September 28, 2013 |
Could this be the start of an upset binge? West Virginia, which got shut out last week by Maryland, has rebounded to scoring a somewhat shocking 30-21 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers (3-2) overcame some shaky clock management in the end to get the Big 12 win in Morgantown. Oklahoma State (3-1) is the first ranked team to fall on what you might call "Scramble Mode Saturday. " No. 12 South Carolina was not one of the early casualties, but the Gamecocks had to rally from a 10-0 halftime deficit to beat Central Florida, 28-25, in Orlando.
September 27, 2013 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 12 South Carolina (2-1) at Central Florida (3-0) 9 a.m., Channel 7 What looked like an easy "W" on the schedule has suddenly become a prickly test of Southeastern Conference superiority. Central Florida has already notched a win at Penn State and is 3-0 for the first time since 1988.
September 23, 2013 |
Back in 2009, when he was a candidate struggling for reelection, Texas Gov. Rick Perry swung by a tea party rally in Austin and famously winked at the idea of his state breaking off from the U.S. and creating a whole other country. He quickly became the butt of jokes on the late-night TV circuit -- this was before his famous "oops" moment as a presidential candidate -- and Perry just as quickly backed off the notion. Cynical? Perhaps. Calculated? So it seemed: The move boosted Perry's tea party credibility and helped him on his way to a smashing reelection win en route to that ill-fated 2012 White House bid. Now, with greater earnestness, activists are emulating that breakaway spirit, launching secession movements in several states, among them California, Michigan and Maryland.
September 18, 2013 |
UCLA put pressure on two defenses Saturday: Nebraska's and its own. The Bruins scored four touchdowns in seven minutes, giving UCLA's defense little time to rest. Not that the players were complaining. "We love that stuff," linebacker Jordan Zumwalt said. "When we hold a team to a three-and-out and our offense scores right away, we're not going, 'Aw, shucks, we've got to go back on the field.' It's 'let's go do that again.'" UCLA's isn't the only defense playing faster to keep pace.
September 17, 2013 |
LOGAN, W.Va. - When President Obama laid out ambitious plans in June for combating climate change, coal miners like Roger Horton heard what they considered the latest fusillade in the administration's "war on coal. " Until his retirement two weeks ago, Horton, 59, worked underground for decades in southern West Virginia's Logan County, then operated a 200-ton earth-moving truck to remove debris from blasted mountaintops. A milestone in Obama's initiative will come this week, when the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue rules limiting emissions from new power plants.
September 4, 2013 |
Sam Farmer's team outlooks are listed in predicted order of finish. WEST SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 2012 | 11-5, 2nd in West Last year in playoffs | 2012 They're going all the way: This team won seven of its final eight regular-season games - including a 42-13 pounding of San Francisco - before beating Washington in a road playoff game, then nearly winning at Atlanta. The Russell Wilson-led Seahawks are loaded. They're doomed: Losing receiver Percy Harvin to injury hurts.