Big Names to Watch out for in 2019 Pan Am Games Trial this Weekend

By Matthew Hetherington | Feb. 28, 2019, 11:45 p.m. (ET)

This weekend will host the nation’s best as the 2019 Pan American Games trial kicks off at Santa Monica College in California. On the line is a direct spot into the US team for the Pan Am Games for each gender, along with the chance to make a strong impression for remaining selected positions. The event also doubles as the first Adult National Ranking tournament of the year, earning players valuable points for national team contention in 2020.

Big names lead the seedings, as Lily Zhang heads the lineup in the women’s event and Nick Tio  is atop the list in the men’s, they won’t be without significant challenge however. 

In the women’s field the entire team which made the quarterfinal of the 2018 World Team Cup, later guaranteeing their place in division 1 at the World Championships in Sweden, is present. While two-time Olympian heads the seedings, she is closely followed by 2018 Youth Olympic Quarterfinalist Amy Wang, currently ranked 2nd in the world for junior girls. Right in behind is 2015 Pan American Games Champion and Rio Olympian Jennifer (Yue) Wu, who is currently the highest ranked US player in the world, sliding into the top 50 recently. 

A host of national team players round off the draw, with a dangerous looking list of contenders.

In the Men’s event, Tio and Nikhil Kumar are first and second seeds respectively. Both players have represented the US Men’s team at the previous two World Table Tennis Championships. Tio is living and competing in Germany full-time, while Kumar made his debut there recently also. 

Notable in absence is 3-time back to back US National Champion Kanak Jha, who is automatically qualified after his win of the 2018 Pan American Championships.

There will be no shortage of thrilling matches and there are plenty of dark horses in the draw for the men’s too, the likes of 2014 Youth Olympian Krish Avvari, 2014 US National Finalist Kunal Chodri, 2009 US National Finalist Samson Dubina and many time US Youth representative Victor Liu, among a group of more US National team players. 

Be sure to follow the results and the livestream on the tournament homepage, linked below: 

2019 Pan American Games Trial and First Adult National Ranking Tournament Homepage

Northwestern’s losing streak reaches 9 games with a 62-50 loss to Minnesota

Amir Coffey tied a career high with 32 points and set one with 12 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a 62-50 victory over Northwestern on Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Coffey gave the Gophers (18-11, 8-10 Big Ten) the lift they needed after they dropped six of seven to jeopardize their NCAA tournament hopes. They snapped a six-game road losing streak.

Coffey matched the high for points he set against Nebraska in December and easily surpassed his previous best of seven rebounds. The 6-foot-8 junior made 12 of 19 shots, including 3 of 6 3-pointers.

Last-place Northwestern (12-16, 3-14) has lost nine straight, its worst streak since dropping 10 in a row in 2014-15.

Brown vs. Columbia odds, line: College basketball picks, predictions from advanced model on 107-79 roll

The Friday night college basketball schedule tips off with an Ivy League battle at 5 p.m. ET when the Columbia Lions (7-17, 2-8) travel to Pizzitola Sports Center to take on the Brown Bears (17-9, 5-5). The Ivy League’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid goes to the winner of the regular season title, so this game is pivotal for Brown since the Bears are three games out of first place. The Lions will look to play spoiler in a matchup where the Bears are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Brown vs. Columbia odds, with the over-under for total points set at 139. Before locking in any Brown vs. Columbia picks of your own, be sure to use the college basketball predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. Over the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned nearly $4,200 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks. It also entered Week 17 of the 2018-19 college basketball season on a blistering 107-79 run on against the spread picks. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now it’s locked in on Brown vs. Columbia. We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it’s also locked in a confident against the spread pick that hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see that one at SportsLine. 

The model has taken into account Brown’s strong three-game winning streak. The Bears have also won four of their last five and that run included impressive Ivy League victories over Princeton and Harvard, two of the teams they’re trying to catch in the standings. 

Sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge has been the catalyst for the Bears, leading the team with 16.1 points per game this season. He exploded for 30 against Harvard a week ago in a game he hit 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc.

But there’s plenty of reason to believe that the Lions could cover the Columbia vs. Brown spread as well.

Though they are out of conference title consideration and just 7-17 overall, staying competitive hasn’t been an issue. Look no further than their matchup with Brown two weeks ago, a game in which the Lions almost pulled off an upset in a 65-63 final. Three Lions hit double-digits in that game, led by 16 points from sophomore guard Gabe Stefanini.

They’ve had close calls against Harvard, Yale, and Cornell as well and own a winning record against the spread as road underdogs this season..

Who wins Columbia vs. Brown? And which side of the spread cashes in almost 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Columbia vs. Brown spread you should be all over, all from the model that has returned more than $4,000 to $100 players the last two years.

College Basketball Podcast: Previewing the weekend’s biggest games — including Kentucky at Tennessee

Iowa suspended Fran McCaffery for two games after he reportedly called a referee a “cheating mother f—er” following Tuesday’s loss at Ohio State. It’s an appropriate punishment, I think. Matt Norlander and I opened this episode of the CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast by briefly discussing how the Big Ten school handled the situation.

After that, the conversation went like this:

  • 7:00: St. John’s lost a home game to Xavier on Thursday night — which means Marquette and Villanova are now the only two Big East programs above .500 in the league. Such a weird conference. Outside of Marquette, can you trust any of these teams?
  • 18:00: We spent (most of) the rest of the podcast previewing the weekend’s biggest games — and we did so in this order: No. 4 Kentucky at No. 7 Tennessee, UCF at No. 8 Houston, No. 12 Nevada at Utah State, No. 1 Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s, No. 9 Michigan at No. 17 Maryland.
  • 57:30: I slept in my car this afternoon.

The latest Eye on College Basketball podcast is below. Give it a listen. If you’re not already subscribed, please subscribe via iTunes. And if you’ve already done that, thank you. #ShoutsToDevanDowney.

Bruins send Lightning to first loss in 11 games

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins extended their point streak to 15 games and ended the Tampa Bay Lightning’s winning streak at 10 with a 4-1 victory at TD Garden on Thursday.

Tampa Bay entered with a point streak of 14, making it the first game in NHL history between two teams with simultaneous point streaks of at least that many games.

Tuukka Rask made 20 saves to extend his point streak to 16 games (13-0-3) for the Bruins (38-17-9), who are 11-0-4 in their past 15 games and 9-0-1 in their past 10. They lead the Toronto Maple Leafs by three points for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Louis Domingue made 37 saves, but his winning streak ended at 11 games for the Lightning (49-12-4), who were 12-0-2 in their past 14. They lead the Atlantic by 17 points.

Jake DeBrusk scored a power-play goal at 8:43 of the second period to give Boston a 1-0 lead.

The Bruins scored three goals in a span of 1:28 in the third period. 

Noel Acciari, who had a goal and an assist, scored on a rebound at 11:47 to make it 2-0.

Patrice Bergeron scored at 12:32 to make it 3-0, and Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway at 13:15 for a 4-0 lead.

Anthony Cirelli cut it to 4-1 at 13:52.

Torey Krug and Danton Heinen each had two assists for the Bruins.

Road map for Atlanta United – more games, more pressure

Two years in, the world views Atlanta United differently. This is no longer the ambitious expansion team with the famous owner and the shiny new stadium. This is the MLS Cup holder, the club with lots of big-name players and scads of rabid fans. Two years in, this is the team to emulate. It’s also the team to beat.

It was no great shock that, in its first competitive match since hoisting the MLS Cup, Atlanta United was bested 3-1 by a team from Costa Rica. To twist the timeless phrase of Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben: With great soccer achievement comes greater – and more exotic – challenges. Barely 10 weeks after its triumphant night in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it was losing in an 8,700-seat stadium not far from the Panama Canal. When you’re the MLS champ, you’re required to play in the CONCACAF Champions League, which can be as much a burden as a privilege. 

The upshot was that, even before February was done, the newly minted champs faced an elimination game on a borrowed pitch. (Mercedes-Benz Stadium was booked for Supercross, requiring Thursday’s second leg to be staged at Kennesaw State.) Established soccer giants are accustomed to juggling competitions – Manchester City closed February by playing four games in 12 days, all four in a different league/event – but this is all new for ATLUTD. 

To its credit, United beat Herediano 4-0 Thursday, advancing to the Champions League quarterfinals 5-3 on aggregate. This means they’ll play at least two more pressurized games outside the confines of MLS. Next up: a home-and-home against Monterrey of Liga MX. 

Asked if the difference in his team’s increased workload will require acclimatization, United coach Frank de Boer said: “A hundred percent, sure. If you play normally every week, every six or seven days, you have the preparation for those matches. Now it’s only recovering and starting to prepare for the next game. It’s every three, four days you have a game. That’s really different, and they have to get in their minds that they really have to take care of themselves, have to recover, take a massage and rest very well to be ready for the next game.”

Then: “That’s a different approach that maybe a lot of players aren’t used to, but they have to experience that. You have to feel it. Hopefully we can adapt pretty quick because we need it, also because of the travel. That’s of course different from in Europe. Normally (European clubs) have a two-hour flight, a one-hour flight. Now you have sometimes a six- or five-hour flight. That’s a huge difference. I think a lot of players are used to travel, but maybe not every three days.” 

Also different: Atlanta United has something to defend, which has proved difficult in the MLS. Only three times in the league’s first 22 years did the holders retain the MLS Cup, the most recent repeat coming in 2012. In a sport where scoring the first goal carries outsize weight, the margin between winning and losing is especially fine, and it can become even finer when some teams are being asked to play more often than others. 

Here’s what United has ahead of it – the 34-game MLS regular season, which commences Sunday in Washington D.C.; the midseason Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is a separate knockout tournament, and the ongoing CONCACAF Champions League, which could see them play three more two-leg ties, as such home-and-homes are known in soccer. And every time ATLUTD lines up, it will face an opponent looking to take down the reigning champs of U.S. soccer. 

The MLS isn’t like Italy’s Serie A, where Juventus has prevailed seven seasons running, or the German Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich has finished first six times in succession. Two years ago, Toronto FC was clearly the class of the league, winning both the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Cup. Last year it finished ninth in the 11-team Eastern Conference. 

Said United goalkeeper Brad Guzan: “Whenever you have a new season, there’s no guarantee it’s going to be as good as last year, or potentially, if last year was bad, be as bad as last year. A new season is just that. Everyone starts from scratch.” 

Atlanta United might still have the league’s best roster, but it did lose Miguel Almiron, who at worst was the league’s second-best player, to Newcastle of the English Premier League. As a replacement, United signed Gonzalo Martinez, who’s known as Pity, away from Argentina’s famed River Plate. ATLUTD also saw Tata Martino, its charter coach, leave to take charge of the Mexican national team. If you were listing the three biggest reasons United rocketed from expansioneer to champ, two of them are gone. (The third, MLS MVP Josef Martinez, remains.) 

This isn’t to say Atlanta United can’t handle more games and more scrutiny. This has been a high-profile club from the first minute of its opening night in Bobby Dodd Stadium two Marches ago, and it has absolutely walked the walk. We’re about to see if Atlanta’s new favorite team can move from strength to strength. We’re about to see if this club, having stepped onto the global stage, can hold the spotlight.

About the Author

Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.

Magic hand Warriors 4th loss in 6 games with late comeback

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Aaron Gordon had 22 points and 15 rebounds, Terrence Ross added 16 points and the Orlando Magic rallied in the final three minutes to beat the Golden State Warriors 103-96 on Thursday night.

After night after they were stunned in Miami by Dwyane Wade’s buzzer-beater, the Warriors blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost for the fourth time in six games.

D.J. Augustin scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando end an 11-game losing streak to the Warriors. Orlando’s last win over Golden State was on Dec. 14, 2012.

Stephen Curry scored 33 points, but was only 1 for 6 in the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins each had 21 for the Warriors, who played without Kevin Durant (rest) and Andre Iguodala (sick).

The Warriors, who trailed by eight at halftime, outscored Orlando 30-11 in the third period, limiting the Magic to 5-of-23 shooting (21.7 percent) and forcing four turnovers to take an 81-70 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Magic roared back behind Ross, who hit three 3-pointers to ignite a 15-4 run. His last 3-pointer tied the game at 89-all with 4:16 left.

Curry then fed Jordan Bell for a layup and converted an open 3-pointer to put Golden State back in front 94-89, but the lead didn’t last long.

The Magic ran off 10 straight points, including a 3-pointer by Gordon, who had nine points and six rebounds in the period.

Golden State trailed from the opening minute until Draymond Green converted a fast-break layup to give the Warriors their first lead, 65-63 midway through the third quarter. That was part of a 16-3 run sparked mostly by the defense. Curry scored 10 straight Warriors points to help Golden State to an 11-point lead by the end of the period.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Golden State needs one more road win to assure the Warriors a winning record in road games for the sixth straight season. . Warriors are first in the NBA with 6.7 blocks per game, but had only three against Orlando. . The Warriors had their first seven games against the Southeast Division.

Magic: Augustin, who had one blocked shot all season, blocked two of Curry’s jump shots. . Backup PG Isaiah Briscoe returned after missing the last two games with a concussion. He had eight points and nine rebounds. . The Magic limited Golden State to just 5-of-22 shooting (22.7 percent) on 3-pointers in the first half. . Orlando’s bench, which got outscored 75-7 in the last game, outscored Golden State’s bench 35-12.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Finish four-game road trip at Philadelphia on Saturday.

Magic: Start three-game road trip at Indianapolis on Saturday.

Betting Odds Biggest College Football Games Of 2019: Bragging Rights & Playoff Hopes On The Line

SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: The championship trophy is on display prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship held at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)Getty

With over 100 teams participating in Division I college football action, the schedule is always packed full of must-watch matchups that are bound to have massive implication on the playoff picture.

Earlier this week, oddsmaker Drew Gilroy of Sportsbook Review has released odds for the most anticipated matchups of the 2019-20 College Football season, giving sports bettors an early crack at locking in their bets long before the team rosters are even solidified.

HOUSTON AT OKLAHOMA AUG 31

  • HOUSTON + 13.5 -110
  • OKLAHOMA -13.5 -110

The Cougars shocked the Sooners back in 2016, going 5-0 to start the season and ultimately earning themselves the #6 ranking. Houston’s new coach, Dana Holgorsen, will be chomping at the bit to make a statement win against a team that was a former conference rival. Oklahoma is nearly a two-score favorite here, but they once again are forced to replace a Heisman level QB.

FLORIDA VS. MIAMI, AUG. 31 (ORLANDO, FLA.)

  • FLORIDA -3.5 -110
  • MIAMI +3.5 -110

Dan Mullen returns for his second season at the helm at Florida and we are eager to see if this Gators program is ready to return the upper echelon of the NCAAF standings. Miami, on the other hand, was off to a 10-0 start in 2017, but have since gone 7-9. Manny Diaz takes over in his first year for the Hurricanes, and an early-season statement win is just what he needs to show skeptics that he is here to return “The U” to their glory days. Make no mistake about it, football means more to Florida than orange juice, and both of these programs are keen to turn some heads.

TEXAS A&M AT CLEMSON, SEPT. 7

  • TEXAS A & M + 10.5 -110
  • CLEMSON -10.5 -110

Clemson is the obvious favorite in this early season showdown, but with many old players declaring for the NFL Draft, they do have quite a few roster spots to replace. There 2018 matchup went down to the wire, but do remember that Trevor Lawrence only threw for 95 yards compared to Kelly Bryant’s 205. Lawrence has since got on to win a National Title and Bryant now plays for Missouri. that being said, A&M QB Kellen Mood could be a nice Heisman sleep for sports bettors looking for value.

LSU AT TEXAS, SEPT. 7

  • LSU +2.5 -110
  • TEXAS -2.5 -110

The Longhorns’ victory over Georgia is last year’s Sugar Bowl likely gave the squad some brownie points with the selection committee and oddsmakers alike. However, in this situation, they face an LSU squad that tends to show up big for early season non-conference matchups (forget 2016’s 16-14 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers)

STANFORD AT UCF, SEPT. 14

  • STANFORD +3.5 -110
  • UCF -3.5 -110

This Week 3 battle gives the Knights a chance to show off against a reputable opponent before they dive into AAC conference play. UCF is always happy to remind us of their two undefeated regular season runs, but a win against a powerhouse from a strong conference will cause many to take this team a bit more seriously.

NOTRE DAME AT GEORGIA, SEPT. 21

  • NOTRE DAME +3.5 -110
  • GEORGIA -3.5 -110

This game will likely decide the CFP projections for the majority of the season. Whoever walks away with the “L” in this matchup will likely need to run the table to have any hopes of a playoff berth. UGA picked up a huge road win over the Irish in 2016, and Notre Dame would love nothing more than to head into Athens and return the favor.

OHIO STATE AT NEBRASKA, SEPT. 28

  • OHIO STATE -7.5 -110
  • NEBRASKA +7.5 -110

Ohio State has fallen out of the playoff picture twice now thanks to large road losses against Big Ten opponents. This matchup could potentially make it three years in a row, as Sportsbook Review is lining this one as an even matchup. Scott Frost is due some success, and this is the kind of win he needs to resurrect his program and make them a Big Ten contender.

OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS (IN DALLAS), OCT. 12

  • OKLAHOMA PK -110
  • TEXAS PK -110

The Longhorns got the best of the Sooners last season, giving them their only loss of the regular season. The Sooners did manage to return the favor in the Big 12 Championship Game, beating Texas 39-27. While some of the biggest names from last season’s matchups are out of the picture, the disdain remains.

ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M, OCT. 12

  • ALABAMA -9.5 -110
  • TEXAS A & M + 9.5 -110

Had Texas A&M managed to seal the deal with a win over Clemson last season, this could be the most hyped matchup of the upcoming season. It is also worth noting that this October 12th matchup sees both teams coming in after a week off. Alabama is still the team to beat, but this could be more of a test than the Crimson Tide except it to be.

NOTRE DAME AT MICHIGAN, OCT. 26

  • NOTRE DAME +3.5 -110
  • MICHIGAN -3.5 -110

the Wolverines expectations are higher than ever, and this rematch of their 2017 opener is sure to see the Coach Harbaugh and Co. chomping at the bit to prove that this team is worthy of being a playoff contender. Notre Dame’s dousing of the Wolverines last year was likely the highlight of their season, but with this meeting taking place deeper in the season, both teams should be more prepared to make this a true battle.

GEORGIA VS. FLORIDA (IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.), NOV. 2

  • GEORGIA – 4.5 -110
  • FLORIDA +4.5 -110

Florida might have spanked the Wolverines in last year’s Peach Bowl, but they are still clearly a few steps behind the SEC elite. This matchup will be a key indicator of the difference that lies between the SEC’s top tier programs and those who ride the coattails into bowl season.

ALABAMA AT AUBURN, NOV. 30

  • ALABAMA – 13.5 -110
  • AUBURN +13.5 -110

The Iron Bowl is a championship game in itself, and do note that Auburn managed to pull off the upset the last two times these teams met on The Plains. If the odds are any indicator, no one is expecting Auburn to pull off another stunner, but given the storied history shared between these two programs, this matchup is impossible to pass over.

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN, NOV. 30

  • MICHIGAN +3.5 -120
  • OHIO ST -3.5

Sure, Jim Harbaugh has a 73% win rate. What he doesn’t have is a win over rival Ohio State. We are not saying that this could put him on the hot seat, but we do know it is something that boosters and fans will continue to hold over his head no matter how successful he manages to be elsewhere.

Betting Odds For 2019’s Biggest College Football Games: Bragging Rights & Playoff Hopes On The Line

SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: The championship trophy is on display prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship held at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)Getty

With over 100 teams participating in Division I college football action, the schedule is always packed full of must-watch matchups that are bound to have massive implication on the playoff picture.

Earlier this week, oddsmaker Drew Gilroy of Sportsbook Review has released odds for the most anticipated matchups of the 2019-20 College Football season, giving sports bettors an early crack at locking in their bets long before the team rosters are even solidified.

HOUSTON AT OKLAHOMA AUG 31

  • HOUSTON + 13.5 -110
  • OKLAHOMA -13.5 -110

The Cougars shocked the Sooners back in 2016, going 5-0 to start the season and ultimately earning themselves the #6 ranking. Houston’s new coach, Dana Holgorsen, will be chomping at the bit to make a statement win against a team that was a former conference rival. Oklahoma is nearly a two-score favorite here, but they once again are forced to replace a Heisman level QB.

FLORIDA VS. MIAMI, AUG. 31 (ORLANDO, FLA.)

  • FLORIDA -3.5 -110
  • MIAMI +3.5 -110

Dan Mullen returns for his second season at the helm at Florida and we are eager to see if this Gators program is ready to return the upper echelon of the NCAAF standings. Miami, on the other hand, was off to a 10-0 start in 2017, but have since gone 7-9. Manny Diaz takes over in his first year for the Hurricanes, and an early-season statement win is just what he needs to show skeptics that he is here to return “The U” to their glory days. Make no mistake about it, football means more to Florida than orange juice, and both of these programs are keen to turn some heads.

TEXAS A&M AT CLEMSON, SEPT. 7

  • TEXAS A & M + 10.5 -110
  • CLEMSON -10.5 -110

Clemson is the obvious favorite in this early season showdown, but with many old players declaring for the NFL Draft, they do have quite a few roster spots to replace. There 2018 matchup went down to the wire, but do remember that Trevor Lawrence only threw for 95 yards compared to Kelly Bryant’s 205. Lawrence has since got on to win a National Title and Bryant now plays for Missouri. that being said, A&M QB Kellen Mood could be a nice Heisman sleep for sports bettors looking for value.

LSU AT TEXAS, SEPT. 7

  • LSU +2.5 -110
  • TEXAS -2.5 -110

The Longhorns’ victory over Georgia is last year’s Sugar Bowl likely gave the squad some brownie points with the selection committee and oddsmakers alike. However, in this situation, they face an LSU squad that tends to show up big for early season non-conference matchups (forget 2016’s 16-14 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers)

STANFORD AT UCF, SEPT. 14

  • STANFORD +3.5 -110
  • UCF -3.5 -110

This Week 3 battle gives the Knights a chance to show off against a reputable opponent before they dive into AAC conference play. UCF is always happy to remind us of their two undefeated regular season runs, but a win against a powerhouse from a strong conference will cause many to take this team a bit more seriously.

NOTRE DAME AT GEORGIA, SEPT. 21

  • NOTRE DAME +3.5 -110
  • GEORGIA -3.5 -110

This game will likely decide the CFP projections for the majority of the season. Whoever walks away with the “L” in this matchup will likely need to run the table to have any hopes of a playoff berth. UGA picked up a huge road win over the Irish in 2016, and Notre Dame would love nothing more than to head into Athens and return the favor.

OHIO STATE AT NEBRASKA, SEPT. 28

  • OHIO STATE -7.5 -110
  • NEBRASKA +7.5 -110

Ohio State has fallen out of the playoff picture twice now thanks to large road losses against Big Ten opponents. This matchup could potentially make it three years in a row, as Sportsbook Review is lining this one as an even matchup. Scott Frost is due some success, and this is the kind of win he needs to resurrect his program and make them a Big Ten contender.

OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS (IN DALLAS), OCT. 12

  • OKLAHOMA PK -110
  • TEXAS PK -110

The Longhorns got the best of the Sooners last season, giving them their only loss of the regular season. The Sooners did manage to return the favor in the Big 12 Championship Game, beating Texas 39-27. While some of the biggest names from last season’s matchups are out of the picture, the disdain remains.

ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M, OCT. 12

  • ALABAMA -9.5 -110
  • TEXAS A & M + 9.5 -110

Had Texas A&M managed to seal the deal with a win over Clemson last season, this could be the most hyped matchup of the upcoming season. It is also worth noting that this October 12th matchup sees both teams coming in after a week off. Alabama is still the team to beat, but this could be more of a test than the Crimson Tide except it to be.

NOTRE DAME AT MICHIGAN, OCT. 26

  • NOTRE DAME +3.5 -110
  • MICHIGAN -3.5 -110

the Wolverines expectations are higher than ever, and this rematch of their 2017 opener is sure to see the Coach Harbaugh and Co. chomping at the bit to prove that this team is worthy of being a playoff contender. Notre Dame’s dousing of the Wolverines last year was likely the highlight of their season, but with this meeting taking place deeper in the season, both teams should be more prepared to make this a true battle.

GEORGIA VS. FLORIDA (IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.), NOV. 2

  • GEORGIA – 4.5 -110
  • FLORIDA +4.5 -110

Florida might have spanked the Wolverines in last year’s Peach Bowl, but they are still clearly a few steps behind the SEC elite. This matchup will be a key indicator of the difference that lies between the SEC’s top tier programs and those who ride the coattails into bowl season.

ALABAMA AT AUBURN, NOV. 30

  • ALABAMA – 13.5 -110
  • AUBURN +13.5 -110

The Iron Bowl is a championship game in itself, and do note that Auburn managed to pull off the upset the last two times these teams met on The Plains. If the odds are any indicator, no one is expecting Auburn to pull off another stunner, but given the storied history shared between these two programs, this matchup is impossible to pass over.

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN, NOV. 30

  • MICHIGAN +3.5 -120
  • OHIO ST -3.5

Sure, Jim Harbaugh has a 73% win rate. What he doesn’t have is a win over rival Ohio State. We are not saying that this could put him on the hot seat, but we do know it is something that boosters and fans will continue to hold over his head no matter how successful he manages to be elsewhere.

Iowa Suspends Coach Fran McCaffery for Two Games After Profane Outburst at Official

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery reportedly called an official a “cheating motherf——!”

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Iowa has suspended coach Fran McCaffery for two games for his outburst directed at an official after Tuesday night’s loss against Ohio State, the program announced on Wednesday.

“Following the basketball game at Ohio State, Coach McCaffery made unacceptable comments to a game official in the hallway headed to the locker room,” Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta said in a statement. “Fran’s comments do not represent the values of the University of Iowa, Hawkeye Athletics, and our men’s basketball program.”

The Big Ten also announced that it supports Iowa’s suspension of McCraffery and fined the school $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy.

McCaffery was heard screaming at an official walking down a hallway at Value City Arena after the Hawkeyes’ 90–70 loss to the Buckeyes.

“You cheating motherf——!” McCaffery reportedly yelled. “You’re a f—— disgrace!”

Down 78–67 with 4:08 left to play, the Hawkeyes’ frustrating evening culminated with two McCaffery technical fouls. The first was called on the coach’s son, Connor, then on Fran himself in a span of 58 seconds for disputing calls.

The loss dropped the Hawkeyes to 21–7 on the season and 10–7 in conference play. 

McCaffery will miss Iowa’s next two games against Rutgers on Saturday and Wisconsin on March 7.