ESPN’s Final Prediction For Clemson-Texas A&M Game

first_imgTravis Etienne carries the ball against Alabama in the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide n the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Clemson and Texas A&M will battle later today in what might be the best game of the weekend. It’ll be a rematch of last year’s showdown, which nearly went into overtime.Texas A&M fell short against Clemson at home in 2018. This time around, the SEC program is looking to upset the top team in the country.Earlier in the week, offensive lineman Jared Hocker guaranteed that the Aggies will pull off the upset over the Tigers. He’ll get the chance to make good on his word very soon.Regardless of all the talk about the Aggies shocking the Tigers on the road, the most recent projection from ESPN has the defending champions coming out on top. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Clemson has an 87.5 percent chance of defeating Texas A&M.This is actually the game that Clemson is most likely to lose – based off FPI projections.Clemson-Texas A&M prediction from ESPN's FPI.Clemson took care of business against Georgia Tech in its season opener, but Trevor Lawrence didn’t look sharp. The sophomore quarterback threw two interceptions last Thursday.As for Texas A&M, the program is coming off an easy win over Texas State. Kellen Mond threw for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in that contest.Kickoff for the Clemson-Texas A&M game is at 3:30 p.m. ET from Memorial Stadium.last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK Prasad

first_imgAjinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK Prasad2019 ICC World Cup: India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said Ajinkya Rahane was seen as the third opener while Vijay Shankar’s impressive outing with the bat kept him in contention for all-rounder’s berth in the squad.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 09:54 IST Ajinkya Rahane has been in decent form in List A cricket (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMSK Prasad said Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ajinkya Rahane remained in contention for a place in India’s World Cup squadRahane has been in good form in List A, scoring 597 runs in 11 inningsShankar’s decent outing with the bat in New Zealand kept him in contention for all-rounder’s berthIndia’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has revealed that along with Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ajinkya Rahane were also in contention for a place in the 2019 ICC World Cup squad. The deadline to announce the 15-member squad for the World Cup in England and Wales is April 23.Pant, who is tipped to succeed MS Dhoni behind stumps once the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman retires, has already impressed with his skills in Test cricket. In handful of Test matches that he has played, Pant has smashed a couple of centuries and also created a record by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia. More importantly, both his hundreds have come in overseas conditions — England and Australia.Vijay Shankar, though, is yet to impress with his bowling but has performed reasonably well with the bat. Recently, he was promoted to bat at No.3 in couple of matches in the T20I series in New Zealand and he proved his worth with the bat.In Sunday’s four-run defeat in the series decider vs New Zealand, Shankar hit a 28-ball 43 and also showcased his big-hitting prowess.”In whatever opportunities he has got, Vijay Shankar has shown the skillsets required at this level. We have been grooming him through India A tours in the last two years. But we will have to see where he can fit in the dynamics of this team,” Prasad told ESPNCricinfo.Prasad further hinted that Ajinkya Rahane, who last played for India in an ODI in South Africa in February last year, could be India’s third opener at the World Cup.advertisementRahane has been in decent form in List A cricket, scoring 597 runs in 11 innings at an average of 74.62. He has also hit two hundreds and three half-centuries.”In domestic cricket he [Rahane] has been in form. He is very much in contention for the World Cup,” Prasad said.Prasad once again said that wicketkeeper Pant remained in contention for a berth.”Undoubtedly he [Pant] is in contention. A healthy headache. The progression of Rishabh in the last one year is phenomenal across the formats. What we actually felt is he needs a bit of maturity now, gain more experience. That is reason we have included him in India A series wherever possible,” he said.India start their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 5.Also Read | MS Dhoni has done a lot for India, says Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Pandya brothers are only 2-over bowlers in T20Is: Sanjay ManjrekarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MSK PrasadFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Vijay ShankarFollow Rishabh Pantlast_img read more