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    (STATS) -- Sam Houston State is the top-ranked team in the nation in the eyes of the pollsters, has an offense thats averaged a touchdown more than any FBS outfit and a quarterback who has put up video game numbers nearly every week this season. Mens/Womens Saucony Shadow 5000 OG Suede Pack Black Red .The FCS playoff committee was considerably less impressed.The subdivisions only unbeaten team had to settle for the fifth seed in the playoff field, so the Bearkats figure to have more than a spot in the quarterfinals on their mind Saturday when they take on Chattanooga at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville.Sam Houston State went 11-0 in 2011 just as it did this season, but that year found itself as the No. 1 seed in the playoff field, making it all the way to the championship game before falling to North Dakota State in what was the first title of the Bisons five-year reign.That Bearkats team outscored its opponents 554-224, playing in a Southland Conference that had just one other ranked team -- No. 15 Central Arkansas -- and not much is different in 2016. Sam Houston State rolled up a 596-285 advantage on its foes, good for a 54.2-point average that made even Heisman-favorite Lamar Jacksons Louisville team (45.3) look like amateur hour by comparison. UCA is again the Southlands only ranked team, at No. 14.And yet K.C. Keelers squad, which has made the semifinals in four of the last five seasons, finds itself seeded behind four seemingly less accomplished teams.It is what it is. Whatever the committee is going to seed, theyre going to seed, Keeler said on the FCS selection special. All I know is that were undefeated. We were No. 3 in the country last year, No. 4 the year before. I have a better team this year, so I think were excited to play anyone in the country. If we have to go on the road, we have to go on the road. ... Weve had a phenomenal year, a historic year. Were ready for that second season.Speaking of Central Arkansas, the Bears were the most recent victim on Sam Houstons offensive rampage before Keelers teams bye in last weeks first round. Jeremiah Briscoe threw seven touchdown passes in less than three quarters -- his fourth game with at least six this season while all other FCS passers have nine -- in a 59-23 rout.What that 2011 team certainly didnt have was a passer of Briscoes ilk. That fantastic finale gave him 52 touchdown passes, making the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award finalist just the fifth quarterback in FCS history to crack the half-century mark.All that could spell trouble for a Chattanooga team that came from a conference where the other two top teams (Wofford and The Citadel) ran the option.I mean theyre averaging almost 56 points a game and 570 yards a game, Mocs coach Russ Huesman said. I think their quarterback is a potential All-American. I dont want to make it seem all gloomy here. I mean theyre good, no question about it, but I like our team too.As difficult a task as it may seem, Chattanooga (9-3) has reason to believe it can head out of Huntsville with a win. The Mocs pass defense was fifth in the FCS in yards per attempt (5.81). Five of their 12 touchdown passes allowed came in the last two weeks, three to Alabama and two in what amounted to garbage time in the second half of last weeks 45-14 first-round rout of Weber State. The one vaunted passing attack they did face was Samfords, and Chattanooga held the prolific Devlin Hodges under seven yards per attempt in that 41-21 win.Theyre going to throw and catch, we cant get frustrated defensively, Huesman said. Theyve caught balls on everyone theyve played. We cant miss a tackle and let them go 65 yards or take bad angles and let them go for 50. They made a lot of people look silly trying to tackle them, so thats the most important thing is trying to get them on the ground.The Bearkats arent bad on the ground, either, averaging 5.5 yards a pop largely behind the duo of Remus Bulmer and Corey Avery while totaling 29 TDs.Theres similar balance at Chattanooga. Alejandro Bennifield gives the Mocs a quarterback who can move the pocket and make the occasional play with his feet, and he averaged 8.08 yards per pass attempt while tossing 25 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions. Behind him is senior tailback Derrick Craine, whos having his best season yet with 6.3 yards per carry.Keeler sees a lot of similarities to the team his Bearkats most recently faced.I think they are well coached and are a bit like UCA in terms of offense, he said. They can run the ball at you, but the quarterback can hurt you.The interesting matchup will be their offensive line versus our defensive line. If we can disrupt their run game and get a pass rush on the quarterback, if we do those things we will be fine.That means Chattanooga must contain defensive end P.J. Hall, one of three finalists for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan award. The junior leads the Southland with 21 tackles for loss and three fumbles recoveries while his 9 1/2 sacks rank second.Its a lot to ask of the Mocs in their first game in Texas in 50 years. But with the FCS title game in Frisco, Chattanooga doesnt want to wait more than a month for another visit to the Lone Star state.Well, its not the big stage yet, Bennifield said. The next time we go to Texas, it will be the big stage.This time its just another game. 2017 Nike Free RN Distance 2 Mens/Womens Chlorine Blue/Electro Green/Black/White . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. 2017 Nike Free RN Distance 2 Mens/Womens Grey/Stealth/Black 863775-002 . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. . A statement from the worlds top-ranked player says all checks "were satisfactory and showed positive evolution" regarding the injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in Melbourne. For the sake of argument, lets assume that Max Verstappen is a moustache-twirling evil villain of motorsport who weaves more than an Arabian carpet-maker, leaving a trail of devastated carbon fibre in his wake.If the Red Bull ingenue is at fault for everything he was being blamed for following Sundays Belgian Grand Prix, how should the F1 world go about ensuring that Verstappen improves his defensive driving techniques to the satisfaction of his on-track rivals?After a spectacular race that was further enlivened by Kimi Raikkonens radio fury over Verstappens defensive manoeuvres, there was something of a war of words between the Ferrari pair and the Red Bull driver. According to Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel was entirely to blame for the La Source crash that ruined their afternoon, while Vettel pointed to Maxs very bold move as the cause of the three-car pile-upI dont think what Max was trying to do would have worked, Vettel said. Obviously he didnt allow Kimi to move into the inside, and that prevented both of them from clearing Turn One in a normal way. We all three touched and collided, and this was bad news for Kimi and for me. Of course, with hindsight, I would have given more room to the inside, but you want to make the corner and try to race, and I gave room to Kimi, but not to three cars.Max had a bad start, he was falling behind. I think we have seen in the last couple of years that if you really dive down the very inside,the track is falling off and you basically go straight. The cars ahead have priority, and this is something he needs to understand. In that regard there was no way he could have made the corner without making contact.None of the drivers were penalised during the race for their part in the accident, which the stewards appeared to see as a standard racing incident off the start.Whoever was at fault on Sunday, the La Source crash has reignited a paddock debate about Verstappens driving standards. No one thinks the Dutch teenager is anything other than a champion in waiting, but -- like any other driver -- he is not immunee to making the odd mistake. Saucony Shadow 6000 Sale. In 2014 the FIA introduced the current penalty point and reprimand system under which drivers can receive up to 12 points on their Super License in any given calendar year before they face a suspension. The system was introduced to enforce driving standards on track and to try and minimise repeated mistakes from the same culprit. Similarly, three reprimands in a racing season leads to a 10-place grid drop at the next grand prix.Since Monza 2015, Verstappen has received only three penalty points; all of those were earned following the 2015 season finale in Abu Dhabi, when the Red Bull driver was penalised both for ignoring waved blue flags and for forcing Jenson Button off track. Those three points put the Dutch racer towards the bottom of the penalty points table, ahead of Vettel but some way behind Raikkonen.But how effective has the introduction of these penalty points been? No driver -- not even Pastor Maldonado -- has accrued the necessary 12 points to secure a one-race ban.In the post-Spa media scrums, Vettel proposed an alternative solution in light of what he felt were Verstappens on-track infractions.We talked about moving under braking. Top speed... reaching 340 km/h... and hes moving, Vettel told NBC Sports after the race. It works so long as the car behind plays accordingly and lifts. But if both stick to line, both crash. Thats not what you want to do. If you drive like that it wont end up too well. More than anything it cost us - and him - a lot of time.His solution? A good old-fashioned sit down with some face-to-face communication.I dont like to investigate anything. Were men; were not in kindergarten, Vettel continued. If I have a problem with Max I need to go to talk to him. But obviously right after race isnt the best moment! Leave it to us though. If you go beyond the limits you need to talk. In general, Im not a fan. Were not here to cry, oh heres a penalty! Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Stitched Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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