"The Spartans took a major psychological step beating the Buckeyes in Indianapolis last season when some OSU fans expected MSU to shrink in a big game. Michigan State does have a tougher national title road with a far tougher non-conference game than anything the Buckeyes face -- the Spartans travel to Oregon in week two."
Cleveland.com has been breaking down the odds that Ohio State's opponents have of knocking them off course in the 2014 season. So far, the closest a team has come has been Virginia Tech with an 11 percent chance to upset the Buckeyes. Wednesday revealed Ohio State's biggest obstacle in going undefeated, which was unsurprisingly Michigan State, a team that knocked the Buckeyes out of a shot for the national championship and took the Big Ten championship trophy.
The number two defense in the country last year lost a lot of talent, including cornerback Darqueze Dennard and linebacker Max Bullough, but plans to reload and set up for another Big Ten championship. The Spartans will get everything they can handle with a huge non-conference match up against Oregon and their fast-paced offense. That game could show what to expect from the Spartans when Ohio State travels to East Lansing this season (where the Buckeyes have won four straight times).
"Miller was a finalist two years ago along with Kansas State's Collin Klein and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M."
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named to the 2014 Davey O'Brien award watch list (given annually to the nation's top quarterback) along with 39 other quarterbacks. Entering his final season with the Buckeyes, Miller already holds nine Ohio State school records. In 2013, he threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 1,068 yards and 12 scores despite missing almost three games with a knee injury.
Miller has also been the Big Ten's most valuable player the past two seasons and is considered to be a Heisman contender in 2014 after receiving the Heisman hype in 2013 before his injury. Despite hurting his shoulder against Clemson in the Orange Bowl and having surgery, Miller is still on track to be ready to go for the opening game against Navy in late August.
"According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agent James Jones to a one year deal for the minimum."
In addition to signing free agent Mike Miller, the Cavaliers have signed former Miami Heat forward James Jones. Standing in at 6'8, the shooter could be a nice addition to help back up LeBron James at the small forward spot and provide a nice shooting threat alongside Miller.
The Cavaliers still hope to sign Ray Allen, provided he doesn't go elsewhere or retire, and despite the cap space rapidly shrinking, could sign the veteran shooting guard to a minimum deal. Supposedly, Allen is deciding between joining the Cavs, the Rockets, or just retiring. Either way, the Cavaliers have done a tremendous job landing the free agents that they wanted the most.
"The Cavaliers will play the winner between the 14-seed Houston Rockets and the 19-seed Toronto Raptors, and will play tomorrow night at the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas."
Some more news from the Cavaliers as the NBA Summer League has reached the point of win or go home basketball. 24 teams will be competing in the bracket (one of those being a select D-League team) to see who will be crowned champion. Since the Cavs went undefeated in their first three games, they get a first round bye and await the winner of the Rockets and Raptors.
Led by Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, and Matthew Dellavedova, the Cavaliers dispatched the Bucks, 70-68, the Spurs, 82-70, and the 76ers, 86-77. Here's a look at the bracket in its entirety. The bad news: Dellavedova will miss the rest of the summer league due to his preparations to play for his home country (Australia) for the basketball World Cup. It will be interesting to see how that affects the Cavaliers play, but I'm sure there will be plenty of highlights from Wiggins and Bennett.
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