Sport: Burning questions for CFB’s biggest Week 11 games - - PressFrom - US

Sport Burning questions for CFB’s biggest Week 11 games

20:05  08 november  2019
20:05  08 november  2019 Source:

Burning questions for CFB's biggest Week 10 games

  Burning questions for CFB's biggest Week 10 games The past three weekends of college football have each delivered a stunning top-10 upset to shake up the College Football Playoff and conference standings. Now Week 10 is here and everyone is hoping Saturday’s matchups will do the same.© Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY SportsWeek 10 of the season features an SEC East clash between No. 8 Georgia and No. 6 Florida. The excitement doesn’t end there. Kansas and Kansas State will battle it out for the Governor’s Cup. Meanwhile, TCU and Oklahoma State will be exchanging blows in a conference battle with explosive potential.

The College Football Playoff Rankings are out and it couldn’t come at a better time with Week 11 of the college football season setting up to be one of the best in 2019.

a group of baseball players standing on top of each other © Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone’s focus will be on the highly anticipated clash in Tuscaloosa between No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama. It’s the biggest game thus far in the 2019 season, though, it’s not the only one with major College Football Playoff implications.

Saturday’s thrilling slate opens with No. 4 Penn State rolling into TCF Bank Stadium with a battle against No. 17 Minnesota. The duel between undefeated teams will be the proving grounds for both programs to make a case for a playoff spot.

Burning questions for Dolphins vs. Steelers on ‘Monday Night Football’

  Burning questions for Dolphins vs. Steelers on ‘Monday Night Football’ The Dolphins (0-6) are visiting the Steelers (2-4) to close out NFL Week 8 on Monday Night Football. Fans should brace for an ugly game, because that’s been a weekly occurrence whenever the Dolphins take the field. The Steelers are getting Mason Rudolph back this week, which should bolster the offense and give them a better chance to win.Despite the Steelers being favored by two touchdowns, we still have some burning questions ahead of this "Monday Night Football" game.Can Miami slow down James Conner?From a fantasy perspective, James Conner is a must-start player this week, even more so than usual.

Of course, there are even more compelling matchups in Week 11 for fans to enjoy. Now let’s examine the burning questions that will help determine the outcomes.

Will Gophers’ offense find a rhythm against Penn State’s defense?

Minnesota feels confident coming out of the bye with an 8-0 record and the perfect chance to prove itself on a national stage. The Gophers are averaging 38.6 points per game. However, they’re facing a defense allowing the second-fewest points (9.6) and rushing yards (68.4) per game this season.

Running backs Rodney Smith and Mohamed Ibrahim, who have played a massive role in Minnesota’s undefeated start, will find very few open running lanes. If the run game struggles, sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan must excel as a passer. It comes down to the line of scrimmage. If the Gophers win there, it will make life easier for the running and passing attacks and can lead to a win.

California man convicted of torture-murder dies on death row

  California man convicted of torture-murder dies on death row A 49-year-old inmate convicted of torturing and burning his victim alive has died on California’s death row. Prison officials say Spencer Brasure was found unresponsive alone in his San Quentin State Prison cell shortly after midnight Thursday. Officials are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death but say it doesn’t appear to be foul play. Brasure was sentenced to death in 1998 for kidnapping and torturing 20-year-old Anthony Guest, then setting him on fire in 1996.Guest once worked as a child actor.Court records show Brasure and an accomplice kidnapped Guest because they thought he was stealing from them and annoying a female friend.

a baseball player wearing a helmet © Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Can TCU’s offense create enough explosive plays to compete with Baylor?

The Horned Frogs are in a difficult spot entering Week 11. After knocking off Texas in Week 9, TCU’s offense came up short in Stillwater. Now with a 4-4 record and freshman quarterback Max Duggan dealing with a finger injury, the Horned Frogs season and a shot at redemption are at state.

Baylor’s offense is a well-balanced attack averaging more than 280 passing yards and nearly 200 rushing yards per game. TCU’s defense already demonstrated it couldn’t be relied on, so its offense must come through. If Duggan can connect with star receiver Jalen Reagor, which has been a problem this year, the Horned Frogs might have one last upset in store.

a football player holding a baseball bat © Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

How effective is Tua Tagovailoa after ankle surgery?

It’s the ankle that will shape this matchup and could define the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. Tagovailoa underwent surgery for his high-ankle sprain on Oct. 20. Now with more than two weeks to recover, his availability for the SEC battle and his mobility on the ankle linger over this game.

Burning questions for Cowboys vs Giants on 'Monday Night Football'

  Burning questions for Cowboys vs Giants on 'Monday Night Football' Capping off the action in Week 9, the New York Giants are hosting the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC Monday Night Football. There are five burning questions for this NFC matchup.The Cowboys currently hold a tenuous lead atop the division, coming into Week 9 with a half-game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, despite just two wins, the Giants are only two games outside of first in the win column.

The junior is a game-time decision, though, he is expected to play given his participation in practice and the magnitude of this game. Tagovailoa’s surgically repaired ankle could limit his mobility and his ability to navigate pressure. LSU’s defense will likely bring blitzes early to test Tagovailoa. If he struggles to move around as effectively, then it will limit this explosive offense. Alabama needs him to win on Saturday and how he plays through pain will determine this game.

a baseball player holding a bat © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Does Texas’ offense get back on track against No. 16 Kansas State?

Many expected 2019 to be the year it all came together for Texas and the program would finally be a championship contender. It’s now quite clear, especially following losses to Oklahoma, TCU and a last-second win over Kansas, that Tom Herman’s team isn’t close to contention.

Now it’s about salvaging the season with a few marquee wins. To accomplish that against Kansas State, Sam Ehlinger must rebound from a miserable four-interception performance and play up to his Heisman-caliber talent. If he can do that and make up for Texas’ defense, which needs an entire offseason to be repaired, the Longhorns can win out and enter 2020 with renewed confidence.

Australian bushfires death toll rises to four, Karratha blaze being monitored

  Australian bushfires death toll rises to four, Karratha blaze being monitored Australian bushfires death toll rises to four, Karratha blaze being monitoredSYDNEY (Reuters) - A man's body has been found in burnt-out bushland in New South Wales (NSW) state, taking the death toll from bushfires that have swept across Australia's east coast to four, police said on Thursday.

a group of football players on the field © Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Will Jonathan Taylor carry Wisconsin over No. 18 Iowa’s defense?

Wisconsin saw its dreams of a spot in the College Football Playoff and Taylor’s Heisman hopes likely dashed with consecutive ugly losses. Now, the Badgers must fight back in a pivotal matchup against Iowa’s defense.

Taylor carries this team and he’s set to face another difficult test against a Hawkeyes’ defense allowing the eighth-fewest rushing yards (87.8) per game. Taylor averaged 3.56 yards per carry on 74 attempts in his past three contests. The Badgers can’t afford another underwhelming performance from Taylor. For Wisconsin to beat Iowa, Taylor’s effectiveness must increase and he needs to be used more as a receiver. Otherwise, it’ll be three straights losses for the Badgers.

Related slideshow: No. 1 vs. No. 2 regular-season matchups from the last 50 years (Provided by Yardbarker)

Winners, losers from Steelers' win over Dolphins on 'Monday Night Football' .
The Steelers surged late in the second quarter and went into halftime down 14-10. Then, the second half belonged to the home team, and the Pittsburgh-friendly crowd went home satisfied after watching the Steelers win, 27-14. These are the biggest winners and losers from the TEAM victory over the TEAM on Monday Night Football.Winner: James Conner ran wildThe matchup between Pittsburgh’s running game and Miami’s run defense was certainly tilted in the favor of James Conner and the Steelers. Early on, it was obvious that Conner was going to be able to find open running lanes and make big plays.Puttin' on the jets @JamesConner_pic.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!