The Gianda Youth Development Association (GIYODA) in Kpogbahn Statutory District No.4, Grand Bassa County has congratulated Ambassador George Manneh Weah for clinching what they called ‘a volcanic victory’ over his contenders as senator-elect for Montserrado County with over 99,000 votes during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections in Monrovia.The president of GIYODA, William ‘Olu’ Diggs made the statement over the weekend, on behalf of his association in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in the district.According to Mr. Diggs, his association applauds Amb. Weah’s victory because of his leadership ability, knowing that the soccer icon will help to adequately steer the affairs of the country toward a better future.He prayed that God will bless Mr. Weah to succeed and achieve his vision, dream and aspiration for the presidency in the 2017 general and presidential elections.Mr. Weah deserves to be congratulated because according to Diggs, he is a sound leader who can ably represent and deliver the political goods that will transform the living standard of the people of Montserrado County.He pointed out that his association pledges its fullest support to vote Mr. Weah to victory because of his national and international experience.Diggs is requesting Mr. Weah to visit their district at his convenience because the people of the district are eager to hold discussions with him about burning issues mainly to pre-petition Amb. Weah for the presidency come 2017 general and presidential elections.‘’We are aware that you contested for the presidency twice and did not succeed, but with our strong prayer and massive support you will surely become a victor in 2017’’, the GIYODA president assured Mr. Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A month ago at this time, there were (more or less) 130 undefeated teams in FBS. As we sit now on the first day of October, roughly 10 percent remain. Fourteen teams made it through September without a loss. The schedule tells us at least half of those teams are guaranteed to lose at some point between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, but history tells us it’ll be a whole lot more.AmericanCincinnati (5-0)The road ahead: vs. Tulane, at Temple, at SMU, vs. Navy, vs. South Florida, at UCF, vs. East CarolinaPrognosis: Perhaps the most under-discussed undefeated team in the country, the Bearcats knocked off UCLA in Chip Kelly’s first game and have already surpassed the four wins they enjoyed in Luke Fickell’s first season. Cincinnati has been getting it done with defense: the Bearcats are No. 9 nationally in yards per play and No. 2 in scoring defense. Chances are they’ll lose at some point during their Florida Two-Step, but a defense like this will give them a shot in every game.South Florida (4-0)The road ahead: at Massachusetts, at Tulsa, vs. Connecticut, at Houston, vs. Tulane, at Cincinnati, at Temple, vs. UCFPrognosis: Many expected the Bulls to drop off after losing franchise quarterback Quinton Flowers, but graduate transfer Blake Barnett has taken Sterlin Gilbert’s offense in a new direction. USF has won its last two games by single digits and beat Georgia Tech with the help of two kickoff return touchdowns. Chances are this team will run its record to 7-0 until we found out what it’s really made of.No. 12 UCF (4-0)The road ahead: vs. SMU, at Memphis, at East Carolina, vs. Temple, vs. Navy, vs. Cincinnati, at South FloridaPrognosis: The entire coaching staff left from last year’s claimed national championship team, but the players stuck around — and they’re still significantly better than anyone they’ve played to this point. The Knights have won every game by at least 20 points, and three by 31 or more. Considering this is largely the same team that finished last year ranked No. 6 in the AP poll with four first-place votes, it’s frankly insane they’re not in the top 10 right now. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix ACCNo. 4 Clemson (5-0)The road ahead: at Wake Forest, vs. No. 23 NC State, at Florida State, vs. Louisville, at Boston College, vs. Duke, vs. South CarolinaPrognosis: Everyone’s preseason pick to take down Alabama hasn’t looked it so far. Clemson has played two above .500 Power 5 teams and beaten them by six points. Combined. Sure, Clemson has won a dozen games over its ongoing streak of three straight ACC crowns and CFP trips, so winning close games is part of this program’s DNA. But those teams weren’t quarterbacked by a true freshman who’s currently hurt. And this year’s team also doesn’t have a schedule that would allow them to overcome a WTF loss (vs. Pitt in 2016, at Syracuse last year). Stay tuned to this one.No. 23 NC State (4-0)The road ahead: vs. Boston College, at No. 4 Clemson, at Syracuse, vs. Florida State, vs. Wake Forest, at Louisville, at North CarolinaPrognosis: Hurricane Florence robbed NC State of its chance to host No. 9 West Virginia, so you can bet Dave Doreen, fifth-year senior senior quarterback Ryan Finley and company are chomping at the bit for their trip to Clemson. I have no idea if they’re going to win, but they’ll give Clemson their absolute best shot.Big 12No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0)The road ahead: vs. No. 19 Texas, at TCU, vs. Kansas State, at Texas Tech, vs. No. 25 Oklahoma State, vs. Kansas, at No. 9 West VirginiaPrognosis: Blowouts of Florida Atlantic and UCLA appeared to show Mike Stoops fixed OU’s Achilles heel defense. Subsequent games against Iowa State, Army and Baylor erased such a thought. OU is 97th in pass defense — and that includes a game where Army threw for 40 yards. Remove that from the equation and they’re 124th. However, the offense is still the offense. Remember last year, when Baker Mayfield broke his own FBS passing efficiency record en route to the Heisman Trophy? Kyler Murray is more than 30 points ahead of him — while also running for close to 60 yards and a touchdown per game.No. 9 West Virginia (4-0)The road ahead: vs. Kansas, at Iowa State, vs. Baylor, at No. 19 Texas, vs. TCU, at No. 25 Oklahoma State, vs. No. 7 OklahomaPrognosis: The NC State cancellation barred us from knowing how good this team really is, though a 35-10 first half at Texas Tech showed us their potential. Will Grier could easily toss 30 touchdowns before he throws one that truly matters.Big TenNo. 3 Ohio State (5-0)The road ahead: vs. Indiana, vs. Minnesota, at Purdue, at Nebraska, at No. 20 Michigan State, at Maryland, vs. No. 15 MichiganPrognosis: TCU and Penn State came at the kings, and they both missed. Ohio State is not a perfect team, but how many teams will they play before Selection Sunday that has the firepower to expose those vulnerabilities?IndependentsNo. 6 Notre Dame (5-0)The road ahead: at No. 24 Virginia Tech, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Navy, at Northwestern, vs. Florida State, vs. Syracuse, at USCPrognosis: Ian Book completely changes the equation for Notre Dame. In wins over Wake and Stanford, he hit 49 of 67 throws for 603 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions while the Irish racked up 94 combined points. Losing captain Alex Bars at left guard for the year will test the team’s depth and mettle.Pac-12No. 21 Colorado (4-0)The road ahead: vs. Arizona State, at USC, at No. 10 Washington, vs. Oregon State, at Arizona, at Washington State, vs. Utah, at CaliforniaPrognosis: An apparent breakthrough of a 2016 season that saw CU win 10 games and take the Pac-12 South title washed away in a 5-7 season in 2017. But the yo-yo is on the upswing now; CU is up nearly 15 points a game to 40 points per game thus far. This is the part where we mention CU’s wins have come against Colorado State, Nebraska, New Hampshire and UCLA — who are not exactly lighting the world on fire. Those four are a combined 1-16.SECNo. 1 Alabama (5-0)The road ahead: at Arkansas, vs. Missouri, at Tennessee, at No. 5 LSU, vs. Mississippi State, vs. The Citadel, vs. No. 8 AuburnPrognosis: The defense may be an A instead of an A-plus, but who cares? It’ll be an upset when this team wins a game by less than two touchdowns, and the shocker of a decade if they lose a game.No. 2 Georgia (5-0)The road ahead: vs. Vanderbilt, at No. 5 LSU, vs. No. 22 Florida, at No. 13 Kentucky, vs. No. 8 Auburn, vs. Massachusetts, vs. Georgia TechPrognosis: It certainly appears that we’re all on a collision course where a 12-0 Alabama meets a 12-0 Georgia in an SEC Championship Game That’s a Rematch of Last Year’s National Championship Game And Also a De Facto National Championship Game Ahead of the Real National Championship Game. (We’ve got a couple months to come up with a snazzier title.) But at least Georgia will have to earn its trip to Atlanta.No. 13 Kentucky (5-0)The road ahead: at Texas A&M, vs. Vanderbilt, at Missouri, vs. No. 2 Georgia, at Tennessee, vs. Middle Tennessee, at LouisvillePrognosis: If this was Florida and not Kentucky, we’d be talking about them as legitimate national championship contenders and not just a nice story. No one has come within 11 points of these Wildcats, and Mark Stoops’s crew has a tried-and-true formula to win: defense and running game. Benny Snell leads the SEC in rushing and rushing touchdowns, and UK shares the SEC lead with Auburn in scoring defense. We’re officially neutral here at FootballScoop, but it’d sure be fun to see an undefeated Kentucky host undefeated Georgia.No. 5 LSU (5-0)The road ahead: at No. 22 Florida, vs. No. 2 Georgia, vs. Mississippi State, vs. No. 1 Alabama, at Arkansas, vs. Rice, at Texas A&MPrognosis: LSU shoved it in the face of its many skeptics with a Labor Day Sunday blowout of Miami… and, let’s be honest, a chunk of those skeptics are still skeptical, especially after that miracle comeback at Auburn. Get by Florida, though, and LSU has a chance to make a run at a No. 1 ranking without leaving Baton Rouge.