Hazard: Chelsea changes to blame for form failure

first_imgChelsea Hazard: Chelsea changes to blame for form failure Chris Burton 23:54 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Premier League The Blues tinkered with their squad on the back of a Premier League title win and their current struggles have Antonio Conte under mounting pressure Eden Hazard admits changes at Chelsea in the summer of 2017 made things “different” for the defending Premier League champions.Despite having restored domestic dominance in some style during Antonio Conte’s first season at the helm, the decision was taken to tinker with a star-studded squad.Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Nathan Ake were among the proven performers to be ushered through the exits, with English top-flight novices such as Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Davide Zappacosta drafted in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That refresh has not gone entirely to plan, with Conte falling under ever-increasing pressure after seeing his side hit a serious slump which has uncomfortable questions being asked of the playing and coaching staff.Too much tweaking has been blamed for the reversal in fortune, with Belgian forward Hazard telling ESPN FC on the evolution at Stamford Bridge: “We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different.”That’s why we love football – if there is only one team that wins it would be boring. That’s why football is special. You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”Keeping things interesting can often be considered a good thing, but many Chelsea fans would probably take “boring” over another period of instability and confusion.Their season is not lost, though, and can still be salvaged if everybody starts to pull in the same direction.The Blues remain inside the Premier League’s four, through to the fifth round of the FA Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League, giving them plenty to play for.Managing that schedule could, however, prove tricky, with Hazard conceding that Chelsea found the going easier last season as they were free of European commitments.He added: “I think the Premier League is difficult.”It’s hard to win every year. Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games.”Chelsea’s next three games will see them face West Brom, Hull City and Barcelona across three different competitions, with things not getting any easier after that as they take in back-to-back fixtures against Manchester giants United and City.last_img read more

Juventus boss thinks Higuain is better than Kane

first_imgG. Higuaín ‘I’d pick Higuain over Kane!’ – Allegri thinks Juventus star is the better striker Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 16:15 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Juventus Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Videos The Tottenham forward has been in sublime form in the 2017-18 campaign but Juve’s head coach would not swap him for the Argentine Massimiliano Allegri says he would always choose Gonzalo Higuain over Harry Kane as Juventus prepare to face Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League.Juve host Tuesday’s first leg at Allianz Stadium against a Spurs team that confounded many expectations by winning Group H ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.Kane comes into the meeting in red-hot form, with eight goals in his last seven appearances, while Higuain is enjoying a similarly prolific sequence, boasting six strikes from four matches. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Much has been made of the two strikers going head-to-head in this tie, but Allegri was unequivocal in his response over whom he felt was the better player.”What a question! Higuain, of course!” he said with a smile at Monday’s media conference.”Given the choice between Higuain and Kane, I would still pick Pipita as my number nine, even if Kane is a top-class striker.”Higuain will shoulder an extra burden after it was confirmed Paulo Dybala (hamstring) would miss out, while Blaise Matuidi (thigh) is also unavailable for the opening leg, and Allegri was giving little away as to who would come in for the Frenchman.”Of course someone will replace him because we have to play 11, but it’ll be someone with different characteristics,” Allegri said. | @OfficialAllegri : “The tie is 180 minutes long. It’s an evenly balanced contest and we need to approach it with the highest level of concentration.” #JuveTOT #UCL pic.twitter.com/7eFpDw1opW — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 12, 2018 “We’ll try of course to play a match according to the players and specific skills and features they have. We know we have 180 minutes to play, we know the weaknesses Tottenham have and also their qualities.”[Claudio] Marchisio convinced me and [Rodrigo] Bentancur also very much convinced me. There’s also [Stefano] Sturaro who can play in Matuidi’s role, and he’s probably the one most similar to Matuidi.”If not we’ll have to change formation or at least fill the roles with players with different characteristics. A lot depends on the players.”Tomorrow we’ll have to play an excellent match from a tactical point of view, because otherwise if we just focus on the physical aspect we could suffer a lot.”last_img read more

Conte happy with selection headache ahead of Barca

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte sees Chelsea selection headache ahead of Barcelona clash Ryan Benson 07:14 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) giroud-conte-cropped Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea v Barcelona Chelsea v Hull City Hull City Chelsea FA Cup Barcelona UEFA Champions League After thrashing Hull City 4-0 in Friday’s FA Cup clash, the Blues boss says he will find it tough to pick a team for their Champions League game Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday has given Antonio Conte selection headaches ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League visit.Conte’s side produced an excellent display against the Championship strugglers at Stamford Bridge, Willian stealing the show thanks to a brilliant brace, as Olivier Giroud also impressed with his first goal for the club and a pair of assists.AdChoices广告Pedro got the other goal as Chelsea found themselves 4-0 up by half-time, despite the likes of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante being rested. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The comfortable scoreline gave Conte the chance to bring Giroud, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro off in the second half and now he has “doubts” over who to start against Barcelona after several eye-catching performances from his players.”For sure it was a positive night for us because we had the opportunity to rest important players, key players for us,” Conte told reporters.”But at the same time I saw players in good form. To have a lot of doubts before the Barcelona game is important, because I have different options. Now we have three days to decide on them.”While Hazard and Kante will be fit to face Ernesto Valverde’s men, there were concerns over the injured Marcos Alonso and Tiemoue Bakayoko.“Yes, Alonso will be fit,” Conte said when asked about the pair’s availability. “I don’t think Bakayoko [can play], but Alonso is ready to play.”The 3-0 win over West Brom at the weekend saw Chelsea put consecutive defeats past them and Friday’s victory will have further improved their morale.But Conte has urged his players not to lose focus again, with games against Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City on the horizon.”I think we lost two bad games, especially against Watford,” Conte added. “But we played a good game at the end of a busy period.”Now I think again we have confidence, but at the same time, the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we need to be strong.”We need to face the games against Barca, United, City and Crystal Palace in the right way.”last_img read more

Position Vacant – Game Development Officer (QLD)

first_imgThis position is based in Brisbane and involves working out of normal hours. The salary is $35,000 with superannuation paid on top of this and allowances are paid for petrol and travel.Please see the attached position description with applications closing on Monday, 25 August 2008. Please send a covering letter and your resume to Di Worters on email: di.worters@austouch.com.auFor further information, please visit the Queensland Touch Association website – www.qldtouch.com.au Thanks to Di Worters for providing the article content.Related Filesgame_development_officer_qta_01-pdflast_img read more

Position Vacant – Sports Operations Manager (Victoria)

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the key leadership position of Sport Operations Manager – Victoria, based in our Melbourne branch office.  Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm EST on Friday, 15 May 2015. To see the position description, please click on the attachment below. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email careers@austouch.com.au. Related Filespd_sops_sport_ops_manager_updated_format_01-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

9 months agoShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watch

first_imgShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watchby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer hailed the performance of Manchester United matchwinner Marcus Rashford for victory at Tottenham.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — and it is great to watch.”Rashford is the main man at Manchester United now and has every attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going forward.”His movement is excellent and constantly improving, he has the pace to terrify any defence and his finishing has come on leaps and bounds.”It was a world-class pass from Paul Pogba to set him up and the strike from Rashford shows just how confident he is right now.”He is showing a calmness in front of goal now which we have not seen before, but that comes with experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A returnby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The 28 year-old had a year on-loan from Barcelona in Italy earlier in his career, though admits he didn’t do himself justice during his time at Inter Milan.Having spent his entire his senior career up until that 2015/16 campaign with Barca, Montoya admits the move to Inter was a culture shock and something he was unprepared for.However, despite his problems, which centred on the fullback managing only a handful of appearances with the Nerazzurri, the city of Milan and the country itself, left a lasting positive impression on the former Spain U21 international.He recalled to TMW, “I left Barcelona for the first time, I was just 24 years old and it was not easy to be far from home. In any case, I am really grateful to those who believed in me at Inter.”It went how it went, but it was a honour and a real pleasure to get to know a country and a championship as evocative as Italy and the Serie A closely.”Indeed, so much was that positive impression that Montoya won’t rule out anything in the future regarding a second shot at Serie A football. He added: “In football, you know, anything is possible. I’d go back to playing in Italy.”However, for now, the defender insists he’s happy on the south coast of England. Montoya was again in the starting line-up for the Seagulls’ thumping win over Tottenham on Saturday. And on Brighton, Montoya added: “I’m happy. The Premier is another great championship, very balanced and competitive. The goal for this season is to continue to enjoy this experience to the fullest, just as I have done since my arrival here last year.”- updated October 7 last_img read more

7 days agoPaolo Maldini losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliott

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Paolo Maldini losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliottby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaolo Maldini is losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliott Management.Maldini returned to Milan last year to take up a director’s position. However, after overseeing his third coaching appointment, Maldini’s position is now in doubt.Fellow director Zvonimir Boban is in a more secure place and TMW says it was his decision to sack Marco Giampaolo.In contrast, Giampaolo had the confidence of Maldini.It’s also emerged that Elliott will demand a big January sale, with the need to cover a major reported debt. last_img read more

2 days agoAjax goalkeeper André Onana: I had Barcelona, PSG offers

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax goalkeeper André Onana: I had Barcelona, PSG offersby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax goalkeeper André Onana admits he turned down an offer from Barcelona last summer.Onana is a former Barca junior and was linked with a return to replace Jasper Cillessen, now of Valencia.And the Cameroon No1 confirmed the reports yesterday: “Barça came back this summer. It’s my house. I was part of that club. Logically, they always want to take back one of theirs. “It may not have been a good time to return. Maybe I’ll never go back! But this summer, it was not good to do it.”Onana also told RMC: “I had enquiries from PSG. “These are things that were managed with my agent. We discussed it several times. He told me that Paris was interested…” last_img read more

Video: Virginia Took The Lead Over Notre Dame On A Double-Reverse Flea Flicker TD Pass

first_imgUVA does a trick play against Notre Dame.uva trick playVirginia is leading No.9 Notre Dame 14-12 late in the second quarter, and the Cavs just took the lead on a beautifully-executed trick play. It began with running back Albert Reid in the Wildcat formation and quarterback Matt Johns lined up as a wide receiver. Reid handed to running back Taquan Mizzell on what looked like a jet sweep, but Mizzell instead pitched back to Johns, who hit a wide-open Keon Johnson for the score.UVA trickeration pic.twitter.com/EITkHAp2mZ— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 12, 2015Great play. Can the Cavaliers keep the upset bid going?last_img read more

Hazard happy in false nine role under Sarri

first_imgEden Hazard has said he will play wherever Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri needs him to and has admitted he does not mind playing though the middle.In the past, the 27-year-old has stated that he prefers to play on the wing, but under new Blues boss Sarri, Hazard has played both as a winger and as a ‘false nine’.In fact, some of the Belgium international’s best performances this season have come when playing up front, and he has enjoyed a superb scoring campaign under the former Napoli man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Hazard has netted 10 goals in 18 Premier League games this season, and looks set to beat his pervious high of 16, which he registered in 2016-17.“Sarri told me before the season started that playing as a number nine could be an option,” Hazard told Chelsea’s official club website.“It is good not just to be a target man, but also as a false nine where I can move, I can drop, I can go deep, I can go on the wing.”“I like to change a lot, but we also have two great strikers. We will see. It depends on who is on the pitch,” he added.Hazard did play through the middle at times under previous manager Antonio Conte, but he failed to stand out and often grew frustrated, dropping into deeper positions.However, Sarri has made a number of tactical changes from his predecessor’s regime, which seem to have benefited Hazard. “We do a lot of tactical work, and you can see on the pitch we have improved a lot from last year,” he explained.“We have adapted to the new system. We have brought new players. Jorginho is helping a lot, Kovacic, the new goalkeeper Kepa is already very good. Everything is going well. The manager is talking a lot to us which is good.”Hazard was again on target as he bagged two in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory against Watford on Boxing Day, and also saw him his score his 100th goal for the club.The win moved the Blues two points clear of Arsenal in the Champions League spots, a position they will hope to strengthen in upcoming games against Crystal Palace and Southampton. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rangers seal Defoe loan deal

first_imgRangers have confirmed the signing of striker Jermain Defoe from Bournemouth on an 18-month loan.The former England international moves to Ibrox in search of first-team football after struggling for regular action since re-joining the Cherries on a free transfer from Sunderland in the summer of 2017.Defoe is set to remain in Glasgow until the summer of 2020, though Bournemouth have two options to recall the veteran forward in either July 2019 or January 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is the third player to sign a deal at Rangers this month after Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara signed pre-contract agreements last week to move to Glasgow in the summer.The 36-year-old will now travel to Tenerife to link-up with the squad on their warm-weather winter training camp.He could make his debut when Rangers return to action after the winter break away at Cowdenbeath on January 18 in the Scottish Cup. Steven Gerrard’s side then travel to Kilmarnock in the Premiership five days later.Rangers are only behind leaders Celtic on goal difference as they seek their first Premiership title in eight years.Speaking of the deal, Gerrard told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Jermain to Rangers. He is an exceptionally talented striker and vastly experienced footballer who has scored goals at every club he has played for.”Director of Football Mark Allen added: “It’s really helpful to get work on this front done early in the transfer window because it means we should be able to hit the ground running after the winter break. I believe that is vitally important.”Defoe began his career at Charlton before going on to play for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland, scoring more than 200 goals.He also had a loan spell at Bournemouth as an 18-year-old in 2000 before returning to the club on a three-year deal 18 months ago.Defoe has scored four goals in 34 appearances in his second spell at the Vitality Stadium but has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place.He has made just three starts for Eddie Howe’s side this season, all in the Carabao Cup, and hasn’t scored since March.last_img read more

Rooney reveals why Pogba struggled under Mourinho

first_imgWayne Rooney believes Paul Pogba needs to be left to play his own game in order to get the best out of him, something he suggests did not happen under Jose Mourinho.Pogba and Mourinho clashed at times this season, with the France international told he’ll never captain the club again one stage, while there was also a heated debate on the training pitch after a Carabao Cup loss to Derby.In the final few games under Mourinho, Pogba was left out of the starting XI for Premier League matches, and did not play at all in the manager’s final game – a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought the 25-year-old straight back into his XI, with Pogba having responded by scoring four goals and adding four assists in the six games since the managerial change.And former United star Rooney believes that Pogba needs to be allowed to play with freedom to get the best out of him.”Well I think with Paul, I watched him come through the academy at United and he’s got a lot of ability, but the difficult time he was going through… if you don’t have a good relationship with the coach, then it’s difficult to be at your top if you feel like the coach is scrutinising every decision you make, every pass you make,” Rooney told ESPN.”Paul Pogba will give the ball away, he’ll try passes [and] it won’t be the right pass at times, but you have to let him do that because two or three of them passes will create goals, will create opportunities.”I think he found it difficult under Mourinho. I think a player and a manager with big egos clashed and the outcome was never going to be great.”Pogba isn’t alone in his resurgence under Solskjaer, which has seen Manchester United reel off six wins in six games and climb back into the hunt for a top-four finish.Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in the six games since Solskjaer took over, and has seemingly pushed ahead of the likes of Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order for the main striker role at the club.And Rooney has revealed he spoke to Rashford when the two were together on international duty in November, insisting he advised the 20-year-old that he was working too hard.”When I went back to play for the national team against the USA, I spoke to Marcus and he was trying too much, he was trying too hard, he was working too hard, he was getting tired at the end of games,” Rooney said.”But the scary thing with Marcus, when he runs at you with the ball he’s impossible to defend and I reminded him to keep doing that, to just get the ball and run at defenders.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Nick Chubb Leaves Georgia-Ole Miss Game With Injury

first_imgNick Chubb tackled by an Auburn player.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 12: Defensive lineman Marlon Davidson #3 of the Auburn Tigers tackles running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)Nick Chubb injury update: Georgia’s star running back left today’s game against Ole Miss after limping off the field with an apparent ankle injury.Georgia is having a terrible afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Bulldogs trail Ole Miss 38-0 early in the second half, and star running back Nick Chubb is out of the game with an injury.Chubb limped off the field after picking up 10 yards on a run late in the second quarter.Chubb comes limping off after a nice 10 yard gain. ?— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 24, 2016Nick Chubb is “out for now” after suffering an ankle injury.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) September 24, 2016Chubb had a decent day going on the ground—57 yards on 12 carries—but the Bulldogs are getting absolutely throttled by the Rebels in this one. It is unclear if he’ll return to this one, but considering his injury history and the score, the Bulldogs would probably be best leaving him on the sideline.Chubb had a huge first game back from a nasty left knee injury, which featured damage to multiple ligaments, against North Carolina in Week 1, rushing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, but has been less explosive since that, with 200 total yards and one score since. Chubb rushed for 80 yards on 20 carries in Georgia’s disappointing performance against Nicholls, and just 63 yards on 19 touches in last week’s one-point win at Missouri.As a freshman, Chubb had a huge 1,547 yard, 14 touchdown season, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Last season, Chubb had 747 yards (8.1 per carry) and seven touchdowns in five games (and one, two-yard carry against Tennessee) before going going down for the season.Check back here for updates as we hear more about the Nick Chubb injury.last_img read more

Recruits Took To Twitter To Boast About Their Time At Ohio State

first_imgA number of recruits standing with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.Jay Tufele/TwitterOhio State’s epic win over Michigan seems to have made a good impression on recruits.Urban Meyer’s program hosted a number of big-time recruits in Columbus this weekend.Many of those recruits have since taken to Twitter to boast about their time watching Ohio State beat Michigan in double-overtime.2017 four-star DT Jay TufeleWords can’t describe how amazing my visit was to Ohio state thanks to coach @OSUCoachMeyer and his staff for everything! pic.twitter.com/dsyJJYrkhk— Jay Tufele (@tufele123) November 28, 20162017 five-star RB Cam AkersHad a good time in Columbus ?⭕️ pic.twitter.com/nnbXPgSFB5— Cam akers (@thereal_cam3) November 28, 20162018 four-star WR Kamryn BabbJust got home from the most amazing game ever!! What an experience!! Thanks to @OSUCoachMeyer @CoachZachSmith @markpantoni @OhioStateFB ??? pic.twitter.com/c5hkIyCudO— Ty Babb (@ty_babb1) November 28, 20162018 5-star OT Jamaree SalyerWhat a great day to be a Buckeye ?️??? pic.twitter.com/ijO5GFauFy— Jamaree Salyer ♠️ (@jamareesalyer69) November 26, 20162017 five-star OT Trey SmithHad a great time at THE Ohio State University! ?️ pic.twitter.com/AiKWo9TRSW— Trey Smith (@smithtrey98) November 27, 20162017 four-star QB Tate MartellThere isn’t a better place to play college football… #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/35GAmlOSE8— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) November 27, 20162017 five-star LB Baron BrowningGreat ti❌e around great people this weekend… ?️?????️ pic.twitter.com/ZI8uyAKOKG— Baron Browning (@baronbrwnng) November 27, 2016Ohio State’s 2017 class is ranked the No. 2 class in the country by 247Sports. The Buckeyes’ 2018 class is ranked No. 15.last_img read more

Skip Bayless Reveals A Bold National Title Prediction

first_imgA screenshot of Skip Bayless from his show Undisputed.College football season is about to start. That means everybody is rolling out their playoff and national championship predictions.FS1’s Skip Bayless revealed his choice this morning. As usual, Bayless is zigging while everyone else zags.Most prognosticators are picking Alabama or Clemson this year. Bayless is going with Michigan.“I’m going to actually have some guts here,” Bayless said. “I’m going to take the long shot. I’m going to take the team that plays the toughest schedule in the country this year. I’m going to take 14th-ranked Michigan. And you know why I’m going to do it? I’m going to put my pride out on the table and have courage in my predictions, because I told you last week that Jim Harbaugh is a better all-around, proven head football coach than Nick Saban.”You can see all of Bayless’ analysis below.“I’m going to have some guts here… I’m going to take the team that plays the toughest schedule in the country this year; I’m going to take 14th ranked @UMichFootball.” — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/uVtqA7Jks6— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 28, 2018Bayless’ pick is bold, but it isn’t out of the question. Six ESPN panelists put Michigan in their playoff field, with one–Wolverine legend Desmond Howard–picking the Maize and Blue to win it all.Michigan’s schedule is likely its biggest obstacle. The Wolverines have to play Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State. Yikes.They kick things off with the Fighting Irish this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.last_img read more

The Spun’s 2018 College Football Staff Picks: Week 3

first_imgThe Spun's Week 3 staff picks.College Football Week 3 is coming up soon. As has happened a few years in a row, big games are being cancelled or postponed due to hurricane season.The Carolinas are expected to be hit hard by Hurricane Florence. NC State-West Virginia, a prominent game featuring star quarterback Will Grier, has already been cancelled. ECU isn’t heading up to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech, and UVA’s game against Ohio is being moved to Nashville.There are still plenty of games set to go down this weekend though.Among the biggest match-ups on Saturday: No. 7 Auburn hosts No. 12 LSU, No. 17 Boise State travels to Stillwater to face No. 24 Oklahoma State, No. 1 Alabama is at Ole Miss for its SEC opener, No. 4 Ohio State heads to Arlington to face No. 15 TCU, and No. 22 USC is on the road to face Texas.Through two weeks, things are very tight. Only five picks separate the entire The Spun staff in our weekly picks contest.After Week 2, here are The Spun’s staff pick standings.1.Dan Lyons91-172.Steve Driscoll90-183.Matt Lombardi89-194.Andrew McCarty88-205.Chris Rosvoglou87-21T-6.Andrew Holleran86-22T-6.Matt Hladik86-22Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 3 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouBoston College at Wake ForestA Wake Forest logo.5 Oklahoma at Iowa StateKent State at 11 Penn State21 Miami at ToledoThe Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.The Miami Hurricanes logo.Florida State at SyracuseFlorida State Seminole's logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.Florida State Seminole's logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.The Syracuse Orange logo.Troy at NebraskaThe Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.The Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.Rutgers at KansasA Kansas logo.Rutgers 'R' logo.Rutgers 'R' logo.Rutgers 'R' logo.Rutgers 'R' logo.Rutgers 'R' logo.Rutgers 'R' logo.Ball State at IndianaLogo for the Ball State Cardinals.Temple at MarylandPlain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Plain Maryland Logo.Murray State at KentuckyThe official Kentucky logo.The official Kentucky logo.The official Kentucky logo.The official Kentucky logo.The official Kentucky logo.The official Kentucky logo.The official Kentucky logo.UTEP at TennesseeThe Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.The Tennessee Volunteers logo.Georgia Tech at PittThe Pitt Panthers logo.The Pitt Panthers logo.The Pitt Panthers logo.UC Davis at 9 StanfordVanderbilt at 8 Notre DameGeorgia State at 2 ClemsonBYU at 6 Wisconsin12 LSU at 7 AuburnThe LSU Tigers logo.The LSU Tigers logo.17 Boise State at 24 Oklahoma StateSMU at 19 MichiganSouth Florida at Illinois (in Chicago)USF's logo.An Illinois logo.USF's logo.USF's logo.USF's logo.USF's logo.USF's logo.Duke at BaylorThe Baylor Bears logo.The Baylor Bears logo.A Duke logo.A Duke logo.The Baylor Bears logo.A Duke logo.A Duke logo.Miami (OH) at MinnesotaUTSA at Kansas StateThe Kansas State Wildcats logo.The Kansas State Wildcats logo.The Kansas State Wildcats logo.The Kansas State Wildcats logo.The Kansas State Wildcats logo.The Kansas State Wildcats logo.The Kansas State Wildcats logo.Colorado State at FloridaNorth Texas at ArkansasArkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Logo for the North Texas Mean Green.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Arkansas logo.Houston at Texas TechThe Texas Tech Red Raiders logo.Ohio vs. Virginia (in Nashville)Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.Logo for the Virginia Cavaliers.San Jose State at 20 OregonNew Hampshire at ColoradoThe Colorado Buffaloes logo.The Colorado Buffaloes logo.The Colorado Buffaloes logo.The Colorado Buffaloes logo.The Colorado Buffaloes logo.The Colorado Buffaloes logo.The Colorado Buffaloes logo.Idaho State at Cal1 Alabama at Ole MissOregon State at NevadaLogo for the Nevada Wolf Pack.Logo for the Nevada Wolf Pack.The Oregon State Beavers logo.Logo for the Nevada Wolf Pack.Logo for the Nevada Wolf Pack.Logo for the Nevada Wolf Pack.Logo for the Nevada Wolf Pack.Middle Tennessee at 3 GeorgiaLouisiana-Lafayette at 16 Mississippi StateUL Monroe at Texas A&MTexas A&M logo.Texas A&M logo.Texas A&M logo.Texas A&M logo.Texas A&M logo.Texas A&M logo.Texas A&M logo.Missouri at Purduemissouri logoPlain gold Purdue Logo.missouri logoPlain gold Purdue Logo.missouri logoPlain gold Purdue Logo.missouri logoNorthern Iowa at IowaAkron at NorthwesternWestern Kentucky at LouisvilleThe Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.The Louisville Cardinals logo.4 Ohio State at 15 TCU (in Arlington)22 USC at TexasThe USC Trojans logo.The USC Trojans logo.The USC Trojans logo.The USC Trojans logo.Eastern Washington at Washington StateLogo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.10 Washington at UtahThe Utah Utes logo.23 Arizona State at San Diego StateThe official Arizona State logo.The official Arizona State logo.The official Arizona State logo.San Diego State's SD logo.The official Arizona State logo.The official Arizona State logo.The official Arizona State logo.Fresno State at UCLAFresno State Bulldogs logo.The UCLA Bruins logo.Fresno State Bulldogs logo.The UCLA Bruins logo.The UCLA Bruins logo.The UCLA Bruins logo.The UCLA Bruins logo.Southern Utah at ArizonaThe Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.Season Record89-1986-2291-1786-2290-1888-2087-21last_img read more

Photo: There Was A Wedding At This College Football Game Today

first_imgA general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)College football fans have a hate/hate relationship with fall weddings. To them, if you plan a fall wedding, it’s a personal attack on their ability to watch their favorite teams take the field.One way to combat that? Either have your wedding in any other season, which isn’t that hard to do if you really think about it – OR – have your wedding at a college football stadium.That’s what went down on Saturday afternoon. In a Big 12 showdown between West Virginia and Texas Tech a couple decided that was the perfect environment for a wedding.At halftime, the two took the field for a ceremony at midfield. Check it out.We’ve got a midfield wedding ceremony at halftime of West Virginia-Texas Tech. pic.twitter.com/DK4RNavtVm— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 29, 2018That’s one way to make sure your wedding doesn’t interfere with your ability to watch the game.What do you think college football fans? Is this a reasonable request for your groom or bride if they insist on having a fall wedding?last_img read more

Major Big 10 Program Has Embarrassing Crowd At Kickoff

first_imgWisconsin's field on a Saturday in the fall.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 19: General view of action between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Troy Trojans during the first quarter of the college football game at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Not every college football game is enticing to fans. Count Wisconsin’s contest against Rutgers as one that fans aren’t wanting to be a part of on Saturday afternoon.The Badgers, who started the season as a popular dark horse candidate for the College Football Playoff discussion, have seen that suggestion quickly disappear. With three losses on the season already, Wisconsin is just hoping to keep it together at this point.A battle with the lowly Scarlet Knights might be just what the doctor ordered. Although the game might be what Wisconsin needs, it’s not what the fans want.A few minutes before kickoff, the crowd was…scarce.Didn’t expect a great crowd today but this is pretty rough five minutes before kickoff. pic.twitter.com/daGyaMjfuq— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) November 3, 2018Wisconsin didn’t wait long to take advantage of the matchup. The Badgers already have a touchdown and the game isn’t even three minutes old yet.Rutgers’ terrible season, which included a loss to Kansas, just keeps getting worse. At least there aren’t many in the stands to witness the game.last_img read more

Katie Nolan Ripped Urban Meyer, Ohio State On Her New Show

first_imgKatie Nolan jokes on her new ESPN show.Urban Meyer had a tumultuous offseason, winding up suspended for Ohio State’s first three games as a result of the way he handled domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith. This week, Katie Nolan made a joke at his expense on her new show.Nolan, who ESPN hired last year, has a new ESPN+ show called Always Late with Katie Nolan. While the network is still nailing down the format, it’s clear that it includes sarcastic jokes – which are Nolan’s specialty.Nolan’s shot at Urban Meyer can be read below:“With two games remaining against Cleveland the Bengals hired former Browns coach Hue Jackson as a special assistant to Marvin Lewis.Lewis wanted to get the worst possible advice from a football coach in Ohio, but Urban Meyer was busy.”Here’s the clip:It’s a safe bet the joke won’t go over well in Columbus, but it will probably land in Ann Arbor.Ohio State, meanwhile, is 9-1 with a date against Maryland on Saturday before hosting Michigan in the regular season finale next week. Meyer’s Buckeyes can still make the playoff if they win out – and get a little help.last_img read more