Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017-18 NBA Predictions



Randy Groce, Cleveland Cavaliers & NBA Writer (@Brownsareaweful)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Rockets
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Most Improved Player: Joel Embiid
Rookie Of The Year: De'Aaron Fox
Cavs Wins: 57

Cliff Gulley, NBA Writer (@CLG2282)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Dante Exum
Rookie Of The Year: Ben Simmons
Cavs Wins: 62

Pat Luhta, MLB Writer & NCAA Football Writer (@PLuhta)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Warriors
MVP: John Wall
Most Improved Player: Rodney Hood
Rookie Of The Year: Josh Jackson
Cavs Wins: 58

Jason Disantis, Ohio State Writer, UFC Writer (@JasonInCLE)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Warriors
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Kristaps Porzingis
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 57

Pat Tregoning, NCAA Basketball Writer (@PatNShaker)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Rockets
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: James Harden
Most Improved Player: Myles Turner
Rookie Of The Year: Ben Simmons
Cavs Wins: 57

Katelin Marshall, Cleveland Browns & NFL Writer (@KatelinKnowsCLE)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Myles Turner
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 55

Jaison Roberts, Pittsburgh Steelers Writer (@Kratoslives)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Spurs
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Derrick Rose
Rookie Of The Year: Jayson Tatum
Cavs Wins: 70

Brandon Albright, Wrestling Writer (@B_Rock1978)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Spurs
NBA Finals: Cavs v Spurs, Winner: Spurs
MVP: Russell Westbrook
Most Improved Player: Brandon Ingram
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 57

Raven Williams, Editor, Entertainment Writer, Host (@nevaRWilliams)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Most Improved Player: Devin Booker
Rookie Of The Year: Dennis Smith Jr.
Cavs Wins: 61

Full Court Press: 2017-18 NBA Preview


By Randall Groce, @Brownsareaweful


A lot has changed since the season ended last June. Six all stars from last year are now on different teams. Paul George went to the OKC Thunder. Paul Millsap went to Denver. Jimmy Butler is in Minnesota. Gordon Hayward moved on to Boston. Kyrie Irving joined him about a month later, which caused Isaiah Thomas to go to Cleveland. Did you get all of that?

After the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim their second title in three years, many wondered what impact that might have on the direction teams would go about in building teams this past offseason with so many big name free agents available. In the East, the question is do you build to win immediately to try and take down the Cavaliers, or slowly put together a roster that will be ready to win once LeBron finally retires. A team that seems to have done both are the Boston Celtics.

In August, the Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving in a trade with the Cavaliers in exchange for fellow all-star Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and one of Boston's 2018 first round picks, by way of Brooklyn. The Cavs also added Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green, and Jose Calderon. Good luck trying to dethrone them.

Three teams that seem to be waiting on LeBron to move on are the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, and Milwaukee Bucks. They basically stood pat this offseason. The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping for good health. Everyone else in the East got worse. I'm not using hyperbole. Literally every team other than the six listed above got worse. Charlotte picked up Dwight Howard, so yea...they got worse too.


Now the Western conference is a completely different story. The fall of the Warriors empire doesn't seem likely to fall anytime soon, so waiting them out would not seem like the smart move. Instead, most of the teams in the West made moves this off season that will make the Warriors' path to the Finals a lot more difficult than it has been the last three seasons.

Carmelo Anthony and Paul George are now teammates with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook in OKC. On paper they pose the greatest threat to the Warriors. Again, on paper. Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets, which will allow the runner up in last year's MVP race, James Harden to go back to his natural position of shooting guard. The Spurs didn't gain a new all-star, but they have Kawhi Leonard and Greg Popovich. They'll be around when it matters.

Denver, Minnesota, Utah, and Portland will probably round out the rest of the playoff teams in the West but Sacramento, Phoenix, and the Lakers have pieces that'll be fun to watch while Dallas, New Orleans, and the Clippers try to sneak into the final playoff spot.


I must admit, when the 2017 Finals ended I was convinced there was really no reason to even pay attention to the upcoming season. What's the point? Cavs-Warriors part 4 was basically written in stone. While I still think that will be the match up next June, fans will on a nightly basis have exciting games to pay attention to. If you don't follow any team in particular the crop of young guys that just came in this season will be fun to watch as well. Dennis Smith Jr. in Dallas will probably win the Slam Dunk competition next February. De'Aaron Fox running the show in Sacramento on a team that features vets Vince Carter and Zach Randolph. Lonzo Ball dealing with the hype and pressure of playing in LA. Jayson Tatum will try to fit in with Kyrie and Gordon Hayward, and Josh Jackson will be the all-around player Phoenix is missing.

This season is going to be FUN. This is going to be a eight month journey. All that I am asking is that the regular season and the playoffs are just as entertaining as the off season was.

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/17/17: RAW Portland Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the beginning of the week and time to kick things off in wrestling with Monday Night RAW, live from Portland, Oregon. This week's RAW is the go home show to this Sunday night's WWE TLC pay per view. Expect more buildup to the event as The Shield officially reformed last week and will go to war with The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman at the event.

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Elias Samson, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson battled Jason Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews in a Six Man Tag Team Match.
- Cedric Alexander battled Jack Gallagher.
- Sasha Banks battled Alicia Fox.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defended their titles against Sheamus and Cesaro.
- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and Emma battled Mickie James and Bayley.
- Roman Reigns battled Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage Match.

- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz returned with another edition of Miz TV with Braun Strowman as his special guest.

- Promos by Kurt Angle, Enzo Amore and Finn Balor.

** RAW **

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle hypes this Sunday's WWE TLC pay per view and immediately gets interrupted by The Shield, who arrive with their old entrance through the crowd and dressed in their old Shield battle gear. Reigns takes the microphone and says you have two choices when dealing with The Shield, either leave the ring or get your ass beat. Rollins talks about The Shield's history and it's great to be back. Ambrose takes the microphone, hypes their match on Sunday and calls out their four opponents to fight right now. The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman hit the ring, but are cut off by Kurt Angle, who tells them that they're not fighting until Sunday. Angle hypes Reigns vs. Strowman in a Steel Cage and Ambrose and Rollins defending the tag team titles against Sheamus and Cesaro tonight to end the segment.

- Elias Samson, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are sitting in the ring. Gallows and Anderson warm up their voices before singing with Elias about Jason Jordan being a nerd. Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews interrupt and head to the ring for their match.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Elias Samson, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Jason Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Titus and Gallows hitting big boots. Jordan takes out Gallows and Anderson with spears. Crews hits the Apollo Bomb on Anderson and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Jason Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Emma is interviewed. Emma says she's sick of hearing about Asuka, the attention should be on her because she started the Women's Revolution. Alexa Bliss interrupts and agrees with Emma. Alexa then mocks Mickie James and announces Alexa/Emma vs. Mickie and a partner of her choice if she can find one.

- Cedric Alexander vs. Jack Gallagher: The match closes out with Brian Kendrick distracting Alexander, helping Gallagher take control. Rich Swann takes out Kendrick on the floor, distracting Gallagher. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Gallagher and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall.

- Miz TV with The Miz: The Miz arrived with Sheamus, Cesaro and Curtis Axel. Miz hypes Sheamus and Cesaro winning back the tag team titles tonight. Sheamus and Cesaro promise to shatter The Shield tonight. Miz promises to expose The Shield as an over hyped nostalgia act on Sunday. Miz finally introduces Braun Strowman and out comes the monster. Strowman says he's going to tear The Shield apart for putting him through the announcers table last week. Strowman promises to start tonight by destroying Roman Reigns in their Steel Cage Match. Miz reminds everyone that The Shield said they'd take on as many people that stepped up to them, so Miz announces a fifth partner in the match. Kurt Angle interrupts and immediately shoots down that idea. Miz tries to change Angle's mind. Angle finally announces that if Strowman beats Reigns later then Miz can have a fifth partner, but if Strowman loses it'll go back to a three on three match. Angle then announces that everyone is banned from the ring during the tag team titles match and the Steel Cage Match.

- Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox: The match closes out with Alicia unloading elbows on Sasha. Alicia with more offense on Sasha and then takes Sasha to the mat. Sasha makes the comeback and traps Alicia in the Banks Statement submission for the tap out win.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission.

- Backstage, before Sasha Banks can be interviewed, Alicia Fox attacks her from behind. Alicia tosses Sasha into production cases and tells Sasha that she will learn to respect her.

- Enzo Amore Promo: Enzo states that the way he lost the WWE Cruiserweight Championship was unfair, which brings out the champion Kalisto. Kalisto mocks Enzo for trying to place blame and how Enzo sleeps in knock off sheets at night. Enzo claims to not wear any knock off stuff and claims to be wearing $10,000 worth of ring gear right now. Noam Dar, Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese and Drew Gulak suddenly attack Kalisto from behind and beat him down, while Enzo trash talks Kalisto. Mustafa Ali hits the ring and takes everyone out, except for Enzo, who gets the upper hand. Ali and Kalisto get the five on two beat down as Enzo continues to talk trash both men. Enzo hits the JawdonZo on Kalisto and then asks Kalisto and Ali "How their doin'" as they're both laid out.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro: The match closes out with Cesaro catching a Rollins kick and then lands an uppercut. Sheamus and Cesaro double team Ambrose until Rollins makes the save. Rollins takes out Sheamus allowing Ambrose to hit Dirty Deeds on Cesaro to score the pinfall and retain their titles.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Curtis Axel is giving a pep talk to Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman. Axel says he needs Strowman to win because Axel is the fifth partner and he needs this match. Axel is pumped and wants Roman Reigns. Strowman tells him to go find Reigns than. Axel tries to back out, but Sheamus and Cesaro talk Axel into doing it, claiming their partner wouldn't be afraid of Reigns.

- Finn Balor Promo: Balor says he still hasn't quite figured out Bray Wyatt's introduction of Sister Abigail last week. Balor says Bray has tricks up his sleeve, but so does Balor. Balor promises to slay Sister Abigail with a demon of his own. Balor says his demon fears nothing and is dying to meet Sister Abigail. Balor tells Sister Abigail to run.

- Emma and Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James and Bayley: The match closes out with Bayley taking out Emma and kicking her out to the floor. Alexa attacks Bayley from behind and takes her out. Mickie hits Alexa with the Mick Kick and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Mickie James and Bayley, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Curtis Axel finds The Shield and heads toward them.

- Backstage, The Miz hypes up Braun Strowman, Sheamus and Cesaro and then asks where Curtis Axel is. Braun says he sent him to attack Roman Reigns. Miz looks worried as he excuses himself to find Axel.

- Backstage, Mickie James is interviewed. Mickie says she's proud of her accomplishments and would love to win the WWE RAW Women's Championship and take it home to her 3 year old son.

- Backstage, The Miz finds Curtis Axel beaten up and hung upside down from a forklift. Axel is helped by WWE Officials. Miz is interviewed and reveals that Axel was never the fifth man that he's chosen if Braun Strowman wins tonight.

- "Steel Cage Match": Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Sheamus, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins arriving and brawling around ringside and to the backstage area. The Miz follows and locks all four men in a room to keep them away from ringside. Reigns starts climbing the cage, but Strowman stops him and lands a headbutt. Reigns kicks Strowman off the ropes, crotching him. Reigns hits two straight Superman Punches dropping Strowman to the mat. Strowman counters the spear, but eats another Superman Punch midair for a near fall. The lights suddenly turn all red in the arena and Kane bursts from under the ring mat as Reigns spears Strowman. Kane hits two choke slams on Reigns. Strowman hits the running power slam on Reigns. Kane lands the Tombstone on Reigns and then Strowman hits one more running power slam for the pinfall.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.


- After the match, The Miz gloats and announces that Kane will be his fifth partner at WWE TLC to end the show.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

On TV This Week 10/15 - 10/21


By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

SUNDAY 10/15

NFL
New York Giants @ Denver Broncos (NBC, 8:20pm)

MLB PLAYOFFS
NLCS, Game 2: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS, 7:30pm)

SOCCER
MLS: Atlanta United FC @ New York Red Bulls (FOX Sports 1, 5pm)
MLS: FC Dallas @ Seattle Sounders FC (FOX Sports 1, 7:30pm)
Bundesliga: FC Bayer Munich vs. SC Freiburg (FOX Sports 1, 9:30pm)
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Shahs Of Sunset, FINALE (Bravo, 8pm)

Fear The Walking Dead, FINALE (AMC, 9pm)

Survivor's Remorse, FINALE (10pm & 10:30pm)
White Famous, PREMIERE (Showtime, 10pm & 10:30pm)
Good Behavior, PREMIERE (TNT, 10pm)
The Platinum Life, PREMIERE (E!, 10pm)



MONDAY 10/16

NFL
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (ESPN, 8:15pm)

MLB PLAYOFFS
ALCS, Game 3: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
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Fast N' Loud, PREMIERE (Discovery, 9pm)

Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, PREMIERE (VH1, 10pm)



TUESDAY 10/17

NBA
NBA Tip-Off (TNT, 7pm)
Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers (TNT, 8pm)
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors (TNT, 10:30pm)

MLB PLAYOFFS
NLCS, Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs (TBS, 4pm)
ALCS, Game 4: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

NHL
Tampa Bay Lightning @ New Jersey Devils (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Winnipeg Jets (FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Montreal Canadiens @ San Jose Sharks (NBC Sports, 10:30pm)
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Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka'Oir: The Mane Event, PREMIERE (BET, 10pm)



WEDNESDAY 10/18

NBA
Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards (ESPN, 7pm)
Minnesota Timberwolves @ San Antonio Spurs (ESPN, 9:30pm)

MLB PLAYOFFS
ALCS, Game 5: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (FOX Sports 1, 4pm)
NLCS, Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs (TBS, 8pm)

NHL
Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues (NBC Sports, 8pm)
Montreal Canadiens @ Los Angeles Kings (NBC Sports, 10:30pm)
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CMT Artists Of The Year 2017 (CMT, 8pm)



THURSDAY 10/19

NFL
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders (CBS/NFL, 8:25pm)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Louisiana-Lafayette @ Arkansas State (ESPNU, 7:30pm)
Memphis @ Houston (ESPN, 8pm)

NBA
New York Knicks @ Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, 8pm)
LA Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers (TNT, 10:30pm)

MLB PLAYOFFS
NLCS, Game 5: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs (TBS, 8pm)

NHL
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
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The First 48, PREMIERE (A&E, 8pm)
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC, 8pm)
Toy Story Of Terror (ABC, 8:30pm)

The Eleven, PREMIERE (A&E, 9pm)
Flipping Out, FINALE (Bravo, 9pm)

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out: 15 Bad and Booty-est Moments (MTV, 11pm)



FRIDAY 10/20

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Marshall @ Middle Tennessee State (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Princeton @ Harvard (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)
Colorado State @ New Mexico (ESPN 2, 10:15pm)

NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks (ESPN/FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Golden State Warriors @ New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN, 9:30pm)

MLB PLAYOFFS
ALCS, Game 6: New York Yankees @ Houston Astros (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

MMA & BOXING
Bellator MMA Live (Spike, 9pm)
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Superstition, PREMIERE (Syfy, 10pm)
Tracey Ullman's Show, PREMIERE (HBO, 11pm)



SATURDAY 10/21

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Oklahoma State @ Texas (ABC, 12pm)
Maryland @ Wisconsin (FOX, 12pm)
Louisville @ Florida State (ESPN, 12pm)
Iowa @ Northwestern (ESPN 2, 12pm)

Indiana @ Michigan State (ABC, 3:30pm)
Tennessee @ Alabama (CBS, 3:30pm)
Syracuse @ Miami (ESPN, 3:30pm)
North Carolina @ Virginia Tech (ESPN 2, 3:30pm)
Arizona State @ Utah (FOX Sports 1, 3:30pm)
Oklahoma @ Kansas State (FOX, 4pm)

South Florida @ Tulane (ESPN 2, 7pm)
LSU @ Mississippi (ESPN, 7:15pm)
USC @ Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30pm)
Michigan @ Penn State (ABC, 7:30pm)
Kansas @ TCU (FOX, 8pm)

Wyoming @ Boise State (ESPN 2, 10:15pm)
Colorado @ Washington State (ESPN, 10:45pm)

NBA
Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers (FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies (NBA TV, 8pm)
Phoenix Suns @ LA Clippers (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

MLB PLAYOFFS
NLCS, Game 6: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS, 3:30pm)
ALCS, Game 7: New York Yankees @ Houston Astros (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

NHL
Los Angeles Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Florida Panthers @ Washington Capitals (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)

RACING
XFINITY Series: Kansas Lottery 300 (NBC, 3pm)

SOCCER
Premier League: Southampton FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC (NBC, 12:30pm)

MMA & BOXING
Boxing: Jezreel Corrales s. Alberto Machado (HBO, 10:05pm)
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MOVIE: John Wick: Chapter 2 (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: Life (Starz, 8pm)

George Michael: Freedom (Showtime, 9pm)

Weekend 3 Count 10/15/17


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, GFW, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday afternoon at @TripleThreatCLE

** Theme Song Of The Week **
This week's theme song goes to the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto. Kalisto defeated Enzo Amore this past week on RAW to win the title.



*** WWE ***

- The Usos Win Tag Team Championship: If you missed WWE Hell In A Cell last weekend, The Usos defeated The New Day inside the Hell In A Cell to win the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- Baron Corbin Wins United States Championship: If you missed WWE Hell In A Cell last weekend, Baron Corbin defeated AJ Styles and Tye Dillinger to win the WWE United States Championship.

- Kalisto Wins WWE Cruiserweight Championship: If you missed RAW this past week Kalisto defeated Enzo Amore to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- The Shield Reunite: The Shield officially reunited this past week on RAW and took out The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman.

- Sami Zayn Turns Heel: If you missed WWE Hell In A Cell last weekend, Sami Zayn made a heel turn as he assisted Kevin Owens in his victory over Shane McMahon.

- Bray Wyatt Introduces Sister Abigail: This past week on RAW, Bray Wyatt officially introduced Sister Abigail to Finn Balor. Bray appeared in a black veil and spoke in a demonic woman's voice. It appears that Bray will dress and act like Sister Abigail as his split personality.

- Neville Asks For Release: Rumors stated on Tuesday that Neville asked for his release from WWE after he was originally booked to face Enzo Amore and lose this past Monday on RAW. It's unknown if this is the main reason why Neville requested his release or if there is more reasons.

- Neville Update: As the week has gone on there has been no legit story as to whether or not Neville asked for his release and whether it's been granted or not. There have been many wrestlers on Twitter, however, trying to convince Neville to make the jump to either Ring of Honor or NJPW.

- Survivor Series News: According to sources, WWE may be planning a RAW vs. Smackdown Live theme for this year's event. Two matches that have already been talked about is a Non Title Champion vs. Champion match between Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal. Another match that has been talked about is Team Kevin Owens vs. Team Shane McMahon.

- Big Show News: According to sources, Big Show was originally stated to be retiring in January of 2018. Rumors are that Show is rehabbing his current injury and wants to make a return next year.

- Conor McGregor In Talks With WWE: Sources have stated that UFC fighter Conor McGregor is currently in talks with the WWE for a one time only appearance at Wrestlemania 34.


** 205 Live Recap **
The main event of the show saw WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto and Mustafa Ali battle Enzo Amore and Ariya Daivari.

- Kalisto Promo: New WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto is in the ring to celebrate his title win on RAW. Kalisto says it's a dream come true, he did it on Eddie Guerrero's birthday and he will bring honor and respect to the title. Enzo Amore interrupts. Enzo says he put 205 Live on his back, Kalisto can't do it and calls Kalisto a hypocrite for using Mustafa Ali to help him win the title. Enzo guarantees he's winning the title back at WWE TLC. Ariya Daivari tries to attack Kalisto from behind, but gets caught. Enzo and Daivari 2 on 1 beat down Kalisto until Mustafa Ali hits the ring for the save.

- "Two Out of Three Falls Match": Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins:

** First Fall: Perkins goes for the knee bar submission on Swann, but Swann counters it and scores the pinfall to take the 1-0 lead.

** Second Fall: Both men take each other out with double clotheslines. Perkins cuts off Swann on the top rope. Perkins takes down Swann and applies the knee bar submission. Swann escapes and gets a near fall running Phoenix Splash on Perkins. Swann goes to the top rope and hits another Phoenix Splash to score the pinfall and sweep the match 2-0.
Winner: Rich Swann.

- Backstage, Drew Gulak applauds Enzo Amore for sticking to his guns. Gulak can't stand Kalisto and thanks Enzo for finally waking him up to this realization.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak: Before the match can even start, Gulak attacks Tozawa on the stage. Gulak stomps on Tozawa, hits him with his protesting sign in the throat and sends Tozawa into the LED board before walking out.
Winner: No Contest.

- Backstage, Cedric Alexander is interviewed. Alexander says he's not afraid to get his hands dirty against Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher. He's not backing down and he will be ready for their next attack.



- Mustafa Ali and Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore and Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Kalisto hot tagging and unloading on Enzo and Daivari. Ali and Kalisto hit double suicide dives. Back in the ring, Kalisto gets distracted as Enzo sends Ali face first into the ring post. Kalisto kicks out of a Daivari pinfall and hits Salida Del Sol for his own pinfall.
Winners: Kalisto and Mustafa Ali, by pinfall.

*** NXT ***

- New Undisputed Era Member: This past week on NXT TV, Taynara Conti was revealed as the fourth member of the Undisputed Era faction, as she arrived with Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly before attacking Nikki Cross.






*** Impact Wrestling ***

** Impact TV Recap **
This week's main event saw Johnny Impact battle Garza Jr. to determine a new #1 Contender to the Impact World Heavyweight Championship.

- LAX Promo: LAX are ready for their 5150 Street Fight Match against oVe at Bound For Glory. Santana wants to fight someone tonight. oVe arrives with steel chairs and state they fight tonight in any kind of match. Diamante says they're fighting all of them in a 5150 Street Fight Match at Bound For Glory and then slaps Dave Crist in the face. A brawl breaks out which ends with Dave getting laid out with a cutter on a chair and Jake getting tossed through a table.

- Rosemary vs. Anna Harper: The match closes out with Rosemary making quick work of Anna with the Red Wedding for the pinfall.
Winner: Rosemary, by pinfall.

- After the match, Rosemary invites Taya Valkyrie to come dance with the devil. Taya arrives and goes face to face with Rosemary. Rosemary attempts to mist Taya, but Taya blocks it and mists Rosemary in the face. Taya lays out Rosemary with Road to Valhalla to end the segment.

- Taryn Terrell Promo: Taryn mocks Gail Kim and her husband which immediately brings Gail out. Gail says the mind games won't work and karma will eventually slap Taryn in the face. Gail slaps Taryn and stomps away on her until she escapes the ring to end the segment.



- Backstage, Sienna plans to destroy Allie tonight. Texano promotes AAA Wrestling. Caleb Konley is out next and says their match tonight is dedicated to his friend Trevor Lee.

- In a parking lot, Grado seems to have more issues with Joseph Park as Park refers to Grado as being a meal ticket towards him.

- "Six Person Tag Team Match": Sienna, Caleb Konley, and Texano vs. Allie, Dezmond Xavier, and James Storm: The match closes out with Konley slapping Xavier. Xavier comes back and kicks Konley in the face. Xavier goes to the top rope, but gets tripped up by Trevor Lee. Storm hits the Last Call on Konley and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Allie, Dezmond Xavier and James Storm, by pinfall.



- At LAX's Headquarters, LAX laugh that they got oVe to accept their match at Bound For Glory. 

- Moose is shown with former MMA fighter Stephan Bonnar, both with metal pipes and arriving at Bobby Lashley's MMA Fight Team's facility.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Johnny Impact vs. Garza Jr.: The match closes out with Garza going to the top rope, but gets kicked by Impact. Impact goes for a superplex, but Garza shoves him away. Garza gets a near fall drop kick on Impact. Both men trade offense and pinfall until Impact holds a pinfall for the victory.
Winner: Johnny Impact, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the Impact World Heavyweight Championship.

- After the match, Chris Adonis hits Impact in the back of the head with a piece of wood.

- At Bobby Lashley's MMA Fight Team's facility, Moose and Stephan Bonnar destroy the trophy cases, trophies and dump all their memorabilia on the floor before leaving to end the show.

- Global Wrestling Network News: This past week Impact Wrestling officially kicked off the Global Wrestling Network. GWN will highlight the entire 16 year history of NWA/TNA/Impact/GFW history. The cost for the network is 7.99 a month.


*** RING OF HONOR ***

** ROH TV Recap **
The main event of the show saw The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page defend the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship against Silas Young, The Beer City Bruiser and Minoru Suzuki.

- Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser Promo: Silas shows off his scars from battling Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor and says they're scars of a real man. Young announces that he and Beer City are going after the Six Man Tag Team Championship and have found the perfect partner in Minoru Suzuki. The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page interrupt, mock the trio and promise to see them in the main event tonight.

- "ROH Television Championship Match": Kenny King (c) vs. Josh Woods: The match closes out with Woods applying a choke hold on King. King is able to counter out of it and get the rollup pinfall to retain his title.
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall, to retain the ROH Television Championship.

- After the match, King says he'll take on all comers and defend the title against anyone. Shane Taylor, Chuckie T, Punishment Martinez and Mark Briscoe all interrupt and demand title shots. King says they'll all have to bow down to the King if they want title shots.

- Jay Briscoe Promo: Jay Briscoe is about to explain why he attacked Bully Ray at Death Before Dishonor, but gets interrupted by Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer tells Jay old stories about how tough Bully Ray is, but after what Jay did to Bully at Death Before Dishonor, Bully's career may be over. Dreamer tells Jay that he messed up and this will come back on Jay and he has no idea what hell will come with it. Jay looks a little concerned and walks out to end the segment.

- "ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship Match": The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page (c) vs. Silas Young, The Beer City Bruiser and Minoru Suzuki: The match closes out with Hangman hitting the Indytaker on Young outside. Hangman hits the Rite of Passage on Bruiser and scores the pinfall to retain the titles.
Winners: The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall, to retain the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship.

- After the match, Bruiser blames Suzuki for their loss and they begin brawling. ROH officials have to separate Young, Bruiser and Suzuki to end the show. 


*** Lucha Underground ***

** Ultima Lucha Tres **
This week was part 3 of 4 of the Lucha Underground season finale.

- "Last Luchadora Standing Match": Taya vs. Sexy Star: The match closes out with both ladies brawling into the crowd. Taya unloads chops and then grabs a table. Taya stacks some tables and then trades kicks with Sexy. Both ladies fight into the upper balcony and trade chops. Both ladies fight into the camera deck area and both end up falling and crashing through the stacked tables. The referee counts to 10 with Sexy Star barely answering the count for the win.
Winner: Sexy Star.

- "Lucha Underground Trios Championship Match": The Reptile Tribe (Drago, Vibora, Pindar)(c) vs. The Mack, Killshot and Dante Fox: The match closes out with Fox hitting a suicide dive. Drago follows with a suicide dive of his own. Vibora hits a lariat on Killshot. Mack hits a pounce on Vibora. Fox and Killshot team together and hit suicide dives. Kobra Moon slides Pindar a weapon, but Mack stops it from being used. Fox hits Lo Mein Pain and Mack hits a Stunner. Killshot hits the double foot stomp and Mack scores the pinfall to win the titles.
Winners: The Mack, Dante Fox and Killshot, by pinfall, to win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.

- "Lucha Underground Gift of The Gods Championship, Ladder Match": Pentagon vs. Son of Havoc: The match closes out with Havoc beating down Pentagon and then stacking steel chairs. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on the chairs. Pentagon sets up a bridged ladder against the ropes and then sets up a table. Havoc is laid on the table and then Pentagon climbs the ladder. Havoc cuts off Pentagon, Pentagon unloads kicks and both men brawl while on the bridged ladder. Pentagon tosses Havoc off and right through a table. Pentagon climbs the ladder and grabs the title for the victory.
Winner: Pentagon, to win the Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship.

- At Vampiro's Lair, Vampiro tells Prince Puma to defeat Johnny Mundo so he can save his career and win the title. Puma agrees with his mission. A mystery voice applauds Vampiro on doing a great job. Vampiro thanks the voice and calls it master.


*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***

** King of Pro Wrestling **
NJPW returned with their King of Pro Wrestling pay per view. Kazuchika Okada defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Evil. Tetsuya Naito defended his Wrestle Kingdom 12 briefcase against Tomohiro Ishii.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi and Leo Tonga: The match closes out with Bushi misting Fale in the face and getting the roll up pinfall.
Winners: Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi, by pinfall.

- Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.: The match closes out with Yano and Suzuki brawling outside. Yano lands a low blow on Suzuki and beats the 20 count for the win.
Winners: Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto, by countout.

- "IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship Match": Ryusuke Taguchi and Ricochet (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu): The match closes out with Ricochet getting a rollup into a double foot stomp. Roppongi 3K regain control, hit the double team Flatliner, score the pinfall and win the titles.
Winners: Roppongi 3K, by pinfall, to win the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship.

- "IWGP Tag Team Championship, Tornado Rules, Elimination Match": The Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.) (c) vs. War Machine (Hanson and Rowe) vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga): KES score the first fall elimination on GOD. Loa crashes into a steel chair wedged in the corner and gets pinned with the Killer Bomb. The match closes out with War Machine attempting to put Archer through a table. Smith makes the save, KES hit a Killer Bomb right through the table, score the pinfall and retain their titles.
Winners: Killer Elite Squad, to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Yoshi Hashi, Beretta and Jado vs. Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll: The match closes out with all six men brawling. Jado traps Scurll in a cross face submission. Scurll counters out of it, applies the chicken wing submission and gets Jado to tap out.
Winners: Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll, by submission.

- Hiroshi Tanahashi and Togi Makabe vs. Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson: The match closes out with Makabe going for the King Kong knee drop, but comes up empty. Juice hits Pulp Friction and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson, by pinfall.

- "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match": Kushida (c) vs. Will Ospreay: The match closes out with Kushida countering the OsCutter into the Hoverboard Lock submission. Ospreay escapes, counters Back To The Future, but gets hit with a Kushida Cutter. Ospreay catches Kushida with a flapjack and follows with the OsCutter to score the pinfall and win the title.
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall, to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

- After the match, Hiromu Takahashi arrives but so does Marty Scurll, who breaks Takahashi's fingers. Scurll makes an open challenge to Ospreay.

- "WrestleKingdom 12 Briefcase Match": G1 Winner Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii: The match closes out with Naito countering a brain buster and gets a near fall Destino on Ishii. Naito hits a second Destino on Ishii and scores the pinfall, to retain his briefcase.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall, to retain the Wrestle Kingdom 12 Breifcase.

- "IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match": Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Evil: The match closes out with Evil countering the Rainmaker with a head butt and a near fall. Okada counters Everything Is Evil and hits the Rainmaker on Evil. Okada hits a Tombstone and another Rainmaker to score the pinfall to retain his title.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall, to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.


And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Browns Preview 10/13/17: Cleveland Browns @ Houston Texans


By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE


The winless Cleveland Browns travel to Houston to take on the (2-3) Texans this week. The Browns will be starting a new quarterback this week. Kevin Hogan gets the start in place of the struggling DeShone Kizer. The Texans could be without four starters on their defense and JJ Watt is out for the season with a broken leg. The Texans will start rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who the Texans traded up in the draft (with the Browns) to acquire.


Browns Offense vs Texans Defense

The Browns will be starting their 28th different quarterback since returning in 1999, and Hue Jackson will be on his fifth different starter since week one of last year. Kevin Hogan will be under center for the Browns this week. In three games this season, Hogan has thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions. But more importantly, he has a 68.4% completion percentage vs Kizer's 51%.

This week the Browns must rely on the run this week and it should be headlined by Duke Johnson. Johnson is averaging almost five yards per carry and is the leading receiver for the Browns, with 23 catches. Isaiah Crowell has struggled this year. He seems to have issues when he gets the ball on stretch plays. And even when he has gotten running room it seems like he misses the hole or the run blocking doesn't hold up. It should be interesting to see the snap count for each back at the end of this game. Also the Texans can't forget about Hogan as a runner. Hogan is someone who can run a read-option effectively. Last season Hogan ran for over 100 yards after replacing Cody Kessler against the Bengals.

The receiving situation will be interesting this week. Kenny Britt is expected to be back, along with Sammie Coates. But it does seem like Hogan and rookie tight end David Njoku have a lot of chemistry. Two of Hogan's touchdown passes were to Njoku including one last week in relief of Kizer. Ricardo Lewis was the leading receiver last week with five catches for 71 yards. With Britt on a snap count, Lewis will probably get the majority of the snaps.



Browns Defense vs Texans Offense


Contrary to the 0-5 record, the Browns have a top five defense in the NFL. On the other hand...the Texans have been good in their own right. They don't pass the ball as much, ranked 20th in yards per game, but they hold onto the ball and run the ball with a lot of success, ranked 4th in rushing yards per game.

Rookie Deshaun Watson has thrown 12 touchdowns and only four picks this season. He also has almost 200 rushing yards on the season and two rushing touchdowns. Watson's top target is DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins leads the Texans in catches with 35 and second on the team is Lamar Miller with 12. So the Browns desperately needs to shut down Hopkins this week in order to have success.

Miller is the leading rusher for the Texans with 331 yards and one touchdown. They also use rookie D'Onte Foreman who has 148 yards on the year and is averaging 3.8 yards per carry.

The Browns will have Jamie Collins back after missing the last three weeks with a concussion. The Browns defense will be a full strength for the first time this season. It should be interesting to see how everything plays out for the Browns and Gregg Williams.





Five Guys to Watch


1. Kevin Hogan: Hogan is making his first career start this week. Honestly I don't really know what to expect from Hogan besides him running the ball at times and throwing to Njoku.

2. David Njoku: Speaking of Njoku, he seems like an obvious guy to highlight this week. Hogan is comfortable throwing the ball his way and Njoku has come up big at times for the Browns in his young career.

3. Isaiah Crowell: I think this might be Crowell's last chance before he gets demoted to RB2. The Browns are going to run the ball a ton this week and Crowell is needed for this offense to have any sort of success. If he doesn't, Duke Johnson becomes the starter sooner rather than later.

4. Jamie Collins: Collins is one of the best linebackers in the league. Paired with Kirksey and Schobert the Browns should have more than enough to limit the running game of Houston's.

5. Myles Garrett: Speaking of helping the running game, Garrett playing more snaps this week is going to help too. Also with the Texans offensive line struggles, Garrett will need to capitalize on it in order to limit big plays from DeAndre Hopkins.


Weather Report

Injury Report

Betting Line: Houston -9.5


Prediction: Houston 20 Browns 14

The Browns fall to 0-6 and Hue Jackson record falls to 1-21 as the Browns Head Coach... All in all I think this team plays well but the limitations at quarterback and receiver will show its head this game. Hopefully I'm wrong again and the Browns end up helping themselves out by defeating the Texans.

Spread Offense 10/13/17: College Football Week 7 Preview


By Pat Luhta, @PLuhta

Week 6 provided us with some serious shake-ups to the top 10, I'll go straight to my top 10 ballot here.


WEEK 7 TOP TEN

10.Wisconsin (last week: NR)
9. Miami ( last week: NR)
8. Washington State (last week: 10)
7. Ohio State (last week: 8)
6. Washington (last week: 6)
5. TCU (last week: 8)
4. Georgia (last week: 4)
3. Penn State (last week: 3)
2. Alabama (last week: 2)
1. Clemson (last week: 1)

The top 4 remained the same from last week, but the rest all got jumbled around as we have 2 new teams to the top 10. I've been severely reluctant to rank Wisconsin in the top 10 because they have an incredibly soft schedule until November, but they come in at 10 which is where they'll top out at until they get themselves a big win on the resume. The Miami Hurricanes kept their undefeated season alive with a last second win against Florida State, and make their debut in my top 10 by coming in at #9. They are currently 5-0 and have a few big games coming up in November that will truly show if this team is a playoff contending team.

With 2 debuts in the top 10 means that 2 teams are out of the top 10. First, the Michigan Wolverines dropped a tough game to in-state rival Michigan State, 14-10. The defense did what they could but the offense turned the ball over 5 times and it's practically impossible to win under those circumstances. The Oklahoma Sooners lost a game at home to an Iowa State team that was just 2-2 on the season. The Sooners were 31 point favorites in this game and had a 24-10 lead before squandering the lead and eventually losing 38-31. They nearly coughed up a game the week before to a winless Baylor team and now this loss, Oklahoma needs to get it together soon with Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU looming.


HEISMAN WATCH

5. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
4. Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
3. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
2. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

A little movement in the Heisman watch this week, Baker Mayfield slides down to 5 after an Oklahoma loss in which he did not perform very well. Stanford RB Bryce Love continues to climb up the watch list, he has 1240 yards and 9 TD's in 6 games this season putting him on an incredible pace to be well over 2,000 yards.

Saquon Barkley holds down the #1 spot, as he accounts for nearly 40% of Penn State's offense. A bye week this week then back to back tests against Michigan and Ohio State will be a huge proving ground for his Heisman campaign.



WEEK 7 PREVIEW



#12 Oklahoma vs Texas - 3:30 PM


The Red River Rivalry kicks off at 3:30 in the Cotton Bowl, one of the biggest rivalries in the entire country. Oklahoma has not looked very good these past 2 games, a narrow win against Baylor followed by a home loss to unranked Iowa State. They will need QB Baker Mayfield to be the true leader of the team and right this ship, they still can make the playoffs if they win out so this is the beginning of "must win" games for the Sooners. Texas' new Head Coach, Tom Herman, started out last season with a win over the Oklahoma Sonners when he was coaching the Houston Cougars. He'll need more of that success here as this would be a signature win for him and also keep Texas in the Big 12 title game picture. As it goes for any rivalry, this one has proven to be wildly unpredictable and with the way both teams have been playing, do not be surprised at any outcome.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 37-27


#10 Auburn at LSU - 3:30 PM

SEC West foes collide right here. Auburn is starting to climb their way back up the polls and are making people believe that they are a contender still. They lost a lopsided game in week 2 at Clemson and have been on a roll ever since, winning 4 straight which includes a 49-10 drubbing of then #24 Mississippi State. QB Jarrett Stidham has been leading this team on offense as they've put up at least 44 points in each of the last 3 games. LSU has been their kryptonite though as they've lost their last 8 trips to Baton Rouge, and LSU is looking to make it 9 here. LSU had high expectations this season, but a conference loss to Mississippi State and then an upset loss against Troy 2 weeks later really derailed those expectations. They had a bounce back game last week though against Florida, defeating the #21 ranked Gators 17-16. They have a tough defensive front that will look to shut down Stidham, much like Clemson did. They'll ride their running attack on offense, led by Darrius Guice, in order to move the ball and pull off the upset.

PREDICTION: LSU 19-17


Utah at #13 USC - 8:00 PM

This game lost a bit of it's luster after Utah, ranked #20 at the time, lost a close game to Stanford which dropped them out of the top 25. Physicality will be the name of the game for Utah, they'll look to control the trenches on both sides of the ball in order to dictate the flow of the game. Their defense was gashed by Stanford RB Bryce Love last week, but their run defense still is #1 in the Pac-12 with only giving up 108 rushing yards a game. They should also get a boost if QB Tyler Hunley is back for this game, he injured his shoulder in a game against Arizona two weeks ago and missed last week's game against Stanford. If he cannot go then Utah will turn to QB Troy Williams, who started for the Utes last season.
For USC, it will be controlling Utah's pass rush and not turning the ball over. Turnovers have haunted the Trojans this season, QB Sam Darnold has thrown 9 INT's and lost a fumble this season and they've been their own worst enemy in games this season. They are one of the most talented teams in the country, but always seem to either play down to competition or make crucial mistakes that keep opposing teams in the game and it's bit them once(Washington State) and could bite them again here.

PREDICTION: USC 30-14

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Buckeyes Preview 10/12/17: Ohio State @ Nebraska Cornhuskers


By Jason Disantis, @JasonInCLE


Typically a matchup of two of the top-five winningest programs in college football history would garner much more attention than the current interest in Saturday night’s showdown between Ohio State and Nebraska.

The ninth-ranked Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) are holding up their end of the bargain coming off another pounding of a Big Ten opponent. The 62-14 win over Maryland is the third consecutive game the Buckeyes have scored over 50 as they have outscored their last three opponents 172-35.

J.T. Barrett was efficient in limited time completing 20-31 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Add 59 yards and a touchdown on eight rushes and it was a typical “Barrett-like” box score for the Buckeye signal caller.

Barrett has looked better over the past couple of weeks, giving his receivers a chance to make plays and being more accurate on some of the tougher throws.

One of the receivers benefiting from Barrett’s improved play is Binjimen Victor who led the Buckeyes with 55 yards and a touchdown off-of four catches against Maryland. Victor has caught a touchdown in each of the last three games and is starting to learn how to take advantage of his 6-4 frame over smaller defenders.

“We’re not even scratching the surface of his ability level,” head coach Urban Meyer said of Victor earlier this week. “We haven’t even seen near the ceiling of what he has, ability-wise. A great young man that’s just working at learning how to work all the time and go all the time.”

Meyer even drew comparisons of Victor to Ohio State greats Cris Carter and Michael Thomas when talking about his jump ball ability and ball skills.

“Cris Carter, years and years and years ago, when we were here together,” Meyer said. “You’ve got [Michael] Thomas was good, really good at going up and getting the ball, but [Victor’s] sheer size and wingspan… and he’s got great ball skills.”

The Cornhuskers (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) are coming off a 38-17 loss to then-No. 9 ranked Wisconsin. This week marks the first time Nebraska had to play back-to-back top ten opponents since losing to Missouri and Texas Tech back in 2008.

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley knows that playing the Buckeyes in Lincoln will provide little comfort for what may be coming.

“It’s good to play at home for us, but you know, this is a team with a veteran quarterback that is hitting on all cylinders, very talented, well-coached and so, it is a particular challenge and it’ll be good for our team,” Riley said.

The Cornhuskers are looking for a spark offensively as they have failed to score over thirty points in all but one game this year, a 42-35 loss to Oregon. The Buckeyes are outgaining the Huskers by almost 200 yards a game and outscoring them by almost 20.

The biggest reason for the offensive struggles of Nebraska is poor quarterback play. Junior quarterback Tanner Lee leads the Big Ten in interceptions with 10 and is only completing 54% of his passes. Last week marked the second week in a row Lee led the Huskers into the red-zone only to throw a pick-six.

The last time Ohio State traveled to Lincoln they blew a 21-point lead in a 34-27 upset by the Cornhuskers. But that was 2011. Last year the Buckeyes punished Nebraska 62-3 and that game is the one in Lee’s mind.

“It was tough to watch,” Lee said of last year’s loss. “I mean, obviously they will have the same talented team as they do, as they seem to have every year. They will be quick, athletic, and strong up front. So that will be a good challenge gain for us this week.”

While Nebraska tries to fight their way to a bowl game Ohio State has a conference championship in their sights and a possible playoff-birth. Coach Riley knows this is an uphill battle for the Cornhuskers.

“They’re playing at a high-level since that one loss and outscoring opponents,” Riley said of the Buckeyes. “They’re versatile and productive offensively in almost every category, near the top [nationally] in everything. Same thing defensively, so it’s a major, major challenge for us.”


What: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
When: Saturday October 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Watch: Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Spread: OSU -24
Over/Under: 58
Money Line: OSU -2500, Neb +1400

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/12/17: NXT Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week, Qualifying Matches for the NXT Women's Championship began. Johnny Gargano gets another shot at Andrade "Cien" Almas in the main event. All that and alot more.

** NXT TV Card **

- Peyton Royce, Nikki Cross and Liv Morgan battled in a Triple Threat Match to determine who moved on to the Fatal Four Way Match at NXT WarGames.
- Lio Rush battled The Velveteen Dream Patrick Clark.
- Lars Sullivan battled Danny Burch.
- The Street Profits battled Damien Smith and Espada.
- Andrade "Cien" Almas battled Johnny Gargano.

** NXT **

- "Winner Qualifies For The Championship Fatal Four Way Match At NXT WarGames: Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross vs. Liv Morgan: The match closes out with Billie Kaye trying to interfere, but gets hit by Nikki. Nikki tower of doom drops Peyton and Liv off the top rope. The Undisputed Era suddenly arrive with their fourth member, Taynara Conti, who goes after Nikki. Nikki forearms Tay, then gets a near fall neck breaker on Peyton. Tay yanks Nikki out of the ring, forcing Nikki to chase her around ringside. Nikki runs into the ring and eats a Peyton spin kick. Peyton hits the Fisherman's Suplex on Nikki and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall.


- Lio Rush vs. "The Velveteen Dream" Patrick Clark: The match closes out with Rush using his quick offense on Clark to take advantage. Clark catches Rush and sends him hard into the turnbuckle, causing Rush to flip to the floor. Back in the ring, Clark hits a back breaker on Rush for a near fall. Rush hits a swinging DDT on Clark and gets a near fall of his own. Clark finally finishes off Rush with the Purple Rainmaker elbow drop and scores the pinfall.
Winner: The Velveteen Dream Patrick, by pinfall.

- After the match, Clark sits Indian style and mocks Aleister Black by saying "Say my name" into the camera.

- Danny Burch vs. Lars Sullivan: The match closes out with Sullivan in control for most of the match. Burch is able to get in some chops and European uppercuts, but Sullivan puts a halt to that. Sullivan with a corner splash, a suplex and a clothesline. Sullivan hits a side spinebuster on Burch and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Lars Sullivan, by pinfall.

- The Street Profits vs. Damien Smith and Espada: The match is nothing but a squash match to build up the Profits. Montez Ford hits a quick frog splash and scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall.


- Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas: The match closes out with Almas countering a power bomb, but gets hit with a Gargano lariat. Gargano sends Almas into the turnbuckle with the Lawn Dart, follows with a crucifix bomb and then locks in the Gargano Escape submission. Zelina Vega tries to distract Gargano with a #DIY shirt, helping Almas reach the ropes. Zelina is on the apron now, distracting Gargano, allowing Almas to get a near fall rollup. Gargano plants a super kick on Almas, but gets sent into the turnbuckle as a response. Almas hits double knees on Gargano in the corner and finishes Gargano off with the Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas, by pinfall.