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PGNiG, LOTOS Complete First LNG Bunkering in Gdańsk, Gdynia Ports

first_imgPolish natural gas companies PGNiG and LOTOS recently completed two commercial bunkering ops of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in what PGNiG says are the first operations of this kind carried out at seaports in Gdańsk and Gdynia.The first bunkering took place on March 13 and saw chemical tanker Fure Valo receive 54 tonnes of LNG fuel.In the second bunkering, which took place on March 18, bulk carrier Ireland received 18 tonnes of LNG fuel.Worth noting is the fact that the 4,500 dwt Ireland previously became the first vessel to be successfully bunkered with LNG at the Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) in May 2018.“Bunkering of ships with natural gas in liquefied form is another of many possibilities of using gas, which PGNiG imports to Poland from Qatar, Norway and the USA through the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście,” commented Maciej Woźniak, Vice-President of the PGNiG Management Board for Trade.According to the directive on the development of alternative fuels infrastructure, by the end of 2025 at the latest, a sufficient number of LNG bunkering points should be created in seaports. In case of Poland, these are to be: Gdańsk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Świnoujście.PGNiG and LOTOS said LNG bunkering services are now a permanent offer of both entities and can be provided in both Tri-City ports.last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Spikers Battle Lady Panthers

first_imgFrom Coach Prickel: The Batesville JV Volleyball team improved to 7-4 with a 25-19, 21-25, 15-7 win over Jennings County. Grace Sarringhaus was the top offensive performer with 12 points including 6 aces while going perfect on all 16 of her serves. She also led the team in kills with 6 in 12 swings. Katie Bedel added 5 kills, while Kerigan Haskamp earned 2 stuff blocks. Belle Wolters had 8 assists from her setter position.In the Varsity match the Jennings County Panthers started 40 minutes ahead of the bulldogs, or at least it seemed that way.  We opened up the first two sets with the most lackluster play we have seen to date.  The good news is we came about but not before spotting them two sets.   In set three we were the dominant force we have seen glimpses of… Short story, JC beat us 25-16, 25-12, 11-25, 25-20.  Stat leaders for the night were #20 Hattie Westerfeld with 12 kills and 4 stuff blocks, #7 Kylie Laker with three aces in set three alone, and 24 assists on the evening.The teams will play in the Ripley County Tourney on Saturday morning at BHS.  First matches @ 9:00 AM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

Donald Sidney Hock

first_imgDonald Sidney Hock, age 74 of Osgood, Indiana (formerly of Kalkaska, Michigan), passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019.  The son of Donald and Bernice (nee: Gryes) Hock was born on October 12, 1944 in Dearborn, Michigan.Donald loved to spend time flying model airplanes, helicopters and drones.  He was a big baseball and football fan and of course, the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers were his favorite teams to watch.  He was also a Brady fan because of the Michigan connection so the Patriots were ok in his book too.He is survived by his wife Darlene Ann (nee: Granholm) Hock of Osgood; his daughter Tracy and husband Bruce Roe, their children Chelsea Moore (Scott), Joshua Roe and their grandchildren children Skye & Raine in addition to his son Scott Hock and his children, Justin, Jacob and Josh; and his only sister Eva Brittain of Detroit, Michigan.A Celebration of Life will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 4pm – 6pm at Abor Grove Village Chapel 1021 E. Central Avenue, Greensburg, IN 47240.last_img read more

Top four remains top target – Wenger

first_img Press Association The Gunners manager has come under increased pressure after a 3-1 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek. A top-four Barclays Premier League finish is likely to offer their only hope of returning to the competition next season and they look set to go an eighth season without winning a trophy. Arsenal have long been out of the title race and face an uphill battle to overhaul north London rivals Tottenham to get back into the top four. “We want to be in the Champions League,” the Frenchman said. “Financially we can live with [not qualifying], but on the sporting front, no. And the sporting front is the priority.” FA Cup and Capital One Cup exits against lower-league opponents have also marred Arsenal’s season, but Wenger, whose side hosts Aston Villa on Saturday, believes his players can regroup and have a strong end to the season. “What we need is to be united and strong, and not to be destabilised by people who have strong opinions after one game,” he said. “I believe what is important is that the club always goes with the guidelines we have and does not change direction every time we lose a big game, that would lead to a disaster. “A bad period for a club is also a good opportunity to show how united and strong you are. We have a good history of that at Arsenal.” The club’s regular board meeting on Thursday was attended by majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who also watched the Bayern game on Tuesday night. Yet Wenger insisted it was very much a case of business as usual. He said: “The meeting speaks about many things: commercial, ticket prices, long-term plans. I make my report as well on the technical side, so it was the usual thing. Of course we had no euphoria because we have gone through a disappointment on Tuesday night, but apart from that we are responsible people who know what it is to fight.” Full-back Bacary Sagna will miss out against Villa because of a knee problem, but defender Nacho Monreal is available again after being cup-tied in Europe. Despite Villa’s troubles at the wrong end of the table, Wenger expects a tough test at the Emirates Stadium. “We have to prepare ourselves for a battle,” he said. “They are fighting to avoid relegation and it is a typical Premier League game. There is no easy game for anybody.” center_img Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal can survive a season without Champions League football but warned that playing among Europe’s elite must remain the club’s priority.last_img read more

McIntyre brings changes to SU, veterans learn to adapt

first_img Comments Published on September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Sixty feet. That’s how the soccer team thinks of itself. Thirty players and 60 feet. Last year’s team did not view itself so simplistically. It was mired in team politics about the firing of former head coach Dean Foti. Players became more concerned with personal disagreements and less concerned with this simple number. But this year, all that really matters are those feet and what they do on the field. Of those 30 players, only 10 were on the team last year to notice the changes that have occurred since Foti was released and new head coach Ian McIntyre was hired. The veterans have embraced the new players and the changes that came with McIntyre’s coaching. ‘It can be a little bit awkward when you’re returning and you see the number of new faces in the locker room exceeds those of the returners,’ McIntyre said. ‘But the older guys are leading by example. I refer to them as the cultural architects of our program. They set the standard, and ultimately they’re the leaders of the group.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The most obvious change is in the playing style. McIntyre tried out a couple of formations, but for now has settled on a 4-5-1, which fosters an attacking style of play. In this formation, there is only one defensive midfielder, said senior forward L.J. Papaleo. Last year, there were two. This allows more players to push forward, leaving only five field players and a goalie behind to defend. Last year, the team played a possession game, keeping the ball in its own half and advancing little by little. For most of the returnees, the adjustments have been minimal. Senior midfielder Geoff Lytle said he does not feel he has had to make any changes to this style of play. But Papaleo has had to get used to receiving the ball up top instead of having it going through the midfield. ‘There’s more playing direct,’ Papaleo said. ‘I’m more the point man. I hold up the ball, lay it off to a midfielder. Whereas last year, it was more play the ball through to me, and I’d run on to it.’ Aside from changes on the field, the 10 returnees have encountered changes in the chemistry of the team, as well. In fact, Lytle said team chemistry was the biggest difference this year. As old and new players have gotten to know each other, integration has not been a problem. ‘In the locker room, everyone talks to everyone,’ Papaleo said. ‘Last year there were cliques, and that kind of brought our team down. Everyone’s just one unit together.’ Starting over the summer, the veterans reached out to the newcomers by sending them letters and e-mails. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Jones helped organize the communication. Federico Agreda, a forward who transferred from Garden City Community College, was one of the recipients. Agreda said he found the information helpful upon his arrival at Syracuse. ‘It said (things) about the life here,’ he said. ‘To keep yourself away from the trouble, the parties, the drinking. How to manage your time, especially because there are so many people here. And control yourself, because we’re part of a team here.’ This team’s slogan for the year is ‘Maximum effort is the minimum requirement.’ This saying comes from McIntyre, and so does the motivation to live by it. Whether it was the advice in Jones’ letters or an atmosphere formed during preseason, Lytle said the team has taken the saying to heart this year. Last year, it might have just been a slogan. So 60 feet, all clad in laced-up cleats with Nike socks, walk on to the field as the SU soccer team. There is no telling which players were there last year and which are just getting used to the grass of the SU Soccer Stadium. There is just one obstacle left for the returners to overcome. Said Lytle: ‘The hardest part would be understanding the new guys from Sweden.’ alguggen@syr.edulast_img read more

Christina Oyawale struggles to live up to natural ability with more playing time

first_imgChristina Oyawale is not ready. Much like Syracuse, Oyawale has struggled with consistency early in the season. The redshirt sophomore has tried to make her mark on a team that is searching for production.During her time at Parkdale (Maryland) High School, Oyawale didn’t have to search. She showcased her natural ability, tallying 157 kills and 38 blocks in 14 games her senior year.The first time Parkdale’s athletic director, Brian Moore, saw Oyawale play, he knew she would play in college.“She left a legacy,” Moore said, “she certainly raised the level of play of the program.”At Syracuse, Oyawale hasn’t had the same success. The Orange (1-9) has zero seniors on its roster and the young players have not found a way to transfer their potential to wins. Oyawale, one of just four third-year players for SU, is getting an opportunity to develop her raw talent. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter has already played in more sets through the first 10 games this year (23) than all of last season (22). She has started two matches this year and has recorded 17 kills.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut she hasn’t reached her potential just yet.“She may be one year away,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said. “The lack of experience is holding her.”Oyawale didn’t start playing club volleyball until late in her high school career. It wasn’t until her senior year that she saw herself as a volleyball player, Moore said. But Yelin saw her potential through her club team.For all the promise Oyawale holds, she has struggled to become a contributor with SU. She redshirted her freshman year, which helped her develop, Oyawale said.She’s still working on her blocking, an aspect that she said could use improvement despite having the necessary physical traits to fit the role.“Good size, quick, and good jump,” Yelin said. “… Talking to her, we believe she is going to work hard to get better. She developed a lot.”During the summer, Oyawale organized offseason workouts, Yelin said. After three years at SU without much playing time, the head coach was shocked.However, for all the work Christina has done to improve over the last couple seasons, she has failed to put it all together this year, just like the team as a whole. Yelin wants to play her more in conference play, but said she’s more of a liability against tougher teams.“I am going to try to be better for my team,” Oyawale said.As her collegiate career progresses, Oyawale is starting to show some of the promise that both Moore and Yelin saw in her early stages of development. In Syracuse’s lone win of the season against Siena, Oyawale contributed a season high 8.5 points.“Someday, I think she’ll be big time,” Yelin said.That day hasn’t come yet. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 22, 2016 at 12:14 am Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

Gabriela Knutson eliminated from NCAA women’s tennis singles tournament in two set loss

first_img Published on May 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 5 Gabriela Knutson’s singles season came to an end Friday morning after No. 22 Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Pepperdine defeated Syracuse’s first singles in a tight two-set affair, 6-4, 7-5. The pair went back and forth most of the afternoon, but Sherif won big points at the end of sets to book her spot in the NCAA women’s tennis quarterfinals.Knutson was the aggressor from the opening point, but Sherif used a slice backhand early on to throw Knutson off her rhythm and force errors. Sherif grabbed the break of serve and consolidated it on her own service, winning both games at deuce to take a 2-0 lead.The SU junior pulled herself level in the match, breaking serve with a big forehand that forced Sherif into an error. Once Knutson held serve comfortably to take her first lead in the match at 4-3, she appeared to have taken control.Sherif, however, won another deuce down 4-3 to hold serve, then took advantage of Knutson’s mistakes to recapture the lead. Sherif served out the opening set, 6-4.Knutson took control of the second set early, grabbing a break of serve in the fourth game. With a 3-1 lead, Knutson needed to hold serve to consolidate her break. Knutson missed a forehand into the net down break point, then slammed an extra tennis ball into the side fence and walked to her chair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSherif and Knutson traded serves for the ensuing five games, until Knutson, again, faltered at the end of the set. On serve at 5-all, Knutson was broken at love. As her forehand hit the net, Sherif fist pumped and jogged to her chair, as Knutson stood at mid-court in disbelief.Knutson fought her way to break point on deuce, needing a break to keep her tournament hopes alive. But Sherif hit a crosscourt backhand winner to finish the match, 7-5, ending Knutson’s singles season and causing her to fall short of the quarterfinals goal she set before the tournament.Her season continues as she partners with Miranda Ramirez in doubles at 1:30 p.m., playing for a spot in the quarterfinals. Commentslast_img read more

Even Dodger Dogs are playoff ready

first_imgThe Los Angeles Police Department officer stopped in his tracks late Sunday afternoon.He took a long look at me as I came toward him on the Dodger Stadium loge level with what may have appeared to be a lethal weapon.I was merely carrying, on a tray that was beginning to buckle, one the newly created Dodger Playoff Dogs.It was loaded. I was definitely handling it without a proper permit. “Good luck with that,” he offered. He could have at least handed me a card to explain self-adminstered CPR.This is the time of year at Dodger Stadium when you can’t even get arrested. Except for a cardiac arrest.My non-aggravated assault of the dog took 4 minutes, 23 seconds, without any PETA protesting. Considering the first three innings of Sunday’s game took about an hour and a half, followed by a mad rush to the restrooms on every level of the park, it was worth the nutritional investment.Usually, the “Loaded” dogs go for $7.75, ranging from the Doyer Dog Jr. (Nacho cheese, chili, pico de gallo and jalepenos) the Kim Chi Dog (with, of course, Kim Chi), Frito Pie Dog (Fritos, chili, cheese), the Big Kid Dog (gooey Mac and Cheese with Fritos) and the classic Heater (buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese cole slaw).Taking things to the next level — because that’s what you do with your eating game when October comes around — meant a bigger gulp, reassessing your health insurance plan pre-Affordable Health Care and then sizing up your appetite for success.This foodie investment is probably longer lasting than sliding the charge card for a $30 playoff cap or a $30 playoff T-shirt that will be outdated by the end of the month.The only problem we had with the whole transaction is that instead of “Playoff Dog,” the words “Pastrami Dog” came up on the concession register.Are the computers not playoff-ready?The concessionaire had no answer for that. Her arms were tired from carrying it the two feet from the kitchen shelf window to the counter.An usher watched as I planted myself behind the back row of the loge level and attempted to get into post-season mode.“Do they give you a knife and fork with that?” she asked.Yes, but it was buried underneath this Rose Parade sized beast — perhaps this is what Vin Scully will be riding on come January 1.As if I needed it anyway.“Somehow, they forgot to include a fishing harpoon,” she added.This is the time and place to check your pulse. And your blood pressure. When your stadium seats vibrate from the rocking after a Carl Crawford home run as much as from the rap music coming out of the center-field speakers.It’s a stadium already in full “Let’s Go Dodgers” pregame chant, shouting down some clown on the field with his Dodgers hat turned backward yelling into a microphone that it’s time to get loud because it’s time for the TV cameras to come on.You don’t need to light up the “applause” sign this time of year.A crowd full of blue towel-waving fans trumps red foam tomahawks on any perfect fall night when the temperatures are in the high 70s, the San Gabriel Mountains glisten that certain shade of purple in the background, and even Chris Capuano can go to the mound and look like Clayton Kershaw for a few amped-up innings.Not even Larry David could curb his enthusiasm when put up on the video screen.In the 2013 playoff baseball buffet, the Dodgers may end up treating the Atlanta Braves like cheap hors d’oeurves. Just don’t mistake them for cocktail franks. We’re going super-sized this time. Pass the onions. Next round, we’re adding fresh blue berries to the recipe. The problem was I couldn’t get a hold of my doctor at the moment, since he was most likely in a club level suite and out of cell range. And my cholesterol medicine had a child-proof cap, so I might as well be DOA.The crime wasn’t the fact I actually paid $9 for this creation at the Extremely Loaded Dog concession stand — this foot-long all-beef wiener on a pretzel baguette was already topped with pastrami, a few squirts of mustard and a sliced pickle. It was that I went ahead and added a scoop of onions to the whole mess, possibly vandalizing the work of postseason art.Guilty, but just a force of habit.How hungry are Dodger fans for an extended playoff run? Evidenced by the fact I wasn’t the only one in line for one of these beauties, plenty.“If you handcuff me now, and didn’t allow me to eat this, you’d be doing your duty to protect and to serve,” I told the officer who, at this point, couldn’t walk far enough around me.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers notes: Groin strain will sideline Pau Gasol at home for road trip

first_imgNick Young’s highlight reels and infectious smile have suddenly evaporated. Instead, Young has conceded frustration as he’s labored through a five-game skid where most of his shots clank off the rim. During that time, Young has averaged 16.2 points albeit on only a 37.6-percent clip.“Just a little shooting slump,” Young said. “Now I know they’re going to key on me every night. I have to be more prepared for that. I’m going to get the best defenders. I’m going to get double teamed a little bit.”Young usually thrived in those situations, remaining one of the lone players on the Lakers’ roster with the ability to create their own shot. In the Lakers’ 102-100 overtime loss Jan. 20 to Chicago, Young posted a season-high 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Just a day earlier, Young dropped 29 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the Lakers’ win in Toronto.D’Antoni rightfully pointed out that the team’s persistent struggles stem more in its defense. The Lakers have conceded over 100 points in 14 consecutive games. But with the team offering no sign that its defensive issues will ever go away, Young’s acrobatic scoring act has at least given the Lakers a fighting chance.“We have to get Nick back on track. His scoring is something we need. His unpredictability is important to what we do,” D’Antoni said. “That’s the biggest thing we’ve missed. We have to get him to score the buckets that are tough to get. Usually in the game, you’ll hit moments where you need guys to hit some baskets. He’s the guy to do it.” Instead, the Lakers lose another powerful presence. Gasol averaged 20.8 points on 51-percent shooting and 11.9 rebounds through 15 games in January. Gasol had nursed a groin injury in recent weeks, but he said it worsened when he missed the entire second half in the Lakers’ loss Tuesday to Indiana. Gasol also attributed his groin injury to the moderate strain in the big toe of his left foot. That injury has forced Gasol to compensate with his movement. Gasol also told this newspaper that he received extra treatment and new taping on Friday in hopes to reduce the pain on his toe.“The tendon underneath my foot is still giving me some issues too,” Gasol said. “I’m playing with a tape job that may have changed my loads and made an issue with my groin. One thing is leading to the next one. I’ve been trying to play through it and do my very best. I don’t like to let my team down, especially when things are not going the right way.”Off the markThe lone element that made the Lakers’ horrific performances somewhat watchable has become as ugly as the team’s play. Slowly but surely, Pau Gasol walked down a Staples Center hallway amid a cloud of uncertainty and frustration.He had enough pain in his right groin to have an MRI on Saturday, and the fear proved warranted. The test showed Gasol has a strain in his right groin, which will keep him sidelined for the Lakers’ three-game trip this week with stops in Minnesota (Tuesday), Cleveland (Wednesday) and Philadelphia (Friday). The Lakers plan to re-evaluate Gasol once the Lakers return to Los Angeles next weekend, making it possible he could return next Sunday against Chicago at Staples Center. Lakers backup center Chris Kaman has mostly sat on the bench this season because of coach Mike D’Antoni’s preference for a smaller lineup and his belief that Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly are superior defenders. But Kaman, whose recent MRI on a sore right knee came out negative, will likely start. Kaman has averaged 11.8 points on 46.4-percent shooting and 9.2 rebounds through 24.2 minutes in five games as a starter, three of which coincided with Gasol sitting out because of an upper respiratory infection.The Lakers (16-31) had hoped they’d stop keeping their trainer’s room full. They maintain optimism the possible return of guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake on Tuesday in Minnesota would help bring life to a floundering team that has lost six consecutive games and 18 of their last 21.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

College football picks, Week 13: Ohio State downs Penn State to stay unbeaten; Georgia, Oregon survive

first_imgWeek 13 has two games between ranked teams with massive College Football Playoff implications.The first is the top-10 matchup between No. 9 Penn State and No. 2 Ohio State: The winner of that game will likely represent the Big Ten East in the conference championship game and take the driver’s seat for Playoff consideration. The other is the top-25 matchup between No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 4 Georgia: If the Aggies upset the Bulldogs in Athens, it will knock them clean out of Playoff contention. Pick: Georgia 30, Texas A&M 20No. 9 Penn State at No. 2 Ohio State (-18.5)Penn State represents the first of a three-game gauntlet separating Ohio State from its first Playoff berth since 2016. The Buckeyes will be happy to have Chase Young back along the defensive line. He should be a huge disruptor in Penn State’s backfield, not only for Sean Clifford’s ability to target KJ Hamler and Pat Freiermuth, but also running back Journey Brown’s ability to make positive gains. Conversely, Shake Toney and Yetur Gross-Matos will look to make life miserable for Justin Fields. This game will be closer than the -point spread, but Field’s dual-threat ability, coupled with the running prowess of J.K. Dobbins, should be enough for Ohio State to keep Penn State at arm’s length on Saturday.Pick: Ohio State 38, Penn State 24 MORE: Week 13 picks against the spreadOther notable games to watch this week include the AAC matchup between Navy and SMU, as well as the ACC matchup between Pitt and Virginia Tech. Baylor-Texas will be worth monitoring, as well.We at Sporting News are 74-15 through 12 weeks this season, coming off another strong performance in which we went 7-1 in our picks. With that, SN’s’ Week 13 college football picks (lines provided courtesy of Sportsbook Review as if 4 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 18):No. 6 Oregon (-14.5) at Arizona StateAll that stands between Oregon and a one-loss Pac-12 championship game berth is two .500 teams. The first of those opponents is Arizona State, which has split its last two meetings with the Ducks in single-possession games. This game has no bearing on the Pac-12 divisional races, but Herm Edwards’ team will come into this game ready to play spoiler. They hang around for a quarter or two before Justin Herbert wills Oregon to a win in Tempe.Pick: Oregon 31, Arizona State 20No. 21 SMU at Navy (-4)This game is of vital importance to the American Athletic Conference championship game. Assuming the winner of SMU-Navy wins its next game (against Tulane and Houston, respectively), they could conceivably make the AAC championship if Memphis loses to Cincinnati on Nov. 29. The Midshipmen lead the country in rushing (349 yards per game) by way of their triple-option attack, while SMU ranks 30th in rush defense (124 ypg). It will be close, but the backfield duo of Shane Buechele (3,195 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, eight interceptions) and Xavier Jones (1,063 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns) should lead the Mustangs to a hard-fought win.Pick: SMU 35, Navy 34MORE: College Football Playoff picture, Week 13UCLA at USC (-13.5)This rivalry game means little in the grand scheme of things, both in the Pac-12 and larger national football landscape, but it is a curious game considering the implications for Trojans coach Clay Helton. The fifth-year USC coach has been on the hot seat for most of the season, and there’s no guarantee a win against the 4-6 Bruins will be enough to secure his return for the 2020 season. USC’s Kedon Slovis and UCLA’s Dylan Thompson-Robinson should both put up big numbers, but look for the overall-better Trojans to come away with a win.Pick: USC 33, UCLA 27No. 12 Michigan (-8.5) at IndianaMichigan can’t afford to look ahead to “The Game” next week — not with this 7-3 Indiana team. The Hoosiers have lost 23 straight in this series, but have played the Wolverines to one-possession games in three of their last four trips to Bloomington. Indiana backup quarterback Peyton Ramsey stepped right into injured Michael Penix Jr.’s shoes against Penn State last week, completing 31 of 41 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown. Michigan would rather its defense keep him off balance for the entirety of this game, but the progression of Shea Patterson the last three weeks (43 of 67 passing, 635 yards, seven touchdowns, zero interceptions) bodes well if this game stays close late. We guess the Wolverines will pull away midway through the fourth quarter.Pick: Michigan 30, Indiana 21Pitt at No. 25 Virginia Tech (-4)This game, coupled with next week’s rivalry matchup between Virginia and Virginia Tech, will likely decide which team faces Clemson in the ACC championship game. If Pitt wins out and Virginia Tech beats Virginia next week, the Panthers will play the Tigers in Charlotte, N.C. for the ACC title. If the Hokies win out, they’ll get that honor. This game could pivot on Kenny Pickett’s ball security: Pitt is 4-1 in games in which he doesn’t register an interception, and 2-2 in games he does. The Hokies have 12 interceptions on the season as a team, including three players (Caleb Farley, Dax Hollifield and Jermaine Waller) with at least three picks. The Hokies get at least one takeaway in a close win.Pick: Virginia Tech 27, Pitt 23MORE: College football bowl projections, Week 13Texas at No. 13 Baylor (-5)A Baylor win will ensure the Bears rematch with Oklahoma for a chance at the Big 12 championship, but Baylor may have bigger things in mind: Matt Rhule and Co. still have an outside chance at becoming the No. 4 seed in the Playoff assuming Baylor wins out and avenges its only loss of the season. That might be too tall an order, but Rhule will have his team ready to play after the heartbreaking loss to the Sooners, who overcame a 25-point deficit to upend the Bears. That said, Texas hasn’t scored more than 27 points in four of its last five games (the one exception a 50-48 win over Kansas). That doesn’t bode well against a Bears defense that has given up 22.6 points per game in Big 12 play this season. Baylor rights the ship before moving on to Kansas and a rematch with Oklahoma.Pick: Baylor 31, Texas 27No. 24 Texas A&M at No. 4 Georgia (-13.5)Texas A&M represent what is likely the last true regular-season road block between Georgia and a College Football Playoff berth. The Aggies have won their last four games with a plus-81 win differential, while Georgia has had to slog through one-possession victories over Auburn and Florida (sandwiched around a 27-0 win over Missouri). The Bulldogs have gotten by on the strength of their defense this season, allowing only South Carolina to score more than 17 points this season (20). The challenge for them will be to limit Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond, whose dual-threat ability can cause headaches for Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Mond will make a few plays, but look for Jake Fromm to continue playing mistake-free football (he hasn’t thrown an interception in over a month) in another Georgia win.last_img read more