TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski ends Real Madrid talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has ended talk of a move to Real Madrid.Lewandowski says he may never leave Bayern Munich.”For me, it’s definitely an option to end my career at Bayern,” Lewandowski told SportBild. “A change is not in my head. I admit in the summer other things were an issue but that’s over.”It is quite possible that I will stay here for a very long time. I fully identify with Bayern. I feel that, since all the rumours and problems are off the table, I am wholeheartedly with FC Bayern, 100 per cent.”Lewandowski is 30 and has a contract with Bayern Munich until 2021.
Nasri adamant West Ham have top-six capabilitiesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri says West Ham United have the potential to become one of England’s top clubs. The Frenchman made his return from an 18-month doping ban with a man-of-the-match performance against Birmingham City on Saturday.Nasri has played for Manchester City and Arsenal – the Hammers opponents this weekend – and he thinks the club can reach the upper echelon of Premier League clubs.”You choose a club and a project because of the ambition, and I think that West Ham has everything to be one of the biggest clubs,” he said. “This team has a lot of quality which has the potential to finish high up the league.”Just look at some of the names the club has brought in. Felipe Anderson was the new wonderkid when he signed for Lazio, and two or three years ago they were talking about a move to Manchester United.”Jack Wilshere, I know him from when he first came in at Arsenal. He was a wonderkid and he is a special player.”[Andriy] Yarmolenko – same thing. Chicharito – same thing. This squad is full of talent and has the right ingredients for this team to go really high.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Ajax youth chief Tevreden hails Chelsea whiz Castillo: He returns strongerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax youth chief Brian Tevreden is delighted seening Juan Familia-Castillo back in Amsterdam.The wing-back has joined Ajax on-loan from Chelsea for the season.And Tevreden told Ajax Showtime: “Juan has done well at Chelsea. “He skipped teams there and was also known as a great talent within the program. Of course, it is difficult to break through there. He did train with the A-squad.”It didn’t turn out bad for Juan. He has become even stronger physically and technically by training at a high level, with high intensity.”I think his future is on left back. “There are few left backs with all those qualities at the moment. He is certainly a boy with potential.”Tevreden added: “I don’t see Juan’s return to Ajax as a sign of failure. If Juan hadn’t become a good player, Ajax would have also no effort to get him back.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say The next one? Largie Ramazani exciting Man Utd managementby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United management are delighted with the progress of Largie Ramazani.For the U23s win over Fulham, it looked to be heading for a draw until Belgian winger Ramazani beat two men down the right flank before crossing for Dylan Levitt to turn home in the 85th minute.Ramazani has scored four goals and notched two assists in six appearances this season and Wood is urging the 18-year-old to continue his fine form.”He’s really improved,” U23 coach Wood said of Ramazani. “He had a really good pre-season, he’s come back and he seems to have matured his game on the pitch and he’s producing goals, he’s producing assists.”We thought his second half compared to his first half was really good and when he’s on that kind of form you kind of see what he can do, but it’s about getting him to maintain that level.”
Peter Schmeichel calls for patience at Man Utdby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Schmeichel has called for patience after Manchester United’s loss to Newcastle United on Sunday.The former United goalkeeper cited Sir Alex Ferguson’s slow start to his United career as evidence of why supporters must stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”Before we all go mad about what needs to be done and gets carried away on how ‘bad’ it is, let’s just remind ourselves of how long it took Sir Alex Ferguson to create a winning team,” he wrote on Twitter.”Manchester United building success takes time!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
houston trolls baylor after lossThere are just five undefeated teams left in college football, and only one of them resides in Texas. Houston, behind an incredible fourth quarter comeback against Memphis that featured three touchdowns in the game’s final 13 minutes, is now 10-0 on the season. Baylor, after falling to Oklahoma 44-34, is now 8-1.The Cougars decided to have a bit of fun at the Bears’ expense, sending out an interesting tweet right as the OU vs. Baylor game ended. Check it out:Houston – the ONLY UNDEFEATED team in the state of Texas. #HTownTakeover #GoCoogs pic.twitter.com/0Ky9BB3Kfj— #HTownTakeover (@UHCougarFB) November 15, 2015Sadly, the two don’t play this year, so there’s no way to actually determine which team is better. Regardless, it’s well-played by the school.
kenyan drake trolls michigan stateAlabama running back Kenyan Drake just landed a zinger on Michigan State and its fans. Early in Thursday night’s Cotton Bowl contest, Drake, after catching a pass and running for a short gain, flopped on the sideline after being brushed by a Michigan State defender. As a result, he’s been getting a lot of hate online.And you thought soccer players were dramatic! #CottonBowl @AlabamaFTBL #Flop #Drama #Alabama pic.twitter.com/A65RYXfGMm— Dan Smith (@Gofrogs987Smith) January 1, 2016 His response? Drake took to Twitter to start a poll for his followers – who flopped worse? Him or Michigan State? Obviously, it’s a shot at the Spartans, who were thoroughly outplayed in a 38-0 loss.It’s a safe bet Drake will eventually delete the tweet, but the damage has already been done. Nick Saban’s on line one.
brandon burton announces top 3Brandon Burton, a four-star athlete who plays both safety and wide receiver for Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, has announced his top three schools on Twitter. Burton is down to two in-state universities and one ACC power. He’ll be choosing between USC, UCLA and Florida State.Top Three Alert Major pic.twitter.com/nvOWon5eOt— Brandon Burton (@BraandonD1) January 8, 2016Burton, a class of 2016 recruit, stands at 6-foot-1, 188 pounds. He’s ranked as the 11th-best player in the state, per Rivals.
Colin Kaepernick further explained his boycotting of the national anthem today.The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback sat while the Star Spangled Banner played at his preseason game on Saturday. He later said it was to protest America’s oppression of black people. The NFL issued a statement, saying they encourage but do not require their players to stand for the anthem.Cam Inman posted five videos from Kaepernick’s interview with the media today, in which he solidifies his stance.Here they are.#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 1 pic.twitter.com/WEPwqBucsh— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 2 pic.twitter.com/zQxexPLKba— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 3 pic.twitter.com/HG22md3oDW— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 4 pic.twitter.com/jCoAQzl38N— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016Colin Kaepernick video Part 5 pic.twitter.com/N7FAf0Fsj2— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016You can read Inman’s full story on Kaepernick’s statements here.
Megan Rapinoe has leapt to Alex Morgan’s defence after the United States captain was accused of being “disrespectful” for her tea-sipping celebration in the Women’s World Cup semi-final win over England.Morgan headed in her sixth goal of the tournament in Lyon on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 victory for USA, who advanced to a third-straight final, and she celebrated the winner by pretending to drink tea with her little finger raised.Some construed that as a shot fired at her opponents given the beverage’s popularity in Britain, with England forward Lianne Sanderson, who is working as a pundit for beIN SPORTS at the tournament, calling it “distasteful” and “disrespectful”, and television presenter Piers Morgan saying it was “bordering on a declaration of war”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare USA players had also come under fire for their goal celebrations in a 13-0 win over Thailand earlier in the tournament, long after the game had already been won, and Rapinoe appeared sick of the latest round of criticism.”Wah-wah-wah. I mean, it’s like, we’re at the World Cup – what do you want us to do?” Rapinoe said.”This is the biggest stage, the biggest moment. I don’t think anyone truly believes that we disrespect the game or disrespect our opponents. We have the utmost respect for England and every team that we’ve faced and every team that we will face forever and ever, that’s just part of the DNA of this squad.”With that said, we work hard, we like to play hard and we like to have fun and enjoy ourselves, and these are the absolute biggest moments to do that.”This team is special. Thanks for the bday love. Thanks for the rocking stadium. Thanks for continuing to believe with us. And that’s the tea.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 2, 2019Rapinoe was one of three players conducting interviews on Wednesday when Jill Ellis’ squad were leaving their hotel, with Morgan curiously spotted hot drink in hand as she walked past the cameras to the team bus.Despite the storm in a teacup that has followed, Morgan had suggested the pose Rapinoe pulled after her first goal in the quarter-final win over France was the best celebration of the tournament.”I think I might have been upstaged,” Rapinoe said when asked about that comment.”That was next level from Alex. Maybe we will have to do it at the same time and we’ll duke it out!”Rapinoe was in the news earlier on Wednesday when she continued her feud with U.S. President Donald Trump.”I expect him to have better things to do,” she said referring to the President criticising her on Twitter.
The Frank Lampard era at Chelsea continues with their second pre-season friendly of the summer against League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic. The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Bohemians in Lampard’s first game in charge on Wednesday. Michy Batshuayi gave Chelsea an early lead but a last-minute strike from Eric Molloy denied the new boss an opening game victory.Former England midfielder Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge earlier this month, signing a three-year contract after leaving Championship side Derby. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare St Patrick’s Athletic are currently fifth in the League of Ireland and were beaten 2-0 at home to Swedish side Norrkoping in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday. Game St Patrick’s vs Chelsea Date Saturday, July 13 Time 2pm BST / 9am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via chelseafc.com or The 5th Stand app. US TV channel Online stream n/a chelseafc.com / The 5th Stand In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via chelseafc.com. UK TV channel Online stream n/a chelseafc.com / The 5th Stand Squads & Team News Position St Patrick’s squad Goalkeepers Murphy, Maher, Clarke Defenders Webster, Bermingham, Toner, Desmond, Kelly, Madden, Cleary Midfielders Doona, Forrester, Lennon, Coleman, McCabe, Clifford, Markey, Miele Forwards Shaw, Brennan, Clarke, Kavanagh St Patrick’s starting XI: Murphy, Cleary, Webster, Kelly, Bermingham, McCabe, Markey, Forrestor, Clarke, Doona, Walker. Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Cumming Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Zouma, Ampadu, Alonso, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson, Tomori, Maatsen, Midfielders Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Barkley, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Mount, Palmer, Gimour Forwards Pedro, Batshuayi, Giroud, Abraham, Chelsea starting XI: Caballero, Zappacosta, Tomori, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Mount, Kovacic, Barkley, Abraham, Batshuayi.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are unsurprisingly heavy favourites and can be backed at 1/14 with Bet365 . A draw is priced at 9/1, while a St Patrick’s win is on offer at 16/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Frank Lampard insists that fitness rather than results is the priority as his squad make their first tentative steps into pre-season.The new Chelsea manager has been subjecting his squad to double training sessions as he looks to get the players into shape ahead of the new campaign.The Blues still looked rusty in their opening game of pre-season against Bohemians in midweek.They will again be expected to win the final game of their Irish tour against St Patrick’s but Lampard wouldn’t be concerned if they didn’t.”I want to stretch them because that’s what pre-season is all about,” said the former England midfielder.“We wanted to win (against Bohemians) obviously because you always do but it’s not about that at this point – it’s about individuals getting fit and pushing themselves to the limit. “I have a way of working that can be taxing on the players and we wanted to get straight into it. We have to because we want fitness and intensity in our game. I’m happy not just with how they’ve practically done things but with their attitude in taking everything on.”Like many of the top sides Chelsea will cross the globe as they prepare for the 2019-20 Premier League season, travelling more than 13,500 miles.After Saturday’s game they will head to Japan to take on J-League side Kawasaki Frontale and Spanish giants Barcelona.They then return to England to face Championship side Reading at the Madejski Stadium before trips to Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.A familiar face on Saturday will be St Pat’s midfielder Conor Clifford, who captained the Chelsea to Youth Cup success in 2010, scoring the winning goal in the final against Aston Villa.“It’ll be good to see a few of the old faces as the kitman and a lot of the medical staff are still the same,” said Clifford, who left Chelsea in 2013.“I loved my time at Chelsea. I won the Youth Cup, played a lot of reserve games and trained regularly with first-team squad and the best players in the world.“Lamps (Lampard) looked after me really well. We sat down for lunch every day and we’d stay out after training to strike the ball.“He was great with the young players. He’s such a legend of the game and it’ll be great to catch up, say hello and ask him for a trial!”
Algeria and Nigeria face off in a repeat of the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday, with Nigeria looking to replicate the result which saw them lift their first continental title.That was both countries’ first appearance in the final, and it took Algeria another decade to reach their second and be crowned champions for the first time.Nigeria have won seven of the last nine games between these sides, but this one looks like being a highly competitive affair with Algeria the slight favourites to book their place in Friday’s showpiece. 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? Game Algeria vs Nigeria Date Sunday, July 14 Time 8pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and can be streamed via Eurosport Player UK. UK TV channel Online stream Eurosport 1 Eurosport Player UK Squads & Team News Position Algeria squad Goalkeepers M’Bolhi, Doukha, Oukidja. Defenders Mandi, Helliche, Tahrat, Benlamri, Fares, Zeffane, Atal, Bensebaini. Midfielders Mahrez, Feghouli, Brahimi, Ounas, Boudaoui, Guedioura, Abeid, Bennacer. Forwards Slimani, Delort, Bounedjah, Belaili. Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi will be without right-back Youcef Atal, with the youngster ruled out with a fractured collarbone.Possible Algeria XI: M’Bolhi; Bensabaini, Benlamri, Mandi, Zeffane; Guedioura; Belaili, Bennacer, Feghouli, Mahrez; Bounedjah. Position Nigeria squad Goalkeepers Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Uzoho. Defenders Omeruo, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Aina, Collins, Awaziem. Midfielders Mikel, Ndidi, Etebo, Ogu, Abdullahi. Forwards Musa, Ighalo, Iwobi, Onyekuru, Chukwueze, Onuachu, Simon, Kalu, Osimhen. Gernot Rohr will be boosted by the return to fitness of midfielders John Obi Mikel and Shehu Abdullahi, and has no new injury concerns. Possible Nigeria XI: Akpeyi; Awaziem, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Aina; Ndidi, Mikel; Iwobi, Mikel, Musa; Ighalo.Betting & Match Odds Algeria are 29/20 favourites to win this match with bet365. Nigeria can be backed at 21/10, while a draw is available at 2/1.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Algeria have looked in imperious form at times during this tournament, coming through the group stage with three wins and no goals conceded before seeing off Guinea and Ivory Coast in the knockout state.Nice right-back Youcef Atal will be a loss after he was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, but they have an impressive core of experienced players in the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Yacine Brahimi and Sofiane Feghouli.”We want to write our history,” said manager Djamel Belmadi. “And the players want to write their history as well.”It’s not far — two more steps, but two very difficult steps to this great achievement. We will try our best.”Nigeria’s squad is stacked with attacking talent but they stuttered during the group stage, finishing second behind Madagascar after 1-0 wins over Burundi and Guinea.They stepped up in the knockout stage, coming out on top of an entertaining game to beat Cameroon 3-2 before a last-minute win against South Africa in the quarter-finals.These two met in qualifying for the 2017 World Cup, with one Nigeria win and a draw – though the draw was later chalked down as an Algeria win as Nigeria were punished for fielding an ineligible player.But Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr thinks his side are facing a very different Algeria team this time around.”They were fragile at the time,” he said. “We beat them 3-1 and there were lots of individual mistakes, they made it easy for us…in the return match they were also fragile.”Now they are solid, they have a good balance between attack and defence, they are still very physical and they have progressed a lot.”It will be a very different match from those two years ago.”
Marco Reus says he does not regret his decision to stay at Borussia Dortmund as his agent revealed that some of the world’s top clubs were pushing to sign the midfielder in 2015.Reus originally joined Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, and rapidly became one of the world’s most in-demand attackers as he thrived under manager Jurgen Klopp.The midfielder helped the club reach the 2012-13 Champions League final while scoring at least 19 goals in three of his first four seasons with Dortmund. 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? However, injuries soon became a major impact on Reus’ career, as the German star missed considerable game-time in recent years due to a number of ligament problems.In 2015, though, Reus was still hot property, despite the first of those injuries, with a number of top clubs linked with the star.He signed a new deal with Dortmund that year, but one of Reus’ agents, Kai Psotta, says that clubs like Barcelona, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and both Manchester United and Manchester City were chasing the German international.”For example, in summer 2015, my boss Dirk Hebel sat in the Dusseldorf airport hotel with Barcelona’s Raul Sanllehi. Six months later, the Catalan club’s officials, led by Robert Fernandez, launched another attempt to lure Reus to Spain,” Psotta told GQ.”They were as unsuccessful as Arsenal’s Richard Law, who had a total of three meetings, as were Ivan Gazidis of AC Milan [Editor’s Note: Gazidis was still at Arsenal in 2015] and Olivier Letang of Paris Saint-Germain and representatives of both Manchester clubs.”Reus had a bounce-back season in 2018-19, reaching his peak once again as Dortmund finished second in the league.The 30-year-old midfielder scored 21 goals in 36 appearances, having played only 39 matches the prior two seasons combined.And, despite Dortmund’s lack of trophies in recent seasons, Reus is determined to help guide the club to success.”Of course, I have been thinking about the offers of these top clubs for more than a day, everything else would be a lie. But in the end, I always chose my club, and I still do not regret it to this day,” Reus affirmed.”Because I belong here. Because Dortmund is my club. And I really want to win the Bundesliga with this club. I want to be DFB Pokal winner again. I want to be in the Champions League final again. Knowing that you have three, four good years, every year you try to get the most out of it.”
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)College football is full of great head coaches. The names Saban, Swinney and Meyer are only some of the ones that come to mind.But not every coach reaches that status. When you rank all the coaches in the country, someone has to be 130th (dead last) if Saban is No. 1.Sporting News’ Bill Bender released his head coach rankings this week. He has a Power 5 head coach near the bottom.Kansas’ David Beaty ranks 119th out of 130 coaches. He’s down from 106 last year.Here’s a look at the company Beaty is in.121. Jay Norvell, Nevada (128) 120. Brad Lambert, Charlotte (116) 119. David Beaty, Kansas (106) 118. Mark Whipple, UMass (127) 117. Turner Gill, Liberty (NR) 116. Everett Withers, Texas State (118) 115. Matt Viator, Louisiana-Monroe (117) 114. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina (110) 113. Nick Rolovich, Hawaii (94) 112. Tony Sanchez, UNLV (109)Beaty is in a tough spot. Coaching at Kansas is exceptionally hard, and not many have been able to win there.Still, when you’re 3-33 in your three seasons as a head coach, including an 0-12 season in 2015 and a 1-26 mark in conference play, you’re going to be ranked very low.You can see the rest of the rankings here.
EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a first half touchdown by Saeed Blacknall #13 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is just a few weeks away. While teams are gearing up for a new season, the Penn State Nittany Lions will be rejoicing in the latest college commitment.One of the top recruits in the 2019 recruiting class has arrived at his decision. He’s heading to the Big Ten.Michael Johnson Jr., a four-star quarterback from Eugene has committed to Penn State. He chose the Nittany Lions over basically every other major program.The soon-to-be high school senior held offers from 30 colleges across the nation including Alabama, Florida State, and Michigan.The 6-foot-2.5 quarterback announced his decision on Twitter.C O M M I T T E D #InGodsHands pic.twitter.com/rpN6NP0Kef— Michael Johnson Jr. (@m_johnsonjr1) August 1, 2018Johnson’s father is a wide receivers coach at Oregon. The Ducks were considered contenders to land the top quarterback, but James Franklin and company won out in the end.Johnson is the No. 1 recruit from the state of Oregon, and the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
Ohio State and Minnesota are underway in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes and the Golden Gophers are playing in a Big Ten showdown at Ohio Stadium.FOX Sports 1 has the broadcast.Everyone’s favorite announcer, Gus Johnson, has the play-by-play duties. Unfortunately, he made an embarrassing mistake right before kickoff.Ohio State’s quarterback, of course, is Dwayne Haskins.Johnson, though, referred to him as Dwyane Wade.Oops.30 seconds into the pregame commentary and Gus Johnson has already called Dwayne Haskins “Dwyane Wade,” we’re in for a good one— chuck ? (@crowcialist) October 13, 2018“With Dwayne Wade in at QB, it’s a different world here at OHIO STATE!”Close enough, Gus.— Matt Edwards (@MattEdwards) October 13, 2018FS1 has been pimping this game between “two heavyweights” all week….Gus Johnson just called Dwayne Haskins Dwyane Wade. And we are offffff.— Cameron Collins (@CFBjunkie2016) October 13, 2018Close enough, Gus.Ohio State and Minnesota are on FOX Sports 1.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Few college football programs have had a better bowl season than Texas.The Longhorns finished the year on a crazy high note, taking down Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.The game wasn’t as close as the final score (28-21), as Texas dominated Georgia for most of the contest.Kirk Herbstreit is a big fan of what Texas has moving forward.The ESPN college football analyst says the Longhorns have a “ton of momentum” moving forward.“This is a HUGE win for the Horns and Tom Herman! Team was motivated and very well prepared. Kind of win that can create a ton of momentum into next year! Congrats!” he tweeted.Congratulations @TexasFootball!! This is a HUGE win for the Horns and Tom Herman! Team was motivated and very well prepared. Kind of win that can create a ton of momentum into next year! Congrats!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 2, 2019Texas is a likely preseason top 10 team heading into the 2019 season.The Longhorns will hope to contend for a Big 12 championship and College Football Playoff berth.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The biggest transfer news in college football has been Georgia five-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields’ decision to transfer to Ohio State.Fields will be pursuing a waiver to make him eligible right away in 2019. If he is, he’ll compete with Tate Martell for the starting quarterback job in Columbus, assuming Dwayne Haskins enters the 2019 NFL Draft.At least one college football recruiting analyst is bullish on Fields’ potential under Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. 247Sports’ Barton Simmons thinks there is a possibility Fields could surpass Clemson freshman star Trevor Lawrence.Lawrence was the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2018 class, while Fields ranked No. 2. Lawrence has starred this season for Clemson, which plays Alabama tomorrow night for the national title.“At one point, we had Justin Fields ranked higher than Trevor Lawrence,” Simmons said on the Cover 3 College Football Podcast. “I made a case that there’s a very real debate to be had on who’s the better quarterback. A lot of Clemson folks were saying, ‘what a dumb take that was. How you feeling now?’ … They may be right. Trevor Lawrence may be five times the quarterback Justin Fields is, but we don’t know that right now. No one knows that. If Trevor Lawrence was at Georgia this season, I would make the case that he would not be the starting quarterback right now. That means you’re beating out Jake Fromm, and I don’t think anyone’s beating out Jake Fromm.”Simmons went on to say Fields has a “Cam Newton-ish” ceiling, though he cautioned he has a ways to go to get to that point.“I’m a believer in (Fields’) ability,” Simmons said. “I really am. … He’s not as sure of a thing as Trevor Lawrence. He’s not thrown as many passes in high school. He was a one-man team. He didn’t play on a good team. He scrambled a lot. There’s development that needs to take place. Were he the starting quarterback at Clemson this year, I’m not necessarily going to argue he would be having a better or as good of a season as Trevor Lawrence. But if he develops, if he gets coached up in the right way, he’s got a ceiling that is Cam Newton-ish. It’s going to be fun to watch what he does at a place like Ohio State.”Fields threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 266 yards and four more scores in limited action for Georgia this season.[ 247 Sports ]
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 7: USC Trojans fans cheer against the Washington Huskies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 7, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 26-20. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)Back in March, Darion Green-Warren announced his decommitment from Oklahoma. The move may have had something to do with changes coming to OU’s defensive strategy under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.Whatever the reason for the move, Green-Warren remains uncommitted as we enter the summer. The four-star recruit is one of the top defensive backs available in the class of 2019.Green-Warren is the No. 198 player in the country, per 247Sports. He’s ranked No. 18 among cornerbacks and No. 15 among all recruits from California.Darion Green-Warren announced his new final six schools list on Monday night.The blue-chip corner no longer has Oklahoma in the mix at all, per this list. USC appears to be the new favorite. The local power has the lion’s share of predictions at 247Sports‘ crystal ball.The Trojans are joined by a Big Ten-heavy group of schools, including Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Penn State. SEC East powerhouse Georgia rounds out the list.Final 6! s/o @GeauxEdits pic.twitter.com/kcDRDg8JD4— Darion Green-Warren (@gogettadarion) June 25, 2019The Bulldogs currently have the top recruiting class of any of those involved for Green-Warren, at No. 4 in the country. They’re followed by Michigan (No. 9), Penn State (No. 19), Michigan State (No. 40), USC (No. 49), and Nebraska (No. 72).Of course, there is a lot of time for these rankings to shift, with around six months until the early signing period.