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Two teams at very different stages of their development meet at Goodison Park on the opening day of the new Premier League season.Hosts Everton have undergone a managerial and ownership overhaul since they last played Saturdays visitors Tottenham Hotspur. And the Toffees are still in the process of rebuilding their own squad with John Stones recently departed in a £47.5 million move to Manchester City.In contrast, Mauricio Pochettinos Spurs have enjoyed a summer of stability, not losing any first-team players and strengthening the squad with the additions of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen. Pochettinos side flirted with a Premier League title challenge last season before falling away and finishing third, but the coach is expecting his young group of players to learn from the experience and improve over the coming campaign.It is true that at the end of the season we felt very disappointed in the way that we finished the Premier League, but if we are clever we need to improve from our mistakes and we need to show that we are clever, Pochettino said. We have a big challenge ahead because now we have to repeat our performance, try to improve and play Champions league, which for a lot of players is a new competition.It is a good opportunity. We keep the same team, the same players, I dont think there are a lot of changes around the changing room and in the squad and I think that can help us.Spurs may be stable and have an existing style of play, but Everton are far from settled.Ronald Koeman is attempting to rebuild the Toffees squad after taking over from Roberto Martinez, but has not made as many changes as he would have liked heading into the opening weekend. Only centre-back Ashley Williams and Idrissa Gueye are notable additions.The squad will be 100 percent in two or three weeks, but if I compare the physical state of the players in numbers here it is 70 percent and at (Koemans previous club Southampton) it was 100 percent. Its a big project. That project wont be complete after two months, we need more time. We are not at the level we need to be in terms of the players and their physical state, he added. Id say we are 70 percent of where we need to be from a physical point of view. We will improve.Everton go into the game with doubts over the fitness of key players Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman and are without midfielder Muhamed Besic after the midfielder picked up a knee injury in preseason.Spurs only injury doubt is over central defender Jan Vertonghen, although English trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier are all a few weeks from full match fitness after being given extended time off following their European Championship exertions.Everton have not beaten Spurs in the last seven Premier League meetings, but no top-flight club has ever lost as many opening weekend matches (nine) as the north London club. Tony Romo Youth Jersey . The defending champion beat Gael Monfils of France 7-6 (6), 6-3, while second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain dispatched Edouard Roger-Vasselin, also of France, 6-3, 6-3. Making his first appearance since injuring his wrist a month ago, Del Potro had difficulty with his service games in the first set. Deion Sanders Womens Jersey . 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Brace yourself, Washington.Be cautiously optimistic, Penn State.Keep your fingers crossed, Wisconsin.No. 2 Ohio State is looming like a bully, ready to pluck the College Football Playoff dreams from somebody who earned a conference championship. The Buckeyes have elbowed and earned their way into the selection committees top four in each of the past two weeks and should stay there again on Tuesday after knocking off No. 3 Michigan in double overtime. The biggest question facing the committee, though, will come on Dec. 4, when it has to determine the value of a conference championship and what to do with an Ohio State team that didnt even win its own division.In each of the past two seasons, speculation swirled about how the committee would handle an independent like Notre Dame or a team that didnt win its conference title, but that debate never came to fruition -- until now. With four wins against Top 25 teams -- at Oklahoma, at Wisconsin, Nebraska and now Michigan -- Ohio State has a playoff résumé that rivals that of any other team in the country save for undefeated Alabama. Penn State, though, clinched the East Division and will play Wisconsin for the Big Ten title, guaranteeing the conference a two-loss champion.And there sits one-loss Ohio State, which beat Wisconsin but lost to Penn State.This will be quite the conundrum for the selection committee, which has been directed by the 10 FBS commissioners in its protocol to use head-to-head results and conference championships as tiebreakers when résumés are comparable.Because Penn State has two losses, though, is it comparable? Dont forget: PSU lost to an unranked Pitt team and lost by 39 points to Michigan -- hence its current No. 7 ranking.The Nittany Lions and their fans need to prepare for the fact that Penn State could win the Big Ten and be left out of the playoff in favor of a team they beat in October. As of today, the gap between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State is significant, according to committee chair Kirby Hocutt, but it should shrink after PSUs convincing win over Michigan State to clinch the East. The more justifiable scenario for the committee would be to have Penn State AND Ohio State in their top four.At the expense of ... ahem ... Washington.Told you to brace yourself, Huskies.Washingtons nonconference schedule -- wins against Rutgers, Idaho and FCS foe Portland State -- is Bayloresque. Worse than that, in fact. Those teams are a combined 12-22 right now. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Washingtons nonconference schedule is ranked 127th out of 128 FBS teams. (Only Boston Colleges is worse.) An undefeated record could compensate for that, but one loss opens the door for debate. The good news is that Washington will have earned wins over ranked opponents Stanford, Utah and Washington State, plus a top-10 team in Colorado if it wins the Pac-12 title.dddddddddddd.None of those wins, though, is as good as Ohio States win over Michigan. Its also possible No. 23 Washington State drops out of the committees Top 25 this week. If the committee puts Washington in, it will send a message contradictory to everything it has hammered home to this point about strength of schedule. Athletic directors and coaches would then be less inclined to schedule aggressively if they could get away with playing a nonconference lineup like Washingtons and still get in, despite losing a game.And yet ... dont dismiss the possibility that the top four could include Ohio State AND Washington -- but not Penn State.Heres what we know: Alabama and Clemson should be locks if they win their respective conference championships, and somebody from the Big Ten is getting in.Maybe two somebodies.The best-case scenario for Ohio State would be for Wisconsin to win the Big Ten because the Buckeyes beat the Badgers back in October. That head-to-head result would certainly make it easier on the selection committee to explain why it put Ohio State in.What would be difficult to justify would be keeping Michigan in after its second loss of the season. Yes, it was a double-overtime loss on the road to the No. 2 team in the country, and its certainly reasonable to make a case that the Wolverines are one of the best teams in the country with wins over the two Big Ten teams that will be playing for the league title.But Michigan also lost to Iowa. And it now loses the head-to-head argument against the Buckeyes. Michigan should still be ranked ahead of Wisconsin and Penn State this week -- but that will likely change once one of them has the Big Ten title. The Wolverines arent just competing against the Big Ten champs résumé: Michigan would now have to compete against the Buckeyes résumé, a battle its unlikely to win -- again.Big Ten fans want answers. Washington wants in. The problem is that plenty can and will change with one more week of games. The conference championship games -- and in the Big 12s case, Bedlam -- are the final pieces to the puzzle. Only then will the committee have the full body of work to evaluate.But were only three years into this fledgling system, powered by 12 humans who are impossible to predict.They havent been faced yet with a team like Ohio State. The system was constructed this way, though, so they have the freedom to pick the four best teams -- not necessarily four conference champions.The Big Ten will force them to determine what matters most -- and its something not even they know the answer to yet. ' ' '

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