- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2008


“That was just a taste of it. He didn’t give you the whole meal; it was just a taste of what he’s going to do.” — Portland’s Brandon Roy on teammate Greg Oden


Maryland keeps ACC title hopes alive — The Terps won their sixth straight game against a ranked opponent, beating North Carolina on a late field goal. More importantly, with wins in their final two games, the Terps would head to Tampa, Fla., to play for the ACC title. Florida State’s visit to Byrd Stadium on Saturday could the biggest home game for Maryland since the Terps beat Clemson in 2001 to clinch the ACC title.

Brock Lesnar wins UFC title — Mixed martial arts may not be not for everyone, but keep in mind that you will be hearing plenty about Jimmie Johnson today because he drives a car in a circle better than anyone else. Lesnar is arguably the most physically impressive athlete alive. Anyone who’s unsure just needs to watch Saturday night’s fight against Randy Couture.


1. Big 12: An astounding four teams in the top 12, including three with legitimate BCS title chances (Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma).

2. SEC: If LSU had lost to Troy, that would have been enough to drop the SEC down a spot. But its conference title game should feature two BCS top-five teams, Florida and Alabama.

3. ACC: The lack of a dominant team is obvious, but take a look at the bottom: Duke and N.C. State are the only teams with losing records. The Big 12 and Pac-10 have five each.

4. Pac-10: Southern Cal, Oregon State and Oregon are all solid teams, but Washington and Washington State are the two worst teams in any BCS conference.

5. Big Ten: Ohio State usually has the conference won in October. This year, the Buckeyes will have to wait until next week’s win against hapless Michigan — and they need Penn State to lose, too.

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