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Week 3 college football winners and losers: Penn State, Oregon get huge wins

With two road wins against Power Five competition through three weeks, No. 23 Penn State has taken care of business in September and set a course for nine or more wins during the regular season.

Saturday’s 41-12 win at Auburn even included beauty points. To start with, winning by 29 points against an SEC opponent even as downtrodden as the Tigers speaks for itself.

Add in an offense that gained 477 yards, averaged 6.3 yards per carry and 10.1 yards per pass attempt. Two freshmen running backs with extreme potential, Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen, combined for 176 yards and four touchdowns — one, Singleton’s 54-yard score in the fourth quarter, put a dent in the concept of SEC speed.

Defensively, PSU forced four turnovers, hassled Auburn quarterback T.J. Finley and held the Tigers’ running game to just 119 yards on 36 carries.

More so than the narrow season-opening win at Purdue, the victory validates the Nittany Lions’ place in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll and hints at the increasing possibility that PSU could land in the New Year’s Six.

To get into one of these major bowl games, the Nittany Lions have to avoid stumbling against the third and fourth tiers of the Big Ten — Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland, Rutgers — and earn a split in the four games that will determine whether they earn any sort of national respect: Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Michigan State

After two middling seasons under James Franklin, the win at least ensures that PSU deserves to be included among the best teams in the conference. For Auburn, there’s only one way this thing is going to end: in a coaching change.

Winners
Oregon
No. 24 Oregon will regain some credibility and earn a place near the top of the Pac-12 power rankings after handing No. 14 Brigham Young a 41-20 loss. Bo Nix and the Ducks’ offense had 439 yards, 24 first downs and 11.4 yards per pass attempt, delivering the second very strong performance in two weeks after beginning the year with a blowout loss to Georgia. While that defeat may linger in the minds of some voters, topping the Cougars by three touchdowns should reinforce Oregon’s place as one of the teams to beat in the conference race.

Alabama, Georgia, etc.
Another weekend of games against overmatched competition resulted in a series of lopsided wins for the best of the best in the FBS. Four of the top teams in action Saturday afternoon — No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia, No. 5 Michigan and No. 6 Oklahoma — won by a combined score of 219-28. One week after struggling to put away Texas, the Crimson Tide had three non-offensive touchdowns in a 63-7 win against Louisiana-Monroe.

Washington
The Huskies are no longer a secret after a 39-28 win against No. 9 Michigan State. Sneaking under the radar after an uneven two seasons under former coach Jimmy Lake, UW remained overlooked following easy wins against Kent State and Portland State but is destined for this week’s Top 25. New coach Kalen DeBoer has made an immediate impact on the quality of the Huskies’ offense and in particular on quarterback play: Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. had four touchdowns against the Spartans, giving him 10 on the season with just one interception.

LSU
It’s interesting to think about the vibe around LSU had the Tigers lost to Mississippi State and fallen to 1-2 in Brian Kelly’s first season. Not good, right? Instead, the 2-1 Tigers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and beat the Bulldogs 31-16 to secure Kelly’s first SEC win. With New Mexico and Auburn up next, LSU should be 4-1 before meeting Tennessee on Oct. 8.

Appalachian State
On the same day the school played host to ESPN’s “College GameDay,” the Mountaineers pulled off the most incredible finish of the season’s opening month. With his team trailing Sun Belt rival Troy 28-26 with two seconds left and the ball near midfield, Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice’s desperation heave was tipped by a group of Troy defenders and deflected into the arms of wide receiver Christan Horn, who caught the ball around the 7-yard line and weaved around the right side to complete the improbable win. It’s been a memorable week for the Mountaineers, who upset Texas A&M last Saturday.

Kansas
The Jayhawks are the best story in college football. Now 3-0 after topping Houston 48-30, Kansas is way ahead of schedule under second-year coach Lance Leipold and in range of the program’s first bowl bid since 2008. This coaching staff has played a huge role in the development of third-year quarterback Jalon Daniels, who had 281 yards of total offense, 123 coming on the ground, and five touchdowns in the upset of the Cougars. That KU is surging will put Leipold on the list for every significant job opening in the Big Ten footprint, beginning with Nebraska.

Texas A&M
The No. 22 Aggies were able to right the ship against No. 13 Miami (Fla.), as the defense locked down a 17-9 victory that reinserts some optimism into a season that could’ve run off the rails with a loss. The offense looked better at times behind new starting quarterback Max Johnson, the former LSU transfer who replaced a struggling Haynes King, but was still bogged down by often conservative and unimaginative play calling and design. While the Hurricanes deserve some credit, the Aggies gained just 265 yards

Losers
Auburn
Auburn coach Bryan Harsin is the next Power Five coach facing extremely dire job security after the Tigers’ ugly loss at home. While the first loss of Auburn’s season, the performance Saturday comes just seven days after the Tigers struggled to put away San Jose State and just as the team turns to SEC play. Auburn takes on Missouri next weekend in a must-have game before facing LSU, Georgia and Mississippi.

Notre Dame
The first win of the Marcus Freeman era very nearly wasn’t: Notre Dame was able to sneak past California 24-17 after knocking down the Golden Bears’ possible game-tying heave into the end zone as time expired. While the win should relieve some pressure amid a very poor start to the year, issues on offense remain a major concern. The Fighting Irish gained just 297 yards on 64 plays against an opponent that ranked 50th nationally in yards allowed per play despite facing UC Davis and UNLV to open the year.

Penn State running back Keyvone Lee (24) finds a opening during the second quarter against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Brigham Young
Beating Oregon would’ve given BYU two wins against teams that may end up winning a Power Five championship, joining last week’s double-overtime victory against No. 19 Baylor. That would’ve sent the Cougars rising up the Coaches Poll and in position to crash the College Football Playoff with an unbeaten regular season, especially with high-profile games still to come against Notre Dame and Arkansas. While still in range of a nine-win season, BYU won’t be a factor in the race for the top four.

Nebraska
With interim coach Mickey Joseph on the sidelines in place of Scott Frost, Nebraska scored the first and last points in a non-conference rivalry game against No. 6 Oklahoma. Unfortunately, those two touchdowns merely sandwiched a 49-point scoring barrage that represents the latest low point for this stumbling program. Led by another 100-yard game from running back Eric Gray, the Sooners put up 580 yards of total offense and had 31 first downs while holding Nebraska to just 4.3 yards per play.

Georgia’s defense
Well, the Bulldogs gave up a touchdown. It took until the final moments of the fourth quarter of the blowout of South Carolina and involved the backups to the backups defense, snapping Georgia’s run of touchdown-free play to start the year at 179 minutes and 7 seconds. The Bulldogs have now given up 10 points in three games. How embarrassing, right?

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Liverpool get one up on Man United in blow to Glazers

Liverpool have beaten Manchester United to become the most popular Premier League side in the USA.
According to Morning Results Survey, 61% of ‘self proclaimed English football fans’ in the States had either a ‘very favourable’ or ‘somewhat favourable’ opinion of the Merseyside club.
They narrowly edged out long standing holders of the crown Man United, who had a percentage of 60%.
The same poll that was taken in 2019 saw the Red Devils come top of the list but the recent success of Jurgen Klopp’s men could be a big factor in the shift of popularity.

Liverpool get one up on Man United in blow to Glazers

United have not been able to get their hands on a trophy since 2017 and during that time Liverpool have won the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and the Club World Cup.

Manchester City took third place with 59% whilst Chelsea and Arsenal sat in fourth and fifth place with 57% and 54% respectively.

The three teams have been working on gaining exposure in America, with all of them having partaken in a pre-season tour Stateside this summer.

However, with the recent takeover from Todd Boehly, Chelsea could see their percentage rise significantly in the coming years.
The top six was surprisingly rounded off by Newcastle, who pipped Tottenham to 7th place by only 1%, with 45%, meaning that Spurs sit a whopping 10% behind North London rivals Arsenal.
The Gunners will be hoping to see their percentage rise again if they can find themselves playing Champions League football again next season, having narrowly missed out on top 4 last campaign.

Brighton found themselves bottom of the list with only 28% of fans having a favourable opinion of the club.
Out of the three sides that gained promotion, Fulham topped the list with 34% compared to the 32% and 30% of Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth respectively.

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4 Buffalo Bills who should benefit the most from Ken Dorsey’s offense

One of the biggest questions this season for the Buffalo Bills is what this offense might look like under Ken Dorsey. It is not a question because Dorsey can’t handle the job or the Bills picked the wrong person to replace Brian Daboll.

It is more so a question because there isn’t a whole lot to go off of as Dorsey has never called plays before in the NFL. He has been a quarterback coach for a number of years, most notable during Cam Newton’s MVP season with the Panthers in 2015 and with Josh Allen the past three seasons.

Recently, Kevin Clark at The Ringer put together a great article about Ken Dorsey, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills offense. Based on some quotes from the article, there are four players that probably benefit the most from having Dorsey as the offensive coordinator and can provide a hint at what this offense might look like.

Josh Allen
Let’s start with the obvious one and that is quarterback Josh Allen as the franchise quarterback seemed to have input on the decision to hire Dorsey to replace Brian Daboll. It is going to benefit Josh Allen, who the first time in his career will not have Daboll in his ear on game day, but has a coach who Allen has been able to work with since 2019 and share what he likes and what works for him:

Allen said that more input “kind of comes with the territory of promoting a quarterback coach, because we’ve had those conversations of what we like. I had, and have, a great relationship with Dabes and was able to tell him what I like and what I want to take out or put in. And Dorse was there through it all, so it’s a blessing to be able to promote him, keep the same verbiage, the same mindset and the same concepts. It’s kind of second nature.”

One of the biggest challenges when switching offensive coordinators is that the coach wants to come in and set up his system. This not only means the plays that are run but his own verbiage, which can result in the same play being called two different things based on the coordinator. For any player, this can create confusion and the result is usually more thinking than just going off instinct.

 

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Nathaniel Hackett reacts to ‘legend’ Lewis Hamilton joining Broncos ownership

Ownership in pro sports is not limited to business people — athletes such as Dwyane Wade, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson are minority or majority owners of professional franchises. And now superstar F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has decided to throw his hat into the athlete-owner ring, becoming a part of the new Denver Broncos ownership group led by Rob Walton.

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett has expressed his enthusiasm for this new development.

“That’s pretty awesome… I was shocked,” Hackett said. “That’s a legend. Anytime you can have a winner of that caliber, it’s an honor just to be part of an organization that he’s in. It’s a great group that they put together. It really is. I can’t wait to get to know everybody and talk with them.”

While Hackett has stated he would love to meet and mingle with the F1 legend, he is aware enough to understand that this may not be the best time-especially with the season quickly approaching.

“Maybe after the season a little more because we have a lot going on. I’m really excited about it. It’s just great to have the energy. We’ve got Russell [Wilson], the group, the team and how they’re going. Then you also have the supporting cast around that brings so much knowledge and winning. It’s great.”

Hamilton, with this move, is ensuring his financial portfolio is in tip-top shape while also becoming a face for the Broncos, even when his racing career concludes.

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Dallas hands Indiana 16th straight loss, 95-91 in overtime

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marina Mabrey and Teaira McCowan accounted for all 12 points in overtime for Dallas and the Wings held off Indiana 95-91 on Saturday, handing the Fever their club-record 16th straight loss.

Kayla Thornton scored 21 points to lead Dallas (16-16), which won their fourth straight. Mabrey scored six of her 18 in OT, adding eight assists. McCowan added 17 points and 14 rebounds for her fifth straight double-double. Continue Reading

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How to Watch Veronika Kudermetova vs Shelby Rogers at the 2022 WTA Toronto, Canada Women Singles 2022: Live Stream, TV Channel

The Match between Watch Veronika Kudermetova vs. Shelby Rogers Going to play n Monday, Shelby Rogers (No. 45 in the world) faces Veronika Kudermetova (No. 19) in the Round of 64 of the WTA Toronto, Canada Women Singles 2022.

Rogers’ last match on August 6, 2022 was a two-set win against Kudermetova 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. In her most recent time out, Kudermetova lost to Rogers 3-6, 4-6 in the semifinals at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on August 6, 2022.  Continue Reading