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As the second-ranked Wolverines prepare to face the top-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, they enter with a hard-nosed defense that leads the nation against the run (29.9 yards). They’re third in total defense (231.4). The Buckeyes, however, present a challenge. They rank first in the Big Ten and eighth nationally in scoring offense (35.8 points), and are directed by quarterback Troy Smith, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner.
A week ago,
San Diego State-TCU
The Wildcats have won back-to-back games against Top 25 opponents, including a 24-20 victory over No. 8 California Saturday. After consecutive 3-8 seasons, 5-5
Keeping an eye on the statuses of wide receiver Larry Taylor and cornerback Darius Butler for Saturday’s game at
Cougars wide receiver Jason Hill won’t play in the Apple Cup, but slot receiver Michael Bumpus might. WSU coach Bill Doba said Bumpus will dress for the game and might be able to play. He is unlikely to start and won’t be used as a punt returner. Hill and Bumpus suffered high ankle sprains Nov. 4 against
Gazette Times Corvallis
Anthony Wheat-Brown, the starting flanker for the
Last season when
Des Moines Register
The Gophers (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten Conference) need a victory to earn their seventh bowl in eight seasons.Mason’s team faced postseason elimination the past two weeks and responded with a 63-26 thumping of
Thanks to last week’s 55-7 win over
Kansas State freshman quarterback Josh Freeman has jolted the Wildcat offense back to life midway through what’s becoming a glorious first season for KSU coach Ron Prince. One good enough for Big 12 coach-of-the-year honors, perhaps? Amidst K-State’s current three-game winning streak, Freeman has completed 55 of 77 passes for 681 yards and six touchdowns. He’s thrown only two interceptions in that stretch and propeled K-State (7-4 overall, 4-3 Big 12 Conference play) from the bowl bubble into a solid post-Christmas matchup to be determined. K-State has scored at least 30 points in each of its last three games, victories over Iowa State, Colorado and No. 4 Texas. Freeman’s makeup gives K-State’s passing game the edge against KU’s pass defense, which is improved but still not proven to be immune to problems against a precise quarterback. OffshoreInsiders.com
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Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s George Mason men’s basketball season opener against Wichita State and not only will it be the first chance for fans to see the Patriots in action at home since making the Final Four, it will also be a chance for fans to see the Washington Regional Championship trophy. Joe Duffy’s sports betting selections are at www.GodsTips.com