The Daily Outkick: Monday, November 19, 2018

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Starting 11: Michigan and Ohio State Wobble Into Big Game Edition (Outkick) Remember back when some people tried to argue the playoff would kill the regular season? Boy, were those people idiots. The playoff race has made college football even better. So here we go with all the analysis.

Saints Deal Eagles Worst Loss Ever For Defending Super Bowl Champion (Yahoo Sports) the Saints treated the Eagles like an FCS non-conference opponent. The Saints are on an absolute roll, and they pummeled Philadelphia 48-7. The 41-point loss is the largest ever by a defending Super Bowl champion.

Le’Veon Bell and the Diminishing Value of Running Backs in the NFL (WSJ) The smartest NFL teams have realized in recent years that committing major resources to a running back may not be the savviest move.

CollegeFootball’s Worst Good Team, Ohio State Awaits a Reckoning Against Michigan (CBS Sports) The No. 10 Buckeyes barely survived a Maryland team without its starting quarterback on Saturday.

Potential Super Bowl Preview will Close with Highest Ever NFL Total (OddsShark) As for the total, we’ve not only got a high one, but at 63.5 this is the highest total in our NFL betting database – and everyone is still betting the OVER.

The Takeaways From President Trump’s Sit-Down With “Fox News Sunday” (Axios) In an interview with Chris Wallace for “Fox News Sunday,” President Trump talked about some of the biggest topics of the day — from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to his fiery press rhetoric to the palace intrigue engulfing his own White House.

The College Football Playoff’s Biggest Flaw is Being Exposed (New York Post) Until the playoff expands to eight teams, the little guy has no shot.

Disney Is Spending More on Theme Parks Than It Did on Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm Combined (New York Times) With its television business facing significant challenges in the streaming age, and lots of popular movie franchises to put to use, Disney is spending billions to supercharge its theme park division, which has emerged as a surprisingly strong moneymaker.

Alex Smith’s Gruesome Injury Gives Joe Theismann a Bad Flashback (New York Times) Sunday, with Theismann watching, it happened again. Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was sacked by two charging Houston Texans, and in a grisly sequence reminiscent of Theismann’s injury, Smith’s right leg crumbled and twisted, fracturing both the tibia and fibula bones. Television replays showed Smith’s leg buckle and give way.

Chargers Welcomed Their Worst “Home” Crowd Of The Season Against The Broncos (Big Lead) Despite entering the game with a stellar 7-2 record and a six-game winning streak, the Chargers still couldn’t pack the tiny StubHub Center. All you could see in the stands were orange Broncos jerseys and empty seats. Denver was a woeful 3-6 entering the game, yet their fans showed up.

Did Kansas Make the Right Hire? Les Miles Doesn’t Care What You Think (Sports Illustrated) Now, Miles thinks he can coach Kansas, and he couldn’t care less what you think about it. Just like the forays into acting and media, Miles thinks he can do anything.

Mr. Butt Fumble Might be Back Just in Time for Thanksgiving (Sporting News) Redskins to meet with Mark Sanchez and two other quarterbacks after Alex Smith’s injury.

Week 11 Takeaways: Brees Having Season for the Ages, Big Ben Comes Back from the Dead, Cowboys D Can Make Them This Year’s Jaguars (Sports Illustrated) Plus, Alex Smith’s devastating injury, choking season comes early for the Chargers, Panthers and Eagles on the brink, Colts are in total control, Ryan Fitzpatrick can’t stop throwing interceptions and more from Week 11.

Faith. Family. Football: The Making of Tua Tagovailoa (Saturday Down South) Since arriving from Hawaii in 2017, he has captivated the world with his rise in the college football landscape. But there’s a difference between the journey and the mission. And for Tua, the mission is much bigger than football.

Scott Hanson Had a Wildly Emotional 25 Seconds on NFL RedZone and Twitter Loved It (For The Win) Scott Hanson, the host of NFL RedZone on NFL Network, is a very enthusiastic person, which makes watching him jump from big play to big play on Sundays so much fun. Well, he had a really wild moment Sunday when two games – Steelers vs. Jags and Texans vs. Redskins – had two big plays in the final seconds.