The Newest CFB Playoff Rankings Mean The Big 12 Is Finished

first_imgIt’s over.The Big 12’s slim CFB Playoff hopes have ended as its two best teams were ranked Nos. 9 and 10 in the newest CFB Playoff rankings. OU dropped one slot to No. 9. OSU stayed put at No. 10. They finished with a combined 15-1 record against other Big 12 teams, and neither has a shot at making it into the four-team playoff even with a win on Saturday. Why?Here’s why.Fifth Rankings: The #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Top 25 for games played through November 26. pic.twitter.com/tSlBNBS48K— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 30, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Even if Clemson, Alabama and Washington all lose (improbable), there are other teams already ahead of OSU and OU that will fill the playoff spots. Teams that play games against teams in the top eight that would undoubtedly keep them clear of the Bedlam champ.In fact, let’s say that very scenario above plays out on Saturday. Let’s say Florida, Virginia Tech and Colorado all win their conference titles.Alabama would still be in. Ohio State would be in. The Big 10 champion (Wisconsin or Penn State) would be in as both are ranked ahead of OU and OSU currently and play each other. And Michigan or Colorado would be in if Colorado beats Washington (Michigan beat Colorado earlier in the year so good luck with that, committee).The problem for OSU and OU is Colorado. It is ranked ahead of both of them currently and would have beaten No. 4 Washington and won the Pac-12 title. The Cowboys and Sooners cannot surpass that. OU had a chance if it was ranked ahead of CU this week because it could have feasibly stayed ahead with a huge (yuuuuuuge) Bedlam win. But not now.So Bedlam will only be for Bedlam and the Big 12 title and a Sugar Bowl berth. A lot, certainly, but not what it could be if there was a clearer path into the CFB Playoff. That’s fine with me, and it’s fine with Mike Gundy. But in the big picture, it’s a bummer of a way to decide a postseason tournament.Also, I saw this on the playoff and I thought it was great.The committee is incentivizing losing a division game. They’re incentivizing NOT winning the conference. It’s bad for college football.— KilroyFSU (@KilroyFSU) November 30, 2016center_img Assuming now the plausible field’s down to seven. Pecking order:1. Bama2. Clemson3. U-Dub4. Ohio St5. B1G champ6. Michigan7. Colorado— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 30, 2016last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben

first_imgInter Milan offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robbenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan have been offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben.Off contract in June, Robben has announced he is leaving Bayern at the end of the season.The Dutch midfielder has opened the door to a return to PSV Eindhoven, however FcInterNews.it says agents have also offered him to Inter.While now 34, Inter management have welcomed the approach and are actively discussing adding Robben to the squad next season.Though Inter are keen to drive down the average age of their squad, they’re willing to make an exception for Robben. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoFriend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Friend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlvaro Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea this month.Speaking on Cadena Cope, a member of the striker’s camp revealed the Spaniard has decided to leave Stamford Bridge in January.PSG, Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid are all being linked with Morata.However, Sevilla are regarded as favourites to land the centre-forward – with a loan arrangement already being discussed.Both Sevilla coach and sports chief Joaquin Caparros have confirmed their interest. last_img

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters https://t.co/H6bcaErCe5— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more

Traditional Indigenous food cart drawing big crowds in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsA little food cart is making a big splash in downtown Edmonton.It’s drawing large crowds during lunch hour with traditional Indigenous foods.APTN’s Keith Laboucan hit the streets and has this story.Klaboucan@aptn.caTwitter: @KLaboucanlast_img

Softball Ohio State downs Michigan avoids sweep

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 21 Ohio State softball team (23-9, 5-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 16 Michigan (28-8-1, 8-1 Big Ten) behind a complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Shelby McCombs, snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Wolverines.“Oh my gosh, I can’t even speak,” McCombs said. “It feels awesome. The rivalry is there, that’s for sure.” McCombs opened the game with three and two-thirds no-hit innings and had four strikeouts against her first seven batters. She finished the game with 10 strikeouts through her seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits in the game.Her success was due primarily to her ability to get players to swing at balls outside of the strike zone which led to softly hit balls, Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said.“Shelby was a master out there at getting them to hit non-strikes,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I think she picked and chose her time to throw a strike and got them to swing at pitches outside the zone. You want every pitcher to do that; it’s ideal.”Though she was undoubtedly the player of the game, McCombs was quick to deflect all praise to her teammates.“If it wasn’t for my teammates — Ashley (Goodwin) hitting that bomb, Anna (Kirk) starting off with a bomb, Becca (Gavin) hitting that changeup to right field — I don’t know what would have happened,” McCombs said. “Props to them. I wouldn’t have to do it without them.”The Buckeye offense supported McCombs with five runs, all coming against Michigan senior Megan Betsa, one of the nation’s top pitchers. Betsa entered the game leading the nation in strikeouts and the Big Ten in shutouts and hit allowed per game, but OSU lit her up on Sunday, forcing a pitching change in the fifth inning.“I honestly think she’s one hell of a pitcher,” said junior first baseman Ashley Goodwin. “She’s great, she throws good and she’s very consistent. We just kind of stuck to our game plan and took it pitch by pitch.”Betsa held OSU scoreless through two innings before junior third baseman Kirk hit a solo home run to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead after three innings. OSU added to its lead in the fifth with an RBI single from junior catcher Becca Gavin before breaking the game open with a three-run home run from Goodwin.“I was just trying to honestly get a base hit for my team,” Goodwin said. “We’d been waiting for something like this and it finally happened.”Michigan loaded the bases in the game’s final inning, but McCombs got out of the inning and the game unscathed, finishing the complete-game shutout and giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 win.OSU lost the series 2-1 after Michigan won both games on Saturday, but the Buckeyes were happy to celebrate their first win against the Wolverines in nearly seven years, snapping a 21-game losing streak to Michigan dating back to April 28, 2010.“It was awesome,” Goodwin said. “We wanted to do it for our team, our coaches, our fans. It was the best feeling ever.”With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 23-9 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten. OSU travels to Penn State Wednesday for a mid-week doubleheader before returning home Friday for a weekend series with Indiana. read more

Football Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins makes case for playing time

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) waits for a snap in the fourth quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough he remains unlikely to unseat J.T. Barrett as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins took the first snaps of his career Saturday on the Buckeyes’ final drive of their 38-7 win against Army.The redshirt freshman did not disappoint. Haskins completed all four of his passes for 46 yards, zipping the ball to four separate receivers on each throw and driving the Buckeyes to Army’s 10-yard line. “I thought he performed well when he was in there,” coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “He was 4-for-4. I wanted to throw him more, but you just didn’t want to do something silly.”His big-armed, pocket passing style starkly contrasted with Barrett’s dual-threat approach. In Haskins’ only drive, he completed passes of 14 and 15 yards. In the rest of the game, Barrett completed six passes for at least 14 yards.Meyer praised Haskins’ quick release after the game and said Haskins might have had a chance to score on his only drive, but did not want to score another touchdown and run the score up.After Ohio State’s first loss of the season, a decisive 31-16 defeat to Oklahoma, Meyer said he hoped to find Haskins some reps in regular-season games with the goal being to prepare the quarterback to be “game-ready.” Meyer did not believe Haskins earned that designation last week and believes he still has to work to earn the tag.Redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) warms up prior to the season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Meyer’s mind, a large experience gap exists between practice reps and game reps, and another lies in whether the game reps occur under pressure. At the end of the game against Army, Haskins did not have much to lose.“I’ve done that before where you put a guy in in the second quarter of a game,” Meyer said. “We’re not at that point yet. But you’d like to do that.”Whether Haskins earns earlier playing time to test his readiness or not, he is likely to remain backup quarterback. Instead of a battle to become the starter, he might re-enter a competition with redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow, who is about ready to return to action.Burrow broke a bone in his throwing hand near the end of fall camp. Before the past two games, he threw passes in pregame warmups, but he has yet to be listed on a depth chart due to the injury.“We’ve got to make some decisions who is the first one in there,” Meyer said. “Last year was very important to get Joe in the game and he did pretty well when he was in there as well. So, that is so important for backup quarterback spot.”In the spring and fall, Burrow and Haskins entrenched themselves in a battle to back up Barrett. In the spring game, Burrow went 14-for-22 for 262 yards with three touchdowns, while Haskins completed 26-of-37 passes and added three touchdowns.The primary backup last season, Burrow played in five games and completed 22-of-28 passes for 226 yards and threw two touchdown passes. A dual threat, similar to Barrett, Burrow rushed 12 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. read more

Gracia confident ahead of the match at Old Trafford

first_imgWatford managed to beat Newcastle 2-1 in the previous round and Javi Gracia believes that they can continue in this winning note even in the upcoming game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.The Hornets have nothing to play for but their pride – they are clear from the relegation places but they are far from the top spots as well. And their coach wants them to continue with good results to improve the overall feeling of the season.The Spaniard spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to watfordfc.com:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Now after our last game, getting to 41 points, now [the top half] is our new target. We will try to win the last game, try to score a goal away, try to compete in the same level as the last games and try to get a better result in the last away game.”“Now we are one of four teams on 41 points and you never know what will happen, we try to get points and achieve the best position.”last_img read more

United is Boring and behind Liverpool in transfer market declares Paul

first_imgThe former midfielder, Paul Ince represented Manchester United and Liverpool respectively during his playing days and feels from his wealth of experience that Anfield is a more attractive destination for signings than Old Trafford.Manchester United’s “boring” brand of football has seen them become less attractive to prospective signings than arch-rivals Liverpool, claims Paul Ince, according to Goal.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Liverpool club holds the history and purchasing power to compete with the best in the business when it comes to the pursuit of world football’s top stars.Jose Mourinho has been criticised severally including from Man Utd treble winner Yorke, who describes his style as a load of crap plus the current supposed defensive mindset frustrating certain players as well as a demanding fan base.Ince spent his football playing career at the highest level; after leaving West Ham United he joined Manchester United where he played in the Premier League. After two years in Serie A he returned to England to play in the top flight for Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers.last_img read more

Gerrard praises club chairman

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has heaped praises on the club’s chairman Dave King for his total support and financial backing.The former Liverpool youth team coach has thanked the Rangers board for their support as he prepares to meet Dave King for more transfer discussions.Rangers have already signed 11 players this summer but Gerrard believes there could still be two more arrivals before the close of the summer transfer window on August 31.The sale of Josh Windass and Declan John could provide the team with more cash flexibility in the transfer market but Gerrard insists he’s happy with the backing he has received from the board since becoming manager of the club on June.King was in attendance during Rangers 3-1 win over Maribor in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifier, speaking to Gerrard before leaving for South Africa.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“We has a quick chat about the game last night, we have had two brief discussions so far,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.“I’ll be speaking to him in the coming days about where we’re up to. He has been fantastic to me, he and the board and I’m really grateful for all the support they have shown me.”“It’s not going to be an easy ride, at the moment things are going well but we’ve to be ready for the bumpy road ahead.”Gerrard is keen to bring in at least one central defender before the close of the transfer window.last_img read more