It is never too early to take a look at the lines for next week’s action, and the William Hill Sportsbook has released them for Week 7 action already. That includes the huge SEC showdown between SEC teams as No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia in Tuscaloosa next Saturday night on CBS.
While that’s going to be a great game between the only remaining undefeated teams in the SEC, it’s also the only game between ranked teams in Week 7. Though, I suppose if we’re only going to get one matchup between ranked teams, we might as well make it a couple of top-three sides.
There are some other games worth keeping an eye on, though. Particularly as some teams look to bounce back from a rough weekend, while other upstarts look to prove their worth. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger games for the weekend.
The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team will open the home portion of its Mountain West schedule hosting Colorado State in the Border War on January 5.
The conference portion of the Cowboys schedule was released on Friday in connection with the Mountain West Conference.
The schedule is subject to approval from state, county and local officials. The conference slate features 18 games — nine at home and nine on the road, including Saturday home contests under first-year head coach Jeff Linder.
The Cowboys return four players from last season, all from the Front Range — leading scorer Hunter Maldonado (16.4 points per game), Hunter Thompson, Kwane Marble II and Kenny Foster. A fifth Front Range athlete, Austin Mueller, who would have been a redshirt senior after two injury plagued seasons, will graduate in December, and will not return.
Linder also added the top rated recruiting class in the Mountain
Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes joined me on the radio show this week to talk about the upcoming football season and the Reser Stadium remodel project.
Listen to the full interview here.
Barnes said the pandemic has not affected the $140 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2023 and improve the west side of the stadium.
“The donors who want to participate in this project are still there,” Barnes said. “None of this has changed.”
On out-of-control athletic department spending nationally:
“We have to get our head around this. It’s not sustainable. We have to find a way to manage it and to course-correct in some form or fashion… it’s something that is not sustainable.”
On potentially trying to make-up the canceled football game with Oklahoma State:
“That final decision hasn’t been made. We’ll look at all the options and make a decision based on what’s
Texas A&M survives potential upset in opener, but needs quick improvements with grueling upcoming schedule
COLLEGE STATION –Ainias Smith provided an early spark for Texas A&M.
Isaiah Spiller and the defense generated the second-half energy that the No. 10 Aggies desperately needed to escape their season opener with a 17-12 win over Vanderbilt.
“A victory is a victory,” A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said, “but all three phases [of the game] didn’t play how I thought we could or how we can.”
In a day filled with upsets and near-upsets from Norman to Baton Rouge, A&M survived despite three lost fumbles — two by senior quarterback Kellen Mond — and also misfired on a fourth-down handoff in the fourth quarter that kept giving the Commodores life.
“We got to protect the football,” Fisher said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Mond finished with 17 of 28 for 189 yards and one touchdown while trying to build chemistry with a group of young receivers.
“He can play much better,” Fisher said,
GREENWICH — The doors of Greenwich Library have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. And during that time, a massive renovation project has been underway to rebuild the interior space of the historic institution.
“I am really looking forward to the day we can invite everyone into the building to see how we reimagined, renewed and repurposed the space,” Greenwich Library Director Barbara Ormerod-Glynn said Wednesday.
The library is zeroing in on completion of the approximately $17 million project that will change the look of every floor of the library; add new features including a reading room, auditorium and cafe; and expand the children’s room and more.
Library officials hope all of the construction will be completed by the end of the year. The COVID-19-related closure allowed the library to get ahead of schedule. Under the original plan, the Greenwich Library would have remained open throughout construction