Big Ten race: Who finishes first?

first_imgIt’s been just days since the teams of the Big Ten put up428 points – an average of almost 39 points per squad – on the Austin Peays andEastern Michigans of the college football world.But come Saturday, there are higher stakes and tougheropponents to be had, as conference play begins. Will someone play thecome-out-of-nowhere dark horse like Illinois did in 2007? Or will a team fallflat on its face, like Wisconsin did in 2008?Herald Sports divided the teams of the Big Ten into threecategories: contenders, dark horses and the teams at the bottom of the barrel.We also collaborated with the football writers of the Big Ten’s student papersto get their predictions on how each team will fare in conference play.ContendersOhio State (4-0)In college football, where BCS formulas, strengths of schedules and computer rankings determine end-of-season opportunities, one loss can tarnish a season.By mid-September last year, an 18-15 loss at home to USC had spoiled Ohio State’s national title hopes. An October loss to Purdue was icing on the cake.But every offseason, each school is granted a clean slate, and OSU captured the No. 2 ranking in many preseason ballots.The Buckeyes escaped a meeting with Miami (Fla.) in Week 2. Now if they can breeze through the Big Ten and notch their sixth consecutive conference crown, they could be headed to Tempe, Ariz., for another shot at the BCS championship.But as Purdue showed OSU last year, a clean Big Ten slate is hard to come by.Road trips to Wisconsin and Iowa will be the biggest hurdles for the Buckeyes to clear. Coach Jim Tressel is just 3-2 in his career against the Badgers, his worst mark against any conference foe.-Zack Meisel, The Lantern Indiana (3-0)Indiana enters the Big Ten season undefeated for the second consecutive season.Last year, the Hoosiers won only one of their eight games and finished at the bottom of the conference standings. Many of their losses were close, notably Michigan (33-36), Northwestern (28-29) and Wisconsin (28-31).This season, IU is focused on finishing games. Doing so will be easier if the Hoosiers finish games with the football in their possession. The IU offense, powered by fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell and a deep, talented receiving core, is clearly the strong point of the team.Chappell, who earned Big Ten offensive player of the week honors last week, has completed 72 percent of his passes for 890 yards and nine touchdowns through three games this season. He is one of four quarterbacks in the NCAA’s top 100 in pass efficiency who still has not thrown an interception.Finishing games could be incredibly difficult for the Hoosiers, however, if their opponent gets the last say. The IU defense is coming off a game in which they allowed Akron – a team with one of the least productive offenses in the FBS – to rush for 160 yards and score 20 points.-Justin Albers, The Indiana Daily StudentPurdue (2-2)The story of the season for the Purdue Boilermakers has been injuries.After losing leading rusher Ralph Bolden to an ACL tear in the spring, All-Big Ten wide receiver Keith Smith tore both his ACL and MCL in the game against Western Illinois, and quarterback Robert Marve suffered a potentially-disastrous knee injury Saturday against Toledo.Aside from the loss of the offense’s No. 1s, the Boilermakers have at times been without their next three options at running back due to various injuries, forcing a deep receiving corps to step up in the backfield.Adding insult to injuries, a healthy defense has proven to be inconsistent in limiting big plays and putting games out of reach for opponents.Coming out of the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Boilers sit at 2-2, which coach Danny Hope will say is an improvement from this time last season. However, with an unhealthy offense, once-clear hopes of reaching a bowl game have become blurred. Shoo-in wins aren’t so certain anymore.Unless a major turnaround happens, Purdue is looking at a two-win conference run.-Joanne Norell, The Purdue ExponentMinnesota (1-3)Heading into the Big Ten season, the Minnesota football team is far more deflated mentally than it’s been in recent memory.The Gophers followed a road win over Middle Tennessee State with a loss to an FCS opponent, South Dakota. They then played well in a loss to USC only to be crushed by Northern Illinois.The Gophers have enough firepower on offense with a strong running game led by junior Duane Bennett. They can also attack downfield with senior quarterback Adam Weber having a mismatch in 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback-turned-receiver MarQueis Gray.However, the defense is far too inexperienced to hold top Big Ten opponents to a surmountable margin. The Gophers could play spoiler as they host Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa at TCF Bank Stadium, but with most of the coaching speculation coming from the home fans during games, it could be a rough year for Minnesota.-Josh Katzenstein, The Minnesota Daily Wisconsin (4-0)The Badgers didn’t get many style points during their non-conference slate, eking out a victory over Arizona State, and looking less-than-convincing against San Jose State. But this might be Wisconsin’s best team in the Bret Bielema era, and with an experienced quarterback in Scott Tolzien and a veteran offensive line, the Badgers have their sights set high this season.Tolzien has his pick of weapons, including Heisman candidate John Clay, electric freshman James White and one of the nation’s best all-around tight ends, Lance Kendricks. On defense, the Badgers hope J.J. Watt and Mike Taylor can pick up the slack after linebacker Chris Borland was shelved for the season. The season’s success might hinge on Jay Valai, Aaron Henry and the unproven UW secondary, though.The offense should roll along just fine, and so long as the Badgers can continue to pass rush and limit big plays in the defensive backfield, this could be a special season in Madison.It might look like the season comes down to a visit from Ohio State and a trip to Iowa, but experienced UW fans know the Badgers need to finish strong on the back end of the schedule if they want a trip to a BCS bowl. Winning this Saturday wouldn’t hurt, either.-Adam Holt, The Badger HeraldIowa (3-1)Iowa was supposed to have three running backs. But somehow the team sits on the eve of the Big Ten season with only one proven tailback healthy.Jewel Hampton is out for the season (knee) and Brandon Wegher continues to be away from the team (personal reasons), leaving sophomore Adam Robinson as the Hawkeyes’ only viable option at tailback.This lack of depth is disconcerting as conference play approaches, but it’s not any reason to write Iowa off.For one, the defense features the nation’s best defensive line and the Big Ten’s best-kept secret, defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Allowing 227.5 yards per game, Iowa ranks No. 1 in total defense through four games – and that’s without preseason All-American Adrian Clayborn making much nose.With a stout defense and third-year starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi, the Hawkeyes will surely challenge Wisconsin for the Big Ten’s No. 2 slot – as long as the running game figures itself out.-Scott Miller, The Daily IowanDark HorsesPenn State (3-1)It’s already a historic season in Happy Valley. For the first time in the Joe Paterno era, a true freshman started the season at quarterback, and so far Rob Bolden hasn’t disappointed. He looked poised throughout the non-conference schedule, and led a 96-yard game-clinching touchdown drive against Temple last weekend, completing passes on 3rd-and-long like a veteran.Two more milestones will be reached soon, too. Joe Paterno is three wins from 400 and Evan Royster is 184 yards from the school’s all-time rushing mark. The significant accomplishments will likely overshadow what could be a Big Ten season with some struggles for the Nittany Lions, who are reshuffling their offensive line and have had problems tackling.Their schedule doesn’t make it any easier, with both Iowa and Ohio State on the road. Bolden will likely develop as the season goes on, but road games in tough environments could serve more as a learning experience for him than anything else, and a 5-3, fourth place finish could be in the cards for the Lions.-AJ Cassavell, The Daily CollegianMichigan (4-0)Before the season started, and before the country knew who Denard Robinson was, everyone thought Michigan would be an afterthought once again in the Big Ten. The Wolverines had, after all, won three conference games in head coach Rich Rodriguez’s first two seasons in Ann Arbor. But if Robinson can stay healthy, the offense will be hard to slow down, let alone, stop.On defense, it seems like preseason perception was just about right. The unit allowed 37 points to Massachusetts. In Big Ten play, Michigan could slide past Indiana, Illinois and Purdue based solely on Robinson and the Wolverines’ explosive offense. Home games against Iowa and Wisconsin seem more winnable now. And road games against Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State can’t be considered as absolute losses anymore either. Michigan could easily lose a winnable game, but the Wolverines could steal one, too. But one thing is for sure, they’ll top their three total Big Ten wins in RichRod’s tenure for sure.Expect Michigan to win four to five conference games. The defense isn’t good enough to win more than that. The Wolverines will finish at 9-3 (5-3 Big Ten) at best.-Ryan Kartje, The Michigan DailyMichigan State (4-0)Entering Big Ten play with head coach Mark Dantonio’s best team in his four years at Michigan State, the No. 24 MSU football team feels cautiously optimistic before Saturday’s conference opener.The Spartans have ridden their rushing attack to a 4-0 start and have shown improvements in their secondary and offensive line, both of which were considered question marks coming into the season.The Spartans’ case for a conference title is good, as conference favorite Ohio State, as well as Indiana, are noticeably missing on the Spartans’ schedule and sets up favorably for MSU.Nevertheless, MSU hasn’t won the Big Ten title since 1990 and is trying to forget last season’s 6-7 finish, in which it lost five games by eight points or fewer.The Spartans’ road gets off to a difficult start, with Saturday’s matchup against Wisconsin and an Oct. 9 game at Michigan.The Spartans have dealt with the range of emotions this season – faking a field goal in overtime to defeat Notre Dame 34-31, on Sept. 18, then finding out the following morning that Dantonio suffered a minor heart attack – but have thus far stayed level-headed as they prepare for Big Ten play.Dantonio is recovering, but it is unknown when he’ll be able to return to the sidelines. Whatever the case might be, expect the Spartans to be among the favorites this season.-Jeff Kanan, The State NewsNorthwestern (4-0)After a 4-0 start to the season, buzz is building around Northwestern. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald was even asked in a press conference of the possibility of a Big Ten championship.While the Wildcats taking their first conference title since 2000 remains unlikely, NU seems poised to make school history with a third consecutive bowl game appearance. Anything less that an 8-4 season would mean a disappointing loss against either Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana or Illinois.Perhaps the defining point of the season will be the Cats’ Oct. 23 matchup with Michigan State for NU’s homecoming. A win would likely mean a 5-3 Big Ten record, which would greatly boost NU in the Big Ten standings. And while trips to Penn State and Wisconsin and a home game against Iowa may be menacing, the Cats went 2-1 against those foes last season and led the Nittany Lions at halftime.-Colin Becht, The Daily NorthwesternForget about itIllinois (2-1)Before finishing 5-7, Illinois’ 2008 squad was supposed to be an improvement over the 2007-08 Rose Bowl team. Last year, the Illini had what appeared to be realistic hopes of making a bowl game.But beginning with a blowout loss to Missouri and ending with a bizarre last-second 53-52 loss against Fresno State, Illinois’ 3-9 campaign in 2009 was a complete disappointment that led to the complete reorganization of head coach Ron Zook’s staff.With the fresh start provided by Vic Koenning’s hard-hitting defense and Paul Patrino’s pro-style offense, Illinois has done something in 2010 that it failed to do several times last season: win games as the favorite.Illinois should continue to win the “winnable” games throughout Big Ten season, which should be enough for a bowl game.But the unexpectedly poor results of last season place a big question mark over the number of games, if any, the Illini can steal from the upper echelon of the Big Ten.Kevin Kaplan, The Daily Illinilast_img read more


Why Shannon Doepking changed SU’s practice schedule this season

first_img Comments Before the sun even rises, Alex Acevedo’s alarm sounds at 5:45 a.m. On practice mornings, Acevedo then has 45 minutes to get ready and hop on the bus from her South Campus apartment to Manley Field House. This wasn’t always her morning routine. It’s new to her and the rest of her teammates.She has just enough time to really wake up, get dressed, grab a granola bar and get to the locker room by 6:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, she’s dressed and ready, stretching and preparing for another Syracuse (4-9) softball practice. First-year head coach Shannon Doepking has brought multiple changes to SU’s in-game approach after the departure of Mike Bosch. Before enacting on-field switches, Doepking decided to switch the Orange practices to the mornings this spring — something none of the players have experienced before.To help deal with class conflicts and ensure that the full team could attend practice two to three times a week, Doepking had no other choice. In the fall, Syracuse had five or more players miss practice with class conflicts on any given day, sophomore Miranda Hearn said. Because of early-season travel, most players already miss Thursday and Friday classes to attend weekend tournaments.“Class schedules here are crazy. Almost every single day we were missing people in practice,” Doepking said. “If we need to go at 7 a.m., we’ll go at 7 a.m. to make sure the whole team is there.”For Hearn and Acevedo, the morning practices change their entire daily routine. On days with afternoon meetups, Acevedo said she would roll out of bed and go to class but frequently felt “tired” during her morning classes. With an ability to exercise and have practice off her mind by 10 a.m., Acevedo said her routine is more “normal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Doepking coached at Dartmouth before SU, she didn’t face as many scheduling issues. While all SU athletes get first choice to pick classes, senior Bryce Holmgren said that Doepking noticed there are more class enrollment offerings in the afternoon than the morning. So, the Orange switched.“You get your priorities out of the way in the morning,” Hearn said, “… I feel like I did something productive in the morning.”Once practice begins at 7 a.m., the Orange first work on skill-based drills and batting before switching to more fitness-based workouts. They practice indoors until they arrive at outdoor weekend tournaments, but Doepking said she tries to simulate game scenarios in practice.“Working out puts you in a better mood due to endorphins,” Hearn said. “I feel like I’m in a better mood throughout the day.”The practices sometimes create chaos for some SU players to make it to class, Acevedo said. While practice typically ends around 10:40 a.m., some players have class 20 minutes after. Often, Acevedo doesn’t have the chance to shower. Multiple players pack into older teammates’ cars and scramble to main campus just minutes before class.“I am not a morning person by any means, I actually hate the mornings,” Doepking said. “… A lot of times they have a chance to take naps and catch up on schoolwork because you’re not sitting around waiting for practice to start.”Instead of having an upcoming practice on her mind, Acevedo’s softball portion of her day is over before some students are even awake. On week nights, Acevedo is in bed, sometimes as early as 9 p.m., ready to rise when her alarm rings again at 5:45 the next morning. Published on February 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Heavy rain and snowfall expected in the Fort Nelson region

first_imgRain and local snow will develop tonight and persist through Wednesday with significant rainfall amounts and local snow accumulations expected.A moist front is expected to move into Northeastern British Columbia tonight and will stall through Wednesday. Rain will develop tonight and become heavy at times on Tuesday. Total rainfall of up to 50 mm can be expected by Wednesday night or Thursday morning when the front eventually weakens and moves out of the region. Areas near the Rockies will receive the heaviest rainfall.Furthermore, rain will change to snow at night especially over the higher terrain with local snow accumulations of 15 to 25 cm possible by Wednesday night.- Advertisement -The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.last_img read more


Darwinism Seen in Action!

first_imgAn example of Darwinian evolution in action was reported by EurekAlert.  This dramatic announcement called it a “rare example” of a “controversial theory of genetic conflict” in the reproduction of certain fish:The conflict has been likened to a “battle of the sexes” or an “arms race” at the molecular level between mothers and fathers.  At stake: the fetus’s growth rate and how much that costs the nutrient-supplying mother.    The new research supports the idea of a genetic “arms race” going on between a live-bearing mother and her offspring, assisted by the growth-promoting genes of the father.The gist of the story is that some placental minnows had higher levels of a gene called insulin-like growth factor two (IGF2).  “The researchers found that the biggest genetic changes were in those species of the minnows that had developed placentas, supporting the Darwinian theory of natural selection,” the article claimed.    The researchers from UC Riverside believe that the male and female compete for control of the offspring.  The male wants “fast fetal growth, so that his offspring will be the hardiest, best survivors and the ones who demand the most of the mother’s placental nutrients,” while the female gives all her offspring equal maternal care (i.e., equal levels of the growth hormone), “so that her nutrients will be available to support her and the offspring from all her matings.”You have to laugh at the lengths the Darwinists will go to in trying to prop up Charlie’s idol.  They did not see these fish evolve.  They admitted that “The placenta is a complex organ of maternal and fetal tissues that nourishes the developing fetus in the uterus,” but did not explain how this complexity arose; they only found differing levels of one growth hormone.  They admitted that their theory of genetic conflict is controversial.  And they committed the usual grievous sin of the Darwinists, personifying poor little fish that don’t know their right fin from their left with goal-oriented actions and human patterns of conflict.  This was not evolution in action.  The only thing in action was the Darwin fogma machine (05/14/2007).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Ohio couple selected as National Outstanding Young Farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nick and Sunny Cummings of Washington Court House were selected national winners at the 62nd annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held Feb. 15-18 in Sacramento, Cal. Four national winners were selected from a group of 10 finalists for the award based on their progress in an agricultural career, extent of soil and water conservation practices, and contributions to the well-being of the community, state, and nation. National winners received a savings bond from corporate sponsor John Deere and the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., during National Ag Week in 2019.Nick Cummings credits his involvement in 4-H and FFA with cultivating an interest in agriculture that would lead to his future career. When a local farmer gave him a job moving wagons of grain from the field to the grain bins at age 16, he knew that somehow he would become a first-generation farmer. At 17, Nick convinced a local banker to loan him enough money to buy a baler. In paying back that loan, he established a relationship with an ag lender that he maintains today. He rented his first 25 acres at age 19, and he now raises corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and feeder cattle on nearly 2,000 acres. His wife, Sunny, grew up on a multi-generational farm. In addition to her job as an elementary teacher and duties as a mom to Tyler, Hannah, and Hayden, she manages the finances on the farm.Nick has maintained and improved surface drains and three different waterways on his acreage, and he has tiled 350 acres. Given his background, it is not surprising that Nick prioritizes giving back to youth agricultural programs. For the past 10 years, he has worked with the local FFA alumni and youth to hold a consignment equipment auction to fundraise for scholarships to further the students’ agricultural careers. He is also active with the Ohio Farm Bureau, Corn and Wheat Growers Association, and his church.The NOYF program is the oldest farmer recognition program in the United States, selecting its first group of national winners in 1955. The program is sponsored by John Deere, administered by the Outstanding Farmers of America (OFA), and supported by the National Association of Conservation Districts, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and the U.S. Jaycees.last_img read more


Amarinder seeks WB support for shifting to alternative crops

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought the World Bank’s technological and financial support to help the State’s farmers shift from the conventional wheat-paddy cycle to a diversified cropping pattern, aimed at income enhancement and water conservation.At a meeting with a World Bank delegation, led by Dr. Juergen Voegele, Global Director, Agriculture and Water, the Chief Minister said that encouraged by the State government’s programmes, many farmers were adopting alternative crops by shunning wheat and paddy cultivation. “They need technological and financial support, which the World Bank could provide,” he said.Capt. Amarinder directed the State agriculture department to come out with a blueprint of crop diversification and ground water saving projects for submission to the World Bank, for their technological and financial support.During the meeting, which focused on the critical issues of crop diversification to enhance farmers’ income and check water depletion, the Chief Minister also urged the World Bank to provide support for promotion of fruit and livestock exports in Punjab, as it had done in Uzbekistan.Farm subsidiesHe mooted decoupling of farm subsidies from production, and underlined the need for an efficient marketing mechanism to incentivise farmers towards crop diversification, and said the World Bank could support the State government’s programmes in this regard. He also stressed the importance of enlargement of the existing farm support mechanism, for which procurement of alternative crops such as maize, cotton and sugarcane by the Union government at the minimum support price was vital, he said.The issue of stubble burning also came up during the meeting and the Chief Minister said the farmers needed to be incentivise through cost compensation by the central government to make the campaign against the harmful practice a success.Mr. Voegele, according to the Punjab government’s statement, lauded the State’s initiatives like ‘Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao’ and assured the Chief Minister of full support from the World Bank in his efforts towards crop diversification and water conservation.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more



first_imgAbnormal curvature in the spine is known as scoliosis, and generally begins just at the onset of puberty and progresses during the period of rapid growth. Most junior high schools routinely screen for scoliosis because, if caught early, progressive spine curvature can be prevented. Scoliosis affects girls much more frequently than boys.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img


Minnesota Duluth ends Ohio State womens ice hockeys season in WHCA tournament

Senior defenseman Becky Allis attempts to chase down the puck during a game against the Toronto Aeros Sept. 28 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorA streaky season came to a close for the Ohio State women’s hockey team this weekend.The Buckeyes (15-17-5, 10-16-5) fell to Minnesota Duluth (15-14-6, 13-12-6), 5-1, on the road Sunday in the decisive third game of the team’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament first-round series.Junior forward Zoe Hickel gave the host Bulldogs their third 1-0 lead of the weekend 9:24 into Sunday’s game, but seven minutes later junior forward Kayla Sullivan tied the game for the Buckeyes.Then, 7:06 into the second, Duluth scored what would prove to be the series-clinching goal. After OSU freshman defenseman Alexa Ranahan was called for interference, the Bulldogs capitalized on the power play with a goal from freshman defenseman Sidney Morin.Despite 16 combined shots in the second and third period, the Buckeyes couldn’t find the tying goal, and a couple of Duluth empty net goals punctuated the clinching victory.OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the 5-1 score line was slightly misleading, but ultimately the game came down to missed opportunities.“I thought we played our best game of the series and really had a lot of opportunities to capitalize, but we didn’t,” Handrahan said. “That kind of allowed them to hang around, and they capitalized when we didn’t.”On Saturday night the Buckeyes had to ride 32 saves from OSU senior goalie Lisa Steffes to come from behind twice and extend the series with a 3-2 win.Tied 1-1 heading into the third, the two teams shared three goals in a 2:20 span. Duluth took their second lead of the night early in the period, but senior forward Ally Tarr scored her 11th of the year to tie things at two. Tarr picked up an assist on the winning goal two minutes later, as she and junior defenseman Sara Schmitt set up Sara’s twin sister, junior defender Kari Schmitt, to score the game-winning power play goal.Game one on Friday saw both net minders stymie the opposition. Steffes and Duluth sophomore goalie Kayla Black combined for 50 saves, but it was the one shot Steffes didn’t save that mattered. Duluth’s leading goal scorer, senior forward Jamie Kenyon gave her team the lead 5:26 into the second, and things remained that way the rest of the night.The close margins of each playoff game were representative of an OSU team that reinvented itself after the winter holidays, only losing four of its final 16 regular season games.Over the course of the season, the Buckeyes fought through a nine-game winless streak, while also putting together separate three and four-game winning streaks. read more


Pilot Car Operations Removed From The Sterling Highway

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On the Sterling Highway, traffic will resume normal operations without pilot cars as of Tuesday. However, drivers may continue to see them in road construction zones. Skilak Lake Road remains closed to any and all residents. Swan Lake Fire information and safety topics will be available on the KPB blog at www.kppoem.com and on Facebook @ KPBalerts. Residents can sign-up for the KPBalerts phone notification system by texting KPB to 99411, and following the prompts to register using your Borough physical address. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as fire-weakened trees, which can fall over, remain a hazard. Motorists should drive with headlights on at all times and be aware of fire personnel and vehicles still in the fire area. The Office of Emergency Management continues to operate the Information Call Center from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 907-262-4636 (262-INFO).last_img read more