NBA Power Rankings 2021: What each team is most thankful for heading into holiday season
Heading into Thanksgiving, we take a closer look at what each team in the league is thankful for more than a month into the 2021-22 season.This week, we're going with a more positive spin.
Michigan's win against Ohio State moves the Wolverines ahead of Alabama in the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-130. © Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97), linebacker Michael Barrett (23) and defensive back Vincent Gray celebrate during the fourth quarter of the team's defeat of Ohio State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
The program's first win in the rivalry since 2011 has the Wolverines set to take on Iowa in Saturday's Big Ten championship game. Ohio State's second loss on the year drops the Buckeyes five spots to No. 8.
Alabama was on the ropes late in the fourth quarter against Auburn before being helped by the Tigers' poor clock management. The Crimson Tide scored the game-tying touchdown with under a minute left and won the first overtime game in Iron Bowl history.
Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell reportedly not interested in USC job
Many have viewed Fickell as a natural candidate for USC. While Cincinnati is having an outstanding season and should receive College Football Playoff consideration, there is also the athletic director connection. USC AD Mike Bohn was the AD at Cincinnati when Fickell was hired as head coach there in 2017. USC boosters might be hoping Bohn can convince Fickell to take the job, but it doesn’t sound likely.Fickell is currently focused on stating the case for Cincinnati to be considered one of the four-best teams in the country.
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Michigan was not able to leap past No. 2 Cincinnati, one of two unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The other is Georgia, which is as no-doubt a No. 1 at this point in the season as any team in Re-Rank history.
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One of the memorable games in Bedlam history led to some changes in the Big 12. After topping Oklahoma 37-33, Oklahoma State moves up one spot to No. 5. The Sooners drop six to No. 14. The two rivals bookend No. 9 Baylor, which beat Texas Tech to reach the Big 12 championship game.
Opinion: Michigan made gutsy decision last year to keep Jim Harbaugh. It has already paid off.
You could argue the best move of the entire coaching carousel last year was the one Michigan didn’t make: The Wolverines didn't fire Jim Harbaugh.Given the toxicity of a 2-4 record during Michigan’s COVID-19 affected season, his 0-5 record against Ohio State, his inability to develop a quarterback and some concerning trends in recruiting, it almost seemed obvious that Harbaugh’s time was up. As much hype as he arrived with in 2015, most fan bases and administrations that are serious about football would’ve long since been ready to move on.
The Top 25 is loaded with teams from the Group of Five. Coming in behind the Bearcats are No. 10 San Diego State, No. 16 Brigham Young, No. 19 Appalachian State, No. 20 Louisiana, No. 21 Houston and No. 22 Texas-San Antonio.
This week also marks a return to the Top 25 for No. 25 Clemson, which blanked South Carolina to secure a nine-win regular season. The Tigers nearly came back to win the ACC Atlantic but were eliminated after No. 15 Wake Forest beat Boston College. © Provided by USA TODAY SPORTS Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97), linebacker Michael Barrett (23) and defensive back Vincent Gray celebrate during the fourth quarter of the team's defeat of Ohio State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Michigan moves past Alabama into third spot of USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank
Late dunk lifts No. 9 Alabama over No. 14 Houston 83-82 .
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — JD Davison's putback dunk with 33 seconds left and a final defensive stop gave No. 9 Alabama a 83-82 victory over 14th-ranked Houston on Saturday night for the Crimson Tide's second straight win over a recent Final Four team. The Tide (8-1), which defeated No. 5 Gonzaga last weekend in Seattle, also survived two late attempts by Houston when Kyler Edwards missed a 3-point attempt and Fabian White Jr.'s desperate heaveThe Tide (8-1), which defeated No. 5 Gonzaga last weekend in Seattle, also survived two late attempts by Houston when Kyler Edwards missed a 3-point attempt and Fabian White Jr.'s desperate heave bounced off the rim and was swatted out of bounds by Davison as the clock ran out.