Ravens 38, Bengals 13
And it might not even be that close. I think this will be close in the 2nd quarter; but at some point the fans in Cincinnati will turn on the Bengals; and this will get ugly.
Boston College 24, Maryland 23
There will be a last-second FG involved. Either a make for BC or a miss for the Terps. They haven’t lost a close game all season; but this will be the heartbreak.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:
Ed Frankovic says Caps’ Poti hurt
The Official Site’s Lindsay Melvin says Reed, 52, L. McClain, McGahee amongst those doing good work on Thanksgiving
The Official Site’s Jen Gaffney says Marching Ravens honor those who’ve served
Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says J. Johnson’s weight issues got him out of Cincinnati
Bengals Official Site says Houshmandzadeh, L. Jones amongst those who didn’t practice Thursday
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg grateful for ‘humble’ Grubbs
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gaither did not practice yesterday
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says all 3 backs running ‘together’
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Bengals’ air assault will be ‘threat’ to Ravens
7 of 7 Sun writers pick Ravens
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to get quick start, O-Line production, and harass Fitzpatrick
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Steelers hold ‘common opponents’ advantage over Ravens
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Copper, Clayton amongst those ‘limited’ in practice
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata still trailing; but 52, Reed, L. McClain all lead in Pro Bowl voting
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Heap returns to practice
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Houshmandzadeh likely ‘near top of list’ if Ravens interested in WR
Aaron Wilson says Reed displaying ‘playmaking instincts’
Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says Harbaugh returning to Queen City, where he was on Bearcats’ staff
Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says Livings will start for Whitworth at LG
8 of 8 ESPN Analysts pick Ravens
4 of 5 ESPN Sunday Night Countdown analysts (Tom Jackson withstanding) pick Ravens
ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Bengals have become ‘disaster’ since last game with Ravens
ESPN.com Scouts Inc says Bengals have ‘played well lately’
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Marvin ‘not worried’ about future in Cincinnati
ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Keith Kidd says Houshmandzadeh one of ‘most dangerous slot receivers in NFL’
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Marvin, Ocho Cinco ‘polar opposites’
7 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens
The Official Site offers numerical evidence of win
The Sun’s Don Markus says upset ranks with Gary’s best
The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Terps ‘sharp in all aspects’ of win
The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Gary refused to bill Terps as ‘underdogs’
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks win will leave naysayers ‘quiet’……..’at least for a day’
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps get Gonzaga next tonight
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps held MSU’s Morgan to 4 points; kept him in foul trouble
Washington Times’ Barker Davis says Terps get first win over ranked team since Carolina last January
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps get 6th ever 15+ point win over Top 5 team
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps beat Top 10 team for 13th straight season
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says win over Spartans ‘won’t lose luster’
Orlando Sentinel’s Tania Ganguli says Vasquez, Neal each score 17 in win for Terps
Detroit News’ Eric Lacy says Spartans fell without services of Suton
Detroit Free Press’ Shannon Shelton says Terps ‘outhustle’, ‘outmuscle’ Spartans
ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Vasquez felt ‘unbelievable amount of confidence’ thanks to Gary
CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish says Neal hit double digits for just 2nd time in career
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says Terps hit 9 3’s in Cancun win over Montana
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DHB ‘questionable’
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says L. Williams again OUT tomorrow
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Covington also ‘questionable’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Drummond, Clement, Moten could all be possibilities if Covington can’t go
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss of DHB could be ‘damaging’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says BC, Clemson could hurt Maryland in trying to find Bowl destination
Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says BC QB D. Davis ‘focused’ in preparation for first start
Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy says Eagles trying to fare better than ’04 team that lost with Big East title on line
ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman picks BC 21-7
SI’s Stewart Mandel picks Terps 21-16
Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says LB Fokou looking to end Maryland career on solid note (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Navarre’s legacy at Maryland ‘solid’ (must subscribe)
The Official Site previews tomorrow’s Third Round clash with Cal
The Official Site previews tonight’s Palestra showdown with Villanova
Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says “Buddy-ball” working defensively (must subscribe)
The Official Site says Mids try to improve to 5-1 tomorrow night vs. Radford
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s home opener vs. Boston U.
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says color analyst Sigler won’t be conflicted when Eers play Boston U. team he previously coached
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds working in Japan; but little Japanese talent available
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Sun’s Rich Scherr says over 12k see Dons paste Cardinals 35-0
Digital Sports’ Pat O’Malley says Dons finish undefeated for first time since ’60 thanks to win over Hall
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Gonzaga 87, Maryland 68. The only bad thing that happened last night was that the Terps are convinced they are better than they are. Gary will need to do a better coaching job tonight; because Gonzaga won’t bail them out with missed shots.
-UMBC 73, Toledo 68. This could be a pretty good game. The MAC is down this season; and the Retrievers can take advantage.
-Villanova 91, Towson 70. But there will be a point in the second half when the Tigers are within single digits and really believe they have a chance.
-Kansas 100, Coppin State 67. Not like it matters.
-Morgan State 79, Ole Miss 77 in overtime. Bears pull the stunner. You heard it here.
-Vermont 80, Loyola 71. Mike Lonergan takes out his Maryland frustrations on his old pal Jimmy Patsos.
-Maryland Soccer 2, Cal 0. The Terps won’t be challenged….yet.
-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Terence Garvin. 183 yards and a TD in the Dons’ 35-0 pasting of Calvert Hall.
Talk to you tonight for a Maryland-Gonzaga live blog.