Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech

Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech: Notre Dame continues its quest for an NCAA berth. They’ll have to play a lot better than they did on Tuesday, when they beat lowly Pittsburgh. These teams have faced each other just once with Virginia Tech winning on the road. They’ll play again on Wednesday in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Notre Dame was up by 12 at the half against last-place Pittsburgh and looked as though they were going to cruise to an easy win. But they were outscored 40-31 in the second half and were only up by two points with under a minute left. Bonzie Colson scored 19 points in 33 minutes to lead the Fighting Irish. The preseason All-American missed 15 games with a broken foot and had played the final two games of the regular season.

He’s obviously not back to form as he went 5 for 14 from the field (0-3 3pt), grabbed six boards and went 9-of-10 from the line. Senior guard Matt Farrell added 18 points and three assists for the Irish, who shot just 34 percent from the field and 5-of-19 from beyond the arc. They did outrebound the Panthers by 10 and held them to 38.3 percent from the floor (8-32 3pt).

Virginia Tech lost two of their last three games of the regular season, but that one win was over Duke (64-63). If there were any doubts that the Hokies were not in the NCAA Tournament, that win erased them. The Hokies also beat No. 20 Clemson at home, No. North Carolina at home and No. 1 Virginia on the road in overtime. They did beat Notre Dame on the road on Jan. 27, but Colson and Farrell did not play for the Irish.

Virginia Tech is led by guard Justin Robinson, who averages 13.8 points per game and 5.5 assists per game on 46.4 percent shooting (40.3% 3pt). Guard Justin Bibbs adds 13.1 points on 49 percent shooting (39.2% 3pt). Kerry Blackshear (6-10, 260) is their inside presence with 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. On the season, the Hokies are averaging 80.2 points per game on 50 percent shooting (8th) and 39 percent 3-point shooting (29th). They allow 71.8 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting (34.5% 3pt).

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Nebraska vs Wisconsin: The Nebraska Cornhuskers have had one of the worst starts in school history as a potential statement game could turn that around. The Cornhuskers come into this game with following to Purdue as they have yet to win a game this season. Now they take on a ranked Wisconsin team who rebounded nicely after their loss against the BYU Cougars.

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have had one of the worst starts in school history as they are looking for a new start with a new month coming. The Cornhuskers have the potential to win these games where they have fallen however, turnovers have hurt them the most. The Cornhuskers have yet to have a game this season where they have led at halftime and that was the same in their loss against the Purdue Boilermakers. With being down 20-7 at half, the Cornhuskers could not rebound at all as their running and passing game was not up to par.

In the past two games, the Cornhuskers defense have allowed 48 points per game as that simple will not fly against a ranked Wisconsin team that will drop that easily on them in the first half. It has been so bad for the Badgers that they have yet to win a game since last year. They are going to need everything to go their way against the Badgers as this one is going to get ugly fast.

The Wisconsin Badgers are looking to keep their winning streak going as well as their potential fourth win of the season. They are in a very competitive Big Ten West conference as they cannot lose these type of games where it should be a cake walk. Heading into this game, the Badgers will be going up against the Nebraska Cornhuskers who have struggled all season. All the Badgers have to do is get on the board early and often as that small hope is taken away fast.

In those key wins, Alex has been able to toss at least two touchdowns in those games as he will most likely be able to do that within the first two quarters. Even though the Badgers have a strong passing game, this is where they will be able to crush the Cornhuskers. They have one of the top defenses in the league as they are only averaging 14.5 points per game to opposing teams.

Washington vs UCLA

Washington vs UCLA: Five weeks into the Chip Kelly era, the UCLA Bruins are still in search of their first win of the season. They will be trying to snap their four-game losing streak when they face the 10th ranked Washington Huskies on Friday night.

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Oh great. The UCLA offense that’s having so many problems finding anything that works has to go against the No. 1 scoring defense in college football.

Washington might not be scintillating, but the defense has been amazing at wiping everyone out, allowing 21 points or fewer against everyone, and giving up a grand total of 17 points against North Dakota, Utah, and BYU.

Yeah, Tanner Mangum completed 18-of-21 passes last week for BYU, but the offense didn’t move. UCLA’s offense isn’t moving at all.

UCLA’s problem continues to be a line that’s not giving anyone time to work. There’s still no running game – coming up with just 136 yards per game – and with nothing happening in pass protection. It’s why UCLA is last in the conference in passing efficiency.

Washington vs UCLA It’s effective, and it’s doing what’s needed, but it’s not going to put this thing out of reach with a 28-point first half. UCLA should be able to hang around this at home for a bit.

The Huskies have yet to run for 200 yards, and the passing attack will give up a few picks here and there – and that’s what the Bruins need. The offense isn’t going to get it done, but it’s not going to turn the ball over enough to be a problem.

Washington vs UCLA Some funky things have to happen for the Bruins to keep this close.

UCLA only lost the turnover margin against Fresno State, and it didn’t give the ball away against Colorado and Oklahoma. That, and a bad Husky punting and punt return game have to be a part of the mix.

Khabib Fight Live

Khabib Fight Live : The two lightweight fighters could contest one of the best fights of the year as the match-up presents an elite striker with concussive power in McGregor against a champion with intimidating strength, grappling, and wrestling skills in Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Fight Live

he reverse counting for the much-hyped UFC 229 battle between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov has started. The two Martial artists had pretty eventful first media conference, all thanks to the Irishman McGregor while the second one wasn’t much worse either. Having lost the lightweight title to the Russian Khabib due to inactivity, McGregor would want to reclaim the title as he enters the Octagon to take on the undefeated Khabib on Sunday (as per Indian time).

McGregor had become the first martial artist to have two titles at the same time – lightweight and featherweight – when had won the former back in November 2016. Having not come inside the ring since then, the Irishman lost was stripped of the titles.

BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the eighth pay-per-view card of the year online or through their mobile device via the BT Sport App.

The preliminary fights will be available to watch on the UFC’s Fight Pass service. The biggest PPV event of the year can also be watched online in the United States on www.ufc.tv.

Can’t watch UFC 229 live on TV or online? Be sure to keep up to date with all the ongoings at the T-Mobile Arena through Express Sports’ live results page.

And to keep up to date with all the ongoings during fight week, be sure to follow our man on the ground in Las Vegas Chisanga Malata (Chisanga_Malata) on Twitter and Instagram.

McGregor Fight Live

McGregor Fight Live : The two lightweight fighters could contest one of the best fights of the year as the match-up presents an elite striker with concussive power in McGregor against a champion with intimidating strength, grappling, and wrestling skills in Nurmagomedov.

McGregor Fight Live

he reverse counting for the much-hyped UFC 229 battle between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov has started. The two Martial artists had pretty eventful first media conference, all thanks to the Irishman McGregor while the second one wasn’t much worse either. Having lost the lightweight title to the Russian Khabib due to inactivity, McGregor would want to reclaim the title as he enters the Octagon to take on the undefeated Khabib on Sunday (as per Indian time).

McGregor had become the first martial artist to have two titles at the same time – lightweight and featherweight – when had won the former back in November 2016. Having not come inside the ring since then, the Irishman lost was stripped of the titles.

BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the eighth pay-per-view card of the year online or through their mobile device via the BT Sport App.

The preliminary fights will be available to watch on the UFC’s Fight Pass service. The biggest PPV event of the year can also be watched online in the United States on www.ufc.tv.

Can’t watch UFC 229 live on TV or online? Be sure to keep up to date with all the ongoings at the T-Mobile Arena through Express Sports’ live results page.

And to keep up to date with all the ongoings during fight week, be sure to follow our man on the ground in Las Vegas Chisanga Malata (Chisanga_Malata) on Twitter and Instagram.

Auburn vs Mississippi State

Auburn vs Mississippi State: The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to get back on track when they host the Auburn Tigers in an SEC clash Saturday afternoon in Starkville. Get a summary of the Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs football game.

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The Auburn Tigers will head on the road to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in an SEC showdown Saturday afternoon from Scott Field. The Tigers notched a 24-13 home win against Southern Mississippi last week, and the Bulldogs dropped a 13-6 decision to Florida in their latest contest. The Tigers registered a 49-10 home win against Mississippi State last season.

The Auburn Tigers will be hunting for their third straight win in this one. They are coming off an uninspiring 24-13 home win against Southern Mississippi in a game that had Auburn favored by 27 points. Jarrett Stidham only completed 57% of his passes against Southern Mississippi, and he finished with two TD passes. The junior QB has registered 963 passing yards with a 5:2 TD to INT ratio on the season.

The Tigers also feature JaTarvious Whitlow who has accumulated 326 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Junior WR Darius Slayton leads Auburn with 188 receiving yards, and the Tigers do not have a receiver with over 200 receiving yards. Overall, the Tigers offense hasn’t particularly stood out, and they rank 96th overall with an average of 376 total yards per game.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs head into their third SEC contest of the season badly in need of a win. They have dropped their first two SEC battles which included a disappointing 13-6 home loss to Florida last week. Nick Fitzgerald struggled against Florida, recording 98 passing yards with zero TD’s. The senior QB has not tossed a TD pass in two straight games, and he has tallied 640 passing yards with a 4:2 TD to INT ratio in five games on the year.

The Mississippi State defense has been their greatest strength this season. They were solid in the loss to Florida last week, allowing only one TD and 118 rushing yards. The Bulldogs’ pass defense has been exceptionally sharp, and they are holding opponents to an average of only 286 total yards per game. Mississippi State is currently averaging 32.6 points, ranking them 55th overall. They are holding opponents to 13.4 points, good for eighth in the nation.

Vanderbilt vs Georgia

Vanderbilt vs Georgia: Vanderbilt has some cards stacked against them to say the least. This game starts a tough part of the schedule where they have to face three ranked teams in a row. The Commodores face 2nd ranked Georgia, who have the nation’s 5th ranked defense. Vandy did snap their two-game losing streak in their last game, but it was close and they were facing a FBS team.

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Georgia is undefeated and they are at 3-0 in SEC play. While they are big betting favorites at home in this game and face 5th ranked LSU on the road in their next game they cannot take the Commodores lightly. The Bulldogs are on the best rushing teams in the nation and their offense is putting up an average of 43.6 ppg. They beat Tennessee badly in their last game and are playing with a full head of steam.

Vanderbilt was given a scare in their last game when they beat FCS foe Tennessee State 31-27. While the Commodores out-gained State 553 yards to 373 yards and rushed for 259 yards they committed two turnovers without forcing any. Kyle Shurmur had a big game passing for 297 yards with three TD, but also accounted for both turnovers with two picks. Kalija Lipscomb had 174 receiving yards with two TD and Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Khari Blasingame combined for 234 rushing yards.

The Vanderbilt Commodores ended the season losing 3 of their last 4, yet, won their last outing on the road against the Ole Miss rebels by a score of 82-69 on Saturday. They have, however, showed signs of life at various points during the season. For the year, they are 8-20 ATS and 15-13 O/U.

The Georgia Bulldogs ended the season losers of 3 of their last 4 as well. Aside from losing a heart-breaker at home to Texas A&M (61-60) on 2/28, they also lost at Tennessee on Saturday 66-61. It is important to note that the Bulldogs beat Tennessee earlier in the season on 2/17. Like Vandy, the Bulldogs have shown signs of life, and the tournament could be a great way in which to begin to gain some momentum for what is to come. For the year, the Bulldogs are 14-13 ATS and 10-17 O/U.

Kentucky vs Texas A&M

Kentucky vs Texas A&M is just hours away, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs has issued the sixth and final episode for this weekend’s big show in Vegas, and it serves as a brief introduction to the fighters at the top of the card.

Kentucky vs Texas A&M Live

We start off with Michelle Waterson, who greets her daughter in the hotel. Aww. Her mom says Kentucky vs Texas A&M is going to win by decision, or get knocked out. Waterson imitates her mom’s accent, which is funny.

They set up for the morning weigh-in, and Khabib is first on the scale. Probably to prove a point. He makes 155. Tony Ferguson does the same. They show Kentucky vs Texas A&M being escorted in, shirtless, with a bunch of security and cameras around him. He weighs in on the backstage scale, hits 154.5, and has a bit of water. He’s still 154.5 on the main scale, and everyone in the room cheers.

Anthony Pettis comes in later, but makes 156. He talks about not getting too excited before the fight as he re-hydrates. Khabib eats chocolate for the first time in two months. “Okay, one and a half month”. That was amusing.

Dillon Danis gets Conor’s kid to punch a Khabib pinata. Artem Lobov talks about the crazy show that will be the ceremonial weigh-ins. They start late, because…well, it’s Conor after all.

Felice Herring and Waterson face off. Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov get heated after Lewis knocks off Volkov’s hat. They show Showtime and El Cucuy, then get to the headliner. Of course, Conor makes a spectacle of it. Dana tells them not to touch, but Conor slaps Khabib’s arm and throws a kick from archery range.

They say their piece to the crowd, and it’s all set! UFC 229 goes down TONIGHT!

SMU vs UCF

SMU vs UCF: Southern Methodist University has won two games in a row and travels to Orlando to take on undefeated self-appointed the National Champion University of Central Florida for an important American Athletic Conference game. Kickoff time at Spectrum Stadium is scheduled for 7pm EST.

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After opening the season losing to teams such as North Texas, Texas Christian, and Michigan, the Mustangs have won two straight including a huge win over Navy.

SMU Freshman QB William Brown and Junior QB Ben Hicks seem to be a competent tandem. Both have thrown for more than 500 yards this season and both QB’s has a completion rate of over 50 percent. Brown left the field in the third quarter of last week’s game with an apparent injury so monitor this. Junior WR James Proche is the recipient of the majority of targets hauling in 31 for 426 yards and five TDs. Watch Brown and Proche hook up for an amazing TD against Michigan.

SMU doesn’t have much of a rushing attack but when they do run the ball senior RB Braedan West and Junior RB Xavier Jones are usually the ones putting in the work. West has 343 rushing yards and four TD’s on 65 carries; Jones has 101 yards on 103 carries.

The Mustangs also convert 31 percent of their third downs and 82 percent of their 17 Red Zone attempts.

The SMU defense has a defensive efficiency rating of 45.8. They allow 223 passing yards, 182 rushing yards and 38 points per game.

Junior kicker Kevin Robledo handles the majority of the kicking duties for the Mustangs. The 2016 JUCO #1 kicking prospect has converted 12 of his 13 extra point attempts and knocked down two of three field goal attempts of which his longest was 49 yards.

The Mustangs special teams have had one kick blocked and two kickoffs returned for TD’s against them this season. The Mustangs special teams have returned one kickoff for a TD.

McGregor vs Khabib

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is McGregor vs Khabib gearing up to stage one of its most-anticipated championship fights ever later this evening (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) as UFC 229 features a Lightweight title fight between division champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former 145- and 155-pound kingpin, Conor McGregor, who is returning from a two-year mixed martial arts (MMA) layoff. In the co-main event, former 155-pound champion Anthony Pettis will face off against former interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, for a chance to move up a spot in the championship race.

McGregor vs Khabib Live

The return of McGregor to the MMA world in itself is huge. Doing it a against an undefeated (26-0, 10-0 UFC) wrecking ball and champion like Khabib elevates it that much more. This was the fight to make, and thankfully UFC gave fight fans what they wanted. It also sells itself after “Notorious” went on his Brooklyn rampage, tearing up a bus and hurting fighters in the process, all in his quest to avenge his friend, Artem Lobov, after the infamous “Eagle” slap.

And if you thought the promotion wasn’t going to use the “disgusting” images of shattered glass, destruction and blood, then you’ve never seen a Dana White-orchestrated promo. Indeed, during every commercial, video, countdown show, the images of McGregor throwing a metal dolly through the bus window trying to get at Khabib plays on loop, racking up the dollar signs for UFC in the process.

On to the fight itself. McGregor is as talented as they come, taking on any and all comers, regardless of weight class. His resume during his short time in UFC is unrivaled, becoming the promotion’s first two-weight world champion, breaking box office and payday records, as well as making history by crossing over into boxing for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. superfight. Perhaps what endears him even more to his fans is not the brash bravado, loudmouth sayings, suits or even his whiskey, it’s the fact that despite making more money in one fight than every fighter on UFC’s roster combined, perhaps in their careers, he still came back to the sport that gave him his big break and started his path to superstardom to face one of the most dangerous fighters in the game today. Love him or hate him, that has to be respected.

We know Khabib’s bread-and-butter is wrestling, mauling his foes like a grizzly bear and leaving them in pools of their own blood, reminiscent of Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.” Getting to the ground is half the battle, as Conor has the reach and striking skills to keep Khabib at bay. And since “The Eagle” loves to push a relentless place, it will leave him open to a devastating counter punch. It’s a the classic “striker vs. grappler” match up, it just so happens to pit two of the best fighters in the world against each other.

What’s Not:

There is nothing to complain about with the pay-per-view (PPV) event this time around.

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

Sean O’Malley was set to headline the “Prelims” undercard portion of the event against Jose Alberto Quinonez, but was later pulled from the card after he failed a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)-administered test, forcing the cancelation of the fight altogether.

The underbelly took a bit of a hit with the removal of O’Mally vs. Quinonez, but it still has some pretty good matchups to keep you entertained prior to the main course. Among them is Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga. Big brother Anthony wasn’t too pleased to see his little brother relegated to the “Prelims” when he’s accustomed to headlining or getting main card exposure. But “The Phenom” can earn UFC’s respect if he can take out Formiga, the scrappy 125-pounder who is riding a two-fight win streak into “Sin City.” Both men love to stand-and-bang, though Jussier’s specialty lies in the submission game. If Sergio can score his second-straight win, it will get him out of preliminary purgatory. For Jussier, it’s his opportunity to pick up his biggest win to date.

Khabib hasn’t tasted defeat, so he is no danger of getting cut with a loss. But he needs a win over McGregor for various reasons. For starters, many — believe it or not — have questioned his UFC run so far and level of competition. McGregor will, in fact, be his toughest test to date. If Khabib can defeat the mouthy Irishman, not only will it give him his biggest win ever, but also solidify his status as champion after winning the belt by defeating Al Iaquinta, who took the fight on 24 hours notice. Taking out a whale like McGregor is as big as it gets, and it will give “Eagle” all the validation he may need.

With so many fights and events taking place seemingly every weekend, it’s been a while since an event has grabbed the interest of fans and media alike. With McGregor, you get a show before the show, as fight week is an event in and of itself. When it comes time to the scrap, he just does that, and this time he will face one of his biggest challenges to date, looking to be the first to solve the Khabib puzzle. Sure, Conor signed an extension with the promotion, but should he lose, don’t be too surprised if we don’t see him inside the Octagon for a while. If he wins, he can (and will) write his own ticket for his next challenge, which may include Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre or a Nate Diaz trilogy fight.

But, it’s not all about McGregor and Khabib, as the event marks the return of Tony Ferguson, who will fight just six months after tearing up his knee, costing him millions and his title. Facing Anthony Pettis isn’t the easiest of comeback fights, but “El Cucuy” wouldn’t have it any other way. For Pettis, scoring a victory over Ferguson puts him back on track to a shot at reclaiming the title he lost a few years ago. This bout has fireworks written all over it.

Derrick Lewis put up a stinker in his previous fight against Francis Ngannou, while Alexander Volkov lit it up, knocking out former UFC Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum earlier this year. That performance earned him his fourth-straight win, so if he can get through “Black Beast” at UFC 229 then the Russian-born fighter would make a strong case for a title shot.

Felice Herrig and Michelle Waterson were supposed to fight years ago as the two were coming up through the ranks. Once they made it to the big UFC stage, they were lined up to throw down last year before the promotion opted to book “Karate Hottie” against Paige VanZant instead. Now, there is nothing standing in the way of these two talented women from finally getting it on, and they will open up the biggest PPV event this year.

Dominick Reyes has been tearing it up throughout his career, going undefeated (9-0) including winning his first three UFC fights via first-round finish. He will be battling his biggest challenge to date in Ovince Saint Preux, a former title challenger who has faced the best-of-the-best during his UFC run. It’s a big opportunity for Reyes to pick up a huge win and squeeze his way into the title picture, while “OSP” can score his fifth win in last six attempts and remind everyone that he’s still a player in the 205-pound weight class.