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Preseason No. TEAM RECORD PTS PVS 1. Georgia (22) 0-0 1528 2 2. Ohio State (21) 0-0 1506 5 3. USC (12) 0-0 1490 3 4. Oklahoma (4) 0-0 1444 8 5. Florida (6) 0-0 1415 13 6. Missouri 0-0 1266 4 7. LSU 0-0 1135 1 8. West Virginia 0-0 1116 6 9. Clemson 0-0 1105 21 10. Auburn 0-0 968 10 11. Texas 0-0 966 15 12. Texas Tech 0-0 786 22 13. Wisconsin 0-0 771 24 14. Kansas 0-0 707 7 15. Arizona State 0-0 631 16 16. Brigham Young 0-0 590 14 17. Virginia Tech 0-0 578 9 18. Tennessee 0-0 509 12 19. South Florida 0-0 496 NR 20. Illinois 0-0 483 20 21. Oregon 0-0 366 23 22. Penn State 0-0 293 NR 23. Wake Forest 0-0 227 NR 24. Alabama 0-0 89 NR 25. Pittsburgh 0-0 85 NR Others Receiving Votes South Carolina 84, Fresno State 83, California 59, Utah 53, Cincinnati 44, Florida State 41, Michigan 36, Boston College 32, Rutgers 32, Michigan State 21, Boise State 17, Arkansas 14, North Carolina 14, Connecticut 10, Tulsa 7, UCLA 6, Oregon State 5, Mississippi State 4, Virginia 4, Arizona 3, Nebraska 2, Notre Dame 2, Hawaii 1, Washington 1.

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Harris USA Today BCS School Rnk Pts Pct. Rnk Pts Pct. A&H RB 1 Ohio State 1 2813 .9870 1 1469 .9793 25 25 2 LSU 2 2630 .9228 2 1418 .9453 21 24 3 Virginia Tech 6 2345 .8228 5 1242 .8280 22 22 4 Oklahoma 3 2520 .8842 3 1331 .8873 18 21 5 Georgia 4 2469 .8663 4 1277 .8513 20 17 6 Missouri 7 2117 .7428 7 1104 .7360 24 16 7 USC 5 2346 .8232 6 1227 .8180 17 23 8 Kansas 8 2092 .7340 8 1099 .7327 23 20 9 West Virginia 9 1924 .6751 9 1010 .6733 16 15 10 Hawaii 10 1903 .6677 10 994 .6627 14 18 11 Arizona State 12 1628 .5712 11 900 .6000 19 19 12 Florida 11 1786 .6267 12 890 .5933 15 14 13 Illinois 13 1400 .4912 13 747 .4980 13 13 14 Boston College 14 1124 .3944 14 617 .4113 12 12 15 Clemson 16 1041 .3653 16 567 .3780 7 3 16 Tennessee 19 870 .3053 18 480 .3200 11 6 17 BYU 18 912 .3200 19 462 .3080 8 7 18 Wisconsin 15 1079 .3786 15 594 .3960 3 11 19 Texas 17 983 .3449 17 498 .3320 5 0 20 Virginia 21 551 .1933 20 332 .2213 6 2 21 South Florida 24 362 .1270 25 115 .0767 10 0 22 Cincinnati 20 580 .2035 23 215 .1433 1 5 23 Auburn 23 448 .1572 21 289 .1927 2 0 24 Boise State 22 541 .1898 22 246 .1640 0 10 25 UConn 29 52 .0182 T-28 23 .0153 0 8

C omputer CM KM JS PW 21 23 22 21 25 24 24 23 24 25 25 25 18 18 23 24 23 22 19 19 22 21 20 22 14 14 17 17 16 20 21 20 20 13 15 18 12 16 18 13 17 17 13 16 19 19 14 14 7 9 8 9 15 15 16 15 11 12 12 11 9 11 9 5 10 2 3 10 0 5 0 2 4 0 0 4 8 7 10 8 13 10 11 12 6 4 4 6 2 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 6 7

Pct. Rnk .910 3 .950 2 .960 1 .800 T-6 .800 T-6 .850 4 .650 9 .810 5 .640 10 .610 12 .690 8 .620 11 .390 16 .570 13 .410 15 .350 17 .280 19 .100 24 .080 25 .290 18 .430 14 .190 T-20 .120 23 .000 NR .190 T-20

Avg. Pvs .9588 3 .9394 7 .8703 6 .8572 9 .8392 4 .7763 1 .7637 8 .7589 5 .6628 2 .6468 12 .6204 13 .6133 10 .4597 15 .4586 11 .3844 16 .3251 14 .3027 19 .2915 18 .2523 20 .2349 22 .2112 21 .1789 23 .1566 24 .1179 25 .0745 NR

USA Today Top 25 Poll

Preseason No. TEAM RECORD PTS PVS 1. Georgia (22) 0-0 1438 3 2. USC (14) 0-0 1430 2 3. Ohio State (14) 0-0 1392 4 4. Oklahoma (3) 0-0 1329 8 5. Florida (5) 0-0 1293 16 6. LSU (3) 0-0 1163 1 7. Missouri 0-0 1143 5 8. West Virginia 0-0 1008 6 9. Clemson 0-0 999 22 10. Texas 0-0 979 10 11. Auburn 0-0 888 14 12. Wisconsin 0-0 747 21 13. Kansas 0-0 714 7 14. Texas Tech 0-0 644 23 15. Virginia Tech 0-0 568 9 16. Arizona State 0-0 560 13 17. Brigham Young 0-0 547 14 18. Tennessee 0-0 506 12 19. Illinois 0-0 422 18 20. Oregon 0-0 399 24 21. South Florida 0-0 350 NR 22. Penn State 0-0 313 25 23. Wake Forest 0-0 203 NR 24. Michigan 0-0 112 19 25. Fresno State 0-0 91 NR Others Receiving Votes Alabama 83, South Carolina 64, Utah 60, Rutgers 53, Florida State 53, Boston College 47, California 41, Pittsburgh 34, Boise State 25, Oregon State 23, Nebraska 17, Cincinnati 13, Virginia 12, Connecticut 9, Michigan State 9, Mississippi State 6, Kentucky 5, Notre Dame 5, TCU 5, Maryland 4, Texas A&M 3, UCLA 3, North Carolina 3, Louisville 2, Georgia Tech 2, UCF 2, Tulsa 1, Oklahoma State 1, Arizona 1, Colorado 1.

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Alabama vs. #9 Clemson Bowden’s Best Team Ever

Alabama hasn’t won a conference title in nearly a decade, while Clemson is approaching two decades without a league crown. Yet somehow these programs from the SEC and ACC, respectively, are still considered “traditional powers.” With 16 starters back, this is easily Tommy Bowden’s best team at Clemson, while ‘Bama is still be finding its way in Nick Saban’s second year. Both have returning quarterbacks, but Clemson’s Cullen Harper has more weapons to work with than his counterpart, John Parker Lewis.

PREDICTION: Clemson 31-17 Master Insight “Alabama is a year or two away from where Clemson is this year. The Tigers have a lot of playmakers. The Tide will stay with them for three quarters, but the Clemson offense will prove to have too much firepower.” – Gene Stallings

As a matter of... FACT

Clemson scored a school record 430 points last year, averaged 400 yards per game, and committed only 12 turnovers, second fewest nationally. And for the first time in school history Clemson has a returning 1000-yard rusher and 1000yard receiver.

A-28 S-6 S-20 S-27 O-3 O-11 O-25 O-30 N-8 N-14 N-22 N-29 D-6 A-28 S-6 S-13 S-19 S-26 O-4 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-15 N-23 D-6

CINCINNATI Eastern Kentucky............ @Oklahoma.................... Miami (OH)..................... @Akron........................... @Marshall...................... Rutgers........................... @Connecticut................. South Florida.................. @West Virginia............... @Louisville..................... Pittsburgh....................... Syracuse......................... @Hawaii.........................

A-31 S-6 S-17 S-26 O-10 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-14 N-22 D-4

CONNECTICUT Hofstra............................ @Temple......................... Virginia........................... Baylor............................. @Louisville..................... @North Carolina............. @Rutgers....................... Cincinnati........................ West Virginia.................. @Syracuse..................... @South Florida............... Pittsburgh.......................

A-30 S-6 S-20 S-27 O-2 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-22 N-28 D-6

LOUISVILLE Kentucky......................... Tennessee Tech.............. Kansas State................... Connecticut.................... @Memphis..................... Middle Tennessee State.. South Florida.................. @Syracuse..................... @Pittsburgh................... Cincinnati........................ West Virginia.................. @Rutgers.......................

OPINION

So what’s not to like about the Tiger offense? Well, consider that four linemen have to be replaced, which actually may not be so bad considering QB Cullen Harper was sacked 35 times last season.

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RUTGERS Fresno State................... North Carolina................ @Navy............................ Morgan State.................. @West Virginia............... @Cincinnati.................... Connecticut.................... @Pittsburgh................... Syracuse......................... @South Florida............... Army............................... Louisville........................

BOSTON COLLEGE A-30 vs. Kent State*............... S-6 Georgia Tech.................. S-20 Central Florida................ S-27 Rhode Island.................. O-4 @N.C. State.................... O-18 Virginia Tech................... O-25 @North Carolina............. N-1 Clemson......................... N-8 Notre Dame.................... N-15 @Florida State................ N-22 @Wake Forest................ N-29 Maryland........................ *Cleveland (Cleve. Browns Stad.) CLEMSON A-30 vs. Alabama*.................. S-6 The Citadel...................... S-13 North Carolina State....... S-20 South Carolina State....... S-27 Maryland........................ O-9 @Wake Forest................ O-18 Georgia Tech.................. N-1 @Boston College............ N-8 @Florida State................ N-15 Duke............................... N-22 @Virginia........................ N-29 South Carolina................ *Atlanta (Georgia Dome) FLORIDA STATE S-6 Western Carolina............ S-13 Chattanooga................... S-20 Wake Forest.................... S-27 Colorado......................... O-4 @Miami (FL)................... O-16 @N.C. State.................... O-25 Virginia Tech................... N-1 @Georgia Tech............... N-8 Clemson......................... N-15 Boston College............... N-22 @Maryland..................... N-29 Florida............................

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SOUTH FLORIDA Tennessee-Martin........... @Central Florida............. Kansas............................ @Florida International.... @N.C. State.................... Pittsburgh....................... Syracuse......................... @Louisville..................... @Cincinnati.................... Rutgers........................... Connecticut.................... @West Virginia...............

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MARYLAND Delaware......................... @Middle Tenn.St............ California........................ Eastern Michigan............ @Clemson...................... @Virginia........................ Wake Forest.................... N.C. State....................... @Virginia Tech................ North Carolina................ Florida State................... @Boston College............

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SYRACUSE @Northwestern............... Akron.............................. Penn State...................... Northeastern................... Pittsburgh....................... @West Virginia............... @South Florida............... Louisville........................ @Rutgers....................... Connecticut.................... @Notre Dame................. @Cincinnati....................

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WEST VIRGINIA Villanova......................... @East Carolina............... @Colorado...................... Marshall.......................... Rutgers........................... Syracuse......................... Auburn............................ @Connecticut................. Cincinnati........................ @Louisville..................... @Pittsburgh................... South Florida..................

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WESTERN KENTUCKY @Indiana........................ @Eastern Kentucky......... @Alabama...................... Murray State................... @Kentucky..................... @Virginia Tech................ Ball State........................ Florida Atlantic................ North Texas.................... @Troy............................. Middle Tenn. St.............. @Florida International....

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DUKE James Madison.............. Northwestern.................. Navy............................... Virginia........................... @Georgia Tech............... Miami (FL)...................... @Vanderbilt.................... @Wake Forest................ N.C. State....................... @Clemson...................... @Virginia Tech................ North Carolina................

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NORTH CAROLINA McNeese State................ @Rutgers....................... Virginia Tech................... @Miami (FL)................... Connecticut.................... Notre Dame.................... @Virginia........................ Boston College............... Georgia Tech.................. @Maryland..................... N.C. State....................... @Duke............................

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N.C. STATE @South Carolina............. William & Mary.............. @Clemson...................... East Carolina.................. South Florida.................. Boston College............... Florida State................... @Maryland..................... @Duke............................ Wake Forest.................... @North Carolina............. Miami (FL)......................

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G I B ST A E PITTSBURGH Bowling Green................ Buffalo............................ Iowa................................ @Syracuse..................... @South Florida............... @Navy............................ Rutgers........................... @Notre Dame................. Louisville........................ @Cincinnati.................... West Virginia.................. @Connecticut.................

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Coastal Division

WAKE FOREST @Baylor.......................... Mississippi..................... @Florida State................ Navy............................... Clemson......................... @Maryland..................... @Miami (FL)................... Duke............................... Virginia........................... @N.C. State.................... Boston College............... Vanderbilt.......................

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GEORGIA TECH Jacksonville State........... @Boston College............ @Virginia Tech................ Mississippi State............ Duke............................... Gardner-Webb................ @Clemson...................... Virginia........................... Florida State................... @North Carolina............. Miami (FL)...................... @Georgia ......................

MIAMI (FL) Charleston Southern....... @Florida......................... @Texas A&M.................. North Carolina................ Florida State................... Central Florida................ @Duke............................ Wake Forest.................... @Virginia........................ Virginia Tech................... @Georgia Tech............... @N.C. State....................

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VIRGINIA USC................................ Richmond....................... @Connecticut................. @Duke............................ Maryland........................ East Carolina.................. North Carolina................ @Georgia Tech............... Miami (FL)...................... @Wake Forest................ Clemson......................... @Virginia Tech................

VIRGINIA TECH A-30 vs. East Carolina*........... S-6 Furman........................... S-13 Georgia Tech.................. S-20 @North Carolina............. S-27 @Nebraska..................... O-4 Western Kentucky.......... O-18 @Boston College............ O-25 @Florida State................ N-6 Maryland........................ N-13 @Miami (FL)................... N-22 Duke............................... N-29 Virginia........................... *Charlotte, N.C. (Bank of America Stadium)

Kentucky at Louisville

UK A Football School?

What’s happened to Louisville? A team that entered last season ranked ninth nationally with a Heisman candidate at quarterback but collapsed under new Coach Steve Kragthorpe now trudges into 2008 picked to finish near the bottom of the Big East. Hated in-state rival Kentucky, meanwhile, posted its second consecutive eight-win season, which included a victory over eventual national champion LSU. What’s it all mean? Nothing. That was last season. Then again, the Wildcats do return 15 starters, Louisville only eight. That does mean something.

PREDICTION: Kentucky 27-24 “Put Kentucky in any other conference but the SEC and they might be a darkhorse to win the conference, though they’re really going to miss quarterback Andre Woodson. Louisville appears to be in transition and in store for another tough season.” – Pat Dye

i n d e p e n d e nt s ARMY A-29 Temple............................ S-6 New Hampshire.............. S-20 Akron.............................. S-27 @Texas A&M.................. O-4 @Tulane.......................... O-11 Eastern Michigan............ O-18 @Buffalo......................... O-25 Louisiana Tech................ N-1 Air Force......................... N-8 @Rice............................. N-22 @Rutgers....................... D-6 vs. Navy*........................ *Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)

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NAVY A-30 Towson........................... S-5 @Ball State..................... S-13 @Duke............................ S-20 Rutgers........................... S-27 @Wake Forest................ O-4 @Air Force...................... O-18 Pittsburgh....................... O-25 SMU............................... N-1 Temple............................ N-15 Notre Dame.................... N-25 @Northern Illinois.......... D-6 vs. Army*....................... *Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)

S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29

NOTRE DAME San Diego State.............. Michigan......................... @Michigan State............ Purdue............................ Stanford.......................... @North Carolina............. @Washington................. Pittsburgh....................... @Boston College............ Navy............................... Syracuse......................... @USC.............................

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As a matter of... FACT

With Joker Phillips and Steve Brown as offensive and defensive coordinators, Kentucky is the first school in Southeastern Conference history to have African-Americans in those roles at the same time.

OPINION

We wonder if the SEC big wigs are embarrassed for continually being praised for their hiring of minorities. Hello….it is 2008! We folks up north just automatically assume Phillips and Brown have their jobs because they’re good at what they do.

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powerade previewS Utah at #24 Michigan Here We Go Again!

We just happened to eavesdrop on RichRod’s first meeting with his players as Michigan’s new coach:“How in the #*&$ did you &%#@$*!# lose to Ohio State four years in a row. You’re all a bunch of #$&*!#$.” Classy dude, eh? Actually, RichRod can coach, but he better get the job done quickly or they���ll run his #$&@ out of Ann Arbor in no time. Problem is, he has nothing talent-wise to run his patented spread offense. Utah, though, has the talent to run the spread, and may have its best team since the unbeaten bunch of 2004. This is no upset.

PREDICTION: Utah 31-23 Master Insight “It will be strange watching Michigan play finesse football instead of its traditional smash-mouth style. The loss to Appalachian State should keep Michigan on-guard, but it may not matter. Utah may simply be the better team.” – John Cooper

As a matter of... FACT

Utah barely lost at Michigan, 10-7, in 2003. With 16 starters back, including the offensive line and the nation’s best punter/place-kickers, it’s no surprise the Utes are only a field goal underdog.

OPINION

Utah returns all-conference players at every offensive position and returns three starters from a secondary that intercepted 17 passes last season. Repeat: This is not an upset.

North Division COLORADO A-31 vs. Colorado State*........ S-6 Eastern Washington....... S-18 West Virginia.................. S-27 @Florida State................ O-4 Texas.............................. O-11 @Kansas......................... O-18 Kansas State................... O-25 @Missouri...................... N-1 @Texas A&M.................. N-8 Iowa State...................... N-15 Oklahoma State.............. N-28 @Nebraska..................... *Denver (Invesco Field) IOWA STATE A-28 South Dakota State......... S-6 Kent State....................... S-13 @Iowa............................ S-20 @UNLV........................... O-4 Kansas............................ O-11 @Baylor.......................... O-18 Nebraska........................ O-25 Texas A&M..................... N-1 @Oklahoma State........... N-8 @Colorado...................... N-15 Missouri......................... N-22 @Kansas State............... KANSAS A-30 Florida International........ S-6 Louisiana Tech................ S-12 @South Florida............... S-20 Sam Houston State........ O-4 @Iowa State................... O-11 Colorado......................... O-18 @Oklahoma.................... O-25 Texas Tech...................... N-1 Kansas State................... N-8 @Nebraska..................... N-15 Texas.............................. N-29 vs. Missouri*.................. *Kansas City, Mo. (Arrowhead Stadium)

A-30 S-6 S-17 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

KANSAS STATE North Texas.................... Montana State................ @Louisville..................... Louisiana-Lafayette........ Texas Tech...................... @Texas A&M.................. @Colorado...................... Oklahoma....................... @Kansas......................... @Missouri...................... Nebraska........................ Iowa State......................

ILLINOIS A-30 vs. Missouri*.................. S-6 Eastern Illinois................ S-13 Louisiana-Lafayette........ S-27 @Penn State................... O-4 @Michigan..................... O-11 Minnesota....................... O-18 Indiana............................ O-25 @Wisconsin................... N-1 Iowa................................ N-8 vs. Western Michigan**. N-15 Ohio State....................... N-22 @Northwestern............... *St. Louis (Edward Jones Dome) **Detroit (Ford Field).................

BAYLOR Western Michigan.......... San Jose State................ New Mexico State........... Virginia Tech................... Missouri......................... @Texas Tech................... @Iowa State................... Baylor............................. @Oklahoma.................... Kansas............................ @Kansas State............... Colorado.........................

INDIANA Western Kentucky.......... Murray State................... Ball State........................ Michigan State................ @Minnesota................... Iowa................................ @Illinois......................... Northwestern.................. Central Michigan............ Wisconsin....................... @Penn State................... @Purdue.........................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

IOWA Maine.............................. Florida International........ Iowa State...................... @Pittsburgh................... Northwestern.................. @Michigan State............ @Indiana........................ Wisconsin....................... @Illinois......................... Penn State...................... Purdue............................ @Minnesota...................

TEXAS A-30 Florida Atlantic................ S-6 @UTEP........................... S-13 Arkansas......................... S-20 Rice................................ O-4 @Colorado...................... O-11 vs. Oklahoma*................ O-18 Missouri......................... O-25 Oklahoma State.............. N-1 @Texas Tech................... N-8 Baylor............................. N-15 @Kansas......................... N-27 Texas A&M..................... *Dallas (Cotton Bowl) TEXAS A&M A-30 Arkansas State................ S-6 @New Mexico................. S-20 Miami (FL)...................... S-27 Army............................... O-4 @Oklahoma State........... O-11 Kansas State................... O-18 Texas Tech...................... O-25 @Iowa State................... N-1 Colorado......................... N-8 Oklahoma....................... N-15 @Baylor.......................... N-27 @Texas........................... TEXAS TECH A-30 Eastern Washington....... S-6 @Nevada........................ S-13 SMU............................... S-20 Massachusetts................ O-4 @Kansas State............... O-11 Nebraska........................ O-18 @Texas A&M.................. O-25 @Kansas......................... N-1 Texas.............................. N-8 Oklahoma State.............. N-22 @Oklahoma.................... N-29 Baylor.............................

G I B 12 MISSOURI A-30 vs. Illinois*..................... S-6 SE Missouri State........... S-13 Nevada............................ S-20 Buffalo............................ O-4 @Nebraska..................... O-11 Oklahoma State.............. O-18 @Texas........................... O-25 Colorado......................... N-1 @Baylor.......................... N-8 Kansas State................... N-15 @Iowa State................... N-29 vs. Kansas**.................. *St. Louis (Edward Jones Dome) **Kansas City, Mo. (Arrowhead Stadium) NEBRASKA A-30 Western Michigan.......... S-6 San Jose State................ S-13 New Mexico State........... S-27 Virginia Tech................... O-4 Missouri......................... O-11 @Texas Tech................... O-18 @Iowa State................... O-25 Baylor............................. N-1 @Oklahoma.................... N-8 Kansas............................ N-15 @Kansas State............... N-28 Colorado.........................

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OKLAHOMA A-30 Chattanooga................... S-6 Cincinnati........................ S-13 @Washington................. S-27 TCU................................ O-4 @Baylor.......................... O-11 vs. Texas*....................... O-18 Kansas............................ O-25 @Kansas State............... N-1 Nebraska........................ N-8 @Texas A&M.................. N-22 Texas Tech...................... N-29 @Oklahoma State........... *Dallas (Cotton Bowl) OKLAHOMA STATE A-30 vs. Washington State*.... S-6 Houston.......................... S-13 Missouri State................ S-27 Troy................................ O-4 Texas A&M..................... O-11 @Missouri...................... O-18 Baylor............................. O-25 @Texas........................... N-1 Iowa State...................... N-8 @Texas Tech................... N-15 @Colorado...................... N-29 Oklahoma....................... *Seattle (Qwest Field)

MICHIGAN Utah................................ Miami (OH) @Notre Dame................. Wisconsin....................... Illinois............................. Toledo............................. @Penn State................... Michigan State................ @Purdue......................... @Minnesota................... Northwestern.................. @Ohio State...................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

NORTHWESTERN Syracuse......................... @Duke............................ Southern Illinois............. Ohio................................ @Iowa............................ Michigan State................ Purdue............................ @Indiana........................ @Minnesota................... Ohio State....................... @Michigan..................... Illinois.............................

S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

PURDUE Northern Colorado.......... Oregon............................ Central Michigan............ @Notre Dame................. Penn State...................... @Ohio State................... @Northwestern............... Minnesota....................... Michigan......................... @Michigan State............ @Iowa............................ Indiana............................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-22

MICHIGAN STATE @California..................... Eastern Michigan............ Florida Atlantic................ Notre Dame.................... @Indiana........................ Iowa................................ @Northwestern............... Ohio State....................... @Michigan..................... Wisconsin....................... Purdue............................ @Penn State...................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-22

OHIO STATE Youngstown State.......... Ohio................................ @USC............................. Troy................................ Minnesota....................... @Wisconsin................... Purdue............................ @Michigan State............ Penn State...................... @Northwestern............... @Illinois......................... Michigan.........................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

WISCONSIN Akron.............................. Marshall.......................... @Fresno State................ @Michigan..................... Ohio State....................... Penn State...................... @Iowa............................ Illinois............................. @Michigan State............ @Indiana........................ Minnesota....................... Cal Poly..........................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

MINNESOTA Northern Illinois.............. @Bowling Green............. Montana State................ Florida Atlantic................ @Ohio State................... Indiana............................ @Illinois......................... @Purdue......................... Northwestern.................. Michigan......................... @Wisconsin................... Iowa................................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-22

PENN STATE Coastal Carolina.............. Oregon State.................. @Syracuse..................... Temple............................ Illinois............................. @Purdue......................... @Wisconsin................... Michigan......................... @Ohio State................... @Iowa............................ Indiana............................ Michigan State................

G I B EN T

A-30 S-6 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

South Division A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-28

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

#19 Illinois vs. #7 Missouri

Mizzou Ready To Show You Again!

College football’s two biggest surprises last year once again open the season at a neutral location (St. Louis) in what’s become a very entertaining rivalry. Both teams came up big in 2007, with the Tigers coming within a win of playing for the national championship, and Illinois upsetting No. 1 Ohio State and going to the Rose Bowl. Look for an encore type season from Mizzou, with Heisman-contending quarterback Chase Daniel (5,000 yards of total offense last season) leading the way. Illinois also returns its standout QB, Juice Williams, but gone (to the NFL) is running back Rashard Mendenhall. Not good.

PREDICTION: Missouri 34-21 Master Insight “Ron Zook did a masterful job coaching Illinois last year, but he’ll have to find someone to fill Mendenhall’s shoes in order to make Juice Williams effective again. I don’t see it happening on opening day.” – Bill Mallory

As a matter of... FACT

Illinois is ranked in the preseason top 25 for the first time since 2002. The Illini were 3-2 against ranked teams last season and was the only team to post two wins over top five opponents (Wisconsin and Ohio State).

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OPINION

Despite the hype, Illinois is not a Big Ten title contender. Write it down: The Illini will lose their first two conference games to Penn State and Michigan, and then fall to Wisconsin and Ohio State later in the season.

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powerade SCHEDULES East Division A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 N-5 N-3 N-22 N-28 A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-21 N-28 A-28 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-11 O-18 O-28 N-4 N-13 N-21 N-28

AKRON

@Wisconsin.................... @Syracuse...................... Ball State......................... @Army............................ Cincinnati........................ @Kent State.................... Bowling Green................ @Eastern Michigan......... Toledo............................. Buffalo............................ @Ohio............................. @Temple.........................

BOWLING GREEN

@Pittsburgh.................... Minnesota....................... @Boise State................... @Wyoming..................... Eastern Michigan............ @Akron........................... Miami (OH)..................... @Northern Illinois........... Kent State....................... @Ohio............................. Buffalo............................ @Toledo..........................

BUFFALO

UTEP............................... @Pittsburgh.................... Temple............................ @Missouri....................... @Central Michigan.......... Western Michigan........... Army............................... @Ohio............................. Miami (OH)..................... @Akron........................... @Bowling Green............. Kent State.......................

West Division

MIAMI (OH)

A-28 S-6 S-13 S-20 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-4 N-11 N-21 N-28

Vanderbilt........................ @Michigan...................... Charleston Southern....... @Cincinnati..................... Temple............................ @Northern Illinois........... @Bowling Green............. Kent State....................... @Buffalo......................... Ball State......................... @Toledo.......................... Ohio................................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-21 O-28 N-8 N-22 N-28

@Wyoming..................... @Ohio State.................... Central Michigan............. @Northwestern............... VMI................................. @Western Michigan........ @Kent State.................... @Temple......................... Buffalo............................ Bowling Green................ Akron.............................. @Miami (OH)..................

A-29 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-21 N-1 N-12 N-22 N-28

@Army............................ Connecticut..................... @Buffalo......................... @Penn State................... Western Michigan........... @Miami (OH).................. @Central Michigan.......... Ohio................................ @Navy............................. @Kent State.................... Eastern Michigan............ Akron..............................

OHIO

TEMPLE

BALL STATE

A-28 Northeastern........................ S-5 Navy.................................... S-13 @Akron................................ S-20 @Indiana............................. S-27 Kent State............................ O-4 @Toledo............................... O-11 @Western Kentucky............ O-25 Eastern Michigan................. N-5 Northern Illinois................... N-11 @Miami (OH)....................... N-19 @Central Michigan.............. N-25 Western Michigan................

A-30 @Minnesota......................... S-6 @Western Michigan............ S-20 Indiana State........................ S-27 @Eastern Michigan.............. O-4 @Tennessee......................... O-11 Miami (OH).......................... O-18 Toledo.................................. O-25 Bowling Green..................... N-5 @Ball State.......................... N-12 Central Michigan.................. N-18 @Kent State......................... N-25 Navy....................................

A-28 Eastern Illinois..................... S-6 @Georgia............................. S-13 @Ohio.................................. S-20 @Purdue.............................. S-27 Buffalo................................. O-11 Temple................................. O-18 Western Michigan................ O-25 @Toledo............................... N-1 @Indiana............................. N-12 @Northern Illinois............... N-19 Ball State............................. N-28 @Eastern Michigan..............

S-6 @Arizona............................. S-13 @Eastern Michigan.............. S-20 Fresno State........................ S-27 Florida International............. O-4 Ball State............................. O-11 @Michigan........................... O-18 @Northern Illinois............... O-25 Central Michigan.................. N-5 @Akron................................ N-15 @Western Michigan............ N-21 Miami (OH).......................... N-28 Bowling Green.....................

A-28 Indiana State........................ S-6 @Michigan State................. S-13 Toledo.................................. S-20 @Maryland.......................... S-27 Northern Illinois................... O-4 @Bowling Green.................. O-11 @Army................................. O-18 Akron................................... O-25 @Ball State.......................... N-1 @Western Michigan............ N-22 @Temple.............................. N-28 Central Michigan..................

A-30 @Nebraska.......................... S-6 Northern Illinois................... S-13 @Idaho................................ S-20 Tennessee Tech................... S-27 @Temple.............................. O-4 Ohio..................................... O-11 @Buffalo.............................. O-18 @Central Michigan.............. N-1 Eastern Michigan................. N-8 vs. Illinois*.......................... N-15 Toledo.................................. N-25 @Ball State.......................... *Detroit (Ford Field)......................

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

EASTERN MICHIGAN

KENT STATE

A-30 vs. Boston College*........ S-6 @Iowa State.................... S-13 Delaware State................ S-20 @Louisiana-Lafayette...... S-27 @Ball State..................... O-4 Akron.............................. O-11 Ohio................................ O-25 @Miami (OH).................. N-1 @Bowling Green............. N-12 Temple............................ N-18 Northern Illinois.............. N-28 @Buffalo......................... *Cleveland (Cleveland Browns Stadium)

BOISE STATE

A-30 S-13 S-20 O-1 O-11 O-17 O-24 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-28

Idaho State....................... Bowling Green................. @Oregon.......................... Louisiana Tech................. @Southern Miss.............. Hawaii.............................. @San Jose State.............. @New Mexico State......... Utah State........................ @Idaho............................ @Nevada.......................... Fresno State.....................

S-1 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-25 N-1 N-7 N-15 N-21 N-28

@Rutgers......................... Wisconsin........................ @Toledo........................... @UCLA............................ Hawaii.............................. Idaho................................ @Utah State..................... @Louisiana Tech.............. Nevada............................. New Mexico State............ @San Jose State.............. @Boise State....................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-17 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-22 N-29 D-6

@Florida........................... Weber State..................... @Oregon State................. San Jose State................. @Fresno State.................. Louisiana Tech................. @Boise State.................... Nevada............................. @Utah State..................... @New Mexico State......... Idaho................................ Washington State............. Cincinnati.........................

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FRESNO STATE

HAWAII

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-15 N-22 A-30 S-6 S-20 O-1 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29 A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-7 N-15 N-22 N-29

IDAHO

@Arizona.......................... Idaho State....................... Western Michigan............ @Utah State..................... @San Diego State............ Nevada............................. @Fresno State.................. @Louisiana Tech.............. New Mexico State............ San Jose State................. Boise State....................... @Hawaii...........................

LOUISIANA TECH

Mississippi State.............. @Kansas.......................... Southeastern Louisiana... @Boise State.................... @Hawaii........................... Idaho................................ @Army............................. Fresno State..................... @San Jose State.............. Utah State........................ @New Mexico State......... Nevada.............................

NEVADA

Grambling State............... Texas Tech....................... @Missouri........................ @UNLV............................ @Idaho............................ New Mexico State............ Utah State........................ @Hawaii........................... @Fresno State.................. San Jose State................. Boise State....................... @Louisiana Tech..............

NEW MEXICO STATE

S-4 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29 A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-11 O-18 O-24 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-21 A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 O-3 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-29

Nicholls State................... @Nebraska....................... @UTEP............................. New Mexico..................... @Nevada.......................... San Jose State................. @Idaho............................ Boise State....................... Hawaii.............................. @Fresno State.................. Louisiana Tech................. @Utah State.....................

East Division

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

TOLEDO

WESTERN MICHIGAN

A-30 S-6 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-26 N-2 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29

UTAH STATE

@UNLV............................ @Oregon.......................... Utah................................. Idaho................................ BYU.................................. @San Jose State.............. @Nevada.......................... Fresno State..................... Hawaii.............................. @Boise State.................... @Louisiana Tech.............. New Mexico State............

South Carolina State.......... South Florida...................... @Boston College................ @UTEP............................... SMU................................... @Miami (FL)...................... @Tulsa............................... East Carolina...................... Southern Miss.................... @Marshall.......................... @Memphis......................... UAB....................................

EAST CAROLINA

A-30 vs. Virginia Tech*............... S-6 West Virginia...................... S-13 @Tulane............................. S-20 @N.C. State........................ S-27 Houston.............................. O-11 @Virginia............................ O-18 Memphis............................ N-2 @Central Florida................. N-8 Marshall............................. N-15 @Southern Miss................. N-22 @UAB................................. N-28 UTEP.................................. *Charlotte, N.C. (Bank of America Stadium) A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-3 O-18 O-28 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29

MARSHALL

Illinois State....................... @Wisconsin....................... Memphis............................ @Southern Miss................. @West Virginia................... Cincinnati........................... @UAB................................. Houston.............................. @East Carolina................... Central Florida.................... @Rice................................. Tulsa...................................

AIR FORCE

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-23 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

Southern Utah.................. @Wyoming....................... @Houston......................... Utah.................................. Navy................................. @San Diego State............. @UNLV............................. New Mexico...................... @Army.............................. Colorado State.................. BYU.................................. @TCU...............................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 O-3 O-11 O-16 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

Northern Iowa................... @Washington................... UCLA................................ Wyoming.......................... @Utah State...................... New Mexico...................... @TCU............................... UNLV................................ @Colorado State............... San Diego State................ @Air Force........................ @Utah...............................

BYU

COLORADO STATE

A-31 vs. Colorado*................... S-6 Sacramento State............. S-20 Houston............................ S-27 @California....................... O-4 UNLV................................ O-11 TCU.................................. O-18 @Utah............................... O-25 @San Diego State............. N-1 BYU.................................. N-8 @Air Force........................ N-15 New Mexico...................... N-22 @Wyoming....................... *Denver (Invesco Field)...............

SAN JOSE STATE

UC Davis.......................... @Nebraska....................... San Diego State............... @Stanford........................ @Hawaii........................... Utah State........................ @New Mexico State......... Boise State....................... @Idaho............................ Louisiana Tech................. @Nevada.......................... Fresno State.....................

CENTRAL FLORIDA

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-22 N-29 D-6

ARKANSAS STATE

@Texas A&M.................... Texas Southern................. Southern Miss.................. Middle Tennessee State.... @Memphis........................ Louisiana-Monroe............. @Louisiana-Lafayette........ @Alabama......................... @Florida International....... Florida Atlantic.................. @North Texas.................... @Troy...............................

FLORIDA ATLANTIC

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-30 O-7 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29

@Texas............................. UAB................................... @Michigan State............... @Minnesota...................... @Middle Tennessee State. Troy................................... @Western Kentucky.......... @Louisiana-Monroe.......... North Texas....................... Louisiana-Lafayette........... @Arkansas State............... Florida International..........

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West Division

MEMPHIS

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-2 O-10 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-22 N-29

@Mississippi...................... Rice.................................... @Marshall.......................... Nicholls State..................... Arkansas State................... @UAB................................. Louisville............................ @East Carolina................... Southern Miss.................... @SMU................................ Central Florida.................... Tulane.................................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-29

Louisiana-Lafayette............ @Auburn............................ @Arkansas State................ Marshall............................. UTEP.................................. Boise State......................... @Rice................................. @Memphis......................... UAB.................................... @Central Florida................. East Carolina...................... @SMU................................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-2 O-9 O-18 N-1 N-15 N-22 N-29

Tulsa................................... @Florida Atlantic................ @Tennessee....................... Alabama State.................... @South Carolina................ Memphis............................ @Houston.......................... Marshall............................. @Southern Miss................. @Tulane............................. East Carolina...................... @Central Florida.................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-23 N-1 N-8 N-15

TCU.................................. Texas A&M....................... Arizona............................. @Tulsa.............................. @New Mexico State.......... Wyoming.......................... @BYU San Diego State................ @Air Force........................ Utah.................................. @UNLV............................. @Colorado State...............

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

SOUTHERN MISS

UAB

NEW MEXICO

SAN DIEGO STATE

Cal Poly............................ @Notre Dame................... @San Jose State.............. Idaho................................ @TCU............................... Air Force........................... @New Mexico................... Colorado State.................. @Wyoming....................... @BYU............................... Utah.................................. UNLV................................

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

A-30 S-6 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-22 N-29 D-6

@Kansas........................... @Iowa............................... South Florida.................... @Toledo............................ @North Texas.................... Middle Tennessee State.... @Troy............................... @Louisiana-Lafayette........ Arkansas State.................. Louisiana-Monroe............. @Florida Atlantic............... Western Kentucky.............

A-30 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 D-3

@Southern Miss............... @Illinois............................ Kent State......................... @Kansas State.................. @Louisiana-Monroe.......... @North Texas.................... Arkansas State.................. Florida International.......... UTEP................................. @Florida Atlantic............... @Troy............................... Middle Tennessee State....

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

HOUSTON

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-9 O-18 O-28 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-28

Southern.......................... @Oklahoma State............ Air Force.......................... @Colorado State.............. @East Carolina................. UAB.................................. @SMU.............................. @Marshall........................ Tulane.............................. Tulsa................................ UTEP................................ @Rice..............................

A-29 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-22 N-29

SMU................................. @Memphis....................... @Vanderbilt..................... @Texas............................ North Texas...................... @Tulsa............................. Southern Miss................. @Tulane........................... @UTEP............................. Army................................ Marshall........................... Houston...........................

A-29 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-25 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-29

@Rice.............................. Texas State....................... @Texas Tech.................... TCU.................................. @Tulane........................... @Central Florida.............. Tulsa................................ Houston........................... @Navy.............................. Memphis.......................... @UTEP............................. Southern Miss.................

RICE

SMU

TCU

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-16 O-25 N-1 N-6 N-22

@New Mexico................... Stephen Austin................. Stanford............................ @SMU.............................. @Oklahoma...................... San Diego State................ @Colorado State............... BYU.................................. Wyoming.......................... @UNLV............................. @Utah............................... Air Force...........................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-13 N-22

Utah State......................... @Utah............................... @Arizona State................. Iowa State......................... Nevada.............................. @Colorado State............... Air Force........................... @BYU............................... TCU.................................. New Mexico...................... Wyoming.......................... @San Diego State.............

UNLV

LOUISIANA-MONROE

A-30 @Auburn........................... S-6 vs. Arkansas*................... S-13 Alabama A&M................... S-20 @Tulane............................ O-4 Louisiana-Lafayette........... O-11 @Arkansas State............... O-18 North Texas....................... O-25 Florida Atlantic.................. N-1 Troy................................... N-8 @Middle Tennessee State. N-15 @Mississippi..................... N-22 @Florida International....... *Little Rock, Ark. (War Memorial Stadium)

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE

A-28 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-30 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-22 D-3

Troy................................... Maryland........................... @Kentucky........................ @Arkansas State............... Florida Atlantic.................. @Florida International....... @Louisville....................... @Mississippi State........... Louisiana-Monroe............. @Western Kentucky.......... North Texas....................... @Louisiana-Lafayette........

TULANE

S-6 S-13 S-20 S-25 O-4 O-11 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29

@Alabama........................ East Carolina.................... Louisiana-Monroe............ SMU................................. Army................................ @UTEP............................. Rice.................................. @LSU............................... @Houston........................ UAB.................................. @Tulsa............................. @Memphis.......................

A-30 S-6 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-26 N-1 N-15 N-22 N-29

@UAB.............................. @North Texas................... New Mexico..................... Central Arkansas.............. Rice.................................. @SMU.............................. UTEP................................ Central Florida.................. @Arkansas....................... @Houston........................ Tulane.............................. @Marshall........................

A-28 S-6 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-28

@Buffalo.......................... Texas................................ New Mexico State............ Central Florida.................. @Southern Miss.............. Tulane ............................. @Tulsa............................. Rice.................................. @Louisiana-Lafayette....... SMU................................. @Houston........................ @East Carolina.................

TULSA

UTEP

UTAH

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-2 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-6 N-15 N-22

@Michigan........................ UNLV................................ @Utah State...................... @Air Force........................ Weber State...................... Oregon State..................... @Wyoming....................... Colorado State.................. @New Mexico................... TCU.................................. @San Diego State............. BYU..................................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-13 N-22

Ohio.................................. Air Force........................... North Dakota State........... @BYU............................... Bowling Green.................. @New Mexico................... Utah.................................. @TCU............................... San Diego State................ @Tennessee...................... @UNLV............................. Colorado State..................

WYOMING

NORTH TEXAS

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-22 N-29

@Kansas State.................. Tulsa................................. @LSU................................ @Rice............................... Florida International.......... Louisiana-Lafayette........... @Louisiana-Monroe.......... Troy................................... @Western Kentucky.......... @Florida Atlantic............... @Middle Tennessee State. Arkansas State..................

A-28 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-7 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-22 D-6

@Middle Tennessee State. @LSU................................ Alcorn State...................... @Ohio State...................... @Oklahoma State............. @Florida Atlantic............... Florida International.......... @North Texas.................... @Louisiana-Monroe.......... Western Kentucky............. Louisiana-Lafayette........... Arkansas State..................

TROY

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powerade previewS #2 USC at Virginia

Trojans Can Look Ahead To Ohio State

It’s Hollywood vs. The Wine & Cheese Crowd. It’s a strange match-up indeed, and in fact is the first meeting ever between the schools. There likely won’t be many more. USC is once again the real deal, and this year will be led by its defense, which was second-best nationally last year. Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez, injured during fall drills, is questionable but it doesn’t matter. When you consider that Virginia must replace virtually everyone on the offensive and defensive lines, well, this is gonna get ugly.

PREDICTION: USC 52-10 Master Insight “Virginia had a lot of close losses last year, so it could really use a win over a program the caliber of USC. But unless USC gets caught looking ahead to its game with Ohio State, I don’t see any way the Cavaliers can stay with them.” – George Welsh

As a matter of... FACT

In each of the last six seasons USC has accomplished the following: finished in the AP top four (national titles in 2003 and 2004), played in a BCS bowl (NCAA record), won the Pac-10 title ( league record) and won 11 games (also an NCAA record).

OPINION

Those guys are good........ .................................... .................................... .................. Really good.

East Division FLORIDA A-30 Hawaii............................. S-6 Miami (FL)...................... S-20 @Tennessee.................... S-27 Mississippi..................... O-4 @Arkansas..................... O-11 LSU................................ O-25 Kentucky......................... N-1 vs. Georgia*................... N-8 @Vanderbilt.................... N-15 South Carolina................ N-22 The Citadel...................... N-29 @Florida State................ *Jacksonville, Fla. (Municipal Stadium)

SOUTH CAROLINA N.C. State....................... @Vanderbilt.................... Georgia........................... Wofford.......................... UAB................................ @Mississippi.................. @Kentucky..................... LSU................................ Tennessee....................... Arkansas......................... @Florida......................... @Clemson......................

ARIZONA Idaho.............................. Toledo............................. @New Mexico................. @UCLA........................... Washington.................... @Stanford...................... California........................ USC................................ @Washington State........ @Oregon........................ Oregon State.................. Arizona State..................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 O-4 O-11 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-28 D-6

ARIZONA STATE Northern Arizona............ Stanford.......................... UNLV.............................. Georgia........................... @California..................... @USC............................. Oregon............................ @Oregon State............... @Washington................. Washington State........... UCLA.............................. @Arizona........................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 D-6

CALIFORNIA Michigan State................ @Washington State........ @Maryland..................... Colorado State................ Arizona State.................. @Arizona........................ UCLA.............................. Oregon............................ @USC............................. @Oregon State............... Stanford.......................... Washington....................

West Division ALABAMA A-30 vs. Clemson*.................. S-6 Tulane............................. S-13 Western Kentucky.......... S-20 @Arkansas..................... S-27 @Georgia........................ O-4 Kentucky......................... O-18 Mississippi..................... O-25 @Tennessee.................... N-1 Arkansas State................ N-8 @LSU............................. N-15 Mississippi State............ N-29 Auburn............................ *Atlanta (Georgia Dome) ARKANSAS A-30 Western Illinois.............. S-6 vs. Louisiana-Monroe*... S-13 @Texas........................... S-20 Alabama.......................... O-4 Florida............................ O-11 @Auburn........................ O-18 @Kentucky..................... O-25 Mississippi..................... N-1 Tulsa............................... N-8 @South Carolina............. N-22 @Mississippi State......... N-28 vs. LSU*......................... *Little Rock, Ark. (War Memorial Stadium) AUBURN A-30 Louisiana-Monroe.......... S-6 Southern Miss................ S-13 @Mississippi State......... S-20 LSU................................ S-27 Tennessee....................... O-4 @Vanderbilt.................... O-11 Arkansas......................... O-23 @West Virginia............... N-1 @Mississippi ................. N-8 Tennessee-Martin........... N-15 Georgia........................... N-29 @Alabama......................

KENTUCKY @Louisville..................... Norfolk State.................. Middle Tennessee State.. Western Kentucky.......... @Alabama...................... South Carolina................ Arkansas......................... @Florida......................... @Mississippi State......... Georgia........................... Vanderbilt....................... @Tennessee....................

S-1 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-22 N-29

A-28 S-4 S-13 S-20 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29

TENNESSEE @UCLA........................... UAB................................ Florida............................ @Auburn........................ Northern Illinois.............. @Georgia........................ Mississippi State............ Alabama.......................... @South Carolina............. Wyoming........................ @Vanderbilt.................... Kentucky.........................

VANDERBILT @Miami (OH)................. South Carolina................ Rice................................ @Mississippi.................. Auburn............................ @Mississippi State......... @Georgia........................ Duke............................... Florida............................ @Kentucky..................... Tennessee....................... @Wake Forest................

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A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-29

OREGON Washington.................... Utah State....................... @Purdue......................... Boise State..................... @Washington State........ @USC............................. UCLA.............................. @Arizona State............... @California..................... Stanford.......................... Arizona........................... @Oregon State...............

S-1 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-28 D-6

UCLA Tennessee....................... @BYU............................. Arizona........................... Fresno State................... Washington State........... @Oregon........................ Stanford.......................... @California..................... Oregon State.................. @Washington................. @Arizona State............... USC................................

OREGON STATE @Stanford...................... @Penn State................... Hawaii............................. USC................................ @Utah............................. Washington State........... @Washington................. Arizona State.................. @UCLA........................... California........................ @Arizona........................ Oregon............................

A-30 S-13 S-25 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-29 D-6

USC @Virginia........................ Ohio State....................... @Oregon State............... Oregon............................ Arizona State.................. @Washington State........ @Arizona........................ Washington.................... California........................ @Stanford...................... Notre Dame.................... @UCLA...........................

STANFORD Oregon State.................. @Arizona State............... @TCU............................. San Jose State................ @Washington................. @Notre Dame................. Arizona........................... @UCLA........................... Washington State........... @Oregon........................ USC................................ @California.....................

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 D-6

WASHINGTON @Oregon........................ BYU................................ Oklahoma....................... Stanford.......................... @Arizona........................ Oregon State.................. Notre Dame.................... @USC............................. Arizona State.................. UCLA.............................. @Washington State........ @California.....................

WASHINGTON STATE A-30 vs. Oklahoma State*....... S-6 California........................ S-13 @Baylor.......................... S-20 Portland State................. S-27 Oregon............................ O-4 @UCLA........................... O-11 @Oregon State............... O-18 USC................................ N-1 @Stanford...................... N-8 Arizona........................... N-15 @Arizona State............... N-22 Washington.................... N-29 @Hawaii......................... *Seattle (Qwest Field)................

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LSU A-30 Appalachian State........... S-6 Troy................................ S-13 North Texas.................... S-20 @Auburn........................ S-27 Mississippi State............ O-11 @Florida......................... O-18 @South Carolina............. O-25 Georgia........................... N-1 Tulane............................. N-8 Alabama.......................... N-22 Mississippi..................... N-28 vs. Arkansas*................. *Little Rock, Ark. (War Memorial Stadium) MISSISSIPPI A-30 Memphis........................ S-6 @Wake Forest................ S-13 Samford.......................... S-20 Vanderbilt....................... S-27 @Florida......................... O-4 South Carolina................ O-18 @Alabama...................... O-25 @Arkansas..................... N-1 Auburn............................ N-15 Louisiana-Monroe.......... N-22 @LSU............................. N-28 Mississippi State............ MISSISSIPPI STATE A-30 @Louisiana Tech............ S-6 Southeastern Louisiana.. S-13 Auburn............................ S-20 @Georgia Tech............... S-27 @LSU............................. O-11 Vanderbilt....................... O-18 @Tennessee.................... O-25 Middle Tennessee State.. N-1 Kentucky......................... N-15 @Alabama...................... N-22 Arkansas......................... N-28 @Mississippi..................

C SE

GEORGIA A-30 Georgia Southern........... S-6 Central Michigan............ S-13 @South Carolina............. S-20 @Arizona State............... S-27 Alabama.......................... O-11 Tennessee....................... O-18 Vanderbilt....................... O-25 @LSU............................. N-1 vs. Florida*..................... N-8 @Kentucky..................... N-15 @Auburn........................ N-29 Georgia Tech.................. *Jacksonville, Fla. (Municipal Stadium) A-31 S-6 S-13 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-29

A-28 S-4 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-29

A-30 S-6 S-13 S-20 O-4 O-11 O-18 O-25 N-8 N-15 N-22 D-6

A-28 S-6 S-13 S-25 O-2 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22 N-29 A-28 S-6 S-13 S-20 S-27 O-4 O-11 O-18 N-1 N-8 N-15 N-22

#18 Tennessee at UCLA

Would Be A Great Basketball Game

We’re assuming new UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel picked his team to win this one in the office pool. OK, cheap shot, but the storyline here is the coaches. Neuheisel has been given new life at his alma mater, while Tennessee’s Phil Fulmer enters yet another season on the proverbial hot seat despite winning 10 games last season. Problem is, the Vols haven’t won an SEC title since making its magical national title run a decade ago. What are the odds of that? Rick, can you help us here? By the way, all four of UT’s losses last year were on the road.

PREDICTION: UCLA 20-17 Master Insight “Once Rick Neuheisel gets a couple years under his belt the USC-UCLA rivalry will be great once again. Tennessee is no USC, so I think he’s got a chance to pull a stunner in his first game as Bruin coach.” – John Robinson

As a matter of... FACT

Though UT returns 16 starters, it lost four assistant coaches, including highly-regarded offensive coordinator David Cutliffe. Also gone is long-time starting quarterback Erik Ainge and the team’s leading tackler, linebacker Jerod Mayo.

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UCLA, meanwhile, may have to start a true freshman at quarterback, thus making this a great game in name only, even though the outcome will be close. Now if we were talking hoops. . .

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Presents

Drive To The Title 2007 final conference standings

ACC Atlantic Division

Boston College Clemson Wake Forest Florida State Maryland N.C. State

Conference W L 6 2 5 3 5 3 4 4 3 5 3 5

Overall W L 11 3 9 4 9 4 7 6 6 7 5 7

ACC Coastal Division

Virginia Tech* Virginia Georgia Tech North Carolina Miami (FL) Duke *ACC Champion

7 6 4 3 2 0

1 2 4 5 6 8

BIG EAST

West Virginia* 5 Connecticut* 5 Cincinnati 4 South Florida 4 Rutgers 3 Louisville 3 Pittsburgh 3 Syracuse 1 *Big East Co-Champions Ohio State* Illinois Michigan Wisconsin Penn State Iowa Purdue Indiana Michigan State Northwestern Minnesota *Big Ten Champion

2 2 3 3 4 4 4 6

BIG TEN 7 6 6 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 0

1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 8

BIG 12 North Division

Kansas Missouri Colorado Kansas State Nebraska Iowa State

Conference W L 7 1 7 1 4 4 3 5 2 6 2 6

BIG 12 South Division

11 9 7 4 5 1

3 4 6 8 7 11

Oklahoma* Texas Texas Tech Oklahoma State Texas A&M Baylor *Big 12 Champion

11 9 10 9 8 6 5 2

2 4 3 4 5 6 7 10

Central Florida* 7 East Carolina 6 Memphis 6 Southern Miss 5 Marshall 3 UAB 1 *Conference USA Champion

11 9 9 9 9 6 8 7 7 6 1

2 4 4 4 4 6 5 6 6 6 11

Overall W L 12 1 12 2 6 7 5 7 5 7 3 9

6 5 4 4 4 0

2 3 4 4 4 8

11 10 9 7 7 3

CONF USA East Division 1 2 2 3 5 7

10 8 7 7 3 2

CONF USA West Division

Houston Tulsa Houston Tulane Rice UTEP SMU

3 6 6 3 3 2 0

1 2 2 5 5 6 8

INDEPENDENTS

Navy Western Kentucky Army Notre Dame

W - - - -

L - - - -

3 3 4 6 6 9

4 5 6 6 9 10

4 10 8 4 3 4 1

3 4 5 8 9 8 11

W 8 7 3 3

L 5 5 9 9

MAC East Division

Bowling Green Miami (OH) Buffalo Ohio Temple Akron Kent State

Conference W L 6 2 5 2 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 1 7

MAC West Division

Central Michigan* Ball State Western Michigan Eastern Michigan Toledo Northern Illinois *MAC Champion

USC* Arizona State Oregon State Oregon UCLA Arizona California Washington State Stanford Washington *Pac-10 Champion

6 5 3 3 3 1

1 2 4 4 5 6

PAC 10 7 7 6 5 5 4 3 3 3 2

2 2 3 4 4 5 6 6 6 7

SEC East Division

Georgia Tennessee Florida Kentucky South Carolina Vanderbilt

6 6 5 3 3 2

2 2 3 5 5 6

Overall W L 8 5 6 7 5 7 6 6 4 8 4 8 3 9 8 7 5 4 5 2

6 6 7 8 7 10

11 10 9 9 6 5 7 5 4 4

2 3 4 4 7 7 6 7 8 9

11 10 9 8 6 5

2 4 4 5 6 7

SEC West Division

LSU* Auburn Arkansas Mississippi State Alabama Mississippi *SEC Champion

Conference W L 6 2 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 0 8

WAC

Hawaii* 8 Boise State 7 Fresno State 6 Nevada 4 Louisiana Tech 4 San Jose State 4 Utah State 2 New Mexico State 1 Idaho 0 *Western Athletic Champion

0 1 2 4 4 4 6 7 8

MOUNTAIN WEST

BYU* 8 Air Force 6 New Mexico 5 Utah 5 TCU 4 San Diego State 3 Wyoming 2 Colorado State 2 UNLV 1 *Mountain West Champion

0 2 3 3 4 5 6 6 7

SUN BELT

Troy 6 Florida Atlantic* 6 Louisiana-Monroe 4 Middle Tennessee State 4 Arkansas State 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 3 North Texas 1 Florida International 1 *Sun Belt Champion

1 1 3 3 4 4 6 6

Overall W L 12 2 9 4 8 5 8 5 7 6 3 9 12 10 9 6 5 5 2 4 1

1 3 4 7 7 7 10 9 11

11 9 9 9 8 4 5 3 2

2 4 4 4 5 8 7 9 10

8 8 6 5 5 3 2 1

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Rename It The Ohio HATE University

With Ken Halloy Ken halloy is the publisher of This Week In Football, with editions in the columbus, cleveland and cincinnati markets. he is also co-host of this Week in Football radio show, which airs every Sunday during the football season from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on 610 WtVn in columbus.

Struggling Ohio State enters Saturday’s game we’re made to feel ashamed for running the table, against Youngstown State having lost two of its losing another title game and finishing fifth in the only three have played in the last three games, victimized by a defense that now final poll? appears in disarray. And what about that glorious 2002 season? A BCS National Championship See how easy it is for the media to spin Ohio perfect 14-0 AND a national title. That season the the last two years. Shouldn’t there be something said for just GETTING there? State’s pleasantly surprising return to the national Buckeyes were ranked 13th entering fall drills. title game last season? Three national title games in seven years. And Guess not. There’s a word for what many Buckeye bashLet’s face it: Someone ought to just rename ers are feeling: ENVY. Fact is, our Buckeyes are it The Ohio HATE University. huge and we know how to use them. If we’re Folks, there’s a word for what many Buckeye In the aftermath of consecutive BCS National Championship blowout losses, we in bashers are feeling: ENVY. Fact is, our Buckeyes not in the national championship game again next January, we’ll be stunned. We know we’re Buckeye Nation have had more vitriol spewed are huge and we know how to use them. If that good. our way than, well, hell, I don’t know (we jourwe’re not in the national championship game I decided to start the 2008 This Week In nalists can’t come up with something clever every time. Wasn’t ‘vitriol’ and ‘spewed’ in the again next January, we’ll be stunned. We know Football publishing season on the Buckeye bandwagon for a reason. Folks, these are glorisentence impressive enough?). It’s a lot, so let’s we’re that good. ously rare times, even by Ohio State football just leave it at that. standards. And knowing that life is cyclical, a Come on folks, we’re not Notre Dame! we’re the underachievers? downturn is bound to occur. There’s no reason to hate us! We usually back up Nevertheless, the national media and fans outFor example, believe it or not, Michigan will our preseason rankings and we don’t go 15 years side of Buckeye Nation dread the thought of Ohio (and counting) between bowl wins. State making yet another trip to the BCS National beat Ohio State on the gridiron again one day, and Yeah, I know the Buckeyes were ranked No. Championship. Instead of congratulating Coach a BCS bowl game is not always a given. So, just as I advised in our first issue last year, 1 during the entire 2006 regular season before Jim Tressel for such an incredible run of success, Florida came along. But how soon you forget the the eyes of the college football world are intent on take the time to sit back and enjoy all that the good Lord (I mean Tressel) has given us. Buckeyes were supposed to be rebuilding last year focusing on the consecutive title game defeats. Go Bucks! when they entered the season ranked No. 11. Yet, Consider: Of 119 Divi-sion I football programs,

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Buckeye Game Day BREAKIN’ IT DOWN

If at first you don’t succeed. OK, if at second you don’t succeed. You know the answer. OSU OFFENSE VS. YSU DEFENSE And that’s what the 2008 edition of the Ohio State Buckeyes are doing, as Nine starters return to an Ohio State offense that is downright lethal. Saturday’s opener against Division I-AA Youngstown State begins a third conAl-Qaida couldn’t stand up to this group. secutive quest to reach the BCS National Championship. It’s cliche, but the Buckeyes can’t possibly go to the Wells once too often. With 20 starters back, including what many consider are the nation’s best Beanie, coming off a 1,600-yard rushing season and the only bright spot in the offensive and defensive players in the country, running back national title loss to LSU, can easily eclipse 2,000 yards and win Beanie Wells and linebacker James Laurinaitis, respectively, this the Heisman Trophy if Tressel gives him enough carries. very well may be eighth-year Coach Jim Tressel’s best Buckeye When his manhood was challenged last year by Tressel, team. In fact, some believe this could ultimately be Ohio State’s Wells responded by carrying the team down the stretch, espegreatest team of all-time. cially in the win over Michigan. Ohio State is ranked second or third nationally, depending Wells will run behind a line which has at least three future upon which poll you favor. Georgia is this year’s fashionable pros; tackle Alex Boone, guard Steve Rehring and center Jim pick to win it all, despite a brutal schedule, while USC once Cordle. again also has all the pieces to make a title run. YOUNgSTOWN STATE If there is one question mark on offense, it’s the psyche of But the proof is in the proverbial pudding, and there’s a Saturday August 30, 2008 second-year starting quarterback Todd Boeckman. After a fanreason they play the games. For sure, on paper there are very 12:00 p.m. EST tastic first half of the 2007 season, Boeckman faded down the few challenges on the Buckeye schedule, the least of which is Big Ten Network stretch, throwing six interceptions and losing a fumble. Youngstown State. Line: N/A As a confidence builder against YSU, look for Boeckman to For the second straight season, the Penguins will pose go deep early to another future NFL star, Brian Robiskie. nothing more than an intra-squad scrimmage. In arguably one Though all-everything freshman Terrelle Pryor is considof the most boring games ever played in the Horseshoe, the Buckeyes eased past ered the second coming of former Texas quarterback Vince Young, Boeckman YSU, 38-6, in last year’s opener. will likely never be in danger of losing his job. This is his team, and Tressel has As you’ll recall, this match-up is more about charity, staying healthy and brotherly love. Tressel gets to reward his former employer with a huge payday, made it apparent that he has complete confidence in Boeckman and that Pryor the Buckeye players promise to play nice (there was lots of hugging between the will be used mainly as a change of pace, similar to how Florida’s Tim Tebow was teams after last year’s game), and brothers Jon (YSU head coach) and Jim Heacock utilized two seasons ago as the backup to Chris Leak. Advantage: Ohio State (OSU defensive coordinator) get to enjoy a day at the ball field together.

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YSU OFFENSE VS. OSU DEFENSE

The Ohio State defense must learn to pace itself. The last two seasons the Silver Bullets came out firing, showing complete dominance. But then came the stretch run. In 2006, the Bucks gave up a combined 80 points to Michigan and Florida in the last two games, and last season collapsed against Illinois (game 10) and LSU. Why will this year be different? After all, the cast of characters is essentially the same, with team co-captains Laurinaitis and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins leading the way. And Lawrence Wilson (back after suffering a leg injury in last season’s opener), Todd Denlinger, Doug Worthington and Cameron Heyward may be the nation’s best front four. Honestly, we have no reason to believe the Bucks won’t fall apart again at crunch time, other than it’s inconceivable to think it could happen a third straight year. It can’t happen again, can it? Advantage: Ohio State

Bucksline Just like last year, Ohio State will overpower Youngstown State but the Bucks will keep the score respectable out of courtesy. OSU 38-6.

Dave Maetzold

How do you like your Penguin? Roasted? Fried? Barbequed? The challenge for Tressel will be keeping the Buckeye third-teamers from running up the score. OSU 51-3.

Bob Conners

Ohio State vs. Youngstown State? Why?

Matt McCoy

A year ago, Michigan had national championship dreams and lost its opener to a Division I-AA team. But Michigan is no Ohio State. YSU is no Appalachian State either. OSU 48-6.

John Corby

The only thing YSU has a shot at winning is the coin toss. Tress will take it easy on his old school again. All will play. OSU 50-3.

Dave Purdy

Said this last year: Nothing good can come from scheduling a I-AA football game for your home opener, even if it keeps the money in Ohio. OSU 35-6.

Larry Larson

Ohio State begins another quest for a national title with an experienced and talented team that should be mature enough to not be the least bit challenged by YSU. OSU 41-6.

Joel Riley

If OSU wins the toss, it’s no game at all. If YSU gets the first touch, it’s a game for four plays. OSU once again enjoys easing into the year. OSU 49-10.

Bill Conley

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Buckeye kicking game returns fully intact, which for the most part is good. A.J. Trapasso, a Ray Guy Award semi-finalist who averaged 41.5 yards per punt last year, begins his fourth season as a starter. Ryan Pretorious has the leg for long field goals, but has to work on getting more height on his kicks. He had four field goals blocked last year, which is completely unacceptable. Ohio State ranked 117th nationally in kickoff returns last year, and Tressel has emphasized the need for improvement. With speedsters Brandon

Members of 610WTVN Radio in Columbus offer their predictions and comments on the Ohio State game.

Saine, Ray Small and Maurice Wells on the job, it’s reasonable to think things will get better. Advantage: Ohio State

INTANGIBLES

The Buckeyes have lost two of their last three games, and consecutive national title losses have made the team a punch line to those living outside

Buckeye Nation. We expect to see a team with a nasty attitude every week.

THE WAY WE SEE IT

An easy Buckeye victory. A very boring, easy Buckeye victory. Advantage: Ohio State

OHIO STATE 45-7

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Just eight starters return for a Mount Union team that finished 14-1, won its 16th consecutive OAC title and played in the last three Stagg Bowl national championships. Rebuilding project? Nah, reload is more like it as the Purple Raiders return the conference’s best quarterback in Greg Micheli, a three-year letterwinner who’s led MU in each of those three title games. He along with 1,700-yard rusher of a year ago, Nate Kmic, look to lead the Purple Raiders to its six national championship in eight seasons.

PREDICTION: Mount Union 15-0, NCAA Division III National Champion

OAC featured PLAYER of the week

Greg Micheli Mount Union

Position: Quarterback Ht: 6-3, Wt: 203 Grade: Senior Noteworthy: Micheli passed for 3,515 yards, 34 touchdowns and just six interceptions in leading the Purple Raiders to a 14-1 record and an appearance in the Stagg Bowl national championship in 2007. He was named first team All-OAC and was awarded the OAC Mike Gregory Award as the conference’s top offensive back last year. Micheli was also named the 2006 Stagg Bowl national championship MVP after completing a title game record .818 percent of his passes.

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PANTHER PREVIEW

Ohio Dominican vs Marian National Title Quest Begins

National title hopes are alive at Ohio Dominican. Ranked No. 5 in the NAIA preseason poll and coming off a 12-1 season, record-setting quarterback Chris Reisert and the Panthers have their eyes set on consecutive Mideast League titles and a run at the national championship. Reisert and the high-flying Panther offense look to pounce on victim No. 1 of the 2008 season, Marian College, which ODU beat 62-17 in Columbus last year during the Knights first-ever football season.

Prediction: Ohio Dominican 56-14 featured pANTHER of the week

Chris Reisert QUARTERBACK

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Ht: 6-1, Wt: 210 Grade: Senior Noteworthy: In 2007, Reisert led the nation in total offense with 5,464 yards and passed for 5,434, third all-time amongst all college football divisions. He also led all of college football last year with 54 touchdown passes and set 10 Mideast League records. For all his efforts in 2007, Reisert was named the Mideast League Offensive Player of the Year.

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This Week’s Question:

Will Ohio State Win the National Championship?

Presents This Ohio State team is truly built to win the national championship. While it was certainly a treat to watch OSU play for it all last year, following the Buckeyes this year will be even more enjoyable because they’re a year older and wiser. Senior quarterback Todd Boeckman has been to two national championship games, starting one. Ditto for four of the five on the offensive line, three of whom are seniors, and who’ll pave the way for Heisman contender Chris Wells. And there’s a theory that championships are won with defense. If that’s the case, OSU is looking very good. The ‘D loses just two starters from a group that allowed a nation’s best 12.8 points a game last year. Seniors James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins anchor what could be the best defense in Buckeye history. Still, naysayers will argue the Buckeyes lack the necessary speed to close the deal.

The combatants

YES

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They’re fast enough to beat fellow Big Ten foes, but a step too slow to take on the likes of Georgia and Florida. Lack of speed hasn’t been the problem. Rather poor game planning by the coaches have doomed the Buckeyes in the last two title games. I highly doubt Coach Jim Tressel will be out-coached in a third straight BCS National Championship.

YES

Give me one good reason Ohio State won’t win the national championship. Oh, shut up. You have no idea what you’re talking about. There’s no way Ohio State is going to lose three straight national title games. No way. Yes, it’s a given the Buckeyes will be in South Beach in early January. With 20 starters returning, including the best offensive (running back Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells) and defensive (linebacker James Laurinaitis) players in the

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country, and a schedule with minimal challenges, a one-loss regular season is an absolute worst-case scenario. And that, my dear friends, is good enough to get back to the big game. The Buckeyes can clinch a berth in the BCS National Championship with a win over USC in mid-September. Wisconsin will pose a mild scare a few weeks later but that will be all the drama we’ll see before Thanksgiving. I’m serious. There’s only one compelling argument against Ohio State winning the national title. The Southeastern Conference. Specifically. . . Florida. Though Georgia is this year’s SEC media darling, the Gators, with returning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, are the team to beat. I admit it. But what kind of competitive arguer would I be if I conceded that Ohio State can’t win the national title because it’s lost the last two title games to SEC teams and is 0-9 all-time against that conference in bowls? Sorry, can’t go there.

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Will Ohio State Win the National Championship?

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“USC, Wisconsin and Illinois will be tough road games, but the Buckeyes will ultimately prevail in every game because 20 starters return and this team is so strong. Amongst all the title contenders, Ohio State has the fewest weaknesses.” Shaun Richards Columbus “Ohio State certainly has the talent. All the Buckeyes need is teamwork, desire and execution to finish the deal. This will be an exciting year for Buckeye fans, and if OSU doesn’t win it all, then something is wrong!” Paula Graham Columbus “The third time will be the charm!” Todd Karas Columbus

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“Ohio State won’t even get invited. The BCS doesn’t want to see OSU lose the national championship three years in a row.” Steve Barnard Columbus “Ohio State will ride into the title game unbeaten. Coach Tressel just needs to figure out how to not fold in the big game. I’m sure he’ll come up with a great game plan this year!” Tom Jones Columbus “Ohio State won’t beat USC and that’ll keep the Buckeyes out of the national title picture.” Bobby Burgess Columbus

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NFL Update

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BUFFALO BILLS

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I’m not about to suggest that is a year older and a step slower, but up, you have to favor the Cincinnati Bengals are going to if he can stay healthy and Johnson Pittsburgh yet again. Love shock the NFL world by winning and Henry can tow Coach Marvin ‘em or hate ‘em, and in the AFC North and making a deep Lewis’ line for once, then this offense these parts we know the playoff run. could be explosive behind the always- sentiment is the latter, you However, there is something to steady quarterback Carson Palmer. have to appreciate how be said for entering a season under I realize that’s three big ‘ifs,’ but this franchise manages to everyone’s radar. Not only are the you never know. field a playoff contender Bengals under the radar, they’re Defensively, the jury is out. virtually every year. predicted by some media It truly wouldn’t types (including a couple surprise me to see the in the Queen City) to be Not only are the Bengals under the Steelers win the Super one of the league’s worst Bowl for the second time radar, they’re predicted by some teams. It’s a foregone conin four years. media types (including a couple clusion, many say, that As nauseous as the in the Queen City) to be one of the thought may be to you, the Bengals will be battling for third place in the would you rather see league’s worst teams. It’s a foredivision. Browns in the Super gone conclusion, many say, that the the That may in fact prove Bowl? Good question, Bengals will be battling for third to be the case, but I’m eh? not so sure. Despite all Bengal fans want to place in the division. the off-season drama with believe Cleveland’s rise receivers Chad Johnson last season was a mere History dictates that great defense and Chris Henry, the fact is that the wins games, so the uncertainty of the aberration and that quarterback Bengals enter the season with a full Bengal defense means every game is Derek Anderson will prove to be a complement of offensive weapons. one-year wonder. a toss-up at best. Sure, running back Rudi Johnson Don’t bet on it. For the second As for how the AFC North shapes

Dave lapham is in his 23nd season as color analyst on the cincinnati Bengals radio network and co-hosts Bengals Breakdown on WlWt channel 5 during the nFl season. the former Bengal standout guard (1974-83) also provides color commentary for the Big 12 national Game of the Week on Fox Sports net.

straight off-season, Browns General Manager Phil Savage picked up some key personnel on both sides of the ball, and it can’t be disputed that the Browns are a legitimate playoff contender. The Steelers may win the division again, but the Browns will be in the hunt for a wild card. Baltimore? After winning 13 games two short seasons ago, the Ravens have fallen into disarray and are rebuilding. And so again, just where does that leave our Bengals? I’ll close with a cliché: Let’s just take things one week at a time.

IN THE ZONE

With “The Roadman” Kenny Roda

Taking Inventory Of What It Takes To Win Well Clevelanders, we’ve got expectations! I’m not talking Cavaliers or Indians. It’s the Browns! You already knew that, having witnessed the Brownies knock out a 10-6 record last year and barely miss the playoffs. And so everybody in the media is joining the Browns bandwagon. Yours truly included. Indeed, the Browns are headed in the right direction with General Manager Phil Savage manning the ship and Coach Romeo Crennel keeping all the sailors in order. So let’s inventory what needs to go right for the season to be filled with more highlights than lowlights.

STAY HEALTHY

First and foremost, this team must stay virtually injury free. OK, it’s impossible for any NFL team to remain 100 percent healthy all season, but keeping injuries to a minimum is key, especially for a team with Cleveland’s depth, or lackthere-of. When I consider the Browns’ starting units, I get the sense that they can play with any other NFL front line. The backups? Not so much. One area that really jumps out at me is the PLAY PIGSKIN PICKS! www.TWIFonline.com

secondary, where the Browns have already lost reserve cornerback Daven Holley for the season to a knee injury. And they traded Leigh Bodden to Detroit. Moreover, starting safety Brodney Pool recently suffered his third career concussion and it’s unknown when he’ll be completely “there” again. Another concern is running back where the Browns seem content with back-ups Jerome Harrison and Jason Wright. I don’t think either is experienced enough to fill the shoes of Jamal Lewis if the veteran standout goes down.

STOP THE RUN

Savage went all-out to finally oil the squeak that’s been driving Browns fans bananas. Imported from Detroit via trade was a large human being, end Shaun Rogers, to shore up last year’s glaring weakness. Savage also added tackle Corey Williams, who many consider a rising star, except for Green Bay which traded him for a second round draft pick. So if the Browns defense truly has playoffs in mind, it better start holding the opponent’s top back under 100 rushing yards, especially late in

Kenny Roda

Kenny “the roadman” roda brings a real sports perspective to real sports fans as he leads his “road crew” every afternoon with the best sports talk in town on WKnr radio. he was also named cleveland’s Best Sports talker in Scene Magazine’s 2006 Best of cleveland issue.

the season when the weather is crummy and passing is about as wise as swimming in Lake Erie.

PROTECT THE BALL

It’s so cliché but so true. Consider quarterback Derek Anderson’s tale of two seasons in 2007. He passed for 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions during the first nine games before coming back to Earth in the final seven, connecting for nine TDs and suffering 10 picks. Either the league caught up to Anderson or Anderson got careless. Either way it’s not good. Anderson has a gun-slinger mentality, wanting to score on every snap. That’s a blessing and a curse. Let’s hope he’s more of the former this season as the Browns make a big push for the playoffs.

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Cats & Dawgs GREGG DOYEL

Kenny Roda

Gregg Doyel talks sports six days a week on 1530 HOMER and 700 WLW in Cincinnati, and writes about sports daily for CBS Sports.com. He has written two books on topics that are immaterial to the focus of this fine magazine.

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“The Roadman” brings a real sports perspective to real sports fans as he leads his “Road Crew” every afternoon with the best sports talk on WKNR Radio, and was named Cleveland’s Best Sports Talker in Scene Magazine’s 2006 Best of Cleveland issue.

season outlook

Chris Perry gets hurt, Chris Henry gets arrested, Chad Johnson gets stupid. Oh, and Marvin Lewis gets fired.

steelers

The Browns will continue to improve from barely missing the playoffs. They could have a worse record but be a better team because of the difficult schedule they’ll face. They’re a playoff team.

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Until someone pries the playoffs from the Rooney family’s dead cold fingers, the Steelers are the pick to win the AFC North. Every year. Forever.

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Cleveland, at 9-7, wins the division on the third tiebreaker - record versus AFC opponents. The Steelers are probably better but face San Diego and New England. Cleveland doesn’t.

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Who knows more about the NFL — The Bengals media or the Browns media? Let’s find out as Gregg Doyel and Kenny Roda go at it like Cats and Dawgs all season long.

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The Colts have too many issues and the Chargers have too many injuries, which means the Patriots will win too many games and get back to the Super Bowl.

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If healthy, this is the team to beat. Peyton Manning, Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney and the emergence of wideout Anthony Gonzalez are all reasons this team is headed to Arizona for Super Bowl XLII.

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The Saints made massive improvements to their defense, and their offense was never a problem with Drew Brees, Deuce McAllister and Reggie Kardashian.

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If Brett Favre was still in Green Bay, I might’ve picked them. Hands down, though, Dallas is the most talented team in the conference with all their high risk/ high reward players.

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saints Destiny wants the Saints to win. Or maybe destiny just doesn’t want the Patriots to win. Or maybe that’s just me. In any event, Ain’ts win the whole thing.

colts Archie Manning is loving life as his boys sweep the last three Super Bowl titles.

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Browns Game Day

Scouting Report: Season Outlook

by marty gItlin

Better Team Meets Tougher Schedule weren’t dreaming. The Cleveland Browns You really did win 10 games last season. Maybe hell actually can freeze over.

After all, it had been 13 years since the Orange and Brown reached double figures in wins. But one would be wise to be a bit leery about their prospects in 2008. Why? Because as friendly as the schedule was last season, it is that brutal this season. Because one can only speculate whether quarterback Derek Anderson is a one-hit wonder or a classic for the ages. Because despite the additions of Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams to the defensive line, it remains to be seen if the Browns have vastly improved a run defense that had more holes than a fishing net last season. Long-suffering Cleveland sports fans have latched on to any reason for optimism. Arguably the premier offensive line in the AFC, explosive skill position players and the possible rescue of the defensive front by Rogers and Williams do provide legitimate hope, which is better than what Browns fans have had since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999.

OFFENSE

It’s quite simple, really. If Anderson repeats or improves his performance of a year ago, the Browns could score 27-30 points a game. If he proves to have been a one-season flash, backup Brady Quinn better be as good as advertised. Anderson should have plenty of time to throw. The drafting of All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas and signing of free agent guard Eric Steinbach in 2007 elevated the offensive line from dreadful to brilliant in one season. And, boy does Anderson have some targets. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he contributed 80 catches and franchise records of 1,289 receiving yards and 16 touchdown grabs. With Edwards, tight end Kellen Winslow gave the team its first-ever 1,000yard receiving tandem. What the Browns were missing last year, however, was a receiver who could stretch defenses. So they added Donte Stallworth, whose talents should prevent opponents from double-teaming Edwards without impunity. Third receiver Joe Jurevicius will miss at least the first six games of the regular 28

season as he recovers from knee surgery, but he should provide steady mid-range pass-catching ability upon his return. Speaking of health, bulldozer back Jamal Lewis better maintain his. It seemed the only two men who believed Lewis wasn’t heading into the career sunset before last season was Lewis and General Manager Phil Savage. He proved to be as effective and intense as ever, running over and around defenders for 1,304 yards in just over 14 games in what could very well have been a Pro Bowl season. Though backups Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison have both shown flashes of effectiveness, the Browns would suffer greatly if Lewis was sidelined. And, oh yes, Lawrence Vickers is among the top blocking backs in the NFL.

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veteran Andra Davis, who must prove he hasn’t reached the downside of his career. The addition of Rogers came at a price. That is, Leigh Bodden, who tied for fifth in the NFL with six interceptions last season and had been the team’s steadiest cornerback. That leaves secondyear players Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald as the starters. Wright was often torched deep in 2007, but has tremendous potential. McDonald was quite the surprise a year ago as the nickel back, but it remains to be seen if he can handle the starting job. The Browns’ premier defensive back is safety Sean Jones, whom some are touting as a Pro Bowl candidate. Brodney Pool is also a capable safety, but the Browns lack depth in the secondary. They did add veteran cornerbacks Terry Cousin and Travis Daniels during the off-season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Mention the name Josh Cribbs and special teams players throughout the NFL cringe. The former Kent State quarterback has developed into the most feared kick returner this side of Devin Hester. Cribbs not only led the Browns with 23 special teams tackles, but also set a team record with 1,809 yards on kickoff returns and added two touchdowns. Underrated place-kicker Phil Dawson enjoyed his most productive season in 2007, nailing 26-of30 field goal attempts and scoring a career-high 120 points. The lone disappointment was usually reliable punter Dave Zastudil, who suffered a back injury early last year and never regained his rhythm.

This is where it gets a little dicey. The run defense Browns Coach has been like a sieve for Romeo Crennel nearly a decade. And though the Browns tighten up a bit in the red zone, a weak pass rush and mediocre secondary has allowed the better quarterbacks to shred them through the air. Enter Rogers and Williams. The former should clog things up from his nose tackle spot in the 3-4 to give a decent corps of linebackers room to roam. Williams also represents a clear upgrade on both the pass and run defense. That pair will key a four-man rotation along the defensive line that also features Shaun Smith and Robaire Smith, who have shown flashes and could emerge as effective linemen with the help of Rogers and Williams. The Browns need outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to play like the rookie who took the NFL by storm with 11 sacks in 2006 rather than the guy who suffered through a miserable sophomore slump. Inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson made plenty of tackles last season – mostly after long Browns Quarterback Derek Anderson gains. He will play alongside

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MARTY MAKES THE CALL!

A far superior schedule will force the Browns to improve dramatically to simply match last year’s record. And that means Anderson must cut down on interceptions while remaining at least equally effective in other aspects of his game. Fortunately for the Browns, archrival Pittsburgh also faces a rugged schedule. That means nine wins could be enough to win the AFC North – something the Browns are certainly capable of accomplishing.

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second in the afc north Not in the playoffs

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Bengals Game Day

Scouting Report: Season Outlook

by mArty gitlin marty MAKES CALL

Soap Opera Season Begins

7-9, third in the AFC North

The Bengals are spinning their wheels. A far tougher schedule should offset any defensive improvement and push this team to the outside looking in again when the playoffs begin. The return of a healthy and effective Rudi Johnson to team with Kenny Watson in the backfield will allow one of the most feared passing games in the NFL to shred opposing defenses. But it’s unlikely that Cincinnati will display the ability to hold the better offenses down.

The Bengals should be feaThe Bengals are simply tured on TV every weekday loaded at wide receiver. Though afternoon – just like all the Chad Johnson is a distraction other soap operas. and has been accused of caring The continuing saga of As more about his own statistics The Bengals Turn, which has and reputation than achieving been fraught with more conteam goals, one can’t argue with frontations with the law than his production. He snagged 93 an episode of Dragnet, added passes for 1,440 yards and eight a new chapter during the offtouchdowns in 2007. season. And that was the trade Yet Johnson is no longer Brooks missed nearly the entire year with a groin demand of All-Pro receiver the premier receiver on his own injury and could help significantly if he remains Chad Johnson. team. That distinction belongs healthy. The secondary improved as last season proJohnson was asking out of to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who gressed, but the loss of free agent Madieu Williams the final four years of a six-year shared the NFL lead last seawon’t help. That leaves Marvin White and Dexter contract extension he signed son with 112 receptions and in 2006. He didn’t hold out, added 12 touchdowns in earn- Jackson as the starting safeties. White showed promhowever, and an uneasy truce ing a ticket to the Pro Bowl. ise as a rookie, but Jackson appears to have slowed down heading into his allowed the team to prepare The Bengals also 10th season. for the regular season with Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis brought back Veteran Johnathan fewer distractions. Johnson the talented, Joseph and second-year was sidelined with a minor shoulder injury in mid- but troubled, Chris Henry to proplayer Leon Hall will August, but is expected to be ready for the opener at vide depth as the third receiver (once man the starting corBaltimore. his four-game suspension expires). nerback spots, leaving Though the off-the-field problems change year- The addition of free agent tight end Deltha O’Neal at nickel to-year for the Bengals, the on-the-field problems Ben Utecht should also help, though back, that is if he accepts remain the same. That is, a porous defense which Reggie Kelly remains the starter. the role, considering he yielded 30.5 points per game as Cincinnati lost six Injuries to starting tackles Willie is heading into a conof its first eight in 2007. Anderson and Levi Jones curtailed the tract year. The second half did provide optimism as the effectiveness of the offensive line last Adding depth to Bengals won five of eight and gave up just 18.9 season. They will team up with centhe secondary is secondpoints a game. But a schedule featuring 11 oppo- ter Eric Ghiaciuc and guards Andrew year pro Chinedum nents that finished .500 or better last year leaves Whitworth and Bobbie Williams to Ndukwe. little room for error this season. form an effective quintet. Tackle Stacy The Bengals are Andrews is also in the mix for a starttrying to stock up on ing spot. OFFENSE young, talented defendWhat happened to Rudi Johnson? One of the ers. In fact, they could DEFENSE steadiest and most effective backs in the NFL in end up starting up to 10 Opposing quarterbacks felt a bit recent seasons was neither in 2007. He rushed for players with less than 5,100 yards and 45 touchdowns from 2003 to 2006, too comfortable in the pocket last seasix years of NFL experibut managed just 497 yards and three scores a year son. In fact, they could have enjoyed Bengals Linebacker Dhani Jones ence. If they continue short coffee breaks before firing away. ago. He was limited to a meager 2.9 yards a carry. the progress made during the last half of the 2007 The Bengals managed just Johnson did miss five season, they could finally perform well enough to 22 sacks in 2007, which is why games with a hamstring injury contribute to a winning team. they signed free agent defenand rushed infrequently in othsive end Antwan Odom, who ers, which gave Kenny Watson SPECIAL TEAMS will team up with the talented the opportunity to emerge Don’t blame place-kicker Shayne Graham or Robert Geathers to form what as the feature back. Watson punter Kyle Larson for the Bengals’ recent problems. is potentially a strong passrushed for 763 yards and seven rushing duo from the outside. Graham sent 31-of-34 field goal attempts through touchdowns and added 52 The inside will be manned by the uprights last season and boasts an 88 percent receptions. tackles Domata Peko and John conversion rate since 2003. Larson drilled 21 punts The Cincinnati ground inside the 20 a year ago and placed only three in the Thornton. game will be deep and effecIt remains to be seen if end zone for touchbacks. That brought his average tive if Johnson returns to form, first-round draft pick Keith down to 41.3 yards a punt. which is good news for one Then there’s the return game, which is quite Rivers can make an immediate of the most explosive aerial another story. The Bengals finished last in the NFL impact at linebacker. He’s curattacks in football. Despite his in 2007 with an average of 4.9 yards a punt return. rently not listed as the starter. team’s struggles, quarterback The best of the bunch is middle They also ranked in the bottom half of the league in Carson Palmer threw for more linebacker Dhani Jones, who punt and kickoff return coverage. than 4,000 yards for the secKick returner Glen Holt was inconsistent, racwas second on the team in ond consecutive season, but ing for a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown against tackles in 2007, and third-year did toss a disturbing 20 interplayer Rashad Jeanty, who will Buffalo, but also fumbling twice. O’Neal is a steady ceptions to accompany his 26 Bengals Wide Receiver Chad Johnson start at the strong side. Ahmad punt returner. touchdown passes. PLAY PIGSKIN PICKS! www.TWIFonline.com

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CENTRAL CROSSING (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Pickerington North . . . . .12-14 @Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Coffman. . . . . . . . . . Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hilliard Davidson . . . . . . . . . . @Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . @Worthington Kilbourne . . . . Thomas Worthington . . . . . . . @Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

DUBLIN COFFMAN (1-0)

@Olentangy Liberty . . . . .10-7 Lima Senior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Westerville Central . . . . . . . Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . . @Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Worthington . . . . . . . @Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . Hilliard Davidson . . . . . . . . . . @Worthington Kilbourne . . . . Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . . .

GAHANNA LINCOLN (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-6 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Mifflin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-0 @Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . Glenville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Pickerington Central . . . . . . Pickerington North . . . . . . . . . @Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reynoldsburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Groveport-Madison. . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . .0-27 @Worthington Kilbourne . . . . @Hilliard Davidson. . . . . . . . . @Reynoldsburg . . . . . . . . . . . Groveport-Madison . . . . . . . . @Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . . @Pickerington Central . . . . . . Pickerington North . . . . . . . . .

GROVE CITY (0-1)

GROVEPORT-MADISON (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

vs. Wor. Kilbourne . . . . .25-35 @Marysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . Pickerington North . . . . . . . . . @Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Pickerington Central . . . . . . Reynoldsburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Buckeye Valley . . . . . .17-14 @Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . . . @Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . . @Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Alder . . . . . . . . . . . . New Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy Orange . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

HAYES (1-0)

HILLIARD DARBY (1-0)

Marietta . . . . . . . . . . . . .53-14 @Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Worthington Kilbourne. . . . . . @Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . . . Dublin Coffman . . . . . . . . . . . @Thomas Worthington . . . . . Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hilliard Davidson. . . . . . . . .

HILLIARD DAVIDSON (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Westerville South . . . . .35-0 Brookhaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Thomas Worthington . . . . . @Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . Worthington Kilbourne. . . . . . @Dublin Coffman. . . . . . . . . . @Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Logan . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-35 H.D. Woodson (D.C.) . . . . . . . Columbus Independence . . . . @Pickerington Central . . . . . . Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . . Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Reynoldsburg . . . . . . . . . . . Pickerington North . . . . . . . . . Groveport-Madison . . . . . . . . @Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

LANCASTER (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

MARION HARDING (0-1)

Marysville. . . . . . . . . . . . .0-41 Elyria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Mansfield Senior . . . . . . . . . St. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Admiral King . . . . . . . . . . . . Findlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Napoleon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fremont Ross . . . . . . . . . . . @Sandusky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lima Senior . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MARYSVILLE (1-0)

@Marion Harding . . . . . . .41-0 Groveport-Madison . . . . . . . . @Bellefontaine . . . . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westerville Central . . . . . . . . . @Westerville South . . . . . . . . Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . . . Westerville North . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . .

MOUNT VERNON (0-1)

@Lexington . . . . . . . . . . .7-49 Wooster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mansfield Madison. . . . . . . . . Olentangy Orange . . . . . . . . . @Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . Dunbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @New Albany. . . . . . . . . . . . .

NEWARK (0-1)

Zanesville . . . . . . . . . . . .14-30 Dunbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Thomas Worthington . . . . . @Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . Reynoldsburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Groveport-Madison. . . . . . . @Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pickerington Central. . . . . . . . @Pickerington North . . . . . . . Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

OLENTANGY (1-0)

A-22 @Thomas Worthington .26-21 A-29 Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-5 Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-12 Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-19 @Marysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-26 vs. Olentangy Liberty* . . . . . . O-3 Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . . . O-10 @Westerville Central . . . . . . . O-17 Westerville South . . . . . . . . . . O-24 @Westerville North . . . . . . . . *Columbus (Crew Stadium)

division II PICKERINGTON CENTRAL (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Upper Arlington . . . . . .23-6 @Springfield North . . . . . . . . Westerville North . . . . . . . . . . Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Pickerington North . . . . . . . Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . . Groveport-Madison . . . . . . . . @Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Reynoldsburg . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Central Crossing . . . . .14-12 Logan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mifflin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Groveport-Madison. . . . . . . Pickerington Central. . . . . . . . Reynoldsburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . @Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . .0-28 @Lebanon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bishop Watterson . . . . . . . . Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Pickerington North . . . . . . . Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Groveport-Madison. . . . . . . @Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . Pickerington Central. . . . . . . .

PICKERINGTON NORTH (1-0)

REYNOLDSBURG (0-1)

THOMAS WORTHINGTON (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . .21-26 Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . . . Newark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . Hilliard Davidson . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Coffman. . . . . . . . . . @Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . Worthington Kilbourne. . . . . .

UPPER ARLINGTON (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Pickerington Central. . . . .6-23 Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . . . . . . @Findlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Worthington . . . . . . . @Worthington Kilbourne . . . . @Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . . @Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hilliard Davidson . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Coffman. . . . . . . . . .

WESTERVILLE CENTRAL (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . .2-31 @New Albany. . . . . . . . . . . . . Dublin Coffman . . . . . . . . . . . @Westerville South . . . . . . . . Westerville North . . . . . . . . . . @Marysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . . .

WESTERVILLE NORTH (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

New Albany . . . . . . . . . .34-17 @Marion-Franklin. . . . . . . . . . @Pickerington Central . . . . . . Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . . . @Westerville Central . . . . . . . Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . Westerville South . . . . . . . . . . @Marysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Hilliard Davidson . . . . . . .0-35 Bishop Watterson . . . . . . . . . @Clayton Northmont . . . . . . . Westerville Central . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . Marysville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Westerville North . . . . . . . . @Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-30 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Watkins Memorial . . . . . .7-28 John Marshall . . . . . . . . . . . . @Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . @Hilliard Davidson. . . . . . . . . Dublin Coffman . . . . . . . . . . . @Worthington Kilbourne . . . . Thomas Worthington . . . . . . . Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . . . @Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

BISHOP WATTERSON (0-1)

@Willoughby South . . . .23-29 @Westerville South . . . . . . . . Reynoldsburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Winton Woods . . . . . . . . . . Benedictine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steubenville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Francis DeSales . . . . . . . . De La Salle Collegiate (Mich.) @St. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Cardinal Mooney . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . .6-41 Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . . . @Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . . @Columbus Independence . . South Urban Academy . . . . . . @Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . @Marion-Franklin. . . . . . . . . . Africentric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus West . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Bishop Hartley . . . . . . .6-63 Africentric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Crusaders . . . . . @Mifflin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brookhaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus East . . . . . . . . . . Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Linden McKinley . . . . . . . . . Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WESTLAND (0-1)

WOR. KILBOURNE (1-0)

vs. Groveport-Madison .35-25 Grove City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . . @Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . Upper Arlington . . . . . . . . . . . Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hilliard Davidson. . . . . . . . . Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . . Dublin Coffman . . . . . . . . . . . @Thomas Worthington . . . . .

@Whitehall-Yearling. . . . .42-0 @Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . @St. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linden McKinley . . . . . . . . . . Mifflin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus East . . . . . . . . . . . . @Brookhaven. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-11 O-17 O-25

WESTERVILLE SOUTH (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

BEECHCROFT (1-0)

BRIGGS (0-1)

CENTENNIAL (0-1)

COLUMBUS INDEPENDENCE (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Harvest Preparatory . .52-26 Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @South Urban Academy . . . . Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Africentric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus West . . . . . . . . . Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . . Marion-Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

COLUMBUS WEST (0-1)

@Paint Valley . . . . . . . . .32-41 Columbus East . . . . . . . . . . . . @Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . Africentric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Marion-Franklin. . . . . . . . . . Columbus Independence . . . . @South Urban Academy . . . . @Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

DUBLIN JEROME (1-0)

@Reynoldsburg . . . . . . . .28-0 Hilliard Darby . . . . . . . . . . . . . Groveport-Madison . . . . . . . . @Westerville North . . . . . . . . Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . . . Westerville South . . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Marysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Westerville Central . . . . . . .

DUBLIN SCIOTO (1-0)

@Grove City . . . . . . . . . . .27-0 Toledo Central Catholic . . . . . Worthington Kilbourne. . . . . . @Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westerville South . . . . . . . . . . @Westerville North . . . . . . . . @Westerville Central . . . . . . . Olentangy Liberty . . . . . . . . . . @Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . Marysville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

FRANKLIN HEIGHTS (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Bishop Ready . . . . . . . . . .0-47 @Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus West . . . . . . . . . . . Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Waverly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . New Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy Orange . . . . . . . . Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . . @Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . .

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Madison Plains . . . . . . .17-7 @Johnstown Northridge . . . . Logan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . Bloom-Carroll. . . . . . . . . . . . . Logan Elm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . . . Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . . . @Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . .

MARION-FRANKLIN (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Trotwood-Madison . . .27-25 Westerville North . . . . . . . . . . @Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . Africentric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus West . . . . . . . . . . . @Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Independence . . South Urban Academy . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-13 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Westerville North . . . .17-34 Westerville Central . . . . . . . . . @St. Francis DeSales . . . . . . . Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. . @Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . Olentangy Orange . . . . . . . . . @Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Cleveland Heights . . . . .19-28 @Columbus Independence . . Marion-Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus East . . . . . . . . . . @Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mifflin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linden McKinley . . . . . . . . . . @Brookhaven. . . . . . . . . . . . . Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Shawnee . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-0 @St. John’s Jesuit . . . . . . . . . New Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Findlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bishop Watterson . . . . . . . . Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.) . . . . La Salle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Benedictine . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Westfall . . . . . . . . . . . .35-14 Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . . @Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bloom-Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . Logan Elm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . . Hamilton Township . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@River View. . . . . . . . . .50-26 John Glenn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @West Muskingum . . . . . . . . @Philo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheridan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Crooksville . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . . . @Uniontown Lake . . . . . . . . .

A-22 Dublin Coffman . . . . . . . .7-10 A-29 @Thomas Worthington . . . . . S-5 @Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-12 Marysville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-19 @Dublin Jerome . . . . . . . . . . S-26 vs. Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . O-3 Westerville North . . . . . . . . . . O-10 @Dublin Scioto . . . . . . . . . . . O-17 Westerville Central . . . . . . . . . O-24 @Westerville South . . . . . . . . *Columbus (Crew Stadium)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@St. Charles . . . . . . . . .20-26 @Mifflin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marion-Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus West . . . . . . . . . Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . . Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Africentric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . South Urban Academy . . . . . . @Columbus Independence . .

ST. CHARLES (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Westland . . . . . . . . . . . .28-7 @Licking Heights . . . . . . . . . . Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . . . @Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olentangy Orange . . . . . . . . . Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . @Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . St. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41-6 Central Crossing . . . . . . . . . . @South Urban Academy . . . . Brookhaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus East . . . . . . . . . . . . @Linden McKinley . . . . . . . . . Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mifflin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Newark . . . . . . . . . . . .30-14 Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wheeling Park (W.Va.) . . . . . . Chillicothe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Logan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @St. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marietta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Gallia Academy . . . . . . . . . . @Jackson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

NEW ALBANY (0-1)

NORTHLAND (0-1)

OLENTANGY LIBERTY (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . .26-20 Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Marion Harding . . . . . . . . . . Sandusky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @St. Francis DeSales . . . . . . . Zanesville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bishop Watterson . . . . . . . . . @Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . .

division III BEXLEY (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Canal Winchester . . . . . . .7-28 @St. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bishop Hartley . . . . . . . . . . @Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . Whitehall-Yearling . . . . . . . . . Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Academy . . . . . . Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Westerville Central . . . . . .31-2 Chillicothe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . . @Olentangy Orange . . . . . . . . Bishop Tonnos (Canada) . . . . Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @New Albany. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

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BIG WALNUT (1-0)

BUCKEYE VALLEY (0-1)

Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-17 Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Pleasant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . River Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Cardington-Lincoln . . . . . . . @Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sparta Highland . . . . . . . . . . . @Mount Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . @North Union . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

CAMBRIDGE (0-1)

@Holy Name . . . . . . . . .14-24 Marietta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . @Maple Heights . . . . . . . . . . . River View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Dover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coshocton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Philadelphia . . . . . . . . . . @Uhrichsville Claymont . . . . . Meadowbrook . . . . . . . . . . . .

CANAL WINCHESTER (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-7 Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . . @Whitehall-Yearling. . . . . . . . Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . . . @Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . . Bloom-Carroll. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hamilton Township . . . . . . . Logan Elm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Brookhaven. . . . . . . . . .7-14 @Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheridan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Zanesville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Portsmouth. . . . . . . . . . . . . Ironton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gallia Academy . . . . . . . . . . . @Jackson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Logan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

CHILLICOTHE (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-6 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

CIRCLEVILLE (0-1)

@Miami Trace . . . . . . . . 0-37) @Washington CH . . . . . . . . . . Westfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Logan Elm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . . . @Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . . Hamilton Township . . . . . . . . Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . Bloom-Carroll. . . . . . . . . . . . .

COLUMBUS EAST (0-1)

Eastmoor Academy . . . .14-40 Columbus West . . . . . . . . . . . @Aiken. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brookhaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Mifflin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Linden McKinley . . . . . . . . .

EASTMOOR ACADEMY (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Columbus East . . . . . .40-14 Whitehall-Yearling . . . . . . . . . Harvest Preparatory . . . . . . . . @Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . South Urban Academy . . . . . . @Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . Marion-Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Independence . . Columbus West . . . . . . . . . . . @Africentric . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-13 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

FAIRFIELD UNION (0-1)

New Lexington . . . . . . . . .6-31 Liberty Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . Hamilton Township . . . . . . . . @Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . @Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . Bloom-Carroll. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Logan Elm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . .

GRANVILLE (1-0)

@Johnstown-Monroe . .35-23 Utica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grandview Heights . . . . . . . . . @Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . Columbus Academy . . . . . . . . @Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . Whitehall-Yearling . . . . . . . . . @Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . .

HEBRON LAKEWOOD (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

West Muskingum . . . . . . .7-18 @Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . @Johnstown Northridge . . . . Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Academy . . . . . . Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Whitehall-Yearling. . . . . . . . @Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

JOHN GLENN (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-18 O-24

Barnesville . . . . . . . . . . .27-21 @Tri-Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crooksville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Maysville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Muskingum . . . . . . . . . . @Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . Martins Ferry . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-18 O-24

Walsh Jesuit . . . . . . . . .14-48 @Zanesville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cambridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Whitehall-Yearling. . . . . . . . Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . @Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . Columbus Academy . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-6 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

LICKING VALLEY (0-1)

LINDEN MCKINLEY (0-1)

Columbus Academy . . . . .0-48 South Urban Academy . . . . . . @Taft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Brookhaven. . . . . . . . . . . . . Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Mifflin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus East . . . . . . . . . . . .

LOGAN ELM (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Washington CH . . . . . . . .27-6 Westfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Zane Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . . . @Hamilton Township . . . . . . . @Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bloom-Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . @Canal Winchester . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Adena . . . . . . . . 27-29 (OT) Unioto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paint Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . London. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Madison Plains . . . . . . . . . . . @Washington CH . . . . . . . . . . Clinton-Massie . . . . . . . . . . . . @Miami Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . @Jonathan Alder . . . . . . . . . . @Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . .37-0 @Wilmington . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tecumseh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Jonathan Alder . . . . . . . . . . Clinton-Massie . . . . . . . . . . . . @Madison Plains . . . . . . . . . . @London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McClain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Washington CH . . . . . . . . . .

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MCCLAIN (0-1)

MIAMI TRACE (1-0)

MIFFLIN (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Gahanna Lincoln . . . . . .0-52 Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Pickerington north . . . . . . . Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linden McKinley . . . . . . . . . . @Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus East . . . . . . . . . . . . @Brookhaven. . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

North Union . . . . . . . . . . .7-47 Crooksville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @West Muskingum . . . . . . . . New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . . . @Wheeling C.C. (W.Va.) . . . . @Tri-Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Glenn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Licking Heights . . . . . . . .0-27 Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . @Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tri-Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Maysville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @John Glenn . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Muskingum . . . . . . . . . . @Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crooksville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGAN (0-1)

PHILO (0-1)

ST. FRANCIS DESALES (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-25

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

SHERIDAN (1-0)

Bellaire . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49-14 @Maysville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Chillicothe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Crooksville . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Glenn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Tri-Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @West Muskingum . . . . . . . . New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . . .

SOUTH URBAN ACADEMY (0-1)

A-23 @Aiken. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-26 A-29 @Linden McKinley . . . . . . . . . S-5 Whetstone* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-12 @Columbus Independence . . S-19 @Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . S-26 @Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O-3 Africentric* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O-10 Columbus West* . . . . . . . . . . O-17 @Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . O-24 @Marion-Franklin. . . . . . . . . . *home games played @Africentric . A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

WASHINGTON CH (0-1)

@Logan Elm. . . . . . . . . . .6-27 Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Adena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Madison Plains . . . . . . . . . . Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McClain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Western Brown . . . . . . . . . . . @Clinton-Massie . . . . . . . . . . @London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miami Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

TEAYS VALLEY (1-0)

TRI-VALLEY (1-0)

WALNUT RIDGE (0-1)

WATKINS MEMORIAL (1-0)

WHETSTONE (1-0)

ZANESVILLE (1-0)

WHITEHALL-YEARLING (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Beechcroft . . . . . . . . . . . .0-42 @Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Academy . . . . . . @Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . . Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . . .

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division IV AMANDA-CLEARCREEK (0-1)

A-23 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-20 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-23 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Newark Catholic . . . . .12-13 Zane Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Liberty Union . . . . . . . . . . . @Bloom-Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . @Logan Elm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . . . @Hamilton Township . . . . . . . Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . . .

BISHOP HARTLEY (1-0)

Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . .63-6 @Columbus Academy . . . . . . Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @St. Thomas Aquinas . . . . . . @Dunbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Crusaders . . . . . New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . . . Madison Plains . . . . . . . . . . . @Spencerville . . . . . . . . . . . . Bishop Ready . . . . . . . . . . . . .

BLOOM-CARROLL (0-1)

Liberty Union . . . . . . . . . .0-28 @Vinton County . . . . . . . . . . . Athens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . . . @Hamilton Township . . . . . . . Teays Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . @Canal Winchester . . . . . . . . Logan Elm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Circleville . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

BUCYRUS (1-0)

Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . .17-16 @Upper Sandusky . . . . . . . . . Galion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Colonel Crawford . . . . . . . . Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ontario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Wynford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Crestline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Riverdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Buckeye Central . . . . . . . . .

CALEDONIA RIVER VALLEY (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Wynford . . . . . . . . . . .12-49 @Sparta Highland . . . . . . . . . Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cardington-Lincoln . . . . . . . . @Buckeye Valley . . . . . . . . . . @Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Pleasant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

COSHOCTON (1-0)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Johnstown Northridge .49-0 @Ridgewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Holmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meadowbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . @Dover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uhrichsville Claymont . . . . . . @Cambridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Philadelphia . . . . . . . . . . River View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-25

@Cardington-Lincoln . . . .7-27 @Grandview Heights . . . . . . . Millersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnstown Northridge . . . . . . @Fredericktown . . . . . . . . . . . Loudonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . Danville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Olentangy Orange . . . .20-21 @Buckeye Valley . . . . . . . . . . @Caledonia River Valley . . . . Mount Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Cardington-Lincoln . . . . . . . Sparta Highland . . . . . . . . . . . Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @North Union . . . . . . . . . . . . Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleasant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

@Mount Gilead . . . . . . .50-13 Colonel Crawford . . . . . . . . . . @Bucyrus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Norwalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fostoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Willard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bellevue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upper Sandusky. . . . . . . . . . . @Columbian . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shelby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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@Greenon . . . . . . . . . . . .6-33 Yellow Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . @Springfield Northwestern . . @Springfield Northeastern . . . Southeastern Local . . . . . . . . @Mechanicsburg . . . . . . . . . . Cedarville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Triad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @West Liberty-Salem . . . . . . Springfield Catholic Central . .

EAST KNOX (0-1)

ELGIN (0-1)

GALION (1-0)

GREENEVIEW (0-1)

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JONATHAN ALDER (1-0)

@Monroe . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-7 Indian Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Graham Local . . . . . . . . . . . Miami Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . London. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bishop Ready . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Thurgood Marshall . . . . . . . @Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McClain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clinton-Massie . . . . . . . . . . . .

LICKING HEIGHTS (1-0)

@Philo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27-0 Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . . @Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . @Berne Union . . . . . . . . . . . . Fisher Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Preparatory . . . . . . . . @Liberty Union . . . . . . . . . . . Grandview Heights . . . . . . . . . @Millersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . .

LONDON (0-1)

Urbana . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25-27 Benjamin Logan . . . . . . . . . . . @Springfield Northeastern . . . @McClain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Jonathan Alder . . . . . . . . . . Clinton-Massie . . . . . . . . . . . . Miami Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Washington CH . . . . . . . . . . . @Madison Plains . . . . . . . . . .

MADISON PLAINS (0-1)

Hamilton Township . . . . .7-17 West Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . @Southeastern Local . . . . . . . Washington CH . . . . . . . . . . . @McClain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miami Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bishop Hartley . . . . . . . . . . @Clinton-Massie . . . . . . . . . . London. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MAYSVILLE (0-1)

Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-62 Sheridan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Tri-Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Glenn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . Philo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Coshocton . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crooksville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @West Muskingum . . . . . . . .

division VI MEADOWBROOK (0-1)

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Union Local . . . . . . . . . .13-53 @Barnesville . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shenandoah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Coshocton . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Uhrichsville Claymont . . . . . New Philadelphia . . . . . . . . . . @St. Clairsville . . . . . . . . . . . . Dover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . River View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Cambridge . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Dawson-Bryant . . . . . . . .18-7 Fairland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Cheshire River Valley . . . . . Athens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Nelsonville-York . . . . . . . . . @Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Vinton County . . . . . . . . . . . @Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wellston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belpre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-23 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24 A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

MEIGS (1-0)

NEW LEXINGTON (1-0)

@Fairfield Union . . . . . . .31-6 West Muskingum . . . . . . . . . . Philo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maysville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crooksville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bishop Hartley . . . . . . . . . . John Glenn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Tri-Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PLEASANT (0-1)

St. Henry . . . . . . . . . . . .13-14 @Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buckeye Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . North Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Sparta Highland . . . . . . . . . @Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Mount Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . Cardington-Lincoln . . . . . . . . Caledonia River Valley . . . . . . @Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SPARTA HIGHLAND (0-1)

Fredericktown . . . . . . . . . .6-7 Caledonia River Valley . . . . . . @North Union . . . . . . . . . . . . @Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleasant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cardington-Lincoln . . . . . . . . @Buckeye Valley . . . . . . . . . . @Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . . .

UNIOTO (0-1)

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Vinton County . . . . . . . .19-39 @McClain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Huntington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Piketon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Zane Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Paint Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chillicothe Southeastern . . . . @Westfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Grandview Heights . . . . .35-21 @Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnstown Northridge . . . . . . Loudonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . Fredericktown . . . . . . . . . . . . @Danville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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@Piketon . . . . . . . . . . . .54-53 Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wellston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Vinton County . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . . . @Minford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Portsmouth West . . . . . . . . . . @Lucasville Valley . . . . . . . . . Wheelersburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . McDermott Northwest . . . . . .

UTICA (1-0)

WAVERLY (1-0)

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@Franklin Heights . . . . . .47-0 Graham Local. . . . . . . . . . . . . @West Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . @Fairfield Christian Acad. . . . @Nelsonville-York . . . . . . . . . @Jonathan Alder . . . . . . . . . . Lima Central Catholic . . . . . . . Toronto Notre Dame (Canada) Kiski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bishop Hartley . . . . . . . . . .

CARDINGTON-LINCOLN (1-0)

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East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . .27-7 Mount Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Caledonia River Valley . . . . Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buckeye Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . @Sparta Highland . . . . . . . . . @Pleasant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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@De Graff Riverside. . . . .28-7 Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus Academy . . . . . . . . @Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Loudonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnstown Northridge . . . . . . @Fredericktown . . . . . . . . . . . @Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

CENTERBURG (1-0)

CHIL. SOUTHEASTERN (0-1)

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New Miami . . . . . . . . . . .27-50 @Sciotoville Community . . . . @Manchester . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Huntington . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piketon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Zane Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Unioto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paint Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

COLUMBUS ACADEMY (1-0)

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@Linden McKinley . . . . . .48-0 Bishop Hartley . . . . . . . . . . . . @Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . Whitehall-Yearling . . . . . . . . . @Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . . @Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . .

CROOKSVILLE (1-0)

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Berne Union . . . . . . . . . .21-14 @Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @John Glenn . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trimble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheridan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @New Lexington . . . . . . . . . . West Muskingum . . . . . . . . . . Tri-Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Maysville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Philo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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@Triad . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35-45 Southeastern Local . . . . . . . . Mechanicsburg . . . . . . . . . . . De Graff Riverside . . . . . . . . . @Lima Perry . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upper Scioto Valley . . . . . . . . @Yellow Springs . . . . . . . . . . Ridgemont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Marion Catholic. . . . . . . . . . @Waynesfield-Goshen . . . . . .

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FAIRBANKS (0-1)

FREDERICKTOWN (1-0)

@Sparta Highland . . . . . . .7-6 @Crestline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colonel Crawford . . . . . . . . . . @Johnstown Northridge . . . . @Danville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . . . East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loudonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS (0-1)

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@Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21-35 East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Preparatory . . . . . . . . @Liberty Union . . . . . . . . . . . West Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . Millersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Licking Heights . . . . . . . . . . Berne Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fisher Catholic . . . . . . . . . .

HEATH (1-0)

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@Maysville. . . . . . . . . . .62-20 Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . . . Utica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Newark Catholic . . . . . . . . . Whitehall-Yearling . . . . . . . . . @Columbus Academy . . . . . . Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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@Lucasville Valley . . . . . .0-38 Fisher Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . . Minford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Unioto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Zane Trace . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chillicothe Southeastern . . . . Paint Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Westfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Piketon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

HUNTINGTON (0-1)

JOHNSTOWN-MONROE (0-1)

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Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-35 @Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Licking Heights . . . . . . . . . . . Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Loudonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fredericktown . . . . . . . . . . . Utica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Danville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Johnstown Northridge . . . .

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JOHNSTOWN NORTHRIDGE (0-1)

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Coshocton . . . . . . . . . . . .0-49 Hamilton Township . . . . . . . . Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . . Fredericktown . . . . . . . . . . . . @Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Loudonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . . .

LIBERTY UNION (1-0)

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@Bloom-Carroll . . . . . . . .28-0 @Fairfield Union . . . . . . . . . . Amanda-Clearcreek . . . . . . . . West Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . Grandview Heights . . . . . . . . . @Millersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . Licking Heights . . . . . . . . . . . Berne Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fisher Catholic . . . . . . . . . . @Harvest Preparatory . . . . . .

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Galion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-50 @Cardington-Lincoln . . . . . . . Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @North Union . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleasant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Caledonia River Valley . . . . Buckeye Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . @Sparta Highland . . . . . . . . .

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@Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . .47-7 @Ridgedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sparta Highland . . . . . . . . . . . @Pleasant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northmor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Gilead . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Caledonia River Valley . . . . Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Cardington-Lincoln . . . . . . . Buckeye Valley . . . . . . . . . . . .

MOUNT GILEAD (0-1)

NORTH UNION (1-0)

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Cedarville . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-7 @Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Timken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Columbus West . . . . . . . . . @Marion-Franklin. . . . . . . . . . Columbus Independence . . . . South Urban Academy . . . . . . Walnut Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Briggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . .

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@Crooksville . . . . . . . . .14-21 Tuscarawas C.C.. . . . . . . . . . . Nelsonville-York . . . . . . . . . . . Licking Heights . . . . . . . . . . . @West Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . @Fisher Catholic . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Preparatory . . . . . . . . @Liberty Union . . . . . . . . . . . @Grandview Heights . . . . . . . Millersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

BERNE UNION (0-1)

BISHOP ROSECRANS (1-0)

A-23 A-30 S-5 S-13 S-20 S-26 O-3 O-11 O-17 O-25

A-23 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

Tuscarawas C.C.. . . . . . . .21-6 @Portsmouth Notre Dame . . . @Strasburg-Franklin . . . . . . . @Bridgeport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shadyside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belpre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @St. John Central . . . . . . . . . @Caldwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Toronto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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DANVILLE (1-0)

@Fisher Catholic . . . . . . .56-9 @Waynedale . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dalton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Loudonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fredericktown . . . . . . . . . . . . Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Johnstown Northridge . . . . Johnstown-Monroe . . . . . . . . Utica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (0-0)

FCI Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chillicothe Southeastern (JV) @Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bishop Ready . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Middletown Christian . . . . . Columbus Crusaders . . . . . . . Trimble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Landmark Christian. . . . . . . Bye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grove City Christian . . . . . . . .

GROVE CITY CHRISTIAN (1-0)

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@Millersport . . . . . . . . . .50-0 Marion Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . @Waterford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin Furnace Green . . . . . @Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Troy Christian . . . . . . . . . . . @Manchester . . . . . . . . . . . . . Middletown Christian . . . . . . . Lutheran East . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fairfield Christian Academy . .

HARVEST PREPARATORY (0-1)

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Col. Independence . . . . .26-52 Marion Local . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Eastmoor Academy . . . . . . . @Grandview Heights . . . . . . . Millersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Licking Heights . . . . . . . . . . @Berne Union . . . . . . . . . . . . Fisher Catholic . . . . . . . . . . . . @West Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Union . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MARION CATHOLIC (0-1)

A-22 A-29 S-5 S-12 S-19 S-26 O-3 O-10 O-17 O-24

MILLERSPORT (0-1)

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NEWARK CATHOLIC (1-0)

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Amanda-Clearcreek . . . .13-12 @Centerburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Fisher Catholic . . . . . . . . . . Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Hebron Lakewood . . . . . . . . Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus Academy . . . . . . . . @Bexley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Licking Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Whitehall-Yearling. . . . . . . .

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McScholar Athletes

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Portsmouth N.D. . . . . . .16-38 @Grove City Christian . . . . . . @Springfield C.C.. . . . . . . . . . Yellow Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . @Upper Scioto Valley . . . . . . Lima Perry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @De Graff Riverside. . . . . . . . @Waynesfield-Goshen . . . . . . Fairbanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ridgemont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21-20 @New Bremen . . . . . . . . . . . . @Clear Fork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . Big Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @New Albany. . . . . . . . . . . . . @Watkins Memorial . . . . . . . . Franklin Heights . . . . . . . . . . . Poland Seminary . . . . . . . . . . Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WEST MUSKINGUM (1-0)

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McScholar Athletes Darrell Byrd Brookhaven

Position: Wide receiver ht: 5-7, Wt: 175 Grade: Senior, GPa: 3.4 noteworthy: Darrell plans to attend college, major in engineering and come back to Brookhaven to coach football.

Justin Young Pickerington North

THE 2008 MCSCHOLAR ATHLETES ARE RECOGNIZED FOR: Athletic ability, academic effort and school citizenship

Position: Wide receiver ht: 6-4, Wt: 196 Grade: Senior, GPa: 3.1 noteworthy: Justin plans to attend college and pursue a degree in architecture.

Alex Vichinsky New Albany

Position: offensive guard ht: 6-1, Wt: 190 Grade: Senior, GPa: 4.3 noteworthy: alex plans to attend college and study international business.

Josh Kusan St. Francis DeSales

Positions: lB/rB ht: 6-1, Wt: 215 Grade: Senior, GPa: 3.9 noteworthy: Josh hopes to play Division i college football but is undecided on a major.

Jordan Benson Chillicothe

Positions: Wr/DB ht: 6-4, Wt: 200 Grade: Senior, GPa: 3.7 noteworthy: Jordan hopes to play college football at cincinnati, Miami (oh), akron or any Mid-american conference university and major in engineering.

Aaron Pospisill Centerburg

Positions: ol/Dl ht: 5-10, Wt: 235 Grade: Senior, GPa: 4.1 noteworthy: aaron plans to become a veterinarian.

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By Marty Gitlin

Gahanna Lincoln (1-0) at Upper Arlington (0-1)

November 3, 2007, was not a happy night for these two teams as both lost during the first round of the Division I playoffs. Gahanna Lincoln fell to eventual state semifinalist Dublin Coffman, 28-21. Upper Arlington was defeated by Hilliard Darby, 35-10. And only one team was happy this weekend. Lincoln opened this season with a 52-0 blanking of Mifflin in which Earl Cunningham rushed for 85 yards and scored three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Upper Arlington fell to Pickerington Central, 23-6. New Lincoln Coach John Snoad will always have one player over for dinner. That’s son Nick, who is a talented linebacker and tight end. His team also features defensive back Ryan Ballenger and linebacker/defensive end Taylor Prusz. UA also has no shortage of talent, particularly at tight end, where Blake Annen has already landed a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati.

Prediction: Gahanna Lincoln 27, Upper Arlington 13

Bishop Watterson (0-1) at Westerville South (0-1)

Bishop Watterson must have felt downright weird going home after their final regular season game in 2007. After all, they had qualified for the playoffs in nine consecutive years. Watterson does return seven offensive starters, including a strong group of linemen and running backs. And though only three are back on the other side of the ball, they include talented defensive back Seth Willoughby and defensive lineman Jon Lorenz. Speaking of Willoughby, Willoughby South beat Watterson in the opener, 29-23. Watterson did receive a 179-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance from Kevin Obyc. Westerville South fared no better, falling behind 21-0 at halftime of a 35-0 whitewash by Hilliard Davidson.

Prediction: Bishop Watterson 30, Westerville South 14

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Toledo Central Catholic (1-0) at Dublin Scioto (1-0)

It’s been nearly 10 months, but that bitter taste has yet to dissipate in the mouths of the Toledo Central Catholic players. They landed a third seed in the Division II playoffs, but fell to sixth seed Piqua, 21-9, during the first round. The team raced off to a good start in 2008 with a 24-7 thumping of Bowling Green, powered by 215 yards on the ground as Coach Greg Dempsey became the school’s all-time wins leader with 70. Central Catholic boasts a tremendous backfield duo. Both Mike Marrow and Brad Rogers are headed to major Division I programs. Scioto isn’t exactly devoid of talent either. Safety Bradley McDougald, who doubles as a running back, will be taking his skills to Ohio State. His team opened this season with a 27-0 blanking of Grove City, which was held to 100 total yards and three first downs.

Prediction: Toledo C.C. 24, Dublin Scioto 21

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Central Ohio High School Previews

THREE MORE to watch St. Francis DeSales (1-0) at St. John’s Jesuit (1-0)

The Stallions almost crossed the finish line ahead of all their Division II competition, but lost to Louisville in the state semifinals after an unbeaten regular season. But though graduation took 15 starters away, those who remain include defensive end Davon Custis, running back/linebacker Josh Kusan and center/defensive tackle Jake Smith, all of whom are solid D-I college recruits. DeSales rolled in its 2008 opener with a 28-0 win in which it outgained Lima Shawnee, 365-63. Jesuit slid into the playoffs despite a .500 record and fell in the first round. But 295-pound offensive lineman Jack Mewhart is back to open up holes before hightailing it to Ohio State. A 47-34 thumping of Findlay in the opener featured 190 yards rushing and five touchdowns from Ian Gaston, including 114 yards and three touchdowns in his last four carries.

Prediction: St. Francis DeSales 27, St. John’s Jesuit 24

Licking Valley (0-1) at Zanesville (1-0)

Big Walnut was a Big Pain to Licking Valley in a 17-10 defeat in the 2007 Division III state title game. The start of this season proved to be even less fun as Licking Valley was dominated by Walsh Jesuit, 48-14, and surrendered 42 points in the middle quarters. The Panthers, however, still feature a player who many believe will earn the title of Mr. Football this season. And that’s senior running back/linebacker Storm Klein. Storm has been lightning in a bottle, rushing for more than 3,000 yards in the last two years, including 1,359 to go along with 28 touchdowns in 2007. Klein, however, no longer has all-state offensive lineman Tim German to run behind. Zanesville earned a postseason berth in 2007, but was overwhelmed in the first round by DeSales, 50-7. The Blue Devils did average 33 points a game last year and yielded a mere 15 points a game. And they began this season with a 30-14 win over Newark in which Jamie Wood intercepted two passes, running one back 70 yards for a touchdown.

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Prediction: Zanesville 24, Licking Valley 20

Newark Catholic (1-0) at Centerburg (1-0)

One more victory and Newark Catholic would have walked away with the crown. But Hopewell Bascom got in the way, emerging with a 28-14 win in the Division VI state title showdown. Still, winning 13-of-15 games made 2007 a fine year for Newark Catholic. And winning its first game also made week one of 2008 a pleasant one. Newark Catholic scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to squeak by Amanda-Clearcreek, 13-12 Centerburg, on the other hand, finished 3-7. But starting the 2008 season with a 28-7 victory over DeGraff Riverside certainly gets the team off on the right foot.

Prediction: Newark Catholic 20, Centerburg 12

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Max Holbrook Positions: LB/OG Height: 5-11, Weight: 215 Grade: Senior Noteworthy: Max plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Three words that describe me on the field are . . . tenacious, aggressive and leader. Three words that describe me off the field are . . . leader, kind and funny. (blank) makes me blush . . . Being interviewed a language i would like to learn is . . . Chinese because it’s the most difficult to learn. my most rewarding accomplishment was . . . being named captain of our football team. my pick to win the ncaa football national championship is . . . Ohio State! i would love to have dinner with . . . (Ohio State Coach) Jim Tressel. I love the Buckeyes! The best player in the nFl is . . . (Indianapolis Colts quarterback) Peyton Manning. a song that pumps me up is . . . “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy. my favorite pre-game meal is . . . a turkey and cheese sandwich with bacon.

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my favorite comfort food is . . . meatloaf. an odd food combination i like is . . . lamb and tuna. i just can’t stop eating . . . Chipotle. my favorite sports movie is . . . “Remember the Titans.” It shows you how good your team can be if everyone comes together. my favorite movie is . . . “Mr. Brooks.” It’s a very good thriller. a celebrity who i cannot stand is . . . Britney Spears. She does way too much to gain attention. a TV show that should be cancelled is . . . all of the soap operas. my favorite video game is . . . “Halo 3.” I really enjoy the action. if i could change bodies with any person, it would be . . . (President) George W. Bush so I could lower the price of gas! my choice for president of the u.s. is . . . John McCain. I do not enjoy the other candidates’ opinions and decisions. Photos courtesy of the Pickerington Central athletic department.

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Jordan Whiting

Trinity High School • Louisville, Ky.

Inside Linebacker 6-0, 230 • Senior 40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds College of Choice: Verbally committed to Ohio State Commit Date: Sept. 1, 2007 Who Lost Out?: Kentucky, Louisville

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Army Strong Players of the Week This Week In Football’s Top Five Favorites for the 2008 Mr. Ohio Football Award Marcus Hall Cleveland Glenville Offensive Tackle

Storm Klein Newark Licking Valley Running back/linebacker

2007 stats: bench presses 350 pounds, squats 415 and has a 25-inch vertical leap. Will remind you of: Ohio State star offensive lineman Orlando Pace (1994-1996).

Chris Fields Painesville Harvey Wide Receiver

2007 stats: 1,509 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns. Will remind you of: 1995 Mr. Ohio Football, Andy Katzenmoyer.

2007 stats: 51 receptions for 879 yards and 20 touchdowns. Will remind you of: 1999 Mr. Ohio Football, Bam Childress. Cincinnati Anderson High School

Daniel Rod Cincinnati Anderson Quarterback

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Melvin Fellows Garfield Heights Defensive End

2007 stats: 2,129 passing yards and 17 touchdowns, 333 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns Will remind you of: 2002 Mr. Ohio Football, Ben Mauk.

2007 stats: 92 tackles, seven sacks, one interception and nine pass break-ups. Will remind you of: Ohio State star defensive end Will Smith (2000-2003). Tony Morrison/Photos by Tony

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