Liverpool Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Manchester City Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:45 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City Manchester City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon Liverpool begin life post-Philippe Coutinho with the fixture the Brazilian was most prolific in as they host the league’s rampant leaders Manchester City.The 25-year-old, now at Barcelona following a British-record £142 million transfer, netted five goals against Sunday’s opponents at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Reds will be determined to prove they can thwart Pep Guardiola’s side without the playmaker, while exacting revenge for the 5-0 defeat in the reverse fixture, which saw Sadio Mane receive a red card.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City and have celebrated a victory in the last four in a row.LIVERPOOL INJURIES Mohamed Salah returned to training this week after sitting out the club’s past two fixtures with a groin niggle.Great to see @22mosalah and @DanielSturridge back in training this afternoon! https://t.co/DVegpTk6nB pic.twitter.com/LM34Uycy0w— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 10, 2018Daniel Sturridge, who has not featured since the Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow on December 6, was also involved in the sessions after shaking off illness and a muscle issue. Alberto Moreno was back with the group on Thursday following an ankle lay-off, but is not likely to be involved on the weekend. Captain Jordan Henderson (hamstring) hasn’t trained yet while Nathaniel Clyne (back) is a long-term absentee.”If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back, he is training completely normally,” Klopp said on Friday. ”Sturridge is back in training, healthy and on the way to be fit again. Hendo is in this moment out on the pitch and is training. It looks good – he wears football boots, that is always a good sign. He was not in team training so far. ”Alberto was in team training yesterday, the first full session. He is a little bit early but after that he should be ready. He needs time for proper training of course. ”The boys really do a lot in their rehab situation and, if we have time, we bring them a little bit later into team training so that they can do a little bit more specific physical work. But still they need time to adapt to the intensity of a football game. It looks really good, cool.”SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspension concerns for this fixture.LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPSalah should slot straight back into the XI, while Virgil van Dijk is in line to make his Premier League bow for Liverpool having scored on debut in the FA Cup victory over Everton.Klopp’s toughest call is who he opts for in midfield. Emre Can is most likely to start, with Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain competing to operate in tandem with the German. One of the latter two should take over creative duties in Coutinho’s absence.MAN CITY TEAM NEWS Guardiola’s charges pose a considerable threat to Liverpool’s chances of extending their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 18 games. They have dropped only two points away from home this season – in their last match at Crystal Palace.City have also won all five fixtures against their ‘Big Six’ rivals in the campaign, scoring 15 while conceding just three. They have been the league’s benchmark in all aspects and are targeting their first top-flight double over the Merseysiders since 1936-37.Former Liverpool star Raheem Sterling – City’s top scorer in the division this season – can expect a hostile reaction from the home crowd again.Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden are unavailable due to their respective knee and ankle injuries.Vincent Kompany is closer to a return following a calf problem, but Benjamin Mendy remains on the sidelines with a long-term knee issue.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is at 4pm (9am CT) and the match will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Liverpool have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time. The Reds haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Premier League Southampton vs Tottenham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Southampton Spurs travel to St Mary’s full of confidence after a 4-0 win over Everton to take on a Saints team who have gone 10 league games without winning Southampton host Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s hoping to pick up three points at home to distance themselves from the relegation zone.The Saints have been underperforming this season and find themselves among the bottom pack thanks to a run of 10 Premier League games without a win.Spurs, on the other hand, are in excellent form, and travel to the south coast on the back of a magnificent 4-0 win over Everton to keep them within touching distance of the top four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur Date Sunday, January 21 Time 16:00 GMT / 11:00 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC fuboTV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game.can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports and it can be streamed live online using the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Southampton players Goalkeepers McCarthy, Forster Defenders Bertrand, Stephens, Yoshida, Hoedt, Soares, Pied, Gardos, Bednarek, Targett Midfielders Romeu, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Boufal, Tadic Forwards Redmond, Long, Sims, Gabbiadini Mauricio Pellegrino is still without Charlie Austin as the forward is a long-term injury absentee after tearing his hamstring in December.Maya Yoshida is a doubt for Sunday’s game with a hamstring problem, but could still be included in the matchday squad.Potential Southampton starting XI: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Long. Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Davies, Aurier, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Dier, Foyth, Trippier, Walker-Peters Midfielders Wanyama, Sissoko, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Lamela Forwards Kane, Son, Llorente Mauricio Pochettino faces a late decision over the fitness of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who has been forced to sit out training midweek due to illness. Michael Vorm could start should Lloris miss out.Defenders Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld are both sidelined, while Harry Winks has an ankle injury.Potential Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Spurs are favourites to win at 4/6 according to dabblebet, but Southampton are not far behind at 9/2. A draw is available at 14/5.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW While Southampton will be looking to record an overdue win in the league, having failed to pick up three points in any of their games in December or January. A 1-0 away victory over Fulham was a reminder that the Saints are capable of better than they have shown, but they are still not doing enough up front.Shane Long finally broke his goal drought, but their top scorer this season is Charlie Austin with six goals, and he is currently injured.Goals have been much easier to come by for Spurs, with Harry Kane finishing the year in style and then picking up where he left off in January. The England international has 20 Premier League goals so far this season, with Heung-Min Son already on eight for the 2016-17 campaign.Spurs’ defence has also been excellent this season, even with injuries ruling some key players out, and average less than a goal against each game. Southampton will find it difficult to record a win against Pochettino’s side, and will likely see their run extend to 11 league games without a win. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
FA Cup Rashford reveals Man Utd ‘determination’ ahead of FA Cup final Chris Burton 18:14 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United Chelsea Marcus Rashford The Red Devils forward admits that both he and the club are aware of the need to end every season with at least one piece of silverware Marcus Rashford has aired his “determination” to ensure that Manchester United end another season with major silverware.Since breaking into the senior set-up at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal in 2016, the 20-year-old forward has become accustomed to collecting trophies.He helped United to FA Cup glory at the end of his breakthrough campaign, before celebrating Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League successes last term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The FA Cup is back in his sights for 2018, with Chelsea waiting in the final, and Rashford is aware of the need for the Red Devils to end each passing season with tangible reward to show for their efforts.The England international told United’s official website: “Finishing the season off with a trophy is always good and would put us in good spirits for next season.”I think the most important thing is winning that trophy to put us in good stead and, mentally, I always say you don’t want to go a season without winning something. That’s my determination – to try to win something each year. Hopefully, we can get one this year.”I think the first trophy sets you off. When you win the first one, the hunger and determination goes up to a level you didn’t think it could reach. Now I’m always hungry for it – just the results and the trophies.”Rashford has enjoyed outings against Chelsea in the past, and may be required to lead the line on Saturday as Romelu Lukaku nurses an ankle problem, but he is aware that a collective effort will be required in order to recapture the famous trophy.He added: “Finals are different games, you know.”They’ve got a lot of big players and big players always turn up in big games. It’s going to be an exciting match and, if it comes down to fight, we have to be ready to fight for each other.”Chelsea are a very good team with a lot of quality players. On the day, they can cause problems for anyone. We have to approach the game with the correct mentality. We know it’s going to be a tough game and we have got to be ready to fight.”
Al Ain striker Caio hails Real Madrid ace Vinicius Junior ahead of CWCby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAl Ain striker Caio Lucas Fernandes hopes to face Real Madrid and Vinicius Junior in the Club World Cup.Caio admits he’s a big fan of his fellow Brazilian.”What do I make Vinicius’ performances? Of course, he is an excellent player,” he told AS. “He has a lot of qualities, he has a lot of fun playing, he has the speed. He is young and has yet to grow up for the now. “He will contribute to the success of Real Madrid.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Mourinho will soon be backby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Jose Mourinho will soon be back in football.Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United on Tuesday morning after two-and-a-half years in the job.Speaking after City’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Leicester, Guardiola said: “I am on his side. As managers, we are alone. They [clubs] contact us to try to win and when you don’t win I know what happens. “I always say I am in the position of the manager and I know exactly what they can feel and always I am there because we feel alone.”All the pressure is on our shoulders. But he has a lot of experience, he is a top man and he will come back soon and we are going to play again.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho sees first match since Man Utd sackingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was back at the football on Saturday.Mourinho jetted to Portugal and travelled to Setubal, his place of birth, in a bid to put his recent troubles behind him.Mourinho watched Vitoria de Setubal host Santa Clara in what was a 2-0 defeat to the hosts.Goals from Osama Rashid and Fabio Cardoso either side of half-time ensured victory for the visitors.The former United boss watched the Primeira Liga fixture alongside his son, Jose Mourinho Jr.The Portuguese was of course spotted by fans attending the game and posed for photos inside the Estadio do Bonfim.
Borussia Dortmund wing-back Achraf Hakimi admits Real Madrid future undecidedby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund wing-back Achraf Hakimi admits his future at parent club Real Madrid is undecided.Hakimi is in the second of a two-season loan in Dortmund.Before last night’s 0-0 draw with Champions League opponents Barcelona, he said: “I watch all Real Madrid games, I still like to follow Spanish football. “All teams have highs and lows, but Real, with such players, is programmed to overcome this and I think they will live an excellent season. I’m convinced.”I said that if Madrid recalled me, I would be the first to say yes. The coach (Zinedine Zidane) knows me very well, but now I’m focused on Dortmund and my intention is to play here… We’ll then see. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Brighton’s 2-goal Aaron Connolly fast-tracked into Republic of Ireland squadby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Aaron Connolly has been fast-tracked to the Republic of Ireland senior squad.The call comes after his impressive first Premier League start against Tottenham Hotspur.Connolly plundered two goals, one in each half, in a dazzling 3-0 win over Spurs in the Saturday lunchtime game at the Amex — and as a result has been promoted from the under-21s to Mick McCarthy’s squad.The Galway-born 19-year-old will now be aiming to start in the Euro 2020 qualifiers in Georgia and Switzerland, as the Irish look to strengthen their position at the top of group D. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man Utd captain Fletcher: Solskjaer has found good systemby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has found the right system for his squad after their 1-1 draw against Liverpool.The Scot wrote for BBC Sport: “Despite the late disappointment, United’s 3-4-1-2 formation clearly worked, so Solskjaer now knows they are comfortable in that shape.”As he said afterwards, he has got a lot of centre-backs – and this is obviously a way to use them.”It is also a formation that allows Andreas Pereira to play as an out-and-out number 10, which is definitely his best position.”Pereira was not only effective on the ball, with his runs and passing forward, but also his work off it. The way he was closing people down was a big part of United’s success.”Further forward, we now know Rashford and James are effective as split strikers too.”United have had lots of injuries this season, but it feels like they have particularly missed Anthony Martial while he has been out, because he was going to play as their number nine this season.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lane Kiffin’s career as a head coach was tumultuous at best, but he’s really rebounded as Alabama offensive coordinator, and has developed into an expert-level Twitter troll. His most common target: Tennessee, the team he coached for one season (2009) before jumping to USC. Kiffin wore an orange tie to Alabama’s game at Knoxville this year, and sent a tweet with a “Roll Tide Roll” hashtag when driving past the town earlier this off-season. Today, he took a more subtle jab at the school, via a retweet of his younger brother Chris, an assistant at Ole Miss.On Friday, Chris Kiffin sent this tweet, which Lane retweeted this evening.We have had a bunch of big wins in our 4 seasons here. This was a fun Saturday in the Vaught! pic.twitter.com/65aMbMepAo— Chris Kiffin (@Chris_Kiffin) June 17, 2016A 34-3 win over Tennessee is always nice, but it seems a bit too coincidental that that’s the game that Chris Kiffin chose to tweet. Most would probably consider Ole Miss’ recent win over Alabama the bigger win at Vaught-Hemingway. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Caleb Porter has been announced as the new Columbus Crew head coach, replacing Gregg Berhalter, who departed the club to take the United States national team job.The Crew also announced former Toronto FC vice president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko as their new president and head of soccer operations.“We are thrilled to have secured Tim Bezbatchenko and Caleb Porter to lead Columbus Crew SC,” the Crew SC Investor-Operator group said in a statement. “Tim’s track record in building a successful team, including an MLS Cup in 2017, along with his experience on both the league-side and club-side of Major League Soccer make him uniquely qualified to serve as President and provides strong leadership. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Caleb has been a proven winner every place he has coached and like Tim won an MLS Cup in 2015. He has a deep understanding of how to build formidable and successful programs and is well respected for his soccer acumen and development of players.“With Tim and Caleb sharing some Ohio roots, we feel they are the perfect fit as we move into a new era of Crew soccer.”Porter has ties to Ohio, having coached at the University of Akron from 2006-2012, winning the 2010 national championship with the Zips.He would move on coach the United States Under-23 team in an ultimately unsuccessful Olympic qualification cycle before joining the Portland Timbers as their head coach.Porter led the Timbers to MLS Cup glory in 2015, in which his Portland side defeated Berhalter’s Crew 2-1 to capture league honors that year.He also won 2013 MLS Coach of the Year honors and guided the Timbers to the MLS playoffs in three of his five seasons at the helm.Porter departed the Timbers by mutual consent at the end of the 2017 season in which they made the Western Conference semi-finals.Bezbatchenko was general manager of Toronto FC during their best period of success in club history, advancing to the MLS Cup final in 2016 and winning it in 2017 with a then-record best points haul.It has been a busy few weeks for the Columbus Crew, after an agreement for the sale of the club was reached with the Haslam and Edwards families.The sale from Anthony Precourt will keep the Crew in Columbus after Precourt had aimed to move the team to Austin, Texas next season.Instead, Precourt will be given an MLS expansion franchise that will begin play in either 2020 or 2021.
ESPN.Nebraska improved to 6-0 on Saturday, beating Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.Coming into the weekend, the then-No. 10 Nebraska squad was believed by many to be somewhat overrated. ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard called the Huskers one of the most-overrated teams in the country and “Nebraska isn’t the 10th best team in the country” was a popular sentiment on Twitter all week.Nebraska beat Indiana, a very formidable opponent, 27-22, on Saturday night.The Huskers are now the No. 8 team in the country, and while they still might – in some peoples’ minds – be overrated, they’re playing well and deserve respect.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit gave it to them on Twitter early Sunday morning.Miss understood what they were laughing at. Wasn’t Nebraska. They were laughing at me for picking Nebraska. Another nice win today. https://t.co/nKEEmj2BZG— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 16, 2016@KirkHerbstreit Is West Virginia legit? How about Nebraska?— Robert (@R_A_Kruger) October 16, 2016Actually think both are. https://t.co/fAoz6oVaLF— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 16, 2016Great win. IU is pesky. To go on the road and beat them is a solid win. https://t.co/gWe8h5mEpI— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 16, 2016Nebraska will likely improve to 7-0 next weekend, when they host Purdue.The undefeated Huskers are set to play at No. 10 Wisconsin the following Saturday.
CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 8: A general view of the stadium as the Clemson Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles on November 8, 2003 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson University defeated Florida State University 26-10. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)Josh Belk transfer update: we now have a general timeline for his decision. The five-star 2018 recruit enrolled at Clemson at the beginning of the semester. However, he has decided that it is not the right fit.Two schools have emerged as primary contenders for Belk in this second round of recruiting. South Carolina, a school where many thought he’d end up at first, is involved. Belk is a native of the Palmetto State, and despite the fact that Clemson shares a heated annual rivalry with the Gamecocks, he has been granted his full release to play there.Belk visited Columbia on Wednesday. On Thursday, he made the trip down to Athens to check out Georgia.After the trips, we have a decent idea of when Josh Belk’s transfer decision may come down.He spoke to Sports Talk SC about his upcoming decision. He says that he does not want to rush into it, and may take until the late summer.“We’re trying to take it slow this time. Last time I kind of like went fast with it.” Belk said he plans to make a decision no later than August 1st.In total, Belk says that 25 total schools have reached out regarding his move. It is unclear if others, beyond South Carolina and Georgia, are being seriously considered, though there seems to be plenty of time.According to Saturday Down South, there has been word that Tennessee could be one of those other schools that could get involved. However, it is unclear if there are plans to head to Knoxville.Georgia could potentially bolster an historic 2018 class, that finished ranked first in the nation, with four five-star players and 26 recruits overall. Will Muschamp’s 2018 class wasn’t too shabby either, coming in ranked 19th overall.247’s internal rankings have Belk as a five-star recruit, and the top defensive tackle in the country. The site’s composite rankings, which roll in those from other industry sites, have him as a four-star and No. 7 at his position.[Sports Talk SC]
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Before his promising, injury-shortened rookie year for the Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson became a college legend at Clemson. Last week, a trio of promising young college quarterback had the chance to work out with the national champion.Watson was working out with famed quarterback coach Quincy Avery, who has done work with well over 100 college and pro QBs. Avery took the opportunity to invite three of the current college players he is mentoring: Georgia freshman Justin Fields, Florida freshman Emory Jones, and Ohio State redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins.Unfortunately for the young Gator, he wasn’t able to attend. Haskins and Fields made it, however.The group worked out in Atlanta. Watson channeled his inner-Jim Harbaugh, rocking an old school Allen Iverson jersey for the occasion.Each one, teach one .. #TakeOver pic.twitter.com/ByuwimYyeV— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) June 24, 2018Avery is incredibly impressed with both young throwers, but stopped short of comparing either to Watson. He spoke to Rivals about Fields’ development:Fields has been compared to Watson—a comparison Avery finds difficult to make, even in recalling when the latter just came out of Gainesville (Ga.) High School and was entering Clemson as a freshman.“They’re both tremendously skilled—that’s obvious,” Avery said. “But I wouldn’t compare the two as quarterbacks. I wouldn’t even say they remind me of one another. They’re just on completely different levels.”Cleveland.com spoke to Avery about Haskins, who has been pegged as the starter for Ohio State. He thinks Haskins is bigger than Watson was at the same stage in his development, and throws “a different type of ball” than the Texans star.Dwayne Haskins is set to start this season, while Justin Fields may have to wait his turn a bit, like Deshaun Watson did.Georgia just had a five-star quarterback supplant one the class ahead of him, with Jake Fromm taking over the job from Jacob Eason, who went down with an injury in Week 1 of the 2017 season. Georgia went on to appear in a national championship, and Eason transferred to Washington.It seems unlikely that Fields can do the same thing this season, barring an injury to Fromm, but Avery does say that he does some things at quarterback that “no one else can.” More likely, he will have a freshman season comparable to Watson’s, where he doesn’t win the job outright, but is too talented to completely keep off the field.[Rivals]
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans cheer during a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Jimbo Fisher era is set to begin at Texas A&M tonight. The Aggies open the 2018 season at home against Northwestern State.Wednesday night, Texas A&M held its “Midnight Yell” pregame rally. There was quite the fan turnout.Based on these photos, it’s safe to say that the Aggies are pumped for the beginning of Fisher’s time in College Station, Texas.Check it out:Nothing can prepare you to the Midnight Yell at @TAMU I’ve been there tonight before their first game this season. Wow!Tomorrow I’m going to the game. Good luck @AggieFootball pic.twitter.com/gcApVmTK5J— Gilad Katz (@CG_GiladKatz) August 30, 2018Might as well post these at Midnight #MidnightYell @TAMU @AggieFootball pic.twitter.com/AYu29Sudp7— Andrew Monaco (@AndrewMonaco_Sr) August 30, 2018The first “Midnight” Yell of 2018. Football. Is. Back. pic.twitter.com/xIFcXASBfB— Jake Kobersky (@KBTXJake) August 30, 2018Texas A&M and Northwestern State are set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on the SEC Network.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers, thought to be one of the national title favorites this year, had their hands full with a resurgent Syracuse program on Saturday. Clemson survived a wild contest despite losing its starting quarterback early.It didn’t look good early for Clemson. The Tigers lost Trevor Lawrence to injury early in the contest and trailed 16-7 at halftime. But the team’s defense held Syracuse to just one touchdown in the second half. They emerged with a 27-23 victory.After Lawrence was named the starter earlier in the week, senior Kelly Bryant announced he’d be transferring from the university. That meant that third-string signal-caller Chase Brice had to step in when Lawrence went down. He did just enough to secure his team the victory.Syracuse held a 23-20 lead late, but had trouble stopping Clemson’s running game, led by Travis Etienne, down the stretch. On Clemson’s final drive, Brice found Tee Higgins for 20 yards on an important 3rd-and-3 with just under three minutes to play.Syracuse got the ball back with 41 seconds to play, but couldn’t make any progress. Eric Dungey was absolutely crushed by Xavier Thomas on one of the game’s final plays.QB3 gets the W for Clemson(via @CBSSports)pic.twitter.com/PX5tInAJ0J— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 29, 2018Hello pic.twitter.com/DUeOPR0ZGg— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 29, 2018With the win, Clemson’s national title hopes are still alive. That said, they’ll need a healthy Lawrence to truly compete moving forward.
ESPN College GameDayThis past Saturday, College GameDay was on-site for a huge game between two teams ranked in the top 10. This week’s location will have a similar feel.College GameDay announced Sunday morning that next Saturday, it’s headed down to Atlanta for the SEC Championship. Alabama and Georgia will be meeting for the league title and a probably spot in the College Football Playoff.The game will be a rematch of last year’s national title game.Alabama will enter the game as the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff rankings. Georgia, after a win over Georgia Tech and Michigan’s loss to Ohio State, will likely be No. 4.ARE YOU READY, ATLANTA?!It’s a National Championship rematch and we’re headed to the SEC Championship Game! pic.twitter.com/bXRN01nMHI— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 25, 2018The Bulldogs need to win to have a shot at being one of the four teams in the field. Alabama could lose and still get in, but the Crimson Tide likely don’t want to risk it.In last year’s Alabama vs. Georgia game, the college football world was introduced to Tua Tagovailoa. This year, he’ll play a prominent role yet again.The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will kick off at 4:00 PM ET.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)West Virginia linebacker and former four-star recruit Brendan Ferns’ football career has come to an end. Ferns announced his medical retirement on Twitter earlier today.A top-150 recruit, Ferns was the No. 6 player in the state of Ohio and the No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He was the Mountaineers’ top signee in the 2016 cycle.However, injuries sapped Ferns’ college career of its potential. He played in only eight games in three seasons, totaling 11 tackles.Ferns’ revealed he was giving up the game in a Twitter statement today.“This was a tough decision, but I have accepted a medical scholarship and will not be able to play my final two years here at WVU,” he wrote. “These past three years at WVU were not how I envisioned them, but life happens.“Eventually, every athlete will have to hang it up, but some do sooner than others. Unfortunately, this is the end, but I wouldn’t change anything about my three years here at WVU. The past couple years here at WVU taught me valuable life lessons that I will take with me and cherish for the rest of my life. Finally, I want to thank mountaineer nation for welcoming me into your family and making my experience here one to remember.”Thanks for the memories Mountain Nation! pic.twitter.com/FS7MnmjvV4— Brendan Ferns (@Brendan_Ferns) March 27, 2019We’ve unfortunately seen a rise in players medically retiring in recent years. However, it is good to see them take health into account when making decisions for their future.We wish Ferns the best.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Ryan Day is currently conducting his first spring as Ohio State’s head coach. Much of the focus has been on the quarterback position, with Justin Fields joining the program, but the new coaching situation has to be an interesting one for those familiar with the program.Ohio State has been accustomed to long term head coaches. Outside of the one year post-Jim Tressel, when Luke Fickell filled in as head coach, Tressel and then Urban Meyer have led the program since 2001.Ryan Day is an internal promotion after Meyer’s retirement, and he served in an interim role during Meyer’s suspension last year. Still, he is looking to be his own man as he leads the program into the future.One Ohio State insider described Ryan Day’s style of coaching as somewhere between the last two Ohio State coaching greats.Bucknuts’ Dave Biddle appeared on the Notorious B1G podcast, a Big Ten-themed show hosted by 247Sports’ Allen Trieu and Steve Wiltfong.He described Day as “laid back but laser focused”:“Ryan Day is a lot more laid back, but Ryan Day is almost like a hybrid of Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer,” Biddle said. “Ryan Day is laid back but very focused if that makes any sense. He’s laser focused yet laid back. He’s not a yeller and a screamer.”He also said that, while Justin Fields gets most first-team work and is very much the presumptive starter, the staff is very impressed with Matthew Baldwin, Ohio State’s other young quarterback.[247Sports]
TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Doak Campbell Stadium during a game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes on November 2, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Florida State’s football program had one of the biggest spring game crowds in the country last season.The Seminoles had more than 50,000 fans at last year’s game at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.The crowd isn’t quite as big this year.Today’s game kicked off at Doak Campbell Stadium earlier this afternoon to a much smaller group of fans.Last year’s announced attendance for the #FSU spring game was 53,974. Today’s crowd does not seem that large pic.twitter.com/QMCbYPZIwu— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) April 6, 2019We’re about 15 minutes from the start of FSU’s spring game. pic.twitter.com/G6YThBKx1a— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) April 6, 2019Florida State is coming off one of the most-disappointing seasons in recent program history, as Willie Taggart led the Seminoles to a 5-7 season.The hype surrounding the program is understandably at a lower level this spring.Florida State will attempt to change that starting on Aug. 31 against Boise State.