Cotton Bowl Pick, Trends, and Preview: LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies

LSU Tigers
(10-2, 5-7 ATS)

Texas A&M Aggies
(9-3, 8-4 ATS)

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The annual Cotton Bowl Classic takes place this year at its latest date ever. However, on Friday night, the LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies square off at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, instead of playing in the traditional Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The Bayou Bengals blew a chance to play in the BCS in the final week of the regular season, losing to the Arkansas Razorbacks. This is a pretty darn nice consolation prize for a team that beat the defending National Champions in and amongst a schedule that was very, very tough. The big problem for the Tigers though, is that RB Steven Ridley is probably not going to be able to play in this college football betting affair due to the fact that he is academically ineligible. Ridley scored 14 of the team’s 34 TDs this year, and he rushed for 1,043 yards on the year. About 40% of the offensive plays went in his hands, and if that is out of the lineup, there isn’t a running back on the squad that had even 300 yards or more than 41 carries this year. That either means that RB Michael Ford and RB Russell Shepard are going to be in for a long day on the ground, or that QBs Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee are going to need to make more things happen with their respective arms. Neither put up great numbers this year, as neither one completed even 60 percent of their passes. They only combined for 1,826 yards and six TDs against ten picks as well.

For Texas A&M, the season was really saved when Head Coach Mike Sherman pulled the plug on QB Jerrod Johnson and turned to QB Ryan Tannehill instead. Tannehill is the future of this team, as he’ll be back to try to guide the Aggies to the Big XII title next year. He threw for 1,434 yards and 11 TDs against just three picks on the campaign, and though he clearly doesn’t have the legs that Johnson does, he did a fantastic job holding on to the football and managing the game. WR Jeff Fuller and WR Ryan Swope make up one of the best 1-2 punches of receivers in the nation. Fuller caught 65 passes for 983 yards and 12 scores this year, while Swope had 67 grabs for 780 yards and four scores. On the ground, this was a team that once belonged to RB Christine Michael, but after he suffered a season ending injury, RB Cyrus Gray stepped up and was fantastic, rushing for 1,033 yards and 12 TDs. The only team to score more than 30 points against this defense this year was the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and now that we have seen the Pokes for a full year, we know that that wasn’t such a sin.

If Ridley really isn’t declared eligible to play in this game, the Tigers are in a ton of trouble. The “Mad Hatter,” Head Coach Les Miles has ways of pulling tricks out of his bag, but this is going to be too tough to handle if Ridley isn’t here. We trust Tannehill and the red hot Aggies to roll off their seventh straight win and cover since benching Johnson.

Cotton Bowl Free Pick: Texas A&M Aggies +1

Kohl’s to tap market again with secondary offering: worth about $187 million.

Daily News Record January 27, 1994 | Emert, Carol WASHINGTON (FNS) — Stockholders of Kohl’s Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wisc., the parent of the Kohl’s department store chain, plan to milk this cash cow yet again with a public offering of 4.25 million shares, worth an estimated $187 million, according to a registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kohl’s stock has been trading at around $44 per share, up nearly 320 percent from the $14 price tag at the company’s May 1992 initial public offering. Shares went for $32 each in a Jan. 1993 offering and $39 each in a sale in August 1993.

In those three offerings, Kohl’s sold 9.6 million shares of common stock while investors sold 13.8 million shares, netting the investors about $305 million.

Nineteen stockholders plan to participate in the upcoming offering, which is underwritten by a syndicate led by Morgan Stanley & Co.

Kohl’s largest shareholder, William S. Kellogg, chairman, CEO and director, plans to sell 606,000 shares, reducing his stake in the company to 9.4 percent from 11.1 percent. At $44 per share, Kellogg would receive $26.7 million. In the three previous public offerings, Kellogg has sold shares worth about $45 million.

Jay H. Baker, Kohl’s president/director, a 5.5 percent stakeholder, intends to sell 303,000 shares in the upcoming offering, leaving him with 4.7 percent of the company and $13.3 million in cash. Baker has received $22.6 million from the earlier stock sales. web site kohls coupons printable

John F. Herma, Kohl’s executive vice-president, chief operating officer, secretary and director, will reduce his stake to 5.5 percent from 5.9 percent by selling 140,000 shares, netting $6.2 million. Herma raised $22.5 million in the earlier offerings.

The Morgan Stanley Leveraged Equity Fund II LP, a 6.6 percent shareholder, plans to sell 2.24 million of its 2.42 million shares, yielding $98.6 million. The fund has picked up $151 million in previous offerings.

Melvin Simon & Associates, Inc., which owns a 1.6 percent stake in Kohl’s, intends to sell 541,000 shares, yielding about $24 million, and will continue to own 43,000 shares. In Kohl’s Jan. 1993 secondary offering, Melvin Simon & Associates sold shares worth $5.5 million.

The 90-store Kohl’s chain racked up same-store sales of $402.2 million in the nine weeks ending Jan. 1, up 8.1 percent over the same period the prior year, the registration statement said. In the 48-week period ending Jan. 1, sales hit $1.25 billion, an 8.2 percent increase over sales in the comparable period one year earlier.

Kohl’s which has added 50 stores since 1986, expects to open between 16 and 18 stores in 1994, all following its low-cost formula of a “unique store format, lean staffing levels, sophisticated management information system and operating efficiencies resulting from centralized buying, advertising and distribution,” the statement said.

Two of the new stores are slated to open in March–Kohl’s 22d store in the Chicago area and one in Eau Claire, Wisc. In August, Kohl’s expects to open its seventh store in Minneapolis/St. Paul, its first store in Davenport, Iowa, its 23d Chicago store and its first store in North Dakota in Fargo. September and October will see 10 to 12 openings, including two Ohio stores in new markets, Dayton and Cincinnati. see here kohls coupons printable

The company also plans to increase its sales of private-label merchandise “over the next several years” to 20 percent from 1992’s 14 percent rate, the filing said.

Participants in the upcoming stock sale will include 14 investors who own less than 1 percent of the company, the filing said. Jules Allen, Kohl’s senior vice-president, chief financial officer and director, plans to sell 15,000 shares, leaving him with 95,000. Fred M. Ayarza, a senior vice-president, wants to sell 17,500, keeping 112,000.

Caryn Blanc, a senior vice-president, intends to sell 8,800 shares and maintain 77,000. Senior vice-president Kevin Mansell will offer 17,500 and keep 106,600. R. Don Oscarson, a senior vice-president, wants to sell 17,500 shares and keep 106,000.

Executive vice-president of stores R. Lawrence Montgomery plans to offer 17,500 shares, leaving him with 117,000. Herbert Simon, a director, wants to sell 131,000 shares and keep 10,000. The Herbert Simon Trust No. 3 will sell 32,000 shares and keep 2,600.

Emert, Carol

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