About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane had no problem with his placing in the Ballon d’Or vote.Varane finished seventh in this year’s running.He said, “It’s (Luka) Modric, a friend, who won. So I can only be very happy for him. “There are only great players in the race. If I had been told a few years ago that I would be disappointed if I did not have the Ballon d’Or, I’d have signed for that right away (laughs). “No, frankly, I cannot be disappointed because my year for 2018 was fantastic. And for me, the most beautiful reward, it is the comments of some people in the world of football which were expressed.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Wolves star Dendoncker relishing Prem testby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker is enjoying life against the top teams.The newly promoted side have reserved their best showings for clashes against the “top six” in the Premier League.Their most recent scalp is the 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Liverpool at home.And Dendoncker is loving such occasions.”It’s great to play in the team, it helps to be on their side,” he said to the Express and Star.”I’m happy for the team, we will see what comes.”The whole team performed really well. We try to help each other a lot, that’s what we try to do every game.”It was a good team performance, the whole team worked a lot for the win.”We kept on going, even when they scored at 1-1.”
Keane and Carragher clash over Liverpool’s title failureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane has enjoyed a dig at Jamie Carragher over Liverpool’s title failure.Keane and Carragher were both in the Sky Sports studio analysing Manchester United’s latest defeat to West Ham in the Premier League. “I was in this position at Liverpool where you are trying to catch teams,” he said.”Sometimes you just need that two or three players who can transform them. I think of Luis Suarez coming to Liverpool.”For three or four years we were finishing sixth and seventh, where United are and then almost won the title.”Sometimes that one player can make all the difference.”But Keane hit back with his own response and suggested finishing runners-up would never be enough for United.”Jamie, you said almost winning the title. You didn’t win a title. You are talking about Manchester United here,” Keane said.Carragher responded by saying it would help United ‘bridge the gap’ but Keane snapped back: “But Liverpool are still trying to bridge that gap.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sergio Ramos hails Real Madrid ‘hunger’ for victory at Sevillaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSergio Ramos hailed Real Madrid’s “hunger” for victory at Sevilla.Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game as Zinedine Zidane’s side bounced back from their 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.”We knew how difficult the game was going to be as it’s been years since we won here,” Ramos told Movistar+ at full time.”We came with a very strong mentality and with the intention of making as few mistakes as possible.”Even though Sevilla had possession, we always knew we’d have little of the ball and when we did have it we took advantage of it.”We achieved the objective and we stayed calm this week, after everything that was said.”Real Madrid are always hungry to win.”The team is always very optimistic.”The team is improving.”This is very long, we’ve drawn level with Athletic Club in the table and we have to keep trying to improve as a team and especially to take chances like we did today.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lucas Vazquez confident Real Madrid fans behind himby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Vazquez is confident Real Madrid fans are behind him.The midfielder has been jeered by the home support this season.”I have always felt the support of the Bernabeu during these five seasons,” Vazquez intimated in an interview with MARCA.”I always notice when the crowd shows me affection, I’m very happy with that.”We know that we’re at Real Madrid and that we are exposed to people’s opinions, you have to be calm.”
TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Casper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hireby Andrew Maclean16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClass of 92′ graduate Chris Casper says Manchester United should follow in the footsteps of their rivals by hiring a sporting director.The Red Devils have gone from perennial champions under Sir Alex Ferguson to floating in the Premier League abyss six years after the great Scot’s departure. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have been and gone, and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be next with his team sitting 12th on the table.Every United fan and their dog have had an opinion on where the club’s gone wrong, with recruitment the term heard frequently amongst pub banter and social media threads.United are looking for a sporting director to rectify the problem, with a range of names thrown around from RB Leipzig mastermind Paul Mitchell to ex-United leader Rio Ferdinand.But news of an appointment has dried up and recruitment has faltered as a result, as Solskjaer’s sudden shortage of attacking options can attest.United are undoubtedly leaps and bounds behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and Salford City sporting director Casper thinks filling the new position will allow for maximum efficiency throughout the club.Asked if it would be smart move, Casper told TribalFootball.com: “Yeah I think so. Especially when you look at Txiki Begiristain with Man City and Michael Edwards at Liverpool as their sporting directors. “I think it’s just about having that link with the manager, I think it’s really important. The strategic plan and the plan the owners are looking to achieve, I think that’s got to be clear in how you want to achieve it and you need to someone who is going to help co-ordinate that. “You can lack support for all the different departments, and especially for the manager on the side of recruiting staff, recruiting players and take away a lot of the nonsense that managers in the past have had to deal with, speaking to agents and trying to deal with players and things like that. “The head coaches that Man City and Liverpool have got are unbelievable coaches and they can focus on what they do best and that’s working with players on the training and getting the best out of them. And it’s clearly working for them because they are the best two teams in the league.”Solskjaer has intimated United would be targeting young and hungry British players in their recruitment drive this past summer.Signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all meet those requirements, which Casper thinks is a wise idea for the future.He added: “It’s sensible. It’s got to be a long-term strategic plan. “It can’t be short-term, over one year or 18 months. It has to be a five, ten-year plan of what they’re going to do. You look at Manchester City, obviously not with British players, but they have a certain identity of a player that they want to bring in and they’ve been doing it for the last eight to ten years. “That’s a long-term strategy and plan that’s flourishing. That’s what Man Utd has to look towards now and hopefully this is the start of young players being given an opportunity. “It’s the biggest club in the world and they’ve got to get back to hopefully where they were seven or eight years ago, regularly challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say BVB turn sights on Wolves midfielder Campbellby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund are interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Chem Campbell.Football Insidersays the German giants are eyeing the 16-year-old as one of the most promising talents in his age group.The Wales U17 star has not signed a contract renewal at Wolves, which means that he can move on for a modest fee in the winter or summer.He is eligible to sign pro terms when he turns 17, which is in December.The club will be hoping they can convince him to stay.However, Dortmund believe they can offer him a better path to the first team, which may be tempting for the teenager.
OSU 40-Yard DashBraxton Miller’s throwing arm is yet to reach full strength – the Ohio State senior quarterback is working his way back from a torn labrum – but his legs appear to be good-to-go. Saturday afternoon, the two-time Big Ten MVP accepted on Twitter a fan’s challenge to a race. We’re not sure if Miller is joking or serious. Hopefully he’s the latter. @BraxtonMiller5 you ready to race big dog— Alex Gies (@AGies3) April 11, 2015You think u gonna win? https://t.co/KlFfvFomED— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Next Saturday? https://t.co/idlmES3Gi0— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015@AGies3 I’ll give you a 10 yard head start pic.twitter.com/VizcXE35Dt— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Please let this happen, Ohio State. The Buckeyes spring game is set to occur next Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
ESPN’s pre-season Football Power Index (FPI), defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season” has debuted. The rankings are compiled based off the results of 10,000 simulations. One of the categories you can rank teams in order of is remaining strength of schedule. Since the 2015 season hasn’t begun, the FPI strength of schedule rankings represent which teams have the toughest slates this year. Alabama tops the FPI strength of schedule rankings, and the top 20 is not surprisingly SEC-heavy. Twelve of the 20 programs are members of the SEC. ESPN SOS RankingThe full FPI rankings are available here.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s sideline shove of assistant strength coach David Grimes drew national attention over the weekend. Kelly said on Tuesday he “regretted” that the incident took place. Kelly’s hotheadedness and sideline demonstrations are well-documented, but ESPN SportsNation host Marcellus Wiley accused the veteran head coach of racism for his treatment of Grimes. Speaking on SportsNation yesterday, Wiley had the following to say: “This is racial. You know I don’t like to play the race card, but I’m going to go here on this one,” he said. “When you see a black coach getting emasculated basically, undermined on the sidelines, when he’s a coach with authority over those players, they’re going to say, ‘Huh, there are very few images and likenesses of a black player with the position of authority on the coaching staff.’ Very few. And when you see one treated like that, your imagination starts to take over and says ‘Brian Kelly, we tried to respect all of you guys on a level playing field, despite the fact that most of us on the field are black, but then most of you on the sidelines are white.’ But when you undermine one of the few figures that we can actually see a likeness, now that speaks volumes to those players…”Wiley’s co-hosts Michelle Beadle and Max Kellerman seemed to support his point. You can view all of their comments and the full video of the exchange below. We’ve seen Kelly scream at quarterbacks both white (Dayne Crist, Tommy Rees) and black (Everett Golson, DeShone Kizer) on the sideline in recent years. He’s berated officials as well. Was his behavior towards Grimes racially motivated? We’ll let you be the judge. [ MediaIte ]
James Franklin BunnyEaster Sunday is tomorrow, and Penn State head football coach James Franklin is hosting an event for children at his house. It features candy, possibly an egg hunt…and Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny.Yup, that’s correct. Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny and took down the pinata containing candy for all the party-goers. Instead of using a bat, he laid out and tackled the pinata. A 6’2″ and extremely competitive Easter bunny at @coachjfranklin‘s house? Yup, that checks out. pic.twitter.com/ISCItB4qgG— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) March 26, 2016Father, Coach, Friend, Loving Husband…Easter Bunny? @coachjfranklin #PSUnrivaled Happy Easter from Happy Valley pic.twitter.com/3iv9Y6Z02R— PJ Mullen (@psuPJ) March 26, 2016That’s an incredible sight. Not every day you see a Big Ten head coach in a furry costume tackling a pinata. [ Dr. Saturday ]
Twitter/@Mark__SnyderParamus Catholic has been very kind to the Michigan football program. The New Jersey football power produced Michigan star Jabrill Peppers, as well as Rashan Gary, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 and top Michigan signee. Today, Harbaugh’s never-ending satellite camp tour makes a high-profile stop at the school, and he did not hesitate to make a ridiculous comparison.Harbaugh moving with the mic, said he feels like he did going into the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/Gv4Y0s5Yra— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 8, 2016Harbaugh coached in Super Bowl XLVII, where his San Francisco 49ers lost to his brother’s Baltimore Ravens, so technically ‘he would know.’ Never stop selling, Harbaugh.As for #HarbaughJerseyWatch, after rocking an Archie Manning jersey in Mississippi this morning, Harbaugh went with Derek Jeter this evening. Pretty appropriate for the greater New York City area.As he promised, Harbaugh with Jeter jersey pic.twitter.com/1eqhImhYww— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 8, 2016We’re not sure about the Super Bowl comparison, but if Harbaugh makes inroads with another Peppers or Gary, it will have been a day well spent for Michigan football.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”
Texas A&M walk-on Cullen Gillaspia will have the honor of wearing No. 12 for the program this season. Friday, he posted an emotional note to Twitter.Cullen Gillaspia, a sophomore linebacker who walked on with the program, was officially given a scholarship last week. Friday, he was given an even bigger honor – he’ll wear No. 12 for the Aggies this season. As you’d guess, that’s a special honor in College Station. Here’s more, via 247Sports:Texas A&M’s 12th Man tradition dates back to 1922 when E. King Gill came down from the stands to suit up against Centre College. Though he did not enter the game, it showed a willingness to join in with the team. That is why Aggie fans are called the “12th Man” to this day.Now, the number 12 at A&M is reserved for one player, usually a special teams ace, and always a walk-on or former walk-on, that shows leadership and dedication.Gillaspia, after learning of the decision, took to Twitter with an emotional note for his followers. You can read it below:“The past week has by far been the best week of my life, from earning a full athletic scholarship to become the 12th man. I would like to personally thank each and every one of ya’ll from the bottom of my heart for the support y’all have showed. None of this would be possible without y’all, and of course the man upstairs. He has been blessing me more than I could ever imagine. Earning the 12th man holds a special place in my heart because it was my goal through the whole offseason. Every rep, every spring, every 5am workout I had one thing in my mind and that was the #12. Today all of the hard work payed off and a dream came true. I cannot wait to run onto Kyle field tomorrow representing the best University in the world. I may be wearing the 12 on the field. But the real 12s are the ones in the stands. I’m extremely humbled and blessed by this opportunity and Tomorrow I plan to make the best of it. Once again, THANKS and #BTHOucla.”Here’s the post itself:#BTHOucla pic.twitter.com/Jo1zDYijTm— Cullen Gillaspia (@CGillaspia) September 2, 2016Congrats to Gillaspia on the honor. Texas A&M and UCLA kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Defending champions the United States set up a blockbuster CONCACAF Gold Cup final against rivals Mexico after beating Jamaica 3-1.Goals from Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic sent USA through to Sunday’s decider following a weather-interrupted semi-final in Nashville.After McKennie’s early opener, Wednesday’s game was stopped for one-and-a-half hours due to lightning, but USA were not to be denied when the clash resumed in the 16th minute, with Pulisic doubling the lead seven minutes into the second half. 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 did concede their first goal of the tournament as Jamaica substitute Shamar Nicholson set up a nervy finale with 21 minutes remaining but Pulisic capitalised on another rebound to make sure of the result in the 87th minute.Goal @USMNT!!! Andre Blake gives a rebound off of Morris’ shot and Christian Pulisic buries it in! 2-0 USA! #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #JAMvUSA pic.twitter.com/s9ZTamNzY1— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led USA and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute.But USA were not to be denied five minutes later as Bradley picked out Reggie Cannon before Jozy Altidore laid the ball onto the oncoming McKennie, who fired past Blake.However, USA’s momentum was abruptly halted by a lengthy delay due to severe weather in the 16th minute and the temporary suspension aided Jamaica.Jamaica emerged from the delay with renewed energy and looked far more threatening, while the United States were disjoined and lacked rhythm.The half-time interval provided USA with the chance to regroup and the Americans did just that as they moved 2-0 ahead through Chelsea-bound Pulisic in the 52nd minute.Goal Jamaica !!! Shamar Nicholson with the textbook header after a great ball from Leon Bailey! Jamaica cuts the lead in half, 2-1 in Nashville! #JAMvUSA #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @jff_football pic.twitter.com/pYOGwuKNRZ— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019Morris latched onto a McKennie pass and managed to get a shot off, with Blake only parried the ball straight into the path of Pulisic, who tucked away the rebound.After Gyasi Zardes wasted a great chance for USA, Jamaica’s Nicholson headed a Leon Bailey cross into the net to pull a goal back for the 2015 and 2017 runners-up, only for Pulisic to pounce on another rebound with three minutes remaining. Another final for USAAfter the pain of missing the 2018 World Cup, USA’s rebuild under Berhalter continues to gather pace. Mexico stand in the way of back-to-back Gold Cup triumphs in the first final showdown between the nations since 2011.Bradley, McKennie impressIt was a fine team display by USA. Not short of critics, veteran midfielder Bradley was cool and calm in possession with his passing a clear highlight. Schalke’s McKennie, meanwhile, showed why he is so highly rated with a goal and a couple of defence-splitting balls.Jamaica can hold heads highFor much of the game, Jamaica were outclassed. But the Reggae Boyz, despite limited resources compared to their USA counterparts, made it tough for the six-time champions just like they did in the 2017 final. What’s next? USA will look to retain their crown again Mexico in Chicago on Sunday, while Jamaica can look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League – starting against Antigua and Barbuda on September 6. read more
Harry Maguire may be the most expensive defender in world football, but the £80 million ($96m) man is no Rio Ferdinand, says former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson.The Red Devils moved to break that transfer record once again over the summer, with a big-money deal done with Premier League rivals Leicester.United raised that particular bar for the first time back in 2002, with Ferdinand lured away from arch-rivals Leeds. 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? Some 17 years on and another England international centre-half has been acquired to bolster the back line at Old Trafford.Maguire has made a bright start to his time in Manchester, but Kleberson believes he will forever operate in the shadow of a United legend.He told Your-promotional-code: “If you look back, Ferdinand was unbelievable. And I don’t think anyone could be close to his level of performance.”His style was totally different to the current United defenders. His commitment to regain the ball was smart, he covered space well against players like [Didier] Drogba.”I don’t see Maguire or [Victor] Lindelof being able to do the same. They’re far, far away from Ferdinand. Rio is one of the best I’ve played with.”I always knew one-on-one he was going to win the ball, so I could prepare to receive to receive the ball from him and attack. I was 100 per cent sure he would win the ball.”While Maguire is considered to be short of Ferdinand’s standard, Kleberson admits he is a shrewd addition for United’s class of 2019.The Brazilian added: “Harry Maguire is a big name for any English club.”In the World Cup he did a good job, but he’s going to have a few tough moments in one on one’s and his pace is not the best.”United need to ensure he’s helped by a strong midfield, to help cover him and defend as a unit.”I don’t know if he will manage to cover on his own like at times against Chelsea.”Maguire helped the Red Devils to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea on debut and has already become the main man in a defensive unit which has struggled for stability and consistency over recent years.”In the Premier League, you have a lot of good strikers but not as many good defenders,” said Kleberson.”Maguire has moved for a lot of money but I think the defenders aren’t as good in the league as they were a few years ago, therefore teams need to pay more.”With Maguire and Lindelof, I don’t know if [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones need to leave but of course their opportunities to play will be a bit less.”Especially as the new defenders have played very well in their first opportunity.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Yesterday, Justify captured the Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in American horse racing history. Justify joins American Pharoah (2015) as the most recent Triple Crown winners.On the surface, there may not be much connection between horse racing and college football, but one program seems to always have a big season a few months after a horse wins the Triple Crown.Notre Dame has a major tradition of performing well in Triple Crown years. That’s good news for Irish fans.This stat, unearthed by ND alum and longtime Clemson football SID Tim Bourret, shows the tie between the Irish and the best racehorses America has to offer.Count on a good football season for Notre Dame in 2018. Years there has been a Triple Crown winner in Horse Racing, the Fighting Irish are a combined 108-10-5 (90 percent) with 5 National Championships, 6 undefeated seasons and 7 top 4 finishes.— Tim Bourret (@TimBourret) June 10, 2018In 2015, Notre Dame went 10-2 in the regular season and earned a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. That was after American Pharaoh snapped a 27-year Triple Crown drought.Can they duplicate or even top that feat this year? The schedule is tough, with an opening game against Michigan, trips to USC and Virginia Tech and other home games against Florida State and Stanford.But the Irish should be particularly strong defensively, and if the offense takes a step forward under quarterback Brandon Wimbush, the ingredients for another 10-win season are there.Plus, it seems like Notre Dame has history on its side.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The “Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic” at Clemson did some fantastic work over the weekend, raising over $350,000 for breast cancer research. However, it is a particular video a Christian Wilkins lap dance with a woman during the “dance” portion of the event that is receiving the most attention, and criticism.During the “Dancing with the Tigers” portion of the event, Wilkins essentially gave one woman attending the event a lap dance. According to Clemson’s response to the backlash, it was not planned.Video of the Christian Wilkins lap dance has circulated online:So this is the benefit of being a booster for Clemson….. pic.twitter.com/OKOS7kNRYx— Zack (@VZRSportsZack) July 21, 2018The other dances were more standard, per Clemson. One example given was Clelin Farrell dancing with his mother.It sounds like Wilkins tried to have some fun with it, and improvised a bit. From The Post and Courier:But Clemson has an explanation for both the video and the photo. The woman in the video with Wilkins is seen laughing and smiling through the salacious lap dance and even switches places with Wilkins at the end of it to give a dance of her own. In the video, the Littlejohn Coliseum crowd is also roaring with approval in what Clemson Sports Information Director Ross Taylor said was a segment called ‘Dancing With the Tigers.’Taylor explained that the clinic featured several segments with different parts of the football team putting on different demonstrations throughout the day. The offensive coaches spoke about their philosophies, the defensive coaches did the same and so did the nutrition staff. ‘Dancing With The Tigers’ was one of those several segments and Wilkins’ performance was the outlier, Taylor said.“That certainly was not indicative of that portion of the day at all,” Taylor said. “For instance, (defensive lineman) Clelin Ferrell was dancing with his mother … needless to say, (Wilkins’ dance) was something that was not planned.”Another part of the event that drew backlash was a “body-building contest.” That was subbed in for a weight-lifting demonstration, after the event was moved to Littlejohn Coliseum due to the size of the crowd. Weights are not allowed on the arena floor.@USC_Zack how about this photo showing up everywhere now! pic.twitter.com/TBOVPWeSaO— Cathie Lynn (@catlynn278) July 23, 2018Ultimately, the event did some very good things with the money raised for breast cancer research, and it sounds like it drew good reviews from those who attended. We’re sure the folks in charge are going to iron out what goes on in some of these activities for next year, though.[The Post and Courier]
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Ohio State football entered the season as one of college football’s top teams, as well as one surrounded by intrigue and controversy. It isn’t a huge surprise that the television ratings reflect the interest in the Buckeyes.Saturday night’s comeback win at Penn State wound up with over 9 million viewers, making it the most-watched game of this young season.The game it passed also featured Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ took a trip down to Texas for a neutral site game with TCU in Week 3, coming out on top against Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs.ESPN’s Darren Rovell revealed the 10 most-watched college football games of the season thus far.Ohio State football is one of five programs to appear more than once on the list.That group also features Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Texas A&M, all SEC squads. 15 teams are represented in total.Top Ten Most Watched College Football Games This Season. pic.twitter.com/ibiH8bLE6Q— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 2, 2018Notre Dame at Virginia Tech is probably the top contender from this weekend’s prime time slate to break into this list. Suddenly-hot Texas also has its rivalry with Oklahoma which should do big numbers at noon.With the win over Penn State, Ohio State is now firmly entrenched as the favorite to win the Big Ten East, and among the top College Football Playoff contenders.Throw in the ongoing controversy surrounding Urban Meyer, and the Heisman candidacy of Dwayne Haskins, and the Buckeyes will have plenty of eyeballs on them all year.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Week 7 of the 2018 college football season was a crazy one, with several highly-ranked teams falling in upset losses. In total, there were four teams ranked inside the top 10 that lost on Saturday.The new rankings are going go feature a lot of changes as a result.The new Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll will be out later today, but we have ESPN’s new Football Power Index rankings to hold us over until then.ESPN’s computer has updated its top 10 following Week 7.Here are ESPN’s new rankings:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaPenn StateMichiganOklahomaWashingtonNotre DameLSUThese rankings will likely look a lot different than the rankings that come out in the new polls. ESPN’s computer is apparently still quite high on Georgia, Penn State and Washington despite their losses this weekend.