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FBC–T25-THE GAME-OHIO ST OFFENSE
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio State’s offense was rattling over some speed bumps a month ago, unfettered quarterback J.T. Barrett said repeatedly that no big changes were necessary and that it would all come together. Turned out he was right. The Buckeyes are peaking at just the right time. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 690 words, photos.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — To upset No. 2 Ohio State and win at the Horseshoe for the first time since 2000, Jabrill Peppers will probably have to make big plays for No. 3 Michigan on defense, offense and special teams. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m., after post-practice interviews.
BKC–T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK
Get ready for a week full of potential matchups of ranked teams in college basketball’s holiday tournaments. The Maui Invitational opened Monday in Lahaina, Hawaii, with an eight-team field headlined by No. 4 North Carolina, No. 13 Oregon and No. 16 Wisconsin, while the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas begins Wednesday with No. 10 Louisville, No. 20 Baylor and No. 24 Michigan State. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 570 words and photos.
FBC–T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS
There is really no reason for a college football fan to stray from a screen after Thanksgiving dinner no matter what those stores touting Black Friday sales say. From College Football Playoff implications to divisional titles to the Heisman Trophy to plain ol’ bragging rights there is so much on the line this weekend. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 880 words, photos.
After almost all of the top contenders won, no dramatic shifts are expected when the latest College Football Playoff rankings are released. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 650 words from 7:15 p.m. release of rankings.
FBC–BIG TEN COACHES
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Northwestern, Indiana and Rutgers all go into the last weekend of the regular season with chances to get to six wins and bowl eligibility, and all have winnable games. That would give the Big Ten 10 bowl-eligible teams. By David Mercer. UPCOMING: 650 words from noon teleconference.