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Crystal Palace to decide Frank de Boer’s fate in next 48 hours after fourth straight defeat

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Palace now have a home fixture against Southampton before a daunting sequences of matches in which they face Manchester City and Manchester United away and then are at home to Chelsea. They fear another relegation battle.

An obvious contingency plan is in place for the club’s newly-appointed sporting director, Dougie Freedman, to take control of the first-team should De Boer be sacked. A decision is expected within the next 48 hours on what will happen.

, signing a three-year deal, would be suffer the ignominy of being the shortest-serving Premier League manager if he is dismissed.

The former Ajax and Inter Milan coach was defiant, however.

Asked whether he feared the worst over his future, De Boer said: “I don’t know. I just focus on what I can control and my staff, the players and keep thinking about Southampton from today. That is all I can do. What other people think, they have to decide but when I’m still the manager of Palace I will give 100 per cent.”

Had he been given an ultimatum by the Palace board, with chairman Steve Parish at Turf Moor to watch this fixture? “No, no,” De Boer said. “I have very good contact with the chairman and the board. Of course we are very critical to each other (sic) but always when we leave the door we have only one opinion and that is still that we are still with the project and we know where we come from and what we want to achieve. I’m convinced we are going to achieve it.”

It remains to be seen whether his employers are convinced, although there will be encouragement in this performance and De Boer’s apparent willingness to listen to the .

Still Palace have now lost at home to Huddersfield Town and Swansea and away to Liverpool and Burnley – they have played better away from home – with an aggregate score of 7-0 and with a squad of players who achieved wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea with Allardyce last season.

In fairness De Boer is without, probably, Palace’s three best players with Wilfried Zaha and on-loan Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured and with Mamadou Sakho, y assistant Robert Moreno after less than a year in charge.Enrique had been absent since March because of “a family matter of an urgent nature” according to the Spanish Football Federation.”It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grsuch a crucial figure last season on loan from Liverpool, having only just been signed and not yet deemed fit enough.

“I am very disappointed about the result, very disappointed,” De Boer said. “I am not disappointed about how we playegrowing in unsettled Olympique Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson.Le 10 Sport reported earlier this week that an unnamed English club had made an offer for Sanson ahead of the January market.Wolves failed with a bid for the midfielder last summer – rd. I think it is a fantastic starting point. I will sign for every game if we create that amount of chances against any opponent. You will get your points and get what you deserve. Today we didn’t get what we deserved.”

Was it the kind of performance that will ‘buy’ him ed Ashley Barnes to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.The pair will go head-to-head at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and Dyche says they are an example to any aspiring non-league player.“They’re both fine players in different ways,” said the more time, though?

“I don’t know, they have to decide,” De Boer said. “I think this is a good starting point and this is what I want to see from any team that I manage. I want them to play with courage and maybe we didn’t start with it but after the goal we showed what we can do. That gives me a lot of hope for the future.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche – who had been a candidate to take over from Allardyce at Selhurst Park in the summer – said that Palace “looked a more familiar side on paper” which had “worried” him.

“Changing the style of play can be tricky,” Dyche said. “I would have preferred it to be . We have had to work very hard.” Dyche revealed that he had told De Boer that Palace had been the “better side”. Whether that it is enough to save him remains to be seen.

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NFL announces $45 million grant to USA Football

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The National Football League Foundation has approved a $45 million grant to USA Football to support the growth of youth football. The grant will provide funding for USA Football over the next five years.

Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football, accepted the grant today from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Foundation chairman Charlotte Jones Anderson at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando.

USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams, will use the grant to support youth and high school football through its Heads Up Football, NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, and NFL FLAG programs.

Additionally, USA Football will grow the NFL FLAG and NFL Punt, Pass & Kick programs. NFL FLAG powered by USA Football is the premier youth flag football league for boys and girls ages 5-17. A program of NFL PLAY 60, FLAG provides young players with an opportunity to play non-contact football and learn lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork, while also getting their 60 minutes of daily physical activity. More than 220,000 boys and girls ages 5-17 currently participate in NFL FLAG. NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, is the nation’s largest grassroots sportslp his family.Keane, 48, and Ferguson, 77, have not seen eye-to-eye since the Irish midfield titan’s acrimonious departure from Old Trafford in 2005.Keane told Off the Ball: “Ferguson came out afterwards and said he always did what was best by Manche skills competition.

“The NFL Foundation is committed to enhancing our great game at all levels,” said Jones Anderson. “USA Football is a leader through its innovative work in youth and high school football development, and we areiola was pictured with a French journalist in Paris, who claimed he was in the city to conclude a deal with PSG.However, Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus will be glad to hear Raiola was doing no such thing.”This is the classic example of fak pleased to support their important work.”

Heads Up Football is a comprehensive youth and high school football membership program ddeutsche Zeitung says Farke is being discussed inside Borussia Dortmund as coach Lucien Favre battles to keep hold of his job.The Swiss is under huge pressure going into the Bundesliga’s winter recess and a change could soon be made – with Farke feadeveloped by USA Football and supported by the NFL and more than two dozen medical, child advocacy and sport organizations. The initiative was launched in 2013 with a $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation. The core elements of the program are: coaching certification, the teaching of proper techniques, player safety coaches, proper equipment fitting, concussion and health education, and parental involvement.

“The NFL Foundation’s generous support of USA Football allows us to grow our programs and further establish important standards rooted in education for the well-being of our young athletes,” said Hallenbeck. “We value this strong sign of trust in our nonprofit office. These funds will be put to use for the benefit of the more than 5.5 million youth and high school athletes who enjoy the fun and other benefits of playing football.”

Spring is the start of Heads Up Football registration for the 2014 youth football season. To learn more, visit .

About the NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: .

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit works with medical organizations and football leaders for a better, safer game and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NCAA’s Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football (www.usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, is the sport’s leader in coaching education and player skill advancement

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How excited should Arsenal be about latest group of youngsters? Scouting report from Doncaster Carabao Cup win

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His confidence and ability going forward was evident all night, with his bursts up the right flank causing havoc in the Doncaster defence and a couple of efforts drawing smart saves from the visitors’ goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Defensively though, Nelson was shaky and he was twice badly caught out in the second half to gift Doncaster openings that more clinical forwards would have profited from. 

There was a moment in the first half that summarised the youngster’s night, when he made a mess of a clearance before moments later using his searing pace to dribble away with the ball and then play a perfectly-weighted pass up the line for Theo Walcott. 

The important things to remember with Nelson are his age and inexperience. He is only 17, and prior to the summer had never played in defence. Fortunately for him, Wenger has quite the pedigree in converting naturally attacking players into excellent full-backs, including Hector Bellerin, Ashley Cole and Lauren. 

With his speed, athleticism and eagerness to get involved in his side’s attacks, Nelson is in many ways the prototype Wengerian full-back. ringing and career in a new autobiography. The talented winger partnered with Simon Zwartkuis to release “Heart of a Lion” recently.In the book, Depay speaks about his high profile failure at Manchester United, his issues with Louis Van Gaal and JoseExpect to see more of him before the season is out, especially with Arsenal’s other back-up right wing-back options either on loan (Carl Jenkinson) or out of favour (Mathieu Debuchy). 

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

At 20 years old and having made seven appearances last season, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a relative veteran compared to Nelson. Maitland-Niles, a local lad who joined Arsenal at the age of six, is known for his versatility but said in the pre-match programme that he views himself as a central midfielder. 

Having played as a defender for Arsenal previously, Maitland-Niles started as a left wing-back against Doncaster, which he also did against Cologne last week. 

Like Nelson, it was clear early on that Maitland-Niles had more interest in attacking than defending. He got forward very effectively in the first half, and put in a number of dangerous crosses as he combined well with Alexis Sanchez down the Arsenal left. 

In the second half, Maitland-Niles was more disciplined, as he recognised the need to hold his position and support the callow Josh Dasilva, who had come on at half-time in central defence. Maitland-Niles also showed superb speed and awareness to charge back and deny Alfie May after Nelson had been horribly caught out.

Wenger says that Maitland-Niles is "close" to playing more regularly, while the player himself said on Wednesday that he is targeting a few Premier League stars this season. He certainly looks ready to step up, and could offer a solution to the defensive midfield area where Arsenal look so vulnerable. 

Josh Dasilva

When Calum Chambers was forced off with a hip injury at half-time, Nacho Monreal seemed the obvious choice to come on as the left-sided centre-back in the Arsenal back three. Instead Wenger turned to Josh Dasilva, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who only broke into the Arsenal under-21 side towards the end of last season. 

Besides being physically imposing and left-footed, Dasilva – another English academy graduate – looked about as equipped for the role as the FA investigating misconduct. 

His first two contributions were to pass the ball straight to an opposition player, and then get nutmegged in front of his manager. Shortly after, he got himself in a tangle and was turned by Matty Blair, before Per Mertesacker exhorted him to focus and move up alongsid Hazard will take when he arrives from Chelsea.The Sun says Hazard will wear the No 7 shirt when he finally signs for Real Madrid.The Chelsea ace wants his £115million deal wrapped up – as does Bernabeu president Florentino Perez.Even though Hazare the rest of the back three. At times it felt as though Dasilva had been brought on to give Mertesacker some practice for his role as academy manager, which he will start next season. 

But as the second half wore on, Dasilva settled down and began to show his technical proficiency and comfort on the ball. He is clearly very talented, and will hn’t sabotage Chelsea’s run to the Europa League final over their pursuit of Eden Hazard.Marca says Hazard has ‘already agreed’ terms on a move to Real Madrid this summer and an announcement will be made on May 12 unless the Blues reach the Europa Leaave learned a huge amount from playing out of position, and at a level higher than what he is used to. 

It would be a surprise if Dasilva’s future was at the back, but then Wenger did a similar conversion job on Kolo Toure, who arrived as a winger and became an ‘Invincible’ central defender. 

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Bills trying to finish on winning note

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The 2012 season has fallen considerably short of expectations, but Bills players are determined to push their disappointment aside in preparation for Sunday’s season finale against the Jets. Going out on a winning note is one of the things the players in Buffalo’s locker room are emphasizing.

“To put everything in perspective we obviously haven’t accomplished the goaexander-Arnold insists Liverpool can handle whatever people throw at them.The Reds scored yet another late goal to seal victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.He said: “We had a setback with their goal and we bounced back pretty much straight away. ls we set out to for our team this season,” said George Wilson. “We’re not going to make any excuses for it. We have to take ownership of it. We’ve got to finish it out on a strong note this week. There’s nothing we can do right now to change what has happened up until this point. We can only focus on the Jets this week.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has expressed his disappointment in his personal game this season, aood for their FA Cup win at Tranmere Rovers.Solskjaer admits he wanted to see how Greenwood, who scored from the spot, handled the rough conditions and physical approach of Rovers on Sunday.The manager said, “The first 15-20 minutes might have been admitted it’s not easy to think what might have been.

“With all the disappointment that’s happened this year, with all the injuries, the criticism, all the different things, I think towards the end of the year, when there’s no playoffs, when there’s not a whole lot to play for in terms of this win catapulting us to somewhere else, it’s tough,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “You always at the end of the season kind of evaluate what went wrong, but this is a game where they’re not really playing for a whole lot in terms of playoff implications. But it’s a pride game, and it’s a game to go out there, and as Chan put it, who hates to lose?  You go out there, and we hate losing and I’m sure they do too, so we’ve got to go out there and prove we’re the team that hates to lose more.”

It’s a division game and that adds some measure of incentive, especially knowing that the Jets have won eight of the last nine against the Bills.

“It’s very important, not just for myself, but the people in this locker room, the people upstairs,” said Mario Williams. “For the fans, for the way the season is going. Obviously, it’s not going the way any of us wanted it. But we got to come out and we got to win, some way somehow. No matter what it is, no matter what we’re doing schematically. We got to come out and put points on the board and don’t let them put points on the board.”   

“It’s the last week. We’ve got to give it our all,” said Stevie Johnson. “Obviously there are no playoffs, but w after a series of crunch meetings with owner Peter Lim.A statement released by the club affirmed that the sporting structure will remain as it had been in previous seasons under Lim’s ownership and Alemany’s guidance.”In a meeting held on Friday in e’re going against the New York Jets. They don’t like us, we don’t like them and basically it’s going to be a physical battle and whoever hates to lose is going to be the team that wins this game. Right now we’re feeling like we’ve got to take this.”

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Claudio Ranieri visits Leicester City training ground to say goodbye to players – but did they cost him his job?

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When asked if it had been an emotional meeting with his players, he insisted it had been "normal".

Ranieri guided the midlands club to a shock title last season .

Leicester have lost their last five league games and are yet to score in the top flight in 2017 ahead of Monday’s visit of Liverpool.

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"After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

"Sadly this was not to be. I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family foo Fleetwood Town for the rest of the season.Connolly was with Lincoln City for the first half of the season, where he played 15 games.Now he will head to the League One club for the rest of the term.Connolly has only played one game for the Everton sr their never ending support during my time at Leicester.

"Mostly I have to thy targeted Dejan Lovren for their shock 3-0 defeat of champions-elect Liverpool.Two goals from Ismaila Sarr and one from Deeney, all three of which came in the second half, were enough to seal a famous victory for the Hornets, leaving Liverpool to reank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.

"Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football."

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wore a shirt bearing Ranieri’s initials as a mark of respect at his Friday press conference.

Mourinho’s relationship with the Italian has been fraught, but he followed up an Instagram tribute to Ranieri with further warm words on Friday, and described his own sacking by Chelsea in December 2015 – again just months after winning a league title – as "peanuts" by comparison.

Speaking about the initialled shirt, Mourinho said: "It is my little homage to somebody that wrote the most beautiful history of the Premier League.

"Somebody that probably would deserve the Leicester stadium to be named ‘Claudio Ranieri’ – and he is sacked. So I think Leicester made history two years in a row."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also compared the sacking Ranieri to Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as US president.

Reds boss Klopp said: "For me there have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time – obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this."

Antonio Conte also said he would struggle to accept it if it did turn out Leicester’s players effectively forced Ranieri out.

The Chelsea manager added: "It’s not rightrdiola insists the title race isn’t over after defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.Liverpool proved more clinical in front of goal, scoring twice inside the first 15 minutes to take an early stranglehold on the game.And although Bernardo Silva’s second hal that the players decide if a manager must be sacked or not. If this happened, it means that the club is poor, without power."

But Foxes caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare dismissed rumours of dressing-room unrest.

He said: "I’m not aware of any senior players going to the owners so that’s news to me. What I would say, there was a lot of frustration because of results but he hadn’t lost the dressing room."

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Bills fill final practice squad vacancy

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It may have taken a bit longer than anticipated, but the Bills finished filling out their eight-man practice squad Wednesday morning signing free agent tight end Dajleon Farr.

Pronounced (DAY-lay-on), Farr was most recently with the after the team signed him August 10 due to a rash of injuries at the position on their roster. The 6’5″ 256-pound tight end however, did not make the team’s final cut and was released last weekend.

He’s considered more of a receiving tight end that offers good speed and hands. Farr also displays good effort as a blocker.

Farr was originally signed as an ue to win Euro2020.But the Spaniard admitted the Red Devils must prove they are the best team in Europe by performing at their best in next year’s tournament.”Whether we can win the European Championship, that is something that we have in our hands,” ndrafted rookie free agent by San Diego this past spring. Her Gianluigi Buffon will leave Paris St-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the month.The 41 year old Italy legend, joined on a free transfer in July 2018, making 25 appearances in all competitions for the club as they won the Ligue 1 titl finished his college career at the University of Memphis after transferring from the University of egime.Cobolli Gigli says Juve are leading the Serie A down to good fortune over the summer and the failings of sports director Fabio Paratici.He explained on TMW: “If Juventus does what it does, it is because it has two players, in addition to (CristMiami.

An athletic prospect that’s still developing his receiving game, Farr finished his college career with 24 receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns.

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Too many snaps for Buffalo's defense

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In the NFL one side of the ball is often required to carry more of the load than the other at times through the course of a 16-game season. There are stretches where a defense may struggle to keep points off the board and the offense has to pick up the slack and score more to win a shootout. At times a team’s offense may have a turnover-fie.Bayern were eager to sign Sane over the summer – before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield. The German giants, at that point, pulled back.However, contact has been maintained between the two parties.BILD says Sane’s representative Dalled day and need to lean on their defense to win a low-scoring affair.

For Buffalo’s defense the added burden from start to finish this past season ultimately became too much to bear as the Bills offense could not hold up their end of the bargain for much of 2009.

When the regular season came to a close last Sunday there was no defensive unit in the NFL that had been on the field for more plays in 2009 than the Bills, 1,086 to be exact. Part of the reason why was Buffalo’s offense, which was last in the league in third down conversion percentage (26%) and last in first downs per game (14.6). They were also last in total offensive plays for the season with just 911.

That difference of 175 plays left the Bills defense out on the field longer than almost any other team in football this season. Their average time on the field in a 60-minute game was 32:34. Only Kansas City’s defense spent more time on the field on average (32:49) than Buffalo’s.

“That’s three maybe four games if you have 50 snaps in a game, which we had,” said Donte Whitner. “That’s a lot of extra plays, not even including the preseason and the grind there. It’s tough, it was tough, but we pride ourselves on that, being able to go when it gets tough out there.”

“It’s hard when you have that big of a discrepancy between one side of the ball than the other,” said Kyle Williams. “When you put that much pressure on one side.”

Buffalo’s defense did its level best to keep the Bills in games ranking a respectable 16th in points allowed, but they could only hold off opponents for so long. Time on the field was partly the reason why come the third and fourth quarters the defense was worn out.

“When you’re going three and out every time and you need the defense to make a play its tough because they’re spent,” said Terrell Owens. “Offensively we never got it done and that’s the key thing. The defense shut down a lot of offenses that could put big numbers on the board. You look at the scores and they can be misleading, but we put the defenses back against the wall.”

The Bills were tied or had the lead entering the fourth quarter this season 10 times and won only half the time. Buffalo was outscored by 42 points in the final stanza in 2009 and by 53 points in the second half. But defensive co-captain Paul Posluszny said it’s too easy to fault the offense.

“If we get off the field on third down then those numbers decrease,” Posluszny said. “That goes hand in hand. We were on the field a lot, but that’s fine, that gives us more of an opportunity to make plays. That’s on us, being on the field a lot. That’s on us because we feel like it’s our job to get off the field on third down and put our offense back out there. And when you don’t do that that’s when the amount of plays keeps increasing.”

Buffalo did rank 24th in the league in third down defense allowing opponents to convert just over 40 percent of the time (40.4%). Being on the field as long as they were the Bills ranked 31st in third down conversions allowed with 97. Only the Indianapolis defense allowed more (104).

All that time on the field also put extra wear and tear on bodies. It’s not unrealistic to believe that all the extra snaps contributed to the bounty of injuries that befell Buffalo’s defense.

“We had a ton of injuries on the defensive side of the ball,” said Whitner, who missed six games this past season. “That’s probably a reason, guys laying it on the line, guys taking on blocks and not ducking them, they’re running into peoplacked by home fans.The whistles from a small section of the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano when Koke was substituted during Tuesday’s visit from Bayer Leverkusen is still a talking point in the red and white half of the capital. The player himse and when you have that many more plays it adds up and thPogba away from Manchester United – despite his massive price-tag.The Mirror says Real are facing up to paying £150m straight cash for Pogba but are still pressing on with his potential signing.Unsettled Manchester United ace Pogba is in-demand and e percentage of the risk of you getting hurt is greater when you play more plays.”

The starting linebacking corps alone spent all of a quarter and a half on the field together in 2009. Posluszny was hurt in the opener and missed the next four games. By the time he returned Kawika Mitchell was out for the season with a knee injury, and Keith Ellison soon followed three weeks later.

“Unfortunately I got hurt and by the time I got healthy Kawika was out,” said Posluszny. “Keith and I got to play a little bit together and he got hurt. It’s a tough part of the deal. Guys do get hurt, but this season was particularly difficult. I guess that’s sometimes just the way it works out.”

“If you’re playing that much things are going to tend to happen,” said Williams, who missed most of three games with a knee injury. “That being said we still had so many guys get hurt and we were still able to stay in a lot of football games.”

Looking ahead to next season the men on Buffalo’s offense realize that they’ve got to be better in a lot of areas, but chiefly with keeping drives alive. “Third down is definitely going to be the key,” said Lee Evans. “We left our defense out there for a lot of plays this season. That has to change.”

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Daggs knows Donte

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Michael Daggs, Rochester, NY, is the winner of the Verizon Wireless ‘So You Think You Know Donte’ online game that ran through the month of June and half of July. 

As part of the grand prize Daggs, along with his five-year old son, met Donte Whitner and spent some time with him after practice at training camp at St. John Fisher College. Daggs also received Marshawn Lynch’s autograph and watched practice as a true VIP.

The favorite part of the day for Daggs w Chris Willock is being linked with a return to England.The Express & Star says West Brom are being linked with a move for Willock.The 21-year-old plays primarily as a winger, but can aleson has signed pro terms.The defender has already had plenty of highs in his short career – scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford in September being a highlight.”It honestly is a dream come true. I’ve played football all my life and I caso play as a central attacking midfielder – and is currentlyas seeing his son meet Donte. “It was completely unreal. Plus it was one of the nicest days of summer, and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Daggs. “My son talked about it all the way home.”

Donte, who has a three-year old son, and Michael swapped stories about their sons and shared some experiences with raising a young boy.

Daggs had fun playing the online game and even more fun being the grand prize winner. “It was a great day!” exclaimed Daggs.

“This season’s ‘So You Think You Know Donte’ game received a lot of positive feedback from fans,” said Marquett Smith, the president of Verizon Wireless’s Upstate New York region. “Verizon Wireless wants Bills fans to have fun, test their knowledge i says they must accept Eden Hazard’s decision should he choose to leave.During their 0-0 draw with Leicester City, Hazard was serenaded by the Chelsea supporters throughout the afternoon.The Belgian is expected to leave for Real Madrid this summer aabout the Bills and win a host of cool Bills prizes. We appreciate the support of the Bills in helping give Verizon Wireless customers and Bills fans the opportunity to have some fun at the team’s site several times a year.”

The Verizon Wireless online contest was a series of fun and interactive questions that fans answered about Bills safety Donte Whitner. The fans that got the majority of the questions right were entered into a random drawing. Daggs was selected among thousands of entries that participated.

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Army vs. Navy Game: Orlando aiming to serve as host city for annual college football rivalry

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The annual meeting between and is one of ‘s finest traditions, and while the game has mid-Atlantic and northeastern roots with the two academies, there is hope that “America’s Game” will Juventus attacker Douglas Costa expects a tougher battle to win the Scudetto next season.Under new coach Maurizio Sarri, Juve are going for nine in a row.“Each year Serie A gets more difficult,” he said.“With Antonio Conte at Inter and Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, next season will be even tougher, but we’ll do our best to improve too, especially in the Champions League, which is our objective.”make its way down the coast for a more tropical location in the future. 

Florida Citrus Sports, the organization responsible for hosting the Camping World Kickoff Classic, the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, has been aggressive in securing high-profile neutral-site matchups since the completion of the renovations to Camping World Stadium in 2015. Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said earlier this month that the group hopes to be included in the next round of bidding when the two schools look to secure its host sites for 2023-28. 

“When you think of events, I love that Orlando can have the opportunity to be a part of something that’s special,” . “The Army-Navy game would be an experience for people in Central Florida and the people who have traditionally attended the game in Philadelphia or Baltimore.” 

According to Hogan, Orlando was one of the cities included in the last bidding window for Army-Navy but scheduling conflicts prevented their ability to contend for the game. The Orlando area is already a hotbed for football during the month of December, not to mention the tourism advantages of planning a weekend getaway in Florida as opposed to somewhere further north. 

“It drew my eyes to that’s something now based on the calendar and how it fits with tourism here in this community, that you’ve got to circle hard and be aggressive to go pursue and I think we will,” Hogan said.  

In total, there have been 17 different venues in six different states that have hosted the Army-Navy game throuhis season.James has scored three goals in his first four appearances for United, and has impressed with his pace and his direct play.”I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United careghout its history, but the game hhance.For the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, Tomori was one of three Chelsea Academy graduates who started the game, alongside Mason Mount and two-goal Tammy Abraham, while Billy Gilmour also made his first appearance late on as a substitute.”I’m heas never made its way to the southeastern United States. They’ve played in Chicago’s Soldier Field and even in California at the Rose Bowl, but on the east coast, the most-southern location has been Landover, Maryland. 

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LSU hires former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini as its new defensive coordinator

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A former face is returning to Baton Rouge. Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is set to become the new defensive coordinator at LSU, according to a release from LSU. Youngstown State also released a statement that Pelini had resigned his post as coach — a role served in for five years. The hir Samir Nasri has been flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enoted Spurs from the competition last night.”It’s a very difficult moment for us,” Lucas said. “But the only way that we have is to keep fighting, keep believing.”Now we have only the Premier League and we need to be in a better position.”Our objectiveugh to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, ing fills in a huge vacancy for coach Ed Orgeron’s staff after Dave Aranda left to take the head coaching job at after spending four years with the program.

Prior to his time in Youngstown, Pelini was the head coach at from 2008-14 and defensive coordinator from 2005-07.

“The opportunity to return to LSU is truly unique,” Pelini said. “Culturally, with my prior experience at LSU, I know it is a great fit for me. The chance to work with Coach (Ed) Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers defense. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us.  We are very honored and looking forward to this next chapter.”

Sports Illustrated reports that Pelini that will pay him around $2.3 million per season. Pelini’s hire is pending approval from the Board of Supervisors, .

Pelini’s defenses finished in the top 20 nationally in total defense in each of his three seasons with the Tigers, including in 2007 when they won the BCS National Championship over . That successful stint in Baton Rouge earned him the head coaching gig at Nebraska where he won nine or more games in each of his seven seasons. Despite that, he was let go following the 2014 season. 

He took over at Youngstown State and led the Penguins to a 12-4 record in his second season in 2016.h a shock move for unsettled Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Both Marca and El Chiringuito reports that Ramos is staring at a Real Madrid exit following a meeting with president Florentino Perez earlier this month.The experienced Spanish defender is They lost to James Madison 28-14 in the FCS National Championship Game. He has gone 33-28 in five seasons, including a 6-6 record in 2019.

“The past five years have been terrific,” Pelini said. “I can’t thank [Youngstown State] President Jim Tressel and [athletic director] Ron Strollo enough for the opportunity here and support along the way. For all of the people, honestly too many to name, who were part of my YSU experience, I also want to extend a heartfelt thank you.”

Pelini is 100-55 as a head coach in his stints at Nebraska and Youngstown State. 

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Landing No. 1 seed drastically improves LSU’s College Football Playoff title chances, projection model shows

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jumped above to the No. 1 spot in the final Playoff rankings that were released on Sunday, which earned them a game against No. 4 rather than No. 3 . The debate on which top team would avoid facing Clemson was one of the more intriguing storylines on Sunday morning and statistics suggest that the Tigers are far more likely to win the national championship now than they were heading into championship weekend.

Stephen Oh, the principal data engineer for SportsLine, crunched the numbers and determined the simulated percentage to win the national championship based on the matchups and computer-generated statistics.

TeamSimulated national title % (Last week)Simulated national title % (This week)DifferenceLSU25%40.7%+15.7%Ohio State32%28.8%-3.2%Clemson26%27.1%+1.1%Oklahoma3%3.4%+0.4%

Why is there such a big gap between LSU and the field? The matchup vs. the Sooners is the biggest reason.

“The odds-makers agree that facing Oklahoma is a huurprised fullback Charlie Taylor is attracting transfer interest.Taylor has been linked with Leicester City this week.”I think he is a very good player,” Dyche told LancsLive.He added: “We want players to develop here regardless of contracts but whenge benefit to LSU,” Oh said. “A week ago LSU was 3/1 to win the championship so the’s enjoying his partnership with Fred. The pair were impressive for victory over Tottenham last night.McTominay told MUTV: “He’s such a nice guy and we have that connection on the pitch, and it’s just a pleasure to play alongside him. We’re getting eir implied percentage improved from 25% to 41.7%.”

That’s quite the jump considering Clemson rolled in the ACC Championship Game and Ohio State overcame a sluggish start to run away from in the Big Ten Championship Game. Of course, some of that jump was caused by LSU’s win over then-No. 4 in the SEC Championship Game. But it’s a stretch to say that the win over the Bulldogs caused that much of a move. 

Another interesting nugget is that Oklahoma’s simulated chances only went up 0.4% despite and both beGunnar Solskjaer lacks leaders in his side.Fletcher was speaking after Solskjaer’s young United outfit were put to the sword by Manchester City in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.Speaking after the 3-1 defeat, Fletcher sing in the mix last week. The Sooners, of course, dispatched of the Bears in overtime on Saturday and the Utes lost to in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday night.

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Auburn vs. Mississippi State: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, kickoff time, odds, pick, prediction

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No. 7  is coming  off a big road win at Texas A&M and will be looking to keep the momsays Rangers and Roma have enquired about taking Phil Foden on loan.The City youngster has been the centre of attention in Glasgow and Rome ahead of the closing of the transfer window.Foden, one of the bright sparks of England’s otherwise disappointientum going Saturday night when the roll into town in a key SEC West battle. The Tigers defense was flat out nasty against the Aggies and only gave up just 2.7 yards per rushing attempt. That, coupled with the fast start from the offense, helped them build a big lead before alla defender Gabriel Paulista is on his radar.Gabriel is set to gain Spanish nationality in the near future and Enrique has revealed that the Valencia centre-back is among his options for La Roja’s defence.”I am aware of every player who could be calleowing a few late touchdowns to make it interesting on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs rebounded from the loss to Kansas State two weeks ago with a resounding win over Kentucky in Starkville, Mississippi, last weekend.

If Auburn is to keep its hopes of reaching the SEC and national title games alive, they will need to win tough conferences test like this down the stretch. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, could play spoiler in one of the deepest conferences in football once again.

What will happen Saturday night on The Plains? Let’s break down the game and make picks straight up and against the spread.

Storylines

 It’s safe to say that the Tigers’ defensive front is one of the best in the nation, and will keep them in every game they play. Because of that, and the rest of the rushing attack has been the centerpiece of an offense that is still building with true freshman taking the snaps. Nix is 13th in the SEC in passing with 161.3 yards per game, and coach Gus Malzahn has essentially ignored short and intermediate routes over the middle despite those typically being a big part of an RPO-based offense. The Bulldogs have given up 143.2 yards per game on the ground, which means that you’ll probably see more of the same attack from Malzahn.

Quarterback ‘ status is still in doubt heading into the matchup. What isn’t in doubt is that his backup Garrett Shrader was pretty solid in his first start last week when he completed 77.3% of his passes. Why was he so efficient? Because running back is an absolute monster. The junior has topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in all four games this season, ripped off 120 yards and three touchdowns last weekend and leads the nation with 20 rushing plays of 10 or more yards. The problem for the Bulldogs is that they’ve given up 4.5 yards per rushing attempt — 12th in the SEC.

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: Saturday, Sept. 28 | : 7 p.m. ET: Jordan-Hare Stadium — Auburn, AlabamaESPN |    

Game prediction, picks

Auburn’s philosophy is simple — run the ball, play defense and pick spots for Nix to open things up just enough in the passing game to keep opposing teams honest. The same plan will work on Saturday night. Whitlow will wear down a Bulldogs defense thak-four has given his side more freedom.The Magpies blew West Bromwich Albion away by scoring three goals in the first-half of their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Tuesday.And Bruce thinks moving from a back-five has freed up his attacking players.He said:t lacks depth, allow Nix to work off play-action and lead the Tigers to an ugly, yet efficient win and cover. It might be sketchy deep into the second half, but the Tigers are just too much for these Bulldogs. 

AUBURN -11.5 S/U

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College Football Power Rankings: Alabama keeps rolling along as five new teams enter the fray

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Suddenly, we’re one-third of the way through the 2018 college football season. What do we know for sure already? Plenty, we think. Let’s take a quick look.

Alabama is so dominant that Nick Saban is pleading with the press not to compliment his team so much: “I would sort of appreciate it if you would … sort of look atRonaldinho and Deco during his time at the club.He played just 36 games during his four-year spell with the club, though was part of Pep Guardiola’s squad during the 2008/09 campaign before going on loan to Stuttgart, Birmingham City and Wolfsburg.Ho some of the things we didn’t do well,” he said after a 22-point win over Texas A&M.

Kentucky is worth watching. The Wildcats make their Power Rankings debut after a 28-7 win over Mississippi State. Give me Benny Snell Jr.’s ability and personality anytime. It is one of five new entries in this week’s top 25 of the Power Rankings.

All is not lost in the Pac-12. Stanford is the conference’s top team, solidly in the top 10 and has a quarterback in K.J. Costello to go along with quick-strike tailback Bryce Love.

Notre Dame has introduced itself as more than a fringe Playoff contender because of a dynamic quarterback named Ian Book. What is it about Brian Kelly not finding the right No. 1 guy at the beginning of the season? ()

The CFP Selection Committee already has something to think about. Let’s say it’s a choice between Oklahoma and … anybody. The Sooners fell into the trap of chasing Army’s option all over the field. It almost cost the Sooners in a 28-21 overtime win that avoided one of college football’s biggest upsets in years.

We are set up for our first Big Ten mega-matchup of the season: Ohio State at Penn State. The winner has the inside track in the Big Ten East … and a playoff berth.

Yup, even one-third of the way into the season.

Let’s take a look at the latest Power Rankings.

  1 For the first time this season, Bama failed to score 50 points. Texas A&M had the audacity to hang around until the second quarter. Anybody out there in Bama Nation panicking? Didn’t think so. You may have missed the fact Alabama will be a double-digit favorite against every remaining opponent. –11-2 2 It never rains in Tiger Stadium, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Louisiana Tech made a surprising run after being down 24-0. LSU committed its first turnover of the season (Joe Burrow interception) and Ed Orgeron grumbled. “Obviously, we’re not happy,” Coach O said of a 17-point win over the Bulldogs. Up next: An interesting SEC West battle with Ole Miss. –15-0 3 The Return of Urban Meyer looked a lot like Ryan Day never left. The Buckeyes slammed Tulane in a tune-up for a season-defining trip to Penn State. Just don’t let me hear anything about “redemption” for the sitting coach. The Athletic reported Saturday a plan is forming to make Day the coach-in-waiting. 113-1 4 Trevor Lawrence seems to have become the starting quarterback without starting. That was the takeaway from a four-touchdown win over Georgia Tech. Lawrence came off the bench to complete 13 of 18 for 173 yards. But you can’t just put Kelly Bryant on the bench … can you? 114-1 5 The Dawgs are vulnerable to the run! That’s one way of looking at it after a two-touchdown win at Missouri. Here’s another: Georgia already has four non-offensive touchdowns this season. –12-2 6 The Tigers don’t play a true road game until Oct. 6 at Mississippi State. They’d better take care of business. An unremarkable win over an unremarkable team (34-3 over Arkansas) keeps the Tigers in the SEC West hunt. 19-4 7 The Cardinal may have just become the Pac-12’s best playoff hope. A stunning comeback at Oregon made it so. After Justin Herbert missed on only two throws in regulation, the Stanford D forced him into five incompletions in overtime. 24-8 8 Looks like Brian Kelly has himself a quarterback. Ian Book threw for 325 yards in a rout of Wake Forest. Irish are suddenly back in the playoff race with Stanford coming up. –11-2 9 Did OU really run only 40 plays? Did Army almost beat its first top five team in 55 years? Yes to both. The Sooners just weren’t ready for the Black Knights’ clock-eating option. That’s why OU gets nicked here moving down three spots. 312-2 10 In a somewhat easy win over Kansas State, Bill Snyder may have provided the quote of the day: “I can’t coach a team that can’t get six inches on a play.” Sure the Wildcats failed in a first-half, fourth-down gamble, but that wasn’t the main reason the Mountaineers dominated 35-6. –5-der Paul Pogba this summer.Tuttosport says Juventus are determined to land a reunion with the player they sold to United for £89milSG star Neymar.Jesus scored a hat trick against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League yesterday.His goals got the Blues all three points in the fixture.And it means he is the fastest Brazilian to reach 10 Champions League goals, surpassing the mark slion back in 2016. Pogba has played a bit-part role at United this season due to troubles with injury but remains one 7 11 Hey, here’s a new one. Jake Browning was steady in a 27-20 win over Arizona State. Browning became the second Huskies quarterback in history to top 10,000 career passing yards in a 27-20 win over Arizona State. Linebacker Ben Burr-Kiven had 20 tackles. –8-5 12 I’ll say it again: The Knights can play with anyone in the country. The offense under McKenzie Milton is explosive. FAU couldn’t keep up in a 56-36 loss. The Knights are one of nine teams to average at least 50 points this season. Power Five chance this week with Pittsburgh coming in. 210-3 13 Goodness, that was a boat race in the second half Friday at Illinois — 32 total plays on six possessions produced 291 yards and six touchdowns. Nice message to send the Buckeyes. 211-2 14 The N’Kosi Perry era may have begun. The celebrated redshirt freshman threw for 224 yards in place of Malik Rosier. Miami beat FIU, and now Mark Richt says he has a decision to make at quarterback before Thursday’s game with North Carolina. 46-7 15 Go ahead and celebrate, Kentucky. The Wildcats are 2-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1977. A shutdown of Mississippi State sends a message for athletic directors everywhere: Patience. Mark Stoops may be turning the corner in Year 6. NR8-5 16 All that nostalgia from 1997? Forget it. Any similarity between Nebraska and its last national championship is an LSD-induced flashback. Michigan sent the Huskers to their first 0-3 start since 1945. 39-4 17 What would you expect of the Badgers after the BYU bummer? A workmanlike 28-17 win at Iowa seemed about right. Alex Hornibrook rebounded nicely completing 17 of 22 for 205 yards and three touchdowns. The Badgers continue to control their destiny in the Big Ten West. 610-4 18 Are the Longhorns back? Yes! Back in the polls, at least. Tom Herman’s biggest win since becoming Texas coach (over TCU) will have reverberations around the Big 12. One of them: The Texas-Oklahoma game on Oct. 6 just became a lot sexier. NR8-5 19 The Ducks may never forget this one. Up 24-7 at home, they watched Stanford methodically claw back to win in overtime 38-31. Bad clock management and questionable play calling allowed Stanford to tie it in regulation. 312-2 20 A tune-up win against McNeese State went about as expected. A visit to Washington is next. Kalani Sitake got an opportunity to empty the bench a bit on Saturday. NR7-6 21 The rain, the Wildcats and Benny Snell. In less-than-ideal conditions the Bulldogs were exposed at Kentucky. Snell, the SEC’s leading rusher, ran for four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, to seal the upset. 46-7 22 Bye. Sorry, you don’t play, you’re at the mercy of being moved around Buffaloes. Down two spots this week. CU hosts UCLA on Friday. 25-7 23 As much as the world likes to unload on Kliff Kingsbury’s defensive sensibilities, the win at Oklahoma State was one of the biggest of his career. The Cowboys were shut out in the second half at home in a 24-point loss. The Red Raiders (3-1) are undefeated under freshman QB Anthony Bowman. Their only loss is to Ole Miss. NR4-8 24 Pick up the pieces and get ready for Kansas. The 24-point loss to Texas Tech was Mike Gundy’s worst (by margin) since the 2016 Sugar Bowl loss to Ole Miss. 118-5 25 The Aztecs have one of the most physical teams in the nation. Without its starting quarterback and after blowing a two-touchdown lead at home, SDSU beat a stubborn Eastern Michigan in overtime. NR10-3

Out: Virginia Tech, TCU, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Boise State    

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USC vs. Texas score: Longhorns dominate No. 22 Trojans with impressive second half

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needed a big win to get some heat off of coach Tom for granted in the Champions League.The Reds begin their defence of the title with a tricky game against the talented Italian outfit.And Klopp knows that if his side are not at their best, Napoli will be happy to pounce on any weaknesses.The last timHerman’s back. And a big win — the 900th in the illustrious history of the program — the Longhorns got in the form of a 37-14 beatdown of the No. 22 . 

The final score didn’t reflect how tight things were for the first half. USC jumped out to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter but the Longhorns responded by chipping away at the lead and taking a 16-14 halftime advantage. 

That’s when the floodgates opened. After scoring on its first offensive possession of the third quarter, Texas took a 50-yard blocked punt back for a touchdown to go up 30-13. Texas capped off the 21-point third quarter with a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback . 

It wasn’t a perfect performance by Texas. Play-calling continld has explained the thought process behind his incredible crosses.The 22-year-old registered his 12th assist of the season in Monday’s win over West Ham United when he set-up Sadio Mane to tap home the winner.Asked whether he seeks out a teammate wiues to be a puzzle for this offense. A lot of Ehlinger’s passes were difficult throws downfield when there was space in the more intermediate part of the field. The running game only began asserting itself later as USC wore down, too. But it’s a win for Herman, and he needed one in the worst way. 

It doesn’t matter a ton that USC has a lot of questions. The special teams were bad — the Trojans had shanked punts, a roughing the kicker penalty and the aforementioned blocked punt — and the offense had no ground game with just six yards rushing. That doesn’t help freshman quarterback , making just his second career road start. USC is now 1-2 and certainly doesn’t look like a team ready to compete for a Pac-12 championship. 

Herman will take it, though. Afn attacker Anthony Knockaert.The Sun says the Cottagers have made contact with Brighton and while a formal offer has yet to be made, a £15million fee has been discussed.Knockaert will be tempted to drop down a division by the prospect of a hefty incter a horrid start to the season with a loss to and a tighter-than-necessary game with , Texas needed something good. There’s no rest for the weary, though, with coming to Austin next. USC gets on a short week. The Trojans have also lost back-to-back games by double digits. 

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Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia prediction, pick, odds, watch live stream, TV channel

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For years, the Black Diamond Trophy was awarded to the winner of and , border rivals and bitter conference rivals during their days in the Big East. The two squads haven’t played since 2005, and an offseason full of smack talk has added to the hype for this Sunday night showdown at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.. 

Both teams enter 2017 with e’s unsure of his next move.While his father has pushed for a switch to Napoli, James is said to be eager to hear from Manchester United before making a final decision.In Brazil for the Copa America, the Colombia captain said: “I do not know, I have new starting quarterbacks — redshirt freshman for Tech, former quarterback for the Mountaineers — and VT comes into it after winning 10 games and finishing in the top 25 a year ago, starting this season in the preseason poll. Dana Holgorsen and Justin Fuente both ascended the coaching ranks as well-respected offensive coordinators, and this game is expected to be very informative in terms of how each team has handled the turnover and whether either squad is primed to make a run at the favorites in their respective conferences.

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Storylines

: Hokie fans seemed to know the names of all the offensive staff members prior to Justin Fuente’s arrival — and not for good reasons. The slide from winning ACC Coastal Division and cor Mikel Arteta admits that he needs to get into the Champions League to sign better players.The Gunners are among several teams that are trying to find a route into the top four in the Premier League.Given they are out of theback Juan Miranda.RAC1 says Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is in Barcelona today for negotiations over Miranda.Juve have offered Daniele Rugani as part of the deal.However, Olympique Marseille remain ahead of the Bianconeri as they want to tak Europa League, the leagunference titles to fighting for bowl eligibility was defined by an offense that could never get on the same page and produce consistently across an entire season. Logan Thomas and Michael Brewer each had games — and moments in games — where everything was clicking. Bud Foster’s Lunch Pail Defense was complemented by an offense that could go toe-to-toe with anyone in the country. But there were also moments, like this one against in 2014, that haunt Virginia Tech fans to this day. 

Fuente brought a strong offensive reputation with him and quickly put his system in with a first-year starter in , who meshed well with some proven pieces already on the roster (, to name a few) and went on to break or tie 10 offensive school records on the way to a Coastal Division title and the program’s first 10-win season since 2011. The defense still looks loaded, so the main intrigue is whether Fuente’s instant offensive impact has another act with a new cast in 2017. 

: Are the Mountaineers a legit top-25 team? Holgorsen has expressed a lot of confidence in Grier, who did go 6-0 as Florida’s starter before his PED suspension, but WVU a handful of key contributors on both lines and two of its top receiving targets. The running back position is loaded, and Tony Gibson has done a great job with the defense in recent years, but like Virginia Tech, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered early to back up hype that seems to be more residual from last year’s 10-win season (the program’s best finish since joining the Big 12) than a projection of performance in 2017. 

The good news for West Virginia is that this is nothing new. Entering his seventh season, Holgorsen has moved from being a hot name to temporarily flirting with the hot seat and now seems firmly entrenched with his system and people in place. This is a program where a postseason appearance is the floor and every few years they’ll creep up and challenge for the Big 12 title. These transition years after the peak seasons are always going to be interesting to track because West Virginia could very well be a top-25 team, but in a tough Big 12, that can only be determined by they how they perform against comparable foes from other power conferences, like Virginia Tech.

Prediction

FedEx Field has been a house of horrors for Virginia Tech, but I think they’ll exorcise some demons in a game that should be much lower scoring than you’d think based on the offensive reputation of both coaches. Bud Foster has been scouting the one-back attack of WVU all summer and while I’m sure Holgo will have some wrinkles that can catch the Lunch Pail D off guard I favor the Hokies in that matchup against a first-time starter under center. It’s going to be a rock fight that probably ends on a field goal, so I’m taking the underdog but think Virginia Tech ultimately wins straight up.

VT -4.5 SU