Every week I will highlight the top plays from two of the most highly rated tout sheets – The Gold Sheet and Power Sweep – breaking down the plays for you, and whether or not I agree with their selections. By Thursday night, you can expect to see the top college releases, and will follow in the same manner with NFL selections.

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THE GOLD SHEET (TGS)

COLORADO -7 vs. Hawaii – TGS notes that Hawai’i is traveling to the mainland without power running back Joey Iosefa, and could run into some trouble against a physical Pac 12 team like the Buffaloes. And even though the Warriors have covered five straight against Pac 12 foes dating back to the 2012 campaign, I would like to think this is a solid spot for Colorado because not only is coach Norm Chow’s bunch coming to the mainland, but moving from tropical weather to high altitude will be hard-pressed for those big island boys. I agree here and will lay the chalk.

ALABAMA -14′ vs. Florida – Awfully big number to lay against the Gators, but TGS points out that Florida needed three overtimes to fend off Kentucky, which had lost 27 straight in the series. With this one being played in Tuscaloosa, I wouldn’t mind laying this number, especially with quarterback Blake Sims throwing against Florida’s highly suspect defensive secondary. Alabama, which has covered six of seven when hosting SEC foes, also has running backs T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, who both will be rested since they’ve had only 16 total carries in the past two games. They can help balance things out when Sims isn’t aiming for wideout Amari Cooper. I also agree here and will lay the points.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS +13′ at Arkansas – It’s very tough to gauge this Northern Illinois team, which has won 17 straight road games, including last week’s visit here in Las Vegas. TGS notes the Huskies have covered 14 of their last 16 during this 17-game run, but I’d be concerned about this team traveling for a third consecutive week. Sure, the first one was in the state of Illinois, but it was still on the road. Then they came to Vegas, and now they’re headed to Fayetteville? I am actually stunned whichever editor contributed to this one picked NIU to win outright, as it could be poised for a beatdown. I’d either lay the points or stay away from this game.

WEST VIRGINIA +7 vs. Oklahoma – TGS notes the lines are beginning to inflate when it comes to the Sooners, and the past two years they’ve been able to pull away for the win and cover against the Mountaineers. This one is in hostile territory, yes. And the Mountaineers do have a power rushing game that could keep Oklahoma’s offense to limited time of possession. But don’t discount The Sooners’ stout defense, which ranks 19th in the nation overall, allowing just 295.3 yards per game. Both have a bye week on deck, so there is no look-ahead to worry about. If I were going to play this one, it would have to be on a two-team teaser, and either side would be safe since I think Oklahoma pulls out the win.
POWER SWEEP (PS)

WISCONSIN -27 vs. Bowling Green – PS notes that even though Bowling Green pulled out a 45-42 win over another Big Ten foe last week, knocking off Indiana, the Falcons did so against a horrendous defense and that quarterback James Knapke won’t have as easy a time this week at Camp Randall, in Madison, against a much better Wisconsin team. The Badgers do a very good job of rotating players, and while they have some big boys up there, they’re also fast and athletic. I don’t know if I’d lay this many points, but I also don’t know if I want to take this number since Wisconsin has won its last six games following a bye week by an average of 34.3 points. I’ll stay away from this one.

COLORADO -7 vs. Hawaii – Well you already know how I feel about this one, based on TGS’ pick, but let’s talk about why PS like the Buffs. According to the tout sheet, Hawaii arrives in Boulder after a close 27-24 win over Northern Iowa in a game the Warriors led 24-10 entering the fourth quarter. On the other hand, Colorado is in after a 38-24 loss to Arizona State. Hence, the Buffaloes could be out to avenge last week’s Pac 12 setback. PS also makes note that Hawaii has given two Pac 12 team all they can handle, but those games were in Honolulu and the Warriors now have to travel to Boulder, where Colorado was 3-0 ATS when laying chalk last season.

ARKANSAS -13′ vs. Northern Illinois – So while TGS likes Northern Illinois to win outright, PS says the Razorbacks are one of its best bets. The sheet points out that NIU is 1-9 all-time versus the SEC, with the win coming against No. 21 Alabama in 2003. The Huskies’ average loss in those 10 games: a rather high 17 points per game – a number that would sure cover the point spread in this game. PS points out that after snapping their 10-game losing streak two weeks back, the Razorbacks ran roughshod over Texas Tech last week – in Lubbock, Texas – with a 49-28 shellacking. To repeat, I’d either stay away from this game, or lay the points with the SEC entry.

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By Jesse Granger

In a week where big-time matchups were few and far between, it’s tough for a team to improve their standing much. While there is little room for upward mobility in a week like this, there is plenty of room to fall in the other direction, as half of my picks from last week found out.
College Football Playoff Teams

1. Oregon Ducks (3-0) AP #2, Coaches #3

Oregon welcomed the Wyoming Cowboys to Autzen Stadium this weekend, and wasted three hours.  The Ducks came out of the gates predictably uninspired.  I mean, who would be pumped up about playing Wyoming? While the Cowboys did enter the game undefeated, they were obviously in over their heads.

The Ducks cruised to a 48-14 win in which the starters watched the fourth quarter like the rest of us.  An unimpressive performance to say the least, but it could have been worse, just look at the rest of last week’s picks.
2. LSU Tigers (3-0) AP #8, Coaches #8

The Tigers from Baton Rouge move up from third to second, but through no doing of their own.

LSU shut out UL Monroe 31-0 for its second straight shutout.  The Tigers have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 87-0, and outgained them 956 yards to 299.  And none of that means anything considering those two opponents should have never been allowed within 100 feet of LSU’s schedule.  The only reason for LSU’s bump up is Georgia’s 38-35 loss to South Carolina.
3. Texas A&M Aggies (3-0) AP #6, Coaches #7

One SEC team falls out of the top four, and another jumps in.  While the Aggies weren’t particularly impressive this Saturday, trampling Rice 38-10, their week one-win over South Carolina just got that much more impressive after the Gamecocks upset win over my previous No. 2 team.

Kenny Hill, or has his parents have trademarked “Kenny Trill”, has been nothing short of spectacular.  The first year starter has completed nearly 70-percent of his passes, while already breaking the 1,000-yard barrier and tossing 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0) AP #9, Coaches #9

You might be asking yourself, “Why is Notre Dame here? Who have they beaten?”  The Fighting Irish have looked impressive against Rice, Michigan and Purdue, none of which are title contenders.  They also aren’t some technical school in rural Montana, which is what half of the country is playing at this point.

Notre Dame has played two straight teams with talented rosters, and looked by far the better team in both contests.  The Irish will have plenty of time to prove themselves, but for now I have them in.
Just Missed The Cut

Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) AP #4, Coaches #4

The Sooners actually impressed me this week. The Tennessee Vols are far from a great team, but they are young with a talented roster and are on the upswing right now, and Oklahoma destroyed them Saturday night.
Baylor Bears (2-0) AP #7, Coaches #6

Baylor’s offense looked like Baylor’s offense against Buffalo.  It wasn’t an impressive win, but there weren’t many this week.  I’m more concerned with Heisman candidate Bryce Petty’s health, which looked like it’s back.

South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1) AP #14, Coaches #16

I will preface by saying this – I don’t think South Carolina has a snow ball’s chance in hell at making the playoff.  The Gamecocks have simply earned this spot by being maybe the only team in all of college football to begin the season with three good opponents.  Back-to-back wins over a solid Eastern Carolina team and rival Georgia are good, but not quite good enough to erase that opening day molly-whopping Texas A&M put on them.  This is likely the highest I will rank them as long as there are undefeated teams out there.
Dropped Out

USC Trojans- Lost 37-31 to Boston College

Georgia Bulldogs- Lost 38-35 to South Carolina

By W.G. Ramirez

As a new feature here, I will highlight the top plays from two of the most highly rated tout sheets – The Gold Sheet and Power Sweep – breaking down the plays for you, and whether or not I agree with their selections. Mid-week you can expect to see the top college releases, and on Fridays, I will do the same with NFL selections.

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THE GOLD SHEET (TGS)

CENTRAL MICHIGAN +6′ vs. Syracuse – Citing the Chippewas’ stellar power rushing game, TGS likes Central Michigan to get it done as the home pup against the Orange. As TGS points out, the ‘Cuse were outgained by Villanova in overtime, something we’re not used to saying until the college basketball season. I can see their point with this pick, especially since MAC-member Northern Illinois just knocked off Northwestern, and emotions are running high in the conference, but I’m not going to give it a stamp approval. After all, the Chippewas have failed to cover five of their last six non-conference plays and are mired in a 2-10 slide in September. I also notice that Syracuse has covered 14 of 16 against this conference. Here’s a thought for teaser lovers, the ‘Cuse down to a pick might make more sense.

ARKANSAS STATE +16′ at Miami-Florida – To the southeast we go, for a battle between an energized ‘Canes team that just found out it prominent university president is retiring and a Sun Belt beast that just played the SEC’s Tennessee very close last week. I can see this one taking place, as TGS points out Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya is still making mistakes, having thrown two interceptions in each of Miami’s first two games. According to my sources in Miami, the ‘Canes should cover here because they can wear the Red Wolves down. And not only should Kaaya mature in this game, but Duke Johnson will finally show up. Apparently Miami head coach Al Golden speaks about Arkansas State as if it’s Notre Dame, leaving his players with the impression this is a must-win situation. You can argue the Red Wolves look like a decent play as they’ve covered five straight on the road dating back to last season, but they’re also a dismal 1-5 versus the books in September. Meanwhile, Miami is on a 5-2 spread streak in September games.

RUTGERS +3, 53 over Penn State – These two haven’t met since 1995, but the rivalry is renewed now that Rutgers is in the Big Ten, and makes its debut with this game. TGS notes how well quarterback Gary Nova has progressed for the Scarlet Knights. Nova, along with Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has been the conference’s two best quarterbacks after the first two weeks of the season. Both undefeated, this makes for an enticing conference-opener. This honestly could come down to which team is holding the ball last, and I’m not so sure the side in this one is as safe as the total, which I like to go over the posted number. After all, Nova leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with a 208.9 passing efficiency percentage. The senior has thrown for 563 yards, six touchdowns and has misfired with just one interception. Meanwhile, Hackenberg sits atop the league with 386.5 passing yards per game, which ranks fourth nationally, and has completed 54 of his 83 passes while throwing four touchdowns and four picks. These two will put on a show, and I like the final to soar.

NEBRASKA -10′ at Fresno State – No surprise, really, as the Mountain West Conference’s favorite to win the West Division has been abysmal after the first two weeks of the season. In their season-opener the Bulldogs were trampled by Southern Cal, 52-13, and last week in Utah they were pounded by the Utes, 59-27. The scoring defense is what TGS points to in this one, given the Dawgs have allowed 56 points per game after two. Sure, this is Fresno’s home-opener, but I also have to question where this team’s defense has been, when the Mountain West Media Days I attended in July was all about the Year of the Defense. And make note, the league’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year was Fresno’s Derron Smith. The Cornhuskers will be much more focused in this one, after last week’s scare against McNeese State. If Nebraska blows out McNeese, I could see laying off this one. But the fact the Huskers got their early-season upset scare out of the way, they should be able to come in and victimize Fresno, which has failed to cover six of its last seven against non-conference foes.
POWER SWEEP (PS)

IDAHO -3 vs. Western Michigan – An improved Vandals team and travel is the reason PS likes Idaho to cover the field-goal spread in this game. Western Michigan has only played one game – a 43-34 loss at Purdue – and comes in after a bye week. That right there raises a red flag, as I don’t like to see teams taking Week 2 off. You spend the summer getting prepared for the season, get your campaign underway, play respectably against a Big Ten school and then cool off with a bye week? This could spell trouble when heading across the Mississippi – the first time traveling this far since 2008, when the Broncos visited Idaho last – another thing pointed out in PS. Looking back a bit, Western Michigan arrives on ATS slides of 6-14 against non-conference foes, 1-4 in the month of September and 2-8 overall. Idaho, meanwhile, has covered five of six against the MAC, but also has several betting numbers working against it, including being 7-19 ATS at home and overall. I’ll pass on this one.

MARYLAND -3′ vs. West Virginia – Renewal of a strong rivalry that has generally been dominated by the Mountaineers. But according to PS, it’s taking the Terps because it can’t forget how bad Maryland put a whooping on West Virginia last season in a heavy rain. PS also notes the Terps having the better defense, and thinks they should pull away for a double-digit win given this one is at home. The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings, while the road team has covered five of the last eight. I’m not fond of the half-point hanging on the field-goal line, and would much rather lay 2′ or 3, but do think Maryland is the team to play if you invest on this game. Though West Virginia hung with Alabama in the opener, it might be a little too overconfident after a blowout win against Towson last week. This week it goes up against the 25th-ranked defense in the nation and won’t be moving the ball as well as it did last week.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN +6′ vs. Syracuse – Just as TGS did, I see PS is doing the same in this showdown at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. PS notes how Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt lost his cool last week against Villanova, and was ejected after throwing a punch in the game. Prior to that, he completed 10-of-17 passes for 94 yards. Make note that Hunt is a dual-threat QB for the Orange, and has plenty of experience after completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 1,638 yards and 10 touchdowns against eight interceptions in leading the Cuse to a 7-6 finish in 2013. Again, I’m passing on either side of this one, but would strongly consider teasing the Orange in this one.

ARMY +28 at Stanford – PS says this could be a letdown for Stanford, while the Black Knights have the capability of shortening things and keeping things closer than four TDs. The Cardinal took a major hit last week against Southern Cal, in a tight, 13-10 setback. Whether or not Stanford will be 100 percent focused on this game, though it is in on a 15-6 ATS run in September and has covered four of five after failing to cash the previous week. Meanwhile, Army has failed to cover 17 of its last 25 and is mired in a 5-16 ATS slide on the road. I’m not so sure I’m ready to play a big underdog in this game, even as big as this number as is, since the Cardinal may be looking to avenge last week’s loss.

TCU -13′ vs. Minnesota – Minnesota checks into Fort Worth on a slew of betting streaks, including a 6-1 ATS run on a natural surface, 5-1 against winning teams and also on the road, 8-3 when facing non-Big Ten teams and 7-2 overall. On the flipside, the Horned Frogs come in with jumbled betting streaks, having covered nine consecutive games after a bye week, but also mired in a 3-9 ATS slide at home. PS sweep notes the Gophers’ second-half collapse in last week’s 35-24 win over Middle Tennessee State, and the fact this is a ‘bye’ sandwich for the Frogs, who had last week off, and will enjoy another off week next weekend.

TEXAS ST +10 vs. Navy – This is PS’s vaunted Dog of the Week, noting that Texas State is in after a 65-0 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff in the season-opener, and a bye week last Saturday, giving the Bobcats extra time to prepare for the Middies. Meanwhile, Navy will play with a suitcase in hand for the third straight week. PS says this is the Middies’ biggest road favorite role in seven years and might be a trap. I might have to agree here, as the Bobcats – albeit after just one game – has the seventh-best defense overall, behind the likes of Florida, Baylor, TCU, Pittsburgh, Indiana and Stanford. To its credit, Navy has covered five of six overall dating back to last season, but the Bobcats are also in on ATS win streaks of 4-0 against non-conference foes and 4-1 in September. I can see this one, and don’t mind a small play on the Bobcats.

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By Jesse Granger

This is the first entry in what will be a weekly post.  Every Tuesday, I will pick the four teams that I feel deserve to be in the inaugural College Football Playoff as of that week.  These picks are based on what the teams have accomplished to this point, and are not projecting future outcomes.

With that said, let the controversy begin.

College Football Playoff Teams

  1. Oregon Ducks (2-0) AP #2, Coaches #4

With less than five minutes to go in the third quarter on Saturday, the Ducks trailed Michigan State 27-18, and it appeared Oregon had met its yearly matchup nightmare. Teams with a strong defense accompanied by a power running attack have given Oregon fits. Usually it’s a November meeting with Stanford.

But from that point on the Ducks’ high-octane offense reeled off 28 straight points, leaving the Spartans dazed and confused.  It was easily the most impressive win by any team in this young 2014 season, and vaults Oregon to the top of the rankings. Oregon not only knocked off a top-10 team, but outlasted one of the most physical teams in the nation, which was originally thought as its kryptonite.

Marcus Mariota is the best player in college football, and freshman running back Royce Freeman appears to be the physical back the Ducks have sorely missed in tough games.  The defense is as fast as ever, and the schedule is favorable.

They likely won’t be tested again until Oct. 11 when they take a trip to the Rose Bowl to face No. 12 UCLA.  The Ducks’ chance at one of the four spots in the playoff will come down to Nov. 1 when they welcome No. 15 Stanford to Autzen Stadium.

 

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) AP #6, Coaches #6

I’ve already strayed from the beaten path with this pick, and it only goes further into the woods from here.  The Bulldogs have only played one game through two weeks but it was one of the most impressive performances of the opening slate.

Georgia’s 45-21 dismantling of then No. 16 Clemson not only boosted the Dogs’ resume, but also greatly damaged the reputation of one of defending champion Florida State’s few credible opponents.

Todd Gurley is as advertised – the most dynamic player on the field – averaging 13.2 yards per carry on way to a 198-yard day including four total touchdowns.

In week two, Georgia didn’t face a football team, which puts them on par with the rest of the SEC – What would a blog entry from me be without a shot at SEC non-conference scheduling?  Looking forward, the Bulldogs have as easy of an SEC schedule as you will see.  They avoid Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU, and will host Auburn on Nov. 15.

 

  1. LSU (2-0) AP #10, Coaches #9

Obviously it’s unlikely that both LSU and Georgia will get into the playoff, as the SEC Championship game would likely be an elimination game if it came down to that.

But this list is about what the teams have accomplished to this point, and the Tiger’s week one come-from-behind win over then No. 14 Wisconsin remains one of the best wins of the season.  The LSU offense sputtered out of the gate, but has looked better than serviceable since.

The Tigers own the NCAA’s most frightening running back duo with Kenny Hilliard and Leonard Fournette running roughshod over defenses.  That will be their bread and butter, but in order to stay in this spot they will need sizeable improvements from sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings – who has been efficient thus far.

LSU thrashed Sam Houston 56-0 this week, and the next three weeks shouldn’t look much different, when they welcome UL Monroe, Mississippi State and New Mexico State to Death Valley.  They will get their fair share of challenges in time.  Four of their final seven opponents are currently ranked in the top 15.

 

  1. USC (2-0) AP #9, Coaches #10

The Trojans of old have officially arrived.  No more are the days of NCAA bans and mediocre football in downtown Los Angeles.  Steve Sarkisian has Cody Kessler looking like a Heisman candidate at quarterback, and USC’s defense – stock piled with NFL talent – is ranked has been stingy early.

Most importantly, the Trojans already have a signature win and we’re only two weeks into the season. It wasn’t pretty, and they were outgained by over 100 yards, but USC outlasted Stanford 13-10 in a hostile environment.

None of the teams currently ranked in the top five – other than Oregon – have a win anywhere near as impressive as that, and the Trojans are well deserving of the final playoff spot, at least for now.

Just Missed The Cut

Texas A&M (2-0) AP #7, Coaches #8

The Aggies opening day 52-28 blowout of the Gamecocks was as shocking as it was impressive, but that has lost some of its luster since South Carolina’s uninspiring week two performance against Eastern Carolina.  If Kenny Hill continues this play, Texas A&M won’t find themselves on the outside looking in for long.

Virginia Tech (2-0) AP #17, Coaches #19

The Hokies haven’t looked overly impressive, but their 35-21 win over the Buckeyes in the Horse Shoe is a massive win.  If Braxton Miller had participated in that contest, Virginia Tech would be in the top four.

Notre Dame (2-0) AP #11, Coaches #11

With the return of quarterback Everett Golson, the Irish look a lot more like the 2012 national runner-ups than last year’s disappointment.  The 31-0 shutout of Michigan was an eye-opener, but Notre Dame has a gauntlet awaiting.  Five ranked teams with North Carolina, Navy and Northwestern sandwiched in between makes up one of college football’s toughest roads to the College Football.

Redshirt sophomore Bree Hammel (9) leads UNLV in points after the Rebels' first weekend of action.

Redshirt sophomore Bree Hammel (9) leads UNLV in points after the Rebels’ first weekend of action, last week in the UNLV Invitational. PHOTO: W.G. Ranirez

By W.G. Ramirez

D69836_35Bree Hammel was a star volleyball player at Bonanza High School.

In fact, she was so good she earned co-MVP honors in the Southwest division, was named an MVP for the Sunset Region, was recognized for her efforts with all-conference honors and was largely considered one of the valley’s top players.

But when the three-time all-conference, scholar-athlete arrived at UNLV, she forgot to check her ego at the door and was in store for a rude awakening.

The 5-foot-11 outside hitter-turned-middle hitter admits she was humbled going from the big girl on campus to the new kid on the block, but is thankful for what she’s learned the past two years – a redshirt season in 2012 and a redshirt-freshman campaign that saw her play in a total of 31 sets.

“I definitely needed to grow, and I’m happy (coach) redshirted me,” said Hammel, last weekend after the Rebels’ win over UC Riverside during the UNLV Invitational. “I came into college kind of cocky at first. I didn’t think that I needed to put effort into this. It finally clicked that I needed to put my work ethic into this.”

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UNLV’s Bree Hammel (9) and Alexis Patterson sky for a block against Cal Riverside’s Fabiana Rosas during Saturday’s UNLV Invitational. PHOTO: W.G. Ramirez

Just watching her, you’d never know she needed time to adjust to the next level, as her mere presence ignited the Rebels every time she stepped on the court. Whether she skied at the net for a kill, teamed with Alexis Patterson at the net for a block or showed off her vertical during one of her powerful jump serves. Fact it, her teammates noticeably respond to the electricity she generates on the floor.

“I said to her ‘what happened to that girl I recruited; I loved that girl and I haven’t seen her for a year and a half now,'” UNLV coach Cindy Fredrick said. “And all of a sudden, that’s when she just kind of decided ‘alright, I’m gonna get that girl back.'”

It was Fredrick’s decision to redshirt Hammel two years ago, and it was Hammel’s eventual decision to make an attitude change that both are hoping will benefit the Rebels by the time the Mountain West Conference schedule comes around.

The move from outside hitter to the middle has been a huge adjustment, but Hammel said she likes the action and appreciates the game much more, given how much activity she’s involved in during each set.

“I still have a lot of learning to do, but I think it’s cool that I get to shift from different positions,” she said. “I think the biggest part of me is just being aware on the court, having a volleyball IQ. In high school I just wanted to hit, I just wanted to hit harder and harder.

“I come here and it’s not about hitting harder, it’s like using your roll shots, using your tips, strategizing against the other team. I think coming in as a freshman I didn’t have that and I think that’s why I got redshirted. It made me a better player overall. This year I think it’s showing.”

After the Rebels’ first five matches, Hammel ranks second on the team with 51 kills and first with 29 blocks. She leads the team with 72.5 points overall.

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UNLV’s Bree Hammel (9) blocks Cal Riverside’s Ashley Cox last week in the UNLV Invitational. PHOTO: W.G. Ramirez

“She’s got a great personality, she’s fun, she’s upbeat, she loves to compete and I think that’s what draws everyone to her,” Fredrick said. “I think that’s what’s fun to play with, is kids that are so excited about what they do and how they play. I’m so proud of her and what she’s accomplished right now and how she’s transformed herself. Her first two years she had a few things on her plate that weren’t quite in the right direction, and all of a sudden she’s turned everything around. She’s gotten herself in such good physical condition, she has a whole new focus.

“As coaches that’s what you want to see happen to young people. So it’s really exciting for us to see that with Bree. We always knew she was a tremendous athlete, but she wasn’t using that and now she is, and it’s really fun to see.”

REBELS IN ACTION – Hammel and the Rebels return to action this weekend in South Orange, N.J., for the Seton Hall Invitational, and will play two more out of town tournaments – in Seattle and Conway, Ark. – before returning to host Southern Utah and Fresno State, on Sept. 23 and 25, respectively.