Washington State coach Nick Rolovich among school leaders taking pay cut during coronavirus pandemic


There remains no official update as to when the 2020 college football season will start in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until that time arrives, though, college athletic departments across the country are taking every measure necessary to weather the storm, and that nowg of Kieran Tierney over Wilfried Zaha.As the Gunners have a limited summer transfer budget, it is unlikely that both big money purchases would happen.Despite the excitement of a possible Zaha signing among Arsenal fans, Seaman believes that adding T includes . 

On Monday, athletic director Pat Chun announced that he, along with football coach Nick Rolovich, basketball coach and university president Kirk Schulz, would be taking a voluntary five percent pay cut. Furthermore, all those accepting the pay reduction would voluntarily forego all bonuses and incentives through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. That means taking about a $150,000 reduction from 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 lehis $3 million salary fpions League.Khedira was asked about his side’s chances of a ninth straight Scudetto and a first Champions League since 1996.He said, “I want to make my dream of winning the Champions League with Juve come true because I love the club, the team andor Rolovich, who’s set to enter his first season at the helm of the Cougars. 

“We would like to personally thank Coach Rolovich, Coach Smith and all of our coaches for taking a leadership role during these unprecedented times,” Chun said in a . “As always, we will continue to examine long-term opportunities in operating expense efficiencies as we continue our budgeting process for the next fiscal year.”

This is not the first time an athletic department has been forced to scale back because of COVID-19 and its effects. Earlier this month, announced a and suspension of bonuses for coaches and administrators. Like Washington State, those reductions and freezes are in place for one year. Washington State and Iowa State have also announced a freeze in ticket prices for all sports in the wake of the pandemic. 


Colorado coaching search: Kansas City Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy withdraws name from consideration


Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and former running backs Zinedine Zidane has hinted he expects a new midfielder to arrive in January.Before today’s clash with Sevilla, Zidane was asked about Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.”Eriksen or Van de Beek? That is something for Eric Bieniemy has withdrawn hiitness programmes as they wait for a decision over the resumption of Serie A.Asked about how he will stay fit, Castillejo revealed that Milan have sent him a training program to work on at home. However, as he highlighted, there is only so much you cs name from consideration for the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, . ESPN also . 

The news came just hours after offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian also withdrew his name from consideration for the job that was formerly occupied by Mel Tucker. hired Tucker away from Colorado earlier this month after he went 5-7 in his only season in Boulder. 

Bieniemy is one of the hottest candidates at any level, and has interviewed for multiple head coaching vacancies since taking over as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2018. He led the Chiefs’ offense to a win over the San Francisco 49ers in LIV earlier this month, and helped quarterback Patrick Mahomes win the game’s MVn Tuesday to book their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero had the hosts up by two goals at half-time, before the latter added his second for the game after 56 minutes.Jack Stephens grabbed a consolation for SaP. 

Where does Colorado turn from here? Former and head coach Bret Bielema has reportedly interviewed for the position. He spent two seasons on the New England Patriots staff after being let go by the Razorbacks following the 2017 season. He was recently hired to coach outside linebackers on the New York Giants staff. 

Another option is current Air Force coach Troy Calhoun. He has served as head coach of the Falcons since 2007, amassing a 98-69 record.

The Buffaloes could turn to interim head coach Darrin Chiaverini. A former wide receiver with the Buffaloes, Chiaverini has been on the Colorado staff since 2016 in multiple roles including co-offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. 


Tennessee vs. Indiana: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, Birmingham Bowl kickoff time, odds, picks


Thursday night’s Gator Bowl matchup between Tennessee and Indiana features two of the bigger surprises from the 2019 season. The Vols struggled out of the gate, losing to Georgia State and BYU at home, but really turned things around in the back half of the year. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, were one of the biggest shockers out of the Big Ten, winning eight games for the first time since 1993.

The Volunteers enter the game at 7-5 with a defense that has come of age over the last month-and-a-half of the season. Quarterback has emerged as a weapon under center after some hiccups during his junior season on Rocky Top. The Hoosiers have withstood an injury to quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. thanks to the play of dual-threat weapon .

This will also be just the second time these two schools have met on the football field with the last coming all the way back in 1988 with the Vols winning 27-22.

So who wins this showdown between SEC and Big Ten foes? Let’s take a closer look at the matchup and storylines to follow before making some expert picks both straight up and aerino says they should be moving for Manchester United veteran Nemanja Matic next month.Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been snapped up by Milan and Nocerino wants Matic to be signed too.He told Gazetta dello Sport: “With Zlatan there are no compatibility igainst the spread.

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 Guarantano was benched after erratic play and injuries nagged him during the first half of the season, but he has come back with a vengeance. He threw eight touchdowns during the five-game winning streak to close out the regular season, and has re-established himself as the unquestioned No. 1 atop the depth chart. A big reason for his success has been a wide receiving corps that has been money throughout the season. Veteran  has 57 catches for 942 yards and eight touchdowns. He will miss the first half of the bowl game due to a suspension stemming from an incident in the season finale vs. , which will allow senior and junior plenty of opportunities to step up early. The defense finally figured it out down the stretch. The Vols gave up just 280.8 yards per game and 4.35 yards per play in the months of November.

The Hoosiers won five of their last seven games to close out the regular season, which included a 44-41 win over rival in which Ramsey went off. The junior threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns while adding 42 yards and two scores on the ground. Wide receiver has been the star outside with 69 catches for 1,001 yards and five touchdowns, and the rushing attack is in good hands with leading the charge. The defense hasn’t been great, but when it matters — especially on third downs (34.78%) — the Hoosiers have gotten the job down.

Gator Bowl prediction, picks

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was fighting for his job t Arsenal.As the Hornets prepare for a game against the Gunners on Sunday, they are sweating on the fitness of Cathcart.With a new manager in charge at the club, Quique Sanchez Flores, Cathcart will have to wait to impress the Spaniard.Flores spoke athree months ago, and now he finds himself in a bowl in just his second year as a head coach. That speaks volumes toward his ability to keep his team motivated and his maturation as a head coach. That will continue on Saturday. There’s nobody on Indiana’s defense that can hang with Callaway and Jennings, so expect Tennessee to establish the run, work off play-action and run away late. 

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Michigan State coaching candidates: Luke Fickell, Pat Narduzzi lead replacements for Mark Dantonio


Mark Dantonio’s retirement can’t be that much of a surprise. Embroiled in a wrongful termination lawsuit, Coach D merely had to get past Jan. 15 when he collected a $4.3 million retention bonus.

Lately, Dantonio had been criticized not only for the downturn of the football program but off-the-field issues as well. There have been questions about some of the players he has brought into the program over the last few years beyond the three dismissals in 2017.

Still, on the field, we will remember the Dantonio era fondly at MSU. He took over the Spartans in 2007 about the time Mike Hart was calling “Little Brother.” A blood feud took off from there. Dantonio went 8-5 against the Wolverines.

That was part of Dantonio becoming the winningest coach in school history. He won 114 games, three Big Ten titles and took the Spartans to the 2015 Playoff. That came a year after Dantonio led Michigan State to its first Rose Bowl in 26 years, a 24-20 win over . At that point, Michigan State hadn’t been as powerful and relevant since the 1960s under Duffy Daugherty.

Coach D will be known for his sheer grit. He took three-stars and coached them up to play like five-stars. His Spartans played with a similar determination.

A day before the formal National Signing Day commences, Michigan State becomes the sixth opening since the 2019 early signing period.

Here are the top candidates to replace Dantonio at Michigan State.

Fickell is the leader in the clubhouse until further notice. He and Dantonio coached under Jim Tressel at for two years, winning a national championship together in 2002. Fickell now has proven himself as a head coach after posting back to back 11-win seasons at Cincinnati. Most of all for Michigan State, Fickell is Big Ten born and bred having played linebacker at Ohio State and recruiting the region for most of his career.

Another no-brainer for Michigan State fans who remember Narduzzi as Dantonio’s defensive coordinator from 2007-14. While Narduzzi’s results have been mixed at Pittsburgh (36-29), knowing the culture and recruiting at Michigan State would be a huge plus. From 2011-14, Narduzzi’s Michigan State defense was the only FBS unit to finish in the top 10 in total defense and rushing defense. At Pittsburgh, his defenses have gone from 100th in total D to 15th last season.

Jeff Scott got his chance to run a program (at ), so why not Elliott? The two have combined to run Clemson’s offense together for the last five years. They’ve been at Clemson under Dabo Swinney for a total of nine years. Whoever Michigan State hires is going to need offensive promise. The Spartans have cratered offensively the past two seasons. Whatever the futuian Eriksen remained at Tottenham Hotspur.The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of next season, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his signature.But Hariede thinks his star midfielder could choose to stay in north London.He sare holds, Michigan State will have to be entertaining.  

Allen has a similar profile to Dantonio when Coach D got to Michigan State. In 2016, Allen arrived as Kevin Wilson’s staff as defensive coordinator at IU. Allen pulled off one of the most dramatic defensive turnarounds in recent memory. The Hoosiers went from 120th in total D to 45th. In 2017, Allen replaced Wilson as coach. The Hoosiers won eight games in 2019 for the first time in 26 years. Allen is 0-3 against Michigan State.

Clawson would mark a complete culture change at Michigan State, which might not be aed legend Chris Waddle is surprised Steve Bruce wants to join the club.Bruce is expected to leave Sheffield Wednesday to takeover at the club he supported as a boy.And Waddle warned the former Manchester United defender that he was walking into one o bad thing. Clawson is known for his innovative “Clawfense” spread scheme. His teams typically punch above their weight class. Michigan State administration, fans and players got a good look at Clawson in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Demon Deacons played tough, losing 27-21 at Yankee Stadium. Clawson lost his quarterback, , who transferred tistian Pulisic to fight for his place.Some in the USA have accused the Chelsea boss of favouritism because he is picking young English players ahead of the big-money signing from Pennsylvania.But Lampard said: “This is one of my difficult problems o . This might be a good time to leave.

Anderson’s name has made several candidates lists this silly season. He was offered at but didn’t make it through the process after the search became public. Anderson is 47-30 at Arkansas State, having gone to six straight bowls. At this point, Anderson would have to be a fallback option if Fickell or Narduzzi don’t take the job.

As hot as Campbell has been, he would be wise to take a pass on this one. Michigan State is an enhanced version of Iowa State in that both schools have to fight every day against bigger programs in their state. Michigan State isn’t exactly set up to win right away either. When Campbell makes his jump up to a better Power Five, he can do better than what Michigan State is right now. 


Why Minnesota is more than P.J. Fleck’s flash as it grinds towards title contention


Once you get past P.J. Fleck’s rowed boat, his passel of clichés and his friendly takeover of a major American city — aided by a Saturday field storming — the current joyride that is Minnesota football doesn’t stop at its flamboyant coach.  

Beyond the eye candy, there is some substance there with Fleck, possibly ‘s brightest ray of sunshine. That is obvious now. You don’t take Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl with gimmicks. 

You don’t lead Minnesota to its first 9-0 start since 1904 and a No. 8 ranking without grinding. You don’t become one of three undefeated teams left with a victory over a top-10 opponent without scheming, recruiting, leading, outworking everyone else.

“The outside world, who maybe will never get it. The people that need to get it are our players, our staff, our organization,” Fleck explained. 

This is a coach who body surfs atop the hands of his players in the locker room after each win. Fleck, 38, plays classical music during the Thursday walkthrough because studies show it calms the mind.

Row the boat? It’s long been at the top of Fleck’s catch phrases. That one is basically about . But on the field, these Golden Gophers have a quarterback in Tanner Morgan who has better passing numbers than Justin Fields. They have an All-America-caliber safety in Antoine Winfield Jr. who is the son of a former All-American cornerback. They also have right guard Daniel Faalele, the . Mostly, the Gophers have juice and momentum after one of the biggest wins in their history. Then-No. 4 Penn State felt it Saturday, going down 31-26.

Suddenly, it’s OK for Minnesota to dream.

The Gophers lead the Big Ten in pass plays of at least 40 yards and are in the top 10 nationally in time of possession. In short, they are a complete enough team to win the Big Ten West, go to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1961 and even challenge for the College Football Playoff. 

“We talked about this in January,” Fleck said. “You just know what type of team you have. You know what has left. You know what is coming in. You know what your culture is. You know what the buy-in is.”

Ohio State talks about 9-0 in January. Alabama talks about 9-0 in January. Minnesota?

The easiest, softest landing spot for a lot of folks this week when the Gophers landed at No. 8 in the College Football Playoff Rankings remains the bigger-than-life character that is Fleck. 

“The biggest piece is Coach Fleck,” said Darrell Thompson, the school’s career leading rusher who does color commentary on Minnesota broadcasts. “He’s not afraid to, quite honestly, go [hit] on the prettis played for Setien at Real Betis before he left for Real Madrid two seasons ago.He told Marca: “Did I congratulate Setién on his appointment to Barça? I haven’t had a chance to talk to him because everything is going so fast. “He is European football fanatics it must be hard to comprehend a knockout match to decide the title winner after a long, gruelling domestic campaign.It certainly was for Michael Mancienne, former England U21 international and Chelsea prodigy, who played h a coach who haest girl in the room and ask her to dance.”

Thompson is referring to recruiting, where the sausage is made in any program. Morgan was two days away from starting classes at Western Michigan in January 2017 before decommitting in order to follow Fleck to Minnesota.

“There was zero hesitation because I knew Coach Fleck was the coach I wanted to play for,” Morgan said. “The energy and excitement is something I wanted to be a part of.”

Zero hesitation meant jumping in his mother’s Jeep and driving the 13 hours from his Union, Kentucky, home to Minneapolis.

It helped that Fleck has known Morgan for five years since he was a high school junior living near Cincinnati. It also helped that the coach wasn’t opposed to contacting Western Michigan recruits he had left behind. 

“That’s the hardest part,” Fleck said. “You felt like a lot of those kids committed to you. When you become a head football coach [at a different school] and you know them really well, it’s pressure from the other side, ‘My son wants to be with you. My son wants to be with you. My son wants to be with you.'”

In all, six Western Michigan recruits followed Fleck to Minnesota. Morgan is one of four key contributors from that group who were on the cusp of becoming Broncos. 

“Think about that,” Fleck said. “They all have parents. Think about the strength of his mom and dad never to have seen the place, never driven by the place. Never been in the state.”

Saturday marked one of those moments that make this sport so special. After beating Penn State, 15,000 or so fans poured onto the TCF Bank Stadium field for an impromptu storming. They slapped backs, stopped players for selfies and wallowed in the glory. 

“A lot of people tried to grab my bald head,” Morgan said. 

It’s now hockey, the Vikings and the Gophers in Minneapolis, which is an upset in itself. There is no finesse or luck to Minnesota being 9-0. In the same week that Fleck got a seven-year, $33 million extension, his Gophers went out and beat the Nittany Lions. Late in his third season, Fleck has positioned Minnesota as something more than a curiosity.

“We felt like we needed to shake the tree,” said Mark Coyle, the athletic director who hired Fleck. “How I describe P.J. is he operates with a sense of urgency.”

Suddenly, Fleck is off the market with a $10 million buyout. Or is he? The buyout declines to less than $5 million in Year 2 of the deal (2021). The row-the-boat guy is suddenly one of the hottest coaches — and brightest minds — in the game. 

“Those people that say things about [the culture], have never been in it,” Fleck said. “They’ve never worked with me. They never watched me. They’ve never seen me. They’ve never seen us.”

For now, win out and the Gophers are in the playoff. Split with Iowa and Wisconsin down the stretch, and Minnesota can still “afford” a loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. An 11-2 Minnesota coming off a championship game loss would still be enticing to the Rose Bowl.

That’s a world away from three years ago when Fleck arrived. The buy-in then was something less than optimal. The program and university were involved in a sexual assault scandal that resulted in a boycott by players and resulted in the firing of coach Tracy Claeys. 

“At the first [team] meeting, half the players showed up,” Fleck told CBS Sports. “You had to do a lot of things. You’re talking about a new head coach where there’s going to be no trust, initially.”

“I still remember the first week I had the job,” Fleck said at his Tuesday press conference. “I literally didn’t go to bed for four or five days. It was calling guys, convincing them to stay. You look at all those guys who stayed … now become very, very special leaders. That’s why we’re powerful.” 

Coming from Western Michigan, sure, Minnesota was a Power Five job … but it was a messy one that required a massive clean up. To know how it happened, you have to know the power couple behind it.

Heather Fleck is a coach’s wife with energy to match her husband whether it’s fundraising, speaking or during game days on the sideline where the field where she joins P.J. during every fourth quarter. 

“Heather and I always talk about [that] we were made to run to the fire, not away from the fire,” the coach said.

The Minnesota rise followed an arc similar to Fleck’s at Western Michigan — one of gradual improvement followed by a breakthrough season. With the Broncos, Fleck started 1-11 in 2013 before consecutive 8-5 seasons capped by that career-changing 13-1 in 2016. Out of the rubble at Minnesota, he has gone 5-7, 7-6 and now 9-0.

Morgan called the beginning, “The Dirty Water Years”  of trying to build something substantial.

“Year 0 was the dig. Last year was the foundation. This year is the frame,” he said. 

Critics will no doubt parse a season that has included a narrow season-opening victory over South Dakota State. Because of Big Ten scheduling vagaries, Minnesota missed facing Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State this season. 

None of that is really their fault. At this point,believes that Manchester United should stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for now.A draw with Liverpool and two successive wins have given Solskjaer some breathing room at United.But pundits know that a few poor results will result in talk of his sackin 9-0 is 9-0. That has to translate to some level of respect. The offense certainly isn’t LSU-level spread/RPO concepts. In fact, it’s fairly simple: a power running game that forces defenses to stack the box and play man coverage on the perimeter. 

“You’ve got to commit so much to stopping the run that you’re one-on-one [defending the pass] and their receivers are really good,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. 

The Gophers’ 37.6 points per game are not only 15th-best in the country but on pace to make them the second-most productive Minnesota offense since 1946.

Simple but effective: The Gophers scored 31 against Penn State, then No. 2 in total defense. Minnesota scored touchdowns on its first two possessions against a team that hadn’t allowed a first-quarter touchdown this season.

Simple but effective: The Gophers have scored at least 28 points in all nine games. Even LSU hasn’t done that. 

Morgan is fourth nationally in passing efficiency right behind Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and LSU’s Joe Burrow. Morgan is also ahead of Ohio State’s Fields in that category.

“Just because you don’t make Elite 11 doesn’t make you a [bad] quarterback,” Morgan said of himself.

It wouldn’t be a Fleck story without some typical Fleck motivational tactics. The Penn State game had a movie theme. The film — “National Treasure” starring Nicholas Cage — is a historical fiction thriller.

“We had all these clues leading up to this game,” Fleck said. “… We had to find a way to be diamonds. Two weeks to prepare, one of the biggest games in Minnesota history, we find all these gems.”

Those gems haven’t stopped shining yet. 


College football odds, picks, lines, spreads for Championship Week, 2019: Model releases top predictions


Conference championship games typically pit top teams against each other, but the latest college football odds indicatanes goalkeeper coach Joseba Ituarte has hailed the potential of Andriy Lunin.Lunin has spent the season on-loan at Leganes from Real Madrid.”He is ready to play at the top level in LaLiga,” Ituarte said of the Ukrainian on Radio MARCA.”I see him as e there could be several blowouts on tap Saturday. vs. Wisconsin (+16.5) in the 2019 Big Ten Championship and vs. (+28.5) in the 2019 ACC Championship Game have the two largest spreads of the week, while Boise State vs. Hawaii (+14) in the 2019 Mountain West Championship is also projected to be a multi-score game.

Are any of those Championship Week college football lines too inflated, or will the heavy favorites roll? And which college football picks should you prioritize? Before making the call on those matchups or others, be sure to see the college football predictions from SportsLine’s advanced computer model in order to .

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen huge returns. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $4,000 for $100 players on its top-rated against the spread, helping bettors consistently beat . Now, it has turned its attention the collegeermanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my de football schedule for Championship Week 2019. .

One of the model’s Championship Week college football predictions is that Miami (Ohio) stays within the spread as a 6.5-point underdog against Central Michigan in the 2019 MAC Championship Game.

The RedHawks opened the season at 2-4 thanks in large part to a brutal schedule that included games against , Cincinnati and Ohio State. After splitting their first two MAC games, they caught fire late in the season on their way to five wins in their last six games, including pivotal victories over MAC East challengers and . 

The RedHawks also went 4-2 against the spread in their final six games and have covered in 13 of their last 17 MAC games overall. Central Michigan was one of the best teams against the spread in the nation at 9-2, but SportsLine’s model says the line is too large in this one. The RedHawks get 200 yards of passing from quarterback Brett Gabbert as they cover in 60 percent of simulations, while the under (55) also has plenty of value because that hits well over 60 percent of the time.

The model also has made the call against the spread, on the over-under, and on the money line for every other game on the Championship Week college football schedule, including the 2019 SEC Championship Game featuring vs. as well as the Ohio State vs.  matchup in the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game. It ks family have announced.Peters, who joined West Ham aged 15, spent 11 years with the club until he became Britain’s first £200,000 player in a move to Tottenham in 1970.He scored for England in their 1966 World Cup final win over West Germany.West Hnows the line in one game is way off, saying one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. .Now, here are the latest Championship Week college football odds:

MAC Championship Game: vs. (-6.5, 55)Sun Belt Championship Game: vs. (-6.5, 57.5)Conference USA Championship Game: at (-8.5, 49.5)American Athletic Championship Game: at (-9.5, 57.5)Mountain West Championship Game: at (-14, 64.5)SEC Championship Game: LSU vs. Georgia (+7, 55.5)ACC Championship Game: Virginia vs. Clemson (-28.5, 57)Big 12 Championship Game: vs. (+8.5, 66)Big Ten Championship Game: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (+16.5, 57)


College football picks, predictions, odds for Week 5: Auburn-Mississippi State among the best bets


Each week, I will use this space to tell you what I think are a few of the best bets heading into the weekend. I’ll also throw in an upset of the week, which will feature a team that is at least a touchdown underdog that I am picking to win outright. Also, I’ll be giving you picks on other games involving potential Playoff teams. Considering most teams only played a few games, the list of CFP candidates is pretty high right now, so I’ll utilize the AP top 12 for now.

I finished 1-2 last week and lost the upset special, so I’m 6-6 overall and 0-4 on the upset picks this season. I’m not giving up on the upset special, thoughal after his goal in the 1-1 draw with Club Brugge on Thursday.It was the Frenchman’s second in as many games and helps give United a valuable away goal heading back to Old Trafford for the second leg of the last-32 tie.”If you want one player to go . A hot streak is due, but I’ll settle for one to get started.

Week 5 Picks

: Auburn has survived the first two of six very difficult games on its schedule so far. This is not one of those games. The Bulldogs are 3-1 but have hardly been impressive early on this season. This is a trap game for the Tigers with a road trip to next week, but it is also their only home game in a five-game stretch. They will take care of business this week.

: Notre Dame showed last week at that its top-10 ranking is deserved. The Irish came up a little short but played well on both sides of the ball against thing a quiet deadline day at Watford.The Hornets have been linked with Burnley’s Ben Gibson and Birmingham City’s Kristian Pedersen in recent days.But Pearson doesn’t think it is necessary to improve his squad this month.”There’s not a lot of news to e Bulldogs. Virginia is the undefeated team in this game but has been especially pedestrian in victories over and the last two weeks. I’m sure the Cavaliers will be fired up to play in South Bend, but the Irish are too good.

: Indiana’s offense has been pretty good except for the one game against a physical defense, which was a 51-10 loss to at home. The Spartans can get physical with the best of them, especially on defense. Their offense showed signs of life at last week as well. It won’t be 51-10, but it won’t be especially close either.

Upset of the Week

: Sorry, I’m not ready to buy Florida State as a touchdown favorite over anyone better than , and this line is half-a-point higher than the line last week against the Cardinals. True, FSU rallied in the fourth quarter from a one-poin1-1 draw with Chelsea on New Year’s Day.The Seagulls were poor for most of the match and looked set for defeat before the Iranian substitute, who scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, brought the home support to their feet in the 84th minutt deficit to win and cover, but I don’t see either of those things happening against the Wolfpack.

Other CFP candidates at (+26.5) Mississippi at (-35.5) at (-27) Ohio State at (+17.5) Northwestern at (-24) at (+6.5)


College football schedule, kickoff times for Week 9: Auburn at LSU picked for SEC on CBS Game of the Week


No. 2 proved to be the national championship contender against at home on Saturday night, and now Tiger Stadium will once again be the site of a matchup between SEC elite teams when No. 11 comes to down on Oct. 26 for the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. 

The game, set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call, will feature and the nation’s most prolific scoring offense against an Auburn defense loaded with with future players up front. It’s also sure to be an instant-classic judging by the way this series has gone with Ed Orgeron and Gus Malzahn as coaches. 

Elsewhere in the SEC, No. 1 will host and No. 22 will be tested on the road against . The Week 9 slate will also feature a massive game in the Big Ten between No. 4 and No. 6 , the toughest test remaining for No. 8 playing at No. 16ster for the club.Going into the new season, Leceister are not keen on selling any of their prized assets.Maguire is wanted by both Manchester City and Manchester United.While a transfer would be difficult given Leicester’s high valuation of the play and a potential upset alert spot for No. 7 at .

Check out the kickoff times and TV info below for Week 9 (all times Eastern):

SEC Noon — at , TV: SEC Network 3:30 p.m. — Auburn at LSU, TV: CBS 4 p.m. — at , TV: SEC Network 7 p.m. — Arkansas at Alabama, TV: ESPN7:30 p.m. — Missouri at Kentucky, TV: SEC Network ACC Noon — Miami at Pitt, TV: ESPreparing a move for Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.Marca says Real eyeing up Camavinga to solve a lack of depth in midfield. The 17-year-old has already made 36 appearances for the Rennes first-team, impressing in a holding role for the Ligue 1 N or ESPN23:30 p.m. — Syracuse at Florida State, TV: ACC Network, ESPN or ESPN2 3:30 p.m. — Virginia at Louisville, TV: ACC Network, ESPN or ESPN24 p.m. — Duke at North Carolina, TV: Regional Sports Networks 7:30 p.m. — Boston College at Clemson, TV: ACC Network Big 12 Noon — Oklahoma at Kansas State, TV: ABC 3:30 p.m. — Oklahoma State at Iowa State, TV: FS13:30 p.m. — Texas at TCU, TV: FOX 7 p.m. — Texas Tech at Kansas, TV: FS1Big Ten Noon — Wisconsin at Ohio State, TV: FOX Noon — Iowa at Northwestern, TV: ESPN or ESPN2Noon — Liberty at Rutgers, TV: BTNNoon — Illinois at Purdue, TV: BTN 3:30 p.m. — Penn State at Michigan State, TV: ABC 3:30 p.m. — Maryland at Minnesota, TV: ESPN or ESPN23:30 p.m. — Indiana at Nebraska, TV: BTN7:30 p.m. — Notre Dame at Michigan, TV: ABC Pac-12 Friday, 9 p.m. — USC at Colorado, TV: ESPN23:30 p.m. — Arizona at Stanford, TV: Pac-12 Network 7:30 p.m. — Arizona State at UCLA, TV: Pacew words were said amongst the players after the poor 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday.One observer described Barca’s squad as “floored, dejected and depressed”. The players believe they let Real off the hook, having dominated the first-half, and -12 Network 8 p.m. — Cal at Utah, TV: FS110:30 p.m. — Washington State at Oregon, TV: ESPNAmerican Thursday, 7:30 p.m. — SMU at Houston, TV: ESPN 3:30 p.m. — Tulane at Navy, TV: CBS Sports Network 3:30 p.m. — UConn at UMass, TV: Regional Sports Networks 3:45 p.m. — USF at ECU, TV: ESPNU7 p.m. — UCF at Temple, TV: ESPN27 p .m. — Memphis at Tulsa, TV: CBS Sports Network


Virginia star CB, projected first-round pick Bryce Hall out for season after ankle surgery


coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed Monday that star cornerback is done for the season after suffering an ankle injury in Friday night’s loss to Miami. Hall suffered the injury while blocking on a punt return in the second quarter of the 17-9 loss.

“Bryce Hall is in good spirits,” . “We expect a good recovery, he sustained a left ankle injury and had surgery Monday. We do not expect him back this season. He is an amazing young person, I am thankful for his efforts and to be his coach. On the bus after the game, Bryce was sitting behind me and he said to me, ‘Coach, I’m a human buoy.’ He has been exemplary in everything he has done here.”

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, had his leg rolled up on during the punt return. Trainers rushed to his side to tend to him, covered up his ankle and placed it in an aircast. The announcers on ESPN’s broadcast said that they would not be showing the injury after broadcasting on initial angle oto former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas.“Spurs did not play too badly at Liverpool, but the Tottenham issues are in defence and going forward,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.“Does he have the right balance? Does Dele Alli deserve to be in the team? Whf the play. Virginia and Miami ruer Robert Lewandowski. The Blues will have to subdue Lewandowski when Bayern travel to Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.But Lampard insists the German giants are far from a one-man show.”It doesn’t concern me,” shed to his side to wish him well, and Hall shook almost all of their hands before heading into the tunnel.

Hall is the unqus pleased with the progress he’s made on-loan at Swindon Town.The 21-year-old attacker has emerged as a key figure in the Robins’ rise to second place in League Two, prior to the recent shutdown in response to the spread of coronavirus.City have a fuestioned star of the Virginia secondary. He was a first-team All-ACC performer last year after notching two interceptions and tallying 62 tackles. He came back to Virginia instead of jumping to the despite being regarded as one of the top draft-eligible cornerbacks last season. He is currently ranked No. 6 overall in the .

Virginia will host on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET.


USC vs. Stanford odds, predictions: 2019 college football picks from proven model on 52-31 run


The will look for their second straight home win when they face 23rd-ranked on Saturday. It will be the Pac-12 opener for both teams. USC, which defeated 31-23 last week, tied for third in the Pac-12 South at 4-5 and was 5-7 overall in 2018. Stanford, which defeated 17-7 in its opener, placed third in the Pac-12 North at 6-3 last year, finishing 9-4 overall. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET from the Los Angeles Coliseum. Both teams will start their backup quarterbacks due to injuries. The Trojans are favored by three points in the latest USC vs. Stanford odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 43.You’ll want to see the predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model before laying any USC vs. Stanford picks down.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past four years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,530 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated spread picks.The model enters Week 2 of the 2019 college football season on a blistering 52-31 run on all top-rated picks. It also called (-3.5) covering against and (-34) covering against in Week 1. Anybody who has been following it is way up.

Now, the model has dialed in on USC vs. Stanford. We can tell you it is leaning under, and it has a strong against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine.

USC, which had a 16-year streak of winning seasons snapped last year, has compiled an all-time record of 840-346-54 (.699), the ninth-most wins nationally. The Trojans have won 11 national championships and 37 conference championships through the years, playing in 52 bowl games. USC is 34-18 in bowl games, winning seven of the past 10. Southern California leads the all-time series against Stanford 62-33-3, including two wins in the past three meetings.

The Trojans have a talented group of wide receivers that were led by junior (6-2, 190) in the opener against Fresno State. Vaughns caught 11 passes for 150 yards (13.6 average). For his careerLeicester City midfielder Andy King is set to end his loan spell at Rangers prematurely.The Premier League winner signed with the Gers on a season-long loan spell in the summer.But he has only made five appearances and wants a return to England, according to The Daily Record.King is hoping to seal a permanent move away from Leicester after he returns from his loan spell., Vaughns has 126 receptions for 1,633 yards (12.9 average) and 11 TDs. 

But just because the Trojans opened the season with a win over Fresno State does not guarantee they will cover the USC vs. Stanford spread on Saturday. 

That’s because Stanford always seems to be a formidable foe. Like the Trojans, Stanford will have to turn to its backup quarterback this week. Junior  stepped in last week and did an admirable job, completing 7-of-14 passes for 81 yardsd or sport.There have been several unsavoury fan incidents involving racism, both in the Premier League and around Europe, this season.Guardiola was speaking after the latest incident during the Chelsea vs. Tottenham clash that took place on Sunday, against Northwestern. Although he has seen limited action at the collegiate level, Mills passed for 6,290 yards and 66 touchdowns, while rushing for 898 yards and 23 scores as a high school player.

Senior running back  carried the Cardinal offense in the opener, rushing 22 times for 97 yards and catching three passes for 27 yards.work closely with him.The Liverpool Echo says Unsworth has been invited to shadow Carlo Ancelotti one-day per-week at Finch Farm.Unsworth, who enjoyed a caretaker spell as first-team manager after the sacking of Ronald Koeman in 2017, has been in cha For his career, Scarlett has rushed 230 times for 933 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is on the Doak Walker watch list and is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic.