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Some Statistics Are Most Revealing While statistics are often misleading, some can be most revealing. Consider: In the four-plus years Marvin Lewis has been coach, the Bengals are 27-3 when winning the turnover margin, 7-8 when miscues are even, and get this, an ugly 4-24 when losing the turnover battle. In all three wins this season they’ve had more takeaways than giveaways. In the six losses, the Bengals were even twice and negative four times. And how about this stat? Under Lewis, the Bengals are 27-9 when leading at the half and a meager 7-25 when trailing. The team is 1-5 this year when behind at the break. Conclusion: When the Bengals get off to a fast start and win the turnover battle, they usually win. Now that may seem naturally logical to you as a fan, but in the Bengals’ case, those statistics are more pronounced compared with a lot of other teams in the league. Looking back at Sunday’s game at

Baltimore, all I can really say is that a win is a win is a win, and you have to value every one you get in the NFL, especially on the road. While the Bengal defense held Baltimore to a mere touchdown, reality is that the Raven offense is awful. I

Under Lewis, the Bengals are 27-9 when leading at the half and a meager 7-25 when trailing. honestly couldn’t believe what I was watching. With that said, though, the Bengals should at least feel good for not allowing a terrible offense to move the ball against them. That wasn’t the case in the losses to Kansas City and Buffalo, a pair of teams that were struggling mightily offensively until the Bengals came along.

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So, given the state of Dave Lapham is in his 22nd affairs in the Queen City, season as color analyst on the let’s try to put a positive spin Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network and co-hosts Bengals Breakdown on WLWT on everything this week. Enter Chris Henry. He Channel 5 during the NFL season. The former Bengal standout guard returned from his eight- (1974-83) also provides color commentary for the Big 12 game suspension and was National Game of the Week on Fox Sports Net. surprisingly sharp, catching with Henry. four passes for 99 yards. “The Bengals are very difficult to His blocking was solid and he did a lot of the other little dirty things defend when he’s in the game. He gives them that unstoppable, addithat don’t show up on the stat sheet. Without question, the Bengals tional weapon. He’s a game-changer, a are a completely different team with difference-maker.” Folks, that’s high praise coming Henry in the lineup. How different? Well, Ravens from one of the league’s best, if not the defensive coordinator Rex Ryan says best, defensive coordinators. With that said, imagine the differHenry is “worth a football field of ence Henry might have made against offense” every game. The 100 yards is a combination Cleveland, Seattle and Buffalo. The of Henry’s reception total along with outcomes of all three games were in what his presence allows his team- doubt deep into the fourth quarter. If the Bengals had the “gamemates to additionally add to their changer” then, they might be 6-3 usual game totals. Ryan says no team in the league today instead of 3-6. Hopefully, Henry won’t screw up has a third receiver remotely as gifted and dangerous than the Bengals have again.

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Scouting Report: Arizona at Cincinnati

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Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals might just as well be named is obvious. Pittsburgh Steelers West. The Cardinals have been schizophrenic, but that’s to The Cardinals may not have the player personnel of be expected when new schemes are implemented. Quality the Pennsylvania boys, but their braintrust and coaching wins over Seattle, Pittsburgh and Detroit have been interphilosophy comes directly from the Steel City. spersed with losses to San Francisco and Baltimore. Ken Whisenhunt is in his first season as head coach Overall, though, Arizona is a solid team and the Bengals after spending six will certainly have their hands full. years as the Steelers’ Arizona at Cincinnati tight end coach and When: Sunday, November 18 BENGALS OFFENSE VS. offensive coordinator. Time: 1 p.m. EST CARDINALS DEFENSE W h i s e n h u n t ’s Where: Paul Brown Stadium What makes Arizona’s defense so difficult to attack is assistant head coach, that they can morph from a 4-3 to a 3-4 set at the snap of who’s also in charge a finger. of the offensive line, is Russ Grimm. With the latter, it’s literally like watching the Steeler defense. Grimm served in the same capacity In ending a three-game losing streak, during which the Cardinals forced with Pittsburgh for a half dozen years only one turnover, they came up with five in the 31-21 win over the Lions as well. on Sunday. Both Whisenhunt and Grimm Moreover, Detroit had minus-19 yards rushing. According to ESPN, the were finalists for the Steelers head job total was the best defensive performance in the NFL since 1947. Ouch. after Bill Cowher retired last year, but As you’ve surely concluded, the Cardinals emphasize stopping the run the gold and black surprisingly went first, again, just like the Steelers. outside the family and hired Mike Arizona gives up, on average, exactly 100 yards a game, ranking 12th in Tomlin. the league. And so Whisenhunt flew the coop Still, the Bengals must establish the run with Rudi Johnson and/or and took Grimm with him to take Kenny Watson in order to win. Otherwise, quarterback Carson Palmer is over one of the NFL’s underachieving, going to see a variety of blitzes that will remind him of that team wearing perennial losers. gold and black. With that in mind, Arizona’s 4-5 Strong safety Adrian Wilson is the Cardinal’s version of Pitt’s Troy record should be admired, as major Polamalu. He has sub-4.4 speed and can jump like you can’t believe. In Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner progress from the Dennis Green regime short, he’s a freak of nature.

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Tackle Darnell Docket is a sack monster. He has eight on the season. He’s worth the price of admission. Because the Cardinals are so aggressive, and love to bring pressure from the secondary, Bengal wideout Chris Henry could be in for a huge game if Watson and Rudi Johnson can pick up blitzes. There’s simply no way the Cardinals can cover Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Henry at the same time on a blitz. I might have given a slight edge to the Bengals in this category, but the fact they failed to score a touchdown in seven trips to the red zone against Baltimore last week concerns me a bit. ADVANTAGE: Even

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Warner is hurt as well, as he wears a cast on his left, non-throwing hand. When the Cardinals get into the red zone, backup Tim Rattay often takes over. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a receiving tandem much better than Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. LAP MAKES CALL Fitzgerald has caught 58 passThe team with the es, averaging 14 yards, and has fewer turnovers will win. three TDs. Bolden has 36 catches The Bengals forced six (10.6 avg.) and five scores. last week, the Cardinals Can the Bengals stop an five. I can actually see this offense that’s been decent, averone coming down to a aging 21 points and 320 yards field goal, so I’ll go with a game? Well, if they can hold Graham to win it. Arizona to its averages, the Bengals might be able to pull this game out. BENGALs 24, ADVANTAGE: Cardinals cardinals 21

SPECIAL TEAMS Surprise, surprise: The Cardinal offense If this game comes down is predicated on a relentless, pounding to a field goal, Shayne Graham will be ready. He kicked a whopground game which opens up the passing ping seven treys, accounting for all the Bengal points, against the attack. Sound familiar? Cardinals running back Edgerrin James Ravens. OK, I’ll let the Steeler motif go because I The Cardinals counter with Neil Rackers, who has made 12 of know the mere word makes Bengal fans cringe. Veteran Edgerrin James can still get the tough yards. He’s rushed for 678 17 field goals, with four of his misses beyond 40 yards. Former Michigan Wolverine Steve Breaston has been a solid punt and yards and scored five touchdowns. Stepping in for the injured Matt Leinart is former Super Bowl MVP kick returner for Arizona. He’s returned a punt 73 yards and a kickoff 52. ADVANTAGE: Even quarterback Kurt Warner. He’s been efficient, connecting on 61 percent of his passes for 1,314 yards and nine TDs against six picks.

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AFC EAST S-9 S-16 S-23 S-30 O-8 O-14 O-21 O-28 N-4 N-11 N-18 N-25 D-2 D-9 D-16 D-23 D-30

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@Cincinnati.............20-27 New York Jets .........20-13 Arizona....................26-23 @Cleveland .............13-27 @San Francisco ..........9-7 St. Louis ...................22-3 @Buffalo .................14-19 Bye @Pittsburgh ..............7-35 Cincinnati ..................7-21 Cleveland ......................... @San Diego ..................... New England .................... Indianapolis ..................... @Miami ........................... @Seattle........................... Pittsburgh ........................

Kansas City ...............20-3 @Carolina ...............34-21 Indianapolis ............24-30 @Atlanta .................16-26 Miami......................22-19 @Jacksonville .........17-37 Tennessee ...............36-38 @San Diego ............10-35 @Oakland................24-17 Bye New Orleans .................... @Cleveland ...................... @Tennessee ..................... Tampa Bay ....................... Denver ............................. @Indianapolis .................. Jacksonville .....................

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@Houston .................3-20 @Chicago................10-20 Minnesota ...............13-10 @San Diego ............30-16 Jacksonville ..............7-17 Cincinnati ................27-20 @Oakland................12-10 Bye Green Bay ...............22-33 Denver ....................11-27 @Indianapolis .................. Oakland ............................ San Diego ........................ @Denver .......................... Tennessee ........................ @Detroit........................... @New York Jets...............

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Pittsburgh .................7-34 Cincinnati ................51-45 @Oakland................24-26 Baltimore ................27-13 @New England........17-34 Miami......................41-31 Bye @St. Louis ..............27-20 Seattle ............. 33-30(OT) @Pittsburgh ............28-31 @Baltimore ...................... Houston ........................... @Arizona ......................... @New York Jets............... Buffalo ............................. @Cincinnati...................... San Francisco ..................

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@Cleveland ...............34-7 Buffalo ......................26-3 San Francisco .........37-16 @Arizona ................14-21 Seattle .......................21-0 Bye @Denver .................28-31 @Cincinnati.............24-13 Baltimore ..................35-7 Cleveland ................31-28 @New York Jets............... Miami............................... Cincinnati ......................... @New England................. Jacksonville ..................... @St. Louis ....................... @Baltimore ......................

Conf Non-Conf Streak 4-2 3-0 2L 3-2 3-1 1L 4-2 2-1 1W 3-4 1-1 1W

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Detroit .....................21-36 @Denver ........ 20-23 (OT) Cleveland ................26-24 @Miami ..................35-17 Bye @San Diego ............14-28 Kansas City .............10-12 @Tennessee ..............9-13 Houston ..................17-24 Chicago .....................6-17 @Minnesota ..................... @Kansas City ................... Denver ............................. @Green Bay ..................... Indianapolis ..................... @Jacksonville .................. San Diego ........................

NeW YORK JetS

New England ...........14-38 @Baltimore .............13-20 Miami......................31-28 @Buffalo .................14-17 @New York Giants ..24-35 Philadelphia ..............9-16 @Cincinnati.............31-38 Buffalo ......................3-13 Washington..... 20-23(OT) Bye Pittsburgh ........................ @Dallas ............................ @Miami ........................... Cleveland ......................... @New England................. @Tennessee ..................... Kansas City ......................

Conf Non-Conf Streak 5-1 2-1 3W 3-4 2-0 1L 1-5 3-0 3L 3-5 0-1 1W

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Tennessee ...............10-13 Atlanta.......................13-7 @Denver .................23-14 Bye @Kansas City ............17-7 Houston ..................37-17 Indianapolis ..............7-29 @Tampa Bay ...........24-23 @New Orleans ........24-41 @Tennessee ............28-13 San Diego ........................ Buffalo ............................. @Indianapolis .................. Carolina............................ @Pittsburgh ..................... Oakland ............................ @Houston ........................

Conf Non-Conf Streak 7-0 2-0 9W 5-3 0-1 4W 1-5 0-3 6L 0-6 0-3 9L

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New Orleans ...........41-10 @Tennessee ............22-20 @Houston ...............30-24 Denver ....................38-20 Tampa Bay ..............33-14 Bye @Jacksonville ...........29-7 @Carolina .................31-7 New England ...........20-24 @San Diego ............21-23 Kansas City ...................... @Atlanta .......................... Jacksonville ..................... @Baltimore ...................... @Oakland......................... Houston ........................... Tennessee ........................

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@New York Jets......38-14 San Diego ...............38-14 Buffalo ......................38-7 @Cincinnati.............34-13 Cleveland ................34-17 @Dallas ...................48-27 @Miami ..................49-28 Washington...............52-7 @Indianapolis .........24-20 Bye @Buffalo .......................... Philadelphia ..................... @Baltimore ...................... Pittsburgh ........................ New York Jets .................. Miami............................... @New York Giants ...........

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Baltimore ................27-20 @Cleveland .............45-51 @Seattle..................21-24 New England ...........13-34 Bye @Kansas City ..........20-27 New York Jets .........38-31 Pittsburgh ...............13-24 @Buffalo .................21-33 @Baltimore ...............21-7 Arizona............................. Tennessee ........................ @Pittsburgh ..................... St. Louis .......................... @San Francisco ............... Cleveland ......................... @Miami ...........................

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@Washington .........13-16 Dallas ......................20-37 @New York Jets......28-31 Oakland ...................17-35 @Houston ...............19-22 @Cleveland .............31-41 New England ...........28-49 New York Giants* ...10-13 Bye Buffalo ....................10-13 @Philadelphia .................. @Pittsburgh ..................... New York Jets .................. @Buffalo .......................... Baltimore ......................... @New England................. Cincinnati .........................

Team San Diego Chargers Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders

@Buffalo .................15-14 Oakland .......... 23-20 (OT) Jacksonville ............14-23 @Indianapolis .........20-38 San Diego .................3-41 Bye Pittsburgh ...............31-28 Green Bay ....... 13-19(OT) @Detroit....................7-44 @Kansas City ..........27-11 Tennessee ........................ @Chicago......................... @Oakland......................... Kansas City ...................... @Houston ........................ @San Diego ..................... Minnesota ........................

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BaLtImORe RaVeNS

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Team New England Patriots Buffalo Bills New York Jets Miami Dolphins

Denver ....................14-15 @Pittsburgh ..............3-26 @New England..........7-38 New York Jets .........17-14 Dallas ......................24-25 Bye Baltimore ................19-14 @New York Jets........13-3 Cincinnati ................33-21 @Miami ..................13-10 New England .................... @Jacksonville .................. @Washington .................. Miami............................... @Cleveland ...................... New York Giants .............. @Philadelphia ..................

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@Jacksonville .........13-10 Indianapolis ............20-22 @New Orleans ........31-14 Bye Atlanta.....................20-13 @Tampa Bay ...........10-13 @Houston ...............38-36 Oakland .....................13-9 Carolina.....................20-7 Jacksonville ............13-28 @Denver .......................... @Cincinnati...................... Houston ........................... San Diego ........................ @Kansas City ................... New York Jets .................. @Indianapolis ..................

Conf Non-Conf Streak 4-2 1-2 1W 4-3 0-2 1W 3-3 1-2 2L 2-5 0-2 5L SaN DIeGO ChaRGeRS

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Chicago .....................14-3 @New England........14-38 @Green Bay ............24-31 Kansas City .............16-30 @Denver ...................41-3 Oakland ...................28-14 Bye Houston ..................35-10 @Minnesota ............17-35 Indianapolis ............23-21 @Jacksonville .................. Baltimore ......................... @Kansas City ................... @Tennessee ..................... Detroit .............................. Denver ............................. @Oakland.........................

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DaLLaS COWBOYS

New York Giants .....45-35 @Miami ..................37-20 @Chicago................34-10 St. Louis ...................35-7 @Buffalo .................25-24 New England ...........27-48 Minnesota ...............24-14 Bye @Philadelphia .........38-17 @New York Giants ..31-20 Washington...................... New York Jets .................. Green Bay ........................ @Detroit........................... Philadelphia ..................... @Carolina ........................ @Washington ..................

NFC NORTH S-9 S-16 S-23 S-30 O-7 O-14 O-21 O-28 N-4 N-11 N-18 N-25 D-2 D-6 D-17 D-23 D-30

@San Diego ..............3-14 Kansas City .............20-10 Dallas ......................10-34 @Detroit..................27-37 @Green Bay ............27-20 Minnesota ...............31-34 @Philadelphia .........19-16 Detroit .......................7-16 Bye @Oakland..................17-6 @Seattle........................... Denver ............................. New York Giants .............. @Washington .................. @Minnesota ..................... Green Bay ........................ New Orleans ....................

@Minnesota ..............3-24 @Jacksonville ...........7-13 Carolina...................20-27 Houston ..................26-16 @Tennessee ............13-20 New York Giants .....10-31 @New Orleans ........16-22 Bye San Francisco .........20-16 @Carolina ...............20-13 Tampa Bay ....................... Indianapolis ..................... @St. Louis ....................... New Orleans .................... @Tampa Bay .................... @Arizona ......................... Seattle ..............................

@San Francisco ......17-20 Seattle .....................23-20 @Baltimore .............23-26 Pittsburgh ...............21-14 @St. Louis ..............34-31 Carolina...................10-25 @Washington .........19-21 Bye @Tampa Bay ...........10-17 Detroit .....................31-21 @Cincinnati...................... San Francisco .................. Cleveland ......................... @Seattle........................... @New Orleans ................. Atlanta.............................. St. Louis ..........................

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@Dallas ...................35-45 Green Bay ...............13-35 @Washington .........24-17 Philadelphia ..............16-3 New York Jets .........35-24 @Atlanta .................31-10 San Francisco .........33-15 vs. Miami* ..............13-10 Bye Dallas ......................20-31 @Detroit........................... Minnesota ........................ @Chicago......................... @Philadelphia .................. Washington...................... @Buffalo .......................... New England ....................

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@Oakland................36-21 Minnesota ....... 20-17(OT) @Philadelphia .........21-56 Chicago ...................37-27 @Washington ...........3-34 Bye Tampa Bay ..............23-16 @Chicago..................16-7 Denver ......................44-7 @Arizona ................21-31 New York Giants .............. Green Bay ........................ @Minnesota ..................... Dallas ............................... @San Diego ..................... Kansas City ...................... @Green Bay .....................

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@St. Louis ..............27-13 Houston ..................21-34 @Atlanta .................27-20 Tampa Bay ................7-20 @New Orleans ........16-13 @Arizona ................25-10 Bye Indianapolis ..............7-31 @Tennessee ..............7-20 Atlanta.....................13-20 @Green Bay ..................... New Orleans .................... San Francisco .................. @Jacksonville .................. Seattle .............................. Dallas ............................... @Tampa Bay ....................

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ChICaGO BeaRS

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@Green Bay ............13-16 Washington.............12-20 Detroit .....................56-21 @New York Giants ....3-16 Bye @New York Jets........16-9 Chicago ...................16-19 @Minnesota ............23-16 Dallas ......................17-38 @Washington .........33-25 Miami............................... @New England................. Seattle .............................. New York Giants .............. @Dallas............................ @New Orleans ................. Buffalo .............................

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Philadelphia ............16-13 @New York Giants ..35-13 San Diego ...............31-24 @Minnesota ............23-16 Chicago ...................20-27 Washington.............17-14 Bye @Denver ......... 19-13(OT) @Kansas City ..........33-22 Minnesota .................34-0 Carolina............................ @Detroit........................... @Dallas............................ Oakland ............................ @St. Louis ....................... @Chicago......................... Detroit ..............................

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@Indianapolis .........10-41 @Tampa Bay ...........14-31 Tennessee ...............14-31 Bye Carolina...................13-16 @Seattle..................28-17 Atlanta.....................22-16 @San Francisco ......31-10 Jacksonville ............41-24 St. Louis .................29-37 @Houston ........................ @Carolina ........................ Tampa Bay ....................... @Atlanta .......................... Arizona............................. Philadelphia ..................... @Chicago.........................

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Atlanta.......................24-3 @Detroit.......... 17-20(OT) @Kansas City ..........10-13 Green Bay ...............16-23 Bye @Chicago................34-31 @Dallas...................14-24 Philadelphia ............16-23 San Diego ...............35-17 @Green Bay ..............0-34 Oakland ............................ @New York Giants ........... Detroit .............................. @San Francisco ............... Chicago ............................ Washington...................... @Denver ..........................

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Cats & Dawgs DAVE LAPHAM

Doug Dieken

Dave Lapham, former offensive lineman for the Bengals, is in his 22nd season as color analyst on the Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network, and co-hosts Bengals Breakdown.

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Doug Dieken, an offensive lineman for Cleveland from 1971-85, is the radio color analyst for the Browns Radio Network. He also provides indepth analysis of the team on WKYC TV 3 in Cleveland and SportsTime Ohio.

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Cleveland. Baltimore’s Cleveland. The Browns offense is downright terriare angry for letting ble. If the Bengals can sweep the Ravens, the Steeler game slip away. They’re going Cleveland certainly can. The Browns are a to take out their frustrations on the solid team. Ravens.

arizona Cincinnati. Even though it was only a pathetic Baltimore offense the Bengals shut down last week, Cincinnati should be playing with more confidence when “Pittsburgh West” comes to town.

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Arizona. Now that the Bengals are out of contention, I don’t think they’ll show up to play every week. I’m picking more against Cincinnati than I am for Arizona.

Who knows more about the NFL — a former Bengal or Brown? Let’s find out as Dave Lapham and Doug Dieken go at it like Cats & Dawgs all season long!

ny giants detroit AT New York. Detroit plays well at home, but the Giants defense will pressure Jon Kitna the way Arizona did in beating the Lions last week. Kitna will make a bunch of mistakes.

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Tennessee. The Titans have a play-making quarterback, and the Broncos just aren’t as dominant at home as they used to be.

Lapham OTHER Games dieken San Diego Seattle New Orleans Dallas Pittsburgh

San Diego at Jacksonville Chicago at Seattle New Orleans at Houston Washington at Dallas Pittsburgh at New York Jets

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Meet YOUR Bengals!

Kings of the Jungle

Justin Smith By Edward Mauler

How good are you at golf, your favorite hobby? I’m really bad. I’ve never shot a hole-in-one and I’m definitely a work in progress. But it’s fun and I really enjoy trying.

season at Denver when it’s snowing and you’ve got the Rocky Mountains in the background. It’s a pretty cool scene.

Which current or former NFL head coach has the best style? I like coaches who have that old-school mustache, son. I enjoy regular season games a lot more than such (former Chicago Bears the preseason ones. and New Orleans Saints Beside defensive end, name a position you Coach Mike) as Ditka. would like to play. I’ve always wanted to play defensive end. I Who’s the strongest playcan’t think of any other position I’d want to play. er on the Bengals? (Offensive tackle) Willie What’s your favorite part of playing defensive Anderson. He’s pretty strong. end? You don’t have to think a whole lot to play the If you could be NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell position and you don’t have to make many adjustfor a day, what’s the first ments during a game. You pretty much just go after the guy with the ball. thing you would do? Take two of the preseason games off the schedule and play an 18-game regular sea-

You played for Big 12 conference member Missouri. Which conference is the best in college football? No doubt about it; the Big 12. I’m probably a little biased, but I love its smash-mouth, oldschool style of football. Growing up in Missouri, what was your favorite NFL team? The Kansas City Chiefs. Which NFL city has the best weather to play in? I love playing late in the Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals

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Position: DE Height: 6-4 Weight: 275 Birthdate: Sept. 30, 1979 College: Missouri Hometown: Holts Summit, Mo. Acquired: 2001, NFL Draft, first round NFL experience: seventh season

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Now Listen Up! New England Will Finish Season Unbeaten Here’s a fearless prediction that will unfold over the next few weeks: New England is going undefeated and Indianapolis won’t lose again until playing the Patriots for the AFC title. The Patriots and Colts are that good, but the bad news for Indianapolis is that the Patriots are just a little bit better. New England’s 24-20 victory over the Colts last week was a devastating development for every other team in the NFL which was confronted with irrefutable proof of the gap between these teams and the rest of the league. Forget about San Diego’s win over Indy on Sunday night. That was a complete fluke. Peyton Manning threw six interceptions and the Chargers returned two kicks for TDs and still barely won. That will never, repeat, never happen again to Manning. The only defense that can slow New England belongs to Indianapolis. And the only defense that can slow Indianapolis is New England. What does that mean for every-

one else? A lot of losses. Everyone else in the NFL is playing for a consolation prize, including a solid team from Pittsburgh, which rallied from a 21-6 deficit to beat Cleveland, 31-28, Sunday. The Steelers have a clock-eating running back in Willie Parker, a play-making quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger and one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL. Pittsburgh fans will try to convince themselves the Steelers can win the AFC. Fans of Dallas and Green Bay will pretend their team has a shot in the Super Bowl against the Patriots (or Colts). They’d be wrong. The Patriots and Colts aren’t just pretty quarterbacks and media hype. They’re nasty on defense, and defense wins championships. Those incredible offenses at New England and Indianapolis? That’s just showing off. Cruel and unusual punishment for the rest of the league. Until Colts-Patriots Part I on Nov. 4, no team had challenged New

With Gregg Doyel Gregg Doyel talks sports six days

England because no team a week on 1530 HOMER and 700 could stop New England’s WLW in Cincinnati, and writes about offense. The Patriots were sports daily for CBS Sports.com. He has written two books on topics that averaging 41.4 points. Running backs Laurence are immaterial to the focus of this Maroney and Kevin Faulk fine magazine. were averaging more than However, Maroney was awful. 4.7 yards per carry. Receivers Wes Welker was invisible. Stallworth was Welker and Randy Moss were on pace useless. Brady, who had thrown just to combine for more than 200 catches, those two interceptions in eight previ2,800 yards, 34 touchdowns and two ous games, had two in this game. Pro Bowl invitations. Donte’ Stallworth Likewise, the Patriot defense manwas looking at a 50-catch, 800-yard handled an Indianapolis offense that monster season as a third receiver. missed Marvin Harrison but still had Quarterback Tom Brady was on pace Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark for 60 touchdowns and four intercep- and Joseph Addai. tions, a season that would make him Don’t cry for the Colts. When deserving of immediate Hall of Fame they ran into New England, they ran enshrinement. into a better team. San Diego, again, But for most of that game, the was a fluke. When the Colts run into Colts made the New England offense New England again in the playoffs for look silly. Moss was dominant, but the Colts-Patriots II, it’ll be the same. only defense that can stop Moss would Too bad the NFC has to put a team be one designed by God. And God’s into the Super Bowl. I’d take Coltstoo busy rooting for Jon Kitna to worry Patriots III over Patriots 52, Packers himself with the Patriots. 14.

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Introducing the...

Master Coaches Survey College Preview T

hey own among themselves nearly 3,000 career victories. They have coached in every major Division I-A conference. They’ve won dozens of bowl games and five national championships. They’ve coached with, and against, all the legends. And now they’re sharing the expertise with the readers of This Week In Football! Sixteen coaches with Hall of Fame resumes comprise the Master Coaches

John Cooper

Ohio State, Arizona State, Tulsa • 192-84-6 (24 seasons)

• With 111 victories in 13 seasons, Cooper ranks as the second-winningest coach in Ohio State history. • Has coached nine teams to conference championships (and another five to second-place finishes), including the 1998, 1996 and 1993 Ohio State teams that shared Big Ten titles. • Became the first head coach to lead teams from both the Big Ten and the Pac-10 to victories in the Rose Bowl (he coached ASU to a 22-15 win over Michigan at the end of the 1986 season).

Terry Donahue UCLA • 151-74-8 (20 seasons)

• Of his 151 victories (.665 winning percentage), 98 were in Pac-10 conference games. He was the all-time conference leader, topping Master Coach Don James of Washington (97) and John McKay of USC (70). • Won five Pac-10 Championships, his UCLA-coached teams were ranked in the top 10 nationally five times and he led the Bruins to four appearances in the Rose Bowl.

Vince Dooley

Georgia • 201-77-10 (25 seasons)

• Guided Georgia to an undefeated season and the national championship in 1980. • Led the Bulldogs to 20 bowl games, including a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl that clinched Georgia’s first national title since 1942. • Won 201 games and six SEC championships during his 25-year tenure (196488) as head coach at UGA, suffering only one losing season during that time frame.

Pat Dye

Auburn, Wyoming, East Carolina • 153-62-5 (19 seasons)

• Led Auburn to four SEC titles, including three straight from 1987-89, during his 12-year tenure (1981-1992) with the Tigers. • Was a three-time SEC Coach of the Year honoree. • Was named National Coach of the Year in 1983 after leading Auburn to an 11-1 record, including a victory over Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. 10

Survey (MCS), a revolutionary approach to ranking the nation’s top teams. The group, which includes former Ohio State Coach and This Week In Football columnist John Cooper, was created during the 2005 college football season. Former Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler was also part of the MCS prior to his passing on Nov. 17. “The Master Coaches Survey features the most experienced coaches who not only watch all the games, but they also

discuss and deliberate before they cast their weekly votes,” says Andy Curtin, executive director of MCS. “No other system has these components.” Each week during the season, the MCS staff tapes games and gathers vital statistics for the coaches to review. The coaches evaluate the information and then have a group teleconference before casting their ballots. In that conference call, they give their reports, and discuss, argue, laugh and enjoy the fellowship they were too busy and too competitive

to enjoy when they coached. As the BCS continues to struggle with its credibility, it may be only a matter of time before the MCS Poll becomes a part of the BCS formula for determining which two teams should play for the national championship. The MCS Web site (www.mcspoll. com) includes ample information and commentary from the coaches as well. The MCS also provides a subscription service for those who seek direct access to the coaches.

Meet The Masters LaVell Edwards

Brigham Young • 257-101-3 (29 seasons)

• Led BYU to a national championship in 1984. • His 257 overall wins ranks sixth in Division I-A history, and he has more victories than all other coaches in BYU history combined. • Won the Western Athletic Conference title in 20 of his 29 seasons as head coach.

Hayden Fry

Iowa, North Texas State, Southern Methodist 232-178-10 (37 seasons)

• Transformed Iowa from a perennial doormat into a three-time Big Ten champion and 14-time bowl participant (including three Rose Bowls). • Compiled a 143-89-6 record in 20 years (1978-98) at Iowa. • Won 232 career games as a Division I head coach, including 11 years with SMU and six years at North Texas State.

Don James

Washington, Kent State • 178-76-3 (22 seasons)

• Led Washington to a Rose Bowl victory and the national championship in 1991. • Posted a 153-57-2 record in 18 seasons (1974-92) with the Huskies. • Career record is 178-76-3 (.698). • Led Kent State to the Mid-American Conference championship in 1972.

Frank Kush

Arizona State • 176-54-1 (22 seasons)

• Credited with building Arizona State’s reputation as a major contender in collegiate football. • Guided ASU to 20 winning seasons in his 22-year tenure (1958-79). • Had a 6-1 record in bowl games.

Dick MacPherson

Syracuse, Massachusetts • 111-73-5 (17 seasons)

• Compiled a 66-46-4 record during his 10 years at Syracuse. • Won National Coach of the Year honors in 1987 after leading the Orangemen

to an 11-0-1 record, tying Auburn in the 1988 Sugar Bowl. •Led the Orange to a 3-1-1 record in bowl games.

Bill Mallory

Indiana, Northern Illinois, Colorado, Miami (Ohio) 165-121-4 (27 seasons)

• One of only seven coaches ever to guide three different programs to top 20 finishes in the national polls. • Compiled a 165-121-4 career record at Miami (Ohio), Colorado, Northern Illinois and Indiana. • Finished his career as Indiana’s alltime winningest coach with 69 victories.

Don Nehlen

West Virginia • 202-128-8 (30 seasons)

• Became the 17th coach in NCAA Division I-A history to record 200 career victories. • Coached more seasons (21) and won more games (149) than any other coach in West Virginia University history. • Guided his program to 13 bowls, 17 winning seasons and the 1993 Big East Conference title.

Tom Osborne

Nebraska • 255-49-3 (25 seasons)

• Led the Cornhuskers to 13 conference championships and three national championships (1994, 1995 & 1997). • Best winning percentage (83.6%) among active NCAA Division I-A coaches at time of retirement and fifth best of all time. • Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

John Ralston

Stanford, Utah St., San Jose State • 97-81-4 (17 seasons)

• Compiled a record of 55-36-3 at Stanford (1963-71) while reviving a sagging program. • Last two Stanford teams won Pacific 8 titles and Rose Bowl victories. • Posted a 31-11-1 record at Utah State (1959-62) and led the team to two conference championships and two bowls.

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John Robinson

Southern California, UNLV • 132-77-4 (18 seasons)

• Led USC to a national championship (1978), two No. 2 finishes, three Pac-10 titles and five bowls in his original run (1976-82) with the program, including three Rose Bowl victories. • His second term (1993-97) at USC featured three more bowl victories, including the Rose Bowl in 1995 that improved his career record in the bowl to 4-0.

R.C. Slocum

Texas A&M • 123-47-2 (14 seasons)

• Ranks as the winningest coach in Texas A&M history with 123 career wins. • Never had a losing season in his 14-year tenure with the Aggies. • Won four conference championships, including the Big 12 title in 1998.

Gene Stallings

Alabama, Texas A&M • 89-70-1 (14 seasons)

• In seven years as head coach at Alabama, directed the Crimson Tide to one national championship (1992), an SEC championship (1996), three straight SEC Western Division titles (1992, 1993, 1994) and six post-season bowl appearances. • Guided Alabama to an undefeated season and the school’s only 13-0 record en route to the national title in 1992. • Won two SEC Coach of the Year Awards (1992, 1994), while also named the Paul Bryant/FWAA Coach of the Year in 1992.

George Welsh

Virginia, Navy • 189-132-4 (28 seasons)

• Became the alltime winningest coach in University of Virginia and Atlantic Coast Conference history. • Is the all-time winningest coach at Navy, his alma mater. • Guided Virginia to 15 winning seasons in 19 years.


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Team Rec. LSU 9-1 Oregon 8-1 Oklahoma 9-1 Kansas 10-0 Missouri 9-1 Ohio State 10-1 West Virginia 8-1 Georgia 8-2 Arizona State 9-1 Virginia Tech 8-2 USC 8-2 Texas 9-2 Hawaii 9-0 Florida 7-3 Boise State 9-1 Clemson 8-2 Tennessee 7-3 Virginia 9-2 Illinois 8-3 Boston College 8-2 Michigan 8-3 Cincinnati 8-2 Wisconsin 8-3 Kentucky 7-3 Penn State 8-3

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John Ralston Gradishar Should Be In Pro Football Hall of Fame

I realize it’s Michigan Week for you wonderful people in Buckeye country, and though all focus is on The Game, I’d like to use this opportunity in This Week In Football to bring to your attention a travesty that should touch a nerve with you, as it has with me. Randy Gradishar is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Amazing, but true. The player Woody Hayes called “the greatest linebacker I ever coached” at Ohio State, Gradishar spent 10 seasons (1974-83) leading the Denver Broncos’ Orange Crush defense. Correction: He didn’t lead the Orange Crush defense; he WAS the Orange Crush defense. I should know because I was the head coach of the Broncos (1972-76).

I selected Randy with the 14th overall pick of the 1974 draft. Prior to selecting him, I called Woody and asked his opinion. He replied, “You will never have a better football player or person on your team.”

Woody was right. Gradishar was named to the Pro Bowl seven times, including his final six years. He was the best tackler I’ve ever seen to this day. For whatever reason, though, he has SORRY, BUCKEYE FANS! First of all, I must confess that I was raised on Michigan’s not been selected to the Hall of Fame. He’s been nominated several times, and upper peninsula and was a big Michigan fan. But even so, I can objectively say that Michigan is going the closest he came was in 2003 when he made the final 10. to beat Ohio State this week. He was inducted in the Colorado Even though he Wolverines lost at Wisconsin last week, they are not the same team that lost to Appalachian State Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Broncos’ Ring of Fame two years later. and Oregon early in the season. For most of you reading this publiMichigan is hungrier than Ohio State to win The Game. Losing five out of six games to your arch-rival tends to create cation, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a sense of desperation that great programs usually respond right in your own backyard. I implore you to write the sports editor of your to. The difference in this game is home field advantage. local newspaper and anyone else you Look for Michigan to break a 21-21 tie with a late, game- may have a connection to in the world of sports and let them know Gradishar winning score. Despite the loss to Illinois, Ohio State is still a very good deserves this honor. As I write this, I still shake my head team, and certainly a Buckeye win wouldn’t surprise me. If Jim Tressel isn’t the best coach in college football in disbelief that one of the greatest players of all time doesn’t have a bust in today, I’m not sure who is. Canton. This Week’s Master Contributor

John Cooper

Rose Bowl Is Best Of Them All

The Rose Bowl is the best of all the bowls, team to Pasadena in January. period. Indeed, I’m predicting an Ohio State win I’ve had the great fortune to be part of four over Michigan. While much has been said Rose Bowls, including two as a head coach and about Tressel having Michigan Coach Lloyd nothing beats the color and pageantry of “The Carr’s “number,” the bottom line is that the Granddaddy Of Them All.” Buckeyes are simply the better team. It sure beats the sterile environment of the By the way, don’t worry about the Buckeye New Orleans Super Dome, defense because it is not that’s for sure. facing a mobile quarterCoop’s Top Five OK, I know that may back like Illinois’ Juice This Week Last Week come across as sour grapes Williams. 1. LSU 1. Ohio State because Ohio State, for all Both senior Chad 2. Oregon 2. LSU intents and purposes, is out Henne and freshman Ryan 3. Oklahoma 3. Oregon of the national title race, Mallett are pure drop-back 4. Kansas 4. Oklahoma but it would be flat-out passers and neither moves 5. Missouri 5. West Virginia wrong to consider going to very well. the Rose Bowl a consolaHenne (shoulder) and tion prize. running back Mike Hart If the Buckeyes beat Michigan, they will (ankle) are bothered by injuries, though you head to Pasadena for just the third time since can be assured both will play. After all, The the 1984 season. The last was following the ’96 Game is the reason the duo returned for their season when we had the thrilling last-minute senior season. victory over Jake “The Snake” and the undeQuite frankly, I hope Hart and Henne are at feated Arizona State Sun Devils. full strength so that we don’t hear any excuses That was a great day in Ohio State history after the Buckeyes win. and I was proud to be a part of it. And I’ll be Assuming OSU does come out victorious, just as proud to see Coach Jim Tressel take his you’re probably still hopeful the Bucks can This Week in FooTball • Tri-sTaTe ediTion • Vo l u m e 5 , I s s u e 1 0

climb their way back up from No. 7 in the BCS standings into one of the top two spots. With three weeks of regular season and conference championship games yet to play, I suppose anything can happen. LSU has a decent Arkansas team and the SEC title game ahead, and Oregon still faces rival Oregon State in what’s called the Civil War. Like Ohio State-Michigan, you can throw out the records when the Ducks and Beavers play. I was part of that rivalry as an Oregon State assistant, so I know firsthand. Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will be playing each other in some combination down the stretch, and it’s a certainty at least two of those teams will lose. And West Virginia plays at Cincinnati this week with the Big East title on the line. A Bearcat win wouldn’t surprise me at all. So yes, it is possible for Ohio State to sneak its way back into the BCS mix. But even if they don’t, it’s likely the Buckeyes will play USC in the Rose Bowl, and that, my friends, may very well turn out to be the best bowl match-up of the year. Go Bucks! Beat Michigan! 11


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UPCOMING TELEVISED GAMES

NCAA Tuesday November 13 Toledo at Ball State (-5.5)

7:30pm

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ESPN2

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Ohio State at Michigan

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Syracuse at Connecticut (-8.5)

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Tulsa (-14.5) at Army

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Missouri (-7) at Kansas State

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Wednesday November 14 Akron at Miami (OH) (-8.5) Thursday November 15 Oregon (-12.5) at Arizona Friday November 16 Hawaii at Nevada Saturday November 17

Sunday November 18

Duke at Notre Dame (-5.5)

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California (-7) at Washington

3:30pm

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Iowa State at Kansas (-26)

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Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech (-17)

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Penn State (-2.5) at Michigan State

3:30pm

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Western Michigan at Iowa (-14)

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Cleveland (-2.5) at Baltimore

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Kansas City at Indianapolis

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Miami at Philadelphia (-10)

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Oakland at Minnesota

1:00pm

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San Diego at Jacksonville (-3)

1:00pm

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Arizona at Cincinnati (-3)

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Carolina at Green Bay (-9.5)

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New Orleans (-1) at Houston

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New York Giants (-2.5) at Detroit

1:00pm

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Oklahoma (-8.5) at Texas Tech

9:00pm

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Tampa Bay (-3) at Atlanta

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Northwestern at Illinois (-13.5)

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Pittsburgh (-9.5) at New York Jets

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Tuesday November 20

Chicago at Seattle

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Middle Tennessee State at Troy

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St. Louis at San Francisco

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Thanksgiving

Washington at Dallas (-10.5)

4:15pm

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USC at Arizona State

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New England (-15) at Buffalo

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Friday November 23 Central Michigan at Akron

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8:30pm

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Nebraska at Colorado

12:00pm

ABC

Green Bay at Detroit

12:30pm

FOX

New York Jets at Dallas

4:15pm

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Indianapolis at Atlanta

8:15pm

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Purdue (-2) at Indiana

3:30pm

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N.C. State at Wake Forest (-6)

4:00pm

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7:45pm

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West Virginia (-6.5) at Cincinnati

7:45pm

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FOX

Louisville at South Florida (-6.5)

8:00pm

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Boston College at Clemson (-7)

Monday November 19 Tennessee at Denver (-2)

LSU (-19) at Ole Miss Wisconsin (-14) at Minnesota

tight end Kellen Winslow and the Cleveland Browns look for a key road win when they travel to Baltimore to take on their aFC North Division rival. (Getty Images)

Arkansas at LSU

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Toledo at Bowling Green

2:30pm

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Texas at Texas A&M

3:30pm

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Boise State at Hawaii

9:05pm

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powerade previewS Atlantic Division

#17 Boston College at #15 Clemson

BCS Bowl For Tigers?

If Clemson wins it wins the ACC Atlantic Division and gets a shot at revenge against Virginia Tech in the conference championship. Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden, who is annually on the hot seat, needs this win big-time, while the Eagles could use a quality win like this to end its sputtering ways. The Eagles have won the last two meetings with Clemson in overtime, and we see another nail-biter this week.

Prediction: Clemson 24-23 Master Insight “Clemson’s on a roll. If the Tigers win this one they’ll give Virginia Tech all they can handle. Boston College has come back to reality, and unfortunately the Eagles are facing the wrong team this week.” – Dick MacPherson

As a matter of...

OPINION

FACT

Over the past five seasons, Boston College has posted an impressive 21-9 record (.700) on the road, including 3-1 this season. Six of the wins are over ranked teams.

A-30 S-6 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

CINCINNATI (8-2) SE Missouri State....59-3 Oregon State...........34-3 @Miami (OH)........47-10 Marshall.................40-14 @San Diego State..52-23 @Rutgers..............28-23 Louisville...............24-28 @Pittsburgh..........17-24 Bye @South Florida......38-33 UConn.....................27-3 West Virginia.................. @Syracuse.....................

A-30 S-6 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-5 O-13 O-19 O-27 N-3 N-8 N-17 N-29

LOUISVILLE (5-5) Murray State..........73-10 Mid. Tenn. St.........58-42 @Kentucky............34-40 Syracuse................35-38 @N.C. State...........29-10 Utah.......................35-44 @Cincinnati...........28-24 @UConn................17-21 Pittsburgh..............24-17 Bye @West Virginia......31-38 @South Florida............... Rutgers...........................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-10 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24 D-1

PITTSBURGH (4-5) Eastern Michigan.....27-3 Grambling State.....34-10 @Michigan State...13-17 UConn...................14-34 @Virginia...............14-44 Bye Navy............. 45-48 (OT) Cincinnati...............24-17 @Louisville............17-24 Syracuse................20-17 Bye @Rutgers....................... South Florida.................. @West Virginia............... RUTGERS (6-4) Buffalo.....................38-3 Navy......................41-27 Norfolk State...........59-0 Bye Maryland...............24-34 Cincinnati...............23-28 @Syracuse............38-14 South Florida.........30-27 West Virginia...........3-31 @UConn................19-38 @Army....................41-6 Pittsburgh....................... Bye................................. @Louisville.....................

Despite Clemson’s history of futility in big games under Bowden, combined with BC’s excellent road record, why are we going with Clemson? Gut feeling, which is as reliable as anything you’ll hear on ESPN this weekend.

SOUTH FLORIDA (7-3) S-1 ELON.....................28-13 S-8 @Auburn...............26-23 S-15 Bye S-22 North Carolina.......37-10 S-28 West Virginia.........21-13 O-6 @Florida Atlantic...35-23 O-13 Central Florida.......64-12 O-18 @Rutgers..............27-30 O-27 @UConn................15-22 N-3 Cincinnati...............33-38 N-10 @Syracuse............41-10 N-17 Louisville........................ N-24 @Pittsburgh...................

BOSTON COLLEGE (8-2) S-1 Wake Forest...........38-28 S-8 N.C. State..............37-17 S-15 @Georgia Tech......24-10 S-22 Army......................37-17 S-29 UMass...................24-14 O-6 Bowling Green.......55-24 O-13 @Notre Dame........27-14 O-20 Bye O-25 @Virginia Tech.......14-10 N-3 Florida State..........17-27 N-10 @Maryland............35-42 N-17 @Clemson...................... N-24 Miami (Fla.).................... CLEMSON (8-2) S-3 Florida State..........24-18 S-8 Louisiana-Monroe.49-26 S-15 Furman..................38-10 S-22 @N.C. State...........42-20 S-29 @Georgia Tech........3-13 O-6 Virginia Tech..........23-41 O-13 Bye O-20 Central Michigan...70-14 O-27 @Maryland............30-17 N-3 @Duke...................47-10 N-10 Wake Forest...........44-10 N-17 Boston College............... N-24 @South Carolina............. FLORIDA STATE (6-4) S-3 @Clemson.............18-24 S-8 UAB.......................34-24 S-15 @Colorado...............16-6 S-22 Bye S-29 Alabama.................21-14 O-6 N.C. State..............27-10 O-11 @Wake Forest.......21-24 O-20 Miami (Fla.)...........29-37 O-27 Duke........................25-6 N-3 @Boston College...27-17 N-10 @Virginia Tech.......21-40 N-17 Maryland........................ N-24 @Florida.........................

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UCONN (8-2) @Duke...................45-14 Maine.......................38-0 Temple...................22-17 @Pittsburgh..........34-14 Akron.....................44-10 Bye @Virginia...............16-17 Louisville...............21-17 South Florida.........22-15 Rutgers..................38-19 @Cincinnati.............3-27 Syracuse......................... @West Virginia...............

A-31 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

SYRACUSE (2-8) Washington...........12-42 @Iowa.....................0-35 Illinois....................20-41 @Louisville............38-35 @Miami (OH)........14-17 West Virginia.........14-55 Rutgers..................14-38 Buffalo...................20-12 Bye @Pittsburgh..........17-20 South Florida.........10-41 @UConn......................... Cincinnati........................

WEST VIRGINIA (8-1) S-1 Western Michigan.62-24 S-8 @Marshall.............48-23 S-13 @Maryland............31-14 S-22 East Carolina...........48-7 S-28 @South Florida......13-21 O-6 @Syracuse............55-14 O-13 Bye O-20 Mississippi State...38-13 O-27 @Rutgers................31-3 N-3 Bye N-8 Louisville...............38-31 N-17 @Cincinnati.................... N-24 UConn............................ D-1 Pittsburgh.......................

DUKE (1-9) S-1 UConn...................14-45 S-8 @Virginia...............13-24 S-15 @Northwestern......20-14 S-22 @Navy...................43-46 S-29 @Miami (Fla.)........14-24 O-6 Wake Forest...........36-44 O-13 Virginia Tech..........14-43 O-20 Bye O-27 @Florida State.........6-25 N-3 Clemson................10-47 N-10 Georgia Tech.........24-41 N-17 @Notre Dame................. N-24 @North Carolina............. GEORGIA TECH (6-4) S-1 @Notre Dame..........33-3 S-8 Samford.................69-14 S-15 Boston College......10-24 S-22 @Virginia...............23-28 S-29 Clemson..................13-3 O-6 @Maryland............26-28 O-13 @Miami (FL)..........17-14 O-20 Army......................34-10 O-27 Bye N-1 Virginia Tech............3-27 N-10 @Duke...................41-24 N-17 North Carolina................ N-24 Georgia........................... MIAMI (FL) (5-5) S-1 Marshall...................31-3 S-8 @Oklahoma...........13-51 S-15 Florida Int................23-9 S-20 Texas A&M............34-17 S-29 Duke......................24-14 O-6 @North Carolina....27-33 O-13 Georgia Tech.........14-17 O-20 @Florida State.......37-29 O-27 Bye N-3 N.C. State..... 16-19 (OT) N-10 Virginia....................0-48 N-17 @Virginia Tech................ N-24 @Boston College............

NORTH CAROLINA (3-7) S-1 James Madison.....37-14 S-8 @East Carolina......31-34 S-15 Virginia..................20-22 S-22 @South Florida......10-37 S-29 @Virginia Tech.......10-17 O-6 Miami (Fla.)...........33-27 O-13 South Carolina.......15-21 O-20 Bye O-27 @Wake Forest.......10-37 N-3 Maryland...............16-13 N-10 @N.C. State...........27-31 N-17 @Georgia Tech............... N-24 Duke............................... VIRGINIA (9-2) S-1 @Wyoming..............3-23 S-8 Duke......................24-13 S-15 @North Carolina....22-20 S-22 Georgia Tech.........28-23 S-29 Pittsburgh..............44-14 O-6 @Mid. Tenn. St......23-21 O-13 UConn...................17-16 O-20 @Maryland............18-17 O-27 @N.C. State...........24-29 N-3 Wake Forest...........17-16 N-10 @Miami (Fla.)..........48-0 N-17 Bye................................. N-24 Virginia Tech................... VIRGINIA TECH (8-2) S-1 East Carolina...........17-7 S-8 @LSU......................7-48 S-15 Ohio.........................28-7 S-22 William & Mary.......44-3 S-29 North Carolina.......17-10 O-6 @Clemson.............44-23 O-13 @Duke...................43-14 O-20 Bye O-25 Boston College......10-14 N-1 @Georgia Tech........27-3 N-10 Florida State..........40-21 N-17 Miami (Fla.).................... N-24 @Virginia........................

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MARYLAND (5-5) S-1 Villanova................31-14 S-8 @Florida Int...........26-10 S-13 West Virginia.........14-31 S-22 @Wake Forest.24-31(OT) S-29 @Rutgers..............34-24 O-6 Georgia Tech.........28-26 O-13 Bye O-20 Virginia..................17-18 O-27 Clemson................17-30 N-3 @North Carolina....13-16 N-10 Boston College......42-35 N-17 @Florida State................ N-24 @N.C. State.................... N.C. STATE (5-5) S-1 Central Florida.......23-25 S-8 @Boston College...17-37 S-15 Wofford.................38-17 S-22 Clemson................20-42 S-29 Louisville...............10-29 O-6 @Florida State.......10-27 O-13 Bye O-20 @East Carolina......34-20 O-27 Virginia..................29-24 N-3 @Miami (Fla.).19-16 (OT) N-10 North Carolina.......31-27 N-17 @Wake Forest................ N-24 Maryland........................ WAKE FOREST (6-4) S-1 @Boston College...28-38 S-8 Nebraska...............17-20 S-15 Army......................21-10 S-22 Maryland...... 31-24 (OT) S-29 Bye O-6 @Duke...................41-36 O-11 Florida State..........24-21 O-20 @Navy...................44-24 O-27 North Carolina.......37-10 N-3 @Virginia...............16-17 N-10 @Clemson.............10-44 N-17 N.C. State....................... N-24 @Vanderbilt....................

#6 West Virginia at #22 Cincinnati

Almost Heaven: BCS Bowl

On the line is the Big East title and a BCS bowl bid. We expected West Virginia to be in this position, but Cincinnati? Though both teams run an exciting spread attack and score points in bunches, this game will be won with defense and turnovers. UC has more takeaways than anyone in the country. The ‘Eers committed six turnovers in their lone loss at USF. See where we’re going here? On second thought, we don’t see WVU selfdestructing again. There’s a BCS Bowl in WVU’s future.

Prediction: West Virginia 27-24 Master Insight “Cincinnati is running on all cylinders. West Virginia has more talent and quarterback Pat White is a fine athlete. But an upset is on the horizon because the Mountaineers are prone to committing turnovers.” – John Cooper

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ARMY (3-7) vs. Akron*.............................14-22 Rhode Island...........................14-7 @Wake Forest.......................10-21 @Boston College...................17-37 Temple..................................31-21 Tulane...........................20-17 (OT) @Central Michigan................23-47 @Georgia Tech......................10-34 Bye @Air Force............................10-30 Rutgers...................................6-41 Tulsa.............................................. Bye................................................. vs. Navy**.....................................

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NAVY (6-4) @Temple...............................30-19 @Rutgers..............................27-41 Ball State.......................31-34 (OT) Duke......................................46-43 Air Force................................31-20 Bye @Pittsburgh..................48-45 (OT) Wake Forest..........................24-44 Delaware...............................52-59 @Notre Dame................46-44 (OT) @North Texas........................74-62 Northern Illinois............................. Bye................................................. vs. Army*.......................................

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NOTRE DAME (1-9) Georgia Tech...........................3-33 @Penn State.........................10-31 @Michigan..............................0-38 Michigan State......................14-31 @Purdue...............................19-33 @UCLA....................................20-6 Boston College......................14-27 USC.........................................0-38 Bye Navy..............................44-46 (OT) Air Force................................24-41 Duke ............................................. @Stanford......................................

As a matter of... FACT

WVU leads the all-time series, 13-1-1. Last year UC held WVU scoreless in the first quarter for the first time ever, but then gave up 21 second quarter points in what turned into a 42-24 blowout loss.

**@Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium

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OPINION

In UC’s only win, in 2003, there were a total of 14 fumbles (eight lost) and two interceptions. So again, the only way the Bearcats can pull off the upset is with a lot of help from the Mountaineers.


powerade previewS Purdue at Indiana

This One’s For You, Coach

It’s the 110th meeting for the coveted Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers have dominated the series (68-35-6), especially under Coach Joe Tiller, who has won nine of 10 against his instate rival by an average score of 38-15. IU, in fact, hasn’t beaten Purdue in Bloomington since 1993. However, the Hoosiers are on a mission for Coach Terry Hoeppner, who passed away before the season started. In a game in which emotion often provides the difference between victory and defeat, the Hoosiers will give their all to win one for the Hoeppner.

Prediction: Indiana 27-24 Master Insight “Indiana is much-improved, and as long as IU plays sound football, they stand an excellent chance of winning. That’s easier said than done, though, because Purdue is very balanced offensively.” – Bill Mallory

As a matter of... FACT

Hoeppner’s motto for this year was to “Play 13,” meaning the goal was to earn a bowl game. Though already bowleligible, the Hoosiers are also motivated by the fact last year’s Purdue victory eliminated IU from bowl contention.

OPINION

Indiana may be the best feel-good story of the 2007 season. The Hoosiers could have tanked it with grief, but they rallied and should be invited to play in their first bowl since 1993. Good stuff!

North Division COLORADO (5-6) S-1 vs. Colo. St.*.31-28 (OT) S-8 @Arizona State......14-33 S-15 Florida State............6-16 S-22 Miami (OH) ............42-0 S-29 Oklahoma..............27-24 O-6 @Baylor.................43-23 O-13 @Kansas State......20-47 O-20 Kansas...................14-19 O-27 @Texas Tech..........31-26 N-3 Missouri................10-55 N-10 @Iowa State..........28-31 N-17 Bye................................. N-23 Nebraska........................ *@Denver’s Invesco Field IOWA STATE (3-8) A-30 Kent State..............14-23 S-8 Northern Iowa.......13-24 S-15 Iowa.......................15-13 S-22 @Toledo.................35-36 S-29 @Nebraska............17-35 O-6 @Texas Tech..........17-42 O-13 Texas.......................3-56 O-20 Oklahoma................7-17 O-27 @Missouri.............28-42 N-3 Kansas State..........31-20 N-10 Colorado................31-28 N-17 @Kansas......................... KANSAS (10-0) S-1 Central Michigan.....52-7 S-8 SE Louisiana............62-0 S-15 Toledo....................45-13 S-22 Florida Int................55-3 S-29 Bye O-6 @Kansas State......30-24 O-13 Baylor....................58-10 O-20 @Colorado.............19-14 O-27 @Texas A&M.........19-11 N-3 Nebraska...............76-39 N-10 @Oklahoma State..43-28 N-17 Iowa State...................... N-24 vs. Missouri*.................. *@Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium

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KANSAS STATE (5-5) @Auburn...............13-23 San Jose State.......34-14 Missouri State.......61-10 Bye @Texas..................44-21 Kansas...................24-30 Colorado................47-20 @Oklahoma State..39-41 Baylor....................51-13 @Iowa State..........20-31 @Nebraska............31-73 Missouri......................... @Fresno State................ MISSOURI (9-1) S-1 vs. Illinois*............40-34 S-8 @Ole Miss.............38-25 S-15 Western Michigan.52-24 S-22 Illinois State...........38-17 S-29 Bye O-6 Nebraska.................41-6 O-13 @Oklahoma...........31-41 O-20 Texas Tech.............41-10 O-27 Iowa State.............42-28 N-3 @Colorado.............55-10 N-10 Texas A&M............40-26 N-17 @Kansas State............... N-24 vs. Kansas**.................. *@St. Louis’ Ed. Jones Dome **@Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium NEBRASKA (5-6) S-1 Nevada...................52-10 S-8 @Wake Forest.......20-17 S-15 USC.......................31-49 S-22 Ball State...............41-40 S-29 Iowa State.............35-17 O-6 @Missouri...............6-41 O-13 Oklahoma State.....14-45 O-20 Texas A&M............14-36 O-27 @Texas..................25-28 N-3 @Kansas................39-76 N-10 Kansas State..........73-31 N-17 Bye................................. N-24 @Colorado......................

ILLINOIS (8-3) S-1 vs. Missouri*.........34-40 S-8 Western Illinois.......21-0 S-15 @Syracuse............41-20 S-22 @Indiana...............27-14 S-29 Penn State.............27-20 O-6 Wisconsin..............31-26 O-13 @Iowa.....................6-10 O-20 Michigan................17-27 O-27 Ball State...............28-17 N-3 @Minnesota..........44-17 N-10 @Ohio State..........28-21 N-17 Northwestern.................. *@St. Louis’ Ed. Jones Dome INDIANA (6-5) S-1 Indiana State...........55-7 S-8 @West. Michigan..37-27 S-15 Akron.....................41-24 S-22 Illinois....................14-27 S-29 @Iowa...................38-20 O-6 Minnesota..............40-20 O-13 @Michigan State...27-52 O-20 Penn State.............31-36 O-27 @Wisconsin............3-33 N-3 Ball State...............38-20 N-10 @Northwestern......28-31 N-17 Purdue............................

MICHIGAN (8-3) Appalachian State..32-34 Oregon.....................7-39 Notre Dame.............38-0 Penn State...............14-9 @Northwestern......28-16 Eastern Michigan...33-22 Purdue...................48-21 @Illinois................27-17 Minnesota..............34-10 @Michigan State...28-24 @Wisconsin..........21-37 Ohio State.......................

IOWA (6-5) S-1 vs. N. Illinois*.........16-3 S-8 Syracuse..................35-0 S-15 @Iowa State..........13-15 S-22 @Wisconsin..........13-17 S-29 Indiana...................20-38 O-6 @Penn State............7-27 O-13 Illinois......................10-6 O-20 @Purdue..................6-31 O-27 Michigan St.. 34-27 (OT) N-3 @Northwestern......28-17 N-10 Minnesota..............21-16 N-17 Western Michigan.......... *@Chicago’s Soldier Field

MICHIGAN STATE (6-5) S-1 UAB.......................55-18 S-8 Bowling Green.......28-17 S-15 Pittsburgh..............17-13 S-22 @Notre Dame........31-14 S-29 @Wisconsin..........34-37 O-6 Northwestern.........41-48 O-13 Indiana...................52-27 O-20 @Ohio State..........17-24 O-27 @Iowa.......... 27-34 (OT) N-3 Michigan................24-28 N-10 @Purdue................48-31 N-17 Penn State...................... S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17

MINNESOTA (1-10) Bowling Green.......31-32 Miami (OH)............41-35 @Florida Atlantic...39-42 Purdue...................31-45 Ohio State................7-30 @Indiana...............20-40 @Northwestern.48-49(OT) North Dakota State.21-27 @Michigan............10-34 Illinois....................17-44 @Iowa...................16-21 Wisconsin.......................

BAYLOR (3-8) @TCU......................0-27 Rice.......................42-17 Texas State............34-27 @Buffalo................34-21 @Texas A&M.........10-34 Colorado................23-43 @Kansas................10-58 Texas.....................10-31 @Kansas State......13-51 Texas Tech...............7-38 @Oklahoma...........21-52 Oklahoma State..............

OKLAHOMA (9-1) S-1 North Texas...........79-10 S-8 Miami (Fla.)...........51-13 S-15 Utah State................54-3 S-21 @Tulsa...................62-21 S-29 @Colorado.............24-27 O-6 vs. Texas*..............28-21 O-13 Missouri................41-31 O-20 @Iowa State............17-7 O-27 Bye N-3 Texas A&M............42-14 N-10 Baylor....................52-21 N-17 @Texas Tech................... N-24 Oklahoma State.............. *@Dallas’ Cotton Bowl OKLAHOMA STATE (5-5) S-1 @Georgia...............14-35 S-8 Florida Atlantic.........42-6 S-14 @Troy....................23-41 S-22 Texas Tech.............49-45 S-29 Sam Houston St......39-3 O-6 @Texas A&M.........23-24 O-13 @Nebraska............45-14 O-20 Kansas State..........41-39 O-27 Bye N-3 Texas.....................35-38 N-10 Kansas...................28-43 N-17 @Baylor.......................... N-24 @Oklahoma....................

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PURDUE (7-4) @Toledo.................52-24 Eastern Illinois.........52-6 Central Michigan...45-22 @Minnesota..........45-31 Notre Dame...........33-19 Ohio State................7-23 @Michigan............21-48 Iowa.........................31-6 Northwestern.........35-17 @Penn State..........19-26 Michigan State.......31-48 @Indiana........................

TEXAS (9-2) S-1 Arkansas State.......21-13 S-8 TCU.......................34-13 S-15 @Central Florida....35-32 S-22 Rice.......................58-14 S-29 Kansas State..........21-44 O-6 vs. Oklahoma*.......21-28 O-13 @Iowa State............56-3 O-20 @Baylor.................31-10 O-27 Nebraska...............28-25 N-3 @Oklahoma State..38-35 N-10 Texas Tech.............59-43 N-17 Bye................................. N-23 @Texas A&M.................. *@Dallas’ Cotton Bowl TEXAS A&M (6-5) S-1 Montana State.........38-7 S-8 Fresno State. 47-45 (OT) S-15 Louisiana-Monroe.54-14 S-20 @Miami (Fla.)........17-34 S-29 Baylor....................34-10 O-6 Oklahoma State.....24-23 O-13 @Texas Tech............7-35 O-20 @Nebraska............36-14 O-27 Kansas...................11-19 N-3 @Oklahoma...........14-42 N-10 @Missouri.............26-40 N-17 Bye................................. N-23 Texas.............................. TEXAS TECH (7-4) S-3 @SMU.....................49-9 S-8 UTEP.....................45-31 S-15 @Rice....................59-24 S-22 @Oklahoma State..45-49 S-29 NW Louisiana State.75-7 O-6 Iowa State.............42-17 O-13 Texas A&M..............35-7 O-20 @Missouri.............10-41 O-27 Colorado................26-31 N-3 @Baylor...................38-7 N-10 @Texas..................43-59 N-17 Oklahoma.......................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17

OHIO STATE (10-1) Youngstown State...38-6 Akron.......................20-2 @Washington........33-14 Northwestern...........58-7 @Minnesota............30-7 @Purdue..................23-7 Kent State................48-3 Michigan State.......24-17 @Penn State..........37-17 Wisconsin..............38-17 Illinois....................21-28 @Michigan.....................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17

WISCONSIN (8-3) Washington St.......42-21 @UNLV..................20-13 The Citadel.............45-31 Iowa.......................17-13 Michigan State.......37-34 @Illinois................26-31 @Penn State............7-38 Northern Illinois.......44-3 Indiana.....................33-3 @Ohio State..........17-38 Michigan................37-21 @Minnesota...................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17

PENN STATE (8-3) Florida Int................59-0 Notre Dame...........31-10 Buffalo...................45-24 @Michigan..............9-14 @Illinois................20-27 Iowa.........................27-7 Wisconsin................38-7 @Indiana...............36-31 Ohio State..............17-37 Purdue...................26-19 @Temple..................31-0 @Michigan State............

#4 Oklahoma at Texas Tech

South Division S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17

NORTHWESTERN (6-5) S-1 Northeastern............27-0 S-8 Nevada...................36-31 S-15 Duke......................14-20 S-22 @Ohio State............7-58 S-29 Michigan................16-28 O-6 @Michigan State...40-20 O-13 Minnesota..... 49-48 (OT) O-19 vs. East. Michigan*.26-14 O-27 @Purdue................17-35 N-3 Iowa.......................17-28 N-10 Indiana...................31-28 N-17 @Illinois......................... *@Detroit’s Ford Field

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S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17

OU Is Really, Really Good

So how good is Oklahoma, really? Does anyone know? You? How about you there? The Sooners are the one team that doesn’t seem to get a lot of love despite being in the thick of the national title race. Here’s what we can tell you: Red-shirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford is solid, and leads an offense that has had 59 plays of 20 yards or more, and has four players with rushes of 41 yards or more. And the Sooner defense ranks in the top 10 nationally in almost every category. Yep, this is a good team.

Prediction: Oklahoma 38-21 Master Insight “Texas Tech can score on anybody and its defense has been much better this year. However, Oklahoma should still win based on its superior talent. But an upset wouldn’t surprise me the slightest.” – Gene Stallings

As a matter of... FACT

OU has played only one Division I-AA team since Bob Stoops became coach in 1999, and that was in his very first game. Nonconference opponents since then have included Notre Dame, UCLA, Alabama, Oregon, Miami (FL) and Louisville.

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OPINION

Future opponents include Miami (FL), Tennessee, LSU and Florida State. Memo to Ohio State: It’s possible to put a formidable non-conference schedule together and still challenge for the national title. So drop Youngstown State! 15


powerade SCHEDULES East Division AKRON (4-6)

S-1 vs. Army*............... 22-14 S-8 @Ohio State.............. 2-20 S-15 @Indiana................ 24-41 S-22 Kent State............... 27-20 S-29 @UConn................. 10-44 O-6 @West. Michigan.... 39-38 O-13 Temple.................... 20-24 O-20 Bye O-27 @Buffalo................. 10-26 N-2 @Bowling Green..... 20-44 N-7 Ohio........................ 48-37 N-14 @Miami (OH) .................. N-23 Central Michigan............... *@Cleveland Browns Stadium

BOWLING GREEN (6-4)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-2 N-9 N-17 N-23

@Minnesota............ 32-31 @Michigan State.... 17-28 Bye Temple.................... 48-35 Western Kentucky... 41-21 @Boston College.... 24-55 @Miami (OH).......... 14-47 @Kent State............ 31-20 Ohio........................ 27-38 Akron...................... 44-20 @East. Michigan..... 39-32 @Buffalo........................... Toledo...............................

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Rutgers.................. 3-38 @Temple................... 42-7 @Penn State........... 24-45 Baylor..................... 21-34 @Ball State............. 14-49 Ohio........................ 31-10 Toledo..................... 43-33 @Syracuse.............. 12-20 Akron...................... 26-10 @Miami (OH).......... 28-31 Bye Bowling Green.................. @Kent State......................

BUFFALO (4-6)

BOISE STATE (9-1)

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

KENT STATE (3-7)

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-13 N-24

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-14 N-24

@Ball State............. 14-13 @Minnesota............ 35-41 Cincinnati................ 10-47 @Colorado................ 0-42 Syracuse................. 17-14 @Kent State............ 20-13 Bowling Green........ 47-14 @Temple................. 17-24 @Vanderbilt............ 13-24 Buffalo.................... 31-28 Bye Akron................................ @Ohio...............................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-6 N-16 N-23

@Kansas....................7-52 Toledo......................52-31 @Purdue..................22-45 North Dakota St........14-44 Northern Illinois.......35-10 @Ball State...............58-38 Army........................47-23 @Clemson................14-70 @Kent State.............41-32 Bye @West. Michigan.....34-31 East. Michigan................... @Akron.............................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-2 N-7 N-17 N-24

Gardner-Webb........ 36-14 @Louisiana-Lafa..... 31-23 @Virginia Tech.......... 7-28 Wyoming................ 33-34 Kent State............... 25-33 @Buffalo................. 10-31 Eastern Michigan.... 48-42 @Toledo.................. 40-43 @Bowling Green..... 38-27 Temple...................... 23-7 @Akron................... 37-48 Bye................................... Miami (OH).......................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-19 O-27 N-3 N-9 N-16

@Pittsburgh...............3-27 Ball State..................16-38 @Northern Illinois....21-19 Howard.....................38-15 @Vanderbilt................7-30 @Michigan...............22-33 @Ohio......................42-48 Northwestern............14-26 West. Michigan..........19-2 @Toledo...................28-52 Bowling Green..........32-39 @Central Michigan............

A-31 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-2 N-10 N-17 N-24

Navy....................... 19-30 Buffalo...................... 7-42 @UConn................. 17-22 @Bowling Green..... 35-48 @Army.................... 21-37 Northern Illinois...... 16-15 @Akron................... 24-20 Miami (OH)............. 24-17 Bye @Ohio....................... 7-23 Penn State................ 0-31 Kent State......................... @West. Michigan..............

MIAMI (OH) (5-5)

OHIO (5-6)

IDAHO (1-9)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@USC..................... 10-38 Cal Poly.................. 20-13 @Washington St..... 28-45 Northern Illinois...... 35-42 Hawaii..................... 20-48 @San Jose State.... 20-28 Fresno State........... 24-37 @New Mexico St.... 31-45 @Nevada................ 21-37 Louisiana Tech........ 16-28 Bye @Boise State.................... Utah State.........................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-26 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24 N-30

Sacramento State..... 24-3 @Texas A&M.. 45-47 (OT) @Oregon................ 21-52 Bye Louisiana Tech.......... 17-6 @Nevada................ 49-41 @Idaho................... 37-24 San Jose State.......... 30-0 Boise State............. 21-34 Utah State............... 38-27 @Hawaii.................. 30-37 Bye................................... Kansas State..................... @New Mexico St..............

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24 D-1

Central Arkansas....... 28-7 Hawaii............. 44-45 (OT) @California............. 12-42 Bye @Fresno State.......... 6-17 @Ole Miss................ 0-24 New Mexico State... 22-21 Boise State............. 31-45 @Utah State............ 31-21 @Idaho................... 28-16 @LSU..................... 10-58 San Jose State.................. Bye................................... @Nevada..........................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-12 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-16 N-23 D-1

Northern Colorado.... 63-6 @Lou. Tech..... 45-44 (OT) @UNLV................... 49-14 Charleston Southern.66-10 @Idaho................... 48-20 Utah State............... 52-37 @San Jose St..42-35 (OT) Bye New Mexico State... 50-13 Bye Fresno State........... 37-30 @Nevada.......................... Boise State....................... Washington......................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-14 O-20 O-27 N-2 N-10 N-16 N-24 D-1

@Nebraska............. 10-52 @Northwestern....... 31-36 Nicholls State......... 52-17 Bye UNLV...................... 27-20 Fresno State........... 41-49 @Boise State.......... 67-69 @Utah State............ 31-28 Idaho...................... 37-21 @New Mexico St.... 40-38 Bye Hawaii............................... @San Jose State.............. Louisiana Tech..................

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Miami (OH)..............13-14 @East. Michigan......38-16 @Navy..............34-31 (OT) @Nebraska...............40-41 Buffalo......................49-14 Central Michigan......38-58 Western Kentucky....35-12 @West. Michigan.....27-23 @Illinois...................17-28 @Indiana..................20-38 Bye Toledo............................... @Northern Illinois.............

CENTRAL MICHIGAN (6-4)

EASTERN MICHIGAN (3-8)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-13 N-23

Purdue......................24-52 @Central Michigan...31-52 @Kansas..................13-45 Iowa State................36-35 West. Michigan........28-42 Liberty......................35-34 @Buffalo...................33-43 Ohio..........................43-40 Northern Illinois.......70-21 East. Michigan..........52-28 Bye @Ball State........................ @Bowling Green................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-6 N-17 N-24

@West Virginia.........24-62 Indiana.....................27-37 @Missouri................24-52 Cent. Conn. St..........51-14 @Toledo...................42-28 Akron........................38-39 @Northern Illinois....17-13 Ball State..................23-27 @East. Michigan........2-19 Bye Central Michigan......31-34 @Iowa............................... Temple...............................

LOUISIANA TECH (4-6)

NEVADA (5-4)

TOLEDO (5-5)

WESTERN MICHIGAN (3-7)

S-1 S-8 S-13 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-25 N-3 N-10 N-17

NEW MEXICO ST. (4-7)

East Division

NORTHERN ILLINOIS (3-7)

S-1 vs. Iowa*....................3-16 S-8 Southern Illinois.......24-13 S-15 East. Michigan..........19-21 S-22 @Idaho.....................42-35 S-29 @Central Michigan...10-35 O-6 @Temple..................15-16 O-13 West. Michigan........13-17 O-20 @Wisconsin...............3-44 O-27 @Toledo...................21-70 N-3 Bye N-10 Kent State.................27-20 N-17 @Navy............................... N-24 Ball State........................... *@Chicago’s Soldier Field

TEMPLE (3-7)

Weber State.............. 56-7 @Washington ........ 10-24 Wyoming................ 24-14 Bye Southern Miss........ 38-16 New Mexico State..... 58-0 Nevada.................... 69-67 @Louisiana Tech..... 45-31 @Fresno State........ 34-21 San Jose State.......... 42-7 @Utah State.............. 52-0 Idaho................................ @Hawaii............................

HAWAII (9-0)

BALL STATE (5-5)

@Iowa State........... 23-14 @Kentucky.............. 20-56 Delaware State.......... 38-7 @Akron................... 20-27 @Ohio..................... 33-25 Miami (OH)............. 13-20 @Ohio State.............. 3-48 Bowling Green........ 20-31 Central Michigan..... 32-41 Bye @Northern Illinois.. 20-27 @Temple........................... Buffalo..............................

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-27 O-7 O-14 O-20 O-26 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-23

FRESNO STATE (6-4)

West Division

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-8 N-17 N-24

CENTRAL FLORIDA (7-3)

BYU (7-2)

Arizona...................... 20-7 @UCLA.................... 17-27 @Tulsa.................... 47-55 Air Force.................... 31-6 @New Mexico......... 31-24 Bye @UNLV.................... 24-14 Eastern Washington.. 42-7 @San Diego State......PPD Colorado State......... 35-16 TCU......................... 27-22 @Wyoming........................ Utah...................................

EAST CAROLINA (6-5)

Ole Miss..................21-23 @Arkansas State....... PPD Jacksonville State....35-14 @Central Florida......20-56 @Arkansas State.....31-35 Marshall...................24-21 Bye Mid. Tenn. St.............7-21 @Rice......................38-35 @Tulane...................28-27 East Carolina............40-56 @Southern Miss......29-26 UAB.................................. SMU.................................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-4 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Oregon................ 27-48 Bye @Tulane.................. 34-10 Colorado State........ 38-27 East Carolina........... 35-37 @Alabama.............. 24-30 Rice........................ 56-48 @UAB..................... 49-10 @UTEP................... 34-31 SMU....................... 38-28 @Tulsa...................... 7-56 Marshall............................ Texas Southern.................

MARSHALL (2-8)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-27 O-3 O-13 O-21 O-28 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

Tennessee-Martin....35-13 @Tennessee.............19-39 @East Carolina........28-21 Bye @Boise State...........16-38 Rice.........................29-31 SMU..........................28-7 @Marshall...............33-24 Central Florida.........17-34 @UAB........................37-7 Memphis..................26-29 @UTEP............................. Arkansas State..................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-3 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

Nicholls State......... 14-16 @Baylor.................. 17-42 Texas Tech.............. 24-59 @Texas................... 14-58 Bye @Southern Miss..... 31-29 @Houston............... 48-56 Memphis................. 35-38 @Marshall.............. 21-34 UTEP...................... 56-48 @SMU.................... 43-42 Tulane............................... Tulsa.................................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Michigan State.....18-55 @Florida State.........24-34 Alcorn State...............22-0 Bye @Tulsa.....................30-38 @Mississippi St.......13-30 Tulane......................26-21 Houston...................10-49 @East Carolina..........6-41 Southern Miss...........7-37 Central Florida.........31-45 @Memphis....................... @Marshall........................

S-3 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-4 N-10 N-17 N-24

Texas Tech................ 9-49 North Texas............ 45-31 @Arkansas State.... 28-45 @TCU....................... 7-21 UTEP.............. 45-48 (OT) Bye @Southern Miss....... 7-28 Tulane............. 34-41 (OT) @Tulsa.................... 23-29 @Houston............... 28-38 Rice........................ 42-43 Central Florida.................. @Memphis.......................

@N.C. State.............25-23 Bye Texas.......................32-35 Memphis..................56-20 Louisiana-Lafa.........37-19 @East Carolina........38-52 @Southern Florida...12-64 Tulsa........................44-23 @Southern Miss......34-17 Marshall...................47-13 @UAB......................45-31 @SMU.............................. UTEP................................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Virginia Tech...........7-17 North Carolina.........34-31 Southern Miss.........21-28 @West Virginia..........7-48 @Houston................37-35 Central Florida.........52-38 @UTEP............45-42 (OT) N.C. State................20-34 UAB...........................41-6 @Memphis..............56-40 @Marshall.................7-26 Bye................................... Tulane...............................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-2 O-6 O-13 O-21 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Miami (Fla.)............3-31 West Virginia...........23-48 New Hampshire.......35-48 @Cincinnati.............14-40 Bye @Memphis..............21-24 Bye @Tulsa.....................31-38 Southern Miss.........24-33 Rice.........................34-21 @Central Florida......13-47 East Carolina..............26-7 @Houston......................... UAB..................................

COLORADO STATE (1-9)

S-1 vs. Colorado*.. 28-31 (OT) S-8 California................. 28-34 S-15 Bye S-22 @Houston............... 27-38 S-29 @TCU...................... 12-24 O-6 San Diego State....... 20-24 O-13 Air Force.................. 21-45 O-20 @UNLV.................... 48-23 O-27 Utah........................... 3-27 N-3 @BYU...................... 16-35 N-10 @New Mexico......... 23-26 N-17 Georgia Southern.............. N-23 Wyoming........................... *@Denver’s Invesco Field

SE Louisiana........... 35-14 @New Mexico......... 34-44 UTEP...................... 29-24 @Auburn................ 20-55 Arkansas-Pine Bluff.20-17 @Boise State............ 0-58 @Louisiana Tech..... 21-22 Idaho...................... 45-31 @Hawaii.................. 13-50 Nevada.................... 38-40 @San Jose State.... 17-51 Utah State......................... Bye................................... Fresno State.....................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-12 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Arizona State......... 3-45 @Kansas State........ 14-34 @Stanford................ 0-37 @Utah State............ 23-20 UC Davis................. 34-14 Idaho...................... 28-20 Hawaii............. 35-42 (OT) @Fresno State.......... 0-30 Bye @Boise State............ 7-42 New Mexico State... 51-17 @Louisiana Tech............... Nevada..............................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-15 N-24

@Texas....................13-21 Memphis.................... PPD SMU........................45-28 @Tennessee.............27-48 Memphis..................35-31 @Louisiana-Mon.....13-30 Louisiana-Lafa.........52-21 @Mid. Tenn. St..........7-24 Troy...........................0-27 Florida Int................27-24 @Florida Atlantic.....31-34 North Texas...................... @Southern Miss...............

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

UNLV...................... 16-23 @Wyoming............. 18-32 @Oklahoma.............. 3-54 San Jose State........ 20-23 @Utah..................... 18-34 @Hawaii.................. 37-52 Bye Nevada.................... 28-31 Louisiana Tech........ 21-31 @Fresno State........ 27-38 Boise State............... 0-52 @New Mexico St.............. @Idaho.............................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24 D-1

Mid. Ten. St.............27-14 @Oklahoma State......6-42 Minnesota................42-39 @North Texas..........30-20 @Kentucky...............17-45 South Florida...........23-35 Bye @Louis.-Lafa...39-32 (OT) Louisiana-Mon..30-33 (OT) Bye Arkansas State.........34-31 @Florida........................... @Florida Int...................... @Troy...............................

UTAH STATE (0-10)

SOUTHERN MISS (5-5)

UAB (2-8)

NEW MEXICO (7-3)

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-7 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-2 N-10 N-17 N-24 N-30

SAN JOSE STATE (4-6)

HOUSTON (6-4)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-2 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-28 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

AIR FORCE (8-3)

South Carolina St...... 34-3 @Utah..................... 20-12 TCU................. 20-17 (OT) @BYU........................ 6-31 @Navy..................... 20-31 UNLV....................... 31-14 @Colorado State..... 45-21 Wyoming................. 20-12 @New Mexico......... 31-34 Army....................... 30-10 @Notre Dame.......... 41-24 San Diego State.................

MEMPHIS (5-5)

West Division

ARKANSAS STATE (4-6)

FLORIDA ATLANTIC (5-4)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-25 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

RICE (3-7)

SMU (1-9)

TCU (5-5)

TULANE (3-7)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

Bye Mississippi St......... 17-38 Houston.................. 10-34 SE Louisiana........... 35-27 LSU.......................... 9-34 @Army.................... 17-20 @UAB..................... 21-26 @SMU............ 41-34 (OT) Memphis................. 27-28 Tulsa....................... 25-49 UTEP...................... 34-19 @Rice............................... @East Carolina.................

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-21 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Louisiana-Mon.... 35-17 Bye BYU........................ 55-47 Oklahoma............... 21-62 UAB........................ 38-30 @UTEP................... 47-48 Marshall.................. 38-31 @Central Florida..... 23-44 SMU....................... 29-23 @Tulane.................. 49-25 Houston.................... 56-7 @Army.............................. @Rice...............................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

New Mexico.............. 10-6 @Texas Tech........... 31-45 @New Mexico St.... 24-29 Texas Southern....... 52-12 @SMU............ 48-45 (OT) Tulsa....................... 48-47 East Carolina... 42-45 (OT) Bye Houston.................. 31-34 @Rice..................... 48-56 @Tulane.................. 19-34 Southern Miss.................. @Central Florida...............

TULSA (7-3)

UTEP (4-6)

UTAH (7-3)

@UTEP...................... 6-10 New Mexico St........ 44-34 @Arizona................. 29-27 Sacramento State...... 50-0 BYU......................... 24-31 Bye @Wyoming................ 20-3 @San Diego State... 20-17 Air Force.................. 34-31 @TCU........................ 0-37 Colorado State......... 26-23 @Utah............................... UNLV.................................

S-1 S-8 S-13 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-18 O-27 N-3 N-8 N-17 N-24

Baylor........................ 27-0 @Texas.................... 13-34 @Air Force....... 17-20 (OT) SMU.......................... 21-7 Colorado State......... 24-12 @Wyoming.............. 21-24 @Stanford............... 38-36 Utah......................... 20-27 Bye New Mexico............... 37-0 @BYU...................... 22-27 UNLV................................. @San Diego State.............

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-5 O-13 O-18 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Oregon State.......... 7-24 Air Force.................. 12-20 UCLA......................... 44-6 @UNLV...................... 0-27 Utah State............... 34-18 @Louisville.............. 44-35 San Diego State......... 23-7 @TCU...................... 27-20 @Colorado State....... 27-3 Bye Wyoming................... 50-0 New Mexico....................... @BYU................................

S-1 Bye S-8 @Washington St.*.. 17-45 S-15 @Arizona State........ 13-34 S-22 Portland State......... 52-17 S-29 Cincinnati................ 23-52 O-6 @Colorado State..... 24-20 O-13 @Utah....................... 7-23 O-20 New Mexico............. 17-20 O-27 Brigham Young..........PPD N-3 Wyoming................. 27-24 N-10 @UNLV.................... 38-30 N-17 @Air Force......................... N-24 TCU................................... *@Seattle’s Qwest Field

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@Utah State............ 23-16 Wisconsin............... 13-20 Hawaii..................... 14-49 Utah........................... 27-0 @Nevada................. 20-27 @Air Force............... 14-31 BYU......................... 14-24 Colorado State......... 23-48 @Wyoming.............. 24-29 Bye San Diego State....... 30-38 @TCU................................ @New Mexico...................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-23

Virginia...................... 23-3 Utah State............... 32-18 @Boise State........... 14-24 @Ohio..................... 34-33 Bye TCU......................... 24-21 New Mexico............... 3-20 @Air Force............... 12-20 UNLV....................... 29-24 @San Diego State... 24-27 @Utah....................... 0-50 BYU................................... @Colorado St....................

SAN DIEGO STATE (4-5)

FLORIDA INT. (0-10)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24 D-1

@Penn State..............0-59 Maryland.................10-26 @Miami (Fla.)............9-23 @Kansas....................3-55 @Mid. Tenn. St..........6-47 Troy.........................16-34 Bye @Louisiana-Mon.....14-28 @Arkansas...............10-58 @Arkansas State.....24-27 Bye Louisiana-Lafa.........14-28 Florida Atlantic.................. North Texas......................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

@South Carolina......14-28 Ohio.........................23-31 McNeese State.........17-38 Troy.........................31-48 @Central Florida......19-37 North Texas.............38-29 @Arkansas State.....21-52 Florida Atlantic.32-39 (OT) Bye @Tennessee...............7-59 @Mid. Tenn. St........34-24 @Florida Int...................... Louisiana-Mon..................

LOUISIANA-LAFA. (2-8)

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UNLV (2-8)

LOUISIANA-MON. (4-6)

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

Tulsa........................17-35 @Clemson...............26-49 @Texas A&M...........14-54 Bye @Troy........................7-24 Arkansas State.........30-13 @North Texas..........21-31 Florida Int................28-14 @Florida Atl.....33-30 (OT) Mid. Tenn. St...........40-43 Grambling State.......28-14 @Alabama........................ @Louisiana-Lafa...............

S-1 S-6 S-15 S-20 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-20

@Florida Atlantic.....14-27 @Louisville..............42-58 @LSU........................0-44 Western Kentucky....17-20 Florida Int..................47-6 Virginia....................21-23 @Memphis................21-7 Arkansas State...........24-7 @North Texas..........48-28 @Louisiana-Mon.....43-40 Louisiana-Lafa.........24-34 Bye................................... @Troy...............................

MID. TENN. ST. (5-6)

WYOMING (5-5)

NORTH TEXAS (1-8)

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-15 N-24 D-1

@Oklahoma.............10-79 @SMU.....................31-45 Bye Florida Atlantic.........20-30 @Arkansas.................7-66 @Louisiana-Lafa......29-38 Louisiana-Mon.........31-21 @Troy........................7-45 Mid. Tenn. St...........28-48 Bye Navy........................62-74 @Arkansas State.............. Western Kentucky............. @Florida Int......................

S-1 S-8 S-14 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-20 D-1

@Arkansas...............26-46 @Florida..................31-59 Oklahoma State.......41-23 @Louisiana-Lafa......48-31 Louisiana-Mon...........24-7 @Florida Int.............34-16 Bye North Texas...............45-7 @Arkansas State.......27-0 @Georgia.................34-44 @Western Kentucky.21-17 Bye................................... Mid. Tenn. St.................... Florida Atlantic..................

TROY (7-3)


powerade previewS #11 USC at #8 Arizona State

Sun Devils Smelling Roses

Arizona State’s the real deal. USC should have been. Only LSU seems to get more undeserved praise than the Trojans. Yes, we know Southern Cal has more talent than God, and that it has like a bazillion former prep All-American running backs. And we know they returned 10 defensive starters, five of whom are supposed first-round NFL prospects. So how do you explain losing at home as a 41-point favorite to Stanford? We know: Overrated. ASU may be Rose Bowl-bound.

Prediction: Arizona State 27-10 Master Insight “USC has played much better on defense of late, but at the same time its offense has struggled. This game will be tightly contested, especially since it’s played in Arizona, but USC will pull it out late.” – John Robinson

As a matter of... FACT

Though Oregon will likely win the Pac-10, Arizona State is vying for one of the two at-large BCS bowl bids. As conference runner-up, the Rose Bowl may take the Sun Devils.

OPINION

If the Rose Bowl passes on ASU, the Sun Devils might still get selected by one of the other BCS bowls. A logical destination will be their own backyard: the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The likely opponent would the Big 12 champion.

East Division S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

FLORIDA (7-3) Western Kentucky...49-3 Troy.......................59-31 Tennessee..............59-20 @Ole Miss.............30-24 Auburn...................17-20 @LSU....................24-28 Bye @Kentucky............45-37 vs. Georgia*..........30-42 Vanderbilt..............49-22 @South Carolina....51-31 Florida Atlantic................ Florida State...................

SOUTH CAROLINA (6-5) S-1 Louisiana-Lafa.......28-14 S-8 @Georgia...............16-12 S-15 South Carolina St....38-3 S-22 @LSU....................16-28 S-29 Mississippi St........38-21 O-4 Kentucky................38-23 O-13 @North Carolina....21-15 O-20 Vanderbilt................6-17 O-27 @Tennessee.. 24-27 (OT) N-3 @Arkansas............36-48 N-10 Florida...................31-51 N-17 Bye................................. N-24 Clemson.........................

GEORGIA (8-2) Oklahoma State.....35-14 South Carolina.......12-16 Western Carolina...45-16 @Alabama.... 26-23 (OT) Ole Miss................45-17 @Tennessee...........14-35 @Vanderbilt...........20-17 Bye vs. Florida*............42-30 Troy.......................44-34 Auburn...................45-20 Kentucky......................... @Georgia Tech...............

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

TENNESSEE (7-3) @California............31-45 Southern Miss.......39-19 @Florida................20-59 Arkansas State.......48-27 Bye Georgia..................35-14 @Mississippi St.....33-21 @Alabama.............17-41 South Carolina.27-24 (OT) Louisiana-Lafa.........59-7 Arkansas................34-13 Vanderbilt....................... @Kentucky.....................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

VANDERBILT (5-5) Richmond..............41-17 Alabama.................10-24 Ole Miss................31-17 Bye Eastern Michigan.....30-7 @Auburn.................7-35 Georgia..................17-20 @South Carolina......17-6 Miami (OH)............24-13 @Florida................22-49 Kentucky................20-27 @Tennessee.................... Wake Forest....................

*@Jacksonville’s Municipal Stadium.

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-4 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

KENTUCKY (7-2) Eastern Kentucky...50-10 Kent State..............56-20 Louisville...............40-34 @Arkansas............42-29 Florida Atlantic.......45-17 @South Carolina....23-38 LSU.............. 43-37 (OT) Florida...................37-45 Mississippi St........14-31 Bye @Vanderbilt...........27-20 @Georgia........................ Tennessee.......................

OREGON (8-1) Houston.................48-27 @Michigan..............39-7 Fresno State..........52-21 @Stanford.............55-31 California...............24-31 Bye Washington St.........53-7 @Washington........55-34 USC.......................24-17 Arizona State.........35-23 Bye @Arizona........................ @UCLA........................... Oregon State.................. OREGON STATE (6-4) A-30 Utah.........................24-7 S-6 @Cincinnati.............3-34 S-15 Idaho State............61-10 S-22 @Arizona State......32-44 S-29 UCLA.....................14-40 O-6 Arizona..................31-16 O-13 @California............31-28 O-20 Bye O-27 Stanford...................23-6 N-3 @USC......................3-24 N-10 Washington...........29-23 N-17 @Washington St............. N-24 Bye................................. D-1 @Oregon........................ STANFORD (3-7) S-1 UCLA.....................17-45 S-8 Bye S-15 San Jose State.........37-0 S-22 Oregon...................31-55 S-29 Arizona State...........3-41 O-6 @USC....................24-23 O-13 TCU.......................36-38 O-20 @Arizona...............21-20 O-27 @Oregon State........6-23 N-3 Washington.............9-27 N-10 @Washington St....17-33 N-17 Bye................................. N-24 Notre Dame.................... D-1 California........................ S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-15 N-24 D-1

ALABAMA (6-4) Western Carolina.....52-6 @Vanderbilt...........24-10 Arkansas................41-38 Georgia......... 23-26 (OT) @Florida State.......14-21 Houston.................30-24 @Ole Miss.............27-24 Tennessee..............41-17 Bye LSU.......................34-41 @Mississippi St.....12-17 Louisiana-Monroe.......... @Auburn........................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-23 S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

ARKANSAS (6-4) Troy.......................46-26 Bye @Alabama.............38-41 Kentucky................29-42 North Texas.............66-7 Tenn.-Chattanooga.34-15 Auburn.......................7-9 @Ole Miss...............44-8 Florida Int..............58-10 South Carolina.......48-36 @Tennessee...........13-34 Mississippi St................. @LSU............................. AUBURN (7-4) Kansas State..........23-13 South Florida.........23-26 Mississippi St........14-19 New Mexico State..55-20 @Florida................20-17 Vanderbilt................35-7 @Arkansas................9-7 @LSU....................24-30 Ole Miss..................17-3 Tennessee Tech.......35-3 @Georgia...............20-45 Bye................................. Alabama..........................

UCLA (5-5) @Stanford.............45-17 BYU.......................27-17 @Utah......................6-44 Washington...........44-31 @Oregon State......40-14 Notre Dame.............6-20 Bye California...............30-21 @Washington St......7-27 @Arizona...............27-34 Arizona State.........20-24 Bye................................. Oregon............................ @USC............................. USC (8-2) Idaho.....................38-10 Bye @Nebraska............49-31 Washington St.......47-14 @Washington........27-24 Stanford.................23-24 Arizona..................20-13 @Notre Dame..........38-0 @Oregon...............17-24 Oregon State...........24-3 @California............24-17 Bye................................. @Arizona State............... UCLA..............................

WASHINGTON (3-7) A-31 @Syracuse............42-12 S-8 Boise State............24-10 S-15 Ohio State..............14-33 S-22 @UCLA..................31-44 S-29 USC.......................24-27 O-6 Bye O-13 @Arizona State......20-44 O-20 Oregon...................34-55 O-27 Arizona..................41-48 N-3 @Stanford...............27-9 N-10 @Oregon State......23-29 N-17 California........................ N-24 Washington St................ D-1 @Hawaii......................... WASHINGTON ST. (4-6) S-1 @Wisconsin..........21-42 S-8 San Diego State.....45-17 S-15 Idaho.....................45-28 S-22 @USC....................14-47 S-29 @Arizona...............20-48 O-6 Arizona State.........20-23 O-13 @Oregon.................7-53 O-20 Bye O-27 UCLA.......................27-7 N-3 @California............17-20 N-10 Stanford.................33-17 N-17 Oregon State.................. N-24 @Washington.................

A-30 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-23

LSU (9-1) @Mississippi St.......45-0 Virginia Tech............48-7 Mid. Tenn. St...........44-0 South Carolina.......28-16 @Tulane...................34-9 Florida...................28-24 @Kentucky... 37-43 (OT) Auburn...................30-24 Bye @Alabama.............41-34 Louisiana Tech.......58-10 @Ole Miss...................... Arkansas.........................

OLE MISS (3-7) S-1 @Memphis............23-21 S-8 Missouri................25-38 S-15 @Vanderbilt...........17-31 S-22 Florida...................24-30 S-29 @Georgia...............17-45 O-6 Louisiana Tech.........24-0 O-13 Alabama.................24-27 O-20 Arkansas..................8-44 O-27 @Auburn.................3-17 N-3 Northwestern St....38-31 N-10 Bye N-17 LSU................................ N-23 @Mississippi St.............. MISSISSIPPI ST. (6-4) A-30 LSU.........................0-45 S-8 @Tulane.................38-17 S-15 @Auburn...............19-14 S-22 Garner-Webb.........31-15 S-29 @South Carolina....21-38 O-6 UAB.......................30-13 O-13 Tennessee..............21-33 O-20 @West Virginia......13-38 O-27 @Kentucky............31-14 N-3 Bye N-10 Alabama.................17-12 N-17 @Arkansas..................... N-23 Ole Miss.........................

S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-22 D-1

#23 Kentucky at #9 Georgia

West Division S-1 S-8 S-15 S-22 S-29 O-6 O-13 O-20 O-27 N-3 N-10 N-17 N-24

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ARIZONA (4-6) S-1 @BYU......................7-20 S-8 Northern Arizona...45-24 S-15 New Mexico...........27-29 S-22 @California............27-45 S-29 Washington St.......48-20 O-6 @Oregon State......16-31 O-13 @USC....................13-20 O-20 Stanford.................20-21 O-27 @Washington........48-41 N-3 UCLA.....................34-27 N-10 Bye N-15 Oregon............................ N-24 Bye................................. D-1 @Arizona State............... ARIZONA STATE (9-1) S-1 San Jose State.........45-3 S-8 Colorado................33-14 S-15 San Diego State.....34-13 S-22 Oregon State.........44-32 S-29 @Stanford...............41-3 O-6 @Washington St....23-20 O-13 Washington...........44-20 O-20 Bye O-27 California...............31-20 N-3 @Oregon...............23-35 N-10 @UCLA..................24-20 N-17 Bye................................. N-22 USC................................ D-1 Arizona........................... CALIFORNIA (6-4) S-1 Tennessee..............45-31 S-8 @Colorado State....34-28 S-15 Louisiana Tech.......42-12 S-22 Arizona..................45-27 S-29 @Oregon...............31-24 O-6 Bye O-13 Oregon State.........28-31 O-20 @UCLA..................21-30 O-27 @Arizona State......20-31 N-3 Washington St.......20-17 N-10 USC.......................17-24 N-17 @Washington................. N-24 Bye................................. D-1 @Stanford......................

The Battle Of Overrateds

Since we’ve tapped into the overrated theme, let continue with. . . Kentucky’s overrated. Aside from its mega-upset of goofy LSU, there’s not a quality win to be found. Georgia’s overrated. Its big wins are over three teams (Alabama, Florida and Auburn) with a combined 11 losses, while its defeats are against two teams (South Carolina and Tennesee) with a combined eight losses. Oops, lest we forget: This is the mighty SEC where wins/losses don’t really tell the whole story. That’s why three-loss Florida is ranked four spots higher than undefeated Hawaii in the BCS standings. But we digress. As for the Wildcat-Bulldog match-up, who cares?

Prediction: Georgia 24-21 Master Insight “This will be a high-scoring affair. The Georgia offense has been better lately because of running back Knowshon Moreno’s emergence. This should be fun to watch and the outcome will be in doubt until the end.” – Pat Dye

As a matter of... FACT

Kentucky and Georgia are two of seven SEC teams that are ranked in all four major polls. Additionally, 10 conference teams are already bowl-eligible, with another needing just one more win to qualify.

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OPINION

The only standout nonconference win by an SEC team we could find was LSU over Virginia Tech. Non-conference losses include Tennessee to Cal, Alabama to Florida State and Auburn to USF. Yes sir, great conference.

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B E A R CAT G A M E DAY

West Virginia Mountaineers After a convincing win over Connecticut, Cincinnati’s Big East title and BCS Bowl hopes are alive and well. The consecutive wins over ranked teams have put the Bearcats in a position few would have imagined they would be this deep into the season. A win over WVU followed by another at Syracuse and the Bearcats are Big East champions and headed for a BCS bowl. Unbelievable!

two games. Penalties must be reduced. Linemen have been committing numerous false start infractions. The margin for error West Virginia Vs. Cincinnati against a team like WVU is When: Nov. 17, 2007 simply too thin. Where: Nippert Stadium West Virginia’s big-name Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. EST stars are on offense, but don’t Series: West Virginia leads 13-1-1 let that fool you. WVU ranks Last Meeting: Pat White ran for 93 first in the Big East in total yards and two touchdowns, and threw defense. for 98 and a score as West Virginia UC’s Jacob Ramsey and drilled UC, 42-24, in Morgantown Greg Moore combined for 130 last season. yards on the ground against the Huskies. Don’t expect the same type of production against the speedy ‘Eers. CINCINNATI OFFENSE VS. And that’s why Mauk must make big plays WEST VIRGINIA DEFENSE with his arm and legs. UC quarterback Ben Mauk played Expect UC Coach Brian Kelly to empty his bag well in the 27-3 win over Connecticut. of tricks. Mauk will use the expansive playbook to The senior completed 21 of 33 have a fairly productive day. passes for 276 yards and three touchAdvantage: Cincinnati downs, and ran for another score. If the Bearcats hope to topple the WEST VIRGINIA OFFENSE Mountaineers, Mauk will have to be VS. CINCINNATI DEFENSE even better. For that to happen, the WVU quarterback Pat White is the offensive line must be at its best. Mauk has been under a lot of pressure the last most exciting player in college football. He’s averaging 89 yards rushing, and has run for 10 touchdowns. Like many running signal-callers, White has a reputation, albeit an undeserved one, for being a shaky passer. Though he’s not relied upon to pass very often, when he does he’s efficient. He leads the Big East in passer rating, completion percentage and has thrown only two interceptions. Cincinnati has always had a hard time stopping him, and despite coming off a dominating performance against Connecticut, UC’s front seven is just not fast enough to contain White. Junior Steve Slaton is among the top backs in the country, and Cincinnati fans are very familiar with him as well. Last year, Slaton ran for 148 yards and two TDs in a 42-24 Mountaineer win. In 2005, he smoked UC for 129 yards and four scores on the ground as WVU rolled 38-0. While UC’s defense is a legit top 25 unit, I still have visions of Pitt’s LeSean McCoy and Larod Stephens-Howling running all over the Bearcats three games ago. Slaton is certainly much better than either of those two. WVU wideout Darius Reynaud presents a big test for the UC’s secondary. Advantage: West Virginia

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THE WAY I SEE IT

Though I’ve given Cincinnati the edge in three of four categories, the problem is that West Virginia has the best two players on the field in White and Slaton. They give the Mountaineers the overall advantage in what should be one of the most entertaining games of the season.

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West Virginia quarterback pat White

however, as he was only called upon for extra points. WVU kicker Pat McAfee has made 10 of 11 field goals. He also punts, but doesn’t come close to UC’s Kevin Huber, who continues to make his case for the Ray Guy Award. Huber is a game-changer, and will have to be this week. Advantage: Cincinnati

INTANGIBLES

The game has been sold out for weeks, but the audience will include a large WVU contingent. Still, UC fans were as loud as they’ve been all year SPECIAL TEAMS against UConn. The Bearcats do feed Cincinnati kicker Brandon Yingling has seem- off their fans, so home field is a defiingly wrestled the job away from Jake Rogers, nite advantage. who missed a PAT against UConn. He’s untested, Advantage: Cincinnati

West Virginia running back Steve Slaton

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Week 11 TEAM RECORD LSU (40) 9-1 Oregon (22) 8-1 Oklahoma (1) 9-1 Kansas (1) 10-0 West Virginia (1) 8-1 Missouri 9-1 Ohio State 10-1 Georgia 8-2 Arizona State 9-1 Virginia Tech 8-2 USC 8-2 Texas 9-2 Hawaii 9-0 Florida 7-3 Clemson 8-2 Virginia 9-2 Boise State 9-1 Boston College 8-2 Tennessee 7-3 Illinois 8-3 Cincinnati 8-2 Kentucky 7-3 Michigan 8-3 Wisconsin 8-3 Connecticut 8-2

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Carr, Hart & Henne Are Gutless Llllloyd Carr is gutless. So is Michael Hart. And so is Chad Henne. In order to protect his two prima donnas who were nursing boo-boos, the Michigan coach sat out the running back and the quarterback played only two possessions during last week’s loss at Wisconsin. Neither Hart nor Henne seemed to mind the unnecessary benching. The trio was willing to accept a loss to Wisconsin in order to be in the best health possible against Ohio State. And these wimps consider themselves competitors? They’re gutless. While Woody taught us to hate but still respect the Maize and Blow, the latter is no longer possible. Remember folks, Hart and Henne returned for their senior season with the mission of beating the Buckeyes for the first time in their careers. But they were so afraid of getting hurt against the Badgers, they simply sat out. Are you kidding me? Seriously, think how gutless that is. Yes, that’s the third time I’ve used that word; one for each

loss they’ve suffered to Ohio State. Forget what you’ve heard from Llllloyd that Hart and Henne were too banged up to go against Wisconsin. They may be hurt, but they weren’t too hurt to play. So Llllloyd, I’ve learned all I need to know about the state of your program now. It’s gutless. And that final reference is for this week’s loss to Ohio State. Then again, if the Buckeye defense plays with as much intestinal fortitude against Michigan as it did against Illinois, there’s a Capital One Bowl in our future. And wouldn’t it be just lovely if the opponent was Florida. Don’t worry, the chances of a Gator rematch is unlikely, but a battle against “Rocky Top” is probable. God, how I hate that song. Speaking of Florida, is there any irony that the Buckeyes lost to a coach whose previous job was coach of the Gators? And Illinois’ Ron Zook is an Ohio native, as is current Florida boss Urban Meyer. Indeed, when the Buckeyes lose these days, there’s usually a Buckeye connection on the other end. Even though it’s the first time since 1959 that

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both Ohio State and Michigan enter The Game coming off a loss, Woody and Bo would still love this week’s scenario: The winner is the outright Big Ten champion and goes to the Rose Bowl. Gee, it’s like the good old days. What’s truly amazing is that Ohio State has only been to “The Granddaddy of Them All” twice in the last 25 years. That’s stunning. Michigan, though, has been there three times in the last four seasons. If the Buckeyes do win this week, their Rose Bowl opponent will likely be the Pac-10 runnerup, which will be USC or Arizona State. This assumes, of course, that Oregon will be playing for the national title. If it’s the Trojans, it’s possible the winner of the Rose Bowl will be the 2008 preseason No. 1 team. It really won’t mean much, though, because the Buckeyes and Trojans will settle it on the field, as the two will play September 13 in Los Angeles.

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PRESENTS BUCKEYE GAME DAY

Michigan Wolverines BREAKIN’ IT DOWN

The winner claims the Big Ten title outright and goes to the Rose Bowl. OHIO STATE OFFENSE VS. Welcome to the 104th edition of The Game, the greatest rivalry in all of sports. MICHIGAN DEFENSE Though last year’s meeting in Columbus was considered the If Ohio State spreads Michigan’s defense, the biggest of all-time because both teams were undefeated and the Buckeyes will score at will. winner was headed to the BCS National Championship, this year’s That’s not to suggest smash-mouth won’t work, battle offers a different, yet perhaps more titillating intrigue. but getting guys like Brian Hartline and Ray Small in open space on Ohio State at Michigan Keyword: Pride, and both teams have different agendas in quick screens and slants is the best way to expose the Wolverines. When: Nov. 17, 2007 maintaining theirs. And going deep to Brian Robiskie for the quick score will be Kickoff: 12 p.m. EST Let’s start with Michigan. Quarterback Chad Henne and runthere as well, as the Wolverine secondary is awful. Where: Michigan Stadium ning back Michael Hart returned for their senior season for one We’re worried about quarterback Todd Boeckman’s pysche. Series: Michigan leads 57-40-6 reason; to beat Ohio State. The Buckeyes, as you know, have won He’ll be starting for the first time in his career in the aftermatch of Last Meeting: Ohio State won, the last three meetings in the series. a poor performance. If he doesn’t trust himself and pull the trigger 42-39, last year in Ohio Stadium. After last year’s loss, Hart popped off that Ohio State really quickly on his throws, another three-pick game could be in the wasn’t all that good and that he couldn’t wait to get another shot works. at the Buckeyes. He was serious, as he bypassed becoming an The Buckeyes won’t put up 42 points like last year, but fourinstant NFL millionaire. to-five scores should be no problem. The key will be scoring touchdowns instead of Ditto for Henne. Given the NFL’s paucity at the position, Henne could probably field goals after getting into the red zone. be starting somewhere on Sunday. If the Buckeyes do build a 10-point or greater lead midway through the third Bottom line: Hart and Henne’s collegiate careers get defined by Saturday’s out- quarter, the Vest is going to swallow the playbook. He’ll be grilled mercilessly by fans come. If they lose, they’ll rank among the U of M all-time leaders in several offensive and media if it backfires, so we’d just as soon see OSU be aggressive offensively from categories, but they’ll be forever branded for going 0-fer against Ohio State. start to finish Moreover, after embarrassing opening-season losses to Appalachian State and ADVANTAGE: Ohio State. Oregon, and then another ugly one last week at Wisconsin, the Wolverines know the only way to salvage their season is to win this game. MICHIGAN OFFENSE VS. OHIO STATE DEFENSE Now to Ohio State. It’s simple. The Buckeyes were bullied by Illinois in losing Let’s face it: Ohio State’s defense got exposed against Illinois, and it’s probably their first regular season game in over two years. The defensive game plan designed not as good as the unit that gave up 39 points to the Wolverines last year. by the coaches was awful, to be polite. Henne had the best of his three outings against the Buckeyes that day, as he was Fans are wondering whether this season end the same way as last? Yes, Ohio seldom pressured. State, your manhood is being challenged. If Ohio State doesn’t bring the heat early and often, some coaching heads should Let’s have at it! roll. Henne’s nursing a sore shoulder, so even if the Buckeyes don’t come up with sacks early, just knocking Henne to the ground will exact a huge toll.

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Henne lacks mobility, and despite having been a four-year starter, still tends to get rattled after getting knocked around a bit. Hart is the nation’s best running back, but he, too, is a bit gimpy (ankle). Mario Manningham may be the nation’s best receiver and if the Wolverines win, he’ll likely play a vital role. Without question, Michigan has the most balanced offense the Buckeyes will face this season. The Buckeyes yield, on average, about 11 points and 237 yards a game. Michigan may double those numbers. ADVANTAGE: Michigan.

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Members of the Best Buckeye Coverage team at 610WTVN Radio in Columbus offer their predictions and comments on the Ohio State game. This should be another classic. Expect the Buckeye defense to rebound, as Ohio State will pull away in the second half. OSU 27-14.

Dave Maetzold

Two game tickets: $600. Gas: $100. Tailgate supplies: $200. Watching Mike Hart walk off the field winless against Ohio State: priceless. OSU 24-13.

Bob Conners

Both teams are a bit banged up, but Ohio State, despite the loss to Illinois, probably has more confidence going into this game than Michigan. OSU 20-17.

Matt McCoy

Win or lose, many say this is Llllloyd Carr’s last Ohio StateMichigan game. How about one more L? The Buckeyes win a close one. OSU 23-21.

John Corby

This is the big one and the Vest just seems to have Llllloyd’s number. I forget: How many “L’s” are in Lloyd? However many there are, add another one. OSU 27-10.

Dave Purdy

Just like we want it, this game will decide the Big Ten championship. Whichever team bounces back better will win. OSU 24-21.

Larry Larson

No matter the records, no matter the implications, this is a game I have looked forward to for over 50 years. It is as good as it gets in college football. OSU 24-10.

Joel Riley

Anything can happen in this game and often does, but Tressel has Lloyd’s number again. Who do we play in the Rose Bowl? OSU 31-17.

Bill Conley

SPECIAL TEAMS

It’s been feast or famine for Buckeye special teams. Punter A. J. Trapasso’s been long and consistent all season and Ryan Pretorious has shown he can hits treys from 50 yards or more. However, there have been blocked field goals and missed extra points, and the Buckeye kick return team ranks next-to-last nationally. Since K.C. Lopata took over in the sixth game, Michigan’s place-kicking has gone from putrid to perfect. He’s made all eight of his field goals, with the longest being 42 yards. Punter Zoltan Mesko has been decent, averaging 39.9 yards. Michigan’s longest kickoff and punt returns of the season were 35 and 37 yards, respectively. ADVANTAGE: Even.

Bucksline INTANGIBLES

Even though Tressel is 2-1 in the Big House, home field still gives the Wolverines a slight edge. ADVANTAGE: Michigan.

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High School Scoreboard Tri-State

A-24 S-1 S-8 S-15 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-20 O-26

A-24 S-1 S-7 S-13 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26 A-25 S-1 S-7 S-14 S-22 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-20 O-26

DIVISION I

DIVISION II

ARCHBISHOP MOELLER (6-3)

ANDERSON (8-2)

@Mason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-7 vs. Mission Viejo (Calif.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-26 Brother Rice (Mich.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-6 @Findlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-7 Bye La Salle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-21 @Elder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-49 @Ind. Cathedral (Ind.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-14 St. Edward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-28 St. Xavier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-28

COLERAIN (10-0)

Wayne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-7 vs. Hoover (Ala.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-17 (OT) Clarke Road (Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77-8 @Mason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-14 Middletown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63-13 @Fairfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54-0 Lakota West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-0 @Lakota East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-10 Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-7 @Oak Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-7

ELDER (7-3)

Lakota Wes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-0 vs. Charlotte Ind. (N.C.) . . . . . . . . . 41-34 (OT) @Oak Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-16 @La Salle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-28 @St. Edward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10 @St. Xavier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-18 Archbishop Moeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49-33 Covington Catholic (Ky.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-6 Benedictine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49-34 Western Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49-0

PRINCETON (8-2)

A-22 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

Western Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-7 Centerville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43-42 @Glen Este . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-35 @Lakota West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-14 Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43-19 @Sycamore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-14 Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-7 @Fairfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37-13 Lakota East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-35 Middletown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-28

A-25 S-2 S-8 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-13 O-20 O-26

@Winton Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-7 vs. DeMatha (Md.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-7 Glenville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-12 Louisville Trinity (Ky.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47-31 Bishop Chatard (Ind.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-0 Elder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-0 La Salle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-7 @St. Edward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45-0 @St. Ignatius . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-14 (3OT) @Archbishop Moeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-14

A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-20 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

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ST. XAVIER (10-0)

SYCAMORE (9-1)

@Withrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-21 Springboro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-3 Harrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-14 Fairfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-10 @Lakota East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-9 Princeton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-24 @Oak Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-10 Middletown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-27 @Lakota West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-7 @Mason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-7

A-25 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

Division I

Springboro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-13 @Mason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-12 Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-7 Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39 (OT) @La Salle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-51 Winton Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-12 @Loveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-7 @Glen Este . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57-36 Milford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-18 @Harrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-24

KINGS (8-2)

A-23 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-4 O-12 O-19 O-26

Trenton Edgewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-21 @Talawanda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-7 @Springboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19 Loveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-7 @Mount Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-7 Amelia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49-0 Turpin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-33 @Wilmington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-6 @Little Miami. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-7 Walnut Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45-0

A-23 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

@Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-28 Eaton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-7 Bye Wilmington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-14 Winton Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-26 @Cincinnati Northwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-6 @Ross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-7 Talawanda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-31 Norwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-14 @Mount Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-6

A-25 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26 A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

TRENTON EDGEWOOD (8-1)

WINTON WOODS (7-3)

St. Xavier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-35 Roger Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-7 @Fairfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-12 Colonel White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-12 @Trenton Edgewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 @Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14 @Harrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41-19 Milford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-7 @Loveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55-7 Glen Este . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-0

WITHROW (9-1)

Sycamore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-28 @Trotwood-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47-21 Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-25 Taft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-18 @Hughes Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-14 Cincinnati Woodward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-8 @Shroder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-0 @Western Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-7 Dunbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6 Aiken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-14

DIVISION III

Region 3 (1) Hilliard Darby (9-1) (8) Columbus Upper Arlington (8-2)

Mentor (38-17) Mentor (23-13)

(4) Solon (8-2) (5) North Royalton (9-1)

Solon (26-7)

(2) Cleveland St. Ignatius (8-2) (7) Cleveland Glenville (8-2)

Glenville (26-23)

(3) Euclid (9-1) (6) Youngstown Boardman (7-3)

Boardman (14-7)

Region 2 (1) Brunswick (10-0) (8) Canton Glenoak (6-4)

Brunswick (35-19)

(4) Toledo Whitmer (8-2) (5) Wadsworth (9-1)

Whitmer (51-37)

(2) North Canton Hoover (8-2) (7) Toledo St. John’s Jesuit (6-4) (3) Macedonia Nordonia (9-1) (6) Perrysburg (8-2)

Glenville (21-3)

Brunswick (37-23)

Hoover (40-33, 5OT) Nordonia (43-21)

Hoover (21-14)

Division II

Region 5 (1) Warren Howland (10-0) (8) Madison (7-3) (4) Parma Padua Franciscan (7-3) (5) Mayfield (7-3)

Mayfield (12-10)

(2) Tallmadge (9-1) (7) Akron Fireston (7-3)

Mayfield (6-0)

Tallmadge (35-20)

(3) Parma Normandy (8-2) (6) Cleveland South (8-2)

Normandy (38-6)

Region 6 (1) Avon Lake (10-0) (8) Grafton Midview (8-2)

@Little Miami. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-21 @East Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-13 New Richmond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-15 @Western Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-21 @Williamsburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-6 Batavia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-15 Bethel-Tate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49-7 @Blanchester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-6 Clermont Northeastern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55-0 West Carrollton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56-7

A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-20 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

Ross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41-7 @Valley View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-24 Turpin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-29 @Madeira. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49-12 Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-8 Mariemont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-0 @Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47-14 Finneytown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-17 @Deer Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-13 @Wyoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-13

A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

@Jonathan Alder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-36 @Bishop Fenwick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-14 Valley View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-24 Bellbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-28 @Madison JR/SR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-25 Carlisle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49-0 Preble Shawnee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77-7 @Dixie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-25 @Waynesville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-17 Dayton Northridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63-14

INDIAN HILL (8-2)

(4) Columbus Brookhaven (9-1) (5) Groveport-Madison (7-3)

Normandy (41-38 3OT)

Avon Lake (50-13) Ashland (21-14)

Darby (35-10) Darby (16-3)

G-Mad. (41-27)

(2) Pickerington Central (10-0) (7) Lancaster (7-3)

Pick. Central (21-7)

(3) Dublin Coffman (10-0) (6) Gahanna Lincoln (7-3)

Coffman (28-21) Coffman (35-9)

Region 4 (1) Cincinnati St. Xavier (10-0) (8) Cincinnati Elder (7-3)

St. Xavier (45-14)

(4) Centerville (8-2) (5) Cincinnati Princeton (8-2)

Centerville (42-21)

(2) Cincinnati Colerain (10-0) (7) Clayton Northmont (7-3)

Colerain (35-0)

(3) Cincinnati Sycamore (9-1) (6) Cincinnati Moeller (6-3)

Moeller (35-28)

Region 7 (1) Col. St. Francis DeSales (10-0) (8) Zanesville (8-2)

Howland (49-7)

St. Xavier (31-6)

Colerain (27-7)

DeSales (50-7) DeSales (27-10)

(4) Canfield (9-1) (5) Columbus Marion-Franklin (9-1)

Canfield (43-19)

(2) Louisville (8-2) (7) Uniontown Lake (7-3)

Louisville (34-21)

(3) Logan (9-1) (6) Dresden Tri-Valley (9-1)

Tri-Valley (31-26) Louisville (22-13)

Region 8 (1) Cincinnati Turpin (10-0) (8) Cincinnati Winton Woods (7-3) (4) Trenton Edgewood (8-1) (5) Trotwood-Madison (7-3)

Turpin (24-14) Turpin (21-13)

Madison (33-27, OT)

(4) Ashland (9-1) (5) Powell Olentangy Liberty (8-2)

Ashland (28-21)

(2) Sylvania Southview (9-1) (7) Lexington (8-2)

Southview (28-13)

(2) Cincinnati Anderson (8-2)

Anderson (14-6)

(3) Toledo Central Catholic (8-2) (6) Piqua (7-3)

Piqua (21-9)

(7) Kings Mills Kings (8-2) (3) Cincinnati Withrow (9-1) (6) Dayton Carroll (9-1)

Carroll (38-28) Anderson (31-13)

Region 11 (1) Canal Fulton Northwest (10-0) (8) Poland Seminary (7-3)

CF Northwest (32-8)

Southview (21-14)

Division III

GOSHEN (9-1)

A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

LEMON-MONROE (8-2)

Region 1 (1) Mentor (7-2) (8) Painesville Riverside (7-3)

Region 9 (1) Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (8-1) (8) Mogadore Field (9-1) (4) Aurora (9-1) (5) Cortland Lakeview (8-2)

Lakeview (17-6)

(2) Rocky River (10-0) (7) Hubbard (7-3) (3) Mentor Lake Catholic (6-4) (6) Ravenna (8-2)

W. Jesuit (35-0)

Rocky River (30-16) Lake Cath. (21-20) Lake Catholic (28-25)

Region 10 (1) Sunbury Big Walnut (9-1) (8) Rossford (6-4)

Big Walnut (35-2)

(4) Bellefontaine (9-1) (5) Shelby (8-2)

Shelby (35-7)

(2) Napoleon (9-1) (7) Urbana (9-1)

Napoleon (48-6)

(3) Tipp City Tippecanoe (10-0) (6) Clyde (9-1)

Clyde (41-7)

DIVISION IV A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14

CLINTON-MASSIE (9-1)

Lakeview (14-10)

Blanchester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-7 @Waynesville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-13 @East Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-6 @Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-0

S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

Big Walnut (35-8)

Dover (11-7)

(2) Newark Licking Valley (9-1) (7) Granville (7-3)

L.Valley (42-21)

(3) Beloit West Branch (8-2) W. Branch (48-22) Licking Valley (35-21) (6) New Concord John Glenn (8-2) Region 12 (1) Cincinnati Indian Hill (8-2) (8) Eaton (6-4)

Miami Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-12 London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61-6 McClain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-3 @Washington CH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35 @Madison Plains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-0 Jonathan Alder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-9

Indian Hill (41-25)

(4) Wash. Courthouse Wash. (8-2) Circleville (25-19) (5) Circleville (7-3) (2) Canal Winchester (9-1) (7) Gemantown Valley View (5-5)

Clyde (19-13)

CF Northwest (42-13)

(4) Dover (7-3) (5) Canton South (6-4)

(3) Goshen (9-1) (8) Monroe (8-2)

A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28

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WYOMING (8-2)

@Mount Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-9 Milford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-0 @Badin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-17 Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-12 @Finneytown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41-12 Deer Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-21

Indian Hill (53-14)

Canal Winchester (17-16) Monroe (35-13) Monroe (47-21)

O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

Madeira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-8 @Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-14 @Mariemont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-7 Indian Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-39


Division IV

Region 13 (1) Youngs. Cardinal Mooney (10-0) (8) Coshocton (7-3)

Region 15 (1) St. Clarisville (10-0) (8) Ironton Rock Hill (7-3)

Mooney (30-6)

(4) Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (8-2) (5) Perry (9-1)

Mooney (28-7)

SVSM (42-6)

(4) Pataskala Licking Heights (9-1) Lick. Hts. (42-34) (5) Portsmouth (8-2)

(2) Steubenville (10-0) Steubenville (28-10) (7) Cuyahoga Falls Cuy. Val. Chr. (9-1) Steubenville (44-29) (3) Canton Central Catholic (9-1) Canton (48-6) (6) Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (8-2)

(2) Williamsport Westfall (10-0) (7) New Lexington (8-2)

Westfall (31-7)

(3) Waverly (9-1) (6) Belmont Union Local (9-1)

Waverly (27-21)

Region 14 (1) Pemberville Eastwood (9-1) (8) Elyria Catholic (8-2)

Region 16 (1) Kettering Archbishop Alter (10-0) (8) Dayton Oakwood (7-3)

Eastwood (42-27) Eastwood (14-7)

(4) Sparta Highland (9-1) (5) Genoa Area (9-1)

Genoa (12-7)

(2) Fostoria (8-2) (7) Ottawa-Glandorf (8-2)

Ottawa (35-18)

(3) Marion Pleasant (9-1) (6) Oak Harbor (8-2)

Pleasant (14-0)

Pleasant (48-21)

Division V

Region 17 (1) North Lima South Range (10-0) (8) Kirtland (8-2) (4) Gates Mills Gilmour Acad. (8-1) (5) Vienna Mathews (10-0)

Gates (38-13)

(2) Youngstown Ursuline (8-2) (7) Bedford St. Peter Chanel (6-4)

Ursuline (43-0)

South Range (23-0)

Ursuline (29-6)

(3) Apple Creek Waynedale (8-2) Waynedale (19-7) (6) West Salem Northwestern (9-1) Region 18 (1) Hamler Patrick Henry (9-1) (8) Liberty Center (7-3) (4) Lima Central Catholic (9-1) (5) Bucyrus Wynford (10-0)

Lima C.C. (28-12)

(2) Findlay Liberty-Benton (10-0) (7) Archbold (7-3)

Pat. Henry (34-14)

(3) Sherwood Fairview (9-1) (6) Defiance Tinora (8-2)

Lib.-Bent. (14-7)

Tinora (45-42)

Division VI

Region 21 (1) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (10-0) (8) Leetonia (7-3) (4) Mogadore (9-1) (5) Columbiana (7-3)

Hope-Loud. (49-14) Mogadore (25-14)

(2) Norwalk St. Paul (9-1) (7) Monroeville (6-4) (3) Warren John F. Kennedy (8-2) (6) McDonald (8-2 Region 22 (1) McComb (9-1) (8) Toledo Christian (8-2) (4) Arlington (8-2) (5) West Unity Hilltop (8-2)

Hope-Loud. (40-16)

St. Paul (49-21) St. Paul (26-7)

JFK (48-8)

Arlington (48-0)

Arlington (21-6)

(2) Carey (8-2) (7) Defiance Ayersville (7-3)

Def. Ayers. (35-14)

(3) Ada (6-4) (6) Antwerp (7-3)

Ada (41-12)

DIVISION V CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (8-2)

A-24 A-31 S-6 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

Bethel-Tate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-0 Madeira . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-24 @Mariemont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-56 @Cincinnati Christian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-6 Dayton Christian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63-21 @New Miami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-12 Lockland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-24 (OT) North College Hill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-35 @Summit Country Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-6 Cincinnati Country Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-21

A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21

@New Richmond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-13 Dixie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-20 @Purcell Marian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-9 Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-0 @Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-21

DEER PARK (8-2)

J. Mon. (28-7)

(2) Lore City Buckeye Trail (10-0) (7) Fredericktown (8-2)

Fredrick. (14-6)

West Lib. (45-21)

A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

@East Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-7 Clinton-Massie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-30 @Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-35 @Carlisle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-12 @Preble Shawnee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-10 Dixie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-26 Oakwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-28 @Dayton Northridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51-20 Lemon-Monroe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-34 Madison JR/SR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-24

WAYNESVILLE (7-3)

Positions: S/CB/WR Ht: 5-10, Wt: 155 Grade: Senior, GPA: 3.4 Noteworthy: Honor roll; Clermont Northeastern High School student senate; two-year varsity letterman in football and basketball; three-year varsity letterman in baseball; Second Team All Southern Buckeye Athletic Conference in baseball and basketball.

Fredrick (41-38 OT)

Caleb Corrill Batavia

Position: Quarterback Ht: 6-0, Wt: 165 Grade: Senior, GPA: 3.7 Noteworthy: Honor roll; First Team All Southern Buckeye Athletic Conference and Honorable Mention All-Cincinnati in 2005.

W. Jeff. (56-24)

Maria Stein (37-0)

Region 23 (1) Newark Catholic (8-2) (8) Sugar Grove Berne Union (6-4)

Andrew Jenkins Finneytown

Maria Stein (53-0)

(3) Cincinnati Deer Park (8-2) Deer Pk. (41-14) (6) Cinci. Hills Christian Acad. (8-2)

Positions: DE/TE Ht: 6-2, Wt: 195 Grade: Senior, GPA: 3.5 Noteworthy: Honor roll; Academic All Cincinnati Hills League; two-time This Week In Football McScholar Athlete.

New. Cath. (21-18)

Alex Brummett Dayton (Ky.)

Newark Cath. (43-6)

(4) Danville (7-3) (5) Malvern (8-2)

Danville (30-25)

(2) Shadyside (9-1) (7) Steubenville Cath. Cent. (8-2)

Shadyside (44-28)

(3) Hannibal River (9-1) (6) Beallsville (10-0)

River (20-14)

(3) Ports. Sciotoville Comm. (10-0) (6) Mechanicsburg (6-4)

@Wyoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-35 Finneytown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-20 @Madeira. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-0 Indian Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-50 Mariemont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-3

Tyler Sanders Clermont Northeastern

W. Jeff. (34-0)

(2) Springfield Cath. Cent. (10-0) (7) Waynesfield-Goshen (8-2)

S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-26

(18-14)

Ready (34-14)

(3) Wheelersburg (7-3) Wheelbrg. (21-13) (6) West Lafayette Ridgewood (9-1)

Shadyside

Positions: RB/MLB Ht: 5-8, Wt: 170 Grade: Senior, GPA: 3.7 Noteworthy: Honor roll; Dayton High School perfect attendance award; varsity letterman for the football team.

(26-13)

Covington (44-12)

(4) Lockland (7-3) Leh. Cath. (41-13) (5) Sidney Lehman Catholic (7-3)

Ada (51-50)

Position: Offensive line Ht: 5-10, Wt: 270 Grade: Senior, GPA: 3.9 Noteworthy: Honor roll; National Honor Society; four-year member of the football and wrestling teams.

Ready (48-0)

(4) Johnstown-Monroe (8-2) (5) Minford (8-2)

(4) West Liberty-Salem (9-1) (5) Waynesville (7-3)

Tom Fields Western Brown

Coldwater (59-52)

Clint. Mas. Clint. Mas. (29-28 2 OT)

(3) Clarksville Clinton-Massie (9-1) (6) Cincinnati Wyoming (8-2)

Position: Linebacker Ht: 6-1, Wt: 210 Grade: Senior, GPA: 4.0 Noteworthy: Honor roll; varsity letterman in football.

(48-28)

Alter (30-0)

Milt.-Union (28-7)

Region 24 (1) Covington (10-0) (8) Portsmouth Notre Dame (6-4)

McComb (56-7)

Westfall

(2) West Milton Milton-Union (9-1) (7) Brookville (7-3)

(2) Maria Stein Marion Local (10-0) (7) Casstown Miami East (8-2)

Lib.-Bent. (45-13)

Dan Bauder Sycamore

Coldwtr.(43-14)

Region 20 (1) West Jefferson (10-0) (8) Milford Center Fairbanks (9-1)

Pat. Henry (42-0)

St. Clairs. (33-17)

(4) Plain City Jonathan Alder (8-2) (5) Coldwater (9-1)

Region 19 (1) Columbus Bishop Ready (9-1) (8) Belpre (7-3)

South Range (45-30)

McScholar Athletes

St. Clairs. (48-13)

Leh. Cath. (8-7)

Spring. C.C. (28-6) Mech. (48-21)

Spring. C.C. (24-17)

DIVISION VI A-24 A-31 S-7 S-14 S-21 S-28 O-5 O-12 O-19 O-28

LOCKLAND (7-3)

@Williamsburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-13 Aiken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-27 Cincinnati Woodward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-0 @New Miami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-14 Summit Country Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-20 Cincinnati Christian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47-20 @Christian Acad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 (OT) Cincinnati Country Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-26 @Dayton Christian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-0 North College Hill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-14

The 2007 McScholar Athletes are recognized for:

Athletic ability, academic effort and school citizenship

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Presented By POWERADE Break with... Cincinnati Christian Cougar Michael Zeller Three words that describe Aside from my coach, another that The best local high school football me on the field are . . . devoted, I would love to play for is . . . Jim rivalry, not including our own, is . . . energized and competitive. Tressel (Ohio State). Elder vs. St. Xavier. Three words that describe My favorite pre-game meal is . . . me off the field are . . . friendly, pizza and chicken wings. empathetic and giving. One food I could eat every day If I could change one thing about is . . . pizza. I love how there are so myself, it would be . . . to become a many options when it comes to eating better student. pizza.

Michael Zeller

positions: FB/LB height: 5-9, Weight: 195 Grade: Junior, Gpa: 3.3 Noteworthy: honor roll; honorable mention all miami Valley Conference as a sophomore in 2006.

A misperception some might have The worst food I ever tasted was of me is . . . that I’m a poor listener. . . . squid. People don’t think I listen to them, but I really do. If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is . . . a Dodge Viper! The first person I think of when it comes to handling adversity well is My favorite college football team . . . Jesus Christ. He endured suffering is . . . the Ohio State Buckeyes. They and pain out of love for me. No one work hard at everything they do. else could stand that strong in the face of adversity. A team not on our schedule I’d love to play is . . . Middletown Christian. It One thing I would be lost without would be two good Christian schools is . . . football. It keeps me focused in giving their best for the Lord! school and gives me a chance to vent frustration and be competitive. photo courtesy of Cincinnati Christian high School

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The best part of high school football is . . . physical contact. If you aren’t hitting your hardest, you aren’t giving your best to the Lord! My favorite music artist is . . . Nicole C. Mullen (singer, songwriter and choreographer from Cincinnati). An unusual skill I possess is . . . I can do a standing back-flip. The dumbest thing I’ve ever done is . . . I sprained my ankle while horsing around in the mud. The best part about Thanksgiving is . . . being with my family.


Army Strong Players of the Week This Week In Football’s Top Tri-State Area Efforts For Second Round of the Playoffs Luke Massa St. Xavier Quarterback

18 of 19 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-6 win over Centerville.

Darius Ashley St. Xavier Running back

Rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown during the first half before being pulled in a 31-6 win over Centerville (St. Xavier led 31-0 at the half).

Joe Harrison Colerain Fullback

Rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 win over Archbishop Moeller.

Austin Studer Campbell Cty.(Ky.) Wideout

Eight receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 45-13 loss to Boone County (Ky.).

Quentin Sims Colerain Quarterback

Rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown in a 27-7 win over Archbishop Moeller.

Phillip Moore Covington Holy Cross (Ky.) Running back

Rushed for 308 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-30 win over Lloyd Memorial (Ky.).

Bo Cordell Indian Hill Quarterback

Threw three touchdown passes in a 53-14 win over Circleville.

Mac Minturn Indian Hill Defensive back

Intercepted three passes in a 53-14 win over Circleville.

Daniel Rod Anderson Quarterback

10 of 17 passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-13 win over Dayton Carroll.

Nick Truesdell Anderson Wideout

Caught two touchdown passes and had more than 100 yards receiving in a 31-13 win over Dayton Carroll.

Ricky Buckler Bellevue (Ky.) Running back

Rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-13 win over Dayton (Ky.).

Wayne Dunham Turpin Running back

Rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown in a 21-13 win over TrotwoodMadison.

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Danny Polaneczky Turpin Defensive back

Made the gameclinching interception with 26 remaining in a 21-13 win over Trotwood-Madison.

Cory Farris Boone County (Ky.) Running back

Rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-13 win over Campbell County (Ky.).

Adam Schmitz Ryle (Ky.) Running back

Rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-27 win over Simon Kenton (Ky.).

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Presents

tri-state PREP PLAYOFF Previews the big three

By Edward Mauler, This Week In Football Editor

St. Xavier (12-0) vs. Colerain (12-0)

It’s No. 5 vs. No. 9! To clarify, those are national rankings, as published by USA Today. It’s No. 5 St. Xavier Bombers against No. 9 Colerain Cardinals! This is high school football at its grandest. And center stage Friday evening in Nippert Stadium features what most would agree are the best teams in Ohio. Coach Steve Specht’s Bombers are looking for their second state title in three years, and first-year Coach Tom Bolden’s Cardinals seek their first state crown since 2004. Last year, Colerain beat St. Xavier in the regional championship. So, the Bombers are out for revenge, and behind running back Darius Ashley, they’ll get it. PREDICTION: ST. XAVIER 17, COLERAIN 10

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Turpin (12-0) vs. Anderson (10-2)

Welcome to the show. First-year Coach Jeff Giesting has Anderson in its first regional championship. Few could’ve guessed Giesting’s Redskins would be here two months ago when they lost to La Salle by 41 points. But here they are, and to continue their unprecedented journey through the postseason, Anderson must defeat unbeaten Turpin, which trekked to the final four a year ago. The winner of this encounter of Fort Ancient Valley Conference foes will be the team that can shut down the other’s stud wideout. Anderson features 6-7 wide receiver Nick Truesdell, who caught two touchdown passes of 50-plus yards last week in a 31-13 win over Dayton Carroll. Turpin counters with 6-4 Andy Cruse, who has 1,038 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.

Highlands (11-0) vs. Covington Catholic (5-6)

Let’s get it on! Two of Kentucky’s preeminent programs and long-tine rivals square off in the Class 5A district championship. Highlands, winner of 19 state championships, beat Covington Catholic, winners of five state titles, earlier this year, 28-14, at CovCath. With that loss burning in the minds of firstyear Coach Dave Brossart’s Colonel squad, you’ve got to believe they’ll give Highlands all they can handle this time around. But Coach Dale Mueller’s Bluebirds are rolling, having beaten Scott, 50-0, last week and averaging 40 points a game en route to an unblemished record.

PREDICTION: TURPIN 33, ANDERSON 28

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PREDICTION: HIGHLANDS 24, COVINGTON CATHOLIC 21


Presents

tri-state PREP PLAYOFF Previews

three more to watch Indian Hill (10-2) vs. Lemon-Monroe (10-2)

Welcome to the show, Part II. Just as Anderson enters its first regional championship, Coach Kevin Siple’s Indian Hill Braves have followed suit with their deepest voyage ever into the playoffs. And Indian Hill’s route has seen the Braves lay waste to the competition. After thumping Eaton, 41-25, in round one, the Braves clobbered Circleville, 53-14, last week. Quarterback Bo Cordell and his offense rolled up 543 total yards against Circleville, but yardage should be tougher to come by this week against Lemon-Monroe in Kings Mills Kings Stadium. And it’s not because the Hornet ‘D’ is so stout, but rather because Coach Jason Krause has a ball-control offense. Featured are 220-pound running back Jared Ferguson and quarterback Tyler Osterman. The duo has accounted for more than 5,000 total yards of offense this season. PREDICTION: LEMON-MONROE 38, INDIAN HILL 35

Boone County (8-3) vs. Ryle (7-4)

Class 6A state runners-up a year ago, the Ryle Raiders spiraled downward into the 2007 postseason. Coach Bryson Warner’s team lost its final two regular season games, including a nail-biter to this week’s opponent, Boone County, in overtime. But the Raiders are back on track, having drilled Simon Kenton, 44-27, last week behind the powerful running of Adam Schmitz, who rushed for a career-high 250 yards and four touchdowns. Boone County had an equally good performance last week, beating Campbell County 45-13. Speedy Cory Farris led the Rebel charge with 101 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Boone County will need a repeat effort from Farris and Co. to beat the revenge-minded Raiders. PREDICTION: RYLE 24, BOONE COUNTY 17

Clinton-Massie (11-1) vs. Coldwater (11-1)

The Falcons of Clinton-Massie have finally flown into the regional championship. A perennial playoff team, Massie has advanced to the regional championship after being booted from the playoffs in earlier rounds the past three seasons. Last year, Blanchester beat up the Falcons, 41-7; Germantown Valley View beat Massie by 15 in 2005; Versailles showed them the door in 2004, 41-6. So there’s a sour taste in Falcons’ Coach Dan McSurley’s mouth, and he’d like to wash out the memories of recent playoff debacles with a huge win over 2005 Division IV state champion Coldwater. Coach John Reed’s Cavaliers have won 10 straight by an average score of 47-12. Regrettably for McSurley and his Falcons, the sour taste will linger into next year. PREDICTION: COLDWATER 45, CLINTON-MASSIE 17

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We call it community spirit. And, no one else has more of it than a dedicated group of special student athletes we call cheerleaders. The next time you and your family take-in a local game in your neighborhood, tell them ‘thanks’ for all they do for us – even for this great-tasting recipe that promises to make your tailgate a tailgreat. Anderson Redskins Cheerleading Team

From the left: Mandy Ward (senior), Amy Hayden (senior, co-captain), Courtney Vaughan-Lane (senior), Kelly Fyffe (sophomore), Chelsey Cresap (senior), Andrea Osterfeld (senior), Natalie Childress (senior, co-captain), Chelsea Creighton (senior), Sarah Lape (senior), Jess Shelton (senior), Sadie Dignan (senior), Amy Sargent (junior).

anderson redskins cheerleaders present “buffalo chicken dip” Ingredients: 12 oz. of cream cheese 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix 1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot sauce 2 cups of shredded chicken (can also use Tyson frozen pre-cooked blackened chicken)

Not pictured: Erin Shafer (senior), Ashley Lundy (junior) and Coach Kathleen Hendy.

Directions: 1. Spread cream cheese on bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. 2. On top of cream cheese, add chicken, ranch dressing mix and hot sauce. 3. Top with cheese. 4. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. 5. Serve with tortilla chips, Frito’s or your favorite cracker. ENJOY! GO REDSKINS!

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