Starting 11: Playoff Chaos Finally Arrives, Maybe (Outkick) The college football regular season is officially over and there are still six teams alive for the college football playoff as we head to the conference title games. Those six teams, in the order I believe they will be ranked by the playoff committee are: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
Refund Madness! Tiger & Phil’s Vegas Bogey (WSJ) A pay-per-view match for the ages goes gratis when consumers can’t pay. Charles Barkley: ‘This is some crappy golf!’
Ohio State or Oklahoma? The Stage Is Set for 2018’s Ultimate Playoff Debate (Sports Illustrated) If Texas beats Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game, Alabama beats Georgia in the SEC title game and Ohio State beats Northwestern, the Buckeyes probably would get slotted at No. 4 and face Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Now here’s where the debate starts: What if Oklahoma beats Texas?
ESPN Loses Two Million More Subscribers in 2018 (Outkick) Now every cable and satellite channel is losing subscribers — as dumb Twitter users who don’t read this article will immediately respond in my mentions — but the impact disproportionately impacts ESPN for two reasons.
Georgia Football Double-Digit Underdog to Alabama in SEC Championship Game (DawgNation) Alabama has opened as a 10 1/2-point favorite over the Georgia football program in the SEC Championship Game, according to VegasInsider.com.
Lynn Swann Shows How Far Out of Touch He Is With Reality at USC by Keeping Clay Helton (LA Times) By retaining Clay Helton as the Trojans’ football coach, Swann doesn’t seem to understand the basic role of an athletic director or the modern soul of USC.
Baker Mayfield Did Not Feel Like Talking to Hue Jackson after Beating Bengals (Yahoo Sports) Hue Jackson entered Week 12 in a lose-lose situation and somehow it turned out even worse for him.
There Has Never Been Anyone Like Tua Tagovailoa (Al) If there was any question entering the Iron Bowl (and there wasn’t in my mind), the Heisman Trophy is Tua’s. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been brilliant as well, but against the inferior defenses of the Big 12.
The Suburbs Are Changing. But Not in All the Ways Liberals Hope (NY Times) Though Democrats dominated the suburbs in the midterms, some of those gains may be fragile.
Michigan’s Big Year Was Good Enough to Break Its Heart (The Ringer) It seemed like things would be different this year. But for the seventh year in a row, the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Mark Brunell Makes Guinness Book of World Records for Throwing a Sausage (Guinness) Mark Brunell never won a Super Bowl but he did launch a sausage nearly 69 yards to a colleague who caught the sausage in a bun to set a new world record.
Brees Runaway Favorite to Win NFL MVP Award (OddsShark) Drew Brees is the new front-runner at Bovada, as the longtime Saints quarterback tops the MVP odds list at -210. Mahomes (+200), Jared Goff (+1600), Todd Gurley (+1800) and Andrew Luck (+2000) comprise the rest of the top five at the shop.
Chip Kelly Doesn’t Have Much to Say About Bruins’ Three-Win Season (LA Times) By now, it’s evident that if Kelly ever wins over Los Angeles, he won’t do the way Pete Carroll did. Or Phil Jackson. Or Tom Lasorda.
They Won’t Make the College Football Playoff, but They Could Shape the Bracket (NY Times) When the four-team field for the College Football Playoff is determined, three programs will have had an outsize influence on the bracket: Louisiana State, Oklahoma State and Purdue.
Go to Mall or Buy From Your Phone? More Shoppers This Holiday Season Going Mobile (CNBC) With online holiday sales forecast to hit nearly $125 billion in 2018, smartphones are expected to drive nearly half of shopper traffic on the web, more than desktop computers
Seahawks’ Chris Carson Somehow Sticks Landing on Insane Airborne Flip (For the Win) There are few scarier moments in football than when a player goes airborne in a complete flip. There’s no telling what could happen in those brief split-seconds of airtime, but the Seahawks’ Chris Carson turned it into a superhuman highlight.
Chargers Announced Sellout In An Empty Stadium (Big Lead) The Los Angeles Chargers announced a sellout for their game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. That sounds great, right? Well, not so much. The crowd at the StubHub Center for LA’s 45-10 win over the lowly Cardinals was hilariously embarrassing.