Posts Tagged ‘Rankings’

College Football 2017, Week Eight!

October 22, 2017

The Spartans continue to win! Despite trailing at the end of the third quarter, Michigan State found their offense in the fourth quarter for a come from behind victory over the Hoosiers of Indiana.   In the top-25, there are only eight (8) undefeated teams remaining and there continue to be five Big Ten teams in the rankings (Penn State [#2], Wisconsin [#5], Ohio State [#6], Michigan State [#18], and Michigan [#19]).   Next up for the Spartans: back on the road to take on the Wildcats of Northwestern.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
USC (#11) losing to Notre Dame (#13).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#9) defeating unranked Kansas State by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma State (#10) defeating unranked Texas by three (3) points in overtime.
South Florida (#16) defeating unranked Tulane by six (6) points.
West Virginia (#23) defeating unranked Baylor by two (2) points.
Memphis (#25) defeating unranked Houston by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Penn State (#2) defeating Michigan (#19).

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College Football 2017, Week Seven!

October 15, 2017

Following their win over ranked Michigan last week, the Spartans found themselves ranked in the top 25 (the first time since the 2015 season) which raised the number of ranked Big Ten teams to five (Penn State [#3], Wisconsin [#7], Ohio State [#9], Michigan [#17], and Michigan State [#21]).  The Spartans hung on for the win against the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota. And, while playing great defense for three full quarters (despite several miscues), the Spartans allowed the Gophers to score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make for an exciting finish.   Next up for the Spartans: at home hosting the Hoosiers of Indiana.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Clemson (#2) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
Washington (#5) losing to unranked Arizona State.
Washington State (#8) losing to unranked California.
Auburn (#10) losing to unranked LSU by four (4) points.
San Diego State (#19) losing to unranked Boise State.
Texas Tech (#24) losing to unranked West Virginia.
Navy (#25) losing to unranked Memphis by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Miami (#11) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by one (1) point.
Oklahoma (#12) defeating unranked Texas by five (5) points.
Michigan (#17) defeating unranked Indiana by seven (7) points in overtime.
USC (#13) defeating unranked Utah by one (1) point.
Michigan State University (#21) defeating unranked Minnesota by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
None.

College Football 2017, Week Six!

October 8, 2017

Twelve teams in the top-25 remain unbeaten as we complete the sixth week of the season, and there continues to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#9], and Ohio State [#10]).  The Spartans WIN (in dramatic fashion and amid sloppy conditions) against the Wolverines of the University of Michigan!   Woohoo!   A huge win at this point in the season which gives the Spartans more wins already in 2017 (four) than they had all last year (three).  Next up for the Spartans: another road game, to visit the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#3) losing to unranked Iowa State by seven (7) points.
Michigan (#7) losing to unranked Michigan State by four (4) points.
Louisville (#16) losing to NC State (#24).
Utah (#20) losing to unranked Stanford by three (3) points.
Florida (#21) losing to unranked LSU by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Miami (#13) defeating unranked Florida State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
TCU (#8) defeating West Virginia (#23) by seven (7) points.

College Football 2017, Week Five!

October 1, 2017

We are about a third of the way through the season and there are only sixteen undefeated teams remaining within the top 25.  And, there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#10], and Ohio State [#11]).  In their Big Ten opener, the Spartan’s managed to pull a win at home against the Hawkeyes of Iowa, despite failing to score in the second half.  Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit their cross-state rival, the Wolverines of the University of Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
USC (#5) losing to Washington State (#16) by three (3) points.
LSU (#25) losing to unranked Troy by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma State (#15) defeating unranked Texas Tech by seven (7) points.
San Diego State (#19) defeating unranked Northern Illinois by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#2) defeating Virginia Tech (#12).
Auburn (#13) defeating Mississippi State (#24).

College Football 2017, Week Three!

September 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Spartans have managed to have their bye week way too early in the season, alas!  . . . .  there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#5], Michigan [#7], Ohio State [#8], and Wisconsin [#10]).  The Big Ten continues to fare well and finished this week with a 9-2 win/loss record.  Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
LSU (#12) losing to Mississippi State.
Kansas (#18) losing to unranked Vanderbilt by seven (7) points.
Stanford (#20) losing to unranked San Diego State by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#23) losing to Florida (#24) by six (6) points.
UCLA (#25) losing to unranked Memphis by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
USC (#4) defeated unranked Texas by three (3) points in double overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating Louisville (#14).

College Football 2017, Week Two!

September 10, 2017

This week, there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Ohio State [#2], Penn State [#4],  Michigan [#8], and Wisconsin [#9]) and the Big Ten had another great week posting a 10-4 victory-versus-loss record.   The big surprise of the day had Ohio State (#2) losing at home to Oklahoma (#5).  And, it wasn’t a top-25 game, but Iowa was able to defeat Iowa State in double overtime! The Spartans managed another early season victory by defeating the Broncos of Western Michigan University.  Despite the Broncos’ lack of offense, they were able to score defensively on a scoop and score as well as on special teams with a kickoff returned for a touhdown.  Next up for the Spartans, a bye week, then at home against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in two weeks (9/23).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ohio State (#2) losing to Oklahoma (#5).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Georgia (#15) defeating Notre Dame (#24) by only one (1) point.
Washington State (#20) defeating Boise State by three (3) points in triple overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating Auburn (#13).
USC (#6) defeating Stanford (#14).
Georgia (#15) defeating Notre Dame (#24).
Virginia Tech (#21) defeating West Virginia (#22).

College Football 2017, Week One!

September 3, 2017

Following last year’s dismal showing (1-8 in the Big Ten, 3-9 overall), coupled with the off-field issues that have occurred recently, the Michigan State Spartans are looking to regroup this year.  Regardless of which pre-season poll you wish to consult, there are four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Michigan).    All in all, a great weekend for the Big Ten this weekend as they go 10-3 in their opening week games (and the three losses were to top-25 teams).  The Spartans began their season hosting the Falcons of Bowling Green State University yesterday and had no trouble handling the Falcons to start their season with a win!  Woohoo!  And there was even an upset of a top-25 team on this first week of the new season as Texas (#23) fell to unranked Maryland.  Let the fun that is college football, and the journey to the final four playoff teams, begin.  Next up for the Spartans, at home against the Broncos of Western Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Texas (#23) losing to unranked Maryland.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
None this week.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Florida State (#3).
Michigan (#11) defeating Florida (#17).
Virginia Tech (#21) plays West Virginia (#22) later today . . .

Let’s Not Be Idle!

May 22, 2017

Physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of reasons . . .

  • Control Your Weight.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
  • Reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Some Cancers.
  • Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles.
  • Improve Your Mental Health and Mood.

So, how active are you?  Here are the best and the worst states by the percentage of people who are over 50 years of age who engage in NO physical activity whatsoever . . .

States with the lowest percentage of non-active seniors:
1. Colorado (18%)
2. Oregon (20%)
2. Washington (20%)
4. Idaho (21%)
5. Vermont (22%)

States with the highest percentage of non-active seniors:
1. Arkansas (39%)
2. Mississippi (36%)
3. Oklahoma (35%)
3. Kentucky (35%)
4. Louisiana (34%)
4. West Virginia (34%)

Source: May 2017 AARP Bulletin; 2014 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; numbers are rounded; respondents reported activity level over the previous month.

The Cost of Care!

March 16, 2017

Judging from the below data re: the cost of nursing home/long-term care, it might behoove me to remain in the State of Oklahoma in my retirement years.  Here’s a list of the states where these costs are least expensive as well as most expensive (median daily cost for long-term care in a semi-private room in 2016) . . .

Most Expensive:
1. Alaska ($800)
2. Connecticut ($407)
3. Massachusetts ($370)
4. New York ($361)
5. North Dakota ($359)
6. Hawaii ($355)
7. District of Columbia ($333)
8. New Jersey ($325)
9. New Hampshire ($320)
10. Delaware ($315)

Least Expensive:
1. OKLAHOMA ($145)
2. Texas ($148)
3. Missouri ($156)
4. Louisiana ($160)
5. Arkansas ($161)
6. Kansas ($171)
7. Iowa ($182)
8. Illinois ($184)
9. Nebraska ($185)
9. Utah ($185)

Source: AARP Bulletin, March 2017, p. 44 (from Genworth 2016 Cost of Care Survey)

College Basketball 2017, Week Eighteen!

March 6, 2017

Well, the Spartans continue to struggle on the road — what a horrible way to finish the regular season — losing to Illinois by only three (3) points, and then losing to Maryland as well by only three (3) points in the closing seconds (a last-second basket by Maryland).  Major bummer of a week for the Green team!  It was no real surprise that Kansas took over the top position in the rankings and the Big Ten only has two (2)  teams currently in the AP top-25 : Purdue (#16) and Wisconsin (#22).  What a dismal showing this year by the Big Ten.  Most of the major conferences wrapped up their regular season this week which means that championship week starts now!  It is officially March, let the Madness begin as we continue in earnest down the road to the Final Four!  By this time next week we will know the participants and the seedings of this year’s NCAA Tournament.  MSU is currently projected as a #10 seed (thank you Joe Lunardi), but we’ll still have to wait and see; a couple of wins in the Big Ten Championship Tournament would go a long way to solidifying a Spartan presence at the dance.  Woohoo!

Next up for the Spartans:  a Thursday game in the Big Ten Tournament where they will face the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Penn State/Nebraska . . . .    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
North Carolina (#5) losing to Virginia (#23).
Louisville (#8) losing to unranked Wake Forest.
West Virginia (#10) losing to Baylor (#11).
Florida (#12) losing to unranked Vanderbilt by two (2) points.
Butler  (#13) losing to unranked Seton Hall by six (6) points.
Florida State (#15) losing to Duke (#17) by five (5) points.
Wisconsin (#22) losing to unranked Iowa by two (2) points.
Miami (#25) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#1) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#9) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by six (6) points.
Purdue (#16) defeating unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Iowa State (#24) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#5) defeating Duke (#17).
Louisville (#8) defeating Notre Dame (#19).
West Virginia (#10) defeating Iowa State (#24).
Florida State (#15) defeating Miami (#25).