Michigan State vs. Wisconsin Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_imgWisconsin's stadium on a football Saturday.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)There are several games throughout the college football season which carry heavy implications. Saturday’s Big Ten contest between Michigan State and No. 8 Wisconsin is one of those games.The eighth-ranked Badgers are undefeated at 5-0 this season with notable wins over Michigan and Northwestern. Michigan State presents another tough defense Wisconsin will have to overcome.Star running back Jonathan Taylor is the workhorse on offense. He has 745 yards on the ground to go along with 12 touchdowns so far this season. Taylor and Wisconsin’s offensive line will be challenged though against a very good Michigan State defense.The Spartans allow just under 300 yards a game to opposing offenses. But the problem for MSU lies on the offensive side of the ball (averaging 392.2 total yards per game which ranks 81st in the nation). Saturday’s game is expected to be a low-scoring affair. Here’s all the details for the contest:Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ETChannel: BTNSpread: Wisconsin -10Over/Under: 40.5Announcers: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick PizzoThe Badgers are favored by 10 points according to the spread. Given Michigan State’s offensive troubles coupled with both team’s stout defensive fronts, the total for the game is set at 40.5.Wisconsin-Michigan State kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Rick Pizzo are on the call.last_img read more

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Oklahoma snags 4th spot in playoff semifinals

first_img The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame separated from the pack by going undefeated.The tough call was at No. 4. Mullens said the committee determined none of Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State was unequivocally best and that brought the selection protocol into play. The protocol says conference championships, head-to-head results, strength of schedule and comparative outcomes are used as virtual tiebreakers when teams are close. No factor is weighted more than another.“This is an art, not a science,” said Mullens, who is the athletic director at Oregon.Oklahoma’s conference championship gave it the edge over Georgia. The Bulldogs’ strength of schedule, with losses to ranked teams, gave Georgia the edge over Ohio State, Mullens said.Oklahoma is making its third appearance in the five-year-old playoff. Defending national champion Alabama has played in them all. Clemson is making its fourth straight appearance. Notre Dame is in the playoff for the first time, making it 10 teams in five seasons to participate in the playoff. Unbeaten UCF finished eighth in the final rankings, nowhere to be found in the committee’s playoff discussion. The Knights will put their 25-game winning streak on the line against another SEC team after beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl last season. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray hoists the Most Outstanding Player trophy after beating Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee played it safe and fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two. Winning a conference championship is better than not. Go with the team that avoided getting blown out.Oklahoma is in the playoff over Georgia and Ohio State, moving into the fourth and final spot Sunday after the Sooners avenged their only loss by winning the Big 12 championship against Texas.“I feel like we have a team worthy of it, a team that can go make a run,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said on ESPN.The Sooners (12-1) will face No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 in a matchup of Heisman Trophy front-runner quarterbacks — Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and the Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa, who sprained his ankle in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday and is expected to be laid up for two weeks. GO Oklahoma snags 4th spot in playoff semifinals Alabama plays Sooners in Orange Bowl; Notre Dame vs. Clemson in Cotton Bowl Published: December 2, 2018, 3:12pm center_img Subscribe Today No. 2 Clemson (13-0) plays No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl on the same day. The winners meet in the championship game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.The rest of the New Year’s Six bowl matchups are UCF vs. LSU in the Fiesta Bowl; Florida vs. Michigan in the Peach Bowl; Ohio State vs. Washington in the Rose Bowl; and Texas vs. Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.Georgia (11-2) dropped a spot to fifth and Ohio State (12-1) remained sixth in the selection committee’s final top 25. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game Saturday and the Buckeyes won the Big Ten against Northwestern. The Sooners paid back a three-point loss to Texas in a Red River Rivalry rematch.The 13-member selection committee, given the intentionally vague task of picking the four best teams in college football, was watching games and deliberating at a hotel in Grapevine, Texas, until 1:30 a.m. CT Sunday, committee chairman Rob Mullens said. The committee finished its top four at 10:30 a.m. CT. “The CFP committee does its best and I appreciate their commitment to college football,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany told the AP in a text message. “Not frustrated at all because I know we have three teams capable of winning it all, but only have four playoff slots.”Ohio State was the first team out last season and again was squeezed because of a lopsided loss to an unranked team. The Buckeyes were blown out by Purdue in October, similar to the way they lost at Iowa in 2017.“A three-point loss to a ranked team on a neutral field is different than the only loss amongst that peer group to an unranked team, and obviously we did take note that Georgia’s two losses were against the No. 1 team in our rankings and what ultimately ended up being the No. 11 team (LSU),” Mullens said. ” Sure, that was part of the discussion, but it was just one part of it.”Georgia has been rolling since losing by 20 at LSU in October and had Alabama on the ropes before the Tide erased a 14-point deficit. The Bulldogs proved they could hang against the best, but it was not enough to sway the committee into making an unprecedented playoff pick. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Share: The debate leading up to championship Saturday was whether Oklahoma or Ohio State would take the fourth spot if Alabama beat Georgia.The wild card was Georgia beating the mighty Tide, which could have meant two SEC teams for the second straight season. Instead, the Bulldogs lost but played well enough to allow coach Kirby Smart to make that case that Georgia should remain in the top four. Smart told reporters after the SEC title game to ask Alabama coach Nick Saban which team he would like to avoid in the playoff? Saban, of course, endorsed his former defensive coordinator and conference-mate.The committee didn’t buy it and stayed with the one consistent data point throughout the five years of playoff selections: No team with more than one loss has ever made the playoff.Also, Mullens noted, only two of 20 playoff teams have not won a conference title.For the second straight season, two Power Five conferences were left out of the playoff. 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Hilton Opens 100th Hotel in Latin America

first_imgMCLEAN, Va. – May 03, 2017– Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, marking a significant milestone as the company’s 100th hotel in Latin America.  The 545-room beachfront Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is one of the largest hotels in the famous Copacabana neighborhood, one of Brazil’s most visited destinations, and represents Hilton’s second property in the city. “The opening of our 100th hotel in Latin America solidifies our commitment to strategically expanding our footprint and introducing our industry-leading brands throughout this promising region,” said Ian Carter, president, global development, architecture, design and construction, Hilton. “This milestone is a testament to the strength of our brands and the steadfastness of our teams to deliver success stories.” Key hotel deals, productive partnerships and many momentous openings paved the way for Hilton to reach the 100 hotel mark in Latin America, where it now supplies approximately 17,000 rooms across nine brands and boasts a pipeline of more than 70 projects across the region. Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana offers a privileged location in the Copacabana neighborhood with easy access to the city’s two airports, financial center, main cultural attractions and world-famous tourist hotspots, as well as a variety of shopping malls and entertainment options for all guests’ tastes. “Hilton has been welcoming guests for nearly 100 years, as one of the most innovative and fastest growing global hospitality companies, and we are proud to be a part of this story with the opening of our 100th hotel in Latin America,” said Joe Berger, executive vice president and president, Americas, Hilton. “With more than 70 new projects in our Latin America development pipeline, we are poised to continue our rapid growth, and further our mission to be the world’s most hospitable company – by positively impacting guests, Team Members, hotel owners, shareholders and communities in even more destinations throughout this dynamic part of the world.” The iconic beachfront hotel in Rio, which was built in 1975 and completed an extensive renovation in 2011, includes 545 rooms featuring the brand’s sophisticated amenities for guests traveling on leisure or business to the South zone of Rio de Janeiro. In-room amenities include complimentary coffee machine with capsules and tea, the exclusive Suite DreamsTM mattress, patented by Hilton Hotels & Resorts to provide greater support and ensure maximum comfort, smart LCD TVs, clock radio with Bluetooth connection, safe and minibar. Two exclusive pools, one with a 360º view of the city’s three main tourist attractions – Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf, a full-service spa and impeccable beach provide the backdrop for relaxation and memorable experiences. Two restaurants and three bars feature options for breakfast, lunch and dinner ranging from a diverse buffet to an exciting culinary experience paired with selected wines from the hotel’s exclusive cellar.  For meetings and events, Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana’s expert team helps guide planning and the hotel’s upscale infrastructure featuring 36 flexible spaces for up to 500 attendees is ideal for banquets, corporate meetings and special events. Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana participates in Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, now through Aug. 2, 2017, Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is offering a fourth night free for guests who book three nights, and Hilton Honors members can earn 1,000 Hilton Honors Points per night. Hilton plans to open approximately 20 properties across Latin America in 2017, including hotels and resorts in Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.  In addition to the opening of Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, highlights include two Conrad Hotels & Resorts properties in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia; two Curio – A Collection by Hilton hotels in Mahogany Bay Village, Belize and San Jose, Costa Rica; a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Iquitos, Peru; a Hampton by Hilton hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay; and more than 10 openings in Mexico. For further information regarding Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana or to make reservations, visit www.riodejaneirocopacabana.hilton.com. For more information regarding Hilton, visit newsroom.hilton.com. ContactKarla Visconti Hilton +1 786 866 7240 [email protected]  About Hilton Hotels & ResortsFor nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About HiltonHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.last_img read more

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