Friday, September 16, 2011
Terrelle Pryor's appeal heard by NFL - Mo Williams calls Gilbert a 'great owner' - Week 3 College Football TV Schedule
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule
Saturday, Sept 10
West Virginia (18) at Maryland
WVU can’t afford a slow start against Maryland this week.
Auburn (21) at Clemson
Can Auburn win this game without having to make a last-minute drive or a goal-line stop?
Eastern Michigan at Michigan
Does a Michigan win this week put them in the Top-25?
Penn State at Temple
This could be your upset game of the week.
Pittsburgh at Iowa
The Univ. of Iowa’s uniforms are designed after the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Southeast Missouri State at Purdue
Purdue has struggled against their non-BCS conference opponents this year.
Central Michigan at Western Mich.
If it wasn’t for some questionable coaching calls could Central Michigan have won their game at Kentucky?
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt is a surprising 2-0 this year.
Kansas at Georgia Tech
GA Tech is second in points avg. with 56 points per game.
Duke at Boston College
Duke played Stanford close last week, for about one quarter.
Coastal Carolina at Georgia
UGA needs a win this week, Coastal Carolina should help.
Washington at Nebraska (10)
Last year these teams split their series 1-1.
Michigan State (15) Notre Dame
Let’s see what color ND’s head coach Brian Kelly’s face will turn this week.
Tennessee at Florida (16)
Florida has been impressive in their first two weeks, but Tennessee is a lot better on offense this year.
Texas (24) at UCLA
Texas fans get a treat as this is the second-straight week the UT game isn’t on the Longhorn Network.
South Carolina St at Indiana
IU has lost to Ball State and Virginia by a total of 10 points.
Miami (OH) at Minnesota
Another upset alert, take Miami (OH) over Minnesota.
Virginia at North Carolina
UNC and Virginia are opening their ACC schedule this week.
Texas Tech at New Mexico
There will be a lot of scoring this week take the over now!
Northwestern at Army
Is this the first week we get to see Northwesterns’ QB Dan Persa?
Akron at Cincinnati
Cinncy was embarrassed last week at Tennessee.
Arkansas St at Virginia Tech (13)
Va. Tech escaped East Carolina this week, expect them to blow out Ark St this week.
Nevada at San Jose State
Nevada faced a very angry Oregon team last week and got ripped for 66 points.
Navy at South Carolina (11)
This is going to be a great test for the South Carolina run defense.
South Alabama at North Carolina St.
South Alabama has only given up 18 points in two games.
UCF at Florida International
UCF should win this game by 30 or more.
Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest
Wake has their last tune-up game before ACC play this week.
Florida A&M at South Florida (20)
South Florida has the respect from all the polls now. Can they handle it?
Arizona St (22) at Illinois
ASU heads on the road for another out of BCS conference game.
Louisville at Kentucky
The battle of Kentucky!
Indiana St. at Western Kentucky
Take Western Kentucky to cover this week. Why? Why not.
Marshall at Ohio
The battle of teams that wear green!
Houston at Louisiana Tech
Houston should score another 50+ points this week.
North Texas at Alabama (2)
Bama big this week .. real big.
Troy at Arkansas (14)
Arkansas, just like Auburn, has done very well after their departure of Ryan Mallett.
Ohio State (17) at Miami (FL)
A rematch of the ’03 BCS Championship. Oh and something about agents and paying for play surrounds this game.
Oklahoma (1) at Florida State (5)
Who will be number one after the end of this game?
Syracuse at USC
USC has not been impressive this year, does ‘Cuse get the upset?
UTEP at New Mexico St
UTEP and New Mexico State both are 1-1 on the year.
Utah at Brigham Young
The battle of Utah! Seriously both of these schools hate each other.
North Dakota at Fresno State
Fresno State came within a fourth quarter collapse of upsetting Nebraska.
John Tamanaha week 3 Picks
3) No. 17 Ohio State at Miami (Fla.)
Sat., Sept. 17 — 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
This clash of football programs facing impending doom and shackled with various suspension calendars is being called the “Ineligi Bowl.” We want t-shirts.
It’s a second opener of sorts for the Hurricanes, since they had last week off and are welcoming back a host of previously suspended players, including quarterback Jacory Harris and linebacker Sean Spence.
Ohio State, which is getting some players back from two-game suspensions while others remain on the shelf, nearly got upset by Toledo last week. If not for the Rockets’ self-destructive nature, the Buckeyes could have very easily dropped their first game to an in-state opponent since 1921.
The question is if that close call versus Toledo merely serves notice of what needs to be fixed or if it seriously shines light on the current frailties associated to the program.
Opening point spread: Miami by 3
The pick: Miami 24-17
1) No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 5 Florida State
Sat., Sept. 17 — 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Taking Louisiana-Monroe and Charleston Southern apart by a combined score of 96-10 is one thing. Hosting the top-ranked team in the nation is entirely another.
Quarterback E.J. Manuel is in the spotlight for the Seminole upset effort, but he’ll need to receive a great deal of support from the Florida State running game, which has yet to develop an identity.
Expect the Seminole defense to offer much more resistance to Landry Jones and his high-tempo offense this time around. Last year, the Sooner quarterback did as he pleased versus FSU, completing 30-of-40 for 380 yards and four scores, but that was in Norman where the home team has won 37 straight. Road games have been much more of a challenge for the Sooners, who are just 3-5 with Jones taking the snaps.
Opening point spread: Oklahoma by 3
The pick: Florida State 28-24
Tennessee at No. 16 Florida
Sat., Sept. 17 — 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Remember when this was one of the main event attractions in the SEC? With the help of new blood in each corner, it’ll get back there in a couple years.
We’re pleased to see Charlie Weis back doing the sort of stuff that he was born to do. It doesn’t hurt to have quarterback John Brantley and running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps to work with, but you gotta give the guy credit.
Tennessee’s super sophomore trio of quarterback Tyler Bray and wideouts Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers has our attention as well, and Derek Dooley has done an admirable job of cleaning up the mess left behind by Lane Kiffin, but there’s still much work to be done.
The Vols won’t be able to break their losing streak against the Gators, especially this year in Gainesville. The slide will stretch to seven games.
Opening point spread: Florida by 8 1/2
The pick: Florida 27-24
No. 15 Michigan State at Notre Dame
Sat., Sept. 17 — 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Last Saturday, the Spartans limited Florida Atlantic to just one first down and 48 yards of total offense during a 44-0 victory. Later that evening, the Fighting Irish were being much more generous in their game at Michigan. For instance, Notre Dame allowed the Wolverines 80 yards and a touchdown within the last 30 seconds to pull off a come-from-ahead 35-31 loss.
Defense, however, isn’t Brian Kelly’s biggest problem. Turnovers are. The Irish have given the football away five times in each of their first two games, which helped negate offensive outputs in excess of 500 yards each time, leading directly to defeat.
It’s hard to go against Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio, who made that huge fake field goal call in last year’s meeting and is 3-1 against Notre Dame, and his quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who is completing nearly 80 percent of his passes and taking good care of the football.
Opening point spread: Notre Dame by 5
The pick: Michigan State 24-23
Mo Williams calls Gilbert a 'great owner'
08:11 AM ET 09.16 | Mo Williams was asked during a recent radio appearance about his time in Cleveland. Williams, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, says [Dan Gilbert] is a great owner despite talk of Gilbert as one of the owners who is tightening the lock in the lockout. "First of all, the owner [in Cleveland] that you're speaking of is a great owner. I've gotten to know him for three years and I've got nothing but great things to say about him." ... [He was asked why did Gilbert blow up the team]: "Just look at the team, man. That team came from nothing when he bought that team. Obviously he had LeBron James, yeah, one of the best players to ever play the game. That being said, he did a lot of great things for that team and that city."
Terrelle Pryor's appeal heard by NFL
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday heard Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor's appeal of his five-game suspension.
The hearing lasted 80 minutes, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Those present included Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus and attorneys Jeff Pash, Adolpho Birch, Jeffery Kessler, David Feher, Tom DePaso and Richard Berthelsen.
Pryor was not at the hearing. He practiced on his own at the Raiders facility Thursday and was not available for comment.
Rosenhaus said it was a productive meeting and that he expected to get a ruling shortly.
Pryor and Rosenhaus had previously said they would not oppose the penalty the NFL imposed as a condition of making him eligible for the supplemental draft. However, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen last week that Rosenhaus informed the NFL Players Association that the former Ohio State quarterback wanted to move forward with the appeal.
Members of the NFLPA executive committee had pushed for the union to appeal the suspension. Charlie Batch of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns were particularly vocal about their concern that the punishment sent the wrong message. Though Goodell said he made the decision without consulting the NCAA, Fujita and Batch were concerned about collegiate violations carrying over to the NFL and Goodell making unilateral decisions on punishments.
Pryor's attorney, David Cornwell, filed a letter Aug. 26 saying he planned to appeal.
The Raiders drafted Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft. He is behind both Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller on the Raiders quarterback depth chart and does not count against the Raiders roster while serving his suspension.
Art Schlichter pleads to state charge
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter pleaded guilty Thursday to state theft charges linked to a sports ticket-fraud scheme and apologized to a woman who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the plot.
In a deal worked out with state and federal prosecutors, Schlichter pleaded guilty to 13 counts and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He also was ordered to pay more than $800,000 in restitution, although a prosecutor conceded victims were likely to never see the money.
Schlichter will appear Friday in federal court, where he faces related charges of bank and wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Schlichter has indicated he'll plead guilty to those charges, though no date for accepting the plea has been set.
Schlichter, 51, whose professional football career was derailed by a gambling addiction, apologized Thursday to the victims of the scheme, in which he charged hundreds of thousands of dollars for sports tickets he never delivered.
"I'm sorry for all the pain I've caused you and all the other victims that are involved in this," he said, his remarks at times aimed at Anita Barney of suburban Dublin, who sat in the courtroom directly behind him.
"My hope is that I can get myself together, rehab myself, do the right thing, get healthy so that I can make amends to everybody that I've hurt and harmed in any way," he said. "It was never my intention setting out to hurt people."
Schlichter said he was ashamed of his addiction.
Barney, the 69-year-old widow of a former Wendy's Co. president, has been ruined by Schlichter, said her attorney, William Loveland. Her homes are being foreclosed and her only income is from Social Security, he said.
"He's proven more than once he's a predator," Loveland said. "He's shown no remorse for the situation he created."
Judge Timothy Horton told Schlichter he was disappointed in his actions.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said afterward he was pleased with the convictions, while noting that many other victims remained in the wings after deciding not to file charges.
Schlichter's attorney, Scott Weisman, said it's taken his client hitting "rock bottom" to realize he has to change his ways. He said that one day the money will be paid back.
"Art is remorseful. Art wants to turn his life around. He wants to give back," Weisman said.
Federal investigators say Schlichter used the money he took promising Ohio State and NFL tickets and spent it on personal expenses, gambling and to repay older debts.
Schlichter played at Ohio State between 1978 and 1981 and for the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills.
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