For the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, they’ll need to keep relying on an offense tailored to Nick Foles’s strengths. Watch the video above to see just how different Foles is from Carson Wentz.
21FloridaSEC4-117489Georgia31 9West VirginiaBig 124-0180213Oklahoma132 Surveying the 2018 College Football Playoff raceChance of making the College Football Playoff and winning the national championship for teams with at least a 1 percent title probability 12MiamiACC4-1175212Virginia Tech81 5OklahomaBig 125-0191513West Virginia317 2Ohio StateBig Ten5-0198613Michigan5417 17TexasBig 124-118026Oklahoma51 4ClemsonACC5-0191811Boston College4711 1AlabamaSEC5-0205610LSU60%25 TeamConf.RecordEloMake PlayoffWin Title *A team’s most dangerous opponent is the team on its remaining schedule with the highest probability of beating it, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Five weeks into the 2018 season, the College Football Playoff’s crystal ball is slowly coming into focus. Some would-be contenders — like Wisconsin and USC — have largely played themselves out of the playoff with quick losses. Others — such as LSU and Notre Dame — have bolstered their resumes with early wins. But there’s still plenty of football left to be played, plenty of time to see whether we’ll end up with more of the same or something new by season’s end.To help make sense of it all, FiveThirtyEight is relaunching its College Football Playoff prediction model this week. You can read about how it works in detail here, but the basic premise is that we simulate both the results of future games (using a mix of ESPN’s Football Power Index and the committee rankings) and the behavior of the playoff committee to arrive at each team’s chances of making college football’s version of the Final Four. And according to our model, four very familiar teams — Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson — are the early leaders in the national title race, with Oklahoma and Notre Dame lurking not too far behind. 3GeorgiaSEC5-020097LSU4013 19Michigan St.Big Ten3-117597Penn State31 Danger week*Chance to… 16AuburnSEC4-1182713Alabama31 10LSUSEC5-0194510Alabama112 14KentuckySEC5-0187510Georgia61 13WisconsinBig Ten3-1181711Penn State61 6Notre DameInd.5-019426Virginia Tech336 For five of those teams, the path ahead is relatively straightforward: Win, and you’re probably in. Our model says Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma (sorry, Notre Dame) all have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff if they win their remaining games. That will be easier for some than others — the Tide and Buckeyes have about a 1-in-3 chance, the Tigers’ odds are more like 1 in 4,1If not lower, given their ongoing QB drama. and the Bulldogs2Who would theoretically face Alabama in an SEC title-game matchup. and Sooners are around 1 in 10 — but each does at least control its own destiny.The same goes for three other squads, who also have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff if they win out: West Virginia, LSU and Kentucky. But before fans in Morgantown, Baton Rouge and Lexington get too excited, the odds of them doing that are pretty low. FPI is skeptical that the Wildcats are very good; LSU still has to face Florida, Georgia and Alabama over a brutal monthlong stretch starting this weekend; and the remaining Mountaineer slate is no walk in the park either. It’s possible that at least one will finish with a single loss or fewer (the traditional playoff recipe for major-conference schools), but the path will be difficult.Among the teams that need a little help, Notre Dame easily has the best playoff outlook. The Fighting Irish’s most difficult remaining opponent might come this very week — a Virginia Tech team that also lost to Old Dominion two weeks ago — so red-hot QB Ian Book could be in a good position to lead Notre Dame to its first playoff berth. The Irish may not quite be playoff locks if they win out; our model says they’re at 87 percent if they run the table, meaning they’d also need one of the big-name teams to slip up along the way.3According to our model, the four teams whose playoff candidacies are least compatible with Notre Dame’s are Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Washington. But the last time a Notre Dame team unexpectedly rattled off an undefeated regular season, it went to the Bowl Championship Series title game, and it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t get the same treatment from the committee this season.Poor Central Florida probably won’t get the same benefit of the doubt, though. Despite opening the season 4-0 to extend the program’s winning streak to 17 consecutive games, the Knights have just a 2 percent chance to make the playoff in our model — and they’re only an 11 percent shot even if they manage to go undefeated for a second straight season. Between bad luck (a potentially resume-boosting Power Five road game against North Carolina was canceled because of Hurricane Florence) and the committee’s apparent unwillingness to even consider undefeated non-power conference teams over major-conference schools with multiple losses, UCF could very well find itself settling for a self-declared national title yet again by season’s end.The rest of the potential contenders have losses on their resumes, and that means serious question marks for their playoff chances. Washington’s opening-week loss to Auburn, for instance, instantly put the Huskies behind the eight ball, though they still have time to play their way back into the playoff picture if they keep winning (and, say, Notre Dame loses). Penn State still has a 10 percent shot at the playoff, despite last Saturday’s crushing late-game defeat against Ohio State, but they — along with fellow Big Ten hopefuls Michigan and Wisconsin — have plenty of work cut out for them. At least the Wolverines and (maybe) the Badgers4If they make the Big Ten title game and are matched against Ohio State. still have their chances to knock off the Buckeyes. In that regard, Penn State already blew its shot at a big, playoff-worthy statement win. Miami, meanwhile, may have short-circuited its chances early on with a 33-17 loss to LSU in the first week; the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes now rest on running the table and potentially beating Clemson in an ACC title-game rematch. Although these teams can still make the playoff, their margins for error are razor-thin.But let’s be honest: The playoff chase still mainly revolves around the preseason favorites. There’s a 65 percent chance that the national champion is one of Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which leaves just 35 percent for everybody else in the entire country. Although not even this year’s ridiculously dominant Crimson Tide team is necessarily guaranteed to make its fifth straight College Football Playoff appearance, it would be a surprise if Bama and its top rivals didn’t find their way into the playoff by season’s end. In today’s college football reality more than ever, the powerhouse programs are seated at the dinner table, and everyone else is left to fight over the scraps. 20Oklahoma St.Big 124-1170511Oklahoma51 11MichiganBig Ten4-1173413Ohio State72 8Penn StateBig Ten4-1183310Michigan102 18N.C. StateACC4-017938Clemson51 15StanfordPac-124-1179110Washington61 7WashingtonPac-124-118197Oregon184
Ohio State junior goalie Christian Frey (30) surveys the ice during an exhibition game against Brock on Oct. 3. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorOhio State men’s hockey (0-2) was swept by an in-state rival, No. 16 Bowling Green (2-0), in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday by scores of 6-3 and 2-0, respectively.With 3,982 in attendance at the Schottenstein Center on Friday, Bowling Green got off to a quick start with two goals in the first 8:05 by sophomore Jakob Reichert and junior Kevin Dufour.“You’ve got to understand how you’ve got to play,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “You’ve got to step on the ice and be ready to go and understand that you’ve got to take care of the puck. Against very good hockey teams like Bowling Green, you can’t go out and find yourself behind like that. We’ve got to learn from it and become a better hockey club.”OSU cut the lead in half when junior defenseman Josh Healey corralled the puck inside of the Buckeye zone and launched a pass up to junior forward David Gust at center ice, springing him on a breakaway.Gust walked in on senior netminder Tommy Burke and beat him top-shelf over the glove hand to make it a 2-1 game with 5:03 left in the period.However, the Falcons took control from there, hopping out to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes thanks to goals from freshman John Schilling and senior Ben Murphy.OSU junior captain Nick Schilkey made it 4-2 at the 2:06 mark of the third period, finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play on the power play from sophomore Victor Bjorkung and senior captain Anthony Greco.“I respect our team for coming out in the third and believing that we could go out there and win,” Rohlik said. “That was our conversation after the second period and we certainly played that way. You just can’t dig that deep of a hole and try to get out of it.”OSU ended up 1-of-3 with the man advantage while Bowling Green was shut down on both of its power plays.Bowling Green junior forward Matt Pohlkamp scored an empty net goal with 2:45 left in the game, taking the air out of the Schottenstein Center until Schilkey powered home a second goal just 14 seconds later.Alas, the comeback was not meant to be as senior Mark Cooper scored another empty netter for the Falcons with 1:32 remaining, ending the scoring for the night.“As a whole, I don’t know if we played our ‘A’ game,” senior captain Craig Dalrymple said. “We’ve stressed a lot on our (defensive) zone coverage and where we’re supposed to be in the past couple of weeks. We’ve got to be better.”OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey made 29 saves on 35 shots while Burke had 27 stops on the 30 pucks sent his way.A crowd of 3,022 for Game 2 at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio, witnessed a tight battle throughout, with the game remaining scoreless until the third period. Cooper scored his second goal of the weekend and the eventual game-winner with 9:55 left in the game, and Pohlkamp scored his second as well with 2:10 remaining.Junior Matt Tomkins started in goal for OSU, keeping the game scoreless throughout with some tough saves. He ended up making 28 saves on 30 shots.His counterpart in Chris Nell for Bowling Green stopped all 25 shots he faced.Special teams played a big role, as the Scarlet and Gray went 0-of-6 on the power play while the Falcons went 0-of-3.The Buckeyes have the week to get ready for another in-state rival, the No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Face-off on Friday at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7:05 p.m., while Saturday’s game is an 8:05 p.m. puck drop at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio.
The Ohio State men’s soccer team is taking a break from conference play as it plans to host its last non-conference game of the regular season.The No. 25 Buckeyes (8-3-3, 2-1-0) will face the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2-5) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for their second-to-last home game of the season. West Virginia is coming to Columbus with a very young team, but have been playing very well lately.Coming off a win against Notre Dame, the Mountaineers will likely have a lot of momentum coming into this game. West Virginia’s last loss was Sept. 18 against Louisville.“They’re playing very well right now. It will be a good chance for us to build some momentum going into Wisconsin next weekend,” coach John Bluem said. West Virginia typically plays well on the road as they have lost only once and tied twice to push their road record to 3-1-2.Three of the four games that remain for the Buckeyes will be conference play. Those games are the most important, Bluem said.One of the goals for the team is to win the Big Ten Championship by beating Penn State on Sunday. They positioned themselves to do that.The Buckeyes, along with Indiana and Wisconsin, are tied for second in the standings, each with six points. Penn State is still the leader with seven points. The top spot is there for OSU, but the Buckeyes will have to win all three conference games to capture the Big Ten title.“We’ve kept our hopes alive,” Bluem said.Now, the Buckeyes just need to go out and win.The game begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The time was moved up two hours because of potential traffic delays at the Schottenstein Center later in the evening thanks to the Cavs game.
Despite finding itself in what many agree to be the NCAA Tournament’s toughest region, the Ohio State men’s basketball team might have one advantage in this year’s postseason: Cleveland. The Buckeyes find themselves playing the first two rounds of March just 141 miles north of campus, at the Quicken Loans Arena. Considering six of the team’s top seven contributors hail from Ohio, and the lone outlier, freshman forward Deshaun Thomas, is from neighboring Indiana, the advantage of playing in Cleveland is magnified for OSU. “We are kind of close to home so we should have a nice home crowd,” junior guard William Buford said. “We are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully we have a … crowd to feed off of.” The No.1-seeded Buckeyes expect to have more supporters than any other squad they face in their home state. No. 8 seed George Mason, which would have to defeat No. 9 Villanova to face OSU in the second round, is OSU’s potential opponent closest to Cleveland. The Patriots’ campus is 375 miles away. OSU plans to take advantage of some of its players’ proximity to the arena this week. “We know dinner is on (fifth-year senior forward) David Lighty, so he’s going to take us by his house,” freshman forward Jared Sullinger said. Lighty played high school basketball at Villa Angela-St. Joseph just more than 11 miles from the location of Friday’s game. On average, OSU starters attended high schools just 81.4 miles from Quicken Loans Arena. Despite the closeness to both OSU and many players’ hometowns, the Buckeyes know nothing will be given to them. “Just because we are playing in our home state, doesn’t guarantee anything,” said OSU senior guard Jon Diebler, an Upper Sandusky graduate. Four of the team’s starters — Diebler, Lighty, Buford and senior center Dallas Lauderdale — participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. That year, the No. 8-seeded Buckeyes lost, 74-72, in the first round to No. 9 seed Siena in Dayton, Ohio. That Siena, located in Loudonville, N.Y., had to travel more than 600 miles more than OSU for the game, indicates that location might not be everything. “We just know we got to bring it every night,” Buford said. “There are some real good teams in our bracket.” The Buckeyes would not face a team ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the regular season until they leave the confines of their home state. OSU could face No. 11 Kentucky or No. 22 West Virginia in the tournament’s third round in Newark, N.J. Buford pointed to one aspect of playing in Ohio that he did not care for. “I honestly wanted to go somewhere kind of hot, but yeah, we’re going to make it down there,” the guard said, referencing Houston, the location of the Final Four. Regardless of location, coach Thad Matta emphasized this time of year is different from anything this season’s team has faced. “We’ve had an incredible ride to this point,” he said, “and the reality is, if you have a game where you don’t play well, the season is over.” Matta and his team will look to continue that ride at 4:40 p.m. Friday against Texas-San Antonio.
Although Ohio State’s men’s soccer team hasn’t had the winning season they originally hoped for, two of their last three games are at home, leaving the team with some confidence. Their next challenge will be taking on Akron at home Tuesday. “We feel confident. We had a great week of practice this past week, everybody’s buzzing and very energetic, ” said senior forward Chris Hegngi. “We’re going to give it our best shot and I think we’re going to come away with a great result.” With five of their six wins this season coming at home, the Buckeyes have reason to feel positive about another home victory. Although the Buckeyes fell to the Zips last September, 3-1, coach John Bluem feels that a short turnaround from Friday’s victory against Wright State will be beneficial. “First we’re going to rest, to try to get our legs back under us,” Bluem said. “Then we’ll try to prepare for Akron. They’re a very good team, they’re nationally ranked, they have very good players and a very good speed of play.” Riding an eight game win-streak coming in to Columbus, the No. 3 Zips only have one loss this season. But junior captain Sage Gardner doesn’t see need for concern as long as the Buckeyes connect. “We have to work hard to communicate and stay together defensively,” the defender said. Gardner said OSU’s 2-1 win against Wright State at home on Friday might prepare them when Akron comes to town. “(That) was a good stepping stone into the Akron game because they’ll probably have a majority of possession,” he said. With Akron’s coach Caleb Porter having the highest winning percentage in Division 1 soccer, Bluem knows a strong effort by his players is needed to defeat the Zips. “We’re going to have to be at our very best,” Bluem said. “We’re going to have to be very good defensively to keep ourselves in the game.” Gardner said that as long as the team is at their best, they can secure another win. Nor is he the only one who thinks that as his teammate Hegngi agreed. “We just need to have guys in the right spots,” Hegngi said. “Just make sure we’re strong defensively, but still play our game and try to attack.”
Ohio State acting head coach addresses the media on Aug. 27 prior to the first game of the season against Oregon State. Credit Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State acting head coach Ryan Day said he does not expect the offense to change much going into the first game of the season with redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins under center. During Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Day said the idea of the offense from last season, even without quarterback J.T. Barrett or center Billy Price, will be similar if not the same. “Without J.T. and Billy in there, you know, it’s going to take on a little bit more of a different personality,” Day said. “Dwayne has a different skill set that J.T., but, for the most part, you know, our offense is our offense. We want to be 250 and 250, that’s the goal, we want to be 50 percent passing, 50 percent running, have good balance.” Day reiterated that Haskins would be the starter heading into the game against Oregon State on Saturday, but said, even if redshirt freshman Tate Martell gets some playing time, the offense will not change and have the same approach of stretching the field horizontally and vertically. Much of that has to do with the running game Ohio State returns this season, with the combination of sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber. “I kind of see it as a two-headed monster, kind of like it was last year,” Day said. “Obviously, they both have to be healthy. There will be plenty of carries to go around throughout the year.”Day also said first-year running backs Brian Snead and Master Teague will have a role to play in the offense this fall as well. Jordan’s move to center always consideredAfter announcing that junior offensive lineman Michael Jordan would move from guard to center to start the 2018 season on Monday, Day said the move was always under consideration by the coaching staff. “It was something that we considered all along,” Day said. “We just, kind of, wanted to take a look at all of our options and see which gave us the best option to be successful this season.”Day also said the decision was based on giving Jordan, redshirt senior Brady Taylor and redshirt freshman Josh Myers equal snaps during spring practice and fall camp. Day mentions Meyer’s meeting with teamIn the teleconference, Day said head coach Urban Meyer met with the players and the coaches prior to the beginning of his suspension. After being placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1, Day has been the acting head coach. The university announced Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season, but will be allowed to coach his team during the week starting Sept. 2. Day said the contents of the meeting are private, but said the team was glad to see him. “The guys were happy to see him,” Day said. “Shoot, I was happy to see him because it seemed like a long time where we were used to seeing him every day, so hadn’t seen him in a few weeks, that was good. There were a lot of hugs and I know coach, he was happy to see the guys.” Day said Meyer gave the team an update on his situation and explained himself to help the team move forward.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterFollowing their upset against No. 4 Penn State on Sunday, Ohio State does not have much time to prepare for their next match. The Buckeyes will face two Big Ten opponents this week with Indiana at home on Wednesday, then travelling to College Park for a road game against Maryland on Sunday. Head coach Geoff Carlston is focused on keeping the team strong, allowing them to relish their victory while also keeping their focus heading into the rest of the season.“We just have to stay healthy,” Carlston said. “That’s the biggest thing — sort of managing our swing so we’re in the best position to win.”The team matches up against both of their opponents fairly evenly. The Buckeyes stand at 10-4 and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers are 10-3 and 1-1 and Maryland is at 10-4 and 1-1. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry said the sharp increase in talent and competition in the Big Ten brings on a new dynamic in their season.“The Big Ten has been crazy,” Fry said. “The first couple of games, I was nervous, but I know I can play well against anyone. As long as I have my teammates behind me I know we can all play well against anyone.”In the 2018 season, the Buckeyes have had 688 kills, 1817 total attacks, 261 errors and 74 service aces.Freshman outside hitter Mia Grunze leads the Buckeyes with 153 kills and freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic leads with 2.94 kills per set. Averaging 13.35 kills per set, Indiana has recorded 2.77 blocks per set and has 67 total aces through 13 games played. Indiana redshirt junior outside hitter Kendall Beerman leads the Hoosiers with 161 kills and 3.43 kills per set. Maryland sophomore outside hitter Erika Pritchard has been solid all season for the Terrapins, averaging 4.22 kills per set. The Buckeyes will face Indiana at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena before heading to College Park, Maryland to face the Terrapins at 7 p.m.
There will be an intensely personal theme to Radio 4’s Today programme when the actress Carey Mulligan takes the helm as guest editor next month.Mulligan’s grandmother Margaret suffers from Alzheimer’s and the condition is one of the topics the actress will be tackling on the show.The star of The Great Gatsby will be focusing part of her programme on helping both sufferers and relatives cope with the fear of a dementia diagnosis.Mulligan points out that Dementia is one of the biggest health crisis facing society today, with more than 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition. The actress, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and War Child, with whom she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014, has also commissioned an item exploring the impact of war on Iraqi children living under the so-called Islamic State. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mulligan, who also starred in An Education, Suffragette and Far From the Madding Crowd, said: “I am so excited and honoured to be guest editing the Today Programme.“It’s a privilege to work with the excellent team of journalists and producers at the BBC and together we will be talking about several issues close to my heart and meeting some fascinating people.”This is the thirteenth year that editorial control of the Today programme is being handed over to public figures during the week between Christmas and New Year.Other guest editors this year include Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, and Helena Morrissey, former CEO of Newton Investment Management and campaigner for gender diversity in the boardrooms.Morrissey was one of the few City voices to speak out in favour of Brexit ahead of the referendum. Carey Mulligan, guest editing Radio 4’s Todya programme next monthCredit:Chris Pizzello/Invision
Work continues on the historic bridge in Tadcaster which crumbled into the River Wharfe during floods at Christmas 2015Credit: PA Wire/PA Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The loss of the bridge, which had already been closed due to safety concerns, left the North Yorkshire town divided, with residents and visitors having to negotiate a 10-mile (16km) detour to get from one side of the river to the other.The division has strained businesses in the town and North Yorkshire County Council said contractors have worked around the clock to complete a job that should have taken two years in just over 12 months.”There is great anticipation in the town,” said Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for highways. Tadcaster Bridge is due to reopen more than a year after its partial collapse came to symbolise the destruction of the 2015 Christmas floods.The 18th century Grade II listed structure crumbled on December 29 2015 as the River Wharfe rose to historic levels.Its collapse came as flooding hit large parts of northern England, leaving many communities – including homes in Tadcaster – under several feet of water. “Its community has been literally cut in two for a year by the bridge’s collapse and people have been eagerly looking forward to the time when they will be reconnected. We thank them for the patience and fortitude they have shown throughout the year.”I am very proud of the enormous effort made by our contractors, Balfour Beatty, and our bridges team to complete a very challenging project of this kind in little more than half the time it would normally take.”The reconstruction, which has included a widening of the structure, has been funded with £3 million from the Government and £1.4 million from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. Friday’s reopening will be marked by a parade led by pupils from the town’s three primary schools.The reconstruction of the bridge will be further celebrated in April when Tadcaster hosts the start of Day 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire bike race.The bridge collapsed four days after it was closed on Christmas Day 2015 due to safety concerns.North Yorkshire County Council said more than 650 tonnes of water every second was hitting the bridge at its peak – the highest flow rate recorded in 30 years.Government minister Greg Clarke walked across the bridge, inspecting the situation, hours before its dramatic collapse. The bridge over the River Wharfe on Commercial Street in TadcasterCredit:Anna Gowthorpe