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COLUMBUS — The Calgary Flames visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.
More than three decades since Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler’s 10-year War concluded, Michigan and Ohio State are about to play one of the highest-stakes games in the history of series that will reach 113 games Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 990 words, photos.
FBC–BIG TEN THIS WEEK
The stakes for “The Game” — No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State — haven’t been this high since 2006, when Ohio State was No. 1 and Michigan was No. 2. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m., photos.
One thing’s for sure about the Big Ten. The conference loves a good rivalry. It’s in that spirit the conference in 2014 began scheduling rivalry games the final week of the regular season, with five of the seven awarding trophies. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — It’s their last chance, and the know it. The Bengals (3-6-1) still have a chance to make the playoffs because the AFC North is so mediocre this season. They need a win on Sunday at Baltimore (5-5) to stay in it. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
BEREA — Browns quarterback Robert Griffin moved closer to playing again this season as the team designated him for return from injured reserve. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens have reverted to their former selves, winning on the strength of a defense that ranks second in the NFL and first against the run. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky plays its first game as the nation’s top-ranked team against visiting Cleveland State. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1 p.m.
BKC–JACKSON STATE-OHIO STATE
COLUMBUS — Jackson State visits Ohio State. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.