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The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up their biggest win of the season in East Lansing last weekend, trumping Michigan State 49-37 and greatly improving their chances of cracking the College Football Playoff Final Four. The Buckeyes, who own the inside track to the Big Ten title, enter Week 12 ranked No. 7 in the Coaches Poll and jumped six spots to sit No. 8 in the Playoff Poll. Ohio State has a couple of softies – at Minnesota and vs. Indiana – before wrapping up the year against rival Michigan, which would love to spoil OSU’s postseason dreams.
The Buckeyes are ripe for a letdown when they come to TCF Bank Stadium, which needs an army of snow shovelers at $10 an hour to dig itself out before Saturday. Ohio State isn’t just facing a 7-2 Golden Gophers squad but freezing temperatures, howling winds and a chance of more snow by the 12 noon ET kickoff. Rumor has it, OSU is borrowing heaters from the Minnesota Vikings. This isn’t going over well with the local media in the Twin Cities.
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels will be dreaming of sunny beaches, warm ocean breezes and tropical palm trees when they visit the BYU Cougars in Provo Saturday. The Rebels, at 2-8 SU and riding a three-game losing skid into Week 12, haven’t had much to look forward to this season. However, UNLV will be looking past the Cougars and to an upcoming trip to Hawaii – a much-needed vacation after taking it on the chin each week.
To add to this lookahead spot, the Runnin’ Rebels could be dubbed the “Runnin’ Noses” with temperatures in Provo forecasted to dip below freezing. The extended forecast is calling for the mercury to dip into the 20s with a chance of showers adding to the icy temperatures. The last time UNLV made a trip to the islands, it laid an egg the week before, losing 28-23 as a 1-point home underdog to 4-7 Wyoming in 2012.
The Golden State Warriors play one of the most frantic paces in the entire NBA. But, even they get tired at times. Golden State currently ranks tops in the league in offensive pace – points per 100 possessions – at 102.6. The Warriors are faced with a busy slate of games this week, kicking off Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets at home Thursday.
The Warriors already had two tough games this week, losing to Houston and Phoenix, and follow the Thursday home date with back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday. Golden State meets a physical Charlotte team at home Friday then visits the Los Angeles Lakers, who are out for revenge Sunday after falling to the Warriors 127-104 in the opening game of the season.