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Playoffs? Cincinnati Bengals still alive, but not by much

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks for an open receiver during the second half of their 23-20 loss to the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks for an open receiver during the second half of their 23-20 loss to the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff hopes took a big hit as they let Monday night’s game against the Steelers slip away , but as disappointing as the loss was, there is no time to dwell.

Despite questions still centering around Pittsburgh on Wednesday when the team returned from an off day, the Bengals (5-7) were ready to move on.

They are hanging on by a thread in the AFC playoff picture heading into Sunday’s home game against Chicago (3-9), sitting two games behind the Ravens (7-5) for a wild card spot with three other teams still ahead of them. The Chargers, Bills and Raiders are all 6-6.

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“At this point, we just have to handle our business and worry about what we can control, and that’s trying to win every game we play,” quarterback Andy Dalton said Wednesday. “We’ve been in this position before and made it. I think we made it our first year (2011) — we had to have help, and we were able to make it happen and end the year 9-7. At this point, we’ve just got to win and hope everything falls into place.”

Dalton said it’s difficult to erase what happened Monday – the Bengals gave up a 17-point lead and lost on a last-second field goal – but especially in a short week, it’s important to move on quickly.

Others said the loss is one that can make them stronger going forward. The Bengals played arguably their best half of football as they took a 17-0 lead in the second quarter, but the Steelers gained the momentum with a field goal heading into halftime and came back to score on the first drive of the second half to continue their climb.

“You have to have a short memory,” defensive end Chris Smith said. “Anything can happen in this league, so we just have to maintain (composure) and have a short memory and move onto the next week. In the NFL, you have your wins and losses, and you have to learn from them and move on.”

It helps their next opponent has been struggling, too, but the Bengals can’t afford any more slip-ups and are still relying on a lot of help from other teams to get through to the postseason.

“We’ve got to learn from it,” linebacker Kevin Minter said. “Now we don’t necessarily control our own destiny and that’s on us, but we’ve got to keep playing and hope everything works out for us. It’s a strong team, and if we get a chance, I feel like we can do something but stuff has to get corrected. I feel like we’ll figure it out.”

LOOK: These reflective Louisville uniforms are the most creative of 2017

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

Louisville is getting decked out in some of the most flashiest uniforms, literally, that you’ll ever see.

The Cardinals are squaring off with Memphis on Saturday in the Gotham Classic from Madison Square Garden.

Louisville (7-2) is aiming for its second four-game winning streak of the season. A few hours before tipoff, the Cardinals revealed quite the snazzy set for their trip to the Big Apple.

Click play and witness the magic of technology:

These have to be the most creative uniforms of 2017.

In the first game of the Gotham Classic from Louisville, the Cardinals routed Bryant 102-59. The Gotham Classic concludes with a Louisville home game on Dec. 20 vs. Albany.

Kory Taylor commits to Purdue: Boilermakers land 2018 WR

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

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The Boilermakers added another player to their 2018 recruiting class on Saturday morning, as 3-star wide receiver Kory Taylor announced that he is committed to Purdue.

Taylor, a native of Hilliard, Ohio, made the announcement on Twitter.

See the tweet below:

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Taylor played his high school ball in his hometown at Hilliard Bradley High School.

Taylor received scholarship offers from 21 schools, including Minnesota, Rutgers, Louisville and Iowa State. However, he ultimately chose Purdue after visiting the school on Friday.

According to 247Sports, Taylor is ranked No. 23 among all Ohio wide receivers in the 2018 recruiting class, and No. 97 overall among all receivers.

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Alabama will pay almost $3 million for two non-conference games next season

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

Alabama will pay a pretty penny for two of its non-conference games next season.

The Crimson Tide’s matchups against Arkansas State and Louisiana will total just shy of $3 million for them to come to Bryant-Denny Stadium, according to Chandler Rome of The Anniston Star.

Alabama’s game against Arkansas State on Sept. 8 will cost $1.7 million, while the Sept. 29 meeting with Louisiana will see the school send $1.25 million.

The matchup with the Red Wolves will be the third between the two schools, with the last one coming in 2008, a 35-0 win for the Tide in Nick Saban’s second year coaching in Tuscaloosa. Meanwhile, it will be the first time Alabama has played Louisiana in football.

For comparison, two of Alabama’s non-conference opponents this season also netted about $3 million as the school reportedly paid Colorado State $1.5 million and Fresno State $1.4 million. Mercer of the FCS got $900,000.

Mark Dantonio passes on answering awkward question about Jim Harbaugh’s khakis

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

Mark Dantonio was on the west coast earlier this week doing some interviews in the lead up to Michigan State’s meeting with Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. There was one question that caught him off guard — and it had to do with a rival coach’s pants.

Toward the end of an joint interview with Washington State coach Mike Leach on San Diego’s KUSI, Dantonio was asked about an autographed pair of Jim Harbaugh’s khakis that were up for auction at a Michigan banquet. KUSI’s Brandon Stone asked the Spartans’ head coach how much he thought the signed trousers sold for at the auction.

Dantonio, who has been in a war of words with Harbaugh during the last two weeks, sidestepped the question, saying “it’s sort of irrelevant to this conversation, really. I’ll pass on that one.”

Leach, one of the most colorful coaches in college football, stepped in and made things a little less awkward, but it was still a peculiar exchange.

Here’s the video. The khaki question comes around the 7:00 mark.

The starting bid for the khakis in question was $900 and the pants received no bids at the auction.