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Bengals fans might have to become begrudging Steelers fans

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 11:04 AM


            PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08: A Pittsburgh Steelers fan watches from the stands in the fourth quarter during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field on October 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08: A Pittsburgh Steelers fan watches from the stands in the fourth quarter during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field on October 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals players and coaches have tossed around the phrase “control our own destiny” a few times the last couple of weeks, but it’s not true.

And it won’t be even if the Bengals beat the Steelers on Monday night.

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But it could be true on Sunday, although it would require Bengals fans to do something they might not be able to stomach: Rooting for the Steelers against Baltimore.

That because even if the Bengals run the table to finish 10-6, the Ravens (7-5) would go to the playoffs ahead of them if they also go 10-6.

The first tiebreaker is head to head, which would be even (1-1).

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Second is won-lost-tied percentage in the division, which would be even (4-2).

Third is won-lost-tied-percentage in common games, which would be even (8-6).

Fourth is won-lost-tied percentage in conference games, and the Ravens (8-4) would beat the Bengals (7-5).

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That puts Bengals fans in the unenviable position of rooting for the Steelers when they play host to the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Baltimore is the only team standing in the way of Cincinnati controlling its own destiny.

The Bengals got an assist from New England on Sunday thanks to a 23-3 win that dropped Buffalo to 6-6. The Bengals beat the Bills 20-16 in Week 5, so they would win a tiebreaker with them.

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The Bengals don’t have to worry about tiebreaker scenarios with any of the three AFC West teams who are 6-6. The Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders each have two games remaining against the others, making it impossible for a non-division winner to finish 10-6.

Therefore, Bengals fans need cheer for the Steelers Sunday night against Baltimore.

Otherwise, the only chance for the Bengals to finish ahead of the Ravens would be to have Baltimore lose another game in either Week 15 (at Cleveland) or Week 16 (vs. Indianapolis).

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If you’re wondering how the tiebreakers would play out if the Bills join the Bengals and Ravens at 10-6, don’t. Because when more than two teams are vying for a wildcard spot, if any of them are from the same division, the divisional tiebreaker is applied to eliminate all but one team per division.

So if you’re going to the game tonight, maybe ask a Steelers fan (there are sure to be thousands) to borrow a Terrible Towel for next week’s game.

Iowa-Rutgers basketball score: Live updates, how to live stream online

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa and Rutgers men’s basketball teams are set to square off at 6 p.m. CT at The RAC in Piscataway, N.J on Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten) haven’t played in six days. In their last contest, Iowa won 104-97 in overtime against Illinois on Jan. 11. The Scarlet Knights (11-8, 1-5) lost 68-46 to Ohio State on Sunday.

Iowa-Rutgers games updates

Iowa-Rutgers pregame updates

5:00 pm, CT — Welcome to the Land of 10 live blog for the Iowa-Rutgers men’s basketball game.


Iowa-Rutgers basketball game time, details

  • Time: 6 p.m. CT tipoff
  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17
  • Location: The RAC, Piscataway, N.J.

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Rutgers?

BTN will air the Iowa-Rutgers game. Kevin Kugler will call the action while Shon Morris provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Rutgers online?

BTN2Go will stream the game. Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Rutgers on the radio?

In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. 

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.

 

Iowa-Rutgers preview

Both Iowa and Rutgers are searching for their second league win. The Hawkeyes will look to replicate their second-half performance against Illinois, which fueled their win on Jan. 11. Iowa shot 53.3 percent and committed only 4 turnovers in the second half while making it a point to get the ball inside.

Forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza combined for 40 points. Expect the Hawkeyes to try to establish them against the Scarlet Knights.

“You have to be able to score in a variety of ways,” coach Fran McCaffery said, “but for us, we have to establish the low post.”

It won’t be easy. Rutgers is stout defensively, ranked No. 27th nationally in the KenPom adjusted defensive metric. The Scarlet Knights are holding opponents to 29.6 percent shooting from the 3-point line.

Opponents with success at dribble penetration and scoring near the basket pose problems for the Hawkeyes. It’s why Rutgers’ guard Corey Sanders is a potential problem. Sanders leads the Scarlet Knights with 14.2 points per game and scored at least 22 points in two of his last three contests.

“He is really fast, and he’s a tremendous finisher,” McCaffery said. “He has a phenomenal pull-up game. Obviously, capable from three, but better attacking you. He is good with ball screens, and he is also a guy when he gets going, then he becomes almost unstoppable. You got to really focus on him.”

 

Berry Tramel: Trae Young’s turnovers causing concern for Sooners

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:13 PM

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Ohio State offers 2019 Wisconsin QB commit Graham Mertz

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

Ohio State beat Wisconsin in December’s Big Ten title game. Now the Buckeyes are challenging the Badgers on the recruiting trail.

Ohio State has offered 2019 quarterback Graham Mertz, who verbally committed to Wisconsin in October. Mertz tweeted about the offer Wednesday evening.

Ohio State offers 2019 QB Graham Mertz

Mertz is rated as a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-4 prospect from Kansas is considered the No. 7 pro-style quarterback and the No. 302 overall player in the 2019 class.

Ohio State is not the only Big Ten power to come after Mertz since his Wisconsin commitment. Mertz picked up an offer from Jim Harbaugh and Michigan last month.

Mertz transferred to Blue Valley North High School ahead of his junior season, where he had the chance to start.

“From Day 1, it’s like the kid has been at this high school since his freshman year,” his high school coach, Andy Sims, told Land of 10. “He’s only a junior. But it’s also like he’s been around these guys since third grade football or something.”

 

 

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/17/2018)

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 is getting closer, as the NFL Playoffs have conference title games this Sunday. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
27 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
28 New Orleans Saints Harold Landry Boston College LB
29 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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