As conference play starts in full force this weekend, so do games that really matter. With the Big 10 holding down five of the top twenty AP rankings spots, and the SEC claiming seven, it’s no surprise these conferences take center stage. Here’s a quick preview of the four biggest games tomorrow:
No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan State
11 am Central
Here’s a fun fact I bet you didn’t know – the Badgers and Spartans have won five of the last six Big Ten championships. Fun fact number 2, they’ll square off for the first time since 2012 when the two clash in East Lansing tomorrow.
The Badgers are 10-1 when scoring first and 12-0 when leading at halftime under head coach Paul Chryst.
The Badgers are 3-0 for the first time since 2011 and have won 10 of their last 11 … Read More »
FRISCO—Jason Spezza is about to enter his third season with the Dallas Stars and the veteran center can’t be happier with how things have gone thus far in Big D. “Yeah, I think we’re growing. We feel like we’re in a bit of a window here, we have to try to win,” Spezza said. “You can sense the urgency around the rink, you can sense through [Stars President] Jim [Lites] and [head coach] Lindy [Ruff], just the push to try to make us better.”
Last season, Spezza, 33, had 33 goals and 63 points, his first 30-goal season since 2011-12 with the Ottawa Senators. Along with captain Jamie Benn (41 goals) and Tyler Seguin (33 goals), he was one of three 30-goal scorers last season with the Stars, who led the NHL with 267 goals.
The season prior, his first as a … Read More »
LANDOVER, MD – The Cowboys rallied to beat the Redskins 27-23 on Sunday with but a single glaring flaw — and optimists can cling hopefully to the notion that this flaw might never again be so exposed. “Whenever the ball is in my hand, it’s my responsibility to protect it,” said Ezekiel Elliott, the rookie running back who fumbled twice (losing one) to keep this NFC East duel all-too-close. “It’s on me.”
It was “on” Zeke’s backup however, veteran Alfred Morris, to provide the final margin of victory on a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against his former Redskins mates. And now some critics will wonder if Morris (five carries for seven yards) should supplant Elliott (83 yards on 21 carries with a TD) as a starter. You held your breath through Zeke’s dropsies. But don’t hold your breath … Read More »
The Reverse Barometer is back, which is good news for some (fans of the teams I pick to lose) and better news for others (unquestioned entertainment as you contemplate your weekend football picks). Just do yourself a favor, bet the exact opposite of what I say and you’ll be safe. I think. I mean, bet at your own risk. Oh, what the heck – here are the predictions.
Ohio State at Oklahoma: If Bob Stoops is known as “Big Game Bob,” then Urban Meyer is… “Unreal Urban?” I don’t know. But with a record of 156-27 as a head coach (third-best winning percentage, all-time) with three National Titles, I think Meyer is doing just fine. I give Oklahoma a chance, simply because it’s in Norman. But it will take an impressive performance by Baker Mayfield to get it done. But OU … Read More »
FRISCO—There is a sign hanging outside of Toyota Stadium featuring FC Dallas fans holding a banner reading “Thank You Uncle Lamar.”
That sign is of course a reference to legendary Dallas sports figure Lamar Hunt, the founding owner of FCD back in its days known as the Dallas Burn. Well, on Tuesday night, FCD honored Hunt’s memory in a huge way by winning the tournament which bears his name, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, with a 4-2 victory against the New England Revolution at Toyota Stadium.
Dallas won the Open Cup for just the second time in franchise history. The 1997 Dallas Burn captured the trophy in the franchise’s second year of existence. In 2005, the Burn rebranded to become FC Dallas, a paradigm shift which coincided with the club’s relocation to Frisco. Twice FCD has appeared in the Open Cup … Read More »
ARLINGTON – “Average.” It’s a dirty word in the NFL, because in this parity-based league, two-thirds of the teams will end up within two games of .500 … and therefore, “average” is nothing. And that’s where Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is today.
“I think I was average,” said Zeke, a focal point of Dallas’ season-opening 20-19 home loss to the Giants yesterday afternoon. “Average. That’s not why I was brought here to be average, so we’ve got a lot of work to get done. A lot to work on.”
Elliott, the fourth-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, was supposed to be a reason Dallas might survive the temporary injury loss of Tony Romo. But Romo rookie replacement, Dak Prescott, joining Zeke behind the top offensive line in the game was supposed to do that too. And a healthy Dez … Read More »
We’re a week into the college football season and fresh off an opening weekend like none the great game has experienced before. There were important matchups between ranked teams, maybe even more importantly major schools with huge appeal lining up to play each other often times with stunning results. The effect of the College Football Playoff was on full display. Strength of schedule matters. Fans were the big winners. So was ESPN whose Texas-Notre Dame telecast was the second highest rated telecast of an opening weekend game (exceeded only by Miami-Florida State in 2005) ever. Now about the slate of games in Week 2…not nearly close to as compelling as there are exactly NO games between ranked teams. TCU-Arkansas is the top game of the week, but with all due respect to those schools and their fans, that’s not going … Read More »