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College football preview Week 4

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College football preview Week 4

BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I am. Even though we're only three games in, Florida State is showing big things. Their 52-0 shutout of Wake Forest was nothing short of dominant. Dare I say, this could be the Seminole's year.

BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Where to begin. All three of our local ACC teams lost but I think I was most disappointed in Virginia Tech's 35-17 loss to Pittsburgh. The Hokies admitted they did not "come to play" and underestimated the Panthers. Quarterback Logan Thomas had arguably his worst performance in a Virginia Tech uniform.

Marylands defense has been pretty solid so far this season. Last weekend linebacker Darin Drakeford shined with a forced fumble, one sack and a season-high 8 tackles.

The Terps travel to Morgantown this weekend for a date with 8th-ranked West Virginia. The Mountaineers have plenty of weapons on offense including quarterback Geno Smith and Tavon Austin. Weve all heard stories about the West Virginia crowd (BYOB Bring Your Own Batteries) so head coach Randy Edsall has been trying to prepare his young squad for the noise and atmosphere. Unfortunately, I dont think it will be enough.
PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA
The Virginia Athletics Foundation received a large gift from former Wahoo Chris Long this week. Long, now with the St. Louis Rams, made a 300,000 contribution towards the building of the new George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility. It is the largest gift to VA football from an active professional athlete.

The Cavs visit Fort Worth on Saturday for a matchup with 17th-ranked TCU. Virginia struggled mightily last weekend in the running game and quarterback Michael Rocco has been under scrutiny by Wahoo fans but head coach Mike London insists Roccos teammates are behind him 100. Rocco will need his teammates support this weekend plus a lot of help from the offensive line because TCUs 4-2-5 defense is a handful.
PREDICTION: TCU

The Hokies will celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Saturday. The football team will raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project through the sale of camouflage VT hats and wristbands. The team will be wearing special camo helmets for the first time in school history.

Stop me if youve heard this before. The Hokies are coming off an embarrassing loss to previously winless ________... yeah, thats what I thought. Well, insert Pittsburghs name into the blank space for this year. Virginia Tech will have to bounce back this weekend against Bowling Green. Logan Thomas needs to forget last weekends performance and run out of the tunnel with a clean slate. The Hokies have faced adversity before and head coach Frank Beamer and his coaching staff always have them ready to go.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

Oh its going to be a good one.

10 Clemson at 4 Florida State.

Tajh Boyd (Hampton, Va (Phoebus)) vs. EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)). Clemson has won six of the last nine meetings but the Seminoles look awfully good this year. In addition to the quarterbacks, keep your eye on Tigers WR Sammy Watkins and Seminoles RB Chris Thompson.
PREDICTION: FLORIDA STATE

2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.

Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally. 

The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday. 

Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."

"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds. 

"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."

Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

ESPN ranks Marial as the No. 2 center in Arizona and the No. 14 center nationally, while 247Sports says he's No. 6 and No. 26 in those two respective categories.

He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.

"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."

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