With all of that being said, I understand the argument for Penn State to be included in the playoff instead of Ohio State . In October, I wrote that the Pac-12 probably wouldn't get a team in the playoff if Washington lost a game. Presumably, the players at Wake Forest and New Mexico wouldn't be so distracted by an extra week of playoffs that they couldn't begin their studies. The second semifinal game is expected to be the closer of the two.
However, the star quarterback will try to play one more game before moving on to the National Football League, and as evidenced by the last three years, he usually gets his way. The 238-pound QB threw for 81 more yards in the second quarter than he did in the first. The Hokies went to the locker room trailing just 21-14 at the half.
The Big Ten Championship game was held last night in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis . Ohio State was picked over Penn State, which not only won the Big Ten title with a dramatic 38-31 comeback victory over Wisconsin late Saturday night, but also beat the Buckeyes 24-21 during the regular season.
It was Burfict's second pick of the game and his first multiple interception (2) game. PASS DEFENSE: B. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz completed 36 of 60 passes, most coming in the second half when the result was essentially determined.
Allowing journeyman tight end Ladarius Green six catches and 110 receiving yards is inexcusable. "To win those moments, you need both, and it seems like we had both in those instances". On the next drive, Bell was carrying the ball. The formula for the Steelers' victory was simple: Utilize their weapons to win one-on-one battles with the Giants.
Matthews' availability is key for Wentz, as the former leads the team in receptions (57), targets (90), receiving yards (686) and receiving touchdowns (three). Instead, Andy Dalton had changed the play to a run, and Core collided with Rex Burkhead for a 2-yard loss. "We still have a month of football left and obviously three of the next four division opponents", Pederson said, "We've got some challenges".
ANGRY GRUDEN: Gruden wasn't just upset about the loss, he was angry. Like the Cowboys did on Thanksgiving, the Cardinals marched down the field and scored a touchdown on the game's opening drive. Washington's Dustin Hopkins missed an easy field goal attempt late in overtime in London against the Cincinnati Bengals. "It sucked", Redskins linebacker Will Compton said.
Malik Monk enjoyed another brilliant game, scoring 24 points and hitting 4 of 8 3-pointers. For a McDonald's All-American who was averaging 17.3 points and nine rebounds coming into this game, Leaf had gone relatively unnoticed by the national college basketball audience coming into Saturday's game due to the preponderance of coverage surrounding his freshman teammate Ball.
The only certainties are that Alabama will be the No. 1 seed, and that the Crimson Tide will be favored to pound whoever lines up against them in Atlanta. 5 team in the country. If Penn State somehow earns the selection to the playoffs, Ohio State would head to Pasadena, Calif. for the Rose Bowl. The victor of the Big Ten will play in the Rose Bowl.
PATRIOTS Mitchell had 5-42-2 receiving in Week 12 win. The Patriots escaped NY with a win on Sunday, with a patented game-winning touchdown drive by Tom Brady . The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots faced off on a chilly Boston afternoon. Goff completed 14 of 32 passes for 161 yards 66 of them on a fourth-down throw to Kenny Britt to set up the Rams' only touchdown with just under 2 minutes left.
Steady hand: Matt Renshaw's unbeaten 34 was a traditional Test opener's knock. Both teams wore black armbands to mark the second anniversary of the death of former Australia Test opener Phillip Hughes, who died from bleeding on the brain after being hit on the neck by a rising ball during a domestic match in Sydney.
Both teams have one loss; Ohio State at Penn State and MI at Iowa, but only the Wolverines control their own destiny where the Big Ten championship game is concerned. If you assume that Alabama and MI are locks, it would come down to Clemson, Oklahoma/Oklahoma State (whoever wins that game) and Colorado in this scenario for the final two spots, so the Buffs still probably need some help (let's go Gamecocks this weekend).
The final rankings and playoff pairings will be released Sunday. ESPN analysts Desmond Howard and David Pollack think that Ohio State is rated very high at #2 overall. Alabama - Win or lose, Alabama should have no problem getting into the four team playoffs. And while Urban Meyer's team certainly would've liked the opportunity to play for a conference title, losing the Big Ten East tiebreaker to Penn State could prove a positive, as Ohio State doesn't have a game to lose between now ...
When Slay intercepted Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford at the 33-yard line, he returned the pass 13 yards before he was tackled. "I have a lot of confidence in what we're doing as far as a unit with guys up front", Prater said. Bradford was efficient until the game's lone turnover. Darius Slay doesn't lack for confidence or a sweet-sounding nickname. Instead, the Lions allowed just a 20-yard kickoff return and a total of zero yards on two punt returns.
While controversy continues to be a part of college football 56 years after the Gophers last won a national title, thankfully the playoff has eliminated the need to rely on rankings to determine the national champion. The fourth-ranked Huskies take on Colorado in the Pac-12 championship on Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif. That's the only way Wisconsin even has a shot to remain in the top 10.
Amid all his talk about taking things one game at a time and staying focused on the process, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck acknowledged reality. Throughout this week, videos from former OH standouts- such as running back Beau Blankenship and quarterback Tyler Tettelton-have been pouring in to wish this team luck, showing what it would mean to the program and team.
And oh the drama we will see, which is the reason for the chaos. "You're thankful -those are big plays". They're not going to have to do much of it, though. What if Washington loses or gets blown out? Here's my take, Penn State has come back from the Sex scandal they had about 5 years ago. When asked if the Big Ten Championship game could change that, Hocutt said that the committee doesn't look ahead - an answer that he's given before on the network when asked about future possibilities.
We have a statistic: "we are third (in) the number of chances every game, and the least efficient (in converting chances into goals )". Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool have "nothing to moan about" after Southampton followed Manchester United's lead by adopting a defensive approach against a side who have scored 30 Premier League goals this season.
Connor McGregor was recently stripped of his UFC featherweight champion which made a negative impact on fight fans, and greatly dismayed his coach, John Kavanagh. The same could be said of McGregor. Aside from Alvarez, potential opponents are Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson and another former champ in Rafael dos Anjos .
The Clippers endured their worst performance of the season on Sunday at IN, when they dropped a 91-70 decision to a Pacers team missing star forward Paul George and posted the lowest point total since Doc Rivers took over as head coach prior to the 2013-14 season.
Eden Hazard appears to have ruled Arsenal out of the title race after claiming Chelsea will win the Premier League if they finish above Manchester City and Liverpool. Milner completed the victory from the penalty spot in the first minute of injury time. The home side did not muster a single shot in the opening 30 minutes.
MI has beaten No. 7 Wisconsin , No. 8 Penn State and No. 10 Colorado . A couple of Big 12 contenders, Oklahoma and West Virginia , each move up a notch on the eve of their head-to-head showdown. Now all that's left on their schedule are games against Wake Forest and SC before an expected ACC title game matchup against Virginia Tech. This also means that with Clemson likely going to the ACC Championship game ahead of Louisville , the Tigers will be in the playoff if they win their ...
The other games are Columbus Bishop Hartley (11-2) vs. Steubenville (13-1) at 3 p.m. Friday (D-IV) and Cleveland St. Ignatius (13-1) vs. Cincinnati St. "In order for us to take the next step and be a championship team, we're not going to survive playing like that", Flacco said. "Five straight is five straight".
Gabriel showed the same big-play skills in college, catching 27 touchdown passes at Abilene Christian, but he wasn't drafted in 2014. On the offense, the Cardinals averages 22.6 points and 372.8 total yards (261.1 yards in passing and 111.7 yards in rushing).
Alabama has done everything it is supposed to do. "After the game is over, then we'll find out kind of what your next step in our journey is". On one side, Ohio State's Urban Meyer , a Buckeye by birth who was mentored by Hayes' successor in Columbus.
There was a third category of recruit, as the likes of former Barcelona defender Marc Bartra and ex-Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rode were given the chance to prove a point to former employers. The champions are now three points behind the promoted side and Ancelotti wants a quick reaction from his players. Hardly a crisis, but Guardiola set dizzyingly high standards.
And Ohio State catapulted fifth place to second. Chris Fowler calls the play-by-play alongside analyst Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi work from the sidelines, with Ponder reporting on the Buckeyes and Rinaldi the Wolverines.
For the third week in a row, Lyle was instrumental to the team's win, finishing with a team best 11 assists, and even adding 10 points. Just watching a couple of clips within the last couple of days, the press man, theyre going to load a lot of the box and as a group we have to beat man coverage.
It's not entirely out of the question for the Colts or the Steelers to win their division outright. Artie Burns-As mentioned above, he's been the top corner in recent weeks, will he continue developing into the shut down corner this team so desperately needs? Both Pittsburgh and Indianapolis are 5-5 and, as of now, sit just on the outside of the AFC's playoff picture as its eighth and ninth seeds, respectively.
The Tigers also hold the head-to-head win over Louisville , which still has to travel to Houston and host Kentucky. Clemson has a tough road game against Wake Forest followed by a home tilt against SC and then the ACC Championship Game.