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Kennesaw State’s rally falls short in FCS playoffs

Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, Kennesaw State’s chance to tie Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs fell short on fourth-and-5 at the 11-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. The Bearkats escaped with a 34-27 victory in Huntsville, Texas, Saturday night. The loss ended Kennesaw State’s 12-game win streak and its third season of football...
Paul Johnson’s disciples have their day at Army, Navy

Paul Johnson’s disciples have their day at Army, Navy

If Paul Johnson ran the world, every football Saturday would look like the Army-Navy game. As it is, three of his disciples – true believers in the ways of run-first-second-and-third option football – are playing important games this Saturday. The paterfamilias of this tight-knit little group, his own 2017 season forgettable on the whole, will be trying mightily to catch their acts. ...
Kennesaw State wants charmed season to continue

Kennesaw State wants charmed season to continue

Some 18-19 weeks ago, long before Kennesaw State’s football team would unexpectedly win 12 consecutive games to advance to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, coach Brian Bohannon gave his wide receivers a task to help pass the time spent in August’s camp. The players were asked to put together scouting reports on opponents, should the Owls make the playoffs. The players guessed the...
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky in Cure Bowl

Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky in Cure Bowl

Georgia State is headed back to the Cure Bowl. The Panthers (6-5, 5-3 Sun Belt), led by first-year coach Shawn Elliott, will face Western Kentucky (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA) in Orlando on Dec. 16. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. Georgia State made its bowl debut in the Orlando-based bowl two years ago. It was beaten by San Jose State. The Panthers are led on offense by quarterback Conner Manning and wide receiver...
5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Idaho

5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Idaho

Staring at the winningest season in Georgia State history, the Panthers fell flat in back-to-back weeks. After coach Shawn Elliott questioned some’s effort in last week’s home loss to Appalachian State, the Panthers were upset by Idaho 24-10 at Saturday’s home finale in front of an announced crowd of 14,163 fans. Georgia State will still qualify for a bowl at 6-5 (5-3 Sun Belt),...
How to watch: Saturday’s college football, with TV times, network, online

How to watch: Saturday’s college football, with TV times, network, online

Here are the TV times and networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Saturday on the 14th – and final – full weekend of the season. All times are ET.  8pm, Clemson vs. Miami (Championship game, Charlotte, N.C.), ABC Noon, Memphis at Central Florida, ABC 12:30pm, Oklahoma vs. TCU (Championship game, Arlington, Texas), Fox 8pm, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (Championship game...
The first Kennesaw State Owl, Chandler Burks leads by serving

The first Kennesaw State Owl, Chandler Burks leads by serving

Coach Brian Bohannon set lofty goals more than three years ago before the Kennesaw State football program began … win conference championships and win national championships.  Now in the midst of its first playoff run, the first player who committed to that goal is under center leading a dynamic offense for the Owls.  Chandler Burks came out of South Paulding High School as an undersized...
Kennesaw State had to overcome sluggish start on way to playoffs

Kennesaw State had to overcome sluggish start on way to playoffs

Four games into the 2017 season, Kennesaw State didn’t look like a playoff team.  The Owls began with a disappointing close loss to Samford on the road, followed by three unconvincing wins against inferior opponents. Coach Brian Bohannon tried to keep the tone optimistic with his team coming out ahead in the end, but his dissatisfaction with the overall play was obvious.  That all...
Tiger Woods opens with a 69 in his return to competitive golf

Tiger Woods opens with a 69 in his return to competitive golf

Tiger Woods made his return to golf Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, his first competitive event in 10 months. Woods finished with a 69, three off the lead and three under par. His first drive went 30 yards past Justin Thomas’. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tiger's back!<br><br>...
Georgia State wins, improves to 5-2

Georgia State wins, improves to 5-2

Georgia State used a big run to start the second half to earn a 63-53 win over Alabama A&M in Hunstville, Ala., Wednesday evening. Sophomore D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 15 points and was one of three Panthers to score in double figures as juniors Devin Mitchell added 12 and Malik Benlevi scored 10. Georgia State improved to 5-2 for the third time in the last four years, while Alabama...
Georgia State seniors go for wins record in home finale

Georgia State seniors go for wins record in home finale

A win Saturday would result in the winningest season in Georgia State history. The Panthers host Idaho to conclude their regular season schedule. Already bowl eligible, the team can finish 6-2 in conference play and 7-4 overall, both would-be bests. “I think that’s huge for the future of this place,” said quarterback Conner Manning, who’s set to play his final home game. &ldquo...
Tiger Woods ‘tempered’ in his return to golf

Tiger Woods ‘tempered’ in his return to golf

Tiger Woods returns to professional golf this week after a 10-month hiatus following back surgery. Woods tees off at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, an 18-player, no-cut event held in the Bahamas. He is paired with FedEx Cup winner Justin Thomas. Woods was tempered in his expectations. The 14-time major champion asserted to the media Tuesday (video, above) that he’s pain...
Kennesaw State wins in its first-ever playoff game

Kennesaw State wins in its first-ever playoff game

Kennesaw State wasn’t overwhelmed in their first FCS playoff game. The Owls played with confidence as they defeated Samford 28-17 on Saturday. The Owls won their 11th consecutive game and exacted revenge for their narrow loss to Samford on Aug. 31. The Owls will face Jacksonville State on Saturday in the second round of the playoffs. Here are five observations from the game: 1. Explosive second...
5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Appalachian State

5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Appalachian State

Here are five observations from Georgia State’s 31-10 loss to Appalachian State, which dropped the team to 1-3 at home. Missed opportunities: There were plenty in the early going. On the opening drive, GSU was halted at the Mountaineers’ 44. On fourth-and-1, the team flirted with going for it but called timeout and came out in a punt formation. It appeared to be a fake punt &ndash...
Justin Sumpter helps put Kennesaw State on national stage

Justin Sumpter helps put Kennesaw State on national stage

Kennesaw State’s football program has experienced a massive bump in exposure this season, thanks in some part to Justin Sumpter … and also a plank and a 10-1 record. Earlier this season, the junior wide receiver showed up on ESPN’s top plays at No. 1 after his spectacular one-handed catch at Liberty — a game in which the Owls won and kicked off their perfect conference record...
Georgia State’s defense coming through when it counts

Georgia State’s defense coming through when it counts

Georgia State’s defense came up big when it counted in its past three games. In close wins against South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Texas State, the Panthers’ defense produced stops on potential game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Georgia State’s defense will face its toughest Sun Belt conference challenge this season when it hosts Appalachian State on Saturday. The two...
Kennesaw State to host Samford in first round of FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State to host Samford in first round of FCS playoffs

After winning the program’s first Big South title with a 52-21 win over Monmouth, Kennesaw State will host Samford on Saturday for the Owls’ first appearance in the postseason. The first round 2017 FCS Playoff  game will kick off at 2 p.m. at Kennesaw’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium and can be viewed on ESPN3. Kennesaw State (10-1) was one of 10 conference champions to earn an automatic...
Kennesaw State grows up fast, wins Big South championship

Kennesaw State grows up fast, wins Big South championship

The Turnover Plank was practically worn to a toothpick Saturday. There have been Olympic relay batons passed between fewer hands than that poor piece of motivational lumber was during this single afternoon.      The cheerleaders spent far more energy celebrating touchdowns than making statements during the national anthem.    At a place where they underscore...
Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

In Big South preseason rankings, the Kennesaw State Owls were co-favorites alongside Charleston Southern to win the conference title, and on Saturday, the Owls — in their third season — made that dream reality. No. 21 KSU played one of its more dominant games of the season, which ended in a 52-21 Kennesaw State win against No. 22 Monmouth at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Here are five things...
KSU cheerleaders resume kneeling for national anthem

KSU cheerleaders resume kneeling for national anthem

In the wake of weeks of criticism, some Kennesaw State University cheerleaders have resumed taking the knee during the national anthem. Last Saturday on Veterans Day, KSU cheerleaders did not kneel during the national anthem at the home game. However, some of them instead linked arms while they were standing on the field for the first time after being relegated to a tunnel for the national anthem...
Manning leading Georgia State to what could be historic season

Manning leading Georgia State to what could be historic season

Conner Manning’s throw to Penny Hart was perfect: a 9-yard fade into the corner with the ball placed where only Hart could reach it. The touchdown lifted Georgia State to its third consecutive victory over rival Georgia Southern. As good as the throw was, Hart knew that Manning was going to lead the Panthers to the winning score long before the ball left his right hand. As the Panthers huddled...
Weekend Predictions: Georgia gets a gift Amnesia Week -- Kentucky

Weekend Predictions: Georgia gets a gift Amnesia Week -- Kentucky

We here at Weekend Predictions consider it our mission not only to disseminate sage financial advice -- except in those times when sage turns into a slightly less palatable plant form like hemlock, and often appears in the form of words like, “Dogs win and cover 2-1/2 at Auburn, and why is my dog laughing at me?” -- but to offer suggestions about how sports can be better. So here...
Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank: A board that’s not boring

Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank: A board that’s not boring

It’s quickly becoming the most famous piece of wood in college football since the founding of the Jeweled Shillelagh.Its history is a mystery and its purpose ever-changing. Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank – a 3-foot-long piece of wood with drawn eyes and a smile given to a player that recovers a fumble or makes an interception – is producing more publicity than anything accomplished...
Five observations from Kennesaw State’s win over Charleston Southern

Five observations from Kennesaw State’s win over Charleston Southern

Kennesaw State’s came away with a mostly easy 38-0 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. It was the Owls’ first win against the Buccaneers, having the lost the two previous meetings between the teams. Here are five observations from the game: If you’re winning 90 percent of the time, you’re doing something right. The Owls are 9-1...
KSU cheerleaders link arms for national anthem

KSU cheerleaders link arms for national anthem

In the wake of weeks of criticism, Kennesaw State University cheerleaders did not take the knee during the national anthem at Saturday’s home game. However, some of the cheerleaders instead linked arms while they were standing on the field for the first time after being relegated to a tunnel for the national anthem for recent games. KSU president Sam Olens announced Wednesday he was reinstituting...
Elliott, Georgia State establishing foundation in 2017 season

Elliott, Georgia State establishing foundation in 2017 season

Georgia State overcame an 0-2 start and could assemble perhaps the best season in school history. The Panthers sit at 5-3 overall, with a 4-1 mark in conference play. One win in the final three games would give GSU a bowl berth. Two wins would make for the most wins in school history. Coach Shawn Elliott’s squad opened the season with a thud, upset 17-10 in its home opener against quarterback...
Weekend Predictions: Georgia over Auburn, Falcons over Cowboys

Weekend Predictions: Georgia over Auburn, Falcons over Cowboys

Before getting to this week's big game between Georgia and the Auburn Correctional Institute, this update from the world of Corporate Weasel Sports Executives. According to various reports, including the New York Times, because Trump is in China so everybody's got some free time, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is attempting to block contract negotiations with NFL commissioner/Lord of the Flies Roger...
Weekend Predictions: Bulldogs avoid gravity storm, but spread is too fat

Weekend Predictions: Bulldogs avoid gravity storm, but spread is too fat

Before we get to this week's financial forecast, which is only slightly flawed when we assume the natural order of things like Florida State not losing to Boston College 35-3 -- but forgive Jimbo Fisher because B.C. coach Steve Addazio has the huge advantage of getting all the best players out of Gloucester, assuming he doesn't suffer brain freeze or sardine poisoning during recruiting trips -- let's...
Woods to return to golf at Hero World Challenge

Woods to return to golf at Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods is back. The former world’s No. 1 golfer and 14-time major winner announced on Twitter Monday that he will play in the Hero World Challenge. The event, which Woods’ foundation hosts, will take place Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas. He will team with Daniel Berger. Woods has not played competitively in nine months after back surgery. He last played in the Dubai Desert Classic...
Overreaction Monday: Georgia has proven it's No. 1 ... some may say

Overreaction Monday: Georgia has proven it's No. 1 ... some may say

Welcome back to Overreaction Monday, where Georgia may be the best team on the globe, the Falcons are 1-3 in the AFC East and Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon is starting to get some attention. Georgia (8-0 overall, 5-0 in SEC) Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm hasn't thrown a lot of passes but he has made plays when the Bulldogs have needed them. (Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com). What happened: They...
How to watch: College football games this week with TV times, network, online Week 9

How to watch: College football games this week with TV times, network, online Week 9

Here are the TV times and networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the ninth full weekend of the season. All times are EDT.  8pm, Florida State at Boston College, ESPN Noon, Miami at North Carolina, ESPN2 12:20pm, Louisville at Wake Forest, Raycom/ACC 12:30pm, Virginia at Pitt, FSSO 3:30pm, North Carolina State at Notre Dame, NBC 7:20pm, Duke at...
Weekend Predictions: Because it makes no sense, Falcons beat Pats

Weekend Predictions: Because it makes no sense, Falcons beat Pats

Hello and welcome back to Weekend Predictions, where we always stand for the national anthem, but we're big on the First Amendment, which is so important that it's FIRST(!), and we're thankful for not living in the Cobb County district of Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep(rehensible) Earl Earhart, who right about the time of National Free-Thought Day, and I'm not making that up, engaged in a serial...
North Carolina skates and NCAA's uselessness is confirmed (again)

North Carolina skates and NCAA's uselessness is confirmed (again)

Well, at least it's official now: When it comes to creating and enforcing structures and rules for intercollegiate athletics, the NCAA is useless. Just close the doors now so we can end this charade. North Carolina for years has committed academic fraud, primarily in the form of bogus African Studies courses that helped keep athletes eligible. That fact is clear to almost everybody.  But after...
Wedding caterer versus firefighter in U.S. Mid-Am final

Wedding caterer versus firefighter in U.S. Mid-Am final

You might ordinarily find a wedding caterer and a firefighter duking it out for your local golf club championship.  On Friday, golfers with those day jobs will play for an invitation to the Masters and the U.S. Open. Matt Parziale, 30, who works for the Brockton (Mass.) Fire Department, will meet Josh Nichols, 26, a wedding caterer from Kernersville, N.C., in the final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur...
Weekend Predictions parlay: NCAA over Auburn, Johnson over Richt

Weekend Predictions parlay: NCAA over Auburn, Johnson over Richt

Before getting to this week's big game between Mark Richt and the coach who has sometimes ruined his drives home, this update from the NCAA's petri dish: Auburn, the traditional center of the SEC's germ universe, recently celebrated its basketball program moving into the FBI's top-10 rankings following the arrest of an assistant coach, who shockingly works for Bruce Pearl, who's as pure as the driven...
Delta sponsors Masters Tournament

Delta sponsors Masters Tournament

Delta Air Lines will become a major sponsor of the Masters Tournament starting in 2018. The Atlanta-based carrier will be an international partner of the tournament, along with UPS and Rolex. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a written statement that the deal will help the airline grow its brand with global customers. The company plans to promote the Masters partnership with advertising and social...
Wilfong, Irving tied for lead at U.S. Mid-Amateur

Wilfong, Irving tied for lead at U.S. Mid-Amateur

Chad Wilfong, 37, of Charlotte and Joshua Irving, 31, of Dallas each shot 3-under par Saturday to share the lead after the first round of stroke play in the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The United States Golf Association (USGA) has postponed Sunday’s second round due to the forecast for severe weather. Play is slated to resume on Monday. Wilfong carded a 67 at the par-70, 7,207-yard Capital...
Stewart Hagestad to attempt Mid-Am defense in Woodstock

Stewart Hagestad to attempt Mid-Am defense in Woodstock

Stewart Hagestad had no idea how much his life would change last year when he won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Now, as he begins defense of the title, he’s eager to see what lies ahead. This much is certain: Hagestad, who played at USC, will not become a professional. His future lies in the business world, likely in the field of finance. He’s anxious to embark on the next phase of...
Weekend Predictions: Georgia (Carrie) gets homecoming revenge

Weekend Predictions: Georgia (Carrie) gets homecoming revenge

According to the internet, which almost never forgets, but sometimes gets lost in Russian translation, and can be as nourishing as natural resources like water, except when it's turned into the Potomac or Twitter, there have been several significant moments in history on Oct. 15, including: (1793) Marie Antoinette was sentenced to her finish line and beheaded; (1815) Napoleon was condemned and exiled...
Bulldogs have them barking at East Lake

Bulldogs have them barking at East Lake

There was a lot of barking echoing around East Lake Golf Club Sunday. University of Georgia was well represented in the final round of the Tour Championship. Kevin Kisner played in the final pairing, two shots behind third-round leader Paul Casey. Russell Henley began the day five strokes off the pace before his late charge. Fellow Bulldog brethren Brian Harman made it to the FedEx Cup playoff finale...
Schauffele the unlikeliest winner of the Tour Championship

Schauffele the unlikeliest winner of the Tour Championship

It was every bit of 360 degrees. A full circle. Geometry at its most fundamental. Xander Schauffele watched as his career-changing putt traveled every inch of the 18th hole. When it finally fell – succumbing to the law of gravity – the relatively unknown golfer had a birdie and a Tour Championship victory. Schauffele finished at 12-under par at East Lake Golf Club Sunday for a one-shot...
Day’s reminder: Sometimes a jump peek isn’t worth it

Day’s reminder: Sometimes a jump peek isn’t worth it

Jason Day, from time to time, does something not so smart. And his left knee lets him know all about it. Day hit his second shot into the par-5 sixth hole at East Lake Golf Club during the third round of the Tour Championship on Saturday. Despite the uphill shot, Day was all-too eager to get a peek at where the approach shot landed. So, he jumped to get a view. Big mistake. Day immediately grabbed...
Georgia State’s first win is a shutout on the road

Georgia State’s first win is a shutout on the road

Penny Hart had a career-high 11 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown to help lead Georgia State to a 28-0 win over host Charlotte on Saturday night. Glenn Smith's 3-yard touchdown run put the Panthers up 7-0 at the end of a 10-play, 66-yard drive. Later, Conner Manning threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Hart to make it 14-0. It was the sixth time that Hart, a redshirt sophomore, has gone over 100...
That’s more like it, Casey finally in position for victory

That’s more like it, Casey finally in position for victory

Paul Casey is in position to win his first tournament this year.  It’s about time. And if you are only going to win one, this would be it. Casey is 12 under par following the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Saturday. He leads the finale of the FedEx Cup playoffs by two strokes over Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele and by a more comfortable four strokes over...
Simpson learning to putt all over again

Simpson learning to putt all over again

Webb Simpson is learning to putt all over again. It hasn’t been easy. Simpson was one of a number of PGA Tour golfers who used an anchored putting technique, as he secured a long club to his chest. That is no longer permissible. The rules of golf changed, starting Jan. 1, 2016, and Simpson had to change with the new times. Simpson finished the 2016 PGA Tour season 144th in total putting. He...
Come get your red-hot Tour Championship scenarios here

Come get your red-hot Tour Championship scenarios here

You just can’t beat a good scenario. Give me a couple of hypotheticals and a few what-ifs. Maybe, if you’re really lucky, a vicissitude. Doesn’t all that make for just the best kind of sports viewing? Any child can keep score and determine the big winner that way. It’s just too easy to watch something play out before you and fully understand what is happening and who is on...
Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

The things that carried Kennesaw State through its successful third season went missing in just enough key moments for the Owls to fall to Sam Houston State 34-27 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday in Huntsville, Texas. A team that tackled well and avoided costly penalties in winning the Big South Conference and its first two playoff games, the Owls weren’t as strong in both...
Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s championship plan is coming together nicely. Behind a smart game from quarterback Chandler Burks and an amazing effort on defense by Bryson Armstrong, the Owls upset No. 3-seed Jacksonville State 17-7 on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs, accelerating coach Brian Bohannon’s goal of building an annual championship contender. The Gamecocks, a lower-level power...
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