Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, 2015@finebaum harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, 2015@finebaum that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.
Rangers host Celtic on Saturday aiming to close the three-point gap that has opened up between the Glasgow rivals.Steven Gerrard’s men slipped to a 1-1 draw against Hibs on Boxing Day, allowing the Parkhead outfit to open up daylight between the teams thanks to a dramatic 4-3 victory away against Aberdeen.The Hoops can take full command of the league for the first time this season if they win at Ibrox, but the Gers could theoretically end 2018 on top of the standings, even if a four-goal victory seems far fetched. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Rangers vs Celtic Date Saturday, December 29 Time 12:30pm BST / 7:30am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched via B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream N/A B/R Live In the UK, the game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football and available online via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Robbie McCrorie Defenders Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Worrall, McAuley Midfielders Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Kelly, Grezda Forwards Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Middleton Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Halliday; Jack, McCrorie, Arfield; Kent, Morelos, Candeias Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard, Mullen Defenders Izaguirre, Benkovic, J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Church, Duffy, Deas, McInroy, Ralston, Walsh, Tierney, Bell Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Allan, Ntcham, Robertson, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kennedy, McLaughlin, McKay, Marku Forwards Hayes, Christie, Edouard, Miller, R. Hendry, Hill, McGrath, Diver, Johnston, Savoury, Aitchison, Okoflex Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, McGregor; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair; JohnstonBetting & Match Odds Celtic are favourites to come out on top at Ibrox, with bet365 offering odds of 19/20 on a Bhoys victory. Rangers are considered an 11/4 bet to win, while a draw is 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is acutely aware of how much hinges on Saturday’s derby clash with Celtic, in which victory would draw them level with their rivals but defeat leave them trailing by six points.He believes that the Gers have made a strong start to the season but wants one more big effort before the winter break begins.“I feel we’re a couple of results away from having the perfect six months, if you like,” said Gerrard.“We have to bring our ‘A’ game. We’re playing against a good team with good players. They will be well drilled, I know that for sure.“We know that we have to bring our best to get the result we want. I’m confident the players can do that.”Only Aberdeen have won at Ibrox in any competition this term and the former Liverpool man wants to see his side at their best in the high-profile encounter.“I think we’ve shown at Ibrox this season against high-level opposition that when we play with freedom, back ourselves and go out with confidence then we’ve played some really nice stuff,” he added. “It’s the last fixture, there’s 90 minutes to go empty it for and give everything you’ve got. “We’ve certainly got respect for the opposition but what a fantastic opportunity for the players to go try to get the result we need.”Brendan Rodgers’ side will take some stopping, though. The Northern Irishman has won on his four previous visits to Ibrox, with his side scoring 12 goals and conceding only four.After losses to Red Bull Salzburg and Hibs, there are signs that they are getting up a head of steam again, with comfortable successes over Motherwell and Dundee followed by a dramatic win over Aberdeen on Boxing Day, in which the Hoops showed character to score twice late on to negate a controversial penalty decision.
David de Gea put in an inspired performance on Sunday to lead Manchester United to a clean sheet and vital victory over Tottenham – and he had the Red Devils faithful falling over themselves to pay tribute.United took all three points in a tense top-six clash, with the only goal coming before half-time.Marcus Rashford took full advantage of a terrific Paul Pogba pass and converted past Hugo Lloris to make it 1-0, a strike which proved the only goal of the game at Wembley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? At the other end, however, De Gea had to be at his very best as Spain’s No. 1 was bombarded throughout the game by Spurs.No fewer than 11 shots on target were repelled by the goalkeeper, whose heroics helped United move level with Arsenal in fifth place and keep up their brilliant start to life under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.It was the most shots De Gea has stopped in a top-flight league match without conceding. And he took all the plaudits from observers for his latest match-winning display in a United shirt.RT if you believe De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the World 🌍 🧤 pic.twitter.com/2VFd0GHKKP— THE POWER MUFC 🇾🇪 (@EamonnPower23) 13 de enero de 2019The £18.9 million United spent on De Gea. Well worth it. #mufc pic.twitter.com/r7mq9ntt5f— Aditya Rathod (@aditya_reds) 13 de enero de 2019How the Man Utd players greet David De Gea every training session pic.twitter.com/4BG8xVoNHx— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) 13 de enero de 2019It wouldn’t take much for me to tattoo @D_DeGea’s beautiful face on my body right now… 🔥🔥🔥 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/w8wC35jCQ9— Corey Andress (@EACoreySA) 13 de enero de 2019David De Gea that was brilliant 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Y1kXcUt10O— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) 13 de enero de 2019De Gea my goat— Santan (@Santandave1) 13 de enero de 2019Goal – DE GEAAssist – DE GEAJoke! Only thing he’s not done so far though 😉#TOTMUN #FPL pic.twitter.com/9TVs3Ui5pJ— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) 13 de enero de 2019David De Gea’s legs could save the UK from Brexit.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 13 de enero de 2019De Gea’s been better with his feet today than every Arsenal outfield player combined yesterday. #THFCvMUFC— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 13 de enero de 2019Where would we be without @D_DeGea 🙌🏽🙌🏽 @ManUtd— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) January 13, 2019Cracking game of football. Big win for @ManUtd and the difference in them post Mourinho says much. Having said that @SpursOfficial were terrific in the 2nd half and but for Spiderman in goal could well have won.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 13, 2019I did a #DeGea edit and he saved it. pic.twitter.com/rUKbbOpN5O— Emilio Sansolini (@EmilioSansolini) January 13, 2019 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Everton do not have the “financial conditions” to sign players in the January transfer window, according to Marco Silva.The Toffees are 10th in the Premier League having responded to back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City with a 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth.Reports suggest their forward line is set to be depleted with Oumar Niasse said to be nearing a loan move to Cardiff City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But they may not be able replace the forward, with boss Silva telling reporters: “When you asked me the last few weeks the possible players coming or not in the market, I told you that you just can’t sign someone if someone leaves the club or we sell someone.”We don’t have the financial conditions to go in the market, [that] is the feedback I have at the moment. I have to find different solutions.”Everton are thought to be keen on signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea following his struggles while out on loan at Valencia during the first half of the campaign.However, Silva added: “It is not the moment for us to talk about player A, B, C or D [and] if they could interest our model as a team.”We have to work with the players we have here, develop them, let them get better every day. This is our job.”What can happen in the market you know already, what are our possibilities as a club and my possibilities as a manager to do or not.”
The family of missing footballer Emiliano Sala have hit the required target on a fundraiser with the intention of resuming the search for the Cardiff City player.Search and recovery efforts were called off on Thursday evening , three days after the plane carrying the Argentine from former club Nantes to his new side disappeared from radar over the English Channel .A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) has been met on a GoFundMe page set up to enable the family of the forward to resume a private search for him and pilot David Ibbotson. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? As of Sunday January 27, the total raised surpassed €320,000, having met the target within the two days since it was posted.The funds have gone towards two watercraft that began operations on Saturday.Efforts to find the missing plane, a PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft, were conducted for just under 72 hours before they were concluded earlier this week.Guernsey harbourmaster David Barker had described the decision to put an end to operations as difficult, but citied that he was sure no more could have been done, adding that chances of survival were likely “extremely remote”.There have been calls from several major figures both inside and outside of the football community for the search to be resumed.Barcelona star Lionel Messi and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri were among those speaking out in support of Sala’s family.Numerous players, including Adrien Rabiot, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, contributed to the GoFundMe page.Sala moved to France in 2010 to join the youth set-up at Bordeaux and has, to date, played his full professional career in the country.He joined Nantes in 2015 following stints with Orleans, Niort and Caen, and made 132 appearances for the club, scoring 48 goals.He had been in excellent form for them in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 13 goals across all competitions.Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side for £15m ($19.8m) earlier this month.He previously turned down a bid from the Chinese Super League in order to join the Premier League club.
As if Los Angeles FC needed more attacking firepower, the club has signed a new young designated player in the form of Brian Rodriguez from Uruguayan giants Penarol. The 19-year-old forward comes to MLS to join up with an LAFC attack that has already netted 61 goals through 23 matches and boasts the league’s leading scorer in the form of Carlos Vela. LAFC has a comfortable lead atop the MLS standings heading into the closing run of the season, but the second-year club wasn’t alone in making big moves on deadline day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Minnesota United also landed a young DP, signing a Uruguayan of their own in 18-year-old Thomas Chacon from Danubio FC. The Loons lead the chasing pack in the Western Conference but currently sit 14 points back of Bob Bradley’s outfit. Not to be outdone, the New York Red Bulls brought a young DP in on loan, with the club landing Southampton winger Josh Sims for the rest of the MLS season. Fresh off of the news that Wayne Rooney would be leaving at the end of the season, D.C. United jumped back into the transfer market on Wednesday as well. United landed Norwegian international Ola Kamara from Chinese side Shenzhen F.C. for a fee of $2.5 million, bringing the striker back to MLS. The club also landed MLS veterans Emmanuel Boateng and Felipe as the capital side looks to make a push for an MLS Cup title before Rooney heads back to England. The Montreal Impact were also active in the transfer dealings. The Canadian club made headlines by signing former Barcelona midfielder Bojan Krkic from Stoke City, but the Impact weren’t done there. The Impact also reached a deal to bring back 20-year-old Ballou Tabla on loan from Barcelona B. The Impact sit sixth in the Eastern Conference, with the top seven teams earning playoff spots. The club also reportedly sent MLS veteran Micheal Azira and a second-round draft pick in the 2020 MLS draft to the Chicago Fire in exchange for Jorge Corrales and the top spot in the allocation order, which the Impact used to land Tabla. The Houston Dynamo, on the outside looking in as it stands in the Western Conference playoff race, also made a move to bolster their attack, trading for LAFC forward Christian Ramirez. Another team hoping to make a push for the playoffs in the West, Real Salt Lake, landed some help for the midfield in a trade with Sporting Kansas City which sent Kelyn Rowe to Utah in exchange for international roster slot for 2019 and $75,000 in targeted allocation money.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier today, we got a few big updates on Big Ten football scheduling, including new crossover opponents starting in 2022, and schedules from 2022-25. That means we now know the dates and locations for a ton of new Ohio State football match-ups.The Big Ten rolled out its 2022-25 schedules this afternoon. The full list is available here.Starting in 2016, Nebraska has been Ohio State’s annual crossover opponent. The other two crossover spots rotate on an annual basis.In 2022, the five-year cycle changes. Ohio State will have Wisconsin on its schedule through 2027.Here are the upcoming Ohio State football schedules, after today’s announcement.Teams have not fully filled their non-conference slates yet, so there are still a few openings for the Buckeyes.Ohio State football 2022 schedule:Sept. 3: vs. Notre Dame Sept. 10: Open Sept. 17: vs. Toledo Sept. 24: at Michigan State Oct. 1: at Penn State Oct. 8: vs. Rutgers Oct. 15: vs. Iowa Oct 22: Open Oct. 29: vs. Indiana Nov. 5: at Northwestern Nov. 12: vs. Wisconsin Nov. 19: at Maryland Nov. 26: vs. MichiganOhio State football 2023 schedule:Sept. 2: at Indiana Sept. 9: Open Sept. 16: Open Sept. 23: at Notre Dame Sept. 30: Open Oct. 7: vs. Maryland Oct. 14: at Purdue Oct. 21: vs. Penn State Oct. 28: at Wisconsin Nov. 4: at Rutgers Nov. 11: vs. Michigan State Nov. 18: vs. Minnesota Nov. 25: at MarylandOhio State football 2024 schedule:Aug. 31: Open Sept. 7: Open Sept. 14: at Washington Sept. 21: Open Sept. 28: vs. Illinois Oct. 5: vs. Rutgers Oct 12: at Nebraska Oct. 19: Open Oct. 26: vs. Wisconsin Nov. 2: at Maryland Nov. 9: at Penn State Nov. 16: vs. Indiana Nov. 23: at Michigan State Nov. 30: vs. MichiganOhio State football 2025 schedule:Aug. 30: at Texas Sept. 6: Open Sept. 13: vs. Washington Sept. 20: at Indiana Sept. 27: at Iowa Oct. 4: vs. Maryland Oct 11: at Wisconsin Oct. 18: Open Oct. 25: at Rutgers Nov. 1: vs. Northwestern Nov. 8: Open Nov. 15: vs. Penn State Nov. 22: vs. Michigan State Nov. 29: at Michigan
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football’s Week 1 game against Akron, set to be Scott Frost’s debut, was postponed after the storms that rolled across the country a few weeks ago.UCF was supposed to travel to North Carolina this weekend, but with Hurricane Florence set to hit the state, that game has met the same fate. Both are very unlikely to be made up.Losing a game really hurts a team like Nebraska, which could find itself fighting for six wins and bowl eligibility, thanks to a tough Big 12 schedule.Obviously, UCF is not the same type of opponent as Akron, which Nebraska’s staff knows all too well. Both teams do share an open date on Oct. 27, though.So, would Scott Frost and Nebraska football look to add a mid-season game against his former team, UCF?That seems very unlikely.Frost was asked about that possibility today, and he more-or-less shot it down, and admitted it’d be hard to see his new guys hitting his old players.Nebraska coach Scott Frost says he wouldn’t rule out trying to add UCF to the Huskers’ schedule on Oct. 27. But it’s not something that sounds likely: “Personally I’d cringe a little when our defensive end hit their quarterback. That’s not how you want to go into any game.”— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 13, 2018The quarterback in question is UCF’s McKenzie Milton, who, with Frost, led the Knights to last year’s undefeated season.This year, he’s being discussed as a fringe-Heisman candidate, and has already put up big numbers through two weeks. He has 589 yards and six touchdowns through the air, along with three interceptions, in wins over UConn and South Carolina State.UCF is 2-0 on the year. Nebraska is 0-1, with last week’s loss to Colorado. The Huskers host Troy this weekend.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A major college football coach is getting criticized for what he said after his team’s heartbreaking loss on Saturday.Nebraska suffered one of the toughest losses of the season on Saturday, blowing a 10-point lead with less than 3 minutes to go. The Huskers then lost in overtime.Frost was asked after the game about his team’s defensive meltdown. His answer is drawing some criticism.The Nebraska head coach told the media that he doesn’t call the defensive plays and that his players need to simply make plays.“One, I don’t call the defense, and two, make a play,” he said. “One more play. We had two 4th and 10s. We obviously can’t get a 15-yard penalty when they’re buried on the 1. Can’t get pass interferences. Gotta make one more play. Somewhere.”Here’s his full answer:Full context of Frost’s quotes on last couple defensive drives. #huskers pic.twitter.com/L2VdtynIoQ— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 13, 2018It makes sense that Frost is not happy, but there are still going to be some who are going to be upset with his “I don’t call the defense” comment, as some will say he’s not taking accountability.Regardless, Nebraska is now 0-6. The Huskers are set to play Minnesota on Saturday.
Kirk Herbstreit isn’t afraid to state his argument, even if it will ruffle some feathers. Well, he put that theory to the test once again, as the analyst went after one major program on ESPN’s College GameDay.During the show, the panel discussed the UCF Knights and their undefeated record. While a comeback victory over Memphis was quite impressive, Herbstreit isn’t ready to crown them as a title-contending program.In fact, Herbstreit believes other programs are more deserving than UCF.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”The knock on the Knights is their weak schedule, which features teams such as Connecticut, South Carolina State and Florida Atlantic.Clearly, these comments didn’t sit well with UCF, as the program took its thoughts to Twitter.Hi @KirkHerbstreit pic.twitter.com/5wKKG4gINZ— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 20, 2018Although UCF isn’t exactly thrilled with Herbstreit’s rant about strength of schedule, the Mountain West Conference is absolutely loving it.?☕️ pic.twitter.com/Ybx49C2HNb— Mountain West (@MountainWest) October 20, 2018If the Knights are going to change the perception of the program, they can’t afford to lose a single game. Perhaps, victories over USF and Cincinnati toward the end of the year will help.UCF will play East Carolina tonight, as the pursuit of perfection lives on.