Seeking God out

God revealed himself in a big way to me today.

It was normally a day where I would’ve been in a negative mood. It was cloudy and cold when I woke up. It was a Monday, and I had to make my way to my 8:00 A.M. Spanish class. That routine has taken its toll on me recently.

But today was beyond normal circumstances. To start, it was Halloween, which is always fun, and a general fun atmosphere was about the campus. More importantly, it was my sister’s Sweet 16 birthday, and she was taking her driver’s test.

I woke up per usual, snoozing my alarm, and taking care of my normal hygiene routine. I then read my devotional for the day, and prayed hard for my sister, my family, the nation, and our campus.

I then took time to listen to some powerful worship songs as I made my way to class. I’m not sure what it was, but I really connected with God and had a positive attitude.

Whereas sometimes in Spanish I struggle to pay attention, I was locked in and receptive to the concepts. Whereas normally I would think I’d feel emotional about my sister taking her 8:30 driver’s test, today I was calm and relaxed.

I proceeded back to the student center to relax before my 10:00 class, and my Dad came through with a text letting me know my sister had passed her test. I had been listening to some strong worship music, and connected with God intimately. So when the good news came, I was even more joyful.

I’m thankful for the way that God has revealed himself to me today. It’s mainly because I sought him out. And on days that aren’t so good, I pray that I’d remember this, and seek God out. Because it’s then that he reveals himself in every way.

 

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Week 8 College Football Predictions

My roommate and I have been predicting the results of each top-25 matchup in addition to the Missouri game. Headed into week 8, I possess a 56-14 record after going 17-1 in my picks last week. I’m pretty pleased with my performance so far. Here’s my week 8 picks:

BYU 13, 14 Boise State 24

I’ve yet to watch Boise State this year, but they’ve yet to lose.

6 Texas A&M 38, 1 Alabama 35

Texas A&M, armed by standout quarterback Trevor Knight and a rock solid defense, head into Tuscaloosa for the first time since a 59-0 blowout in 2014. This one has all the makings for a classic; as Alabama is led by up and coming running back Damien Harris and Freshman sensation Jalen Hurts. It’ll be back-and-forth, and I predict that the Aggies will catch lightning in a bottle once more in Alabama riding the wave to path to the playoff.

16 Oklahoma 38, Texas Tech 21

Oklahoma seems to be rolling after starting of Big 12 play with 3 convincing wins. Baker Mayfield has re-entered the Heisman Trophy conversation, and his strongest receiver, Dede Westbrook, has followed suit. Patrick Mahomes is about the only thing that Texas Tech has going right for them so far.

North Carolina St. 28, 7 Louisville 31

I’ve loved what I’ve seen from NC State so far this year. A gritty win vs. Notre Dame amidst Hurricane Matthew followed by an OT loss to #3 Clemson the following week showed just how gritty the Wolfpack is. Lamar Jackson played extremely well last week in a close victory vs. Duke, but his teammates didn’t exactly lift him up. I feel that this will be a close one, with Jackson furthering his Heisman campaign in a Cardinal win.

10 Wisconsin 28, Iowa 14

Wisconsin has shown how tough they really are this season in their matchups against top-5 teams: An opening day win at Lambeau vs. #5 LSU, a white-knuckled  14-7 loss at the Big House to #3 Michigan, and an overtime classic in Madison that saw #2 Ohio State emerge with a 30-23 overtime win. Alex Hornibrook is playing well beyond his age, and Corey Coleman has shored up the Badgers’ run attack. Iowa has struggled to score recently and yet to recover from a home loss to FBS powerhouse North Dakota St., and will roll over for Wisconsin in this one.

22 North Carolina 35, Virginia 21

The Tar Heels have been the picture of inconsistency this season. Despite the loss, North Carolina put together a solid showing out vs. #18 Georgia in Atlanta week one, followed by a classic upset October 1 in a 37-35 win at #12 Florida State. Amidst terrible weather conditions, they failed to replicate any kind of success they had the week prior, flopping to a 34-3 home loss vs. Justin Fuente’s #25 Virginia Tech Hokies. It’s hard to tell how bad of a loss that is; as VA Tech has been pretty inconsistent themselves. From a talent level, former top recruit Mitch Trubisky and Ryan Switzer will lead a much more talented Tar Heel team over an unproven Virginia Cavalier team.

Eastern Michigan 14, 20 Western Michigan 34

I personally witnessed Eastern Michigan get slaughtered at the hands of the confusing Missouri Tigers on September 17th. Since then, they’ve reeled off wins in 4 out of their last 5, ahead of the leaders in the MAC this season. The Broncos from Kalamazoo, #20 Western Michigan, have flung out a strong offense that could go for fireworks this week. This is Western Michigan’s first conference test, after knocking off Big 10 bottomfeeder schools Illinois and Northwestern. I forsee the Broncos garnering their 8th win this week.

Illinois 3, 3 Michigan 35

Illinois has struggled to avoid the bottom of the barrel in the Big 10, despite the offseason addition of head coach Lovie Smith. Michigan is a bona fide Playoff contender, and led by Jabril Peppers, will roll all over the Fighting Illini at home.

Purdue 7, 8 Nebraska 38

Purdue, despite meeting their highest win total in the past four seasons already at 3- fired their head coach Darrell Hazell. It’s safe to say it’s a dumpster fire in West Laffayette. Meanwhile, one of the country’s most underrated teams, Nebraska, will use this game as an opportunity to garner win number 7 as the Corn Huskers approach legitimate playoff contention.

Memphis 24, 24 Navy 21

This game is extremely hard to pick. Memphis is favored on the road, but the Midshepmen toppled an early playoff contender two weeks ago with a win over #6 Houston. Both teams saw star quarterbacks (Paxton Lynch and Keenan Reynolds, respectively) depart last season, but have maintained success. I’ll take the line in this one; Memphis will pull of the road upset.

TCU 33, 12 West Virginia 41

After not choosing to expand on Monday, the Big  12’s newest members, TCU and West Virginia, meet up in week 8. TCU has had a tough schedule, but fought all the way back to contend with #16 Oklahoma in a 52-46 home loss three weeks prior. West Virginia has started off great this season at 6-0, and picked up a convincing Big 12 road win at Texas Tech last season. I see this one materialzing as a shootout, wit TCU and star QB Kenny Hill taking the L at WVU.

19 Utah 16, UCLA 7

Utah has once again emerged as a quiet contender out West in the Pac-12. Preseason #16 UCLA has yet to live up to the hype this season. I forsee Utah coming out with a solid, clean road win vs. the Bruins.

17 Arkansas 28, 21 Auburn 24

This game has the makings for a classic. Arkansas has excited me this season, and aside from not showing up for the second half vs. Texas A&M last month, has shown their skill their only other loss in playing well vs. #1 Alabama, and handling their out-of-conference schedule. This same matchup was won by Arkansas in 2OT thriller in Fayetteville last year. Auburn has played well recently despite two early losses, good losses vs. Clemson and Texas A&M at that, but Arkansas will win in another SEC Saturday night classic.

Oregon St. 14, 5 Washington 63

A few weeks ago, I would stood up as one of Washington’s biggest doubters. Then, they beat Stanford and Christian McCaffrey 44-7 at home. The then went on to put up 70 points on the road at Oregon. I don’t care if Oregon’s having a down year; 70 points on the road at another Power 5 conference school is impressive. Jake Browning and the  Huskies will beat up another Oregon school this weekend.

11 Houston 35, SMU 21

Greg Ward and the Cougars have had a strange season- proving their worth with a neutral site win vs preseason #6 Oklahoma in Houston after the Peach Bowl upset of Florida State last season, and have roughed up AAC competition with the exception of a tough loss to #24 Navy a few weeks ago. Houston will pick up a nice win this weekend up the road in Dallas.

2 Ohio St. 35, Penn St. 24

My roomate is a Penn State fan, so I wish the Nitanny Lions the best for his sake. However, #2 Ohio State has distinguished itself as a National Championship contender by virtue of the arm of J.T. Barrett. Penn State won’t be a pushover, but I see Ohio State emerging victorious in this one on their path to the playoff.

23 Ole Miss 27, 25 LSU 23

The last time these two teams met in Death Valley, two  seasons ago, LSU beat #3 Ole Miss in an old-fashioned 10-7 defensive showdown. This year’s edition may not turn out exactly like that matchup, as LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly were both watching that game from the sidelines. They’ll have a huge impact offensively. I like what I’ve seen from Ole Miss so far this season; I see them emerging with a good SEC road win this week.

Middle Tennessee 21, Missouri 42

Missouri has been a strange team to watch this  season. They’ve performed like a top offense vs. Non ‘Power 5 schools’ (Eastern Michigan, Delaware State), averaging 70.0 PGG in those two games, while putting together cringe-worthy performances, garnered by an offense that is not much more than anemic, averaging 14.8 PPG vs. Power 5 teams. This game won’t be a pushover, especially not for this team, but I see the Mizzou’s non power 5 success continuing  in this one, and QB Drew Lock, who somehow still leads the SEC in passing yards, re-gaining some confidence.

 

NBA Playoff Predictions in October

EASTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Cleveland 56-26
  2. Indiana 52-30
  3. Boston 51-31
  4. Toronto 49-33
  5. Detroit 48-34
  6. Atlanta 44-38
  7. Charlotte 43-39
  8. Chicago 42-40
    Washington 40-42
    New York 37-45
    Miami 36-46
    Milwaukee 37-45
    Orlando 31-51
    Philadelphia 27-55
    Brooklyn 19-63

PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Quarter Finals

Cleveland over Chicago
Indiana over Charlotte
Boston over Atlanta
Detroit over Toronto

Semifinals

Cleveland over Detroit
Indiana over Boston

Conference Finals

Cleveland over Indiana

WESTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Golden State 66-16
  2. San Antonio Spurs 59-23
  3. Utah 49-33
  4. L.A. Clippers 47-35
  5. Portland 45-37
  6. Oklahoma City 44-38
  7. Houston 44-38
  8. Dallas 42-40
    Memphis 38-44
    Denver 37-45
    Minnesota 36-46
    New Orleans 34-48
    Phoenix Suns 32-50
    Sacramento Kings 30-52
    L.A. Lakers 26-56

PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Quarterfinals

Golden State over Dallas
San Antonio over Houston
Utah over Oklahoma City
Portland over L.A. Clippers

Semifinals
Golden State over Portland
Utah over San Antonio

Conference Finals
Golden State over Utah

AWARD PREDICTIONS

MVP: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

Mizzou hockey falls in Border War on Ice

JEFFERSON CITY, MO- In the first home matchup of the 2016-17 season, Mizzou men’s club hockey took a 6-3 loss at the hands of the visiting Kansas Jayhawks.

While many Mizzou athletic teams have abandoned the ‘Border War’- the rivalry game between Kansas and Mizzou- Mizzou hockey has kept it up. The teams are scheduled to meet 5 times this season.

In front of roughly 200 fans at Jefferson City’s Washington Park Ice Arena, a solid Mizzou contingency saw their Tigers start off slow. Kansas overwhelmingly possessed the puck in the Tiger defensive zone all throughout the first period, and added two goals. The Jayhawks would lead by a 2-0 tally entering the second period.

The Tigers returned to the ice in the second much more determined. Five minutes in, Mizzou forward Matt Baker went top shelf to halve Kansas’ lead at 2-1. Shortly after that, Mizzou roared back into contention with a Hassan Beig one-timer that tied the game at 2-2. It was almost a different game compared to the first period.

In the third period, the frustration boiled over for both teams, as multiple scrums, and a legitimate fight broke out, initiated by a Jayhawk. Both teams were assessed penalties.

Kansas would strike first in the third period by virtue of a Jimmy Samuels a crafty wrist shot from the left side that found the back of the net. They’d add another goal after some sulky passing led to Jack Holbrook’s second goal of the night. A sense of urgency came about the Tigers, but Kansas would put the game out of reach with their 3rd goal of the period. Mizzou would add a late goal, followed by an empty-netter by the Jayhawks.

Kansas took game one of the series, 6-3. There’s no love lost between these two, especially after tonight’s chippy matchup, and the teams take the ice for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon, again in Jefferson City. Next semester, they’ll meet in Independence, MO on February 23, to settle the series.