Posts Tagged: NCAA

Not East Being Green

It’s rare that the Golden State Warriors show a chink in their otherwise impenetrable armor, so it was no surprise then everyone jumped all over the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green skirmish. Green definitely got the worst of the criticism and ended up serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Other teams may view this schism as an opening,… Read more »

Tor Of Duty

Dwane Casey spent the last seven years as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, posting a franchise-best 59-win season last year that earned him coach-of-the-year honors. But all that didn’t earn him an invite back by Raptors management, who moved on to Casey’s assistant, Nick Nurse. For his part, Casey has landed in Detroit with the Pistons and will be… Read more »

Coyote Ugly

The Washington Capitals have not always resembled last year’s Stanley Cup champs with the most recent occurrence coming on Sunday when they dropped an ugly 4-1 decision at home to the Arizona Coyotes. Currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division, the Caps will try to find some success on the road tonight as they face the Minnesota Wild. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Nick Of Time

The San Francisco 49ers were down two QBs and had lost six games in a row when they were forced to turn to Nick Mullens to take over the offense. All Mullens did was rack up the most productive NFL debut since the merger in leading the Niners to a 34-3 thrashing of the Raiders. Mullens will be back under… Read more »

Collapsing Star

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to avoid the drama that came with last year’s losing season, but it looks to be back again after Dallas looked flat in a 28-14 loss to Tennessee on Monday night that dropped the Cowboys record to 3-5 on the season. In need of some signs of life, the Cowboys head to Philadelphia tonight to… Read more »

Screaming Eagles

Expect the scene at Boston College tonight to be raucous as the Eagles have a chance to shake up the college football landscape by hosting undefeated Clemson. The Tigers (9-0; No. 3 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) haven’t shown much vulnerability since switching to Trevor Lawrence at QB and are coming off a 77-point performance last week against Louisville.  But… Read more »

Carolina On Their Mind

After stumbling to a 1-2-1 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) have righted the ship with four straight victories, including a 23-16 win at Baltimore last week that secured their lead in the AFC North standings.  They’ll get another strong test tonight as the Steelers host a Carolina Panthers team (6-2) that has won three in a row. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Not OK

Just when the OKC Thunder were turning things around, they’ve hit a little bump in the road with Russell Westbrook’s ankle injury. The All-Star guard is expected to miss tonight’s contest against the Cavaliers as the Thunder will try to extend their five-game winning streak without him. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click… Read more »

Self Improvement

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks came up just short last season in their quest to win a national championship when they fell to Villanova in the semifinals of the Final Four. But returning starters Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick combined with Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson have Jayhawk fans thinking they can improve on last season’s effort and win it all this… Read more »

Great Scott

It’s been a while since big football games were being played at Scott Stadium, home of the Virginia Cavaliers. With just one winning season since 2008 and two bowl appearances, including last year’s embarrassing 49-7 thumping against Navy in the Military Bowl, the Cavalier faithful have become accustomed to taking their lumps during football season and hoping for paybacks in… Read more »

Everybody Beating The Wiz

The Washington Wizards were expected to contend in the LeBron-less NBA Eastern Conference, but so far look more like a cellar-dweller than a title-contender. A 1-5 record and the worst defense in the league (125.0 ppg allowed) have critics calling for head coach Scott Brooks’ job. He’ll try to deflect some of that heat and squeeze out a win tonight… Read more »

Trey-mendous

Steph Curry put on one of his best three-point shooting clinics ever on Wednesday — 11-of-16 from beyond the arc; 51 points total — as the Warriors crushed the Washington Wizards, 144-122. Curry and the Warriors will look for an encore performance tonight in Madison Square Garden as they travel to New York to face the Knicks. To get Dunkel’s pick… Read more »

Familiar Surroundings

There was a time when Brock Osweiler was thought the be the QB of the future in Houston. But Osweiler never lived up to his big contract and the Texans turned to DeShaun Watson to turn things around, which the former Clemson QB has done as Houston has reeled off four straight victories. For his part, Osweiler has landed in… Read more »

Stark Challenge

If LSU (6-1; No. 8 in Dunkel’s college football rankings)  is overflowing with confidence after last week’s upset over Georgia, the Tigers only need to remember what happened in Starkville last year to be reminded of how quickly things can change. In that matchup, the Bulldogs manhandled the Tigers, 37-7, handing coach Ed Orgeron his worst loss since taking over the LSU… Read more »

Pelican Brief

Perhaps the most eye-popping opener of the NBA regular season was the New Orleans Pelicans going into Houston and demolishing one of the league’s premier teams, 131-112. Anthony Davis was his usual exceptional self with 32 points and 16 rebounds, while the addition of Julius Randle (25 points) off the bench yielded immediate dividends. Tonight, the Pelicans will carry that… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Storm Front

The WNBA is down to its final four teams — Washington, Atlanta, Phoenix and Seattle. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Storm took care of business against the Mercury, 91-87.  Game 2 is tonight in Seattle and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game as well as Game 2 between the Mystics and Dream by clicking  HERE…. Read more »

Best Foot Forward

The Mets Noah Syndergaard has dealt with a number of physical ailments since joining the starting rotation, but probably none more bizarre than the hand, foot and mouth disease that landed him on the DL back in July. But when he’s right, there’s no denying Syndergaard is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Tonight, he’ll get a chance… Read more »

Last Lynx?

The Minnesota Lynx (18-16; No. 6 in Dunkel’s final regular season WNBA Rankings) did not resemble the defending champions for much of this season. But in the end, Minnesota made it back to the playoffs and will begin defense of its title tonight as the Lynx travel to Los Angeles to play the Sparks (19-15; No. 3) in a single-elimination… Read more »