The 22nd-ranked Rebels already have won at Vanderbilt and Texas. Beating the two-time defending national champions would be another feather in the cap of Hugh Freeze. The Tide could get a challenge if its offense continues to struggle. No. 12 Oklahoma visits No. 22 Notre Dame in a matchup of two of college football’s traditional powerhouses. The Irish physically dominated the Sooners last year on their way to the BCS title game. Oklahoma will have to rely on the arm of Blake Bell if it can’t establish a running game in South Bend. No. 24 Wisconsin is aiming for its fourth consecutive Big Ten title. The road this year goes through No. 3 Ohio State, however, with the Buckeyes off probation. That status of Braxton Miller will be critical for Ohio State, even though Kenny Guiton has proven to be more than adequate as a backup quarterback. Beyond these three matchups of ranked opponents, there are some other intriguing games to keep an eye on.
Not only did that mean Oracle had to win 11 races to keep the America’s Cup, but it found out its boat was slower than the Kiwi catamaran. While skipper Jimmy Spithill now a two-time Cup winner kept the sailing team focused, Coutts helped figure out ways to make the boat sail much faster upwind than Team New Zealand, which left the Kiwis deflated and defeated. Coutts also had a hand in the decision to put Ainslie on the boat. Spithill, Ainslie and strategist Tom Slingsby, also an Olympic gold medalist, are three of the world’s most intensely competitive sailors, which contributed to Oracle’s comeback. When things were going bad, some people wondered if Coutts would survive this campaign. “Of course Russell Coutts will keep his job for as long as he wants it,” Ellison said. “Russell Coutts has never lost an America’s Cup. Not a bad record. As long as Russell wants this job, we’re blessed to have him.” On Sept. 18, the Kiwis were at match point. A week later, Oracle Team USA was the winner. “This regatta has changed sailing forever,” Ellison said. ___ Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at Loading Slideshow America’s Cup – Final Race SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill celebrates with the America’s Cup trophy after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in race 19 to win the America’s Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) America’s Cup – Final Race SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill celebrates with the America’s Cup trophy after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in race 19 to win the America’s Cup Finals on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
Knight Expands USA Truck Stake Amid Vow to Pursue Takeover
26, saying it substantially undervalues the company. We continue to believe that a combination of Knight and USA Truck is better positioned to deliver value for and is in the best interest of all of Knight and USA Trucks stakeholders, and we are prepared to take the necessary steps to make this combination a reality, Knight said today. Knight made public its offer to buy the Van Buren, Arkansas-based company in a $242 million transaction on Sept. 26, sending USA Truck shares soaring 36 percent, the biggest advance since its initial public offering in 1992. The combination would help allay risk in the short-haul carriers turnaround plan and help reverse eight consecutive quarters of net losses, said Knight, which is based in Phoenix. USA Truck rose 4.3 percent to $8.96 at the close in New York . The shares have more than doubled this year. Knight was little changed at $16.52 and has increased 13 percent this year. Thursdays press release is our comment, USA Truck Chief Financial Officer Clifton Beckham said today by phone, referring to the companys Sept. 26 rebuff of the offer. Nicholas Leasure, a spokesman for Knight, declined to comment beyond the filing.