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SMU vs. Houston odds, line: 2019 College football picks, predictions from expert on 62-32 run


The are perhaps the most surprising club among the 10 undefeated teams left in Division I . They aim to keep their record unblemished when they visit the  on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from TDECU Stadium in Houston. Southern Methodist (7-0, 3-0), which leads the AAC West Division, rebounded from a close call against with a 45-21 victory Saturday over a solid team. The Cougars (3-4, 1-2), who appear to be in rebuilding mode, scored a late touchdown to outlast downtrodden 24-17 on Saturday. SMU won last year’s matchup 45-31 as a two-touchdown home underdog. The Mustangs are 14-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 65.5 in the latest SMU vs. Houston odds. Before locking in your Houston vs. SMU picks, listen to whaArsenal hero Martin Keown has urged the club to move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.Smalling is currently on-loan with AS Roma.“Smalling is doing exceptionally well – £13 million, the price they are putting on his head, that’s not enough,” Keown said on BT Sport.”Arsenal could maybe do worse than to take him.”Smalling’s loan runs to June.t SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a fo’s according to his agent, Crescenzo Cecere.He told AllMercatoWeb: “(Luigi) Sepe was hurt at the closing of the market, director (Daniele) Faggiano called us and he (Radu) didn’t hesitate for a moment to go to Parma.”Without Sepe’s injury, maybe hermer running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game inside-out from a player’s and coach’s perspective.

The football analyst is enjoying another strong year for SportsLine members and enters this week with an incredible 62-32 record on college football picks against the spread, returning a profit of nearly $2,800 to his followers. Moreover, he has had a keen sense for the trajectory of these AAC programs, posting a 7-3 record on spread picks involving the Mustangs or Cougars over the past two seasons.

Now, he has analyzed SMU vs. Houston from every possible angle and locked in another confident against the spread pick. It’s available only at SportsLine.

Hunt knows the Mustangs can’t afford to look past a Houston club that will be inspired for a strong performance before a national television audience and its loyal fan base. Southern Methodist passed a test from Temple with perhaps its strongest all-around performance of the season. The Mustangs built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back against an Owls club that didn’t have the firepower to keep pace.

transfer had perhaps his best game as a collegiate signal-caller. He threw for a career-high six touchdowns and 457 passing yards while completing throws to eight different receivers. Reggie Roberson had eight receptions for a career-best 250 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on plays of 33, 60 and 75 yards.

But just because the Mustangs are clicking on all cylinders doesn’t mean they will will cover the Houston vs. SMU spread on Thursday.

The Cougars had high hopes in theiratthew Langston.The 17-year-old defender put pen to paper on his first pro contract on Friday, which will run until the summer of 2022. “Me and my dad have a special bond,” said the teenager.“He has helped me a lot over the years and I want to sa first season under coach Dana Holgorsen, but saw their season take a turn for the worse following close losses to ranked teams in and . Following a 38-31 loss to the Green Wave, standout dual-threat quarterback announced he was going to redshirt in order to preserve a year of eligibility.

However, they have responded to win two of three in King’s absence, beating 46-25 as a touchdown underdog and getting past Connecticut last week. Houston was down to its third-string quarterback because of an injury to , but Logan Holgorsen, the coach’s son, threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to in the fourth quarter that held up as the game-winner.

Hunt has broken down this matchup from every angle and identified the critical factor that has him all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine.

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Kyler Murray playing for Oklahoma is equal parts possibility and hypocrisy from NCAA


quarterback will be making close to $5 million this year. That’s a fact, and perhaps a record for the Sooners’ . Somehow, the pillars of amateurism haven’t collapsed just yet.

You know, the pillars that say money is the root of all evil in college athletics, unless it is being made by those who control college athletics.

The pillars that hold up the NCAA’s amateur ideal. The disparate ideals that get a kid suspended taking a lunch from a booster, but allow that same millionaire to win a Heisman Trophy.

The pillars that prop up the NCAA’s indefensible version of amateurism.

The irony of Murray being an amateur college quarterback and a professional baseball outfielder at the same time is rife with equal parts possibility and hypocrisy.

Murray was by the Oakland Athletics. In the midst of competing for the starting quarterback job at Oklahoma, Murray signed his baseball contract on Friday. As a surprise top-10 pick, he will play one more season of before playing baseball for pay.

NCAA rules allow professionals in one sport to receive compensation while retaining college eligibility in another. Nothing new there except to question Oakland’s wisdom in allowing its top pick to put his body and baseball career at risk for one more season under center.

The likes of John Elway and have played pro baseball and college football at the same time, but perhaps never at this powerful of a program, at college football’s most important position or for this much money.

Murray signed for a reported $4.7 million, took batting practice with the A’s then declared, “Right now, it’s about getting ready to go win a [football] national championship.”

Just so as the Sooners know who’s paying for the after party.

Whether Murray wins the starting job at Oklahoma is sort of irrelevant. It’s what he represents. Whatever money he gets, he has earned. It’s that his teammates pretty much can’t (legally) earn a dime.

Aside from the head coaches and perhaps a coordinator or two, Murray will be the highest paid person on the field at his games this fall.

He will be a highly-compensated symbol for a system that has never been more under attack. How do you justify not paying players something further when a defensive coordinator ( Dave Aranda) is making more than 80 head coaches ($2.5 million)?

How do you deny them something more when last year it was revealed the .

“The optics are what the writers make of them,” Delany said smugly.

How is a scholarship enough when 29 NCAA football players have died — mostly in workouts — since 2000?

The walls are closing in on the NCAA. The administrators who continue to defend the system just have to know where they escape hatch is.

It’s been less than four years since a district court judge found the NCAA was in violation of anti-trust laws in the landmark O’Bannon trial. It seems inevitable that sooner or later players are going to be able to earn something from their name, image and likeness.

The argument against is practically neanderthal. president Harris Pastides testified in the O’Bannon case that payments “would create a wedge between those student athletes who receive the funds and those who don’t.”

In the same case, NCAA president Mark Emmert said payments would “certainly impact the way other student-athletes perceive them.”

The suits seem to be actually suggesting that paying players would divide a locker room. How preposterous.

In the case of Oklahoma, Murray might be the best chance the Sooners have of returning to the College Football Playoff. That’s not a locker room poison, that’s hope for life after .

It has come to this: Murray’s baseball salary allowed by the NCAA is literally the NCAA’s argument for corruption.

“Google the NCAA’s definition of amateurism,” said Gerald Gurney, University of Oklahoma assistant professor and NCAA reformer. “Essentially it says athletes should not be paid because they need to concentrate on schoolwork. They can’t juggle two balls at the sameGreenwood.The Sun says United are not planning on rewarding Greenwood with a new deal after his first-team breakthrough.Greenwood, 17, made four appearances for United last term and started against Cardiff on the final day.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitt time. That’s asinine and ridiculous.”

At first, it might seem the root of this discussion is NCAA rules allow an athlete to turn pro in one sport and retain amateur eligibility in another.

But the real argument is how much the public and fans can stomach any college athlete being paid before they’re not considered college (thus, amateur) athletes.

Apparently, quite a bit.

Cost of attendance provides players between $5,000 and $10,000 per year just for being … athletes.Bowl gifts — typically capped at $550 — are nothing more than rewards for playing football. Men’s and women’s Final Four participants have their own gift suites to enjoy. Sports Business Daily reported basketball players who win their regular-season conference, conference tournament and .All three military academies (, , ) routinely pay salaries to cadets in service to the country.Olympic stipends allowed by the NCAA range from the modest to the extravagant. swimmer for his home country of Singapore for winning Ole a new hero in Bruno Fernandes.The Portuguese, signed from Sporting Lisbon last month, scored his first goal for United in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford. And Crouch believes Fernandes’ bravado is exactly what the Red Devils have beenympic gold.Schools are allowed to pay five-figure insurance premiums of their prospects.One anonymous coach told me last year a player at  legally over the course of his career.

Most of these are not benefits allowed to the normal student. Just don’t ask the NCAA what a normal student is.

No one is going to deny that Murray deserves every penny he can get from the A’s. It’s only because he plays a different sport that he is not considered corrupted by NCAA standards.

“It’s very confusing,” Kyle Parker said.

Parker might be the best and most recent comparison to Murray. The former quarterback played football after getting a $1.4 million bonus with the in 2010.

After six years spent mostly in the minors, he returned to Clemson in 2017 to complete his degree.

“It’s leaning more toward the athlete,” Parker said, “but it’s still completely lopsided how much money college athletes make and [how much schools] generate off of amateur [athletes].”

In a way, it’s not a matter of paying players, it’s about semantics. What one man calls improper compensation, another calls amateurism.

“I have no issue with Kyler Murray at all,” Gurney said. “This is a demonstration of the NCAA’s inconsistent and ridiculous definition of amateurism.”

Parker said he was offered endorsements as a baseball player but th the Azzurri.“My relationship with Naples is normal,” he told Otto Channel.“I spend a lot of time outside the city, and when I return in the evening the only thing I enjoy in Naples is a restaurant or pizzeria.“This city could be nicer with scouldn’t accept them because he was still playing college football.

The same standard would apply to Murray.

“Any kind of advertising that you would have cashed in on playing in a big league city, you have to decline,” Parker said.

More absurdity. As a football player, Murray cannot accept so much as a free burger from a booster. As a baseball player, he has enough money to buy his entire offensive line a steak dinner. I’m getting headaches just writing about it.

For 50 years, until 1956, the NCAA essentially banned players from getting anything in outside compensation.

Now? Some players are sending cash home because of the myriad ways they can get money.

Some of the progress is common sense. Some of it reflects increasing pressure from the courts. All of it is way overdue.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby perhaps provided the most insight. He told the reform-minded Knight Commission college athletes are neither pros nor amateurs.

“I think it’s a completely different genre of his own,” Bowlsby said. “It doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world …”

Maybe that’s the biggest problem. Kyler Murray isn’t the outlier. The system is.

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USC football Spring Game 2018: date, schedule, players to watch, who replaces Sam Darnold


With the Coliseum renovation project ongoing, USC will not be hosting its traditional spring game this year. Instead, Clay Helton and the Trojans will hold a end of spring practice that is open to the public on Cromwell Field (Loker Track Stadium). The “game” will be Saturday, April 14 starting at noon PT and will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks. The top storyline from this spring has been the competition to replace Sam Darnold. Redshirt sophomore Matt Fink and redshirt freshman Jack Sears are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on campus right now and both want rto Mancini says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both reached the pinnacle of the game in different ways.Speaking with Corriere della Sera, Mancini was asked who was the superior player – Barcelona captain Messi or Juventus striker Ronaldo.Howeverto be running the show when the Trojans open against UNLV this fall.Fink is the only quarterback with any game experience, including a 51-yard touchdown run in mop-up duty against Oregon State. He has been the leader in the clubhouse, but has yet to separate himself from Sears or even incoming freshman J.T. Daniels, who won’t arrive until the summer.Sears replaced Darnold at San Clemente High School and e is looking to do the same at USC. It has been an up-and-down spring for Sears, but he bounced back during Saturday’s scrimmage with a couple of long touchdowns, which could propel him to a breakout performance in the spring game.Senior outside linebacker Porter Gustin was a mystery man most of last season following toe surgery and a bicep tear. Now bulked up to 270 pounds, he is fully back and ready to make opposing offenses feel the pain. He has had a hand in the quarterback competition as well, forcing both Fink and Sears to scramble and get rid of the ball early. True senior running back Aca’cedric Ware came into USC with Ronald Jones II as a one-two punch of talented Texas tailbacks. But with Jones earning the starting role and subsequent injuries to Ware, Trojan fato Chelsea under new manager Frank Lampard.Premier League winner Drinkwater was the forgotten man in Maurizio Sarri’s one and only season at Stamford Bridge.The Blues finished in third and won the Europa League, but Drinkwater didn’t make a single apns have yet to see his full potential as a tailback. Former five-star Stephen Carr is out this spring with an injury and Ware has taken advantage and emerged as a force for the USC rushing attack. Redshirt senior cornerback Jonathan Lockett was poised to start at nickel for USC before an injury shelved him for the entire 2017 season. Lockett is now healthy, playing both corner and nickel, and has been making plays all spring long. The former Mater Dei standout is part of a much deeper secondary that shouLeicester City forward Ryan Loft has joined League Two side Carlisle United on a season-long loan deal.The 21-year-old joined Spurs’ academy in 2013 and was loaned to Braintree, Stevenage and Exeter before signing a two-year deal with the Foxes in 2018.”We wanted to have a different type of striker available. It was important we had that variety, and Ryan gives us that,” said boss Steven Pressley.ld show marked improvement this season.

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Pick Six: Bowl season kicks into full gear with a busy slate of games to choose from


We’re through the warm-up period of bowl season. No more of this one game a day stuff. We’re approaching the full-blown “ignore your responsibilities and family” portion of bowl season. The time when there are multiple games on just about every day.

It’s the best time of year, and it’s made even better when you’re making money during it. Luckily for you, I’m here to help make sure that happens, so let’s get to it.

Games of the Week

: They say a man would have to be insane to take an under in the Bahamas Bowl. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m that whack job. I assure you that there’s a method to my madness, however. You see, Ohio has an efficient offense, but it’s not one I’d consider explosive. Plus, it’s strength is running the ball, and that always helps to chew up precious seconds when you need an under.

As for the UAB offense, it’s not great. Sure, it’s terrific that the Blazers are going to a bowl game in their first year back as a program, but UAB’s offense doesn’t light the world on fire. Using S&P+, its rushing offense ranks 82nd in the country while its passing attack is 107th. When it comes to explosiveness, UAB ranks 114th. So I can’t help but believe that total is a wee bit too high here. You know, as long as we can avoid a unt and Fikayo Tomori believe their confident starts to their Chelsea first team journeys is down to Frank Lampard.Both youngsters have stepped into the Blues first team and not looked out of place for a minute.The duo, who were on loan at Derby withtriple-overtime mind-melter, and since it’s the Bahamas Bowl, it’s a real possibility.

: Listen, I might be crazy enough to take an under in the Bahamas Bowl, but I’m not foolish enough to take one in this game. Instead, I’m going to go with the obvious answer in a game that’s likely going to come down to whichever team has the ball last.

South Florida leads the AAC in points allowed this year, giving up only 22.5 points per game. That number is very misleading, though. Against teams with winning records, the Bulls defense has allowed 38.5 points per game while Texas Tech is allowing 31.8 points per game. There are going to be touchdowns, and a lot of them.

Fun fact for you about San Diego State coach Rocky Long. Since he took over the program, the Aztecs have played 12 games against teams that run an option attack. Long has gone 11-1 in those games, winning by an average of 12.8 points per game. The one loss — which came to in the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl — came by a point.

San Diego State has played two options teams this season, beating 28-24 and 35-10. The Falcons and Lobos averaged 3.21 yards per carry against an Aztecs defense that ranks 37th against the run using S&P+ this season, and Army cannot throw the football. Do you get what I’m saying yet?

: I can picture it now. It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re surrounded by family and friends, growing frustrated because they keep trying to talk to you while you’re watching the Hawaii Bowl. Can’t they see you’re sweating an under? Don’t they realize that this third-and-three ae Belgium fullback has declared he expects to leave this summer – and L’Equipe says PSG management have now obliged by naming their price to sell.PSG are seeking €25m for Meunier, with Manchester United and Everton keen.Just recently, Meunier, who t midfield is the most crucial play of the game?

Well, fear not, because I’m quite confident about the under here. Neither team has what I’d consnchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more additions before next week’s Premier League transfer deadline.United have agreed a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire. Solskjaer told PA: “We’re still hope one or two deals ider to be a potent offense, and current forecasts show that there will be 14+mph winds during this game. If you’ve read this column before, then you know how high winds and unders go together like Christmas and capitalism.

: I do fear that this could be a scenario in which Bill Snyder tells his team before the game that he’s retiring, and then they go out and play the game of their lives for their coach. I just can’t rely on that happening. What I can count on is that UCLA is the far more talented team in this matchup and that I believe the Bruins are being undervalued here. Now, I also know that I’m betting on UCLA, but I don’t think it’s a stupid decision now that Jim Mora is no longer coaching the team.

And, yes, I would like this even if  isn’t playing in the game. It’s equal parts roster talent and fading the public.

: I bet you’re surprised to see that I didn’t take the under in this game. Now, if that’s the direction you want to go here, I don’t blame you, but it’s just too popular an option for me. Instead, I’d rather take advantage of an Iowa team that’s being underestimated.

I’m not saying the Hawkeyes are much better than Boston College, but 2.5 points just seems small. Neither team has a great offense, but Iowa’s better defensively. So I expect a lower-scoring affair, but one the Hawkeyes will win.

Last Week 2017 Overall

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Dante Pettis breaks NCAA record with ninth career punt return for a touchdown


Why anyone puts to wide receiver anymore is one of this world’s great mysteries. Still, teamsAlisson is frustrated with Liverpool conceding “stupid goals”.The Brazilian was helpless when Trezeguet found himself free inside the box to score Aston Villa’s opener on Sunday.The Reds eventually secured a dramatic late, but Alisson doesn’t want his team to put themselves in difficult positions by conceding poor goals.”It annoys me always when we concede,” Alisson said. “Stupid goals! When we concede that way, it annoys me and the team. “We always have a common goal to win the game and to keep a clean sheet. You are closer to the victory with a clean sheet and you always have a draw.”When you concede, the games become more difficult. We need to work better at that if we want to do great things.”He added: “We can do better in our concentration. Against Genk we conceded late on, so this annoyed me and the team. We need to keep our focus.”We need to learn from these moments to make sure it does not happen again.” do, which is a good thing for Pettis. 

It was a good thing for the Huskies, too, during SaturdInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has quickly been impressed by new teammate Romelu Lukaku.Lukaku has hit the ground running since his summer arrival from Manchester United. “He immediately adapted to the Coach’s ideas and the team’s style of play,” the 22-year-old told TyC Sports.“He’s a striker with incredible characteristics, he’s very powerful. “I was surprised by his sheer stature.”ay’s game against as Pettis took a 64-yard punt return to the house. It was his ninth career punt return for a score, breaking the NCAA record of eight previously set Wes Welker and Antonio Perkins.

For the record, imnasia La Plata as coach.The 59-year-old was only appointed in September and had improved their fortunes, winning three of his last five games in charge.But it was also reported Maradona would quit Gimnasia if president Gabriel Pellegrino did not stthe most punt returns in a single season is five. Pettis already has four on the year. 

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AP Top 25 poll: Clemson takes Oklahoma’s No. 2 spot, closes in on Alabama


remains the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 , but has overtaken the No. 2 spot from and picked up more than a dozen first-place votes after beating and on Saturday night. 

The AP Top 25 voters has not given up on . Thward for the world’s best player for a record sixth time.It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga.Virgil van Dijk was second – one ofe Tigers fell 13 spots from the No. 12 ranking from a week ago but held on in the new poll at No. 25, while showed up in the rankings for the first time this season at No. 17. 

Ranked teams losing on the road was a theme this week, and it’s possible that LSU’s standing in the poll was heler Aaron Wan-Bissaka is at Carrington today as Manchester United prepare to announce his £50m transfer.Wan-Bissaka, 21, has agreed a six-year deal with the Red Devils, worth £80,000-a-week and becomes United’s fifth-most expensive signing in historped by other results that changed up the order in spots 15-25, like losing at , losing at , and losing at on ‘ absurd Hail Mary. 

Those upset wins were impressive enough to not only put the Bulldogs in the top 25 but also San Diego State, making its 2017 poll debut at No. 22. and also broke into the rankings this week.   

Here’s how the entire poll looks going into Week 4: 

Alabama (first-place votes — 45)Clemson (1arry Kane ahead of the summer market.Juve sports chief Fabio Paratici has launched plans of tempting Kane to Turin for next season. Paratici sees the England captain as the ideal foil for Cristiano Ronaldo in Juve’s attack.However, Tuttosport says Ka5)Oklahoma (1)Miami Mississippi StateLouisvilleFloridaSouth FloridaSan Diego StateUtahOregonLSU

Dropped out: Kansas State (18), Stanford (19), Tennessee (23), (25)

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WATCH: Bo Scarbrough’s touchdown run is even more terrifying at field level


running back evened the score in the Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl against by rumbling in for an 18-yard touchdown. It was an impressive run with plenty of broken tackles, but it looks even more terrifying at field level.

Here’s another look…

Scarbrough had 33 yaridfielder Youri Tielemans is enjoying his football under manager Brendan Rodgers.Tielemans signed permanently in the summer from AS Monaco.He said, “When Brendan took the team over, from the first day he was amazing with us. “He understood the club lds oier League should persist with VAR.Wenger has recently taken up a role with FIFA as chief of global football development, and gave his thoughts on the video technology being used to help match officials.And he pinpointed the lack of referral by refern just three carries on the nine-play touchdown drive. The sophomore is listed on Alabama’s website as 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds. Typically, listed measurements add on an inch or two anHarry Kane will be ­questioning his future at Spurs.Kane has cut an increasingly ­frustrated figure of late – remarking that the club never seems to learn ­lessons and move forward.Berbatov, speaking in his role as a Betfair ambassador, told thed about 10 pounds, but somehow that still feels small for Scarbrough.

And to think Washington gets three more quarters of that.

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Stanford star RB Christian McCaffrey declares for NFL Draft


This felt like only a matter of time. On Wedensday, dynamic Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced he was leaving college early to declare for the .

In a letter on Stanford’s website called “,” McCaffrey said it was “the best time to live out my dream” and that “there’s nothing more I can put on film.”

I’ve talked to many in and out of the game and received oli president Fabrizio Corsi says they’re yet to field a concrete offer for Ismael Bennacer.The former Arsenal junior’s form this season has brought him to the attention of Napoli – and also has led to talk in Italy of the Gunners re-signng him.Arsenadvice from people whose opinions I greatly respect, including Toby Gerhart, who was here for a game this season. I took their feedback and came to a conclusion: I’m ready.

I talked to Coach Shaw about everything. He completely agreed. Really, it just made sense. The opportunity is right in front of me.

McCaffrey went on to write about the difficulty of leaving Stanford, but this is, as he admits, a clear-cut choice. He is expected to be a first-round pick, . That window may not red PSG striker Edinson Cavani this month.The Telegraph says United are weighing up the possibility of signing Cavani – but are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.Cavani is out of contract at Paris-Saint Germain this summer and lbe there a year from now.

The juni manager Steve Bruce’s appointment has given the players a lift.Shelvey was speaking after their preseason win over West Ham.He said: “At every club when a new manager comes in the training goes up a notch. The players get busy and everyone’s lookior has been one of the most exciting and versatile players in over the past two seasons. He was a Heisman finalist in 2015 and totaled more than 3,800 yards during his breakout campaign. His 2,327 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns were solid, but less notable in 2016.

The timing is also right as far as workload goes. McCaffrey is a utility player who has nearly 600 rushing touches alone over the past two seasons. Put simply, he’s put in the work and there’s nothing else left for him to prove at this level.

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WATCH: Wyoming upsets No. 13 Boise State on a game-winning safety


It’s one thing to upset the No. 13 team in the country. It’s another thing entirely to do it on a safety.

Welcome, Wyoming. You’re now a part of what can only be described as an exclusive fraternity. Seriously, when was the last time a team won on a safety?

The aforemen a new season at Leicester City.Fuchs is about to begin his fifth season at City after signing a one-year contract extension this summer.He said, “I’m very happy, I feel very comfortable and I’m looking forward to working with Brendany Jose Mourinho was tough to take.Dier had the indignity of being hauled off 29 minutes into Mourinho’s second game in charge against Olympiakos.But he says, “It’s never happened before and it’s not something you ever want to happen. “It’s not a good. He has been tioned play happened on a second-and-10 for Boise State with under two minutes remaining. Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien was sacked and fumbled in the end zone with the ball going out of the back of the end zone. That gave Wyoming the 30-28 win.

After the touchdown, linebacker Chase Appleby did the best safety dance possible.

According to the CBS Sports Network broadcast, this was the first time Wyoming had defeated Boise State. For the win, core-sign LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Inter need a new striker after losing Alexis Sanchez to a three-month injury layoff.“Maybe I’d have done something so crazy,” Moratti, referring to Ibra, told Sport Mediaset.“Having said that, there’s ach Craig Bohl, who already makes , racks up some nice bonuses.

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CBS Sports 2015-16 All-Bowl team: ACC edges SEC with most players


The ratings were down for the New Year’s Six. There were too many blowouts and too many games overall, but the bowl season still left us with some spectacular individual performances.

Here are the 27 best players from an (overall) entertaining bowl season: the 2015-16 CBS Sports All-Bowl team.

It makes sense that the two conferences with teams in the Playoff National Championship (ACC, SEC) placed the most players on the team with seven for the ACC and six for the SEC.

So let’s get to it. (And yes, we’re counting the CFP National Championship as a bowl game for these purposes.)

There’s a reason Watson’s name was trending alongside Vince Young’s during the title game. Watson turned in a VY-esque performance with 478 yards of total offense. That was a national title game record since the start of the BCS era (1998). If not for special teams busts, Watson may have led the Tigers to the title. He gets another chance in 2016.

Remember him? We had Fournette winning the Heisman Trophy halfway through the season. He ended up leading the nation in rushing, going for 212 yards and four touchdowns against Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl. Can’t wait to see what will certainly be his final college season in ’16.

Coach Art Briles is onto another innovation. Missing his top two quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, he ran the ball. And he ran and he ran again. Jefferson was one of five players to line up in the Wildcat, rushing for 299 yards and three touchdowns against North Carolina.

In a blowout loss to LSU in the Texas Bowl, Grant caught 10 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns. Grant led the Big 12 with 90 catches and had 254 for his career.

aff to quit for Manchester United.Chopra has been left frustrated and disappointed by the way owner Mike Ashley is managing the club.And he told the Evening Chronicle: “I would go. What is keeping him at Newcastle United? They have no ambition.”At le Justin Fuente inherits quite a weapon. Ford, a sophomore, went for career highs in catches (12) and yards (227) in the Independence Bowl win against Tulsa.

Going into the playoff, Howard had largely been ignored as a weapon. Against Michigan State and Clemson, he caught eight passes for 267 yards, scoring two touchdowns — his first in two years. Howard had 44 percent of his season output in the playoff. Not bad. Even better? Howard, a junior, is staying in school.

The performance by the Outland Trophy winner in the Rose Bowl win over Iowa . “We want Bama!”? Dude, perhaps you should have played them.

The Eagles’ highest-graded O-lineman from the GoDaddy Bowl. The 295-pound Kwon helped spring quarterback Favian Upshaw for 199 yards and four touchdowns vs. Bowling Green. The Eagles’ 58 points were a bowl high.

The Bears’ All-America tackle had five knockdown blocks and graded out at 91 percent in the decimation of North Carolina (645 rushing yards).

LT started the season in trouble with the NCAA. He ended it with a Big Guy touchdown against Oklahoma State. That clinches his spot on the all-bowl team.

In the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Bulldogs’ for more kids to make their breakthrough this season.Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all been given their chances in the early stages of this season and they have rewarded that faith. Andreas Christensen, who established himself inleft tackle held national sack leader Carl Nassib without a tackle in Georgia’s 24-17 win over Penn State.

In only 59 snaps, the Cougars defensive end had a sack, three hurries and eight tackles on running plays. According to ProFootballFocus, the 6-foot-7, 280-pounder had his highest grade of the season against Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Rose Bowl defensive MVP with 10 tackles, 3.5 for a loss. In the last two games of his career, the All-Pac 12 performer had 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

A big reason why the Vols are favored to win the SEC East in 2016. In a blowout win over Northwestern, Barnett had eight tackles, a forced fumble and a sack.

Three sacks and 8.5 TFLs vs. Alabama. Along with Shaq Lawson, practically unstoppable in the natty.

The former bad boy at TCU had eight tackles, three sacks and two PBUs against Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. The eight tackles tied a career high.

In arguably the most dominating defensive performance of the bowl season, the Broncos destroyed Northern Illinois 55-7 in the Poinsettia Bowl, holding the Huskies to all of 33 yards. Gray, a senior, had seven tackles, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.

The former national defensive player of the year went out with 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles and two sacks against New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl.

After quarterback Gary Ward Jr., Jackson, a cornerback, might have been Tom Herman’s best player. In the Peach Bowl against Florida State, Jackson made 10 tackles, had two interceptions and broke up two passes.

The Noles’ safety may have had the most dominant bowl game by a defensive back. Houston got most of the attention for upsetting FSU. But don’t blame James. He made 14 tackles, including a TFL, had a sack and knocked down a pass.

Yes, there two Cougars in the all-bowl defensive backfield. Stewart picked off two passes and recovered a fumble — a school-record 10th of his career — againh to take.Tielemans has been a substitute for four of the club’s last eight Premier League matches, including their most recent two outings, against Norwich and Aston Villa.“It is true that, personally, I have played less,” Tielemans told Sport/Foost the Noles.

Matched up with Notre Dame star Will Fuller, the Buckeyes’ corner allowed him only five catches for 32 yards. Apple also made five tackles to become the Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP.

A 66 percent career kicker (not great) and the guy who will forever be known as the beginning of the Kick Six (missed 60-yard field goal against Auburn), Griffith perfectly executed one of the most audacious trick plays of the BCS era. His onside kick against Clemson landed perfectly in the arms of Marlon Humphrey, turning the, uh, Tide in the fourth quarter of a tie game.

It’s tough to beat Tom Hackett of Utah’s 50 yards per punt average and 21-yard fake punt run, but Teasdall did. He booted a long punt of 57 in the title game and .

Derrick Henry’s tailback caddy broke open the CFP National Championship with a 95-yard fourth-quarter kickoff return for a touchdown against Clemson. A living, breathing example of why it’s worth it to use top-tier players on special teams.

In a wild Independence Bowl, the talented sophomore corner returned four punts for 132 yards, including a 67-yarder for a touchdown against Tulsa.

Obviously, the Heisman runner-up could be at running back, returner or even receiver. But in his Rose Bowl-record performance, he rushed for 172 yards and surpassed 2,000 for the season. The only other player to do that (Derrick Henry) won the Heisman.

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LOOK: Buffalo’s long snapper has some snapping skills


Long snappers generally don’t get a lot of attention, but they have an important job. While fans typically only pay attention to the field goal attempts or the punts themselves, if the snapper doesn’t get off the perfect snap, things can go really bad in a hurry.

But I’m guessing won’t have the problem very often.

Bulls punter Tyler Grassman tweeted some video of his long-snasea’s move to buy outright Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.The Blues are close to signing loan flop Kovacic for £45million in a permanent deal.Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio claims Lampard will make the Real Madrid midfielder his fipper performing some impressive tricks on Wednesday. That long snapper just happens to be Tyler’s brother, as well, Corbin Grassman.

My Snapper is better than yours 

— Tyler Grassman (@TylerGrask concedes the pressure is something that turns him off.”At the moment I don’t think the profession of trainer is reserved for me,” Van Dijk told Optus Sport. “The world can be very cruel. There are many people with opinions and that can affect yousman)

Did I mention my snapper is better than yours? 

— Tyler Grassman (@TylerGrassman)

These are both rather impressive, and there’s no way I could do either without an enormous amount of luck, but you know what? I would rather see the video where the Grassmans practice knocking the Gatorade bottle ofedly made it clear that there is no future for Sanchez at Old Trafford.The Chile international was sent out on loan to Inter Milan for this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there’s no way back for him, says the Daily Express.United are hopingf somebody’s head that didn’t work.

In the battle of impressive feats vs. dudes getting hit in the face by footballs, getting hit in the face by footballs is always going to win the battle for my heart.

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2015 National Signing Day: Uncommitted announcement times


Below is a list of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and when they will announce their decisions on National Signing Day.

You can check out all the Signing Day coverage with the .

Top Uncommitteds8:45 a.m.No. 18 OT8:45 a.m.No. 2 TE9 a.m.No. 1 SDENo. 3 overall9 a.m.No. 2 RBNo. 32 overall 9 a.m.No. 47 WR9 a.m.No. 8 RB9Mauricio Pochettino is tied to Tottenham until the end of the season.The Mirror says Pochettino’s Tottenham exit package has given under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more time.If the Argentine lands another job before the end of t:30 a.m.No. 7 OT10 a.m.No. 24 WR10 a.m.No. 21 WR10-11 a.m.No. 3 DTNo. 13 overs backing Martin Braithwaite for a positive impact at Barcelona.The former Leganes striker has joined Barca in an €18m deal as an emergency replacement for the injured Ousmane Dembele.Hareide said, “I think Barcelona picked him up to use him. Otherall10 a.m.No. 26 RB10:15talian football history in April when, after defeating rivals Fiorentina, they sealed an eighth successive league title. Their dominance of Serie A is something that has never been seen before, and they already have plans in place to continue it. One a.m.No. 54 CB10-11 a.m.No. 5 OLBNo. 47 overall 10:30 a.m.No. 6 OG11 a.m.No. 11 RB11 a.m.No. 23 ATH11:30 a.m.No. 1 OTNo. 2 overall12:00 p.m.No. 6 WRNo. 42 overall 12:30 p.m.No. 4 DTNo. 14 overall 12:30 p.m.No. 34 SDE1 p.m.No. 37 WDE1 p.m.No. 22 OG1:15 p.m.No. 16 ATH2 p.m.No. 26 WR2 p.m.No. 8 OLB2 p.m.No. 32 OLB2:15 p.m.No. 5 DTNo. 23 overall 2:15 p.m.No. 6 ILBNo. 49 overall 2:15 p.m.No. 2 SDENo. 7 overall 3 p.m.No. 20 SDE3:15 p.m.No. 19 WR3:30 p.m.No. 12 TE4 p.m.No. 1 CBNo. 4 overall 4 p.m.No. 15 S4 p.m.No. 6 SDE4 p.m.No. 36 ATH

Note: All Times are tentative and Eastern.

This was compiled by information from and .

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VIDEO: Gary Andersen says Oregon State ‘where I was supposed to go’


Gary Andersen appeared on the s Tarkowski has credited a strong pre-season for Burnley’s start to the season.The Clarets are seventh on the table with 12 points from their opening eight games, the same amount they had accumulated by Boxing Day last year.Tarkowski said: “It was onDoug Gottlieb Show on Tuesday to answer questions regarding his sudden, surprising .

Andersen said that he had seen himself as a Badgers “lifer,” but that because of a multitude of factors — most notably the positive “direction” of the Beavers program — he believed that Oregon State was the best “fit overall” for his career.

“In my mind, I know this is where I was supposed to go,” he said, “and that’s the easiest way for me to sum it up.”

Andersen vehemently denied that interference from Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez in any way motivated his decision.

“That’s absolutely not true,” he said. “Barry Alvarez is a Hallf of Fame athletic director just like he is a coach, in my opinion. Does he want to be involved in football? Just like he does with basketball and women’s hockey and men’s hockey and so on …

“He does not stick his nose into football. He wants to make sure the student-athletes are taken care of, and that’s the bottom line.”

Watch the entire inoined National South outfit Weymouth on a season-long loan.The 21-year-old will link up with Cherries team-mates Calum Ward and Sam Sherring at the Bob Lucas Stadium.Weymouth, who are managed by Cherries coach Mark Mo midfielder joined on loan with a €10m option to buy.“I signed right at the end of the window and Monday was a stressful day,” the Algeria winger said at his official unveiling.“My agent told me about the Viola, I immediately said ‘yes’ and thelesley, are currently seventh in terview above.

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Weekly Confidence Pool: The Long Con


For the last four years here at Eye On College Football I have run a weekly picks feature in which I competed against my girlfriend Lynn and my Playstation 3 in picking the week’s biggest college football games. Well, with EA Sports no longer producing a college football game, is no longer viable.

Who would have thought my relationship would outlast a video game that sold millions of copies a year?

Which means that we needed a new format because what’s the point of watching if you aren’t in the midst of a competition in which you can lord your superiority over your frirch is being linked with a move away from Aston Villa.The Birmingham Mail says according to reports, Pitarch is set to leave the club, regardless of how the season unfolds.The Villa sporting director has been with the club since 2018, when Dean Smithends and loved ones? So this year we’rr Milan coach Antonio Conte has taken aim at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s record.Conte says he should get more respect as a coach, after comparing his achievements at Chelsea to the current Reds boss and Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola.The Italie going a bit old school and starting a weekly confidence pool in which the Eye On College Football writers (, and the incredibly handsome and intelligent ) will compete against one another for the right to talk a lot of smack.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a confidence pool, it’s pretty simple. The three of us will pick any 10 games of our choosing each week and pick against the spread. The game we’re most confident in we’ll assign 10 points to, all the way down to one point for the game we have the least amount of confidence in. For each game we get correct we earn the amount of points we had assigned it.

At the end of the year the person with the most points will be crowned champion and showered with the scorn and jealousy of the two losers. I do not plan on being one of those losers.

So without further ado, let’s get to our picks for the week.

– No, the Buckeyes don’t have Braxton Miller. They do still have Joey Bosa, Michael Bennett, Adolphus Washington, and Noah Spence — quite possibly the best defensive line in the country, and one that should give even Navy’s savvy, experienced offensive line some major fits, even if Noah Spence isn’t playing. On the other side of the ball, J.T. Barrett doesn’t have the on-field exposure, but he does have the usual Urban Meyer-required athleticism and Meyer’s patented rushing schemes — the ones that made the Buckeyes the nation’s top rushing offense on a per-carry basis a year ago — at his disposal. Against the Midshipmen’s undersized (by Power 5 standards) front seven, that should be enough to cover a two-touchdown spread.

– Bo Pelini claims that FAU’s ugly split with Carl Pelini has no impact on Saturday’s game, but I’ll guess that biological loyalty will provide incentive to keep the gas pedal down on the Owls. FAU has been losing road games vs. P5 teams by 24-35 points, so I’ll gladly take the Huskers -21 and follow during the game for commentary.

– This spread is just too small. I know LSU is replacing a lot of skill players on offense, but some of the replacements (hello, Leonard Fournette) might actually be upgrades from last year. Plus the Tigers have four of five starters returning on the offensive line and it will be facing a Wisconsin defense without a single returning starter in the front seven. Oh, and Wisconsin will be starting Tanner McEvoy, who has thrown a total of zero passes in his college career. I only have to give up 4.5 points? Ok then.

Here are the rest of our picks.

Expert Picks: Confidence PoolConfidencenumberFornelliHinnenPatterson-4.5over Wisconsin-12.5over Navy-21over FAU-12.5over Navy-4.5over Wisconsin-24over Miami (Ohio)-17over Hawaii-23.5over UNLV-32.5over SMU+1.5over UCF-6.5over Tulane+20.5over Notre Dame-8over Rutgers-3.5over Miami (Fla.)-17over Hawaii-24over Miami (Ohio)-26.5over W. Virginia-10.5over California-23.5overaw with Eibar.Lionel Messi scored two goals in two minutes but champions Barcelona had to settle for a draw against an impressive Eibar side in the final La Liga match of the season.Marc Cucurella, on loan from Barcelona, grabbed the home side’s open UNLV-17over UMass-4.5over Wisconsin-21over FAU+38.5over Oklahoma-12.5over Navy-17.5over Okla. State+1.5over UCF-7.5over UTEP-10.5over Texas A&M+3over Kent State-10over Boise State

What stands out to me in our picks is that Chip has a lot of confidence in games Jerry and I won’t even touch. He has 34 points on Nebraska, Florida, Marshall and Rice while Jerry and I have eight points on those four teams between us, and Jerry doesn’t even touch any of them. Meanwhile Jerry and I assigned 10 points each to Ohio State and LSU respectively, while Chip only has a total of seven points on both.

So we can only assume that Chip knows something we don’t, or that he’s going to find himself in an early hole come next week.

Be sure to let us know how brilliant/stupid we are for our picks in the comments.

: Chip’s original eight-point game was Florida (-35.5) over Idaho. With that game being canceled due to weather, Jerry and I, being the kind, wonderful people that we are, allowed Chip to change his eight point game to Baylor (-32.5) over SMU.

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Two days later, still no clarity on ending of Wisconsin-Arizona State


Here it is Tuesday night and we still don’t know exactly what happened Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Well, at Arizona State.

Oh, we know that  for some kind of screw up at the end. But we don’t know exactly why. Falling short of the conference’s “high standard” – commissioner Larry Scott’s words – doesn’t quite get it.

The Pac-12 with supervisor of officials Tony Corrente that doesn’t really add much. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen called the situation a “life lesson” Monday and moved on. The Pac-12 penalized the officiating crew but for how long? For what?  The Pac-12 at least owes us that. Will the crew be seen alive again?

The league isn’t saying. eveals brother Joel.Slimani is currently on-loan at AS Monaco.And Joel Cantona told Football Club de Marseille: “It was my brother Eric who told me about him first. Being on the side of Lisbon and he is a supporter of Sporting, he made a splash thereCorrente said in the interview that will air Wednesday on the Pac-12 Network, “I felt we really did lack in our sense of urgency. We just didn’t react to it properly.”

Multiple calls to national supervisor of officials Rogers Redding were not returned. But here is one informed insider’s view of what occurred:

(The person did not want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the situation.)

First, here’s the.

• With 18 seconds left on first down from the Arizona State 18, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave takes the snap from the right hash, runs left and centers the ball at the 20. In the process, he at least makes a kneeling motion. But it d game plan if Harry Kane starts for Tottenham in the Champions League final.Kane has been racing to be fit for Saturday’s showdown in Madrid.But Reds defender Virgil van Dijk says his team will prepare the same way regardless of whether Kane starts.Hoesn’t matter whether Stave actually knelt with the ball with 15 seconds remaining. There is a provision in the rules that the ball is automatically down if a quarterback “assimilates” a kneeling motion. So throw that one out. The ball was “down.”

• At that point the officials blew the play dead, once again with 15 seconds left. They got that right. They at least thought the ball was down. But doesn’t mean the clock should have been stopped. It shouldn’t be stopped. The reason a quarterback usually kneels is the so-called “victory formation” so that the clock does run out.

• At that point, one Arizona State defender touches the ball as if to down it. Three other Sun Devils then pounce on the ball with 12 seconds left.

• As the clock continues to tick down, the referee identified on the game’s flip card as Jack Folliard, then gestures with his right hand as if to indicate the ball is down. With Arizona State players still milling around the ball, the umpire – identified as Douglas Wilson – kind of clears the area then holds up his right hand to stop Wisconsin from approaching the ball. Sun Devil cornerback Osahon Irabor doesn’t cross back over the line of scrimmage to his side of the ball until two seconds are remaining.

• The ball doesn’t seem to be put in play by Wilson until one second is left. Wisconsin doesn’t snap the ball until the clock runs out and confusion ensues.

• , according to Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira, a former vice president of officiating.

According to the insider, the odd way that Stave laid the ball down probably confused the officials. That still doesn’t absolve them. Folliard, a Portland, Ore., lawyer, has been a Pac-12 official since 1982 and a referee since 2002.

Wilson, the umpire responsible for spotting the ball, was that had an official suspended for one game in 2009. The official, never identified, was suspended for missing an obvious play in which a USC defender ripped the helmet off Oregon State’s James Rodgers.

In the Pac-12 video, Corrente does mention “two officials” from Saturday but doesn’t identify them.

The other officials listed on the field Saturday: head linesman Ryan Dickson, line judge Steven Kovac, side judge Aaron Santi, field judge Kevin Kieser and back judge Steven Steichen.

This is at least the biggest Pac-12 officiating screw-up since the epic Oklahoma-Oregon mess in 2006. The replay official in that game, Gordon Riese, was harassed afteward. He had worked the 1982 as well. 

At this point, we all deserve more transparency from the Pac-12. All I know is if this had been the SEC, villagers would have been in the streets with . It would have been the lead story on the SEC Network – and the SEC Network doesn’t launch for another 11 months.

As of now, everyone seems to be OK with a decision that, to me, harkens back to the in 1990. That collective mind freeze allowed Colorado to win a national championship.

At stake this time – at least – is a possible BCS berth. Think of Wisce keen to sign Rangers captain James Tavernier, per the Shield Gazette.The 28-year-old has previous experience in England with Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic.He has been very impressive for Steven Gerrard’s Gers this term, notching 14 assists asonsin if it finishes 10-2 with its only Big Ten loss to Ohio State. The difference between 11-1 and 10-2 is huge for consideration of a BCS at-large berth.

For Arizona State, ranked for the first time since 2011, this could catapult the Sun Devils to their first major bowl since the 1997 Rose Bowl. Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Tuesday he did not think the win was “tainted.”

“They still have to make a field goal [to win the game],” Graham said. “I think they had two field goal kickers who were struggling. That’s why they were trying to get it closer. I don’t think they [Wisconsin] mismanaged anything. I think they did it the way they should.

“I thought our guys were very deserving to win the game. … I don’t think we stole anything.”