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Man City vs Napoli Odds

Man City vs Napoli Odds: Man City host Napoli at the Etihad Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 17, TV and live online coverage.

Man City vs Napoli Odds

The match will be televised live on BT Sport 3, with coverage from 7pm. BT Sport subscribers can watch the match on the enhanced video player on BTSport.com or via the BT Sport app.

You can follow all the team news and goals from 7pm with Standard Sport’s live scoreboard blog.

‘Sarri-ball’ is the name given to the brave, progressive tactics of Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.
How does it work?

The style of play was described by L’Equipe as “vertical tiki-taka”, and is a possession-based style with plenty of short, quick passes but an emphasis on moving up the pitch quickly. In other words: “liquid football”.

Man City vs Napoli Odds

At present, Sarri-ball is working to devastating effect, with Napoli top of Serie A having won all eight of their league matches this season. In his first two seasons at Napoli, Sarri led the club to second and third placed finishes, but he has spent most of his managerial career in Italy’s lower leagues.

Manchester City host Napoli on Tuesday in what could be one of the most entertaining Champions League group games in years.

Man City vs Napoli Odds

City sit top of Group F with a maximum six points from their opening two gameweeks, and are yet to concede a goal as Pep Guardiola targets winning the trophy for the third time in his managerial career.

While it has been plain sailing for City so far this season, Napoli sit top of Serie A with a perfect record after seven games, with the likes of Dries Mertens certain to cause problems at the Etihad.

Manchester City and Napoli will lock horns in the Champions League on Tuesday having torn up the record books with their remarkable goalscoring feats over the opening weeks of the season.

Man City vs Napoli Odds: Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli are top of Serie A with a 100 per cent record after eight matches, scoring 26 times in the process.

No side has enjoyed such a prolific opening to an Italian top-flight season since 1959-60, while you have to go back to Everton in the 1894-95 campaign for an English side who netted more than City’s 29 over an initial eight-game period.

Sarri described City as “by far the strongest team in Europe at the moment” at his pre-match news conference, while Pep Guardiola also lavished praise on a counterpart very much cut from the same coaching cloth.

But who is leading the charge for these two lethal attacks, who are the main creators and how are they taking opponents apart with such apparent ease? Ahead of a mouth-watering clash, we looked at some Opta data to find out.

Napoli’s Belgium forward Dries Mertens is the top league goalscorer on either side with seven goals, building on his stunning haul of 28 in 35 matches last season when Sarri’s decision to deploy the 30-year-old in a central attacking role proved a masterstroke.

Man City vs Napoli Odds: Mertens’ colleagues in a front three Guardiola hailed as “so dynamic”, Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne, have four and three respectively, while there is a three-way tie at the top of City’s goalscoring charts.

Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling have each scored six times in the Premier League, while Germany winger Leroy Sane has weighed in with four.

 

Live – Louisville vs NC State, Football, Game Preview

Louisville vs NC State: North Carolina State will host Louisville on Thursday night as a ranked team for the first time in a while, but the Wolfpack won’t be the favorite going in. The early lines out of Vegas have NC State as around a 2.5-point underdog to the Cards, which is not so bad given how last year’s game went down.

Louisville vs NC State

Heading into the season, the Thursday night clash this week in Raleigh was viewed as a possible trap Louisville vs NC State game. After NC State lost to a lackluster South Carolina team in the opener, that concern eased. And then after the Cardinals stumbled against Clemson, 47-21, concerns resurfaced.

Louisville vs NC State, the game is approaching, and it stands as a big one for ACC positioning, with both teams sitting at 4-1. Here are five things to know about NC State:
1. The Wolfpack was no match for Louisville last year

Surprisingly, the NC State win was one of the Cards’ most lopsided of the 2016 season. Louisville led after one quarter, 17-0, and at halftime, 44-0. After the Wolfpack nearly upset eventual national champion Clemson in Death Valley, the Cardinals humiliated them at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Playing at night on national television at home, Dave Doeren’s bunch should be hungry for revenge.

Then again, the Wolfpack have a huge deficit to make up.

Lamar Jackson scored on a 36-yard run on the third play from scrimmage last year. NC State quarterback Ryan Finley threw an interception on the fourth. Jackson threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns and left early in the blowout. NC State benched Finley in the first half. A similar cast of character is back for both teams. Will the result be different?
2. NC State is on a four-game win streak.

Louisville vs NC State

After the Wolfpack started the season with that loss to South Carolina, they have won four straight, most impressively a 27-21 upset of Florida State in Tallahassee. NC State is now 2-0 in the ACC heading into Thursday’s game, with a Nov. 4 home date against No. 2 Clemson looming.

Saturday, the Wolfpack took a 26-7 lead at halftime and then escaped, milking the final 4:39 with nine run plays. NC State played a solid game overall, holding the ball for more than 36 minutes and not turning the ball over.
3. Bradley Chubb is a handful

Last year, NC State’s star pass rusher ranked fourth in the country with 22 tackles for loss and 19th with 10.5 sacks. Chubb is off to an even better start this year, with 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in five games. He should be both an All-American and a first-round pick after this season.

Defense has been the problem for the Wolfpack in Doeren’s five years, but the unit has improved from 83rd in scoring defense to 65th to 52nd to 27th last year. NC State ranks 54th this year, but Chubb still leads a group that could give Louisville some trouble.

4. Louisville vs NC State weakness

When Chubb lets opponents get passes off, the Wolfpack have trouble defending them. A rough performance against Syracuse on Saturday dropped NC State to 116th in the country in pass defense at 284.8 yards per game. Jackson is throwing for 327.2 yards per game, and he’s only played five quarters in the past two weeks.

The Wolfpack have given every indication that they’re going to make it a close game under the lights Thursday, but if they can’t stop the vertical passing game, this matchup could look like last year’s.

5. Louisville vs NC State

The Wolfpack lost 10 in a row until they knocked off Florida State on Sept. 23. And they lost those 10 by 18.7 points per game, with eight coming by double digits and three by at least 30 points.

Louisville vs NC State: None was worse than last year’s drubbing in Louisville, and the Cards have had NC State’s number, winning all three times since they joined the ACC in 2014.

Florida State vs Wake Forest Football, Game – Live Stream

Florida State vs Wake Forest: When Florida State heads up to Wake Forest on Saturday, it will be the teams’ 36th meeting, most of which FSU has won. In total, FSU is 28-6-1 against the Demon Deacons and have won each of the past five meeting vs. Wake and 21 of the past 25.

In recent years, FSU is just 7-4 in its past 11 meetings vs. Wake Forest and just 3-2 on the road in that span.

Florida State vs Wake Forest

In between Florida State’s streak high 14 game win streak and current five game streak was a surge by Wake Forest. From 2006-2008, the Demon Deacons won three straight games which started with that infamous 30-0 victory at Doak Campbell. That was the only time FSU has been shutout vs Wake Forest.

Florida State is 8-3 on the road in the series and won the meeting’s only neutral site game in Orlando back in 1996 in Orlando.

13 times, FSU has scored over 40 points and had a series high 72 points in 1995. Wake Forest’s best scoring performance was a victorious 35 point effort in 2011.

Under Jimbo Fisher as head coach, FSU is 6-1 against Wake. If you include his time as offensive coordinator, that record dips to 8-3.

Florida State vs Wake Forest

Florida State vs Wake Forest: “Hopefully, we can shut guys down and not get behind in that area,” Fisher said. “At times which they played really well, we needed to get the ball back at the end with a stop, and gave up some third-and-longs, a couple there.”

Aside from answering questions about his team, Fisher was quizzed about what he and his staff can do when it comes to achieving accountability.

Fisher stood firm. He said FSU’s coaching is accountable whether the team wins or loses.

Florida State vs Wake Forest: “When we win, all right, but that guy didn’t play as well. What can we do to get him to play better?,” Fisher responded, when discussing accountability. “Does he need more video? Does he need more time? Does he need more reps on the field? Does he need more walk-through time? Certain players learn differently. So it’s a very similar situation win or lose, believe it or not.

Florida State vs Wake Forest: “There’s no magic dust or magic thing that makes you meet more, play more. We meet and do as much as we can, but we’ve got to evaluate what we’re doing, what works, what doesn’t work, and how to get each player to be more successful.”

Florida vs Vanderbilt: Football, TV, radio, live stream

Florida vs Vanderbilt – Florida has named its starting quarterback for the Vanderbilt game, according to ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum.

After helping lead the team to a come-from-behind win against Kentucky, redshirt junior Luke Del Rio will get the starting nod this week, McElwain told Finebaum. Del Rio finished 9-14 for 74 yards and a touchdown against Kentucky, throwing one interception.

Florida vs Vanderbilt

“Moving forward to this week, Luke will take the starting reps in practice and yet the other two guys will still get their reps as well,” McElwain said. “We’ll see where it goes from there.”

The communication on offense seemed much better once Del Rio entered the game.

Del Rio had a strong fall camp and was firmly in the mix to start the season, but the coaches opted for redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks instead. Franks started the first three games, but he was replaced late in the game against both Michigan and Kentucky.

Both Florida and Vanderbilt had tough SEC games last weekend, but for totally different reasons.

Florida vs Vanderbilt: The No. 21-ranked Gators (2-1) barely edged out the Kentucky Wildcats by the score of 28-27. The Wildcats had an opportunity to win the game as time expired but Austin MacGinnis’ 57-yard field goal fell short.

Vanderbilt (3-1) was undefeated and extremely confident heading into its game against Alabama, but dreams of an upset faded quickly. The Commodores were destroyed 59-0 at home as the Crimson Tide led 31-0 at halftime.

Florida holds a 38-10-2 all-time series advantage over Vanderbilt. In their meeting in Nashville last season, the Gators prevailed 13-6 behind two Eddy Pinerio field goals.

Vanderbilt will face a third straight ranked team when it plays at No. 20 Florida Saturday.

Florida vs Vanderbilt Kickoff will be 11 a.m. at The Swamp in Gainesville, Fla. Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1 SEC) had three straight wins and then a 59-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama last week. Florida (2-1, 2-0 SEC) pulled out wins over Tennessee and Kentucky on the final play.

Florida vs Vanderbilt

TV: The game will be shown on ESPN, which is available on the following channels: 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish, 206 DirecTV, 11 XFinity/Comcast.

Florida vs Vanderbilt RADIO: 98.3-FM, 1510-AM; full list of Vanderbilt Network.

Florida vs Vanderbilt live stream:Watch ESPN

After Feleipe Franks started his third straight game for the Gators, he was pulled in the second half, but for a quarterback many weren’t expecting. Del Rio, who started six games for the Gators in 2016 came in relief of Franks and helped Florida come back from a 13-point deficit.

Florida vs Vanderbilt: It was Del Rio who threw the game-winning touchdown with 43 seconds left. During the offseason, Del Rio had shoulder surgery. Earlier this week head coach Jim McElwain named Del Rio the starter against Vanderbilt on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how well Del Rio and the offense does against a Commodores defense that, up until last week against Alabama, has held opponents in check.

2. Ralph Webb

So far this season, the Commodores have been unable to get Webb (above, right), the program’s all-time leading rusher, going. Webb has just 64 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns through four games.

“He’s run all over us the last two years, McElwain said in a press conference earlier this week. “He plays with a little extra juice.”

In Webb’s last two meetings against the Gators, he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in each game. Last season, Webb finished with 110 yards on 24 carries against a Florida defense that ended up ranked 37th in FBS against the run.

3. Florida’s defense

Speaking of defense, this Gators unit hasn’t quite performed up to its usual standards, especially compared to the past few seasons.

Florida enters this game ranked 82nd in the country in total defense, giving up 405 yards per game. Kentucky put up 340 yards last week, hurting the Gators on both the ground (120) and through the air (220). Last year, Florida finished fifth in FBS in total defense (292.8 ypg) and held the Wildcats to just 149 total yards.

Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur ranks fourth in the SEC in passing efficiency and has eight touchdowns and just one interception. Between Shurmur and Webb the Gators’ defense could be in for another long afternoon unless this group shows some improvement.

Florida vs Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt is a much better team than the one that played Alabama last week. The Commodores have given the Gators all they can handle in recent seasons and there’s no reason to think will be any different, even in the Swamp.

Florida vs Vanderbilt: Both Florida and Vanderbilt rank at the bottom of the SEC in scoring, so points will come at a premium. The difference in Saturday’s game could be freshman Kadarius Toney, who has done a little bit of everything on offense in the early going. Look for the Gators to get him to ball often in what ends up being another close game between these SEC East rivals.

Prediction: Florida 20, Vanderbilt 17

Notre Dame vs Miami OH – Football, Game, Live Stream

Notre Dame vs Miami OH: This Saturday’s Notre Dame vs Miami of Ohio football game at Notre Dame Stadium will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, not WNDU. The game is scheduled to begin just after 5 p.m.

This was a decision made at the network level and not made locally by WNDU.

The NBC Sports Network is a cable channel for Notre Dame vs Miami OH football game.

Here are the channel listings for NBC Sports Network where you can watch the Notre Dame vs Miami game this Saturday at 5 p.m.

Notre Dame vs Miami OH

Please check your local listings for additional channel lineups on other cable systems.

The game will be streamed at NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app as well, but you will need to have a cable subscription to NBC Sports Network and your log-in information to access those webcasts.

With the President’s Cup airing on WNDU, NewsCenter 16’s Countdown to Kickoff will air on 16.2, Antenna TV, starting at 4 p.m.

Here are the channel listings on where you can watch Countdown to Kickoff at 4 p.m. Saturday on Antenna TV.

Well everybody, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has gone and done it again, winning in enough of a convincing fashion over Michigan State last weekend to make the pessimist in a lot of us start to think that maybe this team could have a really good rest of the season.

Notre Dame vs Miami OH

That rest of the season begins this Saturday against the Miami RedHawks, whose coach is former Brian Kelly assistant Chuck Martin and whose team is largely a huge question mark to Notre Dame fans.

To dispel the mystery surrounding the RedHawks, I talked to James Snyder of Hustle Belt, SB Nation’s one-stop shop for all your MACtion needs. He gave us some fantastic detail on Chuck Martin as a coach, Gus Ragland as a QB, and Tom Brady as president of the U.S. and A, along with answering a smattering of other questions I pelted him with earlier this week.

That 6-2 record doesn’t really tell the whole picture from last season. They started the season 0-6, including 0-2 in the MAC, before winning 6 straight and losing a heartbreaker to Mississippi State in the bowl game.

The 2 losses this year were sloppy, much like the bowl loss last season, so there are mixed feelings about Martin from the fan base. On the one hand, he turned around a team that lost 6 straight to make them bowl eligible. On the other, there are a lot of woulda, coulda, shouldas in the three losses since.

The offense is set up like a traditional Midwestern offense, where the QB manages the game and the defense keeps the team in the game. Make fewer mistakes than the opponent and win. That’s the game plan.

In the loss to the Bearcats, there was a pick 6 from Miami’s own side of the field late, and in the Marshall game the Thundering Herd had 3 return touchdowns. I think the statistical struggles of the offense are basically the system and the lack of a running back establishing himself as “the man” this season.

So, with all that said, let’s dive into James’ answers and learn a thing or two about THE University of Miami.

Penn State vs Indiana – Football, Game, Live Stream

Penn State vs Indiana — It’s entirely possible, Penn State coach James Franklin said Tuesday, that last Saturday’s 21-19 victory at Iowa took years off his life.

Penn State owns this rivalry, but lately, the games have been close. Last year in Bloomington, Indiana led 31-28 late into the fourth quarter, when the Lions scored the last 17 points for a fortunate cover. Three years ago, the final score was 13-7. And four years ago, the Hoosiers beat Penn State 44-24. Indiana probably won’t win this one, but the smart money at sports betting sites wagers the Hoosiers.

Penn State vs Indiana

“I started out that game at 45 years old,” he joked, “and I finished the game at 55.”

Penn State vs Indiana the No. 4 Nittany Lions marched 80 yards in 12 plays in the final 1:42, culminating in Trace McSorley’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson as time expired.

“I think if you look at any really good season, there’s always one game like that,” Franklin said, “where you have to gut it out and find a way to win. And our team’s gritty and we found a way to do it.”

The Lions, 4-0 heading into Saturday’s home game against Indiana (2-1), have won 13 of their last 14 games, dating to last September. Their only loss in that span was a 52-49 thriller to USC in the Rose Bowl.

Penn State vs Indiana

“We know how special we can be,” offensive tackle Ryan Bates said. “I think after Iowa, after last Saturday, we know what we can do. We know what the season can be for us.”

Bates added that the Lions believe they boast “the best offense in the country,” while acknowledging there is always room for improvement.

“We know our potential,” he said, “and we know the sky’s the limit with us.”

That’s especially true of running back Saquon Barkley, a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy.

Penn State vs Indiana: Barkley was named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week after accumulating a school-record 358 all-purpose yards against the Hawkeyes, including 211 rushing yards on 28 attempts. He leads the FBS in all-purpose yards per game (253.3). He is 11th in the nation in rushing at 129.5 yards per game.

Barkley also has 23 receptions for a Big Ten-leading 335 yards.

“Can’t imagine there’s a better player in all of college football,” Franklin said.

The Hoosiers beat Georgia Southern 52-17 last week, as freshman Morgan Ellison ran 25 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and J-Shun Harris returned a punt for a touchdown for the second straight week.

“It was a game where we were supposed to win,” said Indiana first-year coach Tom Allen, “and I felt like our players prepared and played in a manner that you expect them to.”

Penn State vs Indiana: Allen held out wide receiver Donavan Hale, running back Mike Majette, guard Simon Stepaniak and cornerback Rashard Fant, mostly for precautionary health reasons, but the coach did not commit on Monday to any of them returning this week.

Four others players — quarterback Richard Lagow, cornerback A’Shonn Riggins, defensive tackle Nate Hoff and safety Marcelino Ball — suffered unspecified injuries against Georgia Southern. Lagow is expected to play this week, while the other three are questionable.

IU is last in the Big Ten — and 102nd among 129 FBS teams — in rushing defense, allowing 196.3 yards a game. The Hoosiers are next-to-last in the conference in total defense (428.3) and third from the bottom in scoring defense (27.7).

They have yet to log an interception this season, but linebacker Tegray Scales has recorded a team-leading 26 tackles, 2.5 for loss. Last year he generated an FBS-leading 23.5 tackles for loss among his 126 stops.

The Nittany Lions enjoyed a 579-273 yardage advantage against Iowa but struggled to finish drives. They were inside the 15 on four occasions before the decisive march, and came away with a single touchdown.

Penn State vs Indiana: “When you get into the red zone, all the details are magnified because you’ve just got less field and you’ve got less space,” Franklin said. “We’ve just got to do a better job with those things, which I know we will.”

McSorley has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been intercepted three times.

Since opening this season with a closer-than-the-score-indicated loss to Ohio State the Hoosiers are 2-0 both SU and ATS, including a 52-17 romp/cover over Georgia Southern last Saturday. Indiana led 21-0 after the first quarter and 31-0 before allowing the Eagles to hit the board. Near the end, as GSU tried to push the 21-point spread, the Hoosiers defense pulled a strip-six to preserve the cash.

On the day, Indiana outgained the Eagles 468-375, and about three-quarters of the yardage the Hoosiers allowed came in prevent-mode. Freshman running back Morgan Ellison, making his first career start, accounted for 194 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, and J-Shun Harris returned a punt for a score for the second straight game.

As mentioned above, Indiana opened this season with a 49-21 loss to Ohio State, but the Hoosiers led that game 21-20 late into the third quarter before fading. Indiana then went on the road and beat what’s now a 3-1 Virginia team 34-17.

Penn State also leads the FBS in scoring defense, having allowed an average of 8.3 points a game, including shutouts of Akron and Georgia State. Safety Marcus Allen has recorded a team-high 24 tackles, as well as a sack and an interception.

“It’s a tremendous challenge for our program,” Allen said.

“You know, you get to points in seasons when you want to be healthy. Sometimes you are; sometimes you’re not. And other young men to have rise up and play to a level that you expect them to. You look across the country and other teams are dealing with the same thing and you have to pony up, as we say.”

Football: Washington vs Oregon State Game Live Stream

Washington vs Oregon State: Chris Petersen has brought back Washington to national prominence that includes a berth in the College Football Playoff last season and winning the Pac-12 Championship last year as well.

A few players have left from the Husky team from last year, but they are still a deadly team. Just ask Colorado.

In the rematch from last season’s Pac-12 Championship Game, the Huskies went to Colorado and destroyed the Buffaloes 37-10.

Washington vs Oregon State

The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 14-6 ATS vs a team with a losing record. The Beavers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games however, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

With USC not looking as dominant as expected early in the season, Washington currently looks like the team to beat in the Pac-12 as the Huskies can get it done on both sides of the ball as they currently rank 11th in scoring offense and 10th in scoring defense. Oregon State has really struggled this season and although their offense does have a few weapons that can put up points, their defense had been awful as the Beavers currently rank 127th (out of 130) in scoring defense. I have yet to pick Oregon State this season and so far this season and it’s not going to start against Washington. Take the Huskies to cover this large spread on the road.

Washington Huskies (4-0) at Oregon State Beavers (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Reser Stadium)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers +29 — Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Networks

Washington vs Oregon State

The 7th ranked Washington Huskies will travel to Reser Stadium to take on the Oregon State Beavers this Saturday night in College Football action.

That served notice that the Dawgs are not just a one year wonder.

Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin, and Dante Pettis are just the new quarterback-running back-wide receiver combo for the Huskies. These three Huskies have just dominated whoever they have come up against.

Browning has a 9-2 touchdown to interception ratio and has completed 69% of his passes. He is simply picking up where he left off last season. Myles Gaskin, the lightning quick running back has also left his mark in early part of the 2017 season. Gaskin is averaging around seven yards a carry and has seven touchdown through four games. Dante Pettis who took over for John Ross who went pro has amassed 265 yards total so far. That creates an average of 17.5 per catch.

When you put these three players together that creates a huge scoring average. Washington has a 44.5 scoring average this season and that creates a dilemma for their opposing teams.

Let’s not forget that the Husky defense is one of the best in the country.

Washington’s defense is only allowing 11 points a game. The Huskies are allowing 272 yards/game. Look for the trifecta of Tevis Bartlett, freshman Ryan Bowman, and DB Myles Bryant to make life extremely difficult for Oregon State on Saturday.

Meanwhile, it’s just about the opposite with the Beavers.

Gary Andersen has had his work cut out for him since he arrived on campus in Corvallis. With having two weeks to prepare for the Huskies he isn’t sure what is the best course of action when trying to slow down this big offensive attack.

“When dealing with this kind of attack, tough choices have to be made.” Andersen said in the weekly teleconference.

With last weeks conference opening 52-23 loss at Washington State, things are not looking up for the Beavers. Coming into this season with all of the momentum of the Civil War win, the Beavers have fallen on some hard times.

These hard times have been exasperated with the injury of starting quarterback, Jake Luton who is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of the spine injury.

“Darrell Garrettson will be the starter and Conor will be the back up.” Coach Andersen said today.

The offense will continue to flow through junior running back, Ryan Nall. After a slow start, Nall has racked up 323 yards with four touchdowns. He is also averaging 6.1 yards per carry. As Nall goes, so goes Oregon State.

The receiving corps are solid for the Beavers. With Jordan Miller and Isaiah Hodgins anchoring the receivers, the Huskies have to guard against letting the Beavers go off in the passing game. The tight end, Noah Togiai, can also pose match-up problems for the opposition. Each one of these receivers have more than 14 catches, so it’s clear that the Beavers do like to throw the ball.

The struggles of the Beavers have been on the defensive side of the ball. Statistically, the Oregon State defense is one of the worst in the nation. The Beavers give up 47.5 points a game and 485 yards of offense per game.

Playing a team like Washington doesn’t help those averages at all for Oregon State.

In the end, Washington just has to much to contend with for the Beavers. The talent difference is just to great right now for the Beavers to compete with a team like Washington right now.

On a positive note for the Oregon State football program, Allstate Insurance has announced that the Beavers are the newest school in the “Good Hands” Field Goal Net Program.

With every field goal and extra point made during home games Allstate will generate money for their school’s general scholarship fund. Allstate will donate $300 for every field goal and $100 for every extra point. Oregon State is now one of 90 teams that are participating with the Allstate “Good Hands” program.

$$Michigan State Football vs Iowa: Game, Live Stream

Michigan State vs Iowa – One game at a time. That’s the way every coach in America wants their football teams to approach a season.

Michigan State vs Iowa

Mark Dantonio and his staff have made it clear it’s even more critical for their young Michigan State team. And the sense of resiliency the 11th-year head coach saw through two wins will be tested even more coming off the Spartans’ first loss.

Iowa and Michigan State are about as similar as vanilla milkshakes and malts. The differences are there, but they’re so minor that most casual fans won’t notice them.

Both teams are physical, want to play smash-mouth football and win with defense. The similarities extend beyond their preferred style of play this season. They are statistically the same kind of teams. Their Football Outsiders S&P rankings, an advanced stat designed to evaluate teams based on the most important factors that decide games, are extremely close.

“Young people are very good about letting things go and concentrating on exactly what’s in front of them,” Dantonio said Tuesday. “They’re much better at that than looking a week into the future or two weeks or three weeks. They’re much better focusing on, ‘What do I got to do today?’ And I think that’s probably just the way the generation is, or most people are.

Michigan State vs Iowa

“We have to make sure that what we’re doing today on Tuesday affects Saturday. So today what we’re doing on Tuesday is the most important thing, and that’s the way we’ve got to handle things.”

Saturday is when Iowa visits Spartan Stadium for MSU’s Big Ten opener (4 p.m., Fox). And Dantonio also is trying to take that same approach.

Michigan State vs Iowa have played 14 times in the Kirk Ferentz era, and the split is 7-7 in those games. Of those 14 games, including the 2015 Big Ten title game, five of the Hawkeyes-Spartans matchups have been decided by three points or less.

The Spartans won that title game, 16-13, won by the same exact score at Spartan Stadium in 2008 and beat the Hawkeyes, 31-28 in East Lansing in 2001. Iowa, on the flip side, got two of the more exciting wins of the series — and one of the most exciting wins of the Ferentz era, period. The Hawkeyes won 19-16 in overtime in 2012 (OK, that win in that season being exciting is a bit of a stretch), which came three years after some game in 2009 that Iowa won, 15-13.

Ask Iowa fans where they were on Oct. 24, 2009 and they’ll probably have a story for you. Ricky Stanzi’s game-winning touchdown throw to Marvin McNutt kept Iowa undefeated and eventually helped the Hawkeyes to an Orange Bowl berth (and win). Combine that finish with the 2015 Big Ten title game and Iowa fans aged decades in roughly five minutes of football between the two teams.

So Michigan State vs Iowa much so that when a reporter asked him about his thoughts on MSU playing Michigan in the first night game in the history of their rivalry, Dantonio deflected and tempered his response.

“Just focused on the task at hand. Focused on the present. Deal with that next week,” he said. “We played at night in other places. The lights are going to come on. We’re going to play. I really haven’t looked at that. I just noticed we’re playing at 7:30.

“And, more importantly we’re playing at 4 (Saturday) – that’s this week.”

The Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1) are coming off a conference-opening 21-19 home loss to No. 4 Penn State, which marched down the field in the final 2 minutes and scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired in regulation.

Live Stream – Wisconsin vs Northwestern Football, Game Preview

Wisconsin vs Northwestern — The Big Ten Conference schedule kicks up for the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday as they welcome the Northwestern Wildcats to Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin vs Northwestern

Both Wisconsin (3–0) and Northwestern (2–1) come off of bye weeks to prepare for a West division showdown. Now four games into the 2017 season, UW head coach Paul Chryst was asked on Monday how preparation changes heading into Big Ten play with a more familiar opponent in Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats.

“Well I think that Northwestern in particular—and credit to Pat and what they’ve been doing—there’s a lot of continuity in the staff and so you’ve got an idea of what they’re going to do offensively, defensively, and special teams,” Chryst said. “Like anyone, you can see them kind of change and evolve and adjust to their personnel. I think that not just cause you’re in the Big Ten, but when you do go up against someone, just like they know us, we feel like we have an idea of what they want to do schematically. With that, there are some challenges but different challenges than if you don’t know what to expect.”

Here are more highlights from Chryst’s press conference:

What has stood out most about true freshman running back Jonathan Taylor and how he and Bradrick Shaw complement each other? “I think Jonathan’s continuing to grow and get better, and certainly I thought did a lot from the time he came to give himself a chance to be ready and to be able to participate and add to this team this fall. I think that all of our backs can complement each other. I’m anxious to see Bradrick do more this week, and I think that they’re capable of being good players. They’re capable of giving us good production and I think that in some ways, complement. They each have their own style and I don’t think you ever look to try to have one style to complement another style. I think can they give you valuable reps and certainly, Jonathan and Bradrick are really capable of that.

Wisconsin vs Northwestern

What Chryst saw from Natrell Jamerson at free safety during the BYU game that maybe shows him becoming more comfortable at that position: “I think it’s the BYU game because it was our last game, but I’ve liked his progression, and one of the tell signs that he is is the communication piece and is he communicating? You’re hearing more of that from him. Then you can just see a guy that’s familiar playing the position, looks comfortable, and that’s something that’s probably harder to tell from just someone that stands up there but I think that he’s gaining confidence and [is] continuing to grow. I think he’s got a chance to be really good. I think it’s a good spot for him, too.”

On cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams: “I think he’s continuing to grow and gain that experience that helps him, and each time that you get to play, you’ve got to have those takeaways. What are things that he’s done well? Build on them. And negatives, I’m sure there’s some he’d like to have back, and I thought he’s done a really good job. We just got to continue to help him grow.”

The team may not be out on the field during the national anthem, but have you felt the need to address anything going on outside with the team? “I always feel the need to talk with our players about everything that you think might be on their minds. I’ve done that for a long time and want to continue to do that. I can learn from talking to them and get a sense of where they’re at, and whether it’s what was kind of a lot’s been talked about this weekend, whether it was two weekends, three weekends ago, a number of kids we thought their families were going to be affected by weather.

“Then there’s a number of other kids that have things going on at home that’s not a national story but it’s real to them, so I think the more that we can talk to our kids and learn and help them go through all the things that they go through at this time in their life. This time, whether it’s a national thing, whether it’s a local [thing], I think you try to talk to them and learn and hear, and I’m proud.

More from that answer: “I think that’s one of the areas, one of the things that I appreciate most about being at Wisconsin, particularly with this group of guys, is that there are thoughts and well-thought-out feelings and opinions. They challenge each other or they’ll talk it out. It’s one of the parts of my job that no one sees it but that I really appreciate.”

Game Preview- Clemson vs Virginia Tech Football, Live Stream

Clemson vs Virginia Tech — The Clemson football team has already beaten two nationally ranked foes this season, so the Tigers aren’t exactly fretting about Saturday’s game against No. 12 Virginia Tech.

Clemson vs Virginia Tech

The reigning national champion Tigers (4-0, 2-0 ACC) beat then-No. 13 Auburn 14-6 at Clemson in their second game this season. They beat Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and then-No. 14 Louisville 47-21 on the road in their third game.

“We’re battle-tested,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday at a news conference inside the program’s new, $55 million football operations building. “We’ve played two top-15 teams — one of them at their place. And then we played a tough Boston College team — physical. So we’ve had our noses bloodied. We’ve had to respond to some adversity. It hasn’t been just all rosy.

“They’ve had some emotional moments. They’ve had big plays go against them. We’ve had some physical matchups. We played against an unbelievable quarterback in Lamar. We played against great defenses.”

And the Tigers have yet to lose.

Clemson freshman running back Travis Etienne has been named Rookie of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Etienne, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder from Jennings, Louisiana, rushed for 113 yards and scored two touchdowns on only nine attempts in Clemson’s 34-7 victory against Boston College on Saturday.

The score was tied 7-7 when Etienne put on a show in the fourth quarter. He scored on a 50-yard run with 5:41 left in the game, then added a 10-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds remaining.

Etienne, who’s averaging 12.1 yards per carry this season, averaged 12.6 yards per rush against the Eagles and was named recipient of the Leather Helmet Award, which is presented to the Most Valuable Player of the game. Etienne became the first freshman to win the award.

Clemson vs Virginia Tech

Despite having only 23 carries this season, Etienne is the Tigers’ leading rusher among running backs with 292 yards.

SATURDAY’S GAME

No. 2 Clemson (4-0, 2-0) at No. 12 Virginia Tech (4-0, 0-0)

Kickoff: 8 p.m.

TV: ABC

Radio: 105.5 FM (WCCP), 93.3 FM (WTPT), 97.7 FM (WORD)

Favorite: Clemson by 7½

“Auburn and Louisville were both really, really good teams,” receiver Hunter Renfrow said at Clemson’s indoor practice facility, which is adjacent to the football operations building. “We feel like we’re battle-tested and we have some confidence.”

Having already won at Louisville on Sept. 16, the second-ranked Tigers are not likely to be unnerved by their visit to Lane Stadium.

“Any time you can draw from experience, it can kind of give you an understanding of what to expect,” Swinney said. “When you take a team on the road to Louisville early in the season, [with] a bunch of new guys that haven’t played on the road, that’s really good experience.

“So now those young guys have been in that and they can hopefully draw a little bit from it.”

The game at Virginia Tech (4-0, 0-0) will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday night. But the Tigers are used to the prime-time spotlight this year. Their Auburn game aired on ESPN on a Saturday night, while their game at Louisville aired on ABC on a Saturday night.

“This is like our third prime-time game in five weeks. For us, it’s just another game,” Renfrow said.

Saturday’s game has been deemed big enough that ESPN’s “College GameDay” will originate from Virginia Tech on Saturday morning. But “College GameDay” also was on hand at Louisville the morning of the Clemson-Louisville game.

“We’ve played in an environment where it’s been loud, it’s been GameDay, it’s been 8 o’clock prime time. And our guys didn’t flinch,” linebacker Dorian O’Daniel said. “It’s kind of our identity as a program, showing up to games like that and playing at a high level.”

Clemson flourished on the big stage last year, too. The Tigers won at Auburn and Florida State in the regular season. They beat Virginia Tech in the ACC title game in Orlando, Florida. They shut out Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Fiesta Bowl and defeated Alabama in the CFP title game in Tampa, Florida.

Two years ago, the Tigers beat North Carolina in the ACC title game and defeated Oklahoma in the CFP semifinals before falling to Alabama in the CFP title game.

“We’ve been there. We’ve played in a lot of big games. We know what it takes,” Renfrow said. “We know what it takes in practice, and that’s where it starts.”

“We feel like our best is better than everybody else’s best if we play to that standard,” defensive end Clelin Ferrell said. “That’s why we feel like we’re not overwhelmed with any stage.”

The Tigers have not visited Virginia Tech since winning there in 2011.

“I’m excited,” O’Daniel said. “I know their entrance is really live. The whole atmosphere is definitely going to be great.”

“I’ve always heard about the entrance,” Renfrow said. “They say it’s a lot like Clemson as far as atmosphere. … I’m really excited.”

The Hokies can make a national splash by knocking off Clemson. But the Tigers are used to being in that position.

“We’re the target and everyone wants a piece of Clemson,” O’Daniel said.

“We’ve been a target for a long time. It’s not just this year,” Swinney said. “We know we’re going to get everybody’s best here. … That’s something that we definitely embrace week in and week out.”

The Tigers have beaten the Hokies four straight times, including a 42-35 win in the ACC title game last season.

Last year’s meeting gives the Tigers motivation for Saturday, even though they won that game. They want to win more decisively this time.

“We left a lot on the table last year with it being a close game. I feel like we kind of left some doubt,” Ferrell said. “We want to go out and leave no doubt this year.”