Flyin’ With Zion

The NCAA Men’s Basketball season kicked off with a full slate of games last night including two marquee match-ups in prime time.

First the #1 Kansas Jayhawks defeated the #10 Michigan State Spartans 92-87.

Then in the most eye-opening, revealing game of the day, the #4 Duke Blue Devils walloped the #2 Kentucky Wildcats 118 – 84. On full display was Duke’s crop of super freshman athletes, led by 6 ft. 7 power forward Zion Williamson, who has all the makings of the next NBA superstar.

It’s way too early to call and the NCAA tournament is a long ways away, but if Duke stays healthy, they may be the team to beat this year for the National Championship, #4 ranking or not.

Weekend Football News And Notes

Plenty of mayhem across the board in the college football ranks this weekend, while the pro favorites have held relative form in the early NFL games. Eleven ranked college football teams lost which will certainly result in the reshuffling of the Top 25.

Let’s get to it.

#1 Alabama and #4 LSU had off this week for their byes before they meet up next weekend in a SEC powerhouse match-up. Meanwhile #2 Clemson and #3 Notre Dame took care of business in their games.

Upsets in NCAA Division I football included the primetime #6 Texas versus unranked Oklahoma State game where the Cowboys upended the Longhorns by a field goal 38-35 and tempers flared on the sidelines.

Other ranked teams losing included #9 Florida losing to #7 Georgia 36-17, #14 Washington State coming back to beat #24 Stanford late 41-38, unranked California defeating #15 Washington 12-10, Mississippi State knocking off #16 Texas A&M 28-13, #17 Penn State winning at home against #18 Iowa 30-24, unranked Arizona crushing #19 Oregon 44-15, Northwestern surprising #20 Wisconsin 31-17, #21 South Florida getting their first loss of the season against Houston 57-36 and #22 NC State losing their second game in a row to Syracuse 51-41.

Meanwhile in the NFL today, the early games have just about all of the favorites winning. The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles took care of business against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London winning 24-18, the Cincinnati Bengals held off a late comeback from the Tampa Bay Bucs and won 37-34, and the Kansas City Chiefs kept rolling against divisional nemesis Denver Broncos 30-23.

Other scores include:

Chicago Bears 24 – New York Jets 10

Seattle Seahawks 28 – Detroit Lions 14

Washington Redskins 20 – New York Giants 13

Pittsburgh Steelers 33 – Cleveland Browns 18

Carolina Panthers 36 – Baltimore Ravens 21

The Sunday late games include the Green Bay Packers at the Los Angeles Rams, the Indianapolis Colts at the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers at the Arizona Cardinals.

Tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup is the New Orleans Saints vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

Tomorrow night’s Monday Night game is the New England Patriots at the Buffalo Bills.

Weekend Football News And Notes

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Recapping some of the weekend football action:

On the college side of the things, the top two teams in the country, Alabama
and Georgia, both took care of business and routed their opponents.

#3 Clemson lost their starting quarterback to injury but were still able to
come back against a game Syracuse squad, winning in the 4th quarter with a
27-23 victory.

In the biggest game of the day, #4 Ohio State marched into Happy Valley PA to
play the #9 Penn State Nittany Lions. Both teams entered the matchup with
undefeated records and despite a raucous, rowdy “White Out” Penn State crowd,
the Ohio State Buckeyes rallied from a 4th quarter 12 point deficit to win the
game 27-26. The Nittany Lions had a chance to win the game, but a very
questionable play call on 4th and 5 late in the game was stuffed by the Buckeye
defense.

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In another battle of undefeated squads, #7 Stanford lost to #8 Notre Dame in
South Bend as the Irish rolled to a 38-17 victory over the Cardinal.

Also, undefeated #12 West Virginia defeated #25 Texas Tech in a high scoring
game 42-34, #14 Michigan rallied from being down 17-0 to win 20-17 against
Northwestern, #19 Oregon defeated #24 California 42-24 giving the Golden
Bears their first loss of the season and unranked Virginia Tech did the same
to the #22 Duke Blue Devils, winning 31-14.

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In today’s early NFL action, the Cincinnati Bengals shocked the Atlanta Falcons
in Atlanta with a touchdown 7 seconds left in the game to win 37-36. Despite
the win, the Bengals lost their starting TE Tyler Eifert to a gruesome ankle
injury in the 3rd quarter.

There were 2 games that went to overtime with the Tennessee Titans defeating
the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 and the Houston
Texans defeating the Indianapolis Colts 37-34 as time expired in the overtime
period.

The hype over the Miami Dolphins undefeated start and potential demise of the
New England Patriots was quickly extinguished as the Patriots won 38-7. As with
the Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots also lost their starting TE Rob
Gronkowski in the 3rd quarter due to an ankle injury.

In other games, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the NY Jets 31-12, the
Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 26-24, the Chicago Bears crushed the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 and the Green Bay Packers blanked the Buffalo Bills
22-0.

The late afternoon games include the Cleveland Browns vs the Oakland Raiders,
The Seattle Seahawks vs the Arizona Cardinals, San Franciscio 49ers vs the
Los Angeles Chargers and the New Orleans Saints vs the New York Giants. As
of 530p EST, all of these games were relatively close approaching halftime.

Tonight’s Sunday night matchup is the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Pittsburgh
Steelers on NBC. Monday Night Football on ESPN tomorrow will feature the
Kansas City Chiefs versus the Denver Broncos.

Happy College Colors Day!

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A fitting day for this celebration as there is a full slate of NCAA college football games today. Early results include:

Ohio State 77 – Oregon State 31

Auburn 21 – Washington 16

Penn State 45 – Appalachian State 38 in OT

USC 43 – UNLV 21

and in the lone upset so far of the day Maryland defeated Texas 34-29

Tonight’s marquee prime time games include:

Michigan at Notre Dame

Louisville at Alabama

BYU at Arizona

Navy at Hawaii

And don’t forget – there are games tomorrow 9/2 and Monday 9/3:

9/2 – Miami at LSU

9/3 – Virginia Tech at Florida State

College Football Season Gets Into Full Swing Tonight!

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After a smattering of minor college games this past weekend, the NCAA college football season really gets into high gear tonight and this weekend with a full slate of match ups. Tonight, last season’s lone undefeated team – the University of Central Florida – kicks off the 2018 season at the University of Connecticut. Also a rarity in the first week of a season, an in-conference Big 10 match-up between Northwestern and Purdue. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday all have quality match-ups on the docket with some of the biggest including Washington at Auburn, Michigan at Notre Dame, the Miami Hurricanes and LSU from Texas (Sunday) and Virginia Tech at Florida State Monday night. Check your local listings for exact times!

PS: If you are not a college football fan, the NFL season kicks off a week from today!

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Offense Suppression University

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Talk about a slap on the wrist! Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season for denying knowledge of an assistant coach’s domestic violence against his wife when all evidence pointed to Meyer having full knowledge. These are three meaningless games that pose no threat in the scheme of making a run for another national title. He will not miss any of the important games on the schedule in the Big Ten. Meyer, who is 73-8 at Ohio State University with one national championship under his belt was given the lightest of sanctions – he will even be allowed to practice and prep his team leading up to each game where he is suspended. For Ohio State University itself, it has now made the statement that winning football games is more important than integrity and the welfare of women in general.

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This is ok at Ohio State if it gets in the way of the game:

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Ohio State University – you’re no Beyonce

What a joke…

Oh Sure, Now That The FBI’s Involved…

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Sweeping changes to NCAA basketball regulations coming this fall due to a number of FBI probes at various schools in the sport. This includes allowing college players to have agents and allowing undrafted student athletes to return to school if they attended the NBA Combine. Also, school presidents will now be held directly responsible for misconduct in their athletic departments.

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