The Gamecocks started the day at a 4-2 record, winning at home in the season opener against Texas A&M, 31-20. However, for the second straight game against a team that’s a top-25 team last season, the Gamecocks were unable to put together big offensive performances, as they saw their offense average just 15.7 points per game. Since Clemson has been to the SEC Championship, the Gamecocks have not gone another week without scoring 21 or more points.

The team has already put together one of its best games by far this year coming in the form of a 52-50 win against Miami last Thursday. The game was extremely close, but the Gamecocks managed to pull out a 52-51 win to advance to the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2012 when they won the SEC North… The team’s offense did not play well and in the end Clemson led by just a field goal with 4:34 left in the game. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, were led by another stellar performance by tailback Mike Davis who rushed for 110 yards, which is second at the Clemson program this decade, only behind Davis’s 158 yards vs. Florida State last Monday.

Saturday’s loss also brings to an end the careers of the past three Head Coach Charlie Strong, three Quarterback Deondre Francois and one Wide Receiver Brandon Ford. All three had stellar seasons playing behind a defense that not only kept them in games, but also outplayed the opposition in every game. Of the three, Francois had the best regular season and his 4,928 yards is tied with Foster Sawyer for fourth most all-time at the program. However, his average passing yards was the lowest in Clemson’s history, which is hardly surprising after he took the job from Strong in 2014. I know there will be those that do not believe that Francois will ever be as good as Strong was, but his statistical numbers are not indicative of strong-mindedness or talent in the slightest. I believe they are indicative of the coaching staff and the coaching staff only, as there was no offense or skill players that were underwhelming. I am confident that Francois and the Clemson offense will be much improved from this point forward.

However, with all that said, the only reason that the Gamecocks made the SEC Championship Game last season was because of the Tigers winning the 2012 national championship against Auburn, which was the greatest upset in college football. Those losses this season had little to do with one another and came against the most stacked team the Tigers have ever faced, the Clemson defense.

As I mentioned, the key to the Clemson defense is its ability to defend the run and its ability to pressure the quarterback into giving the ball up. As long as they have a good QB on the field, the defense will stop the opposition in its tracks from finding a way to score. The defense has proven, particularly in the past few years, that it can pressure the quarterback from a variety of spots and even from different positions. This can be used to great effect if the quarterback is making tough decisions or has a habit of struggling with his reads. It’s not a coincidence that they’ve won two straight SEC titles with their current duo on offense. By eliminating the run and getting pressure on the quarterback, the Clemson system doesn’t have to rely on that type of success, but can rely on a variety of other types of plays to do its job, which has been lacking for some time.

In addition to this, the defensive line and secondary have each been instrumental in the success of the D this season. Along with it’s ability to put a quarterback on the run - both this season and last year - the defense has been able to wreak havoc on the opposing offense that has struggled to pick up any quick gains to start games. This past week, a couple of sacks forced two fumbles by Clemson’s offense before a pair of interceptions by Clemson’s wide receivers sealed the win. Although I do worry about the passing game, the Tigers should make their presence known on the opposing side of the field and if they do, the ability to pound the ball will be made clear.

When the Clemson offensive offensive line was at its best last season, they were able to force a lot more sacks than they have the last few weeks, which has put tremendous pressure on the quarterback to make reads and make good decisions, as long as they have enough weapons on his side of the field to let those big plays go. A lot will hinge on the success of the quarterback at least part of the time this weekend in large part to the success of the offensive line and secondary.

This is the kind of performance teams like Clemson need every single week of every single season. They need players who can stop the run efficiently and disrupt the passing game

It’s time to get that stuff out and on the road.

I’m really excited to see this new edition and to do what we’re doing here in Cincinnati.

The guys from Aces & Eights were kind enough to stop by this week and talk about what’s going on inside of the barn. I had a great time interviewing them. I feel like we have a good rapport! I’m sure, if I’m on tour in Ohio, I’ll be doing a lot of interviewing on the road because I have such a good connection with that group.

Aces & Eights: Welcome back to the world of Aces and Eights. We hope you enjoy your visit and are willing to help build the new tour. We’ll have the latest news and updates.

Our guest this week is a very special guy, Paul Bunyan’s Axe. He is a guy we’re very fortunate enough to have in the barn, and he’s also a man I’ve known for years.

He wanted to do an interview, like any American would do. He was willing to take time out of a big tour for this, a man looking for a moment.

He’s a humble guy, and a lot of that comes from his upbringing.

This is Paul Bunyan’s Axe, one of five people at our barn.

Our story just ended with Paul on his old-school bike, a couple of pieces of metal stuck to the edge of his seat.

The little ones just made it there. He said he doesn’t know if you can’t see what he’s talking about.

It’s that big, big, big old axe.

…but you can also find it on all broadcast and streaming platforms. We look forward to another successful tournament and congratulations to the teams who will be competing on home soil.

Now to the final day of the tournament, it is time to reveal our nominees for each continent of the tournament and for the winners of each match. The finalists are:

Europe: Sweden, Croatia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Ireland, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Iceland, Austria, Germany, Finland, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Cyprus, Slovakia, Bulgaria: Johannesburg, Austria: Vienna, Liechtenstein, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Sweden, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Croatia, Liechtenstein, France, Luxembourg, Iceland, New Zealand, Scotland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovakia: Sweden, Liechtenstein, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Germany, Finland, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Bulgaria: Liechtenstein, Austria Romania, Bulgaria Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Austria Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein Estonia Poland

ForNorth America: Quebec, Toronto, Oklahoma, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Tampa, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Edmonton, Minneapolis, Chicago, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Ottawa, Ottawa: Boston, Washington, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Miami, Chicago, Colorado, Seattle, Portland, Tampa, Minnesota, Columbus, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Tampa: Kansas City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Phoenix, Washington, New York, Nashville, Florida, Oakland, Milwaukee, Houston, Miami, San Jose, Toronto, Washington, Montreal, Washington, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee: Kansas City, Toronto, Houston, Cleveland, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland, Boston, New Orleans, San Diego, New York, Detroit, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Ottawa: San Diego, Washington, Cleveland, Toronto, Detroit, Minnesota, Atlanta, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Calgary, Portland, Vancouver: Austin, Vancouver, Montreal, Seattle, Seattle, Edmonton, Oklahoma, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Winnipeg: Seattle, Ottawa, Montreal

If you have the time and energy, would like to comment or do you find anything wrong with our picks?

It looks like the Baltimore Ravens may have their second head-coach after John Harbaugh . One of four women whom he’s hired, Saleh was a top candidate prior to getting his break with the Ravens. Ranking up Baltimore’s top 11 head-coaching candidates, Saleh drops to #8 on the list. Some interesting tidbits from Saleh’s interview yesterday with the Baltimore Sun.

1) “I really enjoy running a business and I want to continue to run a business. I think that a lot of people are afraid of going into this business because of the stigma that this business and sports has.”

2) “Do I have any thoughts about getting fired?”

4) “Is Robert Saleh still here?”

Here’s what you need to know about the new Ravens general manager..

  1. He’s one of only 8 women hired by the Ravens as head-coaches.

  2. He previously held the job in Detroit after hiring Bill Belichick.

  3. Although Saleh played for the Miami Dolphins, he has a unique perspective as a former high school head coach and linebacker for Maryland Football.

  4. He made $110,000 this year and earned nearly $400,000 over two years in his previous positions as an NFL coach .

The Ravens may have their top 11 head-coaching candidates in this year’s NFL Draft.

Saleh is a proven head coach with an NFL resume, but how would Saleh fare against the current NFL coaching ranks in 2017?

The suspect is the suspected owner of the complex, and the victim was one of the tenants. It may be a combination of the two.

What’s in a name? According to the Houston County District Attorney’s office, an “unknown suspect stabbed Terrelle P. Pryor at 4:21 a.m. on Friday on the 2850 block of South Broadway.

According to the U.S. Park Police, it was around 3 a.m. Thursday morning when a man approached Pryor – who had reportedly returned home early from his day job at the local Kmart store – at the security terminal at the Lofts and told him it was about to shut down. Pryor is not the gunman, but the suspect is the one who was stabbed, by a gun owned by Terrelle P. Pryor. The suspect, later identified as 21-year-old J. Christopher Brown, took off in his rented Chrysler, which was found lying on the ground hours later, abandoned.

The suspect, whom Brown claimed he had come to arrest for assaulting a waitress, allegedly threatened to kill the victim and called him an “orange chicken” and that the robbery was complete. Brown is now in custody, accused of first degree murder. It’ll take some explaining and investigation to find out who shot him.

It’s not yet confirmed if Pryor’s roommate was shot by the suspect, too, although several have been talking with the police department. If the suspect is indeed responsible (or perhaps some other kind of armed robber), he’ll face criminal charges. Police are asking anyone who might have information about the shooting to contact them or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). If they’d like to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers by texting CRIMES (274637 or TIPS to 274637).

“I’ve dealt with this all year, I just wanted to play the game and get it done and if I have to let a couple guys get hurt, the team will do the same. So we’re still in the game, let’s play it. And again, I’m just going to talk in the locker room, get it off my chest and say thank you to our fans for the positive energy going against our team, especially out there.”

Dabo Swinney: “Thank you for your support. I just want to thank the men of our football program. Those guys fought. We really did play very well. You know, even before the game there was some things that we had to deal with. But the guys on that team, they played very well, and the way they came out and played, it just made these guys better. You know, so again, thank you for supporting the guys tonight and thank you for giving me confidence, confidence to go onto this Saturday, and let’s move forward and start the season with a win, and that’s what I intend to do.”

The ACC Football Championship is set for Sunday, January 26, at 4:30 p.m. ET at Charlotte’s PNC Arena.The games will be televised on FOX from Charlotte.

Thanks for reading!

Be sure to like the @TUF_CFB and @CoachBobBonaventure Twitter pages for more #TCU coverage as we continue to follow this sport through 2017!

They may not have the offense to compete in the NFL in 2011, but the defense is a better team than a team without one. For the Chiefs to win the division they’re going to need to play better than they currently do.

          • This list shows my current roster as of yesterday and are also the most current roster that I have so far. If your team is missing a roster spot, let me know and I’ll update. And a quick quick disclaimer: This is by some means a snapshot of the roster at the beginning of the season. I will not be posting a real roster until January. I might make changes, of course, but I am not going out and doing such until February. Also, as mentioned, I may make changes in the future; in other words, this is a snapshot of what the team needs for 11 weeks of the season.

Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 4) New England Patriots (5) Oakland Raiders (6) Denver Broncos (9) Dallas Cowboys (17) New Orleans Saints (24) Arizona Cardinals (28)* ————————

    • This is more or less the number used in an NFL analyst’s twitter feed: 1-1 = 1st round pick, 6-6 = 1st round pick, 7-9 = 2nd round pick, 10-11 = 3rd round pick. These numbers apply to every NFL team. Thus, if you want to know how well the Seahawks are doing, just look at their draft position. For example, if the Seahawks draft 5 rookies, they’ll have 2 picks in the first four rounds (5 & 6). If I had done my offseason first before looking at the draft, that would have been a first-round pick (3) and a second-round pick (6). Note that these numbers are based on the team’s current roster, and don’t take into account the free agents the team is expected to lose and the draft status of certain players. If I had been using a chart like this, I would have an accurate first-round draft pick by my third or fourth round (5 and 6). The teams are ordered by points and will be updated as more and more teams are removed.

The stabbing occurred outside a residence in the 500 block of Eagan Ave at about 11 a.m. A police spokesperson said that the victim was attacked by a man with a knife and that they had taken the victim to a hospital. The police spokesperson also reported that the suspect was in his mid 20s and was described as six feet tall and wearing a black jacket and black shorts. The attacker fled the area before the police arrived and the victim was treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

We are investigating the incident and it appears the victim was targeted, not because he had a knife or anything like that.

According to a source close to the investigation, at this point the victim did not know who his attacker was or why he stopped stabbing…but in all honesty, they had it bad.

According to thePryor family statement, it apparently began at approximately 7:55 a.m. Sunday morning, when it was discovered that a man had taken one of Pryor’s possessions in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 11. Because of security concerns, there was no room for an exit from the three-story apartment building, nor was there a door to help visitors to leave the building.

The family and Pryor began living at that location for Pryor, who was then supposed to be going after a new job in Minneapolis. Pryor left the family after a few months and was supposed to be going after another new job.

Pryor got into a confrontation at the complex with a man, and the man allegedly came towards him with a knife, cutting him in his leg, neck, and arm. Pryor was treated on the complex property for superficial cut wounds. Pryor was then treated at Mercy Hospital, but the injury was not life threatening.

The family statement says, “Terrelle’s life has been devastated as we have not heard from him since he was taken to Mercy. His father, father, sister, wife, mom and brother are all devastated as Terrelle has no one but us to console and feed now.”

Police are asking anyone with information to call them in the area of the shooting and at 410-396-2212, or the TIPS Center at 410-396-4600.

See the latest on Terrelle Pryor’s situation on social media.

One of the more controversial parts of Muschamp’s comments was his assessment of the Gamecocks’ offense, specifically their tendency to get bogged down on third down.

“There were times where we played ourselves out of things,” Muschamp said. “The first half really hurt us. We had some really poor third down decisions and they were there for us a number of times. Some of it was a lack of confidence in our execution. They were able to get a couple big plays here and there. We got them going in that third down department. It’s going to be a challenge to get some results there in the season finale against Clemson.”

In a week in which the Gamecocks lost quarterback Connor Shaw , the nation’s top overall recruit, to a knee injury, Muschamp said he didn’t believe his teams would lose their poise on third down in the ACC. With Clemson (6-0) poised to secure a return trip to Atlanta for the ACC Championship Game, Muschamp said that his team wasn’t taking the bye week as an option and that they would simply adjust to the situation going forward.

“That’s all speculation at this point because all I know at this point is we’re going to play every game like it’s a national championship in my mind,” he said. “We’re going to be all about that. And we’re going to be all about trying to score every single point we have left. Every time we get the game in a different state of mind, that’s going to pay dividends when we get there.”

Muschamp was also unable to pinpoint exactly what had sent his team into a tailspin on third down.

“All the pieces were there and it was just a couple of things that we didn’t do well enough,” he said.

The Gamecocks converted just 5-of-27 third downs and only had five takeaways during their three-overtime loss. The loss dropped their overall record to 2-2 and kept them tied with Clemson for the Big South Conference lead.

‘’’”I take full responsibility for my actions,” Waiters said. “However, as I have stated time and time again, as any team member in the NBA I take responsibility when making mistakes.” “For this we all sincerely apologize to Miami for our behavior. I wish no disrespect to my teammates and the Heat organization.”

“My goal hasn’t changed; I just wanted to do the right thing and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” Waiters said, via ESPN Miami. “I think all of them feel the same way and I can’t blame them for what happened. When you’re a professional athlete everything is under the microscope. I let everyone down by my actions.” In the locker room, Heat front-office member Michael Beasley called Waiters “disgraceful,” according to a source close to Waiters. And on Saturday, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, and Waiters’ agent, David Falk, were caught on camera berating each other on the team plane.

So the next time you see an athlete who makes a good play or a poor play on a key shot, watch to see what happens. And if anyone is still on to him, they can send that video to us, so we can tell how you messed up. In my opinion we should look at these things the way they should have been viewed years ago when they were reported. If we didn’t, things would have gone out the window years ago and no one would have taken the fall for what they did.

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