The Daily Outkick: Friday, November 2, 2018

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3 Games This Week Could Tell Us Who Will Make The College Football Playoff (538) There may be no more pivotal slate of games this season than that of Week 10, with three games on the Nov. 3 docket with critical consequences for the College Football Playoff.

Have Jon Gruden’s Raiders Given Up On Him? (Mercury News) It’s hard making the case Jon Gruden’s Raiders haven’t thrown in the towel to an extent when watching them sink to the undoubted worst team in the NFL at 1-7.

UCF’s Imperfect Win Against Temple Further Polarizes Its Place in the Playoff Conversation (Sports Illustrated) If you think UCF is propped up by a weak schedule and would be merely mediocre against a Power Five conference schedule, then you probably watched Temple rack up 670 yards in a 52–40 Knights win and did some extrapolating about how that would work out against the offenses from Syracuse or Missouri or Purdue.

Maryland Board of Regents Chair Resigns Amid Maryland Football Scandal (Baltimore Sun) James Brady, the chairman of the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, resigned Thursday, overtaken by the whirlwind of controversy at the state’s flagship university that began with the June death of football player Jordan McNair.

Clay Travis: Let’s Learn From University of Maryland Football Tragedy (Outkick)

Nick Saban: ‘I Hope We Elect to Kick Ass’ (AL)  The caller asked: If you win the toss, Coach, will you elect to kick or will you elect to receive? Saban paused for a moment and then responded. “I hope we elect to kick ass is what I hope we do,” he said,

Jon Gruden’s Return has Reached Rock Bottom (New York Post) “I know it’s not looking pretty right now,” coach Jon Gruden said. “I’ve heard a lot of negativity over the last six, seven months and rightfully so. But we’re going to build a championship football team here.”

A Consequential Congress (WSJ) The looming election is a useful moment to review the tape on the successes and disappointments, and consider the stakes of a Democratic House, Senate or both.

9 Months After Eagles’ Win, Super Bowl Babies Being Born (CBS – Philadelphia) We know Eagles fans are passionate. Sunday will mark exactly nine months since the Eagles won the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 and the banner at Lankenau Hospital says it all, “Welcome Super Bowl babies.”

Clay Travis: CBS’s SEC Deal is Unbelievable (Outkick)

Outkick’s Vegas Top Ten For Week 10 2018 (Outkick) It’s time to separate the pretenders from the contenders this coming Saturday after the first college football playoff rankings were revealed., Whether your spending the weekend watching Penn State/Michigan, Georgia/Kentucky, Notre Dame/Northwestern, or LSU/Alabama the national landscape will continue to take shape.

N.F.L. Week 9 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread (New York Times) Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers into New England, the undefeated Rams battle red-hot New Orleans and the Browns begin a new era.

LSU vs. Alabama: Everything You Need to Know For Huge SEC Matchup (Sporting News) No. 1 Alabama travels to Tiger Stadium in primetime to face No. 4 LSU in a top-five showdown that has huge SEC West and College Football Playoff implications.

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Took Midweek Visit to Auburn (The State) Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant played against Auburn in 2017. Now he could be joining the Auburn Tigers.

Clay Travis Week 10 College Football Gambling Picks (Including Georgia – Kentucky) (Outkick)

Bucs’ Jameis Winston on Benching: ‘It’s a Minor Setback For a Major Comeback’ (Tampa Bay Times) After throwing 10 interceptions in four games, Winston will open Sunday’s division road game in Carolina on the sideline as an observer, watching newly-anointed starter Ryan Fitzpatrick run the NFL’s top passing offense against the Panthers.

Touted Pass Rushers an Intriguing Sideshow to Texans-Broncos Game (Houston Chronicle) As an NFL fan, you should be excited to watch Watt, Clowney, Miller and Chubb. You won’t find four better outside rushers playing in the same game.

Archie Manning on Eli’s Struggles: ‘I’m as Proud of Him as I Was When They Won Championships’ (CBS Sports) “I don’t blame anything,” he continued. “Everybody is trying. Eli doesn’t make excuses. He doesn’t point blame. He doesn’t moan and groan. Everybody wants to blame somebody. It’s football.

Jon Gruden Gets ‘Phone Calls From People That Are Dying to Come Play’ for Raiders (Sports Illustrated) At 1-6, Gruden is off to the worst start of a season in his coaching career. He has never started a season 1-7.

Clay Travis: Drew Brees Will Win MVP (Lock It In)