NAACP calling for city leaders to fully remove Robert E. Lee Memorial immediately March 24, 2021 Detours & delays expected in Downtown Fort Myers until Wednesday June 8, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementThe Florida Division Sons of Confederate Veterans said the bust used Sunday was the same one that stood there before. Back in Fall 2020, the Fort Myers city attorney said the bust and this property belongs to the city. AdvertisementTags: downtown fort myersrobert e lee New waterside restaurant taking over empty building in Downtown Fort Myers March 19, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Man leads deputies on chase to downtown Fort Myers after traffic stop March 26, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Robert E. Lee bust that was removed from downtown Fort Myers made an appearance Sunday. The Florida Division Sons of Confederate Veterans said the group was holding a memorial service in downtown Fort Myers for the upcoming birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. They hoisted the bust back in the same spot in downtown where it stood before the city voted to not put it back up in September. The bust was taken down in June 2020 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The City of Fort Myers voted to keep Robert E. Lee’s bust down permanently. Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson, a city councilman at the time of the vote, did vote against the removal. Mayor Anderson said the bust hasn’t been seen since it was removed. He also said the group didn’t have permission to put the bust back up on Sunday “to his knowledge.” Advertisement Advertisement
Manchester United bounced back from last Sunday’s 6-1 defeat by Manchester City as Javier Hernandez’s goal gave them a hard-earned victory at Everton.Hernandez was well-placed just two yards out to side-foot in Patrice Evra’s cross in the 19th minute.The goal was reward for a bright start from United, but they were matched by Everton for the remainder of the game.However, Leighton Baines struck the crossbar with a free-kick and Louis Saha’s shooting lacked precision.A point would have been just reward for the efforts of David Moyes’ side, but having failed to earn that they can take a lot of heart from a spirited display against opponents with a point to prove following a week of largely negative headlines.For United, victory was all-important, with performance second, following their home humbling last weekend. They achieved the former, with only brief but impressive flashes of the latter. There had been much debate this week over how United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would react to last Sunday’s defeat in terms of team selection.In the event, he dropped defender Rio Ferdinand and winger Nani, retained Jonny Evans, despite his red card against City, and restored Nemanja Vidic and Tom Cleverley to what was an attacking line-up, featuring Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. The latter’s every touch was greeted by the now standard jeers from the Everton support.The approach initially paid dividends as United made positive and fluent early forays into Everton territory, one of which teed up Park Ji-sung, whose six-yard shot was saved by Tim Howard.United capped their impressive start by taking the lead after 19 minutes, when Evra’s pin-point cross from the left meant Hernandez had only to side-foot home from two yards out.However, instead of kicking on, United shrank somewhat and Everton grew as a force in the game. David De Gea was forced to save a Leon Osman snapshot and Jack Rodwell fired wide from 25 yards before Leighton Baines struck the crossbar with a free-kick from the edge of the area as the home side pressed hard for an equaliser.Hernandez could have made the second half easier for his side had he finished a well-constructed move with his shot from the edge of the box, but Howard’s save set up a tense second 45 minutes.United’s growing nervousness in defence was clear to see as Louis Saha twice tested De Gea with shots from the edge of the area.The visitors then almost gifted Everton an equaliser when Evans gifted possession to the home side. Fortunately for the defender, Rodwell’s shot from an angle flew just past the far post.With half an hour to go, Welbeck could have settled United nerves but his shot from close range, on an angle, was palmed over by Howard. This left United needing to show resolution and composure in the final minutes of the match in the face of further pressure from the home side and – barring a home penalty appeal for a coming-together between substitute Magaye Gueye and Patrice Evra – they did so with aplomb.
Forty-one arrested in undercover shoplifting stingIn an initiative called “Operation Broken Cart,” police and loss prevention specialists in Richmond, Kentucky, spent three days targeting individuals stealing from seven stores in the Richmond area. Suspects were seen taking a variety of items, including electronics and cosmetics. One of the participating retailers was Kroger, which has staff dedicated to preventing losses. “It affects everybody. It affects the store’s bottom number with the shrink and loss of products,” Kroger retail crime manager Terry Young said, “It affects the consumers who buy the products because they have to pay more to cover the issues that we’ve lost.”At the end of the operation, 41 people were arrested for stealing and charged with shoplifting, drug offenses and other charges. Police and loss prevention specialists recovered nearly $2,500 worth of stolen property and seized $30,000 in narcotics. The Richmond Police Department says it will continue to crack down on shoplifting and plans to work with the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association for future operations. [Source: WKYT News]WATCH: Gang hit a flea-market shop for $750,000 in jewelryA gang of five pulled off a retail smash-and-grab at The Village Flea Market and got away with $750,000 in jewelry, police say. But they did leave two faces behind on surveillance video. The video, released Monday by Miami-Dade police, shows several robbers climbing over the counters at P&S Jewelry around 5 p.m. last Tuesday. Overwhelmed by numbers and surprise, the plucky staff couldn’t prevent the criminals from smashing into some of the display cases and making off with jewelry.- Sponsor – Police say the group left the flea market at 7900 NW 27th Ave. in a white Ford Crown Victoria. Video stills show two robbers before they jump the rear counter. One wore ripped blue jeans, a black hoodie declaring “Just Do It,” and a hat in Florida State’s garnet and gold colors, but with a Chicago Bulls-like bull in gold. The second wore beige khakis, a gray stocking hat, and a black Adidas jacket with white stripes down the arms. Anyone with information on this robbery can anonymously contact Miami Crime Stoppers at 305.471.TIPS (8477); via text message at 274637 with “CSMD” and the tip; or the Miami Crime Stoppers website. [Source: Miami Herald]July retail sales rose 0.6%July retail trade sales rose 0.4% from June 2018, and 6% year over year, while e-commerce sales rose 0.8% from June and 8.7% from last year, according to the latest monthly report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s census bureau. Excluding automobiles, retail sales fared a little better, rising 0.6%, but June retail sales were revised down from a 0.5% rise to 0.2%.Furniture and home furniture sales fell 0.5% from June but rose 3.5% year over year; health and personal care sales fell 0.4%, rising 5% year over year; and sporting goods, hobby and book sales fell 1.7% from June and 4.9% year over year. Other categories fared better: Clothing and accessories sales rose 1.3% from June and 6.4% year over year; department store sales rose 1.2% from June and 0.3% year over year; and electronics and appliance sales rose 0.1% from June and 4.2% year over year.The news came as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data reported Tuesday that total U.S. household debt rose by 0.6% or $82 billion to $13.29 trillion in the second quarter — the 16th consecutive quarter with an increase. Overall household debt is now 19.2% above the post-financial-crisis trough reached during the second quarter of 2013, according to the report. [Source: RetailDIVE][text_ad use_post=’128086′]Employee arrested on suspicion of embezzlementAn Elk Grove, California, retail worker is in custody at the Sacramento County Jail after allegedly embezzling from her employer. Just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, Elk Grove Police responded to the Kohl’s department store on Calvine Road. Loss prevention associates at the store had detained Justina Chaplain, also known as Justina Irena Baker, for alleged embezzlement.Responding officer discovered through a record check that the suspect was also on active parole. A search of Champlain led to the discovery of narcotic paraphernalia. Chaplain is held on a bail of $550,000 but is not eligible for release because of a parole violation. [Source: Elk Grove News Net]Australians who won’t unlock their phones could face 10 years in jailThe Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals’ data. If they can’t, it would jail people for up to a decade if they refuse to unlock their phones. The country’s Assistance and Access Bill, introduced this week for public consultation, strengthens the penalties for people who refuse to unlock their phones for the police. Under Australia’s existing Crimes Act, judges could jail a person for two years for not handing over their data. The proposed Bill extends that to up to ten years, arguing that the existing penalty wasn’t strong enough.The Bill takes a multi-pronged approach to accessing a suspect’s data by co-opting third parties to help the authorities. New rules apply to “communication service providers”, which is a definition with a broad scope. It covers not only telcos, but also device vendors and application publishers, as long as they have “a nexus to Australia”.These companies would be subject to two kinds of government order that would compel them to help retrieve a suspect’s information. The first of these is a ‘technical assistance notice’ that requires telcos to hand over any decryption keys they hold. This notice would help the government in end-to-end encryption cases where the target lets a service provider hold their own encryption keys.But what if the suspect stores the keys themselves? In that case, the government would pull out the big guns with a second kind of order called a technical capability notice. It forces communications providers to build new capabilities that would help the government access a target’s information where possible. In short, the government asks companies whether they can access the data. If they can’t, then the second order asks them to figure out a way….. [Source: Naked Security]Man attempts to shoplift; leaves car keys behindTaken from the Tukwila police blotter: “A male from Seattle, Washington, attempted to shoplift then fled the store when contacted by loss prevention. He got into his getaway car but realized that he had left he car keys in the shopping cart. He re-entered the store to look for his keys which loss prevention had already taken. When he realized the situation wasn’t looking good for him, he fled on foot only to turn around when he spotted an arriving officer. He attempted to hide in another business, which didn’t work out so well for him. He was located and arrested.” [Source: Tukwila Reporter] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Close up of a business mans hand hiding money in his suit jacket pocket.Jewelry store manager accused of theftA Tallahassee, Florida, man is accused of stealing from a Kay Jewelers store he managed. He is identified as Holloway Samuels, 25, and used fraudulent refund and return/exchanges to steal from the store, according to a probable cause affidavit.Samuels was the store manager of a Kay Jewelers on December 14, 2017, when a “suspicious refund” was made for a diamond enhancer. The store’s loss prevention manager determined that the refund Samuels said he had made to a buyer did not occur, court documents said, and Samuels used the fraudulent transaction to steal $1,519.73.Samuels also admitted that in October 2017 he conducted another false refund/exchange at the store by returning a three-stone diamond ring for a gold chain, creating a theft of $1,903.71. Samuels credited the funds from the second theft to a friend’s debit card. He was released from the Leon County Detention on Sunday on a $3,000 bond. He was booked into jail on Friday on two counts of grand theft of $300 or more but less than $5,000. [Source: WTXL27 News]- Sponsor – Shoplifting brothers nabbed by LPPolice say two brothers from Burlington, Wisconsin, were caught leaving a store with nearly $1,500 in stolen merchandise. Jason R. Bennett, 32, is charged with retail theft, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing an officer. Russell W. Bennett, 29, is charged with retail theft. The store’s loss prevention associate said two men concealed merchandise under their clothes and exited the store without paying.According to the criminal complaint, one of the men allegedly had a drill combo, battery, circuit breaker, sheath, leather boots and hooded jacket worth $673. The other man allegedly had a pistol magazine, tool kit, marine items, LED lights, cordless drill, batteries, belt, shirt and two hats worth $810.Initially, Jason identified himself as “Timothy Bennett” and his true identity was later determined at the jail, the complaint says. Officers also learned he was on probation and Racine County had issued a warrant for his arrest. While still at Fleet Farm, Jason said he was concerned for a dog that was inside his car. Krueger went to the vehicle, where he found a Doberman. [Source: Waupaca County News]Pizza Hut unveils pizza-making pickup truckPizza Hut has joined forces with Toyota to develop the one-of-a-kind, zero-emission Tundra PIE Pro, a mobile pizza factory with the ability to deliver oven-hot pizza wherever it goes. The full-size pizza-making truck was introduced at Toyota’s 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show presentation. “We are constantly focused on evolving our processes and systems through improvements and innovations that allow our team members and drivers to better serve our customers,” said Nicolas Burquier, Chief Customer and Operations Officer, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are exploring next-generation solutions and automation to support and streamline our delivery business in the future. The Tundra PIE Pro and our work with Toyota are only helping accelerate our commitment to transform both the team member and the customer experience at Pizza Hut.”The Tundra PIE Pro features a unique truck bed that has been converted into a virtual pizza factory on wheels, also known as “The Kitchen,” which contains a refrigerator, a pair of computer-guided robotic arms, and a portable conveyor oven. Like the truck itself, all components in The Kitchen are powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell electric power-train. From start to finish, the pizza-making process takes between six and seven minutes. Built to make pizza on the go, the Tundra PIE Pro presents an untapped opportunity for Pizza Hut. [Source: Cision PR Newswire]LPA and deputies snag suspectThe Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas is crediting the quick actions of patrol deputies with the arrest of a robbery suspect who attacked a loss prevention associate (LPA) at a local retail store on Monday evening. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Hobby Lobby store in west Harris County about an incident at another nearby retail store. According to a press release, an LPA for a nearby Walmart told deputies that Gerald Warren, 40, came into the store and was “under scanning ” items while checking out. The loss prevention officer said Warren would place a paper over the barcodes and scan the item as usual.The LP associate confronted Warren as he was leaving the store, and tried to get Warren to come back inside. Instead, Warren resisted and pushed a shopping cart into the loss prevention officer and knocked him to the ground. Warren ran to a late model Cadillac Escalade and drove away. The LPA followed Warren to the nearby Hobby Lobby and called the sheriff’s office for help. Warren was taken into custody without incident, and transported to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Processing Center. He is being held on a $5000 bond. [Source:Houston Patch]No contest plea accepted by former football playerOver several months, Bakersfield, California, police have investigated several theft from the Apple Store in the Valley Plaza Mall, and now a local football player may be responsible for one of them. According to police reports, former Bakersfield College football player Charles Ray Mitchell entered the store and grabbed a 2018 MacBook Pro laptop. Before fleeing the store, Mitchell allegedly punched a security guard in the face and fled.Store employees reported on a separate occasion, Mitchell took over $5,000 worth of iPhones. Bakersfield police said surveillance video captured Mitchell on that offense. 17 News asked the college if Mitchell was still on the team, they said, “We have no Charles Mitchell on our football team.” Mitchell pleaded no contest to second degree robbery earlier this month and is scheduled to be sentenced in November. [Source: KGET.com]Cyber-criminals up online fraud nearly 300%If you shop online or use your phone to look up items on Amazon, there’s a good chance you have seen ads for similar items appear on your Facebook or Instagram feeds. It’s no secret that companies are tracking your online shopping habits. They are trying to hone in on what you really want to buy, and scammers are too. There’s a new report that shows scammers are targeting victims through their social media profiles.They searched through data on hundreds of millions of fraudulent online purchases and found a nearly 300 percent increase in the number of fake retail websites created to get your personal information. Here’s how the scam works: when you see an ad appear on your social media profile then you click on it, you might add a couple of items to your cart. When you go to purchase those items, you will need to enter your personal information and your credit or debit card number. Cyber-criminals will take that information and run up charges as fast as they can. If you become a victim, contact your bank immediately and report the fraudulent charges. [Source: WAFB9 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This month saw new dedupe backup appliances from Greenbytes and Quantum that are VM-aware and reminded me that there is a lot going on in this particular market. Dedupe means avoiding making multiple backups of the same file, even if that file is found across different VMs or different users. Let’s look at some of the recent announcements and also point to places that we have covered dedupe techs in the recent past if you want to learn more about the subject. John Cronin, a senior technical product manager for the storage and availability management group at Symantec, was one of our participants in our live text chat earlier this week. He mentioned that“space optimized snapshots can use storage more efficiently. For example, in a virtual desktop environment most of the OS images have largely the same bits. If we store 1000 desktop images, we can save a lot of space if we only use one copy of the things that are the same and then store only the differences.”Speaking of our chat series, in the first one that we held last month, we dived a bit deeper into dedupe, and you can replay the chat here.So the major product announcements this month include the Greenbytes HA-3000 dedupe appliance and the Quantum DXi4601 dedupe appliance, which costs $21,500 for a 4 TB system, which is low for the kind of functionality it offers. It can also scale on demand from 4 TB up to 12 TB of usable capacity by simply activating the appropriate licensing key. Quantum claims it has twice the dedupe performance of competitors in its class at half the price. Last month, we even saw the beginnings of offering dedupe on actual silicon, which will speed up the process even further. There are many backup technologies that are available that include dedupe as part of their feature set, and we review the major ones here and in a review of Acronis Backup here in stories we wrote over the summer. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market david strom Tags:#Analysis#cloud#news Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
After getting convincingly beaten by hosts Bangladesh in the first ODI, India will aim to put up a much better performance and level the three-match series in the second ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday.Bangladesh produced a clinical all-round show to claim a memorable 79-run victory against India in their first ODI here on Thursday, thanks to left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman (5 for 50) who made a dream debut to fashion the victory for the home team.It was Bangladesh’s only fourth win in 30 ODI matches against their mighty neighbours, which also avenged their controversial World Cup quarterfinal loss that started hostility among the two cricketing boards, and culminated with the resignation of Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal as the International Cricket Council (ICC) president.The home team got a rollicking start to their innings with openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar giving them a hundred-run stand in less than 14 overs. Later on fireworks by Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman helped side reach a score more than 300.India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler with 3 for 51, other pacers and spinners all went for plenty. In reply, India never looked to be prepared for the run chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals to make life difficult for themselves.With the win, Bangladesh have enhanced their chances of securing a 2017 Champions Trophy berth. The win took Mashrafe Mortaza’s side past the West Indies in the ODI team ranking to the seventh spot in the ICC rankings. Both Bangladesh and the West Indies had 88 points before the match. While the Caribbean side remain with the same number of points, Bangladesh have jumped to 91.advertisementNothing went right for India in the first ODI as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman were both fined by the ICC on Friday following their mid-pitch collision in Thursday night’s match.Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fee, while Mustafizur was docked half of his fee. On Sunday, the visitors will aim to put all the drama behind and look for a fresh start.India have very few positives to carry out from the first ODI. Ashwin’s tight bowling and opener Rohit Sharma’s composed innings of 63 runs are the two which the visitors can take home from the first game. Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma, although picked wickets, failed to check the run flow. The trio will look to put up a much better performance if India are to stay alive in the series.Openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan giving them a 95-run stand and Suresh Raina coming up with few big blows later in the innings, India have nothing much to show with the bat. Virat Kohli, who’s last three ODI score being 3,1 and 1, will be eagerly waiting to get runs under his belt. Ajinkya Rahane also missed out cheaply.Their opponents have proved they have done their homework well and will aim to put up another similar show and seal the three-match series 2-0 on Sunday itself.Teams (from):Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Rony Talukdar, Mustafizur Rahman, Liton Das.India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Axar Patel.
Support The Guardian “I am disappointed in him,” said Robshaw, fully supportive of the decision of John Kingston, the Quins director of rugby, to dispense with Yarde’s services. “Marland’s run out of lives and we’ll be in a better place for it. It’s a massive shame because he’s a talented player but John has made a great stance. As a club we’re going to be in a better place now.”Robshaw’s withering verdict will make it extremely hard for Eddie Jones to recall Yarde to the international fold even if England’s injury problems on the wings fail to ease. When a respected player like Robshaw openly describes a team‑mate as a negative influence at club level, it would seem a significant period of rehabilitation will be needed before Yarde can expect a Test recall.It is understood Yarde missed three Harlequins training sessions this season without offering a satisfactory excuse. In August he failed to report for training 24 hours before the squad were scheduled to leave for a pre-season training camp in Germany, claiming he had overslept after taking some sleeping pills. He was subsequently told not to attend the camp in Herzogenaurach and then also missed a routine midweek session.When he failed to turn up for the captain’s run before the Champions Cup fixture against Wasps – which Quins lost 41-10 – and could not be contacted by phone, the club’s patience snapped. “Every decision I make is with the intention of doing the right thing for Harlequins, and that’s the way it will always be,” Kingston said.Yarde, who began his career with London Irish and scored 18 tries in 62 appearances for Quins, will now be looking to make a fresh start in Manchester. “He is a very exciting player and he will very much suit our attacking style of play,” said Steve Diamond, the Sale director of rugby. “He’s still very young with his best years ahead of him.” Sale Reuse this content Share on Twitter Topics Rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Read more England’s Jonny May to miss Argentina Test with hamstring injury Chris Robshaw news Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Chris Robshaw has criticised the behaviour of his erstwhile Harlequins team-mate Marland Yarde, saying his club will be better off without the wing, who has signed for Sale after being shown the door at The Stoop for repeatedly missing training.The former England captain, normally among the game’s most diplomatic men, made little effort to disguise his feelings about Yarde’s conduct after it was confirmed the 25-year-old, capped 13 times, has signed a three-year deal with Sale. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger England rugby union team Harlequins Since you’re here…
201210510 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 11975201620332025Ann ArborOSU, 21-14 201570.620 2018354 22006198520372011ColumbusOSU, 42-39 This offense is also Harbaugh’s best at generating big plays. Starting running back Karan Higdon was on the brink of leaving for the NFL draft after last season, but good thing for Michigan that he stayed. The senior has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and has five carries of 40-plus yards, tied for the second most of any player in the Big Ten. Junior transfer Shea Patterson, the best quarterback Harbaugh has had in Ann Arbor, leads the Big Ten in Total Quarterback Rating (84.0) and ranks second in yards per attempt (8.54).3Behind only Haskins. Patterson’s running ability is another wrinkle for an offense with little difficulty finding the end zone.The team scores on a conference-best 47.7 percent of drives, which is on pace to be the eighth-best mark by a Big Ten team in the past 15 years. Michigan also seldom gets stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, besting last season’s rate by 8.2 percentage points. Wisconsin (23.9 percent) is the only Big Ten team stopped in its tracks less than Michigan (25.7 percent). In turn, 43 percent of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s plays have gone for 5-plus yards, the program’s highest rate since 2010. Overall, the Wolverines are picking up 6.29 yards per play, by far the most of any team since Harbaugh arrived. 201510011 52003194519741960Ann ArborMich., 35-21 SeasonGames20+30+40+50+60+70+80+90+ 71970195619341945ColumbusOSU, 20-9 31997206519522007Ann ArborMich., 20-14 2017145920531100 101961186720161939Ann ArborOSU, 50-20 92016188519961939ColumbusOSU, 30-27 201875.112 Source: SportSource Analytics Michigan’s offensive efficiency and national rank in the category under Jim Harbaugh 20173617 ELO 201745.676 Source: SportSource Analytics 81948207118271941ColumbusMich., 13-3 2013905 20168111 201673.717 61977193519571946Ann ArborMich., 14-6 SeasonOffensive EfficiencyRank The Buckeye defense is getting gutted by the big playThe number of plays given up at various lengths by Ohio State this season compared with previous years under Urban Meyer 201513391911103310 2016134822443000 This year’s chapter, which pits twin 10-1 programs against each other, checks in with the fourth-highest harmonic mean, trailing only the 1975, 2006 and 1997 showdowns. It’s the best matchup between the schools during the College Football Playoff era. Among the nine other epic showdowns in the top 10, the results have been mostly spilt: Ohio State winning five, Michigan winning four.Here are two keys that could decide the outcome this year:Will Michigan’s pass defense lock down Ohio State’s throw-heavy scheme?Ohio State’s pass-at-all-costs offense squaring off against Michigan’s solve-your-problems-with-aggression pass defense is about as ideal a strength-against-strength, identity-against-identity matchup as we can get.In his previous six seasons with the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer typically favored an offensive blueprint shaded toward the run game. He had never had a rushing attack rank outside the top 20 in yardage. Despite returning J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, his two leading tailbacks from 2017, this season’s squad has fallen out of the top 50.However, that yardage can be found through the air, with the Buckeyes passing the ball on 51.5 percent of team plays, well above their average of 40.6 percent from 2012 to 2017. For a program largely recognized by its rich tradition in the backfield — Ezekiel Elliott, Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Maurice Clarett, to name a few RB standouts — this year has been an anomaly. It’s been 32 years since Jim Harbaugh last led the Michigan Wolverines to a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ever since the consummate Michigan Man made good on his guarantee in 1986, the maize and blue have largely been muzzled by the scarlet and gray. To some degree, Harbaugh must have returned to his alma mater for games like Saturday’s. But he has fumbled each of his three chances at the Buckeyes.This week represents his best opening. Las Vegas sportsbooks installed the Wolverines as 4-point favorites, despite the fact that Michigan has won just two of its past 17 games against its rivals to the south.1The Buckeyes’ 2010 victory was vacated because of tattoo-gate. Expectations loom large for Harbaugh and his team, which may be the more talented squad for the first time in more than a decade. Some have already designated the upcoming game a referendum on his tenure, even though no program this season has rewritten its post-Week 1 narrative more than Michigan has. In fact, according to our Elo ratings, no team has improved more since the preseason than the Wolverines.Saturday’s matchup is the 115th installment of one of college football’s richest rivalries. This one features a cornucopia of College Football Playoff implications: The winner’s playoff chances will spike to between 59 and 67 percent, according to our model, while the loser will be virtually eliminated from contention. Additionally, of course, the winner of the game will play for a conference championship.Like nearly every entry in this rivalry, the stakes Saturday are high — and there will be no shortage of talent on the field. So to check this game’s true matchup power, we looked back at the Elo ratings for Michigan and Ohio State at the time of each meeting since 1897, and we averaged those Elo ratings using the harmonic mean.2We used the harmonic mean instead of a straight average to eliminate situations in which one team was performing substantially better than the other. 201415412216127421 RKseasonMichiganOhio StateHarmonic MeanLocationResult 20131449231277320 201212452414107620 Two of Ohio State’s four worst games since Meyer arrived, as defined by expected points added on defense, have come this season. And while the Wolverines’ offense isn’t exactly Alabama’s, it’s easily the best unit Harbaugh has had at Michigan. SeasonPassing offense rankRushing offense rank 201811583521117653 Meyer has never coached a team that relied on the passing game to the degree it does this season. Despite having yet to complete its regular-season slate, his team already has set a school record with 452 passing attempts and 3,954 passing yards. Only five teams throw more on average, and most of those employ Air Raid systems.But it’s difficult to argue that the lopsided offensive approach isn’t working. Ohio State has compiled 13 games since 2012 with more than 19 expected points added on passes, and six of those have come this season. Dwayne Haskins is completing a Big Ten-best 69.3 percent of his passes and will likely be a Heisman finalist, having set 12 school records this season. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in both total offense and scoring offense, with 11 more touchdowns than any other team in the conference. As Harbaugh succinctly put it when asked about the Buckeye passing attack, “It’s really good.”But Saturday will be Haskins’s toughest assignment. In early October, the sophomore tied a school record with six touchdown passes in a win over Indiana. Michigan has allowed seven passing touchdowns all season.Under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Don Brown, the Wolverines’ defense is smashing its competition. Harbaugh and Brown have trotted out some elite defenses over the past three seasons, but this year’s is likely the best one yet. Opposing quarterbacks average a passer efficiency rating of 88.7 against the Wolverines, a mark that if maintained would rank sixth lowest by any team since at least 2004. Michigan is also holding opposing quarterbacks to 4.91 yards per passing attempt, which would also be the sixth lowest mark over that same stretch.Teams not only fail to generate big plays against Michigan, they also fail to get past the line of scrimmage. Less than 30 percent of opponent plays gain 5 or more yards against the Wolverines, the lowest rate in the country, while a whopping 41.4 percent of opponent plays are stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, a mark that ranks third highest. Brown brings the heat, too: Only six teams generate a higher pressure rate on opposing quarterbacks than Michigan (39.1 percent).Haskins may be completing 26.7 passes per game on a clip hovering around 70 percent, but no starting quarterback has completed more than 19 throws in any game against Michigan or connected on more than 56 percent of passes. Over the past five conference games, Brown’s seek-and-destroy defense is holding quarterbacks to 9.4 completions per game on a clip south of 40 percent.Can Ohio State stop the big play?If last week is any indication, no.The Maryland Terrapins produced three touchdowns exceeding 25 yards, two of which that went for at least 75, in a 52-51 overtime loss. “Alarming is the right word,” Meyer said of his team’s inability to prevent gashing offensive plays. Then, on Monday: “Obviously, it wasn’t good.”Ohio State has either set or is on pace to set single-season worst marks under Meyer in big plays allowed from virtually every distance. Plays given up at … (in yards) Ohio State has gone to the air this seasonHow the Buckeyes’ offense has ranked each year under Urban Meyer in rushing and passing, 2012-2018 2014529 Few Michigan-Ohio State games have been biggerThe best Michigan-Ohio State games based on the harmonic mean of each team’s pregame Elo rating 42018197419541964Columbus? Of course, perhaps the most tantalizing storyline is the one most difficult to measure. Ohio State hasn’t lost to Michigan in the Horseshoe since 2000, and, at least lately, the Wolverines seem to mutate into a far worse version of themselves in the annual rivalry. The Buckeyes’ real advantage in this game may be found on the psychological side, as the team has grown accustomed to upstaging that school up north. Harbaugh and the Wolverines have a chance to rewrite the script, with everything on the line Saturday in Columbus.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions.