Larry Ness

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Pregame Blogs
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Larry Ness

  • College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 11

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 11 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) GRAHAM HARRELL (Texas Tech) Last Week: 2. Harrell threw for five TDs and 646 yards in Stillwater last year (the fourth-best passing game in major college football...
  • College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 10

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 10 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) SAM BRADFORD (Oklahoma) Last Week: 2. Remember when the Nebraska/Oklahoma game meant something special? A week after Oklahoma 'exploded' for 55 points...
  • Heisman Watch (11/24)

    The 2009 Heisman race was never expected to include more than three players, 2008 winner Sam Bradford, 2008 runner-up Colt McCoy and 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Tebow also received more first-place votes in 2008 than either Bradford or McCoy). Bradford basically...
  • College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 8

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 8 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) COLT MCCOY (Texas) Last Week: 3. Just two weeks ago, the Longhorns were No. 5 in the AP poll but consecutive wins over Oklahoma 45-35 and Missouri 56-31 have seen...
  • Heisman Watch (9/21)

    The 2009 college football season began with both the 2007 winner (Tim Tebow) and the 2008 winner (Sam Bradford) active. That had never happened before. Add in last year's runner-up, Colt McCoy of Texas, and it was hard to imagine anyone from outside...
  • College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 13

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 13 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) SAM BRADFORD (Oklahoma) Last Week: 2. This past Saturday night in Norman, Oklahoma's Bradford threw 19 passes while Texas Tech's Harrell attempted 55 and...
  • College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 12

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 12 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) GRAHAM HARRELL (Texas Tech) Last Week: 1. Texas Tech followed its dramatic 39-33 win over Texas on November 1 with a convincing 56-20 win over Oklahoma State on...
  • NBA Finals Journal (Game 5)

    Kobe scored 33 points (had 10 of LA final 12 points) and Gasol added 21 points (six rebounds) for the Lakers in Game 4 but it was not enough to overcome poor efforts by just about all the other Lakers. Bynum (two points and three rebounds) was limited...
  • NBA Finals Journal (Game 6)

    The Celtics won Game 5 of the NBA Finals 92-86 on Sunday night, taking a 3-2 series lead. The game really wasn't as close as the final score, as the Lakers never led after owning a 37-36 lead and in watching the game, one never felt the Celtics "weren't...
  • NFL 'Playoff Newbies' for 2010

    (Note: This is the final installment of my six-part preseason NFL articles) The NFL expanded its playoff field to include 12 teams beginning in the 1990 season. Heading into the 2009 season, there had been 110 teams from 1991 through 2008 to follow...
  • The Great Kentucky 'Haul' (a cautionary tale)

    Everyone knew that John Wall would be taken first by the Washington Wizards on Thursday night, making him Kentucky's first-ever overall No. 1 pick in NBA draft history. Considering that the last two Calipari-coached point guards (Jalen Rose and Tyreke...
  • "Mid-Summer Classic" (down memory lane)

    MLB's first-ever All Star game was played on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was promoted by the Chicago Tribune in conjunction with the city's Century of Progress Exposition (anyone ever heard of that?). It game was a big deal at...
  • College Football 2010: Roll Tide?

    Nick Saban's Alabama team of 2008 entered its SEC championship game showdown with Florida ranked No. 1 in the nation sporting a 12-0 record but as 10-point underdogs to then-No. 2 Florida. The oddsmakers, not the polls, had it right as the Gators...
  • Heisman Watch (Tuesday, September 28)

    The first month of the season closed with the AP's preseason top-three in the rankings unchanged. Alabama remains No. 1, followed by Ohio State and Boise State. Those three schools are all led by legitimate Heisman contenders, Alabama RB Mark Ingram...
  • CFB Notes (The BCS Cometh)

    Alabama received a season-high 58 first-place votes (of 60) in the October 3 AP poll but those same pollsters showed the Tide very little 'love' after their 35-21 loss on Saturday at South Carolina. It was the first time a No. 1 team had lost...
  • Bowl Journal (Part 1)

    More than three weeks before Auburn and Oregon will play in Glendale, Arizona in the BCS national championship game on January 10, 2011, the 2010-11 bowl season kicked off this past Saturday. I'll have much more on the Auburn/Oregon matchup in future...
  • NFL Notes (Divisional Round)

    Only seven of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season were back for this year’s ‘party.’ Those teams were Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis (with an NFL record-tying ninth straight postseason appearance), New England, New Orleans, the New York...
  • NFL Notes (Week 5)

    It's almost impossible to believe that after four weeks of the 2010 season, the NFL's lone unbeaten team is the 3-0 KC Chiefs. The Chiefs are coming off a 4-12 year in 2009 and the team's three-year record coming onto the 2010 season was 10...
  • NBA Notes (Are the Bulls for Real?)

    I wrote a two-part NBA report when the teams returned from the All Star break. I noted then, that the Chicago Bulls entered the All-Star break with a winning percentage over .700 (38-16, .704) for just the fifth time in franchise history. Three of the...
  • CBB Notes (Final 4 & More)

    The first of four college basketball champions was crowned on Wednesday when Santa Clara won the College Insider.com Tournament title with a 76-69 victory over Iona. These two schools had met only one pervious time, back in the Tournament of Roses at...
  • NBA Playoffs Journal (April 28)

    Home teams remained perfect this week (at least SU), as the Heat eliminated the 76ers in five games with a 97-91 win, the Spurs stayed ‘alive’ with a 110-103 overtime win against the Grizzlies and the Thunder eliminated the Nuggets (also in five games...
  • College Football Picks: Will more unbeaten teams fall this week?

    Will Texas become the next unbeaten to fall? By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper Three of the AP's top-four teams lost last weekend (No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Missouri and No. 4 LSU). That marked the second time that had happened on the same weekend...
  • Heisman Trophy (12/1)

    The 2009 Heisman race was never expected to include more than three players, 2008 winner Sam Bradford, 2008 runner-up Colt McCoy and 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Tebow also received more first-place votes in 2008 than either Bradford or McCoy). Bradford basically...
  • Alabama-Texas a 1964 redux? (let's hope so)

    The final BCS standings came out on Sunday and few were surprised that Alabama and Texas will meet in Pasadena, California on January 7 for the BCS championship. Alabama was a shoo-in for one slot in this year's BCS title game when the Tide ended...
  • Heisman Watch (Oct 19)

    The 2009 season began with all three of last year's Heisman top vote-getters active. Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) was the '08 winner, Colt McCoy (Texas) was the runner-up and Tim Tebow (Florida) finished third but garnered the most first-place votes...