Arsenal midfielder Iwobi: We can’t dwell on Southampton defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi says they cannot dwell on defeat to Southampton.Iwobi admits they let themselves down for the 3-2 loss.He said, “I guess we weren’t concentrating throughout the 90 minutes. We had spells where we weren’t defending well as a group. It’s something we have to dust ourselves down from and keep on going. We can’t let our heads drop from this defeat, we just have to push on to the next match.”Of course, they deserve some credit. They had a gameplan and they stuck to it and did well against us. But it’s disappointing from us and we have to keep going again.”We had a lot of chances to win this game, I believe. But we have to give ourselves a bit of credit that we were able to go on this unbeaten run and now we have to start over again.”We have to react well, we have to keep on going. It’s a bit unfortunate that there were a couple of injuries but we have to keep on going and keep on fighting throughout the season.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea ace Kante: Do I cheat at cards? Well…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace N’Golo Kante insists his reputation of being a card shark is overblown!Kante has been mercilessly teased for the way he plays cards when away with the France squad.But the World Cup winner has joked the accusations are unfair.”On cards, when you’re in complicated situations, you use little strategies and that’s what I did from time to time. That’s why I was called a cheater,” said Kante.”They are not entirely right because I’m not the only one to have done it but they are not wrong…” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fenerbahce rival Caen for Leicester striker Fousseni Diabateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Leicester City striker Fousseni Diabate is heating up.Caen are keen to set up a loan deal for the 23 year-old next month.However, Le 10 Sport says Caen face competition from Turkish giants Fenerbahce for Diabate.Like Caen, Fener are eager to discuss a loan deal with Leicester for Diabate.The forward joined the Foxes a year ago from Ajaccio.
Lovren confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s Invinciblesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDejan Lovren is confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003/04 unbeaten season.The Reds have gone 19 games without a single loss this season, but face a tough test against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Thursday night.Asked if Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003-04 invincible season, Lovren said: “There are always records to beat. Everything is possible when you believe and you work hard.”Of course, you need the luck to go your way also, but why not? It is a challenge for us and every player here.”Will it be possible? Let’s see at the end of the season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid boss Zidane delighted with Modric ‘cracker’by Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with Luka Modric’s goal for victory over Granada.Modric hit a screamer on the day.Zidane said, “I’m delighted for Modric. He scored a cracker. “He’s got that in his locker, three or four years ago he scored that very same goal in Granada. “He doesn’t always go for it, but with the shot that he’s got on him… he certainly should.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Klinsmann lined up for shock Ecuador moveby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham star Jurgen Klinsmann is being lined up for a shock return to management with Ecuador.Klinsmann has been out of the game for a year since leaving his role with the US men’s national team.The Sun says there is growing speculation in South America that the 55-year-old is on the verge of taking charge of Ecuador instead.The country is looking for a new manager have Hernan Dario Gomez was sacked in July on the back of a disappointing Copa America.Ecuador failed to make it out of the group stages, and under the temporary control of under-20 boss Jorge Celico they have struggled to make any improvement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 01: Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers on October 1, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)A snow game took place in Neyland Stadium late Wednesday evening. It involved some snowballs and a group of mischievous Tennessee students. With their campus covered in a blanket of white powder, a few dozen Volunteers snuck into their school’s football stadium and had a giant snowball fight. This is the second year in a row that this has happened. After last year’s incident, many of the students were given citations for trespassing. when it’s 12:30 in the morning and you’re bored so you go to Ayers and Neyland Stadium pic.twitter.com/apdfhmRTw8— Briyana Dyer (@BriyanaDyer) February 26, 2015Snowball fight in Neyland? I don’t know what you’re talking about? pic.twitter.com/Oy8FZa7TnW— Ali Clark (@alisonRhea08) February 26, 2015when in doubt break into Neyland on a school night 🙂 pic.twitter.com/2ErLE3r0xf— Erin Rivers (@erinriiivaaas) February 26, 2015#snoWBIR #utk snowball fight at neyland 2livecrew pic.twitter.com/NKfKWxru5D— Rico 〽️ckinney (@Mr_Suave) February 26, 2015@wesrucker247 @ClayTravisBGID @TeranJ_VLZ snowball fight in Neyland pic.twitter.com/I1TWl7ly8f— UT Sports (@UTvol_sports) February 26, 2015Hopefully Knoxville will get an unexpected snow this fall and we’ll get to see Tennessee’s football team play an actual snow game inside Neyland Stadium.
Vine/@StephLaurenThe half-court shot on the basketball version of ESPN’s College GameDay is often the highlight of the program, and that is definitely a fact for one lucky North Carolina student today. UNC junior Forrest Reynolds, who also serves as a student manager with the basketball program, took two very strong attempts before absolutely drilling his third shot, netting him $18,000.Kid just made the half court shot on College Gameday at UNC https://t.co/MqGH2psO6i— Stephanie Haberman (@StephLauren) March 7, 2015A win over hated rival Duke today would definitely be the icing on the cake for Reynolds, although he’d probably admit that he’s made out pretty well no matter what happens tonight.
Buddy Hield NetOklahoma just took down Oregon to reach the program’s first Final Four since 2002. Senior guard and Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield was unconscious, scoring 37 points on 13-of-20 from the field.After the game, Hield took his place atop a ladder for the ceremonial net-cutting. Buddy clipping that net!! pic.twitter.com/2IK17TmNJi— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 27, 2016Buddy then hit press row for a radio interview, his piece of the net displayed prominently. Buddy Hield doing post game radio with his piece of the net tied to his hat pic.twitter.com/gQq2bdcHu2— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) March 27, 2016There’s one more net that Hield and the Sooners want to cut down. That’s the one at NRG Stadium in Houston, the site of next week’s Final Four.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is a ‘great talent’ and would be an astute signing for Bayern Munich, according to club legend Lothar Matthaus.The 18-year-old Chelsea winger has only made 12 career appearances but Goal understands Bayern have now bid £35 million ($45m) for his services.Matthaus has been impressed by what he has seen of Hudson-Odoi so far and believes he would be a fantastic signing for the German champions, capable of making a similar impact to Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I saw him at the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest, where he assisted both goals and was on both wings,” Matthaus told Sky.“Even in English junior teams, I have already watched him.“He’s a great talent, reminiscent of Sancho at Dortmund. Fast, a strong dribbler, good vision and good finishing.“I can imagine that he would be a great reinforcement for the champions.”Although Bayern have bid for Hudson-Odoi, they may find it hard to land their man as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reluctant to let him go saying he is an important player in his squad.”To stay here is better for him,” said Sarri. “He is very young but he is improving, especially in the defensive phase.”I don’t know the situation with the club but for me he is an important player.”Meanwhile, Matthaus feels RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has a tricky decision to make regarding his future amid interest from Bayern and Borussia Dortmund in the Germany international.“Allegedly, Dortmund are now interested as well. It could therefore, apart from other top European clubs, come down to a fight between Bayern and Dortmund for the best German striker,” added Matthaus.“In the end, the question will be where he sees the best overall package and the most tempting one when he leaves Leipzig.““Financially, of course, a Bayern deal should be higher than that of Borussia Dortmund. But Watzke and Co. have managed well, have boosted the coffers and have a lot to offer.“Should Timo have to decide between the two big German clubs, he will have to consider whether he can accept the big competition with Lewandowski and other world stars and what the club bosses and the respective coaches would make of him.”
Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari praised Vinicius Junior, saying the teenage forward was making “huge strides” at the club.Vinicius, 18, scored his third goal of the season in Madrid’s 3-0 win over Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie on Wednesday.The Brazilian joined the European giants in July last year and is slowly settling in, although he has made just one LaLiga start. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solari is pleased with the way Vinicius is improving at Madrid, who recorded their first win of 2019 by beating Leganes.”It was a very good performance. Vinicius is making huge strides,” he told a news conference.”He’s always had the talent but to develop it at the Bernabeu surrounded by wonderful players speaks volumes about his confidence, rawness and the enjoyment he exudes with the ball at his feet.”He’s 18 years of age and you have to look after yourself in football. It’s important for him to keep going.”We’re very happy with his current performance levels, he’s keen to take people on. He’s bold and that individual ability to beat a man is very important in modern-day football. So far, so good. Let’s finish the job in the second leg next Wednesday! #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/TNrT1mICxC — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 9, 2019 “His goal showed wonderful technique, and also how he puts defenders off balance. We hope he continues to grow both from individual and collective points of view.”Madrid, struggling in fifth in La Liga, are next in action with a trip to Real Betis on Sunday as they look to close the gap on league leaders Barcelona, who are 10 points clear of their eternal rivals at the top of the table. The comfortable win on Wednesday should take some of the pressure off of Solari ahead of the second leg of their round of 16 clash next Wednesday. Vinicius could also be in line for a heavier workload as Madrid are dealing with a rash of injuries to a number of the club’s top players, and Solari has continued to avoid handing starts to Isco.
The golden generation of Honduran soccer is gone, the team that went to three consecutive Gold Cup semifinals and back-to-back World Cups now a distant memory.This Honduras won’t even get out of the Gold Cup group stage. Curacao topped Los Catrachos 1-0, the first-ever Gold Cup win for Curacao, and confirmed the final group game next week will be Hondura’s last in the tournament.Fabian Coito is five matches into his tenure as Honduras manager. If he survives he’ll exit with a record of no wins, a pair of draws and three defeats. The aggregate is skewed by a 7-0 loss to Brazil in preparations for this tournament, but it sits at 12-3 in the favor of Honduras’ opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Even so, it would be harsh for him to be given his marching orders. The long-time Uruguay youth coach has been brought in partly to build from the bottom. Honduras knows it needs fresh blood. The Norway U-20 team smashing the Honduran equivalent 12-0 at last month’s World Cup showed there is still much to do.”As a manager, what I say is that I’m continuing to draw conclusions, but, well, logically as a manager each game is a test,” said a calm but frustrated Coito after the match. “There’s always the chance something happens depending on what happens in the games. Really, I’m not worried about being here or not being here. It’s not my decision if I’m out. If not, what interests me is try to work and move forward, turn this adverse situation around and, well, it’s not the first time this situation has happened to me in a team or national team.”How to turn things around will be a tough decision. It would be easy to glance over the team and determine the issue is with Honduras’ aging back line. It certainly is a spot that should bring concern in the upcoming years. But the 36-year-old Maynor Figueroa, 33-year-old Emilio Izaguirre and 33-year-old Brayan Beckeles, who left the contest at halftime, bear little blame for the early elimination. Even if it was the 26-year-old Henry Figueroa whose heroic last-gasp tackle prevented a second Curacao goal, the rest of the unit mostly pulled their weight as well.The real culpable player was Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room. The PSV No. 2 is undoubtedly Curacao’s No. 1, making 13 stops. Nine of those came in the first half, with Alberth Elis darting down the right wing and looking to set up center forward Antony Lozano or Michaell Chirinos on the other side. Even when one of the players found a good effort, Room was there to block, tip over the bar or smother the ball.”I wanted to help the team and get the first victory in the Gold Cup. So many saves, I didn’t count them in the game,” Room told Goal after the contest. “But I wanted to win. After the game, everyone was happy after we won the game – especially for the fans of Curacao and our island. We won the game, and I’m proud of the team. I helped the team win it, and that’s nice.”Coming up on the wrong end of an historic triumph, and at that one that eliminated the team from the knockout stage, always was going to be frustrating. But Coitio said the team lost its way late in the second half, letting the moment get the best of it. Room’s heroics played no small part in adding to the mental anguish of the Hondurans, who were urged on by a partisan crowd at BBVA Stadium but never seemed to have the energy to mount a serious late charge.”Of course we were frustrated by that, and everything else. We tried to score but weren’t able to do it,” Figueroa said of the goalkeeper’s fantastic evening. “There are games where you have no chances, but obviously we have the responsibility to finish.”Coito said he hasn’t considered stepping aside, but Figueroa and several other veterans may be wondering about their international careers. The Nations League, and the pressure of a potential relegation, looms large as does another World Cup qualification cycle. Figueroa and his defensive counterparts may consider retirement, but who will replace them? Does Honduras’ pool really contain up-and-comers overlooked by Coito?Victor “Muma” Bernardez attempted to retire internationally after the 2014 World Cup only for the coaching staff to attempt to lure him back. There simply were no other options as good as the veteran. That’s not a good situation, but it’s the situation Honduras finds itself in once again.How to get better? For Figueroa, it’s not about mixing things up but rather about pushing even harder in the way Honduras has been pushing.”We have to do the same thing. When you win, you have to keep working, and when you lose, work even harder. We’ve got to keep working, getting better,” Figueroa said. “There are a lot of things to improve upon, and that’s it. Keep believing, keep trying every day.”That may be good advice for individual players, but Honduran fans will find it hard to continue believing in this national team. With the glory days so clearly gone, it’s hard to blame them.
New Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has refuted claims that money played a big part in his high-profile move to Italy this month.The 19-year-old shot to prominence at Ajax last season as they reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League and lifted the Eredivisie title, sparking a race for his signature this summer featuring some of Europe’s biggest clubs.The likes of Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona all registered an interest in the Netherlands international before he rubber-stamped his €75 million (£68m/$84m) move to Turin, with the latter seemingly convinced that the teenager would eventually opt for Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? When his decision was delayed, the Spanish champions, who claimed to have agreed terms with the defender, voiced their frustration as new suitors appeared on what felt like a daily basis.At one stage, a potential move to Paris was reportedly dismissed due to the fact that club officials refused to guarantee the Dutchman the same wage structure as star forward Kylian Mbappe. De Ligt, however, has played suggestions that money was the be-all and end-all, reflecting on a summer of speculation that lurched from claim and counter-claim to the downright ridiculous.“Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club,” he said in an interview with VI. “Everyone who knows me, knows that. “Money has never been ‘leading’. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will respect that, but some people were saying things like that very easily.“Every day there was something new. Suddenly, even my father was too fat and that’s why one of the clubs [Manchester United] didn’t want me. That makes you go: ‘come on man’.”He was also quick to defend the part played by his agent Mino Raiola, who was instrumental in constructing his eventual move to the Italian champions.“He has a lot of experience,” said De Ligt of Raiola, who also looks after global stars such as Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli.“I think there may be a certain negative image of him in Holland, but I certainly don’t experience it that way. I think if you ask all of his players if Mino does a good job for them, everyone would say yes. “That’s the most important thing. It’s not about what other people say about him, it’s about what he can do for me.”
The flipside to Alisson Becker being such a perfect fit for Liverpool is the imperfection left in his absence. The best goalkeepers can generally be relied upon to provide consistent service without needing rest or rotation and the injury suffered by Liverpool’s No. 1 on Friday night throws up a significant problem for Jurgen Klopp.The manager was putting no timeframe on how long his goalkeeper would be missing but the fact of the matter is that it’s going to be weeks rather than days. Adrian, signed as a back-up after his West Ham contract expired, is a vastly inferior goalkeeper in all aspects to Alisson but will have to come in and deputise nonetheless.Liverpool’s run to the Champions League title and second place in the Premier League was predicated on a mean defence first and foremost, with only seven conceded in the top flight by the halfway mark last season. They ended up letting in only 22 in all – the best in the league – and have Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Co. to thank for their sixth European title and record-breaking Premier League points total as much as their much-vaunted front three. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That was thanks in no small part to Alisson’s heroics between the posts. That’s not to say the Copa America winner was flying around his goal every two minutes keeping shots out. Rather, it was that Alisson was there to be depended upon as required.Liverpool did not give up a lot of shots overall, truth be told, but Alisson saved a better percentage of chances compared to his goalkeeping peers at other clubs. If they give up chances at a similar clip during his absence then it would be only reasonable to deduce that – with a goalkeeper of a lower standard in his place – they are going to concede more goals.It’s Jurgen Klopp’s worst nightmare; Alisson is perhaps the only true irreplaceable in the Liverpool line-up. They had to do without Van Dijk in the home leg against Bayern in the Champions League last 16 for example and still eased their way to a clean sheet. Mohamed Salah played no part in the second leg of the semi-finals against Barcelona. Other players can come in for those high-profile stars and do a job for the team.Alisson is probably the only one whose exact attributes match the requirements demanded by his position. And that’s what could well derail a Liverpool title bid over the next few weeks.They won six games in a row to start last season, conceding only twice, and on occasion last term were a world class save or two from Alisson away from conceding goals that might well have cost them points or progress. A late save from Arek Milk in the final Champions League group stage game against Napoli – which preserved their status in the competition – comes to mind in that context.Without him there are no guarantees. Across 38 league games last season, Alisson made 76 saves in all from the 307 shots that Liverpool allowed. Fifty of those saves were made from efforts inside the box. Plenty of credit goes to Liverpool’s backline for restricting the number of shots in the first place but the ones that did get through were more often than not repelled by Alisson.His save percentage was 77, the best in the Premier League, whereas David de Gea – widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the division – was much further down on 69 per cent.Ederson – Manchester City’s goalkeeper and Alisson’s national team rival – conceded more goals (23) from fewer shots faced (238). That speaks of Alisson’s ability to make big saves when they matter.Based on the quality and number of chances that Liverpool gave up last season, they conceded seven fewer goals than their expected goals (xG) projections. That’s according to data from Understat. In turn, that helped account for a 13.5 point over-performance in the league, which put them far closer to Manchester City than might have otherwise been expected. Thanks, in no small part, to Alisson’s ability to prevent goals one-on-one.Furthermore, no regular starting goalkeeper played more successful passes than Alisson’s 864 throughout the course of the Premier League season. Liverpool – along with Manchester City and Chelsea – use the goalkeeper like an outfield player more often than any of the other Premier League teams. They do this because it’s fundamental to their play and – therefore – need dependable goalkeepers to pull it off like Ederson and Kepa Arrizabalaga.The last time Adrian was a regular in the division – when he shared duties with Joe Hart at West Ham – he had only 42.5 per cent passing accuracy and his save percentage was low down at 70 per cent. Those numbers are okay and no better, but probably nowhere near good enough to sustain Liverpool’s brilliance at the back. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 11: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks up at the scoreboard as his coaches send in plays in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan State 48-3. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is a couple of days into paid administrative leave at Ohio State. The Buckeyes placed the head coach on leave on Wednesday night following the report by college football insider Brett McMurphy.Meyer, according to the report, was actually aware of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith back in 2015.The Ohio State head coach has since released a statement, saying he was aware but reported everything, following protocol.“Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts,” he said in his statement. “My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”Meyer added:“Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.”Ohio State’s football team, meanwhile, is a couple of weeks away from beginning its season. How long is Meyer expected to be on leave?Yahoo! Sports spoke to a lawyer who believes the investigation could take about two weeks.From the report:One lawyer estimated perhaps two weeks as a reasonable timeline, but much of that could hinge on whether Ohio State brings in an outside firm.We’re about four days into the process. The Buckeyes announced the full details of Meyer’s investigation on Thursday night.Urban Meyer has been at Ohio State since 2012. There are some who believe he’ll be fired and others who think he’ll be staying put.It looks like we could have another week or so before learning a final decision.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re just two hours away from the reveal of the College Football Playoff rankings. After a busy Rivalry Weekend and several significant upsets, fans from around the country are waiting to see if the committee likes their teams enough to have a shot at the playoff this season.With Michigan’s loss to Ohio State, the Wolverines will fall out of the top four. Meanwhile, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all won this weekend which means they’re in for now.It all comes down to championship weekend as the conference title games are played. Who will get in after the title games are played this weekend? ESPN’s computer model, FiveThirtyEight, ran several projections – including a loss from Alabama.Here’s what will happen if Alabama loses to Georgia and Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State all win.Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State win; Alabama loses.Chances of happening: 19 percent Likely playoff field: Clemson (>99 percent), Georgia (98), Ohio State (66), Oklahoma (62) Others: Notre Dame (60 percent), Alabama (13)In this scenario Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma would make the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile, an undefeated Notre Dame program would be sitting at home wondering what happened.It’s difficult to imagine Alabama going from the No. 1 team all season to out of the playoff with a loss, but it’s possible.That’s why they play the games. Stay tuned.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban is getting criticized for what he did at the end of the first half of today’s SEC Championship Game against Georgia.The Crimson Tide’s national title-winning head coach made an extremely bizarre decision late in the second quarter and it ended up costing his team.Trailing Georgia, 21-14, Saban opted to go with a punt block against the Bulldogs, despite UGA being backed up toward its own end zone.The punt-block call ended up biting Alabama, as the Crimson Tide were called for roughing the punter.Many are questioning Saban’s decision to go for the punt block, as it costed the Crimson Tide a chance to give Tua Tagovailoa the ball in scoring position.“Nick Saban with a straight-up coaching failure there. Gonna get the ball at the 50, at worst, before halftime and you go punt block and rough the kicker? Just foolish,” one reporter tweeted.Nick Saban with a straight-up coaching failure there. Gonna get the ball at the 50, at worst, before halftime and you go punt block and rough the kicker? Just foolish.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) December 1, 2018“Big gamble by Saban there to come after punt and in a rare instance, a dumb one. Why not let Tua have the ball?” another added.Big gamble by Saban there to come after punt and in a rare instance, a dumb one. Why not let Tua have the ball?— Neil W. Blackmon (@nwblackmon) December 1, 2018“Saban and media will blame the player. The blame is in the coach for calling a punt block,” one shared.Saban and media will blame the player. The blame is in the coach for calling a punt block.— Tyler Cetrulo (@TJCetrulo) December 1, 2018Alabama now heads into halftime trailing Georgia, 21-14. Will the Crimson Tide be able to come back and pull out a victory? If they don’t, are they still in the College Football Playoff?We’ll find out soon…
WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Kendal Briles of the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)After Kendal Briles stepped down as the offensive coordinator at Houston after yesterday’s bowl loss against Army, reports indicated he was on his way to Tallahassee.That news has become official today. Florida State has tabbed the 36-year-old Briles as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.The ‘Noles announced the move a short time ago.“I’m excited about the addition of Kendal to our staff,” FSU head coach Willie Taggart said. “He brings play-calling experience and familiarity with the type of scheme and tempo we will run, which is similar to the offenses he has coordinated. His ability to recruit, manage an offensive staff, develop quarterbacks and make in-game adjustments will be beneficial to us as we evolve in our offense. Kendal has success at the Power 5 level and has also shown his adaptability to personnel and situations that occur during a season. He had multiple opportunities following the 2018 season and we feel the fit here will be a good one.”713 ✈ 850Welcome to Tallahassee.https://t.co/7uUokOtEqg— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) December 23, 2018Now, Briles is well-regarded as an offensive mind, but he comes with some serious baggage. While working for his father Art at Baylor, both Briles’ were involved in the program’s infamous sexual assault scandal.It is a risky hire by Taggart, but perhaps he was motivated by the fact his job could be on the line if the Seminoles don’t win next year.Florida State finished 5-7 this season, snapping the nation’s longest consecutive bowl games streak.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For the Alabama and Oklahoma football programs, tomorrow’s the big day.The two powerhouse programs are set to meeting in the Orange Bowl, in the No. 1 vs. No. 4 game of the College Football Playoff semifinals.Alabama rolled through the regular season with an undefeated record, dominating most of the teams along the way, with Tua Tagovailoa putting up Heisman-worthy numbers, and barely needing to play in fourth quarters.Things were a little shaky in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, especially after a largely-ineffective Tagovailoa was knocked out of the game. Jalen Hurts entered and dominated, securing yet another Playoff berth for the Tide.It was Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray that wound up edging out Tagovailoa for the Heisman, with his impressive numbers, and efficiency that even outdid the Alabama quarterback despite having to carry the team.Oklahoma was not as dominant across the board, though. The team lost to Texas during the year, a game it avenged in the Big 12 Championship, and had serious defensive struggles.Alabama and Oklahoma will play in the later game of the back-to-back College Football Playoff semifinals.The game from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will kick off at approximately 8 p.m. ET.High Tide in Miami.#OutworkYesterday#CapitalOneOrangeBowl#CFBPlayoff#RollTide pic.twitter.com/T0AAMX88Zq— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 27, 2018The game will be broadcast on ESPN, with Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe on the call.The winner will face the Clemson-Notre Dame Cotton Bowl winner in the National Championship Game.
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Kelee Ringo, the top cornerback in the 2020 recruiting class, tweeted on Wednesday that he’d reveal the five remaining schools he’s considering. Well, the time has finally come for that announcement.According to 247Sports, Ringo is the No. 1 cornerback and No. 9 overall recruit in his class. Any team would be fortunate enough to receive his commitment.Ringo began his recruitment process with 34 offers, but from this point forward he’s only considering five programs.The six-foot-two cornerback has trimmed his list down to Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas.His announcement took place on Twitter.Check it out:Thank you God for 17 years of blessings🙏 Respect my decision….. #top5 pic.twitter.com/Qig6bTROUT— Kelee Ringo (@KeleeRingo) June 27, 2019247Sports’ crystal ball prediction has Texas tied with Georgia in terms of percentage. Ultimately, lead expert Blair Angulo believes the Longhorns will land Ringo.Tom Herman could desperately use a commitment from Ringo to boost his 2020 recruiting class that ranks No. 38 in the country.Georgia, on the other hand, has the No. 4 recruiting class and is looking to make it even stronger.Another program that can’t be dismissed from the equation is Ohio State. Despite Urban Meyer’s departure from the program, head coach Ryan Day is proving that he can recruit talent to Columbus.Expect all five programs in the hunt for Ringo to ramp up their recruiting efforts.