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Band heads to area round competition

first_imgBy LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band is off to the area contest in Corpus Christi this weekend after getting straight Division I ratings at last week’s Pigskin contest in Mercedes.The weather wasn’t exactly perfect when the Silver Tarpon marchers hit the field for their performance.“We were in our warm-up and the temperature was pretty good,” Port Isabel Head Director of Bands Scott Hartsfield said this week. “And we got to the field and it started to drop and started to rain. So, the kids are getting rained on, and they pushed through it and it went extremely well.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedOn to State for Silver Tarpon BandBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Band has qualified for the state marching contest.  They did so by placing first in Class 4A in the area contest at Gregory-Portland High School last Saturday. At the area contest all bands march in the preliminaries…November 4, 2016In “News”Band back from state contestBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Silver Tarpon Marching Band returned last Thursday from the UIL State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio.  The band competed in preliminary competition in the morning, but failed to advance to the finals. Technical difficulties intervened in a performance that…November 16, 2018In “News”Silver Tarpon Band Tops at RobstownBy Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band has a lot of fans and we’re all accustomed to hearing of the various awards and accomplishments of the band as they go through contest season.  This is the group that has qualified for the…October 18, 2019In “News” Sharelast_img read more

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Heboh Pesan Berantai Lion dan Batik Air Tak Lakukan Physical Distancing, Kena Proxy War?

first_imgjarak aman dalam kabin pesawat (Lion Air) Belum lama ini, beredar pesan berantai berisi video Lion Air dan Batik Air mengangkut penuh penumpang tanpa adanya physical distancing. Dari hasil penelusuran singkat, redaksi KabarPenumpang.com menemukan setidaknya pesan serupa juga didapat oleh rekan media lainnya dan di waktu yang nyaris bersamaan, yakni malam hari, dari orang tak dikenal (OTK) melalui pesan instan WhatsApp.Baca juga: Analis Penerbangan Sebut Kosongkan Kursi Tengah di Pesawat Tak Masuk Akal!Dalam empat video berdurasi masing-masing lebih dari satu menit itu, nampak pesawat penuh sesak meskipun seluruhnya menggunakan APD, seperti masker dan beberapa penumpang menggunakan face shield. Dua video di antaranya bahkan sempat terjadi cekcok dengan petugas on board. Cekcok terjadi akibat penumpang mempertanyakan tidak adanya pengaturan physical distancing. Hal itu pun direspon oleh petugas dengan sedikit ‘represif’.Petugas menghimbau agar penumpang yang merasa tak nyaman dengan kondisi tersebut agar meninggalkan pesawat dan membicarakan lebih lanjut kepada staf darat. Pada akhirnya, cara tersebut berhasil meredam kegelisahan penumpang dan memilih tetap untuk berangkat dengan kondisi yang ada.Menanggapi video viral melalui pesan berantai oleh OTK tersebut, Corporate Communications Strategic of Lion Air Group, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, tak menampik video tersebut melibatkan pihaknya. Danang menyebut, beberapa kejadian dalam video itu sudah terjadi sejak Maret-April lalu.“Ada beberapa video yang kejadiannya sudah lama (Maret-April),” jelasnya kepada KabarPenumpang.com melalui pesan singkat. Untuk diketahui, video viral Lion Group mengangkut penuh penumpang tanpa adanya physical distancing menjadi perbincangan hangat mengingat, sampai saat ini, pemerintah masih membatasi jumlah kapasitas maksimum di pesawat.Pun demikian, bila benar beberapa video tersebut terjadi pada April lalu, sejak di pertengahan bulan (16 April), pemerintah juga sudah mulai menerapkan aturan pembatasan kapasitas pesawat maksimum 50 persen melalui Permenhub 18 tahun 2020 yang mengatur agar setiap pesawat maksimal hanya mengangkut 50 persen dari kapasitas.Meski begitu, Danang menjelaskan, dalam penerbangan tertentu, Lion Group memang dimungkinkan untuk menerbangkan pesawat tanpa adanya physical distancing alias penuh sesak.“Dalam penerbangan tertentu kemungkinan jumlah tingkat keterisian penumpang (seat load factor) sesuai kapasitas pesawat udara yang dioperasikan, sehingga penerapan physical distancing pada kabin belum maksimal,” ujarnya.Tidak adanya physical distancing, meskipun pemerintah masih menerapkan batas maksimum 70 persen dari kapasitas pesawat, setidaknya terjadi karena enam hal. Mulai dari mengkomodir kebutuhan penumpang, pembelian tiket secara tiba-tiba, reschedule, transfer flight, group booking, hingga pembukuan pada periode pemesanan sebelumnya (terutama dari tamu atau penumpang yang telah membeli tiket jauh hari).Pengamat Kebijakan Publik, Agus Pambagio, menyebut, tidak diterapkannya physical distancing dalam penerbangan Lion Air terjadi akibat ketidakjelasan regulator, dalam hal ini Kementerian Perhubungan. Ketidakjelasan yang dimaksud adalah Surat Edaran (SE) Permenhub 41 tahun 2020.Baca juga: Lion Air Group: Pengaturan Jarak Aman di Kabin Disesuaikan dengan Tipe dan Kapasitas Pesawat“PM 41 itu PM Perhub rasa kesehatan. Jadi kalau dilanggar pantas karena PM-nya tidak jelas,” singkatnya kepada KabarPenumpang.com. Menurutnya, implementasi Permenhub 41 berupa SE hanya akan membuat keadaan makin keruh. Sebab, SE bukan merupakan produk hukum. Mengetahui SE bukan produk hukum, ia yang sempat merasakan langsung kondisi seperti itu, sampai tak bisa berbuat apa-apa dan memilih untuk mengganti pesawat ketimbang memprotes maskapai.Sebagai informasi, belakangan, Lion Group memang menjadi sorotan atas berbagai isu miring, seperti PHK massal hingga stop operasi. Kondisi tersebut nampaknya cukup wajar mengingat Lion Group adalah pemegang market share penumpang pesawat udara domestik terbesar di Indonesia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedVideo Kasus Bagasi di Kualanamu Beredar, Lion Air Siap Tempuh Jalur Hukum02/08/2018In “Bandara”Begini Cara Maskapai Dunia Terapkan Physical Distancing di Pesawat27/03/2020In “Domestik”Mei 2019: Kinerja Ketepatan Waktu Lion Air Capai 89,73 Persen04/06/2019In “Domestik”last_img read more

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It’s a top of the ladder clash in Port Moresby AFL

first_imgAFL BY SIMON KESLEP Bismark Maritime West Eagles and Lamana Dockers two of the undefeated senior mens division teams will match up on Sunday (3pm) as Esiloan Port Moresby AFL enters round six of competition at the Bisini Colts oval. It is a top of the ladder clash for the two teams given their outstanding undefeated game performances since the start of the season. In the senior men’s points ladder, Eagles 20, Dockers 20, Sun City Cats 12, Gordons Kokofas 12, Concept Koboni 8, Gereka Bombers 8, Gerehu Magpies 0 and North Waigani Royals Tigers 0. For Eagles coming off from a forfeit against Tigers last weekend, they will be expected to dig deep at training to match up fellow brothers, the Dockers. Dockers on the other end, are also expected to step up and bring out their never say die efforts throughout each 17 minutes quarter play. Both teams comprise  PNG Mosquito representative players, majority are  West New Britain AFL talents. The team with a good coordinated support plays and consistent goal kicking accuracy is likely to survive the contest with a win. Eagles will be banking on the likes of Jeffery ‘Hardy’ Vogae, former Dockers Clyde Pulah, John James Lavai and also their back line. Dockers have the reliable workaholic ruck rover Archie Mae, Wesley Yuwi, Chris Mong, Luke Savere Jnr, Hosea Wartovo, Emmanuel Tupia, Brendon Bola, Max Lavai and Desmond Kaumu to take lead. “The first quarter was a bit scrappy but as we played on in the third and final quarter the boys gain momentum. That is why we won the game because we play as a team,” said Dockers coach Alphonse Gale after last win over Cats. This performance is likely to improve for Dockers as Coach Gale said the match against Eagles will get a bit aggressive and physical. “This match will test which team will remain at the top of the ladder and who will be second.” Saturday senior division match will see Tigers taking on Magpies, Kokofas facing of with Cats while Koboni searching for their third win as they meet Bombers. The A reserve ladder meanwhile, Eagles 20, Kokofas 16, Cats 16, Dockers 16, Bombers 4, Magpies 4, Koboni 4 and Tigers 0. Womens division is led by Kokofas 20, Dockers 16, Magpies 8, Koboni 8 and Tigers 4.last_img read more

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Cunninghams always arrive early for the Christmas Parade

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter (Left to right) Chris Bailey, Ann Cunningham and Tina Cunningham have a front row seat to the Christmas Parade.LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Though the Cunningham family from Pinecrest always attends the Christmas Parade; they don’t always set up to watch in the same spot each year.   The Cunninghams arrived at 3:30 pm Sat. afternoon and stayed through the end of the parade fireworks Saturday night.This year, they set up in the parking lot of Peoples Bank of the South at the corner of Central and Tennessee.When asked who runs out to get the candy, Tina Cunningham said “It’s me.”(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/09/2019-6AM)last_img read more

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WMC girls hoops roundup: Oakridge outlasts Shelby to keep streak alive

first_img ENDS IN Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY LocalSportsJournal.comTwo area standouts in girls basketball were featured on Friday night in a West Michigan Conference battle.Sophia Wiard led Oakridge to another league win, pouring a game-high 29 points in a victory over Shelby 65-57 on the road.The Tigers (4-2, 3-1) were paced by Jenny Beckman, who had 27 points.The Eagles jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first quarter, led 30-27 at halftime and had a 48-38 advantage heading into the final stanza.Tori Mussell also had a huge night for Shelby, scoring 23 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.WHITEHALL 47, NORTH MUSKEGON 34 – The Vikings (4-2, 2-2) outscored North Muskegon by a 20-9 margin during the third quarter to increase their 14-7 halftime lead to 34-16 after three buzzers. Kacy Jeffries led Whitehall with 13 points while Bailee Spicklemire added 10 points and six steals. North Muskegon was paced by Syann Fairfield with 12 points.MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 62, MONTAGUE 43 – The Spartans jumped out early in the first half and cruised in the second half to victory. MCC led 21-11 at the end of the first quarter and 38-20 at the half. Rachel Allen led the Spartans with 17 points and five steals, while Kelsey Kosiboski added 14 points. Braquelle Osborne had a team-high 14 points for Montague, while Tianna Smith chipped in with 12.HART 47, RAVENNA 31 – The Pirates jumped out early and continued to increase their lead as the game went on. Hart (3-3, 2-2) led 14-4 after the first quarter, 27-13 at the half and 40-24 at the end of three stanzas. Yasmine Colon had a team-high 13 points for Hart while Tressa Swihart added 12 points and eight steals. Nichole Rockwell chipped in with 10 points for the Pirates. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $37.99 $0.00 Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive (17612) Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… NBC Sports Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN Shop Now Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × × Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY × Other Report a problem This item is… Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… (657) × Displayed poorly (31628) Ads by Amazon × Ads by Amazon Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Fox Sports Go DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Other Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… Other Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller ENDS IN Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly (34271) Bestseller Displayed poorlycenter_img Share ENDS IN $9.99 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 Twelve Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… The League Bestseller × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Other Bestseller Other Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller (822) ENDS IN Other × 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … (117) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $14.99$18.00 DEAL OF THE DAY $15.29$17.99 Share Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly Mail Shares Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY (2) Not relevant $49.95 (7802) Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN Not relevant × FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… ENDS IN $0.00last_img read more

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Derby 2-6 Arsenal

first_imgEmannuel Adebayor struck a second-half hat-trick as Arsenal piled more misery on relegated Derby at Pride Park.A ludicrous Darren Moore mistake let Nicklas Bendtner fire in the first before Jay McEveley poked in to level.Robin van Persie chested a cross down and lashed home and then Adebayor tapped in at the back post.Robert Earnshaw slotted in for Derby, but Theo Walcott scored a fine solo goal before Adebayor slid in a cross and then rolled home in stoppage time.Derby’s supporters have seen it all before this season, but after a promising opening it was still a remarkable collapse.With Arsenal all-but guaranteed to finish third and Derby relegated many weeks ago, there was nothing of great significance riding on the game. But the home side, who are still four points adrift of Sunderland’s tally of 15 in the 2005/06 season – until now the worst by a Premier League team – made an impressive start which surprised the Gunners.They nearly took the lead when Mile Sterjovski’s 20-yard shot was heavily deflected by Alex Song and, with Lucasz Fabianski – making his first league start for the Gunners – wrong-footed, the ball dropped inches wide.But Derby’s season has been a catalogue of mistakes and after 24 minutes Moore stupidly gave the ball away to Van Persie, who played in Bendtner to fire under Roy Carroll.Derby did not deserve to be behind and after Van Persie amazingly fired over from point-blank range, they got themselves back on level terms.Robbie Savage swung over a free-kick from the left and after McEveley mis-timed a header, he kept his cool when the ball landed at his feet to poke in from four yards. After a rare moment of joy for the locals at Pride Park this season, it was pretty much all Arsenal for the remainder of the game and within eight minutes they took a lead they were not to relinquish.Kolo Toure chipped a ball into the box and as Moore embarrassingly stopped and appealed for offside, Van Persie took the ball down on his chest and lashed clinically into the roof of the net.An injury meant Van Persie was replaced at half-time by Adebayor and the Togo striker immediately threatened to run amok as Derby’s defence completely disappeared.Toure twice burst into the box and shot over, the second effort after a majestic backheel from Cesc Fabregas set him up.Bendtner struck a sweet half-volley just over from the edge of the box, before Adebayor raced through and was denied a goal by a brilliant Carroll save with his left foot. Shortly after, Adebayor got on the scoresheet when Walcott raced past Alan Stubbs and his cross was deflected on by Emmanuel Eboue for the big striker to tap-in at the back post.It was becoming a procession, with Arsenal’s fans singing ‘ole’ with every successful pass as Walcott went clean through only to curl wide.Derby brought on Earnshaw and he pulled it back to 3-2 when he neatly collected Andy Todd’s pass and slotted past the advancing Fabianski.But Walcott emphatically curled into the far corner after cutting in from the left for a brilliant solo goal and then Adebayor converted Gael Clichy’s cross from the left to bag a fifth for Arsenal.He wrapped it up in injury time with his 30th goal of the season and his second treble of the campaign against the hapless Rams when he ran around Carroll and rolled the ball with consummate ease into an empty net. Source: BBClast_img read more

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Panini enters esports through compLexity Gaming partnership

first_imgSticker and trading card company Panini has reportedly entered esports through a partnership with North American organisation compLexity Gaming.The one-year deal is partially seen as the organisation helping Panini enter the industry in a productive manner.Daniel Herz, Chief Revenue Officer and Vice President of compLexity Gaming touched on the partnership in a statement: “By teaming up with one of the most reputable traditional sports brands, Complexity Gaming and Panini are furthering the intersection of esports and traditional sports through new product innovation and content. With the traditional sports world’s growing interest in video games and Panini’s roster of talented professional athletes and teams, this partnership creates more opportunity for integration across gaming, football, basketball, and more.”The partnership includes trading cards and posters being made for compLexity Gaming, as well as the organisation handling a brand new Twitch channel for Panini. Content on the channel – which will also appear on YouTube and social media – will see sports athletes play games alongside compLexity’s competitors and personalities.Jason Howarth, Vice President of Marketing at Panini America discussed the company’s entrance into the industry: “The esports audience shares similar demographics and interests as traditional trading card fans, so being able to engage those fans in new ways and where they are spending their time is important. It’s also a way to engage a younger audience and introduce them to our Panini trading card products. Partnering with Complexity, an organization that shares a similar vision to creating compelling content, reaching new audiences and leveraging the crossover appeal of gaming with traditional athletes is why we are really excited about this partnership.”compLexity Gaming is also partnered with WinStar World Casino and Resort, H4X, Epics, and Twitch. The organisation competes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Rocket League, Fortnite, Clash Royale, Madden, Artifact, Magic: The Gathering Arena, and Hearthstone – it also houses a number of streamers.Esports Insider says: It’s hard to say just how popular physical compLexity trading cards will do considering the digital nature of esports and gaming culture at large. With this being said, there’s a huge opportunity to be grabbed by Panini if this deal proves fruitful considering the depth of competition in the industry.Follow ESI on Instagramlast_img read more

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LPGA issues new, more conservative dress code for female golfers

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women’s golf apparel has in recent years broken the mold from its traditional looks of knee length shorts and collared shirts. But now the LPGA seems to be taking a step backwards with its new dress code policy which restricts female athletes apparel choices even further.Players received an email marked “Important” from LPGA President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman on July 2 that outlined the new dress code policy and warned they would face a $1,000 fine for any violations.The updated policy was listed as follows:Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback).Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed.Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropesJoggers are NOT allowedSome players on the PGA tour, like Ricky Fowler, are known to sport highlighter hues and bold outfits that break with traditional golf wear. Young women on the LPGA tour such as Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson often wear athletic racerback tanks and skirts with spandex underneath, similar to those seen on tennis courts.Why is the LPGA cracking down on what professional women golfers can wear at its tournaments and events?The tour’s chief communications and tour operations officer Heather Daly-Donofrio told ABC News that this policy was a clarification and update to the standing dress code regulations.“We simply updated our existing policy with minor clarifications, which were directed by our members for our members. This is not a regression, but rather a clarification for members of the policy, with references relevant to today’s fashion styles,” Daly-Donofrio said. “There was not meant to be, nor will there be, a discernible difference to what players are currently wearing out on Tour.”The changes, which went into effect on Monday, were a hot topic of conversation at the biggest tournament of the season, last weekend.In his review of the U.S. Women’s Open for Golf magazine, Alan Shipnuck noted that “there was a wide divergence of opinion” on the updated dress code.Prominent LPGA player Sandra Gal said after the tournament that she disagreed with most of the edict.“The only point I agree with is that there should not be low-cut tops, but I’ve never really seen that be an issue,” Gal said, according to Golf. “I think racerbacks look great on women and I think short skirts have been around forever, especially in tennis, and I don’t think it’s hurt that sport at all, considering they play for the same prize money as the men.”“Our main objective is clear: play good golf,” Gal continued. “But part of being a woman, and especially a female athlete, is looking attractive and sporty and fit and that’s what women’s tennis does so well. Why shouldn’t we?”Christina Kim said, according to Golf magazine, “I may sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but this is our place of business and I think players should look professional.” She added that some players that are not regulars on the tour, but compete in some events, may need the clarification of guidelines.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Baltimore Ravens Set 2018 Practice Squad

first_imgAfter a long pre-season a few of the Baltimore Ravens who didn’t make the final 53 man roster have been placed on the practice squad.Tackle Randin Crecelius- Rookie Portland StateRunning back Gus Edwards- Rookie RutgersDefensive end Myles Humphrey- Rookie Shepherd UniversityGuard Nico Siragusa- second year playerRunning back De’Lance Turner- Rookie Alcorn StateWide receiver Tim White- second year playerCornerback Cyrus Jones- third year playerInternational Practice Player Signing- Running back Christopher Ezeala- Rookie from the German Football LeaguePractice Squad Exception Tight end Darren WallerPlease follow and like us:last_img read more

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College football picks, Week 3: Iowa-Iowa State is your headliner

first_imgWeek 3 of the college football season is here and it’s … not the best.This week’s slate of games offers no matchups of top-25 teams, and several in-conference games like Alabama-South Carolina and Clemson-Syracuse that feature double-digit lines. The biggest game of the week by far should be the annual meeting of Iowa and Iowa State for the Cy-Hawk trophy. Iowa, despite being ranked No. 19 in the country, is a one-point underdog for the home-team Cyclones, which hasn’t won a game in this series since 2014. MORE: SN’s Week 3 bowl projectionsSporting News will resume its weekly college football picks after a brief hiatus in Week 2. We went 5-3 in our Week 1 picks, so we feel confident we can improve on that this week.That said, your Week 3 college football picks (provided courtesy of Sportsbook Review as of Monday, Sept. 9).Pitt at No. 13 Penn State (-17)Penn State suffered a brief scare in its game against Buffalo, getting vastly out-gained — and out-played —  heading into halftime with a 10-7 deficit. But the Nittany Lions rebounded nicely and shouldn’t have too much trouble dispatching a Pitt team that has averaged 17 points per game this season. Sure, there’s the rivalry factor — again, this is a rivalry — but that likely won’t have too big an impact on this game. Happy Valley will remain happy after the Nittany Lions win the last installment of this series for the foreseeable future.Pick: Penn State 38, Pitt 21No. 2 Alabama (-25.5) at South CarolinaThis game presents several interesting storylines to unpack, not the least of which is the fact Alabama lost the last time it played in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Crimson Tide offensive line hasn’t been able to get much push up front, so it will be interesting to see how it handles South Carolina’s defense, which has allowed an average of 155 rushing yards per game this season and has 14 tackles for loss and four sacks this season. Tua Tagovailoa should be fine with his host of receivers, but his Gamecocks counterpart, Ryan Hilinski, has a heck of a challenge against the Tide defense. Still, we know South Carolina can put up points after its 72-0 drubbing of Charleston Southern, so maybe it can stay within the line.Pick: Alabama 45, South Carolina 20MORE: SN Week 3 college football rankingsArizona State at No. 18 Michigan State (-11)Herm Edwards’ squad scored one of the biggest upsets of the early season last, beating Michigan State 16-13 in Tempe. Will the same hold true in East Lansing in 2019? Not if Michigan State’s defense has anything to say about it. The Spartans lead the country in rushing defense with minus-6 rushing yards through two games. It will be paramount for Arizona State’s chances to have a good game from running back Eno Benjamin, but he has only averaged 3.7 yards per carry this season. If ASU is forced to become one-dimensional on offense, this could be a long game.Pick: Michigan State 30, Arizona State 20No. 19 Iowa at Iowa State (-1)How important is this game for Matt Campbell and the Cyclones? The team took a Week 2 bye simply to give them another week of preparation for what would be the team’s first win in this series since 2014. Unfortunately — or perhaps fortunately — Iowa State got a wake-up call early with a near loss to Northern Iowa to start the season. They’ll have to take on a balanced Iowa offense led by Nate Stanley, who has 63.8 completion percentage and six passing touchdowns to zero interceptions. It’s going to be another close one.Pick: Iowa 24, Iowa State 23MORE: Buying and selling Week 3’s biggest storylinesNo. 9 Florida (-8.5) at KentuckyRemember last year when Kentucky beat Florida for the first time in 32 tries? You can bet that’s going to be a major storyline in the Gators’ locker room come Saturday. Dan Mullen’s team looks ready to go after playing a lot better in its 45-0 beatdown of UT Martin on Saturday than it did against Miami to start the season. That includes from Feleipe Franks, who completed 25 of 27 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. The Gators also added another five sacks, giving them the national lead with 15 for the season. That doesn’t bode well for Kentucky, which lost starting quarterback Terry Wilson for the season with a knee injury. There will be no upset in 2019.Pick: Florida 35, Kentucky 10No. 1 Clemson (-26) at SyracuseThis matchup was once considered a trap game for Clemson. It still could be, if we’re being honest, but the way in which the Tigers manhandled Texas A&M, coupled with Syracuse’s complete inability to slow down Maryland’s offense, leads us to believe Clemson will roll. The Tigers simply have too many offensive playmakers in Trevor Lawrence, Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross, Travis Etienne and others. That said: It will be curious to see whether Lawrence has a better outing against the Orange after throwing two touchdowns to three interceptions in his first two games. Cuse safety Andre Cisco is one of the best at his position and will look to make a big ball-hawking plays.Pick: Clemson 42, Syracuse 17MORE: Week 3 Playoff pictureFlorida State at No. 25 Virginia (-7.5)Virginia has to feel good heading into this one after watching Florida State narrowly avoid disaster against ULM on Saturday. The Seminoles’ defense is one of the worst in the country, ranking 125th nationally with 1,040 total yards surrendered (520 on average per game). Bryce Perkins should be able to gash the Seminoles defense, but has to be careful with the ball after tossing two interceptions so far this season. If Cam Akers can’t help keep FSU’s offense in this, then Virginia could very well run away with it — and force some uncomfortable conversations in Tallahassee. Pick: Virginia 35, Florida State 27No. 5 Oklahoma (-20) at UCLAIf UCLA’s record this season is anything to go by — the Bruins are 0-2, against Group of 5 competition — than this game will not end well. The Bruins rank in the bottom half of the country in yards allowed, while Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts-led offense ranks first in total offense. Hurts already has 591 passing yards and six touchdowns, not to mention 223 rushing yards and three rushing scores. He should be able to terrorize a woebegone Bruins defense en route to another convincing victory for Lincoln Riley.Pick: Oklahoma 56, UCLA 21last_img read more