The Daily Outkick: Monday, November 12, 2018

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Starting 11: It’s Still Bama, Clemson, Notre Dame & Michigan (Outkick) It was a status quo Saturday with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Michigan all winning games by double digits to maintain their clear status as the top four teams in college football.

Disgraced Ohio State Coach Goes Scorched Earth: Saw Texas Coach Cheat on Wife (New York Post) If Zach Smith cannot be redeemed in the public eye, by God he’s going to try to bring others down with him.

Ticker Announces Bobby Petrino’s Firing on Petrino’s TV Show (Cincinnati Enquirer) And this is awkward: The breaking news of Bobby Petrino being fired as the University of Louisville’s head football coach awkwardly arrived as Inside the Cards With Coach Bobby Petrino aired on TV.

SportsLine Projection: Rockets’ Playoff Chances Increase 20 Percent if They Release Carmelo Anthony (CBS Sports) Per SportsLine, the Rockets’ playoff chances increase from 41.6 percent with Anthony, to 61.5 percent without him.

The Coup That Wasn’t (WSJ) It turns out the U.S. had a relatively normal midterm election in which the party not holding the White House gained a substantial number of seats. All of that talk two years ago about a fascist takeover was nothing more than partisan posturing intended to stigmatize the opposition and win an election.

Should Bama Sit Tua Until it Meets UGA? (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Would the magnitude of the playoff be enough to persuade Saban to punt the Auburn game away? Tua Tagovailoa, who beat the Bulldogs in relief for the national title in January and who’s positioned to win the Heisman, has a bad knee that dastardly opponents keep taking pains to batter. He has limped off in each of the Tide’s past four games.

Everything Works for Tennessee in Dominating Kentucky (Knoxville News Sentinel) The Vols dominated the No. 12 Wildcats — winning their 17th straight against UK at Neyland.

The Patriots Keep Thinking it’s a Good Idea to Throw to 41-Year-Old Tom Brady (Yahoo Sports) Because Brady is a senior citizen in NFL years, nobody is going to cover him on a possible pass route, and he was open for Julian Edelman’s trick pass. Brady caught this one, then turned and basically tripped all over himself.

Is Tonight’s 49ers-Giants the Worst Monday Night Football Game Ever? (Fansided) Behold, it’s the San Francisco 49ers. It’s the New York Giants. It’s a combined record of 3-13. It’s Monday Night Football. But is it the worst game in the history of Monday night? Depends on your criteria.

Trump’s Nafta Plan Could Be Upended by Democrats’ House Takeover (New York Times) President Trump’s promise to quickly pass a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement has been upended by the midterm elections, with Democrats who will soon control the House vowing to withhold their support to extract greater protections for American workers.

Rams-Chiefs ‘MNF’ Game Has Highest Over/Under in More Than 30 Years (Sporting News) Everyone expects a wild, high-scoring affair when the Rams and Chiefs meet Nov. 19 in Mexico City, but Vegas oddsmakers are putting an historic over/under line on the “Monday Night Football” game. The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas opened the over/under at 64 points.

Each Contender’s Path To The College Football Playoff (538) Let’s take a look at what each significant playoff contender needs to go its way — keeping things vaguely within the realm of the likely — in order to get to at least 90 percent playoff odds in the eyes of our prediction model.

Buccaneers Defy Logic With 501 Yards In 16-3 Loss (SportsTalkFlorida) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the game—one in which they gained over 500 yards on offense—with just three points. They were able to move the ball extremely well between the twenties, but when push came to shove they could not get points on the scoreboard.

Mike Leach Wears Fake Mustache in Postgame Interview After Washington State Beats Colorado (USA Today) Mike Leach is embracing the power of the ‘stache. Fake mustaches have become popular on Washington State’s campus these days in tribute to starting QB Gardner Minshew, the East Carolina transfer whose sterling play has the Cougars at 9-1, and his facial hair.