Conference championship game Buckeyes Wire predictions

We keep things going with our weekly picks and predictions with our writers selecting the winners of the top six conference championship games.

Ohio State may be sitting at home after losing to Michigan for the second straight year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some quality games on tap for this weekend with all the conference championship games going on. In fact, if you are still rooting for the Buckeyes to get into the College Football Playoff (and why wouldn’t you), you should be closely tuned to things, especially with what’s happening in Las Vegas with the Pac-12 Championship game. Root for a USC loss and Ohio State is most likely in all of the fun again.

But there’s more than that. Every year (and every week of the season) we have a little friendly competition among our writers for world domination when it comes to picking Big Ten and some of the bigger college football games.

With the conference relegated to just one game now with the Big Ten Championship game in Indy between Michigan and Purdue, we change gears a little bit and make our predictions and picks against the spread and straight up for all of the conference championship games.

So, who will take home trophies this weekend? Here’s how we see things, but of the “pick six” variety of the six most-followed championship games.

As a reminder, if there’s an asterisk next to the pick, that means the team will win, but not cover. If there is a tie, rather than have a cage match or old-fashioned duel, we’ll settle it with less violence and go with the tried, yet true, coin flip where George Washington has the say.

EXAMPLE:
– If you think Ohio State will win minus-3.5 over an opponent: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win outright: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win, but NOT cover: OSU*

Get more betting analysis and predictions at Sportsbook Wire.

Here are our expert picks for a conference championship week, but first, here are the results so far, before all the bowl games which will get involved with as well.

High School Esports 2022 fall regional/state rankings: Final regular-season ‘Hearthstone’ standings

Final regular-season top 10 teams in each region for fall 2022 “Hearthstone.”

The 2022 high school esports fall regular season has come to an end, with competitive gaming teams across North America closing out the head-to-head matchups on the PlayVS platform.

It’s been an exciting inaugural e-kickoff for USA TODAY High School Sports and PlayVS, creating the first regional and state rankings from the platform’s competitive games—ones officially recognized by the NFHS Network and state associations.

As the competition now moves to the 2022 championships, here are the final regular-season “Hearthstone” teams at the top in each region/state.

Hearthstone: 2022 Regular-Season Final

League: Central Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 2

2. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 1

3. Rogers New Technology High School (Ark.): Hearth Wolves A

4. North Rock Creek (Okla.): North Rock Creek Hearthstone (Alpha)

5. Kearney Sr High School (Neb.): Shuffled

6. Vanguard College Preparatory School (Texas): Vanguard HS

7. Riverside High School (Ark.): StoneRebels

8. Biloxi High School (Miss.): Biloxi Red Squadron

9. Pearl High School (Miss.): Pearl High School Esports

10. Ardmore High School (Okla.): Ardmore Tiger Gaming

League: Eastern Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. East Kentwood High School (Mich.): East Kentwood High School

2. Maclay School (Fla.): Marauders HS

3. Harlan County High School (Ky.): Wish this was Yugioh

4. Bloomfield Hills High School (Mich.): Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks

5. Cortland Junior-Senior High School (N.Y.): Cortland Purple Tigers II: Arcade Remix Hyper EX + α Edition

6. Xavier High School (Conn.): Falcons

7. Advanced Technology Center (Va.): The Card Handlers

8. Heritage High School (Va.): Heritage HS Cardbackers

9. Landstown High School (Va.): Stone Cold Eagles

10. North Fort Myers High School (Fla.): Red Knightmare

League: Mountain Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Viewmont High School (Utah): Hearth Breakers

2. Santa Susana High (Calif.): Santa Su Troubadours

3. Las Cruces High School (N.M.): LCHS Hearthstone Red

4. Bishop Montgomery High School (Calif.): Knights of Azeroth

5. Organ Mountain High School (N.M.): OMHS Hearthstone Varsity

6. Hobbs High School (N.M.): Hobbs Var Hearthstone

7. Manzano High School (N.M.): Monarchs A – Hearthstone

8. Fort Bragg High School (Calif.): Gamer Wolves

t-9. Moreau Catholic High School (Calif.): Hearthstone Team #1

t-9. Thunder Mountain High School (Alaska): Falcons

High School Esports 2022 fall regional/state rankings: Final regular-season ‘Hearthstone’ standings

Final regular-season top 10 teams in each region for fall 2022 “Hearthstone.”

The 2022 high school esports fall regular season has come to an end, with competitive gaming teams across North America closing out the head-to-head matchups on the PlayVS platform.

It’s been an exciting inaugural e-kickoff for USA TODAY High School Sports and PlayVS, creating the first regional and state rankings from the platform’s competitive games—ones officially recognized by the NFHS Network and state associations.

As the competition now moves to the 2022 championships, here are the final regular-season “Hearthstone” teams at the top in each region/state.

Hearthstone: 2022 Regular-Season Final

League: Central Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 2

2. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 1

3. Rogers New Technology High School (Ark.): Hearth Wolves A

4. North Rock Creek (Okla.): North Rock Creek Hearthstone (Alpha)

5. Kearney Sr High School (Neb.): Shuffled

6. Vanguard College Preparatory School (Texas): Vanguard HS

7. Riverside High School (Ark.): StoneRebels

8. Biloxi High School (Miss.): Biloxi Red Squadron

9. Pearl High School (Miss.): Pearl High School Esports

10. Ardmore High School (Okla.): Ardmore Tiger Gaming

League: Eastern Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. East Kentwood High School (Mich.): East Kentwood High School

2. Maclay School (Fla.): Marauders HS

3. Harlan County High School (Ky.): Wish this was Yugioh

4. Bloomfield Hills High School (Mich.): Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks

5. Cortland Junior-Senior High School (N.Y.): Cortland Purple Tigers II: Arcade Remix Hyper EX + α Edition

6. Xavier High School (Conn.): Falcons

7. Advanced Technology Center (Va.): The Card Handlers

8. Heritage High School (Va.): Heritage HS Cardbackers

9. Landstown High School (Va.): Stone Cold Eagles

10. North Fort Myers High School (Fla.): Red Knightmare

League: Mountain Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Viewmont High School (Utah): Hearth Breakers

2. Santa Susana High (Calif.): Santa Su Troubadours

3. Las Cruces High School (N.M.): LCHS Hearthstone Red

4. Bishop Montgomery High School (Calif.): Knights of Azeroth

5. Organ Mountain High School (N.M.): OMHS Hearthstone Varsity

6. Hobbs High School (N.M.): Hobbs Var Hearthstone

7. Manzano High School (N.M.): Monarchs A – Hearthstone

8. Fort Bragg High School (Calif.): Gamer Wolves

t-9. Moreau Catholic High School (Calif.): Hearthstone Team #1

t-9. Thunder Mountain High School (Alaska): Falcons

Bulls vs. Warriors: How to watch, lineups, injury reports and broadcast info for Friday

Before the Warriors host the Bulls, here’s everything you need to know about Friday’s contest.

After dropping a tough battle to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks that ended their three-game winning streak, the Golden State Warriors will return to San Francisco’s Chase Center on Friday night for a contest against the Chicago Bulls. 

The Warriors have rattled off eight consecutive wins at Chase Center and will have the chance to extend their home winning streak to nine on Friday against the Bulls. 

To continue their streak of home cooking, the Warriors will have to slow down Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan. The Bulls All-Star has tallied 26 or more points in his last seven games, with three 30-point plus performances during that span. 

Before the Warriors host the Bulls, here’s everything you need to know on Tuesday, including how to watch and stream the contest.

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Rams-Seahawks spread has moved 2.5 points since Monday

The Seahawks are even bigger favorites over the Rams now than they were when the lines opened

It was slightly surprising to see the Seattle Seahawks open as only 4.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams this week, given the current state of Sean McVay’s team. That was likely due to the uncertainty surrounding Matthew Stafford’s status, who remains in the concussion protocol.

Since McVay ruled out Aaron Donald and said it’s “safe to say” Stafford won’t play against the Seahawks, the spread has moved a decent amount in favor of Seattle. According to Tipico Sportsbook, the Rams are now 7-point underdogs to the Seahawks.

The over/under has dropped one point from 42 to 41, as well.

It may not seem like a big shift from 4.5 points to 7, but in a matter of days, that’s a sizable move and makes betting against the spread even more difficult. But for those who have watched the Rams the last few weeks, it’s become clear that this team is severely limited by injuries right now.

On the year, the Rams are an NFL-worst 2-7-2 against the spread, so they’ve struggled to even keep games close when they are underdogs.

This is just the third time McVay has ever been an underdog of at least 7 points, with last week against the Chiefs being one of those two games. The other was in Week 16 of the 2019 season against the 49ers.

SportsbookWire’s NFL Week 13 picks: ML, ATS and O/U predictions for all games

SportsbookWire writers make their NFL Week 13 picks and predictions for moneylines, spreads and totals.

Before looking at SportsbookWire staff’s Week 13 NFL picks, here’s where things stand.

Favorites went 11-5 straight up in Week 12. They now hold a 110-69-1 advantage for the season.

Underdogs went 9-7 against the spread to increase their season lead to 99-78-3.

And Overs and Unders split 8-8 as Unders maintained their season lead 102-77-1.

Check out: SportsbookWire’s latest NFL picks and predictions

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Week 13 opened with the Bills (9-3) claiming a 24-10 road victory at the New England Patriots (6-6) on Thursday Night Football.

Sunday’s 13-game schedule features a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game as QB Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) visit QB Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS).

The Dallas Cowboys (8-3) host the Indianapolis Colts (4-7-1) Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC), while the Monday Night Football Game has the New Orleans Saints (4-8) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) at 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN).

The Arizona Cardinals (4-8) and the Carolina Panthers (4-8) are the 2 teams with byes this week.

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NFHS Network’s Weekly Top 10

HS football Top 10 from the NFHS Network

USA TODAY High School Sports is heading back to the film room for another round of the NFHS Network’s Weekly Top 10 — the best moments from the network’s live and on-demand games from the past week.

Featured Teams this Week:

(Alex Gould/The Republic)
  1. Decatur High School – Texas
  2. Bainbridge High School – Georgia
  3. Mater Dei Catholic High School – California
  4. Oakland High School –Tennessee
  5. Basha High School – Arizona
  6. Theodore High School – Alabama
  7. Timpson High School – Texas
  8. Vandegrift High School – Texas
  9. Knoxville West High School – Tennessee
  10. Grayson High School – Georgia

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Michigan football rakes in on first release of Big Ten 2022 awards

So well-deserved! #GoBlue

While Michigan football’s season is ongoing with a Big Ten Championship game looming against Purdue on Saturday, for the rest of the conference, teams are awaiting the culmination of championship week to find out where their bowl game is, if they’re eligible to play in one. But the conference is taking the newfound off time, with the regular season in the books, to bestow individual honors to those who were exemplary in the regular season.

On Tuesday, the conference revealed the defensive honors, as well as coach of the year — an award Jim Harbaugh did not win last year in the conference but did nationally. Would he take home the award this year?

Here is who won what on Tuesday as the Big Ten revealed the defensive award winners, as well as the Big Ten coach of the year.

The 10 best Cyber Monday deals for the Michigan Wolverines fan in your life

The best holiday gift ideas for any Michigan Wolverines fan in your life.

Happy holidays, Michigan fans!

Football season is coming down the home stretch, basketball season has started, and for NCAA fans it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Coming off Michigan’s second-consecutive win against Ohio State, Wolverines Wire is here to give you yet another reason to celebrate this holiday season.

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Whether you’re an alumni, an Ann Arbor resident, or just really love to reminisce about the days of Tom Brady, Charles Woodson or the Fab Five we’ve got you covered with our list of best Michigan gifts for the holiday season.

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Chiefs open as road favorites over Bengals in Week 13

The #Chiefs are favored against the #Bengals on the road in their Week 13 rematch of last year’s AFC title game.

The Kansas City Chiefs have opened as road favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13.

According to Tipico Sportsbook, Kansas City (9-2) are 2.5-point favorites over Cincinnati (7-4) next Sunday. The over/under point total is set at 51.5 points scored. The money line is now -135 for the Chiefs, giving K.C. a 57.45% implied win probability. Keep in mind this Kansas City team is now 4-6-1 against the spread this season and they’re also 5-6 on the over/under point total.

The Chiefs can beat the other half of Super Bowl LVI with a win over the Bengals in Week 13. This is a rematch of last year’s AFC title game — a game that Kansas City’s finest players have thought about often this season. They’re going to have a little extra motivation coming into this game as they look to avenge last season’s disappointing loss.

Cincinnati is on a three-game win streak after some struggles to start their season. They’re expected to get WR Ja’Marr Chase back from a hip injury after missing the past four games. They could also get RB Joe Mixon back after he missed Week 12 with a concussion. Overall, this should be a pretty evenly-matched game and perhaps one of the more competitive matchups left on the Chiefs’ regular-season schedule.

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