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College football picks, odds for Big Ten in Week 13: Ohio State, Northwestern look to stay unbeaten

The Big Ten has looked quite a bit different this season with normal powerhouses like Michigan and Penn State having their fair share of struggles. However, there’s still plenty of teams at the top that have gotten off to impressive starts this season.

One of the biggest surprises in the Big Ten has been the stellar play of No. 8 Northwestern. The Wildcats are coming off of an upset win over Wisconsin and are making their case for the Big Ten title game. Northwestern is getting it done with a stout defense that is only yielding 12.6 points per game with veteran quarterback Peyton Ramsey running a methodical offensive attack. Now Northwestern will face a Michigan State team that has been the definition of inconsistent throughout the season. 

Meanwhile, Ohio State remains one of the top teams in college football and came in at No. 3 in the first reveal

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Hockey East Matchups Headline Big Weekend Of College Sports On NESN Networks

If you love college sports, then you’ll want to tune in to the NESN networks this weekend.

It all starts Friday with a women’s Hockey East matchup between Providence College and No. 7 Boston College, followed by a pair of men’s Hockey East tilts, both of which will feature nationally ranked clubs in UMass-Amherst and Boston College.

All of NESN’s Hockey East coverage is brought to you by Rockland Trust, where EACH relationship matters.

Next up is a loaded Saturday, headlined by two additional Hockey East matchups between No. 11 UMass Lowell and No. 16 Northeastern, and No. 2 Boston College versus No. 7 UMass.

Also included in this weekend’s slate of games is college football between Duke and Georgia Tech, as well as ACC men’s basketball.

Check out the full weekend schedule for college sports on NESN networks below (all times Eastern), and find out where to catch NESNplus

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College football: COVID-19 remains biggest opponent for Big Ten

Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano looks on in the first quarter of a game against Indiana. Corey Sipkin/Associated Press

 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The coronavirus pandemic was considered by many coaches to be the biggest opponent for Big Ten Conference teams coming into this virus-delayed football season, and it certainly has certainly held true.

With the annual bragging rights game between Minnesota and No. 18 Wisconsin called off on Tuesday because of another outbreak among the Gophers, five games have been canceled due to COVID-19-related issues since play began on Oct. 23.

And that’s just the games. The opening months of the season have seen Purdue Coach Jeff Brohm, Wisconsin Coach Paul Chryst and Maryland Coach Mike Locksley test positive for COVID-19.

Because of federal laws limiting what the conference’s 14 universities can say about the health of college athletes, it’s hard to say how many have been taken off the field

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University of Edinburgh goes big on green investment after HSBC tie-up

The University of Edinburgh has invested some £5 million in green projects after becoming the first institution in the UK to sign up to a new HSBC initiative.



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The banking giant’s Green Deposits programme enables organisations to invest directly in environmentally friendly projects that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The bank uses funds deposited exclusively in green businesses and projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives, sustainable land use, clean transport and biodiversity.

Initially, 100 per cent of the university’s investment will finance renewable energy businesses, but HSBC said it expects this to change as time progresses and a wider range of projects are identified.

Dave Gorman, director for social responsibility and sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Investing in organisations that promote the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable economy is a key way in

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Saints QB Hill treating next games as ‘big’ for his career

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Taysom Hill intends to treat the next couple of games on the New Orleans Saints’ schedule as if the trajectory of his career as an NFL quarterback is in the balance.

“There are a lot of really great players that didn’t get an opportunity in the NFL and these opportunities are few and far between,” said Hill, who knows better after not getting his first NFL start at QB until last weekend — at age 30.

“So my mindset is to do everything I can to take advantage of every single opportunity,” Hill continued. “I’m preparing as hard as I can … and each game is a big game for me.”

If this is indeed Hill’s audition to succeed 41-year-old starter Drew Brees long term, then it’s off to a promising start.

In a 24-9 victory over Atlanta last weekend, Hill completed 78.3% of his passes

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Saints QB Hill treating next games as ‘big’ for his career

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) carries the ball during an NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 in New Orleans. The Saints defeated the 49ers 27-13. (Margaret Bowles via AP)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) carries the ball during an NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 in New Orleans. The Saints defeated the 49ers 27-13. (Margaret Bowles via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Taysom Hill intends to treat the next couple of games on the New Orleans Saints’ schedule as if the trajectory of his career as an NFL quarterback is in the balance.

“There are a lot of really great players that didn’t get an opportunity in the NFL and these opportunities are few and far between,” said Hill, who knows better after not getting his first NFL start at QB until last weekend — at

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College Football Playoff Rankings prediction: SEC, ACC, Big Ten each start with three teams in top 10

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With the initial College Football Playoff Rankings for the 2020 season set to be released Tuesday night, we do not want to wait that long to get a taste of how the CFP Selection Committee will be ranking the top 25 teams in the nation. This is a warm up act for the warm up act, which are all of the CFP Rankings releases before the final one after conference championship week.

Check out the first College Football Playoff Rankings released Tuesday night.

Normally, I would detail here some of the criteria the CFP Selection Committee uses to rank the top 25 teams and choose the top four. However, nothing about 2020 is normal, and that includes the information available to the committee.  Here is the entire list of criteria for 2020:

  • Eye test
  • Head-to-head record (if applicable)
  • Conference championship (if applicable)

That’s it. No strength

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College football SP+ rankings after Week 12 — Bama on top and interesting moves in the Big Ten

We hold our college football title contenders to a different standard. We talked about Alabama’s 63-48 win over Ole Miss like the Tide survived a major scare, but Ole Miss never had the ball down just one possession in the game’s final seven minutes. We’re talking about Ohio State’s 42-35 win over Indiana in the same terms, but the Hoosiers never had the ball within 60 yards of tying the game late. Only for the elite would a two-touchdown win over a top-50 team or a one-score win over a top-30 team feel like reason for concern.

Alabama responded well to its “scare” — the Tide have outscored their last four opponents by an average of 48-11. Now it’s time to see what Ohio State does. In the meantime, though, Saturday’s results made SP+ far more confident in the Tide than the Buckeyes. For the last three weeks now, the

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Saints’ Taysom Hill proves Sean Payton right and ‘groupthink’ wrong with big performance in first career start

The term “groupthink” came about in the early 1950s shortly after the publication of George Orwell’s 1984. Orwell’s opus had coined the term “doublethink,” and the thinker William H. Whyte Jr. built on that idea with groupthink a few years later.



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“Groupthink” would be refined over the years, but the heart of it is when well-meaning and otherwise smart people collaborate to urge conformity when basic facts would point to a different result.

Case in point: New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill. Drew Brees, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, is out for at least three weeks due to a bevy of cracked ribs. Sean Payton, one of the best offensive minds of his generation, decided that Hill would get the start Sunday against the Falcons ahead of Jameis Winston, he of 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions in nine career games against Atlanta.

Hill is

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Gordon Hayward’s Celtics career may end as one big what-might-have-been

There has always been a conundrum with Gordon Hayward in his three seasons as a Celtic. A complication, a turn of events — sometimes foreseeable, sometimes shocking — that inevitably added degrees of difficulty to his quest and fans’ hopes that he could be the next all-around great Celtic.

It’s fitting, then, that if his decision Thursday to decline the option for the final year of his contract and test free agency is indeed his final act as a Celtic, the franchise will be stuck with one more Hayward-related quandary that also serves as a summary of his time here.

He wasn’t as good as he was supposed to be.

Yet the Celtics aren’t going to find anyone soon who is nearly as good.

There’s always a yeah-but in discussing Hayward’s time here, no matter which side of the argument you’re attempting to make.

He’s not as good as he

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