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Clemson, OU, Georgia, and Bama to Play in CFP

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Editor

Source: al.com

It has been a roller coaster of a year in the world of college football.  In the end, there are four teams left standing with a chance at a national title, as the College Football Playoff field has been set.

The Clemson Tigers head into the Sugar Bowl game as the top team in the country where they will square off against the Alabama Crimson Tide.  The other semifinal features a Rose Bowl game pitting the Oklahoma Sooners versus the Georgia Bulldogs.  

While the CFP Committee feels that these are the best four teams in the country, there are some questions to be asked.  Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia appeared to be locks after winning their respective conference championships, but the fourth seed was a questionable one.  The Ohio State Buckeyes knocked off the previously unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers in the Big 10 Championship, while Alabama was idle after being left out of the SEC Championship.  Ultimately, Alabama played a weaker schedule, but it was Ohio State’s 31-point loss to a much weaker Iowa team that proved to be costly in leaving them out of the final four. Continue reading

Cardinals Remain a Possibility for Stanton

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: businessinsider.com

With the Major League Baseball offseason hot stove in full swing, the biggest name being discussed is slugger Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.  This past Friday, officials from the St. Louis Cardinals front office met with Stanton’s representatives to discuss a possible trade with Miami. This came just one day after the San Francisco Giants front office also met with Stanton’s representatives. The Cardinals and Giants are currently the two favorite teams to land the reigning National League MVP, with the Dodgers also a possible consideration. The Cardinals are historically cautious about taking on huge contracts, but they seem to be ready to break the mold in order to make themselves a playoff contender once again. The off-season has been slow so far, but once a Stanton deal is made, the other dominoes of the free agent market will quickly begin to fall.

    The Cardinals have been one of the most aggressive suitors of Stanton this offseason, and understandably so. The team has been lacking a consistent middle-of-the-order bat since the departure of both Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, and Stanton could be just what they need. The Marlins’ right fielder slugged 59 home runs last season on the way to his first MVP award. Stanton would also complete a very dangerous looking outfield, combined with the breakout of Tommy Pham and an improved year from Dexter Fowler. Continue reading

Mizzou vs Razorbacks

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: cbssports.com

The Missouri Tigers football team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas this past Friday to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in their annual “Battle Line Rivalry”. Mizzou was looking for their sixth win in a row to close out a regular season in which they had started with a miserable 1-5 record. The Tigers kept their winning streak alive with a late-game comeback, and quarterback Drew Lock also made Southeastern Conference history during the game. Continue reading

Auburn wins the Iron Bowl to spoil Alabama’s season

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: dothaneagle.com

It was yet another crazy weekend in college football as many of the top teams battled it out in rivalry games with a lot on the line in their quest to making the College Football Playoff.  The number two Miami Hurricanes were upset by unranked Pittsburgh, likely putting them on the outside looking in, while third ranked Clemson won easily over South Carolina and the fourth-ranked Sooners from Oklahoma defeated West Virginia.  However, the biggest game of the weekend was the annual Iron Bowl between top-ranked Alabama and number six Auburn.

Just two weeks after beating then number one Georgia, the Auburn Tigers appeared to be ready to take down the top team in college football.  They got after it from the beginning and did not look back.  They took the lead with under five minutes to play in the first on a jump pass touchdown out of the wildcat from running back Kerryon Johnson to Nate Craig-Myers. Continue reading

CFP contenders lose in tough weekend games

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: usatoday.com

As the college football season winds down, many teams are fighting for the chance to play in the annual College Football Playoff to determine the best team in the nation, and ultimately the National Champion.  This past weekend was undoubtedly the biggest weekend for many teams to make their case as to why they should be one of the final four teams.

Many top ranked teams faced tough matchups and there were a couple of upsets that ultimately changed the landscape as to who will play in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.  The top-ranked team in the country, the Georgia Bulldogs faced off against the tenth-ranked Auburn Tigers.  Notre Dame, who came into the weekend as the third best team in the country, played the seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes.  Lastly, in a battle of teams looking to get into the final four, number five Oklahoma squared off against number six TCU in a Big 12 matchup. Continue reading

Schwartz, Schenn lead Blues atop Central

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: nhl.com

The St. Louis Blues have started the new NHL season red-hot, currently holding the best record in the entire Western Conference. The success is primarily due to the breakout season of left-winger Jaden Schwartz, and the outstanding production of the first line as a whole. The Blues’ defense and goaltending have also been having a good season, allowing one of the lowest goals-against average in the league. The team was riding a three-game win streak before losing to the New York Islanders in their most recent game. The Blues are certainly going to be a playoff team, but the real question will be if this production can be sustained and if St. Louis can finally bring home their first Stanley Cup.

The Blues have had undoubtedly the best first line in the NHL this season. The line consists of Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, and the newly acquired Brayden Schenn. The Blues received Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in July in exchange for Jori Lehtera and draft picks. Each member of this line is currently tied for first place in the NHL with a plus/minus rating of 15, indicating that when this line is on the ice, the Blues are demolishing their opponents. Schwartz is currently ranked fourth in the league in total points, with Tarasenko and Schenn both tied for 11th. This incredibly productive line has also been backed by a good year in goal for Jake Allen. Allen is currently 17th in goals-against average, but this number is slightly inflated after his last game against the Islanders in which he allowed a whopping five goals. The team currently holds a 2.4 goals-against average which is good for the third lowest average in the league. Continue reading

Ohio State makes comeback to defeat Penn State

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: sportingnews.com

With just under a month remaining in college football’s regular season, there is still some uncertainty as to who will be selected to the College Football Playoff.  While Alabama has proven itself as the best team in America, the Penn State Nittany Lions had a chance to solidify its spot in the final four teams with a win Saturday against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Penn State came into the matchup as the number two team in the nation with a 7-0 record and they have been pretty dominant on the season behind a strong showing from junior running back and Heisman candidate, Saquon Barkley.  Ohio State, meanwhile, came in at 6-1 and on the outside looking in at number two in the AP rankings.  The battle that resulted from these two teams was just short of remarkable. Continue reading

New look Rams continue strong season

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: espn.com

After over a decade of mediocrity, the Rams team that all St. Louis sports fans remember is finally gone, and in its place a playoff contender has been revealed. The 2017 Rams look nothing like the team that went 4-12 in their first year in Los Angeles. The team fired head coach Jeff Fisher and brought in some fresh faces to the head coach and defensive coordinator positions. Arguably the key component to their new-found success has been the hiring of new head coach Sean McVay. On top of this, Jared Goff is playing with the skill a first overall draft pick is meant to have, and Todd Gurley is running more like his rookie-of-the-year season than his sophomore slump. Continue reading

Vegas Golden Knights start season strong

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: ktnv.com

The newest expansion team to join the NHL, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, have gotten off to a hot start that not many people expected. The team is 6-1 to start their first season in the league behind strong goaltending and some clutch heroics. While seven games is not a large enough sample size to determine where this season might lead, the team is certainly set up for more success from the start than most expansion teams.

During the summer, the Golden Knights went through an expansion draft that allowed them to pick one player from each of the thirty other teams, with restrictions on the number of players at each position and the overall salary of the team. Teams can protect a certain number of their players, so while most of the game’s elite forwards were protected from the draft, it did guarantee that the Golden Knights would acquire a strong defense, a veteran goalie, and some veteran presence on the forward line. While the rules of the draft were meant to protect the new team from getting completely overwhelmed in their first season, it seems that the team can immediately be a playoff competitor in the league. Continue reading

Kansas defeats Mizzou in Showdown for Relief

By Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: stltoday.com

For the first time in five years, the Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks played a college basketball game against each other.  Although it was not quite to the level of past matchups, with this game being just an exhibition matchup, it certainly lived up to the hype.  The top-five recruiting class of Missouri made for a great matchup versus the more experienced Jayhawks.

The two Border War rivals came together on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City for a great cause.  The Showdown for Relief was created just two weeks ago as a way to raise money for the victims of the recent hurricanes that tore through Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  It was great to see the bitter rivals come together to raise over $1.75 million for those who lost nearly everything from the natural disasters. Continue reading