Group of 5 predictions 2019: Conference picks, biggest games, Heisman hopefuls and more

first_imgUCF won 25 consecutive games and still didn’t get a shot at the College Football Playoff in 2018. That’s an indication that Group of 5 schools might never get a chance in the current four-team format.The American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West and Sun Belt still must fight for respect in case the eight-team playoff arrives. There are still chances to prove it against the Power 5 this season. POWER 5 PRIMERS: ACC | SEC | B10 | B12 | P12Whether those conferences take advantage remains to be seen. Sporting News’ look at the Group of 5 in 2019:Group of 5’s biggest games of 2019Fresno State at USC (Aug. 31). The defending Mountain West champions can make a statement under Jeff Tedford, and it will be interesting to see how their defense gets after USC quarterback JT Daniels.Boise State vs. Florida State (Aug. 31). The Broncos are no stranger to the big neutral-site opener, going 4-3 against Power 5 teams since 2009. This is a chance to knock off the Seminoles in their backyard at Jacksonville.Houston at Oklahoma (Sept. 1). The Cougars won the last time these teams met, and this matchup gets the Sunday primetime spotlight. It’s Jalen Hurts’ Sooner debut and D’Eriq King’s return from injury.Cincinnati at Ohio State (Sept. 7). Former Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell returns to his alma mater to take on the Buckeyes and first-year coach Ryan Day. That should add another layer to an in-state game that can get chippy.Stanford at UCF (Sept. 14). The Knights beefed up their schedule with this game against a traditional Pac-12 contender. This is another way to build equity with the Playoff committee. Credit Stanford for making the cross-country trip, too.Appalachian State at South Carolina (Nov. 9). The Mountaineers also play North Carolina on Sept. 21. New coach Eliah Drinkwitz has a tremendous opportunity in these matchups.Group of 5 Heisman hopefulsD’Eriq King, QB, Houston. King totaled 50 touchdowns in 11 games last season and will be the catalyst of new coach Dana Holgorsen’s offense. Big numbers should follow.Mason Fine, QB, North Texas. The two-time Conference USA Player of the Year has new co-offensive coordinators in Bodie Reeder and Tommy Mainord, but the playmaker should be able to keep the Mean Green in the conference championship picture.Jordan Love, QB, Utah State. Love is a longshot for the Heisman, but his efficient play is worth noting after he finished with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. The Aggies also have a nonconference date with LSU.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 seasonGroup of 5 stat that mattersAbout that 25-game win streak: Only six teams have enjoyed longer streaks since 1990, and each played in what are now considered Power 5 conferences. That includes Miami (1990-92, 2000-02), Nebraska (1994-96), USC (2002-05) Florida State (2012-14) and Alabama (2015-16). Those power conference schools won national championships. UCF’s two-year streak was magnificent, but it will not be treated the same as those other teams’. That is the biggest problem with the four-team format.Group of 5’s biggest question: Who’s up next?Boise State, Houston, Western Michigan and UCF have represented the Group of 5 in the College Football Playoff era. Two of those four teams went undefeated in the regular season. Which Group of 5 school will create that buzz this year?Group of 5 conference champion predictionsAmerican Athletic Conference: UCFEven with their quarterback questions, the Knights are the most talented team in the conference. Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis and Houston will be in the mix as well.Conference USA: North TexasIt’s tough not to go with UAB again, but we’ll pick the Mean Green to break through with Fine, who has started in 36 games the last three seasons. It’s a great way to cap a stellar career. Mid-American Conference: OhioThe Bobcats were close the last two seasons, but this is the year where quarterback Nathan Rourke — who has averaged 38 total touchdowns the last two seasons — delivers ageless Frank Solich his first MAC championship.Mountain West Conference: Fresno StateThe toss-up with Boise State is the same, but we’ll go with Tedford’s running game and defense. The Bulldogs can make a larger splash against USC and Minnesota in September, too.Sun Belt Conference: Appalachian StateThe Mountaineers have more than enough talent to win the conference, even with a first-year coach. That starts with dual-threat quarterback Zac Thomas.last_img read more

Crucial match for Pocari

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PH Azkals open 2018 Suzuki Cup bid with 1-0 win over Singapore Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Lady Warriors are at fifth behind PetroGazz (6-5) with Tacloban also staying in the semifinal race at 5-7, making the three teams’ remaining matches must-win games.Creamline, meanwhile, is expected to lean on Alyssa Valdez againsy Iriga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss LATEST STORIEScenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pocari-Air Force is faced with a must-win stand against BanKo-Perlas on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Creamline, meanwhile, guns for the second semifinal seat against Iriga-Navy in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

My questions for Michael Mukasey

first_imgOn Sept. 14, 2001, Congress authorized the use of force against those who committed or were implicated in the attacks three days before. President Bush praised Congress vaguely, for “taking this action.” Notice he did not praise it for authorizing force. Perhaps he believes that to call Congress’ action “authorization” would suggest that authorization was constitutionally necessary. Was it? In 1952, President Truman, to prevent a strike during wartime, seized the steel mills. The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional this supposed exercise of the president’s inherent powers as commander in chief. Justice Robert Jackson wrote: “No penance would ever expiate the sin against free government of holding that a president can escape control of executive powers by law through assuming his military role.” What limits can Congress place on that role? In his new book Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy, Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe notes that when in 1996, “Congress banned placing U.S. troops under United Nations command, Clinton declared that he could bypass the law under his power, as commander in chief, to decide how best to structure the military’s hierarchy of command.” Do you agree? The Constitution’s framers, disliking the British sovereign’s “prerogative power” to set aside a law for a claimed public good, stipulated that the president shall “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But consider “signing statements,” whereby presidents, when signing legislation, attach statements sometimes directing the executive branch not to execute certain portions. This practice is, in effect, something the Constitution does not permit – a line-item veto. Savage, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on this president’s signing statements, writes that such statements were rare until the mid-1980s, when some conservatives urged the frequent use of them as a means of maximizing presidential powers. Savage says: “If a president has the power to instruct the government not to enforce laws that he alone has declared to be unconstitutional, then he could free himself from the need to obey laws that restrict his own actions.” Is this a real danger? Attorneys general serve at the pleasure of the presidents who choose them, but swear to uphold the Constitution. Mukasey has been chosen by a president who has been more aggressive than any other in asserting what Theodore Roosevelt called the “residuum of powers” inherent in the presidency. Mukasey might have to serve the nation by displeasing this president. Michael Mukasey, the retired judge nominated to be attorney general, is called a “law and order” conservative. That description is, however, not especially informative now that the Bush administration’s sweeping claims of presidential powers have unsettled some understandings of what the law is. The following questions, if asked at Mukasey’s Senate confirmation hearings, might reveal whether he considers some of these claims extravagant. The Bush administration says “the long war” – the war on terror – is a perpetual emergency that will last for generations. Waged against us largely by non-state actors, it will not end with a legally clarifying and definitive surrender. The administration regards America as a battlefield, on which even an American citizen can be seized as an “enemy combatant” and detained indefinitely. You ruled that presidents have this power, but you were reversed on appeal. What do you think was the flaw in the reasoning of the court that reversed you? If the Senate musters 60 votes to pass Jim Webb’s bill requiring that the deployments of troops in Iraq be no longer than their out-of-theater respites, the president almost certainly will veto it as not only unfeasible but an unconstitutional abridgement of the president’s exclusive powers as commander in chief. James Madison, however, wrote: “Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things be proper or safe judges whether a war ought to be commenced, continued, or concluded. They are barred from the latter functions by a great principle in free government, analogous to that which separates the sword from the purse, or the power of executing from the power of enacting laws.” Could Bush correctly veto Webb’s legislation on constitutional grounds? In 1991, the Senate voted 52-47 to authorize expelling Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Dick Cheney later said that if Congress had refused to authorize force, “From a constitutional standpoint, we had all the authority we needed,” meaning the president’s exclusive power to conduct foreign affairs. Do you agree? George Will’s e-mail address is [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Costa Rican coffee exports get a jolt from high prices

first_imgRelated posts:New strain of banana fungus threatens world harvests Costa Rica’s avocado ban turns into a food fight Flooding latest hurdle for Costa Rica’s banana, pineapple producers Morning caffeine fix gets cheaper as rains boost Brazil supplies After years of low prices and falling production from theroya fungus, Costa Rica’s coffee exports are garnering better prices, according to a report from the Foreign Trade Promotion Office, Procomer, and the National Coffee Institute, ICAFE. While coffee and other exports are enjoying a price boom, Costa Rica’s biggest agricultural exports, bananas and pineapple, are looking a little like a bust these days.The value of the country’s coffee exports is up 40 percent compared to the same period last year, from $40.1 million in 2014 to $56.1 million in 2015. Farmers and exporters welcomed the improved prices, but the bump in prices came at a time of low volume.Coffee exports between October 2014 and February 2015 are down 7 percent. Costa Rica exported 1,204,284 60-kilogram sacks of coffee so far this season, down from 1,297,178 sacks during the same period in the 2013/2014 season, according to figures from ICAFE. The coffee authority said it hopes for improved volume during the 2015/2016 harvest.ICAFE said the increase in exports is likely driven by improving international prices, thanks in part to lower production due to a drought in Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer.Costa Rica previously estimated that coffee production would reach 1.55 million 60-kilogram sacks of processed coffee during the 2014/2015 season, up 4.5 percent from 2013/2014.Other exports that saw improvement so far in 2015 were medical devices, up 50 percent from $221.9 million in 2014 to $331.7 so far in 2015, beef, sugar and melons.The news wasn’t all good for the agricultural sector. Bananas and pineapples, Costa Rica’s most valuable exports after Intel microprocessors, were down 23 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Banana export values slipped to $111.5 million so far in 2015 from $146 million during the same period in 2014. Pineapples tumbled to $109.9 million from $129.1 million.Both crops have been hurt by rains and low temperatures during the first quarter of 2015. Procomer said that pineapple could bounce back in April if the weather improves, but banana exports may not recover until 2016. Facebook Commentslast_img read more