Real Madrid listening to offers for out-of-favour striker

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love With10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee10 Most Praised Historical MoviesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Read Also: Hazard in a race against time to be fit for Alaves clashThat prompted the Bundesliga club to trigger their purchase option on a deal from Benfica, before selling permanently to Madrid – where he has failed to dislodge primary attacking star Karim Benzema.A destination for Jovic is not clear, although recent reports have linked the striker with a transfer to Milan.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jovic has made more headlines for his behaviour off the pitch this year – he is currently self-isolating as a precautionary measure against coronavirus and he reportedly broke quarantine conditions earlier this year. He has netted two goals and provided two assists for the club which means a participation in a goal, on average, each 192.5 minutes. Serbian striker Jovic was prolific for Frankfurt last season and he netted a devastating 27 goals for the club, including 10 in the Europa League. Real Madrid are listening to offers for out-of-favour striker Luka Jovic this summer, according to a report in Marca. The striker was signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in a reported €60m deal last summer but has struggled to settle in the Spanish capital, where he has started just four La Liga games and netted two league goals this campaign. It is said by the fresh report that the striker has struggled to integrate into Madrid’s squad and his demeanour has been ‘cold and reserved’.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Summer Bash Saturday at 281 Speedway

first_imgSTEPHENVILLE, Texas – Five IMCA divisions are on the card for 281 Speedway’s Saturday, July 19 Summer Bash.Racing starts at 7 p.m. for a program that includes IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.The pit gate at Stephenville opens at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m.All applicable IMCA points, including Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points, will be awarded. Purse information is posted online at are no entry or registration fees; pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.last_img read more

Modified win at Arlington goes to Limoges

first_imgTyler Limoges was the third and final leader in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (May 26) – Redwood Falls hotshoe Tyler Limoges was the third and final leader in Saturday’s MN 93 IMCA Modified main event at Arlington Raceway.Jesse Rogotzke was the early leader but after two laps Clint Hatlestad moved up six spots to take over the race. Limoges also moved up right behind Hatlestad and the two drivers jockeyed back and forth for several laps. In the end, it was Limoges who came out victorious. Birthday celebrant Dan Menk took third.The 95.7 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature saw a repeat winner in Neil Stevens. Shaun Bruns hit the gas coming out of the final turn to edge Dan Mackenthun in the race for the B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car checkers.There were four different leaders in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA SportMod feature, the last of them Eric Larson. Cory Probst started 10th, had the lead by lap two and went on to win the Prem­ier Logistics IMCA Hobby Stock feature.Ryan Bryant started 12th in the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact feature and won the caution-free event.last_img read more

Stoke give new deal to teenager Ollie Shenton

first_img Press Association Stoke have announced teenage midfielder Ollie Shenton has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with them. Shenton, 18, was named the Potters’ academy player of the year last season, a campaign in which he got the two first-team run-outs he has to his name so far. The first of those was a substitute appearance in the Capital One Cup in August 2014. center_img He subsequently became Stoke’s youngest Barclays Premier League player when he came off the bench in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in February – a game that was just two days after his mother’s funeral. Announcing the news in a statement on their official website on Tuesday, Stoke said Shenton, now on a contract through to the summer of 2020, is “poised to gain further experience of first-team football this season with a spell out on loan”. And club chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Anyone with any connection to Stoke City will know how highly we regard Ollie. “Ollie has already been on our books for more than a decade and was playing for our Under-18s on a regular basis as a 15-year-old. “He’s still learning his trade but he’s a player with huge potential and we’re delighted he has signed a long-term contract.” last_img read more

Badgers blank Huskies

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoIt isn’t often that a goal the other team scores ignites your offense, but that was the case Wednesday night, as the UW men’s soccer team put on an offensive show in the first half to beat Northern Illinois 4-0.In what could only be described as a very unfortunate sequence of events for the Huskies, a low shot in the game’s 18th minute from UW senior forward Dirk Pearson was deflected by a NIU defender and ended up in the back of the net.Senior forward Brandon Miller, who had passed the ball to Pearson, was thankful for the fortunate bounce.”It was nice to finally have one of those lucky rolls go our way for once,” Miller said. “We had come out pretty flat to start the game, so getting that first tally was big for our confidence moving forward.”The score came on one of the first shots for the Badgers, who had up until that point done very little offensively. Not long after the game started, however, Wisconsin lost one of its most important players in sophomore midfielder Pablo Delgado, who came up hurting after taking an early free kick. Without Delgado, the offense suddenly found itself in need of a playmaker. Lucky for them, Pearson was up to the challenge.Pearson, who didn’t start the game, made his presence known almost immediately upon stepping foot on the field, ripping a shot from about 30 yards that rattled the crossbar. “Dirk can really pull the trigger from a lot of places on the field,” head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “Good things happen when you can get a shot on frame, and that’s what he started to do right away. It was very fortunate to get the deflection, but it was a good way for us to get the offense started in the right direction.”It didn’t take long at all for the next strike to come, as a little less than 10 minutes later, Miller found himself with room near the Huskies’ goal. This time, however, the sophomore snaked his way across the field before drilling a shot into the top right corner of the goal, sending the bench into a frenzy.Following the second goal, the Badgers seemed to come alive, pummeling the NIU goalie with shot after shot. “I think that after that first goal, we were able to compose ourselves and start becoming more dangerous going forward,” Rohrman said. “This was about as complete of a performance as we have had all year.”Pearson and Miller were not done yet, though. With about 10 minutes left in the half, the duo again went to work on the NIU defense, creating a two-versus-one mismatch that led to another Pearson goal, his sixth as a Badger.”[Pearson] was definitely ready to play tonight,” Rohrman said. “Early on in the game, he was ready when his number was called, and he showed tonight why he is one of our best passing forwards. His skills on the ball and his abilities to set people up and made things happen tonight.”Almost overlooked in the offensive barrage was the continued stellar play of junior goalkeeper Alex Horwath, who recorded his sixth shutout in only eight collegiate starts. The keeper was quick to credit his teammates, however.”A shutout streak is much more of a team streak than just a goalie streak,” Horwath said. “I only had to make four saves today. Our offense has been able to take a lot of pressure off of us in the back these past couple of games, but when we have needed it, the back line has played unbelievably.”Wednesday night’s offensive production — which was bolstered in the second half by a Miller-assisted breakaway goal by sophomore Bryan Gerster — has been on the upswing since this past weekend, when the team scored more than one goal for the first time this season in a 2-2 tie with Michigan.”The team was very determined tonight to get the result we wanted, and I think it showed in their tremendous work rate on both sides of the ball,” Rohrman said. With a record of 5-2-0, the men’s team must now look ahead to Sunday’s showdown with Michigan State, a contest that could provide plenty of offensive fireworks for the crowd at the McClimon Complex.last_img read more

Recent graduates join political campaigns amid job uncertainty, postponed opportunities

first_imgBefore graduating, Parepally did not fully anticipate beginning the initial search into campaign opportunities. But, he believes that because 2020 is an election year, young people now have a unique opportunity to meaningfully spend the new time on their hands by becoming involved in the political process. Parepally has now returned home to Chicago and is still in the initial stages of looking into campaign opportunities in potential presidential election swing states such as Wisconsin. “Graduating into this kind of environment and economy right now is definitely a little bit stressful — I was fortunate enough to come out of this year with a job offer that I had accepted,” Parepally said. “I was anticipating my start date in September 2020, but two hours before my last final, I received a call about pushing back my start date because of the coronavirus situation … We are still figuring this out as students [and] as people.” Kapoor is moving to Helena to join Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s campaign for the U.S. Senate — a campaign that has attracted national attention as a key race in the Democratic Party’s attempt to capture a Senate majority in November. “I don’t think there is any other situation beside the campaign in which I could see myself moving somewhere completely new, on my own, with no one else that I know,” Kapoor said. “But from what I’ve talked with people about, that is the best part of the campaign — everyone is coming in new and fresh, and you immediately build these super strong relationships … It is definitely still nerve-wracking because you don’t know anyone.” “What drew me to [this] campaign is hearing everyone talk about how once you’re in on a campaign, you build a community that is so strong,” said Kapoor, who will serve as a Bullock campaign finance assistant. “I think as someone who knows that I want to do politics long term, it felt like such good timing.”  “I feel like I am going to a different world than the one I have been living in for the last three months,” she said.  Pearce was initially set to pursue a job opportunity starting in August, but a hiring freeze as a result of the coronavirus has now led him to search for short-term opportunities in campaign work. Rohan Parepally is in a similar situation. The recent Marshall School of Business graduate was set to start at Bain & Company as an associate consultant in the fall — but he holds that having job assurance does not mean recent grads are in the clear.  Kapoor is not alone in her decision, and her situation is not unlike many of her former classmates’. City, state and national campaign work is proving to be a new path that can make up for missed, lost or delayed opportunities amid a shaky job market.  “I’ve always kept track of politics as a side interest, but it’s never been at the forefront of what I wanted to study,” Parepally said. “But we are obviously graduating into a very unique time, not only in the economy but also historically … people have very strong opinions [about] the state of American politics and the opportunity to participate in that and have a hand in trying to achieve the outcome you want is uniquely important right now.” A few weeks ago, Nayanika Kapoor graduated from USC in an unprecedented virtual ceremony. Though the recent political science and journalism graduate was set to pursue a Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan — an opportunity which has since been postponed until January 2021 because of the pandemic — Kapoor’s next step is just as exciting and uncertain: moving to Montana.center_img For Kapoor, the uncertainty of graduation was overwhelming, but she has always had her heart set on campaign work. During her time at USC, she worked multiple campaign finance internships and volunteered during election cycles as a phone banker and canvasser. However, she had never experienced full-time work on a campaign. Kurtis Weatherford, another member of the Class of 2020 and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Greece, hopes to fill the gap between graduation and his fellowship start date by joining a local campaign. Weatherford’s fellowship, like Kapoor’s, has been postponed until January, but he is currently searching for opportunities to become politically involved in his home state of Missouri or in neighboring Kansas.  Weatherford stressed that campaigns are more likely to utilize digital communication tools and technology in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, strategies that he is familiar with based on past experience.  While graduates continue to navigate new challenges and changes in the job market, campaign work during the pandemic will also look very different. Election season traditionally sees thousands of people mobilizing across the country in person, knocking on doors, attending rallies and shaking hands. But the pandemic is pushing campaigns to get creative and rethink their strategies.  The uncertainty of campaigning during a pandemic extends to anxiety over the voting process in November. A recent report in Politico suggests that multiple scenarios outline a situation in which voters become disenfranchised because they are concerned for their health. Multiple reports also fear that a flood of mail-in ballots would significantly slow election results and that errors in shipping, receiving and counting ballots could taint the validity of the election. “These elections matter immensely to the lives of everyone in this country — and that’s what gets me into it,” Pearce said. “I want to help make sure that I am pushing for good in this country.” “I did phone banking and text banking for the Warren campaign, and that’s an interesting way to feel like you’re doing something, and that leads into the reasons why I am so interested in doing campaign work now,” said Weatherford, a political economy and international relations graduate. “[It’s] doing something tangible to push the political contentions in this country in a way that is more powerful.” “It’s hard to imagine [campaigning] in a COVID world because half of what I was doing was knocking on doors all the time,” said Pearce, a graduate of the Price School of Public Policy. “I don’t know what field organizing looks like in a world where we are stuck in our apartments — I think that is the greatest uncertainty of all this.” Ben Pearce, a member of the Class of 2020 and former president of USC College Democrats, was a fellow with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in Iowa earlier this year. Through the Unruh Institute of Politics’ Inside Iowa Project, Pearce gained firsthand experience in local political organizing efforts long before the pandemic made headlines in the United States. last_img read more

Sports fans gain from shared experiences

first_img“Leveling the Playing Field” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, email Sean at or visit As I stand on the precipice of never writing another sports article, I can’t help but sense an important part of me slipping away, never to return again. It’s not that I’ve ever considered myself an actual sports journalist, more just an opinionated sports fan with patience for the writing process.Now that a mass of missed calls from a 213 area code asking for my first donation to USC as an alumnus has gathered on my phone, it’s time to set aside trivialities and tackle adulthood head on. After all, I am no longer the 6-year-old who showed up to his tonsillectomy clad in a full Boston Celtics tracksuit. Perhaps the time has come to bury my No. 34 David Ortiz jersey deep in the closet and to let loose the awakening I felt upon walking through the Coliseum gate 26 tunnel for the first time to behold, quite literally, the light at the end that shined on a perfect inner world offset from reality.But then I pause, because I realize the stakes, even while everyone around me can’t wrap their minds around why I take my sports fandom so seriously.Upon charging full steam ahead into adult life, I don’t want to become a surly old man, devoid of childish wonderment and passion that defy logical explanation. I don’t want to become the reductive realist who dismisses sports as “just a game” or, more cynically, opium for the masses doled out by the elites to placate people who might otherwise grow restless with their disappointing lot in life. Being a sports fan is about so much more than vicarious living.Despite witnessing, in many ways, the dark ages of USC football and basketball, I can’t overstate what sports fandom has done for me throughout my time at college, both concretely and less tangibly. It’s never just been about the bottom line of wins and losses and feeling happy or sad.On Sept. 19, 2009, former quarterback Aaron Corp completed 13 of 22 passes for 110 yards and an interception, leading USC to its lowest point total in three years in a 16-13 loss at Washington and helping torpedo a season that once overflowed with expectations. That game changed the course of my college career as much as it changed Corp’s.Earlier that Saturday, a girl who served with me on a student government board shot me a text out of nowhere. She asked if I could update her on the progress of the USC game because she was planning to go behind enemy lines that same day and watch UCLA play at the Rose Bowl with some of her former high school friends who had “Bruined” their lives. She wouldn’t have access to the live broadcast.We didn’t have much of a rapport up until then, though I had always admired her kindness and felt overpowered by her glowing smile. She didn’t know it at the time, but I had developed a small crush on her.Our brief conversations before had convinced her that I was someone who would faithfully watch the USC game on television and report back. A few text messages exchanged during the game, expressing our collective frustrations and wondering what the upset loss meant for 2009, later led to dates, which later evolved into a relationship. That Saturday, USC football, however depressing, provided the perfect excuse to strike up a conversation with this girl; it was a talking point and a start, and for that, I am grateful.Certainly, fandom isn’t always that pretty and tidy. The nasty campus Porta Potties on game days quickly attest to that fact. And we’ve all witnessed the ugliness of fans who have had a few too many beverages, ad-libbing, “Hey! You suck (expletive)” to Gary Glitter’s indescribably catchy “Rock and Roll (The Hey Song)” and spouting other profanities tinged with homophobia and racism.Fandom doesn’t always completely add up, either. After attending his first football game at the Coliseum, my Russian TA for an international relations survey course once asked me if I could imagine the USC Song Girls plopped outside the Kremlin, rhythmically squatting and thrusting their two fingers in the air, and the reactions they would get.Despite the ridiculousness of it all, I have also witnessed the values prized by USC come to the fore when a collective group cheers as one, which is why I bristle at the argument that serious academics and serious sports don’t mesh. Together, Trojan fans applaud integrity, fortitude and a little bit of flippant disdain for corruption — values by which anyone is well-served.As a transplanted New Englander, becoming a USC fan not only introduced me to a culture and tradition of which I was utterly ignorant, but also made this university home for me. In the face of mounting losses and external vitriol, we never lost confidence in our greatness, our ability to rise again or the privilege of our Trojan existence — a lesson that will benefit me every time I feel self-doubt.Though my sports-writing career draws to an end, I will never forget how my experiences as a USC fan shaped the trajectory of my time in college and injected it with boundless meaning. No matter where I go from here, USC will never be too far behind.last_img read more

Munster game likely to be played in December

first_imgKick off at Ravenhill is at 7.45. Munster’s round 2 Champions Cup trip to Stade Francais, and Ulster’s clash away to Oyonnax  were among the games called off in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Meanwhile Ulster are in Champions Cup action this evening, playing host to Saracens in Pool 1. Iain Henderson is back for the first time since the World Cup after recovering from a hand injury, and he’ll earn his 50th provincial cap.last_img

Medeama stun Kotoko to win FA Cup

first_imgMedeama claimed their first major trophy in their 3-year history when Theophilus Anobaah volleyed home a goal that won the MTN FA Cup final against Asante Kotoko on Sunday.They defeated Kotoko 1-0 as it marked another Cup upset at the Accra Sports Stadium in the competition for the Porcupine Warriors, who lost in the final three seasons ago to Nania FC.The Mauves produced a determined performance that denied pre-match favourites Kotoko, a double after they had won the Premier League last month.Ahead of the match, Kotoko coach Didi Dramani appealed to their fans to turn up and push them on to victory but Medeama were not outnumbered as their supporters cheered from the start till referee William Agbovi blew the whistle to end the match.Anobaah sent Medeama’s fans into ecstasy when he found himself in the box unmarked and connected a cross from the right that sailed into the roof leaving Kotoko goalkeeper Soulama Abdulai clutching thin air with four minutes of play remaining in the first half.It completed a miserable day for Dramani, who had sounded very confident of grabbing the Cup to add to his league success in his debut season for Asante Kotoko and in top-flight competition. The win will be remembered as one of the great FA Cup stories of modern times and, for the increasingly beleaguered Medeama, who came very close to winning the league, it’s a perfect start to continental football.Medeama, aside winning the FA Cup and bagging GHS 30,000 in prize money, will play in their debut African campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.last_img read more

It’s a trap! College football’s most dangerous games for top 25 teams in 2019

first_img“It’s a trap!”For the fourth consecutive year, Sporting News is honoring Admiral Ackbar from “Star Wars” with a look at the biggest trap games — this time, for our preseason top 25 teams. 3. Georgia: vs. Missouri (Nov. 9)It’s always Missouri, isn’t it? It’s more a matter of where the Tigers fall in the schedule. This year, they visit between Georgia’s big games against Florida and Auburn — right before season-ending matchups against Texas A&M and Georgia Tech. Kelly Bryant will make Mizzou dangerous, and he’ll be comfortable in the offense by then. The Bulldogs can’t lose focus here.2. Clemson: at Syracuse (Sept. 14)Is this a trap game, or the toughest game on the Tigers’ ACC schedule? It’s a little of both. Clemson will be coming off the Texas A&M game. Syracuse has split the last two meetings with the Tigers, winning the last time they played in the Carrier Dome. We could have gone with N.C. State here, but Syracuse is the more important game this season.1. Alabama: at South Carolina (Sept. 14)This is the only road venue in the SEC where Saban hasn’t won with Alabama — but that’s mostly because the Tide have played there once. Just say Stephen Garcia and let Gamecocks’ fans do the rest. It’s going to be hot, it’s early in the season, this will be Alabama’s first road game and the Crimson Tide have a bunch of new assistant coaches. It’s either here or at Mississippi State on Nov. 16. We’ll stick with South Carolina here. MORE: SN preseason rankings, All-Americans and moreSo, what’s a trap? A trap game could be a sandwich game, an untimely visit to unfriendly confines or a simple spoiler that comes at the worst time. Trap games can be sprung at any time — even if we’re always looking for them.With that in mind, SN has an eye on some trap games for the 2019 season. These tops 25 should be on the lookout.25. Nebraska: at Colorado (Sept. 7)There’s a temptation to put Indiana (Oct. 26) on here given its place among the multiple Big Ten West showdowns, but we went with the road trip to old Big Eight rival Colorado and first-year coach Mel Tucker. The Buffs spoiled Scott Frost’s debut in a 33-28 shootout last season, and expectations for the Huskers are even higher in Year 2. They can’t look ahead to the end-of-the-month showdown with Ohio State.24. Northwestern: vs. Michigan State (Sept. 21)The Wildcats have key Big Ten West showdowns at Wisconsin and Nebraska after a showdown with the Spartans. Northwestern has won the last three meetings with the Spartans and averaged 40.7 points per game in those contests, but the Spartans are never an easy out.23. Iowa State: at Texas Tech (Oct. 19)The Cyclones have their big showdowns with Texas and Oklahoma in November, but the October stretch is full of tough matchups with TCU, West Virginia and Oklahoma State. The trip to Lubbock is crammed in that stretch. Matt Campbell’s Cyclones have three straight wins over the Red Raiders, but this will be their first matchup against first-year coach Matt Wells.22. UCF: at Pitt (Sept. 21)The Knights have had enough success to earn this Power 5 trap game. UCF faces Pitt — a team it beat 45-14 last season — after facing Stanford. Win against the Cardinal, and the Knights must prove they can do it again. Lose, and the pressure’s on to show they belong on the same level as Power 5 opponents. It won’t be nearly as easy in 2019 at the always-treacherous Heinz Field.21. Wisconsin: vs. Purdue (Nov. 23)We almost put the opener at South Florida here, but the Badgers should be able to survive that Friday night showdown in Tampa. Instead, we went with Purdue, which is between road games at Nebraska and Minnesota and late enough in the schedule that it will be tight. Wisconsin won the last two meetings 17-9 and 47-44.MORE: Unpopular college football opinions for 201920. Stanford: vs. UCLA (Oct. 17)The first half of the schedule is filled with so many tough games that the Cardinal won’t have much room for error in the second half. Oregon State in late September will be the one to watch, but we think the Cardinal pass that test. After a bye week, however, a Thursday night game against UCLA could be tougher than it looks. Stanford beat the Bruins in a 49-42 shootout last season, and the contrast in styles could lead to another one of those nail-biters.19. Syracuse: at Maryland (Sept. 7)The Orange have high hopes in the ACC and are SN’s pick to make the Orange Bowl this season. Of course, that means not looking past a Sept. 7 trip to Maryland for the early-season showdown with Clemson. The Terps swept a home-and-home with Texas in 2016-17 and could derail Syracuse’s high hopes early.18. Washington State: vs. Houston (Sept. 13)Mike Leach will be back in Texas with a new quarterback, and Dana Holgorsen will be on the other sideline with an experienced playmaker in D’Eriq King. This could be the most thrilling game in September, but Houston is in its backyard. First one to 50 — 60, maybe? — wins.17. Army: at Hawaii (Dec. 1)The Black Knights have their big date in the Big House with Michigan on Sept. 7, but they will get their trap game almost two months later. A trip to Hawaii comes after a bye week and two weeks before the season-ending showdown with Navy. Army is 0-2 when making that long trip to Hawaii.16. Auburn: vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 28)Auburn’s schedule doesn’t leave room for many traps because it’s flat-out difficult, from the opener against Oregon to the Iron Bowl against Alabama. But this game against the Bulldogs is tucked between road trips at Texas A&M and Florida. Mississippi State beat Auburn 23-9 last season and has won three of the last five in the series.POSITION RANKINGS: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Receivers15. Mississippi State: at Arkansas (Nov. 2)The Bulldogs head into Fayetteville after a three-week stretch at Tennessee, vs. LSU and at Texas A&M. It’d be easy to let their guard down against an Arkansas team that went 0-8 in SEC play last year, especially considering the Bulldogs have a bye right after, with games against Alabama and Ole Miss on the horizon. It’s on Joe Moorhead to keep his team focused on what should be an improved Razorbacks team.14. Washington: at BYU (Sept. 21)Washington has big games against USC and Stanford the next two weeks, but not before a trip to Provo to face a Cougars team with up-and-coming star quarterback Zach Wilson. Washington cruised in a 35-7 victory against BYU last season. Wisconsin found out last year how tough the playback game can be in September.13. Oregon: at USC (Nov. 2)This could be the Trojans’ all-in game against the Ducks, who play Washington and Washington State in key Pac-12 North contests the two weeks before that. Oregon is 3-3 in their last six visits to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This is a game that should bring out the best in USC no matter where their season stands.12. Penn State: at Minnesota (Nov. 9)Pitt and Iowa are also good choices considering their spot on the schedule, but this feels like a risky game for the Nittany Lions knowing Michigan, Michigan State and a bye week will be in the rearview heading into this one. P.J. Fleck and James Franklin haven’t coached against each other in the Big Ten yet either.11. Texas A&M: vs. Arkansas (Sept. 28)The Aggies have a long first month of the season where they travel to Clemson and host Auburn. The last week of the month features Arkansas, which should be improved enough in Year 2 under Chad Morris to make it interesting. Texas A&M can’t afford to look ahead to the bye week, which will be used to get ready for Alabama.MORE: Ranking coaches 130-1 for 2019 season10. Notre Dame: vs. Virginia (Sept. 28)The Irish will be in Athens for a huge showdown with Georgia on Sept. 21, and a steadily improving Virginia team with hopes for a ACC Coastal Division title will visit South Bend the following week. The Cavs have never played at Notre Dame Stadium, and some teams play over their head when they do. Notre Dame has to be careful here.9. Michigan: at Indiana (Nov. 23)It’s the classic trap game before Ohio State that the Wolverines need to be wary of. Army and Wisconsin are tough games in September, and the schedule has so many pivotal matchups there aren’t many breaks for the Wolverines. Indiana can’t be considered an easy game knowing the last two matchups in Bloomington went to overtime. 8. Florida: vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 9)The Gators play Georgia on Nov. 2. Win or lose, that sets up the visit from Vandy as a natural emotional letdown game. Only, emotions were high in the 37-27 win against the Commodores last season. Vanderbilt will be in full spoiler mode here. Florida has lost the last three years the week after Georgia. The last win? A 9-7 victory against Vandy in 2015.7. LSU: vs. Utah State (Oct. 5)LSU lost to Troy in 2017 and messed around in the first half with Louisiana Tech last season. The Tigers don’t have an SEC matchup that stands out as a trap game, but they will be up against one of the nation’s most efficient passers in Jordan Love when the Aggies visit Tiger Stadium after a Tigers bye week. Love nearly led the Aggies to an upset at Michigan State last season. LSU faces Florida the following week.6. Texas: at Baylor (Nov. 23)Let’s say Texas clears all those hurdles in September and October and is the frontrunner for a Big 12 championship game spot. The Longhorns play at Iowa State on Nov. 16, a known spot for upsets. The following week at Baylor could be even more challenging. The Longhorns have won the last four meetings, but three of those victories were by six points or fewer.MORE: College football’s toughest places to play in 20195. Ohio State: at Nebraska (Sept. 28)The Buckeyes will know what they are going into — because there’s an excellent chance, if the Huskers are undefeated, that ESPN College GameDay will be on hand in Lincoln for this one. It’s a big test for second-year coach Scott Frost, and an even bigger spot for first-year coach Ryan Day. Cincinnati will be a tough game too, but this is the one that Ohio State must wiggle out from.4. Oklahoma: at Kansas State (Oct. 26)The Kansas game is the week before Texas on Oct. 5, but the trip to Manhattan three weeks later will be more difficult knowing the Sooners will have just faced Texas and West Virginia in consecutive weeks and will be looking at the bye. This will be the kitchen sink game for first-year coach Chris Klieman.last_img read more