It is finally here. Game week for Week 1 of the 2018 college football season has arrived.There are a couple of huge matchups this week. There are multiple games that could have an early impact on the College Football Playoff chase.Additionally, there are a few under-the-radar games that could get wild. One Vegas computer model is predicting two big upsets in those games.OddsShark’s computer is picking FAU to knock off Oklahoma and San Diego State to shock Stanford.Here are their score predictions.We’ll see if these picks come to fruition. If these upsets happen, college football will be rocked in Week 1.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.
Ohio State then-freshman third baseman Conner Pohl bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorFresh off a series victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers and a 22-hit, 15-run offensive explosion Sunday, the Ohio State baseball team travels to Iowa to play the Hawkeyes in a three-game weekend series. The Buckeyes (19-8, 2-1 Big Ten) have kept the offensive fire stoked with hits throughout the batting order.“It’s not very common for the bottom of the lineup to be hitting extra-base hits, home runs,” redshirt junior designated hitter Nate Romans said. “It just shows how hard it is to pitch to this lineup one through nine.” On the flipside, the Hawkeyes (16-9, 3-2 Big Ten) have relied on a productive starting rotation to carry them deep into games. With the series pushed back a day due to weather, Friday night starter Nick Allgeyer will take the hill Saturday for Iowa. He’s posted a 2.45 ERA over 44 innings.Following Allgeyer on Sunday will be junior Brady Schanuel, who has recorded 37 strikeouts and a 4.06 ERA. Closing out the weekend rotation is junior Cole McDonald, who has an ERA of 3.52.“We’re just now digging into the scouting report [for those pitchers],” head coach Greg Beals said. “But the game plan’s gonna be driven primarily around what our strengths are and us trying to match-up the strengths of our ball club.” Once the starter has exited, Iowa loves to hand the ball to junior reliever Zach Daniels. After 20 innings of work, opposing hitters manage only a .176 batting average against him.Then again, even the best pitching staffs in the country would face an uphill battle against Ohio State right now. Seven of the nine starting hitters for the Buckeyes hit above .260, with five above .300 and two above .380. As a team, their batting average ranks 13th in the nation.Iowa’s batting order is nothing to scoff at either. Senior catcher Tyler Cropley and junior right fielder Robert Neustrom both bat above .340 with a combined eight home runs. Redshirt junior designated hitter and 2017 Big Ten tournament MVP Chris Whelan returned from injury in March and has been on a tear since, batting .383.“We’re gonna stick to our game plan,” senior relief pitcher Kyle Michalik said. “We’re just gonna keep attacking hitters.”Junior Connor Curlis takes the hill first for Ohio State, looking to improve upon a 4-1 record and 3.52 ERA. Fellow junior Ryan Feltner (3-1, 5.18 ERA) follows on Sunday looking for a fourth consecutive quality start after a rocky beginning to the season. Redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer (2-2, 5.85) rounds out the weekend rotation.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTransparency in oil and gas sector important- PresidentMarch 29, 2017In “Business”President receives courtesy call from ExxonMobil’s Senior VPJuly 12, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil contract: Nagamootoo cites Venezuela border controversy as reason for non disclosureJune 8, 2017In “latest news” President David Granger has said that Government will be working with ExxonMobil to develop a long-term relationship founded on transparency, accountability, openness, and aligned interests for the good of Guyana.During a State House meeting with a visiting delegation of ExxonMobil executives on Wednesday, President Granger said that, at the end of the process, Guyanese must be able to view the development of a petroleum industry as one that is beneficial to the national interest.The meeting between ExxonMobil executives and President David Granger on Wednesday“We are at the start of an oil and gas industry and we want to ensure that our people are involved… We are happy with the way things are going so far, and we want to assure you of the Government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.“We take decisions at the Cabinet level, and then those decisions are taken to the National Assembly; and we do not see that process changing. All Guyanese must feel involved in the process,” Granger said.The meeting with the ExxonMobil delegation discussed matters related to the status of exploratory and appraisal work being done in the Stabroek Block, as well as the relationship between Government and that company.The President noted the importance of regular and accurate announcements on matters pertaining to the development of the sector, and added that Guyanese must be involved, especially in the mainstream opportunities which are available in the industry.“We have got to keep the public informed, to ensure that civil society does not feel that there is some underhand relationship which is injurious to the country. We want to make the right steps, and we are looking to see that the population get the education they need to participate in this industry.“We are looking to ensure that this industry generates employment for our people, and as part of our partnership, I hope that we can have a programme which can help to educate Guyanese on this industry,” he said.To ensure a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship, the President said, Government is working to develop the requisite framework and strengthen capacity in areas which establish and maintain good governance.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman also attended the meeting, and echoed the President’s sentiments, stating that the engagement is part of an ongoing dialogue that aims to strengthen the relationship between Guyana and ExxonMobil for the benefit of the Guyanese people.Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, Darren Woods, in an invited comment, described the meeting as fruitful, noting that the Government’s commitment to transparency and accountability was discussed in detail.He said the administration’s commitment is welcomed, since the company’s interests and aims are in alignment with this.“I think it is a very productive conversation that we just had. The Government is looking to make sure that we develop the resources, and that we do it the right way — that can benefit the community and the people of Guyana. We are very committed to that ourselves, and we had a lot of discussions and dialogue to see how best we can do that to benefit ExxonMobil, the Government and the people of Guyana,” he is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Woods said ExxonMobil remains committed to its investments in Guyana, and is swiftly moving ahead with its production plans.The meeting was also attended by ExxonMobil’s executives: Country Manager and Project Executive, Rod Henson; ExxonMobil’s Guyana Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington; and Director of Government Relations, Carlton James. Also attending the meeting were ministers Basil Williams, Joseph Harmon, Dominic Gaskin and Carl Greendige.