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Quick Look at Penn State

RECORD: 4-3, 1-3

Home: 2 -2; Away: 1-1 Neutral: 1-0

  • Penn State enters its second straight home contest after a 31-24 overtime loss to Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have lost three straight games after starting the season 4-0.
  • Sophomore Christian Hackenburg orchestrates the offense for Penn State. The sophomore leads the Big Ten is passing yards per game (265.9) and has tossed six TD passes so far this season. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season
  • Redshirt freshman DaeSean Hamilton is the main recipient of Hackenberg’s passes. The Virginia native leads the conference in receptions per game (8.1) and is second in receiving yards per game (98.0). Geno Lewis supplements Hamilton as an option in the pass game with 33 receptions, and is a big play threat, averaging 15.8 yards a reception.
  • Mike Hull is a tackle machine from the linebacker position. The senior leads the Big Ten in tackles per game (11.9) and has 48 more total stops than the next highest Nittany Lion.
  • James Franklin is in his first season as head coach after three years at the helm at Vanderbilt. Franklin led the Commodores to consecutive nine win seasons in 2012 and 2013. The Pennsylvania native was Maryland’s offensive coordinator from 2008-to-2010 and served as the wide receivers coach from 2000-to-2004.
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Jason Garrett is such a great coach that he could not figure out the elementary blitz package the Skins threw at Romo.

Great win for McCoy and the Skins.

Big 10 Power Rankings from espn.com

Michigan State Spartans
Record: 7-1 overall, 4-0 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 1
The Spartans can sit back and assess their official position in the playoff race with the satisfaction that comes from thrashing rival Michigan — again — and a bye week to enjoy before the Nov. 8 Ohio State showdown.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Record: 6-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 2
A close shave against Penn State won’t do anything for the Buckeyes’ playoff résumé. But they are still breathing after J.T. Barrett got it done in overtime and Joey Bosa went all-out beast in Happy Valley. While MSU sits, Ohio State gets something of a rest too against Illinois.

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Record: 7-1 overall, 3-1 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 3
The Huskers got unremarkable performances against Rutgers from nearly everyone but Ameer Abdullah, who was remarkable in setting the single-game school record for all-purpose yardage with 341.

Wisconsin Badgers
Record: 5-2 overall, 2-1 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 6
Well, hello, Badgers. This was the team we’ve been waiting to see since Wisconsin collapsed in the second half against LSU. Solid defense, an efficient performance from QB Joel Stave and Melvin Gordon, well, being Melvin Gordon.

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Record: 6-2 overall, 3-1 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 4
The Gophers were not going to run the table. They just weren’t. Now people can stop asking about it. But Illinois? Minnesota finally failed to make a play when it was needed. Troubling to think that the other three top teams in the West remain on the schedule

Northwestern Wildcats
Record: 3-4 overall, 2-2 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 7
There’s still plenty within reach for the Wildcats. We’ve seen that this is a streaky team, but if it’s to salvage many positives from this fall, the next streak needs to start this week at Iowa. The schedule in conference for the rest of the way is manageable.

Penn State Nittany Lions
Record: 4-3 overall, 1-3 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 12
Lots of heart but little to show for it after an overtime loss to Ohio State. The Nittany Lions scratched back from a 17-0 halftime deficit. Again, though, they just didn’t have enough on offense, especially up front, to pair with that salty defense.

Maryland Terrapins
Record: 5-3 overall, 2-2 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 5
Not much good to say about the Terps, who got steamrolled by Wisconsin a week after a feel-good win over Iowa. This was the kind of defeat that can affect a team for weeks. Not a good sign considering the schedule ahead.

Iowa Hawkeyes
Record: 5-2 overall, 2-1 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 9
The Hawkeyes stand firmly amid a crowded middle of the pack. But in contrast to the others, the Hawkeyes still largely control their fate, even a week after a troubling loss at Maryland. Much must be fixed, especially on defense.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Record: 5-3 overall, 1-3 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 8
QB Gary Nova went down with a leg injury late as Rutgers tried to drive the field in the final minute of the first half. It was high risk, low reward, and it cost the Scarlet Knights in their second straight deflating loss after a promising six-game start.

Purdue Boilermakers
Record: 3-5 overall, 1-3 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 10
The Boilermakers got a week off in their bid for continued improvement after decent showings the past two weeks following the breakthrough win over Illinois. Here come the big boys, with a trip to Nebraska up next followed by Wisconsin at home.

Illinois Fighting Illini
Record: 4-4 overall, 1-3 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 14
A quality performance from the Illini and a good day for coach Tim Beckman. It’s a start, thanks to a solid defensive performance and a lack of mistakes by Reilly O’Toole. Illinois still has a long way to go.

Michigan Wolverines
Record: 3-5 overall, 1-3 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 11
What is there to say anymore? The Wolverines need to win out to finish the regular season above .500. Another hapless showing against Michigan State confirmed, at least, that Michigan’s mighty struggles could not be fixed by an off week.

Indiana Hoosiers
Record: 3-4 overall, 0-3 Big Ten
Previous ranking: 13
Hard to fathom that the team in this league with arguably the best nonconference win sits in this bottom-feeding spot. But the Hoosiers, without injured QB Nate Sudfeld, are a one-man show. We’ll see this week if Tevin Coleman can win at Michigan.

Baseball America Names Top Ten Oriole Prospects–from the Baltimo...

Here’s Baseball America’s list (with our skinny on each prospect):

1. RHP Dylan Bundy – He was 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA at Short-A Aberdeen and High-A Frederick this year while coming back from elbow surgery. He turns 22 in November.

2. RHP Hunter Harvey – The first-round pick in 2013 was 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA at Low-A Delmarva. The 19-year-old was shut down in July with a flexor mass strain that reportedly is not an issue.

3. 1B Christian Walker – The 23-year-old power prospect hit 20 homers at Double-A Bowie, six more at Triple-A Norfolk and then one in the majors in September.

4. C Chance Sisco – The 2013 second-round pick hit .340 to win the South Atlantic League batting crown as a 19-year-old.

5. OF Dariel Alvarez – The Cuban defector, who turns 26 next month, batted a combined .306 with 15 homers at Bowie and Norfolk.

6. RHP Zach Davies – A 26th rounder in 2011, Davies, 21, was 10-7 with a 3.35 ERA as a 21-year-old at Bowie.

7. LHP Tim Berry – The 50th round pick in 2009 because he was coming off of surgery, Berry, 23, was called up once in 2014 but never pitched. He was 6-7 with a 3.51 ERA at Bowie.

8. RHP Mike Wright – The 24-year-old was eighth on this list last year, too. He struggled some at Norfolk (5-11, 4.61 ERA), but allowed three runs total in his final six starts.

9. OF Mike Yastrzemski – The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl, the 24-year-old batted a combined .288 with 14 homers and 16 triples at three levels; the highest was Bowie.

10. 3B Jomar Reyes – The 17-year-old hit .285 with four homers at Rookie Level Gulf Coast League. His $350,000 bonus was the franchise’s largest for a Dominican amateur.

One other prospects note: Right-hander Parker Bridwell and catcher Michael Ohlman have been named to the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars game. They are the only two Orioles prospects who will play in Saturday’s game, which will be broadcast by MLB Network starting at 8:08 p.m.

Video Replay of Terp Talk DC from Saturday Oct 25

Ravens Come Up Just Short in Crucial Division Contest

Great teams win that game against the Bengals

A look at the crucial plays of Sunday’s game

2 absolutely bizarre throws by Joe that result in interceptions. Squeezing passes through 4 guys?

4th and goal from the 1 twice and the dline can’t stop Andy Dalton?

Conversely 4th and 1 for the Ravens and we try a low probability pass to Aiken? The Ravens offensive line just cannot enforce its will when called upon. So——–kick the field goal!!!

Did anyone realize that Jacobi Jones actually took some snaps yesterday when the Ravens were running out of healthy receivers. Production = 0

Glad to see Torrey did not have a concussion

Eugene Monroe’s penalty after the go ahead TD for the Ravens was a killer

No rest for the weary–Pittsburgh is up next Sunday night



In the Nest Preempted By NFL Football –Will Return Next Sunday at 9AM

Detroit vs Atlanta on the 1300 AM

No Excuses–No Spin Terps Manhandled By Wisconsin 52-7

I never thought this game was going to be a W, but I never foresaw this kind of defeat. The Terps started off with a nice drive but failed to score. The rest was history.

Stefon was virtually shut down today. Somehow he must always be involved in getting his touches.

The Terps are 5-3 (2-2) in the Big Ten. Next up Penn State who barely lost to Ohio State 31-24 in OT

2015 Lacrosse Terps Defeat Star Studded Alumni Squad

Just a great great day for Maryland lacrosse. It was impossible to tell who was playing for the Alumni until the helmets came off. How about a starting attack of Grant Catalino, Ryan Young, and Joe Walters (#117).Mike Chanencheck, Michael Erhardt, and Niko Amato also played. I was told Dan Burns of the Bayhawks was doing most of the face off work. But who cares it was just great to see the Alumni support. 

Matt Rambo who has garnered the honor of wearing the #1 jersey (Joe Walters, Grant Catalino, Mike Chanenchuck all recently had the honor), Joe Locasio, Syracuse transfer Dylan Maltz, Matt Dunn, Bobby Gribbin, Colin Heacock (#2) stood out for the current Terps. Both goalies Kyle Bernlohr and Dan Morris afforded themselves well.

Soccer Squad Continues to Build NCAA Tourney Resume Winning its 5th St...

The Maryland men’s soccer team notched its fifth-straight win with a 3-1 victory against Santa Clara Saturday night at Ludwig Field.

Maryland (8-5-2, 3-2-1 Big Ten) picked up second-half goals from freshman George Campbell, fifth-year senior Jereme Raley and junior Mael Corboz as the defense limited its opponent to one or fewer goals for the fifth-consecutive match.

Campbell picked up his long-awaited first collegiate tally with a beautiful strike in the 58th minute. After Mikey Ambrose beat a host of Santa Clara defenders in the midfield, he chipped a ball to Campbell who promptly found the back of the net from 20 yards.

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PGA President TED BISHOP removed from position for sexist rematk

Ravens thoroughly dominate Atlanta

The success of Gary Kubiak

Ravens will not have Owen Daniels this Sunday

Peyton on the Scoreboard operator “I got a problem with our scoreboard operator; I’ve got to have a little talk with him,” Manning said after the game. “I’m not sure what he’s doing. He’s playing music and showing players dancing, getting the crowd fired up and we have the ball. I don’t think we should be doing that.”

Cinci’s season might be on the line

Terps head to Camp Randall to face Melvin Gordon, one of the Heisman favorites

Steve Nash out for the year for LA

Cavs vs Spurs in NBA Final

Will a BIG 10 team make it to the final four

The incredible collapse of the Seahawks?

Caps off to fast start

Coach Williams in denial over charges at NC

Joe Madden opts out of Tampa Bay



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