Posts Tagged: CFL

Badgering Harbaugh

Michigan fans have been waiting anxiously for a return to the upper echelon of college football’s ranks under coach Jim Harbaugh. The anxiety level was raised several notches when the Wolverines dropped their season-opener to Notre Dame. Five straight wins have calmed things a bit, but the Wolverines (5-1; No. 14 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) will get their first… Read more »

Fresh Brew

It certainly wasn’t the most noticed trade during the MLB season, but the Brewers acquisition of pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals may have been one of the most effective. After struggling to a 7-12 record in Washington, Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA down the stretch for the Brewers. His performance was good enough to earn him a… Read more »

NFC Least

The NFC East isn’t exactly a power division right now with no one sporting a record above .500 and coming off a week when the teams went a combined 0-4 against the competition. But the good news is that barring a tie, one team should get a W tonight as division rivals Philadelphia (2-3; No. 3 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings)… Read more »

Here Comes The Judge

If the New York Yankees were going to make a deep postseason run, they knew they needed slugger Aaron Judge to return to his pre-wrist injury form. So far, so good as Judge has socked three HRs in the playoffs already and has the Yanks two wins away from advancing to the ALCS with Game 3 of the ALDS against… Read more »

Book On The Irish

While Notre Dame’s defense started off the season playing up to expectations, the offense looked to be shaky behind QB Brandon Wimbush despite some early season wins. But that has changed since coach Brian Kelly inserted Ian Book as the starter at QB. Book has thrown for 7 TDs and no INTs over the last two games and has the… Read more »

Home For Sale

It seemed inevitable months ago as both teams were on a path to reaching the century mark in wins that the Boston Red Sox (108-54; No. 1 in Dunkel’s MLB rankings) and New York Yankees (100-62; No. 3) were destined to meet in the postseason. That hunch becomes a reality tonight as the Red Sox and Yanks open their AL… Read more »

In Need Of Some Luck

While the Colts-Patriots rivalry was very competitive when Peyton Manning was still in Indianapolis, it has gotten significantly less so since Andrew Luck took over at QB. In fact, Luck has never beaten the Pats, going 0-for-5 in head-to-head matchups against Tom Brady. He’s a significant underdog again tonight as the Colts (1-3; No. 25 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) head… Read more »

Power Through (and Through)

The Yankees a.k.a. Bronx Bombers were true to their nickname this year as they set an MLB record for home runs in a season with 267. They also became the only team to ever have 12 players with at least 10 HRs apiece as well as at least 20 HRs from all nine players in their starting lineup. Whether that… Read more »

Pitt Stop

The Steelers and Ravens are set to resume their bitter rivalry tonight at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Nine of the last 13 games between the two teams have been decided by 4 points or less and there’s a fair amount riding on this early-season contest as the Ravens (2-1; No. 5  in Dunkel’s NFL rankings)  come in tied for first place… Read more »

Happy Days

Happy Valley is truly happy once again under the leadership of coach James Franklin, who has Nittany Lion fans believing this is the year they make the CFP playoff. But to do that, Franklin and his team will likely have to beat Ohio State tonight as the Nittany Lions (4-0; No. 5 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) host the Buckeyes… Read more »

Ram Tough

The LA Rams (No. 2 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have looked dominant while jumping out to their first 3-0 start since 2001. But if there’s one concern, it’s the tally of injuries that have hit the defensive secondary. Last week’s win over the Chargers cost LA Aquib Talib (high ankle sprain) and Marcus Peters (calf), forcing coach Sean McVay to… Read more »

Devil Of A Time

Last season, the Arizona State Sun Devils ended Washington’s hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff when they upset the Huskies in Tempe, 13-7. With a new head coach in Herm Edwards and an upset already over Michigan State, the Sun Devils hope to repeat that performance tonight as they face the Huskies in Seattle.  To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Fast Lane

The turnaround last season orchestrated at Florida Atlantic by new head coach Lane Kiffin was immediate. Taking a 3-9 team, Kiffin produced an 11-3 season that was capped off by a 50-3 win over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl and had many prognosticators predicting the Owls would be playing on New Year’s Day this season. A 63-17 loss to… Read more »

Brown Spot

The Cleveland Browns have become the most hapless organization in perhaps all of professional sports. A rotation of coaches and QBs, combined with a current 19-game winless streak, has Browns fans wondering if the misfortune will ever end. But there have been some glimmers of hope in the first two weeks of the NFL season with a comeback tie in… Read more »

No To Morrow

The Chicago Cubs got a dose of bad news yesterday when they announced that closer Brandon Morrow would be shut down for the rest of the season. Morrow, who has been out since the All-Star break, was trying to battle back from a bone bruise in his pitching arm. His loss combined with the recent hamstring injury to fill-in closer… Read more »

Day By Day

Ohio State fans have been counting down the days until suspended head coach Urban Meyer returns to the sidelines. In his place, acting head coach Ryan Day has done a solid job as the Buckeyes (2-0; No. 2 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football rankings) have cruised to wins over Oregon State and Rutgers. But Day’s last game as the head coach… Read more »

Wright Place, Wright Time

David Wright has battled neck, back and shoulder injuries in an effort to put on a New York Mets uniform one last time. It looks like he’ll be able to do that in NY’s last home series as the Mets announced yesterday that Wright will be in the starting lineup for their September 25 game versus the Braves. It will… Read more »

Ravenous

The Baltimore Ravens came into this season hungry to get back to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year because of a Week 17 loss to the Bengals. Based on Baltimore’s 47-3 thrashing of Buffalo last week, John Harbaugh’s team looks to be well on its way. Tonight, the Ravens will get the chance to exact a little revenge… Read more »

Sock It Away

The Boston Red Sox became the first MLB team to clinch a playoff spot last night with their 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Alex Cora’s team will now begin the process of fine-tuning for the postseason beginning with today’s starter, David Price, who has been the team’s most consistent pitcher since the All-Star break (3-0, 2.30 ERA). Price will… Read more »

Mo(n)d Squad

There’s excitement in College Station with Jimbo Fisher now at the helm of Texas A&M, but the Aggies (1-0; No. 42 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football rankings) will likely only go as far as sophomore QB Kellen Mond can take them. Last week, Mond looked sharp (17-of-25, 2 TDs) in A&M’s 55-7 whipping of FCS-opponent Northwestern State. But the competition gets… Read more »

Gray Matter

The Colorado Rockies have never won the NL West Division in the team’s 26-year history. But with a 1 1/2-game lead currently — the latest in a season that Colorado has ever been in first place — Rockies fans are starting to think this will be the season. Tonight, Colorado will open a big series at home against the second-place… Read more »

From Wentz He Came

When Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL late in last year’s regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles season seemingly went down with him. But into the fray stepped back-up QB Nick Foles, who led Philly on an improbable run to its first Super Bowl victory in the franchise’s history. Wentz is still on the mend, which means that Foles… Read more »

Tag, You’re It

Last year was pretty much a disaster for the Florida State Seminoles, who finished with an uncharacteristically pedestrian 7-6 record  (No. 32 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) and watched as head coach Jimbo Fisher jumped ship for Texas A&M. Into the void steps Willie Taggart, who becomes just the ‘Noles third coach in the last 42 years. There’s not much… Read more »

Burrow In

It’s no secret that LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is on the hot seat after a 9-4 season last year (No. 19 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings), which means that much of his future will rely on the play of new QB Joe Burrow. Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, will be making his first collegiate start tonight as the… Read more »

Wash Away

The Washington Huskies (10-3; No. 8 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) are expected to contend for the Pac-12 championship and possibly a CFP slot behind senior QB and Heisman-candidate Jake Browning. But Chris Petersen’s team is risking a lot today as the Huskies head east to Atlanta to face perennial SEC-power Auburn (10-4; No. 12). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game… Read more »

Taylor Made

Last year, the Wisconsin Badgers rode the legs of freshman sensation Jonathan Taylor (1,977 rushing yards, 13 TDs) to a 13-1 record (No. 7 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) and within a whisker of making the College Football Playoff. This year, Taylor is back along with an offensive line that boasts three returning All-Americans and QB Alex Hornibrook to give Paul… Read more »

Knight Shift

Taking over a college football program is never easy, but the most challenging job this year may fall to Central Florida’s Josh Heupel. Heupel steps in for Scott Frost, who left UCF after last season to head back to his alma mater at Nebraska. But before he left, Frost guided the Knights to a 13-0 record (No. 15 in Dunkel’s… Read more »

Brave Face

When Alex Wood and Mike Minor look across the mound at each other in tonight’s Dodgers-Rangers series finale, there will be a familiar look as both were part of the Atlanta Braves pitching staff in 2014. Since departing Atlanta, it’s been Wood who has had the better fortune as he helped pitch the Dodgers all the way to the World… Read more »

Old College Try

The college football season has a mini-package of games today to get things warmed up for next week’s action, including two pure FBS matchups starting off with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors visiting the Colorado State Rams. Last year, Hawaii struggled to a 3-9 record (No. 117 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football Rankings), while Colorado State went 7-6 (No. 49) and has… Read more »

Cousins New Family

The Minnesota Vikings made it all the way to the NFC Championship last year, but still felt they needed an upgrade at QB. Into the mix steps free agent Kirk Cousins, who left the Redskins in the off-season to try to get the Vikes all the way to the Super Bowl. Tonight, Cousins and the starters are likely to see… Read more »

Mayday

The Cleveland Brown have made a history out of moving from one QB bust to another while tanking to a 1-31 record in their last 32 regular season games. But hope has sprung yet again in the form of Baker Mayfield, whom the Browns drafted with the No. 1 overall pick last year. Mayfield has continued to build the excitement… Read more »

Major For Minor

Texas pitcher Mike Minor (9-6, 4.61) has been the Rangers most consistent starter of late, going 5-2 with a 3.53 ERA over his last 11 starts. But he’ll face a major challenge today as he tries to tame the red-hot Oakland A’s on the road. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full MLB schedule, click HERE. The… Read more »

Wing And A Prayer

After almost squandering a playoff position by losing nine straight games, the Dallas Wings finally clinched a spot with a 107-102 victory over Las Vegas on Friday night. Dallas will wrap up its regular season tonight as the Wings head to Seattle to take on the Storm. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full WNBA schedule, click HERE… Read more »

Texas Cage Match

Joint practices in the NFL usually have their fair share of fights and this week’s scrimmages between the 49ers and Texans were no different as San Francisco DB Jimmie Ward and Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins got into it.  After a week of getting quite familiar with each other, the two teams will take the field tonight in Houston as the… Read more »

Warm Brees

The Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey made news this week when he trashed many of the NFL’s top QBs. But one of the few exceptions was New Orleans’ Drew Brees, whom even Ramsey had to concede is still “really good” even at the advanced age of 39. With Brees at the helm again this year, the Saints feel good about their chances… Read more »

Handshake Deal

Last year’s Super Bowl between the Eagles and Patriots had everything in terms of excitement during Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory. But apparently the one thing missing was the customary handshake after the game between the two QBs — Nick Foles and Tom Brady. For his part, Foles says it’s no big deal, but undoubtedly the cameras will be fixed on the… Read more »

Brock Solid

There looks to be no slowing down the Boston Red Sox. Even the heat of August has only made the team hotter as they’ve won 11 of their 12 games this month. Last night, the Bosox got a PH HR from Brock Holt to take the series opener against the Phillies, 2-1. Both teams will take the field again tonight… Read more »

Bote Show

Doubtful there are few MLB thrills bigger than a walk-off grand slam. That’s what Cubs reserve David Bote experienced on Sunday night in front of a national TV audience as he took the Nationals’ Ryan Madson deep with two outs and the bases loaded to deliver a 4-3 victory for Chicago. The win extended the Cubs’ lead over the Brewers… Read more »

Dunkel Premier

The English Premier League kicks off its 2018-19 campaign today with Manchester United facing Leicester at Old Trafford, and it also marks the first season that the Dunkel Index will be producing picks and rankings. For Dunkel’s pick in today’s matchup and all the Matchday 1 contests, click HERE. The NFL continues its first preseason week tonight with a pair… Read more »

Here’s The Catch

With the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers set to play their preseason contest tonight, it’s hard not to think of Dwight Clark and “The Catch” from their 1982 NFC Championship game. Appropriately, the 49ers announced yesterday that they would honor Clark — who died in June after a battle with ALS — with a decal on their helmets and… Read more »

Fiers Sale

Prior to the MLB season, few expected the Oakland A’s to be position to acquire talent for a playoff stretch run. But that’s exactly where the A’s are with a 67-46 record (No. 4 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) and a two-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card spot. To help bolster their rotation, the A’s picked up… Read more »

Sinking Ship?

The Seattle Mariners have hit some choppy waters recently and just completed a homestand with only a 2-5 record that included five straight losses before finally snapping the skid yesterday against the Blue Jays, 6-3. Overall, the Mariners (64-48; No. 7 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) have gone just 6-13 over their last 19 games to fall 2 1/2 games behind… Read more »

Taking A Chance

The Yankees have dropped the first two games of their series against the Red Sox to fall 7 1/2 games behind Boston on the AL East and now have the added burden of dealing with a depleted pitching staff after J.A Happ was put on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease. That’s left NY manager Aaron Boone… Read more »

LA Story

The Houston Astros will head to Dodger Stadium tonight with the memories of their Game 7 World Series victory in LA last year still relatively fresh. Houston took the final game of the 2017 Fall Classic by a 5-1 score and both teams appear very capable of returning again this year. The Astros (69-41; No. 2 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings)… Read more »

Hall Pass

While the NFL will honor the 2018 Hall of Fame class this weekend, two teams will take the field tonight in Canton, Ohio, for the preseason opener looking to recapture some of the glory from two of their inductees. The Bears’ Brian Urlacher and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis are part of this year’s class and will certainly be omnipresent tonight… Read more »

Schooping It Out

With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, new faces abound across the league. That’s certainly true for both the LA Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, who added infielders Brian Dozier and Jonathan Schoop, respectively, during yesterday’s activity. Both newcomers are expected to be in uniform tonight as they Dodgers and Brewers continue their series at Dodger Stadium. To… Read more »

Royal Flush

While it hasn’t been even a full three years since the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, the team continues to flush out core pieces of that group. Yesterday, it was the third baseman Mike Moustakas who was packing his bags as the slugger was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of minor league prospects. The upside… Read more »

Player Hader

It was no surprise that once Brewers reliever Josh Hader left Milwaukee, the treatment of opposing teams’ fans to his past controversial tweets would be harsh. That’s exactly what happened last night as Hader came into the game in San Francisco to a chorus of boos from the Giants fans. For his part, Hader kept his composure and tossed 1… Read more »

Storming Off

The just completed series between the Orioles and Red Sox was full of rain delays, the last of which led to the cancellation of the game and the ire of Boston manager Alex Cora. Cora wasn’t happy the game even started last night in Baltimore after it made it only until the second inning before the clouds opened up and… Read more »

Alarming Trend

There have been a lot of proverbial alarm bells going off in the St. Louis clubhouse this year, but last night it was literally a fire alarm that confronted the Redbirds. For the second straight night, the Cardinals had a rookie pitcher carry a no-hitter deep into the game. But before Austin Gomber could take the mound in the bottom… Read more »