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FCS Playoffs QuarterfinalThe Matchup -- No. Air Max 2018 Black . 5 seed Sam Houston State (12-0) at No. 4 seed James Madison (11-1) at Bridgeforth Stadium (24,877) in Harrisonburg, VirginiaKickoff -- 7 p.m. ET FridayCoverage -- ESPN2Series -- First meetingCoaches -- Sam Houston State: K.C. Keeler (34-9, three seasons; 208-82-1 overall); James Madison: Mike Houston (11-1, first season; 54-20 overall)Players to Watch -- Sam Houston State: QB Jeremiah Briscoe (302 of 459, 4,459 yards, 57 TDs, 8 INTs), WR/PR Yedidiah Louis (73 receptions, 1,133 yards, 14 TDs), C Bridge Blount, DE P.J. Hall (48 TT, 21 TFL, 11 sacks, 7 PBU), S Darion Flowers (44 TT, 3 INTs, 7 PBU); James Madison: QB Bryan Schor (186 of 250, 2,397 yards, 23 TDs, 4 INTs; 96 carries, 522 yards, 9 TDs), RB Khalid Abdullah (227 carries, 1,387 yards, 17 TDs), WR/KR Brandon Ravenel (42 receptions, 669 yards, 5 TDs), LB Gage Steele (77 TT, 2 TFL, 3 QB hurries), S Raven Greene (57 TT, 5 INTs, 7 PBU)The Skinny -- This anticipated matchup features two offenses that score in bunches and dont turn the ball over often. Southland Conference champion Sam Houston State only has 13 turnovers and CAA Football champion James Madison averages less than one per game with 11. The visiting Bearkats, the only unbeaten team in the FCS, rank No. 1 nationally in total offense (570.4 ypg) and scoring offense (53.1 ppg), while the Dukes are third in total offense (525.8) and second in scoring offense (48.3). While Sam Houston has never faced James Madison, Keeler did when he coached for 11 seasons at Delaware, most recently in a 13-10 win over the Dukes in 2010. Briscoe has thrown for 57 touchdowns, the FCS single-season record and one shy of former Hawaii QB Colt Brennans Division I mark, set in 2006. Nathan Stewart (951) and Davion Davis (927) hope to join Louis as Briscoes 1,000-yard receivers by games end. The Bearkats high-powered offense also features RBs Remus Bulmer (816 yards, 7 TDs) and Corey Avery (737 yards, 10 TDs). The defense hasnt been tested in the second half of most wins, but it came up with the necessary stop to finish off a 41-36 second-round win over Chattanooga. Hall commands double-teams and LB Justin Johnson is the teams leading tackler (89). James Madison looks to even its playoff record (10-11) in 13 all-time appearances. Schor is the CAA offensive player of the year and he threw five touchdowns in last Saturdays 55-22 win over New Hampshire. The Dukes are excellent at converting third downs, ranking second in the FCS with 53.7 percent success. Abdullah has rushed for more than 100 yards in eight games. The athletic defense is more bend without breaking, allowing 354.5 yards per game. Defensive end Andrew Ankrah hasnt quite supplied the pass rush of a year ago and DT Simeyon Robinson leads the team with four sacks. Rashard Davis, the CAA special teams player of the team, has returned three punts for touchdowns, while Ravenel went the distance on a kickoff return last Saturday.Up Next -- The winner will play either No. 8 seed South Dakota State (9-3) or No. 1 seed North Dakota State (11-1) in the FCS semifinals either Dec. 16 or 17.Prediction -- Which offense will have the ball last? Well, weather could temper an offensive explosion. The Bearkats, top-ranked in the STATS FCS Top 25, surely wont like the frigid temperatures at night. James Madison, 35-28. Air Max 2018 Cheap Sale . 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The Dodgers won all three of their games by one run and the Cubs twice beat the Giants by one run. We have two managers who love to use their benches and arent afraid to empty their bullpens, so this series could be another late-inning chess match, at least until you get to closers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Note that the Cubs hit just .200/.247/.350 against the Giants, with pitchers driving in six of their 17 runs and seven of the runs coming against the San Francisco bullpen. The Cubs will not only have home-field advantage, but the advantage of lining up their rotation with plenty of rest while the Dodgers will be scrambling after Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill both pitched in Game 5 on Thursday.?-- David SchoenfieldInside the pitching matchupWhen Kenta Maeda is on the mound: The 28-year-old rookie from Japan had a solid season, going 16-11 with a 3.48 ERA, although he was better in the first half (2.95 ERA) than the second (4.25). The Dodgers kept him on a tight leash down the stretch as he faced more than 24 batters just once in the second half and went five innings or fewer in seven of his final 10 starts. He followed that up by lasting just three innings in his start in the division series. He struggled out of the gate, throwing 28 pitches in the first inning.Maedas approach is that of a conventional U.S. pitcher, as he doesnt have a splitter like a lot of Japanese hurlers. He throws his fastball about 43 percent of the time, mostly a four-seamer, and adds a slider, curveball and changeup. The slider is his best wipeout pitch as batters hit just .176 against it, a key reason he had a large platoon split as left-handed batters had a .730 OPS versus .580 for righties. For some reason, he went to more fastballs against the Nationals, with right-handed batters Trea Turner, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon all getting hits off the fastball, including Rendon homering on a 2-2 pitch.The Cubs will be able to line up four left-handed hitters against Maeda, so hell need his changeup to be an effective pitch. He actually threw the curveball more on the season than the changeup, but it wasnt a good pitch for him (.398 average allowed). Given that Maeda hasnt been going deep into games, Dave Roberts will likely have to empty his bullpen in this game. -- SchoenfieldWhen Jon Lester is on the mound: Lesters late surge made him a strong Cy Young contender, as he went 9-1 with 1 .46 ERA over his final 12 starts, and then threw eight scoreless innings against the Giants, throwing an efficient 86 pitches. The Dodgers were the worst-hitting team in the majors against left-handed pitching, so its not a surprise that Lester faced the Dodgers twice and allowed just one run and seven hits in 15 innings.Lester has made a notable change in his approach, throwing his fastball more than ever. He threw it 60 percent of the time (and 69 percent against the Giatns), when he was under 50 percent two years ago. Lester has maintained his velocity pretty well throughout the years and at 32 still averaged 92.0 mph with his fastball, a tick above-average for a left-hander. The feeling was Lester had fallen in love too much with his cutter, although it has remained an effective pitch as batters hit just .212/.268/.302 against it. He still throws that about 20 percent of the time.His curveball has become a two-strike wipeout pitch, with a K rate above 50 percent and batters hit .092 against it in 96 plate appearances ending with the pitch. He doesnt throw it a lot -- about 10 per game -- but look for him to use it with two strikes against right-handers. Lester allowed 28 stolen bases (although runners were caught 13 times against him), but the Dodgers dont run much with just 45 steals (Howie Kendrick led the team with 10). -- SchoenfieldPlayer in the spotlightJustin Turner. The Dodgers third baseman had a monster division sseries, hitting . Air Max 2018. 400/.591/.733. He actually had a huge reverse platoon this year, with a .919 OPS against righties and .640 against lefties (and had one last year as well).?-- SchoenfieldWhat will decide Saturday nights gameThe series could hinge on the Dodgers ability to capitalize when they get runners in scoring position. The Cubs sported the best OBP allowed in baseball with runners in scoring position, while the Dodgers batters ranked just 24th in OBP in similar situations. If the Dodgers cannot convert with runners in scoring position, theyll have to rely on their pitchers to hold down the third-best offense in baseball (5.0 runs per game) to keep them in the game.-- Daniel McCarthy, ESPN Stats & InfoDid You Know?Only one Japanese pitcher has recorded a win in Game 1 of a playoff series: Daisuke Matsuzaka won Game 1 of the 2008 ALCS against the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching seven innings of scoreless baseball in a 2-0 victory.-- Daniel McCarthy, ESPN Stats & InfoNLCS Betting GuideLos Angeles Dodgers (+190) vs. Chicago Cubs (-210)Joe Peta: For the second year in a row, Ive made it through both wild-card games and all four of the division series matchups with a perfect bracket. I got derailed last year in this very spot -- the NLCS -- and the Mets victory over the Cubs turned out to be the only blemish on the card. If the Cubs can get past their 71-year curse to win a pennant, I can get over my 365-day one as well. Lets look at why that will happen for both of us through the lens of one skill set, opponents contact rate.With a roughly 97 percent probability, the Cubs were three outs away from a scenario -- winner-take-all game against Johnny Cueto -- that would have caused enormous angst for the fan base. It nearly happened, because in the two games in San Francisco, the Giants put 67 balls into play in the largest normal-altitude field in the majors. The latter fact is relevant because, although its counterintuitive, the larger the field, the more defensive excellence is marginalized, and, of course, the Cubs had a historically great defense this year. The Giants struck out less than any team in the NL this year -- a whopping 2.1 percent less than the second-best club, the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers were 11th, and the Giants were so elite, Los Angeles was closer to Miamis strikeout rate than the Giants were.Click here for more.Choosing sides: Who will win?? Just like the last round, every run in the NLCS will be as precious as antimatter. That means homers might decide a few of these games, as tends to happen this time of year. Jon Lester hasnt been allowing homers and if he can work around Justin Turner, he should negate the Dodgers lefty power. I like the Cubs in Game 1. -- Brad Doolittle Jon Lester has thrown 15 innings against the Dodgers this year with just one runner crossing the plate. Theres no reason not to think that trend continues against a team that struggled all year long against left handed pitching. And Lester is no normal lefty. Hes on top of his game and will shut the Dodgers down again to propel the Cubs to a 1-0 series lead. -- Jesse RogersThe Dodgers will roll into the Windy City with momentum, but a rested Cubs team figures to be too much to handle. The Dodgers have a chance if Kenta Maeda can use his off-speed stuff to precision and take advantage of an aggressive Cubs offense, but rekindling the magic of Game 5 in the NLDS will prove difficult. -- Doug PadillaWhere the series standsGiven the Dodgers inability to hit lefties, on paper this game certainly favors the Cubs. If Maeda struggles, Roberts will have to decide whether to burn through the bullpen or sacrifice Maeda a bit to help keep the pen fresh for the rest of the series. Plus, you have the concern that Jansen threw 51 pitches on Thursday and will have limited availability. It would seem the Cubs best chance of winning this series is to win the two Lester starts while the Dodgers may have to sweep the Kershaw/Hill games.?--?Schoenfield Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '