzello

three:51 p.m.: Put up a submit on the largest margin of victories ever in an 8/9 game. Pittsburgh-Colorado is available in at No. 2. – Matt Norlander

three:27 p.m.: Coaching change at Wake Forest: Jeff Bzdelik is out as head coach. The varsity is expected to make it official at a 5 p.m. press conference. – Jeff Borzello

three:22 p.m.: Aaron Craft’s profession coming to an finish has brought about expected schadenfreude. Here’s the one Craft meme from at this time worth sharing that I’ve seen so far. All others enjoying for second. We miss you, Huell. – Matt Norlander

2:fifty one p.m.: A lot of heartbreak for the Buckeyes over the past several seasons. – Jeff Borzello

2:29 p.m.: What on EARTH is occurring in Orlando? Pittsburgh leads Colorado forty six-18 on the half. Goodness gracious sakes alive. – Matt Norlander

2:10-18 p.m.: OK THIS IS FUN. Sam Thompson hits a go-forward shot for Ohio State, however Shannon Scott simply fouled Dyshawn Pierre whereas Pierre was taking a three! On the line, 26.three to go. He cans all three foul photographs. Dayton up one, Ohio State ball… Timeout, Buckeyes. Let’s do this… Craft with the go-ahead shot and wow was that a toughie. Timeout Dayton… Then Vee Sanford hits the winner! Craft’s profession ends on a missed shot, and No. 11 Dayton has crushed No. 6 Ohio State. The afternoon is already awesome. GIF below. – Matt Norlander

Backside GIF by way of The Large Lead.

1:12 p.m: American is hanging with Wisconsin, taking an early punch however responding with a 14-3 run. One factor to control can be Frank Kaminsky’s foul bother. He has two fouls already. But the battle between Kaminsky and Tony Wroblicky has been enjoyable.

Also, here’s a video of Wroblicky training his one-handed free throw. – Jeff Borzello

12:forty five p.m.: Raftery not making an attempt to say “Ameleo Della Valle” with an Italian twist has already made this afternoon window worth it. – Matt Norlander

12:15 p.m.: The ball is tipped, and the NCAA Tournament has begun in earnest. No better method than to start out with Invoice and Verne. I feel Ohio State wins but wins close. Looks like the first recreation of the NCAAs almost every year is pretty close as it will get to the tip. – Matt Norlander

11:15 a.m.: Solely an hour to go. Let’s play this on a loop till then. – Matt Norlander

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Poll Attacks

I can not work out why people preserve underrating Iowa State, and I don’t know how anyone might put the Cyclones, with that body of labor, twenty fifth on an AP ballot . However any person did. And their prize for doing so is a spot in this week’s Poll Attacks

Let’s get it!

Related Press: There isn’t a greater discrepancy between the AP ballot and my Top 25 (and one) than the discrepancy between where they’re rating Iowa State and the place I am ranking Iowa State, and I genuinely do not perceive how the Cyclones may be 17th within the AP poll until you just disregard actual wins and losses and penalize them due to a low KenPom rating and/or some eye-test you are administering from a couch.

Because the physique of work is very nice.

Iowa State is nineteen-5 with seven prime-50 RPI victories, just one loss outside of the top 25 of the RPI, and 0 losses outdoors of the highest 75 of the RPI. To assist put that resume into context, it’s worthwhile to know that Kansas has 10 top-50 RPI wins, and that Syracuse and Arizona both have eight. And that is the complete checklist of faculties with extra top-50 RPI wins than Iowa State.

That’s it.

Kansas, Syracuse and Arizona.

Those are the only teams with more top-50 wins than Iowa State. And, again, Iowa State’s losses aren’t dangerous. Two are to Kansas (No. 1 in the RPI), one is at Texas (No. 22 within the RPI), another is at Oklahoma (No. 25 within the RPI), and the fifth is at West Virginia (No. sixty nine in the RPI). So what I decided to do Monday afternoon is establish the AP voter who ranked Iowa State lowest and write about essentially the most indefensible things I may find on his poll.

The AP voter who ranked Iowa State lowest is Tom Keegan.

So right here we go..

Tom has the Cyclones ranked twenty fifth – which is 15 spots decrease than the Top 25 (and one), eight spots lower than the Related Press ballot, and 6 spots decrease than the Coaches ballot. This is baffling for all the reasons said above. Nevertheless it’s especially baffling considering Tom has Iowa State ranked behind Ohio State, North Carolina and Arizona State on his poll as a result of the profiles belonging to those three colleges don’t even examine to Iowa State’s profile. None of these schools have higher wins than Iowa State. All of these schools have worse losses than Iowa State.

You bought a moment?

I will break it down for you here:

– IOWA STATE —

Wins towards high 50: 7
Losses outside prime 25: 1
Losses exterior top 100: 0

– OHIO STATE —

Wins towards top 50: three
Losses exterior prime 25: four
Losses outside prime a hundred: 1

– NORTH CAROLINA —

Wins against top 50: 5
Losses outdoors top 25: four
Losses outside high one hundred: three

– ARIZONA STATE —

Wins against high 50: 4
Losses outdoors high 25: 3
Losses outdoors top 100: 1

So, to summarize, Iowa State has..

  • 4 extra top-50 wins than Ohio State, three extra prime-50 wins than Arizona State, and two more high-50 wins than North Carolina.
  • three fewer losses exterior of the top 25 than Ohio State and North Carolina, and two fewer losses exterior of the top 25 than Arizona State.
  • zero losses outdoors of the highest a hundred whereas North Carolina has three, and Arizona State and Ohio State every have one.

    The numbers are plain, right?

    What might possibly be the argument against ISU’s body of labor?

    And how might anybody fairly have Iowa State behind OSU, UNC and ASU?

    Coaches ballot: I’m not going to get too worked-up about Villanova being ranked forward Creighton as a result of I like Villanova and nonetheless have the Wildcats ranked seventh within the Top 25 (and one) due to a physique of work that options wins over Kansas and Iowa, and 0 losses to anyone apart from Syracuse and Creighton (twice). However I’ve Creighton ranked sixth – i.e., one spot forward of Villanova – and the reason being as a result of I merely consider that when two colleges’ resumes are comparable then the one faculty that has pounded the other twice should in all probability be at least a spot higher.

    That’s not crazy, is it?

    Creighton and Villanova are shut to one another within the KenPom scores, within the Sagarin scores, and in the RPI, and Creighton truly has two extra high-50 RPI wins than Villanova. Creighton, after all, has three losses outdoors of the top 25 of the RPI, and Villanova has none; that shouldn’t be ignored. However, nonetheless, the our bodies of labor are close sufficient to the place it is sensible to provide the sting on a weekly ballot to a Creighton workforce that is 2-zero against Villanova due to a 28-point road win over the Wildcats and a 21-point house win over the Wildcats.

    Just so we’re clear, head-to-head results aren’t that necessary.

    Not whenever you’re judging total bodies of labor.

    However, again, Creighton’s body of work is comparable enough to Villanova’s to the place it appears to be like a little silly, I feel, to have the Bluejays behind the Wildcats based mostly on what we have seen when these two groups have lined up and, you know, performed basketball and stuff.

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Sources: OSU hires Ash, Johnson to help D

Ohio express also has not confirmed typically the hires, which were first reported by SI. possuindo.

The particular coaching opportunities were the Buckeyes' primary since Urban Meyer finished his very first staff before the 2012 period.

Lung burning ash will be likely to restore an unit that fought mightily against the complete this season, finishing No. 128 within the nation in yardage permitted through the atmosphere and contributing to a close call against the express of michigan and a current two-game giving up ability for the Buckeyes, since Ohio State gave upwards 7, 133 passing meters inside the final three games.
Larry JohnsonLung burning ash put in just one time of year at illinois, but he had established herself as one of the top defensive professional poker coaches in typically the Big Ten at the same time serving at Wisconsin, facilitating typically the Badgers reach a few Went up Bowls and ranking your website No. 13 in the world in total defense within 2012.

Johnson will certainly inherit a new young, talented gang that led the Big 12 in sacks. The in long run Penn State assistant was your last holdover from java Paterno's staff after to be hired in 1996, and he was a candidate for typically the head-coaching job prior in order to James Franklin being appointed.

 

 

OSU’s Spence gets three-game suspension

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Ohio State sophomore defensive finish Noah Spence has been suspended three video games, starting with Friday's Discover Orange Bowl towards Clemson, for violating an unspecified Huge Ten rule.

Noah Spence

Noah Spence, who was second in the Huge Ten with eight sacks, has been suspended for the Orange Bowl and the primary two games of the 2014 season for violating a conference rule.

The Buckeyes introduced the suspension on Wednesday morning and stated that Spence and his parents did not agree with the ruling by the convention. Ohio State and the Spence family then frolicked "exhausting the appeals course of that was available to them with the Huge Ten," the assertion learn.

Spence did not journey to Florida with the Buckeyes, and head coach Urban Meyer had said Spence was dealing with a personal situation. Spence completed second within the Massive Ten in sacks with eight and added 14.5 tackles for loss.

Spence will be able to apply with the group in the spring, however he is not going to be eligible to play until Ohio State's third game of 2014 season, which comes on Sept. 13 towards Kent State. The Buckeyes' first two games are at Navy and towards Virginia Tech at residence.

 

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New Years Day Bowlgasm 2014 Preview

Mark Dantonio MSU

BCS Bowls

Rose Bowl: It’s the a hundredth edition of faculty football’s biggest recreation. Who higher to current it than VIZIO? Manball? MANBALL. Michigan State completed forward of Stanford within the polls, which says about all it's essential know about the polls. The Cardinal went eleven-2 against arguably the nation’s hardest schedule. Stanford had eight Prime 30 SRS wins, to Michigan State’s one. The Spartans have reached their first Rose Bowl since 1988. However, they are going to be playing without senior leader Max Bullough. The Big Ten has misplaced 9 of its final 10 Rose Bowl appearances. 

Fiesta Bowl: Opulence. This trophy has it. The Fiesta Bowl needed to jump on the UCF grenade. Baylor gets $three.6m for taking part in on this one, which can just cover the travel expenses and unsold tickets. UCF, with tougher logistics, could end up seven figures within the red. UCF had seven one-rating wins. Baylor beat five convention opponents by 20 or extra factors. The Bears are 16.5-point favorites. This may be the last school sport for Blake Bortles, who seems to be set to be drafted too high in the first round.

Barry Alvarez dancing

B1G vs. SEC Problem

Capital One Bowl: Steve Spurrier was in vintage type at media day. At pregame festivities he was a grasp of disguise. We’ll see how he does during the sport. This may be the Massive Ten’s greatest hope for a marquee win past Ohio State. Wisconsin has a potent rushing assault going towards a younger South Carolina front. The Gamecocks have a robust, consistent run defense going through a line that struggled against the higher items the faced.

Outback Bowl: Iowa bounced again to eight-4 against a tricky Large Ten schedule. LSU misplaced gut-wrenching field-aim games at Georgia and at Ole Miss to complete 9-3. LSU is starting freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings. He’s facing off in opposition to an Iowa defense that finished within the High 10 in yards/play. With Miles gripping the hand break, this one could get very B1G very quickly. In true Schembechler vogue, the Mad Hatter has lost three of his last 4 bowl games. 

Gator Bowl: A rematch from last 12 months. Neither team is nearly as good. Each groups finished 8-four. Georgia was devastated by injuries. Nebraska was lucky to complete as strongly as they did. four-zero in one-rating games. No Wisconsin or Ohio State on the schedule. The Bulldogs have had key gamers undergo from a stomach virus. Expect turnovers. Georgia was 97th nationally in turnover margin. Nebraska was 121st.

Great Unwashed

Coronary heart of Dallas Bowl: As a result of the Metroplex needed yet one more bowl game. UNLV vs. North Texas…anybody?…Bueller?…cool.

Associated: School Football 2013-14 Bowl Picks Against The Spread

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Hoops poll: Arizona, Cuse, Ohio State still 1-2-3

The Orange are still undefeated, and in the eyes of some the best team in hoops. (USATSI)
The Orange are nonetheless undefeated, and in the eyes of some the perfect team in hoops. (USATSI)

Syracuse is creeping in on No. 1 Arizona, but barely. The Wildcats are No. 1 within the Associated Press' high 25 ballot for the fourth week in a row, however got 60 first-place votes this time, as opposed to the 63 from per week ago. Syracuse took up the other five.

Syracuse is riding high and heading into 2014 with out a loss in wake of its house victory over beforehand unbeaten Villanova on Saturday. The rest of the highest five? Hello, B1G. The Large Ten occupies 60 % of the quintet; Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State are 3, four and 5 in the AP ballot.

 

 

Louisville took a tumble to No. 14 within the AP ballot after falling at Kentucky – but stay ranked forward of the Wildcats. The votes for these polls came in effectively earlier than news of Chane Behanan's dismissal from the Cardinals was recognized.

And but once more, the highest 25 within the AP remained the same when it comes to the totality of the poll. No new teams into the fold this week.

AP Poll

  1. Arizona (60)
  2. Syracuse (5)
  3. Ohio State
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Michigan State
  6. Oklahoma State
  7. Duke
  8. Wichita State
  9. Baylor
  10. Oregon
  11. Villanova
  12. Florida
  13. Iowa State
  14. Louisville
  15. Kentucky
  16. Kansas
  17. Connecticut
  18. Memphis
  19. North Carolina
  20. Colorado
  21. San Diego State
  22. Iowa
  23. UMass
  24. Gonzaga
  25. Missouri

Jumped in: None
Dropped out: None

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Buckeyes’ Meyer admits being ‘awful loser’

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dropping has never come easy for Ohio Condition coach Urban Meyer, and he could be the first to admit this.

“I’ve never ever, no, I’ve never handled this well. Awful loser, ” Meyer said recently. “I guess I had created rather be known as that compared to as a good loser. ”

Meyer, 49, sees that much of the country views him like a less than gracious loser. He has not had to show it much, nevertheless , as his teams have lost just 24 times in his 12 periods and 152 games as trainer at Bowling Green, Utah, Fl and Ohio State.

Urban MeyerUrban Meyer, who admits in order to being an “awful loser, ” includes a career record of 128-24, will be 7-1 in bowl games, 11-5 against top-10 teams and 4-0 in BCS games.

He says this individual doesn’t care what others consider him or his program. He or she either ignores or is unacquainted with the opinions of those outside of the bubble he’s built around his group.

“Once once again, perception isn’t something that drives myself, ” he said.

The Buckeyes are arriving off a 34-24 loss in order to Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. The setback price Ohio State the conference overhead and a likely trip to Pasadena plus a spot opposite No . 1 Sarasota State in the BCS title online game. It also ended the Buckeyes’ report 24-game winning streak under Meyer.

“I can tell it was kind of tough regarding him because we all were looking to go to the national championship game, inch linebacker Ryan Shazier said.

The Buckeyes rather will play Clemson in the Orange Dish on Jan. 1 in Arkansas.

After their particular first bowl workout, Meyer collected the players and bared his feelings in what the coach called “a cathartic moment. ”

“He’s obviously the man we look at as a template with regard to how to handle things like this, ” unpleasant lineman Jack Mewhort said. “He came back from a recruiting trip plus came to the middle of the huddle in late practice. He was telling all of us how much he loves us plus everything. That meant a lot in order to us.

“When you hear a guy like that come in plus say things like that, it inspires you to move forward and win an additional game. ”

As difficult as losses are already for Meyer to swallow, he is made an effort to at least value victories more.

“We went on a nice run, and am kept reminding myself through the trip to enjoy this thing, man. Maintain drinking that Kool-Aid, [because] someday you might have an empty cup, ” Meyer said. “You avoid want to live your life always knowing that several pin is going to pop the go up. But I did enjoy every one of all those wins. ”

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NCAA Prediction College Bowl Game Preview/Pick- Buffalo vs. San Diego State

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NCAA Prediction and Free Pick Bulls vs. Aztecs

Buffalo Bulls (8-4) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (7-5) 12/21- 5:30PM EST

 

Line: EVEN

Over/Under: 53.0

 

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL- Boise, ID

 

The San Diego State Aztecs will make their school-record fourth consecutive bow appearance when they meet the Buffalo Bulls in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday evening.

 

The Aztecs (7-5) overcame a brutal 0-3 to put themselves in a position to continue building its football program under the guidance of third-year coach Rocky Long, who has maintained the programs success following predecessor Brady Hoke.

 

I think the team is happy and excited about going to a bowl game,” Long said.

 

With its fourth straight bowl game, the Aztecs have matched their total bowl appearances over the last 41 years combined and are the first team since 2010 to make it to a bowl game following an 0-3 start.

 

San Diego State will look to junior running back Adam Muema to carry the load as he has gained over a 1,000 yards for the second straight season, but has struggled in his last two games with only 57 yards on 36 carries.

 

(The lack of success) has nothing to do with Adam Muema,” Long insisted. “It has to do with our offensive line not blocking very well for the run in the last two games. But all good running backs that have a good game have to have someone open a hole for them up front.”

 

Senior safety Nat Berhe, a first-team all-Mountain West selection anchors the San Diego State defense that finished second to Fresno State in the conference. Berhe recorded team-highs of 59 solo tackles and 94 overall and added six passes defended with two fumble recoveries.

 

Buffalo (8-4) will be making its second straight bowl appearance in school history and like the Aztecs had to overcome a rough start of the season with losses to BCS-bound Ohio State and Baylor by a combined 110-33 margin.

 

The Bulls then turned it on with a seven-game win streak that ended when they lost their regular-season finale 24-7 to Mid-American champion Bowling Green on November 29th.

 

It’s been four years in the making,” coach Jeff Quinn said about his team’s bowl berth.

 

Expect Buffalo to use a ground attack as well, behind senior star running back Brandon Oliver, a two-time 1,000 yard rusher who has accumulated 1,421 yards with 15 touchdowns this season.

 

The oddsmakers have the game EVEN with Ohio State having been the common opponent for both teams. The Aztecs lost to the Buckeyes 42-7 at Ohio State, while the Bulls loss to Ohio State was much closer according to Aztec quarterback Quinn Kaehler… “I remember Buffalo played Ohio State pretty tough, a lot tougher then we did, so they have some good players on that team and especially on defense,” said Kaehler.

 

With a pick-em game, expect the line to maybe move, so be up to date with the latest spread right here at Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

This will Buffalo’s second bowl appearance since a loss to Connecticut in the 2009 international Bowl.

 

I too have it as an evenly matched game, but I expect both teams to play hard and with pride, but in the end will predict the Aztecs winning to take home the trophy.

 

Prediction/Pick- San Diego State

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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AP top 25 poll

John Calipari's Wildcats took a tumble but remained ranked in both polls this week. (USATSI)
John Calipari’s Wildcats took a tumble but continued to be ranked in both polls this week.(USATSI)

The top 8 of this week’s Associated Press in a number of basketball Top 25 Poll continues to be unchanged from a week ago. That can happen during a week of titles, when fewer games are performed. In fact , no teams left the particular rankings within this week’s top twenty five in the AP, a rarity without a doubt. But that doesn’t mean we did not have some big shifts within the rates, however.

 

 

UNC’s jump to No . fourteen was the biggest leap this week within the polls (four spots), while Kentucky’s fall to No . 19 signified the biggest dip (eight). Meanwhile, St Mary’s, Tulane and Pittsburgh stay undefeated teams who’ve yet in order to crack either poll this season.

In the Coaches Election, Syracuse and Ohio State changed positions. And despite beating the very best three preseason teams in the AP Poll, North Carolina sits at an typical of No . 16 between this particular weeks’ rankings.

AP Poll

  1. Arizona (63)
  2. Syracuse (2)
  3. Ohio State
  4. Wisconsin
  5. The state of michigan State
  6. Louisville
  7. Oklahoma Condition
  8. Duke (tie)
  9. Villanova (tie)
  10. Connecticut
  11. Wichita State
  12. Baylor
  13. Oregon
  14. North Carolina
  15. Memphis
  16. Florida
  17. Iowa State
  18. Kansas
  19. Kentucky
  20. Colorado
  21. Gonzaga
  22. UMass
  23. Missouri
  24. San Diego State
  25. Iowa

Jumped in: None
Dropped out: None

Instructors Poll

  1. Arizona (30)
  2. Syracuse (1)
  3. Ohio State (1)
  4. Louisville
  5. Michigan State
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Duke
  9. Wichita State
  10. Connecticut
  11. Or
  12. Villanova
  13. Iowa State
  14. Memphis
  15. Baylor
  16. Gonzaga
  17. California
  18. North Carolina
  19. Kansas
  20. UMass
  21. Kentucky
  22. UCLA
  23. San Diego Condition
  24. Colorado
  25. Missouri

Jumped in: Co, Missouri
Dropped out there: Iowa (22), Indiana (25)

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Michigan St. beat Ohio state

Michigan State Downs Kansas State

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Connor Prepare was determined to shake things up within the Big Ten title game.

By the end of the night time, the sophomore quarterback's teammates had been bouncing up and down right along with your pet.

No . ten Michigan State rallied from a seven-point third-quarter deficit by scoring the ultimate 17 points Saturday night in order to upset No . 2 Ohio Condition 34-24 and deny the Buckeyes a chance to play for the VIZIO BCS National Championship.

Cook and the Spartans were more than prepared to oblige.

"I think we heard individuals talk bad about us all yr. This wasn't the first week exactly where we heard people say bad things about us as an offense or even as a football team, Cook mentioned after throwing a 9-yard TD pass with 11: 41 remaining to give the Spartans a 27-24 prospect. "I think we were underdogs within the majority of the games we performed this year. It really didn't affect all of us. "

However the Spartans' big win may show costly in the league's bigger picture.

A win could have made No . 2 Ohio Condition (12-1) a virtual lock to try out in its fourth BCS title online game, and there was speculation the Spartans (12-1) might go to Pasadena anyhow for the Rose Bowl, regardless of Sunday night's result. Instead, the Spartans are still likely to book their 1st Rose Bowl trip since the 1987 season, while the Buckeyes must wait around until Sunday night to find out which usually bowl they'll play in : and whether they'll play within a BCS game.

Michigan State's victory put Auburn, whom the Buckeyes were rooting for last week against Alabama, within the title game against Florida Condition.

To the Buckeyes, it was a deflating night.

"You know it can haunt all of us, I imagine, to get a little while, " Meyer said. "But that's part of the game. "

It was a game that will almost defied logic.

Ohio State came into the overall game with the nation's longest winning ability (24), had not lost under Meyer in two seasons and had among the nation's most productive offenses plus underrated defenses.

Michigan State turned the conventional intelligence upside down by scoring the first seventeen points. Then the nation's stingiest protection gave up the next 24 points because Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde and Co. took command.

Cook responded to the challenge simply by driving the Spartans for a industry goal, hooking up with the wide open Josiah Price in the flat of the finish zone and then burned 3½ essential minutes on the clinching drive, assigned by Jeremy Langford's sealing 26-yard TD run.

Cook finished 24-of-40 for a career-high 304 yards and three ratings. Langford ran 24 times regarding 128 yards, becoming the first gamer this season to top 100 back yards against the Buckeyes.

For Michigan State, it was the milestone night. It won the 12th game for the first time in school background, completed a perfect conference season plus extended its own winning streak in order to nine – something it hadn't done since starting 1966 from 9-0.

Most significant, the players got to hold the roses initially since 1987 and the celebration started even before the final seconds ticked from the clock.

"We're going to live this one for a while, reside it for a month, " trainer Mark Dantonio said. "But it is necessary that we finish what we started which will end with a bowl game. inch

Miller do what he could to rally the particular Buckeyes, finishing 8-of-21 for tips yards with one touchdown move. He also ran 21 instances for 142 yards and 2 scores, while Hyde ran eighteen times for 118 yards. Each joined the Buckeyes' 3, 000-yard club, becoming the seventh plus eighth players of the school's unique group.

Beginning right guard Marcus Hall, who else Meyer said would not start right after last week's fight at The state of michigan, did not play. Meyer said this individual made that decision earlier this week.

But it was the painful loss that really hurt.

"Things happen in video games, don't really go your way, inch Miller said. "You've got to return and fix the mistakes. inch

The Buckeyes did that late in the 1st half when they closed to 17-10 at halftime. Miller opened the 2nd half with an 8-yard TD set you back tie and then gave Ohio Condition the 24-17 lead with a 6-yard run with 5: 36 still left in the third.

Michigan State answered with Erina Geiger's 44-yard field goal, which usually barely dropped over the crossbar, to be able to 24-20 and Cook hooked up having a wide-open Price in the flat to be able to 27-24 beforecovered it with his TD run along with 2: 16 left, which motivated Dantonio to lobby for the Spartans to be playing in the title sport Jan. 6.

"I can tell you this, we all beat the No . 2 group., " Dantonio said. "We're 12-1 so why not us? Why not us? I will vote us No . 2 . inch

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Buckeyes’ Roby will declare for draft after season

Bradley Roby is rated as the No. 3 cornerback and No. 29 prospect overall. (USATSI)
Bradley Roby is rated because the No. three cornerback and No. 29 prospect general. (USATSI)

Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby will declare for the 2014 NFL Draft following the top of the Buckeyes’ season, head coach City Meyer said Wednesday.

Roby is rated because the No. three cornerback and No. 29 prospect total eligible for Could’s draft, in response to current rankings by NFLDraftScout.com. Oregon junior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (No. 24 total) and TCU senior Jason Verrett (28) are the one cornerbacks rated ahead of him.

Meyer stated Roby, who was anticipated to depart the Buckeyes after this season, will likely be honored on “Senior Day” when Ohio State plays host to Indiana on Saturday.

Roby, 5-toes-eleven and 192 kilos, has eight interceptions and 32 go breakups in his profession. He thought-about coming into the 2013 NFL Draft a yr in the past as a redshirt sophomore, but decided to return to Ohio State for “another year.” Roby entered the season as a possible prime-10 pick, however his rocky junior marketing campaign has raised some red flags about his professional potential.

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler mentioned Roby has plus pace to blanket receivers all over the area with the explosive burst to eat up grass quickly and close in a flash. He is a managed athlete with glorious change of path abilities and coordination, but he wants to show more constant anticipation and stay alert for all four quarters. He’s a tricky, physical hitter and can decrease his pads and drive into his target, however he usually throws his shoulder as an alternative of wrapping up and his size. He will possible run a sub-four.four-second forty-yard dash at the Scouting Combin in February, however the more important numbers is likely to be his peak and weight.

Roby undoubtedly has the pace, footwork and gifted athleticism to be a consistent cover man on the subsequent stage, however his lack of dimension and size together with inconsistent instincts and monitoring expertise are robust considerations. He flashes first spherical skill, however he struggled on a number of occasions this season, most notably in opposition to Wisconsin senior vast receiver Jared Abbrederis. Roby needs to remain centered on every snap and whereas he exhibits lightning quick reflexes, he also wants to enhance his consciousness to acknowledge and sniff out what the offense wants to do to be able to attain his full potential. While he still has a shot to be a first round draft pick, Roby isn’t a lock prime-32 participant like as soon as thought.

Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and quarterback Braxton Miller are also considered sturdy prospects to depart Columbus early for the NFL stage. Neither have publically addressed their football futures.

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Big Ten reprimands Huskers’ Pelini, Ohio St.’s Hall

The Big Ten workplace issued a pair of public reprimands on Monday; one for Bo Pelini’s violation of the Massive Ten sportsmanship coverage and one for the dramatic exit of Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Corridor after his ejection from the Buckeyes brawl with Michigan.

Pelini criticized the officials following Nebraska’s 38-17 loss to Iowa, ensuing in the public reprimand and a $10,000 high-quality for the university. Whereas the Huge Ten league office did not cite Pelini’s habits on the sideline in the course of the recreation, it possible didn’t assist his case.

Marcus Hall’s reprimand comes as even less of a shock, contemplating the crystal-clear double-birds thrown at the Michigan followers after Corridor was one in every of three players ejected from the sport.

From the league launch:

Large Ten Convention Settlement 10.01 states partially that “The Big Ten Convention expects all contests involving a member establishment to be conducted without compromise to any elementary factor of sportsmanship… [together with] integrity of the competitors, civility towards all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials. The convention office additionally issued a public reprimand of the Ohio State football coaching employees for failing in its responsibility to successfully manage the process of escorting an ejected student-athlete from the taking part in field to the locker room.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer introduced earlier that there have been no plans to droop Hall for his actions, and the varsity was in discussion with the league office relating to a punishment. Since Hall only acquired a reprimand, he will be available to play for the Buckeyes within the Large Ten Championship Recreation against Michigan State on Saturday.

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game Preview/Pick- #3 Ohio State vs. Michigan

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NCAA Free Pick and Prediction

 

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0) @ Michigan Wolverines (7-4) 11/30- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: OSU -16.0

Over/Under: 57.0

 

This Saturday afternoon for the 110th time, No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan will get it on in Michigan’s “Big House,” in Ann Arbor and for players who are new to the rivalry…. This is what it’s all about… the best is saved for last.

 

Buckeyes’ defensive lineman Noah Spence was unaware just how big until he set foot on the Ohio State campus and got a taste of it.

 

It’s a huge rivalry even if you are a guy from out of state like me,” Spence said. “It’s everything.”

 

Stakes will be high for the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) ranked third in all the major polls and looking for No. 2 Florida State or No 1 Alabama to slip up and get into the BCS national championship game.

 

Ohio State, winners of a school record 23 straight has already earned a shot in the Big Ten championship, which is nice, but there’s another championship they are after… and the Wolverines would love nothing more then to stop them from earning a trip to Pasadena.

 

But this is a Michigan team that has been both sides of the spectrum this season, starting out 5-0 to begin the season and enjoying a No. 11 ranking suddenly hit a wall and have now lost three of their last four.

 

Scoring points of late as been an Achilles Heal of the Michigan offense. Last Saturday at Iowa, they were shutout in the second half of a 24-21 loss and in losses to Nebraska and Michigan State were held to 13 and 6 points.

 

Head coach Brady Hoke of the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) says he’s confident his football team will turn it around at home against their biggest rival.

 

This game has always been different in some ways,” Hoke said. “Are they a good football team? Do we have to play better than we’ve played? I don’t think there’s any doubt.”

 

The Buckeyes have been on a roll lighting up the scoreboard in their last four games averaging 55.3 points and 597.0 yards, which has made them big favorites at a (minus) -16.0 on the road and with lines always changing, check back here at Wonder Punter for the up to minute spread until game time.

 

Ohio State has a powerful running game led by quarterback Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde to the tune of 314.7 yards per game… good for fifth in the nation.

 

All the focus will be on Hyde, who over the last six games has been on fire averaging 8.1 yards per attempt… good for 938 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns to boot.

 

Miller is another threat having run for 144 yards last Saturday and the week before rushing for 184 at Illinois.

 

It’s just striving for the best,” Miller said. “We ended the season 12-0 last year and we weren’t able to play in a bowl game or the Big Ten championship game (because of NCAA sanctions). That’s what we are striving for. (We want to) accomplish that and keep going forward, keep winning games and just make Ohio State proud.”

 

For Michigan to give the Buckeyes a fight and have a chance to upset them, Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner needs to regain his form and put up some good numbers. Against Indiana, he accounted for 584 yards of offense with 503 of it through the air back on Oct. 19. However, in the four games since, he has averaged only 182.5 yards passing.

 

For the season, Gardner has a passing percentage of 58.7 with 2,509 yards passing with 17 touchdowns, but with eleven interceptions. Michigan will need his arm because the running game is nowhere to be found in the month of November.

 

He’s had some really good moments and some moments that he would rather redo if he could,” Hoke said. “I think we all of have that; I do as a head coach. There are always moments that you think about and say, ‘Maybe we should’ve done this.’ He’s been pretty resilient. He’s a guy who comes to work every day to get ready to play.”

 

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer won his first rivalry game last year 26-21 avenging a Buckeyes loss the year before.

 

I have great respect for this rivalry—it almost makes me in awe,” Meyer said. “The respect we have come with incredible responsibility that sometimes can be overwhelming (when it comes) to what we have to do next week. So we take it very seriously.”

 

Ohio State has won eight out of the last nine meetings with the Wolverines, but despite their success, if they don’t win on Saturday against their most hated rivals… it means nothing.

 

This is the whole season, really,” safety C.J. Barnett said. “Everything is out the window, records, everything we’ve done, haven’t done—it’s all about this week.’

 

The Buckeyes defense goes in allowing only 18.4 points per game to compliment an offense averaging 48.7 points per game. Michigan is yielding 25.1 points per contest, while averaging 33.1 on the scoreboard.

 

And with that said, I see no let down from the Buckeyes on Saturday as they know they have a shot for something more then just a Big Ten title.

 

PICK: Ohio State

 

 

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Eventful Week 13 highlights flaws of BCS era; more Overtime

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Clint Chelf (10) and Oklahoma State have received seven straight since a loss at West Virginia on Sept. 28.

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Week 13 Rewind

On Saturday night, 9-1 Oklahoma State confronted an undefeated Baylor staff that came in averaging 61 factors per game. The Cowboys received forty nine-17, with 14 of the Bears’ points coming nicely after the outcome had been decided. It was with out question one of the crucial impressive victories by any group this season, maybe topped only by Florida State’s fifty one-14 win at Clemson on Oct. 19.

On Sunday, when the brand new BCS standings were released, the Cowboys were ranked seventh, behind three other one-loss groups (Auburn, Missouri and Clemson). None of these squads has a win remotely of the identical caliber as Oklahoma State’s rout of Baylor. Heck, Clemson has not crushed an opponent at present ranked within the High 25. However the Tigers are ranked sixth as a result of, well, they’ve been slotted ahead of the Cowboys all yr. Why change issues now? That’s how polling has at all times labored within the BCS era.

The pecking order of one-loss teams does not seem particularly important in 2013, because the three nationwide championship contenders (Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State) are undefeated with simply two weeks to play. If Auburn, at the moment No. 4, knocks off the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl subsequent Saturday, the Tigers would be the undisputed kings of the one-loss bunch.

But the proper placement of a team like Oklahoma State could possibly be extremely vital presently next yr, when the game strikes to a four-team playoff. By then, a range committee could have changed pollsters and computer systems because the evaluators of choice, and if it does what it’s alleged to, it is going to doubtless treat a team such because the Cowboys a lot otherwise than does the BCS.

“I feel you have to take a look at energy of schedule, after which you’ve got to have a look at wins – if the wins had been dominating versus quality opponents,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said on Sunday. “You don’t have a look at what Oklahoma State’s rating was against a staff that is not ranked. You take the conference wins versus groups which are ranked. And you see if they dominated those teams.”

The Cowboys are uncommon in that they dramatically reinvented themselves halfway via the season. Clint Chelf, the quarterback who torched the Bears by completing 19-of-25 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday, didn’t turn into the complete-time starter until the seventh sport of the season in opposition to Iowa State. That is the same week that backup running again Desmond Roland moved into the starting lineup and promptly rushed for 219 yards. Oklahoma State averaged 26 factors in its first three Large 12 contests. Since then it is averaging 47.eight.

MANDEL: Oklahoma State offers Baylor painful does of BCS actuality

After all, the early-season version of the Cowboys is the one which suffered the workforce’s lone defeat, a ghastly 30-21 loss at West Virginia (now four-7) on Sept. 28. The Mountaineers losing document actually distinguishes them from the foes that knocked off Auburn (8-three LSU), Clemson (11-zero Florida State) and Missouri (9-2 South Carolina). It is another hallmark of the standard voter methodology: Groups are judged primarily based extra on the quality of the opponents to whom they’ve misplaced than the standard of those they’ve crushed.

“That happens throughout the country,” mentioned Gundy. “Once you lose early in the season to a staff you should not, individuals move on with votes. It is just type of the best way it is.”

There, too, it is sensible to wonder if the selection committee would possibly function in a different way. Just because the NCAA basketball committee takes components like injuries and personnel modifications into account when assessing a staff’s résumé, college football’s playoff committee is perhaps inclined to view Oklahoma State’s loss to West Virginia as an aberration in gentle of the Cowboys’ play since their lineup overhaul. That is to not say the sport never occurred. It did. But discerning evaluators would possibly recognize that the outcome is not representative of the present Oklahoma State team.

Wisconsin (9-2) is another program which may profit from the brand new system. Anyone can see that the Badgers, winners of six straight, are much better than their No. 15 ranking in the latest BCS standings. They boast the nation’s sixth-ranked defense and eighth-ranked speeding assault. However Wisconsin is a two-loss group, and pollster coverage dictates that the Badgers should keep in two-loss purgatory.

The selection committee, on the other hand, would know that one of those two defeats involved a Pac-12 officiating fiasco that prevented Wisconsin from making an attempt a game-winning area objective at Arizona State on Sept. 14. Nobody ought to rely the Sun Devils 32-30 victory as a Wisconsin win. Who knows if the kicker would have made it? But the committee might take the way during which the sport ended into consideration when evaluating the Badgers, no less than giving them credit for enjoying the Pac-12 South champs to the wire on their house turf.

Finally, Saturday’s slate of video games offered a stark window into arguably the largest concern the committee has an opportunity to account for – the huge discrepancy in scheduling policies between numerous conferences.

On the third-to-final weekend of the season, top-ranked Alabama hosted Chattanooga and second-ranked Florida State faced Idaho. Top-10 teams Clemson and South Carolina played The Citadel and Coastal Carolina, respectively. As I wrote last yr presently, scheduling late-season video games towards inferior opponents is a brilliant transfer for those SEC and ACC teams as a result of they do not get punished for it beneath the current system. At this level within the 12 months, when everyone seems to be banged up and with season-ending rivalry and conference title games looming, it’s good to take a week to rest while hoping that other contenders lose. In actual fact, that’s exactly what occurred on Saturday.

For the third straight season, an undefeated Large 12 crew misplaced a convention recreation on the highway in late November. Is it a coincidence that the conference hasn’t positioned a team within the BCS championship since it expanded to a nine-recreation league schedule? Additionally this weekend, Oregon fell to Arizona forty two-sixteen in an end result that dashed the Ducks’ Rose Bowl hopes. The Pac-12 not only plays 9 league video games in addition to a title game, however it additionally mandates that its members play nothing but convention video games down the stretch (the league makes an exception for USC and Stanford’s annual matchups with Notre Dame) to increase TV interest.

Assume Oregon coach Mark Helfrich would have preferred to have seen Nicholls State – the Duck’s opponent in Week 1 – someday this month to relaxation hobbled quarterback Marcus Mariota? Nick Saban would nod his head sure.

There is no simple answer for this subject, as conferences are free to dictate their very own scheduling insurance policies. But a committee may be aware of the fact that the Pac-12 has some pretty good groups which have cannibalized one another. If the current rankings system were in place subsequent season, Clemson – which had its finest win in Week 1 towards Georgia (now 7-4) – would have a greater shot on the playoff than Stanford, despite the latter’s wins over 9-2 Arizona State (which it’ll face again), 9-2 Oregon and 8-three UCLA. That is because the present system penalizes unhealthy losses (see Oklahoma State-West Virginia) more than it rewards impressive wins (Oklahoma State-Baylor).

That may change in 2014.

Heisman image unclear after a number of contenders stumble

With just two weeks of games remaining, the Heisman Trophy race is principally back to square one.

Three gamers widely considered among the many top 5 heading into Saturday – Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Oregon’s Mariota and Baylor’s Bryce Petty – likely noticed their hopes extinguished. For the second consecutive season, LSU coordinator John Chavis’ defense proved to be Johnny Football’s Kryptonite, holding the Aggies’ quarterback to sixteen-of-41 passing for 224 yards, with two interceptions, in a 34-10 rout. Mariota, already lagging within the Heisman hunt, threw his first two interceptions of the year in the Ducks’ most lopsided loss since 2008. And Petty, in the Bears’ biggest recreation of the season, did not lead their previously potent offense to a landing till the fourth quarter of a 32-point defeat.

In the meantime, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, ostensibly the runaway favourite, is presently the topic of a legal investigation for an alleged sexual assault. Hopefully most voters will wait to cross judgment till all information within the case are identified. Winston’s status will change into clearer once a prosecutor in Tallahassee decides whether to cost the quarterback, which might end his season (Florida State does not permit student-athletes who’ve been charged with a felony to play until the charge has been resolved and all conditions for reinstatement have been met).

With all that in mind, this can be the time for voters to pay more consideration to a few below-the-radar candidates – and to remember there’s no rule stating the Heisman has to go to a quarterback.

STAPLES: LSU’s protection delivers classic performance in stifling Texas A&M

Begin with Boston Faculty working back Andre Williams, whose recent tear has vaulted him into rarefied air among players at his position. On Saturday, he carried 32 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns within the Eagles’ 29-26 win over Maryland, his third straight game with 260-plus speeding yards and his fifth efficiency with 200 yards or more on the season. Williams (2,073 yards) grew to become the primary FBS operating back since Connecticut’s Donald Brown in 2008 to crack the sacred 2,000-yard mark – and he nonetheless gets to play at Syracuse subsequent weekend and within the Eagles’ eventual bowl recreation.

Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey (1,559 yards) ranks a distant second to Williams in speeding, however he’s gained at the very least one hundred yards in every recreation he’s played. On Saturday, he notched a staggering 48 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ upset of Oregon.

For a second straight Wednesday night, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch reminded viewers why he is the Johnny Football of the MAC. He rushed 28 instances for 161 yards and three touchdowns and went 17-of-22 for 202 yards in an essential victory at Toledo. On the season, he is rushed for 1,434 yards and 17 scores and thrown for 2,148 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Those numbers are eye-popping – but so, too, are those of Fresno State’s Derek Carr, who lit up New Mexico on Saturday for 549 yards and 7 touchdowns. Carr’s season line now stands at 3,948 yards with 39 scores and four picks.

And at last, in my annual push for a defensive candidate, enable me to present Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. On Saturday towards Syracuse, the standout registered 9 tackles (eight solo), three.5 tackles for loss and a blocked additional level that finally proved the distinction in a 17-sixteen win. On the season, Donald now has 26 tackles for loss (greatest within the nation), 10 sacks, sixteen quarterback hurries and 4 pressured fumbles. For perspective, 2009 Heisman finalist Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska had 24 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 26 hurries and two pressured turnovers.

Realistically, none of these names will take dwelling the trophy, but Williams and Lynch in particular deserve invitations to New York. If Winston does develop into persona non grata, voters can at all times break open the AJ McCarron “in case of emergency” glass.

Jerick McKinnon

Jerick McKinnon (1) and Georgia Southern racked up 429 speeding yards in Saturday’s upset of Florida.

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Georgia Southern stuns reeling Florida within the Swamp

Georgia Southern is a perennial FCS contender, reaching the NCAA semifinals in every of the past three seasons. In March, it accepted an invite to maneuver to the Sun Belt, touching off a two-yr FBS transition period that got here with a worth: The Eagles would be ineligible for the postseason this year.

Because it turned out, Georgia Southern wasn’t playoff caliber; it went 4-4 in Southern Conference play and seven-four overall. However on Saturday, the Eagles pulled off an even more important feat – they upset conventional SEC energy Florida 26-20 for the school’s first win over an FBS program in 21 tries.

“This recreation was at an ideal time in our season,” Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken stated on Sunday. “To go down there and win like that’s one thing these youngsters are going to remember for the rest of their lives. There’s so many different groups at Georgia Southern that left a legacy by being a playoff crew, or nationwide championship crew. This crew wasn’t going to have those alternatives, however they’re now the first workforce in school history to beat an FBS opponent. This is one thing actually special.”

ELLIS: Georgia Southern’s win might spell the top for Will Muschamp at Florida

Within the customer’s locker room after the sport, Monken (the cousin of Southern Miss coach Todd Monken) stood in entrance of his gamers and stated: “You guys perceive what you did?” What they did was stick the latest dagger into the abdomen of Gators followers, who are already suffering through their worst season since 1979. Florida’s embarrassment solely increases strain on athletic director Jeremy Foley to tug the plug on third-year head coach Will Muschamp, who Foley lately backed with “a thousand percent” confidence. With Florida State coming to town this week, the Gators, a BCS bowl crew final year, are all however assured a four-8 finish.

Florida’s rash of accidents this season has been effectively documented. However, the Eagles have endured similar exhausting luck. “No one tops us” in the harm division, stated Monken, who famous that his group has suffered 19 season-ending injuries since preseason camp. That didn’t cease the Eagles – which employ the triple-option (Monken is a protégé of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson) – from working the ball down the Gators’ throats. They attempted just three passes (finishing none) but rushed for 429 yards, essentially the most by a Florida foe since Nebraska in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

This isn’t the primary time Monken’s offense vexed an SEC opponent. In 2011, Georgia Southern scored probably the most points (21) of any workforce that performed that year’s eventual nationwide champion, Alabama. Maybe that’s why the Eagles performed with such confidence in Gainesville.

“Our guys at Georgia Southern, once they play a football recreation, they anticipate to win the game, regardless of who it’s,” said Monken. “We’re outmatched, we’re outsized – athleticism, speed, there isn’t any comparability between the 2 teams. It is simply the guts these guys played with.”

Florida followers solely want they may say the same about their group.

Present BCS forecast

Every week, I will replace my projected BCS lineup (as necessary) based mostly on the newest week’s games. Here’s my current edition:

Title game: Alabama vs. Florida State
Rose: Ohio State vs. Stanford
Fiesta: Oklahoma State vs. Northern Illinois
Sugar: Auburn vs. UCF
Orange: Clemson vs. Wisconsin

If Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma in two weeks, it will lock up the Massive 12’s berth in the Fiesta Bowl. If that happens, the Cowboys may get a different opponent than previously anticipated. Northern Illinois jumped Fresno State within the newest BCS standings. The Huskies now have the inside monitor for the ultimate at-giant spot.

I originally intended to have projected eleven-1 Baylor as an at-massive over a two-loss Large Ten staff – I even tweeted it late on Saturday – however I am reversing course. Sure, Wisconsin (which, at No. 15 in the standings, is one spot away from eligibility) and Michigan State have greater fan bases, but more pertinently, the Massive Ten has a contractual relationship with the Orange Bowl starting subsequent 12 months. Politics all the time win within the BCS.

If this were 2014..

Every week for the rest of the season, I will show what the brand new huge-six bowl lineup (together with playoff matchups) would hypothetically appear to be if the brand new postseason format were already in place. For this train, I will use the current BCS standings in place of the forthcoming selection committee’s rankings.

Sugar: No. 1 Alabama (SEC champ) vs. No. four Auburn (at-massive)
Rose: No. 2 Florida State (ACC champ) vs. No. three Ohio State (Large Ten champ)
Orange: No. 5 Missouri (SEC/Large Ten/Notre Dame) vs. No. 6 Clemson (ACC substitute)
Cotton: No. 7 Oklahoma State (displaced Huge 12 champ) vs. No. eleven Michigan State (at-giant)
Fiesta: No. 8 Stanford (displaced Pac-12 champ) vs. No. 9 Baylor (at-massive)
Chick-fil-A: No. 10 South Carolina (at-giant) vs. No. 14 Northern Illinois (Group of Five)

OKAY, so this week’s train might not be altogether reasonable, seeing as Alabama and Auburn play on Saturday. Nonetheless, in the new system, if the Crimson Tide received by an in depth margin and the committee nonetheless believed that Auburn was the fourth-best group a week later, there’s technically nothing prohibiting them from staging a playoff rematch.

It is also fascinating that the rankings work out such that the Orange Bowl’s two contractual obligations – the highest-ranked ACC crew and highest-ranked from team among the many SEC, Massive Ten and Notre Dame – unintentionally give that sport a matchup of No. 5 vs. No. 6.

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter of a victory over Kentucky.

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Spreading the field

• Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s prolific but snake-bitten career came to a sad end on Saturday, when he suffered a torn ACL on Senior Day towards Kentucky. Murray made 51 starts and holds SEC records for complete offense (thirteen,562 yards), completions (921) and touchdowns (121), but he is had dangerous luck: His tipped move ended last yr’s SEC title game, his receivers have gone down with a rash of injuries and he was on the improper finish of last week’s miracle finish at Auburn. Hopefully, Murray will likely be remembered more for his tremendous play than for the Dawgs’ heartbreaking losses.

• Arizona State (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) lastly buried its long history of not-prepared-for prime-time moments with a division-clinching 38-33 win over UCLA. The Solar Devils got here near blowing a 35-13 halftime lead, but their protection, which sacked Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley nine instances, squashed UCLA’s last-minute drive. ASU also overcame a sixteen-carry, 86-yard efficiency from two-means sensation Myles Jack. “That is essentially the most spectacular show of heart by a crew that I’ve ever seen,” mentioned Arizona State coach Todd Graham.

The Solar Devils will face Stanford (9-2, 7-2) in the Pac-12 championship sport on Dec. 7, and because the conference’s lone remaining staff with just one league loss (to the Cardinal on Sept. 21), they might get to host the contest with a victory subsequent week over Arizona.

ELLIS: Arizona State outlasts UCLA to lock up Pac-South; late Snaps

• Needing to win out to seize the SEC East, Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC) deftly dealt with a troublesome trip to Ole Miss (7-4, three-4). The Tigers managed a 24-10 victory over the Rebels from the get-go. Finish the job towards Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M subsequent week, and Mizzou will head to Atlanta in simply its second season in the league. “We all know our again is towards the wall right now,” stated extensive receiver L’Damian Washington. “The phrase ‘management your personal future’ is form of getting irritating, but we all know what’s at hand.”

• Oklahoma inevitably righted itself simply when doubts started to arise about Sooners coach Bob Stoops. Filling in for the injured Blake Bell, quarterback Trevor Knight sparked a previously stagnant offense, whereas operating back Brennan Clay carried 31 times for a profession-excessive 200 yards. Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) routed Kansas State 41-31. Along with his 158th career victory, Stoops passed Barry Switzer for probably the most wins in school historical past, and he did it in opposition to mentor Invoice Snyder.

• Wisconsin (9-2, 5-2) is associated primarily with its powerful speeding game, however its defense can be playing at a particularly high stage proper now. Following a 20-7 win at Minnesota (eight-3, four-3) by which the Gophers’ solely points got here on a choose-six, linebacker Chris Borland (12 tackles, one forced fumble, two recoveries) and the Badgers’ protection have not allowed a landing in their previous three Huge Ten games. “That is the most underrated football group in the country,” Minnesota coach Jerry Kill mentioned of Wisconsin.

• Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn’t making life easy for the directors who will quickly determine his future. The Cornhuskers (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) pulled out yet another dramatic victory on Saturday, edging Penn State 23-20 in additional time. Ron Kellogg III, who threw the sport-winning Hail Mary in opposition to Northwestern on Nov. 2, as soon as once more steered Nebraska after Tommy Armstrong went out with an ankle damage. The Huskers overcame a pair of pricey turnovers within the recreation. Pelini has an opportunity to reach nine wins for the sixth straight season on Friday against Iowa (7-4, four-three).

• The Hawkeyes will visit Nebraska recent off a 24-21 comeback win over Michigan by which the Wolverines’ beleaguered offense managed just 158 total yards, but led 21-7 at one level on account of 4 Iowa turnovers. In the end, quarterback Devin Gardner’s fumble on a last-minute drive sealed the result. Requested whether Gardner has misplaced confidence, Michigan coach Brady Hoke stated, “Yeah, he probably has.” Not exactly an encouraging sign heading into this week’s showdown with undefeated Ohio State.

• Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) tied a school document by reaching the 9-win mark for the first time since 1941 with Saturday’s 28-21 victory over Wake Forest (4-7, 2-6). All that is left between the Blue Devils and their first trip to the ACC title game is a date with rival North Carolina – which will not be easy. The Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3) have won five in a row and scored eighty points in three quarters against Previous Dominion this weekend, prompting the colleges to shorten the fourth quarter to 10 minutes.

• Redshirt freshan quarterback Cyler Miles made his first begin instead of an injured Keith Worth, but the Huskies’ (7-four, 4-four Pac-12) punishing dashing assault keyed a sixty nine-27 rout of Oregon State (6-5, four-4). Three Washington backs – Bishop Sankey (23 carries, 179 yards, three touchdowns), Deontae Cooper (11, 166 and two) and freshman Dwayne Washington (11, 141 and two) – topped the one hundred-yard mark.

• Vanderbilt (7-4, 4-4 SEC) continued its latest hex over Tennessee (four-7, 1-6) by thwarting the Vols’ bowl hopes with a come-from-behind 14-10 victory. On the Commodores’ sport-profitable drive, replay officials overturned an obvious fourth-and-inches stop, which set the stage for quarterback Patton Robinette to faux a bounce pass and run for a five-yard landing with sixteen seconds remaining. Vandy is on the verge of a second consecutive eight-win regular season; Tennessee is now assured a fourth straight losing campaign.

• Michigan State (10-1) clinched its second Large Ten Legends Division title in three years with a 30-6 rout of Northwestern (4-7). In two weeks, the nation’s No. 1 defense will meet the nation’s No. three group (Ohio State) in Indianapolis.

ELLIS: Michigan State routs Northwestern to win Legends Division; early Snaps

• Cincinnati (9-2) won its sixth straight recreation with a 24-17 victory over Houston (7-four). The Bearcats maintain out slight hope of sharing the American Athletic Convention title.

• Washington State will go bowling for the first time since 2003. Mike Leach’s much-improved Cougars (6-5) topped Utah (4-7) forty nine-37.

• Stanford’s 63-13 blowout of Cal marked its most lopsided win within the rivalry’s history. The Bears’ 1-11 season is mercifully over.

• Illinois (4-7) ended its 20-recreation Big Ten losing streak by edging Purdue 20-sixteen.

• Connecticut (1-9) lastly earned its first win of the season, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to beat Temple, 28-21.

• East Carolina’s 42-28 win over NC State gives the Pirates victories over each the Wolfpack and Tar Heels for the primary time in the identical season.

• Finally, North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen notched an FCS-record forty fourth career win in a 24-three victory over New Hampshire.

Chris Petersen

Chris Petersen’s Boise State team fell to 7-four (5-2 MWC) after a 34-31 overtime loss at San Diego State.

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Smaller story, however I’m sure you’re following it

Boise State was considered such an necessary addition to the Mountain West that the convention carried out special guidelines last year to appease the school when it practically left for the Big East. Boise obtained to keep the rights to its house television broadcasts, and a new income distribution method was devised that also figured to learn the Broncos.

However an interesting thing has occurred in the three seasons since Boise left the now-defunct WAC. It’s proven mortal. On Saturday, San Diego State (7-four, 6-1 MWC) topped the Broncos (7-4, 5-2) for a second straight yr. The Aztecs won 34-31 in additional time after Broncos kicker Dan Goodale missed one more sport-successful discipline purpose try at the end of regulation. (Is it a curse?)

The loss will likely price Boise its lengthy-assumed look within the inaugural Mountain West title sport. If Utah State (7-four, 6-1) wins its finale against 5-6 Wyoming, the Aggies – despite dropping star quarterback Chuckie Keeton to a knee damage early within the season – will win the Mountain Division and earn a Dec. 7 date with 10-0 Fresno State.

RICKMAN: Between the Hashes: The very best, worst and weirdest of Week 13

The Broncos have now lost four Mountain West games in three seasons, double the number of conference losses coach Chris Petersen sustained in his five seasons (2006-10) within the WAC. Thoughts you, these 4 defeats have all been incredibly shut, with a combined margin of just seven factors. But Boise by no means used to permit its conference opponents get within hanging distance; now, that’s happening with some sense of regularity.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking as a result of we had a lot of excitement about this year,” tailback Jay Ajayi told the Idaho Statesman.

Boise lost beginning quarterback Joe Southwick to a damaged ankle in October. His substitute, Grant Hedrick, struggled on Saturday night time whereas main the Broncos to a season-low 297 yards of total offense. And San Diego State isn’t any pushover. It came within a blocked discipline aim of ending Fresno State’s BCS hopes on Oct. 26 and has not misplaced one other conference game. Out of convention, however, the Aztecs misplaced to FCS Jap Illinois and Oregon State and obtained crushed at Ohio State on Sept. 7. That’s essentially the most troubling part for Boise: It’s nearly eradicated from winning a generally terrible league. San Jose State’s residence loss to Navy on Friday dropped the Mountain West’s nonconference document to a brutal 19-27 in 2013.

Petersen had a particular run with Kellen Moore, and he is solely a yr faraway from an eleven-win marketing campaign. But he also has experienced loads of turnover on his coaching staff, and his new conference shouldn’t be as robust as it was when Boise joined. The topic comes up yearly, however this time it takes on a different tenor: With USC and doubtlessly Texas, Nebraska and even Florida’s jobs coming open, does Petersen take the chance to bolt the Broncos? Or will he stick round to attempt to recapture that 2006-eleven glory?

Daniel Rodriguez: A second to remember

Clemson’s 25-yr-outdated walk-on receiver, a Purple Coronary heart and Bronze Star Medal recipient for his service in Afghanistan and Iraq, caught his first career touchdown towards The Citadel.

Florida: A second to overlook

Losing at home to an FCS foe towards the tip of a nightmare season didn’t deter the college from proceeding with its weekly “All-Access” characteristic.

Looking forward

Mini-previews for three of Week 14s huge video games:

Ohio State at Michigan, Saturday (Midday ET): The historic rivalry has misplaced its luster in recent years, due principally to Michigan’s mediocrity. But this recreation does have a long history of 1 staff ruining the other’s nationwide title hopes. The Wolverines may need a greater chance if they have been to go well with up their 1995 offensive line.

Alabama at Auburn, Saturday (three:30 p.m. ET): As if these rivals wanted bigger stakes, this will be the first time in Iron Bowl historical past that the game will pit two high-4 groups. It’s a play-in to the SEC Championship Recreation. Expect another fascinating chess match between Saban and Gus Malzahn.

Clemson at South Carolina, Saturday (7 p.m. ET): Each applications have loved unprecedented success in recent years, but the Gamecocks have owned this rivalry for the past four seasons. South Carolina has shut down Tajh Boyd previously, however its all-over-the-map offense might want to produce as properly.

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Ohio State gains ground, Auburn 4th in BCS

BCS Standings

 

Auburn moved up two spots to No. 4 in this week’s BCS standings, setting up a top-five matchup with No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

Florida State remained in the No. 2 spot and has the inside track to play in the VIZIO BCS National Championship.

No. 3 Ohio State also stayed in place and has a sizable advantage over Auburn, the top one-loss team in the standings.

The Buckeyes had the slimmest of leads last week on Baylor, but now have some breathing room after the Bears lost 49-17 at Oklahoma State. Ohio State’s lead over the No. 4 spot was just0013 in the BCS average last week, but now the advantage over Auburn is0964.

Whether Auburn could jump 11-0 Ohio State with a win over Alabama this Saturday remains to be seen. Ohio State is ranked third in both polls used by the BCS and is also No. 3 in the computer average, which makes up one-third of the BCS formula.

Florida State also slightly closed the gap on Alabama by about 25 percent for the second straight week.

Ohio State enjoyed a boost when Baylor’s loss solidified its position at No. 3, and also because the top two teams played weak opponents Saturday. The Buckeyes gained back about 60 percent of its deficit behind both Alabama and Florida State.

Even if Auburn wins this week and fails to immediately pass Ohio State, the Tigers could gain another boost in the SEC Championship Game by beating No. 5 Missouri or No. 10 South Carolina.

Missouri must beat No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday to earn a spot in the SEC title game. If Mizzou loses, South Carolina will win the SEC East.

Ohio State will face No. 11 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game, which can help the Buckeyes’ chances of staying ahead of the SEC champion.

Missouri jumped three spots this week after winning at Ole Miss – passing Baylor, Oregon and Clemson.

Despite being ahead of both Auburn and Missouri in both BCS polls, Clemson took a hit in the computer rankings, dropping it to No. 6. Clemson’s average computer ranking is 10th, compared to Auburn’s fourth and Missouri’s fifth.

Oklahoma State moved up three spots to No. 7 by beating Baylor, which dropped five spots to No. 9.

Oregon, which suffered its second loss of the season Saturday, fell eight spots to No. 13.

No. 8 Stanford, which will play No. 12 Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game in two weeks, moved up one position. The Sun Devils jumped five spots after beating UCLA, which fell eight spots to No. 22.

No. 14 Northern Illinois moved ahead two spots, but more importantly, the Huskies jumped fellow unbeaten BCS hopeful Fresno State, which fell one spot to No. 16. Northern Illinois beat Toledo 35-17, while Fresno State dismantled New Mexico 69-28.

The 10-0 Huskies are now the top team from outside the BCS automatic-qualifying conferences and could qualify for a BCS bowl if the season ended today. Northern Illinois or Fresno State would earn a BCS slot if it finishes in the top 16 and stays ahead of the champion from the American Athletic Conference.

The American’s UCF fell one spot for the second straight week to No. 19, while No. 20 Louisville moved up a position.

Fresno State fell because No. 15 Wisconsin jumped four spots after a win at Minnesota.

No. 17 LSU moved up five spots after beating Texas A&M and is the highest three-loss team.

No. 18 Oklahoma can move ahead if it beats Oklahoma State in the Bedlam game in two weeks.

No. 24 Duke made the school’s first appearance in the BCS standings, while Notre Dame moved back into the standings at No. 25. Minnesota and Ole Miss fell out after losses.

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Ed Orgeron: USC Should Not Make Him First Choice, But He Could Be an Appealing Backup Plan

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Ed Orgeron is 5-1 since taking up for Lane Kiffin as interim head coach. His players are nicely fed. The Coliseum is full and not booing. He’s fresh off an enormous Stanford upset. Orgeron wants the pinnacle coaching job. At this time, he’d be a well-liked choice with gamers, fans and marching band members. But ought to Pat Haden hear?

Hiring the interim coach can be risky. There’s the apparent threat of a fleeting infatuation with the rebound man. There’s a small sample dimension. One recreation, a handful of video games or even a complete season can come down to luck. If Michigan does not come again from a 17-zero deficit to beat Virginia in 1995, Lloyd Carr is not hired. If Luke Fickell has higher fortune in one-score video games (1-5) in 2011 the best way City Meyer did in 2012 (6-zero), he may be Ohio State’s head coach.

Bill Stewart at West Virginia is the instance of what to not do with an interim head coach. However, a extra applicable parallel could also be Dabo Swinney. He’s a popular, enthusiastic guy and an incredible recruiter. He has no expertise as a coordinator. Dabo closed the 2008 season with 4 wins in his last five, beat South Carolina and acquired the everlasting job. He had some initial growing pains. It’s still debatable how good he has been. Nevertheless it was not a foul hire.

Ed Orgeron fist pumpHiring a position coach can be dangerous. A specialist can instill his vision on one side of the ball (a la Saban or Chip Kelly). A position coach has a unique command dynamic. He should rely on two expereinced coordinators. That may make it more durable to jump in and force changes.

That kind of CEO-model head coach can work. It just raises the level of issue. A Dabo or a Brady Hoke can have a clear vision, promote the program and with nice hires on each side of the ball can succeed. That style coach can even see issues snowball and be overwhelmed. That occurred to Derek Dooley. That occurred to Ed Orgeron throughout his head teaching stint at Ole Miss.

Orgeron inherited a not so nice state of affairs in Oxford. He made it worse. He did recruit – Houston Nutt received two Cotton Bowls together with his players – but he by no means assembled the correct workers or introduced a route to progress. He went 3-21 in the SEC, which is abominable, even by Ole Miss requirements. Would the second attempt be totally different?

Perhaps. USC is a distinct job than Ole Miss. Orgeron wouldn’t be forging an id at a non-traditional energy. He can be restoring and refurbishing an extant one (which he is well conversant in). Additionally, crucially, his presumed employees is already in place. The continuity would be helpful recruiting this yr and heading into next season. The price is minimal, a raise for Ed Orgeron. However what occurs three years down the highway?

Ed Orgeron with a swordThe query for Pat Haden just isn’t whether or not Orgeron has executed enough to earn the job. It’s what he can do sooner or later. Evaluation of that is determined by the analysis of what is happening now with this collective staff. Is that this a high quality group scheming effectively and getting essentially the most out of its talent? Or, is it really, ridiculously gifted players attempting lots harder for the more affable substitute instructor?

Haden is doing the fitting things: waiting and never saying a word. If USC beats UCLA and sneaks into the Pac 12 title recreation, dumping Orgeron is a difficult, unpopular decision. If USC will get dumped by three touchdowns, it’s a a lot easier one.

Orgeron’s probabilities could rely upon the place USC is with its teaching search. If Kevin Sumlin, Chris Petersen or one other A-checklist candidate has real curiosity, that’s the clear route to go. However, USC may discover it onerous to pry a coach from a second-tier program. With new TV revenues, schools such as Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Baylor are paying huge cash (in wage and facilities) to maintain good coaches. If Haden is confronted with blowing up this system for a candidate on his B or C-checklist, staying the course with Coach O could also be a far more interesting possibility.

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Top 25 NCAA BCS, College football picks and predictions

 

Week 13 of NCAA College Football gets under way on Wednesday night as the BCS Top 25 are fighting for a top 16 automatic BCS major-bowl bid. Here is my quick preview and prediction against the spread for each game. More in-depth previews for certain games will follow. Find your favorite team or game to bet on, here through Wonder Punter, Down below you have every team and every pick prediction and odds all available to place bets with

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Wednesday 11/20

 

#16 NIU Huskies (10-0) @ Toledo Rockets (7-3) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: NIU -2.5

Over/Under:

 

NIU looks to clinch the Mid- American West Conference crown with a road victory and keep pace for a top 16 ranking.

 

PICK: Northern Illinois

 

Thursday 11/21

 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) @ #18 UCF Knights (8-1) 11/21- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: UCF -17.0

Over/Under: 58.5

 

UCF looks to remain on atop the American Athletic Conference and stay alive for a BCS bowl.

 

PICK: Central Florida

 

Saturday 11/23

 

Chattanooga Mocs (8-3) @ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0) 11/21- 2:00PM EST

 

Line: ALA -49.0

Over/Under: N/A

 

Trap” game for the Tide who have the Auburn Tigers the following week but will handle the Mocs easily.

 

PICK: Alabama

 

Idaho Vandals (1-9) @ #2 Florida State Seminoles (10-0) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: FSU -56.5

Over/Under: 58.5

 

This one can get ugly real kick.

 

PICK: Florida State

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-6) @ #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: OSU -34.0

Over/Under: 73.0

 

Buckeyes go for their 23rd straight victory before going into Ann Arbor the following week to face Michigan.

 

PICK: Ohio State

 

#4 Baylor Bears (9-0) @ #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1) 11/23- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: BAY -9.5

Over/Under: 73.5

 

Marquee match-up! Going to be a good one. Tough pick…

 

PICK: Baylor

 

#5 Oregon Ducks (9-1) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-4) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: ORE -20.5

Over/Under: 70.0

 

Ducks look to hold on to first place in the Pac-12 North standings.

 

Citadel Bulldogs (5-6) @ #7 Clemson Tigers (9-1) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: CLEM -40.0

Over/Under: N/A

 

Tigers playing well and look to keep pace in the ACC and BCS race.

 

PICK: Clemson

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1) @ #24 Ole Miss Rebels (7-3) 11/23- 7:45PM EST

 

Line: MIZZ -3.0

Over/Under: 64.5

 

Tough game for the Tigers on the road after enjoying a bye week.

 

PICK: Missouri

 

California Golden Bears (1-10) @ #9 Stanford Cardinal (8-2) 11/23- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: STAN -31.5

Over/Under: 59.0

 

With a down year for Cal… look for Stanford to dominate their biggest rival.

 

PICK: Stanford

 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-1) @ # 11 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2) 11/23- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: SCAR -34.5

Over/Under: N/A

 

Gamecocks should win this one going away.

 

 

PICK: South Carolina

 

#12 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2) @ #22 LSU Tigers (7-3) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: LSU -4.0

Over/Under: 78.5

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Has the makings of another potential SEC classic. Yet, another tough pick for me but….

 

PICK: LSU

 

#13 Michigan State Spartans (9-1) @ Northwestern Wildcats (4-6) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: MSU -7.5

Over/Under: 34.5

 

The Spartans look to keep their stronghold in the Big 10.

 

PICK: Michigan State

 

#17 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2) @ #14 UCLA Bruins (8-2) 11/23- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ASU -2.5

Over/Under: 58.0

 

First place is at stake for the Pac-12 South. Going to be another good one!

 

PICK: UCLA

 

New Mexico Lobos (3-7) @ #15 Fresno State Bulldogs (9-0) 11/23- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: FRE -31.0

Over/Under: 65.5

 

Bulldogs look to stay perfect and in the BCS bowl-bid.

 

#19 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) @ #25 Minnesota Gophers (8-2) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: WIS -16.0

Over/Under: 52.0

 

A week prior, the Badgers ran for a whopping 554 yards!

 

PICK: Wisconsin

 

#20 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) @ Kansas State Wildcats (6-4) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: KSU -3.5

Over/Under: 52.0

 

Sooners will have a tough road test. KSU is favored despite the Oklahoma having a better record.

 

PICK: Kansas State

 

Memphis Tigers (3-6) @ #21 Louisville Cardinals (9-1) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: LOU -24.5

Over/Under: 41.5

 

Expect another big performance from Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals offense.

 

PICK: Louisville

 

#23 USC Trojans (8-3) @ Colorado Buffaloes (4-6) 11/23- 9:30PM EST

 

Line: USC -22.5

Over/Under: 54.5

 

Trojans still in the hunt for a Pac-12 South title.

 

PICK: USC

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‘Flawed’ BCS frustrates Buckeyes’ Meyer

On The Mark: BCS Spoilers

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Whether or not it is the present system, which Urban Meyer referred to as “flawed,” or the playoff format that may quickly replace it, the Ohio State coach is not expecting the controversy that accompanies faculty football’s postseason to go away.

With the No. 3 Buckeyes underneath intense scrutiny each week and Baylor closing the hole in the BCS standings and doubtlessly in position to leapfrog his crew, Meyer voiced his frustration while making an attempt to deflect attention away from the polls and computer formulation.Ohio State coach City Meyer, whose crew’s hold on the No. three spot over Baylor in the BCS standings is shrinking rapidly, says the BCS is “a flawed system.”

“Without spending much time on it, as a result of it isn’t truthful to our workforce for me to spend much time on it, I will say this – I think it is a flawed system,” Meyer mentioned Monday. “But once you logically take into consideration what the BCS individuals have achieved, and which clearly we’re all part of, I believe it was great for a while. I feel you are taking an imperfect system and also you do one of the best you possibly can without internet hosting a playoff.

“I imagine there’s going to be controversy with the playoffs too, now. It isn’t a sixty four-staff playoff; you may only have four guys. What’s that fifth team going to really feel like?”

The BCS choice process is in its closing 12 months earlier than the College Football Playoff begins next season.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-zero Huge Ten) could be solidly in position to qualify for that 4-staff bracket if it existed this season, and the top-to-head comparison with surging Baylor (9-0, 6-zero Huge 12) wouldn’t be fairly as related.

As it stands, although, both groups still need help to supplant No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State and play for the crystal football. And with the Buckeyes’ lead over No. four Baylor trimmed to0013 within the composite BCS equation, they are additionally clearly conscious of their shrinking margin for error to be the workforce standing subsequent in line to play for the nationwide title.

“There’s nothing we are able to do about it. There is not any lobbying we are able to do at this level to vary the BCS components,” senior heart Corey Linsley stated. “The only factor we can consider is how do we advance additional in the BCS, how will we preserve ahead of Baylor? That’s just the truth. How will we get to the nationwide championship? That is our objective. That’s the only factor we are able to management, and that is really what we’re focused on.

“We’re upset by [profitable at Illinois] 60-35. We did not cover no matter unfold that we wanted to, did not rating enough points to boost up our rating. That is a motive why we’re disillusioned with the best way that we played. It’s actuality.”

 

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Spartans No. 1 for first time since 2000-01

Michigan State Improves To four-0

Michigan State is No. 1 in The Related Press ballot for the primary time in 13 years.

The Spartans moved up one spot Monday after beating high-ranked Kentucky in Chicago final week. They took the No. 1 spot by a wide margin, receiving 51 first-place votes from the sixty five-member national media panel.

“I think it’s a privilege,” coach Tom Izzo said Monday, several hours earlier than Michigan State was to host Portland. “If we handle it effectively, we’ll see how long we will grasp on. And if we do not, we’ll be taught one thing from that. We do not get a banner or a ring for this, nevertheless it’s good for our program. It is also good for the guys on this crew so as to add to their collection of accomplishments.”

This is Michigan State’s first time leading the rankings since a two-week run in 2000-01, when the Spartans reached the Final 4. Their only different time at No. 1 was a two-week stint in 1978-79, the season Magic Johnson carried the Spartans to the national title.

Indiana leads all Large Ten colleges with fifty four weeks at No. 1, adopted by Ohio State (37), Michigan (22), Illinois (17), Michigan State (5), Iowa (1) and Wisconsin (1).

“Being No. 1 now offers us a chance to see how we’ll handle our purpose of being No. 1 on the end of the season,” Izzo said. “We now have to learn to cope with the stress and standing of being where we are proper now. But I do not suppose by any means this might be like enjoying with a forty-pound weight on our shoulders.”

Kansas, which beat Duke in the nightcap of Tuesday’s Champions Basic on the United Center, moved from fifth to second and received seven first-place votes. Louisville stayed third and drew the opposite seven first-place votes.

“We’ve been within the prime five loads, but we haven’t won a big game early quite like we did last week,” Izzo said. “We’ve earned this, but I do know Kansas or Louisville may very well be No. 1 proper now. Duke and Kentucky are really good, too.”

Kentucky dropped to fourth and was adopted by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.

VCU is making the school’s first appearance in the high 10. The Rams jumped four spots this week after beating then-No. 25 Virginia and Winthrop. VCU, which reached the Remaining 4 in 2011, came near the top 10 when it completed 11th in the closing ballot of the 1984-85 season. The Rams weren’t ranked once more until 2012-thirteen.

Wisconsin, which beat then-No. 11 Florida and Inexperienced Bay to enhance to 3-0, had the biggest leap this week, moving from No. 20 to No. 12. The Gators fell to No. 16.

The most important drop was by North Carolina, which fell from No. 12 to No. 24 after beating Holy Cross however losing to Belmont, the Tar Heels’ first nonconference residence defeat in eight years.

No. 21 Iowa State and No. 23 Creighton made their first appearances within the poll this season.

The Cyclones, who beat then-No. 7 Michigan final weekend, are within the rankings for the primary time since a one-week look in 2011-12. The Wolverines fell to No. 14.

Creighton, which made the move this season from the Missouri Valley to the Huge East, was ranked for all however four weeks last season, reaching as excessive as No. 11.

Notre Dame and Virginia dropped out of the ballot. The Preventing Irish, who lost to Indiana State, had been ranked for nine straight weeks relationship to last season. Virginia had been ranked for the preseason Prime 25 and first common-season ballot.

The ACC had five teams in final week’s Prime 25, the most of any league, but with those two groups falling out, the ACC dropped into a tie for third among conferences in the ballot. The Massive Ten and the Big 12 are tied for first this week with 4 teams every.

A look simply outside the High 25 shows two extra Massive Ten teams – Iowa and Indiana – sitting at Nos. 26 and 27. The Hawkeyes have not been ranked since 2005-06.

 

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NCAA College Football Week 12 – BCS Top 25 Recap

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NCAA Football Top 25 BCS

Another exciting weekend of College Football is in the books with the biggest upset being No. 4 Stanford being upset by USC on Saturday night and No. 23 Miami losing to Duke which is a game I predicted in my BCS Top 25 preview earlier in the week. Below is my recap of all the BCS Top 25 teams that were in action and how they faired against the spread.

 

Wednesday 11/13

 

Ball State Cardinals (9-2)- 27

#15 NIU Huskies (10-0)- 48

 

Line: NIU -9

Over/Under: 73

 

The Huskies remain unbeaten and pick their 25th straight win at home.

 

Thursday 11/14

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4)- 31

#8 Clemson Tigers (9-1)- 55

 

Line: CLEM -11

Over/Under: 62

 

Clemson Qb Tajh Boyd set ACC record for career TD passes with 97.

 

Friday 11/15

 

Washington Huskies (6-4)- 31

UCLA Bruins (8-2)- 41

 

Line: UCLA -3

Over/Under: 61

 

Linebacker Myles Jack scores 4 TD’s to lead the Bruins.

 

Saturday 11/16/13

 

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)- 20

Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-6)- 7

 

Line: ALA -24

Over/Under: 54

 

A little tighter game then expected but the Tide win to stay undefeated.

 

Syracuse Orange (5-5)- 3

#2 Florida St. Seminoles (10-0)- 59

 

Line: FSU -38

Over/Under: 59

 

The Seminoles also remain undefeated in their rout of Syracuse.

 

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)- 60

Illinois Fighting Illini (3-7)- 35

 

OSU has now won 22 straight dating back to last season.

 

# 4 Stanford Cardinal (8-2)- 17

USC Trojans (8-3)- 20

 

USC shocks the Cardinal on a 47-yard field goal with :19 seconds remaining.

 

Line: STAN -4

Over/Under: 45

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-4)- 34

#5 Baylor Bears (9-0)- 63

 

Line: BAY -28

Over/Under: 85

 

Baylor playing great ball to stay perfect.

 

Utah Utes (4-6)- 21

#6 Oregon Ducks (9-1)- 44

 

Line: ORE -29

Over/Under- 64

 

Ducks turn it on in the third to runaway with it.

 

#25 Georgia Bulldogs (6-4)- 38

#7 Auburn Tigers (10-1)- 43

 

Line: AUB -3

Over/Under: 66

 

A 73-yard Hail Mary wins it for the Tigers with :25 seconds left. Incredible 4th quarter!

 

Florida Gators (4-6)- 14

#10 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2)- 19

 

Line: SCAR -16

Over/Under: 42

 

Gamecocks win their 16th straight home game.

 

#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1)- 38

Texas Longhorns (7-3)- 13

 

Line: OKST -3

Over/Under: 63

 

Impressive road win for the Cowboys in Austin.

 

#16 Michigan State Spartans (9-1)- 41

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-3)- 28

 

Line: MSU -6

Over/Under: 41

 

The Spartans about lock up a spot in the Big 10 championship game.

 

#17 UCF Knights (8-1)- 39

Temple Owls (1-9)- 36

 

Line: UCF -17

Over/Under: 60

 

UCF kicks a 23-yard field goal as time expires to pull it out the victory.

 

Iowa State Cyclones (1-9)- 10

#18 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2)- 48

 

Line: OKLA -23

Over/Under: 49

 

Easy home win for the Sooners as Bob Stoops ties Barry Switzer for most OU victories.

 

Oregon State Beavers (6-4)-

#19 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2)-

 

Line: ASU -14

Over/Under- 66

 

The Sun Devils remain in firs place in the Pac 12 South to set up a showdown at UCLA next weekend.

 

Houston Cougars (7-3)- 13

#20 Louisville Cardinals (9-1)- 20

 

Line: LOU -17

Over/Under: 60

 

Running back Dominique Browns powers the Cardinals to victory with 2 TD’s.

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-6)- 3

#22 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)- 51

 

Line: WIS -27

Over/Under: 68

 

The Badgers running attack runs for 554 yards!

 

#23 Miami Hurricanes (7-3)- 30

Duke Blue Devils (8-2)- 48

 

Line: MIA -4

Over/Under- 64

 

Blue Devils win their sixth straight as Miami now has lost three in-a-row.

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter