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Howard at Old Dominion
Where: Foreman Field (cap. 20,086); Norfolk When: 6 p.m.
Records: Howard 1-1, Old Dominion 0-2
Facts: The Monarchs begin a string of four home games by returning to FCS competition. Howard was picked to finish sixth in the 11-team MEAC. . . . ODU’s focus today will be largely defensive. The Monarchs have surrendered 148 points (49.3 ppg) in their past three games, a streak that includes last season’s FCS playoff loss to Georgia Southern. . . . Howard, while not as physically imposing as ODU’s first two opponents, East Carolina and Maryland, isn’t without weapons. Bison QB Greg McGhee passed for 242 yards and three TDs and rushed for 54 yards in last week’s victory over Morehouse. . . . Howard’s defense has 11 sacks in two games.
William and Mary at Lafayette
Where: Fisher Stadium (capacity 13,132), Easton, Pa. When: 6 p.m.
Radio: 92.3, 107.9 in Williamsburg Internet: tribeathletics.com
Records: William and Mary 1-1; Lafayette 0-1
Facts: Second meeting between the teams. Lafayette, from the Patriot League, knocked off William and Mary 17-14 last year. Game was delayed by lightning and played in the rain. . . . Tribe WR Tre McBride leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 27.4 yards per catch and ranks fourth with 147 all-purpose yards. DE Mike Reilly ranks third nationally with three sacks. Free safety Jerome Couplin III is averaging 11 tackles. . . . Lafayette lost its opener to Sacred Heart 26-24. Mark Ross has a school-record 20 receiving touchdowns. He has 1,889 career receiving yards. Leopards athletics director Bruce McCutcheon was a receiver at William and Mary from 1972-74.
Saint Francis at James Madison
Where: Bridgeforth Stadium (cap. 24,877), Harrisonburg When: 6 p.m.
Radio: WREJ (1540 in Richmond), WSVA (550 in Harrisonburg)
Internet: jmusports.com Records: Saint Francis 0-1; JMU 1-1
Facts: Second meeting. JMU hammered Saint Francis 55-7 last year. The Dukes, ranked 20th in FCS, are coming off a 35-33 loss to FBS Akron. . . . QB Michael Birdsong’s 310 yards passing were the ninth-best total in school history. His 29 completions were the third-best. . . . RB Dae’Quan Scott needs 16 yards rushing to move past Maurice Fenner and into sixth on the Dukes’ career list. Scott has 2,519 yards. . . . Saint Francis was beaten 59-17 by Georgia Southern in its opener. Senior Kyle Harbridge ran for 132 yards. He is the Red Flash’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (4,287).
Tennessee Tech at Hampton
Where: Armstrong Stadium (cap. 12,000), Hampton When: 6 p.m.
Radio: WHOV (88.1) Internet: hamptonpirates.com
Records: Tennessee Tech 1-1; Hampton 0-2
Facts: The first home game of the year for Hampton. . . . The Tigers defeated Hampton last year 41-31. . . . Both teams are coming off a loss. The Pirates fell to William and Mary 31-7. Tennessee State lost to Wisconsin 48-0. . . . Hampton had 24 rushing yards and 185 yards of offense against the Tribe. . . . Tennessee State is averaging 31.5 points and 309 yards of offense. . . . Darian Stone has completed 53.3 percent of his passes for 212 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in two games this season.
Morgan State at Liberty
Where: Williams Stadium (cap. 19,200); Lynchburg When: 7 p.m.
Radio: Victory FM (94.9) Internet: libertyflames.com
Records: Morgan State 0-2, Liberty 1-1
Facts: The Flames have discovered a dynamic pass-catch combination in Josh Woodrum and Darrin Peterson. Through two games, Peterson has caught eight passes for 230 yards and a pair of scores. . . . Liberty’s defense contributed three takeaways, all of which resulted in touchdowns, to last week’s blowout of Monmouth. . . . Morgan State is playing on the road for the third consecutive weekend. The Bears don’t play a home game until Sept. 28. . . . Morgan State, a MEAC member, has used three quarterbacks in its first two games. Redshirt freshman Moses Skillon completed 9 of 18 passes for 207 yards and a pair of TDs in last week’s loss to Robert Morris.
North Greenville at VMI
Where: Foster Stadium (cap. 10,000), Lexington When: 1:30 p.m.
Radio: WLEE (990), 1 p.m. Internet: vmikeydets.com.
Records: North Greenville 1-0, VMI 1-1
Facts: North Greenville is coached by Jeff Farrington, who was VMI’s defensive coordinator last season. . . . VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock completed 23 of 30 for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 34-27 win last Saturday over Division II Glenville State. He was named Big South Conference player of the week. In that game, VMI running back Derrick Ziglar rushed for a career-high 109 yards and also had 78 receiving yards. . . . It’s Hall of Fame Weekend at VMI. . . . The Crusaders opened their season last weekend with a 26-24 win over Albany State.
Benedict vs. Virginia State
Where: MetLife Stadium (cap. 82,566), East Rutherford, N.J.
When: 3 p.m. Internet: benedicttigers.com
Records: Benedict 1-0, VSU 1-0
Facts: Benedict and Virginia State are meeting in the 41st annual New York Urban League Classic. Last season in South Carolina, the Trojans defeated the Tigers 30-20. . . . The Trojans put up 400 yards of offense last week against Fayetteville State, but needed a 30-yard field goal as time expired to complete a rally from 20 points down to win 29-28. . . . RB Jordan Anderson (158 yards, 2 TDs) and K Devonte Hunt (game-winning FG) were named CIAA offensive back and specialty players of the week, respectively. . . . Benedict cruised past Central State 42-9 last week. Sophomore QB Marcus Graham combined for 327 yards and five touchdowns, earning him the SIAC player of the week.
Shaw at Virginia Union
Where: Hovey Field (cap. 10,000) When: 7 p.m.
Records: Shaw 1-0, VUU 0-1
Facts: This will be the 45th meeting, a series that dates to 1903. In their last game in 2010, Shaw won 57-27 in Raleigh, N.C. . . . The Panthers were crushed by Bethune-Cookman 66-7 last week in Daytona, Fla. VUU allowed 464 yards of offense, 182 through the air. . . . VUU’s secondary will be challenged tonight by Bears QB Quinshon Odom, who threw for 272 yards and four touchdowns in Shaw’s win over Charleston (W.Va.). . . . Virginia Union leads the overall series 28-11-5.
Hampden-Sydney at Christopher Newport
Where: POMOCO Stadium (cap. 4,200), Newport News When: 7 p.m.
Radio: WFLO (95.7/870) Internet: cnusports.com
Records: H-SC 1-0, CNU 1-0
Facts: The Tigers and Captains meet for just the second time, with Hampden-Sydney winning the inaugural meeting 42-20 last year. . . . H-SC is coming off a 42-12 home victory against Averett. QB Nash Nance threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 75 yards and a pair of scores to garner ODAC offensive player of the week honors. . . . CNU pulled off a come-from-behind 17-10 win at 16th-ranked Salisbury to open the season. The Captains’ defense allowed just 221 yards.
Randolph-Macon at Averett
Where: Cougar Den (cap. 3,000), Danville When: 1 p.m.
Radio: WHAN (102.9/1430) Internet: averettcougars.com
Records: R-MC 0-1, Averett 0-1
The facts: This is the third meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Cougars. R-MC defeated Averett 21-6 at Day Field last season and holds a 2-0 advantage in the series. . . . R-MC is coming off a 38-14 loss to Johns Hopkins. . . . The Yellow Jackets rushed for just 56 yards. QB Zac Naccarato threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. . . . Averett opened the season with a 42-12 loss to Hampden-Sydney. . . . The Cougars had 129 yards of offense. Stefan Varner and Evan Jones both had seven tackles. - from timesdispatch.com
Today, we have an action packed show starting at 11AM and running until the Sunday Night Game. We will preview all games and take calls. Join us and our special guests as we discuss your favorite teams across the league.
Ravens at Broncos
OSN’s Lock Of The Week: Broncos — The Broncos will win this game in a 49-27 rout of the Ravens, in which Peyton Manning will be 27-42 and throw for 462 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. The Ravens will struggle behind 2 interceptions from Joe Flacco and a meek 36-yard performance from Ray Rice.
Patriots at Bills
OSN’s Pick: Patriots — Expect the Patriots to jump to an early lead and then frequently add to that lead for the entire game.
Dolphins at Browns
OSN’s Pick: Browns — Expect Cleveland to edge out Miami in spite of a hostile home crowd.
Seahawks at Panthers
OSN’s Pick: Panthers — Real winner is the NFL for sustaining teams in the Charlotte and Seattle markets.
Bengals at Bears
OSN’s Pick: Bears — Expect the Bears to open their season with a clear statement that they will get their fans’ hopes up and then crush them at the end of the season.
Vikings at Lions
OSN’s Pick: Lions — A narrow Detroit victory will represent only the first volley in this season’s hard-fought battle for third place in the NFC North.
Raiders at Colts
OSN’s Pick: Colts — Darrius Heyward-Bey gets revenge against the team that drafted him seventh overall and gave him $23.5 million in guaranteed money.
Chiefs at Jaguars
OSN’s Pick: Chiefs — Preview of what could be a classic AFC Championship match-up in seven years.
Falcons at Saints
OSN’s Pick: Falcons — The Falcons will exploit the glaring holes in the Saints defense slightly more often than the Saints exploit the glaring holes in the Falcons’ defense.
Buccaneers at Jets
OSN’s Pick: Buccaneers — It seems like a huge upset, but Onion Sports is going out on a limb and predicting that the Bucs’ defense will at some point find a flaw in Geno Smith’s high-octane passing game.
Titans at Steelers
OSN’s Pick: Steelers — The Steelers will just barely edge out the Titans in a tight battle between two defenses, two offenses, and two special teams units.
Packers at 49ers
OSN’s Pick: Packers — The Packers are hungry to avenge last year’s season-ending loss to the 49ers and by most accounts, motivation is very important in football.
Cardinals at Rams
OSN’s Pick: Rams — Daryl Richardson will run wild over a porous Arizona defense, leaving the Cardinals in an insurmountable 0-1 hole to start the season.
Giants at Cowboys
OSN’s Pick: Giants or Cowboys — Onion Sports isn’t watching this game, and we don’t give a shit who wins.
Eagles at Redskins
OSN’s Pick: Redskins — With a new head coach this season, the Eagles will know that the pressure is on, so expect them to completely wilt in a 30-point blowout.
Texans at Chargers
OSN’s Pick: Texans — The Texans will easily handle the Chargers while only losing several dozen players to season-ending injuries.
-from the onion.com
Todays show is going to be another College Football Bonanza. We start early in the morning with our tailgate show and end with our re-cap.
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South Carolina at Georgia -3 (-110): If Georgia catches a field goal snap, the game goes into overtime, and Georgia wins, would this line feel funny? Focus on how the team plays and not just the final score. South Carolina’s offense is not Clemson’s. Then again, South Carolina does play defense. I like the Dawgs at home.
Miami (OH) +17.5 at Kentucky (-110): I bet against Miami (OH) last week in a few pick’ems, and they lost. But Kentucky really is not a great football team, and could be looking ahead to the Week 3 matchup with Louisville.
Florida -3 at Miami (-105): Don’t be fooled by Florida’s lackluster performance against Toledo. Florida has been awful against scrub teams when there is a big opponent on deck. Look for Florida’s run game to ultimately make the difference, specifically by running Jeff Driskel.
Middle Tennessee at UNC Over 66 (-106): I am expecting a shootout here. Middle Tennessee can score, and North Carolina wants to push tempo a ton, particularly after losing last Thursday to South Carolina.
Oregon -22 at Virginia (-107): Virginia beat BYU last week. Oregon could not be any different from BYU. I don’t like Virginia’s style of defense against Oregon’s attack, and David Watford is too inaccurate against this Oregon secondary.
Duke at Memphis +6 (-106): Duke is laying points on the road? Memphis is not a good team, but Duke is nothing special, either.
Arkansas State +13 at Auburn (-110): Gus Malzahn’s new team vs. his old team. Malzahn knows Arkansas State’s personnel, but the Red Wolves can play.
Buffalo at Baylor -27.5 (-105): The high in Buffalo Saturday? 80. The projected high in Waco? 100. This is a fade of the Bulls.
Louisiana Lafayette at Kansas State -10 (-110): Was there a more shocking loss than Kansas State over the weekend? Statistically, there were plenty. But on name value, the defending Big XII champ losing to an FCS school is simply huge. Arkansas routed Lafayette. I think Kansas State will come out focused and do the same.
Hawaii at Oregon State -27 (-105): I took Hawaii last week against USC and won. Oregon State was upset by Eastern Washington. So why would I lay on the Beavers here? Simple. Mike RIley is a fine coach, and Eastern Washington’s passing offense, which shredded Oregon State, is better than Hawaii’s. I look for a statement, bounce-back game.
Idaho +28 at Wyoming (-110): Is Wyoming really four touchdowns better than Idaho? I don’t believe that.
Washington State at USC -14 (-120): USC has its defense together under a new coordinator, and I look for the Trojan’s run game and defense to give the Cougars fits. I wish I din’t have to pay such a high price to stay on 14, however.
Arizona at UNLV +10 (+100): UNLV was blown out by Minnesota — a team that I do not think is very good. However, they were only outgained by a 5.2-4.9 margin on a per-play basis. Minnesota scored on a pick-six, a blocked field goal, and a kickoff return. Those scores count, they’re just not exactly repeatable in Minnesota’s favor, or UNLV’s disfavor. I think this line is a bit inflated based on that.
Syracuse +15.5 at Northwestern (-110): Syracuse hung tough against Penn State, and I feel this line is an overreaction to Week 1.
Southern Miss +28 at Nebraska (-105): Nebraska’s defense did struggle with Wyoming. Southern Miss struggled with Texas State. But, six turnovers by the Golden Eagles aren’t likely to be repeated, and I’ll take the four touchdowns and reduced juice. -from SBNATION.COM
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What compares to the excitement of kicking off a new college football season? How about Buddy the Elf’s reaction to the announcement that Santa Claus is coming to town?
If Will Ferrell’s character in “Elf” thinks St. Nick’s arrival is exciting, what would he do if he could run down the hill Saturday night in Clemson when the Tigers take on Georgia? A new season with all the pure, magical, sometimes illogically innocent belief that every kid clings to on Christmas morning is upon us. Surely this will be the year that Santa brings a real pony and not Lincoln Logs.
We can’t wait to unwrap the gift of Johnny Manziel re-establishing his Johnny Football persona rather than the “Johnny Cash,” “Johnny Paycheck” and “Money Badger” tags social media wise guys have put on him. Columnists can forgo the silly notion thatJadeveon Clowney should’ve considered sitting out the season to protect himself for the NFL draft in favor of comparing him to legendary pass-rushers such as North Carolina’s Lawrence Taylor or Alabama’s Derrick Thomas.
Miami can pursue an ACC championship knowing that the NCAA finally delivered a verdict in the investigation of the Hurricanes, an inquiry that started before the “Duck Dynasty” guys could grow peach fuzz on their chins. Hey, I said the wishes could be illogical. The absurdity of the fact that this case still hangs over Al Golden’s program would undermine the faith of even the most ardent believers, but I digress.
We will not talk of realignment, playoffs, payoffs, miscreants, missteps, misdeeds, investigations or interviews. Not this week. Because our version of Christmas is here. We have football. Honest-to-goodness, buckle-up-your-headgear, step-onto-the-hallowed-patch-of-turf, set-your-hair-on-fire, cause-a-wreck football.
College football is changing. This is the final year of the BCS system. It is well-documented that the BCS has been dominated by the SEC. The ACC has been abysmal. If BCS bowls are your measure, the ACC is 3-12 in the highest-profile games. Only one win has been noteworthy: Florida State beat Virginia Tech (while the Hokies were still in the Big East) in the 2000 title game. The other two victories were Orange Bowl wins by Virginia Tech over Cincinnati in 2009 and Florida State over Northern Illinois following last season. ACC teams simply have wilted in the face of the power programs. The one word that describes the ACC in the BCS era is “underachieving.”
Opening weekend represents a huge opportunity to start a seismic shift in perception. There are three games matching ACC teams against SEC teams. Virginia Tech takes on two-time reigning BCS champion Alabama. North Carolina faces old nemesis Steve Spurrier and South Carolina. And Clemson takes on Georgia. All or any would be signature victories for the conference. The Tar Heels and Hokies are gunning for upsets, which is not to say it couldn’t happen — just that it’s not expected.
Clemson, though, can change the landscape. It is the favorite in the conference. The game is in Death Valley. While coach Dabo Swinney says this isn’t an “end-all” deal, it actually is — at least as far as the national championship is concerned.
In theory, Swinney is right. It’s a long season. In reality, a loss means it’ll be another season in which Clemson isn’t a factor in the national championship race. The Tigers have a potential Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback in Tajh Boyd and a flotilla of big, speedy receivers, including junior Sammy Watkins, taking aim at Georgia’s rebuilt defense. If not now, when will there ever be a better chance for Clemson to prove it’s on equal footing with the SEC bullies? What better chance for the ACC to show it’s not just stable but powerful than with a legitimate title contender?
For nine long months, Georgia has agonized over the 5 yards separating it from a BCS title shot. Georgia returns virtually everyone from an offense that led the nation in yards per play last season (7.09). Aaron Murray will finish his rewrite of the SEC record book by season’s end. The chapter he has yet to write is one that includes a championship. Dabo is right. It’s just one game. Not an “end-all.” Nobody’s season ends Saturday night. But the loser will have a ton of work to do to get a seat at the big boy table.
Virginia Tech has the most Herculean task among the ACC teams taking on Alabama in Atlanta. After last season’s 7-6 meltdown ended a run of eight straight 10-win seasons, the Hokies revamped their coaching staff. Scot Loeffler takes over as offensive coordinator. Loeffler’s most recent game as a coordinator was also against Alabama. His Auburn offense got blanked by the Tide. Loeffler doesn’t just need his playbook but a Dr. Phil manual to help quarterback Logan Thomas regain his 2011 form after an erratic, confidence-rattling, turnover-filled 2012. The Hokies also come in banged up at running back and with questions on offensive line. Virginia Tech will have to rely on its veteran defensive line to make life tough on the Tide’s retooled front if it wants to have a chance.
So many people have said no one is talking about LSU that it seems as if everyone is talking about LSU. The Tigers are probably underrated in terms of poll position right now. Les Miles isn’t concerned.
“We like us. We like us in every game,” The Hat said, in his own inimitable way.
TCU’s Casey Pachall returns after struggles with addiction cut short his season last year. He is 15-2 as a starter. In one of those wins, a 473-yard performance to beat Boise State in 2011, he threw a TD pass with just over a minute left then zipped a two-point conversion pass to Josh Boyce to end the Broncos’ 35-game home-field winning streak. Pachall gets a chance to put another bullet on his résumé this season.
A few other games I’m pumped about
• Boise State at Washington: Husky Stadium isn’t the only thing that has been refurbished. This could be the year UW takes a major step forward if the O-line stays healthy and Keith Price reaches his potential. Just for old times’ sake, the Broncos could start a quest for one last busting of the BCS.
• Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi State: The Pokes are Big 12 favorites. The Bulldogs have SEC stickers on their helmets. That’s enough to stoke Big 12 fires these days.
• Washington State at Auburn: Mike Leach says the bottom of the Pac-12 is better than the bottom of the SEC. We’ll find out — for whatever that’s worth. Not much in my judgment. But there might be 90 points scored in this game. That’s worth plenty.
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Saban gets the benefit of any doubt. They lose three defensive linemen, but can fill out two three-man lines of guys who aren’t freshmen. They return five of their top six linebackers, and have recruits waiting behind them. C.J. Mosley deciding to come back for his senior year is huge. They have arguably the best group of safeties in the country. Their vulnerability is at corner. If you’re trying to move the ball against them, it’s probably deep down the sidelines.
Schedule: About as easy as it gets in the SEC West. Virginia Tech is their toughest non-conference opponent. They do not play Florida, Georgia or South Carolina from the East. They play two games where they aren’t three-score favorites: at Texas A&M and LSU at home. Win those two and they go the SEC title game. Split those two and they still have a reasonable chance. – from the BigLead.com
Today on the program, we end the long holiday weekend with our week 12 nfl preview show. Special guest referees and a former college player joins us on the program.
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Entering Week 12, there are 25 teams within two games of a playoff spot. And with six weeks to play, nothing has been settled.
“Stacking wins together is what good teams do this time of year,” says Dallas Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO, who is 21-3 (.875) in his career as a starter in November. “You need to put yourself in position for the stretch run. It’s going to keep on getting bigger every game.”
Week 12 begins on Thursday with a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the seventh consecutive year. Traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas will host games during the day followed by a primetime nightcap on NBC featuring AFC East rivals. Five of the six teams that will play on Thanksgiving won in Week 11. A quick look at the three Thanksgiving games:
HOUSTON TEXANS at DETROIT LIONS (CBS, 12:30 PM ET): The Texans improved to 9-1 with a 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville. Quarterback MATT SCHAUB passed for 527 yards – tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON for the second-most in a game in NFL history – and wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON had 14 catches for 273 yards, including a game-winning 48-yard TD reception. The Lions, who will play their 73rd Thanksgiving Day game, dropped a 24-20 decision to Green Bay. Wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON leads the NFL with 1,117 receiving yards and has scored a touchdown in four of the past five Thanksgiving games.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS at DALLAS COWBOYS (FOX, 4:15 PM ET): Rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III threw a career-high four touchdown passes in the Redskins’ 31-6 win over Philadelphia. Griffin completed 14 of 15 passes and his 93.3 completion percentage is the highest for a player with at least four TD passes since Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG on October 16, 1994. The Cowboys, who trail the New York Giants by one game in the NFC East, rallied from a 13-0 deficit to defeat Cleveland 23-20 in overtime. Dallas wide receiver DEZ BRYANT had a career-high 145 receiving yards on 12 catches with one touchdown.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at NEW YORK JETS (NBC, 8:20 PM ET): Quarterback TOM BRADY and the Patriots knocked off Indianapolis 59-24. The game marked the fifth time that New England scored at least 50 points in a game started by Brady, the second-most 50-point games by a starting QB in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer LEN DAWSON, six). The Jets return home after a 27-13 road win in St. Louis. Running back BILAL POWELL rushed for the first two touchdowns of his career and quarterback MARK SANCHEZ posted a 118.3 passer rating.
Also in Week 12 are rematches of both of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoffs: San Francisco vs. New Orleans and the New York Giants vs. Green Bay. The last time this happened was Week 8, 2009 (Arizona vs. Carolina and Philadelphia vs. the New York Giants). Some of the other key games in Week 12:
ATLANTA FALCONS (9-1) at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-4) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)
Things are heating up in the NFC South. The Falcons own the NFC’s best record at 9-1 but the surging Buccaneers have won four in a row to improve to 6-4.
Atlanta’s defense held Arizona to 178 total net yards last week, including 41 net passing yards, in Atlanta’s 23-19 win. The
Falcons also registered a score on defense when defensive end JOHN ABRAHAM recorded a sack and forced a fumble which was returned 15 yards by defensive tackle JONATHAN BABINEAUX for a touchdown.
“It doesn’t matter how close the games are as long as we leave with a win,” says Babineaux. “This is the NFL. Teams know what type of team we are and we know we’re going to get their best shot.”
Tampa Bay rallied from an 11-point deficit to win 27-21 in overtime at Carolina last week. Quarterback JOSH FREEMAN threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON with 0:12 remaining in the fourth quarter and the duo connected on the ensuing two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, Tampa Bay marched down the field on its opening possession and scored the game-winning points on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Freeman to tight end DALLAS CLARK. – from sportstalkflorida.com
Do you remember this pay last thanksgiving?
We have our yearly thanksgiving show throughout todays day games (we need to be with our families sometime ). We will discuss Suh’s play above and see what antics he might have for this year.
We also give away our own Turkey Sports Awards. Give us a call and offer you nominations.
urkey. Family. Football. These are three of the most important aspects of Thanksgiving, and not necessarily in that order, especially in Detroit and Dallas.
The NFL has been a part of the Thanksgiving feast for for decades, with Detroit’s outfit playing on the fourth Thursday in November 1934. The Cowboys didn’t join in until 1966 but they’ve hardly missed a year since. For context, both teams’ holiday playing histories pre-date “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Ever since 2006, NFL fans have been treated to three football games. If we’re gluttonous when it comes to sweet potatoes and stuffing then there’s no need to draw the line when it comes to going back for thirds when it comes to the pigskin.
Given their extensive history with the annual Thursday games, it comes as no surprise that the Cowboys and Lions have figured in a number of memorable Turkey Day games. Who can forget second-string Cowboys quarterback Clint Longley replacing the injured Roger Staubach and leading the Dallas to an improbable comeback win over the Redskins in 1976? Or how about referee Phil Luckett botching the overtime coin toss and mistakenly giving Detroit the ball (the Lions won)?
But while Dallas and Detroit lead the way, other teams have also produced iconic moments exciting enough to snap anyone out of a tryptophan-induced nap. Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson ran over the Lions back in 1976, rushing for 273 yards which still remains the most in a game on Thanksgiving (Detroit got the last laugh with the win). In 1980, the Chicago Bears rallied from a 14 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Lions in overtime.
We have compiled a list of some of the most unforgettable NFL games on Thanksgiving. Which Thanksgiving game do you think was the most memorable? – from huffingtonpost.com
Wow, we love the holidays. That means tons of Friday and Saturday college football games. We go hard all day so join our live feeds and talk to our hosts. After the first hour we will go directly to calls and email.
#1 Notre Dame @ USC 8:00 p.m.
In what will be one of the most watched football games all season, the Fighting Irish will travel west to California to take on a 4 loss USC team. Going back to week 1 everyone had looked at the schedule and probably thought this would be a pretty big game; USC would have to get past this last hurdle before the Pac 12 title game on the road to the National Championship Game. Instead it’s quite the opposite. All the Irish need to do is get past the Trojans and they will be undefeated, and playing for the top prize. Led by the nations #1 defense in points allowed, the Irish will need to remain stingy against a USC team that has talented weapons, but will be handing the ball to freshman backup quarterback Max Wittek. Wittek will start for the injured Matt Barkley, and will have a tall task at hand. The Irish have allowed a mere 22 points on the road all season, 32 if you count the game in Ireland in week 1. Led by senior linebacker Manti Te’o, Notre Dame will have to be on top of their game. Although USC has had a tough year they are loaded with tremendous talent, and they have nothing to lose. The pressure in this game lies squarely on the shoulders of Irish QB Everett Golson. He cannot afford to turn the ball over and give USC a short field. If Notre Dame sticks to their style of running the ball with Cierre Wood & Theo Riddick, and force the young Trojan QB into some pressure situations they will be ok. I think this game will live up to the billing, and will come down to the final possession. I trust the Irish defense to make the big stop needed to prevail. The “Luck” of the Irish won’t run out just yet.
PICK Notre Dame 41 USC 38
#4 Florida @ #10 Florida State 3:30 p.m.
One of the ACC’s best offenses against a gritty SEC defense! The Gators look to avenge their 21-7 loss from last season. This is a tough spot for the gators, because although they have the better defense the Seminoles look like the better team on paper. They score and score often and they were one defensive stop away from being undefeated and right in contention for a shot at the title. Can Florida slow down the FSU attack? Yes, but there are so many question marks with the Gator offense. It has been very mediocre, and despite Jeff Driskel returning as the starting quarterback, they are going to struggle to put points on the board. Normally in this spot I would side with the SEC team, but there are just too many things going against the Gators. I think the Seminoles win a hard fought game, but pull away late.
PICK Florida State 27 Florida 13
#5 Oregon @ #15 Oregon State 3:00 p.m.
It’s funny because up until last week, I looked at this game as the biggest test for the Ducks. After Stanford‘s upset at Oregon last Saturday, I feel bad for the Beavers. The Ducks should come into this game angry, and on a mission. They need a statement win to try and keep their hopes alive for playing in the National Championship Game. Should Notre Dame lose, it would be wide open for that second spot with only really a 1 loss Alabama as a lock to get the nod. Oregon State has played some great football this season, but I don’t think they have enough talent on defense like Stanford has to slow down the Oregon attack. Look for the Ducks to get out in front early, and never look back. – from cbslocal.com
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Ten best non-conference games:
1. Indiana vs. Butler in Indianapolis (Dec. 15)
2. Xavier vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 19)
3. Alabama at VCU (Dec. 15)
4. Gonzaga at Butler (Jan. 19)
5. Temple at Kansas, Jan. 6
6. Duke vs. Temple at the Izod Center in Newark, N.J. (Dec. 8)
7. Temple vs. Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, N.Y. (Dec. 22)
8. Saint Joseph’s at Creighton (Dec.1)
9. New Mexico at Saint Louis (Dec. 31)
10. Miami at UMass (Dec. 1)
What I like: A-10′s one-year circumstance, the new coaches, the best shooter in hoops.
Why: This is a loaded league, especially this year since Temple isn’t off to the Big East until 2013-14. Commissioner Bernadette McGlade added Butler and VCU — and there are already four of five teams that will have the opportunity to compete for an NCAA tournament bid. You’ve got Temple, Butler, VCU, Saint Joe’s, Saint Louis and UMass in the top tier, but don’t discount Dayton, La Salle, Richmond or even a young Xavier team. This year should be highly entertaining and competitive in a league that could set a record come March.
The coaching contingent — With the addition of Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart, there is no shortage of terrific coaches in this league — some old, some new. Phil Martelli and Fran Dunphy are the vets while guys like Stevens, Smart, Chris Mack, Archie Miller, Chris Mooney, Derek Kellogg, Dan Hurley and Mark Schmidt are all rising young coaches. You can’t forget about guys like John Giannini, Tom Pecora, Mike Lonergan, Jim Ferry and Alan Major. This league is loaded with quality coaches.
The Temple/St. Joe’s intra-league rivalry will cease to be after this year, when the Owls go Big East. (US Presswire)
Rotnei Clarke — He’s the best shooter in the entire country and he’s back on the court after sitting out last season. Clarke only has one year left after spending three seasons at Arkansas, and he’ll make the conversion to the point guard spot under Stevens. I can’t wait to see Clarke at Hinkle Fieldhouse. It’s the ideal marriage.
What I don’t like: Rick Majerus’ absence, a weakened Xavier, Temple’s exodus.
Why: That Majerus will be spending much of the season in the hospital and not on the sidelines. I know he’s got his detractors, but Majerus is going through some serious health issues and won’t return this season — and maybe won’t return to the sidelines ever again. That’s sad and we wish Majerus the best in his recovering from heart issues.
Xavier is down. Really down. The Musketeers lost Tu Holloway and Kenny Frease to graduation, then parted ways with Mark Lyons — who will finish his career at Arizona. Then Dez Wells, the team’s top returning player, was kicked out of school after rape allegations that never turned into anything more than allegations. Wells landed at Maryland — and Xavier has landed towards the bottom of the league, an unfamiliar place for the Musketeers.
Temple is leaving. Dunphy and the Owls are in their final go-around in the A-10. In six seasons at the helm, Dunphy has a 134-65 overall mark, has gone to five consecutive NCAA tournaments and has finished either first or second in the league in each of the past five seasons. While the league is excited to add Stevens and Smart, Dunphy is one of the classiest and most underrated guys in the game.
Player of the Year will be: Khalif Wyatt (Temple). It’s a safe pick. Dunphy is a heck of a coach and even though the Owls lost Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez, Temple still has enough to repeat as the regular-season champs. Wyatt averaged 17.1 points per game last season and could put up 20 per contest this year.
The next best five:
Rotnei Clarke (Butler)
Chaz Williams (UMass)
Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis)
Kevin Dillard (Dayton)
Chris Braswell (Charlotte)
And the five after that:
Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
Carl Jones (Saint Joseph’s)
Chris Gaston (Fordham)
Langston Galloway (Saint Joseph’s)
Darien Brothers (Richmond)
Best freshman: Semaj Christon (Xavier). Part of the reason is because the kid is talented — and it’s also because Chris Mack and the Musketeers are going to need him to be the focal point immediately after losing so much production in the offseason. – from cbssports.com