HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL FOOTBALL
Merrillville 42 Warsaw 28
Carmel 31 Homestead 7
Ben Davis 28 Zionsville 7
Center Grove 28 Warren Central 14
Valparaiso 49 Mishawaka 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 35 Harrison (West Lafayette) 21
New Palestine 35 Indianapolis Cathedral 10
Bloomington South 40 Floyd Central 14
Hobart 36 New Prairie 7
East Noble 30 Mississinewa 14
Mount Vernon 25 Indianapolis Roncalli 17
Evansville Memorial 17 Mooresville 14
Mishawaka Marian 17 Knox 0
Indianapolis Chatard 56 Fort Wayne Concordia 28
Danville 35 Vincennes Lincoln 14
Andrean 36 Lewis Cass 14
Eastbrook 42 Eastside 9
Western Boone 35 Heritage Christian 14
Adams Central 19 South Adams 7
Indianapolis Lutheran 56 North Vermillion 21
West Washington 24 North Decatur 16
Lafayette Central Catholic 43 North Judson 17
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Anderson 61 Richmond 59 OT
Lafayette Jeff 60 Indianapolis Tech 56
Marion 68 Muncie Central 39
McCutcheon 58 Logansport 43
Saturday, Nov. 16
East Central at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Kokomo at West Lafayette, 7:30 pm
Marion at Wabash, 7:30 pm
Central at Frankton, 7:30 pm
Winchester 86 Knightstown 23
Northeastern 57 Franklin County 37… Leading for the Lady Knights were Jenna McFarland with 20 points, Willow Runyon with 14 points, Emma Wright with 12 points, and Taylor Farris with 7 points.
Anderson Prep 65 Lincoln 32
Blue River 54 Tri 41
Eastern Hancock 78 Centerville 22
Hagerstown 52 Lapel 42
Union County 51 Batesville 32
Saturday, Nov. 16
Franklin County at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Knightstown, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Union City at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
Eastern Hancock at Triton Central, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Union City at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Union, 6 pm
Mt. Vernon at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
East Central at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Rising Sun, 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Batesville, 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Rushville, 7:30 pm
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Duke 74 Georgia State 63
#5 Kansas 112 Monmouth 57
#6 North Carolina 77 Gardner Webb 61
#8 Gonzaga 79 Texas A&M 49
#17 Utah State 81 North Carolina A&T 54
#21 Xavier 59 Missouri State 56
#22 Auburn 116 Cal State Northridge 70
#24 Baylor 72 Texas State 63
Notre Dame 74 Marshall 64
West Virginia 68 Pittsburgh 53
South Carolina 90 Cleveland State 63
Bowling Green 88 Fairmont State 66
Akron 57 North Carolina Central 47
Western Kentucky 79 Eastern Kentucky 71
Florida State 79 Western Carolina 74
Georgia 100 Delaware State 66
Georgia Southern 76 Radford 73
Michigan 70 Elon 50
Ole Miss 85 Western Michigan 58
Northern Illinois 81 Coppin State 69
North Carolina Greensboro 64 Tennessee Tech 30
Chattanooga 90 S. Alabama 72
Rhode Island 93 Alabama 79
Utah Valley 66 Alabama Birmingham 55
Iowa 87 Oral Roberts 74
Northern Arizona 105 AIC 32
Texas 70 Prairie View A&M 56
South Dakota 88 Texas Southern 69
Milwaukee 61 Kansas City 52
Arkansas State 80 UC Davis 67
UC Irvine 69 Boise State 60
Nebraska 90 South Dakota State 73
BYU 72 Houston 71
Utah 73 Minnesota 69
UTEP 71 Eastern New Mexico 57
Sacramento 62 UC Riverside 49
California 82 California Baptist 62
UCLA 71 UNLV 54
Hawaii 83 Portland State 75
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, Nov. 16
Oakland at No. 7 Maryland | 12 p.m.
Columbia at No. 9 Virginia | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Samford at North Alabama | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio at No. 10 Villanova | 12 p.m. | FS2
Alabama A&M at Miami (Ohio) | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
St. Francis (NY) at N.C. State | 12:05 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Campbell at The Citadel | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Colorado at Northern Iowa | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Morgan State at George Washington | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Central Connecticut at UMass | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgian Court at UMBC | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Lehigh at Virginia Tech | 1:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Alcorn State at No. 13 Memphis | 2 p.m.
Gordon College at Hartford | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Belmont at Boston College | 2 p.m. | ACC Network
Quinnipiac at Miami | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Temple at La Salle | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Sam Houston State at Central Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Robert Morris at Toledo | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Wagner at NJIT | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Saint Peter’s at Providence | 2 p.m. | FS2
Harvard vs. Buffalo (Toronto, Canada) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at No. 23 LSU | 4 p.m. | SEC Network+
Sacred Heart at Binghamton | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
Mid-Atlantic Christian University at Winthrop | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Vermont at St. John’s | 4 p.m. | FS2
Merrimack at UMass Lowell | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 20 Washington vs. Tennessee (Toronto, Canada) | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Arkansas | 5 p.m. | SEC Network+
Maryland-Eastern Shore at Morehead State | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana State at UNC Greensboro | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Brevard College at UNC Asheville | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Creighton | 6 p.m. | FS2
Drexel at Stephen F. Austin | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Wright State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Marist at Fordham | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Seattle at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Albany at Manhattan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Bucknell at Canisius | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
UNC Wilmington at Davidson | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Charleston Southern at Dayton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
James Madison at George Mason | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
St. Bonaventure vs. Rutgers (Toronto, Canada) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UIC at Bradley | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Grand Canyon | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
Wofford at Butler | 8 p.m. | FS2
Troy at Indiana | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network
San Francisco at Southern Illinois | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
Brescia at Murray State | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Pepperdine at Abilene Christian | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN3
San Diego at No. 25 Colorado | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Southern California at Nevada | 11 p.m. | CBSSN
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#10 Mississippi State 124 Murray State 43
#24 Michigan 88 Kent State 53
#25 S. Florida 77 VCU 55
Akron 64 Fort Wayne 53
North Dakota 67 Rhode Island 61
Boise State 83 Alabama Birmingham 81
New Orleans 69 Ole Miss 64
Davidson 78 UC Irvine 72
North Carolina 85 Charleston Southern 54
Buffalo 82 Columbia 75
Virginia Tech 73 liberty 69
Charlotte 77 Wake Forest 65
Princeton 78 Seton Hall 76
Abilene Christian 83 Wright State 64
Lipscomb 71 Northern Kentucky 69
Miami Ohio 76 S. Alabama 73
Valparaiso 66 North Dakota State 54
Fresno State 76 Montana 63
Hawaii 52 Pepperdine 51
Orlando 111 San Antonio 109
Charlotte 109 Detroit 106
Houston 111 Indiana 102
Washington 137 Minnesota 160
Oklahoma City 127 Philadelphia 119 OT
Memphis 107 Utah 106
Boston 105 Golden State 100
LA Lakers 99 Sacramento 97
Sat Nov 16, 2019
Brooklyn @ Chicago 6:00 pm NBA TV
Milwaukee @ Indiana 7:00 pm FS-IN
Charlotte @ New York 7:30 pm MSG
New Orleans @ Miami 8:00 pm SUN
Houston @ Minnesota 8:00 pm FS-N
Toronto @ Dallas 8:30 pm FS-SW
Portland @ San Antonio 8:30 pm NBCS-NW
Atlanta @ LA Clippers 10:30 pm FS-SE
Sun Nov 17, 2019
Philadelphia @ Cleveland 3:00 pm FS-OH
Boston @ Sacramento 3:30 pm NBCS-CA
Denver @ Memphis 6:00 pm FS-SE
Washington @ Orlando 6:00 pm FS-FL
Golden State @ New Orleans 7:00 pm FS-NO
Atlanta @ LA Lakers 9:30 pm SportsNet LA
Boston 4 Toronto 2
New Jersey 2 Pittsburgh 1
Montréal 5 Washington 2
Columbus 3 St. Louis 2
Ottawa 2 Philadelphia 1
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Sat Nov 16th
(11) Florida @ Missouri12:00 PM
(24) Indiana @ (9) Penn State12:00 PM
Kansas @ (25) Oklahoma State12:00 PM
Michigan State @ (14) Michigan12:00 PM
(15) Wisconsin @ Nebraska12:00 PM
(4) Alabama @ Mississippi State12:00 PM
(21) Navy @ (16) Notre Dame2:00 PM
(22) Texas @ Iowa State3:00 PM
(18) Memphis @ Houston3:00 PM
(2) Ohio State @ Rutgers3:00 PM
(5) Georgia @ (13) Auburn3:00 PM
Wake Forest @ (3) Clemson3:00 PM
(7) Minnesota @ (23) Iowa4:00 PM
(1) Louisiana State @ Mississippi7:00 PM
(17) Cincinnati @ South Florida7:00 PM
(10) Oklahoma @ (12) Baylor7:00 PM
UCLA @ (8) Utah8:00 PM
New Mexico @ (19) Boise State10:00 PM
Arizona @ (6) Oregon10:00 PM
All game times Eastern
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, Nov. 16
Indiana at Penn State | 12 p.m. | ABC
Kansas at Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FS1
Alabama at Mississippi State | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Florida at Missouri | 12 p.m. | CBS
Michigan State at Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX
Tulane at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Alabama State at Florida State | 12 p.m. | RSN
UMass at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
TCU at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
VMI at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Wisconsin at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
UTEP at UAB | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Navy at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Troy at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
UL Monroe at Georgia Southern | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia at Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Ohio State at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Wake Forest at Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Kentucky at Vanderbilt | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Texas at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Memphis at Houston | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Central Michigan at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | RSN
Minnesota at Iowa | 4 p.m. | FOX
Wyoming at Utah State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Syracuse at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Incarnate Word at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports
Stanford at Washington State | 4:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Rice at Middle Tennessee | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana at South Alabama | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Hawai’i at UNLV | 5 p.m. | Spectrum Sports
Southern Miss at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
LSU at Ole Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Air Force at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Cincinnati at South Florida | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Appalachian State at Georgia State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Oklahoma at Baylor | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Arizona State at Oregon State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1
Louisville at N.C. State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
South Carolina at Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
UCLA at Utah | 8 p.m. | FOX
New Mexico at Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Arizona at Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
Southern California at California | 11 p.m. | FS1
IU EAST RELEASE
IUE WBB: INDIANA WESLEYAN 88, IU EAST 57
MARION, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team concluded a busy week with an 88-57 setback at No. 29 Indiana Wesleyan University on Nov. 15.
UPDATING THE RECORDS
IU East is 1-6. Indiana Wesleyan is 4-1.
* This was the third game in four days against a Top 30 opponent for IU East.
* Indiana Wesleyan finished the first quarter with an 11-2 run and then scored the first eight points of the second quarter to open up a 30-14 lead.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
* MiKayla Blount made her first start for IU East and scored a team-high 13 points. Megan Harlow contributed 10 points and a season-best eight rebounds.
* Indiana Wesleyan outscored IU East 31-8 at the free throw line.
* Dayton Groninger led Indiana Wesleyan with 21 points and nine rebounds.
IU East visits NAIA Division II No. 13 University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Nov. 20.
VOLLEYBALL: IU KOKOMO 3, IU EAST 1
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – On a day of competitive matches and upsets at the River States Conference Championship, the Indiana University East volleyball team gave the event’s defending champion a competitive match, but couldn’t quite pull the upset.
IU East’s 2019 season came to an end with a four-set loss against Indiana University Kokomo in an RSC Championship quarterfinal on Nov. 15.
Final score from Point Park’s Point Park’s Student Center Gym: 22-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19.
UPDATING THE RECORDS
IU East, the event’s No. 3 seed from the East Division, finishes 18-15. IU Kokomo, the tournament’s No. 2 seed from the West Division and winner of three of the last four RSC tournament titles, is 24-11.
* IU East finished the first set on a 9-2 run to take the set by a 25-22 score. Jenna Mitchell served out the last five points of the set. Taylor McKinney had three kills during the Red Wolf surge.
* The third set was pivotal. IU East held a 21-19 advantage, but IU Kokomo ran off the next six points to take a two-sets-to-one lead.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
* Taylor McKinney’s service ace in the fourth set gave her 57 aces for the season, setting a new IU East single-season school record. McKinney also put away 16 kills, her second-highest total of the season.
* IU East senior Bree Kopke put away nine kills in her final match to finish her career with 1,381 career kills, which ranks third in IU East’s NAIA history.
* IU Kokomo had 55 kills to IU East’s 44. The Cougars also enjoyed a 14-6 advantage in combined service aces and service errors.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL VS. NAVY
(NOTRE DAME NOTES)
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 Time: 2:42 p.m. ET Site: Notre Dame Stadium • Capacity: 77,622 (FieldTurf) TV: ABC (national) • Mike Tirico (play-by-play) • Doug Flutie (analysis) • Kathryn Tappen (sideline) • Chris Simms (sideline analyst) Radio: Notre Dame Radio Network • SiriusXM (Channel 129) • 96.1 FM, 101.5 FM & 960 AM
BY THE NUMBERS
Brian Kelly is the first Irish coach to post three or more shutouts in his Notre
Dame career since Lou Holtz. The last Irish shutout took place this season vs.
Bowling Green (52-0), and Kelly’s first shutout as the Notre Dame head coach
came vs. Wake Forest in 2012 (38-0).ˆ
Freshman DB Kyle Hamilton recorded his third-career interception against
Virginia Tech to solidify the Irish win. Hamilton’s three total interceptions on the
season leads the Notre Dame defense. Only three other true freshman in the FBS
have reached the three interception mark this season (LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. – 4,
Washington’s Cameron Williams – 3, ECU’s Ja’QUan McMillian – 3). TE Tommy
Tremble recorded his third touchdown reception of the season, Notre Dame’s
second of the matchup, vs. Virginia Tech. No Notre Dame tight end in their first
year of playing experience has caught more touchdown passes than Tommy
QB Ian Book became the first Notre Dame quarterback to throw for four
touchdowns and rush for 100 yards in a single game at Duke. Book threw for four
touchdowns and 181 yards and rushed for 149 yards.
With his four touchdown passes at Duke, QB Ian Book joined Brady Quinn as
the only quarterbacks in Irish history to throw four or more touchdown passes
in a game on four occasions in their career (Quinn accomplished this feat seven
times). Quinn, Tommy Rees, Jimmy Clausen, Ron Powlus and Book are the only
quarterbacks in Notre Dame history to record four or more touchdown passes in
three games in their career. Book joined this group after recording five passing
touchdowns vs. Bowling Green.
QB Ian Book threw five touchdown passes in the first half vs. Bowling Green,
matching his career high in a game (vs. New Mexico, 2019) and marking the first
time in program history an Irish QB recorded five touchdown passes in a half. He
threw just four incomplete passes in the game.
Brian Kelly is in his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Notre
Dame. He is the fifth Irish coach to spend a decade or more at the school (Knute
Rockne, 13; Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz 11).
Notre Dame has won 16 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, including a
6-0 clean slate last season. It is the third-longest winning streak at home for the
Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930. Clemson and Ohio State are the
only other Power 5 programs that boast home streaks of 16 or more games.
Notre Dame has held 21 of 22 opponents during Clark Lea’s tenure as defensive
coordinator to 30 points or less. That includes includes ranked opponents LSU,
Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia.
QB Ian Book totaled 139 rushing yards at Duke, leading the Irish and making
him the first player in program history with four passing touchdowns and at
least 100 rushing yards in a single game. His rushing total was the third-highest
by an Irish quarterback since 1996. The last Irish quarterback to rush for more
than 100 yards was Brandon Wimbush vs. Wake Forest in 2017 (110).
Notre Dame is 150-63-3 agaisnt ACC opponents all time after topping Duke
38-7. The Irish are set to play Boston College as part of the ACC scheduling
agreement. See page nine for a full agreement history.
355ˆ Games coached by Brian Kelly in his career, second among active coaches in the
NCAA to Mack Brown (North Carolina).
WR Chase Claypool has passed the 400-yard receiving mark for the third
consecutive season. He is among only four Notre Dame wideouts since 1996
to accomplish this feat (joining Michael Floyd, Rhema McKnight and Malcolm
LAST TIME: NAVY • October 27, 2018 – Notre Dame topped Navy, 44-22, in San Diego, Calif. • The Irish racked up 584 yards of total offense (330 passing, 254 rushing) and QB Ian Book completed 27 of 33 passes for a then-career-high 330 yards and two touchdowns (both to WR Miles Boykin). • RB Dexter Williams led all rushers with 142 yards and scored three first-half rushing TDs, marking his second three-touchdown game of the season. In the effort, he became the first Irish player with three rushing TDs in multiple games since C.J. Prosise in 2015. • LB Te’von Coney matched his season high with 14 tackles, including eight solo efforts and one tackle for loss. S Jalen Elliott recorded seven tackles, a forced fumble and his third interception of the season, while S Alohi Gilman also added seven tackles. • LB Drew White saw his first major collegiate game action, tallying six tackles in the place of injured LB Drue Tranquill.
ENTERING GAME 9 TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS • Notre Dame and Alabama are the only two teams that have not lost to an unranked team since the beginning of 2017. • Notre Dame beat Duke handily, 38-7, with a performance that saw QB Ian Book go 18-of-32 for 181 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to a career-best 139 rushing yards. His fourscore performance made him one of just two Notre Dame quarterbacks to throw at least four touchdown passes on four occasions, joining Brady Quinn, who accomplished the feat seven times. He was also the first Notre Dame quarterback ever to throw four TD passes and rush for 100 yards in the same game. • The Irish defeated Virginia Tech, 21-20. QB Ian Book rushed seven yards for a last-minute touchdown to give Notre Dame the score, with K/P Jonathan Doerer netting the go-ahead PAT. The winning drive took 18 plays and covered 87 yards in just 2 minutes and 53 seconds. The last time the Irish scored to win a game in the final minute came against Virginia in 2015. • Notre Dame forced three-and-outs on six of Virginia Tech’s nine drives in the first half, holding the Hokies to 85 yards, against Notre Dame’s 243 yards. In the first half at Duke, Notre Dame outgained the Blue Devils, 273-123, limiting them to two of eight third-down conversions, and six drives of four or fewer plays (out of eight total drives), in the first half. • CB Troy Pride Jr. and DB Kyle Hamilton recorded key pass breakups to force Virginia Tech to a three-and-out at their own four-yard line after Virginia Tech intercepted a Book pass at the VT eight-yard line. The interception marked the first time this season the Irish have not scored on a trip to the red zone. Notre Dame was the last remaining team in the FBS hold a perfect red zone scoring percentage. • Prior to the break, Notre Dame defeated rival Southern Cal at home, 30-27, on an impressive effort from all three phases. RB Tony Jones rushed for a career-high 176 yards, while K/P Jonathan Doerer sent his name to the Irish record books as the first Notre Dame kicker to make three field goals of 40 yards or more in a single game. • For the first time in Notre Dame history, an Irish team recorded six touchdown passes in two games during the same season (vs. New Mexico and vs. Bowling Green). The six touchdown passes match the Irish team record for passing touchdowns in a game. • With 52 total points vs. Bowling Green, it marked the second time this season the Irish recorded at least 50 points. The last time Notre Dame reached that plateau in multiple games in a season was in 2011 when the Irish did it twice (vs. Air Force and vs. Navy). • Against Bowling Green, Notre Dame’s 35-0 halftime lead was the largest since opening a 35-0 halftime margin over Rutgers in 1996. • Notre Dame has been ranked in the top 25 for 40 consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season. The contest vs. Virginia marked the second-consecutive week Notre Dame appeared in the week’s highest-ranked matchup (lowest total of both squads’ rankings). From 2015-2018 among all FBS teams, it has only happened three times: Alabama (Weeks 7-8, 2016; Weeks 10-11, 2018) and Penn State (Weeks 8-9, 2017). As the current AP rankings stand, the only other team with back-to-back top-ranked matchups in 2019 was Florida in Weeks 6-7. No other team is currently scheduled to take on the same slate.
SETTING THE STAGE • No. 21 Navy and No. 16 Notre Dame will meet on the gridiron for the 93rd straight year when they square off on Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium (77,622) in South Bend, Ind. in what is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football. Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm. Navy and Notre Dame have played annually since 1927, making it the third-longest uninterrupted college football rivalry overall after Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (since 1907) and Kansas State vs. Iowa State (since 1917). • Navy is coming off a 56-10 pounding of UConn (Nov. 1) that saw the Mids score 14 points in every quarter, while piling up 573 yards of total offense and holding the Huskies to 313 yards of total offense. • Navy has won five consecutive games and is looking to win six straight within the same season for the first time since 1978 when the Mids started 7-0. Navy won eight straight games over two seasons in 2014-15 (last four games of 2014, first four games of 2015). Navy last started 8-1 in 2015. • Notre Dame improved to 7-2 last Saturday with a 38-7 domination of Duke as quarterback Ian Book threw for 181 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 139 yards. Meanwhile, the Notre Dame defense completely shut down the Duke offense, giving up just 10 first downs and 197 yards of total offense. • Notre Dame has won 16 consecutive games at home, which is the third-longest home winning streak for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930. • Navy is off to a 7-1 start for the second time in the Ken Niumatalolo era and for just the sixth time since 1960. • Under Niumatalolo, Navy is 29-21 (.580) with more than one week to prepare for an opponent. • This marks the fourth time in the last five years that Navy has cracked the top 25 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), which also coincides with Navy joining the American Athletic Conference. Prior to joining the American, Navy hadn’t been ranked in the Associated Press top 25 since the final poll of the 2004 season when the Mids were ranked 24th after a 10-2 season. • This is the first time that both Navy and Notre Dame are ranked in the top 25 entering their annual game since 1978 when No. 15 Notre Dame knocked off No. 11 Navy, 27-7. • Navy last beat a ranked opponent in 2016 when the Mids stunned No. 6 Houston, 46-40, in Annapolis. Navy last beat a ranked Notre Dame team in 2009 when the Mids upset the 19th-ranked Irish, 23-21, in South Bend. Navy also beat a ranked Notre Dame team in 1957, 1944 and 1936. • Ken Niumatalolo has led Navy to four top 25 wins during his tenure, which is tied with George Welsh for the second most in school history. Eddie Erdelatz beat 10 top 25 teams from 1950-58. • Ken Niumatalolo’s three wins against Notre Dame is tied with Wayne Hardin for the most in school history. Hardin coached both of Navy’s Heisman Trophy winners (Joe Bellino-1960 and Roger Staubach-1963). • NBC will televise Saturday’s game with Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Doug Flutie (color), Kathryn Tappen (sideline), Chris Simms (field analyst) and Terry McAulay (rules analyst) on the call. Liam McHugh and Chris Simms will handle halftime. • The Navy Football Insider Show with host Joe Miller and with contributions from Pete Medhurst, Keith Mills and Scott Wykoff will air on Thursday night from 7:00-8:00 pm on WBAL Radio (1090 AM). • The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air from 12:30-1:30 pm with Wylie Baker and Bill Lusby serving as the hosts. • The Navy Football Insider Show Game Day Edition with Wykoff serving as the host and with contributions from Medhurst, Miller and Mills will air from 1:00-1:30 pm on WBAL Radio (1090 AM). • The Navy Football Pregame Show with Medhurst, Miller, Mills and Wykoff will get underway at 1:30 pm on the Navy Radio Network, followed by game action beginning at 2:30 pm with Medhurst, Miller and Mills on the call. The radio broadcast is presented by Navy Federal and Navy Mutual. • Following the contest, Medhurst, Miller, Mills and Wykoff will recap the evening’s events in a 30-minute postgame show.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME • Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game with an 8-2 record and has won six of its last seven contests. The Irish own wins over Louisville (35-17), New Mexico (66-14), Virginia (35-20), Bowling Green (52-0), USC (30-27), Virginia Tech (21-20) and Duke (38-3). Their losses have come on the road at then #3 Georgia (23-17) and then #20 Michigan (45-14). Notre Dame has won 16 consecutive games at home, which is the third-longest home winning streak for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930 (won 28 straight from 1942-50 and 19 straight from 1987-90). • The Irish are led by quarterback Ian Book, who has completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,009 yards with 21 touchdowns (18th nationally) and six interceptions. He is also the team’s second-leading rusher with 390 yards and four touchdowns. • Tony Jones Jr. leads the Notre Dame rushing attack with 597 yards and four touchdowns on 95 carries. His 6.2 yards per carry is the 23rd-best average in the country. • Chase Claypool leads all Notre Dame receivers with 42 catches for 651 yards and five touchdowns. Cole Kmet has five touchdown catches among his 29 grabs for 327 yards. • Asmar Bilal leads Notre Dame in tackles with 56, while Drew White has 55. White leads with eight tackles for a loss, while Khalid Kareem has a team-high 4.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries. Kyle Hamilton has three picks for the Irish. • Notre Dame’s defense is 18th in the country in third down defense (.311) and 19th in fourth down defense (.385). It is ninth nationally in fumble recoveries (10) and 13th in turnover margin (0.78). The Irish are seventh in passing yards per game (171.8) and 12th in team passing efficiency defense (111.44). They are averaging 7.3 tackles for a loss per game, which ranks 19th nationally.
COLLEGE GAME OF THE WEEK: GEORGIA AT AUBURN
Series History For Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry Georgia topped Auburn 27-10 in Athens last year and has won 14 of the last 18. The Bulldogs improved their series lead to 59-56-8 in 2018. The road team has a better record in the series as Georgia is 16-12-2 on the Plains while Auburn is 18-15 in Athens. In 2017, the No. 2 Bulldogs fell to the No. 10 Tigers 40-17 at Auburn. Then, No. 6 Georgia topped No. 2 Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. Saturday will mark the 124th meeting between Georgia and Auburn, making it the second most played active series in the NCAA FBS trailing only Wisconsin-Minnesota (128 entering 2019). North Carolina-Virginia and Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati have played 123 times entering the 2019 season. The Bulldogs and Tigers first squared off in 1892 in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The only event that interrupted the series was World War I as the teams did not play in 1917-18 and 1943. The 2012-13 seasons saw the Bulldogs head to Auburn for consecutive years, marking the first time the game had been played at the same site for two years in a row since 1958. The game was played in Columbus during a stretch from 1930-58. The first 10 games were played in Atlanta starting in 1892. 2018 FLASHBACK: #5 Georgia Beats #24 Auburn 27-10 Behind 303 yards on the ground and a defense that blanked Auburn in the second half, fifth-ranked Georgia defeated the 24th-ranked Tigers 27-10. For the third consecutive contest, tailback D’Andre Swift ran for over 100 yards, leading the Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1) with a career-high 186 yards on 17 carries. Swift also paced Georgia through the air, reeling in a team-high four receptions for 43 yards. Jake Fromm went 13-for-20 for 193 yards directing the offense. Monty Rice led the defense with eight tackles.
Stingy Defense Georgia leads the SEC in Scoring Defense at 10.1 points/game (No. 2 nationally), Rushing Defense at 74.6 yds/g (No. 4 nationally) and in Total Defense at 260.3 yds/g (No. 5 nationally). The Bulldogs have allowed just 91 points in 2019 (10 TDs, seven FGs). UGA is the only FBS team in the nation yet to allow a rushing TD. In fact, the Bulldogs are the first FBS team in at least the past 20 seasons to not allow a rushing touchdown in its first nine games, according to ESPN. Auburn is 13th nationally with 23 rushing touchdowns this season. Tennessee (1939) and Ole Miss (1963) are the only SEC teams in history to hold their opponents to no rushing touchdowns all year. The best mark for a team in the 2000s was Alabama in 2011 when the Tide held opponents to three touchdowns in 13 games. Alabama allowed 72.7 yards/game that year. The 2017 Bulldog squad allowed only eight in 15 games (126.0 yards/game) while Georgia’s 1981 team allowed only five touchdowns in 11 regular season contests and one bowl game (bowl stats did not count until 2002). First Chance To Clinch The East At 5-1 in the SEC, Georgia has a chance to clinch its third consecutive SEC Eastern Division title with a win on Saturday in what is Kirby Smart’s fourth year as head coach. The 8-1 Bulldogs are aiming to become the first Eastern Division team to win three in a row since Florida won five straight from 1992-96. Georgia has advanced to the SEC Championship Game seven times and is 3-4 in those appearances, winning titles in 2002, 2005 and 2017.
Fromm Directs The Offense * Jake Fromm is 31-6 as a starter, including 10-5 versus Top 25 teams. He has started an FBS best 37 straight games for QBs. * The Warner Robins, Ga., native in the top five in UGA history for TD passes (67-No. 3), passing yards (7,222-No. 5) and pass completions (543-No. 5). * Pushed his career record versus UF to 3-0 by topping the #6 Gators 24-17 with a performance that included 20-for-30 for 279 yards and two scores. The team was 12-for-18 on third downs. * After going 24-for-29 (83%) for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a win at Tennessee, Fromm set career highs for attempts (51), completions (28) and interceptions (three) in a double-overtime loss to South Carolina. * Currently 156-for-233 (67%) for 1,858 yards and 13 TDs with three interceptions during Georgia’s 8-1 mark. * Georgia ranks fourth in the SEC in Scoring Offense (33.7 ppg). The Bulldogs are ranked second nationally in Red Zone Offense (97.4%). * In his career, Fromm has led his team to three comeback wins when trailing at the half, including versus #7 Notre Dame in Athens this season and over #2 Oklahoma in the 2018 Rose Bowl Game/ College Football Playoff Semifinal Game. * Currently, the No. 2 QB is RSo. Stetson Bennett, who is in his second stint with the Bulldogs after re-enrolling in UGA in January. Bennett was on the 2017 Bulldog squad that went 13-2 and he was named the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He spent 2018 at Jones County JC in Mississippi. This season, Bennett is 18-for-23 (78.3%) for 233 yards with two TDs and one pick.
Pound The Rock * Georgia is the only FBS team to have four different players go over 1,000 yards rushing during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. One of those from 2018 returns in Jr. D’Andre Swift, a 2019 Maxwell Award semifinalist who led the team with 1,049 and 10 touchdowns in 14 games last year with five starts. * This season, Swift is averaging 6.3 yards/carry on 147 attempts for 921 yards and seven TDs. He also has 15 rec. for 172 yds. and a score. Swift needs 79 yards to hit 1,000 yards this year. He would become the fifth Bulldog in history to have a pair of 1,000-yard seasons in his career and the first since Nick Chubb (2014, 2016-17). * Swift earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors after carrying the ball 21 times for 179 yards (8.5 avg.) in the win over UK. This was the highest output for Swift since he piled up a careerhigh 186 on 17 carries during the win over No. 24 Auburn last year. * He now has seven career games with at least 100 yards. * Along with Swift, Georgia’s tailbacks who have shared the load include Sr. Brian Herrien, So. James Cook and RFr. Zamir White. Five different Bulldog tailbacks have scored this season. * Herrien shined versus #6 UF in the receiving game with career highs of four for 46 yards. He had a one-handed grab on third down that led to a field goal in the third quarter.
Defense Leading The Way * Georgia leads the SEC in Scoring Defense at 10.1 points/ game (No. 2 nationally), Rushing Defense at 74.6 yds/g (No. 4 nationally) and in Total Defense at 260.3 yds/g (No. 5 nationally). The Bulldogs have allowed just 91 points in 2019 (10 TDs, seven FGs). * UGA is the only FBS team in the nation yet to allow a rushing TD. Georgia leads the nation in Red Zone Defense (57.1%). * The defense has posted 24 scoreless quarters, including shutouts against Arkansas State (55-0), Kentucky (21-0) and Missouri (27-0). The school record for fewest average points allowed in a 12+ game season is 14.5 in 2003. This year, Georgia is allowing just 10.1. The fewest points allowed in a 12+ game season is 198 in 2004. This year the Bulldogs have given up just 91. * In its last seven games, Georgia has surrendered just 24 points in the second half, which includes 14 from #6 UF in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents in the second half 134-34, including 81-21 in the fourth quarter. * The Bulldogs blanked Missouri by holding the Tigers to 198 total yards, including just 50 on 24 carries. * Georgia held the Gators to 21 yards rushing on 19 carries and just 278 total yards during a 24-17 win. UF came in averaging more than 400 yards/game on offense. * Georgia was trailing #7 Notre Dame 10-7 at the half (the touchdown allowed was on a five-play, 8-yard drive following a turnover) and held the Irish scoreless in the third quarter and just a touchdown in the final period in the 23-17 win.
FOOTBALL HOSTS 124TH MEETING OF DEEP SOUTH’S OLDEST RIVALRY ›› No. 13 Auburn (7-2, 4-2) hosts No. 5 Georgia (8-1, 5-1) on Saturday, November 16, in the 124th renewal of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. The game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., will kickoff at 2:30 p.m.CT and will be televised by CBS. SERIES HISTORY ›› Georgia leads the series 59-56-8, winning 14 of the last 18 games. Auburn owns a winning record in Athens (18-15) while Georgia has a winning mark on the Plains (16-12-2). The Bulldogs were 27- 10 winners last season in Athens; Auburn won the last matchup at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2017, defeating then-No. 1 Georgia 40-17. Auburn is 17-21-1 against ranked Georgia teams all-time (6-10-1 in Auburn), while the Bulldogs are 12-28-1 vs. the Tigers when they are ranked (6-11-1 in Auburn). ›› The Auburn-Georgia series is tied for the second-most played current FBS series entering this season [Minnesota-Wisconsin 128, Cincinnati-Miami, Ohio 123, North Carolina-Virginia 123]. The series is older than the Georgia-Georgia Tech (111 games) and the Auburn-Alabama series (83 games). Auburn and Georgia first met in 1892 at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park; each first played its instate rival in 1893. ›› World war has been the only thing to prevent the series. The two teams did not play in 1943, because Auburn did not field a team due to World War II, and did not play in 1917 and 1918 because of WWI and the subsequent influenza outbreak. With those exceptions, Auburn and Georgia have played continuously since 1898. ›› Auburn is 241-184-20 (.564) all-time in November games. Auburn’s November home record is 102-37-5 (.725). Away from Auburn, the Tigers are 139-146-15 (.488) in November. Auburn is 17-9 in November under Gus Malzahn. Auburn is 7-7-1 on November 16 all-time, and 5-6 against SEC teams.
KICKOFF COVERAGE ›› Tigers have earned 11 SEC weekly player of the week awards through nine games: Derrick Brown (DL/3), Marlon Davidson (DL/3), Jeremiah Dinson DPOW), Mike Horton (OL), Bo Nix (FR/2), D.J. Williams (FR) ›› Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson have each been SEC DL of the week three times this season, among 14 players to win the award three times in a season since it began in 2004. Nick Coe, a three-time honoree in 2018, gives Auburn three active players who have won the honor three times in a season. Auburn is the first team to ever win six DL/wk honors in one season ›› Auburn is one of six FBS teams that haven’t allowed more than 24 points in a game this season; others: Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio State and San Diego State ›› With 11 fumble recoveries and 12 forced fumbles, Auburn ranks fourth nationally in recoveries and fifth in forced fumbles ›› Auburn is the only team that has played three teams ranked in the top 11 of this week’s AP poll (#1 LSU, #6 Oregon, #11 Florida); the Tigers have two more still to play (#5 Georgia, #4 Alabama) ›› As a team, Auburn is tied for 18th nationally with 23 rushing TDs this season, just two shy of the Tigers’ total from the entire 2018 season. Auburn is averaging 219.3 rushing yards per game, 20th among FBS schools ›› Auburn QBs with 300-yard passing games vs. SEC opponents in a season: Pat Sullivan (4, 1970); Bo Nix (2, 2019); Ben Leard (2, 1999); Dameyune Craig (2; 1997); Patrick Nix (2, 1995); Patrick Nix (2, 1994) ›› Auburn kickers set an NCAA record converting 304 consecutive PAT attempts. The streak ran from the 2013 Tennessee game through this season’s game at Arkansas; previous record was 302 (Florida State, 2012-16).
COLLEGE GAME OF THE WEEK: OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR
OPENING KICK No. 9/10/8 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1) goes for its 19th consecutive November win when it plays at No. 12/8/10 Baylor (9-0, 6-0) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The contest will be televised nationally by ABC with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor announcing. Since 1980, the Sooners have faced an undefeated team nine games or more into a regular season just six times and are 2-4 in those contests. The most recent such meeting came in 2008 in Norman when fifth-ranked OU (8-1) beat No. 2 Texas Tech (9-0) 65-21. The other five games came against Nebraska (OU won in 1987 and lost in 1983, ’93, ’94 and ’95). Oklahoma owns a 25-3 (.893) all-time record against Baylor and is 12-2 vs. the Bears in Waco. In the Big 12 era, the Sooners hold a 20-3 series advantage (10-2 on the road). OU has been ranked in the AP’s top 10 in 49 of the last 50 polls. The only time it wasn’t during that stretch was following its 2017 loss to Iowa State (fell from third to 12th). Oklahoma has won 39 of its last 42 games (.929) against Big 12 opponents dating back to the 2015 season. The losses were to Iowa State in 2017 (38-31 in Norman), to Texas last year (48-45 in Dallas) and at Kansas State three weeks ago (48-41). Twenty-two of those 39 victories have been by at least 15 points, and 11 by at least 30 points. In a state that speaks to OU’s success on both sides of the ball, the Sooners have run 29 fewer plays than their opponents this season (569- 598) but have outgained them by a staggering 2,099 yards (5,286-3,187). OU leads the nation in total offense (598.4 ypg) despite ranking 118th in plays per game (just 63.2). The Sooners have scored at least 34 points in 19 straight games — good for the longest streak in school history — and in 30 of the last 31. The 19- game streak is the second longest nationally since at least 1980 (Oregon did it in 23 consecutive games in 2011 and ’12). OU is 24-6 as the No. 10 team in the AP poll, but amazingly has only played one true road game under the circumstance (won 24-7 at Iowa State in 1993). Against ranked foes, the Sooners are 4-5 as the AP’s No. 10 squad. “ESPN College GameDay” will air from Waco on Saturday, marking the 37th time the show will have been on hand for a game involving Oklahoma. Only Alabama (47 times), Ohio State (45) and Florida (41) have been featured more often than OU, and the Sooners are 23-13 in such games. This marks College GameDay’s second appearance at an OU-Baylor contest (also in 2015 when No. 12 OU beat the No. 4 Bears 44-34 in Waco).
KEY STORYLINES Since Baylor won three of four meetings against Oklahoma — in 2011, ’13 and ’14 for its only series victories — the Sooners have won four straight against the Bears (have averaged 51.0 points). OU scored 44 points in 2015, 45 in 2016, 49 in 2017 and 66 last year. It has scored at least 30 points in 18 of the last 20 series games, and at least 40 in 12 of those. OU has won 18 straight November games (last loss on Nov. 8, 2014, vs. Baylor). Since the start of the 2000 season, it is 62-11 (.849) in the month. u Saturday’s game will feature the Big 12’s top scoring offense in Oklahoma (48.4 ppg; No. 2 nationally) vs. the league’s top scoring defense in Baylor (19.0 ppg; No. 17 nationally). OU also ranks first in the country in total offense (587.3 ypg) while Baylor ranks second in the Big 12 and 31st nationally in total defense (337.4 ypg). Similarly, the Sooners lead the nation in passing efficiency rating (210.2) while the Bears lead the Big 12 and rank 10th nationally in passing efficiency defense (109.4 rating). Jalen Hurts has recorded five passing efficiency ratings of at least 245.0 this year and is the only FBS player since at least 1996 to record more than three such outings (min. 15 attempts) in a season. He ranks first nationally with his 219.7 season pass efficiency rating and owns five of the nation’s top 21 figures this year (national-best 308.5 vs. West Virginia, 253.6 vs. South Dakota, 251.3 vs. Houston, 249.0 vs. Texas Tech and 245.9 at UCLA). Hurts also averages 96.6 rushing yards per contest and ranks fourth in the country by averaging 7.0 yards per carry. His 401.2 yards of total offense per game are more than 57 FBS teams and 27 Power Five squads average. Oklahoma is averaging a nation-leading 587.3 offensive yards per game, which is 41.5 yards more than the next highest average (545.8 by Clemson). Making that even more impressive is the fact the Sooners rank 118th out of 130 teams by averaging just 63.2 plays per game. OU averages 9.3 yards per play, which is 1.5 yards more than the team with the second highest average (7.8 by Alabama). Last year, OU set the FBS single-season record by averaging 8.6 yards per play. The Sooners led the nation last season in both yards per pass attempt (11.3) and yards per rush (6.6). This year, OU ranks first nationally with its 12.6 yards per pass attempt (FBS record is 11.7 by OU in 2017) and ranks second with its 6.86 yards per rush (Clemson averages 6.87; OU school record is 7.1 in 1971). Junior receiver CeeDee Lamb has gained at least 135 receiving yards five times this season (135, 144, 167, 171 and 185), including in four of the last five games. Over the last four contests he is averaging 136.0 receiving yards and has scored six touchdowns. On the season, Lamb is tied for the national lead in TD receptions (13; only Power Five player) while ranking fifth in yards per catch (22.3) and ninth in receiving yards per game (109.2). Making his TD and yards-per-game numbers even more impressive is the fact that he ranks 68th nationally with just 4.9 catches per game.
LAST YEAR VS. BAYLOR Sixth-ranked Oklahoma racked up 607 yards of offense and averaged 11.2 yards per play (tied for the third-highest figure in program history) in defeating Baylor 66-33 in Norman on Sept. 29, 2018. The Sooners, whose point total was tied for their second highest against a Big 12 opponent, were remarkably efficient on offense, registering 10 plays of more than 20 yards, eight of at least 30 yards and six of at least 40 yards. OU, which never trailed, set school records for yards per pass attempt (18.8), yards per completion (25.2) and pass efficiency rating (317.8). Quarterback Kyler Murray entered the game on OU’s second possession and finished the day 17 for 21 for 432 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 45 rushing yards and a score. His 348.0 passing efficiency rating set school and Big 12 records (as did his 20.6 yards per pass attempt and 25.4 yards per completion) and was the highest in the FBS since at least 1996. Marquise Brown (132 yards, TDs of 24 and 50 yards), CeeDee Lamb (101 yards, 86-yard TD) and Lee Morris (61 yards, TDs of 9 and 43 yards) led OU’s receivers, while running back Kennedy Brooks ran for team- and then-career-highs of 107 yards on eight carries (13.4 average) and two scores (34 and 49 yards). One week after registering 28 tackles against Army, linebacker Kenneth Murray posted a team-high 17 against the Bears and was followed by linebacker Curtis Bolton (16) and safety Kahlil Haughton (11). Freshman defensive end Ronnie Perkins (three quarterback hurries) and linebacker Caleb Kelly each had two of OU’s six sacks, while cornerback Tre Brown tallied an OU-season-high four pass breakups. OU was without three of its five team captains. Running back Rodney Anderson was out for the year with a leg injury, and guard Ben Powers and defensive end Kenneth Mann also missed the game due to injury.
STORY LINES • The Bears welcome 10th-ranked Oklahoma to McLane Stadium for the sixth first ranked vs. ranked contest in the series and the first overall for the Bears on the Brazos since No. 12 OU visited on Nov. 14, 2015. • Baylor is hosting ESPN’s College GameDay for the third time in program history and the first time since 2015. BU is 1-1 all-time in games played during those visits (2014 – W, vs. K-State, 38-27 & 2015 – L, vs. OU, 44-34) • The Bears are one of five remaining undefeated teams in FBS and the only unbeaten team in the Big 12. • Baylor’s triple OT win over TCU tied for the longest game in program history (‘06, Colorado and ‘96, Mizzou). • LB Terrel Bernard tallied 19 tackles at TCU, the most by a Baylor player since Sam Holl had 21 in 2011 vs. Kansas and the most by any player under head coach Matt Rhule at Baylor. • Baylor is 9-0 for only the third time in program history (2015). BU’s two 9-0 starts this decade is tied the most among Big 12 programs (OSU, 2 and TCU, 2). • BU’s 17-14 win over WVU broke a 30-game streak of losses dating back to 2006 when scoring less than 20 points. • Baylor leads the Big 12 and ranks 19th nationally in scoring defense (19.0 ppg). • The Bears’ current 11-game win streak dating back to 2018 is the second longest in program history and tied for the third longest active streak in FBS (Clemson – 25, Ohio St. – 15, Minnesota – 11). • Baylor offensive lineman Sam Tecklenburg leads the team with 37 starts, including 34 straight. Sixth-year senior wide receiver Chris Platt leads the roster with 52 career games played, second most in BU history. • James Lynch set a new BU record for sacks in a Big 12 game with 3.0 at K-State. Lynch, with 17.0 career sacks, needs only 0.5 to tie the program record. He ranks 9th nationally with 8.5 sacks and 20th in TFL (12.5). • BU has blocked 9 kicks in the last 14 games, and has 14 blocks since the start of 2017, the 2nd most nationally. • Baylor holds a 115-55-2 record all-time as a ranked team. BU is 23-29-1 as a ranked team vs. a ranked team. • The Bears’ AP rank of No. 12 this week is their highest since checking in at No. 8 on Oct. 16, 2016. • Baylor is only the second FBS program since 1937 to start 8-0 within two seasons of going 0-8 to begin a campaign. UCF also accomplished the feat in 2015 and 2017.
OKLAHOMA SERIES HISTORY • Baylor hosts Oklahoma in a Big 12 Conference No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown at McLane Stadium on November 16. Baylor is is 2-12 against OU in Waco. • The Bears are 3-24 all-time against Oklahoma with all three wins occuring between 2011-2014. BU has lost four straight meetings with the Sooners. • In Waco, Baylor has wins in 2011 and 2013. The Bears put a score in OU in the 2017 meeting with a 49-41 thriller that included Baylor closing within one score with 2:45 remaining 3Q and 1:41 left in the game. • Last season, Baylor piled up nearly 500 yards of offense, but allowed 607 and dropped a 66-33 contest in Norman. Charlie Brewer passed for 400 yards, two scores and completed 38-of-60 passes. • Against OU in his career, Denzel Mims has 22 receptions, 306 yards and four touchdowns, a BU record. • The Bears are hosting ESPN’s College GameDay for the third time. BU is 1-1 all-time in during CGD visits. NEXT UP • Baylor hosts Texas in the 2019 regular season home finale at McLane Stadium. Prior to the game, Baylor will honor its senior class with an on-field recognition. • The Bears are 27-77-4 all-time against Texas, including a 16-31-2 mark in Waco. • Baylor has lost four-straight meetings with the Longhorns, including a 23-17 heartbreaker in Austin a season ago. Charlie Brewer led the Bears 80 yards in the final 1:43, starting at his own 3, but his fourth down pass to Jalen Hurd went incomplete in the end zone as time expired. • BU last defeated Texas in Waco on Dec. 7, 2013, the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium, with a 30-10 win that clinched Baylor’s first ever Big 12 Conference championship. DEFENSIVE LINE DOMINATION • Baylor’s defensive line was clicking on all cylinders in the month of October. BU tallied a combined total of 17.0 sacks and 43.0 tackles for loss over the last five games – wins over K-State, Texas Tech, OSU, WVU and TCU. • With 2.0 sacks against Oklahoma State, Baylor equaled their 2018 season total of 25.0 in only seven games. The 29.0 sacks in nine games is the most for Baylor to open a season since at least 2000. • Texas Tech entered the Oct. 12 matchup having allowed only 4.0 sacks in five games, but the Bears totaled 5.0 sacks lead by 2.5 from James Lynch. • Lynch and Bravvion Roy became the first teammates in BU’s Big 12 history to each record 3.5 TFL or more in a Big 12 game in the win at K-State. • The Bears totaled 15.0 tackles for loss at K-State, the most in a Big 12 or FBS game since at least 2000. The total equals the overall program best during that time set against FCS members Wofford (2013) and Northwestern State (2016).
FACTS ABOUT THE 9-0 START • Baylor is 9-0 for the second time this decade, and only the second time in program history (2015). The Bears’ two 9-0 starts this decade is tied the most among Big 12 programs (OSU, 2 and TCU, 2). • BU is one of only five remaining undefeated teams as of Nov. 10 (LSU, Minnesota, Ohio State, Clemson). • Baylor has started 6-0 in Big 12 play for only the second time in program history (2015). The Bears have only one other 6-0 conference start, a perfect 8-0 mark in Southwest Conference play in 1980. • The Bears have won 11 straight games dating back to 2018, the second-longest streak in program history. The streak is third-longest active streak among FBS teams (Clemson, 25; Ohio St., 15; Minnesota, 11).
NOTING THE DEFENSE • Baylor has held nine straight conference opponents to less than 30 points for the first time in its Big 12 history. • The Bears lead the Big 12 and rank 14th nationally with 29.0 sacks on the season. BU had only 25.0 sacks in 13 games in 2018. BU is also tops in the Big 12 with 69.0 TFL in 2019, that total is 16th in FBS. • Baylor ranks second in the Big 12 in Yards Per Play Differential (O-D) at +2.06 behind only Oklahoma (+3.96). • BU has had 29.0 sacks in the first 9 games of a season, a first in the Big 12 era. With 69 tackles for loss, the Bears have the 4th-most TFL over the first 9 games behind only 2013 (77), 2015 (73), 2016 (73) and 2014 (69). • Baylor allowed 21 points or less in five-straight games to open a season for the first time since 1991 when it allowed 21 or less in the first six games. • Baylor is the only Big 12 team yet to allow 28 points in a regulation game. BU leads the conference and ranks 17th nationally in scoring defense (19.0 ppg). • Since taking over as the starter at MLB, Terrell Bernard is averaging 12.7 tackles per game with 5.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks and one INT. NEW-LOOK DEFENSE TRENDING UP • Transitioning to a 3-3-5 odd front, Baylor believed adding more speed to the back end would translate to results. So far they have been right. • With three takeaways against TCU, Baylor has now had 21 interceptions or fumble recoveries in the last 11 games after only six in the prior 14 contests. • Through nine games, the Bears have held opponents to only 41 first-half points and an average of 337.4 yards per game (2nd, B12 / 31st, NCAA). BU ranks 31st in rushing defense nationally and 2nd in Big 12 (127.1). • Baylor has allowed only 27 plays of 20 or more yards, the fewest in the Big 12. • BU is second in the Big 12 with a +6 turnover margin through nine games. • After only 10 INTs in the first 25 games of the Rhule era, BU now has 10 INTs in 2019 (9 in last 6 games). • Baylor has allowed 30 points or less in nine straight games, the seventh-best streak in FBS. • BU’s win over TCU was its first game with neither team scoring a TD in regulation since 11/18/89 – a 6-3 loss to Rice.
MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN FOOTBALL NOTES
Date……………………………………. Saturday, Nov. 16
Kickoff ……………………………………12:05 p.m. EST
Location………………………………..Ann Arbor, Mich.
Stadium ………………. Michigan Stadium (107,601)
Surface …………………………………………… FieldTurf
TV/Web/Mobile………………. FOX/FOX Sports app
All-Time Series……………………UM leads, 70-36-5
Series in Ann Arbor…………….UM leads, 49-22-3
Big Ten games ……………………UM leads, 37-27-2
Last Meeting…………..Michigan 21, MSU 7 (2018)
Current Series Streak……..1 by Michigan (2018-)
FIRST-AND-10 – • Michigan State will look for its ninth win in the last 12 meetings against Michigan as the Spartans take on the No. 14/14 Wolverines Saturday, Nov. 16 in Ann Arbor. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m. in Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on FOX, with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft on the call. The Spartans (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten) fell at home last Saturday to Illinois, 37-34, while the Wolverines (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) had a bye week. • Michigan State has a two-game winning streak over Michigan in Ann Arbor, including a 14-10 victory over the No. 7 Wolverines in 2017. The Spartans beat No. 12 Michigan in 2015, 27-23, as Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up a fumbled snap on a punt attempt and ran it back 38 yards for a TD as time expired. The unforgettable touchdown was named the No. 1 play of the 2015 season at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Atlanta on Dec. 10. • Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is 8-4 during his tenure against Michigan, including a 4-1 record in Michigan Stadium. Dantonio’s .667 winning percentage is the highest for any Spartan coach against the Wolverines (second: Duffy Daugherty, .579, 10-7-2 record from 1954-72). Dantonio is 6-4 against ranked Michigan teams. • Saturday’s game marks the 112th meeting between Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 70-36-5, including a 49-22-3 record in Ann Arbor; however, since 1950, Michigan holds just a seven-game edge, 37-30-2. Since 1953, the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan game has been presented the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The four-foot wooden statue was donated by then-Governor G. Mennen Williams to mark Michigan State’s acceptance into the Big Ten. Since 1953, Michigan leads the series 37-27-2. The trophy depicts the legendary giant lumberjack astride an axe with feet planted on a map of the state with flags representing the schools. • From 2008 to 2017, Michigan State defeated Michigan eight times in 10 meetings, the best record for MSU over Michigan in a 10-year span (previous best: 7-1-2). • The team with the most productive ground attack has won 44 of the last 49 games in the MSU-UM series. Since Mark Dantonio’s arrival to MSU in 2007, the Spartans have outrushed the Wolverines by 767 yards (1,938-1,171). In six of those 12 games, Michigan has been held to 100 rushing yards or fewer, including a school-record low minus-48 yards in 2013.
STAT LEADERS – Michigan State: Rushing – R-Fr. Elijah Collins (143 carries for 715 yards, 5.0 avg., 5 TDs) Passing – Sr.-5 Brian Lewerke (166-of-298, .557, 2,012 yards, 12 TDs, 7 INTs) Receiving – Sr.-5 Darrell Stewart (47 catches for 694 yards, 14.8 avg., 4 TDs) Tackles – Sr. Joe Bachie (71 tackles, 36 solos, 35 assists, 8.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 4 PBUs, 1 INT) Michigan: Rushing – Fr. Zach Charbonnet (117 carries for 559 yards, 4.8 avg., 11 TDs) Passing – Sr. Shea Patterson (135-of-236, .572, 1,773 yards, 12 TDs, 4 INTs) Receiving – So. Ronnie Bell (28 catches for 471 yards, 16.8 avg., 0 TDs) Tackles – Sr. Khaleke Hudson (78 tackles, 34 solos, 44 assists, 3.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, 3 PBUs) STAT LEADERS VS. MICHIGAN – Michigan State: Rushing – Sr.-5 Brian Lewerke (3 games, 22 carries for 74 yards, 3.4 avg., 1 TD) Passing – Sr.-5 Brian Lewerke (3 games, 22-of-54, .407, 260 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) Receiving – Sr.-5 Darrell Stewart (3 games, 5 catches for 66 yards, 13.2 avg., 0 TDs) Tackles – Sr.-5 Kenny Willekes (2 games, 18 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, 3.5 sacks).
A QUICK GLANCE AT NO. 14/14 MICHIGAN (7-2, 4-2 BIG TEN) – • The Wolverines debuted at No. 14 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, matching their AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll rankings. Michigan has a 7-2 record overall and 4-2 Big Ten mark, winning its last two games, and is coming off its second bye of the season. Last time out, the Wolverines routed Maryland, 38-7, on the road, which came on the heels of a 45-14 win over No. 8 Notre Dame on Oct. 26. • In the win at Maryland, the Wolverines scored on the opening kickoff and jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead that swelled to 35-0 late in the third quarter. UM amassed 331 yards of total offense with 176 through the air and 155 on the ground. The Wolverine defense limited the Terrapins to 233 yards of total offense with 129 rushing and 104 passing, with one interception. • For the season, Michigan is fifth in the B1G and 11th in the FBS in scoring defense (17.1 ppg), while ranking sixth in the B1G and 50th in the FBS in scoring offense (31.8 ppg). • The Wolverines are third in the league and seventh in the nation in total defense (266.2 ypg), ranking third in the conference and fifth in the country in passing yards allowed (153.6 ypg) as well as sixth in the B1G and 21st in the FBS in rushing defense (112.7 ypg). • Offensively, UM is seventh in the B1G in total offense (389.9 ypg), as well as seventh in the league in rushing offense (170.7 ypg) and ninth in passing offense (219.2 ypg).
MSU/MICHIGAN SERIES NOTES – • Michigan State has a two-game winning streak over Michigan in Ann Arbor, including a 14-10 victory over the No. 7 Wolverines in 2017. The Spartans beat No. 12 Michigan in 2015, 27-23, as Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up a fumbled snap on a punt attempt and ran it back 38 yards for a TD as time expired. The unforgettable touchdown was named the No. 1 play of the 2015 season at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Atlanta on Dec. 10. • Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is 8-4 during his tenure against Michigan, including a 4-1 record in Michigan Stadium. Dantonio’s .667 winning percentage is the highest for any Spartan coach against the Wolverines (second: Duffy Daugherty, .579, 10-7-2 record from 1954-72). Dantonio is 6-4 against ranked Michigan teams. • Saturday’s game marks the 112th meeting between Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 70-36-5, including a 49-22-3 record in Ann Arbor; however, since 1950, Michigan holds just a seven-game edge, 37-30-2. • From 2008 to 2017, Michigan State defeated Michigan eight times in 10 meetings, the best record for MSU over Michigan in a 10-year span (previous best: 7-1-2).
THE TEAM Michigan State Series History • This will be the 112th meeting in the all-time series with Michigan State • The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 70-36-5, and have won 25 of the last 40 games played between the two schools dating back to 1979 • U-M has compiled a 33-16 mark against MSU since 1970, with winning streaks of eight games (1970-77) and six-games (2002-07) during that stretch of 49 games • After losing his first game against the Spartans in 1969, head coach Bo Schembechler won 13 of his next 14 games in the series and posted a 17-4 record during his tenure at U-M • Michigan won last season’s game, 21-7, at Spartan Stadium with Michigan State winning the last match-up in Ann Arbor, a 14-10 affair during the 2017 season Battle for State Supremacy • The annual battle on the gridiron between Michigan and Michigan State started in 1898 and has featured some of the most exciting contests in both schools’ histories • The two programs have met every year since 1945, a streak of 74 consecutive seasons • With the exception of 1943 and 1944, when the series was suspended due to World War II, the Wolverines and Spartans have met on the football field every year since 1910.
U-M vs. MSU at the Big House • This will be the 57th game between the two rivals at Michigan Stadium • The Wolverines have compiled a 34-20-3 record at Michigan Stadium • U-M has claimed victories in 11 of the last 16 games played at Michigan Stadium • The Wolverines boast an impressive 18-7 home record against the Spartans since 1968 • Michigan sports a 49-22-3 all-time record against Michigan State in Ann Arbor Greater Rushing Effort Key to Victory • One of the major components to securing victory in the annual Michigan-Michigan State football game has been the ground game, with the most productive rushing attack winning 44 of the last 49 games in the series • From 1969 through 1994 — 26 consecutive games — the winning team gained more yards on the ground • MSU put an end to the string by winning in 1995 despite being out-gained in the rushing department by the Wolverines, 218 to 73 • Michigan lost the rushing battle in 2007, 191- 100, but came out on top 28-24 at Spartan Stadium Michigan When Ranked vs. MSU • This will be the 54th time that Michigan enters a match-up with Michigan State ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press national poll • The Wolverines have compiled a 32-20-1 record in those contests, but are 7-10-1 when both teams are ranked in the AP poll • U-M has won 30 of the past 45 games against MSU when they enter the contest listed in the top 25 of the polls.
Michigan in Big Ten Action • U-M has a 4-2 record in the Big Ten this season, defeating Rutgers, Iowa, Illinois and Maryland while falling at Wisconsin and Penn State • The Wolverines are 2-0 at home and 2-2 on the road this fall in conference play • Michigan has a 30-11 mark in Big Ten action under fifth-year head coach Jim Harbaugh • The Wolverines have a 14-4 record at home in Big Ten play under Harbaugh and have a 14-7 mark on the road • U-M has compiled a 515-210-18 record all-time in Big Ten action.
67th Battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy • Today’s game between the in-state rivals will be the 67th played for the Paul Bunyan Trophy • The Wolverines hold a 37-27-2 advantage in the trophy game • Michigan has won 33 of the past 49 games played between the two schools since 1970 • Michigan State has won seven of the past 10 games played in the series • The Paul Bunyan Trophy dates back to 1953, when Michigan State entered the Big Ten, and has become the cornerstone of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry since its inception • A donation by then-Michigan governor G. Mennen Williams, the Paul Bunyan Trophy stands nearly four feet tall • The wooden trophy depicts the figure of legendary folk hero Paul Bunyan astride an axe, with his feet planted over the state of Michigan. On each corner of the state lies a flag emblazoned with the Michigan ‘M’ or the Spartan ‘S.’ Each year the winner of the Michigan-Michigan State game is awarded ownership of the prize.
2019 Michigan Wolverines • Seniors Ben Bredeson, Khaleke Hudson and Carlo Kemp were voted 2019 captains by their teammates; Shea Patterson and Josh Metellus were selected as alternate captains • Michigan led all Big Ten schools with 12 players listed on a watch lists for major national awards • The Wolverines returned 13 starters on offense (eight) and defense (five) • The Wolverines have six returning specialist starters – LS Camaron Cheeseman, P Will Hart, K Jake Moody, K Quinn Nordin, PR Donovan Peoples-Jones and KR Ambry Thomas • 91 players have seen action in 2019 • 12 true freshmen saw their first collegiate action in 2019: TE Erick All, OL Karsen Barnhart, RB Zach Charbonnet, DB Daxton Hill, DL Chris Hinton, WR Giles Jackson, WR Cornelius Johnson, DB Caden Kolesar, WR Mike Sainristil, LB Anthony Solomon, LB Charles Thomas, DB DJ Turner • In addition to the freshmen, 11 other Wolverines made their career debuts this season: RB Nick Capatina, DB Sammy Faustin, DB Gemon Green, DB German Green, OL Ryan Hayes, OL Dan Jokisch, OL Griffin Korican, TE Mustapha Muhammad, PK Alan Selzer, DL Taylor Upshaw and DL Luiji Vilain • U-M has players from 30 different states and three different countries this season, including 48 players from the state of Michigan, 16 student-athletes from the neighboring state of Ohio, 11 from Florida, eight from Georgia and six each from California and Connecticut • The three international players are all defensive linemen: David Ojabo (Aberdeen, Scotland), Luiji Vilain (Ottawa, Canada) and Julius Welschof (Miesbach, Germany); defensive line coach Shaun Nua was also born outside the country in American Samoa (Pago Pago) • Michigan welcomed eight early enrollees to campus in January 2019: TE Erick All, RB Zach Charbonnet, QB Cade McNamara, DL Gabe Newburg, DL David Ojabo, DB Jalen Perry, WR Mike Sainristil and DL Mazi Smith.
Heading into the 2019 season, a total of 23 players had started at least one game in their career: 13 on offense and 10 on defense • Senior left guard Ben Bredeson leads the team with 41 starting assignments during his career • Senior safety Josh Metellus leads the defense with 33 career starts Second Half Scoring Team • U-M is outscoring the opposition by a 135-60 margin in the second half after holding a 141 to 87 edge in points during the first half; also holds a 10-7 advantage in overtime • The opponent has been held scoreless in the second half in three games – Army, Rutgers and Iowa – and yielded only 60 points on the year • The Wolverines have allowed only four fourth quarter scores this fall: 7 vs. MTSU, 8 at Illinois, 7 at Penn State and 7 vs. Notre Dame; held opponent scoreless in four consecutive games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS
The stretch drive of the college football season is upon us, and teams continue to jockey for position in The Associated Press Top 25 and the College Football Playoff rankings.
Weekly point spreads are from BetOnline.ag, and are current as of 10 p.m. ET Tuesday. For up-to-date spreads, check out the BetOnline.ag site. All times Eastern.
Michigan State (4-5) at No. 14 Michigan (7-2), Noon, Saturday, Fox
Two rivals headed in the opposite direction. Michigan eyes a third straight victory after outscoring Notre Dame and Maryland, 83-21. Michigan State, meanwhile, might have bottomed out by blowing a 28-3 second quarter lead vs. Illinois to extend its losing streak to four. The Spartans have won two straight and four of five in the Big House, so at least they have that going for them.
Prediction: Michigan (-13.5)
No. 4 Alabama (8-1) at Mississippi State (4-5), Noon, Saturday, ESPN
Dropped to fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, Alabama has to rely on others to help keep its national title hopes alive. Or it can hope the CFP committee feels the Tide is worthy of being part of the mix after losing to LSU and even if they don’t get a shot at the SEC title. Regardless what the future holds for Alabama, it should not have much trouble extending Mississippi State’s slide against Top 25 teams to four straight.
Prediction: Alabama (-20)
No. 11 Florida (8-2) at Missouri (5-4), Noon, Saturday, CBS
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Florida is 2-1 on the road in the SEC, but those wins at Kentucky and South Carolina didn’t necessarily come easy. The Gators won by a combined 19 points and trailed in the second half of both. Missouri is 5-0 at home, where it returns from a three-game winless road stretch at Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Georgia. The Tigers are also looking for a third straight series victory.
Prediction: Missouri (+7)
No. 15 Wisconsin (7-2) at Nebraska (4-5), Noon, Saturday, Big Ten Network
The Badgers got back in the win column by edging Iowa and now face a seemingly desperate Nebraska team. The Cornhuskers obviously must find a way to contain Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for a season-high 250 yards last week. He’s totaled 470 yards and five TDs on 49 carries in two games vs. Nebraska.
Prediction: Wisconsin (-14)
Kansas (3-6) at No. 25 Oklahoma State (6-3), Noon, Saturday, FS1
Consecutive wins over Iowa State and TCU have the Cowboys rounding out the Top 25 this week. Oklahoma State averages 37.1 points and gives up 29.3, so low-scoring affairs are not its style. Having the nation’s top rusher in Chuba Hubbard (1,604 yards) also helps. Kansas allows an average of 235.3 yards on the ground.
Prediction: Oklahoma State (-17)
No. 24 Indiana (7-2) at No. 9 Penn State (8-1), Noon, Saturday, ABC
Penn State’s hopes of a College Football Playoff berth took a severe hit with last weekend’s loss to Minnesota. A bounce back for the Nittany Lions would seem likely since they are 13-0 against Indiana at home. The Hoosiers, though, are ranked in the AP Poll for the first time since September 1994 and looking for their first five-game Big Ten-winning streak in more than 50 years. However, losing quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is a blow.
Prediction: Penn State (-14.5)
No. 21 Navy (7-1) at No. 16 Notre Dame (7-2), 2:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC
It’s the first time since 1978 that both Navy and Notre Dame are matching up as ranked teams. That was also the last season the Midshipmen won six consecutive contests, so there is some history on the line. The Irish, meanwhile, will be looking for a 17th straight home victory overall and a fifth in a row over Navy in South Bend.
Prediction: Navy (+9)
No. 5 Georgia (8-1) at No. 13 Auburn (7-2), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, CBS
The Bulldogs have found their way into the top four of the CFP rankings, which is interesting considering their lone loss to South Carolina looks worse by the weekend. The Bulldogs, however, face a stiff road test against Auburn, which has won three of the last five home meetings in this series. The Tigers have also won their last two home games against top five opponents.
Predictions: Auburn (+3)
Wake Forest (7-2) at No. 3 Clemson (10-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC
At some point we knew Clemson would be among the top four in the CFP rankings — at No. 3 this week. That came with Alabama and Penn State both losing last weekend. The Tigers, meanwhile, have outscored their last five opponents, 263-55, but should get more of a test this week. Wake has enjoyed a solid season, and after losing at Virginia Tech, must prove its validity — at least by making this somewhat of a game.
Predictions: Clemson (-34.5)
No. 18 Memphis (8-1) at Houston (3-6), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2
The Tigers will have had two weeks to come down from the high of beating a ranked SMU team at home. Expect Memphis coach Mike Norvell to have his team ready and poised to avoid a letdown. The Tigers will aim for a fourth consecutive win over Houston, which is still putting up points (30.7 per game) but also having trouble keeping them off the board (32.6 per contest).
Prediction: Memphis (-10)
No. 22 Texas (6-3) at Iowa State (5-4), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, FS1
The Longhorns are back in the Top 25 after taking down Kansas State for their first victory over a ranked team in three tries this season. However, things don’t get any easier at Iowa State, which nearly won at Oklahoma. Texas is still a tough team to figure out, but this just seems like another potential stumble on an underachieving season.
Predictions: Iowa State (-7)
No. 2 Ohio State (9-0) at Rutgers (2-7), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Network
It’s not really a surprise the Buckeyes slipped to No. 2 in the latest CFP rankings. They continue to roll while not really being tested. With or without star defensive end Chase Young, Ohio State is going to win big in this contest. By how much is the question. And is there an outside chance the likely new Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano will be somewhere in the yard?
Predictions: Ohio State (+52)
No. 7 Minnesota (9-0) at No. 23 Iowa (6-3), 4 p.m., Saturday, Fox
The Golden Gophers are up to eighth in the CFP rankings, and if they keep winning that would eventually put them among the top four. Of course winning at Iowa is no easy task. Minnesota is probably still riding that massive high from beating Penn State, but it has lost four in a row vs. Iowa. The Hawkeyes have also won eight straight at home in the series.
Predictions: Iowa (-3)
No. 1 LSU (9-0) at Mississippi (4-6), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN
No. 1 in the AP Poll, and now LSU is No. 1 in College Football Playoff rankings. Ed Orgeron’s Tigers have passed every test to date, and quite fashionably. This week’s challenge won’t be easy, but LSU has too much offensive potency to keep Ole Miss from ending a six-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
Predictions: LSU (-21)
No. 17 Cincinnati (8-1) at South Florida (4-5), 7 p.m., Saturday, CBS Sports Network
As long as the Bearcats keep running the football, they should be in good shape. Cincinnati has totaled 608 yards on the ground in narrowly winning at East Carolina and routing Connecticut in its last two games. South Florida has allowed an average of 212.5 rushing yards while going 1-3 against FBS opponents at home this season.
Prediction: South Florida (+14)
No. 10 Oklahoma (8-1) at No. 12 Baylor (9-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC
This is the marquee matchup of the weekend, with first place in the Big 12 at stake. Baylor, 9-0 for the third time in program history, leads the Sooners by one game in the league standings. The Bears needed overtime to win at TCU last week, while Oklahoma held off Iowa State. The Sooners have averaged 51.0 points while winning four straight in the series. Is this the year Baylor ends that slide?
Prediction: Oklahoma (-10)
UCLA (4-5) at No. 8 Utah (8-1), 8 p.m., Saturday, Fox
The Utes are seventh in the CFP rankings, but, though strange to think, might need to worry about the Bruins instead of the national picture. Yes, UCLA has dropped three straight vs. Utah but will be looking for a fourth consecutive victory on Saturday. Call us crazy, but this might end up being a sneaky challenge for the Utes.
Prediction: UCLA (-21)
New Mexico (2-7) at No. 19 Boise State (8-1), 10:15 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2
Give these Broncos credit: They continue to find ways to win. After outlasting upstart San Jose State to open November, Boise needed overtime to beat Wyoming at home last weekend. One would think this matchup will be less intense for the Broncos, who are 5-0 in the Mountain West and looking for a fourth straight win over New Mexico.
Prediction: New Mexico (+27.5)
Arizona (4-5) at No. 6 Oregon (8-1), 10:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN
The Ducks are sixth in the CFP rankings and should not be discounted as a serious threat to the top four spots. That will remain the case if they can avenge last season’s loss to Arizona. Justin Herbert and Co. have averaged 43.3 points over the last four games and now take on a Wildcats team that is allowing an average of 47.3 while losing four in a row.
Predictions: Arizona (+26.5)
Louisiana Tech (8-1) at Marshall (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday, CBS Sports Network
We’ll kick off the games outside the Top 25 in Conference USA. Louisiana Tech is undefeated since opening with a 45-14 loss at a ranked Texas team. The Bulldogs have scored at least 42 points in each of the last four games. Marshall, meanwhile, is riding a four-game winning streak and won the most recent meeting between the teams in the 2014 C-USA title game.
Prediction: Marshall (-2)
West Virginia (3-6) at Kansas State (6-3), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN
Failing to hold a 14-0 lead at Texas and then unable to complete a comeback from 10 points down, Kansas State could be dealing with some mental exhaustion. However, coach Chris Klieman won’t allow any sulking, as the Wildcats look to snap a three-game losing streak against West Virginia. The Mountaineers last dropped six in a row in 1986.
Prediction: Kansas State (-14)
Stanford (4-5) at Washington State (4-5), 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Network
A matchup of two Pac-12 teams with only bowl eligibility to play for the rest of the season. The Cardinal are trying to rebound from a 16-13 loss in a field goal fest at Colorado. The Cougars did not get any help from the game officials at Cal to fall to 1-5 in the league. Washington State eyes a third straight victory in this series after losing eight in a row to Stanford.
Prediction: Washington State (-10)
Louisville (5-4) at North Carolina State (4-5), 7:30 p.m., ACC Network
Prior to the season, many in ACC country figured it would be N.C. State on the cusp of being bowl eligible at this point instead of Louisville. The Cardinals have been a nice turnaround story under new coach Scott Satterfield. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, have been outscored 144-44 during their current three-game slide. However, they have won the last two against Louisville.
Prediction: N.C. State (+3.5)
South Carolina (4-6) at Texas A&M (6-3), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, SEC Network
While Texas A&M has underachieved in 2019, the situation is not nearly as uncomfortable as it’s becoming at South Carolina. The school says it’s backing coach Will Muschamp, but the Gamecocks’ struggles have supporters looking for accountability. Losing at home to Appalachian State was the latest setback to the program, and falling to 0-6 against the Aggies as SEC members won’t help matters.
Prediction: Texas A&M (-11)
USC (6-4) at California (5-4), 11 p.m., Saturday, FS1
This will be the 100th meeting between these schools. Cal ended a 14-game losing streak to the Trojans last season. USC, though, will be trying for an eighth straight victory at Berkeley, where the Bears just beat Washington State. The Trojans are heading for a bowl, but that still might not be enough to save coach Clay Helton’s job.
Prediction: Cal (+6.5)
Compared to last weekend’s game in Tuscaloosa, college football Week 12 isn’t nearly as potent when it comes to compelling matchups.
But there are still some huge games this weekend, as rivalry games take center stage, that will be a ton of fun to watch. Starting with a Big Ten rivalry game in Ann Arbor, these are the games we’re particularly interested in watching in college football Week 12.
Michigan State vs. Michigan
Sparty has lost four in a row and just blew a 28-3 lead to Illinois last Saturday. So this matchup isn’t quite as compelling as we figured it would be earlier in the season. Still, any time Michigan State and Michigan square off, it’s going to be an interesting watch. The past four meetings between these rivals have resulted in two wins apiece. Michigan won last year, 21-7, but Michigan State won in 2017, 14-10 — in Ann Arbor, no less.
If Brian Lewerke can somehow avoid turning the ball over, and if his defense plays up to its potential, then the Spartans can make things interesting Saturday. Michigan’s coming off a rather uninspiring offensive performance against Maryland and has been inconsistent all year.
Navy vs. Notre Dame
Navy and Notre Dame have a long history on the gridiron, but the Fighting Irish have dominated — winning 76 times out of 90 meetings between these programs. This year’s matchup could turn out much differently, however. The Midshipmen bring a very good squad to South Bend, and this will be the first ranked-versus-ranked matchup between these schools since 1978.
Navy runs the ball extremely well, and often, averaging nearly 358 yards on the ground per game. That could be a problem for the Fighting Irish, who aren’t great at defending the run (156 yards allowed per game). If Ian Book isn’t sharp, and if the Midshipmen can control the clock with that run game, then Navy absolutely can upset the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
Georgia vs. Auburn
It’s hard to know which version of either team will show up Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Both Georgia and Auburn have shown the ability to play up or down to the level of competition, so there’s a good chance we’ll witness a very competitive game.
For the Bulldogs, this tough road test is a must-win game. They still have a chance to make it into the College Football Playoff if they win out. But another loss would likely mean the end of that dream.
Jake Fromm, who was so good in the Florida game, has to play one of his better games if Georgia is going to win this one. He’s been maddening to watch this year, because one week he looks like a future first-rounder, and the next he’s struggling to hit open receivers. If the latter version shows up Saturday, the Tigers will feast.
Minnesota vs. Iowa
Every weekend is a playoff game for Minnesota the rest of the way. After the Golden Gophers stunned Penn State last Saturday, they have a legitimate shot to keep stunning the college football world. It will take winning out, and then somehow figuring out a way to stop juggernaut Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.
But all that means exactly zilch if the Golden Gophers lose Sunday to Iowa. The College Football Playoff selection committee has already proved it doesn’t see this team as a true contender just yet (No. 17 in the first ranking, and No. 8 heading into college football Week 12). So Minnesota has to keep impressing with big wins.
The Hawkeyes nearly pulled off an upset over Wisconsin last Saturday and are tough as nails. It’s going to take nothing but Minnesota’s best to stay undefeated and keep the Playoff dream alive.
Oklahoma vs. Baylor
Though not quite on the level of LSU vs. Alabama, this Big 12 game of the week is almost as important. Baylor has escaped numerous defeats this season with stunning wins, including last Saturday’s exciting triple-overtime thriller over TCU. Three of its last four games have come down to the wire, but the Bears keep finding ways to win.
Now comes Oklahoma, which features one of the most potent offenses in the nation. Jalen Hurts would be a Heisman favorite in any other season and has piled up 3,611 yards and 39 touchdowns from scrimmage. Slowing him down and/or keeping him off the field as much as possible is the most certain way to victory for the Bears.
Both teams need a win in the worst way to stay alive in the Playoff. This one should be a ton of fun to watch.
Arizona vs. Oregon
The Oregon Ducks have the best chance of any team in the Pac-12 of making it into the College Football Playoff. They haven’t lost since Week 1, when Auburn freshman Bo Nix stunned them at the last moment. Playing outstanding defense and featuring a balanced offense led by Justin Herbert, the Ducks are for real.
This Saturday night, they’ll be looking for some revenge against Arizona, which took the Ducks behind the proverbial woodshed last year in Tucson, winning 44-15. The Wildcats started out the year going 4-1, but they’ve since fallen flat on their faces with four straight losses. On paper, this game shouldn’t be close. However, strange things happen on a weekly basis during Pac 12 after dark, and the Ducks will need to stay sharp to avoid a huge upset to their rival.
In what could be the first of its kind, the NCAA is considering evoking a mercy rule prior to the game between Ohio State and Rutgers this weekend. After all, the highly ranked Buckeyes are a 51.5-point favorite against their Big Ten combatant on Saturday, the third highest spread in college football since 1985. While the teams are expected to take the field, the question is WHY; why are these teams even in the same conference, let alone playing a football game?
“The way the Buckeyes are absolutely dominating on both sides of the ball, coupled with the dreadful Rutgers offense, this was always going to be a spread of epic proportions,” said Bookmaker Adam Burns to Forbes magazine. Burns did note, however, “Ohio State is probably going to have to pitch a shutout to cover the number.”
Along the super high point spread is another interesting number, 55.5, which is the over/under on the game between the Buckeyes and the Scarlet Knights, meaning that anything more than a field goal will require the game to go over if Ohio State manages to cover the 51.5 spread.
Has anyone noticed how Greg Schiano, the former, and rumored to be future coach of the Scarlet Knights, didn’t rush back to the sidelines for this disaster? But he did make time to meet with the governor of New Jersey to help keep the wheels in motion for his return to the Rutgers.
How much longer will the NCAA and those overseeing College Football allow Rutgers University to play in the Big Ten Conference? Does anyone really need to see this team get run out of their own building to keep it athletic program funded? Can’t the Big Ten find anyone else to play football against that’s a little bit better than Rutgers? Or is having a guaranteed cupcake on their schedule every year something the embrace as an extra off week for their star recruits?
There is zero reason why this game should be played, and it anyone wearing an Ohio State University jersey gets hurt, you will hear those cries coming from Columbus faster than the Buckeyes will score 28 points in this game? Enjoy your Saturday afternoon Rutgers University, and I hope the money you are being paid by the Big Ten is worth it, because there are many upstanding football players taking the field to line your pockets on Saturday. We hope you are proud of yourselves.
NFL GAME BY GAME PREVIEWS
Houston Texans (6-3) at Baltimore Ravens (7-2)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 7-2
STREAKS: Ravens have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/27/17: Texans 16 at Ravens 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/27/17
QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 pct.) for 201 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.4 rating in Week 9 & became 3rd QB with 2+ TDs & 75+ comp. pct. in an international game. Aims for 3rd in row with 115+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. INT with 102.7 rating in his past 2 vs. AFC North. • RB CARLOS HYDE had season-high 160 rush yards in Week 9 & became 2nd player with 150+ rush yards in an international game. Had 77 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 14 rec.) in his last game vs. Bal. (10/7/18 with Cle.). RB DUKE JOHNSON set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (68) & had rush TD in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had team-high 8 catches for 48 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ catches. Had 7 catches for 125 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 4 vs. AFC North. WR KENNY STILLS aims for his 4th in row on road with 4+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. TE DARREN FELLS has 3 TD catches in his past 2. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 7 tackles & FR in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has 5 PD & INT-TD in his past 2 vs. AFC North. LB BRENNAN SCARLETT had 2 sacks & 2nd FF of season in Week 9. CB GAREON CONLEY led team with career-high 8 tackles in Week 9. Has 5 PD in his past 2. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. Bal. (11/25/18 with Oak.). S JUSTIN REID had 1st INT of season in Week 9.
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 15 of 17 passes (season-high 88.2 pct.) for 223 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating & rushed for 65 yards, incl. career-long 47-yard TD run, last week. Became 2nd QB with 158.3 passer rating in 2+ games within single season in NFL history (BEN ROETHLISBERGER in 2007). Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 105+ rating. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. • RB MARK INGRAM had 8th rush TD of season last week, tied-most in AFC. Had 97 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 45 rec.) in his last game vs. Hou. (11/29/15 with NO). Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC South with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR MARQUISE BROWN (rookie) had 4 catches for teamhigh 80 yards & TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Leads AFC rookies in rec. yards (454) & ranks 2nd with 4 rec. TDs. TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 53 yards & career-high 2 TDs in Week 10. Ranks 2nd among AFC TEs with 5 rec. TDs & 3rd in catches (44) & rec. yards (523). TE NICK BOYLE had 4 catches for career-high 78 yards last week. • CB MARCUS PETERS had 6 tackles & 89-yard INT-TD last week. Has 6 career INT-TDs, tied 2nd-most in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Has INT in 3 of past 4. Has 7 PD & 3 INTs in 3 career games vs. Hou. S EARL THOMAS had 1st FR of season last week. Had 78-yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Hou. (10/29/17 with Sea.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with INT.
- The Texans are 0-5 in road games against the Ravens all-time, including their 20-13 loss in the 2011 postseason. Houston has just one touchdown pass and seven interceptions in those five games, and two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
- Houston is coming off a bye after its 26-3 win over Jacksonville in London. The Texans are one of two teams that have not lost by more than seven points over the last two seasons, along with the Chiefs.
- The Ravens have rushed for at least 130 yards in 16 straight games, tied for the longest streak in the Super Bowl era with the 1975-76 Steelers. Baltimore is one of four teams in the Super Bowl era to score 300+ points through nine games while running on over half their plays — the other three all made the Super Bowl: 1966 Chiefs, 1984 Dolphins and 1998 Broncos.
- Deshaun Watson has a 67.6 completion percentage in his career, the highest by a player through 32 games in NFL history (minimum 15 attempts per game). Watson has had back-to-back games without an interception, and the Texans are 13-4 in his career when Watson does not throw a pick.
- Lamar Jackson has had at least 60 rushing yards in six straight games, tied for the longest streak by a quarterback all-time (Michael Vick in 2004). Last week was Jackson’s second game this season with 3+ touchdown passes and a perfect passer rating; the only other player in the Super Bowl era with two such games in a season was Ben Roethlisberger in 2007.
- DeAndre Hopkins is four catches away from becoming the second player in NFL history with 600+ receptions before turning 28, joining Larry Fitzgerald, who had 613. Hopkins does not turn 28 until next June.
Atlanta Falcons (2-7) at Carolina Panthers (5-4)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 30-18
STREAKS: Falcons have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Falcons 24 at Panthers 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/23/18
QB MATT RYAN had 2 TDs vs. INT last week. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.9 rating in last meeting. Has 2,227 pass yards (318.1 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 116.1 rating in his past 7 vs. Car. Aims for his 4th in row at Car. with 2+ TD passes. Has 49,072 career pass yards & needs 254 pass yards to surpass HOFer WARREN MOON (49,325) for 10th-most passing yards in NFL history. • RB BRIAN HILL had 71 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 10 rec.) & 1st career rec. TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. • WR JULIO JONES had 79 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. Since 2015, leads all WRs in receptions (473) & rec. yards (7,192). Has career 96 rec. yards per game average, highest in NFL history. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had TD catch in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 7 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. NFC South. • DT GRADY JARRETT had 2.5 sacks last week, his 3rd career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB VIC BEASLEY had 1.5 sacks last week. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had sack last week. Aims for his 11th in row on road with 5+ tackles. LB DEION JONES had 14 tackles & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Car. with 10+ tackles. S DAMONTAE KAZEE aims for his 5th in row on road vs. NFC South with PD. CB DESMOND TRUFANT aims for his 5th in row vs. Car. with PD.
QB KYLE ALLEN passed for career-high 307 yards with TD vs. INT for 84.2 rating in Week 10. In 2 career starts vs. NFC South, has 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 107.7 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ rating. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 141 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with rush TD. Had 178 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 77 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 12+ receptions & 75+ rec. yards. Ties for NFL lead with 14 scrimmage TDs & ranks 2nd in rush yards (989) & scrimmage yards (1,385). • WR D.J. MOORE tied his career high with 9 catches & had 120 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had TD catch last week. Has 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. TE GREG OLSEN had 8 catches for 98 rec. yards last week. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Atl. • LB LUKE KUECHLY had 6 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with TFL. Is 1 of 3 LBs (JORDAN HICKS & CORY LITTLETON) with 80+ tackles (82), 5+ PD (7) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2019. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 7th in row at home with 7+ tackles. DE MARIO ADDISON has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Atl. DT VERNON BUTLER had sack last week & has 3 sacks in his past 4. CB DONTE JACKSON had career-high 3 PD in Week 10. Has 3 INTs & 6 PD in his past 4.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Falcons numbers: In Week 10, Atlanta’s defense, ranked last in sack rate, had six sacks against a Saints team ranked top-10 in fewest sacks allowed. The pressure rampage must continue against the Panthers, who have allowed the league’s eighth-highest sack rate (8.2 percent).
Inside Falcons roster: Chopping-block candidate Dan Quinn recently relinquished defensive play-calling duties. The fifth-year coach, who assumed the play-calling role in the offseason after firing defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, split up the responsibility between linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich and assistant head coach Raheem Morris. While Ulbrich has helped call first- and second-down plays for weeks, Morris – the ex-Buccaneers HC – was recently reassigned to make third-down calls. The new arrangement held the Saints without a touchdown against the Falcons for the first time in 22 years.
Inside Panthers numbers: Ron Rivera’s run defense is atrocious, ranking last in yards per attempt (5.2), touchdowns (17), and EPA (-33.6). There is no excuse for that to continue against a Falcons team ranked bottom-10 in rushing yards per game (76.8), yards per attempt (3.8) and rushing touchdowns (3).
Inside Panthers roster: With Christian McCaffrey on pace for a team-record 329 carries – after he totaled 185 last season – Carolina added a more experienced backup. A week after the Panthers claimed wideout Donte Moncrief on waivers, they used the wire to nab ex-Seahawks and Bears running back Mike Davis. While the Bears gave Davis just 11 carries, he gained 512 rushing yards (4.6 per tote) with the 2018 Seahawks. The Panthers cut McCaffrey backup C.J. Anderson midway through last season, but with the MVP candidate shouldering an even bigger workload now, Davis should provide key relief.
Dallas Cowboys (5-4) at Detroit Lions (3-5-1)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 14-11
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Lions 24 at Cowboys 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/13: Lions 31, Cowboys 30
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 397 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.4 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 4th in row with 100+ rating. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. Det. Aims for his 6th start in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had career high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 88 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 on road. Since 2016, leads NFL with 6,227 scrimmage yards & 4,836 rush yards & ranks 3rd in scrimmage touchdowns (43). • WR AMARI COOPER had 11 receptions for 147 yards & rec. TD last week. Since joining Dal. in Week 9 of 2018, leads NFL with 13 rec. TDs & ranks 4th in rec. yards (1,573). Has 28 catches for 493 rec. yards (164.3 per game) & 4 TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC North. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR RANDALL COBB had season-high 106 rec. yards & TD catch, his 14th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in last game at Det. (12/31/17 with GB). WR MICHAEL GALLUP had TD catch last week & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 75+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DE ROBERT QUINN had sack last week. Has 4.5 sacks in 3 road games in 2019. Had sack in last game at Det. (9/9/12 with Rams). DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 8 tackles & 3 sacks in last meeting. LB JAYLON SMITH had 13 tackles last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 12+ tackles.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD had 307 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.5 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. QB JEFF DRISKEL had 269 pass yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for career-high 37 yards last week. Has TD pass in 5 of 6 career starts. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 55 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 19 rec.) & career-high 6 receptions last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 57 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 74 rec. yards in last meeting. Leads NFL with 8 rec. TDs in 2019 & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. WR MARVIN JONES had 5 catches & led team with 77 rec. yards in Week 10. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 8 TD catches in his past 7 at home. WR DANNY AMENDOLA aims for his 3rd in row at home wih 8+ receptions & 95+ rec. yards. Has 7+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs NFC East. • DE TREY FLOWERS had sack last week & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Has 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. NFC East & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with sack. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 at home. DT MIKE DANIELS had 1st sack with Det. last week. LB DEVON KENNARD had sack last week. Had sack in last game vs. Dal. (9/30/18 with NYG). S TAVON WILSON had 5th career sack last week. CB DARIUS SLAY had 3 PD in last meeting. Has 12 PD & INT in his past 8 vs. NFC East. Since 2013, leads NFL with 94 PD.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Cowboys numbers: When the run game falters, the Cowboys struggle. They are 1-3 when rushing for under 4.0 yards per carry, 4-1 when rushing for above 5.0 yards per carry. RB Ezekiel Elliott must make big plays against Matt Patricia’s run defense, which is ranked 27th in EPA (-5.2).
Inside Cowboys roster: Dallas has failed to beat quality teams with a loaded roster featuring QB Dak Prescott on a rookie deal. How will the Cowboys do once Prescott is making north of $33 million annually and WR Amari Cooper is on a top-market contract? The Cowboys’ offense leads the league in DVOA, but its defense – which feasted on bottom-tier offenses in most of its wins – has slipped to 20th. The core of what will be the Cowboys’ 2020 defense is already on the team, because of the expenses soon due. If the unit cannot ignite down the stretch, the future looks dimmer.
Inside Lions numbers: Detroit’s passing attack averaged just 5.4 net yards per pass attempt under backup Jeff Driskel, a significantly lower mark than any game injured starter Matthew Stafford has played in 2019 (his season-low 6.3). Driskel must get Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola more involved; the trio combined for just 12 catches and 163 yards in Week 10 (season average 14 and 198).
Inside Lions roster: Patricia’s pre-Patriots gig was as a Syracuse grad assistant, so it’s not surprising he stocked his Lions staff with ex-Orange assistants. But his defensive coordinator hire – ex-Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who had been out of the NFL since 2015 – is overseeing an embattled unit. A successful college coach (and 2008-09 Dolphins DC), he led the No. 10-ranked total defense last season; it has dropped to 30th despite multiple high-priced additions. Will Patricia keep his defensive play-caller around in 2020 when his own job will likely be on the line?
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-4)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 23-13
STREAKS: Jaguars have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Colts 0 at Jaguars 6
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/18: Colts 29, Jaguars 26
QB NICK FOLES makes 1st start since Week 1. Completed 16 of 22 passes (72.7 pct.) for 223 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.2 rating in his last game vs. Ind. (10/30/16 with KC). Has 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 111.5 rating in his past 4 vs. AFC South. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 853 scrimmage yards (142.2 per game) since Week 4, most in NFL. Aims for 4th in row on road with 100+ rush yards. Had 109 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 53 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rush TD. Rookie RB RYQUELL ARMSTEAD set career highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (65) in Week 9. • WR DJ CHARK had 4 catches in Week 9. Has 217 rec. yards (108.5 per game) & 2 TD catches in his past 2 on road. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Leads AFC WRs with 6 rec. TDs in 2019. WR KEELAN COLE set season high in catches (5) & rec. yards (80) in Week 9. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 TFL, sack & PD in last meeting. Has 4 sacks in his past 2 vs. division. Has 30.5 sacks since joining Jax. in 2017, tied 4thmost in NFL. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 5 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 9. Has 4.5 sacks, 3 PD, FF & INT-TD in his past 5 on road. Has 3.5 sacks in 3 career games at Ind. Rookie DL/LB JOSH ALLEN has sack in 4 of past 5. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. Leads all AFC rookies with 7 sacks. CB A.J. BOUYE aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & PD.
QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 1,103 pass yards (275.8 per game) with 9 TDs vs. INT for 103.6 rating in 4 home games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 3+ TD passes & 95+ rating. QB BRIAN HOYER passed for 204 yards in 1st start of season last week. Passed for 302 yards in his last game vs. Jax. (10/16/16 with Chi.). • RB MARLON MACK had 74 rush yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 4 vs. division. RB NYHEIM HINES had 44 scrimmage yards last week (30 rec., 14 rush). Tied career high with 9 catches for 50 yards in last meeting. RB JORDAN WILKINS had 53-yard run in last home meeting. • TE ERIC EBRON had season-high 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 4 at home. Had 10 catches for 81 yards in last meeting & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. division with TD catch. TE JACK DOYLE had 3 catches for 44 yards & TD in Week 10. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. WR ZACH PASCAL has 3 TD catches in his past 2 vs. division. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had season-high 13 tackles, 2 PD, sack, FF & INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Is 1 of 2 players since 1982 (BRIAN URLACHER) with 10+ sacks (10) & 4+ INTs (4) in 1st 2 seasons. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 6th in row with sack. CB KENNY MOORE had TFL & FR last week. Has 4 PD in his past 2 vs. Jax.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Jaguars numbers: Nick Foles must build on his late-season performance in 2018, when he posted his best regular-season QBR (67.4) and net yards per attempt rate (6.7) since 2013. To give Foles enough time, the offensive line needs to take advantage of a matchup against a Colts defense ranked 23rd in pressure rate (19.5 percent).
Inside Jaguars roster: Since Jacksonville’s 2017 season ended just shy of Super Bowl LII, Doug Marrone is 9-16. While Minshew Mania may have been a bit exaggerated – the Jaguars’ 2019 wins having come over the Bengals, Jets, Broncos and Titans – Marrone’s switch to Foles may put his job on the line. If the team plunges toward another sub-.500 season, the former Bills boss (35-40 in five-plus seasons as a head coach) may be a Black Monday headline. Foles’ work in Marrone’s offense will bring high stakes for the sake of staff continuity.
Inside Colts numbers: The offense is anemic without injured starting QB Jacoby Brissett, scoring only 24 points in the 19 drives it has had since his knee injury against the Steelers. The Colts desperately need him back against a disruptive Jacksonville front ranked fifth in sack rate (8.8 percent) and second in pressure rate (28 percent).
Inside Colts roster: Indianapolis is 0-7 in games WR T.Y. Hilton does not play. With the eighth-year veteran doubtful for Week 11, the Colts must find a way to snap this skid. Devin Funchess (collarbone) is eligible to return from IR this week, and the Colts expect him to practice. The former Panthers wideout is 1-for-4 in recording at least 550 yards in a season. Although the Colts might not be keen on redeploying him now, the 6-foot-4 target could aid a young receiving corps.
Buffalo Bills (6-3) at Miami Dolphins (2-7)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-46-1
STREAKS: Bills have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/20/19: Dolphins 21 at Bills 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/2/18: Dolphins 21, Bills 17
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 266 yards & rushed for 28 yards & 2 TDs last week, 3rd career game with 2 rush TDs, tied 2ndmost by QB in 1st 2 seasons in NFL history. Has 14 rush TDs since entering NFL in 2018, most among QBs. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.4 rating in Week 7 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY (rookie) has TD in 2 of past 3. His 3 TDs are 3rd-most among rookie RBs. RB FRANK GORE rushed for 85 yards & 2 TDs in his last road game vs. Mia. (12/27/15 with Ind.). Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Mia. Had 722 rush yards in 2018 with Mia. Ranks 4th in NFL history with 15,197 rush yards & needs 73 rush yards to surpass HOFer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for 3rd-most in league annals. • WR JOHN BROWN led team with 5 catches for 77 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 83 yards & TD in Week 7 meeting. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR COLE BEASLEY had 4 catches for 74 yards in Week 10. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had rec. TD in Week 7 meeting. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had sack, PD & 1st-career safety last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TFL. LB MATT MILANO had 1st sack of season in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE tied career high with 4 PD last week. Had FF & INT in Week 7 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with INT.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 169 yards & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 105+ rating. Passed for 282 yards with TD vs. INT in Week 7 meeting. Passed for 11,654 yards & 80 TDs in 4 seasons with Buf. (2009-12). • RB KALEN BALLAGE had season-high 43 rush yards last week. Had rush TD in Week 7 meeting. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team with 5 catches for 69 yards in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. Had 5 catches for 55 yards & TD in Week 7 meeting. Had TD catch in last home meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. WR ALLEN HURNS had season-high 53 rec. yards in Week 7 meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Buf. TE MIKE GESICKI had 3 catches last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 41 yards in Week 7 meeting. • LB JEROME BAKER led team with 8 tackles & had sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. S BOBBY MCCAIN had 2nd INT of season last week. S RESHAD JONES had 29-yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Buf. (12/30/18). Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Buf with 7+ tackles. S STEVEN PARKER had 1st-career INT last week. Rookie CB NIK NEEDHAM had 6 tackles, career-high 3 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 10. Has 15 tackles, 3 PD, sack & INT in past 2. DE TACO CHARLTON had sack in Week 7 meeting.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Inside Bills numbers: Buffalo’s offense, ranked 26th in points per drive (1.56), must play better. That all starts with Josh Allen, who is ranked 31st of 34 qualifiers in QBR (38.0).
Inside Bills roster: Buffalo’s defense has excelled despite shaky run play and only one player (defensive tackle Jordan Phillips) having recorded more than 2.5 sacks. A key reason for the Bills’ defensive success over the past two years: safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. The latter was critical on Buffalo’s eight-play goal-line stand in Cleveland, and both back-liners rate as top-15 safeties in Pro Football Focus’ view. The NFL’s 20th- and 25th-highest-paid safeties, Hyde and Poyer are each signed through at least 2020.
Inside Dolphins numbers: Brian Flores’ defense is rolling, allowing 14.0 points per game and forcing four turnovers (plus a safety) over its two-game winning streak. The secondary might be able to pounce on the Bills’ passing attack, which is ranked 26th in first downs per game (11.0).
Inside Dolphins roster: Despite the Bengals’ winless run, this is still the NFL’s worst roster. Yet the Dolphins have won two straight and were competitive in their previous three losses. The Bill Belichick coaching tree has given the league many uninspiring leaders, but Flores is showing his rapid rise – from 2017 linebackers coach to 2019 head coach – may be warranted. The Dolphins since August have lost their best three players – Laremy Tunsil, Xavien Howard, Minkah Fitzpatrick – and are now without RB Kenyan Drake (traded to Arizona) and Mark Walton (suspended). Miami may have picked the right man to oversee this experiment.
Denver Broncos (3-6) at Minnesota Vikings (7-3)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: All-time series tied, 7-7
STREAKS: Broncos have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/4/15: Vikings 20 at Broncos 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/4/11: Broncos 35, Vikings 32
QB BRANDON ALLEN passed for 193 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.6 rating in 1st career start in Week 9. Became 1st QB with TD pass of 75+ yards in 1st career start since ROBERT GRIFFIN III (88-yard TD pass on 9/9/12). • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY rushed for 92 yards & TD in Week 9. Has 353 scrimmage yards (117.7 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 3 on road. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC. Has TD in 12 of 24 career games. RB ROYCE FREEMAN has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Has 175 scrimmage yards (87.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Lindsay (744) & Freeman (555) are only pair of AFC RB teammates each with 550+ scrimmage yards in 2019. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 5 catches for 56 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Rookie TE NOAH FANT had career-high 115 rec. yards, incl. 75- yard TD catch, in Week 9. Became 1st rookie TE with rec. TD of 75+ yards since TYJI ARMSTRONG (1992). • LB VON MILLER had sack in last meeting. Has 3 sacks in 4 career road games vs. NFC North. Has 102 career sacks, most since entering league in 2011. DE DEREK WOLFE has 3 sacks, FF & PD in past 2. LB ALEXANDER JOHNSON led team with career-high 13 tackles in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Rookie LB JUSTIN HOLLINS had 1st-career sack in Week 9. S JUSTIN SIMMONS has 7 PD & 2 INTs in his past 6. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles.
QB KIRK COUSINS had 220 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.5 rating last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 112 rating & has 7 games with 100+ rating in 2019, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 6 TDs vs. INT for 128.2 rating in 4 home games in 2019. Had 299 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 94.3 rating in his last game vs. Den. (12/24/17 with Was.). • RB DALVIN COOK had 183 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 86 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 259 scrimmage yards (129.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. AFC West. Aims for his 5th in row at home with rush TD. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (1,415) & rush yards (991) & ranks 3rd in rush TDs (10). • WR STEFON DIGGS has 14 catches for 310 yards (155 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in his past 2 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 140+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 87 yards in last meeting. WR ADAM THIELEN had 70 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 4th career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER aims for his 5th in row at home with sack. Has 3 sacks & FF in his past 4 vs. AFC West. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. AFC with sack. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with sack. LB ERIC KENDRICKS is only LB with 80+ tackles (80) & 10+ PD (11) in 2019. LB ANTHONY BARR had INT in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH had INT in last meeting.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Inside Broncos numbers: Denver is clutch on defense, ranking second in the red zone (37 percent), fifth on fourth down (37.5 percent) and seventh on third down (34.2 percent). Powering that success is the duo of Von Miller and Derek Wolfe, who have combined for nine sacks and 18 hits over Denver’s past six games.
Inside Broncos roster: Although QB Brandon Allen notched a win in his NFL debut, Denver cannot afford to delay Drew Lock’s timetable for long. The second-round rookie will practice this week and likely come off IR soon. With Lock having missed much of his rookie season with a thumb injury, the Broncos will need to see as much of the Mizzou product as possible to determine if they need to make another big quarterback investment in the 2020 draft. The Broncos ignored a talented 2017 QB class because of Paxton Lynch; they will need more than a couple of Lock starts to make a proper evaluation.
Inside Vikings numbers: Ends Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen rank first and third in pressures with 64 and 56, respectively. They combined for 17 pressures against Dallas’ elite offensive line in Week 10, so imagine what they could do against a Denver offense that has allowed the fourth-highest sack rate (9.6 percent).
Inside Vikings roster: Dalvin Cook is on pace for 2,264 scrimmage yards; Adrian Peterson’s 2012 MVP season produced 2,314. A third-year back, Cook is on track for an All-Pro nod and a contract in the Ezekiel Elliott stratosphere. Minnesota could opt for caution, with Cook having missed 17 games from 2017-18 due to injury, but a team that has stacked its payroll with extensions will need to work on another soon with Cook’s contract not containing the fifth-year option Christian McCaffrey’s does. Cook’s production and low mileage (501 career touches) places him in a great negotiating spot.
New Orleans Saints (7-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 34-21
STREAKS: Saints have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/6/19: Buccaneers 24 at Saints 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/18: Saints 28, Buccaneers 14
QB DREW BREES passed for 287 yards with 87.9 rating last week. Has 1,447 pass yards (289.4 per game) & 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 115.5 rating in his past 5 vs. TB. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 8 catches & 74 scrimmage yards (50 rec., 24 rush) in Week 10. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 200+ receptions (203). Had 104 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 42 rec.) in Week 5 meeting. Has 612 scrimmage yards (122.4 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 5 career games vs. TB. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 13 catches for 152 yards last week. Has most catches (407) by player in his 1st 4 seasons in NFL history & is fastest player in NFL history to reach 400 career receptions (56 games). Became 4th player (MIKE EVANS, A.J. GREEN & HOFer RANDY MOSS) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. Had 11 catches for 182 yards & 2 TDs in Week 5 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with 10+ receptions & 90+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (74) last week. Had TD catch in Week 5 meeting. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack & 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. Is 1 of 2 players (CHANDLER JONES) with 8+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had sack last week. Aims for his 6th in row vs. TB with 7+ tackles. CB MARCUS WILLIAMS had career-high 4 PD & INT last week.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 358 pass yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 300+ pass yards in 4 straight games, longest streak in franchise history & longest active streak in NFL. Is 1 of 3 QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES & MATT RYAN) with 6 games of 300+ pass yards in 2019. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.6 rating in last meeting. • RB RONALD JONES had 106 scrimmage yards (career-high 77 rec., 29 rush), career-high 8 catches & 5th career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with rush TD. RB PEYTON BARBER had rush TD last week. Had rush TD in last meeting. • WR MIKE EVANS has 15 catches for 202 yards (101 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 2 at home vs. NFC South. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. NFC South with 85+ rec. yards. Since 2016, is 1 of 2 WRs (DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 4,500+ rec. yards (4,770) & 30+ rec. TDs (32). WR CHRIS GODWIN had 125 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last meeting. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. NO. Has 31 receptions for 511 rec. yards (127.8 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC South & aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards. • LB SHAQUILL BARRETT had sack last week. Has 11.5 sacks in 2019, tied-most in NFL (CHANDLER JONES). LB LAVONTE DAVID had 8 tackles, FF & FR last week. Is 1 of 2 active players (J.J. WATT) with 15+ FFs (19) & 10+ FRs (14) since 2012. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Saints numbers: New Orleans must get its pass protection back on track after allowing 18 pressures (six of those sacks) to a terrible Falcons defense in Week 10. Left guard is a question, as the status of Andrus Peat (arm) is up in the air and replacement Will Clapp was brutal in relief (two sacks allowed).
Inside Saints roster: New Orleans’ secondary has not played without Marshon Lattimore since midway through the 2017 season. With the Pro Bowl cornerback nursing a hamstring injury, the team will need to make do without its top cover man for a bit. This is a bad week to be shorthanded because the Buccaneers have the NFL’s best wideout tandem in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The Saints have morphed from 2016’s 31st-ranked defense into one of the NFL’s best since Lattimore arrived in the 2017 first round.
Inside Bucs numbers: Bruce Arians deserves credit for pushing this Jameis Winston-led offense up to ninth in points per drive (2.18). If the Bucs can clean up the turnovers (17 over past four games), they could be a top-notch offense.
Inside Bucs roster: A few stars and several reliable starters came off the board in the 2016 draft’s top 13 picks. Vernon Hargreaves now looks like the biggest mistake. The Bucs waived the underperforming cornerback this week, doing so after picking up his $9.9 million fifth-year option in May and using him as a starter throughout the season. Arians benched Hargreaves for not hustling on a long Cardinals gain, but this is another blow to the Bucs’ 32nd-ranked pass defense. Fifth-year options are guaranteed against injury only, so the Bucs will save $9M in 2020 by moving on now.
New York Jets (2-7) at Washington Redskins (1-8)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 9-3
STREAKS: Jets have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/18/15: Redskins 20 at Jets 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/4/11: Jets 34, Redskins 19
QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 230 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.9 rating & had rush TD last week. Has 909 pass yards (303 per game) & 6 TDs vs. INT for 114.2 rating in his past 3 vs. NFC. • RB LE’VEON BELL had 68 scrimmage yards (34 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10. Has 8 rush TDs in 8 career games on road vs. NFC & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with rush TD. Since 2014, leads all RBs with 7,462 scrimmage yards. • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS led team with 6 catches for 84 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 60+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 active WRs (LARRY FITZGERALD) with 9,000+ rec. yards (9,646) & 60+ TD catches (62). WR JAMISON CROWDER had 81 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 2,628 rec. yards & 14 TD catches in 56 games for Was. from 2015-18. • S JAMAL ADAMS had team-high 9 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 FFs, PD & 25-yard FR-TD last week. Became 6th player to have 2+ sacks, 2 FFs & TD in single game since 2000. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & his 4th in row vs. NFC with PD. LB JORDAN JENKINS had 2 sacks & PD in Week 10, his 3rd career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with sack & 3rd in row overall with sack. DL NATHAN SHEPHERD had 1st career sack & career-high 3 TFL last week. LB JAMES BURGESS had 7 tackles & PD in Week 10. Has 5 TFL in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 5+ tackles. LB BRANDON COPELAND has 6+ tackles in 3 of his past 4.
QB DWAYNE HASKINS (rookie) had 86.2 rating in 1st career start in Week 9. Makes 1st career home start. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 130 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 22 rec.) in Week 9. Has 80 career games with 100+ scrimmage yards, tied with HOFers ERIC DICKERSON (80) & JERRY RICE (80) for 9th-most in NFL history. Had 108 scrimmage yards in his only career game vs. NYJ (10/11/10 with Min.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 130+ scrimmage yards. RB DERRIUS GUICE makes 1st home appearance for Was. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN ties for 1st in TD catches (5), 2nd in rec. yards (497) & ties for 2nd in receptions (32) among rookies in 2019. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 2 sacks, 2 PD & FF in his past 3 at home vs. AFC East. Has 9 sacks in his past 9 at home. Is 1 of 3 players (AARON DONALD & CHANDLER JONES) with 60+ sacks (62) & 15+ FFs (15) since 2014. DL MATT IOANNIDIS had sack in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row with TFL. Rookie LB MONTEZ SWEAT had sack in Week 9. CB JOSH NORMAN had 2 PD & FF in Week 9. Since 2014, is only player with 70+ PD (73) & 10+ FFs (12). Has sack, 2 PD & INT in 3 home games in 2019. S LANDON COLLINS led team with 9 tackles in Week 9. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with TFL & 6th in row vs. AFC East with 7+ tackles. Leads all DBs with 399 tackles since 2016. CB QUINTON DUNBAR aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Jets numbers: The defense has allowed 3.0 yards per rush attempt, the best mark through nine games since the 2010 Steelers. It will be tested by an improving Redskins rushing attack, ranked fourth in yards per attempt (5.1) since Week 5.
Inside Jets roster: This team cannot catch a break on its offensive line. The Jets’ Kelechi Osemele mess aside, they have now seen turnover at four of their five O-line spots this season. A dislocated shoulder is expected to end right guard Brian Winters’ season, and with Winters attached to a non-guaranteed $7 million salary in 2020, new GM Joe Douglas may opt to move on. Of course, releasing Winters – a seven-year veteran and last remaining member of the D’Brickashaw Ferguson-Nick Mangold Jets lines – would create another need for a team without much certainty up front.
Inside Redskins numbers: Washington’s abysmal offense has scored single-digits in six of its past seven games. Dwayne Haskins has a good chance to build some confidence against a Jets defense that has allowed at least 22 points in eight consecutive games.
Inside Redskins roster: Washington has a combined $34.25 million in quarterback salaries set to not play in its final seven games. Interim coach Bill Callahan gave the reins to Haskins, who has not yet impressed but obviously needs time to develop. Washington has Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Alex Smith on its 2019 cap sheet; Keenum and McCoy will likely be gone in 2020. While Smith may never play again, releasing him won’t save the Redskins money until 2021. With Haskins far from certain to pan out, this is one of the weirdest quarterback situations in recent memory.
Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-1)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: WALT ANDERSON
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 30-26
STREAKS: Cardinals have won 8 of past 9
LAST GAME: 10/31/19: 49ers 28 at Cardinals 25
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/18: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18
QB KYLER MURRAY (rookie) passed for 324 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 92.7 rating. From Week 4 to Week 10, had 211 pass attempts between INTs, longest streak by rookie QB in NFL history. Became 4th QB with 2,500+ pass yards (2,553) & 250+ rush yards (351) in 1st 10 career starts. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.7 rating in last meeting. • RB DAVID JOHNSON has 457 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. SF with 2+ rush TDs. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 162 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 52 rec.) & rush TD in Week 9 meeting. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD led team with 8 catches & had 71 rec. yards last week. Has 177 receptions for 2,344 rec. yards & 18 TD catches vs. SF, all most vs. any opponent. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 6 catches for career-high 138 rec. yards & career-high 3 rec. TDs last week. Had 85 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Rookie WR ANDY ISABELLA had career-long 88-yard TD catch in Week 9 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. • LB CHANDLER JONES had 2 sacks & FF last week. Ties for NFL lead with 11.5 sacks in 2019. Is only player with 10+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at SF with sack. LB JORDAN HICKS ranks 2nd in NFL with 99 tackles. S BUDDA BAKER had 13 tackles & 3 PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 248 yards with TD vs. INT last week. Had 317 pass yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.9 rating in Week 9 meeting. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 72 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 32 rec.) in Week 10. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 home games with SF in 2019. RB MATT BREIDA had 92 scrimmage yards in last meeting. Had rec. TD in last home meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 79 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 9 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ari. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ receptions. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 112 rec. yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 games with SF in 2019. Rookie WR DEEBO SAMUEL set career highs in receptions (8) & rec. yards (112) last week. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had TD catch in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. • DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had 1st career game with 2 FRs, incl. 12-yard FR-TD, in Week 10. Had sack in last meeting. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Has career highs in sacks (7) & FFs (2) in 2019. Rookie DL NICK BOSA ties for 2nd in NFL with 12 TFL this season. LB FRED WARNER led team with 10 tackles, 2 sacks & FF last week, his 1st 2 career sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. Rookie LB DRE GREENLAW had 1st career INT last week. Had sack in last meeting. CB K’WAUN WILLIAMS had 0.5 sacks & 2 FFs in Week 10, his 2nd career game with 2 FFs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Inside Cardinals numbers: Arizona has scored a touchdown on just 34.3 percent of red-zone trips, second worst in the league. Kyler Murray has thrown for a TD on just 16.3 percent of red-zone pass attempts (league average 22.3 percent).
Inside Cardinals roster: As certain fantasy owners are aware, David Johnson’s fifth season is not going well. The league’s fourth-highest-paid running back is averaging 3.7 yards per carry – well behind Chase Edmonds and behind Kenyan Drake’s two Cardinals games – and has struggled with back and ankle injuries. Johnson missed almost all 2017 with a broken wrist, has only shown flashes of the player who pushed for a 1,000-1,000 season in 2016 and just saw Drake play ahead of him in crunch time. Johnson has a fully guaranteed $10.2 million salary in 2020, when he will count $14.2M on Arizona’s cap.
Inside 49ers numbers: San Francisco’s top-ranked red-zone defense (31.3 percent) will be an issue for Kliff Kingsbury’s Cardinals. The 49ers have allowed only three red-zone touchdown passes, behind only the Patriots for the fewest.
Inside 49ers roster: Several key 49ers suffered injuries in Monday’s five-period grind, but one will not return this season. While Joe Staley, Emmanuel Sanders and Matt Breida are expected back, defensive lineman Ronald Blair suffered a torn ACL. Serving as a reliable backup on San Francisco’s stacked D-line, Blair had registered three sacks and graded as a top-25 edge defender, per Pro Football Focus. Although Blair’s contract expires at season’s end, the 49ers are expected to try to re-sign him.
Cincinnati Bengals (0-9) at Oakland Raiders (5-4)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // OAKLAND ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 18-11
STREAKS: Bengals have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/16/18: Raiders 16 at Bengals 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/15: Bengals 33, Raiders 13
QB RYAN FINLEY (rookie) passed for 167 yards with TD vs. INT & rushed for 22 yards in 1st-career start last week. • RB JOE MIXON had season-high 151 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 37 rec.) last week. Is only AFC RB with a game of 150+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 129 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 322 rush yards (107.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. AFC West. RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 88 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 25 rec.) in last road meeting. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 6 catches for 62 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had TD catch in last meeting. WR AUDEN TATE aims for his 3rd in row on road with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. TE TYLER EIFERT had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 10. Had 9 catches for career-high 104 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. • DT GENO ATKINS had career-high 3 sacks in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. Oak. with sack. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had sack in last road meeting. Has 12.5 sacks in his past 11 vs. AFC West. Since entering league in 2010, Atkins (74) & Dunlap (73.5) are only pair of teammates with 70+ sacks each. DE SAM HUBBARD had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC West. LB NICK VIGIL had 1st sack of season in Week 10. S JESSIE BATES had team-high 8 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.
QB DEREK CARR completed 21 of 31 passes (67.7 pct.) for 218 yards & TD for 98.6 rating last week. Aims for 8th in row with 95+ rating. Passed for 263 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB JOSH JACOBS (rookie) had 101 scrimmage yards (71 rush, career-high 30 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 576 scrimmage yards (115.2 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 5 career home games. Leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (943), rush yards (811) & rush TDs (7). RB JALEN RICHARD had 4 catches for teamhigh 43 yards last week. Had 67 rec. yards in last meeting. Rookie FB ALEC INGOLD had 1st-career TD catch last week. • TE DARREN WALLER had 40 rec. yards last week. Ranks 3rd among TEs in catches (51) & rec. yards (588). Rookie WR HUNTER RENFROW had 4 catches for 42 yards in Week 10. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS has TD catch in 5 of 7 games in 2019. TE FOSTER MOREAU leads rookie TEs with 3 rec. TDs. Jacobs (7), Moreau (3) & Renfrow (2) are only trio of rookie teammates each with 2+ TDs in 2019. • S ERIK HARRIS had career-high 2 INTs last week, incl. 56- yard INT-TD. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. Rookie DE CLELIN FERRELL had career-high 2.5 sacks & PD in Week 10, most sacks by rookie in single game in franchise history since 1983 (GREG TOWNSEND). DE BENSON MAYOWA had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Has 6 sacks & 3 FFs in 5 home games this season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Inside Bengals numbers: Cincinnati is anemic in the trenches, ranking 29th in yards per rush attempt (3.3) and allowing the second-most yards per rush attempt (5.2). The defense will have trouble with Oakland’s Josh Jacobs, who has averaged the third-most yards after contact per rush (2.9).
Inside Bengals roster: Once a mainstay in the NFL’s basement, the Bengals have not been this bad since their final pre-Marvin Lewis season – a 2-14 2002 finish. Cincinnati’s defense is flush with veterans yet ranks last in yards yielded per game. The Bengals’ injury-riddled offense has scored 20 or more points twice, despite HC Zac Taylor being brought in to help in that area. Taylor’s last experience calling plays ended with the 2016 Cincinnati Bearcats’ offense ranked 123rd of 128 teams in scoring. The continuity-centric Bengals will likely give Taylor another year, but this is unfolding far worse than expected.
Inside Raiders numbers: Derek Carr has emerged as a Pro Bowl candidate, ranking sixth in passer rating (104.4) and ninth in QBR (63.3). He has benefited greatly from an offensive line that has made him the least-pressured quarterback in the league (26.1 percent of dropbacks).
Inside Raiders roster: Jon Gruden has jettisoned most of previous GM Reggie McKenzie’s investments, but Jalen Richard is making a case for another Raiders contract. The passing-down back has played well in Oakland’s past two wins, combining to catch five passes for 84 yards on just the final drives against the Lions and Chargers. Richard’s shiftiness complements Josh Jacobs’ every-down work; the contract-year undrafted free agent would make sense as a longer-term Jacobs backup.
New England Patriots (8-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Patriots have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/6/15: Eagles 35 at Patriots 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/27/11: Patriots 38, Eagles 20
QB TOM BRADY passed for 285 yards with TD vs. INT for 80.4 rating in Week 9. Set SB record with 505 pass yards & had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.4 rating in SB LII vs. Phi. Passed for 236 & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.2 rating in SB XXXIX vs. Phi. Has 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.9 rating in 3 career road games vs. Phi. • RB SONY MICHEL has 4 rush TDs in his past 3 on road. Has 236 scrimmage yards (118 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. NFC East. RB JAMES WHITE had season-high 84 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 38 rush) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. Aims for 7th in row with 45+ rec. yards. Had rush TD in SB LII vs. Phi. Had 10 catches for career-high 115 yards & TD in last regular-season meeting. • WR JULIAN EDELMAN had season-high 10 catches for team high 89 yards in Week 9. Aims for 6th in row with 7+ catches. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 8+ catches & 110+ rec. yards. WR MOHAMED SANU had season-high 10 catches for 81 yards & 1st TD with NE in Week 9. • LB KYLE VAN NOY had 3rd FF of season in Week 9. Had TFL in SB LII vs. Phi. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (T.J. WATT) with 3+ FFs (3) & 2+ FRs (2) in 2019. LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER led team with season-high 13 tackles & had TFL in Week 9. LB JAMIE COLLINS had 8 tackles, FF & PD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with FF. DE LAWRENCE GUY has 2 TFL, sack, INT & FR in past 2. S DEVIN MCCOURTY had seasonhigh 7 tackles in Week 9. Had 7 tackles & 2 PD in SB LII vs. Phi.
QB CARSON WENTZ had 91.7 rating in Week 9. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100 rating in 4 games at home in 2019 & aims for his 5th in row at home with TD pass & 0 INTs. Has TD pass in 12 consecutive games, 2nd-longest active streak in NFL. • RB JORDAN HOWARD had rush TD in only career game vs. NE (10/21/18 with Chi.). Has 6 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC East & aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. RB MILES SANDERS is only rookie in 2019 with 300+ rush yards (336) & 300+ rec. yards (305). • WR ALSHON JEFFERY had rec. TD in SB LII vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE, incl. postseason, with rec. TD. TE ZACH ERTZ had 67 rec. yards & GW-TD catch in SB LII vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE, incl. postseason, with rec. TD. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. TE DALLAS GOEDERT has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FF in SB LII vs. NE. Had 2 sacks in last regular season meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE, incl. postseason, with sack. Has 6 sacks in his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with sack. DT FLETCHER COX has 2.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 99-yard INT-TD in last regular season meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NE, incl. postseason, with PD.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Patriots numbers: New England’s run game is awful, ranking 30th in EPA (-39.0). The Patriots need more from Sony Michel, who ranks last among running backs in yards after contact per rush (1.3).
Inside Patriots roster: New England’s left tackle situation has not been this unstable since the 1980s. The Patriots have passed the blindside baton from Bruce Armstrong (left tackle from 1990-2000) to Matt Light (2001-11) to Nate Solder (2012-17) to Trent Brown, but next-in-line Isaiah Wynn’s injury troubles have resulted in journeyman Marshall Newhouse working there. After Wynn missed his rookie season with an Achilles tear, he encountered turf toe in Week 2. He can return to action this week, if the Pats deem him ready, and that would stand to benefit a team that almost always deploys a top-tier O-line.
Inside Eagles numbers: Doug Pederson’s offense has struggled a bit, ranking 19th in net yards per pass attempt (6.0) and yards per rush attempt (4.2).
Inside Eagles roster: Brandon Brooks has bounced back stunningly quickly from a January Achilles tear, grading as Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 offensive lineman by a significant margin. The Eagles rewarded the 30-year-old guard with a four-year extension that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid guard. The $14.05 million-per-year deal marks a $6M-average annual value spike for Brooks, and it locks in four members of an elite O-line through at least the 2021 season. Philadelphia has extended Brooks, All-Pro center Jason Kelce and left guard Isaac Seumalo this year.
Chicago Bears (4-5) at Los Angeles Rams (5-4)
WEEK 11 // SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 53-35-3
STREAKS: Bears have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/09/18: Rams 6 at Bears 15
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/15: Bears 37, Rams 13 (St. Louis)
QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131 rating in Week 10, his 3rd career game with 130+ rating. Is 2-0 & has completed 49 of 64 passes (76.6 pct.) with 94.9 rating in 2 career road starts vs. NFC West. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY (rookie) had 60 rush yards last week. Has 4 rush TDs in 4 career road games & aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs in rush yards (466) & rush TDs (5). RB TARIK COHEN had 8th career TD catch last week. Had 89 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 20 rec.) in last meeting. Has 162 catches since 2017, 4thmost among RBs. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches for 86 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his 4 career games vs. NFC West. Has 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL had 4th TD catch of season in Week 10. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. TE BEN BRAUNECKER had 1st career TD catch last week. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 6 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 5 vs. NFC West. Has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 4 on road. Leads NFL with 16 FFs since 2016. LB NICK KWIATKOSKI had 9 tackles, his 5th career sack & 1st career INT last week. LB ROQUAN SMITH had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. CB KYLE FULLER had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. S EDDIE JACKSON had 3 PD & INT in last meeting.
QB JARED GOFF has 3,279 pass yards (327.9 per game) & 23 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 106.6 rating in his past 10 starts at home. In 2 career home starts vs. NFC North, has 760 pass yards (380 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 143 rating. • RB TODD GURLEY had 73 rush yards last week. Had rush TD in only career home meeting. Has 1,231 scrimmage yards (123.1 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 10 career games vs. NFC North. Has 6 rush TDs in his past 4 at home & aims for his 5th in row at home with rush TD. Since 2015, leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (6,939) & scrimmage TDs (63). • WR COOPER KUPP ranks 4th in NFC in receptions (58) & 5th in rec. yards (792). Has 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 home games. Has 15 catches for 226 yards (113 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. NFC North. WR ROBERT WOODS had 7 catches for team-high 95 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC North with 5+ receptions. TE GERALD EVERETT had career-high 8 catches last week. • DT AARON DONALD had 0.5 sacks & 2 TFL last week. Had 1.5 sacks & FR in only career home meeting. Has 8.5 sacks in his past 4 at home vs. NFC North. LB CORY LITTLETON led team with 14 tackles & had FF & FR last week. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 LBs (LUKE KUECHLY) with 5+ INTs (3), 3+ FFs (3) & 3+ FRs (3). LB DANTE FOWLER had 26-yard FR-TD last week, his 2nd career TD. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 7.5 sacks in 6 games with LAR in 2019 & aims for his 7th in row with sack.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Bears numbers: QB Mitchell Trubisky ranks last in yards per attempt (5.8). As a team, Chicago has picked up a first down on just 27.6 percent of passing plays, better than only the Redskins and Jets.
Inside Bears roster: A gruesome elbow injury places Danny Trevathan’s season in jeopardy. A member of both of the Broncos’ recent Super Bowl defenses, the eighth-year off-ball linebacker has missed 11 games due to injury in his four-year Bears run. Trevathan, 29, is a free agent at season’s end. Roquan Smith’s new running mate, Nick Kwiatkoski, looks like an overqualified fill-in, however. The fourth-year linebacker has played only 109 snaps, but he has two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in his limited work.
Inside Rams numbers: Los Angeles’ offensive line is struggling; Jared Goff is the fifth-most pressured quarterback (38.9 percent of dropbacks) and his QBR (38.2) is 30th in the league.
Inside Rams roster: Los Angeles’ beleaguered O-line will face a steeper challenge soon. Center Brian Allen will miss the rest of the season with an MCL injury, and right tackle Rob Havenstein will be out for at least a week with a meniscus issue. The Rams’ offensive lines of 2017 and ’18 drove Todd Gurley to All-Pro honors and elevated Goff’s career. After the Rams released center John Sullivan and let Rodger Saffold defect to the Titans, these injuries put the team’s offense in the worst place it has been since Sean McVay took over.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (4-6)
WEEK 11 // MONDAY, NOV. 18, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // ESTADIO AZTECA – MEXICO CITY // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 61-55-1
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 9 of past 10
LAST GAME: 12/13/18: Chargers 29 at Chiefs 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: First meeting in Mexico City
QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed career-high 36 of 50 passes (72 pct.) for 446 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.2 rating last week. Has 8,007 career pass yards, most by QB in 1st 25 starts in NFL history. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.2 rating in 2 career games vs. LAC. Aims for his 7th in row vs. division with 105+ rating. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 109 scrimmage yards (77 rush, 32 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Had 123 scrimmage yards (career-high 74 rec., 49 rush) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 2 TDs in 2 of past 3 vs. LAC. RB DARREL WILLIAMS had TD catch in last meeting. • WR TYREEK HILL had career-high 11 catches for 157 yards & TD last week, 4th career game with 150+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches, 140+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 7 catches for 169 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road vs. LAC with rec. TD. Rookie WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 63-yard TD catch last week. Aims for 4th in row with rec. TD. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 75 yards & TD in Week 10. Had 7 catches in last meeting. • DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks & FF last week, 5th career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2.5 sacks & PD in last meeting. DE FRANK CLARK has 3 sacks, 2 FF & PD in past 3. Had sack in his last game vs. LAC (11/4/18 with Sea.). DE EMMANUEL OGBAH has sack in 3 of past 4.
QB PHILIP RIVERS leads NFL with 2,816 pass yards in 2019. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 5 of past 6 games at home vs. division. Has 6,870 career pass yards vs. KC, most vs. any opponent. • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for a season-high 108 yards & TD last week, his 9th career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with TD. Had 166 scrimmage yards (102 rec., 64 rush) in his last game vs. KC & aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 150+ scrimmage yards. RB AUSTIN EKELER had rec. TD last week. Had 126 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 39 rush) & rec. TD in his last game vs. KC. Leads RBs in catches (57), rec. yards (559) & rec. TDs (6) in 2019. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 8 catches for 68 rec. yards last week. Had 108 rec. yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. KC. Has 8+ catches in 4 of his past 5 games at home vs. division. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 7 catches for 76 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. TE HUNTER HENRY had TD catch in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches. • DE MELVIN INGRAM had 2 sacks & PD last week, his 5th career game with 2+ sacks. Has 5.5 sacks in his past 4 vs. KC. Aims for his 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. DE JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. KC with sack. Rookie LB DRUE TRANQUILL led team with career-high 14 tackles last week.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Inside Chiefs numbers: Patrick Mahomes is even more efficient than he was in 2018, leading the league in net yards per pass attempt (8.5) and owning the lowest interception rate (0.3 percent). Kansas City’s issues are on defense, where it ranks 23rd in points per drive (2.22).
Inside Chiefs roster: Frank Clark gave a reason for his slow Kansas City start; it does not bode well for the Chiefs’ pass rush. The trade acquisition revealed he has been dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck since training camp and said that has limited him during games. Considering Clark underwent wrist surgery in 2018 and dealt with elbow ligament trouble last season, this is not a good sign – especially when the Chiefs just lost fellow defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah for the season. Clark recorded 13 sacks and 27 QB hits last year; the $20.5 million-per-year D-end has four and five, respectively, as a Chief.
Inside Chargers numbers: The Chargers have lost six one-score games, two more than any other team. Los Angeles’ -6 turnover differential, tied for sixth worst, is a primary reason it has won only two of its eight one-score contests.
Inside Chargers roster: Injuries continue to constrain the Bolts. After a months-long battle with blood clots, OT Russell Okung battles a groin strain that forced him out of Los Angeles’ Week 10 game after seven snaps. With Okung’s status uncertain for a Chargers do-or-die game, their tackle arrangement will look grimmer in Mexico. Right tackle Sam Tevi underwent arthroscopic surgery, meaning the combination of third-round rookie Trey Pipkins and previous Okung backup Trent Scott would serve as the Bolts’ left and right tackles.
IU MBB PREVIEW: Hoosiers Open Play in the Indiana Challenge by Hosting Troy
Indiana University is in its 120th season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Troy on Saturday in the first game of the Indiana Challenge. The Hoosiers are coming off a 91-65 win over North Alabama, while Troy has dropped two close home games to start the season, 76-75 to UAB and 74-68 to Chattanooga. A victory on Saturday would give IU a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Troy is a member of the Sun Belt Conference. IU is 8-0 all-time against the Sun Belt.
Saturday, Nov. 16 • 8:00 p.m.
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)
Watch: BTN (Wayne Randazzo and Shon Morris) | Watch Online
Radio: IU Radio Network (Greg Murray, Errek Suhr) | TuneIn
Series History: First Meeting
Indiana Coach Archie Miller begins his third season of guiding the Cream and Crimson. Last year, the Hoosiers finished 19-16 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT. He is 177-94 in eight-plus years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. He is 38-31 at IU. Scott Cross is in his first season as head coach at Troy. He was an assistant last year at TCU and was the head coach at UT Arlington from 2006-18 leading them to 5 post season appearances.
NEWS & NOTES
The Hoosiers next 4 games will be a part of the Indiana Challenge. Junior Al Durham leads the team averaging 16.7 points and is shooting 68.0% from the floor and 46.2% from long distance. Junior Justin Smith is contributing 14.3 points and leads the team in steals with 5. Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 13.7 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds while shooting 67.0% from the floor and 81.0% from the line. He had 20 points against UNA and made 14 of 15 free throws. He has made all seven of his free throw attempts. Sophomore Rob Phinisee had 13 points against the Lions and is averaging 11.3 points and leads the team with 16 assists.
ODDS AND TRENDS
Sophomore Damezi Anderson had a career-high 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists against UNA. He made 2 of 3 3FG. Redshirt freshman Jerome Hunter came off the bench and had 12 points in 16 minutes. He has improved his scoring line in each game (7-9-12). In the second half against UNA, the Hoosiers held the Lions to only 5-of-18 shooting (27.8 percent), while outscoring them 44-25. Jackson-Davis’ 14 free throws made is the most since Eric Gordon went 14-of-14 on Dec. 29, 2007 against Chicago State. Indiana went 37-of-45 (82.2 percent) from the free-throw line. The 37 made free throws marks the most since draining 39 at Iowa on Feb. 21, 2017 and are the most made by an Archie Miller-coached team at IU. Through 3 games, IU leads the Big Ten in scoring (91.3) and field goal percentage (53.2).
PURDUE MBB PREVIEW
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s basketball team looks to get back on track Saturday at Mackey Arena when Chicago State visits as part of the Emerald Coast Classic. Tip will be at 2:05 p.m. ET, and will be streamed online only at BTNPlus.com. Mike Folta and Liam Archer will handle the call courtside. On the radio dial, the game will be broadcast on the Purdue Radio Network and online at TuneIn.com, with Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor handling the duties, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 1 p.m. ET. Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com, and Twitter updates available at @BoilerBall.
THE MAIN TALKING POINTS
• Purdue is looking to bounce back after consecutive defeats to Texas and Marquette. The Boilermakers haven’t lost three straight non-conference games since Dec. 13 to 22, 2014 (Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Gardner-Webb).
• Purdue saw an 18-game home winning streak end in its last Mackey Arena appearance, a 70-66 setback to Texas. The Boilermakers haven’t lost two straight home games since Feb. 20 to March 9, 2014 (three straight losses to Michigan State, Michigan and Northwestern).
• Among teams ranked in the KenPom top 100, Purdue (Texas, Marquette), Ohio State (Cincinnati, Villanova) and Michigan State (Kentucky, Seton Hall) are the only teams in America to play two top-25 squads.
• Since the 2014-15 season, Purdue is 16-4 in games played that are part of in-season tournaments. Saturday’s game is part of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Boilermakers are looking for their first tournament title since the 2016 Cancun Challenge.
• Over the last two games, Purdue is averaging just 60.5 points per game and shooting 37.5 percent from the field. The Boilermakers are just 31 of 80 (.388) from inside the 3-point line in the last two games.
• Over the last two games, Purdue has 33 offensive rebounds resulting in just 27 second-chance points.
• Purdue is outscoring foes 107-78 (9.7 points per game) in the first half, but is getting outscored 114-93 (7.0 points per game) in the second half.
• Matt Haarms needs one block to tie John Allison for fifth on Purdue’s all-time blocked shots list with 165. Haarms (164 blocks) has played in just 76 career games.
GAME 4: Butler (3-0) vs. Wofford (2-1) – HALL OF FAME CLASSIC (ON-CAMPUS GAME)
Saturday, Nov. 16; 8PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: FS2 – @VinceWelch & Tim Miles (@CoachMiles)
RADIO: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
TuneIn Radio App, SiriusXM Internet 986
@ButlerMBB | ButlerSports.com
THE SERIES: Butler and Wofford have never met as men’s basketball opponents. Butler is 8-2 all-time against current members of the Southern Conference. Both losses were to Mercer. One of the victories came against The Citadel in the 2015-16 season opener, a program-record 144-71 win.
- Butler has won 53 consecutive non-conference home games (second-longest active streak nationally behind Duke)
• After being limited due to a rib cartilage injury in his first two games, Kamar Baldwinscored 27 points in the win over Minnesota.
• Minnesota led Butler for a total of 2:29 Tuesday night, the Bulldogs’ only deficit in 120 minutes this season.
• Butler has limited its first three opponents to an average of 52 points per game, which is 12th nationally.
• Butler had a 25-2 advantage on points off turnovers vs. Minnesota.
• Aaron Thompsonleads the BIG EAST (and is 15th nationally) at 7.3 assists per game.
• Butler is fifth nationally, committing only 8.0 turnovers per game.
• Baldwin is up to No. 15 on Butler’s all-time scoring list with 1,487 career points.
• Bryce Nze had double-doubles in his two career games as a Bulldog.
• Sean McDermott (at 66.7 percent) is tied for the BIG EAST lead and 10th nationally in three-point percentage.
• McDermott led Butler with 26 points (10-11 FG; 4-5 3FG) in the Nov. 6 win over IUPUI, one point shy of his career-high.
• In Bryce Golden’s first career start, he posted career-highs of 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists vs. IUPUI.
• Butler finished the game against IUPUI with only six available players.
• The Bulldogs return four of their top six scorers from 2018-19.
• Butler posted a 12-4 record at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2018-19.
• Twenty-five of Butler’s 31 regular season games in 2019-20 are scheduled against power conference opponents.
• Butler has made the postseason in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
• Thompson’s 142 assists in 2018-19 are 10th on Butler’s single-season list.
IUWBB: Homestand Wraps Up When No. 21 Indiana Hosts Jackson State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers wrap up a three-game season-opening homestand when it hosts Jackson State on Sunday afternoon. Game time is set for 2 p.m. ET inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
#21 INDIANA (2-0) VS. JACKSON STATE (1-2)
Sunday, November 17, 2019 • 2 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Promotions: Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day – Teachers are eligible for #4 tickets at the ticket window with a school ID | Knothole Kids Club Day – members get in free admission with their credential
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Jackson State picked up its first win of the season, a 66-49 victory at Northwestern State. Early losses were at Tulane and at No. 18 Miami as they begin the 2019-20 season on a four-game road swing that ends in Bloomington on Sunday. The Tigers are led by Marneisha Hamer (15.0 ppg., 4.3 rpg.) and Ameshya Williams (11.0 ppg., 11.0 rpg.).
Indiana leads series, 1-0
12/30/84 – W, 62-61 (Miami, Fla.)
Indiana rose three spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, up to a program record coming in at No. 21. The Hoosiers were ranked as high as No. 22 in 2014.
Freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week and to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll. It came after a pair of performances on opening weekend where she combined to average 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and went 83.3 percent from the field. She debuted against Mount St. Mary’s with 15 points and
Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg just missed a triple double in Sunday’s win over Nicholls State as she finished with 17 points, nine assist and eight rebounds. She’s now one of four players averaging double figures through two games.
Sophomore guard Grace Berger (16.5 ppg.) and sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe (10.0 ppg.) are the others averaging double figures for Indiana.
Through the first two games of the season, Indiana is leading the Big Ten and sixth in the nation in scoring offense. The Hoosiers are averaging 93.0 points per game
Sunday’s game ends a three-game season-opening homestand for the Hoosiers who will spend the next 19 days on the road. It starts with a game at Florida on Nov. 22 and runs through the Paradise Jam over Thanksgiving and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Miami on Dec. 4.
The Hoosiers begin their road schedule at Florida on Friday, November 22. Tipoff in Gainesville is set for 6 p.m. ET on SEC Network +.
Myles Garrett, helmet a ‘weapon,’ banned for rest of season
Myles Garrett is done playing for the Cleveland Browns this season. The NFL isn’t saying when the star defensive end will play again.
He was suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason – if the Browns qualify. The league discipline Friday came hours after Garrett swung an opponent’s helmet and used it “as a weapon” by striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head.
The violent outburst in the final seconds of Thursday’s nationally televised game against the Steelers resulted in the longest suspension for a single on-field infraction in league history. Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games in 2006.
The league’s No. 1 overall pick in 2017 was also fined an undisclosed amount. Garrett must meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell before his reinstatement is considered.
Until then, the defensive end’s career is on hold.
After wrestling Rudolph to the ground as the Browns were closing out a rare win over their rivals, Garrett ripped off the quarterback’s helmet and clobbered him on top of the head, triggering a brawl that capped another physical game between the AFC North teams.
“I made a terrible mistake,” Garrett said in a statement Friday. “I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”
Rudolph, who suffered a concussion earlier this season, avoided serious injury and said after the game the attack was “cowardly and bush league.” That sentiment was shared across the league and sports world.
The NFL said Garrett “violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting and removing an opponent’s helmet and using it as a weapon.”
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was trying to separate Garrett and Rudolph, was suspended three games without pay and also fined for punching and kicking Garrett. Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for one game. He shoved Rudolph to the ground from behind during the melee.
The suspended players have three business days to appeal their penalties.
The Steelers and Browns were fined $250,000 each.
Vontaze Burfict blasts ‘b-tch’ Roger Goodell in wild interview
Vontaze Burfict’s season is already over due to a suspension for repeated helmet-to-helmet hits this season, and with the way he talked in a recent interview, he may have killed off whatever was left of his career.
Burfict spoke with The Athletic’s Vic Tafur for an interview that was published on Friday. In the interview, Burfict tried to distance himself from the actions of Myles Garrett on Thursday night. Burfict’s name came up because people referenced him when talking about the length of suspension Garrett might receive, and also because Burfict is the first name that comes to mind for many when thinking of “dirty” football players.
In the interview, Burfict tried to distinguish himself from Garrett by saying his infractions are football plays, whereas Garrett’s was not. Burfict said the NFL’s suspension of him was wrong and believes his meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell was “bulls–.” He also called the commissioner a b-tch.
“I met (commissioner) Roger Goodell in New York and he was a total b-tch,” Burfict told Tafur. “He was a b-tch. He didn’t let anybody speak, he rushed us in and out of the meeting. The meeting was bulls–t. He already had the suspension in his hand.”
Burfict complained that the league had its mind made up and didn’t want to hear any defense from the linebacker, which included phone calls from Derek Carr and Jon Gruden, as well as videos showing his clean plays and lack of retaliation. The league didn’t care, according to him.
Burfict may share his sob story, but any reasonable football fan cannot possibly have any sympathy for the linebacker. Burfict IS the dirtiest player in the league. His reputation is deserved and was earned with numerous dirty plays and/or illegal hits over the years. Players have said Burfict should be kicked out of the league for repeatedly endangering his fellow players with dirty hits.
If the league didn’t want to hear Burfict’s story, it’s for good reason. And Burfict may have just closed the door on the rest of his teetering career by calling the league’s commissioner a total b-tch.
MLB GM wants Jeff Luhnow ‘banned for life’ if he knew of Astros’ sign-stealing
It is becoming clear as their sign-stealing scandal unfolds that there is deep antipathy toward the Houston Astros within Major League Baseball.
That bitterness is particularly clear at the executive level. One anonymous general manager told Andy Martino of SNY that he would like to see Astros GM Jeff Luhnow kicked out of the game if it can be proven that he had knowledge of the Astros’ use of technology to steal signs.
“If Jeff Luhnow knew about this, he should be banned for life,” the general manager said.
Another team executive said he wanted to see the league throw the book at the Astros.
“How naive I was,” the executive told Martino. “I hope MLB buries the Astros.”
It’s understandable why this is. It’s not going to sit well with anyone in the sport if one team gained a major competitive advantage by cheating. It’s even worse knowing that that team won the World Series. The video evidence is really quite damning, and left a sour taste in many mouths. Given how blatant it seems to have been in retrospect and how long it lasted, there’s going to be a hunger to see some sort of severe punishment inflicted upon the Astros by the league.
Harden’s 44 points lead Rockets over Pacers 111-102
The Houston Rockets got another huge offensive game from James Harden.
But it was the team’s defense against the Indiana Pacers that the Rockets thought was the most impressive part of their win.
Harden scored 44 points and the Rockets used a big fourth quarter run to pull away and get the 111-102 victory on Friday night.
Houston has won a season-high six games in a row and Harden has scored 36 points or more in five straight games to carry the Rockets as they deal with injuries to Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and Danuel House.
Indiana led by 4 on a 3-pointer by Doug McDermott before Houston used a 14-0 spurt to make it 94-88 with about five minutes left. Harden took over in that stretch, scoring the last 12 points and making two 3-pointers. The Pacers couldn’t do anything offensively as Houston built its lead and missed seven shots and had two turnovers.
Harden was asked how big the team’s defense in that stretch was to the win.
“It was huge,” Harden said. “That’s the game right there.”
Indiana got its first point in almost five minutes when Domantas Sabonis made the second of two free throws with less than five minutes to go and Justin Holiday made a layup about a minute later.
But Russell Westbrook hit a 3-pointer seconds after that to push the Rockets’ lead to 10 with three minutes remaining.
Though the defense has improved during this winning streak, Westbrook still sees room for improvement.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “We’re doing a good job of staying locked in for the most part … and it’s showing.”
The Pacers cut it to six points with a 3 by Aaron Holiday with about a minute left, but Tyson Chandler added a tip-in layup to secure the victory.
Sabonis had 18 points and 13 rebounds and McDermott added 18 points off the bench as Indiana had its four-game winning streak was snapped.
NBA-best Celtics hold off Warriors late to win 10th straight
Yet another Golden State starter went down with an injury when D’Angelo Russell sprained his right thumb, but the Warriors still made mighty Boston work until the waning moments.
Jayson Tatum dunked after a jump ball with 1:36 left to put Boston ahead, and the Celtics held off the undermanned Warriors 105-100 on Friday night for their 10th straight win since losing the season opener.
An out-of-bounds call initially in Golden State’s favor went to replay review and was overturned, leading to the jump ball.
Kemba Walker hit a 3-pointer with 2:19 to play that pulled Boston to 97-95, then Daniel Theis made one free throw with 1:41 remaining.
The Warriors got the ball back with 54.3 seconds left on another overturned replay, but Alec Burks missed a 3 that would have tied it and Walker scored on the other end.
“We’re trying to get better and that starts with just competing,” Golden State center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “We’re taking little steps. Today we had a chance to win it.”
Russell had 12 points and seven assists but also nine of his team’s 19 turnovers before leaving with that aching thumb in the Warriors’ sixth straight defeat. X-rays were negative and he will have an MRI.
Injury-plagued Golden State – playing without Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson – faced the NBA’s top two teams in consecutive games, losing to the Lakers on the road Wednesday.
“We played our best defensive game of the year. That’s what really matters,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Burks scored 20 points off the bench, making 11 of 12 free throws as Golden State’s cast of youngsters nearly pulled off a November upset by outhustling Boston for much of the night, crashing the boards and creating second chances.
Jaylen Brown had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Tatum overcame a slow start to score 24 points for the Celtics, who lost Oct. 23 at Philadelphia to start the season before beginning their longest winning streak since 2017.
“We knew that we were going to get their best shot,” Brown said. “They came out high intensity, they jumped on us early. As we’re a young team, we’re getting used to being the team that’s being (chased) and handling that better.”
The Warriors hung tough until late, keeping the crowd engaged – something that hasn’t always been the case so far given the early struggles for a franchise that’s reached five straight NBA Finals.
Morant scores 25 points, Grizzlies beat Jazz 107-106
Memphis celebrated former point guard Mike Conley’s returned to town. It was his rookie replacement with the Grizzlies who stole the show.
Ja Morant, the No. 2 pick in last summer’s draft, scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:32 remaining, Dillon Brooks added 20 point and Memphis beat the Utah Jazz 107-106 on Friday night, spoiling Conley’s homecoming.
Morant added eight assists along with several highlight-worthy plays. While the rookie from Murray State is still learning control of his speed and flashiness, it already appears Memphis has found a suitable replacement to Conley for the long term.
“He’s incredible,” Jaren Jackson Jr. said of Morant. “His change of speeds, change of direction is just different. It’s something you don’t find too often. It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime talent.”
Morant’s inside basket gave Memphis a 107-105 lead. Utah’s Rudy Gobert split a pair of free throws with 53 seconds left and both teams missed shots down the stretch.
Utah had one last chance when the ball was inbounded to Donovan Mitchell with two seconds left. But as Mitchell turned, Solomon Hill stripped the ball away, giving Memphis its third straight win.
“I got fouled. Really not much else to it,” Mitchell said. “They defended it well, but hit my whole arm. This is the third time it’s happened at the end of the game and haven’t gotten a foul call, which at this point is ridiculous.”
Utah coach Quin Snyder said: “I haven’t seen the last play. It’s hard to tell,” “Obviously, it’s a no-call, so it’s hard to challenge.”
The game marked the return of Conley, the long-time Memphis guard who spent his entire career with the Grizzlies until a trade to Utah over the summer. While there was plenty of admiration from his former fan base, Conley struggled, scoring 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting.
Mitchell led the Jazz with 29 points and nine rebounds. Gobert had 23 points and 17 rebounds, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points.
But despite a tight game, particularly down the stretch, it was hard to avoid not recognizing the Grizzlies point guard past facing the franchise point guard of the future.
“They show that support for me already,” Morant said when asked about the crowd’s love of Conley. “Obviously, it’s different with him. He’s a legend here, but I appreciate Mike.”
Davis’ block at buzzer ensures Lakers’ 99-97 win over Kings
After just 12 games together, Anthony Davis and LeBron James already know how to share the workload in their formidable partnership.
Davis struggled to find his offensive game against Sacramento, so James did most of the heavy lifting with 29 points and 11 assists.
But when the Lakers needed a big defensive play at the buzzer, Davis got both hands around it.
James hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds to play, and Davis blocked Harrison Barnes’ driving shot at the buzzer with two hands to end Los Angeles’ 99-97 victory over former coach Luke Walton and the Kings on Friday night.
Davis had only 17 points in his second lowest-scoring performance for the Lakers, but he came through late to seal their 10th win in 11 games. Davis had little rhythm with the ball in his hands, so James consciously took the lead on offense while Davis waited for the chance to back him up.
“It definitely increases my mindset defensively,” said Davis, who sat out the previous game to rest his sore right shoulder. “When the shot’s not falling, I try to do the other things to help the team win.”
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of the Western Conference-leading Lakers’ third straight win despite a spirited effort by the undermanned Kings.
The Lakers led 95-90 with three minutes left after Caldwell-Pope’s third 3-pointer, but Bogdan Bogdanovic scored five straight points to tie it. James hit a layup with 1:50 left, but Bogdanovic eventually replied with a tying layup with 22 seconds to play.
Barnes fouled James on the perimeter, and the shaky free-throw shooter smoothly hit both of his shots. Barnes then tried to drive for a tying shot, but Davis got his fourth block of the night in two-handed style while the Kings hoped in vain for a foul call on moderate contact.
“We played it to perfection,” James said. “When you have a shot-blocker the caliber of (Davis) protecting the rim, that just makes it that much tougher on Harrison.”
Buddy Hield had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Bogdanovic added 18 points for the Kings in the LA return of Walton, who was fired by the Lakers last April after presiding over three consecutive losing seasons.
Beal scores 44 again as Wizards beat Timberwolves 137-116
As coach Scott Brooks rattled off the things he was happy about in Washington’s 137-116 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night – Moritz Wagner’s best game in the NBA, improved defense in the second half – he didn’t even mention Bradley Beal’s second straight 44-point performance until he was prompted.
“I forgot about Brad,” Brooks said. “He’s a stud. He brings it every night.
The Wizards have grown accustomed to Beal carrying the load on offense, as he did once again on 15-of-22 shooting. It was the third 40-point outburst this season for the All-Star guard, who has topped 30 five times in his last seven games.
It was Wagner’s big game, though, that helped set the tone for Washington.
Wagner came off the bench to add 30 points and 15 rebounds – both career highs. He became the first reserve in NBA history to have 30 points, 15 boards and four 3-pointers in a game.
“I just tried to do my job,” Wagner said. “I tried to talk to (my teammates) in a positive way. I’m working on that every day, kind of stay within the game and not let distractions distract me.”
The things Wagner did on the defensive end were the talk of Washington’s postgame locker room. The second-year center drew three charges to help spark the Wizards’ defense in the first half.
“Those are energy boosts,” Beal said. “Those are smart plays, getting Karl-Anthony Towns in foul trouble and trying to make it difficult and frustrating guys. He’s really good at that.”
Wagner and the Wizards dominated Minnesota down low all night. Washington scored 76 points in the paint, a season high.
Towns, celebrating his 24th birthday, led the Timberwolves with 36 points. Minnesota’s star big man, who missed the first meeting with Washington this season while serving a two-game suspension, scored 19 in the second quarter.
Neither team played much defense in the first half, as Washington led 76-73 at halftime. The Wizards held Minnesota to 43 second-half points.
No. 12 Seton Hall placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAA
The NCAA has placed the men’s basketball program at Seton Hall on probation for three years, taken away a scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year and limited recruiting in each of the next two seasons as part of a negotiated resolution of a transfer tampering case started in 2016.
Under terms of the agreement announced Friday, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard was given a two-game suspension he has already served, and his former assistant and current St. Peter’s University head coach Shaheen Halloway received a four-game suspension that has two games remaining.
Seton Hall, which is currently ranked No. 12 and dropped a 76-73 decision to No. 3 Michigan State on Thursday night, remains eligible for the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA also announced Friday Seton Hall has been fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men’s basketball budget and had its scholarships reduced to a maximum of 12 in 2020-21. Willard will have to attend an NCAA rules seminar in 2020 and the program will have a two-week ban on recruiting communication this academic year and next.
Holloway, who was Willard’s assistant at Seton Hall in 2016, is prohibited from all recruiting communication for six weeks during the 2019-20 academic year. He also is required to attend a rules seminar in each of the next two years.
The case centers around current Seton Hall forward Taurean Thompson, who transferred from Syracuse to Seton Hall in August 2017.
During the investigation, the NCAA learned Holloway had approximately 243 impermissible contacts with the prospect’s mother from Nov. 16, 2016 through Aug. 28, 2017 while the prospect was enrolled at his initial institution.
The NCAA said Holloway and the prospect’s mother had 154 phone calls without written permission from the prospect’s athletics director. After he informed his original university of his intent to transfer and requested permission to contact Seton Hall, the university denied the request. After the request was denied, Holloway still had 87 impermissible calls with the prospect’s mother.
Willard, who has taken Seton Hall to the last four NCAA Tournaments, was penalized for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program. He admitted to not taking adequate steps to report or stop the calls when he found out about them.
Seven Veterans Confirmed for 2020 Return to Indy Eleven
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, November 15, 2019) – One day after announcing the return of Head Coach Martin Rennie for the 2020 season, Indy Eleven today confirmed that a veteran core of seven players – goalkeeper Evan Newton; defenders Paddy Barrett, Neveal Hackshaw, and Karl Ouimette; midfielders Tyler Gibson and Kenney Walker; and forward Ilija Ilic – will return to usher in the new decade with Indiana’s Team.
The group includes six of the club’s top ten performers in minutes played during Indy Eleven’s record-breaking campaign in 2019, collectively averaging 2,438 minutes played, 27 starts and 29 appearances across Indy’s 37 matches across the USL Championship regular season and playoffs.
“Bringing back a core with the collective talent, experience and personality that this group possesses is evidence of the continuity we’re looking to establish at Indy Eleven,” said Head Coach Martin Rennie. “The class of these seven players was evident throughout our best season ever in 2019, and that should have our fans really excited looking ahead to 2020.”
DF Paddy Barrett: Wore the captain’s armband for most of his 31 appearances (all starts) along the backline, tallying 2,749 minutes, one goal and three assists while contributing to the second stingiest defense in the 36-team USL Championship.
MF Tyler Gibson: Started all 37 regular and postseason games for Indy Eleven, playing a team-high 3,354 minutes and missing only six minutes all season. The 28-year-old registered one goal and two assists, including the game-winning helper in a 1-0 win at Nashville SC in the USL Championship Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal.
DF Neveal Hackshaw: The Tobago & Trinidad international started 30 of his 31 appearances, scored twice and added one assist from his left back position during a standout campaign that led to him being named to the USL Championship All-League First Team and one of three candidates for the league’s Defender of the Year Award.
FW Ilija Ilic: After missing the first half of the season due to injury, Ilic started 12 of his 18 appearances and notched a pair of goals and assists after making the switch from Louisville City FC for 2019.
GK Evan Newton: The 2018 USL Championship Golden Glove recipient put in an exemplary first season with Indy Eleven, posting a 0.94 goals against average (25 goals allowed in 27 games) and finishing tied for eighth in the league with nine shutouts.
DF Karl Ouimette: The Canadian was a stalwart at right back, playing 2,704 minutes during his 30 appearances (29 starts) and finishing tied for third on the team with three goals – none more important than the game-winner against New York Red Bulls II in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Carroll Stadium on Oct. 26.
MF Kenney Walker: The versatile midfielder joined Ayoze and Dane Kelly as the team’s co-leaders in assists with five on the season. Walker also tallied one highlight reel goal during his 31 appearances (24 starts) in 2019.
Four Big Ten Cross Country Teams Win NCAA Regional Titles
Conference has five teams, eight individuals automatically qualify for NCAA Championships
ROSEMONT, Ill. – No fewer than 10 Big Ten Conference schools will be represented at the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships following results at NCAA regionals held around the country on Friday. The top two teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team at each regional earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, which will take place Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., at Indiana State’s Lavern Gibson Championship Course.
Four Big Ten programs won NCAA regional titles on Friday — Illinois women (Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla.), Big Ten Champion Michigan State women (Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wis.), Penn State women (Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bethlehem, Pa.) and Purdue men (Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wis.). It was Illinois’ second regional championship (first since 2006) and Purdue’s first-ever regional crown, while MSU earned its first Great Lakes Regional title since 2014 and Penn State picked up its fourth Mid-Atlantic Regional championship in five years.
In addition, the Michigan women finished as second at the Great Lakes Regional, securing their 18th consecutive NCAA Championships appearance.
Eight Big Ten students also punched their tickets to the national meet as one of the top four finishers on a non-advancing team at their respective regional. Wisconsin will have at least three individual competitors, led by two-time defending Big Ten Champion Alicia Monson, who won her second consecutive Great Lakes Regional title. She will be joined by teammate Amy Davis, who placed third, and the Big Ten’s newly-crowned men’s champion, Oliver Hoare, who finished third.
Indiana’s Ben Veatch placed just behind Hoare in fourth and will represent the Hoosiers at the NCAA meet along with Bailey Hertenstein, who ended up in sixth place in the women’s race.
At the Midwest Regional, Minnesota’s Alec Basten was fourth, Iowa’s Nathan Mylenek finished fifth and Nebraska’s George Kusche took seventh, with all three students gaining automatic bids to nationals.
Along with Friday’s automatic qualifiers, an additional 13 teams and two individual participants will be chosen by the NCAA Division I Track and Field and Cross Country Committee through an at-large selection process. The full field for the 2019 NCAA Championships will be announced during the NCAA selection show at 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday live on NCAA.com.
Indiana Inks Three to National Letters of Intent
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf announced its impressive signing class this week, inking three to National Letters of Intent. Clay Merchent (Noblesville, Ind.), Robbie Bender III (Louisville, Ky.) and Drew Salyers (Howard, Ohio) will all suit up for the Hoosiers in the fall.
“We are thrilled that Clay, Drew and Robbie have all decided to join our Hoosier family,” Coach Mike Mayer said. “All three bring a wealth of talent and ability to our program and will be immediate contributors. They all define what a Hoosier is, and should be, and we couldn’t be any more excited to welcome them to Indiana University. Our 2020 class is, without a doubt, one of the strongest recruiting classes in the history of our program and the future is very bright for Indiana men’s golf.”
Merchent is a four-time All-State selection from Noblesville High School, where his scoring average in his senior season was a 70 (-22), capped off by a second-place finish at State. Nationally, he posted a pair of AJGA wins and seven top-10 finishes, including at the Thunderbird Invitational and the Ping Invitational. Merchent also finished in the top-10 at the Western Junior and Sage Valley Junior. He is a two-time participant in the USGA Junior, Junior PGA, Rolex of Champions and AJGA CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship. In addition, Merchent participated in the 2017 USGA Amateur.
Merchent, who earned the AJGA Jim Harrison Sportsmanship Award, currently owns the record for the longest drive at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National at 304 yards. His parents are Mike and Tenna and he has one sibling, Asher.
“It’s always great to get the best junior golfer from Indiana and we have accomplished that with Clay,” Mayer said. “He has excelled at a national level for a number of years and has established himself, not only as one of the top junior golfers in the country, but also one of the top amateur golfers as well. He had his choice of schools and programs to go to and we are beyond excited that he has decided to stay home.”
Bender joins the Hoosiers from Saint Xavier High School. There, he finished tied for sixth at the 2018 State Championship, carding a 75-71, and has recorded four top-two finishes and eight top-five finishes. Bender is ranked eighth in the state of Kentucky for 2020 by Junior Golf Scoreboard and is a two-time member of the Region 6 Team. In 2019, he led Saint Xavier to a runner-up finish in Region 6 Championship, carding five birdies. The previous season saw Saint Xavier win the Region 6 title and finish second at State.
Bender is the cousin of IU Men’s Golf alum Brendon Doyle (2014-18). His parents are Bob and Leslie and he has two sisters, Reagan and Ryan, and one brother, Riley.
“Robbie has a tremendous attitude and upside,” said Coach Mayer. “He has the game to immediately compete nationally and we believe he has the ability to keep improving and become one of the top collegiate golfers in the country.”
Salyers comes to Indiana from East Knox High School. Overall, he is No. 27 in the American Junior Golf Association Rolex rankings, No. 60 by Golfweek and No. 78 by Junior Golf Scoreboard. Salyers owns numerous scoring titles, including all scoring and win records at East Knox. He also holds the Golfweek Tour Low 18-hole scoring record of 62 (-10) and his Golfweek career scoring average of 71.5 is the second-best all-time in Golfweek Junior Tour history.
His junior golf highlights include a 2019 AJGA Justin Thomas Junior title, two-time Golfweek Junior Tour Player of the Year, two-time Central Ohio Golf Academy Tour Player of the Year, and 2019 Rolex Junior All-American. He earned a runner-up finish at the 2019 Hudson Junior Invitational, was tied for third at the Sea Pines Junior Heritage, tied for fourth at the 2019 Scott Robertson, tied for 33rd at US Junior Championship and qualified for the 2019 US Open Sectionals. At East Knox, he is a two-time Central District Player of the Year, three-time KMAC Player of the Year, two-time OHSAA Individual State qualifier and two-time All-State. Salyers was a runner-up in the 2019 state title and has guided East Knox to a pair of conference titles as well as an impressive 49-match winning streak in 2018-19. For the 2019 season, his 18-hole average was 69.4. Salyers’ parents are Andrew and Rachel and he has two sisters, Kaya and Vienna.
“Drew absolutely exploded onto the junior golf scene in the spring and early summer of 2019,” Mayer commented. “Course records and numerous tournament wins became the norm for this future Hoosier from north central Ohio. He is the 19th ranked player in the country in the class of 2020 and his attitude and fearless approach to the game will serve him exceedingly well, not only at the collegiate level, but also at the professional level after graduation.”
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1957
(NEW YORK TIMES)
Oklahoma’s record streak of forty-seven football victories was ended today by a Notre Dame team that marched 80 yards in the closing minutes for a touchdown and a 7‚0 triumph. Oklahoma, ranked No. 2 in the nation and an 18-point favorite, couldn’t move against the rock-wall Notre Dame line and the Sooners saw another of its streaks shattered-scoring in 123 consecutive games.
The defeat was only the ninth for the Oklahoma coach, Bud Wilkinson, since he became head coach at Oklahoma in 1947. It virtually ended any chance for the Sooners of getting a third straight national championship. Although the partisan, sellout crowd of 62,000 came out for a Roman holiday, they were stunned into silence as the Sooners were unable to pull their usual last quarter winning touchdowns -a Wilkinson team trademark. As the game ended when Oklahoma’s desperation passing drive was cut off by an intercepted aerial, the crowd rose as one and suddenly gave the Notre Dame team a rousing cheer.
The smashing, rocking Notre Dame line didn’t permit the Sooners to get started either on the ground or in the air. The Sooners were able to make only 98 yards on the ground and in the air just 47. Notre Dame, paced by its brilliant, 210-pound fullback Nick Pietrosante, rolled up 169. In the air, the Irish gained 79 yards by hitting nine of twenty passes. Bob Williams did most of the passing for Notre Dame.
Notre Dame’s touchdown drive, biting off short but consistent yardage against the Sooners’ alternate team, carried from the 20 after an Oklahoma punt went into the end zone. Time after time, Pietrosante picked up the necessary yard he needed as the Irish smashed through the Oklahoma line. Notre Dame moved to the 8 and the Sooner first team came in to try to make the third Sooner goal-line stand of the day. Pietrosante smashed four yards through center and Dick Lynch was stopped for no gain. On third down, Williams went a yard through center. Then Lynch crossed up the Sooners and rolled around his right end to score standing up. Monty Stickles converted to give Notre Dame the upset and end collegiate football’s longest winning streak.
Notre Dame was the last team to beat Oklahoma, at the start of the 1953 season on the same field that it smothered the Sooners today. Then coach Frank Leahy’s Irish beat Oklahoma, 28‚21. The next game, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh tied at 7‚7. Then the Sooners set sail through forty-seven games until Terry Brennan’s Irish stopped the string today.
THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1912 In failing health, Giants president John T. Brush dies in his private car aboard a train en route to California. Harry Hempstead, his son-in-law, will take over the club.
1961 Using blue and orange, the team colors of the departed Dodgers and Giants, the Mets unveil the franchise’s logo selected from over 500 entries submitted in the expansion team’s $1000 design contest. Sports cartoonist Ray Gatto’s winning entry is a display of a skyline representing all five boroughs with various iconic symbols of the Big Apple.
1962 Lou Perini sells the Braves to the Chicago-based Lasalle Corporation, led by 34-year-old insurance broker William Bartholomay for $6.2 million. Team president John McHale, one of the primary stockholders in the purchase, will take the brunt of the wrath of the fanbase when the new ownership makes clear their intent to move the team out of Milwaukee.
1966 Roberto Clemente, edging out Dodger hurler Sandy Koufax (27-9, 1.73, 317 strikeouts), is named the National League MVP. The Pirates’ 32 year-old right fielder hit .317 with 29 home runs and drove in 119 runs for the third-place team.
1966 The Dodgers finish their tour of Japan with the worst results ever compiled by an American big league team. Los Angeles loses the last four games of the trip, returning to the West Coast with a mediocre 9-8-1 record against their Japanese opponents.
1976 California signs free agent Don Baylor to a six-year, $1.6 million deal. The Austin, Texas native, who played with the A’s last season after being dealt by the Orioles in the Reggie Jackson trade, will become the first Angel to win the MVP Award (1979) until Vladimir
Guerrero cops the honor in 2004.
1977 Rod Carew is selected by the BBWAA as the recipient of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award, easily outpointing right-fielders Al Cowens (A’s) and Ken Singleton (Orioles), the runner-ups for the honor. The Twins’ first baseman led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average.
1979 Former Red and Expo infielder Tony Perez signs as a re-entry free agent with the Red Sox. The future Hall of Famer will spend three seasons in Boston, compiling a .266 batting average while appearing in 304 games, mostly as the team’s designated hitter.
1988 Jose Canseco, who led the circuit in homers, RBIs, and slugging percentage, is the unanimous choice of the BBWAA for the MVP of the American League. The A’s right fielder is the first player to be selected unanimously since the writers chose Oakland outfielder Reggie Jackson in 1973.
1989 Kevin Bass, who batted .300 for the Astros last season, signs as a free agent with the National League champion Giants. The 30 year-old outfielder will hit .249 during his three seasons with San Francisco.
1995 Boston slugger Mo Vaughn (.300, 39, 126), taking 12 first-place votes, wins the American League Most Valuable Player award, edging Cleveland’s Albert Belle in the BBWAA voting, 308-301. The Red Sox first baseman becomes the eighth player in franchise history to win the prestigious prize.
2000 Jeff Kent (.334, 33, 125) outpoints teammate Barry Bonds to become the National League’s MVP. The Giants’ infielder becomes the first second baseman to win the honor since Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs won the award in 1984.
2001 “The welfare, recreation, prestige, prosperity, trade and commerce of the people of the community are at stake. The Twins brought the community together with Homer Hankies and Bobblehead dolls. The Twins are one of the few professional sports teams in town where a family can afford to take their children to enjoy a hot dog and peanuts and a stadium. The vital public interest, or trust, of the Twins substantially outweighs any private interest.” – HARRY SEYMOUR CRUMP, Hennepin County District Judge ruling that thwarts the baseball owners’ plan to eliminate two major league teams next season. Judge Harry Seymour Crump rules the Twins must continue to play home games at the Metrodome, prohibiting Twins owner Carl Pohlad from selling the team unless the new owner also agrees to play next season’s games in the team’s current ballpark. The Hennepin County District lower court decision, which is likely to be appealed, is the result of MLB’s decision to contract two teams, one of which is expected to be Minnesota.
2002 After piloting the Giants for ten years and winning this season’s National League pennant, Dusty Baker, leaves the organization, inking a four-year deal to manage the Cubs. Chicago, a franchise that hasn’t been to the World Series since 1945, made it clear the 53 year-old three-time NL Manager of the Year was the team’s first choice to lead the way.
2002 The New York Yankees and the Yomiuri Giants sign an agreement to form a working relationship. The organizations, being the most successful teams in their respective leagues, hope to establish scouting and marketing ties that will benefit both teams.
2004 Receiving 21 of the 28 first-place votes, Vladimir Guerrero (.337, 39, 126) wins the 2004 American League’s MVP Award. The 28 year-old former Expo outfielder signed as a free agent with the Angels after the Mets refused to guarantee his salary based on advice from their medical staff.
2005 In a close vote, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America selects Albert Pujols (.330, 41, 117) as the National League’s MVP. The Cardinal first baseman outpoints Braves’ center fielder Andruw Jones, 378-351.
2006 The Nationals name Manny Acta as the team’s new manager, replacing 71 year-old Frank Robinson, the oldest pilot in baseball. The 37 year-old Dominican, who served as the Mets’ third-base coach for the past two seasons, is now the youngest skipper in the majors.
2007 Scott Boras’s reputation takes another hit when free agent Kenny Rogers, formerly with the Tigers, informs big-league teams that he has dismissed his agent and is now representing himself in contract talks. Earlier in the week, another client, Alex Rodriguez, reached out to the Yankees to start negotiations without his involvement.
2007 After a five-year departure to play for the Mets, Tom Glavine returns to the Braves, agreeing to an $8 million, one year deal. The 41 year-old southpaw, a two-time Cy Young winner with the team, left Atlanta in 2002 after negotiations as a free agent became acrimonious with team president Stan Kasten.
2009 Chris Coghlan edges Phillies right-hander J.A. Happ, the only player named on all 32 ballots, to become the third Marlin in franchise history, along with Dontrelle Willis (2003) and Hanley Ramirez (2006), to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The 24 year-old leadoff hitter, a second baseman in the minors, hit .321 in 128 games, playing mostly left field after being called up in May.
2009 Andrew Bailey is named the American League Rookie of the Year, the eighth A’s player in franchise history to cop the honor. After struggling in Double-A as a minor league starter last season, the 25 year-old right-handed closer, compiled 26 saves with a 1.84 ERA for Oakland.
2009 Wally Backman is hired by the Mets to manage the Brooklyn Cyclones, their farm team in the New York-Penn League. The team’s new skipper, who played a vital role with the 1986 World Series championship club, was hired and fired to be Diamondbacks’ skipper in 2004, shortly after the New York Times revealed the former second baseman had been arrested twice and had financial difficulties.
2010 The Marlins deal Dan Uggla (.287,33,105) to the Braves for infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn. Atlanta’s acquisition of the two-time All-Star second baseman may signal the team is uncertain about Chipper Jones’ status for next year, after his surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.
2010 Roy Halladay joins Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Gaylord Perry as the fifth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. The Phillies right-hander, obtained as a free agent in the off-season, unanimously cops the National League honor after posting a 21-10 record along with a 2.44 ERA during the major-league-leading 250.2 innings he hurled this season.
2011 In his first full season as a skipper, Kirk Gibson is named the National League’s manager of the year. The 54 year-old field boss, who received 28 of the 32 first-place votes from the writers, led the Diamondbacks to a run-away NL Western Division title with a 94-68 record.
2011 Joe Maddon wins the American League Manager of the Year Award for the second time after guiding the Rays to a 91-71 record. Thanks to Boston’s late-season collapse, Tampa Bay overcame a nine-game deficit at the beginning of September to win the American League Wild Card.
2012 At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals unveil a jersey that, for the first time in eight decades, will feature the words “St. Louis” in script on the front. The Redbirds also announce the team will wear red hats on the road instead of navy, and their logo will have more-detailed cardinals on the bat.
2012 The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces the winners of its Legacy Awards, naming Mike Trout as its choice for the AL’s Oscar Charleston Award, recognizing the 20 year-old outfielder as league’s most valuable player. The Angels’ freshman is also the recipient of the Larry Doby Award, an honor given to the top rookie of each circuit.
2016 Max Scherzer is named the recipient of the National League’s Cy Young Award, making the 32 year-old, who also won the award in American League award in 2013 with the Tigers, the sixth hurler in baseball history to cop the honor in both circuits. The Washington right-hander led the NL with 20 wins, compiling a major league-leading 284 strikeouts during his 228.1 innings of work for the first-place Nationals.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
Once again, the New York Yankees had risen to the top of the American League with solid pitching and spectacular hitting by the soon to be penned “Murderer’s”. Babe Ruth was joined in the spotlight by two young up-and-coming sluggers named Lou Gehrig and Earle Combs who hit .348 and .357 during the regular season. Their opponents, the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals, had similar success with Rogers Hornsby, a .317 hitter, and pitchers Flint Rhem and Bill Sherdel who had won twenty and sixteen games respectively.
Both teams looked to be strong on both sides of the plate, but the Yankees remained heavy favorites after dethroning the Giants’ dynasty in the 1923 World Series. Rookie Lou Gehrig had a fantastic debut in Game 1 driving in the winning run for a 6-3 opening victory. New York was not as fortunate in Game 2 as the Cardinals returned with a vengeance for a 6-2 payback. Grover Alexander went the distance against three Yankees pitchers including Urban Shocker, Bob Shawkey, who came on in the eighth, and Sam Jones who finished the ninth. Things didn’t get any better for the favorites in Game 3 as once again, a Cardinal pitcher (Jesse Haines) lasted all nine against three of New York’s finest (Dutch Ruether, Bob Shawkey and Myles Thomas). Haines also contributed the only home run in the 4-0 shutout. The underdog Cards’ were now on top two games to one.
Down, but not out, “Murderer’s Row” came back in Game 4 with a new resolve. This time it was St. Louis exhausting their bullpen as Yankee vet Waite Hoyt stood tall against five Cardinal pitchers including Flint Rhem, Art Reinhart, Hi Bell, Bill Hallahan and finally Vic Keen. The Bambino was back to his old self too, knocking out three homers to the Cardinals none. Serious damage had been done in the 10-5 debacle and New York was clearly not giving up without a fight. Both teams dug in as Game 5 resulted in a ten inning pitcher’s duel between the Yank’s Herb Pennock and Card’s Bill Sherdel. The Yankees managed to win it 3-2 and led the Series by one game with two to go. Game 6 offered a replay of Game 2 as Grover Alexander once again, went the distance in a crucial 10-2 triumph that left Bob Shawkey a loser and Urban Shocker and Myles Thomas unavailable for the final showdown.
Game 7 was a real nail-biter as Jesse Haines and Grover Alexander went head-to-head with Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock. Both teams managed eight hits apiece and Babe Ruth contributed the only homer in the contest. Down 3-2 in the ninth, the Yankees were still in good shape as baseball’s greatest slugger stepped up to the plate. The Babe worked the count to three and two, then drew his eleventh walk of the Series. Clean-up man Bob Meusel prepared to put the winning run on base, but was denied when the anxious Bambino attempted to steal second. Although he had successfully stolen against the Cardinals in Game 6, he was slow off the start and catcher Bob O’Farrell’s throw to Rogers Hornsby nailed the Yankees’ slugger ending the Fall Classic. Many fans were furious with Ruth and believed that his mistake had clearly cost the Series.
St. Louis had managed to beat the mighty Babe Ruth and his defending world champion Yankees despite mediocre performances from their standout players. Hornsby hit a meager .250 against New York and both Rhem and Sherdel had failed to win a game.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST GAMES
Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23
Dec. 31, 1973; New Orleans, La.; Sugar Bowl
Entering the 1973 bowl season, the top six teams in the AP poll all had zero losses: No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 6 Penn State also had zero ties, while No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan each had one tie (the latter two against each other). The UPI still crowned its champion before the bowls, ensuring Alabama a split of the title. However, with Oklahoma on probation and banned from the postseason, the undefeated tilt between Alabama and Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl served as a de facto national title game on a rainy New Year’s Eve at Tulane Stadium. The first-ever showdown between the two historic powers lived up to the hype, despite the fact that Alabama was held to zero yards in the first quarter. With the help of a 93-yard kick return TD by Al Hunter, Notre Dame led 14-10 at halftime, and the teams proceeded to trade scores. Wilbur Jackson led a big Alabama touchdown drive. After an Alabama fumble, Notre Dame jumped back ahead, 21-17, with an Eric Penick TD run.
In the fourth quarter, Bama QB Richard Todd scored a 25-yard TD on a throwback pass from Mike Stock, but the PAT failed with 9:33 to go. A big pass from Tom Clements to Dave Casper set up Notre Dame’s go-ahead field goal with 4:26 left, and after a Bama punt, Notre Dame got the ball back at its own one-yard line, trying to run out the clock. From his own end zone on third down, Clements fooled Alabama and completed a 35-yard pass to Robin Weber that moved the chains and allowed the Irish to run out the clock and claim the national title. The UPI finally relented and began publishing its final poll after the bowls the next year.
SUPER BOWL HISTORY
1985: Super Bowl 20
Site: New Orleans
Result: Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10
MVP: Richard Dent (DL, Chicago)
Summary: The Bear defense was one of the greatest of all-time and they were spectacular in this game. The Patriots, having run their way to a surprise AFC title, only gained seven yards on the ground. Tony Eason became the only starting quarterback in Super Bowl history to not complete a pass, getting yanked early. Chicago collected six turnovers. New England only scored early, after recovering a fumble and then a meaningless touchdown late. A strong game from Jim McMahon, 12/20 for 256 yards, was icing on the cake in an easy win.
1985 Chicago Bears
Coach: Mike Ditka
Average scoring: 28.5 (Second in NFL)
Average allowed: 12.4 (First in NFL)
Leading rusher: Walter Payton, 1551 yards on 324 attempts
Leading receiver: Willie Gault, 704 yards on 33 catches
Leading passer: Jim McMahon, 2392 yards on 56.9 percent completions
Super Bowl result: Bears 46, New England Patriots 10
Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent
Hall of Famers: 4
Overview: We remember helicopters and a dance video and the Fridge. There was a lot of sideshow to the 85 Bears’ rampage through the NFL. It’s a tribute to the team’s greatness, though, that all of that does not obscure the brilliance of the football performance. The only question about the ’85 Bears seemed not to be whether they would win the Super Bowl, but whether they would go undefeated. And when that was gone, the issue was how great the margin of their Super Bowl victory would be.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|8||1||0||.889||0.0||270||98||4 – 0 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||6 – 1 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||1 L|
|7||2||0||.778||0.0||300||189||3 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||5 W|
|6||3||0||.667||0.0||238||191||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|6||4||0||.600||0.0||284||239||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||1 L|
|6||3||0||.667||0.0||174||150||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|5||4||0||.556||0.0||208||240||4 – 1 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|5||4||0||.556||0.0||194||193||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||2 L|
|5||5||0||.500||0.5||200||202||4 – 2 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|5||5||0||.500||0.5||203||197||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|4||5||0||.444||1.0||176||189||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|4||6||0||.400||1.5||192||228||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|4||6||0||.400||1.5||207||194||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|3||6||0||.333||2.0||149||170||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|2||7||0||.222||3.0||119||268||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|2||7||0||.222||3.0||130||238||2 – 3 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||0 – 6 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||1 W|
|0||9||0||.000||5.0||137||259||0 – 4 – 0||0 – 5 – 0||0 – 5 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||9 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|8||1||0||.889||0.0||259||129||3 – 1 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|8||2||0||.800||0.0||250||205||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 W|
|7||2||0||.778||0.0||204||182||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||1 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|5||4||0||.556||0.0||251||170||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||1 L|
|8||2||0||.800||0.0||275||254||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||3 W|
|7||3||0||.700||0.0||262||182||4 – 0 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|5||4||0||.556||1.5||226||191||2 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|5||4||0||.556||1.5||224||213||3 – 1 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|5||4||0||.556||1.5||225||228||2 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 4 – 0||1 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|4||5||0||.444||2.5||162||157||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|3||5||1||.389||3.0||217||237||2 – 2 – 0||1 – 3 – 1||2 – 3 – 1||0 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|3||6||1||.350||3.5||222||281||1 – 3 – 1||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 5 – 1||0 – 2 – 0||3 L|
|3||6||0||.333||3.5||260||279||1 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|2||7||0||.222||4.5||191||259||1 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 4 – 0||1 – 0 – 0||1 W|
|2||8||0||.200||5.0||203||289||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||6 L|
|1||8||0||.111||5.5||108||219||0 – 4 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||0 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||3 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Boston||10||1||.909||—||5-0||5-1||3-1||7-1||10-0||10 W|
|2 Miami||8||3||.727||2.0||4-0||4-3||2-0||5-0||7-3||2 W|
|3 Milwaukee||8||3||.727||2.0||3-1||5-2||2-0||4-2||7-3||2 W|
|4 Toronto||8||3||.727||2.0||4-0||4-3||0-1||3-2||7-3||1 W|
|5 Philadelphia||7||5||.583||3.5||4-0||3-5||1-0||5-1||5-5||2 L|
|6 Indiana||7||5||.583||3.5||5-1||2-4||3-3||6-4||7-3||1 L|
|7 Charlotte||5||7||.417||5.5||3-4||2-3||–||3-2||4-6||1 W|
|8 Orlando||5||7||.417||5.5||5-3||0-4||0-1||3-4||4-6||2 W|
|9 Brooklyn||4||7||.364||6.0||3-2||1-5||1-0||1-2||4-6||3 L|
|10 Cleveland||4||7||.364||6.0||2-3||2-4||2-2||4-6||4-6||2 L|
|11 Atlanta||4||7||.364||6.0||2-4||2-3||1-2||2-4||3-7||1 L|
|12 Chicago||4||8||.333||6.5||2-3||2-5||1-3||3-6||3-7||1 L|
|13 Detroit||4||9||.308||7.0||3-3||1-6||2-2||4-8||3-7||4 L|
|14 Washington||3||7||.300||6.5||1-3||2-4||–||1-3||3-7||1 W|
|15 New York||3||9||.250||7.5||2-3||1-6||0-3||1-7||3-7||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 LA Lakers||10||2||.833||—||6-1||4-1||3-1||7-1||9-1||3 W|
|2 Houston||9||3||.750||1.0||5-1||4-2||3-0||6-0||8-2||6 W|
|3 Denver||8||3||.727||1.5||4-2||4-1||2-0||4-2||7-3||1 W|
|4 Utah||8||4||.667||2.0||6-0||2-4||1-0||5-4||7-3||1 L|
|5 Phoenix||7||4||.636||2.5||5-3||2-1||3-1||4-3||6-4||1 W|
|6 LA Clippers||7||5||.583||3.0||6-1||1-4||2-1||5-4||5-5||2 L|
|7 Minnesota||7||5||.583||3.0||3-3||4-2||0-1||2-2||5-5||1 L|
|8 Dallas||6||5||.545||3.5||2-3||4-2||2-0||3-2||5-5||2 L|
|9 Memphis||5||7||.417||5.0||3-4||2-3||1-2||3-4||5-5||3 W|
|10 San Antonio||5||7||.417||5.0||4-3||1-4||0-1||3-4||3-7||4 L|
|11 Oklahoma City||5||7||.417||5.0||5-3||0-4||0-2||3-4||5-5||1 W|
|12 Sacramento||4||7||.364||5.5||2-3||2-4||0-2||2-5||4-6||1 L|
|13 Portland||4||8||.333||6.0||1-4||3-4||1-1||3-5||3-7||2 L|
|14 New Orleans||3||8||.273||6.5||2-4||1-4||0-3||2-5||3-7||1 W|
|15 Golden State||2||11||.154||8.5||1-6||1-5||0-3||2-9||1-9||6 L|
|1 Washington Capitals||21||14||3||4||32||12||81||65||5-2-3||9-1-1||7-1-2|
|2 Boston Bruins||19||12||3||4||28||12||68||50||7-0-3||5-3-1||6-2-2|
|3 New York Islanders||17||13||3||1||27||12||54||39||9-2-1||4-1-0||9-0-1|
|4 Montreal Canadiens||19||11||5||3||25||9||69||58||6-3-0||5-2-3||7-2-1|
|5 Carolina Hurricanes||19||11||7||1||23||10||66||56||7-3-0||4-4-1||5-4-1|
|6 Florida Panthers||19||9||5||5||23||6||70||71||3-2-2||6-3-3||5-3-2|
|7 Philadelphia Flyers||19||10||6||3||23||7||58||56||6-1-2||4-5-1||5-3-2|
|8 Pittsburgh Penguins||19||10||7||2||22||9||61||49||6-3-1||4-4-1||4-4-2|
|9 Toronto Maple Leafs||21||9||8||4||22||8||70||71||6-3-4||3-5-0||4-4-2|
|10 Buffalo Sabres||18||9||6||3||21||8||54||53||5-2-2||4-4-1||3-5-2|
|11 Tampa Bay Lightning||16||9||5||2||20||8||61||55||4-1-1||5-4-1||6-3-1|
|12 New York Rangers||17||8||7||2||18||8||57||62||5-4-2||3-3-0||6-3-1|
|13 Columbus Blue Jackets||19||7||8||4||18||7||45||63||4-5-1||3-3-3||3-5-2|
|14 Ottawa Senators||19||8||10||1||17||8||53||62||6-4-0||2-6-1||6-4-0|
|15 New Jersey Devils||18||6||8||4||16||5||46||66||3-3-4||3-5-0||4-4-2|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||21||7||12||2||16||7||48||78||4-5-1||3-7-1||4-4-2|
|1 St. Louis Blues||20||12||3||5||29||12||61||57||5-1-3||7-2-2||7-1-2|
|2 Edmonton Oilers||21||13||6||2||28||12||67||56||7-2-1||6-4-1||5-4-1|
|3 Colorado Avalanche||19||11||6||2||24||11||68||55||6-2-1||5-4-1||4-5-1|
|4 Arizona Coyotes||20||11||7||2||24||8||58||49||4-4-0||7-3-2||5-4-1|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||20||11||8||1||23||9||55||61||5-5-1||6-3-0||6-3-1|
|6 Vancouver Canucks||20||10||7||3||23||8||65||54||5-2-2||5-5-1||4-4-2|
|7 Calgary Flames||21||10||8||3||23||8||60||61||6-2-2||4-6-1||5-3-2|
|8 Dallas Stars||20||10||8||2||22||10||50||48||5-3-1||5-5-1||8-1-1|
|9 Nashville Predators||18||9||6||3||21||9||68||59||6-2-2||3-4-1||5-3-2|
|10 Vegas Golden Knights||20||9||8||3||21||7||59||61||4-4-2||5-4-1||3-4-3|
|11 Anaheim Ducks||20||9||9||2||20||9||53||58||6-4-2||3-5-0||3-5-2|
|12 San Jose Sharks||20||9||10||1||19||8||59||70||6-4-0||3-6-1||5-5-0|
|13 Chicago Blackhawks||18||7||7||4||18||7||50||56||5-3-2||2-4-2||5-3-2|
|14 Minnesota Wild||19||7||11||1||15||7||50||65||4-1-1||3-10-0||4-5-1|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||19||7||11||1||15||7||49||69||5-4-0||2-7-1||3-6-1|