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Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 10:04 AM
— Well, we just finished a long and terrible weekend for football in Ohio — and the Browns didn’t even play!
I figured the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t have much chance to win in Jacksonville, but their 23-7 loss was still disappointing.
On the bright side, I don’t see that being possible again this season because all expectations for success are officially gone.
This is a lost season for a flawed team that seems to have no direction. I doubt they are going to win as many games as the raw ability on the roster says they should.
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There seems to be little doubt sometime between now and January, Marvin Lewis will cease being the Bengals’ coach, although it’s also fair to wonder if anyone was coaching them Sunday anyway.
Jay Morrison pointed out Cincinnati has been badly outplayed after halftime this season, and frankly I’m surprised the point disparity isn’t worse.
#Bengals have been outscored 68-40 in second half this year.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) November 5, 2017
What a coaching change will mean for Andy Dalton is certainly intriguing, too.
The Bengals ran the fewest plays in a game in franchise history, and Pro Football Weekly pointed out the record broken was set by an offense being run by replacement players.
Bengals ran 37 plays today. THIRTY SEVEN!!— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) November 5, 2017
Fewest in team history. Previous low was in strike season in game with 3 nobodies at QB. pic.twitter.com/WaDkfhKITT
Does that mean Dalton is worse than three nobodies?
He might as well be at this point.
Of course he’s in a terrible situation with the offensive line, but Dalton’s toothless response continues to leave a lot to be desired considering his status on the team.
He is doing nothing at this point to resemble a franchise quarterback.
At least A.J. Green cares.
Somebody needs to tell the Bengals’ best player not to punch someone wearing a helmet, but that was a pretty impressive takedown move he pulled on Jalen Ramsey.
Of course, a veteran guy like that needs to keep his cool. There’s no excuse for fighting, and he deserved to be ejected. So did Ramsey, who I’m sure knows as well as anybody a punch is one of the likely responses to pushing someone like that.
He started it. Green finished it. Now we’ll see what the league thinks about whether or not either of them should play next week.
The Bengals would certainly miss Green if they had a competent offense. Fortunately, wins and losses don’t matter from here on out anyway…
If you are still in disbelief Iowa whipped Ohio State so badly Saturday, you’re not alone.
As much as there is to question about the Buckeyes’ performance, the Hawkeyes played an outstanding game in all three phases.
I feel comfortable saying Iowa won’t play that well again for about another 50 years. The Hawkeyes might have beaten anybody in the country the way all cylinders were firing from the start.
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Ohio State gave them some big boosts, though, beginning with the decision to drop J.T. Barrett back to pass on first down.
No matter how well he played a week earlier, Barrett is not a drop-back passer.
Ohio State is supposed to be a run-oriented team. Urban Meyer’s insistence on changing that despite his personnel has practically crippled the program.
That is not hyperbole. The misguided offensive approach for the last 2 3/4 seasons has set up the whole team for failure now multiple times since the Buckeyes used a dominant running game and defense to steamroll to the 2014 national championship.
And, yes, I realize the defense stunk on Saturday, too.
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That side of the ball hasn’t been the same for the majority of the Meyer era, either.
Remember how it was bad for like half of 2012, all of 2013 and even the first part of ’14?
I know, it’s easy to forget.
That unit is young and rebuilding for the second year in a row. Some bumps in the road are understandable, although you’d like to think they would be in the past by now.
Iowa was not the team anybody would have picked to tear them apart the way they did Saturday, but in today’s college football what the Hawkeyes do is unique and not something Ohio State had seen much of.
Iowa exploited those advantages to the Nth degree, something Meyer teams used to be known for rather than simply out-talenting people, which is generally all they do now.
What’s the answer in Columbus?
Lots has changed over the past few years, but the same problems persist.
The guy in charge obviously still knows how to set up a program. He’s not forgotten his ability to put a good culture in place — even if the Buckeyes weren’t ready mentally on Saturday, the fact is sometimes that just happens with human beings, especially teenagers — but he’s not getting the production he needs from some of those people who work for him.
Some of that is probably his fault. All of it falls back on him.
Can he get it fixed?…
Our local big schools took some lumps in the high school football playoffs, too.
In Division I, Wayne, Fairmont and Northmont all lost to suburban Columbus schools while top seed Centerville cruised into round two.
In Division II, Sidney took out Belmont in a high-scoring affair and gets three-time defending state champ La Salle while Trotwood-Madison and Dunbar will square off in Division III…
High School Football: Regional semifinal game sites announced >>> https://t.co/xjLCbjJGO7— daytonsports (@daytonsports) November 5, 2017
Hey, at least basketball provided some positive vibes.
Dayton sold out an exhibition game for the second year in a row, and the Flyers beat Ohio Dominican 79-61 in fans’ first chance to see Anthony Grant’s team against a live opponent.
That fan turnout is obviously pretty impressive.
So, too, is Kostas Antetokounmpo’s athletic ability, but that’s not a big surprise.
It’s hard to draw too much from one game — especially an exhibition against a lower-division opponent — but we know the Flyers are big and athletic.
They had a positive assist/turnover ratio but shot only 27 percent from three-point range.
I suspect those will be key stats to watch this season.
Ohio State took care of business easily, too, with an exhibition win over Wooster in Chris Holtmann’s first game of any sort leading the Buckeyes.
Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, including Keita Bates-Diop, who had 17 to lead the way.
A breakout campaign from Diop, a former five-star recruit who has never put it together in Columbus and was hurt last year, could change the profile of this season significantly for Ohio State much like getting four-star recruit Antetokounmpo on the floor after he had to sit out last season might mean big things for the Flyers.
Maybe winter a surprisingly fun winter can make up for this disappointing fall.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:15 AM
East-West Shrine Game 2018 is set for Saturday, Jan. 20. Find the rosters, game time and TV channel information below.
The game features college football stars competing in an all-star game. Players and coaches also visit local Shriners Hospitals during the game week.
|5||WR||DaeSean Hamilton||Penn State|
|9||QB||Quinton Flowers||South Florida|
|10||WR||Daurice Fountain||Northern Iowa|
|16||QB||J.T. Barrett||Ohio State|
|23||RB||D’Ernest Johnson||South Florida|
|50||OG||Tony Adams||NC State|
|51||OG||Cory Helms||South Carolina|
|57||C||Austin Kuhnert||North Dakota State|
|64||C||Brian Allen||Michigan State|
|65||OG||Kyle Bosch||West Virginia|
|70||OG||Connor Hilland||William & Mary|
|71||C||Brad Lundblade||Oklahoma State|
|84||TE||Cam Serigne||Wake Forest|
|86||TE||Damon Gibson||Minnesota State|
|INJ||WR||Cam Phillips||Virginia Tech|
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is the recipient of the East-West Shrine Game’s Pat Tillman Award, which celebrates a player’s achievements and conduct on and off the field.
|3||CB||Deatrick Nichols||South Florida|
|6||LB||Matthew Thomas||Florida State|
|15||CB||Grant Haley||Penn State|
|17||S||Damon Webb||Ohio State|
|20||S||Trey Marshall||Florida State|
|24||CB||Greg Stroman||Virginia Tech|
|31||CB||Brandon Facyson||Virginia Tech|
|32||S||Tre Flowers||Oklahoma State|
|33||DE||Marcus Martin||Slippery Rock|
|34||LB||Jacob Pugh||Florida State|
|40||LB||Jason Cabinda||Penn State|
|45||LB||Chris Worley||Ohio State|
|49||P||Joseph Davidson||Bowling Green|
|53||LS||Hunter Bradley||Mississippi State|
|90||DT||Parker Cothren||Penn State|
|92||DE||Curtis Cothran||Penn State|
|96||DE||Kentavius Street||NC State|
|97||DE||Dalton Keene||Illinois State|
|98||DT||Deadrin Senat||South Florida|
|6||QB||Jeremiah Briscoe||Sam Houston State|
|7||QB||Nick Stevens||Colorado State|
|10||TE||Blake Mack||Arkansas State|
|15||K||Matthew McCrane||Kansas State|
|16||QB||Nick Shimonek||Texas Tech|
|19||WR||Jake Wieneke||South Dakota State|
|62||C||Jacob Ohnesorge||South Dakota State|
|68||OT||Zachary Crabtree||Oklahoma State|
|76||OG||Cody O’Connell||Washington State|
|77||C||Jake Bennett||Colorado State|
|82||WR||Jordan Thomas||Mississippi State|
|87||TE||Andrew Vollert||Weber State|
|88||TE||David Wells||San Diego State|
|2||LB/QB||Joel Lanning||Iowa State|
|3||S||Secdrick Cooper||Louisiana Tech|
|8||S||Cole Reyes||North Dakota|
|11||LB||Ja’Von Rolland-Jones||Arkansas State|
|18||P||Shane Tripucka||Texas A&M|
|24||CB||Heath Harding||Miami (Ohio)|
|25||CB||Davontae Harris||Illinois State|
|44||LS||Drew Scott||Kansas State|
|45||DE||Joe Ostman||Central Michigan|
|92||DT||P.J. Hall||Sam Houston State|
The annual all-star game will be played at 3 p.m. ET. The game is in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Jan. 20
Location: St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Shrine Game can be watched on NFL Network.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
Tennessee is coming off a loss against Missouri on Wednesday and will try to bounce back Saturday.
The Vols travel to South Carolina in an attempt to get back on the right foot. Tennessee has struggled on the road this season and the 12-6 Gamecocks will present a challenge.
The Vols needs better guard play moving forward. Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden combined for 3 points against Missouri. The Vols won’t win many games without the guards providing more of an offensive spark the remainder of the season.
The game can be watched on ESPN 2.
The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.)
The game will air on the Vol Sports Network. Check local listings.
The Vols face Vanderbilt on Tuesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
Notre Dame will travel to South Carolina to face No. 20 Clemson in a clash of two teams looking to bounce back from mid-week losses on Saturday, Jan. 20. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Jan. 20
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
The Notre Dame-Clemson basketball game will air on ESPN.
The Notre Dame-Clemson basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.
Both Notre Dame and Clemson will look to snap losing streaks — but streaks of different kinds — when the two teams meet in an ACC clash Saturday.
The Irish, who started the season 7-1 and climbed as high as No. 5 in the AP poll at one point this season, will seek to bounce back from three consecutive losses, the most recent (and painful) of which came in double overtime at home against Louisville. All three of Notre Dame’s recent losses have come without forward Bonzie Colson, who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks this season, in the lineup. Colson has missed the last five games after breaking a bone in his left foot during a practice.
Clemson, meanwhile, will look to get back to its winning ways after a loss at North Carolina on Tuesday. Perhaps more significantly, however, the Tigers will be seeking their first win in program history over the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has won all five previous matchups between the two teams.
Notre Dame will be missing not only Colson, but one of Colson’s replacements in the lineup: freshman forward DJ Harvey. Harvey suffered a bone bruise in his left knee against Louisville and is expected to miss roughly four weeks of action.
In the absence of Harvey, forward Martinas Geben will likely be looked to to pick up the slack. Against Louisville, Geben scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Eleven of those 17 boards came on the offensive glass, which set a Notre Dame record. In addition, point guard Matt Farrell, who missed three games himself with an ankle injury, will likely be counted on heavily to run the Irish offense. Farrell leads the team with 5.3 assists per game and scored 23 points in his return to the floor against Louisville.
Clemson, meanwhile, is off to its best start since the 2009-2010 season, though the Tigers have dropped two of their past three. Clemson features an extremely balanced offense and a stingy defense. Five Tiger players average more than 10 points per game, led by junior guard Marquise Reed, who is averaging 16.2 per game. On the defensive end, Clemson ranks 15th nationally in defensive efficiency, according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings.
Home-court advantage should provide Clemson an edge. The Tigers have lost just one out of the 15 games they have played at home this season. The 14 wins include victories over ranked opponents Miami and Florida. Playing at home and against a shorthanded Irish team, if there was ever a prime opportunity for Clemson to pick up its first win against Notre Dame, this appears to be it.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) play host to the No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) in a Big Ten game pitting teams from opposite ends of the standings.
Purdue holds an 88-76 lead in the series, which dates to 1908. Iowa has won five of the past seven games, including the past four in Iowa City. The teams split last season’s games.
Iowa will celebrate former player Chris Street, who died 25 years ago in a car accident. Many of Street’s former teammates and coaches will be in attendance, and there will be a halftime presentation.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) January 15, 2018
ESPN will air the Iowa-Purdue game. Dave Flemming will call the action while Dan Dakich provides analysis.
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
You can listen on Sirius 135/XM channel 195. 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.
For Purdue, Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor call the action. In Indiana, 96.5 FM (WAZY-Lafayette) is the flagship affiliate, while Boilermaker basketball airs in Indianapolis on WNDE (97.5 FM/1260 AM). Click here for other Purdue radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
On paper, this is the biggest mismatch in the Big Ten this season. In league play, Purdue averages 77 points a game to rank second. Iowa scores 75.3 points a game, ranking fifth. But when it comes to defense, Purdue is the league’s best in holding opponents to 60.4 points per game. Iowa is by far the league’s worst at 84.1 points per game.
The point differential translates to different courses for these long-time Big Ten foes. Purdue (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) is ranked third nationally. Iowa (10-10, 1-6) is one spot above last in the league. Despite the Hawkeyes winning the past four home games against the Boilermakers, the numbers alone show the recipe for a potential blowout.
“We have to execute, and we have to put two halves together, which, quite honestly, we haven’t really done against good teams,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We’ve played terrific sometimes one half versus another. And even in some of our better victories, we get down 20 to Illinois, but we won. Colorado, we blew two leads and won. You’ve got to play both halves against that team.”
Iowa might have an emotional edge with a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a “White Out.” The program will celebrate former player Chris Street throughout the game and honor his legacy in a halftime ceremony. Street was killed in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993 but remains one of the most popular athletes in school history.
“The fact that we’re going to honor his memory the way we are [Saturday] is special,” McCaffery said. “It speaks to who we are as a program, as an institution. And I always use the words we’re a family, and that’s what you do. You remember, and you honor. It will be good for everybody involved.”
“We all know that it’s a special day, a special game,” Iowa forward Tyler Cook said. “I think hearing the kind of guy that he was and the kind of player that he was and what he brought to this team kind of does inspire us. So I’m looking forward to it.”
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